It’s been a few months since I posted about my health. It’s been hard I tell ya that much. I finally got a doctors appointment that was long overdue with an Endocrinologist (diabetes doctor). I didn’t realize I hadn’t been to see one in two years, which I don’t recommend if you’re a type 2 diabetic. I got so comfortable taking what was prescribed that I didn’t notice it wasn’t working anymore. If your doctor mentions that you’re pre-diabetic take it seriously, and make those lifestyle changes. I didn’t and now I’m stuck with dealing with this now.
I’ve been making quite a few changes to my lifestyle, they aren’t perfect but I’m just happy that I’m holding on a resolution I made for this long. So far I’ve lost around 12-15 lbs, my blood pressure still hasn’t come down much and they put me on more medication including a injectable for my diabetes. I had my reservations but it’s not a permanent thing if I make changes and keep progressing. The side effects are that I will lose weight, which isn’t bad, and honestly i’m 3 days in and I haven’t been able to finish a meal. Here are a few things I’ve realized on this journey so far.
Cutting out Red Meat-
This is so hard for me. I’ve cut back big time. At this point I’m eating beef once a week if that. I love a good steak and I’m not a “stop cold turkey” kind of girl. I think it’s good to have it every once in awhile. So If I do, I make a burger at home or have one from five guys as my cheat. While visiting the doctor we spent over 2 hours going through my recent medical records and test and found out that i had high “bad cholesterol” levels. I’m upset that now I’ve been put on Lipitor for that, I have to take it once a day at night. So this gives me the motivation to stick to my once a week meat. I know there are leaner cuts but lets be honest, I want a legit burger every once in awhile.
Working out is not the enemy-
Can I be honest as say that I lost that mojo to work out. I had to mentally tell myself that I would die if I didn’t get up for the gym when I started going again. I would come up with any excuse in my mind to not go. I belong to Planet Fitness, and this is the time when everybody and their mother is in there. It’s crazy around 6-9 PM. Who wants to rub elbows with folks like that when they are focusing? I don’t, yeah I said it. So with all of these new people, they aren’t wiping mats, equipment, they are nasty. Long story short, I told myself that this can’t stop me from going and getting a work out in. It’s spring now, and there are so many ways to work out for free, so what was my excuse? Now I look forward to being active. My newest challenge is to walk. I had a situation where I had to drive to work, and I’m cheap so I’d rather pay 10 bucks and walk six blocks then walk one and pay 20 bucks. Monday I was walking, someone who I saw come in and park when I was exiting, lapped me and walked so fast so effortlessly that I wanted scream. I hated it because I was walking at my max pace and our of breath. So now I’m determined to walk more and I’ve lost 3 lbs this week doing just that.
Working out is practically free-
I’ve been finding all of the resources to work out for free at this point. I get bored at the gym especially planet fitness, since they don’t have classes. Three of my favorite Instagrams are GetFitwithNic, Lakeitha_Duncan, Mariza Villarreal (if you can stomach her sickening body). YOutube is pretty awesome, I have a list of workouts that I find and save for later. You can get lost in there, but check out my list and see if anything suits your fancy. So at this point, I have no reason not to work out, and I can only blame pure laziness on sitting around.
Here are a few of my favorites at the moment, and yes it’s okay to laugh at the the Pump It Up video, but I tell you this much, it gets you exactly where you need to be. Sorry I couldn’t embed it but click the link it will take you right to Youtube. Below are a few of my favorite stretches and one Jillian Michaels workout that I like to do.
Fiber is my friend-
Nobody talks about fiber. In a world of high protein, low carb, fat free trends as someone who has to cut back on protein i’ve found ways to still eat well. Fiber helps you go, plain and simple, it helps me a ton. I pretty much cheat when it comes to fiber. My secret weapon – Chai Seeds. Tiny crunchy fiber laden goodness. One ounce has about 40% of your recommended fiber intake. I sprinkle them on a lot of things, and the easiest way it to put them in my oats in the AM. An entire serving, blends perfectly with it. On top of that I go for 30 grams a day. I get this through black beans, kidney beans, broccoli, avocados, whole wheat pasta, and pureeing veggies into my tomato sauce. I ate all of this throughout the week with my meals.
Progress is a journey-
While visiting these doctors my anxienty over living a life tied to medication scared me. I don’t want to turn 28 and have this be the reason why i’m holding back. With no cause of or reason for this stubborn blood pressure my doctor pat me on the shoulder as I cried and said, “Michelle, you’re doing great, and you’re making progress without any of us forcing you. It will be okay, and this is not an overnight thing” . I’ve always embraced myself because if I don’t who else will. With that being said, in the age of body positive blogs, and loving my curves. I have to state that when the weight starts causing issues and you feel miserable listen to your body.
With everything being said, I’m still motivated to keep up with this. My mom has the fat literally melting off her body. She looks amazing and younger than 45 which I’m thanking the aging GODS for. This is my future, wrinkle free at 45 (body roll). I still have to work on getting active everyday because it feels great when you’re sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. I’m getting there and hopefully I’ll be posting more on my workouts/eating on Instagram.