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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 

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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

Happy July 4th!! Rules for eating on this day.

Good morning beautiful people! Today is one of the hardest days of the year for someone like me who has had weight loss surgery.  Because you can over endudge and stretch the heck out of your little Shellies!! 

Hotdogs, hamburger, barbecue chicken, steaks, ribs, potatoes  and pasta salads, potatoes chips, beer, mixed drinks ….oh my the list goes on and on and my mouth just starts to water. 

Here are some tips from Tracy…. When you go to the table to make your plate….

  • Walk right by the bread.  Leave it alone, don’t look at those sweet Hawaiian hamburger and hotdogs buns that have been cooked to perfection.  Strut, dance, do a split just walk on by!!
  • Walk by the mixed alcoholic drinks that have those little delectable pieces of fruits just floating in that beautiful color alcoholic sugar filled liquid.  The fruit just be waving and begging you to just taste one.   Don’t do it… Here is a fact that was drilled in my head by the nutritionist.   Alcohol reacts different in our bodies…(weight loss surgery patients)… first your body metabolic takes the alcohol and makes it the number one priority and burns it first therefore it is not burning your fats or carbs…. Therefore no weight loss until the alcohol all gone.  Plus we get drunk so much faster than a normal person and boy do it take forever to wear off.  I learned that real quick.  Even though I am not a drinker…I sip a little something every blue moon and then I limited it to only one or two sips.  I promise you I feel it real quick.  I never ever drive when I do… Because it lingers forever.
  • Walk by the sweets, potatoes, pasta salad and chips.. Don’t look, don’t peep don’t make any eye contact.  Just keep it moving and grab a paper towel to wipe the saliva off your lips.

Go straight to the meats… Pick you a piece of chicken cut it in half, get you a piece of steak cut it in half, grab a ground beef patty (hamburger meat) and you guessed it …cut it in half.  You can add some cheese and mustard and ketchup to it.  Take your one bite of that chicken, steak and hamburger and walk always.  Because that’s all your little Shellies can hold anyway.  Wrap your plate for later and go mingle and laugh with family and friends.  Grab your water bottle and sip away while still looking sexy and lean.  You can do it. I know you can.  

Now let me bake this red velvet earthquake cake and strawberry and oreo cream cheesecake cake for my cookout.  Then I will practice my own rules again.  Lol.  I know you are looking at your screen like what the hell.  But I don’t like strawberry cake and I have always detested Oreo cookies.  I never liked anything with cream in the middle.  But that dang red velvet earthquake cake….  (Shaking my head) we are going to war.  Love ya!!

Love, peace and Happiness!!

Happy July 4th everybody!! Be blessed!

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

Take your time and do it right!

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There are several things that I have notice about myself since I had this surgery.  For instance my body seem to have a different smell.  My mouth in the morning taste like pure nastiness.  I brush my teeth at least twice a day and gargle with mouthwash at least 4 times a day.
I am struggling with getting my proteins in with my foods.  So I am still drinking protein shakes.  I cannot stand chocolate at this time so I only used vanilla and strawberry.  I am in the process of ordering some of the sugar free syrup everybody it’s always raving about.

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I talked with my bariatric nurse and nutritionist and they both informed me that I may be eating to fast and not chewing my food enough.  I have really started focusing and I do believe that may be the problem.  Because each time I throw up I don’t actually chew my food over 1500 times. I have got to do better.  I realize I have to really focus and pay great attention when I eat.
One good thing is my stomach (Shelly) and thighs have really shrunk. I can wears a size 20 in pants, down from a size 26/28.

Love, Peace and Happiness!!
Ms. Tracy

Embarking on the most excited journey of my life

 

time for a changeToday was my last visit to meet with my nutritionist and it was confirmed that your girl had lost 29 pounds.  I am happy as a I can be.  This was my last visit before my surgery on the 30th of this month.  I have slowly been buying products and other stuff I will need for this major change.   A lot of the stuff I purchased are from the nutrition store locate at the doctor office.  I know that once I leave the hospital the last thing I will want to do is go shopping.  I will also buy several other things this week to ensure I get all of the protein I need.

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I am also going to purchase this item to help with personal hygiene. I have been told by several individuals that because of the incisions area reaching to certain areas will cause some discomfort. Because I would hate to ask my hubby or children to do something so personal.  I will buy this reach stick.  I can’t see myself calling my daughter or husband to come and help Mama in the bathroom complete her personal hygiene stuff because it hurts to much to reach those areas…..Heck to the NO…you will not catch me doing that.  I would rather invest in something to help me reach those places more easily.

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Nevertheless I decided to purchase this bad boy which is called the Lu La Bath Brush and this sucker is 23 inches long and is flexible to move in different directions.  Shoot I can reach my feet, my neck and lower back.  It also had several part that you can order that will enhance its usability.  (Oh yea I am not receiving any money or free products by discussing what I am purchasing to help me during my rehabilitation process.)
I also receive a call from Hillcrest Hospital where I am having my surgery today to let me know what time I will have to be at the hospital for the surgery.  I will have to be there at 6:30 and surgery will be at 8:00.  I am starting to get nervous all over again with butterflies feeling in my stomach when I think about it, it’s like I just met my husband for the first time.  You know the feeling I am talking about when you are nervous and excited to go out with the new guy and every time you think about him you get that feeling.   Right now I am getting that feeling about meeting my new self after the surgery.

How will I change, what foods will I hate but previously loved?

How will I look after the weight loss, will my booty resemble Sponge Bob square Pants booty?

Will my hair shred badly or will it continue to grow (don’t really matter because I love wigs) but nevertheless a woman never want to lose her hair. Read my previous post about this at http://wp.me/p48Fm9-4X.

Will I finally get to wear my stiletto with the wide leg cream suit?  Read my previous post about this…  http://wp.me/p48Fm9-5u.

 Oh there is so much to look forward to, because this has been a long and tiring journey for me!!

Love, Peace and Happiness

Ms. Tracy

I am officially 25 pounds lighter!!

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I am overjoyed, ecstatic, jubilant, excited, nervous, happy and dancing around like a kid in a toy store with unlimited supplies of toys.

I started this Opti-fast diet about 3 weeks ago and I am happy to say I have dropped 11 pounds. Since I started at this new doctor office in April I have dropped 25 pounds altogether.

However, I do have to admit that I have dreams of chocolate chip cookies and McDonald’s French fries floating as clouds in the skies. I grabbed my imaginary bat and swat each of the suckers out of the sky. This dang diet has me fighting urges left and right…but your girl is like a boxer I go out kicking and fighting like a champ. I wake up chanting Muhammad Ali famous quote.  “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.  My mouth can’t eat what my eyes can’t see.”   Lol, I just changed it around to fit me.

One thing that I have to admit is that even though I complained about going to this whole other gastric bypass doctor office and starting over (read my earlier post   https://tracysmanning.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/my-set-back-will-be-a-set-up-for-my-come-back/). I have to admit that this was the best decision I have ever made. Dr. Scott and his team really look out for the client and make sure that you are well prepared for any and everything that pertains to weight loss surgery.

The first preparation class discussed Phase 1 which includes the full liquid diet after the surgery. I learned several things. One thing that really surprise me was the information about rinsing your mouth with Listerine 2-3 times a daily for 2 weeks because you could develop thrush. Second no straws, gum, sports bottles with a sport caps or sip cups because you can fill your small pouch with air and which can cause it to rupture.

Every week we go over different things that we will have to know while in the hospital and after we are released from the hospital. I am absorbing a lot and keeping a note-book of everything. I am looking forward to losing these pounds and strutting my stuff.