Weight Loss/Fibroids: Update Summer 2013

Hi,

It has been a long time since I documented my journey about my fibroids. Up until last year, I was also fighting Thyroids. I was lucky that I wasn’t prescribed any medications. Last August, I had a wake-up call while I was on vacation at my mom’s in Montreal, Canada. I was at 210 lbs. I could NOT BELIEVE IT!! As I am typing this I am still in shock, because throughout my life I was always very active. I only gained some weight when I wasn’t doing anything. Even when I did, I was able to kick myself out of it real quick, and I was back to normal.

After second diagnosis with the fibroids, I just could not loose any weight, I went to the gym about 3 times a week, and I was training for 2 hours, I stopped drinking any alcohol, I almost became a vegetarian. No results: no gain, no loss, no sweat. That’s when I went back to my family doctor and they did a blood test and told me it looked like I had hypothyroidism. But she would not prescribe me anything yet because once you start taking theses types of medication, you have to take them for the rest of your life. So she made me come back every 6 months to make other blood tests. Same results.

I remember during that time, being so stressed internally, and I know it didn’t helped my case. I would not stressed about the fibroids case itself, but I would stress about anything else going on in my life. I wanted to have kids, a husband, a normal life, but never could find the right partner, I though to myself that I was getting old and that if I don’t do anything about it, then my eggs would expire. I went through some of the worse part of my life instead of not stressing.

This year after a very bad break-up I found myself in an hospital, and that is when I had my life wake-up call. I had a panic attack, and I though I was having a heart attack. They did an EKG at the doctor at first and on the first test, it wasn’t normal, so the doctor sent me to the Emergency Room. On my way there, my thoughts were changing, I told myself I could continue to stress about life and everything under the sun and die, or live and just do me and let God guide me. The second test with the technician was normal.

EKG Scare

That was my sign, I choose God.  Before I even saw the doctor, I left the hospital (I couldn’t afford the fees), I swore to myself that I would not let anybody else treat me the way I was being treated, and I started with me. I moved out of my place, I cut a lot of people out of my life, off my phone, off my gmail, etc,  and I decided to start running every morning to give my a jump start to feel better about myself. I remember, how I used to stretch in the morning and meditate waking up early just to find some inspiration before starting my day.

Planet Fitness

I registered to Planet Fitness and I was doing only 45 minutes. It really helped me out a lot. My best friend Yona is a personal trainer now, but she gave me a long time ago a simple training exercise regiment to do to stay in shape (she also always been very active, basketball player, to skateboard, to gym addict, to personal trainer). I remembered the training that she showed me back then and just did that. The first day I wanted to quit, but I kept repeating positive words to myself to keep on going.

To me, it was all about being active again, not being worried about loosing weight, and I started eating normally for most part, I drink wine and certain liquor, but I don’t overdo it. I occasionally even have some Mc Donalds to keep me happy. I am now at 165lbs and I know by next year I will be back to normal, 150lbs is my goal but already I feel much better about life and about everything. I hate running, but it helped a lot. I am going to take some kickboxing classes again this fall, and I am going back to my normal life. I don’t diet, because I believe when you diet, you do it temporarily and as soon as you go back to your regular eating habits, weight comes back. I adopted this mentality a long time ago when I saw Jennifer Aniston on tv and the interviewer asked her what type of diet is she following and she responded :  “The Common Sense Diet”, she don’t diet, she learned not to overeat. Personally, I don’t diet, I think the only diet I have done is the no alcohol diet and I have failed I guess..lol

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I still have the 3 fibroids, but they haven’t grown in size since 2011, the biggest one is 3cm. That was the last result from My OB/GYN in June 2013. Also I still don’t have my flat stomach as you can see, but it will come in time, I can finally do some crunches without my scar area hurting me. I haven’t gain weight overnight, so I know I will not loose it overnight but I am getting there. I am so happy about life again, I have much more energy and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

I hope this helps someone who feels discouraged, because I know I was, and also, if it wasn’t for the right people around me at that time, God only knows where I would’ve ended up.

Thank you to all of the people who helped me getting my life back. Also, thank you for reading My story and to share with me your own personal Journey, I trully appreciate it!

Bless,

Miss Jhane

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Tea to Shrink the Fibroids

I was talking with my one of my cousin the other day and she also had fibroids, and like most of us, she is doing the best to keep things as natural as possible for the Fibroids to stay shrunk or to avoid for them to come back.

I was telling her about me taking green tea and she recommended that I take Dandelion Root, after she got the recommendations from her doctor. And she explains that it help to urinate more & less menstrual pain. I was sold to that. I went to the Herb Shoppe downtown Brooklyn, the woman over there was so nice. She not only recommend to take the Dandelion Root, instead of just the Dandelion Herbs, she also print out a list of food to eat and what to avoid when you have Fibroids.

The same night, I follow the recipe. It taste good I was surprised, the first week I did pee a lot. I was feeling lighter as well. Maybe it is also good to loose weight, if I can have both in one that would be perfect (I later found out it has laxative effect).

I will continue drinking this tea 3 times a week until I see my doctor next month. I believe you can drink it every day but that’s how I choose to drink it at the moment. Hopefully, by my next appointment they would have shrunk to a invisible size.

So far I do notice that I have lost weight. My stomach has lost some fat a little but it is still not flat like I want it yet. Hopefully soon. I stay positive.

I have made a video tutorial on how to make the Dandelion Root Tea on my Youtube channel. I am thankful for everyday, my Journey has changed a lot since 2009 when I first had my fibroids, but I am greateful for everything.

I hope this helps & I hope it works.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading me!

Bless,

Miss Jhane

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What Are Your Goals?

This Year hasn’t started the way I wanted it to start, but it is okay because I am on a different path. Not everyone will have a great beginning of the year. The problems that were there before will still be there if they are not resolved.

This Season, I’m making a new Vision Board and made a list of things that I would like to accomplish. I am that type of person. Being healthy is my main goal. After my surgery, I had ups and down with the fibroids, I recently even had some thyroids symptoms (stress is a killer, I’m telling you), but I am working towards being healthy, I am changing my environment, just clearing up my phonebook is helping a lot. There are certain people who are very toxic and it’s really unhealthy for you. You can pray for a change, but as long as they remain in your life, you won’t be able to move forward. And we all deserve the best. I was watching Joel Osteen and other spiritual leaders, and learned that removing negative or toxic people doesn’t make us bad people. You want to help people, but a lot of them don’t want to be help, because they don’t want to change. I have learned that it is okay, and to just move on.

I made a video response based on a Youtube fellow who asked a very important question. Watch it below and let me know what are your goals? It might be something simple as visiting a new city, or moving. But once it is done, you can give yourselves hi-fives because you have achieved it!!

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Bless,

Miss Jhane

PORSHA D. STEWART

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5

No,

I am about to dish about the latest episode of the Season 5 or Real housewives of Atlanta, even though it is my guilty pleasure  (I admit it!) I am relating the show with the topic that started my blog almost 4 years ago now.

Porsha Stewart

Porsha D. Stewart

Porsha D.Stewart, one of the newest cast member this season, had the “Picture Perfect Life” like she was saying in the introduction of the show. She had a hard working husband Kordell Stewart (a NFL Star Player), the big house, cars, friends, works for charity, her husband was the house provider: she was a Real Housewife. That’s the type of life we dream as little girls. But what seems greener sometimes isn’t. Porsha was no different. She wanted to have a child, and during the season we found out that she had a miscarriage due to Uterine Fibroids after only a few months of pregnancy.  I remember watching the show and telling myself  “FINALLY the Fibroids issue will be brought to a show where we will see how it affects a woman, her marriage, how she is coping with the recovery.”(since the show is called THE REAL HOUSEWIVES. I was commanding BRAVO channel to have taking the step that a lot of shows won’t really talk about. Next, we only see  the follow-up appointment with her OB/GYN who tells her after only 1 month after her myomectomy surgery, she will be able to try to have kids again.

Porsha explained in a letter on the  BRAVO’S BLOG PAGE .

Now, I have been watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta since the first season, and I appreciate the effort that they spend a quick minute on the fibroids issue, but I was disappointed that there wasn’t any more added to the story. I mean if Kim Zolciak could have full segments about her shopping and just spending money in the earlier seasons, why couldn’t they show more about a housewife’s struggle to have a baby? This sunday is the last show before the reunion. Hopefully, if Porsha stays for another season, they should cover more about that segment. I was surprised that even other Women Oriented Media, like Essence, Shape, People magazines, didn’t discuss more about the topic. Fibroids are benign tumors but it affect so many women and it is something that should be talked about like we talk about other topics, especially if it gives pregnancy issues.

Maybe it’s just me but as a Myomectomy Surgery Survivor,  I feel this should be taking more seriously (yes I said “SURVIVOR” as I recall my doctor telling me before my surgery, if I was looking too much blood or if I something went wrong, they would’ve have had to remove my uterus). Read my story HERE.  I applaud Porsha though for continuing her life the next month and was willing to try to make another baby. Technology is getting advance by the minute. Only 3 years ago after my surgery,  I couldn’t get out of my house for 3 months, then I couldn’t exercise or try to have a baby for about a year, and I also had a myomectomy surgery just like Porsha.

Porsha Stewart & Kordell Stewart

Porsha Stewart & Kordell Stewart

By Now the Whole World (well, whoever watch the Real Housewives of Atlanta) knows about Porsha Stewart and her now soon to be ex-husband,  Kordell Stewart, who asked for a divorce after less than 2 years of marriage. I can only imagine the stress  that can bring to a body post-surgery. I am praying for Porsha in this difficult time, maybe it is a blessing in disguise for her, maybe its a sign that it wasn’t meant to be, and also she could be a HUGE advocate for Uterine Fibroids (throwing ideas, thank me later ). God only knows.

Stay tuned for Real Housewives of Atlanta on BRAVO channel (check local listings)

I trully believe they should include more REALITY in REALITY SHOWS.

Bless,

Miss Jhane

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