saturdate + 6 week pp fitness goals

Sonny and i attended a wedding late last night/morning, so the boys hung out with their grandparents overnight.  which also means i was confined to my breast pump every 4 hours or so.  i remember being away from Chiso overnight for the 1st time and fearing he would reject my breast cause of nipple confusion once we were reunited again. it drove me crazy, but i was also a first time mom. a lot of things drove me crazy then.  fortunately, both boys latched right back on like nothing ever happened. *although it is recommended to give newborns at least 3 solid weeks of breast only before introducing the bottle if you can help it*. after sleeping straight through the night i woke up full of liquid gold and leaking through my clothes and bed sheets. there’s always a trade-off! was it worth a night of uninterrupted sleep?

heck yes.

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 i headed to ‘weigh-ins’ with Sonny, as he calls them.  the 6 Pack USA  plan works for people inside and outside of Houston. ‘weigh-ins’  is where we check our 6 Pack USA Houston clients’ progress in person if they choose (body fat, weight, motivation levels) to ensure they are on track with their customized meal and workout plans. video links are provided for  those that prefer to have a family or friend measure them weekly.  i’m 5 weeks postpartum and currently pondering about my own fitness goals these days. here are a few i’d like to share with ya:

  • naturally detox my body from processed foods (i’ll still be eating whole wheat bread and tortillas, etc., but i’m referring to unnecessary things like cool whip)
  • drink way more water (WHEN will i get it together in this department…i mean really.)  it will help keep my milk supply up, skin hydrated, and things moving along in my digestive system
  • lift these glutes! i eat pancakes…i don’t wear them. ready to squat heavy again and build my booty back up.
  • strengthen my entire back – the weight of these boobs have my posture slipping big time. not cute. and i’m feeling quite unbalanced and shaped like a number 9 at that. gravity is just not my friend.  this is another job for heavy weight lifting.
  • widdle down my waist – which will largely come from better nutrition, time, and patience.
  • shooting for 13-14% body fat  (long as that comes with a normally functioning menstrual cycle. since i’m breastfeeding i don’t have to worry about Aunt Flo for a while anyway, woo hoo)
  • upper-body definition - i can only do a few push ups on my toes before modifying to my knees because my core is still pretty weak, but like anything else, the more i do them the stronger i’ll get.
  • start my own 6 Pack USA plan soon!

that’s it for now;  just want to tighten a few things up. not ready to hit any stage anytime soon or anything though.

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 the last piece of evidence to this pregnancy…. my linea negra and tummy discoloration. it stuck around for like 4-5 months after my first pregnancy, so it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. no crop tops for me this summer though!

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two dates in one weekend? don’t mind if we do.  hubby and i don’t work out together too often (we actually train at different gyms), but when we do it’s always fun and special cause it’s so rare. maybe once or twice a month at best.  it’s one of those ‘too much of a good thing’ kinda idioms for us i guess.  20140726_124252_1

afterwards we had lunch at one of our fave Greek spots, Niko Nikos. they were on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives a few years ago but they were already well-known in Houston long before then!  i would love to visit every place Guy has gone one day.  i already told Sonny if we ever visit a city with a restaurant that was featured on his show, we are going. it’s mandatory.

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what…?  #unphased #stillsnappingaway

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i started out with one of their fresh greek salads with that signature block of salty feta cheese on top,

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then our shared, ‘appetizer’, The Hercules Plate, came next. lol.

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we hadn’t been here in a while so we were surprised to see breakfast items on the menu! Sonny got a steak and egg gyro for himself that was really good.  the pita bread is always so soft, warm, and magical.

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instead of ordering my usual grilled chicken and spinach pita, i got The Broiled Flounder Plate w/ half rice half lemon baked potatoes with tzatziki sauce and pita bread.

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  i REALLY wanted some greek donuts, but i went for some Arctic Zero, fat-free Redi Whip and sprinkles when we got home to kill my sweet craving.

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  not sure who is harder to raise….  husbands or kids? i’ve been saying i have 3 babies lately, lol. ironically, i showed this to Sonny and he didn’t even get it!!!

Q: have you ever eaten at a restaurant featured on Food Network?

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

vday >weekend< recap

that’s right, weekend! not just one day to celebrate V-day for us this year. a big, grateful thank you to our default babysitters, i.e., my parents :lol:

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i woke up and made some cliché Valentine’s Day themed food porn before heading out to do my Friday cardio.  they are just my oatbran banana pancakes with a little bit of unsweetened cocoa powder, stevia, melted semi chocolate chip drizzle on top with strawberries on the side. scrumptious!

after a full week of weightlifting i took it easy and did 45 min of elliptical,

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and 15 minutes of stairmaster (i repeated the chart above 3 times through).  kept my heart rate between 140-150.  you can turn this into an interval workout by switching the speed from 60 – 90 every minute.

before dropping the little guy off, we had a family lunch date at Perry’s Steakhouse.

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i always hate to have to send plates back to the kitchen cause i don’t like giving our waiter /waitress a hard time ( and especially if i’m REALLY hungry) but this time i just rolled with it and split my way
overdressed house salad with Sonny. that was followed by the grilled salmon, whipped potatoes and seasonal veggies.

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later that evening we exchanged some gifts, headed out to see About Last Night, and had a super late 10:30pm dinner at 52 Seasons.

i received some hand-made chocolate covered strawberries (impressive ;) ) and i found the cutest gifts at Urban Outfitters: a Sriracha water bottle (he eats this stuff with every meal, haha) and a ’50 things i love about you’ fill-in-the-blank flip book.  

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that’s it. just one sample question :lol:

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we were in the car a while sunday and we heard Beyoncè and Jay-Z’s ‘On The Run’ 53 times and i am really feeling it. especially her words in the very beginning:

‘who wants that perfect love story anyway, anyway…cliché, cliché, cliché, cliche…’

 after church we ended up on campus at our alma mater before heading to pick up Mr. Chiso. even though things are different physically around campus, being there always reminds me of our perfectly imperfect, almost 15 year-long, roller coaster of a love story.  visiting our old stomping grounds is a nostalgic experience, and this was an ideal weekend to reflect back on how much we have grown together.

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 we ended up eating dinner at our old dorm.  really, Sonny had already paid (it’s buffet style and you pay before you go in) and i didn’t want to ruin the moment so i sucked it up and threw this together at the salad bar.  the nutritional stats were displayed right next to each food item to my surprise (go UH!) and at 130 cals per slice, i couldn’t pass up getting two servings of that cheese pizza. baby’s request of course!!!

hope you had an awesome and hopefully long holiday weekend yourself.

Q: what’s the most unusual or original Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received or given?

le

food with friends + updated clean shrimp fried rice recipe

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i got the chance to feed these gorgeous, fit ladies this past weekend! Kimberly (l) & Nichola are figure competitors and group fitness instructors in addition to their respective full-time careers.  busy women who make fitness a priority.  i.e., my kinda’ women. they took about all the teasing they could stand from my facebook and IG pics and invited themselves over :P . j/k, we finally got our schedules together after trying to plan something for months.  i thoroughly enjoyed cooking for them and the non-stop laughter the entire time. check out tha spread:

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hummus (topped with a little EVOO, s & p) with fresh cut red, yellow, orange bell peppers, cucumbers, and those addicting pretzel crisps, the sesame variety.

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of course i made burgers. you know me. i let my apple-chicken burger mix marinate over night to ensure a flavor packed patty. it’s a fam fave. also, homemade guacamole, lettuce tomato,  Sweet n’ Spicy Sweet Potato Fries from my e-book accompanied the burgers.  the toasted buns were sprouted grain from Alvarado Street Bakery.

20140118_141950_1yogurt bar!  i thought it was a great healthy dessert idea.  non-fat plain yogurt, sliced almonds, pumpkin flax granola, berries, and stevia or light agave nectar for sweetness.

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breakfast and snacks for us for the next few days, yum.

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thanks Kimberly!  

i hope you guys can use some of these ideas for your next gathering.

also, the base recipe for my clean shrimp fried brown rice can be found here, but i added a few extra thangs the last time i made it (last week) like:

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pineapple! the tropical twist was so refreshing; you’ll love it.  as far as the shrimp marinade, i used Weber All Natural Boston Bay seasoning blend instead of the Mrs. Dash and only 1 tbsp of liquid aminos.  try this asap.

 so super bowl is upon us! and once again my husband waits two weeks before to mention hosting a party. who does that? i know it’s a big event (and annual) but it’s outta sight outta mind to me and i don’t watch ESPN. womp :x

Q: what are you doing for the big game this year?

le

#egwuatuanniversary – MIAMI 2013

anni #6 – MIAMI!

we had SO MANY DANG pictures and i didn’t even use them all.  i made 50 billion collages to cut down on the length of this post. enjoy :lol:

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happy to be flying the friendly skies again with this guy.
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Food Network Mag and Rachael Ray kept me company while Sonny slept.

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before we even got to our hotel, Sonny secretly had one of our good friends #gocoogs meet up with us for lunch at Balans!  thanks for stopping by to eat and catch up with us, Udochi!

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checking in. loved the square theme the lobby restroom had going on.

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we’re here! Riveria South Beach Hotel.

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Sonny planned our daily itinerary and the first thing we did was find a nail shop ASAP.  i neglected to get my toes done before we left and packed mostly sandals, yikes.

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feet then food.

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dinner at Rusty Pelican for our first night in town.

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well, it was happy hour :lol:

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we headed back to explore the hotel a bit since we were stuffed and needed to keep moving around.

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next morning. you know what time it is.

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we hit the beach first though.

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just like on TV! my first time running on the beach.

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next, Sonny took me to this breathtaking gym. truly one of a kind and worth checking out the David Barton Gym if you’re ever in Miami.

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the sexiest cardio i’ve ever done!! the music, the atmosphere, the people. what a COOL experience.

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i’m such a tourist.

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thanks for waiting patiently :lol:

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back to our hotel for some continental breakfast.

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  continental breakfasts almost always leave me hungry cause they are usually just breads, pastries, fruit, and little to no protein.  i found some boiled eggs though!

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later for lunch, Sonny found a truly authentic place with some bomb cuban cuisine.  this man did his research!!!! he always does. Malanga Cafe was a TEN for me and we will be back.

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on the way home i spotted what i thought was a Whole Foods Market, but it turned out to be World Market.  never heard of it before but they had a crazy impressive bulk section!  so i got a few things. as if we even needed more food. also, peanut butter stuffed pretzels is one of my favorite snacks. who on earth dips them in chocolate!?!?!? World Market does.

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THEN, i saw Publix!  this is prolly so not a big deal to a lot of people, but i’ve heard about Publix on Instagram for a while now and had to go in just to go since we don’t have them in Texas.

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i’ll spare you the pics of the Publix aisles :shock:

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later that night was fight night!!! we went to go watch Mayweather beat up on Canelo.  we visited Lincoln mall earlier and i picked up this American Apparel top there for like 7 bucks.

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Lucky Strike was jam-packed and alotta fun.

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i took most of that cheese off my salad and had 1 taco and one burger. that’s all i could handle.

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i know, i know, dairy is my enemy but Burger King’s soft serve is hard to resist and better than Mc Donalds to me!   i did it for #6. cheers!

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the next day was the BIG day! September 15th.  Sonny found us a church to attend for service and we stopped by ‘Bucks for some caffeine first.

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enjoyed the service and meeting the Miami natives.

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neeeeext, eating again, duh. Sonny did his THING! he found this cozy little natural food cafe on South Beach that was right up my alley! instant love.

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Juice & Java had countless smoothie combos!  we actually walked in just after breakfast ended,

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but Sonny has such a way with words :lol:

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visited Versace mansion afterwards and then…… guess what we got!?!? ;)

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we let our stomachs rest for a few hours because we had dinner reservations later.  didn’t know where, but i knew it would be off the chain.

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and it was. Prime 112. yes, yes, yes.

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happy #6, Mr. Egwuatu!!!! grateful and blessed to be on your arm, driving you crazy.

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a sweet ending to our meal; key lime pie.

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up in the gym the next morning lol!  we found a 24 HR Fitness in the city to sweat out some of the deliciousness we had been eating. even though we weren’t done.

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my Instagram peeps recommended David’s Cafe for breakfast, so we had to hit him up.

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today, Sonny!!! cuban french toast, eggs, and potatoes.

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that toasted cuban bread though…….. :shock:

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last adventure before lunch and heading to the airport was the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale. 

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we saw Born to Be Wild in the IMAX theater.

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the very LAST stop on our list was Versailles, another IG and Yelp recommendation.

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it was just OK for me.  i actually wish we could have gone back to Malanga Cafe one more time!

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didn’t want to leave just yet, but we had to get back home to this little guy.

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we didn’t dare come back empty-handed though- we brought ya a little something that will be debuting in June of 2014.

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thanks for reading!!!!!!!!!

le

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.

le

ay caramba!

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i thought the original quote by Ellen DeGeneres ‘i really don’t think i need buns of steel. i’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.’ was freakin’ hilarious.  but i want both dang it, hence this ecard i made. it CAN be done!!! right? :shock:

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i taught my Barbell Strength class this morning as usual and it was SO DANG COLD outside!!!! ok it was like 50 degrees but after a long Houston Summer i’d say that’s pretty cold.  i wanted to teach in my Lulu jacket but after the warm up i was good to go.   when i pulled up to the gym there were so many empty parking spots. this is the kinda day where if i wasn’t an instructor i’d be home in my warm bed too, shoot.  i think i say that too often :lol: .however, class attendance was spectacular. i was so proud and kept thanking my members for just being there.  the weather can be a big factor in determining class attendance; especially at the crack of dawn and especially in the rain. their desire to keep their health a priority spoke volumes to me.

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sooooo, it’s that time again. new FITzee Foods meals comin’ at cha for the month of November. coming home to this box at my doorstep always makes me all giddy!!

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this was the first meal i cracked open last weekend that i have already blasted over twitter and facebook, i know, i know. just reminding you how light, filling, nutritious, and Paleo friendly it is/was.

however… i found a new menu item i have fallen head over heels for: Green Chili Enchiladas.

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oh yeah. whole wheat tortilla. pinto beans. green chilis. corn. carrots. onions. roasted tomatillo sauce. shredded, seasoned chicken breast chunks. spices. CHEESE. it tasted like it came straight from a restaurant kitchen!  i stopped by Trader Joe’s on my way home this morning so i cracked open some of the 0% greek yogurt i got and plopped a dollop on top. perfection.

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Chiso wouldn’t come anywhere near my fork but he did smile for our picture.  it’s such a crazy beautiful day so we ate outside on the porch.

 also, thanks to Michelle for the cute, fitted FITzee t-shirt i’m rockin’. #represent

Q: is the weather a big deterrent concerning getting your butt to the gym? be honest.

le

 

livin’ the FITzee lifestyle

A FITzee is a busy professional, entrepreneur, mom, dad, athlete, weekend warrior, fitness enthusiast, and anyone else who seeks a nutritious, all-natural, and great-tasting alternative to the world of over-processed foods.

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i’m willing to bet you’re a FITzee too if you’re following my blog! ;)

on those crazy-busy days that we all tend to have, FITzee Foods has been my saving grace.  i appreciate those moments when all i have time to even do is reach into the fridge and heat up a  FITzee meal for myself or my fam.   i recognize all of the listed ingredients and nutritional stats posted right on the tray, which is something that has become second nature to me.   maybe that’s why i’m always in the grocery store so dang long!  i know my label-readers feel me!

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i send one or two FITzee meals off with Sonny for his workday sometimes to give him more variety.  for example, the  flavorful, light, chicken tiki masala and the creamy Paleo friendly, mild, curried chicken easily fit into his daily macronutrients  (the Carbohydrates, Fats, and Protein amounts a person needs per day depending on their fitness goals. more on those to come though!).

all menu items are delivered FRESH, which means you need to refrigerate them immediately.  or just eat them all right then. if you do not eat them by the date posted on the tray, you can pop them into the freezer and they will be safe and ready to eat for an additional two months.

FITzees believe the best path to a fit and healthy exterior is to worship and nourish your interior – it all comes full circle. i could not agree more.

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see a pattern there? it’s so true! that has pretty much been my mantra since shifting to this lifestyle change over two years ago.  sure, ‘better’ will vary from person to person, but ‘better’ for me equates to low-no processed, wholesome, nutrient dense  foods – this keeps me running at my absolute best and i see the progress i desire in my body at a prompt rate.

that macros post is headed your way!  enjoy your thursday!

le

strawberry spinach pancakes + Angie’s Popcorn GIVEAWAY

strawberry spinach salad meets strawberry spinach pancakes.

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these are similar to the Spanana pancake recipe but i kinda went off the top of my head this morning with this one.

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strawberry spinach pancakes

the stuff:

  • 1/2 cup raw oat bran or ground oatmeal
  • 3 oz ripe banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 packet stevia (optional)

do this: 

combine everything except the berries in your blender or food processor.  coat your skillet with no stick cooking spray and set to medium heat.  cook each cake 4-5 min on one side; flip and cook 3-4 on the other.  top cakes with strawberries and Walden Farms pancake syrup before dig in and check out the IG vid i posted this morning while you’re at it!

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stats are for the entire stacky stack.

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i just want to say YOU ROCK for helping Fit Foodie Le reach 1K Facebook Fans over this past weekend!!!!! what!? small to some but a huge milestone for me man.  i appreciate every single click of support! that said,

it’s that time again.

 i can’t get enough of doing these giveaways!!! ever. they make me so happy and i’m not even the winner. giving really does feel better than receiving.

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after fighting the urge to eat this entire sample box myself from Angie’s Popcorn- this variety pack shall be the next Fit Foodie Le giveaway prize.  ASAP.  THANK YOU,  Angie’s!

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as you know, i looooove me some Boom Chicka Pop- it’s my favorite movie-watching snack.  they have a variety of flavors like the ones pictured above and i am on my way to trying them all.

 if you’re already following me on Facebook, you are good to G-O! click below if you’d like to jump in on this:

———->a Rafflecopter giveaway<———-

contest starts……NOW!

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remember-  what you allow is what will continue. remain humble, but don’t be afraid to stand up and speak up for yourself.

have a great rest of your monday and head to Facebook and get ‘ta Liking!

le

knock, knock

it’s FITzee Foods, BABY!

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my meals arrived right on time yesterday.  i could tell the UPS guy rang the doorbell cause i heard the truck starting and rubber burning as i was coming down the stairs.  they do not play.

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soooo, i’m spilling the beans for a third time but via my blog now- i was selected to be a FITzee Foods Ambassador and i gladly accepted the role! you bet.   how could i not?!

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when i’m not on my own meal prep game, they are the perfect plan B for our family.  all natural, nutritious, healthy, gluten-free, Paleo friendly, flavorful… yep that’s right up our alley.  the Egwuatu family loves and appreciates the FITzee lifestyle! they even have their own bars- FITzee bars.

i’ll give them their own love a little later though.

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the first thing i cracked open before taking my little guy out for an evening stroll yesterday was the Black Bean Breakfast Bowl.  no way i was waiting for breakfast time.

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nitrate free turkey bacon sautéed with black beans, tomatoes and potatoes and served on scrambled egg whites and topped with pepper jack cheese.  and they all come in microwaveable and oven safe containers.  the perfect to-go box.

i had the medium size, so the stats were as follows:

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all meal info is listed in the menu section of their site though, so you always know just what you’re eating and how much.  it’s all there!

head on over to www.FITzeefoods.com to place your order and tell them Fit Foodie Le sent ya. thanks!

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remember those chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cup cakes? of course you do. i just posted them two days ago.  well they were featured on one of my favorite IG accounts, @rippedrecipes! follow’em, then check out their site for more healthy, fit meals.

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outty for now!

le