Life Lately 10.25.16

Hey there, friends! I hope Tuesday is treating you well so far. I'm stopping by today to give you a peak into what life has looked like lately around here. It's involved a lot of these two...

munch-bed
lola-sleeping

Can you tell them apart? Munchkin is in the top picture and Lola is in the bottom picture. It's been a lot the past few months with both of these gals. Munch is 13 years old so she's well into her senior years. She has trouble getting around and also is on some medications for her partially collapsed trachea so she's a bit of handful getting in and outside, but we love her. I mean, who wouldn't? Look at that face :) 

If you've been reading for awhile, you know that Lola was diagnosed with diabetes late in the summer. So, the past few months of trying to get her diabetes under control has been quite the ride. BUT as of her last glucose curve she's considered a controlled diabetic! Woohoo! We're now really putting serious thought into getting her cataract surgery to get her vision back towards the end of November. She's a happy little dog now, but she's only ten and the thought of her being blind for three or four more years doesn't seem too great to us. I'll keep you guys posted!

Over this past weekend, my good friend Taylor was home with her new puppy named Kona. I met up with her on Saturday night for some good old girl talk, puppy time, wine, and pizza. Pretty great Saturday night, right? I mean...puppies and pizza. Our good friend Lisa also was able to stop by for a bit, so it was really nice to get to see two of my good friends! Here's a picture of little Kona. She's such a well-behaved puppy and so darn cute!

kona

I can't get over her eyes!

jdrf-walk

On Sunday, my mom and I headed to the JDRF walk to support Marco. I had Marco write a guest post probably about a month ago on his journey with his Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. If you were able to donate, I really, really appreciate it! The walk had a great turnout and a lot of money was raised that will go towards research for Type 1 Diabetes.

Other than that, I've been working on some potential job opportunities, researching some wedding-related stuff for my sister, and trying to stay on track with workout routine. Anyone else have trouble sticking to their workout routine when the seasons change? It's the worst! I'm on my second round of Kayla Itsines' BBG workout, which you can read about hereI've been trying to sneak in some exercise with these tips too.

Alright, friends! I'm signing off of here before I lose the motivation to go do my workout for today :P 

 

 

An Update & A Quick Cookie Recipe

Hey there, friends! Thank you for the sweet messages about Lola, it means a lot! We're adjusting over here at the Ferguson household. Lola is learning how to get around, but it's definitely a full time job making sure she doesn't get lost if she can't quite figure out where she is in the house. 

We started her on some eye drops yesterday that the vet suggested she get on after talking to the doggy eye doctor. The eye drops will help with any inflammation that may be happening in her eyes, and we have to give them to her twice per day. So now little Lo who was completely "normal" (I put that in quotations since she obviously did have diabetes a week ago, we just didn't know it yet) a week ago is getting an insulin shot twice per day and eye drops twice per day. BUT to be honest, she can't even tell she's getting the shot because the needle is so small and she doesn't seem to mind the eye drops at all. What a champ :)

We're also trying to make sure we're giving Munchkin enough attention which is a balancing act within itself. Munchkin and Lola get jealous of each other very easily which can cause them to fight...which has happened multiple times within the past few days. Lola is the one who starts it which is kind of crazy to me since she can't really see! We're thinking she might be getting angrier a bit more because her blood sugar levels still aren't under control, and also just because she's probably frustrated she can't see. I mean, who wouldn't get frustrated over that?  

So, we're practicing A LOT, a lot, a lot of patience over here at the Ferguson household. At some points it obviously just seems like too much to deal with and ya kinda just wanna pull your hair out, but the frustrations and craziness is worth it to me if it means we can get little Lola healthy. So, for now we'll just take it one day at a time. We have an appointment at the vet on Thursday night to get her blood sugar levels checked, so we'll be able to adjust her insulin from there which should help her out some more. 

During times like these sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, right? Or is that just me? But, you might not want to make a whole batch because you don't want to have all the extra cookies around or you're just too tired to throw all of that together. Well, my friends, have you tried making a chocolate chip cookie in a mug...in the microwave? I just did the other day and let me tell you - Best. Thing. Ever.

Next time you're craving something sweet and just need the real deal, treat yourself to this chocolate chip cookie in the mug. It's so easy! Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (you could use white whole wheat flour too)
  • 1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips

From here, this is what ya gotta to do get your ooey-gooey, warm, and delicious cookie ready...

  1. Microwave butter in a mug until melted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 
  2. With a spoon, you'll then mix in both sugars, vanilla extract, and salt until well-combined. 
  3. You'll then want to mix in the egg yolk until no traces of the yolk are seen. Go ahead and mix in your flour and then fold in your chocolate chips. 
  4. Grab your mug and put it in the microwave. Microwave it on high for 40-45 seconds. 

When you take it out of the microwave you might think that it doesn't look done, but believe me, it's cooked through! Grab that mug, grab a spoon, and dig in! You could even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top ;P

Thank you guys again for keeping Lola in your thoughts, it means a lot! If you have any experience with diabetic dogs I would love to hear from you.

Now, go grab a mug and make yourself a delicious treat!

Jenna

 

 

 

Life Lately & Exercise "Rules"

Gooood morning, everyone! How's your Tuesday going so far? Mine has consisted of working on finishing up my research project from grad school, job hunting, and some cardio - not too bad of a Tuesday! I thought today I would pop in with a "Life Lately" post, along with some of my thoughts on a topic that I'm calling Exercise "Rules". 

Life lately has consisted of finishing up my research project as I mentioned I'm working on today, serious job hunting (getting a little antsy over here), exercising, and enjoying time with friends and family!

Doesn't that salad look so delicious?! I was able to grab lunch with my mom, dad, and sister on my sister's lunch break last week. My sister and dad work about two minutes from each other, so it's nice to be able to sneak in a family lunch during the week. This salad is from a local cafe called Brew Haha. It's romaine lettuce, plain ramen noodles, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and red peppers with a sesame-ginger dressing. It was really tasty, and it seems like it wouldn't be too hard to recreate at home!

I've been trying to vary my cardio routine to keep my body guessing. I do cardio three days a week (I follow the BBG guide, read about it HERE) and I've been alternating with going to the nearby high school track and doing intervals and using the Aaptiv app (read about it HERE). The Aaptiv app is quickly becoming my new favorite way to get my cardio in! 

Life lately has also included cooking, like this salmon we threw on the grill the other week. We got this wild caught salmon filet from Whole Foods, and I rubbed it with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, garlic, and some salt & pepper - yum!

That's my life lately - I haven't been super great with snapping pictures so I'll have to get better at that :) 

Sooo, what are these exercise "rules" I'm talking about?

I think that we all set rules for ourselves in all different areas of our lives. We have to stick to our eating "rules" - maybe you have a rule that you have to eat a specific thing for lunch during the weekdays. What I'm talking about today though are those exercise "rules" we set for ourselves. Now, don't get me wrong, I think that setting some rules for ourselves for exercise is a good thing because it holds us accountable. So, the accountability thing is great and all, but sometimes I find that backfires. Say that your rule is that for your cardio you have to run for 3.5 miles, but one day you're just really burnt out from work so those 3.5 miles just don't seem doable. Since you're so tired and you've set this exercise "rule" for yourself, you decide you just can't exercise that day since you don't feel that you would be able to run the 3.5. I'm totally guilty of doing this, but within the last year I've realized that it's OK to deviate from your exercise "rules". You're feeling too tired to run those 3.5 miles today? That's alright! Run 1 mile, walk/run a few miles, or just power walk. The bottom line is:

Some exercise is better than no exercise.

Don't beat yourself up if you can't muster up the energy to get your 3.5 mile run in, but also don't use it as an excuse to get no exercise in. Don't feel like you're not doing as well because you're just going for a walk instead of a run - exercise is exercise and calories burned are calories burned, period. 

Granted, we all have those days that we are just absolutely spent and need a rest day - which is very important too so that your body can recover! I just think it's important to be mindful of your exercise "rules" and how to handle them when you may not be able to stick to them. 

Do you set exercise rules for yourself? If so, what are they? Can you relate to this post? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

Until next time!

Jenna