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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

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

 

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

From a size 28 to a size 14 and I love it!!! 

Hello beautiful people!  I decided to do a post about what size I am currently wearing.  I know a few people may be looking at this post and thinking really who cares.  Well for one thing I care.  You are looking at a woman who was a size 28/30 before my Rny gastric bypass.  I have posted my previous picture at the bottom of  this post of me at my highest weight 342 pounds.

As you may know a lot of stores just recently starting selling plus size clothing.  I remember when most stores wouldn’t go pass a size 24.  I mean really I couldn’t only go to Cato’s, Simple fashions (which has closed down) they were the cheaper store. Then there is Lane Bryant and Catherine’s  stores which are really expensive and the way my budget is set up I couldn’t go there to much.   Shoot a pair of pants run $40.00 and up. So I was a regular shopper at Cato’s  and Simple fashions.  The stores staff knew me by name because I went in their stores so much.  I really, really love Simple Fashion because they carry sizes all the way up to a size 34.  This threw me for a loop because I didn’t know how to go to a store and buy clothing that was to big for me.  They weren’t the best quality but they were so cute.  My big butt WAS wearing a size 28/30 then. I still don’t understand how they closed down because they stayed pack.

My only issue with Cato’s is that they are located at every shopping center near a Wal-Mart.  Which means you have twins everywhere.  Because everybody shopped at Cato’s.  This also caused issues with the larger sizes because they sold out of them so quick.

Now my all time favorite store is Ashley’s Stewart!!!  I love everything about this plus size store.  They carry sizes 12 all the way to size 32.  Here is the kicker they design clothing  that is sexy for the curvy plus size woman.

Check out the picture… That shirt is from there and I love the color and design.  I am hooked on the cold shoulder shirts and dresses.  I go through phases of what I love and will purchase several in different designs and colors but are similar in style.

The pants are actually from Lane Bryant store.  I got them off of their clearance rack for $9.99!! The regular price was $69.00.

I also love Rainbow Shop stores.  Their clothing is so cheap and cute.  Not the best quality but if you have as much clothing as I do.  They will last a long time.

Check out there stores and their website..I don’t mind twins in cyberspace.  Because we may never see each other!! 😜😜😜😜

Smooches beautiful people!!

Love, peace and Happiness!!

Tracy

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Don’t laugh at my big head!! Lol.

Disclaimer:  I am not being paid by any of the stores that I mention in this post.  They are just my favorite stores!

Back to the basics

Good afternoon Beautiful people!  Let’s talk about weight regain a very important part of weight loss surgery afterward.  Everybody  knows that regaining weight after a WLS (weight loss surgery) is  scary.   When you gain weight and you have previously fought  to lose it is scary as heck.   For myself,  I picture  my previous  body size before  my weight loss surgery.   That’s makes me shake in my boots and stop eating any  chips or sweets.  You got to know that  I am in this game to win it.   When people notice I am going to the gym, the first thing they ask me is why.  I mean really why ask  why.  To me it’s simple anybody  can gain weight back and you got to stay proactive on this journey for the rest of your life.  You got to get up and move to keep the weight off when all you want to do is sleep.  You got to exercise and watch what you put in your mouth period.  One of my hardest struggle is when I go out to eat with my family.  They are usually watching my plate and will argue  about who is going to get my leftovers like I can’t eat them later.  This makes me eat more because I don’t want anybody else to eat my food.  I am aware that I have this problem and I am focusing on letting go.  So what if they eat the leftover plate at least you didn’t.  It’s hard and if anyone told you this journey was going to be easy they are lying.   Because you are fighting  this eating habits many times throughout the day.    What are your struggles? What causes you grief the most on this  journey?

Stay bless!  Love, peace and happiness!!

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