*cheers*

 

CYMERA_20131231_223645-1happy new year yall!  i found these unused, boxed champagne flutes in the pantry after we got home from dinner tonight and there was a gift receipt inside from September 14th, 2007, a day before our wedding, wow. time truly waits for no man.  after 6 years and counting & 1.5 kiddos, i give Him all the glory.  Sonny and i are about to write down our goals for 2014, pray over them, and have our traditional toast nye toast. i pray the one thing that stays constant for 2014 and beyond is His presence in your life!  peace, happiness, and blessings to all of you; thank you for another year of sincere love and support.

GOOD LUCK to all my Commitment Day participants running tomorrow morning!  run hard and rep for your city; see you out there!

le

fit foodie who?

so i’m roughly 16 weeks and some change and finally climbing further and further away from my first trimester symptoms.  thank. God.  if you were to have asked me who Fit Foodie Le was from weeks 8ish to about 13 i would not have been able to answer.   at my 8 week appt., my doc asked me if i needed any nausea meds and i proudly said ‘nope!’. i prolly had a ‘who, me?’ look on my face to go with it.  weeeeell week 9 came and socked me in the face like a bag of rocks.  nausea (evening sickness) headaches, annoying forehead acne (still here), confused appetite, mood swings, and some of the worst fatigue i’ve ever experienced took over my world.  i felt like one of those cartoon characters with a black rain cloud following them everywhere.

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i didn’t want to do ANYTHING.  y’all don’t hear me. NOTHING AT ALL.  no blogging, no IG, no social media whatsoever. i just wanted to disconnect from everything, everyone and sleep.  after walking up the stairs in our home, i had enough energy left to crumble to the floor once i finally made it to the top.  carrying Chiso across the room made my heart rate skyrocket.  i had no desire to workout and used every single excuse i could not to hit the gym when i wasn’t teaching my fitness classes. i mainly blamed the weather (smh) which has never been a factor for me.  had no desire to go anywhere, do anything, be social, talk about fitness, eat or cook healthy food, and definitely no desire to motivate and inspire anybody else when i couldn’t even get my own behind going.  because baby #2 was still secret, i had to keep quiet on social media and act like nothing had changed.  truth be told, i was on strike from vegetables with Chiso during that time cause the sight or smell of them made my nausea flare up.  most days, especially after a gym class, i’d be super hungry, but everything i thought of to eat repulsed me. friends, over those few weeks i ate some things i hadn’t eaten in years because i wanted them and just didn’t care! this flood of new hormones made me completely unfocused.  was i craving them? i wouldn’t even call it that.  i just didn’t want any healthy food and had to eat something.

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but subway is a great pick, right? everything in moderation friends, even subway. i had my fave sammich (the turkey breast on wheat) for lunch and dinner for about 2 weeks straight. it’s all i wanted. and conveniently located right next to Sonny’s job :lol: .  then things took a slight turn…

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a tartar sauce-less fillet O’ fish from Mc Donalds. who even eats these anymore!?!?  hadn’t eaten one in decades but a tv commercial was all it took.  it was as delicious as i remember.

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Timmy Chans wings and rice. with gravy. I KNOW. :shock: :shock: :shock:

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fresh, hot, Shipley’s donut holes. i figure the holes would help me nip my ‘craving’ in the bud rather than eating a whole donut or four. but if you eat them all at once then that theory doesn’t actually work now does it :roll:

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more chocolate chip Eat Pastry vegan cookie dough. eaten raw,

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and baked.

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now THIS really was a craving! i can eat Papa Johns pizza any time of day, hot or cold, preggo or not. omg. pineapple, ham, and plenty of CHEESE.  5 slices later……. and i could have honestly kept going.

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normally i get oatmeal or a whole wheat english muffin/toast on the side when we go out for breakfast (which is super rare anyway) , but nope, i ordered and devoured a pancake bigger than my head at The Egg & I.

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aaaaand this guy… I IG’ed this weeks ago and i consider it the start of my indulgent, sporadic 1st tri eats. it’s the Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie,  a Chili’s classic.  the last time we ate there though it was called the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie!  its been a while.

so the wack part of it all is that immediately after i ate those things i felt worse. every time.  i’m not just talking food guilt here guys. i’m talking bad physically.  i don’t know if those foods tasted so unbelievably incredible because i’m preggo or because i hadn’t eaten them in soooooo long or what! they only satisfied me for the moment though and wreaked havoc on my ‘plumbing’ later, if you will.  things were just as bad in the exercise department.  i’d dread my drive to the gym and gripe, moan, and complain the entire way there.  once i got going and was actually  moving and sweating though, i felt like ME again and back to normal.  soon as i stopped? back to crappy town. so i figured i might as well force myself to eat healthy stuff again since my workouts were struggling and eating those terrible processed foods was a threat to me and the baby’s overall health.  also, i was heavily contributing to early, unnecessary weight gain and reintroducing former unhealthy habits.    my classes have literally saved me.  if it weren’t for them i would not have exercised at all.  some might say ‘what’s the big deal with not exercising for a few weeks???’.  i don’t want my first trimester to set the tone for the rest of my pregnancy.  once i sit down for too long, even two days, (even when i’m not preggo)- it’s like pulling teeth getting back into a routine again.  if you’re struggling to get through your first tri or pregnancy period, just HOLD ON!!! indulge in a craving every now and then and just keep moving. what can i say..it will all be worth it ;)

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my OB assured me things would change with time and thankfully they have.  hellooooo, 2nd tri!  my goal is no longer weight or fat loss, none of that! i just want to keep moving as much as possible, have fun with my workouts, and keep my healthy eating habits going along with some Papa John’s pizza here and there. that’s it. no pressure. until i deliver and recover; health for me and baby is my priority. i’m excited to share my 2nd fit preggo journey with you again!

looking forward to some of these prenatal exercises now that my desire to move again is back:

  1. spinning – works wonders for circulation for mom and baby without all the joint pressure from weightlifting or say kickboxing classes.  plus, you determine the speed, intensity, everything.
  2. yoga- no hot yoga though! eases tension, boosts your mood, and can even make for an easier delivery.
  3. walking- i walked 98% of my 1st pregnancy and did a few 5 and 10ks along the way. ain’t nothin’ changed.
  4. zumba- it’s a great cardiovascular workout that  requires side stepping, jumping, and turning movements. keep an eye on that heart rate though.
  5. water aerobics – ‘It may reduce pain during labor, according to a study published in Reproductive Health, finding that women who did water aerobics three times a week were less likely to ask for pain relief during labor, compared to those who didn’t exercise.’ hmmmm! i like those odds.
  6. booty barre – a ballet-inspired class that includes legwork with minimal jumping, making it a great option for preggo women.  they will be offered at Lifetime Fitness soon!

the real Fit Foodie Le has returned and is ready to rock round two RIGHT! here we gooooooooooooo

le

 

holiday happiness

::Christmas::

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uncle Thew is stateside again from working in Afghanistan!  he and Chiso have some catching up to do.
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Christmas morning.. wake up my sleepy face!

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Caillou has a bike, so Chiso had to have one too.

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one of my foodie gifts! already used it twice! Yonanaaaaaaaaaaas

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a fitness gift! i am ashamed to say that this is my 3rd ipod Nano :shock: . i do not even deserve this.  but i’m grateful to have it in my life again cause i sure did miss it.  i fried my other two with my own sweat because i used my bra to house it during my workout. both times. i know.  soooooo, tomorrow i’ll be getting a nice little arm band/holder thingy to prevent that from ever happening again.  thanks Hubby. for real.

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breakfast and gift exchange at my MIL’s was earlier, then we headed to my side of town to see my folks. this was dinner plate #1 at my moms: cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, turkey breast,  deviled egg, potato salad, candied yams, hummus dip with carrots and celery, cranberry sauce, and a wheat roll. this baby can EAT.
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aaand our 2nd stop/plate was homemade seafood gumbo, garlic bread, and plenty of sweet treats at Granny’s house with all my cousins, aunts, and uncles.

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grateful for Christ and what he means to me and my family.  blessings to you and yours as another unpromised year comes to a close!!!

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my next race will be the Lifetime Fitness Commitment Day 5k on January 1st, 2014!  come run with me!  details are over in the side bar ————>

email me at le@fitfoodiele.com if interested ;)

Q: what are your NYE plans? vote below!

OB check up + why try swai

happy hump day and  happy 7 days til Christmas!? whoa.

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had another check up 1st thing this morning and all is well in this tummy of mine, thank God.  baby’s heartbeat is a strong 150 and by the next visit we’ll be able to determine its sex.  i don’t wanna know though!!! i would love to be surprised in the delivery room, but Mr. Egwuatu says he would like to know as soon as we can find out.  so if he knows i must know too, jeez. my OB just popped out her 4th and final kiddo a few months ago and after i told her my symptoms are super similar from my first pregnancy, she said that didn’t mean a thing.  i feel like it’s another boy though and the chinese gender predictor agrees :lol:

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i had a pregnancy-brain moment and ruined 36 perfectly good eggs by leaving them in my truck for 2 days.  the cartons were on the floor of the passenger seat, still in the grocery bag and everything. ugh. sooo, we made a pit stop at Whole Foods (yes i had an alterior motive) to get some more and see what they had cooking for lunch.  i let my ‘cravings’ (post coming soon) get the best of me again and got a few scoops of their vegetable fried rice and mac n cheese.  to my surprise, the stats for both were available on www.myfitnesspal.com, and i didn’t even do too bad!  just when i think a food item won’t be there after performing a search, it pops right up. LOVE THAT SITE.

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 ok, this was the real reason for the WF trip. confession:  i completely forgot i was pregnant on Thanksgiving eve while i was up cooking and pretty much licked an entire bowl of leftover raw brownie batter. CLEAN. who does that? apparently pregnancy brain is real, my goodness. i did freak out afterwards but calmed down…. eventually.  i asked Sonny to bring me some of this addicting vegan cookie dough so that if i ate some raw it would totally be ok.  dairy / egg- free and tastes like the Nestle Toll House recipe batter i grew up eating. it’s incredible. incredibly dangerous. 2 tubs later…….
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ok let’s talk about healthy stuff!  swai fish was the same price as tilapia fillets at Walmart this week so i chose them to give our taste buds something different.  here’s how they stack up:

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i made a Swai Po’ Boy sammich with it cause the texture and taste is like that of catfish to me.  tilapia is definitely flakier though.

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i coated the fillets in my homemade whole wheat breadcrumbs mixture (no parmesan cheese and swapped the Italian seasoning for salt-free Caribbean Jerk), and pan-fried them in 2 tsp of coconut oil for 5-7 minutes on each side.  

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i threw the fillet on a ciabatta loaf over shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and topped it with some homemade sriracha ‘mayo’!

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for the mayo, it’s:

  • 2 heaping tbsp of greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  •  few shakes of seasoned pepper (by Mc Cormick)
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional)

mix!

have you tried swai? what’s your favorite white fish?

le





Lululemon 2-in-run tank review + full body @home workout

my post-workout breakfast looks sad but it was filling and really good!  i made an egg white whole wheat english muffin sammich (there’s some mozzarella almond cheese hiding in there somewhere) with bananas and blackberries.  strawberry prices have been down right outrageous since they’re out of season, but blackberries are super cheap in the stores these days.

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 well my monday started off STRONG this week and i hope you can say the same!  a great, solid workout always sets the tone for the week and gets my momentum going.

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Quest Bars are 2 bucks at Lifetime Fitness through January so i totally took advantage (no, i still haven’t ordered or bought a whole box yet :shock: )  and the mirror’s dirty, not my tank, whoops.

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speaking of tanks, i’m testing another top for Lululemon! it’s their 2-in-run tank. i wore it for the first time at home (you’ll see in the vids below) and well, i love everything about it. especially:

  •  the soft, flowy, stretchy Luon fabric @ the bottom (perfect for growing baby bumps)
  • the stylish cut-out sides & back
  • the moisture wicking, Power Luxtreme fabric, built-in bra with removable cups
  • provides ample support for running or any type of gymming

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 i still need the help of a second or 3rd bra at this point as my boobs have tripled in size (#1sttrimesterproblems), but the top fits snug and provides plenty of support up top. there are so many crazy colors and patterns for this tank as well.

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highly recommended!

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so when i got home sunday night, i did the first of many @home workouts to keep this 2nd fit preggo journey going! here’s the entire thing:

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 i can feel my posture slipping again heavily, so i’ve been working my back like crazy to keep up with the added weight and pressure.

i hope you found these useful! leave me a comment and tell me what you’d love to see more of from me.

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 check my Instagram post from today for extra metabolism tips ;)

le

let the Christmas shopping BEGIN + clean, gluten-free, dairy-free SUGAR COOKIES!

finally started a little Christmas shopping!

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 for myself :lol: .  i found these guys yesterday at Hobby Lobby for half price and i can’t wait to make healthy sugar cookies with Chiso.  here’s a tip that you may or may not have known- you can just pull up the featured Hobby Lobby coupon right on your mobile device and show it to the cashier, no printer or hard copy needed.  i found that out while in line yesterday cause the lady in front of me did it.  i logged onto www.hobbylobby.com super fast before my turn and immediately clicked on Coupon; it was for 40% off one regular priced item. SCORE.

we might leave these out for Santa this year, try’em!

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clean, dairy-free, gluten-free, vanilla and chocolate sugar cookies

the stuff:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal / flour
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla OR almond extract (either works)
  • dash of sea salt

—>for the chocolate cookies, make 1/4th of the almond meal unsweetened cocoa powder (which leaves 1 1/4 cups almond meal left, right? right.)<—

do this:

  1. mix your batter well.
  2. place bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes. **i know you want to skip that step but don’t!** it determines the texture of your cookies.
  3. press dough out on flat surface and use cookie cutters, or roll dough into 22 balls.
  4. bake for 7-9 minutes on 350 degrees or until golden brown.

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makes 22 cookies! per cookie: 44 cals, 3g fat, 4g carbs, 3g sugar.

Q: :shock: Christmas shopping……. have you started!?

le

me, skeptical? thai coconut curry tofu

yep.

the only other time i’ve used tofu at home is in my vegan pumpkin pie recipe.

to buy and cook it for dinner?  i wouldn’t even know where to start, nor am i ready for Sonny and Chiso’s side-eyes.

you can bet i was very hesitant about trying the Thai Coconut Curry Tofu meal from Fitzee Foods.

‘oven roasted tofu simmered in a delicious coconut curry broth with peppers, mushrooms, snow peas atop organic steamed brown rice.  an Asian delight, vegetarian style.’

 fair enough.

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it looked DELISH in the package, but prolly cause i thought it was chicken.

well, i’m a foodie so i had to take a bite. a big one.

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i’m always quick to tell Sonny not to let past food experiences ruin current and future ones. chances are you just didn’t like the way a certain type of food was prepared. try it a different way.

soooo i had to eat my words along with this tofu.

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it tasted as flavorful as it looks.  the sauce rocked.  it was savory AND sweet at the same time, the veggies were still crisp, and the tofu really did hold its flavor and texture!

TOFU is synonymous with vegetarianism and made with soybeans, water, and a coagulant/curdling agent.  still with me? you will usually find two kinds in your grocery store: soft and firm.   it’s high in protein and calcium, and known for its ability to absorb new flavors through spices and marinades.  it’s like a flavor chameleon!

if you’re not a tofu pro either though, watch this to see how to make your tofu taste like meat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS6qomMfe8o

by the way, the Thai Curry Coconut Tofu meal is vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free! to have one shipped to your front door, click here to view the extensive menu and order online. don’t forget to tell them fit foodie le sent you ;)

le