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Did I say I love the color red!

Good morning beautiful people!! I am excited to show the fruits of my labors. My weight loss has given me the chance to dabble in something your girl love….fashion. As you all know in the previous blog post my clothes have came in and I was so excited. I have been trying to figure out what pieces I would put together to make each outfit. This one I got on right now is a combination of Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant. Let me discuss Lane Bryant for a minute. They carry this wide leg pants that looks so good with a cuff. I love these bad boys. They are called Lena tailored stretch wide leg pant. I have the color white, red and black. I am waiting for the vanilla or cream color. I added the picture from the website. Did I say I love the color red!

Well I paired these red pants with a shirt that I love from Ashley Stewart in a mustard color. If you haven’t noticed shirts with all kinds of designs on the sleeves is the new thing this season, I love the sleeve designs that are out and I have purchase a few for myself. Here I paired the pants with that mustard color shirt.

I was giving everybody a pop of color with all the white snow still on the ground. I also added my red shawl for my outerwear….this was purchase about 2 years ago at the locate Hamricks store on clearance rack. Did I say I love the color red?

One thing that I wanted to discuss was something I learned……no, no, no let me rephased that. One of the things I heard as a child and teenager…..was from my Mother who is high yellow by the way……use to say all the time that dark skin people shouldn’t wear red. My grandmother who was my complexion use to say it was the devil’s color. So imagine my surprise when a good friend kept encouraging me to wear brighter colors and to stop wearing so much darker colors clothing, They swore that my skin tone would look really good in these colors. Now if you ask my Mama if she said this….she would denied it real quick. But my sisters and I remember it very well because she use to say it all the time. I was use to hearing her say “She knows she is to black to be wearing that red dress, drive a red car, etc. ” So as a child I took my Mother’s views as my own and until I reached my 40’s. Ain’t that something……nevertheless I love bright colors now and Mama dukes swear I look good in each outfit I wear no matter what the color is. Well that’s all ladies and gents! Until the next post.

Peace, Love and Happiness!!

Be blessed Tracy

Ps….I have not been payed by any of the companies that was mention in this post.


Using Motivation Keys to lose weight

motivational is the golden key

Good morning beautiful people! I have a two years old granddaughter that is my world.  Every time she comes over and we go in my bedroom she runs directly to my scale and step on it and look down at it and look at me.  I laugh at her because this means she is copying somebody at her home who is weighing all the time.  Even though this is funny why do we have to focus on that scale so much that a child emulate us doing it?

Nevertheless I recently did a post about motivation and what my keys are to continue to lose my weight and stay healthy.   I listed shopping as one of my keys however there are several more. Therefore I wanted to discuss my other motivations keys in this post.

The dictionary defines Motivation as: The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

motivation2Here is a list of my motivation keys:

  1.  Remain healthy and live a long fruitful life……. when one is carrying a large amount of weight.  It causes problems with your health.  For instant because of my previous overweight self, I suffered with Hypertension, GERD, High cholesterol, Orthopedic issues, Disc Degenerative Disorder, Sleep Apena Low stamina and endurance, low self esteem.  Man I was on several medications for each one of these diagnoses and I refuse to go back on that many medications.
  2. I like being able to walk long distance without feeling like I am going to pass out.  Walking was also another thing that cause problems.  I hated to go to grocery shopping and even try to shop because I got tired out so easily.
  3. The heat don’t bother me no more during the summer.  I swear when I was heavier…I thought I was going to pass out if I even peeped out the door during the spring and summer.
  4. Self esteem improved…Man on man.  There is nothing like being able to look in the mirror and feel good about yourself.  Weight loss can do that for you.  Just make your confidence improve drastically.
  5. Shopping and more shopping and more shopping… shopping cheaper, shopping is easily, shopping is fun, shopping is great.   Shopping make me feel better.  T
  6. Being able to fit in booths and seats in restaurants and other places.  Oh boy, I have posted about this before…Fat chair check…even though I don’t have to do this anymore.   I still do it.  I check every chair I sit in, just to make sure that I can fit or the chair will not fall when I sit in it.  Sorry old habits diet hard.

One thing I am learning to do is to focus on my day to day eating habits and not the scale. Because what I put in my mouth and exercise is the more important than anything. This is were I am able to keep the weight off and down.

Love, Peace, and Happiness

Be Blessed Tracy!


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!


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!


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

Two little wilted round small oranges.


Good evening beautiful people!

I went to the YMCA today and burned around 500 calories!! I did that and I am patting myself on the back fat because it is disappearing as I type. I be pumping iron and breathing, pumping iron and breathing, pausing to keep from passing out and working on those areas trying to make them disappear.  With that being said I want to discuss a subject that is a little out there.  So hang tight while I gather my words.

Before my weight loss surgery…I had this humongous stomach and my two little …how do I say this without sounding vulgar…my two little melons just lay there like two little wilted round small oranges. Because of my stomach I look like I didn’t even have any boobies.  Man my stomach was so HUGE that my Orthopedic specialist explained to me why my back hurt so much.  I have disk degenerative disease in the lower part of my back because of my weight that I carry for about 20 years.   What I had to understand is that the spine of our body is designed in such a way that it carries the weight of the body and maintains balance and distributes the weight during periods of rest and activity.  Since I was extremely overweight and had a big belly, my spine was forced to carry that extra weight on itself and it was not able to distribute to other parts of the body. This results in my spine being overworked resulting in damage to the spine and causing me to have many sleepless and painful nights. Boy I went through so many mattresses trying to find one that would help me sleep better.  Now remember I also had Sleep Apnea and bad hips that need to be replaced but my insurance would not approve a hip replacement because of my BMI was 55. Because of this I suffers unrelenting back and hip pain.  I was tore up from the floor up.


Fast forward to now and after losing close to 150 pounds and my tummy shrinking down and it is about flat (However I do have skin that will need to be). My back no longer hurts.  Except when I had my hip replaced last November and that was because I couldn’t do nothing but lay on my back.  Now back to subject at hand.  I got breasties!! I got 38 DD size breasts to be exact! (Shaking my head from side to side as I type that)

Would you believe that I am also blushing as I type this, NOT!! I loveeeeeee my breasts.  I buy bras that emphasize those bad boys!! Whatttt…. you can’t tell me nothing!  Let me tell you how much breasts I got.  I was at work one day and my beautiful blond head friend, name Mica poked me in one of my breasts and said she wanted to know where did they come from. See me and her were the two biggest girls in the office with the smallest breasts!  So she was a little jealous because we have always talked about how we wanted big breasts so our stomach wouldn’t be emphasize so much.  LOL I know right. I love you MICA!!! You are my Ivory and I am your Ebony remember that when you are reading this post!!

This is one of the pro about any weight loss. You gain a figure!! Shoot I have a waist, hips, breasts, butt and I am going to keep those bad boys.  So I will be eating PROTEIN FIRST for the rest of my life and popping vitamins everyday!! I love going to sleep and my back not hurting so bad that I can’t sleep.

Smooches beautiful people!!  Check me out in my Sunday gear from this past Sunday. Boobies was popping!!img_1597

Love, Peace and Happiness!


From a size 28 to a size 14 and I love it!!! 

Hello beautiful people!  I decided to do a post about what size I am currently wearing.  I know a few people may be looking at this post and thinking really who cares.  Well for one thing I care.  You are looking at a woman who was a size 28/30 before my Rny gastric bypass.  I have posted my previous picture at the bottom of  this post of me at my highest weight 342 pounds.

As you may know a lot of stores just recently starting selling plus size clothing.  I remember when most stores wouldn’t go pass a size 24.  I mean really I couldn’t only go to Cato’s, Simple fashions (which has closed down) they were the cheaper store. Then there is Lane Bryant and Catherine’s  stores which are really expensive and the way my budget is set up I couldn’t go there to much.   Shoot a pair of pants run $40.00 and up. So I was a regular shopper at Cato’s  and Simple fashions.  The stores staff knew me by name because I went in their stores so much.  I really, really love Simple Fashion because they carry sizes all the way up to a size 34.  This threw me for a loop because I didn’t know how to go to a store and buy clothing that was to big for me.  They weren’t the best quality but they were so cute.  My big butt WAS wearing a size 28/30 then. I still don’t understand how they closed down because they stayed pack.

My only issue with Cato’s is that they are located at every shopping center near a Wal-Mart.  Which means you have twins everywhere.  Because everybody shopped at Cato’s.  This also caused issues with the larger sizes because they sold out of them so quick.

Now my all time favorite store is Ashley’s Stewart!!!  I love everything about this plus size store.  They carry sizes 12 all the way to size 32.  Here is the kicker they design clothing  that is sexy for the curvy plus size woman.

Check out the picture… That shirt is from there and I love the color and design.  I am hooked on the cold shoulder shirts and dresses.  I go through phases of what I love and will purchase several in different designs and colors but are similar in style.

The pants are actually from Lane Bryant store.  I got them off of their clearance rack for $9.99!! The regular price was $69.00.

I also love Rainbow Shop stores.  Their clothing is so cheap and cute.  Not the best quality but if you have as much clothing as I do.  They will last a long time.

Check out there stores and their website..I don’t mind twins in cyberspace.  Because we may never see each other!! 😜😜😜😜

Smooches beautiful people!!

Love, peace and Happiness!!


Don’t laugh at my big head!! Lol.

Disclaimer:  I am not being paid by any of the stores that I mention in this post.  They are just my favorite stores!

I am a Shopaholic….. Admitting it is the first step!

Good morning beautiful people!  I have come to the conclusion that I am addicted to shopping.  Ever since I lost my weight after the surgery I have become a shopaholic.  Even before my surgery I like to shop however now that I lost all this weight is gotten worse.   Before I had my surgery I weigh over 329 pounds and I mean let’s  be serious.  You can’t find a lot  of cute  and affordable clothing  in that size.

However, now I am constantly looking at the sites or stores that I like. I get their emails, and texts… they got those little bad boys setup where it is like one of your home girls are texting you.  And man don’t  let me learn about a new store and they have really pretty clothes. I will start shopping there also. Now it hasn’t interfered with me paying my bills but I have two closet full of clothes. I could wear a different outfit for probably three months straight and still have clothes left that I haven’t touch. My son told me Sunday that I didn’t need anything else to wear and I shouldn’t be buying anymore clothing or shoes. I was hanging up two new dresses and two new shirts when he told me this. I had to take a step back and look at myself. I do have a lot of clothing and I got to get this habit under control… Before it gets out of hand. I keep making excuses that I am a cheap shopper so I am alright. This is true….. I love my local goodwill until they brought in new management and changed everything up. The clothing was arranged by colors and sizes. However now everything is just separated by shirts and pants. So that help me tremendously because I don’t have the patience to look through all that for what I like. But I am in love with Ashley Stewart’s, Cato’s store and Lane Bryant’s and Catherine’s shoes.  (I was not pay to say these stores names)  What bad about the shoe  thing is I never really cared about shoes because it was so hard to find shoes for my wide feet.  But I lost weight in my feet and went from a size 12 to a size 9 in shoes.  So now I am able to find pretty shoes that fit my wide feet.   Keep me in your thoughts as I ignore these texts and emails about their sales.  GOD be with me.

Smooches have a blessed day.   Check me out in my Easter dress from Ashley  Stewart’s …I thought I was high stepping.