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Shopping smartly after weight loss surgery

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Good morning beautiful people!  I decided to post about something I love to do… Shop!! I will admit I am addicted!!  But don’t get me wrong my bills always come first!  Shoot I don’t make no money…I am a struggling working parent trying to make a dollar out of  fifteen cent.  However since I have lost over 150 pounds and I am able to shop and find so many pretty pieces because as we all know… They cater more to the smaller sizes.   I hated shopping when I was bigger because it was so hard to find things I like that would hide my budges and that was comfortable to wear…..  plus it was expensive.

But now…..Man let me start off by saying  I love several stores but my favorite is Ashley Stewart stores.  I have posted several times about this place because it seems like the store was made for me.  Oh yea, AND they do cater to the plus size.  Their clothing go all the way up to a size 32.  I get some of the best deals off of their online site.  You got to join the email and text services because they will send you information on the sales.   I got both of these dresses for only $15.00 each off of their clearance link when it was 50% off.

 

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Now let me say before hand I am a cheap shopper.  I got bills to pay so I can’t afford to pay alot of money for clothing.  That’s why my second favorite store is any Goodwill store that’s is color coordinated.  This outfit only cost me $11.50 from my locate Goodwill here in my town.  I paired it with a pair of Black knee high boots from Lane Bryant and added my jewelry.  Now tell me you can’t beat that.

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But here is my major save that I got to share.  My third favorite store is Lane Bryant store and online site.  Now I know they are little expensive but man when they have those sales with 50% you can get some awesome deals.   Plus I love how they cater to the plus size and all of their shoes are made for wide feet and calves.  I just put these 4 pairs of boots on my charge last night…. because  well I needed some winter boots!! 😜😜 Man they was having an awesome sale going on…. I got those all those bad boys for under $140.00 total.  Check them out… Because their boots usually run around $80.00 a pair and I got 4 pair for $140.00!!

Here is the thing…. We women struggle with so many internal things.  But one thing that always boosts my spirits is when I know I look good and wear my outfit like a queen. We have to find something that make us feel good about ourselves. We have to motivate and believe in ourselves and walk in every room like we are Queen Sheba!! That how I look at life everyday because mentally I can feel so drain and in the dumps and I refuse to feel like this all the time!  I want everyday to feel like Christmas…but that’s not possible.  Shopping helps me to overcome those days.

I will tried to do a monthly or Bi-monthly post about my deals that I find.  Until the next time beautiful people!! Be blessed… Oh yea… Trust and believe that nobody has paid me to do this posts.   I just love shoes  and clothes!!

Love, peace and happiness!

Tracy

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Fluid retention 

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Good beautiful people! Recently I started to noticed that my feet and hands were swelling and I was retaining a lot of fluid.  I also noticed that even though I was walking I was still gaining weight.  It wasn’t a lot but it was slowly inches toward a weight that gave me the hivvies jevvies. SO I amped  up my exercise regime and I started walking.  I am averaging around 2 to 3 miles about 3 days a week. I even started using that  funky sweat suit that they sell at Wal-Mart that makes you sweat more.  Shoot I walking and draining sweat everywhere trying to stop those pounds when the whole time it was fluid. Now here is the kicker I knew my feet had swollen up but never in a million year did I think my thighs had.  But sure enough they had extra fluid also. Because my pants were tighter in the thighs but now they are loose again.  I did call my doctor about getting something for swelling but it was never called in. So when I had my next 3 month checkup I let it slip my mind the last time I saw him because I was concerned about my acid reflux.  Well fast forward to now both feet was extremely swollen with fluid and I know I am retaining fluid. To make a long story short I saw my doctor Wednesday and he did give me a prescription for lanix.  My blood pressure was 175/ 115 and  this was causing concerns for the doctor.  He order blood work and EKG and is referring me to a cardiologist.  Well to break it all down…I started the fluid pills Thursday morning and fast forward to today and I have dropped 13 pounds.   My feet are sliding in my shoes and my clothes are lose all over.  Evidently I was retaining fluid all over.  I have been feeling bad for a good minute but I just blamed everything on my Acid reflux.  Now I know different.  Nevertheless I do have to admit one thing.  I have never really did well with my water intake as I have previously posted about.  I knew I could get more in and this could be the cause, so it is my own fault.  As weight loss patients we got to follow the doctor orders to ensure that we remain healthy.

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My primary doctor had me to also start keeping a record of my blood pressure.  He did a EKG and took blood work and is referring me to the heart doctor.  I am required to check my blood pressure every morning and every night before I go to sleep and drop the log off once a week at the doctor office.

Even though I have had the weight loss surgery you can still have medical problems with blood pressure, acid reflux, fluid retention and other things. Do not for one minute believe that this surgery prevents other things from happening because this is not true.  The weight loss surgery is just a tool to help you get the weight down and under control and the rest is up to you.  I will follow up with my visit to the cardiology.

Peace, Love and Happiness!

Blessing from Tracy

How I found out what a Barium Edema is??  Proceed with caution!

Good afternoon beautiful people!! I wanted to touch base about my tests I had a few weeks back.  As I had previously blogged in previous posts…I am having issues with Acid Reflux and I had to have a colonscopy because cancer runs in my family.  Anyway I had Endoscopy and then I had a colonscopy that the doctor was unable to complete because I was full of shit.   Now here the thing…. They were trying to schedule another colonscopy.   The insurance wouldn’t approve that.  So here comes the doctor letting me know they had scheduled a X-Ray. 

 Now Lets stop right there and let’s  think about this for a dang minute.  The procedures was anything but a normal X-Ray.   You know I thought I would go in there after refraining from eating and drinking only fluids except for any juice that was the color red and purple and just lay on the table and they would x-ray my lower body parts.   Man was my butt wrong!!! 

Let me explain what a Barium Enema is …. first it is an x-ray examination of the colon. This examination evaluates every part of the colon and the rectum. The appendix and a portion of the distal small intestine may also be included.  Second they made me lay on the examination table and an starter x-ray is taken to ensure the bowel is clear of any fecus.  Then the radiologist and her partner insert a small balloon tube into a part of my bottom that I only used to release waste from.   Oh my goodness….. the radiologist was saying “relax and breath you are tightening up.”  I told her in my high pitch squeaky voice….. “don’t nothing usually enter that place…. what do you expect.” The Muscle was protecting me really well… she finally got it position after I said every cuss words in the book and begin to fill my colon with a mixture of barium and water. Air was also injected through the tube to help the barium thoroughly coat the lining of the colon.  Next, a series of x-ray images is taken while I was moved around into all kinds of positions.  Man. When they finally got finished and I got to go to the restroom… It was a on.   One thing I learned was when I have my next examination for colon next time I will make sure that I do the colonscopy … That Barium Enema was awful.  

Nevertheless everything came back clear.  The endoscopy didn’t see anything that could be causing the Acid reflux and the Barium Anema was also clear.   I don’t have to have another one for five years.  Wooo… Wiping my forehead.   That’s was something else.  I hope that wasn’t to much information folks.    Lmbo… If you learned anything from my experience always choose the colonscopy.  What’s a little IV and needle compared to being ballooned from one of your most private area.  

Side note:  Please  let the radiologist know you have had weight loss surgery because they was having trouble seeing all of my colon.  Until I reminded them that I had weight loss surgery.

Love, peace and Happiness!

Blessing to you and yours

Tracy

Just taking it one day at a time

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Good morning beautiful people!  I know I have fell off on my blogging but I am going through a really rough time right now mentally.  I am just taking it one day at a time and anything extra just takes a lot out of me..  However even though I am struggling mentally.  My weight always stays at the forefront of my mind.  I refuse to let this mental stuff make me gain weight.  I am focusing on my weight more than anything and I am trying to maintain and make sure I am keeping those pounds away.  I am still walking and I am in the process of adding more miles.

Now I could never really air what is going on in my personal life but it really life changing and it is causing problems big time. I just stay prayed up and try to keep GOD first however it is still hard.  I think we all have our lows and highs that we all struggle with everyday.  I just feel that at this time my mental bags are extra heavy.  Those suckers are really dragging me down and putting a damper on my spirits.

 

Now that is enough about my mental struggles and lets talk ABOUT my results from the Endoscopy and colonoscopy. The endoscopy came out great and they did not find anything wrong however I am still fighting acid reflux and I am taking 3 medications for it.  Also my colonoscopy was failed…after going to the bathroom over 100 times in a 8 hour period. I was informed that I was still full of shit and he could not complete the procedure, however he did get one poly out and it was tested and was negative. But because they did find one poly I was schedule for a colon X-ray this upcoming week.   Now that a sucker.  I drunk 2 full bottles of that nasty junk and was still full of shit.  Now I got to do a barium enema x-ray. I hate doing these sucker.  However maybe I will lose about 5 pounds.  Heck a girl can hope and dream right!!

Peace, Love and Happiness

Tracy

Dealing with acid reflux after Gastric Bypass surgery

Good afternoon beautiful people.  I have recently started having really bad acid reflux.  It seems to be sitting right at the back of my throat causing nausea. I take my medication everyday and dodged anything that could make it start burning.  However I have notice that something as simple as water makes it start up.  One thing about Gastric bypass surgery is that acid reflux shouldn’t be a problem anymore because of how the stomach is rearranged.  Well that’s not the case with me.  Mine was bad before my surgery and still is!

Here is the kicker RNY Gastric Bypass procedure is considered the gold standard treatment for GERD in obese patients. The creation of our new small pouch is suppose to diverts most of the acid produced by the stomach away from the esophagus.  I wished someone would tell my body that.  Shoot I had to call my doctor to prescribed something stronger.  I take two different pills a day one in the morning and one at night to alleviate the acid reflux.  I am having a endoscopy and colonscopy  next month at the same time to look at my pouch and I am having the colonscopy  because colon cancer runs in my family.  My mother had stage one colon cancer about two years ago and my Grandmother  passed away from stage four colon cancer.  Because of this I have to start having colonscopy at the age of 44 years old to prevent colon cancer.  

I have to tell you something else I learned while looking up information about acid reflux after gastric bypass surgery.  It was stated in one of the articles that I read that when you eat fatty foods this can also cause acid reflux because my little pouch is trying to break that illegal fat down.  Thus causing extreme acid reflux.  If this is the case it is nobody fault but my own.  I know how I am suppose to eat and I deserve it by eating fatty foods  and not following my nutrition  guidelines.  Shoot I tell you what this heifer right here has learned and I am ignoring all fatty foods…. don’t nobody got time for 24 hours, 7 days a week heartburn.  Plus I am considering cutting out my one cup of caffeine filled coffee in the morning…. All I want is …..to be heartburn free.  I do know when I see my gastric bypass doctor I would never tell him I googled my symptoms because doctors hate to hear that when they are examining you.  

Nevertheless keep me in your thoughts and prayers as we figure out what is going on.  

Love, peace and happiness!

Blessing from Tracy

Future jogger right here!

Good morning beautiful people!  As we know I have been really active about my weight loss.  I want to reach my weight goal which means I got to get really proactive about my weight loss.  I have always wanted to jog but was unsure that I can do it.  Well yesterday i decide to walk around my neighborhood and use the Map me walk  app. 

 I started off at a good pace with my headphones on and my stick to beat off any creatures that venture to close to me.  One thing about my neighborhood is that it has a lot of hills and this caused me to burn more calories and energy.  I did really well and did not get tired at all… Just sweaty.  I walked about a mile and half and burn around 240 calories.  I am planning on walking again everyday and I am going to try a longer distance because I want to burn around 500 calories each time.   

The while point of this post is that I didn’t think I would be able to jog.   But after starting my walking regime outside…. I think I may be a jogger in the near future.  

Peace, love and Happiness

Tracy Be Blessed!

Review of my 3 month check up

  

Good morning beautiful people. Last Thursday I had my yearly check up with the gastric bypass doctor.  I have lost 23 pounds since my last visit… which was in July 2016..  With that being said he also gave me information on the next skin removal seminar that is coming up at the end of this month.   I am planning on attending because my stomach and my bat wings are my biggest concern.  My skin hangs from my under arm drastically and causes problems with wearing shirts and dresses.  Those suckers make me sick.  If I got into a fight I could hit somebody in the face with those jokers and knock their butt out.  Shoot I believe I can take flight with those bad boys.   When I wear clothing that show my arms …I tuck and hide the flab.  My arms looks massive to me because of the loose skin.  


 My stomach area do have excess skin but I wear spank to pull it in.  If I decide to do the surgery I would have the skin removed off of my stomach first.  My thighs are jiggy also and I hate that… However I can live with that.  


One of the question I had for Dr. Ross, my Gastric Bypass Doctor was about my protein intake.  I know I average around 80 to 100 grams of protein and was considering adding a protein shake at night.  He explained that I should only use one supplement for protein such as my morning protein shake and the rest should come from my food intake.  He also said to much protein and b12 can cause medical problems after extensive use.  So you know me I had to research that and this is what I found out. Dr Mercola explained in his website that “Eating more protein than your body needs can interfere with your health and fitness goals in a number of ways, including weight gain, extra body fat, stress on your kidneys, dehydration, and leaching of important bone minerals. ”


I mention B12 because the doctor said mine was extremely high and I need to cut my down to only 1000 grams a week.  He also explained that continue high levels of high levels of B12 could lead to diseases.  So again you know I had to research it …. it was explained on the News health guide that high levels of B12 “could lead to itchiness on different body parts and numbness, improper heart functioning, giddiness and regular headaches. The most serious side effect linked to overtime abuse of this vitamin, is increasing the risk of getting cancer. This vitamin helps in stimulating the process of cell division. It, however, cannot distinguish between the harmful and useful cells. Therefore, vitamin B12 prompts the growth and multiplication of even the cancerous cells.”

Nevertheless I was happy and satisfied with my check up and I am staying proactive and on top of my weight to ensure that I eventually meet my weight goal which is only about 35 pounds away.

Be blessed and have a stressed free day!  Love, peace and happiness beautiful people!

Tracy