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Post-Op and Recovery Update

Tomorrow will be one month since the removal of the GIST (Gastro-intestinal stromal tumor) in the lining of my stomach.  Quite a few people have been reaching out to see how I've been feeling and for an update on what's next. First off, the surgery went well.  My surgeon only had to make one incision in the mid-line of my abdomen, because as he started to cut, the tumor was visible immediately.  He said I was a "surgeons dream" since there wasn't much to cut through!  My pain was controlled well post-op and I did not have near as much nausea from the pain meds as I did from the lung biopsy.  They made sure to stay on top of giving me anti-nausea meds and even put a scopolamine patch behind my ear pre-op.  I stayed in the hospital for two nights and then was able to go home.  Recovery went well with no complications.  Over the last month, I've had a lot of emotional ups and downs.  Waiting on the results from the pathology on the tumor was difficult.  O
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Three Ingredient Healthy Reese's Cups

Every since my surgery, my sweet tooth has been wild.  These Three Ingredient Healthy Reese's Cups have been the perfect way to treat myself, without the guilt! TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN Prep: 5 min Freeze: 35 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy Three Ingredient REESE'S CUPS INGREDIENTS: 1 heaping TB coconut oil, melted 2 tsp peanut butter, melted 1 scoop/packet  Chocolate Shakeology DIRECTIONS: Mix the melted coconut oil with the Shakeology powder. If it is too thick, add a little more melted coconut oil. Place paper liners in a muffin tin. Cover the bottom of each liner with a thin coat of the chocolate mixture. Place pan in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and spoon a thin layer of melted peanut butter on top of the hardened chocolate. Cover the peanut butter with the remaining chocolate mixture. Place pan in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove paper liners from peanut butter cups and enjoy!

Surgery Update

If you read my last blog post, I left off with that I was home from my lung biopsy recovering and that the preliminary results showed up as "Organizing Pneumonia".  They did confirm that on the pathology, so my lungs are cancer free!  Praise God! I met with my Surgical Oncologist, Dr. Jeffery  Hardacre which let me tell you is one amazing man.  Not only does he seem highly qualified to care for me, but he has an incredible bedside manner.  He took his time to explain everything to my husband and I and answered all of our crazy questions.  I feel very confident in his hands and he seems to be very optimistic about things.   I am scheduled to go into surgery with him tomorrow for the removal of the gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).  If you haven't heard of this type of tumor, it's not your typical "stomach cancer".  Stomach cancer actually grows inside your stomach and could be a lot worse than a GIST.  This tumor is in the "wall/lining" of

Make Every Day Count

I woke up Tuesday June 18th of this year not feeling right.     Every time I stood up I felt light headed and nauseous. I thought to myself, “here comes baby number 3” and laid back down in bed.     If you know me well, then you know I sent my husband to the store to get a pregnancy test.     I am always taking those things with the slightest inkling that I might be pregnant.     When I saw the test was negative I was surprised.     As the day went on I became more light headed, and my heart was racing just walking from room to room.     This was so far from my norm, so I decided to go to the emergency room.     The doctors ran a few different tests and found that my hemoglobin level was 8.1.    For those of you who don’t know what hemoglobin is - it is the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells. The normal range for a female is 12-15.    This explained my symptoms, but we weren’t sure of the exact cause.    You also don’t normally get a blood transfusion until your leve

Announcing 80 Day Obsession

You guys, I am super pumped for you!   Finally a program that focuses on what us women want!  Firm, shaped butts and the flattest abs you can get! This program isn't for everyone though.  Definitely not for the weak minded or those who give up easily.  This 80 days will challenge you and push you to your limits.  This is extreme fitness y'all.  The workouts are intense and last 45 - 60 minutes.  You will feel proud of your hard work after every single workout! The diet guidelines are a bit demanding as well.  This nutrition plan is a specifically calibrated macro-nutrient plan and is perfectly timed to help you get the BEST results.  It's going to take dedication to your meal prep and laser focus on your goals.  But it's going to be worth it! In just 30 days the members of the test group are seeing great results.  By the end of 80 days your body will be healthy, fit, firm and HOT. The equipment required for this program will be hand weights (light, medium, a

Guilt Free Waffle Cones

Love waffle cones and ice cream but not all of the sugar and calories? Give these Guilt Free Waffle Cones a try! Ingredients: 8 mini waffles 1/4 cup of vanilla bean Halo Top ice cream Directions: Toast waffles Tear apart Place ice cream between two mini waffles and viola!  Guilt free mini waffles! Calories: 210 Protein: 3 g Carbs: 36 g Fat: 7 g

Week One of The Shift Shop Complete!

I have officially completed one week of the latest program by Beachbody called The Shift Shop!  I will tell you, I consider myself at an advanced level in fitness and these workouts are super challenging.  The cool part is though, that any fitness level can do this program.  Like every Beachbody program, there is someone modifying the movements during the workouts.  I am not afraid or ashamed to admit I have to use that modifier myself!  It just means I now have a goal to master the moves! I am excited to take it into week two and see if I have made any improvements in my speed, agility and strength.  These workouts alternate each day between cardio and strength training.  The cardio focuses on intervals, speed, agility and conditioning.  I am left drenched in sweat and shaking like a leaf afterwards!  The strength training is challenging EVERY SINGLE muscle group in my body I swear it!   Here’s a more detailed look at the SHIFT SHOP  workouts: Speed :25   Jumpstart your cardio

What is Distracting You?

 Don't let problems distract you from all of life's blessings!  Focus on the positive, not the problems. 

Did Someone Say Tacos?

If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram , you already know that I live to eat tacos!  If you love tacos too, but don't want all the guilt, be sure to follow me on social media because I love to share my healthy taco ideas like this one , and this one !

Has Anyone Told You Lately?

Has anyone told you lately how amazing you are?  Let this be your reminder! You are AMAZING, and you are also CAPABLE of amazing things.  Try something amazing today, I dare you!