My name is Tracy and I currently resides in South Carolina. Weight has always been a problem for me. I have several medical conditions and one that requires surgery but I am not able to have it because my BMI is to high. Join me as I embarked on the journey of a lifetime to become a healthier me.
Good morning beautiful people. I have come to realization that I was becoming a procrastinator. Let me explain myself….see I can plan all kinds of things that will help me reach my weight loss goals only to fall short and not follow through. So nevertheless I am working on it now instead of later. I am so happy to report that I am doing it. I have actually lost 11 of the 15 pounds that I gained back. You can’t tell me nothing. I have founded my MOJO again.
I have been attending the gym at least 3 to 4 times a week with my 18 years old son. Nevertheless I got to give my son a shout out because that big head boy be pushing me like crazy! I be running, jumping, twisting, skipping, pumping iron and pooting all over the YMCA. Now don’t look at the screen like that…..exercising make me push all that foul air out. Now my son don’t play. He does not go easy on me at all. He makes me put in work and as a result I am losing this weight. We are also eating really healthy and have officially put the deep fryer away and we are only eating baked, boiled or grilled meats. We are also doing soups that are really high in fiber and light calories. We are eating all kinds vegetables from every color of the rainbow. We are using ground turkey meat in the soups. I sauté extra onions and garlic to give the soups even better taste. My teenage son love them and be killing each one. I will post a few of the recipes so you can see what we are doing.
Well ladies and Gents have a blessed day!! Until the next time.
Peace, Love and Happiness!!
• Half a head of cabbage, roughly chopped
•. Ground turkey…(I use Aldi Fit and active)
• 1 cup of diced celery
• 2 diced onion
• 1 cup of diced carrots
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 2 to 3 gloves of garlic
• 4 cups of chicken broth
• 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (basil, oregano and garlic flavor)
• 1 tsp of oregano
• Half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
• Place a pot over medium heat and pour some olive oil.
• Saute ground turkey, celery, onion, carrots, and green bell pepper.
• Once the carrot is tender, add the garlic and chicken broth.
• Add your cabbage and diced tomatoes.
• Bring the soup to a boil.
• Once the cabbages are tender, add seasonings: salt, pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
Good evening everybody. I have been slipping with my blogging. However I am back on my grind. I have a son that is graduating from high school and will be attending college….plus I am making and selling desserts with sugar and with low fat sugar free dessert to help pay my bills. Plus I love trying out new recipes and watching someone fall in love with my cakes or whatever desert it is. I have a page on Facebook called Covered in Sugar and Flour. Check it out…. If you know of any good low fat proteins recipes please share them with me. I know you are looking at your screen saying no wonder gain weight…..naw…that’s wasn’t the problem, I got lazy and wasn’t exercising and started sliding eating unhealthy foods. One thing that has helped me refrain from eating any dessert …it the sugar causes a nasty after taste that takes days to leave. I hate that taste so bad. That’s one of the best side effects from gastric bypass surgery. So as you can tell time is not on my side…I am one busy lady.
Nevertheless I am at a major turning point in my weight loss. I am embarking on my 4 year mark since I had my surgery and I have gained about 15 pounds back and that scared the living shit out of me. I refuse to go back to the fat Tracy. So far I have drop 5 pounds because I am going to the gym at least 3 to 4 days a week and watching everything I put in my mouth.
You know It is the time of year where everybody realize how out of shape they are because the weather is getting warmer so the gym are packed. But I am not there to people watch I am there to lose weight. I remember when I had this surgery I was dropping pounds left and right. Now it is hard as hell just to lose five pounds. When you are at a stand still it can make you so dang depressed. I wished I had listen to my sister and went even harder when I first had the surgery…then I may be at my weight goal of 165.
If you are a newbie and has just had the surgery go hard because the weight falls off so effortless. When you get to that 2 year Mark it really show downs.
Nevertheless keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I continue to fight this never ending dang battle.
Good morning beautiful people! I know it has been a while since I posted, but my cake business really picked up and I have been doing everything to help my son prepare for college and his upcoming high school graduation. I promise to get back on my game. Because this is the type of stuff that can derail your weight loss and before you know it you have gain 10, 20 or 30 pound back. I got a lot stuff I want to share with you guys so I will be blogging more.
I want to discuss self image for a minute. You know self image is one of the hardest thing anybody can deal with. When you pass by a mirror and you still see your previous overweight self. Nevertheless it makes it hard to accept compliments from others. I know this is a major issue of mine. Somebody will be like “Tracy girl you are looking good”….and my dumb butt will reply:
“Yea girl but you don’t want to see me naked. ” (Reallywho wants to see you naked…I got to stop saying this)
“Or shoot I ought to….I can barely eat anything” here another one..
“Did you see this excess skin under my arms, I can knock someone out with these bat wings.”
“Or girl it that girdle holding everything in”.
Why can’t I just say thank you and keep it moving. For whatever reason I will attach something negative that I am concerned about to it every time. I know others who do this also. It is just hard for some people to accept compliments because we are always so hard on ourselves. Plus I don’t want to get comfortable with all the compliments and think I am fine and I don’t have to put in work anymore.
I am working on my short coming and doing my best to do better. When all I got say is thank you and keep it moving.
Hello beautiful People! I was discussing my weight loss goals with a friend and explaining how I want to have abs in my mummy tummy. I know, I know you are rolling your eyes and saying not again. Why do this Heifer keep talking about abs that she will never have? You best believe I am going to tell you why! It is simple….I want to know that I can do it. I want to defie all odds, that a 40’s something years old woman who use to weight around 340 pounds now has abs! I want to show other people who are struggling with their own weight that we can do it! We can be that person we all dream about. Now realistically I don’t know if my lose skin will let me have abs. But I be doggone I am going to try. If I an only able to feel them through the skin.
I believe we have to take what we are given and lay it out on the table and figure out how to make the most out of it. It is sort like grapes…you can do so many different things with grapes. Such as making grape wine, grape jelly, grape juice, grape salad and other things from grapes. Basically you are able to take one product and expand it in so many directions. My weight is the same way. I don’t want to just lose weight and look and feel good for me…..I want to motivate others to lose weight also. I want to spread my positively letting other know about the benefits of losing those extra pounds. I want to take my weight loss and make my self grown in all kinds of directions. Showing all the positive things I gained from it. Now don’t get me wrong I know there are also negative things from my weight loss but the good outweigh the bad tremendously! There is just so much more that I can do now and I am happy to say having Gastric Bypass surgery change my life for the better.
Good morning beautiful people! I am going to be a Debbie downer today and discuss something that is really affecting me. I usually don’t discussed this however there was a recent murder/ sucide in our town that had made me look at my situation in a closet light. I can see the similar in him and it scares the living crap out of me. I am planning my way out and I will be moving forward with my life really soon.
Domestic violence is very hard to deal with. Sometimes I look at myself and wonder how did I get in this mess. I believe that my desires to have a father in my life after my he passed affected me so negatively. I wanted to make sure that my kids had their father in their life even if he was abusal however I soon realized that this was the worse thing I could ever do. I try to move forward without him trying to attach himself to me. But he will not leave me alone. He is not happy because I am not in love with him. But he will not let me go. He hold on to what little bit he do get. Its like somebody is sucking the very essence of your life out of you.
Nevertheless I have to question how did I ever get so comfortable in such uncomfortable situations? How do we let someone make us feel guilty about going to see family members? I will tell you how. You learn how to keep things secret that will cause him to explode. You stop taking to him about work and your friends because he will use that back on you in a negative way. You start to hope for better days without him because you are so tired. We all say we would never be in this type of relationship but it is like it slips up on you and you let one incident after another slide until years have passed. I don’t understand and I sometimes questioned myself as a woman. A smart woman at that. I feel lost at times depressed and stressed. My only joy is my kids and my work (that’s sometimes). I am lost and in pain and fucking anguish because so many damn years have passed me by. Because I held on hoping this man would change. Praying for me and myself because he had me questioning if it was me that caused him to do these things. He even said she much.
You what is truly amazing to me however is how his family ignores his behaviors and reflect it back on me. Even though they know he was like this even as a child. Our kids (which are both 18 years and older) feed him with a long handle spoon because they know how he is. I believe we are always looking for the next explosion and are ready to move forward because he is who is and will not change for anyone.
My weight loss added even more issues. Man I can’t even described that…however one of his most repeated phrase is “I missed the fat Tracy”. You can take it from there and guess the rest. My weight loss has nothing to do with me giving up on him change. It was the years of mental and physical abuse that filled up in my personal cup for him. That’s sucker is running over and I am ready to move on with my life in a more peaceful and safe way. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I step out on faith and take the next step in life to be free from this pain and uncertainty in my life.
I know what to do and what needs to be…I just got to be stronger.
Good morning beautiful people! As you all know I am on this major mission to reach my goal weight. The struggle is real as heck. I swear I see little pieces of Hershey chocolate floating around in the air and they be calling my name saying …”Tracyyyy, Tracyyyyy come and eat me!” And my big butt be floating toward them….why salivating everywhere. I mean really who else see food that they love on every dang commercial, magazines or ads on the internet…..when you are cutting all fattening food from your diet.
Anyway I was talking to my daughter about me exercising and trying to lose the weight yesterday. When I mention that I wanted Abs…. Well she interrupted me while laughing and said “Mama, what do you mean you want Abs?” Now when I realized that she was laughing at me….I didn’t get mad I got even more motivated and determine. Now here is the thing I love my sweet chuckling child but she has evidently underestimated her Mother’s ability to reach every goal that she has set her mind on. I went on to explained to my spoiled daughter, that I was tired of wearing shape wearing to hide my bumps, lumps and grooves and I wanted to be shape wear free. Meaning I want my body to be toned and cruvy without any extra help. I mean before I gained the weight I was like that years ago. Before her and brother made me gain all that weight. Lmbo…we love to blame gain our excessive weight gain on our pregnancies. When in all actuality we just had poor eating and exercising habits.
Nevertheless my little girl/woman is 23 years old and thinks it is hilarious for a woman my age to want Abs! You got to be shitting me because age has nothing to do with wanting to look good and toned in your clothes. I don’t care if you wear jogging pants everyday or when you are in your panties and bras….you still want to look toned . One thing about gastric bypass surgery is when you lose all that weight you have to start fighting all that loose skin, which I hate with a passion. So now you may understand why I want to be firm and tone, not wiggly and jiggly.
Therefore I now have something to prove to my child and others who also think abs are age restricted.
Good morning beautiful people!! I just love Sunday morning and going to church. Because I get to go spend time with my Lord and Savior. There is nothing like being in church listening to the pastor speak about how you can become a better and more spiritual person.
Speaking of church…..I got to discuss how I love putting my best foot forward on Sunday morning. I know I talk about clothing a lot but I believe when you dress your best you also feel your best. Plus you stand out in the crowd. Which in turns makes you walk with more confidence. I feel and know without a shadow of doubt that my weight loss after my gastric bypass has increased my self esteem and confidence. There is nothing wrong with feeling confidence just don’t ever look down your nose at anyone because those tables could turn really easy.
I also love looking at how everybody is dressed up in their Sunday gear at church. The men in there suits with those sharp shoes and the ladies in their pretty church wear, beautiful hats and shoes. There is this one gentleman at my church that always wear these very colorful and different outfits…..This Sunday he had on a outfit that was a mixture of Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket but it was white and red and MC Hammer red pants. I wished I could had a picture to show you guys. It was very…how do I say this and remain respectful….unique and I hope I never see it again. Łmbo
Yesterday I put my best did forward and I wore my orange and gold dress. I purchased this beautiful dress from Ashley Stewart site and I love it.
As I have stated on numerous occasions…..this is one of my favorite colors. So you know I had to get this one when I was shopping a couple of weeks ago. You couldn’t tell me nothing Sunday……I thought I was a Queen wearing my crown. Well anyway after that I went to my local Walmart and I was approached by a group of young people. This really pretty young lady said to me…”Miss, Miss I just got to tell you that you look beautiful in that outfit….you look so stunning!”. My head really got big. I told her “thank you and it made me feel so special hearing that from young people.” I had my beige shawl wrap (I also love shawl wraps of every color and designs) over my dress and a pair of ankle heels boots to match. Her comments made me feel like a Queen because whenever young women admire your attire you know you have taste. Here a picture see it for yourself.
Well ladies and gents that all for me. Peace, love and Happiness!!
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 had came in and I was so excited to figure out what pieces I would put together to come up with each of my with 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 few 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?
Did I say I LOVE the color red! One thing that I wanted to discuss was one of the things I learned……no, no, no let me rephased that. One of the things I heard as a child and teenager…..was 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 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.
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