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For the ladies….shhh, it’s a secret!

Here’s a very helpful tip that I constantly give to all my girlfriends regarding¬†the gym: LIFT HEAVY! Don’t be scared of those dumbbells! Lifting heavier weights is going to build muscle which in return will burn extra fat..we don’t have enough testosterone in our body to get “bulk” or “manly.” So, have no fears! Next time you’re at the gym pick up those 25 lb weights and show em’ who’s boss! ūüôā


Chicken, asparagus, brown rice–EASY


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Asparagus spears-¬†cut ends off approx. 1/2 inch from bottom.¬†Wash with water. Lay on pan and lightly spray with Pam Olive Oil. Lightly sprinkle with¬†pepper and Mrs. Dash “Rotisserie¬†Chicken” flavor. *You can be creative and put whatever your heart desires on the asparagus.* Bake on 350 degrees for 12-15 min.

Chicken-¬†rotisserie chicken from grocery store picked off bone. Be sure to pull the fat off! ūüôā

Minute brown rice with low-sodium soy-sauce.

No Excuses!


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Cari’s thought for the day:

So today I’m at the gym and notice a blind man and his friend working out. I’ve seen them in there before but decided to approach them (I like to be¬†friendly and meet as many new faces as I can). As I meet the blind man he reaches out confidently, shakes my hand and introduces himself. We begin to talk and he quickly tells me that he was in a horrible accident 8 years ago where he was struck by a car and was left with life-changing injuries. He was left blind in both eyes, underwent brain surgery, and had to learn to walk and talk again. After the end of our conversation he told me how much he appreciated me acknowledging him and treating him like a normal person, then reached out, shook my hand again and thanked me for being a nurse.

I like to think everything happens for a reason although we may never know why….but I know that I met that man today to change my outlook on life. At first glance I saw a blind man in the gym-¬†after meeting him I saw this extraordinary, amazing, strong, kind-hearted, appreciative person (and we only talked for 5 minutes). Guess my question for you is, what’s your excuse? Whenever life throws you a bad situation you have to be the one to turn it into a positive situation– which is exactly what my new friend has done. I guess being a nurse has taught me not to judge someone by their appearance or disability and I would like to challenge you to do the same. Understand that it’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what’s on the inside. We all have hearts and all like to be treated with respect and kindness.

Truvia or Splenda? That is the question…..


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In a nutshell Truvia is a natural sweetener and Splenda is artificial. Truvia is made from a sweet leaf plant aka stevia, whereas Splenda is made from sucralose, which is said to be 600x stronger than table sugar. Splenda tastes sweeter yet has harmful side effects of liver swelling and increasing insulin levels. Since Truvia is natural it is going to be your safer option.