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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

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

 

I am making progress

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Hey beautiful people!!

I know it is late in the night and I need to have my sleep deprived butt in the bed. However I got to pat myself on the back for my performance today and yesterday also for refusing that sweet fresh out the oven still warm Kristy Kreme donut.

Today a beautiful, succulent moist cake was brought into the staff meeting for a coworker who is leaving my agency.  Oh man, my mouth started watering, and I was wiping saliva from my lips but I did not touch one piece of that delectable, delicious looking cake.  I turned down my piece because all I could see was the scale sliding closer to another five pound gain.  I mean really in my head I could picture it doing it and number going up.

See here is thing when you start introducing those sugary and fatty foods back into your system you get the taste for them again.  The next thing you know you are eating it on the regular. I refused to go back to the old Tracy who is overweight and can’t stand for more than 15 minutes and my feet start numbing. Or the Old Tracy who was so overweight that she was having problems wiping her own butt!! Heck yea I said.  I had let me weight get so out of control that my short little stubby arms had to fight tooth and nail just to wipe my butt. I could lie and say that I was fat and fabulous but I was would be telling a LIE.  Shoot I hated to go to Walmart because the store was so big and I hated walking.

Here is another tool I use also…Reminiscing about the old Fat Tracy Days!   I remember when I first started my job and we had to go to a training in a city about 50 miles away from our office.  We went to this Thai restaurant for lunch and oh man I will never forget this…when I went to sit in the chair at the table it was really snug.  I decided to slide forward so I could be closer to the table because my belly was so big and I didn’t want to drop food on my shirt. This happen a lot because I had to bring the food over my extended enlarge stomach.  When I tried to scoot closer to the table … the dang leg in back of the chair broke and my big butt fell in the floor. OH my gosh!! I was so embarrassed and as a coworker help me up. I gave praises to the good Lord above that there was only a few people in the restaurant that witness my epic crash.  To say I was embarrassed in an understatement.

This is how the fat girl chair check started. I know you are looking at the computer and wondering what the heck is the fat girl chair check. Let me explain…. Whenever I go to any restaurant, I check the chairs at the table to make sure it is stable and can hold my weight. I still do this even though I am smaller because I was so embarrassed when I fell.  These are the type of memories that I am using to motivate myself to stay on track and to continue losing the weight.

I do know that I got to get better with my exercise and attend the YMCA at least 3 days a week or better yet use my treadmill here at the house.  I have so much going on, however that is just a excuse.  I can’t keep making that same old excuse.  I can make time and I will start making time.  If I did as much as I planned on doing in my head.  I would weight 150 pounds right now.

Farewell everyone!! Have a blessed day

Peace, Happiness, Love

Tracy

 

 

 

 

When shopping as a plus size woman do you just give up?

shopping-girls-cartoonBecause this is a weight loss blog you have to discuss clothing and shoes experiences because your weight affects each one of these things.   I recently talked about my experiences with shoes and now I want to explore buying clothing. 

When you are  severely overweight as I am, you usually have a paunch, beer belly, pot belly, bread basket, muffin top, or just a plain big belly  these only a few well-known names that are use when describing our stomach fat.  Because my belly tends to extend outwards it causes me some problems when I am shopping for pants.

Currently my height is 5’4 and that seems to cause some problems with pants.  I have to hem them or just step on them. But the biggest issues in pants, because of my belly are the fit over my stomach.  I can find pants that will fit the thighs and even go over the buttocks but get stuck on the stomach area.  Usually I am unable to button or hook the pants.  What I don’t understand about clothing designers is …if you making clothes for overweight people why you would assume they would have a slim waistline or no stomach.  I mean really…….I am at the point where I want to start making my clothing myself.  I know what looks good on me and how to hide a lot of my problem areas.  But locating these clothing can cause a big headache.   I hate tight clothing and I go to great effort to hide my bumps and humps.   You will never see Mrs. Tracy in something really tight and revealing and I really, really, really hate leggings, or just plain dang tights. They need to ban or burnt those suckers up  and wipe them from existence. Don’t get me wrong some people look good in them, just not us big girls.

One thing I have notice on facebook in the groups I follow for the weight loss surgery, is that all the people who have had the weight loss surgery are showing off their pictures holding older clothing up that they wore  before their surgery.  This is one of my goals, to be able to purchase clothing that I like and not what they have in my size.

I have this one outfit that I am looking forward to buying and wearing.  I can see myself in a pair of cream wide legs pants and cream vest with big buttons down the front with cream shirt under the vest with a pair of black stiletto heels.

Love, Peace and Happiness

Ms. Tracy

Stay focus, stay on task and just keep going.

I have lost 6 pounds since my last visit to see my nutritionist 2 weeks ago.  I have stretched and picked and pulled every piece of skin I have trying to find where the pounds came off.  Because I can’t tell where the weight loss occurred and it irritated the heck out of me.  It would be awesome if you could pin point where the fat loss is located. You know….. just be able to look at your stomach and say “Oh my, I lost 6 pounds in my stomach area.”  Well girl can dream right. lol

Nevertheless I am really happy with my weight loss, especially 6 pounds.  I know sometimes I will not lose weight and this is when I have to keep going.  I know I have come too far to just give up. I remember just last year around this time before my husband changed jobs.   I was practicing a healthy lifestyle, I was  eating healthy and exercising trying to lose weight.  Weight loss surgery was not even a possibility.  Then my hubby changed jobs in September and the first thing I checked out was weight loss surgery and because it was allowed, I got excited.  Especially since I had recently meet with my orthopedic and he had informed me that I was going to have to have a hip replacement but first I had to lose weight. If I didn’t lose weight they would not be able to do anything until I broke the bad boy and then and only then would they do the surgery.  Then he gave the bad news, if they did have to do the surgery because I broke my hip, my weight could cause all kind of complications during surgery.

See here my understanding; I have tried many things to get this weight only to fall short every time.  The motivation was there and I would start good then somewhere along the way I would fall off.  I have to give credit to the good man above, to my Lord and Savior.  He is the only one who has supplied everything I ever needed.  He has opened so many doors and closed some that was of no use to me.   Because of his guidance I am finally on the right track to get my health on track. My pending weight loss surgery is only because GOD opened that door for my husband and now he is on a job that he is finally satisfied with that has good benefits and pay.

See when we don’t see a way out…..we have to remember to be patience and wait on the Good Lord Above and he will make a way out of no way.  It will not be easy and there are things that you have to change to be successful with your weight loss.  But you can do it.  Just have a talk with him about your path and he will guide your steps. According to Isaiah 64:4, “He acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.” Although it may seem that He’s forgotten you, if you keep trusting and waiting, He will take care of you.

Love, Peace and Happiness

Mrs. Tracy

My path is not your path

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I saw something really disturbing a couple of days ago on one of the groups I follow on the facebook about weight loss surgery.  One woman had recently had the surgery and was only about a week out.  She stated that she wants to end her life and the surgery was one of the biggest mistakes she had ever made and she was looking up possible reversal. Her post was so disturbing another woman who was schedule to have the surgery in a couple of days was also second guessing her surgery because of this post.  This is the type of stuff that scares the crap out me.  I am finally on the last leg of my journey and I am anxiously looking forward to having my surgery.  But when you read stuff like this.  It makes you stop and thinks is this the path I want to take.  Now I know we all have our own experiences with the surgery but it makes you think twice.   I have recently starting hearing a lot about the stages you go through with the weight loss surgery.  One of the stages is call the hibernation stage during this stage the body realizes that it is not going to receive its usual amount of calories.  Everybody on the page was telling the young woman that she was going through this stage.  They discussed how her body is falling back on its built-in evolutionary response to a low food supply the body just wants to rest and be as still as possible until the food returns. Energy levels drops through the floor, and you will become emotionally tearful or irritable.  They even discuss how your body is really pissed off at you because you have disrupted it usual food schedule.  It causes the person a lot of problems because they are recovering from the pain and now this.

Nonetheless I did have my last nutritionist appointment and she informed me that the Therapist sign off on my therapy session. I also lost 2 more pounds and now the only thing I am waiting on is for the doctors to meet and I will start the completing all the testing and finally get a surgery date.  I am nervous but excited at the same time. I do know that my path may not even be like the other woman and I am focusing on the positive benefits from the surgery. 

Then I got some more good news.  I am getting a promotion on my job.  So I am really happy because I only completed my Master Degree in May of 2012 and became a Counselor in November 2012. Things are really going really well even though I am having some medical problems.  Even in a storm you can still receive blessing and I am a true example of this. 

 

Love, Peace, and Happiness stay Blessed. 

Ms. Tracy

Winning the weight loss battle

Sometimes it feels like I am climbing an uphill battle no matter how hard I try, it just seems like I will take a few steps back…..after moving ahead.  I know that these are changes I have to make and it will help me be even more successful after the surgery.  Nevertheless walking a straight line is really hard.

 During these last few months I have been able to figure out where I have the most difficulty maintaining this healthy lifestyle. It is usually when I go out in the community then the temptations seems to creep upon me really hard.  I also have problems with eating unhealthy at night.  When I go out anywhere it seems that my little friends on my shoulders return and they are bickering like crazy.  The healthy one whom I have name Monique and unhealthy one who I call Steevie are both telling me what I can and cannot do.   I refused to let Steevie win even though he is very convincing.  He will count calories for me and tell me it will not hurt just to eat that one cheeseburger with a large fry, while Monique will remind me that I am not even hungry and to stay focus on my game plan.  Even though Monique and Steevie are make-believe, this is a real scenario for me.  These are choices that I will have to make for the rest of my life.  However I can tell you this………I have gotten smarter to help with these temptations I have started to bring an apple and proteins shake with me to help with these craving.  If I do want something, I will have something to eat.   I also refuse to buy any unhealthy foods when I go grocery shopping.  If it is not in the house I cannot eat it. Temptation is a bi***.  Those late night craving can do me in.   I am also working on my own healthy version of some of the restaurant items I like.

Another thing I have to work on is going to bed earlier.  I usually go to bed around 12:30 or 1:00 a.m.   Now if I ate dinner around 6:00 p.m. by 12:00 am I am going to be hungry.   By going to bed earlier I can help with this and it will also help me get the rest I need for the next day anyway.  I also read somewhere that lack of sleep is also connected with obesity so it will also help with my weight loss.

I have been reading a lot of blog posts and they are really helping me prepare for this transition.  I love listening to all the people who have traveled this road such as my sister and all my fellow bloggers.  I would also like to mention one blogger who has been writing some great posts for us newbies he is definitely worth checking out http://nccheesehead.wordpress.com/.   Nevertheless say a prayer for me that I will stay focus and keep my eye on the prize a healthier me with functioning hips.

Peace, Love and Happiness!!