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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 

    When you underestimate the weather. 

    Good morning beautiful people!! Am I the only person who plan all kinds of stuff to do in your head, that can help you meet your weight goal and don’t do it.

    Well I was determined to actually do something that I had planned in my head for a change.  So……..I plan a mile walk and only did half a mile at most.  For instant……I knew I was babysitting my beautiful baby last Saturday and she loves to take walks outside.  So I told my daughter to bring her stroller because we’re going for a walk that day.

    First mistake….I got dressed and left the house with her in the stroller eating on her snack around 11:30 in the morning.  Yea, yea…. I know ….. that’s when it is starting to get really hot. Well it wasn’t… at first.  But that changed real quick.

    Second mistake….I tried to get all glammed up….(you know pretty) big mistake… First the sun was bearing down on my wig.  (important note to remember… Wigs do not block the sun) The jeans was not comfortable to walk in and I didn’t put socks on with my tennis shoes.  You talking about a slipping and sliding mess.

    Third mistake….I should have taken A stick to fight off any creatures that decide to investigate Addie and I.  Especially since little Addie want to holler “dog” at anything with four legs and do her imitate of a growl at the creature.  Note…some animals want to growl back and attack.

    Fourth mistake….I really thought I was going to walk a whole mile out in that hot and humid mess.  I was missing the YMCA with its air conditioner, fan and TV on each machine drying my sweat.  The cold water foundation that I could go to at any given time.

    Fifth dang mistake…I forgot to download the dang walking app so I could see how many steps I took and how far I walk.

    At this point I don’t know if I will ever, ever, ever start jogging outside.  I think I am spoiled by the YMCA.

    Love, peace and happiness!

    Tracy

    You got to love you!

    Good morning beautiful people!!! I want to discuss body image.   I know I am not the only one who will walk by something that shows your reflection  and think dang I am still fat.  You will notice your flabby arms, thick thighs and big gut and wonder why everybody keep saying you are melting away.   Because all you see is your former fat self.   Here is the thing that we got to remember is that…. the mind is deceiving YOU!   YOU have lost a significant about of weight.  YOU are making good food choices!  YOU got a lot to be proud of!  Body image can derail any weight loss goal.


    However all you got to do is remember this phrase protein first.  I never understood this until later after my surgery how important this phrase was.  Protein first is a phase that everybody who ever had gastric bypass surgery needs to post on their refrigerator. Hang it in your bathroom, hang it from your stove, or it in the cabinet doors… So when you open the door you see it.   Make a bracelet, put it in your car, put it in your office refrigerator.  Shoot  put in on your home screen of your cell phone and lap top.  When you keep seeing this phrase everytime you go to eat anything you can control your eating  habits.  Unless you are over eating and stretching that pouch which will lead to weight gain.

    What we have to understand is that protein is a nutrient that helps us feel fuller, longer. If we include proteins in each of our meals or healthy snacks, we’re less likely to feel hungry when it’s not time to eat.

    I know you are wondering  what can I do to be effective to ensure that I lose and maintain my weight loss.  In my opinion the number one rule is to eat protein rich foods first. See here is the thing after  surgery, your body will need adequate protein to help build, repair, and maintain muscle tissue and organs. Protein deficiency can occur over an extended period of time which can cause fatigue, hair loss, and muscle wasting.   I remember when I was about three months out after my RNY gastric bypass… My fingernails were so soft and brittle I could barely stratch  myself. Then my big dumb self tried to cover them up with fake nails.  Omg… That hurt so bad it was crazy.   I hurried up and bought Boltin.  Then my hair started falling out also…. Talk about going thru.  That was a really hard period to go thru but I made it thru.  The hair issue was not so bad for me because I love wigs.
    Just remember Proteins are one of the essential building blocks of the human body and you need them.

    The next time you walk by something that shows your reflection.. Say to yourself.  I look good, and I am doing good therefore I am good! 😊  You got to encourage yourself!! Because you are your biggest motivator.  Love the skin you are in.  Because you could still be that former you.

    Peace, Happiness and Love!!

    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

    My version of protein blueberry oatmeal yogurt muffin.

    Good morning beautiful people.  As you all know when you are on a life change you have to found recipes that are healthy.  With that being said one of my favorite is blueberry anything.  There is a gym in my area that sell protein filled blueberry muffins but they are expensive.  So I wanted to try my own recipe off of Pinterest.  Now I know I haven’t really blog about my cooking  skills however my butt can burn in the kitchen that’s why I gained so much weight over the years.   So with that being said I love looking at a recipes and try to determine if I can make it low fat and low sugar if not sugar free or try low fat recipes.

    I I have looked at the almond flour and other flours that are suppose to be really good for you to use as an substitute for flour and I cringe at that the price of $12.00 at my local Walmart, I can’t afford that.  Plus if I use it instead of flour and I hate it,  I will be mad as heck.

    Well I tried this recipe and these little bad boys taste good.  I used a 6 pan muffin plan.   For whatever reason they taste even better once they sit overnight!! I have included a picture of my muffins and the recipe is included below.

    Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt muffins

    Yield: Makes approximately 12 muffins

    ServIng size 1

    Ingredients

    2 cups self rising-purpose flour

    1 cup oats–quick or regular oats

    1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Truvia Baking Blend OR 2/3 cup sugar  (I use Splenda)

    1 1/2 cups blueberry nonfat Greek yogurt

    2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 tablespoon of Honey

    1 cup fresh blueberries

    Instructions

    Heat oven to 350°.

    Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or liners.

    Combine flour, sugar, in a bowl.

    Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, honey and vanilla in a second bowl.

    Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely.

    Gently fold in blueberries.

    Spoon into muffin tins (don’t be afraid to fill them full).

    Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes

    Each serving (1 muffin) has approximately 24.3g of carbs and 1g of dietary fiber. Total NET CARBS= 23.3g.
    215.2 Calories; 7.5g Total Fat; 5.6g Protein; 24.3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 5.1g Sugar; 47.1mg Cholesterol; 300.5mg Sodium.

    Peace love and happiness Everybody!!

    Tracy

     

    Rediscovering me

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    I have been missing in action because of life.  My weight loss brought about a real eye opening time for me.  I found a beautiful person who was buried under a ton of fat.  I found me.

    Before the weight loss….
    I felt like people were constantly staring at me making fun of me because of my weight. 
    Before the weight loss…
    I felt ugly.
    Before the weight loss…
    I felt weak, defenseless and unworthy of anything.
    Before the weight loss….
    I settle and took any and everything.
    Before the weight loss…
    I was tired as heck.

    My weight loss is like I am shedding a layer of hardened skin that I am slowly chipping away.   In the process of shedding this skin I have met beautiful people who makes my heart soar.  I have also lost and are losing others who had became a part of the hardened skin that I am chipping away. 

    My struggle with food is still there and I still have to watch old habits because they will rear their head to try and make me fall off course.  My blogging actually slipped and I am back and will start back blogging regularly.  This is a journey that has to be shared so someone else will take notice and understand that the gastric bypass is a tool to manage and control your weight not a cure all. 
    I have not had any issues and give thanks to my Lord Savior for that.

    Stay blessed!
    Peace, love and happiness!
    Tracy