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It’s Been Awhile…

It’s been a long time coming I tell ya!!!. Busy with being a wife, a mother, a daughter, a best friend so on and so forth. But during that time I have found time to get back into working out and losing weight.

About two and a half years ago i was weighing in at 191. When I stepped on that scale I had so many emotions inside. I felt like I was a failure! Why you ask? Well i can remember being a teenager and saying to myself, “being over weight will not be an option for me, if i see myself anywhere over 200 lbs it’s time to get back into shape” So when i saw myself almost at 200 lbs i knew it was time to spring into action. And that I did. I signed up to weight watchers and also took a pre-workout supplement called “Oxy-Elite” which not only gave me the energy I needed for my workouts but it also supressed my appetite. Several months later i was down 20 lbs and let me tell you EVERYONE noticed.

Funds started to get a bit tight so i stopped weight watchers and stayed on oxy elite. I figured i would be fine now that my appetite was under control….so I thought. Anyway I eventually stopped taking oxy elite because you have to cycle off, other wise you will become immune and you will be just waisting your money. Well It became clear to me months down the road that I did not learn a new way of life. I simply relied solely on supplements and weight watchers. I went back to the same way of eating and not working out as much as I needed. And it really became evident last year when i began to have lower back pain, knee pain and all kinds of other pain which enabled me to do alot of the exercises i wanted to do. So not only was I not eating correctly i was also not active. With those two out of my life the weight slowly crept back into it. but not by alot. I never made it back to 191 but i was slowly creeping back to 180 which is now my “NO NO ZONE”

About 3 months ago I got back on weight watchers and about a month ago i have been deligent about eating right and exercising. Could it be because it’s warmer outside? WEll not exactly. Here in Kansas City the weather has been a bit off. Winter time in spring and spring time in summer. Very unpredictable. So going outside hasn’t really been an option. But my determination to stay motivated and eating healthier has been on the rise. And my desire is to share with you my journey!! So far i have made it all the way down to 165 lbs but have gain 5 lbs in muscles. My husband has noticed my transformation and so has my friends and family!! And now they all want to know how I have done it. That’s where my blog comes in at LOLImage

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.

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!!

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