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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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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!

Using Motivation Keys to lose weight

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Good morning beautiful people! I have a two years old granddaughter that is my world.  Every time she comes over and we go in my bedroom she runs directly to my scale and step on it and look down at it and look at me.  I laugh at her because this means she is copying somebody at her home who is weighing all the time.  Even though this is funny why do we have to focus on that scale so much that a child emulate us doing it?

Nevertheless I recently did a post about motivation and what my keys are to continue to lose my weight and stay healthy.   I listed shopping as one of my keys however there are several more. Therefore I wanted to discuss my other motivations keys in this post.

The dictionary defines Motivation as: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

motivation2Here is a list of my motivation keys:

  1.  Remain healthy and live a long fruitful life……. when one is carrying a large amount of weight.  It causes problems with your health.  For instant because of my previous overweight self, I suffered with Hypertension, GERD, High cholesterol, Orthopedic issues, Disc Degenerative Disorder, Sleep Apena Low stamina and endurance, low self esteem.  Man I was on several medications for each one of these diagnoses and I refuse to go back on that many medications.
  2. I like being able to walk long distance without feeling like I am going to pass out.  Walking was also another thing that cause problems.  I hated to go to grocery shopping and even try to shop because I got tired out so easily.
  3. The heat don’t bother me no more during the summer.  I swear when I was heavier…I thought I was going to pass out if I even peeped out the door during the spring and summer.
  4. Self esteem improved…Man on man.  There is nothing like being able to look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.  Weight loss can do that for you.  Just make your confidence improve drastically.
  5. Shopping and more shopping and more shopping… shopping cheaper, shopping is easily, shopping is fun, shopping is great.   Shopping make me feel better.  T
  6. Being able to fit in booths and seats in restaurants and other places.  Oh boy, I have posted about this before…Fat chair check…even though I don’t have to do this anymore.   I still do it.  I check every chair I sit in, just to make sure that I can fit or the chair will not fall when I sit in it.  Sorry old habits diet hard.

One thing I am learning to do is to focus on my day to day eating habits and not the scale. Because what I put in my mouth and exercise is the more important than anything. This is were I am able to keep the weight off and down.

Love, Peace, and Happiness

Be Blessed Tracy!

 

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