Tag Archive | life change

4 years and 8 months later

Hey everybody, I know it been about a year since I posted and I wanted to post a update.

Well the last 6 months have really been hestic and time has really flew by. I am curious to see how everyone is doing. In the last 6 months I added about 20 pounds and now I am in place where I am like hell no. Sorry for the strong language but that’s how I got this way before. 20 pounds every year. I also rejoin the gym. Going to make myself go at least 3 times a week and increase it.

Here is a reminder…My surgery was on July 31st 2014. Here is a recent picture

One of the worst things that I ever restarted was eating potatoes chips which is a slider food and you can most definitely gain weight from it . I wished I would not have ever started eating those bad boys. Plus making cakes has help me pay me bills but it has caused me to taste the cakes I make. I recently started to just let it sit on my tongue and then splitting it in the trash and don’t swallow. I know that’s not good but I refuse to swallow all those calories. I know, I know I just created a new eating disorder. But I can’t sell something that I wouldn’t eat myself. I am working on this big time. Because it looks like I may be eventually leaving the counseloring field and open my own dessert spot.

One thing about the surgery is that you will be fighting this weight for the rest of your life and you can’t stop thinking and monitoring your eating habits and weight. If you do you will be fighting weight gain again. It a viscous cycle.

Here’s the most important thing…..So what you gain a few pounds back. Just get up and start again and reset that dang pouch. I still can’t eat but a few bites..so it all in what I put in my mouth. Say it with me!!! “We got this!”

Let me know how you guys are doing also. You will be hearing from me more.

Love, Peace and Happiness

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Dealing with Acid Reflux after weight loss surgery

Good afternoon beautiful people! I know I have been missing in action lately. Especially since my last child had graduate and just started his first year in college. It has been hard but I got to let my little man grown into the man I raised him to be. I do miss him and I daily dances in the kitchen while the food is cooking. He complains every time I grab his hands…but I know he loves it.

I also I wanted to do a update on my weight loss and how I am doing. I am still the same current weight of 215 and I still have a goal of 175. I fluctuate between 215 to 220 and I hate that. I am working on that big time. Especially after the last couple of months I have had. In previous posts I discussed having issues with Acid Reflux and having to take medication to help manage it. Well recently it seems to have gotten worse and I had to follow up with my gastric bypass doctor. To make a long story short. My doctor thought I had a fissure but turns out it was a small hital hernia. He prescibed some medication for it and told me that no surgery would be needed at this time. I currently take 1 pill twice daily and one other acid reflux pill before bed. This does help to control it but nevertheless I am really disappointed that I still have acid reflux. I did think the weight loss would cure it which it didn’t.

I have consider not drinking just my one cup of coffee to help manage it more successfully. Because this is the only caffeine I have on a daily basis. Nevertheless this is something I have to learn how to cope and learn to live with it nevertheless.

Love, peace and Happiness everyone!

Tracy

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.

Its just a Compliment nothing more nothing less….just say thank you!

Good morning beautiful people! I know it has been a while since I posted, but my cake business really picked up and I have been doing everything to help my son prepare for college and his upcoming high school graduation. I promise to get back on my game. Because this is the type of stuff that can derail your weight loss and before you know it you have gain 10, 20 or 30 pound back. I got a lot stuff I want to share with you guys so I will be blogging more.

I want to discuss self image for a minute. You know self image is one of the hardest thing anybody can deal with. When you pass by a mirror and you still see your previous overweight self. Nevertheless it makes it hard to accept compliments from others. I know this is a major issue of mine. Somebody will be like “Tracy girl you are looking good”….and my dumb butt will reply:

“Yea girl but you don’t want to see me naked. ” (Really who wants to see you naked…I got to stop saying this)

“Or shoot I ought to….I can barely eat anything” here another one..

“Did you see this excess skin under my arms, I can knock someone out with these bat wings.”

“Or girl it is that girdle holding everything in”.

Why can’t I just say thank you and keep it moving. For whatever reason I will attach something negative that I am concerned about to it every time. I know others who do this also. It is just hard for some people to accept compliments because we are always so hard on ourselves. Plus I don’t want to get comfortable with all the compliments and think I am fine and I don’t have to put in work anymore.

I am working on my short coming and doing my best to do better. When all I got say is thank you and keep it moving.

Happy Easter everyone!

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

Your classes are your best tools.

Good morning Ladies and Gents! I wanted to do a update about my progress and losing the weight I have regained. But first let me mention that my blog was nominated as one of the Top Bariatric Surgery blogs!!! Can I get a hand clap!! Yes go Tracy!! Even though I feel like I really need to be more consistent with my blogging. This gives me the motivation to better!!

Tracy’s journey after Gastric Bypass Surgery which was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 50 Bariatric Surgery Blogs on the web.

https://blog.feedspot.com/bari atric_surgery_blogs/

Well so far I have lost about 5 of the pounds I gained. That’s a start and I am gradually working my way back. You know we can sit down and write what all we are going to do and have it all planned out but when a box of donuts roll by and you will forget your whole plan if you don’t have any willpower. I realize now why the nutrionist kept repeating and instructing us to not reintroduce thosre foods we love back into our systems. Because this could be the catalyst that restart weight gain. But when you taking classes to prepare for your surgery. That stuff just don’t stick until you are here were I am at right now. Exercising is so important and you have to do it. I don’t care if you are just sitting in a chair doing it. Just do it.

So I am encouraging anybody that is considering these surgery to pay attention in the classes and listen to what your nutritionist and doctors are teaching you. Because they are the experts and they really know more than we will ever know about this process.

Love peace and happiness! Have a blessed Christmas!

Blessing from Tracy