33 weeks + Double Chocolate Skinny-Fat Brownies

 in the beginning of the 2nd tri i remember sometimes forgetting i was even preggo.  didn’t feel anything on the inside most days and definitely wasn’t showing on the outside yet.  yeah, those days are OVER.  i actually feel great and my energy didn’t deplete like i expected at 33 weeks now, but as my little nugget grows, obviously the discomfort does too.

#magicbump now ya see it, now ya don’t!

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you know that hasn’t stopped me from moving though!  outside of teaching my Lifetime classes, i look forward to Zumba and Kickboxing for my cardio because they are just so FUN to take.   some days all i want to do is move, nothing serious.  i’ve been constantly reaching for healthy fat to nourish the baby and i and i’m slightly addicted to Dark Chocolate Dreams by Peanut Butter & Co on my early morning pre-workout snacks as you can see!

other healthy fat sources:

  • avocado! homemade guacamole (2 avocados, 1 roma tomato, sea salt, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 tbsp minced cilantro – BLEND)
  • raw or roasted, unsalted almonds, pistachios, and cashews
  • olive & coconut oil
  • lite & full-fat coconut milk
  • natural peanut butter, nut butters in general
  • flaxseed
  • mackerel & salmon

today was my last ultrasound scan until we meet baby Odego.  my OB just wants to make sure he is measuring correctly and will compare his progress to the last scan.

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Sonny always asks me why i cuff my bump. i don’t know!!!! it’s just something we do. my hand just goes there automatically. especially in pictures.

here are some recent eats! if you follow me on Instagram though you’ve prolly already seen all of these ;)

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lean protein, plenty of fresh & raw veggies, fruit, healthy fat, and whole grains, even when dining out.

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 remember, your postpartum ‘transformation’ starts the MOMENT you get preggo, not after you deliver your baby! smart food choices and physical activity from start to finish is what makes the difference in your recovery time.

for my Sunday Dinners cooking class last evening, we made Fit N’ Crispy Chicken Parm and Thai Coconut Curry Chicken (recipe coming up next post!) – two flavorful, fun, things you can do with those plain ol’ chicken boobs.

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i sent my students home happy and packed up all the leftovers for them to kill later.  which left me with, well, nothin’!! it’s all about you guys though.  sooo, i made a big pan of parm for mysel….err, my family today and my Italian fix has once again been satisfied.

they also went home with a sample of these guys: Double Chocolate Skinny-Fat Brownies! why? cause i used skinny / healthy ingredients (no processed sugar, whole wheat flour, no butter) but it still tastes like a brownie should.  i had my fingers crossed that they would be a hit and they were!  which means i’ll be whipping some up for a ‘Skinny’ themed private 30th birthday event next month.  YES, i do those too!  email me for all the details at le@fitfoodiele.com.

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ok, ok.

Double Chocolate Skinny-Fat Brownies

the stuff:(source)

  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + 2 tsbp
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chunks, chips, or mini morsels
  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour (i used King Arthur)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg, beaten and at room temp
  • 1/4 – 1/2  cup pecan pieces (optional;  can add to batter or save for topping)

do this:

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat an 8 in square pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. mix the maple syrup and cocoa powder together really good (you’ll be stirring for a minute, just keep going).
  3. combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. in another bowl, add the applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla.  work in the maple syrup / cocoa mixture.
  5. add the wet mixture into the flour and stir until well combined.
  6. pour into your pan and let bake for about 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

TIPS:

*remember, there are chocolate chunks in the batter so don’t mistake the melted chocolate on the toothpick for uncooked batter like i did.

*let the pan cool a little then place it in the fridge for about 20 minutes before serving. i just popped a piece in the microwave for 10-15 secs before eating.

*when cutting, run hot water on your knife for a few secs first to make clean cut squares each time.

 

makes 16! for 1:

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nighty nite!

le

‘my kids didn’t ruin my body. Ben did. and Jerry.’

i snagged my blog title from a random preggo message board concerning weight gain and had to include it in this post somewhere!  while the commenter was being funny, there is so much truth to her statement.  i stated on IG that the full list for preventing ‘stretchies’ (as my best friend refers to them) would be posted here to my blog, but honestly the list is quite short and sweet and focuses on these 3 things:                              skin, diet, and exercise.

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overall great health begins on the inside, and so does the handling and even prevention of ‘tiger stripes’.  i do the whole cocoa butter & sometimes olive oil thing on my belly at night (ok almost every night..sometimes i’m already in the bed and say screw it) and sure, that helps to keep my belly smooth, moisturized, and the itching to a minimum.   does that actually prevent them from forming? in my opinion, not at all.  i don’t believe they are hereditary either, but eating habits can be.  nevertheless, stretch marks are caused by          —–>rapid<—— weight gain and / or weight loss.  for all the creams, treatments, and remedies i researched, avoiding aggressive weight gain is usually in the fine print somewhere and one of the biggest factors in avoiding stretchies altogether.  since babies don’t go/grow from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye in your belly, it’s important to make the weight gain process a gradual thing as best you can.  now, i have a few preggo friends fighting hard to get through their first trimesters, and i can empathize with them greatly as the memory of my own is still pretty strong :shock: .  for the majority of women, you either can’t eat a thing, or you want to eat everything during that time span.  or, you can only eat certain things without…well, you know.  so when your appetite and normal eating patterns have pretty much been shot for a few weeks or more, motivation to stay active, be active, and eat healthy can be at an all time low. what has worked for me after getting back on track around week 14? read on!

1. eating a skin nourishing diet

  • antioxidantsnourishes and protects skin.  eat leafy, dark greens, blueberries, strawberries, and fresh, unprocessed produce, period.
  • vitamin E - protects skin cell membranes. eat nuts, seeds, avocados, broccoli, cabbage (pictured above and part of my dinner one night), and collard greens.
  • vitamin Arepairs skin tissues.  eat carrots, sweet potatoes, mango, squash, & red bell peppers.
  • omega 3s - keeps cell membranes healthy for glowing skin. eat fish (salmon’s a winner), fish oil supplements, walnuts, eggs and oysters.
  • prenatal pillskeep popping them, everyday.

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2. chug, chug, chugging that H2O

  • keep those skin cells plump and hydrated by drinking a full glass or bottle of water with every meal. how much in a day exactly? half your body weight in oz is a standard rule, especially if you are staying active.  i know, pee, pee, and more peeeeeeeee
  • all natural, flavored, herbal, decaffeinated teas (in the bag) sweetened with Stevia have helped me achieve my water intake goal these days.
  • seltzer water with a bit of 100% juice is awesome too and the closest thing to soda i will go.
  • snacking on water-filled fruits and veggies counts too. watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumbers, bell peppers, & celery are great picks.

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3. MOVEing

  • if you’re a reader of my blog then you know physical activity is automatic and understood! exercising keeps your skin elastic, flexible,  improves your body’s blood circulation, keeps those joint lubricated and from getting stiff…the list goes on.  plus it just makes you feel so much better in most cases.  you’ll need all the endorphins you can scrounge up.. every drop.
  •   staying active *drum roll* prevents you from gaining too much weight too fast which is what we’re trying to prevent!
  • as you grow, modify your movements and your workouts as needed.  as i near the 3rd tri, prenatal yoga, the elliptical, walking outside, zumba, and spinning will be my go-to activities.  light weight training here are there for my back and upper body, but that’s about it.  slow down, but don’t stop.

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postpartum

KEEP IT GOING.  exercise will be added back into your routine eventually, but use that inactive window of time to sustain those healthy nutritional habits as you enjoy your newborn, breastfeeding or not.   your skin and body will still need to get those vitamins and nutrients to renew itself from all the stretching.  no crash diets! you’ll need to lose the weight as gradually as you gained it.

if you get’em, treat’em 

  • bio oil – this method gets high marks and reviews across the WWW as it is great for both old and new scars.
  • glycollic acid – women who use this cream on new stretch marks saw huge improvement as it is proven to boost collagen.  the word ‘acid’ always makes me raise an eyebrow, but unlike Retin-A, which apparently causes severe birth defects if you are preggo or breastfeeding, you can safely use this cream during and after pregnancy.  it can be bought over the counter, but you can get a stronger dose from a dermatologist.  read up on the pros and cons of this method.
  • laser treatments – this is not my area of expertise, but according to Dr. Oz, banishing them completely is just not possible at this time.  laser treatments can successfully reduce redness, diminish the appearance of white marks, and improve the texture of the skin, making them a lot less noticeable though.
  • and then i came across a story that was shared on bodybuilding.com from a young lady with a surefire stretch mark treatment (and four kiddos later might i add). it’s worth reading and checking out her progress pics; some of her methods just might work for you too.

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battle scars, stretchies, war wounds, tiger stripes, etc…there are far worse things to worry about.  so nip them in the bud while you can, or minimize them as best you can.  these knuckleheads were worth it.

Q: what has worked for YOU?  prevention and  minimization? share and help another mama out.

le

that’s amore – homemade whole wheat pizza crust + med ball moves

what.a.morning.

 i woke up at 2:30am randomly and just couldn’t get comfy again nor could i go back to sleep! daylight savings time + a kickboxing 27 week fetus = one tired mama.  praying & hoping this doesn’t become a normal occurrence.

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getting to 5:30am class was something like pulling teeth but we made it!  smiling up there in the pic cause my workout was finally over after that :lol: .  i taught Total Conditioning for 1 hr as usual and then did these exercises with the med ball and bands afterwards (listed clockwise):

  1.  medicine ball squat throws against the wall: 4 x 25
  2. med ball squats w/ explosive jack - band is optional but come ooooon! USE IT! 4 x 25
  3. burpees with overhead dumbbell presses. modify where needed! walk back if you are preggo or nursing an injury if you do not wish to jump. it’s your workout. 3 x 12
  4. 90 degree wall sits with extended med ball (see top pic).  hold this guy for as long as you can. your arms will most likely give out before your legs, so let them drop but stay up until you can’t take it anymore. HOLD until it burns ;)

i owe you a pizza crust recipe, don’t i!

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this was Chiso’s cheese pie hot outta the oven.

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the sauce is homemade too!!! i’ll share that recipe in a future post.

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and here’s the pie i made Sonny and i for dinner that night looooaded with goodies!

extra lean ground chicken, red onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, grape tomatoes, fresh cilantro,  homemade pizza sauce, and plenty of shredded provolone.

i’m saving my very special crust recipe for my homemade pizza cooking class so you’ll have to join me on March 25th to get that one!

homemade whole wheat pizza crust

the stuff:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut sugar (or agave nectar or honey or pure maple syrup)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • dash sea salt
  • 1/4th tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 envelope)

do this: 

ok, i actually had steps listed out for the beginning part ( :shock: i know) but SEEING it done is the easiest way to actually get it. i don’t want to scare you guys from making it and i haven’t created my own video yet, so i’m going to use a popular youtube vid that is very similar to what i did. also, i added the dry seasonings and garlic in with the wet ingredients.

  1. NOW you’re ready! let the dough rise for at least 2 hours minimum. (whip up a ball right after breakfast)
  2. preheat your oven to 500 degrees and put your pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven NOW.
  3. on a flat, clean, floured surface, drop your round dough ball in to the center.
  4. use your fingers to press the dough out as wide/thin as you’d like it. my Sur la table instructor advised against using a rolling-pin.
  5. sprinkle your pizza paddle (or a pan/cookie sheet with no edges) generously with dry, yellow corn meal
  6. pick up your dough and place it on top of the corn meal bed. is it slide-able? rock the pan back and forth and see.
  7. top your pizza however you’d like. (sauce, cheese, veggies, meat, cheese…but remember less is more! that doesn’t apply to cheese though)
  8. do a slide check one more time, then open your oven and transfer (rock vigorously back and forth til you’ve successfully moved it over) the pizza paddle onto the already HOT HOT HOT pizza stone or baking pan.
  9. needs to bake about 7-9 minutes at most. cooks super fast!

nutritional stats ONLY IF you use the entire dough ball and make a gigantic pizza cut into 8 slices:

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i find that cutting the ball in half first makes the perfect size pie for 2 people. in that instance, stats for 1 slice when cut into 8:

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you can refrigerate the other half for 2-3 days and even longer in the freezer.

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make your own pizza at home, take a pic, and tag me @fitfoodiele on IG! also, if you send your pics to le@fitfoodiele.com, i will feature them on my Facebook Fan Page, blog, or IG. can’t wait to see the deliciousness you create!

 Q: what do you do when you can’t go back to sleep? read? watch TV? stare at your significant other in the dark? :shock:

le

friday fun – what NOT to say to a preggo woman

it’s fridaaaaaaay!

 i subbed a 10am Total Conditioning class (it’s now called Total Conditioning Extreme or TCX)  for a Lifetime Fitness instructor friend this morning and it was AWESOME teaching my fave class ever in the real day time, lol!  it’s still dark when my tuesday and thursday classes are over at 6:30am. i had so much more energy too since i’m unable to drink coffee in the early mornings anymore :lol:

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a 6 month sweaty mess.

soooo since my little man and i were in the area, we hit up Ruggles Green for lunch and ordered what we always order:

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the Atlantic Salmon Salad for me, a fire-grilled cheese pizza for him (he couldn’t wait for the pic but at least he prayed first) and some organic roasted butternut squash that i’m hoping Chiso will eat a spoonful of ONE day!! until then i’ll gladly continue to kill it myself. i’m enjoying this solo time with Chi as much as possible before baby #2 arrives in less than 4 months. 4 months. whoa.

for kicks:

stuff not to say to or ask a preggo woman!

  1. wow, you sure were hungry! translation: you just ate enough to feed a small city. of Jabba the Hutts.
  2. omg are there twins in there?! translation: you’re huge.  however far along you are.
  3. sleep all you can — NOW. well thanks for the reminder!
  4. do twins run in your family? translation: did you use fertility drugs? does it matter?
  5. how much have you gained so far? i personally don’t mind this one and will share that unknown number just before i deliver.
  6. if cavewomen gave birth without drugs so can you. it’s a personal choice.
  7. can i rub your belly? some people don’t even ask! another one that doesn’t bother me one bit. #imatroll #rubmybelly #itsalllove
  8. i was ripped from end to end. omg! i had an episiotomy too but i would never be that graphic and scare another mom-to-be, ROTFL
  9. are you still with the father? really, REALLY personal… like best friend personal. however if they’re your BFF then they should already know that answer :shock:
  10. Moooooooo. 

comment below and add to the list!

le

lunch. lunges. life goals.

i love interacting with my followers on Instagram and responding to every single comment and question that comes my way.  i go through as many un-private follower accounts as i can cause i’m generally interested in what yall got goin’ on and also to return the love.  all too often though i get lost in the IG matrix and literally hours later i’m like WHOA :shock: where did the DAY go?! social media is fun and addicting but can be a majooooooor distraction. for me. like i can’t get anything done. like blogging. nothing.

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i’ve been shutting down social media altogether for at least 1 day a week minimum. disconnecting is refreshing. and not in the least bit as frightening as i thought it would be.  the major difference in my day? i get stuff done. a ridiculously large amount of stuff. it’s amazing what putting the phone and ipad away can do for my productivity.

Q: how do you tame the social media beast? what works for you?

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hay there, 22 weeks!  i know i mentioned needing maternity clothes a few posts back, but gaaaaah, i can’t bring myself to buy them.  they are just so….. temporary. and de-motivating. i know, i know… do i wanna be comfortable or stubborn and make a statement? it just so happens that my mom takes the time to read my blog (xoxo, hi mom) and she kindly extended the invitation to take me maternity clothes shopping!  i didn’t turn her down.  i had a Dr’s appt. earlier this week though and since i was out and had time to spare, i stopped by Old Navy to see what they had before meeting a good friend for lunch. no maternity clothes at that location, but they DID have plenty of yoga pants. same thing.

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we ate at Red Lobster (hadn’t been there since i was preggo with Chiso in 2011) and as i stated on IG, they have tooooons of healthy options to choose from!  i was one happy fit mom in there reading the menu like a novel.  the downloadable nutritional stats for the entire menu are posted online and can be found right here.  i had the oven-broiled flounder, roasted veggie medley, a baked potato, and a garden salad with ranch dressing on the side. it was as tasty as i remember.  the baby had a cheddar bay biscuit or two; none for me though.

i’m showing sooner than i expected and the simplest tasks (tying my shoes, sitting up in bed, picking stuff up off the floor at home all.day.long) are becoming kinda uncomfy already. after the 6.5 – 7 month mark with my first pregnancy (when i really started to show) i cut out pushups and laying down flat on my back (for chest press, chest flyes, etc) for safety reasons. we’ll see how much further i can get, but for now,   nothing crazy with my workouts, just basic stuff like the vid above!  i’m grateful to be mobile and i’ll continue to take advantage.

lower body moves in the vid: (works glutes, hamstrings, quads, inner thighs)

  • walking barbell lunges with a front raised knee
  • plié squats dragging the trail foot (great inner thigh exercise)
  • reverse backward weighted  lunges

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this was one of my first attempts at making whole wheat pizza crust and it turned out incredible.  my Sur la table instructor would have been so proud.

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 i love the way the pizza turned out but instead of making another one with the leftover dough, i threw it in my grill pan randomly and made flat bread. just.as.awesome. so of course i had to make a sammich. a grilled Kickn’ Chicken breast sammich with roasted red bell pepper, honey goat cheese, and fresh basil.  whatasammich.  i disappointed a few IGers by not sharing the recipe but i have big plans for this dough! entertaining putting together a 2nd ebook. if i could just quit the internet.

happy friday eve ;)

le

halfway there! 20 weeks

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already!? cool with me.

  baby boy (we have a name but i’ll let Sonny finalize it first) is measuring the size of a banana this week.  i’m feeling him move all the time, day and night, and the flutters have definitely turned into random punches, kicks, and pokes.  my nurse says i am not drinking enough water (no surprise there unfortunately) so i’ve been chugging when i can.  so i have to pee all the time. day and night. i have to pee right after i finish peeing. no kidding. so annoying!!!!!! :evil:

foodery:

trying my hardest to keep things on the healthy side for the most part. here are some recent eats:

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been grilling up lots of chicken. people tell me they get tired of chicken quickly but as long as i switch up the flavors often, it’s like eating it for the first time to me.  i found the Weber Kickn’ Chicken seasoning blend a few days ago at my Walmart and i really like it so far. i don’t even mind the spice, which i’ve never been crazy about!  yummy.  since Sonny is about to be on the competition trail again he’s been eating lots of tilapia, so i usually eat some too with my meals.  i made that homemade bbq chicken pizza using Naan flat bread up there and omg. it was just incredible.   along with all my meals though, plenty of veggies and fresh fruit, everyday. some nights i have a strong craving for SOMETHING…… and nothing i eat will satisfy it. nothing. so i just eat a small chunk of cheese and go to bed.

and then there’s the occasional indulgence i have yet to deny myself.  Boston Market mac n cheese. why? because CHEESE.

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staying active:

getting it in 5-6 days  a week lately!  this past week i went 6 days in a row so i didn’t go anywhere near the gym saturday at all.  ok sunday too :lol: . i have never liked taking two days off in a row, but i am rested and ready to attack monday head on.  i haven’t skipped a beat with my super early morning HIIT and weights classes and i’m lifting at least 3 days a week on my own.

these are plain ol’ squats with a weighted barbell. (thanks for your patience, Tamika ;) )! as an instructor, proper form is a big deal to me, and using less weight has really given me a chance to focus on the muscle i’m working and ensure i’m doing it right myself.  sometimes my thoughts are clouded with how heavy the weight is and how many reps i have left to go vs. what i’m actually doing!  now, normally i’d slap 45 lbs on my bar for class (22.5 on each side) but i’ve modified that to 30 lbs total as of late.

remember:

  • knees BEHIND toes at all times

  • sit in your imaginary chair

  • back flat

  • spine, neck, head all in alignment

  • chest lifted

  • squeeze your glutes on the way down AND up

  • put your weight in your heels. can you lift your toes in your shoes at any time?

  • pick a spot on the ceiling and focus your attention there. looking up helps to keep your chest lifted too.

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so just.keep.moving.  it has been too uncomfortably cold to walk outside in Houston lately, so i have been using the elliptical, stair master, and treadmill for my cardio, 4-5 times a week.  however when it warms up i can’t wait to get back outside to my neighborhood walks again.  no idea how much weight i’ve gained and i’d like to keep it that way to be honest! i’m thinking once i deliver and start my transformation i’ll let Sonny track all my measurements and numbers in the beginning JUST for documentation/timeline purposes.  weight is just not something i want to stress myself about ever again.

conclusion:

against my wishes, i’m gonna need some maternity clothes this round.  i finally starting showingshowing around 6.5 months with my first pregnancy, so i wore all my regular, breathable clothes til i delivered for the most part. this time… belly is getting on out there and everything is tight already. especially my underwear.

Q: what was the best thing you ate this weekend? that mac n cheese made my DAY.

le

part I: core exercises for preggo patties & newbies

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hiiiii! #throwbacktuesday cause with my brother leaving back to Afghanistan and all yesterday i screwed up my blogging streak. no worries though, i’m back!  so after a two-week break/vaca from my Lifetime classes cause of the holidays, i woke up at the crack of dark and hit the road on prolly one of THE coldest days this Winter so far.  had a couple new members attend along with most of my veterans.  ready to rock 2014 with those guys!

Q: did you join a new gym for the new year? trying different classes? doing something different period?

ok this post is all about preggo and new beginner core exercises that can be done anywhere. i actually got crazy and did like 42 thousand vids but i didn’t want to cram them all into one post and overwhelm you. i stopped doing core almost completely with my first pregnancy and i’m keeping it going this round.  i honestly had no energy to push in the delivery and ended up getting an episiotomy after just 20 minutes. maybe things will be different this time!  anyway,  pain-free back, easier labor, and faster recovery? SIGN ME UP. mom’s-to-be, start a belly and back building regimen NOW.  the further along you get, the bigger you get, and the more exercises you will have to eventually cut out. so, get going and build up that strength for the delivery room and recovery while you can.  don’t wait! let’s start here with these two exercises i did a few days ago at home:

  1. center planks w/ variations
  2. side planks w/variations

#1. center plank variations:

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it’s all about BUILDING core strength.  you’re not born with it!  and once i pop baby #2 out, i’ll have to start all over again myself.  my newbies might not be able to start out on their and toes and that’s ok. same for preggo ladies- the bigger my tummy gets, the shorter my hold time becomes for regular planks on my toes (and it’s also kinda uncomfy). so i modify the exercise to my knees while keeping proper form.

keep your:

body flat

 hips towards the floor

 booty down

chest lifted

shoulders down and square

then try this low-high plank transition move:

start on your toes  though and when you can’t hold it anymore, drop to your knees and keep going.

more hi/low center plank variations to try:

(*my knees are going outside my body in the high planks video (top right corner), not towards my chest*)

#2. side plank variations:

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 you can stagger (L) or stack (R) your feet for side planks.  plant your elbow firmly into the mat making sure your shoulder is directly above it.  try your feet both ways and do whichever feels most comfy.

then,  if you’re up for this advanced move, take your top leg and arm up in the air and hold it. the modification is to come down on your bottom knee. once you got that down, turn it into a side oblique crunch!  i’m not doing center abdominal crunches anymore but my obliques are not off-limits ;)

next batch of core exercise vids coming really soon. like tomorrow cause i have the patience of a child.  our fridge and pantry is in need of a ton of love so grocery shopping is happening today. which also means more recipes are headed your way! have a blessed Thursday.

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

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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 ;)

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thanks & giving & food & family 2013

 i hope Thanksgiving 2013 was one to remember for you and your family.  here’s what we did:

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who eats like this on Thanksgiving Eve? sammiches and sushi @ Central Market.  it wasn’t as crowded as i expected AT ALL. is it weird that i wanted it to be?

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lemon ricotta pancakes for the boy.
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on TG day i sped downtown to run in the traditional Turkey Trot 10k and left Sonny and Chi in our nice, warm, comfy bed :(

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  this is THE coldest weather i have ever run in. ever. 32 dang degrees. the Chevron Houston Marathon in January isn’t even this cold!!!!
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so because of the dip in temp earlier that week, i switched from the 10k to the 5k y’all. keepin’ it real. i believe i have become one of those people who like cold weather but hate being cold.

 i met up with some bodybuilder and UH alum friends afterwards.

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FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS RUN ALONE!!!! thanks for that, Charlene ;) 

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plate # who even knows from later that evening! each one was sampler style so i could get a little bit of everything of course.

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always good to see and hang with my beautiful cousins!

Q: how many places did you visit on TG day? 2 for us- my MIL and then Grandma’s house.

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