Member Spotlight- Carey Peterson

Member Spotlight- Carey Peterson


Meet Carey Peterson!

I am a special education teacher at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School teaching Freshman English.  This is my first year back to teaching since taking 6 years off to be a stay at home mom.   I’ve been a member at TLF since January of 2013.  Funny story, I was looking at 40 and didn’t want to live it being “a big girl”.  I walked into Zack’s office, and signed up no questions asked  (without even looking at the gym!). Jan Mallak’s guns inspired me!  I typically work out at 4:30 although it changes since I am a mom to two active boys.  I’ve had really great results.  I’ve lost about 35 lbs. and lots of inches (not sure the exact number) and have maintained it since last spring.  (My before picture looks very marshmallowy!)  I am a MUCH happier person, inside and out and I don’t hide anymore from the camera nor do I cringe when I see pictures of myself.   Prior to TLF, I was up and down the scale like a yo-yo.  Accountability has been my key to success.  I worked out regularly at a big gym and really never saw the results I’ve seen here.  Everyone knows I love any exercise having to do with triceps!  Burpees of course are my least favorite… I hate how they always make me burp!!!  I love, love LOVE dark chocolate and will save calories so I can have a treat.

Interesting fact?  Would being a shepherd be considered something unique?  Yes, growing up in Naperville/Wheaton I was an active 4-Her and raised Southdown sheep at my grandmother’s barn in Wheaton as well as helped my dad crop farm at Danada.  My passion for farming still continues as I serve as an associate member of the DuPage County Fair board and at the Danada Farm so I can teach families in DuPage where their food, fuel and fiber really comes from!

One of my favorite recipes:

Pork Tenderloin Diane – Super yum and super easy!!!!


1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)

1 tablespoon lemon-pepper seasoning

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


Cut tenderloin into eight pieces; place each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper and flatten to 1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle with lemon-pepper.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook pork for 3-4 minutes on each side or until no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove to a serving platter and keep warm.

To the pan juices, add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; heat through, stirring occasionally. Pour over the pork and sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts: One serving (prepared with margarine) equals 214 calories, 14 g fat (0 saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 491 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 meat.

Carey Peterson after photo



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