Hope you all have been well since I have last posted!
I wanted to do an update post of my love patches aka Alopecia Areata today. It has grown so much since my last update last year. I have little sprouts and a even a baby curl! Who would have thunk it?!? I am continuously using my Rogaine for Women, steroid shots from my dermatologist, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, using the Vitamin E capsules(… make a small incision and apply it to the spot..i use 2 capsules per spot), and even praying over my spots.
In February, I actually got a Ion brand hair dye applied to my hair as well(Ion black cherry). I don’t see any damage, so if it works for you- even with Alopecia Areata, go ahead and get a summer color going for yourself! My stylist was able to even trim my new growth spots, so that it could grow even more.
So, I’m really happy and 80% stress free nowadays. Stress was the key for me that I believe initially had my hair falling out. I do my best now to take deep breaths, rethink how I’m going to handle the situation moving forward, and pray.
Here are some Before and Current pictures!
After (April 2015)
Top Back (See my little curl 😉 )
These are some products that I’m currently using as well ….
Here is a little DIY remedy for kids coughs that I found online to try. You boil water, add a lemon, and honey! Sounds simple right?!? You will know after the first sip as to how much honey you should have put into you drink.
1. Boil Your water to desired temperature.
2. Squeeze your fresh lemon into the boiling water.
3. Add honey….more the better in my opinion..take a spoonful by it self for a cough as well.
So, Im still showing major love to these “love patches” of mine! 🙂
I definitely wanted to keep my lovely readers up to date with my hair growth progress. I went back for my 2nd dermatologist appointment yesterday and …..1/3 of my spots are gone!! The injections and Biotin vitamins( I failed to mention this on the first post).
Only 2 more spots to go…..Yay!
I was given more injections in the last two spots. Also, I was prescribed Rogaine for Women, so that my hair growth isn’t delayed. Im so excited for the new hair growth. 🙂 I was assured that even though this is an autoimmune disease, I wouldn’t always have Alopecia Areata….as long as I avoid stress. I am super psyched for more hair growth because I want to try highlights again…a little change never hurt anyone, right?
I am due back in one month and will definitely keep you all updated! 🙂
How do you avoid stress? If you have it, how do you handle having Alopecia?
Good Day Beautiful Soul’s! 🙂 Hope everyone had a great weekend.
My weekend was getting more posts together for you lovely chicks and dudes, while catching up on some classwork online.
So far I lost 5 pounds and that is a great start -for me. 🙂 It’s not huge, but I know it will be more in a 2-3 months. Especially if I continue my exercise regime and using my “Strict Diabetic Diet” guidelines per my Endocrinologist, which are basically that I eat (3) meals a day that consist only of 45 grams of Carbs and (2) snacks that are under 15 grams of Carbs. This seems very strict, but it is actually something that even non-diabetic people should follow. In America, we tend to overeat and be overweight/obese because of the portions that we eat. Keep in mind to that if you do not READ the Nutrition labels, watching those calories and carbs will do no justice. Who wants high blood pressure and water weight?
Here is a challenge when you go out to eat with friends or family:
Either share your meal and split the bill, or if it is just toooooo’ good to share, then ask for your “To-go” box when your food comes out and save some for lunch, or dinner tomorrow. It’s hard, but I’m going to do it and I want you to do it with me. Some diseases ARE preventable and being at the unhappy weight you are now is sometimes preventable.
My biggest challenge is emotional eating and being ashamed of it. I have had that issue even growing up in high school, but then i was so good at hiding it, or being in activities daily at school that I was able to keep my weight from going up so far. I was listening to family members who would tell me how fat I was and how big my legs were and for that very same reason today I admire those women who are in shape with “big booty’s and big thighs”. I want to keep mine and happy with that part of me. Now, I have a man, kids, school, relationships with friends and family, and hell- LIFE. We all know that can be stressful. 🙂 My life currently is dealing with proving to myself and family that I am capable of having a successful career, the ups and downs of maintaining a HEALTHY relationship with my Significant Other,and- while sometimes dealing with the emotion of my mom dying almost 4 months ago. That makes me want to eat everything ALL day, Every day. I and you, if youre dealing with emotional eating, have to find other positive ways to deal with the situation. Sometimes I blog, as Im doing now, to keep urges at bay. 🙂
On another note, while on Metformin, it is definitely helping me with my urges to eat if i take it while eating at dinner(5-6ish PM). I have felt like i couldnt put anything else to my mouth on this medication, which is a good thing for me. The not so nice thing about this medication is that you better be near a bathroom at least 30-60 min after you eat..Im serious. ;P
It has made me nauseous sometimes and leaves this weird taste in mouth similar to the one i had when i was pregnant. Those things do not mix. LOL. My blood sugars have been running pretty good with the lowest being 96 in the morning and the highest around lunch at 173, and that’s because i ate two bowls of Corn Flakes w/ regular sugar. Yep, not so good. Other than that Im getting a better grip on controlling my numbers. Now i just need a variety of foods to eat to satisfy my appetite.
I hope this post today has helped someone out there and if you ever need to talk about your emotional eating, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment below.
Peace and Blessings,
Random Mixed Chick
Here is a photo of me at about 212 lbs. almost 2 weeks ago after working out at the gym.
Sighs….okay so as i re-read my title, yep..the same title that i have i been labeling these post, it feels like a journey, but without the weight loss. I do these post and document my journey even when im ashamed(going back to my pregnancy weight) because someone out there is probably going through something similar. This isnt the toughest thing I have ever done, but it is the most revealing thing that I have ever exposed to the world each week…or two. 🙂 This journey that im going through makes me want to cry a lot, it makes me emotional and depressed sometimes because Im not seeing the weight loss results I want right away, and it makes me want to give up at times. However, I cant because I have “my little beans” that count on my livelihood. I hardly ever quit anything i do, so this hurdle too shall pass. I will get to my weight loss goal of 150-160 pounds along with a shapely derriere to top it off! Got to keep what i have tight already! 😉
Had a visit for the first time with my endocrinologist and he checked off that my blood sugars and A1C looks positively great! In October of 2012 i had a A1C of about a 12 and today my number stands at whopping 7.9. My goal is naturally a 6. We talked about my weight gain. We decided that it would be necessary to ease me off the Novolog (short acting insulin) onto Metformin, which will also help me lose weight instead of gaining as i take my diabetic medications. Im also happy to say that he strongly believes I am a Type 2 diabetic and that I dont actually have kidney damage! Whew!!! With my past post, I must have read the results incorrectly because I only have protein spillage. I can settle with that.
So it definitely is some good things coming out of this weeks journey nonetheless, I can only be grateful that it is not worse. 🙂
Also, Im going to do MORE extensive research on my body type this week an next week… because im thinking building muscle over fat is not going to be the best route for me at this point. Im planning to do my cardio on the treadmill, Zumba, and maybe a Step class until i get to my desired weight.
Hopefully next week will show some results in the direction i want it to 🙂
So, this week has been a great one. I went to my diabetes doctor to show off how good my blood sugars were doing. I’m awesome & was told i was doing a better job than the last time! 🙂 Then, i found this super cool site called “My Fitness Pal” . Love it! Im a frugal chick and dont mind buying generic foods…so guess what?? It has all my generic brand foods. 🙂 Super happy about that. I was advised to watch my calories and have actually been under my calories, now that i’m seeing the numbers. It tell me how much my daily limit is for y weight and how much i want to lose. I suggest this website to anyone who is on their weight loss journey as well.
Another great thing of discussion is this movie called “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead” that is about juicing your way to weight loss and a much healthier life. This man was on medications too. This gives me inspiration to juice, when i buy a blender or juicer. Ive tried a detox cleanse and liked it, where i blended fruits and veggies. The prices of these juicers are cheap either, but I’d rather think of it as a long term investment for my life by getting all the “micro-nutrients” my body needs. I wonder if i begin juicing and slowly diverting from processed foods, will i ever look at them the same again and will i ever go out to eat with knowing this food is doing absolutely for me? Possibly.
As far as weight loss, I can actually say on only lost a 2 ounces…not excited about that, but will keep up with what i doing. Remind yourself, as I am as well, that it didnt take 2 months to get the weight on, so it will take much longer to get off. I’ve had some fall backs….i have to resist the temptation of my kids animal crackers in my cabinet. 🙂
Hope everyone achieve his or her’s goals this week, Amp up your veggie intake and tell me how that has helped your body!
Anyone out there juicing for health and weight loss? I would love to hear your comments and stories.
So, just in a matter of a week, i have come down with puffy eyelids (It makes me look even more Asian, which isnt a terrible thing if didnt look like i had fluid retention all in my face), congested nose, a dime-sized risin bump under my arm, and now tonight, an ear infection.
When i tell you that I’m uncomfortable, Im most certainly that times 10. I did medicate on Benadryl though, but to my dismay, that medicated sleep didnt last long….as Im up posting on this blog now. 😉
Well…in the morning i plan to take a more natural approach to healing myself of all these ailments instead of paying a co-pay somewhere and medicating even more.
For my puffy eyelids…I have been using eye drops and cold compresses, which seems temporary, so i will need to find another approach.
For my congested nose…. I have a humidifier and Breathe Right nose strips… and if that doesnt work…. i read to sniff the aroma of coffee, which will open my nose.
For the risin (which is there to let you know “hey you’re sick, you have an infection trying to get out”)…. I have already gotten that sterilized, lanced, and treated by “le boyfriend” of whom got some black powder substance ,mixed with some Aloe Vera gel from my plant,from his mother, that apparently has some healing properties that Seventh Day Adventists swear by… hopefully it works because my arm now hurts.
For my ear infection…. I read an online article about crushing & mixing fresh garlic cloves and extra virgin olive oil together and pour a little in my ear…Also, I read that crushing a little fresh garlic and then putting in my sock will help as well.
Im hoping and taking a chance on the natural way of dealing with these ailments…if it works…then i will be testimony to some people who are willing to try use a more natural ways of doing things…I will keep you all updated… 🙂