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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

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Just pure Gluttony ūüôĄ

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

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

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! ūüėä ¬†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

Dealing with Negative Nancy and Negative Bob

Good morning beautiful people! I am going to complain some today so bare with me for a post. ¬† I am a member of several bariatric groups on Facebook. ¬†I will say this and leave it alone. I rarely participate in the groups because some of the other members are so negative. ¬†They have no respect and say things that hurts other people feelings. ¬†I feel like the internet is giving people the ability to say any and everything. ¬†It’s so ridiculous. ¬†For example…One lady posted her picture and they said some of meanest thing to this lady. ¬†Like she need to take more vitamins her hair looks very thin, she is to skinny, she looks sick. ¬†I mean really come on people please stop. ¬†Most of the people in these groups wouldn’t dare say those things to anyone face. ¬†But the internet really gives people the ability to hide behind a fake name and they will say all kinds of vile and unspeakable things.

These groups are suppose to be supportive and help encourage others as they travel down the weight loss surgery path. ¬†For example my blog’s discusses my successes and failures not everybody else’s. ¬†What happen to me……may never happen to you. ¬†What I can eat and what you can eat may vary. ¬†My weight loss may not be as good as yours or mine may be better. ¬†But that does not mean you have failed your surgery.

Please if anybody ever read my posts and I sound like I telling you something you don’t agree with just discuss it in a nice reply with your reasoning. ¬†It does not have to go down the negative road. ¬†Because we are all ¬†have different views and opinions and I really respects that. ¬†I mean really I love red, ¬†burned orange, white, vanilla, mauve and these are my favorite color clothing. ¬†Now you may love black and gray clothing that don’t make me better than the next person. ¬†I love chicken tenderloins and you love legs parts. ¬†That don’t change my view of you.

In closing I wish people would learn to respects others and show compassion because you never know what someone may be going through beyond that computer.

Love, peace and happiness!

Tracy

I met someone who makes me feel special and beautiful!

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I met someone new.  They make me smile, most importantly they gives me a reason to smile.  I found myself day dreaming about all the possibilities that our new relationship has to offer.  I laugh at all the jokes. I love the stares I receive.  They comforted me when I am sad, they encourage me when I want to give up.  This new person has opened up so many doors for me, mentally and physically. All they want to do is love me with no strings attached, they never ask for money or possessions!!  This new person is me!

Now don’t get me wrong sometimes when I look in the mirror and I still see  the woman who weighed over 300 pounds with the bad knees, bad hips, and back.  Nevertheless I know without a shadow of doubt that this weight loss has affected every avenue of my life for the better. However, I am going to be really point blank this surgery is not the cure all to your weight loss. You have to put in work you have to monitor what going in your mouth for the rest of your life. Because the weight can be regained and you will be back where you was. If anybody tell you different they are lying.¬†
I am still fighting with myself on certain things I know I cannot have. You got to know it’s a mind game and you got to be strong to make sure you make good food decisions and don’t let those old habits creep back up.¬† No doubt I like what I see in the mirror and this helps to motivate me. So I got to be mindful of my eating habits everyday, every minute, every hour, every second.¬† I Make sure I get my proteins in …… all 70 grams.¬†

One of the things I have to manage and I need to do better with is my water intake. I know I don’t met my daily goals of water consumption. This is importance because it can cause dehydration and other problems to your body.

My improved appearance and my improved health is the main reasons I am staying focus.¬†Because I like the new me and I don’t want to go back to the old fat overweight depressed Tracy.

Love, peace and happiness!!
Mrs. Tracy