Down in the Slumps…. And all the Negative Feelings That Are There

So this past week has just been a bummer. I didn’t workout at all! Not one day did I make it to the gym or attempt a home routine, and I feel so guilty. I was stressed and running around all week. I had a very important interview on Friday which I’m pretty sure I bombed. That in turns has added to me feeling worst about myself. Let’s just say this week was the week all my doubts and negative thoughts decided to come out. Now I know we’re human and entitled to these days here and there, but I’ve literally been feeling like this all week. This weekend was worst since I then had the bad thoughts from my interview added to it. I’m trying to shake it off these negative feelings, but it seems like every time I’m not occupied my mind just goes to, “Yeah Des you really screwed that one up, kiss that job good bye.”

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So how does one shake this feeling? Well for me is to keep occupied and eventually it goes away. I also just redirect my thoughts as soon as the negativity starts to creep in. I pick up a book, turn to my spirituality, or just go over my schedule for the next day in my mind. I know I’ll be better and this week will just be another dot in the past. I just hope I can shake it off sooner rather than later. For now I’ll just continue reading my books, planning my gym routines for this week (I have to make up for last week), and give myself pep talks.

 

How do you deal with the negative committee? Do you have an instant pick me up? Remember you’re never alone, and while sometimes it gets overwhelming it gets better.

 

Desiree

 

 

Random Update

Hello gals and guys, how are you this fine Monday? I’m doing pretty good, well as well as one who’s gotten barely any sleep in 4 days can be. Two out of my four boys haven’t been feeling too well, 1 being the baby. So needless to say sleep has been lacking. However what hasn’t been lacking is my gym time. At first I felt bad heading to the gym for a hour and a half while the boys were sick, but then my family told me I deserve a break. So I took my break and got my gym time in.

First I wanna talk about some progress I made in the jogging (I don’t consider what I do running) department.

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This may be slow and not much to some people but to me this is so much progress. A month ago when I began my journey back into jogging I could barely do a quarter mile. Now here I am a month later and this is what I’m doing, 2 1/2 miles in 35 minutes. It hasn’t been easy but man does it feel good to see the improvement.

My second update is that I’m down 2.2lbs from last week. Also I took my measurements and I’m down 1/2 inch to an inch in all areas. After the breakdown I had in the doctor’s office I needed this. I was thinking of keeping track of my weight and measurements here but don’t know if I want to keep it on my About Me page, do a weekly quick post about it, or a little if both. Any suggestions are welcome.

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The Mr went to the Warhouse for a fitness camp and bought me back some awesome Flag Nor Fail swag. So happy with my gifts and can’t wait to buy more.

Well I have to get going. I just wanted to wish you all a fantastic week. I’ll be posting a new recipe later this week, and a little review on Guardians of the Galaxy, so check back for that.

As always remember to try your best, at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

Desiree

Getting Into the Swing of Things

So as I talked about before I am back at work and it’s been taking awhile to adjust. Well here we are week 3 and I’m still finding myself not being able to juggle everything I would like. Therefore I’ve been unable to post here even though I have been working out and trying out recipes. However this week seems to be going better and it’s just a matter of tweeking my schedule a bit to make time to blog.

With that being said I’m just going to throw a few time saving tips out there. I’m sure some of you may have heard of some of these, but I’ll put them up cause sometimes we forget.

Prepackage Your Meat
Whenever I go grocery shopping once I get home I open up any meat products I have bought, season it and divide up in ziplock bags in appropriate portions. That way I can just grab a bag in the morning and set out to thaw. It’s quick, easy and I always have the right amount of meat needed.

Frozen/Packaged Vegetables
While I prefer my vegetables to be fresh I do pick up pre-packaged or frozen vegetables also. Many times I’ve been running late from work or forgot to prep lunch and a bag of veggies has come in handy. Just toss them in the microwave for a few minutes and that’s that. I also love the sweet potatoes that in plastic wrap, again a few minutes in the microwave and you have a yummy addition to your meal.

Prep Your Smoothies
I have a smoothie for breakfast most mornings. I have begun prepping for my smoothies too. I grab my ingredients for my smoothies, strawberries, bananas, kale, spinach, et cetera and ziplock bags. I then divide into bags the combinations of fruits and vegetables I want to use in my shakes each day. Then during the morning I toss my ice, almond milk, protein, and anything else I want along with the contents from a bag. It saves me the time of going through my fridge, pulling out my ingredients, washing them and cutting them up. Believe every minute counts in the morning.

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I hope these tips can help you like they help me. Most of us are busy and on the run. It can be chaotic at times, so why not do little things that can help make things run smooth.

What are some of your time saving tips? I would love to hear them. Comment or send me an email with them.

Desiree

PS: Since this is Geeky Glam Fit I will be posting non health/fitness related topics in the future. Stay tune for game/movie reviews, a look into some of my obsessions, and my trip to New York Comic Com in the fall.

Welcome

Why am I blogging?

Well there are many reasons but the main one is I want to share with you my story and part of my life. So let’s get into the real details of why.

Like many people I have struggled with my weight and self-esteem for years. Growing up I was a very petite (5’1), and barely weighed 110 lbs at the most. After having my first son I gained weight, however I was comfortable with the gain. Over the next few years between 2 more pregnancies, bad reactions to certain medications, and depression I really packed on the pounds. That’s when the cycle began, one I’m sure many of you may be familiar with to a certain extent. I would get motivated and begin dieting, working out, but failing miserably. I would get discouraged when the weight wouldn’t come off fast enough, or I was in a bad mood because I felt hungry from dieting, and I would give up. That then lead to being depressed, And then I would start all over again a few months later. I did this for years, my highest weight reached 190 lbs.

In the summer of 2013 I decided enough was enough. I began to do some research and realizing that I was going about it completely wrong. Instead of “dieting” I needed to change my lifestyle and make it a permanent change. And so I began. However not long after I was pleasantly surprised with the news that I was pregnant with my 4th son. So while I stayed fairly active and continued to stick to a somewhat healthy eating routine, I didn’t workout the way I would’ve liked to. I then ended up having gestational diabetes which made my pregnancy high risk. On March 23 2014¬† I went in to the hospital to be induced, at which point I had several complications, but thankfully I was blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby boy in the end.

Now because of the gestational diabetes, and family history I was told I was at risk to have Type 2 diabetes. I decided then I would really get to work to lose all the extra weight, which on the day of my delivery I weighed 193 lbs. I wish I could say it was smooth sailing from there out. Nope, of course not. A few weeks later I started experiencing horrible chest pains. They would come out of no where, and would make me horribly sick. I would sweat, feel nauseous, and eventually vomit. After a few episodes I ended up in the ER on my birthday, womp womp. I was then told I would need my gallbladder removed. So a month after having my baby on April 25th I had gallbladder surgery. I wish I could say that was the end of my health complications.

When I went in for my follow-up I was told my cholesterol was high, my triglycerides were high, I needed to continuing monitoring my blood sugar randomly because of the risk of diabetes, and I needed to lose weight of course. I remember going home feeling like complete poo. Here I was just turned 33 and failing to pieces. Just when I thought I was in the clear, nope more was going on. I was down and upset for the next few days.

Then after a few days I decided that I wasn’t going to give up. That while I’ve been facing health complication after complication I could still fix it. I was still young and knew I could turn things around. I refused to continue to let it escalate and be put on all types of medications. Enough is enough!! It was then and there when I decided I would work towards becoming the best version of me possible.

So here I am on my journey to becoming a better me. Now don’t get me wrong I’m pretty awesome already, but I want to be able to do and enjoy certain things the way I use to. I want to set goals and achieve them. I want to be able to play with my sons and keep up with them. But above all I just want to be healthy and enjoy life.

This is my journey, I’m sharing it with you in hopes that it may inspire some of you to start your own journeys. Let’s share our ups and downs, inspire each other, and support one and other while we work towards our goals. It’s never too late, and in the end you’ll be happy you started.

 

Let’s conquer these obstacles placed before us and be the fabulous, fit people we can be.

Desiree