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Do you still take you vitamins? Yes I like having teeth.

Hey everybody, I have been in this change for my eating habits for about a week. (I didn’t want to say diet! I hate that word) For about a week and I do believe I am doing well. I haven’t venture into the gym yet. But I am going, I have just been so busy.

I was talking to someone the other day who had the RNY gastric bypass last year. We started comparing all the things that we went thru before our surgery and afterwards. I really don’t know what is going on but I feel like they prepared is better when I had my surgery 5 years ago. The classes about your eating and exercising. The vitamins that you need take were really cover in depth. I still take my vitamins, b12, biotin, potassium, iron and calcium pills everyday.

 I aldo take a high-potency, chewable multivitamin and mineral supplement, containing a minimum of 18 mg of iron, 400 mcg of folic acid. selenium, copper and zinc, daily. I take the Centrum adult chewable multivitamins. After surgery you had to take two tablets daily until at least three months after your surgery, and then one tablet daily for the rest of you life.

I also take my Calcium pills on a daily basis. You have to take between 1,200 to 2,000 mg daily to prevent calcium deficiency and bone disease. I don’t know about anybody else but I like having the ability to walk. The only issues was making sure you broke the pills in half to help with absorption. You should take it as two to three divided doses throughout the day. My pills are a combination calcium-vitamin D supplement which we also need, I Also take a B12 vitamin 3 days a week. I am amenic so I also take a iron pill.

I am still on blood pressure pills for high blood pressure and Gerd medicine also. So I take these also. This come from wearing my body it ask those years of raping evening. To make a long blog shorter. I listen to the doctor when they told me what to do to ensure I have hair, teeth, string bones. I like living so I tried and make sure i take all medication.

That’s all for this post today. I would love to know what others are doing to maintain their weight loss.

Love, peace and Happiness!

Tracy

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4 years and 8 months later

Hey everybody, I know it been about a year since I posted and I wanted to post a update.

Well the last 6 months have really been hestic and time has really flew by. I am curious to see how everyone is doing. In the last 6 months I added about 20 pounds and now I am in place where I am like hell no. Sorry for the strong language but that’s how I got this way before. 20 pounds every year. I also rejoin the gym. Going to make myself go at least 3 times a week and increase it.

Here is a reminder…My surgery was on July 31st 2014. Here is a recent picture

One of the worst things that I ever restarted was eating potatoes chips which is a slider food and you can most definitely gain weight from it . I wished I would not have ever started eating those bad boys. Plus making cakes has help me pay me bills but it has caused me to taste the cakes I make. I recently started to just let it sit on my tongue and then splitting it in the trash and don’t swallow. I know that’s not good but I refuse to swallow all those calories. I know, I know I just created a new eating disorder. But I can’t sell something that I wouldn’t eat myself. I am working on this big time. Because it looks like I may be eventually leaving the counseloring field and open my own dessert spot.

One thing about the surgery is that you will be fighting this weight for the rest of your life and you can’t stop thinking and monitoring your eating habits and weight. If you do you will be fighting weight gain again. It a viscous cycle.

Here’s the most important thing…..So what you gain a few pounds back. Just get up and start again and reset that dang pouch. I still can’t eat but a few bites..so it all in what I put in my mouth. Say it with me!!! “We got this!”

Let me know how you guys are doing also. You will be hearing from me more.

Love, Peace and Happiness

Losing these pounds

Good morning beautiful people. I have come to realization that I was becoming a procrastinator. Let me explain myself….see I can plan all kinds of things that will help me reach my weight loss goals only to fall short and not follow through. So nevertheless I am working on it now instead of later. I am so happy to report that I am doing it. I have actually lost 11 of the 15 pounds that I gained back. You can’t tell me nothing. I have founded my MOJO again.

I have been attending the gym at least 3 to 4 times a week with my 18 years old son. Nevertheless I got to give my son a shout out because that big head boy be pushing me like crazy! I be running, jumping, twisting, skipping, pumping iron and pooting all over the YMCA. Now don’t look at the screen like that…..exercising make me push all that foul air out. Now my son don’t play. He does not go easy on me at all. He makes me put in work and as a result I am losing this weight. We are also eating really healthy and have officially put the deep fryer away and we are only eating baked, boiled or grilled meats. We are also doing soups that are really high in fiber and light calories. We are eating all kinds vegetables from every color of the rainbow. We are using ground turkey meat in the soups. I sauté extra onions and garlic to give the soups even better taste. My teenage son love them and be killing each one. I will post a few of the recipes so you can see what we are doing.

Well ladies and Gents have a blessed day!! Until the next time.

Peace, Love and Happiness!!

Be blessed

Tracy

Cabbage Soup

• Half a head of cabbage, roughly chopped

•. Ground turkey…(I use Aldi Fit and active)

• 1 cup of diced celery

• 2 diced onion

• 1 cup of diced carrots

• 1 green bell pepper, chopped

• 2 to 3 gloves of garlic

• 4 cups of chicken broth

• 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (basil, oregano and garlic flavor)

• 1 tsp of oregano

• Half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes

• Salt

Direction

• Place a pot over medium heat and pour some olive oil.

• Saute ground turkey, celery, onion, carrots, and green bell pepper.

• Once the carrot is tender, add the garlic and chicken broth.

• Add your cabbage and diced tomatoes.

• Bring the soup to a boil.

• Once the cabbages are tender, add seasonings: salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

• Remove from the heat and serve.

Climbing the biggest mountain of my life.

Good evening everybody. I have been slipping with my blogging. However I am back on my grind. I have a son that is graduating from high school and will be attending college….plus I am making and selling desserts with sugar and with low fat sugar free dessert to help pay my bills. Plus I love trying out new recipes and watching someone fall in love with my cakes or whatever desert it is. I have a page on Facebook called Covered in Sugar and Flour. Check it out…. If you know of any good low fat proteins recipes please share them with me. I know you are looking at your screen saying no wonder gain weight…..naw…that’s wasn’t the problem, I got lazy and wasn’t exercising and started sliding eating unhealthy foods. One thing that has helped me refrain from eating any dessert …it the sugar causes a nasty after taste that takes days to leave. I hate that taste so bad. That’s one of the best side effects from gastric bypass surgery. So as you can tell time is not on my side…I am one busy lady.

Nevertheless I am at a major turning point in my weight loss. I am embarking on my 4 year mark since I had my surgery and I have gained about 15 pounds back and that scared the living crap out of me. I refuse to go back to the fat Tracy. So far I have drop 5 pounds because I am going to the gym at least 3 to 4 days a week and watching everything I put in my mouth. I am the light and I controls what goes in my mouth at all times.

You know It is the time of year where everybody realize how out of shape they are because the weather is getting warmer so the gym are packed. But I am not there to people watch I am there to lose weight. I remember when I had this surgery I was dropping pounds left and right. Now it is hard as heck just to lose five pounds. When you are at a stand still it can make you so dang depressed. I wished I had listen to my sister and went even harder when I first had the surgery…then I may be at my weight goal of 165.

If you are a newbie and has just had the surgery go hard because the weight falls off so effortless. When you get to that 2 year Mark it really show downs.

Nevertheless keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I continue to fight this never ending dang battle.

Peace, love and happiness!

Be blessed Tracy

Its just a Compliment nothing more nothing less….just say thank you!

Good morning beautiful people! I know it has been a while since I posted, but my cake business really picked up and I have been doing everything to help my son prepare for college and his upcoming high school graduation. I promise to get back on my game. Because this is the type of stuff that can derail your weight loss and before you know it you have gain 10, 20 or 30 pound back. I got a lot stuff I want to share with you guys so I will be blogging more.

I want to discuss self image for a minute. You know self image is one of the hardest thing anybody can deal with. When you pass by a mirror and you still see your previous overweight self. Nevertheless it makes it hard to accept compliments from others. I know this is a major issue of mine. Somebody will be like “Tracy girl you are looking good”….and my dumb butt will reply:

“Yea girl but you don’t want to see me naked. ” (Really who wants to see you naked…I got to stop saying this)

“Or shoot I ought to….I can barely eat anything” here another one..

“Did you see this excess skin under my arms, I can knock someone out with these bat wings.”

“Or girl it is that girdle holding everything in”.

Why can’t I just say thank you and keep it moving. For whatever reason I will attach something negative that I am concerned about to it every time. I know others who do this also. It is just hard for some people to accept compliments because we are always so hard on ourselves. Plus I don’t want to get comfortable with all the compliments and think I am fine and I don’t have to put in work anymore.

I am working on my short coming and doing my best to do better. When all I got say is thank you and keep it moving.

Happy Easter everyone!

Peace, Love and Happiness!!

Be blessed

Tracy

Just pure Gluttony 🙄

Good morning beautiful people! Let’s discuss the term gluttony.

The dictionary states that Gluttony is habitual greed or excess in eating. It has also been said that gluttony was one the seven deadly sins. Nevertheless this can not be found in the Bible. However Gluttony is defined in the Bible as excessive eating. Plus it do happen to appears alongside the word drunkenness. So you can say that gluttony is someone who eats more than what is considered as healthy or eats excessively and that such behavior is considered sinful. I have to also say that gluttony is something that someone does all the time and is not something that happens every once in a while.

I know by now you are staring at the page and wondering why am I talking about this. Well give me a sec I am getting there.

Gluttony is something I did and still fight with every day, every hour and every second. I walk in the kitchen and I think about eating something and I am not even hungry. Drive by a restaurant and I think about what I could eat there and here is the problem I don’t be hungry….I just want it because it is accessible to me.

Gluttony is just overeating even when you are full. Take for instant I only put a spoonful of food of each item on my plate. Even though my mind is saying “Girl load that plate up you know Big boy going to eat all that food up”. However I am learning to controlled my mind and not let my mind tell me to overeat it. Because is is a mind game and our stomach were redesigned to tell us when when we are full. All we got to do is just stop and use our newly remanufactored stomach correctly. But naw here comes that good old gluttony trying to tempt us yet again. It is in my own personal opinion that food addictiveness is just as bad being addicted to drugs and alcohol. I mean man sometimes I eat just to eat. For instance I can go into the kitchen to get a glass of water and come back with a bag of popcorn, peanut butter and crackers for no apparent reason at all. I Just want to eat and I know I am not hungry. With any kind of diet…. gluttony is aways knocking at the your door whispering your name tempting you. Stay strong people and focus on meeting your goals. We can do it second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour until those learned behaviors are changed. Also please do not give up if you do over eat. Just refocus and start again. Learn what was your trigger that made you do it the last time and ignore it the next time. And Oh boy I promise you there will be a next time. Stay grounded and learn from you.

Peace, love and Happiness

Be Blessed Tracy

My journey is only beginning

Hello beautiful People! I was discussing my weight loss goals with a friend and explaining how I want to have abs in my mummy tummy. I know, I know you are rolling your eyes and saying not again. Why do this Heifer keep talking about abs that she will never have? You best believe I am going to tell you why! It is simple….I want to know that I can do it. I want to defie all odds, that a 40’s something years old woman who use to weight around 340 pounds now has abs! I want to show other people who are struggling with their own weight that we can do it! We can be that person we all dream about. Now realistically I don’t know if my lose skin will let me have abs. But I be doggone I am going to try. If I an only able to feel them through the skin.

I believe we have to take what we are given and lay it out on the table and figure out how to make the most out of it. It is sort like grapes…you can do so many different things with grapes. Such as making grape wine, grape jelly, grape juice, grape salad and other things from grapes. Basically you are able to take one product and expand it in so many directions. My weight is the same way. I don’t want to just lose weight and look and feel good for me. I want to motivate others to lose weight also. I want to spread my positively letting other know about the benefits of losing those extra pounds. I want to take my weight loss and make my self grow in all kinds of directions. Showing all the positive things I gained from it. Now don’t get me wrong I know there are also negative things from my weight loss but the good outweigh the bad tremendously! There is just so much more that I can do now and I am happy to say having Gastric Bypass surgery change my life for the better.

Love, Peace and Happiness’

Be Blessed Tracy!