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Losing these pounds

Good morning beautiful people. I have come to realization that I was becoming a procrastinator. Let me explain myself….see I can plan all kinds of things that will help me reach my weight loss goals only to fall short and not follow through. So nevertheless I am working on it now instead of later. I am so happy to report that I am doing it. I have actually lost 11 of the 15 pounds that I gained back. You can’t tell me nothing. I have founded my MOJO again.

I have been attending the gym at least 3 to 4 times a week with my 18 years old son. Nevertheless I got to give my son a shout out because that big head boy be pushing me like crazy! I be running, jumping, twisting, skipping, pumping iron and pooting all over the YMCA. Now don’t look at the screen like that…..exercising make me push all that foul air out. Now my son don’t play. He does not go easy on me at all. He makes me put in work and as a result I am losing this weight. We are also eating really healthy and have officially put the deep fryer away and we are only eating baked, boiled or grilled meats. We are also doing soups that are really high in fiber and light calories. We are eating all kinds vegetables from every color of the rainbow. We are using ground turkey meat in the soups. I sauté extra onions and garlic to give the soups even better taste. My teenage son love them and be killing each one. I will post a few of the recipes so you can see what we are doing.

Well ladies and Gents have a blessed day!! Until the next time.

Peace, Love and Happiness!!

Be blessed

Tracy

Cabbage Soup

• Half a head of cabbage, roughly chopped

•. Ground turkey…(I use Aldi Fit and active)

• 1 cup of diced celery

• 2 diced onion

• 1 cup of diced carrots

• 1 green bell pepper, chopped

• 2 to 3 gloves of garlic

• 4 cups of chicken broth

• 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (basil, oregano and garlic flavor)

• 1 tsp of oregano

• Half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes

• Salt

Direction

• Place a pot over medium heat and pour some olive oil.

• Saute ground turkey, celery, onion, carrots, and green bell pepper.

• Once the carrot is tender, add the garlic and chicken broth.

• Add your cabbage and diced tomatoes.

• Bring the soup to a boil.

• Once the cabbages are tender, add seasonings: salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

• Remove from the heat and serve.

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Just pure Gluttony 🙄

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

Abs are not age restricted!

Good morning beautiful people! As you all know I am on this major mission to reach my goal weight. The struggle is real as heck. I swear I see little pieces of Hershey chocolate floating around in the air and they be calling my name saying …”Tracyyyy, Tracyyyyy come and eat me!” And my big butt be floating toward them….while salivating everywhere. I mean really who else see food that they love on every dang commercial, magazines or ads on the internet…..when you are cutting all fattening food from your diet.

Anyway I was talking to my daughter about me exercising and trying to lose the weight yesterday. When I mention that I wanted Abs…. Well she interrupted me while laughing and said “Mama, what do you mean you want Abs?” Now when I realized that she was laughing at me….I didn’t get mad I got even more motivated and determine. Now here is the thing I love my sweet chuckling child but she has evidently underestimated her Mother’s ability to reach every goal that she has set her mind on. I went on to explained to my spoiled daughter, that I was tired of wearing shape wearing to hide my bumps, lumps and grooves and I wanted to be shape wear free. Meaning I want my body to be toned and cruvy without any extra help. I mean before I gained the weight I was like that years ago. Before her and her younger brother made me gain all that weight. Lmbo…we love to blame gain our excessive weight gain on our pregnancies. When in all actuality we just had poor eating and exercising habits.

Nevertheless my little girl/woman is 23 years old and thinks it is hilarious for a woman my age to want Abs! You got to be shitting me because age has nothing to do with wanting to look good and toned in your clothes. I don’t care if you wear jogging pants everyday or when you are in your panties and bras….you still want to look toned . One thing about gastric bypass surgery is when you lose all that weight you have to start fighting all that loose skin, which I hate with a passion. So now you may understand why I want to be firm and tone, not wiggly and jiggly.

Therefore I now have something to prove to my child and others who also think abs are age restricted.

Until next time! Peace, Love and Happiness!

Be Blessed Tracy!

Fighting the battle

Good afternoon beautiful people! It’s snowing down here in South Carolina and its so beautiful. There is nothing like being in a Winter Wonderland. However down here when it snows, it shuts everything. Shoot you would think it was the worst winter storm to ever hit us. Lol….stores and restaurants closed down and all the milk and bread get brought out.

However……when there is a Winter snow and you are stuck in the house you may tend to overeat. My biggest problems is Pinterest…man I want to try every recipe I see. Thats that dang cook got me saving recipes left and right. I am always looking for dishes that are delicioussss. I have found several cake recipes that i make for people all the time. That are so good when you put a piece in your mouth it melts like cotton candy. I know my but can cook and that’s a gift and a curse at the same time.

I have several things that I do to help me stay full which helps me from overeating everyday. One of first things that I do is take my medication with my protein drink and then coffee later. I eat a couple of fruits also and drink water like crazy. It helps me to stay full. I make sure I also set my meals up and follow them strictly. One thing I also have learned is don’t buy no chips or other fatty foods because it may make it way to my mouth.

I am not going to lie .,..I am weak and I fall short everyday when comes to eating the wrong thing. However I reel myself back in asap because I am not going down that road of weight gain. Also I am a big procrastinator….I will have everything planned out for my exercise trips to YMCA and don’t do it. What so bad about it….is in my mind I am doing it. I got to do better or better yet use my machines in my house. Because I hate my thighs and back fat. Keep me in your prayers as I continue to fight the battle of fat regain.

Ps: I got my clothes. I will post pictures of my outfits in the next coming days! 😉

Love, peace and happiness!

Be Blessed Tracy

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. 🤔 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. 😉. 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

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