All posts by Chachi

I underwent bariatric surgery on January 29th, 2020. I had a procedure done called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy aka VSG. I recently celebrated my "Surgiversary" and decided to share my journey on a more personal level. I dropped 90lbs over the course of a year. Join me on this journey of self discovery, empowerment, and inspiration. Together we'll experience the VSG lifestyle, where I will offer you an in depth experience on things like pre and post operation struggles, advantages and disadvantages of VSG, how this procedure has changed my life and of course the amazing before and after photos.

VSG and ALL the Pretty Colors🌈

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Sometimes all you need is a little splash of color

One thing I can say about weight loss surgery is that you definitely feel brighter. Because of that you tend to dress brighter….at least that’s how it happened for me. Weight loss has increased my confidence levels so much. I have found a new love for shopping clothes, shoes, accessories any and everything.🛍 I’ve always had a thing for shopping but it was mainly therapeutic. Prior to surgery my closet didn’t know what colors or patterns were. If I had any colorful items in my closet before VSG it came from the hubbs.

190 pounds

Last Year before surgery i would have never

Last year before surgery I would have never!

I say that about a lot of things now😂. Colors usually attract attention so I was never one who wanted to wear colors and bright things. After about 6 months post-op the self confidence skyrocketed. I found myself shopping and buying all kinds of stuff. I begin to test out colors and patterns trying to get out of the boring and plain.

The hubbs actually gifted me a shopping spree for meeting one of my weight loss goals. I walked into a clothing store and walked out with 4 overstuffed bags of clothes. I started collecting shoes and all! I actually get excited nowadays about trying things on. I won’t wear things that don’t have some form of color on them. I feel like my personality on the outside should match my personality and how I feel inside.

Personality✨

“Behind the Scenes” These 2 are always entertaining 😂 All I wanted was a picture. LOL #Momlife

I have already broken my closet shelf and had to have it re enforced. At this rate I’m going to need a new closet system. But that is a problem that I do not mind having. I am enjoying the benefits of weight loss. It’s a whole new level of self care. 😍

The weight of all the new clothes and shoes brought it down!!

“Why Are You Pulling Socks Out Of Your Bra MOM?!”

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OMG!! The daily weight loss struggles when you’re trying to be cute.

Even though boobage loss was explained…I didn’t think it would be this serious. 😂 Lately I’ve been experiencing what I like to call the “Cleavage Cave-In”. It’s the only way I can explain what is happening to my boobs. They literally look like they are collapsing inward.🤣 I can’t even tell you what size bra I currently wear. Everytime I go to buy a new one the struggles increase, within a few days time it doesn’t fit anymore and/or the support is gone.

They literally look like they are collapsing inward

I’ve never been a fan of bras but they have always been necessary due to how large my boobs use to be. I am one of those “can’t wait to get off work cause I’m taking my bra off as soon as I pull into the driveway type girls”, one of those “unclip the bra and let gravity take over” type of girls. I can’t really say if my problem with bras is naturally developed or if it’s just an annoyance because my boobs were always so heavy. Either way the struggle is real.

Anywoo…..

So the hubbs and I are in the room getting ready. As i’m trying to decide what look I want to wear for the day, I’m like “damn man I really need to order some new bras because my selection at the house is getting slimmer and slimmer”. Meanwhile the hubbs is like “baby just order them now, why do you keep pushing it off” and I simply replied “because I don’t see the point, I can still make some of the older bras work” 🤦🏽‍♀️ I go over to the mirror to see how much magic needs to be done and boom💥

“THE CLEAVAGE CAVE-IN”

At this point I was like 💭there ain’t no way I can fix this. Then it hit me👊🏽💡…STUFFERSSSSS!! Only thing is I never had to stuff a bra before🤷🏽‍♀️ so I don’t even know where to begin. Instantly I started thinking about what girl movies had I watched that taught me about bra stuffing? Now and Then was the only thing I could remember. I didn’t want to use pudding like Teeny (that could turn out messy😲 although hubbs would probably enojy that one🤔) I definitely didn’t want to tape them down like Roberta (skin too sensitive) So I just went with socks. I have hundreds of them so I started packing and stuffing.

Now, I hope the girls from back in the days who had to stuff their bras used way less pairs of socks then I did. I had 7 pairs of socks stuffed in my bra… ankle socks, footies, crew socks, and fluffy ones. The winter socks pushed up the best by the way just saying!🙋🏽‍♀️

I had 7 pairs of socks stuffed in my bra

Voila! Cleavage Cave filled in 😁. I took a selfie to see if it worked and it did, you can’t even tell can you? It was a very interesting process actually.

But,

There was no way I was walking around with that many socks in my bra. As I started to unstuff, in walks my 17 year old with this question mark wrinkle on his forehead talking about ….”what are you doing? Why are you taking socks out of your bra?”🤔 and then he cracks up laughing. 🤦🏽‍♀️ #Teenagers

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

I was like …”listen don’t judge me, the struggles are real! I gotta make adjustments every now and then.” 😏

I took that bra off and into the donation box it went📦 I prefer comfort over look. I grabbed a minimizer 🤣💀

💪🏽”90+ pounds gone in 13 months. My health is the best its ever been and I feel amazing”💪🏽

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Good Morning beautiful. We hope you have a great day today. See you soon. 💜 mommy and daddy

October 2, 2019 (Mirror Messages)

Here’s to another “I see you chachi” moment!🥂

When I tell you that I am my own goals, I am not lying hunny 🥰. I feel so good when I look in the mirror now. Everytime I see a mirror it turns into a full photo shoot. I took the photo on the left about 2 years ago. This was actually a sexy photo for my husband 🤣 go figure. I personally never really felt “sexy” or whatever and I always ended up looking goofy when I tried. “You are always your sexiest when you don’t try” the Mr. would say.

You are always your sexiest when you don’t try…

In all the time we’ve been together HE (keyword people…..HE) has never made me feel any type of way about my physical appearance. I appreciate him for that because people fall under the false notion that someone has to “give you confidence, when you don’t feel confident yourself”. For many years I secretly blamed him in a way for not making me “feel beautiful”, for not making me “feel sexy”, for not making me “feel confident”. I knew deep down that it wasn’t his fault or his job, but it was very easy to deflect my feelings onto him and then blame him for my sadness about it. I created and caused a lot of drama and crazy arguments because of my own personal issues within.

I wish I could say I felt the same confidence in the photo to the left as I did on the right but we know that’s not truly the case. I had curves for days, booty for days, thighs for days, and I was not at all sloppy. But, there were very few days in which I loved the skin that I was actually living in. I would try to categorize myself to ease the pain of accepting the fact that I didn’t love myself or my body. “Thick” became the new acceptance term. As long as I was considered “Thick” I didn’t view my size as a bad thing 🤨 not that it mattered because 🤔 even though “thick” would come from my mouth… pain, stress, pressure, and body aches would speak very loud internally.

Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings

before and after extreme weight loss

you are beautiful, you are worth it…

I will never get tired of saying how happy I am that I choose to get bariatric surgery. The entire process from the decision to have surgery all the way to the surgery anniversary was such an eye opening experience. It has affected every portion of my life. My VSG was my second chance at self love, self care, inner peace, and so much more. I have lost 90+ pounds in 13 months. My health is the best it’s ever been and I feel amazing. Another day in the book!💪🏽

VSG Update

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These before and after photos make me smile! This is the true motivation….I take photos to document because most days I don’t see a difference. But when I put on something that I’ve snapped a photo in and compare the two I am so proud of myself everyday for making the decision to get my VSG.

100+ Pounds Of Extra Body Weight Makes you extremely tired

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First of all….wives check them photo galleries 📸 I didn’t even know this photo existed until 2 weeks ago. I was going through the hubbs gallery looking for old photos and came across this picture🤦🏽‍♀️😬. It was from one of our date nights back in 2019.
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#flashbackfriday



I remember being so tired and exhausted when he took this photo on the left.
I had just beat him in 3 point shootout 🏀 at D&B, and boy was my body telling me. You normally don’t think things like shooting a ball could make a person so tired. But when you’re carrying almost 100+ lbs of extra body weight it does take its toll on the body; on the lungs, on the heart, on the circulatory system, on the bones, on everything!
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fast forward to today and I can run laps in heels🤣🤣 I can wrestle with my kids, I can dance, I can jump rope, jump on the trampoline and so much more. Without feeling like I’m dying afterwards.
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Take care of your body folks!! You only get one.
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This is my journey😊

2019 taught me self love is the best love💜

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In less than 24 hrs🕥 I will be finishing the last chapter in one book. And starting a new beginning in another. I have always had a love hate relationship with this body of mine. 😍😫 2019 taught me self love is the best love. 2019 is the year I decided to start over. Reset….begin a new step forward with nothing but positivity and confidence.

I can point out a million things wrong in every one of these photos but I won’t. This is me saying goodbye to old ways, negative energy and every hurtful thing attached to the person in these photos. I hid a lot of pain behind the smiles but I found new reason to want to do better. New reason to want to smile more, be healthier, and live the best life I possibly can.

I hid a lot of pain behind the smiles…


2020 is my reset and I plan to make it all worth it. This is my first transformation Tuesday of many to come. Hope you enjoy this ride as much as I will

“SELF LOVE, SELF CARE, ME…. That was enough Motivation.”

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MO.TI.VA.TION

The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

the general desire or willingness of someone to do something


Don’t ever let anyone make you feel any type of way because you chose to accept a tool that helps to change your life.
You get one body and one life!!
Looking at this I feel nothing but accomplishment. I 👏🏼AM👏🏼 SO 👏🏼PROUD 👏🏼OF 👏🏼MYSELF👏🏼.
Shame for what, embarrassed for what. LIFE! That’s what happened. For 10 years I struggled with my weight. Not all my life….but 10 years of it and that was enough.

shame for what?EMBARRASSED for what? Life! that’s what happened

2019 sparked a change in ME that I will never forget. I decided then that I would give into my own self doubts and help myself.
Body aches, daily pain, blood pressure issues, confidence problems, fatigue, stress, depression, the list goes on. These were some of my reasons to get #VSG
SELF LOVE, SELF CARE, ME…. that was motivation enough.
So Cheers 🥂 to all of you who have had the opportunity to have VSG surgery and cheers 🥂 to you all awaiting the date. It is never too late to choose you.


I AM MY FAVORITE PERSON NOW. I AM MY OWN GOALS, I AM MY OWN SUNSHINE. I LOVE ME SOME ME😊 That is motivation enough.

♠♥Harley quinn Who?♣♦

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🎃Happy Flashback Friday🎃 these takes are always fun. The excitement of “What am I gonna look like now…” always takes over. This shirt was perfect for a quick little costume. Throw some basic facepaint on and voila. Easy Harley Quinn fit.♦️ Realized after my move that we left my mallet. But you get the point😜
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9 Months Post Op

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***Update

October 29th marked 🗓 9 months post-op🔪. The picture to the left is the day before surgery. At this point I had already lost 10lbs. But it didn’t really make a difference. Fast forward now I stand 85lbs lighter📉. 38 total inches lost in the last 6 months📏. That’s a total of 53 3/4 inches gone since surgery. It feels so unreal that I lived in that body for so long. Everyday I wake up feeling achieved, alive, happy and grateful that I chose me. I chose to start over and it was thee absolute best thing I ever did😁
💜

wow look at that: I Turned my shirt into a dress

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***Motivation Monday*** Come 👏🏽 on 👏🏽 now 👏🏽. I have turned this shirt into a dress. Lol!😁 I loovvveeee before and afters they always motivate me. I was around 245 then and I’m 185 now. 🎉

#motivationmonday
#vsg #sleeved #bariatricbabe #vsgbabes #beforeandafter #weightloss #wlsjourney #vsgjourney #85lbsdown #motivation

Keto vs VSG who wins the incredible 20 pound battle?

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This 20 pounds down looks very different from the “20 lbs lost” with keto.

Don’t get me wrong now! I was definitely on the keto train and I was very serious. I did have some moments with a few girlfriends of mine at work where we tested out “lazy keto” but we still followed most of the rules. 🤣 And this was back in 2016 .

I wanted to lose weight for this wedding. So I was like “why not give keto a try”. My girlfriends and I came up with a work challenge to stay on track. I completely overhauled my entire kitchen. We were recipe swapping and everything we were on a roll.💪🏽

6 months and 20 lbs later and yeah…..I didn’t really see a huge difference.🤷🏽‍♀️

There was change for sure but my energy levels weren’t so hot. I was completely bored of the food.  And getting into and staying in ketosis was insane. I swear I never drank so many versions of bullet proof coffee.

The second time I tried was recently before surgery in 2019. Myself and another group of girlfriends attempted keto. I think that time I had only lost 10 lbs and 20 bucks on top of it🤣

I have had my share of keto ventures. But, I must say getting VSG has been by far the most worthy journey I’ve embarked on.

🏁Finally made it to Onederland🏆

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🗣I FINALLY MADE IT! 🎊WHOOO

This has been on of the hardest goals to reach. I actually met it a few weeks ago but I needed to be sure **hence the 2 scales** I FEEL AMAZING🥰! 77lbs down.

Nothing can really set you up in preparation for moments like these. You get to a point in life where you’ve given up on everything and you’ve reached a point so low that you feel like you can’t accomplish anything.

I can recall many times saying to myself “oh well, guess I’ll be fat like this forever”. There is no motivation or inspiration when your mentality is in a negative space.

There is no motivation or inspiration when your mentality is in a negative space.

Sometimes with everything going on in life, I fail to properly acknowledge my success. I tend to overlook my own successes a lot. When in all actuality every goal should be celebrated. No matter how small.

#welcometoonederland #vsg #onderland #goals

VSG 8 months later….77 pounds down

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Update: 270 ➡️ 193

I don’t even know where to begin….here’s the latest update. I am down 77lbs! It’s so crazy because I haven’t seen this weight in about 11 years. It’s been 7 months. I am over the top proud of myself. Learning patience while achieving these goals takes so much discipline.

And I am here for it. I am my own goals!! 💪🏽

#newhair #lovinglife #happy #healthy #vsg #goalsetting #goals

44Lbs ⬇ From My Highest Weight… I’ve Never Felt Better💪🏽

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Happy #transformationthursday CAN👏🏼 YOU 👏🏼SEE👏🏼 IT🥰😊 (yes I’m tooting my own horn) I LOVE LOVE LOVE my progress. I hit my 3 month mark yesterday an boy let me tell you. I AM SO HAPPPYYYYYY!! I am so very proud of myself for sticking through with my decision to get a VSG. Clearly I wasn’t excited about this outfit last year. But I’m feeling better about it now.😊 I am 44lbs down from my highest weight and couldn’t feel better. I am just shy of my first major weight loss goal. Next step Onederland!! 

Next step… onederland!


can you say “i’m Feeling Myself”?! 😘

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November 9, 2020

Like Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé said “I’m feeling myself, I’m feeling myself”🎵 I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time taking pictures of myself📸. For the past 9 years I have hated the camera. I always found a flaw no matter how gorgeous I was. I was always so hard and down on myself😔. My VSG surgery saved me.
This experience  has helped me find myself again.

For the past 9 years i have hated the camera….

I am so totally in love ❤ with the woman I see in the mirror everyday😍. Every single part. My mirror and I have a great relationship now. My #mirrorselfie game is on point🤣.
I finally jumped on the fashion nova wagon. My closet was kind of empty after throwing out almost all of my old clothes. I’ve dropped 3/4 sizes depending on the outfit. I started this journey in a 2x scrub, 1x clothes and big ass bra.🤣🤣 (I’m sorry)(not really). I’m now down to a size S/M in everything. 😊


Moving to GA has given me a reason to get seasonal clothes🍂🧣❄ so I stocked up. I was crazy excited about my first fashion nova haul. I treated myself to a very much needed backyard photoshoot. I got so many compliments on both my outfit and makeup which I did myself😁. So I decided to spread my happiness and my love for life down ya timeline.✌🏽💋
#motivationmonday

“How to Survive 10 Weeks Post VSG Operation🤢 “

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10 weeks Post OP

Couldn’t let friday pass without a flashback!! Happy #flashbackfriday. The past few months have been very trying. There are a lot of days that I forget my stomach is tiny🤏🏽 but my body quickly reminds me🤢. Portion control🍽, no soda🚫, limited sugar🍨, lots and lots of protein🦐🍤🍗🍳with tons of water💧, vitamins everyday💊, 4oz meals🥙…….it’s a process. But when you look back at the progress 📉it is so worth it. I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m getting there😁

I lost focus and regained 5 lbs😭

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These past few weeks have been  crazy.🤯 For the first time since surgery I have gained 😢 I lost focus and regained 5lbs.

For the first time since surgery I have gained

Forgive me for the lack of updates.

Refocusing has been my main goal. I have 3 more pounds to lose to get back on track. These are my weekly lost files from the past few weeks. ***** Although I haven’t posted, I still keep track because ACCOUNTABILITY is a big thing for me.

I want to be transparent throughout my transformation because I know others are going through things as well. It’s hard….but I know what I have to do. This is something I wanted and I will achieve this goal💪🏽!!

#weighinwednesday #weightcheck
#vsg #sleeved #vsgcommunity #wls #weightloss #goals #gastricsleeve #motivated #beforeandafter #bariatricbabe

the Doctor said “You look great”

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My follow up went great.😊 I was finally able to get the dressings off! I was crazy happy about that. It was so annoying wrapping myself in plastic everynight before taking a shower. The Doctor said I looked great, and I can start testing out soft foods to see how I tolerate them.😋 Down15lbs since surgery. 💪🏽

surgery update: 1 week post VSG operation

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I am exactly 1 week post op. I have a follow up this Tuesday I am 10lbs down, no clue how many inches yet. Although I am still in recovery I am so glad I made this decision. Can’t wait for my first monthly weigh in.


#weightlosswednesday #wcw #weighinwednesday
#vsgbabe #sleeved #vsg #newme #iseeyouchachi #blackwomenlosingweight #vsgbag #vsgsupport #lovinglife #vsgswag #vsgmom #vsgjourney #selflove #postop #postoprecovery #melanatedvsg #bariatricbabe #weightlosstransformation #healthylifestyle #vsgfamily #vsgwife #vsginspiration #bariatricsurgery #wlscommunity #vertcalsleevegastrectomy #bariatric #weightloss

70 POUNDS GONE. What a difference 1 year makes

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1 year difference!!

This photo on the left was July 4th. I swear it still feels like yesterday. This has always been one of my favorite bathing suits and now I love it even more.😍 It always covered everything perfectly and was still cute.

I am in shock every time I do these before and after shots. So grateful I made the decision to change my life.

#vsgbabe #transformationtuesday #lovinglife #vsg #weightloss #bariatricbabes #wow #throwback