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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.

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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!

I love Colors and more colors!

Good morning beautiful people!! I just love Sunday morning and going to church. Because I get to go spend time with my Lord and Savior. There is nothing like being in church listening to the pastor speak about how you can become a better and more spiritual person.

Speaking of church…..I got to discuss how I love putting my best foot forward on Sunday morning. I know I talk about clothing a lot but I believe when you dress your best you also feel your best. Plus you stand out in the crowd. Which in turns makes you walk with more confidence. I feel and know without a shadow of doubt that my weight loss after my gastric bypass has increased my self esteem and confidence. There is nothing wrong with feeling confidence just don’t ever look down your nose at anyone because those tables could turn really easy.

I also love looking at how everybody is dressed up in their Sunday gear at church. The men in there suits with those sharp shoes and the ladies in their pretty church wear, beautiful hats and shoes. There is this one gentleman at my church that always wear these very colorful and different outfits…..This Sunday he had on a outfit that was a mixture of Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket but it was white and red and MC Hammer red pants. I wished I could had a picture to show you guys. It was very…how do I say this and remain respectful….unique and I hope I never see it again. Łmbo

Yesterday I put my best did forward and I wore my orange and gold dress. I purchased this beautiful dress from Ashley Stewart site and I love it.

As I have stated on numerous occasions…..this is one of my favorite colors. So you know I had to get this one when I was shopping a couple of weeks ago. You couldn’t tell me nothing Sunday……I thought I was a Queen wearing my crown. Well anyway after that I went to my local Walmart and I was approached by a group of young people. This really pretty young lady said to me…”Miss, Miss I just got to tell you that you look beautiful in that outfit….you look so stunning!”. My head really got big. I told her “thank you and it made me feel so special hearing that from young people.” I had my beige shawl wrap (I also love shawl wraps of every color and designs) over my dress and a pair of ankle heels boots to match. Her comments made me feel like a Queen because whenever young women admire your attire you know you have taste. Here a picture see it for yourself.

Well ladies and gents that all for me. Peace, love and Happiness!!

Be Blessed Tracy!!

Did I say I love the color red!

Good morning beautiful people!! I am excited to show the fruits of my labors. My weight loss has given me the chance to dabble in something your girl love….fashion. As you all know in the previous blog post my clothes have came in and I was so excited. I have been trying to figure out what pieces I would put together to make each outfit. This one I got on right now is a combination of Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant. Let me discuss Lane Bryant for a minute. They carry this wide leg pants that looks so good with a cuff. I love these bad boys. They are called Lena tailored stretch wide leg pant. I have the color white, red and black. I am waiting for the vanilla or cream color. I added the picture from the website. Did I say I love the color red!

Well I paired these red pants with a shirt that I love from Ashley Stewart in a mustard color. If you haven’t noticed shirts with all kinds of designs on the sleeves is the new thing this season, I love the sleeve designs that are out and I have purchase a few for myself. Here I paired the pants with that mustard color shirt.

I was giving everybody a pop of color with all the white snow still on the ground. I also added my red shawl for my outerwear….this was purchase about 2 years ago at the locate Hamricks store on clearance rack. Did I say I love the color red?

One thing that I wanted to discuss was something I learned……no, no, no let me rephased that. One of the things I heard as a child and teenager…..was from my Mother who is high yellow by the way……use to say all the time that dark skin people shouldn’t wear red. My grandmother who was my complexion use to say it was the devil’s color. So imagine my surprise when a good friend kept encouraging me to wear brighter colors and to stop wearing so much darker colors clothing, They swore that my skin tone would look really good in these colors. Now if you ask my Mama if she said this….she would denied it real quick. But my sisters and I remember it very well because she use to say it all the time. I was use to hearing her say “She knows she is to black to be wearing that red dress, drive a red car, etc. ” So as a child I took my Mother’s views as my own and until I reached my 40’s. Ain’t that something……nevertheless I love bright colors now and Mama dukes swear I look good in each outfit I wear no matter what the color is. Well that’s all ladies and gents! Until the next post.

Peace, Love and Happiness!!

Be blessed Tracy

Ps….I have not been payed by any of the companies that was mention in this post.

Fighting the battle

Good afternoon beautiful people! It’s snowing down here in South Carolina and its so beautiful. There is nothing like being in a Winter Wonderland. However down here when it snows, it shuts everything. Shoot you would think it was the worst winter storm to ever hit us. Lol….stores and restaurants closed down and all the milk and bread get brought out.

However……when there is a Winter snow and you are stuck in the house you may tend to overeat. My biggest problems is Pinterest…man I want to try every recipe I see. Thats that dang cook got me saving recipes left and right. I am always looking for dishes that are delicioussss. I have found several cake recipes that i make for people all the time. That are so good when you put a piece in your mouth it melts like cotton candy. I know my but can cook and that’s a gift and a curse at the same time.

I have several things that I do to help me stay full which helps me from overeating everyday. One of first things that I do is take my medication with my protein drink and then coffee later. I eat a couple of fruits also and drink water like crazy. It helps me to stay full. I make sure I also set my meals up and follow them strictly. One thing I also have learned is don’t buy no chips or other fatty foods because it may make it way to my mouth.

I am not going to lie .,..I am weak and I fall short everyday when comes to eating the wrong thing. However I reel myself back in asap because I am not going down that road of weight gain. Also I am a big procrastinator….I will have everything planned out for my exercise trips to YMCA and don’t do it. What so bad about it….is in my mind I am doing it. I got to do better or better yet use my machines in my house. Because I hate my thighs and back fat. Keep me in your prayers as I continue to fight the battle of fat regain.

Ps: I got my clothes. I will post pictures of my outfits in the next coming days! 😉

Love, peace and happiness!

Be Blessed Tracy

Weight loss promotes better shopping opportunities!

img_0369Good Afternoon Beautiful People!! Now I know this site is suppose to be about my weight loss surgery and how I am keeping the weight off.  However today I had to reward myself because I have loss 10 of the 13 pounds I had put on and I am determine to try and finally reach my goal weight.  WHOOP! WHOOP!  As a reward……You guys already know I went shopping.

Everybody knows that I am a shopping diva and I love a great sale.  Well I went on the warpath and purchase several different pieces that are going to look good on me!

Man how many times have I told you guys I love Ashley Stewart stores and online website!! I need to work for these bad boys because I make their clothes looks so good.  So…….see what happen was…. they sent me that little text letting me know that they was having a 50 percent off sale on all of their clearance items. I about dropped my cell phone trying to click that link to get to their site.  I am really in need of some long sleeves shirts and a just a few dresses (Smile).  I got some really good deals and saved a lot of money.  Nevertheless I can’t wait to put my outfits together to show you guys how I coordinate those bad boys.

I have added pictures of my sales receipts and pictures of the clothing I picked out. Look at the deals….man these are my type of prices. You can’t beat this!! Plus there is just something about the clothings that Ashley Stewart Inc. carry that makes me want to spend my whole check. I love just about all of their pieces.  Now the last item was not on clearance but it was a must have plus it had 30 percent off.  I am going to add the pictures also so you can see why I am raving about my steals.  I think I did good plus….this type of shopping that makes me work harder at keeping my weight off. Because when I was bigger like a size 28 or 30.  I couldn’t find really cute stuff like this that look good on my pear shaped body.  I use my clothes as one of my many tools to help me lose and not go back to the fat unhealthy Tracy.  Remember you have to find your motivation keys to stay and maintain a healthy weight goal.  Shopping is one of mine!!!  Do you know what your motivation keys are?

Peace, love and Happiness!!

Be Blessed!

Tracy

Ps…Ashley Stewart has not paid me to say any of these things. I just love their store.

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Reflection is the best tool

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Good morning beautiful people! Let’s take a look at reflection and how it affects your weight loss. Now before I start please let me state that these are my own personal views and opinions and not rules that you have to follow. They are my beliefs.

Reflection is define as a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation.

Reflection is really important when someone who is overweight and is unhappy with their weight because of medical, physical or low self esteem reasons. Because it helps them to redirect and figure out how to lose weight or get their weight under control. Reflection helps you to be able to be aware of what you put in your mouth and monitor your eating habits. I also believe that reflection helps promotes guilt which can help you resist eating foods that can and will cause weight gain. I mean who wants to have a future that will include diabetes, Gerd, orthopedics and heat disease. One of the best tools to help me with weight loss is my reflection in the mirror.

Using reflection as a tool can help break negative cycles that have caused you to gain weight in the first place. It can also help you to look at your personal beliefs about yourself, and question these behaviors and start the process of becoming a better you. Personally reflection has helped me to be aware of my own shortcoming and motivated me more than anything when it comes to my weight loss and personal growth as a person. I can’t imagine not be able to looks at my flaws and figure out what I am doing wrong to improve and be a better person.

Love, Peace and Happiness!

Be blessed

Tracy