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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

Walking a mile in my shoes.

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I am getting nervous and excited at the same time.  I know without a shadow of doubt that my Lord and Savior will not put anything on me that I can’t handle.  But anytime that you are going under the knife you will get nervous.  I know that this surgery is happening at the right time because I am having major problems resulting from my much needed hip replacement and weight problems.
I have people questIoning me about the surgery and they are genuinely concern for my well-being.  However when I start taking about all the problems  I am having from my weight issues they seem to understand.  But at the end of the day the only person that I need to worry about is myself.  I am not doing this surgery for other people I am doing it for me.  I am doing it so I can enjoy a good quality of life. So I can be here for my kids and husband.  I want to be totally independent. I don’t want to have to ask someone for help putting on my own socks or tie my shoes strings.  I mean really…..people really don’t understand the statement about “walking a miles in someone shoes.”  Until you have dealt with someone else’s pain and physical illnesses you can’t understand their health issues and why they want weight loss surgery.

LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPINESS
MS. TRACY

They have submitted my surgery for approval!!

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I am happier then a bear that fell in a bucket of honey.  I am happier than someone who just found a $100.00 bill laying in the road and they are broke..

I finally saw the doctor this past Monday and the surgery scheduler and she was submitting for approval for the gastric bypass. Even though a few days have passed and I have not heard anything, I am still happy as heck.   Because this journey has been long as heck and I thought I would never see the end.

On another note…I have been having some problems with my blood pressure.   Nevertheless I had to see the cardiology to make sure my old kicker is working correctly and sufficiently for the surgery.  He had to sign off to ensure that heart is working right.  He did give his approval after he performs a few tests and he also put me on a new beta blocker to try and lower my blood pressure for the upcoming surgery.

I am happy to say that everything seems to be falling in place.

Peace, love and Happiness!
Ms.  Tracy

Playing the waiting game..

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My current doctor decided to go ahead and submit me for my surgery approval anyway. I agree because I felt that United Healthcare should have caught this before we got this far. I mean we completed everything. Now we are playing a waiting game, waiting to see if they are going to approve the surgery. I do have a tentative date of April 22, 2014.   If everything is approved I will start my liquid diet next week. Saying my blessing and hoping for the best.

My daughter has lost over 20 pounds since she started actively attending the YMCA. She is dancing around and singing like a champ. The reason I am so proud of my daughter weight loss is because she and a group of childhood friends are all actively attending the YMCA at least 3 or 4 times a week. She has stop drinking soda and cut her bread intake down a lot. My son has also lost more weight and was recently told by one of his coaches that he was 90 percent muscle when they did his body mass. Now this has really made him happy and this boy/man is really flexing his muscle. My kids have even taken everything to another level and are completing who can lose the most weight between the two, who can bench more weights, etc. He also made the honor roll again straight As. He loves football and want to play college football at University of Florida and has the desire to go pro. But I know that is like a trying to find a needle in a haystack and I really encourage and promote grades above everything else.   His size does catch everyone eyes…he is 5’9 weight in his 200s and is strong as heck.  I love my two kids so much they are really making me so proud.

On another note: I am currently in the process of planning my family reunion for my father’s side of the family and I have to say it is the most stressful thing I have ever did. First of all people have really gotten tight with their money and do not want to spend any. Everybody wants things for free. They don’t want plan anything but they are quick to stalk me and ask about the reunion.   I really don’t mind planning it…but I would like for the people to at least come out the pocket for something.   One family members have really went out his way and paid the rent for building that we using for the reunion.   I would love to have the event cater but that out the question because these people wouldn’t’ come out the pocket for the building so I know that is not going to happen. My only suggestions were that every family member brings one meat, one starch, one vegetable and one dessert and two drinks. Everything has to be enough for a family of four. The main thing is to reconnect with family whom we haven’t seen in years.   The last time we had a reunion was 10 years ago.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on how to make this reunion a success.

Please, Love and Blessing

Mrs. Tracy

 

Can we go running in 2015

Sometimes it is so hard to deal with people who are just plain out nasty.  When you are around people who are always second guessing everything you do it can cause you to be stress.  For example ……I know that we all have our own personal journeys when we decide to live a healthy life.  There is not a list of rules that works for everybody.  Everything does not work for everybody.   Some people can’t stand chicken, some people love chicken.  Some people love to exercise; some people hate the thought of breaking out in a sweat.   The only general rule is to watch what you put in your mouth and exercise.  I know for myself if I want to lose weight what really works for my body and what I need to do. But doing it and staying consisted is another thing. This is my problem and I am working on it.

With that being said…..in my life and when you are in my realm of this universal…I expect only positive interactions.  I refused to let other people bad vibes break my peace and bring in any drama.

I want to also say my mouth full about giving out advice …when you are giving it out to someone who about to embark on a healthy quest whether it is by dieting or weight loss surgery.  You cannot come across as a know it all or condescending.  Please display your compassion.  The last thing someone wants to hear is someone always throwing salt in their wounded pride.  I know we all makes mistakes and nobody is perfect and we all fall off the wagon.  But the key is getting back on the wagon and to keep it rolling.

I had several medical appointments this week…first I saw my nutritionist on Monday and was down 2 pounds.  I only have one more appointment with her and I am done.  YEA!!!  I also have only two more meeting with my group and I am done.

I had my 6 month follow up visit with my hip orthopedist doctor on Monday and he did the x-rays to get a look at the problem area and he is really concerned.   First thing we discussed as always is my weight and how everything is going.  I let him know about the gastric bypass surgery and how the process was proceeding.  Well then he drops the bomb.  I needed to the have the hip replacement as soon as I lose the weight and get my BMI down.  Shock the crap out of me because I wanted to wait at least 10 years dash all my dreams really quick   He automatically schedule me appointment to see the surgeon two days later and I am now looking at having a left hip replacement around September or October of this year.   WOW I mean really WOW, two major surgeries in one year.  I am currently saving all of my sick and annual days at work.

Nevertheless I guess after having the gastric bypass surgery and my hip replacement.   I can look forward to be able to do a split!! (Lol) But what I would love to do is run or go jogging.  I read all the blogs about completing marathons and I am envious.  When I was physically able to run, I was just to dang lazy to try and do it. Now that there is no way possible that I can run because of my hips, I want to do it so bad.