Here It Is!

I know you’ve all been scoping Instagram all day, and refreshing our Facebook’s looking for an update. But, you know I wouldn’t do that without a blog post right?!

We went to the doctor this morning, expecting nothing, anticipating everything.

It should be no surprise to me right, I’ve had three kids of my own. I swore I wasn’t nervous. I wasn’t worried. Okay, yeah right. When they called my name, I swore my heart was ready to beat right out of my chest! Zoram, on the other hand, swears he wasn’t nervous, not one bit. You should have saw his face after the doctor left the room. HA!

So, the long anticipated wait is over. Here is our big news!

Yup, that’s right! There’s two! For now… See, here’s the thing. IVF pregnancy is fragile as is. And it’s not uncommon to have a twin ‘vanish’. So don’t go running out and buying two of everything the doctor says… It’s all a waiting game. We’ll now see the doctor once a week, and have weekly ultrasounds. Whoo!

We look forward to continuously sharing our journey with you.

XO – Sabrina

Grief.

I’m not exaggerating when I say in the past two years my family has been through A LOT. In the past two years we’ve lost my dad, an uncle, family friends, a grandparent and in between that we’ve almost lost an important piece of our family as well. Just recently, we’ve lost an aunt.

Now, you’d think after all that death we’d be foolish to not seek help or deal with our own grief. The truth is we were so busy, with one thing after another and another that we haven’t had the chance. Which leads me to this post..

Grief is like waves of the ocean. Sometimes the grief is calm and you can contain it. Other times, the grief is overwhelming and it doesn’t stop. Which is exactly what happened to me last night. The grief was so overwhelming that I just couldn’t stop. It took me almost half an hour to gather myself and realize that the grief was calming again. Just like the tides, it receded and I was fine.

That’s just the way grief works, right? Grief doesn’t leave no matter how much time has passed, but there are several ways you can handle it.

First and foremost, try not to hold it all in. Instead, seek help. Many of my friends allowed me to cry on their shoulders or through text message for several nights. Second, take care of you. Many times grief allows us to stop caring about ourselves, but taking care of ourselves can help handle grief. Third, try not to make any major decisions in the middle of a wave of grief.

There is no way to predict grief, like I said, grief is similar to the waves of the ocean. It comes, and it goes but the ocean doesn’t stop. Each day it goes on and on.

XO – Sabrina


Simplicity in Food.

Let’s be honest, I am no Top Chef. I cannot beat Bobby Flay. I will never compete on Guy’s Grocery Games (though I really, really want to!). It’s just not me! I’m more of the ‘I saw a recipe on Pinterest, I didn’t read it but I tried to make it my style’ type of gal. Ya feel me?!

Now that you know my style, let’s talk about what I do to keep mi familia healthy. It’s simple, I promise.

If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s a recipe with a TON of ingredients. I really speak to the KISS method. Keep It Simple Sabrina! That’s why when I went to my meal prep for my work weekend, I went to my Fixate Vol. 2 cookbook. Autumn Calabrese with her brother, Bobby, have made some culinary genius when it comes to food and nutrition. However, you don’t need to be a genius to cook the dishes in this book.

The book contains a variety of recipes that you can use to replace your every day food items. Which is why, when I played a game with social media the day it was such a hit! Lots of my followers said they could never give up sugar to eat healthy, and let’s be honest that is not ‘their’ fault. Food these days is made to be addictive and its made with SUGAR! So, when some said they could never give up their sweet treats I countered with delightful dessert recipes!

When another said they could never give up breakfast sandwiches, I countered with a healthier version of that frozen crap they’d been eating. When someone said potato chips, I said awesome – let’s talk about making your own pretzel chips instead!

The point of all this is that, food is simple. You do not need any elaborate recipe, you don’t need a fancy grocery store. You just need to know what you’re eating in order to make healthy changes. Which is why I prepped two recipes out of my Fixate book for my weekend of work.

The first recipe is a broccoli salad. If you know me, or my kids, you know we LOVE our broccoli and when a fellow coach highlighted the recipe earlier in the week I had to have it! This recipe was ridiculously simple. Your ingredients are: turkey bacon, red onion, broccoli florets, celery, almonds and medjool dates. Chop those all up and throw ’em in a bowl and you have your base! For the dressing I can almost guarantee you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. You’ll need: dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, water, olive oil, salt and pepper, onion powder and xanthan gum. You combine majority of the ingredients (minus the olive oil), and then blend with an immersion blender while slowly pouring in the oil. Toss the salad in it and call it delicious!

The second recipe is actually a breakfast recipe. Did I mention this cookbook has breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, holidays and even cocktail recipes?! Well, if I didn’t now I did! The second recipe is a simple sweet potato hash. Again, I tend to look at pictures and recreate my own. This week I am craving a bit of heat so I tossed in jalapeños! You’ll need sweet potatoes, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and seasonings such as paprika. You start by sautéing the onion and bell pepper, in my case jalapeño, to softness. Fun tip – the recipe calls for boiling the potatoes, and I just don’t have patience for that. Instead, I poke a bit of the potatoes to pop in the microwave. You’ll want to pop them in for 2 mins at a time and then turn. BE CAREFUL! The potatoes will be HOT! Once the potatoes are all done, I diced them up and threw them in my skillet. Simple right?! A couple of stirs and you are done.

Now, for those of you are pro-chef’s don’t fret. The dessert recipe Almond Milk Granita sounds like your type of recipe – scrape a pan every 30 mins for like 3-4 hours? HA! I just can’t do it. This cookbook truly has something for every one!

If you’d like to know more about the cookbook, or the program that it accompanies reach out! You’ll never know what you can do unless you say YES to an opportunity!

XO – Sabrina

Small “Hobby”, Big Rewards!

Good morning!

First, WOW! Thank you all so much for tuning in to the blog, liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram! It’s really incredible to see how much we are truly loved!

Now on to our topic of the day. Today, we’re going to talk about my small “hobby”. I put hobby in quotes because I really don’t consider it a hobby. However, a lot of people do consider what I do a hobby. For me, it’s a ‘side gig’ that enriches my life.

My side gig is being a Coach with BeachBody. I’m sure most of you have heard of BeachBody and some of you have followed my journey through 80-Day Obsession, 21 Day Fix and new launches like Ultimate Portion Fix! I’m really passionate about what I do! Heck, I’ve committed to getting up at 3 AM daily simply to meet with my team who mostly resides in Canada! It’s no joke, I’ve been working on myself for quite a while! And my journey, through pregnancy even, will continue. It will be the first pregnancy that I actually feel physically fit.

My goal as a coach is to change as many peoples lives as possible. As a mom of three (soon to be more), a full-time employee, a wife, a daughter and oh, so much more I know it’s tough to make ourselves a priority. I’m looking at you, the mom or full-time employee who thinks you can’t, YOU CAN. If I can do it, I know you can do it, or anyone can do it for that matter! It’s a matter of mindset, it’s a matter of modifying when you need to. It’s a matter of making yourself a priority regardless of what anyone else thinks. Your self care matters!

Is the extra cash nice? HECK YES! In fact the amount of money I’ve made in February is paying for our Spring Break Day Out today. We’re hitting the movies, we’re going out to lunch, and we might even go shopping for new swim suits. The extra cash I earn will also be going towards staying home from work for a full 12 weeks when this pregnancy is over. I’ve never wanted to stay home before, but now that I know it’s an opportunity – I’m ready to make that happen!

I’m always available to answer questions, I’m always available to be your accountability partner! In fact, I have a challenge group starting April 1st that breaks sugar addictions, aids in portion control and has live streamed workouts!

XO – Sabrina

Confirmation Day!

Does any one remember being a kid the day before a big event? Whether that day was Christmas, your birthday, heck even the first day of school – you were so excited!

That my friends is how I feel today. I am on the edge, I am bouncing off the walls!

Tomorrow is the day we find out if we are “truly” pregnant! Let’s review the symptoms, shall we?

  • Nauseous
  • Extreme Exhaustion
  • Some Pain in Lower Abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Cravings/Aversions to Foods

This list of symptoms has come with all the ups and downs.

On the first day of transfer, I had some major back pain with nausea. I felt the transfer took and was excited beyond belief! However, that quickly subsided when some light spotting occurred on day five, and day six. This spotting would continue for several days even warranting a progesterone increase. The good news was the progesterone was chugging right along. Though for safety’s sake, the doctor determined it would be best to up the PIO (Progesterone In Oil) to 1.5 and add an additional pill of progesterone three times daily. (While I’m writing this I’m realizing I left all three of those pills at home today. Insert face palm here.)

There are several reasons why the bleeding could have occurred. One of the biggest reasons would be that both embabies stuck! This would mean we are carrying twins. Typically 1 in 4 women bleed with twin pregnancies in the first 3 months. We’re holding on to this shred of hope!

If you’ve read up on IVF much, most women say the two week wait is the worst part of in vitro. Why? Most of them are doing IVF because of multiple miscarriages or loss of pregnancies. We are not one of those couples. In fact, before having my tubes cut, tied, and burned I had no issues getting pregnant. So transfer seemed like it would be a breeze to us.

Now, don’t think I made you read this far and wouldn’t let you in on our little secret. Also, don’t think that we’re patient enough to wait two weeks to have a blood test to confirm the pregnancy! HA! NOPE!

We did not wait! At 5 days post transfer, we tested and were negative.

At 7 days post transfer, we had a very faint line but a line none the less!

At 9 days post transfer we had a bright line show up!

TA – DA!

We’re still waiting on the blood draw – this will be tomorrow. Until then, celebrate with us!

XO – Sabrina