Month: May 2015

Regain Control

  • Progress Report month #2: 4lbs down totaling 11lbs lost thus far!

I’m calling today “feel good Friday,” because well indeed “IT FEELS GOOD” (singing in my Tony! Toni! Tone! voice). Friday is finally here ladies! Its been quite a long week for me, as work at the 8-5 has been rather demanding this week. But moving right along lets talk about my doctor’s appointment this week. So my doctor is “very pleased” with my progress and thinks we’ve got a great plan going. Now I’m not taking it for granted, a loss is certainly to be celebrated and much appreciated BUT (you knew it was coming) its time I REGAIN CONTROL. These two months have been like any other, lacking true dedication, planning/prepping, and discipline! It’s like my mojo has taken a sabbatical with no certainty of when it shall return. “What’s up with that?,” I said self, and myself said “Hmmm.” No, but seriously, I have got to regain control. You know that saying, “it’s easier said, than done“… I feel like that’s my excuse, but we all know that’s no real excuse.

Please don’t take this wrong, I’m not “beating myself up” or looking for a “pity-party” I’m just vocalizing to myself the need to make some REAL changes! Its kinda embarrassing when I’m searching for fast food calories on MFP or having to create this massive list of calories because I have to account for all the condiments and “extras” I ate! And well, since I’ve asked you ladies to be my accountability partners, I’m just letting you know the struggle is real right now. I will say that things in and around my household are about to change, much for the good. My mother is now ready to jump on board with healthy eating and the hubs is just happy we’re finally coming to the light LOL. My action plan to REGAIN CONTROL begins with these 3 simple tasks:

  1. Menu plan & Meal Prep (healthy, cleaning eating: Pinterest has awesome recipes, snack ideas, tips & tricks)
  2. Water intake (1/2 gallon to 1 gallon per day)
  3. Walking (10,000 steps a day is the goal)

So any of you ladies that are interested, please feel free to join me on this journey and begin with these 3 daily goals. I want to leave you with this scripture as a reminder that God is truly faithful, no matter the task or journey you face. His Word promises you “a way of escape” so don’t get discourage, just ask Him for the escape route! I know I’m ready to be broken of my bad habits in eating unhealthy food and damaging my temple. Are you?

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

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Mother’s Day, Retirement, Birthday Oh my…..

This past weekend I had the pleasure to go back to my parents home town, Philadelphia.  The “Gems”, my sister and mother packed up and planned to leave Thursday to avoid the Mother’s Day weekend traffic.  Well….it wouldn’t be nurses week without being called in to work. Yes, I completely forgot that I was on-call that night from 11pm-3am. I have not been on nights since…since….exactly, probably 6 years. I just knew I would fall asleep, I stopped and picked up some COOKOUT, sweet tea and headed into work.  I’m thinking I was just too excited about my trip because I wasn’t tired at all, and the 4 hours wasn’t bad considering it had been a long day. Either way, I was ready for the weekend.

Mom Dukes did her thing and drove the entire way, I was no good, shoot I felt drunk. I am so not a night owl, I mean I’m in the bed immediately after the “Gems”.  Once we arrived we freshened up and changed for my Mom-Wina’s retirement dinner. By her choosing, we dined in a private room at Red Lobster (her favorite).  Everyone wore black and white and had a wonderful time. With that being said, since we had an almost 7 hour drive that my Gems slept the majority of, they were “wide open” that evening.  Him more than her, I mean a full glass of ice water on the table, chair and my mom type wide open. Change of clothes pass the baby around like it was the collection plate on Sunday type “wide open” lol.

Saturday afternoon we decided to take Mom-Wina out again, but now for her 70th birthday!!!!!.  The kids were better, although he somehow poked me in the eye, I swear I couldn’t see for 10 minutes.  You know when you get poked in the eye and that thing waters up real bad…now don’t have on eye liner and mascara too, thee worst!!! haha. Once lunch was finished, my mother took me over my aunt’s house (my father’s sister). Once we pulled up in front of the house they began to pour out.  My dad, his wife, and my aunt came out so excited to see us.  Everyone got out the car and greeted one another and was just thrilled. Of course my aunt invites us in and I get to see my grandma (paternal) and my other aunt. They were just too excited to see my mom. You see mom hasn’t been back “home” in years nor has she seen them in at least 5 years. What a priceless moment, as we all got caught-up with each others’ lives in the family room. Once upon a looooong time ago my parents (divorced) could not be within the same walls of one another. To God be the Glory for the things He has done, because THAT was extremely hard to see growing up. The ladies chatted as if no time had passed, as we talked the night away. I pulled out my camera just to capture this timeless moment my mother, grandma (paternal), Mom-Wina (maternal grandmother), and both of my aunts sitting there. The most influential women in my life on one couch, now that’s a Mother’s Day.


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I Got The Blues…The Final Chapter

When I last left you with Part II of this series, Hubby, Sweet Pea and I had just finished touring a preschool. At the completion of that post I thought that we had found the right place for my daughter to develop and grow over the next 2 years, well I was wrong. After sitting down, talking and evaluating, Hubby and I had some reservations about the previous school we toured. I think we got caught up in the excitement of Sweet Pea going to school and didn’t fully consider the factors needed to best suit her development and growth. We decided to hold off before enrolling her and continued to seek guidance on where to place her. On the way to Sunday Worship Service one Sunday, I noticed a sign in front of a church that said “Now Enrolling for Preschool.” It sparked my interest because it’s literally within 5 minutes of my mom’s house. I did a little research and was immediately drawn into their program!!

So let me tell ya’ll about how much I LOVE what this school has to offer. You can probably already guess what my number one reason was…it’s CHRIST-centered!! What better atmosphere for her to be in than that of like-minded believers!! The second reason was that it is part time preschool, which means the cost for an entire month is about the cost of one week at the previous school!! (Hallelujah!!) Another biggie…they assist with finalizing the potty training process for the 3 year old class. Sweet Pea is doing well with potty training but needs a little assistance to close it on out lol. This was a major factor for us because the other school wanted to put her in the 2 year old class to help with potty training…NEGATIVE!!! Factor number 4; it has excellent ratings from current and previous parents. All of the reviews that I read all shared a common theme…their child was well prepared for kindergarten. (I’m getting excited all over again). After hubby and I discussed these factors we decided to go ahead and schedule a tour. Upon walking in I was very impressed by the cleanliness of the school and how well behaved all of the children were. Everyone was in their respective classrooms doing various activities. The student to teacher ratio is about 5:1, which is another factor that I LOVE!! This way Sweet Pea can have more 1 on 1 time with her teacher, which is what she is used to getting with her Nana. The school director was awesome and made us feel very comfortable while touring. I left Sweet Pea in the 3 year old class (no tears) while I went to tour the rest of the school and meet the teachers. Upon my return Sweet Pea was sitting at a table playing with Play Dough with a newly found friend. When she saw me she looked up, waved, and said “Bye Mommy”. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh that sealed the deal right there! She was comfortable with her surroundings and ready to see what this place was all about!

If you haven’t guessed by now, Sweet Pea is now enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year and will be starting in September! They also offer a summer camp program for about 4 weeks, which she will also be participating in to warm her up to the idea of going to school. So Girlfriends, I think I’m over the Blues for now (we will see how I feel on her first day of summer camp lol). I’m excited to see my baby off to school and to participate in any and every activity that I am able to attend! Keep us lifted as we get ready for this new adventure!!

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Tuesday my friends! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Mine was busy as usual and with it being Mother’s Day weekend that made it just a tad busier. I met up with one of the besties and spent some time with her family. And since my mother’s birthday was just 10 days before, we went furniture shopping. So let me back track for a second…I’m the type of person that don’t necessarily buy gifts for special occasions (i.e. birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries…etc.). I feel like I support my family and those alike all throughout the year, so why am I singling out just one “special” day?!?!? Anyway, my mother has been asking for bedroom furniture for months now lol…I figured why not help her out. I asked my sister and sister-cousin if they wanted to go in on it and they were on board. So long story short, took her out for her birthday lunch at one of her favorite spots (Brio) and gave her a nice birthday card and essential told her (with a picture insert like we always do) that she could start shopping for a new bedroom. So a week goes by and she’s excited to get started needless to say lol…her only restrictions were not to look at Crate & Barrel lol (not in the least not ours!!!). I’m so proud of her…she stayed at a nice price (even though she looked at Pottery Barn too lol)! So now I’m happy that she’s happy. So I just did something simple for the moms in my life…cooked Sunday lunch/dinner. Yep, this girl here cooked!!! I fixed salmon, chicken (rotisserie from Harris Teeter), cabbage, mac-n-cheese (baked from scratch nothing instant in this house), and roasted veggies…can we say YUM YUM!!!!! So how did you celebrate Mother’s Day???

Until next time…

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A Piece of Me

Happy Friday ladies!

Today is certainly bittersweet, well actually this time of the year is simply bittersweet to put it lightly. So May 7th is my mom’s birthday, May 8th is my (paternal) grandmother’s birthday, and then of course its always followed by Mother’s Day weekend. My (maternal) grandmother passed away 17yrs ago and things changed quite abit for us when it came to celebrating Mother’s Day. My mom just didn’t have the urge to want to celebrate anymore, we didn’t visit the grave, we didn’t go to church, we really didn’t talk much about the fact that it was “Mother’s Day.” Some number of years passed and my dad’s family started a family beach tradition that took place during Mother’s Day weekend. Well since my mom’s and grandma’s birthdays were a day apart, my mom was finally convinced to start joining the beach trip. And as time and life would have it, my (paternal) grandmother passed away October 2012. So today I share with you a few words I have written for her…

Piece of Me 5.8.15


And I would also like to take this moment to wish all the moms and especially my backbone, my rock, my everything (even though I don’t let her know it lol), my MOM the most wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Nurses Week

Nurses 5.7.15Hi ladies…I just want to take the time out to acknowledge National Nurses Week starting May 6th thru May 12th. Please take a moment and go with me on this journey…

Good Morning, my name is LaTasha, and I will be taking care of you today.  I reach out to shake the hand of your loved one and notice the puffiness in her eyes and the burdened stance that she takes.  I recall my prayer unto the Lord as I walked in this morning. “Lord, let the interactions that I have with my patients and their families be pleasing unto you.” As I scan the room, we’re maxed out vasopressors, glance at my monitor, “ah man”, my vitals, I mean….my patients vitals….your loved one’s vitals, not so good.  I take the deepest breath I can get without my posture changing because I know you’re seated to feed from me right now and I don’t want to make you uneasy. I kindly offer the basic things: food, water, light/no light and mention I will be back in just a moment and close the door behind me. This is the day…

Dear Family,

    This is the day I am here to serve you.  Can I hold your hand, rub your back or simply sit beside you.  Any phone calls I can make for you? This has got to be the hardest one to make.  I offer you an opened box of tissues, I took the first one.  Tears stream down your face and history plays just as fast. Those good ol’ times and what they mean to you. You speak from a full heart all those things you want them to be assured about. I want you to know I already prayed for you, for your mother, father, sister, brother, child as I walked in this morning.  When I shook your hand this morning to introduce myself, I asked Jehovah Shalom to rest in this place. As I look around in the room and see the signs of absence in this world approaching, I’m preparing “me” for them in the bed and you.  There’s never a day when I’m numb as a nurse and it won’t start today either.  I ask you what you need, not really knowing a thing that I may do to give you what is truly desired at this time.Should I leave? So do I stay? Sure…I can do that.  Hold you, sure….but don’t mind the tremor you feel as I embrace and hold you up. A sob is taking place that I’m silencing to “be strong” for you right now. Nature calls so you exit to the restroom and its now your love and MY patient. Remember when I entered the room and I saw “my vitals” weren’t stable, I serve as if it were me, my blood in that bed. The alcohol gel has removed the visible oil from my hands, but there’s still a faint smell of frankincense from the anointing oil. Its my turn to plead with the Lord on behalf of your beloved. In doing so, I also know that God has a plan and it is perfect, HIS will. You return and know the time is nigh. Again I am here, the best I can be, I think to myself… did I nod off the day in nursing school when the instructor taught this part. Knowing that THIS can’t be taught. The emotional responsibility for others, for you, on this day… one can teach. I am here to serve you,as I care for my patient, your Love, what do you need from me?

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Dear Mama

Dear Mama,

I remember as a child whenever I would get in trouble or knew that I had done something wrong, I would always write you a letter to apologize, in hopes to get back into your good graces. Today I want to write you a letter, not to get back on your good side, but to let you know how appreciative I am to have a mother like you.

Growing up I never really understood some of the decisions you made and would even get upset if I was not allowed to do something I had asked. Now that I am now a mother, of a daughter, I completely understand that you did not mean any ill intent behind those decisions, but you were looking out for my best interest and essentially molding me into the woman that I am today. I’ve often had friends or acquaintances say how they admire the relationship that we have. I am thankful to have a mother that I can go to and talk about anything, although I may not always bother you with my problems. Even still I am grateful that the option is there and that I know that I have someone cheering me on. Thank you for always being a supportive mother, even when you knew the decisions I chose to make were going to back fire on me. I don’t know how many times I have said or thought “If I would have just listened to Mama”. There are so many mistakes that could have been avoided in my life if I just would have listened, however I am grateful that you were always there to help me pick up the pieces and move forward without making me feel like a complete failure.

Thank you for putting me and my sister first in your life, after Christ of course, and for making many sacrifices so that we would excel. One of the biggest sacrifices you made was putting yourself and your own dreams on the backburner. As you tell me things as an adult of how you struggled to make ends meet, to provide for my sister and I, I am just in awe. Growing up I never knew all that went on behind closed doors, the tears you cried, the prayers you prayed just so that we would make it one day. I want you to know that it does not go unnoticed and again I want to say thank you. I pray that all that you poured into me will be restored back to you. These days you don’t find many parents that give up their own lives and own desires to raise their children. Thank you Lord for blessing me with a Mama that put her all into just that, being a mother!

One of the greatest days of my life was when I gave birth to Sweet Pea. You were right there with me when she first made her entrance into the world and have been there every step of the way the past 3 years. I could never repay you for all that you have done for her and how much of a tremendous blessing you have been to Hubby and me. Although I often joke with you that I was only the surrogate and you are really her mother (LOL) I am grateful that she has the opportunity to bond and develop a great relationship with you, her Nana (or GaGa as she likes to call you lol). I absolutely LOVE watching you all laugh and play together. I just hope that I can be half the mother to her that you have been to me. I hope that I make you proud with the decisions I make as her mother now and years to come. So again I want to say thank you for being a great Nana to my baby, and loving and caring for her like she was your own.

My prayers are that now we can take care of you. I don’t want you to have to worry about anything; you have done that for far too long. My prayers are that the Lord will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing, that you will not have room enough to receive them!! I know that no one is perfect, but I thank you for being the perfect example of the kind of mother I desire to be to my Sweet Pea. I could continue this letter on for many more paragraphs (I’ll spare the readers lol) of how thankful I am for all that you have been and are to me. The best way I know to thank you is by showing you just how much I love and appreciate you! Happy Mother’s Day Ma!!! Thank you for being the BEST mother to grace this side of Heaven. I hope that this day, as well as every day is just as special as you are to me!! I Love you!!!

With Love,

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Children, obey your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right.Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother—this is the first commandment with a promise That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth. ~ Ephesians 6:1-3 (AMP)

Year One…

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!! While some are out celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday, having a nice cold one, I’m home with my many thoughts. I watched a mini marathon of a show called Married at First Sight. Not really sure why, but it was interesting to say the least. I could only think of some of the challenges that we experienced as a couple like dealing with distance and communication. It will be five months tomorrow. They say time will heal, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. It seems like there is always something throughout the day that reminds me of what I don’t have. Enjoy each day, live life on and with purpose, laugh often, and love those you care about no matter the circumstance.

Until next time…

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