TRACYZABELLE's SparkPeople Blog TRACYZABELLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 12/19/2016... Back to reality.. looking to see a lower first number by Valentines day.. I figure giving myself to Feb 14 shows I LOVE myself so very much! I want to see 299 by then.. hoping for lower... I know it is hard at this time of year but being the Spark Motivator means I need to prove myself!! Its been a year...this past week I lost 3 people in my life and one was a 20 year friend whom I will miss terribly..Her love of life and her friends and family and dedication to her job was HUGE! I will be doing this for her as well!! Diane.. I will miss you but now you are no ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:54:38 EST Doing well... I went on a Paleo based plan and lost 25 pounds in 6 weeks... I feel amazing as I have not been this thin in over 20 years! It feels good~~ Wed, 16 Dec 2015 03:53:06 EST Been a while... Been away a while and decided it is time to concentrate on me again... I have been yo-yo ing over the past few years but now is the time to get serious... I want to get healthier so I can enjoy my life more.. Pounds are coming off again and I am in a challenge at a gym in my area from Nov 2nd and it runs for 6 weeks... MY goal is to release as many pounds that I can and to get where I can move better and get more energy!! I am looking forward to New changes~! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 04:52:22 EST Been a long time.. I know I am above the weight posted-- but I am waiting to get to my 3 yr surgiversary to do a start over.... it has been a rough couple of months but my goal is to start over and make this next 12 months amazing... I am trying to get off as much weight as I can so I can get a hernia repair... I also need some work done on my knees... the less I weigh the better for recovery!! have missed you all and have been lurking and checking in ... <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:34:42 EST Wow! Middle of July already! I know I been away for a while... not a lot to say but I was thinking-- how many are going to post today about the reveal of the new Twinkie (or return of)... How many will feel obligated to buy one? <BR> <BR> I don't like to gear my blogs around food but cakes/cookies/sweets have been minimal since my surgery 15 months ago.. I feel wonderful and would never go back to who I was before. <BR> <BR> My eating is geared towards protein first then veggies and fruits and then if I am still hung... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:23:14 EST Coming out of my FUNK Since Sandy hit.. I guess I had some issues.. yes I was still taking weight off.... not as much as I should... but had no desire to do a lot of anything except work and sleep! I am feeling great .. the holidays are over now and these next two weeks look busy.. working right now 3pm-11pm as a coworker needed off... just had a call out for 7am-330pm shift so I will come back for that shift then back for the 11pm-730am shift.. all work and no play is not a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <BR> My "sleev... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:28:11 EST More on Sandy This is some more devastation 5 minutes south of my home: <BR> <link><BR>ok-at-the-destruction-of-manasquan-nj-<BR>160-photos/#2 </link> <BR> <BR> Keep clicking the pics and they will go on <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is what we did Saturday night to pass the time <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 02:27:50 EST Still no power but we are hopeful Sandy put a whipping on us for sure.. but MY home is standing with no damage and my family and pets are well. Not like some other not so fortunate.. <BR> <BR> Here is my area: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was in my email and got this : <BR> <BR> Dear Tracy, <BR> <BR> In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, I want to extend a hand during this difficult ti... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:50:02 EST Sandy.. continued So I did not go home at 730am like I wanted to-- call outs.. I worked that night 9pm to 4pm... 19 hours! YIKES! I was beat when I finished... worked regular shift Tuesday night and hoping for regular shift tonight... Water is being shut off in my town because it is dangerous..I am glad I work in the hospital .. hoping they can supply me with a bed so I can shower and sleep and come back for a shift tomorrow as well since we had a call out already! Will post more pics but left the camera ho... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:18:36 EST Halloween Joke <BR> HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!! <BR> <BR> Cab driver picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won't stop staring at her. <BR> <BR> She asks him why he is staring. <BR> He replies: "I have a question to ask, but I don't want to offend you." <BR> <BR> She answers, "My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing y... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 01:03:53 EST Sandy......a bunch of water ... wind ... and some not so smart people! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Shark in the yard of a Southern NJ home ! OH MY! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> IDIOT who decided to take his craft out into the water-- REALLY?? Well he lost his vessel! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is our Porch Squirrel my daughter named Gary.. he was nibbling some bread under our pi... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 03:53:23 EST Its that time of year... HALLOWEEN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yup that time of year that kicks off the 3 months of bad eating... starts with Halloween candy and then into Thanksgiving, then Christmas/Chanukah? etc and then Time for the New Years resolutions~ <BR> <BR> My daughter is a manager at Perkins Restaurant and they all try to dress in food items so this year she is Mustard.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:36:32 EST Doing slimmingly well Today at weigh in I was down another 3+ pounds so I am -76 in 6 months since my surgery and -140 from my top weight. Needless to say it is much easier to get around and I am feeling wonderful! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 04:31:38 EST WHOOPS I am behind on blogging Well I am down 70 pounds since surgery now nearly 5 months later and I feel magnificent.. I feel collarbones.. I really am feeling awesome!! I have so many people to thank that is for sure.. I may as well start here... thank you thank you thank you for all the support you have given me!!! <em>304</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:37:04 EST New updated pics This was pre Surgery <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is today 4 months later <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:41:30 EST Meeting Sparkfriends So last year I met with some Sparkfriends.. Yvonne, Nancy, Kim and Kathy... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This year it was Yvonne Nancy, Leslie and me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We met at Whole foods in Middletown NJ and had a lovely time! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:39:24 EST Paraprosdokians.. interesting and made me chuckle a few times Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part; frequently humorous. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. <BR> <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 05:17:02 EST So Disappointed Well I spoke to my Daddy today-- he was scheduled to come visit in about 2 weeks.... well he cancelled his trip <em>46</em> I am so sad ... I look forward to hos visit each year and now I am just crushed... I wish I were well enough to travel down there but maybe I will just have to go down at Christmas if my health is good enough... and finances permit.. <BR> <BR> He just had 11 teeth pulled Thursday and is getting a full plate on top and a partial on the bottom.. he is in misery right now-... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 01:57:14 EST My Dad's newest blonde joke he sent BLONDE DRIVER, and rich no-less ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A rich blonde buys a new automatic Jaguar XKR Sport. <BR> <BR> She drives the car perfectly well during the day, but at night, the car just won't move at all. <BR> <BR> After trying to drive the car at night for a week (but without any luck), she furiously calls the Jaguar dealers and they send out a technician to her. <BR> <BR> The technician examines the car and finds nothing wrong with it. So he turns to the blonde and asks: "Ma'a... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:24:02 EST Giving Support toFriends Who are having or have had the VSG I have a coworker who had the same surgery as I did almost 2 weeks ago and I was asking her if she was going to the support group-- she did not know about it so we are going together Thursday night.. I am looking forward to seeing her and also hanging with her afterwards!! She took a month off ..... she has a job where she has to walk around more and help boost patients up in bed. We have such great benefits here at the hospital , I am so glad I work here!! <BR> <BR> I have another coworke... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:52:08 EST Dad Funny: A Touching story on how Men think Yup another funny from Dad! He cracks me up! <BR> <BR> As she sat by him in his hospital bed, he whispered, eyes full of tears, "You know what? <BR> <BR> You have been with me through all the bad times. <BR> <BR> When I got fired, you were there to support me. <BR> <BR> When my business failed, you were there. <BR> <BR> When I got shot, you were by my side. <BR> <BR> When we lost the house, you stayed right here. <BR> <BR> When my health started failing, you were still by my side... <B... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:33:52 EST Another funny from dad--about getting old but a little fresh! A man walking through a park notices an old lady sitting on a bench crying her eyes out. He feels bad and stops to ask her what's wrong. <BR> <BR> She sobs, "I have a gorgeous 24 year old husband at home. Every morning, he makes passionate love to me, and then gets up and brings me breakfast in bed." <BR> <BR> <BR> Puzzled, the man says, "Lucky lady! Well, then why are you crying?" <BR> <BR> Wiping tears off her cheeks, she replies, "For lunch, he makes me my favorite -- homemade tomato... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 23:52:43 EST Cute one-- Collared Visitor KIDS LEARN MORE BY OBSERVATION - or not <BR> <BR> A priest was invited to attend a house party. Naturally, he was properly dressed and wearing <BR> his Priest's Collar. A little boy kept staring at him the entire evening. Finally, the priest asked <BR> the little boy what he was staring at. The little boy pointed to the priest's neck. When the <BR> priest finally realized what the boy was pointing at, He asked the boy, "Do you know why <BR> I am wearing this?" The boy nodded his head yes, an... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:32:22 EST Saw this on facebook! HOW great this is good parenting!!! Had to post this because it is so hard to parent nowadays! <BR> <BR> From Curfews broken, chores not being done and being caught holding alcohol on your facebook page underage these are great! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kudos to you parents! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:26:13 EST Just a few Updated pics from the reunion <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once I take full body shots I will post them along with the old ones! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:29:51 EST I am so ANNOYED--just a vent Well yes like anyone, I guess I get behind in responding to other's blogs... each time I get to 80 I cringe and start getting to it... sometimes I see you all post a blog in the feed and respond immediately, other times I save the email in a file and get to it later-- it seems when this happens, I am LOSING people as they change their ID or leave completely... <BR> <BR> One other vent-- not everyone blogs I realize this but I keep up with a lot of them and would it hurt someone to just ONCE ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:24:45 EST Split Pea soup YUMMY! Here at work we have a cafeteria that opens from 130am until 330 in the morning.. they serve really good soups for the most part and last night was split was delicious!!! So I asked the guy who gets my dinner to get me some for tonight as well since he was going to be out... they throw away what is left otherwise... he brought me nearly a GALLON of it! Of course I am sharing it with my fellow operators and if there is any left tomorrow night I will freeze it for a later date! <B... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:38:35 EST YUCKY Oatmeal Tonight I had the WW brand of Harvest Berries and cram oatmeal... it was so salty! BLECHHHHHH I will never buy that pre sweetened junk again.. it has 230 mg of sodium but why should I taste it? <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:48:05 EST New Ceiling Fans... Finally I bought 2 ceiling fans that were on sale at Home Depot-- the Hunter Fairhaven.. with light and remote for $100. a piece.. They are not only beautiful but silent and they work so well.. My daughter told me not to get her one so I got one for my room and as a replacement for the 20 yr old one we have that wobbles and squeaks... well don't ya know she asked me when he was there installing them if I got her one... UGH So we will wait till they go on sale again to replace the other one... now we... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:43:05 EST OXTAILS! I have a coworker Dianna who is Jamaican and she makes awesome oxtails.. I told her I never make them but I do like them so when she is going to make them I will give her money to make some for my daughter and I...of course now it will last me so much longer with my smaller stomach, lol.. this is what it looks like (I already put the rest in fridge so I got picture online) She makes it with broad beans and serves it with rice and beans <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:35:58 EST Another dad thing! Cute <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:20:55 EST So much to do..... My daughter has so much on her plate this week with stuff at the house, work and her social life... now her coworker who gave notice may not be doing her last 3 shifts as her 16 yr old addict daughter is missing....I think it is sad that she closed her eyes to what was happening and refused to believe it even after a few near OD's and arrests... my suggestion was to put her in rehab as soon as school ended -- far away from here.... <BR> <BR> So tomorrow is mowing the law, Wednesday is painti... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 23:35:48 EST Going down down down~ Even though I was down 1.8 pounds this week-- it is something.. I never say ONLY because anything off is better than anything on!!! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 23:57:51 EST Wheeeeeeeeeee TGIF Well Thursday night is my "Friday" since it ends my week! A lot planned this weekend! <BR> <BR> **Walmart and Shop Rite tomorrow morning after work for groceries and a new tower fan-- woke up a little warmish and smelled my fan burning! Unplugged it immediately! <BR> <BR> **Electrician coming Saturday to fix my issues, LOL <BR> <BR> **Birthday party / BBQ at friends to celebrate mine and a friends birthday (our bdays are a week apart) <BR> <BR> **Lots of decluttering in bedroom along w... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 00:00:03 EST TRYING TO PLAY CATCH UP Well I got more sleep today but I still need more! My poor baby had to open at work this morning which means being there at 645am.. got home at 245pm we had a little nibble together and watched some DVRd stuff then she got called back to work!! She was so upset as she was looking forward to having the night off to go see fireworks with her friends.. well tonight I did not hear them so I was able to sleep but I still was 2 hours shy of the sleep I NEED! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a safe and ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 23:48:23 EST Had a lovely Mini Vacation So I was off from Thursday night until tonight when I came into work.. it was very nice-- got some Dr appointments done, visited with friends and celebrated my birthday a little... more to come this weekend! <BR> <BR> Tonight I wish I had gone to bed earlier as the fireworks woke me ! UGH! but I am sure they were enjoyed by some-- but not my kitties who were at my door waiting for me! <BR> <BR> Some things I realized this weekend: <BR> <BR> I was down an amazing 9 pounds at weigh in <BR>... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 23:38:17 EST DOWN ANOTHER 9.2 POUNDS TODAY WOW I was shocked at WW today when I weighed another 9.2 down from last week... now I am at 390... that is 120 from my high weight and 56 down since my surgery April 20... I am feeling great! Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:42:00 EST Took Daughter to the Emergency Room Today Today I had to take my daughter Tanya to the ER as her face swelled up and she was having trouble with her throat getting scratchy so I took her in.... she is allergic to Nyquil! She took it last night and it made her puff up like a pufferfish! So she is on prednisone and has epipens in case it happens again . <BR> <BR> When we called the Dr's office the staff said oh she can't see you till Thursday..........Well thanks a lot! I really hate her Dr's office staff-- the Dr is awesome but he... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:45:40 EST The SKY is Falling the SKY is Falling! Remember that story when we were younger about Henny Penny and she said the sky was falling? Well that is what it felt like this morning. <BR> <BR> Today on my way home the skies got BLACK then I dropped off my coworker at her house and then the sky fell-- then the hail came and there was 0 visibility so I pulled over in a parking lot and waited it out! I was so afraid I was going to be involved in an accident! I texted Tanya to let her know I was going to be delayed-- it is okay the power ... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:53:17 EST Still Flying high after hitting my first BIG goal hitting 399 was a dream for me not so long ago. I had been so close to it a year and a half ago then they increased my insulin and up my weight went bringing me back to over 470! It has not been an easy road but finally I reached 399 Saturday and it can only get better from here! <BR> <BR> After Surgery the dr said to expect a loss of 1-3 pounds a week... I would like to stick around the 3 pound mark so I can reduce faster.. I know when I get under 300 it will slow even more but by then I ... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:35:15 EST 2 months post surgery down 47 pounds! I hit threedom I was 399.2 today at weigh in! I am so stoked!! So I released 9.2 since last weeks disappointing "find" of 1.2 pounds (swollen) I am at an all time low and have released 110 pounds from my highest weight! Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:26:28 EST Funny names people call a building in the hospital So for years our one building was called the Tower building and housed 2 cardiac floors and the dialysis unit... when we were making the addition of the Northwest Pavillion a Nephrologist named Dr Mehandru (pronounced Me han Drew) Donated over 2 million dollars to the building so they named the Tower building Mehandru Pavillion in honor of the Dr.. so over the years people have mangled the name of the building and I sometimes remember to write the names is a partial list-- some ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:30:23 EST So freaking HOT today! I am not sure what our top temp was today for the first day of summer but at 11pm when I came into work it was still at 87 degrees! I know it was in the 90's.. I feel so bad for all the critters that live outside!! We have so many outside and stray cats in my community so I put a dish of water outside in the shade just in case. They were all sleeping under cars when I got home this morning! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:35:20 EST Funny from Daddy... he cracks me up! To eat or not to eat - ENJOY!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman asks her husband at breakfast time, "Would you like some bacon and eggs, a slice of toast, and maybe some grapefruit juice and coffee?" <BR> <em>106</em> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>467</em> <BR> <BR> He declines. "Thanks for asking, but I'm not hungry right now. It's this Viagra," he says. "It's really taken the edge off my appetite." <BR> <BR> <BR> At lunchtime, she asked him if he would like som... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:52:28 EST Nice thing my Daddy sent today 21 rules for living <BR> <BR> ONE.Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. <BR> <BR> <BR> TWO.Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. <BR> <BR> <BR> THREE.Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FOUR.When you say, 'I love you,' mean it. <BR> <BR> <BR> FIVE..When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.. <BR> <BR> SIX.Be engaged at... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 01:50:04 EST :( First "gain" since surgery I know it was not a real "gain" I missed my pills 3x this week-- I know this because my 7 day pillbox still had 3 days left! MY bad habit is falling asleep on the sofa and I generally take my pills when I get ion bed.. now I have them at my desk and take them before I leave the desk.. I was up 1.2 and it is all in my legs in the form of fluid! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:29:50 EST Seafood is YUMMY! A restaurant Depot opened nearby and because my daughter is a manager in a restaurant she can go there (it is only for restaurant people and non profits I think) They had steamer clams (long necks) 10 pounds for $30 and lobsters were $5.99 a pound... my daughter decided to cook tonight-- of course I was full after about a dozen and a half steamers but they were delicious mainly because we cooked them ourselves! Of course the lobsters were cooked but we were full from the steamers I took th... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:33:33 EST Rain Rain go away-- at least by Saturday! This weekend I am having some work done on my place by a coworker-- I want a new ceiling fan in the living/dining room area and one installed in my bedroom.. plus we have an outlet not working that we can not figure out so we think that the switch in the box must have broken something and it also controls the outside electric so it makes it hard for my daughter to cut the grass! UGH! SO I hope the rain stops! Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:38:45 EST Wow-- not even at work yet and all heck breaking loose... I was on my way into work tonight when ..... my coworkers called me on my cell questioning a call they got...a floor called a code Stemi which means we call in the cath lab team.. well it was not a cardiac floor and the floor called earlier and called a code RED which means FIRE and the operator questioned them "You have a fire?" and they said no-- they needed a code BLUE-- which of course that meant a patient was failing.. so I told my coworkers to call the floor or the nursing Supervisor ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:26:03 EST Back to my lowest weight since before insulin I was down 1.4 pounds so I am now - 102.7 again!~~ Wheeeeeeee the lowest since before I was taking all those massive amounts of insulin! Sun, 10 Jun 2012 23:53:31 EST