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.

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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! ūüėČ

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.

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  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!

 

Working on goals for 20 18

Good Afternoon beautiful people! There comes a time when something happens that makes you stop and start looking at other options for your life. For me my career has caused me to start developing a business plan for opening up my own restaurant.

One of my concerns that is causing me hesitate is working around food constantly all day. I am scared that this could cause me to overeat and possibly start gaining weight. However it may help me to develop better control and refrain from eating unhealthy foods. Nevertheless this had always been a life long goal of mine and I am eagerly looking forward to opening Tracy tasty treats. Lol! I know I am going have to work on that name.

Since we are mentioning goals. Exercise is one of the most important part of any weight loss plan. I don’t care if you had weight loss surgery or not. You still got to get physical and stay physical to achieve and reach your weight loss goal for the rest of your life.

Nevertheless I started back attending the YMCA and went with my 18 years old teenage son. Big mistake this boy/man pushed and motivated me like nobody has ever did. My big butt is sore in places I didn’t know you could be sore. My thighs, all over my arms, right up above my wrist and between my elbow. I mean I did my cardio and then hit the weights to work on my lower body that day. But I didn’t think I over did it. However I had to skip Thursday to recoup.

Note to self again: don’t let your Son guide you when you are exercising at the YMCA. I had to add a picture I took while getting my sweat on at YMCA.

Don’t hate the picture hate the game. Lmbo!

Peace, Love and Happiness Beautiful people. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I get my business plan together and apply for small business loans.

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

It’s time to show and improve!

Good morning beautiful people!!¬† I hope everybody had a great holiday season.¬† Now it is back to the grind and making sure I start strong this year for my healthy eating habits and other goals.¬†Some people get irritated when somebody states that they are starting anew every year.¬† But for me¬†I think that it is awesome because it shows that you know you need to improve certain areas in your life and are aware of your shortcoming.¬† Being able to reflect on¬†YOU is a great strength to have.¬†¬† I believe that everybody have¬†areas¬†in their life that need to improve and if someone tell you otherwise they are lying. NOW don’t get your panties all in a bunch because I said that and you are¬†THAT one person who is really perfect and don’t have anything to work on!! Well do you Boo because your are what I am inspiring to be!

However for me it is time to show and improve.   I have goals that I am going to implement and start working on as I type the blog.

Here is a list of my goals:

  • Improve my relationship with my Lord and Savior.
  • Read my¬†bible and study his word and meditate at least one a day.
  • Lose those additional 50 pounds¬†so I can meet my weight goal.
  • The next one is to continue to improve my natural hair and make it more healthy so I can start wearing it.
  • Grow in my career or finally open my own restaurant.
  • Encourage and monitor my son¬†who is in the 12th grader to ensure he graduates from high school and start college this fall.
  • Help both my kids become healthy and lose weight also.
  • Improve my relationships with family and friends.
  • Improve my blog so it will grow more!

Now this is a lot of things that I want to work on and I have already started.  But here is the kicker I already do a lot of things but not consistently.  Each of these goals have their own tasks that I will also have to do to accomplish each goal.  So I will have a really busy year.

What are your goals for 2018?

Peace, Love and Happiness!

Be blessed Tracy!