Archive for June, 2012


Learning Curve

Recently I got a little over zealous with doing push ups. I mean I can admit I kind of just jumped into a work out without weighing the pros and cons. My bad..won’t happen again. However in the midst of me doing so I injured my shoulder. My husband, who is very much into fitness let me know that most likely I was doing them wrong. SMH!! I guess it should have been a wise idea to ask him HOW to do a push-up instead of just jumping in there and pushing out 50-100!! Anyway, I didn’t think I had done that much damage, but for my ENTIRE trip in Atlanta my shoulder bothered. And it didn’t help that I was trying to swim with a bum shoulder. As time continued on the trip it became apparent to me that I needed to see a doctor. I mean I’ve pulled things in the past and then they just healed right up but in this instance it was clear that I had done just a tad bit more than expected.

When I returned Sunday I made an appointment with my doctor that Monday morning. It didn’t help that on my way to my appointment my car decided it wanted to overheat and not drive right. So we pulled off, let the car cool off and then proceeded to add coolant. We headed to the doctors office and was able to get in with ease. He then proceeded to do a series of test. Basically just having me hold my arms up and then trying to press down on them. Needless to say I failed and doctor determined that I may have a torn rotator cuff. But he also said that it didn’t make sense for my rotator cuff to be torn by simply doing pushups. So in the mean time he decided that I simply needed to take a drug called prednisone. Now at the time I had no idea what it was. And not only that I am not a huge fan of taking drugs. I just don’t trust them. I mean everytime you sit down to watch a show on the tele you see dozens of commercials talking about “If you have taken such and such drug and have experiences these side-effects such as blah blah blah or ‘sudden death’ please call our law offices at blah blah blah” Now first of all if I’ve experienced sudden death, I think it’s a little too late for me. LOL But seriously if I have to go through ALLLL those side effects I might as well deal with the current problem instead. Especially if I have a probably of DYING!! SMH!! But I digress.

Anyway it was either the pill to take by mouth OR he shoot me with a needle. And I ain’t down for no needle unless it is absolutely necessary. So I took the prescription. Now as we are leaving we notice that the car is leaked out ALL THE COOLANT WE JUST PUT IN THE CAR. I’m heated. So not only am I in pain, it’s 90+ degrees outside and I STILL have not eaten a thing. So we proceed to just go get the car fix. Mind you we spent $398 to get a new waterpump and serpentine belt on a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. I was heated but at the same time releaved because now my car is fixed. Anyway back to the topic at hand. We leave, I don’t get the prescription filled until the next day. Which turned out to be a fiasco in itself because the pharmacy WOULDN”T FILL MY PRESCRIPTION. They said they couldn’t read the directions. Sooooo I waited all the way till it was time for me to leave work in order to get my prescription filled. Mind you I’m still in pain this entire time. I finally get it filled and I start taking my medicine.

Now I write this article because prednisone is a steroid. I get kind of nervous about steroids. So before I take the medicine like the day before I’m looking up info on it. And this stuff has some crazy side effects. They include:

  • Increased blood sugar for diabetics
  • Difficulty controlling emotions (have not experienced as of yet)
  • Difficulty in maintaining control of thought
  • Weight gain (Ok lets stop right there…….WHAT!! this can not be happening! Weight gain? After all I’ve been trying to do to lose weight I have to now take a stupid drug that is going to make me GAIN WEIGHT UGH!!)
  • Facial swelling
  • Depression, psychosis
  • Unusual fatigue or weakness (this has affected my morning runs)
  • Mental confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Hyperactivity

And I mean the list just goes on and on. Now didn’t I say not too long ago I’d rather deal with the issue than the side effects? Well let me tell you this pain is so bad I thought to myself, I think I need to take my chances. LOL. Any way my main concern was the weight gain. This is my fourth day and I haven’t really seen anything. Amongst the side effects though it does include loss of appetite, nausea and what not so I think that has been to my advantage somewhat because I’m not eating everything under the sun. On top of me doing my morning runs, which has been great by the way. Im as sore as I wanna be but it’s a FILL GOOD sore LOL. For those fitness addicts I think you know what I mean. And as for the hyperactivity…well let’s just say I’ve been in a very unsual state of goofiness. Just talking and joking around and just doing silly stuff and I’ve been getting so much done I can’t even take and I just want to do everything everyday all day. Now that part I am not complaining about because I have been able to get so many things done!! I wish I could keep that after I’m done with it.

Anyway I have to take this mess for 9 days. I really have seen a HUGE difference but I can tell that it is making a difference. I have more movement in my arm.

What I thought interesting about the drug is that you have to wean yourself off the drug, you can’t just stop taking it suddenly. So I started off taking 1 tablet three times a day for three days. Then for the next three days which starts today I take 1 tablet twice a day. And then after that I will take 1 tablet once a day for three days. Apparently our bodies produces naturally corticosteroids (did not know that) and so when you stop the prednisone suddenly it messes up that process. Interesting! So anyway I’m feeling a bit better and I’m hoping once I’m fully healed I can get back on the pushups and do them the RIGHT WAY this time. SMH! Can’t believe I did that. But what’s done is done and all I can do is just push forward. Well toodles for now.  Have a good one.

Well I tried to go for it again last night. I’m serious about this eating healthy. I can’t say I came up with what I was going to cook in my 20 min drive home last night. But I managed to do what I could do.

One of my fav things to do with the kids is go to the farmer’s market and let them pick out all kinds of fruits and veggies and seasonings we can use for dinner and what not. This go around my oldest decides he wants to try the BBQ. I can’t say i was too excited about the choice, but I didn’t want to shoot him down you know. With that being said that brings me to last night’s meal. At Sam’s they sale these HUGE chicken breast. Fortunate for me they were already thawed out and ready to go. Yay me! But I decided to go ahead and just cut them in half. I tried to cook one for lunch yesterday and when i bit into i almost wanted to gag, it was horrible. needless to say it got thrown in the trash. Sorry little chicken. Anyway, I cut them in half and again panned friend it in olive oil and simply enough the BBQ seasoning my son picked out.

I didn’t think it was going to taste too good. Just your regular BBQ taste. Boy was I wrong!! That chicken was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!! And the kids did not hesitate to tell!! That was the first thing gone on their plate!!!

While the chicken was cooking, I took out some frozen broccoli that I got from Sam’s. I unthawed it a little in the microwave cause I wasn’t sure how it would hold up in my little chopper. That’s right…my chopper. After I let it unthaw for about 5 mins I took that broccoli and chopped it up and set to the side. Because my plane was to………..Well I’ll tell you about that a little later HEHEHE!!

Now something that I forgot to mention that I did before I didn’t anything else. I turned on my oven in one of the HOTTEST months of the year…..and I decieded I wanted to make some bake potatoes. But what I did was took a baking pan and poured a smidge of olive oil at the bottom and sprinkled with the BBQ seasoning. I cut the potatoes in one half and laid them down on the flat side. So for however long (couldn’t tell you the exact time) I allowed my potatoes cook until they were nice and moist on the inside.

Probably not the best looking but you know it is what it is. Now these are the red potatoes. I’m not sure how healthy those are but i figured they are from the ground, how bad could they be right? Not only that it’s all about moderation. If you over do anything it could be bad for you. But any who.

After the potatoes were done it was time to finish up the broccoli, since it was the quickest thing to make. I didn’t want to cook it too long cause i wanted it to be nice and nutritious. With that being said however the next thing I did was added shredded cheese. Is that healthy, not sure but hey my kids ate broccoli!!! That’s all that mattered to me at the moment. So I added cheese and sea salt and that was it. let it cook till cheese was melted and TAD-AH!!  I have made a topping for my bake potato!

Now is this another dinner success, well for me it was. My kids loved it, my husband loved it and everyone was happy. Not only that I didn’t get it from a fast food restaurant! What even better is that I got up this morning and ran AGAIN!! I’m on a roll…I THINK!

Well my lovlies, that’s my time. Let me know what you think in the comment box below! Ya’ll come back now ya hear!

Dinner Was A Success!!!

So last night, well I take that late yesterday afternoon i’m driving home from work and I’m thinking WHAT AM I GOING TO MAKE FOR DINNER. my goal here recently has been to eat better, live better and do it with the entire family. Like i shouldn’t be eating good and my kids eat McDonalds, in my opinion that’s child cruelty. Matter of fact I cannot STAND McDonalds. When I hear or say the name I throw up a little in my mouth. nasty? oh I know it but hey that’s how nasty they are to me. Anywho moving on. As I’m driving home I’m thinking and thinking and thinking what I have in the fridge. Mind you i have a 20 min drive so it’s plenty of time to figure it out right? By the time I got home i had a whole meal planned. So when i got home of course I worked out for an hour, via youtube! yes I said it youtube it was great too I’m super sore. But I digress, when i get done i decided to pan fry some tilapia with chipotle seasoning I got for the market with lime juice and cilantro. First of all YUM!! It was tasty. but that wasn’t it. I had a little steamed jasmine rice left from the previous night. I took the rice and mixed it Cilantro. walah cilantro rice!! Hello!!! then i made homemade guac and homemade salsa. Then I put the fish on top of the rice, topped with guac and salso and a smidge of shredded cheese. OMG!!! My kids LOVED it! And when the hubs got home, he said it was the BOMB!! I felt rather good when i got all those accolades. Above is a pic of my oldest sons plate. he doesn’t like guac so it’s minus the guac. But other than that dinner was a success!! And to top it all off i got up this morning and walk/run for an hour!!! Yay me. My shoulder is still KILLING ME! but it’s only the second day of my steroid anti-inflammatory. So we shall see where that takes me. i know one thing it’s making me nausaus. Ugh!

Well that’s all for now lovelies. Thanks for reading!!

Minor Setback

So recently I went out of town and visited the wonderful city of Atlanta. Actually i used to live there for ten years about 15 years ago. Yes i was a young one then. But anywho I had the opportunity to visit friends and family, and do a little shopping. Upon packing for my trip i had all intentions on working out. And guess what……I DID. The very first day i swam ten laps in the pool where I was staying. It was Great! I felt pumped and motivated and all that jazz. Then the following morning I walked and did a slight jog. Let me tell you, I was super sore the next day!!! there as this trail that ran along the Chattahoochee river and also a trail around this pond where we were staying. we walked and ran 7 times around the pond. and then did 1 mile on the other trial. It felt so good. But then the following day came. I started off my day with fattening foods. We had biscuits and grits, sausage, waffles and I ate every bit. Then later i had buffalo wings, ribs and fries AND THEN later i had pasta!!!! Let me tell you though i felt every bit of that mess. I felt aweful!!! But now that I’m back I’m back on it. I may have gained a little weight. Not sure. But it doesn’t matter because I’m back on it! this morning I woke up and did 30 mins of kickboxing. I messed my rotator cuff up last week so it’s hindering me from doing what I want. But that’s not going to stop me from working out. I still do not want to put any pics up since i had a bad weekend. But they will be coming soon!!

My Mother, My Strength

Let’s switch this up, how about I am proud of you
You’re still standing; you’re still here after all you’ve been through

I can remember the days when you just wanted to say
“Baby I can’t take it no more I just want to fade away”

But you held on still even through those nights you couldn’t sleep
Even through the times when it was hard for you to speak

Speak through the pain that this man put you through
Speak up through the awful and inhumane  things that he would make you do

I look up to your strength; I give thanks to it all!
Without your ability to endure, how would I, as your daughter, be able to stand tall?

You taught me how to keep moving, you taught me how to hold it together
That’s a lesson learned from you that I will hold on till forever

Without you even knowing, without you having a clue
After seeing all you’ve done I have found my hero in you

Nothing can change that cause, you’ve shown me the way
That’s something I hold dear to me and give thanks for everyday

What if you never fought, what if you did back down
How would I be able to hold my head up and step high
Because of you it’s courage that I’ve found!

How could I stand up and say “Because of this strong black woman
I have found my way!”

My way into society and be a loving wife and mother too
I’m trying to let you know mom I learned all that from you

So lift up your head and take pride in who you are
In my eyes and in my heart the very being of you is much brighter
Than the brightest star!

 

Just Gotta Take My Time

Hola! Well I’m still on it. Kind of fell off over the weekend. WEl really i got a really bad cold and was unable to workout. I was definitely bummed. But no worries I’m back on and trying to stay focused. I was feeling a little down yesterday. I get a little impatient sometimes when i try to lose weight. Simply because I feel that I am working my BUTT OFF and the results are just not coming as fast as I would like. Plus I think I am sabotaging myself by stepping on the scale everyday. Not a good habit I must say. Anyway I’m not posting a picture yet. I may just wait till the end of this month.

I am scared about this month though because I have alot going on that does not involve working out. But in my mind I am determined to make it happen no matter what. Even with my trip to Atlanta next week. I’ll post pictures of how that turns out. I’m so excited about that. At the same time i am super scared that I am going to BINGE on all that good yummy food!!! But anyway, positive thoughts right. All I know is that I have to stay motivated. Look at my motivational quotes and my sure I make this fat CRY!!! LOL!!! Anyway I’m outta here. If you are reading this. Thanks! And leave a comment if you have any motivational words to help me along I appreciate it 3000%. Gotta get all I can get! Toodles!

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