Summer colds are no fun/medicines I take to feel better and what I do to rest.

I went out a few days ago in the rain, I know stupid decision because now I’m laying down feeling like death literally. I was all wrapped up in my jacket of course but still my immune system always seems to shut down on me. I’m going to tell you some things that I normally do to feel better when coming down with a bad cold.

When I’m sick these are some things that I normally do…

1. Lay down in bed/watch movies-

I’m actually laying down now and watching some tv shows on Hulu at the moment usually resting and not doing a lot makes me feel better

2.take medicine-

That’s the first thing I try to do is get in the bathroom and search for all the cold medicines I have because it helps me sleep better and get all the rest I need

3. Green tea-

I love green tea and I normally drink this every day even when not sick but it also helps me to drink a warm cup of tea it soothes my throat and also helps me rest well.

4. Put on warm clothes-

I know this is crazy considering it’s summer time but I try to dress in sweats and warm shirts while under my blanket it helps to keep me warm also it helps you sweat a lot witch is good to get rid of your cold.(I get the chills really bad)

5. I try to keep my daughter in another room-

I never want her to get sick so I try my best to stay away from her and let her be in her own room witch is hard because she loves to sleep in my room with me at all time still trying to break that habit.

Medicines that I take…

1.theraflu-

I love theraflu it helps me a lot to sleep at night and it takes a couple of days but it usually kicks in and I start to feel better.

Halls lozenges-

I take this all the time for my sore throat and coughing it really helps especially when I’m at work because I’m constantly talking with patients all day.

Alka seltzer-

They have a really good cold medicine you dump the pill in some water and it dissolves it dosent taste all that great but it does help to feel better.

Tylenol Cold medicine-

I usually take these in the morning before work I hate taking pills so I’ll pour a glass of orange juice and crush my pills up and dump them into my juice and it helps me to feel better when taken twice a day.

Robitussin cough syrup-

I usually take this for my cough it’s nasty I have to admit but it does knock my coughing out right away I usually throw it down as quick as possible and try not to think about the taste or the smell witch is horrible.

Those are a few of the medicines I take, of course there is more…

Getting over a cold isn’t a quick fix colds can last up two weeks at the most and if it goes on longer please go see a doctor because it can turn in to pneumonia and we don’t want that. So the best thing I can tell you is try to get plenty of rest don’t over work yourself and allow your body some time to rest and you will feel better in no time

To everyone with summer colds I hope you feel better soon. Take your meds and see your doctor if your condition worsens.

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What’s in my refrigerator/healthy foods I’ve been eating.

Ok, so as you all know or should know, I’ve been back on my diet and eating healthy again also I’m going to the gym 3x a week well kind of a little bit more then that because it’s like missing one day feels weird to me since I’ve been going. I’ve also been sticking to the meal plan my nutritionist gave me and I’ve stopped eating pork and beef. (I don’t wanna say I’ll never eat it again) but for now I’m choosing to only eat chicken, turkey and seafood because I’m trying to stay healthy and of course lose a little more weight.

Foods I’ve been eating…

Seafood:

Salmon- I love this it’s so good and healthy and I normally grill it or bake it and it’s very light and I usually season it with pepper or old bay sometimes I even use a lemon pepper seasoning it all depends.

Shrimp- I been buying this shrimp from Walmart it comes in a bag you can get small, extra small or large I usually get extra small and it’s only like 4 dollars so you can beat the price either the other day I made shrimp with mix veggies and it was so good.

Tilapia- so this fish I do not and I repeat do not eat that often at all it’s very rare because its not that good for you to be honest so it’s the least fish I would recommend to eat however it’s ok sometimes but not on a daily basis.

Spot- this fish is so yummy the grocery store I use to go to all the time stopped selling it so my mom goes to a fish market and gets it for us because it’s one of our favorite fish to eat she just recently got some too but of course I haven’t cooked it yet so I’ll keep you posted on that.

I also eat other things like crab legs and lobster but not all the time.

Vegetables:

Squash/zucchini – I love squash and zucchini I usually bake it in the oven sometimes or I put it on the stove also the best oil to use is canola oil it’s healthier then vegetable oil and don’t use a lot and also I add a little bit of butter make sure you use one with not a lot of fat in it and it’s pretty good.

Green beans- I love green beans I get the fresh ones from Walmart and they are really good add a little seasoning but not too much and cook them on the stove it turns it pretty good.

Broccoli- so this literally is my go to vegetable I eat this a lot usually I eat it plain and I boil it on the stove or steam it and I always get the fresh kind as well ( I use to add cheeese) I don’t anymore 😦 gotta be healthy.

Cabbage- I eat this vegetable every now and then not very often usually I only eat it when my mom makes it witch is rare but this is also very good.

Corn on the Cobb- I usually buy a Hugh bag of this and boil some on the stove I make enough to last me for a couple days so I don’t have to do so much cooking everyday.

I eat a lot more vegetables however don’t have room to list them all oh I should add to I eat a lot of toss salads (I Love Caesar salad and garden salad)

Meats:

Turkey- I been eating a lot of turkey like turkey wings, turkey pork chops and ground turkey beef, turkey sausage, it sounds nasty to some but it’s actually really good guys trust me you gotta try it.

Chicken- so I’ve been eating a lot of this lately I’m surprised I’m not sick of chick I’m really surprised I am but nope I’ve been sticking to it and eating it faithfully because it’s so many things you can make with chicken honestly so it works for me in some ways.

I already listed all the seafood..

Snacks:

Yogurt- I love light and fit and also chobani but it’s not good to eat that all the time due to the sugar in it and calories but yes I love yogurt.

Pretzels: I know most people think it’s bread so it’s not healthy but I’m here to tell you it’s on my meal plan and it’s actually not bad at all.

Popcorn: popcorn is always good I always get the kind with 94% fat free only with a 100 calories and it’s actually pretty healthy and good for you.

Fruit: I eat all kind of fruit don’t even wanna list them all but yes fruit is so good for you so enjoy it and embrace it because it’s yummy 😋

So basically I eat all healthy snakes or try too of course there’s more but again it would take so long to list them all so you can ask me if you really wanna know.

If you’re trying to lose weight or just be healthy this is the diet for you or these are the foods I recommend eating also it’s good to get a nutritionist to help as well or you can do it yourself either way guys is all about being healthy to be around longer. (It’s ok to have cheat days sometimes) as I always say no one is perfect but this is me telling you what works for me and it may work for you too.

I will keep you guys posted on my weight loss journey. Remember to keep going and keep pushing and don’t give up you can do it!

Dealing with emotions/Panic and anxiety.

Guys I’m doing 100% better, needed to vent, everything is good now. I even spoke with my mom and she helped me feel better, there’s no ill feelings towards my co workers either. I had a bad anxiety moment ( still not sure what triggered it) but I feel a lot better(this was written hours ago) just now deciding to post it.

Today has started off so weird for me, I had a great morning everything appeared to be going right, then all of a sudden my co worker says something to me not in a mean way but I kind of took it that way. I went back into my office and started crying and I’m still unsure as to why it made me so upset or mad but Sometimes my job as much as I love it can cause me a lot of stress, it also feels like most times I’m being pulled in so many different directions and being told so many different things that it can be overwhelming.

I wake up everyday I’m always in a good mood, today was suppose to be a good day and it still can be,however now my body feels weird my chest is hurting me and I feel like I wanna be alone and away from everyone. My anxiety usually makes me feel like this at a times, I try my best not to let my anxiety or my emotions get the best of me but sometimes it happens because I’m human. I never like when little things happen to me and it sets me back from being in control of everything going on and as I sit here in my office I’m still wondering what could of triggered my reaction or caused me to get so upset.

I don’t wanna alarm my co workers and I don’t wanna confront anybody because even I’m not sure why this has happened maybe i got a little overwhelmed or maybe something is bothering me that’s now starting to come out, do you ever get so emotional or worked up and then forget what happens or why it even happened? I know I cannot be the only one. I hate feeling sad inside or feeling like no one understands what’s going on through my mind but of course we all know no one can read minds. My anxiety has now been triggered and I’ll have to deal with the after math.

So I’ll go ahead and be honest I feel “crazy” as in what the hell is going on with me and is this normal. I feel the need to grab my anxiety meds to help me but at the same time I’ve done so good without them, so of course I can’t back track. I wanna call my mom because she normally knows what to say or how to talk me down ,maybe even call my boyfriend but I know they are both at work and busy, maybe I’m over reacting and need to relax, take a deep breath and it will all go back to normal.

I know this post has a lot of me rambling on thanks for reading and listening, yes these are my thoughts at the current moment, I’m glad I got to vent and write them down, by the way writing this I am not mad at anyone (just wanted to express my current feelings) and if anyone out there is dealing with anxiety or any mental illness know that you are not alone and that you are loved and it’s going to get better.

Also I’m debating in my mind on posting this or deleting this so this may not get seen until Friday guys sorry.

I’ll figure it out thanks for reading and going on this crazy journey with me, gotta get back to work now ✌️

Motivation Monday.

I’m so proud of myself because I been avoiding the gym for a while but this morning, I got up and went bright and early at 5am, it was cold but I made myself get up and I went out the door. I go to the ymca and I love it because it’s small also I live in a small town so you pretty much see everybody who lives in town there, it’s great to go do something you love and relax and it helps me relieve some stress as well.

I been trying to eat healthier lately and I’ve gotten back on the plan my nutritionist picked for me so that’s been going very well so far. I make sure to eat three meals a day and to snack in between usually something healthy like fruit,yogurt or almonds. (Whatever else my body craves) I don’t really have a particular snack or a favorite one, it really all depends on what I’m in the mood for. I’m not going to lie, I have cheat days sometimes too it’s normal were human it happens.

Sometimes it gets hard and I wanna give up and I look around me and I see my friends or people around me losing weight and sticking to it and then theirs me who gets frustrated and says “the hell with this” but as always I end up right back on track because not everyday is going to be easy but you have to keep pushing and stay motivated even getting a trainer or having a life coach may help, whatever works for you go for it.

I love the fact that my mom is my gym partner and we belong to the same gym so when i need a push she’s right there to motivate me and we’re on the same diet plan so it works out for me. Whenever you have a good person in your corner to motivate you take that and always be grateful because when we allow negativity to take over we tend to not accomplish the things that we know can be accomplished with positivity and the right people around us. So always try to remain positive even when it seems hopeless.

Today is motivation Monday and I’m committing myself to doing better and leaving all the negativity behind me, I’m going to start going to the gym 3x a week and continue on eating healthy and it’s not all for weight it’s also to lead a healthy lifestyle not only for me but for my daughter so remember to stay motivated and that you can achieve anything you want to with hard work and lots of dedication and never let anyone tell you it’s not possible because it is always.

What motivates you? What keeps you going daily? Let me know and let’s keep this motivation Monday going strong 💪

My favorite restaurants/weight loss and Healthy food choices to pick from.

My last two post were a little touchy/ heavy so I’m trying to lighten it up a little (also thanks for the Support i really appreciate it)

Moving along…

I am a big foodie at heart trust me, I love food and I love exploring and trying new things, I recently started seeing a nutritionist and she’s helped me so much with my eating and picking healthy food choices, yes it’s ok to have cheat days sometimes (it’s normal, eat in moderation) after having my daughter I gained a lot of weight and trust me I was far from happy so i knew I had to get healthy not only for myself but for my daughter.

A list of my favorite restaurants/ whats good to eat on the menu when trying to be healthy:

Red lobster- this has and always will be my favorite place to eat, seafood is really good for you and plus it’s light so you don’t feel like you over ate and have any guilt over what was eaten, so usually when I go to red lobster I get the fresh pick of the day witch consist of the fish of that day that the chef has made, I get salmon with mix veggies and a baked potato it’s for one really healthy for you and again really light (yes eating a baked potato is fine, it’s actually on the meal plan my nutritionist gave me) just don’t eat it everyday, always in moderation.

O’Charleys- so my job always gets o’charleys catered for lunch and my co workers and I are all dieting so we always get the chicken ceaser salad with no croutons it’s so good and it’s light and healthy grilled chicken is always, always a good choice as well and of course you can’t go wrong with lettuce and no I’m not a rabbit 😏 salads are always a good choice.

Wendy’s- so I know what everyone is thinking how in the hell can Wendy’s be healthy but let me tell you it’s all how you pick so whenever I go to Wendy’s normally on my lunch break I always get the grilled chicken wrap it’s light, it’s healthy and it’s delicious and not to mention the price isn’t bad either(fast food is not always bad as long as you make healthy food choices)

Arby’s- so again another fast food place I know I know guys but whenever I go to Arby’s on my lunch break I always get a JR roast beef, it’s extremely light and healthy it’s one of the many things I love about Arby’s minus their curly fries. witch I no longer eat, gotta give up the good things sometimes.

Chick fil A – yes you can never go wrong with chick fil A never ever nope so my favorite thing on the menu is the grilled chicken nuggets now most people think I’m crazy when I even mention the grilled nuggets they say “eeew you actually eat that” yes I do and I love them it’s light and healthy and I even have my daughter hooked on them also not to mention the salad options they have, you can’t go wrong here either.

So these are the main places I eat at yes it’s all healthy options everything I’ve listed my nutritionist has said it’s ok and agrees with the choice ( trust me if she didn’t, I would not be eating any of it) I mostly cook at home and eat from home so this list is only when I’m not at home or when I’m on break(I do not eat out everyday) nor do I eat anything fried everything has to be grilled or baked in my house.

The main thing here is to love yourself and to take care of your body and mind always, you only have one body treat it right and again no one is perfect we’re all a work in progress but I wanted to share some tips and give some healthy food options, Anyone out their trying to lose weight remain humble and you can do this don’t give up, I’m here with you! Also I’ll be sharing more about my weight loss journey in more upcoming blogs so look out for it.

Drink plenty of water 💦

MyFitnessPal app is going to be your best friend I document everything I eat daily on this app and my calorie range is usually 1,200 so I try to under that as much as possible usually I meet that goal so again go download this wonderful app guys it’s a lifesaver.

https://www.myfitnesspal.com

Great app for weight loss!!!

Body shaming

img_1536I’ve always struggled with my weight,when I was younger I was smaller but as I got older my weight increased, my family/friends always commented on my weight and it didn’t help that at school I was being bullied because of it too. I started to hate myself in high school I found myself barley eating or only eating one meal a day I would excercise constantly and I remember dis liking who I was. I remember going in to Walmart one day and buying diet pills and the guy I was dating at the time thought I was crazy he told me I needed to stop. I wasn’t satisfied until I dropped Four jean sizes, at least I thought that would make me happy but it didn’t the reason I wrote this is to say we as a society should stop making others feel bad for the way they look weather big or small let that person be happy in their skin. I see so much body shaming online it’s sad to think that some people actually find it fun to pick at someone else’s insecuries, I say all this to say sometimes I still struggle with my weight sometimes I wish I was smaller but I’m also trying to learn to love the skin I’m in. Self love is the best love always remember that!