After three solid months of working out 6-7 days a week and completely cleaning up my diet, I was anxious to find out how my lung functions might be impacted. My genetic condition of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia has caused bronchiectasis (a widening/scarring of the airways that leads to increased infections). Those repeated infections have left me at about 62% of the lung function that someone else my same age, weight, height, gender, etc., is expected to have. I’m not happy at 62%. I’ve been told it’s extremely difficult to regain what’s lost over a lifetime but my competitive spirit just sees that as more of a reason to try harder.
I’m enrolled in a “Natural History of Bronchiectasis” study at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The purpose of this research study is to examine the natural history of bronchiectasis and hopefully identify inherited and immune (the body’s infection defense system) factors that may explain why certain individuals have these infecti...
Roasted cauliflower is SO good and when you chop it up into very small pieces before roasting, it is a fantastic alternative to rice or couscous! I make this ALL the time since it's such a big hit in our house so figured I'd share the simple preparation steps so you can try it too!
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12 oz fresh cauliflower (chopped small in a food processor or by hand)
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbls olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Stir it all together, spread evenly on a parchment paper or tinfoil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. Stir half way through. Let me know what you think!
The following is my personal experience of purchasing a Beachbody Challenge Pack and going through the full program. Based on my goals to improve both fitness and food choices, I decided that the 21 Day Fix was going to be the best fit. You can purchase a Challenge Pack for virtually any of the Beachbody programs.
The 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack was a higher investment ($140 promo price versus $60 for the DVD set/plan only) but a great value when I considered that I could try out Shakeology for 30 days, I would have access to streaming workout videos through Beachbody On Demand, and I would have a coach to lean on for motivation.
The box arrived in the mail on June 7, 2016, and had everything I needed for my 21 Day Challenge:
Ugh, mornings. Why do they have to hurt so much?! I have never been a morning person - ask my mom. When I was a kid, I could sleep like a champ until 11:00 or noon. As an adult, I was saddened to learn that work and life actually happens much earlier than noon. Meetings at 7:00 a.m. - WHAT?! Who does that?
I have been fortunate to work for employers who provide some flexibility for my night owl personality. I would sleep in as long as possible - 7:30 or even 8:00 with the goal of making it in to the office by 9:00 or 9:30 a.m. and then working until 6:00 or 6:30. Not everyone has this luxury and I did not take it for granted for one moment.
My Ah-Ha Moment
One day, after complaining for two years that I never had time to work out because I was just too busy, I made a big discovery. I actually DID have time to work out. I was just sleeping through it! Working out at night was my preference but often professional events, home projects, or social time with friends would mean...
After following the 21 Day Fix program for 3 weeks, I became somewhat of a pro at food prep and packing lunches. The one thing I struggled with at first was finding a convenient protein snack to eat at the office - until I discovered a recipe for spicy tunacakes on Pinterest.
This recipe gets my stamp of approval for a number of reasons:
They are extremely easy to make and you get enough tunacakes to have as a snack for the whole work week. Put a couple in a ziplock bag or small container and go.
Each of these tunacakes are packed with 14g of protein and only 100 calories (when made as I've noted below).
They taste great - not super fishy and they have a little spicy kick to them.
Here's the recipe (makes 8-9 patties):
2 (7oz) cans tuna
1 chili pepper (I used a jalapeno)
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 green onions
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp fish sauce
Dash of red pepper flakes
2 tbsp oil for frying
One of the first things I did after making up my mind that I was going to make changes for my health and life was create a vision board. I started by writing an outline of my major goals for the next month, next 6 months, and next year. Where did I want to go? What did I want for my life? How would I get there?
After creating a list, I gathered three magazines - SHAPE, a Costco magazine I had gotten in the mail that week, and Subaru Drive, a quarterly publication for Subaru owners. Not exactly a standard coffee table collection but there were pictures and articles that were right down my alley so I figured they would work just as well as anything else.
I spent the next hour cutting out pictures and words that resonated with the outline I had put on paper. Big, bold phrases like "CAN-DO" and "Ignite Something." I then organized them into groups that made sense - fitness in one pile, healthy eating in another, family, career, travel, etc.