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On a mission to get back on track.

Good morning person! I got some bad news this morning. I step on the scale this bitch had moved up 13 pounds. My knees gave out on me and I fell to the floor. I was so devastated and distraught that I passed out for a few moments.

Now let’s stop right here. Let’s marinated on this for a few minutes. Let’s think about what got me here. First of all I ran out of my protein and didn’t drink them for about 2 or 3 weeks. I endudge in some buffet meals, Thanksgiving, not exercising, stayed started drinking soda. The list go on, and on. My first sign that something was amissed was when I put on a pair of pants that was loose before but was now tight as hell!! I couldn’t even sit in the bad boys. ūü§Ē I knew I was going have to weight Myself the next morning.

Now here thing…..I am very aware how 10 pounds can turn into 10 more pounds and another 10 pounds. So I am on a mission to get back on course. Most people would just give up and not be able to regroup. But not me. I refuse to get caught up in my daily life duties and neglect my weight. Shoot I like looking sexy in my clothes and being able to stop traffic. ūüėČ. Lol…but for real. I can’t go back to were I came from. I am on a mission to get back on track. Heck no it is not easy but it can be done. Keep me in your prayers as I regain my focus and drop these last 30 pounds that I have been trying to lose since I started this journey.

Love, peace and happiness!

Tracy

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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!! ūüėúūüėú 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

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 

    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

    Can I chose the area where I want to lose weight?

    Good evening beautiful people!! Well I called and I called it right. I said I would probably lose the weight in my fat feet and dang if I didn’t. ¬†I was at work walking to the file room when I notice my feet was sliding like crazy in my sandals. ¬†I look down to make sure they were still zipped in the back and notice that each foot was sitting back more at if my shoes were to big. ¬†I am currently in 9 or 10 size depends on how the shoe is made. ¬†I like the ability to be able to buy prettier shoes because of my fat little tree trunks. ¬†However right now I want lose weight in my thighs, back fat or bat wings area. ¬†But if we were able to pick and choose where we lost weight it would be so awesome. ¬† But in the real world that is not possible…. So I need to get out of la-la land.


    I have never really been a shoe girl until I lost weight. Plus I can’t go pass a heel that is over 3 and half. ¬†Any higher and I might have to get my new hip replaced. ¬†Plus you will not see me wobbling around and I can’t walk. ¬†I like to be able to walk as natural as possible. ¬†Especially since my orthopedic surgeon made my leg longer with my new hip. I am currently in love with..Lane Bryant and Catherine’s stores. ¬†Their shoes and boots are catered toward wide feet. ¬†Plus they are so comfortable and they have pretty designs that are available in my preferred heights. ¬†The shoes are not to high priced also. ¬†I love the ability to find boots in my size also. ¬†Check them out. ¬†Trust and believe these stores are not paying me to say this. ¬† Have a good day beautiful people!!

    Peace, love and happiness!!

    Tracy