Do As I Say…and As I Do!! :)

Hello Beauties!

A comment that I put on my last post inspired me to write this one…

 

Kids are so impressionable at any age, but truly when they are under ten year old, in my opinion. They are so observant and listen closely to your every word…even when you think they are not….! I know you have faked sleep once, or twice when your parents, or parents friend were having a “grown folks conversation”…..Ummmm hummmm. 🙂 We all did it…we were all inquisitive….and still really are… For example…there is an accident pulled over to the median. What do we all naturally do? We stare for as long as our wheel and brakes will allow us to AND we may even roll down the window. So, we all want to know something.

I grew up in the 80-90’s, so McDonald’s and Burger King were a treat..we didn’t eat there everyday. In 2015, its far from a treat. It is a death sentence by choice. Sarcastically speaking, I’m unsure if the salad is even healthy. If you choose to partake in it, eat it in so much moderation that you’re barely eating it at all! My family cooked at home and I cant say that I always wanted it, but if I got hungry enough, then it was eaten. Not many people are cooking at home and when they shop for groceries, they head for the middle aisles…where are the sugary, gooey treats are…Then you have parents who are just getting off work and are tired..I get it. *raises hand* I am too. I have alarms set…here is my schedule:

5:30 a.m. Wake up. Get work out clothes on and kids clothes on

6 a.m. Feed the kids

6:25 a.m. Heading to daycare * thank God they are open this early*

6:35 a.m. Drive to the park

6:45 a.m. MaymyRun and Pandora…locked and loaded

7:30 a.m. 2 miles around park….maybe step runs once or twice..Done.

7:45 a.m. Doing either arm exercise, tummy, or back workouts

8:15 a.m. Getting ready for work

6:45 p.m. Working out with the kids at the park again

IT’S A CHOICE!

I’m becoming disciplined because you wouldn’t get me up that early to save your own life 🙂 Now, I can! 🙂

You have to re-route your food choices. Only shop for foods on the outside areas. Fruits/Veggie section will ALWAYS be my first place to go. Then, Meat section…followed by Dairy area. Until i learn how to make my own sauces, etc..that’s when i will stay off those aisles. My kids watch me…they see what kind of fruits we ingest…they even watch my exercise…I make it so important that it becomes important to them. It so good for me because I ask random people running up the stairs if they want to race, so it becomes fun for everyone. I don’t care if i look foolish…its about living! Sometimes i give them kid version of being healthy and then some days I give them NC-17 version…For example: “If you eat fast food all the time, you will become over weight…like me…and you will be unhappy…like me…and you will have a plethora of diseases attached to you…UNLESS you make the CHOICE to eat better”. I explain, that mean eating fresh fruits and vegetables, trying green smoothies, sticking to a strict carb intake. I’m learning that food tastes good, but Im not going to scarf down so much that I’m sick because I’m choosing to binge eat. And you know…that is actually a disorder.

Parents: Set great examples…it costs less than you think to eat healthy… You can get out of Walmart with pineapples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kale, spinach, and even tomatoes…with about $25-30. That is the same amount that you would spend on one meal full of junk. Do better so our kids can do better. Diabetes is real…and I have it. I don’t want my kids to have it and deal with what I’m putting myself through when I CHOOSE to binge eat. I had a blood sugar at 300-400…my body is use to, but I’m damaging organs and nerves in the process. In this past week alone, I have managed to get my blood sugar down to 92- 115. I’m amazed and i rechecked….because i though the meter was lying…* as if it can talk back*.

Were going to do this together…..No one gets left behind!!

I’m challenging everyone to walk 2 miles a day in the park for at least 3 days. Eat 2 more vegetables and fruits in replace of a starch like mashed potatoes, or pasta. 🙂

I believe in you 🙂

Peace and Blessings,

 

Random Mixed Chick

My Loves racing.... this is a still shot them...my DD beats my son :)

My Loves racing…. this is a still shot of them…my DD beats my son 🙂

 

Advertisements

Weight Loss Journey Part 7

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 randommixedchick@gmail.com 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.

gym

Weight Loss Journey Part 6

Dear Random People….

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! 😉

Great News:

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 🙂

Stay tuned for more of my journey to come……

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

Image

Google Image Above

Weight Loss Journey Part 4

Hello Random People,

So….I haven’t written anything about my weight loss or healthy eating change in about a month. I have been watching what i have been eating and  limited my exercise regime.

I haven’t given up on my goal. I believe that i mentally was expecting too much in the beginning. Losing weight just doesn’t disappear that easily. It felt like I was doing everything correctly, but i began to gain weight. I have had at least two people tell me that my body may be retaining water now that my diabetes are more controlled and that my body is regulating itself–even if that means my weight not going down right away.

It is the new year and i plan on getting a gym membership with my honey’ 🙂 Everyone could use a little man inspiration from time to time. Until then i will continue posting how im doing on my journey and some recipes that i like. 🙂

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

Food Idea:

Random Mixed Chick Guide to Cooking Fresh Green Bean’s

1. Snap the ends off of your fresh green beans.
2. Wash them 2-3 times. Why? Usually when you by fresh they arent in a bag already and people could have touch them. Keep it sanitary. 🙂
3. Place fresh green beans in a small pot to boil for about 4-5 min to soften a little and to keep a little crunch.
4. After they have boiled, place the green beans in a small skillet. Use about a teaspoon of olive oil to drizzle over beans. Also, add your fave seasoning… i prefer lemon pepper and black pepper. 🙂
5. Sautee for bout 3 minutes and enjoy!

google search image

google search image

Weight Loss Journey Pt 3

Hello Random People,

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.

Current Weight: 196.8 , Height: 5’3

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” movie free on Hulu

http://www.hulu.com/watch/289122

Weight Loss Journey Cont’…P2

Dear Random People,

 

Hope everyone had a great holiday full of joy and delight! Well this is my first update post about my weight loss and health change so far.

I have to say it was hard to not eat holiday food. I was strong in the beginning, but fell short once… twice…well just say i kept falling short for the Oreo pie and banana pudding. I always made sure i had enough insulin to cover what i had eaten. If you ate like me this Thanksgiving, then you at ham, turkey(of course!), dressing, greens(the only healthy part about it besides the turkey and ham), baked mac n cheese, cranberry sauce, and pies.

I knew i would fall short even before Thanksgiving came. I felt i wasn’t strong enough to have control just yet. In some people’s cases its control and how much you eat of something….I couldn’t control myself with the sweets. Partly because i steered clear of them at the beginning of my exercise regimen and beginning it wasn’t that far away; i just began it.

My solution: Don’t bring anything unhealthy or that I cant control myself with for the Christmas dinner in a month. Like i said before, my blood sugar cannot and will not spiral out of control again and i will not kill myself. There has to be some control gained.

If you have, or are experiencing this type of situation… then take my solution above until you can handle it. For me its about avoiding the foods until i get better.

One achievement for me this past week is that i continued walking and jogging. Jogging feels easier when i do it in medium spurts. I have to get to a point where I’m able to run around the park trail at least once without stopping…and if i hadn’t mentioned it yet, I’m participating in the Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run in January 2013! 😉 I’m super excited because this will be the first 5K i would have EVER done and i pray that make it out okay and dont pass out before the finish line. This is a goal and getting control on food intake and continuing to exercise will all help me with my goal.

Here is the link for Atlanta or to find a city near you 🙂 http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/

Hope everyone else has a great and productive week!

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

PS.

Current Weight: 195.2 Height: 5’3

This is a small change in weight, but it matters.

It’s only the beginning. “Bye Bye “Booty-do”,Hello “Kim Kardashian/Beyonce body”.

This is the pic from last week because only a few pounds have changed.

Weight Loss Journey

Dear Random People,

What does health mean to you?

It means living life, no more insulin shots, running fast without losing my breath, and loving shopping without getting discouraged that i cant fit into clothes the way i want to fit into them.

About 2 weeks ago, my reality was checked really quick. Im a diabetic with uncontrolled blood sugars who thinks that i can eat whatever and still get by with life with no worries. I was more than wrong. I hadnt had a A1C done in over 9 months, took my insulin, and didnt check my blood sugar as often as needed. When i finally had a A1C done, my score was about a 12. That is horrible, it should be about a 6 or 7 for diabetics. I had more testing done to show that i had high cholesterol and that i had protein in my urine, which put me in stage 2 kidney damage. That was my reality check. I began to think about my mother, her being on dialysis, and being so immobile to live a little longer.

I made the change to change what im eating, how much i exercise, and how i manage my diabetes. I plan to do my follow up appointments with my regular doctor and visit a Endocrinologist. He will let me know, based on how my body is responding to the new insulin(Novolog), diet, and exercise, if im a true Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic. The results  from my first check-up showed that i may not be a Type 1 after 4 years of only taking Lantus. 🙂 Which left my doctor scratching her head in disbelief.

I want to live longer, stay far away from dialysis clinics, run like my life depends on it -which it does, and eat foods that are beneficial to me meaning less processed foods and more fresh foods.

My plan for this weight loss journey is to document how well Im doing, share recipes that i”ve tried, and even share moments where i feel like giving up.

Interestingly enough, i got discouraged a few days ago. I have changed my diet and walked/jogged more….and i’ve GAINED weight! How does this happen? I havent cheated because dying early keeps me motivated enough to do the right thing at this point. I wake up faithfully early in the morning and walk…and today I jogged more than I walked. 🙂

Also, im finding that reading the back of labels are so helpful…these companies are not held accountable for how much SODIUM they are putting in their food. Eating high sodium food unknowingly is doing the reverse of what health changes you have made so far. The product i recently began using was “Gia Russa” low sodium alfredo sauce and spaghetti sauce and i also used ground turkey instead of regular ground beef.

I hope i inspire others to become more healthy as i share my experience…

Peace and Blessings,

Random Mixed Chick

P.S. Im going to share photos to make this experience more personable and even my weight….my shame is shedding away 🙂 Bye bye “Booty-do”, Hello “Kim Kardashian/Beyonce  Body

Current weight: 197 , Height: 5’3

Tired after jogging early in the morning