boy: a noise with dirt on it

a mommy-friend of mine invited the boys and i to toddler story time at a local library recently.  actually, she invited us weeks ago but i finally got it together enough on my end so that we could attend. it was a morning event so i got up super-duper early just to ensure we’d make it. a lil late, but we made it.  i feel like i have to start getting everybody ready like 3 hours before we have to be somewhere, seriously.  and when we are rarely making good time, Chiso suddenly has to go go to the restroom as i am loading up the car or Dego throws up on us.  never fails!  but hey, we made it AND we even got a nice breakfast in!

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i had egg whites with black pepper, mozzarella almond cheese, a little homemade guacamole, low-fat turkey sausage, and french toast with strawberries!  big breakfast to support my activity levels these days which includes hitting the weights again, nursing around the clock, and keeping up with my 3 yr old. among other things.

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Chiso has requested pancakes for like 2 weeks straight now. maybe even longer than that.  so made him some sprinkled with mini chocolate chips, sugar-free syrup, and a little fat-free Redi Whip.

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our boys warmed right on up to each other and enjoyed the crafting, songs, and puppet show.

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 Maranda is a mom of 3 boys herself so i know she feels my pain can relate to life with these little knuckleheads!

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 our first official outing together.  we did it!! we’re pros now. i actually avoided leaving the house with both boys for the longest…but the saying is true. ‘ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it.’ after that? piece of cake! for the most part. thinking, i.e. worrying, about every single thing that could go wrong is no way to live. i’ve learned to be prepared, prayerful, and cautious, not crazy.  Chiso’s independence could not have come at a better time though. for him to be able to get in and out of the car himself, clean up his toys and messes, retrieve and/or throw away Dego’s diapers, and turn on the bathroom light so i don’t have to get up lol helps out big time. sigh…no more baby Chiso!

just another one of those bittersweet mommy moments.

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well all that fun didn’t result in a nap at our house, but Chiso enjoyed himself and has asked to go back countless times now. Maranda is a pro at finding free & fun stuff to do around our city, and i recently came across Houston on the Cheap with even more ideas galore.  check it!
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i got to bed way too late so my early gym date was definitely out this morning. i hit the streets for some sprints once Sonny got home instead. i haven’t run full speed in almost a year and i’m sure i’ll pay for it tomorrow and the next day!  i did ladders:

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i started slow and only went ‘down’ the ladder from 5 to 1.  that was all i had, woof.  also, here are two foodie items being adding back into my diet that i’ve posted about before: almond cheese (gotta cut down on the dairy cause of bloating) and calorie-free Grey Poupon mild & creamy mustard. i got great feedback via Instagram about Daiya vegan cheese so i’m gonna step out and try that brand next.

Q: what have you tripped over that wasn’t even worth tripping over once you did it?

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crunchy ginger rotisseri chicken wrap + stay fuller longer

having the same thing i had for breakfast yesterday while there are a few La Tortilla Factory Tortillas left in this house. they go so fast cause we all like them! Chiso eats them as pb & j rollups, Sonny makes tacos, and quesadillas are my fave. the exact kind i get are only at the Sprouts Farmers Market closest to where i live.

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 since i always make them for lunch or dinner,  i tried a breakfast quesadilla this time with egg whites, red bell pepper, green onion, low fat turkey sausage, and 2% pepper jack cheese.  i cooked it on the griddle for 4-5 min on each side and threw in some tomatoes, bluebs, and homemade guacamole. excellent!

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 my day gets going after some good fuel, and this thing makes it so much easier to get stuff done around the house when baby boy is fussy or i just don’t want to put him down.  i received this Baby Bjorn as a gift while preggo with Chiso and i love it for home use and outings.  Dego is a thumb sucker and puts his whole hand over his face while he does it! so funny.

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so with breastfeeding and getting back to my random, sweaty workouts as of this week, i am double HOONGRY. this is ridiculous.  i just want to eat the entire fridge and pantry when i get home.  coincidently i got an email from Spark People titled ‘Tips to Stay Full Longer’ and i could not click the link fast enough.  these are some awesome tips to follow and i’ve already been doing some of them such as:

  • eat protein and fiber rich foods every 3-4 hours with healthy snacks in between (like fresh fruit and mixed nuts)
  • fill up on the non-starchy veggies and fibrous foods (leafy greens, cucumbers, red bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, sugar snap peas) with every meal
  • reach for natural fruit first to lessen/knock out those sugar cravings. remember, white sugar only makes you crave it MORE! it’s a dangerous cycle.
  • drink a full glass or bottle of water before every meal
  • take your time and eat!!! when i’m super hungry i rush and stuff myself (which is why eating every couple of hours is still the best option for me). it takes about 20 minutes for your tummy to tell your brain you are even full, but by that time it’s too late and you’re on your way to a food coma. take your time to chew and swallow every bite.

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today was my first day back on the stair master since i was like 6 or 7 months preggo!  my heart rate always shot up and being up so high with my belly made Sonny uncomfy so i just stopped using it. i didn’t miss it. lol. hurts so good though!  i did some intervals for about 30 minutes for my cardio and headed to a core class.  how about i modified everythang. my postpartum core is way stronger now than in my first pregnancy, but i still have a crap ton of work to do. but first….. :D

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afterwards, i picked up some of nature’s candy from Sprouts.  i love their 3 for 5 bucks sale! i got 2 strawberries and one pint of bluebs. and those sweet, crunchy nectaries of course.

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i also picked up another one of Annie’s all natural dressings– Gingerly.  winner!

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i wanted to use it right away, so for dinner, i threw some shredded rotisserie chicken, raw red bell pepper, bagged cabbage mix, cilantro, green onion, and crushed almonds into a bowl, poured in the dressing, and coated the chicken mixture in it.

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i grabbed a La Tortilla Factory tortilla, rolled the chicken mixture up really tight and made a Crunchy Ginger Rotisserie Chicken Wrap that had so much flavor!  please try this, guys!

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 for dessert i skipped the fruit and had some Arctic Zero with mini chocolate chips, fat-free Redi Whip, and sprinkles lol. have a fun friday night and a great weekend!

le

Q: what are your thoughts on Artic Zero? yay? nay? 

 i add a tbsp of Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate syrup to mine, stir until creamy, and add a few toppings first. hits the sweet spot.

is that sweat? 3 weeks postpartum

why yes!  that IS sweat.  today…was a great day. not just cause it’s friday either! it was great cause i started my day super-duper early this morning in the what?

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GYYYM!

i’m back baby!!!! i’m home. kinda. i miss the smell, the energy,  the whirring of the machines…  is that weird!?   the same smell that used to make my stomach turn when i was training for my bikini comp, go figure. and i definitely miss my gym buddies and instructor friends!  i said ‘kinda’ cause i only came to walk, which is still the only thing i’ve been doing until i’m cleared to hit those weights again.  that’s next though! i haven’t gotten up at the crack of dawn to workout since i took my hiatus from teaching my Lifetime classes at the end of May.  i had my headphones blasting and arms swinging as i power walked to the beat. before i knew it, my hour was up! pure, sweaty, bliss.

Odego is sleeping a lil’ longer these days (prolly 3-4 hour stretches if that) so this morning i had a small window of opportunity that i ran and jumped straight through.  praying for more mornings like that! else it’s back to my evening neighborhood walks or whenever i can get them in.

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i felt like i had the entire day ahead of me to get stuff DONE.  i’ve been losing track of what day it even is while trying to get a routine going with the kiddos, and today’s workout made me energized, refreshed, focused, and most important, MOTIVATED!!! you see i even got this blog post up :D

i’m eating around 1900 cals a day currently, and this morning’s balanced brekky consisted of scrambled egg whites with homemade guacamole (i only had a fresh lime instead of lemon and it worked just as well, yum), low fat turkey sausage, a nectarine, and some whole wheat toast with a tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter.  for your own customized meal plan, email me at leah.egwuatu@6packusa.com.

i marinated some chicken breasts in homemade honey mustard (equal parts dijon mustard and agave nectar and yes you can you honey) and a little sea salt and black pepper to taste.  i grilled them up on my grill pan and smoked up the 1st floor of the house real good.  all you need is a HOT grill pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray, cook the breasts for 8 minutes on each side (depending on size), then cover the meat with foil and let them rest for 5-10 minutes.  here are a few of my grilled chicken lunch/dinner plates from this week:

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,..paired with plantains pan-fried in coconut oil, a fresh spinach, tomato, pecan, jicama salad, Annie’s  all natural Artichoke Parmesan dressing on the side (i could turn the entire bottle UP it’s so good) and my prenatal vitamin…

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..paired with sautéed spinach and mushrooms, a summer corn, tomato, cilantro & mozzarella salad with honey mustard on the side..

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..a ginormous spinach salad topped with pecans, strawberries, blueberries, jicama, green onion, and feta cheese crumbles.. this was actually my first time ever buying jicama and it won’t be my last!

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3 weeks postpartum now and my sweet tooth is still RAAAAGING, so i’ve been trying to stick to natural sugars as often as possible.  the cravings are SO strong though and all i want to do is eat chocolate and chips all day.  so i’ve been having fresh fruit with a little sugar-free cool whip and cinnamon for dessert most nights. super yummy and a better option than the Marble Slab i will go HAM on. also, the peeps over at Squarebars so graciously sent me some samples of their organic protein bars to try. omg. can you say right on time!? they are D-freakin-licious!!

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no refined sugars, no GMOs, soy-free, gluten-free,  low glycemic, vegan, and 12g of protein. i’m feelin’em, and their nutritional stats aren’t too shabby!

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newborn life lol! have a fun friday evening!

le

bam bam bam

after three big events three saturdays in a row:

brother’s wedding

Chiso’s birthday party

my baby shower

and birthday parties, graduations, etc. sprinkled in between, i’m ready to sit down and just be pregnant.  i don’t even know how to do that but i’ve got 2.5 weeks left to figure it out.  and as soon as i do, Odego will just be like ‘OOOOOH NO YA DON’T’, so it’s whatever!  just taking this thing one day at a time and enjoying solo time with my 1st born until … it’s time.  i gave today my best shot and ended up in Ikea pricing bunk beds with Chiso. and hey, i got this blog post in and even started packing my hospital bag, so i’d say it was a pretty productive day.

this past sunday was baby shower day! been looking forward to it ever since my sister-in-love Michelle offered to host one for me.  it’s no secret that we’re having another boy, and i saved so many of Chiso’s things (mainly clothes) that i didn’t even consider having another shower.  however, God knew what we forgot we needed and provided for us, as He promised.

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after church and a family workout sunday morning, i went and got jazzy to the best of my abilities to celebrate this little ball of energy in my tummy.  bring on the belly rubs!!!!!!

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the braids are back and so is the high bun! normally after 1 or 2 stores, i’m DONE with clothes shopping for the day, but i have my go-to dress places and usually find something super quick. sooo, imagine  how disappointed i was to walk into the Houston Galleria to find both Zara AND French Connection UK….closed!? (fyi Zara will reopen in October but i needed them RIGHT THEN!!!). wasted gas indeed. the next day i tried again closer to home and was ELATED to have found this coral Calvin Klein number in the first department store i visited.  that never happens. ok, not to me. i paired it with my nude Steve Madden pumps, some gold jewelry from Forever 21, and got up outta there.

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i appreciate and humbly thank each and every woman who came to celebrate with me.  the Egwuatus take what we can get during the week, but sunday is family day for us. (and sometimes you just want to have a day to do your OWN thing, especially if your work week begins on the following day…i get it!) so when i have to be away from my boys for any reason, i’m always anxious to get right back to them. which means i understand completely when people shift their schedules and take time out of their day to come support, spend time with, and even bring unrequested gifts to and for someone else…. it means absolutely EVERYTHING to me.

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   i thank my family, friends, & Sorors for simply being there. and for those belly rubs!!!!

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a special, heartfelt thank you and BRAVO to my hostesses who did an amazing job putting everything together. my sisters:  Michelle, Ogechi, and Kara!

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 aaand, i especially appreciated the gifts given to our 1st born, Chiso. how thoughtful!  just WOW. blessed beyond measure and i just want to thank God as it is all because of Him. all of it.

thanks for reading! 9 month update post coming right up.

le

P.S. YEP, i put my cooking classes on hold in prep for those 3 big weekends and since Odego will be here super soon, the classes will be back when i am! for now, let the hardcore nesting resume.

fashionably fit feature + homemade, all natural, vanilla cake

happy monday to ya! first, i’d like to give a BIG thanks to Nikki & Val of Style for the Fashionable Fit feature on their blog, Style to Envy! Please go check out my interview and show these ladies i had the pleasure of meeting at the ’13 Blog Elevated Conference some major love.  you can find and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and spruce up your wardrobe in the process.

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the Tin Woman went to yoga again this weekend. it was the usual, getting dizzy, falling over, body parts falling asleep, all that jazz. i’ve been keeping up with it but the struggle continues and won’t stop.  time to make that switch to prenatal yoga though (the classes are offered at my Lifetime Fitness) cause some of the Vinyasa moves weren’t too belly friendly.

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here are some of my weekend eats:

  1. 1. friday night fro-yo concoction. it’s been a while! did the dairy bloat me?  who knows :lol:
  2. fresh berries from Sprouts on sale this week.  the sales change every Wednesday in Houston (at HEB as well) so you can go on that day to take advantage of the old and new sales. double whammy.
  3. a 6 Pack USA approved meal of chicken breast, asparagus, wild rice, unsalted & roasted almonds, and strawberries. this is typically what i’ve been having for most of my meals or some variation of it (along with my egg sammiches!!)
  4. a southwest salad from Central Market (roasted corn, black beans, spanish rice, romaine lettuce blend, cherry tomatoes, tortilla strips & fried plantain chips (that i picked out), and sweet ancho vinaigrette on the side.
  5. a real crab roll from Central Market with avocado and cucumber.  i picked up the imitation crab roll until i saw the real thing just was a buck more. sushi is such a great balance of protein, carbs, and fat.

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the colors at Central Market are always so VIBRANT! we actually stopped by after church just for the Chocolate Fest going on from Feb. 5th – 18th. Sonny and i have gone every year since we’ve been married around V-day.  if you’ve never been, GO! they have a chocolate fondue fountain (at our location anyway) and samples galore throughout the store.

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this was our first time bringing Chiso along and the poor guy got #chocolatewasted #goodtimes

 i suggest going on the weekend when it’s lively or stopping by on V-day for dessert.

speaking of sweets, i have a healthy treat i’d like to share with ya! homemade, all natural, vanilla cake.

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all natural, homemade, vanilla cake 

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the stuff:

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or cake flour or whole wheat flour or whole white wheat flour)
  • 3/4 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or coconut sugar)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

do this:

1⃣mix dry ingredients with dry in one bowl.

2⃣add the vinegar to the milk and set it aside.

3⃣mix eggs together in separate bowl. then add sugar, vanilla, and oil.

4⃣add the wet mixture and the milk into the dry batter a little at a time until fully incorporated.

5⃣use any pan you’d like! bundt, cupcakes (14-18 min), or a pound cake loaf like i did (30-33 minutes) in a 350 deg oven. when an inserted toothpick comes out clean, it’s done.

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meringue topping: a complete experiment

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup warm agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

i whipped the egg whites until stiff peaks were formed, then i added the warm syrup and vanilla and kept whipping. it turned a pearlescent white and was so soft and fluffy! you have to eat meringue right away though..  i didn’t use it all and it totally didn’t last / hold it’s structure through the night.

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i also made a vegan butter-creme using Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread, powered sugar, and vanilla that actually turned out too good  but was too sweet.   some of the fresh fruit i bought earlier went on top and sliced almonds on the side. that’s another option.

 i cut my loaf into 12 servings; macros for 1 slice: 169 cals, 10g fat, 17g carbs, 2g protein.

Q: do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition? share!

sweet slow cooker cornish hens + ‘Chopped’ suey

did anybody else catch the new ep of Chopped tonight!? i’m a huge fan of the show and while i thought one of the competitors, Lauren Von Der Pool ‘s performance was totally disrespectful yet comical, social media pretty much agreed and proceeded to rip her to shreds immediately the show aired :shock: . after watching i just had to google her name (apparently i wasn’t alone) and i’m just blown away yet again at the wrath of social media, my goodness.  it’s 2014 and words still hurt.  they always will.  i wish her much success and sincerely hope she takes away some valuable lessons from her Chopped experience.  anyway, i hope your #sundayfamilyfunday was pleasant!  i whipped out my crock pot this morning before church and threw this together:madewithOver-4

sweet slow cooker cornish hens

the stuff:

  • 3 whole cornish game hens
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup light agave nectar
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Crystals (or coconut sugar)

do this:

  1. set slow cooker to 4hrs & 30 minutes on low
  2. place thawed birds in slow cooker
  3. coat birds in liquid aminos
  4. drizzle birds with light agave nectar
  5. sprinkle birds with cracked black pepper
  6. sprinkle birds with coconut crystals / sugar
  7. turn the birds every hour or so and coat them with the pan drippings to ensure it cooks evenly and is flavored evenly.

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i was supposed to cook these guys for new years day but never got around to it.  they were served with turnip greens and a giant baked sweet potato topped with cinnamon and a tiny bit of Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread. tip: spray your pot with no-stick cooking spray first; i forgot to do so.

my early am Lifetime classes are back on the schedule after a 2 week holiday break!  i’ll be hitting my new members and veterans with new moves, new music and a bigger bump :lol:

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that guy

 

HAY!

my legs felt so good after my 45 minute run last night that i wore…. :shock: shorts :shock: to class this morning.
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i had on a Nike top and shoes, so i had to match, come on.   knee-length cropped tights are obviously my fave, but change can be a great thing.  at least that’s what i keep telling myself! oh and don’t listen to Homer up there- fitness is a DIY project so the answer is HECK NO.

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this was some of my post-workout breaky: oat bran pancakes and a veggie filled egg white omelette.  i used my banana pancake recipe but subbed the banana for  a tablespoon each of unsweetened apple sauce & pure canned pumpkin AND i used 1/2 cup oat bran + 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  i should prolly just make a new recipe huh.  the texture was fluffier, and moist-er (yep made it up) and i was really diggin’ their appearance this time. (it also depends on the type of pan you use… i had a new cast iron skillet.)

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today was pretty busy, so i packed some lunch and hit the road.  whenever i wait too long to eat, i get crazy. like forreal.  headache, terrible mood, and i am more likely to hit the drive through cause it’s as convenient as ff restaurants make it unfortunately.   fueling your body properly is a huge part of the health and fitness lifestyle.  it’s the only way you’ll effectively reach your fitness goals.  if you would like to talk to me about reaching yours via 6 PackUSA’s personalized fitness and nutrition plans, you know what to do.  leah.egwuatu@6packusa.com.

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 today’s meal 4 after getting home was courtesy of Fitzee foods!  i had the cheesy chicken and rice bake and it definitely didn’t look like this before i put it in the oven! i dropped it while plating:( but it’s all going to the same place. it was super good and satisfying!  i know i harp on making your own food most of the time, but sometimes having a HEALTHY meal already prepared in the fridge or freezer is well, awesome.   i’m super sad though cause it’s the last meal of the huge box of food they sent me to try out.  i will certainly be a repeat customer because everything i had (and didn’t have lol) tasted amazing.  my mom was visiting a few days ago and i came home to this little note and empty carton.  she devoured the Fitzee pita pizza and was kind enough to leave a note.  thanks ma.   it was a wheat pita topped with ground turkey, red sauce, peppers, onion squash, olives, pine nuts, fresh herbs and mozzarella cheese.  yammy.

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welp, it’s that time again. we all knew it would come super fast, and well, it did. my bro Matt came down from working in Afghanistan for the past several months and surprised our entire family two weeks ago!  he didn’t say a word about his arrival which is so his style, lol.  we all cried, even my dad who hardly ever shows any emotion.

we kinda missed that guy.

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he was able to make it in time for my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. new member brunch, which was his goal!  as if i hadn’t cried enough that morning…. seeing him brought the ugly-cry-face right back and made my special day that much sweeter. 
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we laughed, we talked, we reminisced, we hung out, we did what we do best – eat.   we went to brunch earlier yesterday for one last meal together before he departed- it’s like Chiso understood his uncle was leaving.

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according to Matty, the food is just not that great where he lives, so he made sure to eat everything he had been missing while he was here, ha.  like that there french toast.

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i ordered the ‘health nut’ from Le Peep, and it was as awesome as it always is.

six egg whites scrambled with smoked turkey and fresh seasonal veggies served with fresh fruit (swapped it for potatoes) and a dry whole wheat english muffin (swapped it for a biscuit for Chiso).

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we’ve been saying that the goodbye thing would never be as hard as the first time…. but yeah that went out the window :shock: .


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so, over the waters, mountains, valleys, and deserts he goes…….until we meet again bro.

on skype. haha

le

Popcorn Indiana giveaway + clean, shrimp fried brown rice


IMG_20130417_221237back to back giveaways?! WHY NOT!

if you’re following me on Instagram, then you already know by now what was in that big box.

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 oooh just one of my fave snacks ever-  POPCORN!!!! THANK YOU TONS, Popcorn Indiana!
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they sent me two phenomenal flavors of their new Fit Popcorn:

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i have my eyes straight PEELED for the onion & dijon flavor for sure. so far my Sprouts Farmer’s Market hasn’t carried it.  anyway, on to the contest rules!

  • Instagram: share the Popcorn Indiana giveaway pic on your own IG page!  remember to tag #popig and @fitfoodiele in the comments so i don’t miss your vote.

for multiple entries, you can:

  • Facebook fan page: ‘Like’ it!
  • Follow: http://www.fitfoodiele.com via email (top right corner of this page;))
  • Comment: on THIS post telling me your absolute, hands down, favorite Popcorn Indiana flavor. mine is dark fudge chocolate chip kettle corn…. :shock:

 Fit Popcorn stats: ★approx. 40 cals per cup★ all natural, gluten-free ★whole grain ★zero trans fat ★and non-GMO.

I just want to make somebody else’s tummy and face SMILE!!!!!!!!!!! please share!

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this fine tuesday morning started out with a crazy Total Body Conditioning workout as it usually does.

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then breakfast.  just an egg white omelette topped with alfalfa sprouts, low carb ketchup, greek yogurt, and dijon mustard.  pancakes were super ugly and did NOT make the cut. heck that omelette barely did.

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oh and i wanted to post my baby bella almond cheddar grilled cheese sammich from yesterday’s lunch as i received quite a few inquiries on what the heck almond cheese is and where can you get some!  it’s a dairy-free cheese substitute that shreds and tastes darn close to dairy cheese IMO.  it will melt, just takes a little longer to do so.  i  learned about the Lisanatti brand via Instagram, and i have always stuck with it.  i’ll have to do a product review on some of those other brands at a later date!  you can find Lisanatti almond cheese in the cheddar, jalapeno jack, and mozzarella varieties at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Central Market, and most other speciality food stores.  i just read on their site that they no longer ship orders out though :(

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so my first chicken fried rice recipe is super old…. a revamped was needed.  so here it is!

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i used shrimp this time though as you can see ;)

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clean, shrimp fried brown rice

the stuff:

  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 5 whole baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • handful of sprouts (bean, alfalfa, your choice)
  • 2 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium shallot or 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb shrimp, marinated
  • 5 baby carrots, chopped thinly or shaved
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green peas (optional)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup fresh, chopped pineapple (optional)

shrimp marinade

  • 2 tbsp Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning or 1 heaping tbsp Weber Boston Bay all natural seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Bragg liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

do this:

1.marinate your shrimp for at least 30 minutes in the spices, liquid aminos, cilantro, and garlic.

2.add them to a medium to high heated wok or skillet sprayed with no-stick cooking spray.

3.they cook quickly, so about 3-4 minutes max will do.  remove them from the pan and set them aside for now.

4.add all onions (1 green onion stalk though)  garlic or shallots, carrots, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and aminos into the medium heated pan and cook covered until the onions are translucent and carrots are softened, about 5 minutes.

5.make a well in the middle of your wok and pour the egg whites into it.  let them cook and scramble as you continuously stir until they are done.

6.add the cooked rice, mushrooms, cooked shrimp, pepper, red pepper flakes, a little green onions, fresh pineapple, and green peas into the wok.

7. incorporate and mix well, then let it sit covered for 2-3 more minutes over low heat. chop the remaining green onion stalk and top your dish with it.

8. devourrrrrrrr!

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 learn to look for the good in EVERY situation; i promise you it’s there.  think positive, be positive, and positive things WILL happen.

le

competition eve

i’m getting used to not doing morning cardio already lol!!! my last cardio workout was wednesday, so thursday i went and got a pedi for the first time since this past April.

i have always been uncomfortable with falling asleep in public places, especially when i’m travelling alone. i don’t see how people do it. i just feel so vulnerable and i’m sure people have been taken advantage of in those types of situations.  however, when i tell you that this is the first time i have ever dozed off during a pedicure and plain did not care, you better believe it.  i got the works- massage, wax wrap thing, salt scrub, yeah all that. it felt that darn good and was well worth the wait.

golden toes! they will match my show suit perfectly, you’ll see!  i would have gone for the french tip (or whatever it’s called) but ummmmmm, i can’t get that done on my toes for the very same reason i didn’t include my left foot in the shot. HAHAHAHA

this morning’s breakfast: 1 egg + 2 whites, banana pancakes, and a bowl of oatmeal that isn’t pictured.

this is prolly THE saddest breakfast shot i’ll ever take but i don’t regret posting it.  every meal isn’t a pretty presentation although most times that is what i strive for, even if i don’t take a pic.  i remember trying to WOW Sonny when we first got married with my food creations and presentations.  i really do enjoy them. it’s all apart of my cooking/kitchen experience lol. ok ANYWAY,   i burned my omelette at that.  i cut it up, added some fresh cilantro and dijon mustard and enjoyed every bite.  i used to put one egg white into my pancakes, but one morning i tried leaving the eggs out entirely to see if it would still cook and hold together ok.  and it did.  i added water to the mix instead.  i just wanted a bigger omelette, that’s all.  that way, it seems like im eating more food.  get it? and besides,  after putting ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter’  and Walden Farms pancake syrup over them, the consistency doesn’t even matter anymore.   still the yummiest, cleanest pancakes ever!  but if you’d like them to look prettier, add the egg.

  i really thought it would be hard for me to just sit down and do absolutely nothing today, but that feeling passed rather swiftly  :lol:

i also woke up with something extra-

lots of HAIR!!! and a headache as my scalp is super sore:(.  i normally don’t get my hair done, done unless there’s a huge event happening. aaaand well, this one calls for it.  i’m ready to whip it all across the stage tomorrow!

i picked up a slab of salmon yesterday in prep for Sonny’s last meals before our show.

i used some Walden Farms (calorie-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, etc) pancake syrup, Mc Cormick smokehouse maple seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley.

12 min in a 450 deg oven. cooking salmon could not be any easier.

or any tastier.

i paired it with lime brown rice and steamed asparagus just before Sonny drowned everything in sriracha (hot sauce). sweet, salty, and spicy.

only thing left to do for the show is tan. that will be done tonight and again tomorrow (touch ups). oh and my makeup as well- bright and early!

le

excuse me, where’s the calve machine?

oh yeah, THAT’S why i turned to group fitness in the first place!  sometimes i wander the weightroom aimlessly looking for the correct machine and can’t find it without asking a trainer half the time.  plus, i am often unmotivated when working out solo.  i’d go from machine to machine…do a few half-hearted reps of whatever and barely get through my ‘routine’.  this time, my motivation is completely different.  this time, i ask with pride :D. seriously though, this upcoming show is my constant reminder to just go hard,  suck it up and get it done.

i work out with my trainer a few times a week and he gives me things to do on my own as well.  i did lower body today and a lot of girls tell me that legs is their fav thing to work.  well i hate it all!!!  if only we could all #fastforward to the end result.

some of you have asked just what the heck have i been eating to see all these changes, and the answer is real food, lol!  no supplements or crazy detox drinks.  remember, i’m still breastfeeding for now and i will not compromise nor put myself or Chiso in any danger whatsoever.

meal plan is now going great- eating the same meal ALL day long was the worst.  my trainer has given me several exchanges for my veggies so i don’t get bored and i SO appreciate it.   i usually have chicken or fish with veggies, a starch, and a good fat.  balance and portion control.  i throw it all in one bowl and mix everything together.  this dinner in particular is mustard greens, tilapia, potatoes, and avocado.  not pretty, but edible!

grocery shopping has become boring and downright depressing for me.  i go in, ignore the sample stations, get exactly what i need on my meal plan and get out. :roll: on top of that, **breaking news** Trader Joes FINALLY made its way to Houston!!!  well, close enough for now.  it’s actually in the  Woodlands which is about 45 min north of us.  i’m honestly glad it’s not right around the corner cause i don’t want to be so close to their AWESOME, indulgent, one-of-a-kind snacks.  they dip some of the craziest things in chocolate and it usually tastes crazy good!!! the last time we had the pleasure of visiting TJ’s was for our 4th anniversary in LA last year:

 i stuffed as much crap as i could into my suitcase before we left.  unfortunately,  i will have to stay my behind outta there until September.  but watch this- the Houston Trader Joe’s location is scheduled to open in Sept. :P. i will definitely be celebrating and breaking my sweets fast up in there.  already got a mental list going in my head.

my trainer will check to see how much body fat i have lost in two weeks this saturday.  just a quick update! holla!

le