Next Week I’ll Be Overweight

Next week I’ll be overweight and I couldn’t be happier.  You may be wondering why I am happy about being overweight.  The answer is simple.  Today I am obese so overweight will be an improvement.  It is funny how weight sneaks up.  One day you wake up and you’re thirty pounds heavier than you thought.  It seems to just come out of nowhere.  You never see it coming.

I stopped weighing myself a long time ago.  I made the decision to assess my size by my measuring tape and the fit of my clothes.  I did notice a change.  Suddenly my waist was measuring an extra two inches.  I worked to get it off but the two inches grew to three.  The good thing is that I always gain weight in porportion.  My bust, waist, and hips all gain the same amount of inches; so I think I carry the weight pretty well.  The bad thing about it is it makes the weight gain easier to ignore.  Stress did not help either.  Certain stressors send me to food while others put me in starvation mode.  Guess which one I experienced.  I knew it was a problem.  My pants were getting tighter and tighter.  I knew it was a problem but stress…

I finally decided to really put my weight issue in the forefront after seeing my doctor a little under two weeks ago.  I bought a scale and I set the simple goal of two pounds a week.  My first week I lost five pounds.  That was just the motivation I needed to keep it up.  I’m three days away from my two week marker and I have already lost another four pounds.  The weight is coming off much faster than I anticipated.  Five pounds a week is beyond my expectations.  I was giving myself roughly a month to lose ten pounds and I may exceed that goal in two weeks.

So yes, I am pretty proud of my accomplishments so far.  Now you understand my excitement over being overweight.  I just need to keep up the momentum and do my best to manage stress.  One day at a time until I reach my goal…

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Out of the Red – Managing My BP

I am finally out of the red and I am so grateful. I cannot celebrate yet though….well maybe just a little.  I have been in the red for longer than I would like to admit.  I was determined though, to get this under control.  This reading is evidence of my efforts working.  This is just the beginning. This is just one day.

My blood pressure has been a major concern.  Hypertension is prevalent on both sides of my family.  I realize that with my efforts I still may not be able to manage it completely on my own.  Ultimately that is my goal.  I am actively working to achieve that goal by managing stress where I can, paying attention to my diet, and exercising regularly.  Seeing that green today was just the motivation I needed to keep going.

Check out some of the steps I have taken to date:

https://shirareneebethea.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/next-step-exercise/

https://shirareneebethea.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/self-care/

https://shirareneebethea.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/baby-steps-back-to-good-health/

Spa Day at Home

This time of year, it becomes increasingly difficult to convince myself to leave the house. Even when the outcome is beneficial, like a stress relieving day at the spa or a much needed fitness class. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Sometimes getting out of the bed is challenging in itself; making leaving the house next to impossible.

I’m trying new things to combat the stress that comes with the changing seasons. One thing that seems to be working is giving myself activities to look forward to inside the house. Maybe it will raise my spirits enough to actually leave the house. Maybe not. At a minimum it gets me out the bed. That’s progress.

Spa days at home are life savers. I spend hours on scented baths, showers, exfoliation, clay masks, facial massage, moisturizing, manicures, and pedicures. When I’m done, I feel a little lighter, a little less stressed, a little more prepared for the outside world. It doesn’t have to be expensive.  It doesn’t have to take hours. Your only moment alone may be the shower. If so, use that time.   Also it doesn’t have to be expensive.  Whether you find products in a department store, drug store, or grocery store doesn’t matter.  What matters is taking out time for you.  Afterall, if you don’t take time out for you you’ll be less able to help others.

Baby Steps Back to Good Health

One of the things imperative to my health improving is getting back in the kitchen. I stopped cooking regularly like I once did. The result was almost immediate weight gain and elevated blood pressure. I realize food is not the only issue. It is, however, the first of a few things I will address.   I’m setting small attainable goals so as not to get discouraged.  I will measure results in 30 days.

The day after my doctors appointment I went grocery shopping.  I bought fresh and frozen produce.  I had a plan in mind.  Meal planning is so important.  I bought vegetables that I would use for omelets as well as stir fry dishes.  I also bought nutritional shakes and meal replacement shakes for days when I’m on the road.  My schedule can change in an instant.  I want to avoid the urge to stop for high sodium meals on the go.  Wouldn’t you know it, while I was shopping I got a call for a commercial.  Those shakes came in handy.  I had just enough time to take my groceries home and get on the road. It was a rush but I was prepared. I felt accomplished drinking my shake instead of searching for a drive thru on my way to set.

Two days later and I am sticking to my plan of homemade or shakes.  It is not hard if I plan ahead.  It is the last minute hunger that gets me in trouble.  So far so good.  Follow me on Instagram to see what I cook up. https://www.instagram.com/shirareneebethea/

Next Step – Exercise

My last post addressed my first step back to health; diet. It’s only been a few days but it has been a good few days. I haven’t skipped a meal or done any binge eating. I have also been preparing my meals at home.  Now I am going to add my next step, exercise.

Like some of you, I have a specific room for excercise.  The problem is I don’t actually use it.  Here’s my solution.  I rearranged a room I am always in, my bedroom, to make room for exercise.  I made a space big enough for strength training, flexibility training, and cardio.  No excuses now.  I will see this space every morning and every night.  I figure if nothing else guilt will eventually set in.

Guess what? This morning it worked.  No guilt needed.  I woke up and I wanted to do it.  I pulled out my yoga mat and yoga blocks and did a half hour of flexibility training.  I am so proud of my effort.  I even set a work out plan for tomorrow. Oh and I had oatmeal for breakfast, not instant, rolled oats.  I added vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, raisins, and peanut butter.

Self Care

Today’s trip to the doctor was like being dropped on my head.  There is nothing like having someone hold a mirror to your face and show you how much you have been lacking.  I knew but for whatever reason it wasn’t real until day.

I went for my back pain which has been an issue since I was rear ended in 2010. While I was waiting to be seen I noticed the scale in the hall.  I forgot about that part.  I don’t weigh myself at home.  I measure myself but I stay off the scale.  I knew the scale was going to reflect a number seemingly unhealthy for my height.  I was dreading it.  When it was my turn, I hadn’t quite decided if I would look.  Once I got on the scale, my breasts decided for me lol.  I couldn’t see past them to the number on the scale.  I contorted so I could see.  Then I tried to justify the number.  It can’t be right.  My movement could’ve threw it off.  Plus I was wearing shoes…and layers…

Then it was time for my vitals.  Anxiety hit again.  Would my blood pressure be elevated? Then I start thinking about strokes, heart attacks, medications.  By the time the doctor came in.  I had lost focus on my back and started thinking about everything else.

What was the outcome? Well the short version is, things that once came easy now have to be worked towards. Is that the answer I want? No. However, it is what it is.  If I want to be healthy I have to constantly work towards health. I have to work harder to combat family history.  I cannot neglect self care.

I already know some days will be harder than others.  I also know the payoff will be well worth it.

Outre Nadi

I have always been a fan of short hairstyles. I love a nice pixie cut or bob. However, I have never had the desire to cut my hair. Fortunately for me, there are ways around that. I have worn a variety of wigs over the years that enabled me to get the short look I wanted without actually cutting my hair.

Well Summer is quickly approaching and I am thinking about short cuts instead of braids this year.  I decided I wanted a short wavy look.  I glanced at a few styles online and decided to start with Outre Nadi.  It took two days for Nadi to arrive.  I was so excited to try her on.  That excitement left quickly.  Actually as soon as I pulled her out.  This is what I was expecting.

This is what I received.

What

Is

This?

It looks like two doll scalps sewn together; two doll scalps with two different textures.  I immediately stuffed it back in the box after sending a picture to the seller.  It gets crazier.  The seller didn’t see the problem.  I was sure I received a wig with a manufacturer defect but the seller said they all look that way.  So in short, if you were considering purchasing Nadi; don’t.  I sent her back.