wienervention – the cleanest hot dog i’ve ever eaten

another early gym date accomplished this morning and officially 1 month postpartum! i expect to get a lot done today. 
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i had my usual preworkout snack, some hot, magical coffee, and headed out for an hour of treadmill intervals. i alternated btw:

5 incline @ 4 mph – 5 minutes

15 incline @ 3 mph – 5 minutes 

walking IS boring but there are ways you can rev it up.  i always swing my arms vigorously, walk heel-to-toe with a wide stride, and i never hold the side rails either. that’s cheatiiiiing ;)

can i do a blog #throwbackthursday? i’m doin’ it anyway!

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while we were headed home from the hospital last month with our brand new baby boy, something beat us there- my Wienervention Kit from Applegate!!!

that nostalgic red and white pattern always reminds you of what? a summer picnic, yep.

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however, the Houston heat was too much and i just wanted to lay down somewhere and stuff my face in the AC.  i’d like to give a gigantic high-five and thank you to one of my favorite natural and organic brands, Applegate, for the goods. i knew the kit was on the way, but it slipped my mind after giving birth and all.  my mom and aunt were at our house tidying up and waiting to help out with our new family member, so unbeknownst to Sonny & i, they went ahead and cracked the kit open and prepared a welcome home lunch for us! perfect timing, right?

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i actually used to avoid hot dog wieners for this very reason…  i’ve always thought of them as the wack parts of meat that didn’t make the cut all blended up together with fat and other UFOs.  i would only have them every blue moon, like july 4th or memorial day at somebody’s BBQ. at home? not so much.  also, reading ‘mechanically separated turkey, chicken, or beef’ in the ingredients list is not very appetizing. thank God we have many healthier options to choose from these days; these Applegate wieners are in a league of their own! a wienerventioW was overdue.

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rest assured these top-notch dogs are:

  • all natural
  • contain no antibiotics
  • humanely raised beef fed vegetarian/grain diet
  • gluten-free
  • casein-free
  • contain no fillers
  • contain recognizable ingredients! every single one.
  • really, really tasty.

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nailed that presentation.

they also sent along condiments, cause you can’t build a stellar dog without them.

20140619_185515_1 for the buns, we had a choice of Rudi’s Organic Bakery Multigrain or White hot dog buns!  i loved them both and you can snag a coupon for a bag of your choice right on their website. 20140620_144055_1from the bun, to the condiments, to the wiener, this is THE cleanest hot dog i’ve ever eaten.

time to change the meat you eat and give Applegate a try.

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i think he’ll be tall.

more tummy time, aka, push up practice!

le

me, skeptical? thai coconut curry tofu

yep.

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

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

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

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

 fair enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

le

fit n’ crispy chicken parm

Italian food. its been on my mind lately.

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i really wanted something heavy like a big pan of cheesy lasagna but this nipped that craving right in the bud.  it’s lean, it’s fit, it’s crispy, it’s savory, and it’s good.

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making your own bread crumbs is super simple and recommended.  i used some toasted Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful bread for mine.

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perfect. no frying needed! i had planned to sear the chicken on both sides in my cast iron skillet (before putting them into the oven to finish) cause i wanted that crispy, crunchy exterior, but omitting that step still produced the same results. SCORE.

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i used Classico all natural, fire roasted tomato & garlic sauce,

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and topped the breasts with a heaping tbsp of sauce, a few spinach leaves, and a big slice of mozzarella almond cheese.

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i know chicken parm is usually paired with some variety of pasta, but i had a big, unbaked spaghetti squash sitting on my counter i needed to use.

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tender, Italian juiciness.  recipe time :)

fit n’ crispy chicken parm

the stuff: breadcrumbs

  • 4 slices Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful wheat bread, toasted (can use gluten-free bread)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup light parmesan cheese (optional for a dairy-free dish)

the stuff: chicken

  • 4 large boneless & skinless chicken breasts (pounded and flattened)
  • 1/2 jar of all natural Classico Fire Roasted Tomato & Garlic sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread
  • 3 oz Lisanatti Mozzarella Almond Cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos

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do this: breadcrumbs

  1. toast slices of bread until crispy, not burnt but no longer soft and chewy.
  2. break them up into pieces by hand and toss them into your food processor.
  3. add the onion powder, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings.
  4. blend until you achieve a breadcrumb-like consistency and set to the side.

do this: chicken – preheat oven to 400 degrees now!

  1. pound and flatten thawed chicken breasts (under a towel, in plastic wrap, in a plastic bag, etc) with your mallet until about 1/2 in thick.
  2. place them into a large bowl and pour the liquid aminos and melted whipped butter spread over the top, coating evenly.
  3. spread out the breadcrumb mixture onto a large, flat plate.
  4. spray your baking pan with no stick cooking spray and set it on your work station.
  5. take each chicken breast and dip/press them into the breadcrumb mixture coating both sides evenly.
  6. place them neatly into your pan, flat.  if they are touching it’s ok but don’t overcrowd your pan.
  7. sprinkle cracked black pepper onto the breasts.
  8. place pan(s) into the oven and cook for 20 minutes on one side; flip, and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  9. remove chicken from oven (make sure they are done in the center) and remove the breasts from the pan.
  10. pour tomato sauce into your pan, covering the bottom completely.
  11. place chicken breasts back into pan on top of sauce.
  12. top them each with 1-2 tbsp more of sauce, a few leaves of spinach, as well your cheese (you can shred it too, your call.)
  13. place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until your cheese is all bubbly and melty!

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fyi, there was a little over 1/4 cup of unused breadcrumbs left.

per 4 oz serving of chicken: 240 cals, 7g fat, 12g carbs, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein

enjoy! make it, take a pic, and tag me on Instagram (#fitfoodiele) or to the Fit Foodie Le Facebook Fan page!

le

buy 4 get 1 free! + Sprout Channel

only two more Thursdays ’til Turkey Day yall!

this is my highlight meal for the week:

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this filling, savory meal is the Baked Penne with Sausage and Kale from FITzee Foods.  the kale part immediately sparked my taste buds!  whole wheat penne pasta, chicken italian sausage, and fresh kale all baked together with a dairy-free cream sauce, mushrooms, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh herbs. i’m lovin’ it.

—–> a ‘buy 4 meals get the 5th free‘ deal is happening right, right now! take advantage, fit friends.<—–

i would just love to express my joy for the Sprout channel real quick.

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my sis-in-law told me about it months ago and after the last adult joke i could stand from Sponge Bob i decided to look it up in our cable directory.

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3 words. WHAT A BLESSING.  Chiso has fallen head over heels in love with, well, every single show.  his absolute fave is Caillou.   Caillou games have mysteriously appeared on the iPad and neither Sonny nor myself put them there.  and then there’s Tree Fu Tom:

so even if we don’t head to the park, he can still move and shake indoors! that makes me one happy fit mom. but not happy enough to clean out that file cabinet.

Chiso sings,  interacts,  learns, & plays SO much more so than when the TV was on Nickelodeon or  Disney.  the Sprout channel caters to his crowd (24 hour pre-school channel) and i have really seen a different side of him these past few weeks.

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they have a fantastic, interactive website too! games, videos, and next on our agenda is printing out some of the blank coloring sheets provided of some of his favorite characters (soon as we get some more ink.) i am fond of several of the shows myself; especially The Goodnight Show :lol:.   i really like that they keep some of the classic shows like Sesame Street in rotation too. ooooh the memories. i am just too happy about this and wanted to share.

 parents, please check and see if your cable provider hosts this channel for your little one!  if you’re already a fan, which show does your little one love the most?

you can check out the FITzee Foods Facebook & Twitter pages, or click here to order.

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

 

i workout for:


 well good morning!

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i workout for all those reasons and more, but i should have included eating lots of food!!! that’s #1.

since i workout super early in the AM most days, i have been enjoying Houston’s Fall weather to the fullest.  Fall not only means chili and cornbread, it means warm, hearty, filling, yummy, COMFORT food in general to me!  a big bowl of super creamy mac n cheese is hands down my fave (to eat in a bowl anyway, pizza is the other) and FITzee Food’s Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake was all that (hearty, filling, yummy, creamy, cheesy) and more.

fresh chicken breast, black forest ham, swiss cheese and mushrooms baked together in a creamy wine sauce with a touch of sage and topped with Panko bread crumbs. HEAVEN on a bowl plate.

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it was shipped to me as a perfect, rectangular, loaf, but i had a little accident transporting it to my plate. again.  hey it all went to the same place. again.

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deliciously low carb, cheesy, and packed with protein!  a great choice.

i found this online yesterday and had to share with my fit foodies:

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couple things though:

  • when dining out, go for the broth based (tomato, chicken, beef, vegetable, clear, see-through) soups vs. the creamy ones because they are usually made with milk or heavy cream.
  • the leanest cuts of beef include:
    • eye of round roast or steak
    • sirloin tip side steak
    • top round roast and steak
    • bottom round roast and steak
    • top sirloin steak
  • a cup of any fruit usually is anywhere from 50-100 cals, but the sugar count is what you should keep your eye on.
  • air/stove popped over microwaved popcorn any day

Q: what activity (exercise) have you wanted to try but haven’t?
i’d like to try the different types of yoga- i had NO idea there we so dang many.

le

fluffy pancakes & fluffy tummies

i let someone else take the reins on my late PWO breakfast today :shock: .

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FITzee Food’s Banana Flax Pancakes with Agave were quite the highlight of my morning!  sure they are sweetened with agave, but my pancakes need syrup.  it’s a packaged deal.

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dumped drizzled some zero calorie Walden Farms pancake syrup as well as some pumpkin flax granola  (from the bulk bins of Sprouts Farmer’s Market) on top, making these, well, over-the-top!  full muscles = happy muscles.

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exhibit A :shock:

it’s no longer weird feeling this way once you know the culprit!  this was prolly one of the most puzzling and straight annoying bumps along my ever-evolving fitness journey. identifying trigger foods (foods that trigger reactions in a person e.g. gluten sensitivity = celiac disease) can be helpful in relieving certain ailments, eliminating excess weight, or preventing IBS (tummy issues e.g., uncomfortable, painful, gas, bloating, fluffiness, etc).  how do you pinpoint them? conduct a little experiment on yourself.  remember, health and fitness is all about trial and error.  find out what your body benefits best from and stick with it☝. first,

  • keep a food dairy
  •  track what you eat
  • track when you eat 
  • take note of how you feel afterwards

after a few weeks (yep, this takes time but the process is always worth it) you should be able to see a pattern. once you have identified a possible trigger food, eliminate it from your diet for two weeks straight.  was there a change? mentally? physically? add that particular food back in and pay close attention to your reaction, if any. once these foods are identified, they can either be avoided easily, completely, or at the very least, finally give you some dang answers!!!  my trigger foods are dairy,  broccoli, and Kashi.  i haven’t cut them out completely, but i know when not to eat them, that’s for darn sure.  no two piece swimsuits or form-fitting clothing for me for a few days!  hope this helps someone else as much as it has helped me.  learning your body is a process, fit friends. and fyi, i had some chicken pizza from Ruggles Green with a bunch of crème fraiche, mozzarella and fontina cheeses on it a few hours before the right pic. it was so worth it lol.

so, why does FITzee Foods offer all these specialty diet options?

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although we all have different dietary needs,  we still have one thing in common.  we all want to eat GOOD! right!? right.  FITzee Foods has something for everybody!

smile, tomorrow’s friday yall :)

le

Blog Elevated – wrapped


i went to the BE conference with an open mind, open heart, and the desire to get outta my comfort zone and actually talk to somebody and do some networking.  i did my best and met some new blogger friends over those three days!  in addition to learning a good bit of info via the various workshops provided (9 pages worth) i had a fantastic time hanging out with my dear friend and blogger-to-be, Ogechi.

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i looked back through my photo gallery and i have way more food pics than people pics.  i wonder what that means :shock:

enjoy!

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  i had some business cards printed at the last-minute (naturally) and totally left off the LLC in Fit Foodie Le.  the show must go on.  i went to pick up my girl and we hit i-10 and headed to the Norris Conference Center in City Centre.

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we got our goodie bags and badges right away after signing in. seems legit!

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Ogechi hit the red carpet first and the tone was set as we headed into the welcome party sponsored by Kroger.

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vendors, mingling, goodie bags, and goodies galore.

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and a white chocolate fondue fountain. way to go Kroger!  they had sweets and treats for days while everyone got their meet and greet on.  full vendor list here.

after exchanging and collecting a few business cards and snacking, we headed back home to get some rest as we had to be up early again the following day awake and ready to learn.  which really meant go home and ensure our hubbies could survive two straight days without us.

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brekky in, headed out to pick up O for day 2 !  oatbran and egg whites. every morning. don’t get me wrong, i love it and crave it when i wake up. however, i said i would expand my breakfast horizons though just for variety purposes.  i’m missing out, i know.

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yes we live in Houston, and yes we stayed overnight at the gorgeous Hotel Sorrella.  why not? staycations are awesome.  even though check in wasn’t until 3pm, we were told we could partake in the continental breakfast that morning.

  ok we asked.

we finished just in time to hear the opening keynote speaker, John Saddington, do his thing, coffees in tow.  John’s boldness and stories about big risks he took over the years blew us away and inspired us simultaneously!

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after open Q & A with a panel of PR reps from various companies moderated by Holly Homer,  a snack break, & study hall, it was finally lunch time.  yes.  i decided to go gluten-free for the weekend just because it was offered.

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so O and i dined at the only certified gluten-free place in City Centre and greenest restaurant in Texas!  you know it, RG baby. my phone died, so Ogechi let me use hers to snap a few pics of our Ruggles Green meals.  i had the Atlantic salmon salad & organic butternut squash,  and O got the smoked chicken pizza.

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 back for more workshops after lunch.

O and i attended the same break out session that day with Angela England and learned more about how to ‘Achieve our Publishing Dreams’.  i definitely wanted to attend this one to see if i could make the process for my next ebook even smoother.

Rae Hoffman later spoke with everyone collectively about SEO (search engine optimization) followed by more study hall, networking, and a nice time gap before the dinner & fashion show later.  so you know what i went to do!

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sweat. 1 hour. done.

i created and executed the Fit Foodie Lean Legs workout above 3 or 4 times in Hotel Sorella’s gym, then hit the treadmill with an incline of 15 @ 3.0 mph.  that combo gets my heart rate right where i need it for optimal fat burning.

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because after handling up on that cheesecake at dinner i needed to burn as much fat as possible. j/k, j/k. it was delish. everything. O and i lived life on the edge and didn’t bring any prepped food for our overnight stay, just snacks.  we both eat every 3 hours or so, so we were pretty hungry as lunch was hours earlier.

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the fashion show was very entertaining and was hosted by the sweet Val of Style to Envy.  all the models were bloggers and they each did their thing up there!

i took a restroom break from the party and heard a mom in the hallway Skyping with her hubby and kids from her phone.  made me wonder what my knuckleheads were up to.

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oh ok. carry on.

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day 3.  well rested and ready to rock.

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after breakfast of course.

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 i snagged a pic with one of the coolest Lemi Shine reps on the way to the first speaker of the day, Katie Laird.

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Katie gave some great tips and pointers for bloggers on how to communicate with companies and rock an ambassadorship to where both parties benefit.  loved this session and found it extremely useful as i began to apply Katie’s information immediately!

then, Ogechi and i split up *gasp* because she wanted to go hear what Zack Doty had to say about unlocking blogging potential,  and i wanted to learn more about how to grow my bloggy blog with tips from Momables creator,  Laura Fuentez.  i appreciated Laura opening up and sharing some of her secrets with us.

we were reunited just before lunch and got a great Pinterest lesson from the Pinterest Queen herself, Stacy Teet.  impressive boards! makes me realize just how unorganized i am!!!!

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lunch was provided via these go picnic ready-to-eat meals, but we were CRAVING our beloved Ruggles Green again.

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so we hightailed it downstairs! turkey burg and sweet potato fries for O, and i killed the gluten-free spicy fish tacos and a side salad.

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while in line, we met up with another group of bloggers and decided to make it a big lunch party!  it was great meeting, chatting, and eating with these ambitious women.

for the very last workshop of the conference (and my fave) Rachel Matthews put us ON about lighting!!! pun intended!  she also discussed different props we could use to make our pictures come to life.  the smallest details sometimes make the biggest difference.

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i needed this one because of all my foodie pics of course.  her energy was awesome and kept my attention for sure!  I have begun to apply some of her pointers and others have noticed the change in my pics. immediately :shock: . makes me want to go back and delete my first few posts! i’m not ashamed (anymore) because it’s important to remember where you started and to see your growth.  Rachel kept reminding us that the Imperial Sugar cupcake break was right after her workshop. as if they hadn’t been on my mind all day :)

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this…. this right here.  was worth the sugar head / tummy ache that followed.  i limit my white sugar intake but dang it i ate that whole cake batter cupcake listening to Karen Walrond wrap up the conference weekend.  I enjoyed and admired this former corporate lawyer’s refreshing perspective on a wide variety of things from blogging to life in general.   super sweet and humble.  with a blog name like Chookooloonks, you just have to go click and see what the heck she is up to over there.

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ok so Fluff Bake Bar provided 3 flavors (Cake Batter, Red Velvet, and Veruca Salt) for us so it was only right i try them all take one to my boys.   never heard of this place but these cakes and anything else they make is totally worth a trip to the Heights, uh huh.   fan-freakin-tastic.  all three. i did it for you.  

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there were tons of free goods in our bags but i was especially excited to finally try some Zevia!  its been floating across my Instagram feed for a while now and i finally got my hands on some.  good stuff!  cream soda for president.

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what a talented, inspiring bunch of speakers & bloggers.  what a blessing and WHAT A WEEKEND.  overwhelmed and overflowing with info. love it.  looking forward to the next BE Conference and I’m expecting to apply and reap the benefits from the countless takeaways we received from every speaker.  i thank God for allowing  O & i to share this  amazing weekend of learning and growing together.

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made some really great connections i look forward to keeping in contact with!

 TAKEAWAYS:

*apply what you learned. don’t leave the conference the way you came.

*be true to YOU.

*never sell out or compromise your faith for money, likes, attention, etc.

*believe in your ability to be creative.  you don’t have to do what everybody else is doing.

*PERSPECTIVE! look for the opportunity in everything..don’t be so quick to dismiss the ‘ordinary’ right under your nose.

*you can make good light, but you can’t fake natural light (i sure do try).

*if you’re a blogger and never been to a conference, GO. invest in yourself. grow. make yourself better.

*JUMP! take risks, fearlessly.

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i’m pumped and ready to make some significant changes around here.  thanks for reading and sticking with me.

for more BE pics, click here!

le

 

hearty turkey casserole + fit foodie lean legs workout

while i was away at the BE Conference (that post is in the works), my FITzee Foods orders came in!  thankfully Sonny only got to one meal before i got my hands on them :x.  i now have a new favorite to add to my list i wanted to share with ya:

Mom’s Hearty Turkey Casserole

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layers of sautéed vegetables, lean ground turkey, rich tomato sauce, and mashed yams all baked to perfection and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese!   low carb and gluten-free.  it was the first meal i cracked open and it reminded me of a healthified shepherd’s pie.  this experience was over way too fast.

*stats: 353 cals, 16g fat, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 29g protein*

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then i hit the gym to combat the massive amount of sugar i ate over the weekend :shock:

i created that lean leg routine up there while using the limited hotel gym at the conference, and did it again that day.    grab two dumbbells (preferably 10′s or higher) and a sturdy wall to lean on for the wall sits and have at it.  3-5 times through, no breaks!

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i couldn’t decide which bar to eat for my post workout snack so i ate both!!!! kidding, i had the apples ‘n oats, my fave.

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afterwards, PWO grocery shopping.  which is always a bad idea for me.  i can never wait until i get home to open something up.  you can eat them in the car. you can eat them on a chair. you can eat them ANYWHERE.  get those greens in :)

the FITzee Food’s menu changes frequently because they use local, seasonal and natural ingredients.  make sure to keep checking the online menu to see the latest and greatest culinary delights – they just might become your new favorite.

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in those defeated moments, think back to why you even started your journey in the first place.

then keep going, friends!!!

 FITzee Food questions? email me directly at le@fitfoodiele.com.  to order your healthy meals, go check out the September menu- October is upon us! 

le

prepped meal prep

soooooo, up until yesterday i had been shutting my kitchen down after breakfast and not cooking a thing. like at all.

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this photo was taken a few days ago so you can pretty much triple the amount of empty trays up there now.

FITzee Foods has been doing ALL the ‘work’, and i do not mind at all! aaaaah… convenience.

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how many times can a person say ‘just heat and eat!’ before driving their husband mad? i’ll keep you posted. i tried the scrumptious Cornmeal Chicken with Potato Mash &  Pepper sauté meal before heading out for a walk with Chiso recently.  it’s dairy & gluten-free like a majority of the meals.  what’s gluten? hold that thought.  crispy cornmeal crusted chicken, creamy mashed red potatoes and spicy corn. a tasty triple threat! the meals come in small, medium, large, and XL sizes by the way.

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 our physical activity for that day was plain ol’ walking.  or in Chiso’s case, riding.  he got out of the stroller and did his thing on the playground though!  anyway, the small size provided the perfect amount of fuel til we got back.

sonny handled up on the low carb southwestern breakfast while we were gone,

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but not before i took a few bites

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and snapped a few pics ;) . delish.

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so, what the heck is gluten?

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see above! i’m sure you have seen ‘gluten-free’ this and that on just about EVERYTHANG up in your favorite health food store these days. is it really that big a deal? well, if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, then naw, prolly not.  in essence, ‘gluten-free’ is a speciality diet, just like dairy-free, grain-free, vegan, vegetarian, carnivorian :shock: , etc., etc., etc.

most grocery stores now have a special gluten-free/natural section these days- just ask.

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hear me loud and clear though — gluten-free does N-O-T deem a product healthier than it’s gluten-filled counterpart (e.g. rolled oats vs. gluten-free rolled oats)! your body may respond differently, but the nutritional stats are identical.  if you can tolerate gluten and enjoy it, there is no reason to avoid it!  don’t let another celebrity touting the ‘weight-loss’  benefits of his or her new gluten-free diet steer you away from the foods you love.  chances are they are/were affected by celiac disease and function a whole lot better after eliminating gluten from their diet.  if you do have celiac disease, after consuming gluten you might experience:

  • gas
  • bloating
  • belly pain
  • constipation (especially in children)
  • fatigue, exhaustion (immediately after eating a meal that contains gluten)
  • joint/bone pain, skin problems, depression

so how do you test for it? an elimination diet is your best bet.  i did this myself with dairy via my bikini competition training and well, it was spot on and very effective.  as you know, i have since introduced dairy back into my life in small amounts cause well, i love frozen yogurt, soft serve, just ice cream in general.  no restriction ova here.  so, try eliminating gluten from your diet for 2 straight weeks and see how your body responds before and after you consume gluten again. document your experiment!

 it’s quite super that FITzee foods is able to provide a plethora of options for their customers to suit their individual dietary needs!

Q: have you ever attempted a specialty diet lifestyle? (vegetarian, vegan, etc).  have you kept up with it?

 i was a vegetarian for about 8 months before calling it quits a couple years back.

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