A little about me

My name is Sarah Peers and I’m an RN at a large medical center here in Rochester, NY.  I work on a cardiac unit that specializes in all stages of CHF and cardiomyopathy (pacemakers, medical management, Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), Total Heart replacement pumps (TAH’s), and heart transplant.  Seeing my patients in these situations and knowing what diseases I am at risk of inheriting from my family (Type 1&2 Diabetes, CHF, high cholesterol, heart attacks, low thyroid), has brought me to where I am now in life.  I want to be healthier so that I can prevent myself and my children from inheriting these conditions.  So on my journey I have lost 40lbs over the past 4.5 years by eating more clean and exercising at least three or more times a week for 30mins.  That doesn’t sound hard right?  Well as we all know…It’s easier said than done!  There are so many days that I just want to stay in bed, especially on those cold frigid days in the winter!

I started out on my journey by working out 5 days at the gym and just portion controlling.  I really, really wanted to lose the weight I had put on after my babies!  Aidan is 7 and McKenzie is 4.  I knew that I was done having children and I wanted to show them a good example of what healthy is without getting into the discussion of being “too fat” or “too skinny”.  I want them to have a well-rounded view of what it means to be healthy especially in this day and age where obesity is an epidemic.  After I had lost a considerable amount of weight (about 5 months later), I decreased the amount of time I worked out down to three days a week which was much easier to juggle.  I also started working out with Beachbody’s Focus T25.  With that program and the help of a friend coaching me, I was able to shed the rest of the weight and I learned to eat cleaner foods, using more fruits, and vegetables.  This has encouraged me to look more into what it means to truly eat clean, whole foods.  I strongly believe that we can eat cleaner without spending a ton on our groceries therefore changing our outcome thus preventing complications such as high blood pressure, Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even some cancers..

So I purchased The Forks over Knives Plan: A 4 week Meal-by-Meal Makeover off of Amazon for $10!  For the next four weeks, I will log my journey of thoughts, concerns, etc with you all….and maybe some recipes too!  So stay tuned!  It’s going to be fun!

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2 thoughts on “A little about me”

  1. Hi Sarah, I’m interested in your professional opinion as an RN in a cardiac unit… specifically heart transplants. My father is currently waiting for a heart and I’m very concerned about his diet after. He is an extremely picky eater and I was wondering if the 21 day fix diet is something that you would recommend for a transplant patient with limited food options. Any advice would be appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Janine

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    1. The 21 Day Fix would be a great option for his diet post transplant but he will have to keep in mind his other needs. Is he diabetic? If not, he may get Prednisone induced diabetes which is a common occurrence after any major surgery. The 21 Day Fix will give him the appropriate calories he will need as well as the appropriate amount of carbs and protein. He will need to wait to do the workouts though until his doctor approves him for exercise again. Generally most people wait 6wks. Tell him congrats and good luck on his journey! – Sarah

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