Aug 12, 2015

Keep On Keepin' On...

 I was forced to clean out my laptop files tonight. Mainly because I get the warning that my 'scratch disc is full' and my Facebook feed refuses to show up. Through the digging of old files, I came across this...

It looks like a confusing slew of numbers, right? Right. This was the mandated log I kept of blood sugars during my second pregnancy. It almost brought tears to my eyes remembering how tedious it was.

First thing in the morning - prick your finger, squeeze, and check sugar.

Two hours after EVERY meal - prick, squeeze, and check sugar.

If you have ever experienced diabetes or unstable sugars, you know to prick the meaty part of your finger. Rotate fingers, switch sides, and after a while the throbbing redness turns to calloused numbness. This is why it is not recommended to use the index finger...especially for a nurse who has to feel for veins during a work shift.

In addition to the finger pricks, my second {and last} pregnancy came with belly sticks. Draw up insulin, swab belly, insert needle, and inject.

p.s. insulin burns
p.p.s. injections leave bruises

After a while, I was fortunate to get an insulin pen for injections. Dial to 14 units and click a button to inject. I am not squeamish, nor do I fear needles - but I remember holding my breath hoping I didn't hit an invisible nerve that would cause sharp pain.

In addition to the hard work of treating diabetes, I had to keep a log and report to an endocrinologist twice weekly with biweekly appointments. Time consuming? You bet! It was also expensive...glucometer, disposable test strips, lancets (to prick fingers), insulin, needles, alcohol swabs, gauze, and specialty doctor bills.

As of 2014, the CDC reported that 29.1 million people have diabetes and 27.8% of that number is undiagnosed...meaning 8.1 million people are not receiving medical care to treat the disease.1 I had gestational diabetes for 9 months. Imagine the time and cost incurred to those who suffer daily with no hope of the disease 'resolving' on its own.

There are two types of diabetes - the most common is Type II. While there is no cure, healthy nutrition and consistent exercise can improve the condition or even eliminate it. Diabetes is in my genes and I cannot change that. Darn sure I am going to do EVERYTHING in my power to prevent that tedious, painful, depressing, and restraining lifestyle.

I'm so thankful and blessed to have a healthy family and it seems to good to be true. What IS true is that I have worked hard to lose 30 pounds in a HEALTHY way. Diet patches, weight loss drops, fat blockers, and social gym memberships didn't work. There was no success hiding in a 'quick fix.' We continue to live a fit lifestyle with balanced eating and healthy portions. Make your life count with good choices now. In the end, it's what brings happiness and purpose...and saves a whole lot of money.

Sources: 1: CDC Stats

Jul 23, 2015

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Clean BBQ Sauce

It's still summer! We are making full use of good weather by grilling our favorite meals. This is an all-time family treat...grilled pork tenderloin. This is the perfect cooking method to ensure your pork is tender and juicy - not dry and stringy! Enjoy!

Serves: 4-6

  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 lb total)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce (see recipe below)

  • Prepare grill for indirect heat.
  • Season meat with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Lightly oil grill grate. Place tenderloin on grate and position drip pan under meat. Cook over indirect heat for 30 minutes.
  • Brush tenderloin with BBQ sauce. Flip and coat with BBQ sauce. Continue cooking for 15 minutes or until meat temperature reads 145 degrees F.
  • Allow pork to rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with additional BBQ sauce for dipping.


  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 Tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup

  • Mix all ingredients in small bowl. 
  • Use immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks in airtight container.

Pork adapted from AllRecipes
Clean Sauce adapted from My Whole Food Life

May 11, 2015

Stuffed Portobella Mushrooms

I LOVE helping others improve their nutrition, fitness, and overall lifestyle! Some people muddle through the changes, but most embrace their newfound health and happiness. My good friend, Shannon has grabbed her life by the horns and is rocking out 21 Day Fix. This recipe comes straight from her culinary creativity and is approved for 21 Day Fix. Oh!...and it's delicious!


Yield: 2 stuffed mushrooms

  • 2 medium/large portobella mushrooms
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper (optional)
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Rinse mushrooms. Pat dry and set aside to fully dry.
  • Combine ricotta, seasonings, spinach, and 1/3 cup of the cheese.
  • Divide mixture evenly and stuff each mushroom. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes. 
  • Serve with your favorite side.

21 Day Fix count: 1 mushroom = 1.5 green, 1 red, 1 blue

Adapted from: Shannon Carey

Apr 26, 2015

Busy Is a Choice

Welcome to Spring! Season for florals, chirping, and cleaning....or in our case - gymnastics, baseball practice, soccer practice, swim lessons, PTO meetings, school volunteering, fit clubs, soccer board meetings, double game Saturdays, playdate, preschool, dance class, rehearsals, recitals, and homework!

That is just one week's worth of fun. Most people feel exhausted after reading that list. To be completely honest, I thrive on 'busy.' It drives and motivates me. Those activities are not just tasks, but rather fulfill passions, give purpose, and involve activities with my children.

"Busy is a choice." I saw it plastered over an eye-catching background while scrolling Pinterest for preschool snack ideas. Busy is a choice...a good one? Or bad? I get the feeling that "busy" in this case is a negative. My self talk kicks in to justify this quote..."Not bad for us. My kids thrive in activities that offer social stimulation, new friendships, strength and coordination, independence, and confidence."

I think whomever plastered that pinnable quote meant to say "Balance is a choice." In everything we do (busy or not), we must find balance. It is often a voluntary decision to find symmetry or you drown. I am a 'giver' in life and I strive to make those around me happy. I enjoy helping. I give and give and give...until there is not much for myself. I have learned that I slowly become weighted down and start sinking as I pour out too much of myself. The revelation is that I HAVE to hold some back...not selfishly, but because it is mandatory to find a happy medium. Balance is definitely a choice...and it will make or break you.

You can chauffeur kids around town until you are blue in the face and dizzy. As long as you find the balance for your family, friends, life, and yourself - you are golden. It takes trial and error and some practice.

What makes you tick? What inspires you? What makes you dynamic?

The answers are what give you the balance to battle against lead weights...they keep you afloat.
I help others. I love crafting, sewing, graphics, health, and fitness. All of these mold who I am.

After preschool drop-off, I squeeze in a heart pumping, music bumping, sweat pouring workout. It gives me the energy I need to give more of myself. After the kids' bedtime, I pour efforts into craft projects, painting, sewing, graphic design, or building my coaching business. This rejuvenates.

Where do you find the balance. Busy can be a conscious choice. And as long as you find balance in the midst of is a fantastic choice!