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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

Adjusting to the new me

image It has officially been one week since I had my surgery on July 30, 2014. My starting weight when I went to the hospital was 311 pounds. When I got back home after my surgery I weigh 314 pounds. I wasn’t in denial, I knew my body had been through a major change and I was full of toxic fumes that could not find the correct exits doors because my muscles were not cooperating at the time.

My current weight is 295 pounds. WOW!! I can’t remember the last time I even weighing in my 200s. I am just amazed that I have lost 19 pounds in one week. Now don’t get it twisted I walked my butt off trying to get that gas to find the right doors. But nevertheless the weight is falling on fairly quickly. Let’s hope it continue.

I am also averaging around 80 grams of proteins and around 50 ounces of water the last couple days. Now remember I am on medical leave and is not set to return to the office until Sept 2, 2014 so I have the time to get all the fluids in. I am having problems with not gulping….I mean on average day before the surgery I was drinking over 80 ounces of water. Trying to control my gulping and changing to sipping is hard. I am also having problems with nausea, I am so glad the doctor gave me two medicines for that.

My drain was removed today also. That little balloon was really trying my patience. When the doctor cut the thread and had me to count to 30 out aloud. I could feel him pulling it out but it did not hurt whatsoever. I am going to post a picture of the drain so you can see how it looks. If you have a tender stomach you may not want to see this picture. You have a drain that is connected to the larger part of your stomach that was bypassed. It will come out of your side and will drain fluids. This helps the doctor to detect if there is a leak from any of the incisions. The bandages had to be changed daily and my husband and kids would act as if they were dying when they changed it.

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I was also taken off of one of my medicines for my high blood pressure today because I let the doctor know I hadn’t taken my medicines this morning to make sure I did not have to make a restroom stop on the way to my doctor appointment. He was amazed because it was only 117 over 72 so he took me off one of the medicine.

The six spots where they did my surgery laparoscopic itches likes crazy but there is no pain. This really amazes me because I thought I would be hurting where the incisions are located.

Mentally I am adjusting to everything because everything is control by your mouth. You can’t over indulge or just any eat any and everything anymore. Your stomach is master of that domain now. I am currently in the pureed stage, where everything has to be purred and liquified before I eat it. Then I am limited on what I can eat. I am happy about introducing other foods into my diet. But currently at this time I am to get my proteins from my protein shakes and can eat 6 small meals of a very limited variety of food.
As I travel down this road there is no going back. I can’t just change my mind and say I want my old stomach back. I have to suck it up and do what I have to do make sure that I stay healthy and that I take all my vitamins.

I have been approved and scheduled

stock-photo-insurance-coverage-approved-148181882I am excited, overjoyed, overwhelmed, happy and ready.  I got my called this evening that I have been APPROVED for surgery and my surgery date is July 15th!! 🙂
There will be a required 4 week diet among several other things.  I will follow up with before pictures and the rest of the process sometime this week.

Love, Peace and Blessings
Mrs. Tracy

Going in for a slam dunk!

Today is a new day for your girl.   I have worked on my motivation and my inspiration and I believe that I have found it.  I am just sick and tired of being sick and fat.  I do realize that this is what I needed to jump back on the wagon.  Sometimes we need a smack upside the head to realize that we need to get our stuff together.   My moment was something that is very personal and I would never ever put it out for World Wide Web to know.   Nobody is perfect and nonetheless when it hit me, I sat down and I really thought how I could fix this.   There is only one thing I can do and that is lose this weight.  I have to get myself back on track and work on these behaviors that keep on resurfacing.

I did really good today and kept my calories count around 1100 calories and proteins around 84 grams.  I got to work on my carbs they were around 140.   I am staying focus and monitoring every action… minute by minute.  This is the only way I can convert these behaviors and change them once and for all whether I have the surgery or not.  The goal is not about weight loss surgery anymore it is about losing weight and obtaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong I am still completing the process for surgery it’s just not my main focus anymore, weight loss is.

I have the basketball and it is in my court and I am going in for a slam dunk.

Love, Peace and Happiness!!

Ms. Tracy

Fast Food Restaurants are my enemies.

 Some mornings I just don’t have time to cook breakfast.   So I am usually trying to figure out what can I eat.  One of the hardest things is trying to find healthy choices at the local restaurants.  McDonald’s has some of the healthiest choices in this area.

One of the things I eat is the Egg White Delight McMuffin with no cheese:                    

200 Calories  15g Protein  3.5g Fat (5%) 28g Carbs (9%)  570mg Sodium (24%)

I usually get a Parfait and it is also high in carbs;

150  Calories  4g Protein   2g Fat (3%) 30g Carbs (10%) 70mg Sodium (3%)

By the time I finish my little meal, I have consume 350 calories, 19 grams of protein, 58 grams of carbs, 640 grams of sodium.  WOW!!  Now 350 calories is not to high.  But 58 grams of carbs and 640 grams of sodium is.  Especially for my first meal of the day.

 My nutritionist’s and members in my therapist group have had this discussion and McDonald’s or any fast food restaurant are our enemies. These restaurants are one of the things that increased my weight gain.  Shoot I am the reason McDonald sales are down. 

Nevertheless, I believe that we need to be aware of what we can eat when situations like this arise and they will.  I have training away from my office, vacations, etc. By knowing what food items that I can eat will help me to support a healthy diet. Preparation is a must and we have to be ready for any situation to support a healthy life change.