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On a mission to get back on track.

Good morning person! I got some bad news this morning. I step on the scale this bitch had moved up 13 pounds. My knees gave out on me and I fell to the floor. I was so devastated and distraught that I passed out for a few moments.

Now let’s stop right here. Let’s marinated on this for a few minutes. Let’s think about what got me here. First of all I ran out of my protein and didn’t drink them for about 2 or 3 weeks. I endudge in some buffet meals, Thanksgiving, not exercising, stayed started drinking soda. The list go on, and on. My first sign that something was amissed was when I put on a pair of pants that was loose before but was now tight as hell!! I couldn’t even sit in the bad boys. ūü§Ē I knew I was going have to weight Myself the next morning.

Now here thing…..I am very aware how 10 pounds can turn into 10 more pounds and another 10 pounds. So I am on a mission to get back on course. Most people would just give up and not be able to regroup. But not me. I refuse to get caught up in my daily life duties and neglect my weight. Shoot I like looking sexy in my clothes and being able to stop traffic. ūüėČ. Lol…but for real. I can’t go back to were I came from. I am on a mission to get back on track. Heck no it is not easy but it can be done. Keep me in your prayers as I regain my focus and drop these last 30 pounds that I have been trying to lose since I started this journey.

Love, peace and happiness!

Tracy

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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 

My little fat tree trunks


Good Morning beautiful people!! I got something to share…that’s funny but really relative to learning to love yourself after weight loss surgery.  As you all know I am a self proclaimed fashionista.. I love to shop and I may be just a tiny bit addicted to shopping for the new improved Tracy.  My new focus is Lane Bryant and Catherine’s stores wide shoes.  Everytime they add some new shoes my big butt be on it.  Trying new high heels and crap like I am a pro.  Well they posted these new bad boys on their site and I had to get them.

 

Now I know some of you are old high heel steppers are looking  at these bad boys and are saying “look at that little heel.”   Well this heel is 4.75, which is really high for me.  With that being said ….I hate the fact that Lane Bryant don’t sell their shoes in their  store anymore and you have to order online.  Because for me….shoes are one thing that I need to try on and walk in before I purchase.  I got to make sure they don’t rub the corn and if my little fat feet can get them on.

  Nevertheless when I finally  received my order I put the box in the trunk of my car and forgot about it until I got to work the next day.  Well as soon as I got to the office I pull those bad boys out to try them on in my office. Now here comes the real test which I failed.   First problem was I couldn’t buckle the shoe on the side because my tree trunks had swollen up again.  Second problem was because my tree trunks was swollen the middle strap across the top of the shoe buckle up…. Like it was fighting my fat.  Here a picture to see for yourself.Now here is the funny thing…I couldn’t walk in these bad boys…I wobble, doing the lean to the side walk and holding on to everything. My coworkers was crying laughing at me.  I kept trying to push my knee back so I could stand up straight and the knees kept buckling.  I couldn’t do my sexy chocolate walk at all.  I almost fell several times so I just threw my hands up in defeat because the dang shoes won. I thought wedges was the easiest type of high heels shoe you can wear.  Boy was I wrong and I was taking them back to get a refund.  With that being said… Some shoes and some clothing is not designed for everybody.  I personally can’t wear what everybody else wears.   Now that’s my opinion about myself, so don’t take it personally…. DO YOU BOO!  But me on the other hand I have  several friends that will say to me real quick….”No, Tracy that’s not working take that back to the store.”  like these shoes and I listen. 

Love, peace and Happiness!

Tracy 

Ps.  Lane Bryant or Catherine’s are not paying me to say this.

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

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‚Äďquick 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¬į.

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