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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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Its a struggle being consistent 

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Good afternoon beautiful people!  I just wanted to blog about trying to lose weight and being at a standstill for a long period.  I really want to drop about 30 pounds and it seems that I am fighting like heck just to lose 5 pounds.  Now let’s be real.  Consistently is a must.  I must be consistent and exercise  on a regular basis.  I must be consistent about eating healthy food.  I must be consistent and get my water intake in.  There are so many more things I got to do better about.  I am very alert and aware of my weight which causes me and my scale to have this love and hate relationship.  I am constantly stepping on him just to see what he say.  (Yes my scale is a he.)  Because only a man can give you various information that’s bad majority of the time.  Lol

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I personally know that I am always looking in the mirror and I see every imperfections and every flaw on my body.  Every woman does this no matter how pretty she is.  There will always be an area that you wants fixed.  For me it is my weight. I want to lose more pounds because I am so scared of going back to fat Tracy.   I sometimes look in the mirror and all I can see is that 340 pound woman.  That vision scares the living hell out of me.   I used this as a guide to ensure that I don’t get back there.

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Nevertheless I always start planning my next day the day before.  I have everything all planned out in my head and never do ALL the things I have planned to do and usually it is the stuff that deals with eating and exercise.  If I did everything that I planned in my head I would weigh around 140 pounds.  I just got to get more consistent period. I know if I could lose a few pounds each week this would motivate me to be more consistent.  But I am just like most people I want thing to be easy and that not the case.  Even though I had the gastric bypass surgery it is still hard to keep this weight off and keep losing. Then here is the kicker when I finally meet my goals…I will start complaining about something else.  However that is not the point right now.  The point right now is being consistent as I keep saying in this post.

Another thing that bother me is when I go out to eat with family members.  I rarely eat more than 1/4 of my food.  However that don’t stop those vultures from watching and waiting for me to finish so they can swallow the rest of my food whole.  I don’t know why I let this upsets me but it does and it causes me to overeat because I know they are going to eat my leftovers.  I am working on this really hard because this type of gluttony can cause overeating which stretch Shelly the belly.  Help me LORD, because this should be my last worry. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I fight this battle that is continuous and never-ending.

I do got news to post about my tests I had this week and a couple of weeks ago.  I will post a blog about my results from the supposedly X-ray of my colon.  Please note I say supposedly….until later guys and gals!

Love, Peace and Happiness

Tracy.

 

 

 

Celebrating Three years weight loss surgery anniversary!

Hey beautiful people!  Sorry I haven’t been posting but it’s been crazy this last month at work.   As you all know i consider myself a fashionista…. The cheap version. See this  one right here will never ever own a pair of red bottom shoes unless someone send them to me free.  This right cha here will never ever wear Verace clothing.  Lol…I am just being real. If i ever win the lottery or get a my dream job making over 100 grand a year  I still wouldn’t  buy any because I can’t see paying those type of prices for clothing.  

I know somebody looking at this post like what does this have to do with weight loss.  A lot I say.  When you are overweight you was limited in what and where you could purchase your clothing from.  Now three years later it is better everybody is carrying size 26 all the way up to size 32.  But back in 2014 which was just three year ago it was not that easy.  I had started  thinking about sewing and designing my own clothing because it was so hard to find clothing in my size that look good professionally.  I know at that time Catherine’s and lane Bryant was out there but they are high also.  At that time my favorite store Ashley Stewart didn’t go pass  a 24 or 26.  Cato’s Stores carried my size but you and every other person had the same outfit on.  

Now fast forward to now… Clothes in my size 14 are everywhere.  White, lime green , mauve, peach, orange all these colors…. Oh my what is a girl to do… But shop until she drop.  My closet rods get mad everytime I hang something new in there.

I just celebrated my 3  years weight loss surgery anniversary on July 31.  Being able to shop anywhere is the best reward for losing this weight.  I love going to the Goodwill and putting pretty pieces together.   It just something about feeling and looking good when you go out.  Because I can reflect back before my weight loss surgery and I swore everybody was whispering about my weight behind my back. Shoot I remember the first time I flew on my first airplane flight, my sister had told me before hand to ask for a extender for the seat belt as soon as I got on to avoid any embarrassment of asking after I sat down.  This was so true.  Little things like that draw attention to your weight big time.   Nevertheless this is not a problem anymore…. Because I know they are eagerly waiting just to see what I have on. (I have been told this numerous times)   I have set the stage for me and only me…I can’t be better than nobody but me …..from two days ago.  

 GOD blessing!    Stay blessed and not stressed! Love, peace and Happiness beautiful people!

Tracy 

Three years…..since I embarked on this weight loss journey

Good morning beautiful people!  I am so happy because I am coming up on my three year anniversary for my weight loss surgery at the end of this month.  I have a doctor appointment to  meet with my Gastric bypass surgery doctor to look at my progress and to help me continue to meet  my goal.  This has been such a great experience that there is no way I could ever regret having this surgery.  My starting weight was 340 pounds.  I currently weigh 205.  I wear a size 14 in clothing whereas I use to wear a size 28 to size 30.  My goal weight is still 175.  So I got about 30 more pounds to drop.   

Here are my  pros since I had my RNY gastric bypass surgery.

  • One I can shop at any store now.
  • I can walk without having to feel like I am going to pass out or my feet and or back hurting.
  • I can actually take care of very personal hygiene thing without struggling.
  • I feel healthy 
  • I am not a diabetic anymore
  • I can wear heels
  • I can sit in booth at a restaurant and not have to go to a table because my stomach is so big
  • I can buy pretty shoes 
  • I can see my feet when standing up and looking down (my belly blocked my view previously)
  • I was able to have my hip replacement 
  • The best one….I feel sexy, good and happy with me.

Now this is my personal journey and I am happy as heck about it.  What’s for me is for me.  My journey can’t be like the chick next door because we are two different people.  My success may not be as great as someone else’s but I am  happy with what I have accomplished.  Because the truth be told I could still be that that overweight, depressed in pain lady with very low self esteem.  I use to worry all the time that people was talking about me because of my weight.  Now I walk through a crowd like I am parting the sea shouting “the queen is here.”  I love the new me!!

    Peace, love and Happiness!!

    Tracy 

    Happy July 4th!! Rules for eating on this day.

    Good morning beautiful people! Today is one of the hardest days of the year for someone like me who has had weight loss surgery.  Because you can over endudge and stretch the heck out of your little Shellies!! 

    Hotdogs, hamburger, barbecue chicken, steaks, ribs, potatoes  and pasta salads, potatoes chips, beer, mixed drinks ….oh my the list goes on and on and my mouth just starts to water. 

    Here are some tips from Tracy…. When you go to the table to make your plate….

    • Walk right by the bread.  Leave it alone, don’t look at those sweet Hawaiian hamburger and hotdogs buns that have been cooked to perfection.  Strut, dance, do a split just walk on by!!
    • Walk by the mixed alcoholic drinks that have those little delectable pieces of fruits just floating in that beautiful color alcoholic sugar filled liquid.  The fruit just be waving and begging you to just taste one.   Don’t do it… Here is a fact that was drilled in my head by the nutritionist.   Alcohol reacts different in our bodies…(weight loss surgery patients)… first your body metabolic takes the alcohol and makes it the number one priority and burns it first therefore it is not burning your fats or carbs…. Therefore no weight loss until the alcohol all gone.  Plus we get drunk so much faster than a normal person and boy do it take forever to wear off.  I learned that real quick.  Even though I am not a drinker…I sip a little something every blue moon and then I limited it to only one or two sips.  I promise you I feel it real quick.  I never ever drive when I do… Because it lingers forever.
    • Walk by the sweets, potatoes, pasta salad and chips.. Don’t look, don’t peep don’t make any eye contact.  Just keep it moving and grab a paper towel to wipe the saliva off your lips.

    Go straight to the meats… Pick you a piece of chicken cut it in half, get you a piece of steak cut it in half, grab a ground beef patty (hamburger meat) and you guessed it …cut it in half.  You can add some cheese and mustard and ketchup to it.  Take your one bite of that chicken, steak and hamburger and walk always.  Because that’s all your little Shellies can hold anyway.  Wrap your plate for later and go mingle and laugh with family and friends.  Grab your water bottle and sip away while still looking sexy and lean.  You can do it. I know you can.  

    Now let me bake this red velvet earthquake cake and strawberry and oreo cream cheesecake cake for my cookout.  Then I will practice my own rules again.  Lol.  I know you are looking at your screen like what the hell.  But I don’t like strawberry cake and I have always detested Oreo cookies.  I never liked anything with cream in the middle.  But that dang red velvet earthquake cake….  (Shaking my head) we are going to war.  Love ya!!

    Love, peace and Happiness!!

    Happy July 4th everybody!! Be blessed!

    Tracy

    My little fat tree trunks


    Good Morning beautiful people!! I got something to share…that’s funny but really relative to learning to love yourself after weight loss surgery.  As you all know I am a self proclaimed fashionista.. I love to shop and I may be just a tiny bit addicted to shopping for the new improved Tracy.  My new focus is Lane Bryant and Catherine’s stores wide shoes.  Everytime they add some new shoes my big butt be on it.  Trying new high heels and crap like I am a pro.  Well they posted these new bad boys on their site and I had to get them.

     

    Now I know some of you are old high heel steppers are looking  at these bad boys and are saying “look at that little heel.”   Well this heel is 4.75, which is really high for me.  With that being said ….I hate the fact that Lane Bryant don’t sell their shoes in their  store anymore and you have to order online.  Because for me….shoes are one thing that I need to try on and walk in before I purchase.  I got to make sure they don’t rub the corn and if my little fat feet can get them on.

      Nevertheless when I finally  received my order I put the box in the trunk of my car and forgot about it until I got to work the next day.  Well as soon as I got to the office I pull those bad boys out to try them on in my office. Now here comes the real test which I failed.   First problem was I couldn’t buckle the shoe on the side because my tree trunks had swollen up again.  Second problem was because my tree trunks was swollen the middle strap across the top of the shoe buckle up…. Like it was fighting my fat.  Here a picture to see for yourself.Now here is the funny thing…I couldn’t walk in these bad boys…I wobble, doing the lean to the side walk and holding on to everything. My coworkers was crying laughing at me.  I kept trying to push my knee back so I could stand up straight and the knees kept buckling.  I couldn’t do my sexy chocolate walk at all.  I almost fell several times so I just threw my hands up in defeat because the dang shoes won. I thought wedges was the easiest type of high heels shoe you can wear.  Boy was I wrong and I was taking them back to get a refund.  With that being said… Some shoes and some clothing is not designed for everybody.  I personally can’t wear what everybody else wears.   Now that’s my opinion about myself, so don’t take it personally…. DO YOU BOO!  But me on the other hand I have  several friends that will say to me real quick….”No, Tracy that’s not working take that back to the store.”  like these shoes and I listen. 

    Love, peace and Happiness!

    Tracy 

    Ps.  Lane Bryant or Catherine’s are not paying me to say this.

    Two little wilted round small oranges.

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    Good evening beautiful people!

    I went to the YMCA today and burned around 500 calories!! I did that and I am patting myself on the back fat because it is disappearing as I type. I be pumping iron and breathing, pumping iron and breathing, pausing to keep from passing out and working on those areas trying to make them disappear.  With that being said I want to discuss a subject that is a little out there.  So hang tight while I gather my words.

    Before my weight loss surgery…I had this humongous stomach and my two little …how do I say this without sounding vulgar…my two little melons just lay there like two little wilted round small oranges. Because of my stomach I look like I didn’t even have any boobies.  Man my stomach was so HUGE that my Orthopedic specialist explained to me why my back hurt so much.  I have disk degenerative disease in the lower part of my back because of my weight that I carry for about 20 years.   What I had to understand is that the spine of our body is designed in such a way that it carries the weight of the body and maintains balance and distributes the weight during periods of rest and activity.  Since I was extremely overweight and had a big belly, my spine was forced to carry that extra weight on itself and it was not able to distribute to other parts of the body. This results in my spine being overworked resulting in damage to the spine and causing me to have many sleepless and painful nights. Boy I went through so many mattresses trying to find one that would help me sleep better.  Now remember I also had Sleep Apnea and bad hips that need to be replaced but my insurance would not approve a hip replacement because of my BMI was 55. Because of this I suffers unrelenting back and hip pain.  I was tore up from the floor up.

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    Fast forward to now and after losing close to 150 pounds and my tummy shrinking down and it is about flat (However I do have skin that will need to be). My back no longer hurts.  Except when I had my hip replaced last November and that was because I couldn’t do nothing but lay on my back.  Now back to subject at hand.  I got breasties!! I got 38 DD size breasts to be exact! (Shaking my head from side to side as I type that)

    Would you believe that I am also blushing as I type this, NOT!! I loveeeeeee my breasts.  I buy bras that emphasize those bad boys!! Whatttt…. you can’t tell me nothing!  Let me tell you how much breasts I got.  I was at work one day and my beautiful blond head friend, name Mica poked me in one of my breasts and said she wanted to know where did they come from. See me and her were the two biggest girls in the office with the smallest breasts!  So she was a little jealous because we have always talked about how we wanted big breasts so our stomach wouldn’t be emphasize so much.  LOL I know right. I love you MICA!!! You are my Ivory and I am your Ebony remember that when you are reading this post!!

    This is one of the pro about any weight loss. You gain a figure!! Shoot I have a waist, hips, breasts, butt and I am going to keep those bad boys.  So I will be eating PROTEIN FIRST for the rest of my life and popping vitamins everyday!! I love going to sleep and my back not hurting so bad that I can’t sleep.

    Smooches beautiful people!!  Check me out in my Sunday gear from this past Sunday. Boobies was popping!!img_1597

    Love, Peace and Happiness!

    Tracy