Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I'm back!!!!!!

I"m back folks! Yes I have been MIA yet again and for longer than I had planned. Well life has had me very very busy so I do apologize to those that were wondering where I was. 
I'm still very much on my weight loss mission. The first week after my last post concerning my weight and life style changes was very aggressive. I began to eat better foods and make better choices, I even dusted off my treadmill and began walking. As time went on I had a few set backs but I always reminded myself that tomorrow was a new day and making a bad food choice was not the end of the world. So far I have lost 4 pounds. It may not be much, but I am very pleased with it. I think that it's pretty good considering the fact that since I went on my weight loss mission I have attended a very "southern" family reunion where salad is not on the menu and also countless birthday parties for children that served the "devil's" treats. lol. 
So here I am back and ready to share with you the many things that I encounter on a daily basis. I promise not too leave you again for such a long time. :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

By any means necessary!

June 2009
I posted an entry the other day regarding my "aha" moment concerning my weight and overall well being. Little did I know that I was going to have the "pleasure" of having another rock bottom moment regarding my weight. That afternoon I went out shopping with my "big sister" Alina to see what sales we could get into. As I rummaged through the sale racks, I could hardly hold all of the clothes inside of my arms. I immediately had one of the sales associates get a dressing room started for me. When I finally made it to the dressing room and began to try on my pants and shirts my high immediately went to a low..........NOTHING FIT! Nothing. I had to go up three sizes in order to find pants that fit comfortably. Although I found some great deals, I still left the store feeling down and disgusted with myself. 
May 2010
I'm disgusted at my eating habits and at the way I have become so sedentary and lazy. I've allowed myself to use being a mom and a working one at that become an excuse for not eating healthy or have the "time" to take care of myself, although I find that time to take care of everyone else. In just a year I have gained almost 30 extra pounds! I have also allowed myself to be convinced by people around me that I am fine the way that I am just because I may not be as heavy as some others. Completely unacceptable. It's time for me to take back control of my mind, body and the way I live starting today. Yall pray for me, I LOVE to eat and while there is nothing wrong with that. I guess it all boils down to what you eat. I'm not looking for a quick solution, but a lifestyle change.
Miss K is still down in North Carolina so I hope to be able to jump start my healthy transition while she is gone. I'm sure it will not be easy. I've tried it many times before, but I generally fall off of the wagon about three days into it. So if you work with me or see me on a regular basis, please support me, please encourage me and please try not to talk me into eating unhealthy along with you. lol. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I think I have finally hit rock bottom........

While traveling on business to New York this week, I had the pleasure of having an AHA! moment......
I didn't realize that I needed to spend more time with my family, I didn't suddenly decide that I wanted to quit my corporate job and bake cupcakes, no I realized that my behind is FAT and out of shape. Now I am sure that some people are going to say I'm not fat, blah blah blah, but I am. No I am not obese, but I could stand to lose a good 25-30 pounds. Heck at this point, I would settle for losing 2 pounds so maybe the button on my slacks won't leave an imprint so deep into my stomach that it remains there well after I've showered and put my pj's on tonight. I've always been slim and even at some point after having Miss K, I was able to slim down to a good size. Somehow, somewhere something has gone horribly wrong and I need to do something about it ASAP!
So anyway, back to my AHA! moment. So I'm in the airport at BWI and I'm waiting to board my flight when this woman walks up strolling her little baby and we all begin to comment on how adorable he is. This kid was too cute for words, he was very well dressed to be a nine month if I must say so. He looked like he had just finished shooting a spread for Ralph Lauren. Yeah one of those babies. So I glance up and notice that his mother is drop dead hot, and all cute and small, flat stomach, etc. Yeah I wanted to fight her based on all of the above. lol. So anyway, we start talking and I say wow you look great for him to be nine months and after further discussion she lets me know that she has three, yes three other children! What the hell! And then she hits me with the bombshell that she is almost forty! Okay can someone call the paramedics because I'm on the ground. It's a man down situation up in BWI airport. This lady didn't look a day over 26.
My kid is almost 3 and I look nothing close to that. At the moment, in that airport, the light bulb went off that I have to do better. Now granted she was super skinny and all of her meals can probably be eaten with a straw, but she looked healthy and vibrant and had the energy to run after her kids. Which I do not.
Now I don't wish to be skinny, or lose the curves that I have gained from childbirth, but I would like to be smaller and in better shape and improve my over all appearance. I deserve to be a fly mama! So today is the day. I'm not going to do anything extreme because I am pursuing a healthier lifestyle over all, but I am going to take the steps to start caring about my mind and body and what I put in it. I take awesome care of my husband and daughter and I think it's time that I focus on me just a little bit more and take it seriously.
So what are your thoughts out there juice followers? How do you maintain good health and healthy eating habits with the demands of everyday life? What have you found to be successful? I'm open to any suggestions or ideas and of course support as I begin this journey. Is anyone else feeling like they need to make a change?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Just checking in

Hey folks, sorry I have been MIA for a couple of days. I've had a lot going on. I went home to visit my family in North Carolina for our annual get together and while I was there I dropped Princess K off with her grandparents for two weeks. Yes folks two weeks. I'm going to be without my little stinker for an entire two weeks? How will I survive? Everyone tell me I should be excited, which I am because I've been praying for a break or some me time. Thing is, she has been gone for two days and I am already missing her like crazy. lol. So we will see. Hopefully I will use this time to reconnect with my husband and get some much needed rest and relaxation. 

On another note, I spoke with the young lady who is supposed to be designing my blog for me and it looks like it won't be completed until SEPTEMBER. I'm wayyyyyy down on the waiting list, but that's fine with me. I'm new to this whole blogging thing and the last time I checked I only had about four followers. :)  

Well I'm headed to the airport to head home from Buffalo, NY, I've been here since Monday and although I fun training with my co-workers, I'm ready to head back to Virginia........Home Sweet Home here I come!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Girl Bye!

Okay sooooooooooo I have just have to get this off of my chest. Have you ever met someone who was just way too deep for you? Or someone who discovers something and then tries to school everyone else on the subject and looks like a fool? Okay, well I had the pleasure of being confronted by someone who had the nerve to try and tell me I wasn't proud of who I was because my hair wasn't "natural". Now for those of you who may not know what I am talking about. My hair is not considered "natural" because I choose to relax my hair with chemicals every now and again. Okay so I'm in a room with a group of women and one of them is "natural" and she is going on and on about how African- Americans and people of color should be proud of who they are and they shouldn't put chemicals in their hair blah blah blah. Hey, that be may all well and good for you, but I choose not to go that route. I needs my CREAMY CRACK! That's a perm for those of you who are about to set me up for a drug intervention. :)
So this discussion turns into a heated debate between the young lady and I because she had the nerve to ask me "Well what are you going to tell your daughter when she asks you why you choose to perm your hair, or why your hair doesn't look like hers?" My daughter Miss K, has natural curly hair. Okay lady now you have crossed the line............so now I have to cut you down a few notches. I didn't say a word, I just pulled up her page on FB and let everyone know that until a year ago she was riding the Creamy Crack train alongside me. I am so tired of people jumping on this I'm going to go natural, I'm holier than thou, quoting poetry all of a sudden bandwagon so now I'm more proud of who I am than you are. Well guess what I'm proud of who I am, too, but the last time I checked my mama was a Native-American, so my natural may still look relaxed to you sista! To be honest I wish I could rock the natural fro's and all, but my hair just can't make the cut.
I actually love natural hair and I think that it looks very pretty. My best friend is natural and she is stunning! Shout out to Candice Nicole :) Become natural for the right reasons, healthier hair and because it's something that you really want to do. Not because everyone else is doing it and it's the cool thing that's going on right now. But don't you dare sit here and try to put others down or try to "inform" me on how to be proud of who I am when you were sitting right next to me not too long ago waiting to get your fix to help smooth your edges down. Girl Bye, Sat down...You are the weakest link!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Congratulations....... It's a BLOG!!!!!!

It has finally arrived! For those that are close to me, they know I have been talking about publishing a blog for the LONGEST amount of time. I even worried two of my best friends to death with trying to come up with a name for my blog ( thanks Candice and Erica for putting up with me ). I just wanted to make sure it made sense and sounded cool. LOL. I asked my fellow Facebook friends what their opinions were and if they would read one, so I guess we will have to just wait and see.
So here it is folks, Juiced Boxed: Chronicles of Cool Mama. Life as I live it and see it.

I never thought putting together a blog would be so time consuming, but hey anything worth having requires hard work right? Well with that being said, we are finally up and running, I have purchased the rights to www.juicedmama.com the official website and I just got off the phone with my web designer who is working hard to put together a blog that will be easy on the eye. lol. I'm so excited! I hope someone is reading this.lol.