Tag Archive | Staying focus

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. ūü§Ē 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. ūüėČ. 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

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It’s my birthday!!


‚Äč‚ÄčGood morning beautiful people!! Today is your girl’s birthday.  I got so much to celebrate because he woke me up one more day to celebrate another year with family and friends.  

You know the closer I get to 50 years old the more I start to revaulation my life.  I am seeking so much more such as peace, stability and love.  I am at the age were I am refusing to accept anything more.  I mean my golden years are only a couple years away.  I want to remain  healthy and live a long meaningful life.  I want to continue to focus on my relationship with GOD and be a better mother, wife and friend.  My family, weight and career always come after that.  

Things don’t always go the way I want it to but I do my best to keep moving forward.   My career is something that I want to grow and I love blogging but have never thought of this as more than hobby.  

I want to continue growing and moving forward in my life and be able to look back see my growth in five years, like I am able to do now.  I love that I accomplished some really great goals such as having my undergrad and graduation degree and I am working as a counselor.  I just want to continue to grow and prosper more.  This is my hope for my birthday today.

Peace, love and happiness beautiful people!!

Birthday girl,

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!

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! ūüėä ¬†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

Can I chose the area where I want to lose weight?

Good evening beautiful people!! Well I called and I called it right. I said I would probably lose the weight in my fat feet and dang if I didn’t. ¬†I was at work walking to the file room when I notice my feet was sliding like crazy in my sandals. ¬†I look down to make sure they were still zipped in the back and notice that each foot was sitting back more at if my shoes were to big. ¬†I am currently in 9 or 10 size depends on how the shoe is made. ¬†I like the ability to be able to buy prettier shoes because of my fat little tree trunks. ¬†However right now I want lose weight in my thighs, back fat or bat wings area. ¬†But if we were able to pick and choose where we lost weight it would be so awesome. ¬† But in the real world that is not possible…. So I need to get out of la-la land.


I have never really been a shoe girl until I lost weight. Plus I can’t go pass a heel that is over 3 and half. ¬†Any higher and I might have to get my new hip replaced. ¬†Plus you will not see me wobbling around and I can’t walk. ¬†I like to be able to walk as natural as possible. ¬†Especially since my orthopedic surgeon made my leg longer with my new hip. I am currently in love with..Lane Bryant and Catherine’s stores. ¬†Their shoes and boots are catered toward wide feet. ¬†Plus they are so comfortable and they have pretty designs that are available in my preferred heights. ¬†The shoes are not to high priced also. ¬†I love the ability to find boots in my size also. ¬†Check them out. ¬†Trust and believe these stores are not paying me to say this. ¬† Have a good day beautiful people!!

Peace, love and happiness!!

Tracy

My version of protein blueberry oatmeal yogurt muffin.

Good morning beautiful people. ¬†As you all know when you are on a life change you have to found recipes that are healthy. ¬†With that being said one of my favorite is blueberry anything. ¬†There is a gym in my area that sell protein filled blueberry muffins but they are expensive. ¬†So I wanted to try my own recipe off of Pinterest. ¬†Now I know I haven’t really blog about my cooking ¬†skills however my butt can burn in the kitchen that’s why I gained so much weight over the years. ¬† So with that being said I love looking at a recipes and try to determine if I can make it low fat and low sugar if not sugar free or try low fat recipes.

I I have looked at the almond flour and other flours that are suppose to be really good for you to use as an substitute for flour and I cringe at that the price of $12.00 at my local Walmart, I can’t afford that. ¬†Plus if I use it instead of flour and I hate it, ¬†I will be mad as heck.

Well I tried this recipe and these little bad boys taste good.  I used a 6 pan muffin plan.   For whatever reason they taste even better once they sit overnight!! I have included a picture of my muffins and the recipe is included below.

Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt muffins

Yield: Makes approximately 12 muffins

ServIng size 1

Ingredients

2 cups self rising-purpose flour

1 cup oats‚Äďquick or regular oats

1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Truvia Baking Blend OR 2/3 cup sugar  (I use Splenda)

1 1/2 cups blueberry nonfat Greek yogurt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of Honey

1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

Heat oven to 350¬į.

Coat muffin tin with cooking spray or liners.

Combine flour, sugar, in a bowl.

Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, honey and vanilla in a second bowl.

Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely.

Gently fold in blueberries.

Spoon into muffin tins (don’t be afraid to fill them full).

Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 20-25 minutes

Each serving (1 muffin) has approximately 24.3g of carbs and 1g of dietary fiber. Total NET CARBS= 23.3g.
215.2 Calories; 7.5g Total Fat; 5.6g Protein; 24.3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 5.1g Sugar; 47.1mg Cholesterol; 300.5mg Sodium.

Peace love and happiness Everybody!!

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