hello there mr. speculum + 1st postpartum home workout

postpartum check up time!

5 weeks in, and here we are again.

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the last time i sat on this table i was 40 weeks preggo and 2 cms dilated.  just in my thoughts as i waited for Dr. A. lol.

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soon as i walked in the office my eyes were immediately drawn to the tools on the counter though, especially that darn speculum. hate it. and that clicking noise as it opens drives me craaaazy.

however, it was standing in the way of me and the gym so i tolerated it for yet another 60 seconds.  i know i’ll be seeing it for the rest of my life so i’ll make peace with it some day.

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aaaand we’re done here!  Dr. A cleared me to go back to my usual workout routine whenever i am ready.  however, i’m taking it super, duper slow.  teaching vs. taking a class are two different experiences for me as i’ve mentioned before.  kinda like Beyonce vs. Sasha Fierce– falling down the stairs and all.  i don’t want to push it too fast too soon, but ultimately i will be taking classes again, adding the weights back into my routine slowly but surely, and paying attention to how my body responds.  listen to your OB ladies, and listen to your body. i’ll discuss some of my fitness goals in the next post though!

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afterwards, i decided to share my very first workout at home with my Mr. Piggy! Sonny is NOT feeling Odego’s nickname but because he grunts and snorts like crazy when he is hungry it was only right.

#sorrynotsorry, hubs.

     

 i’m using body weight for these super basic moves for the most part as Dego only weighs like 9 lbs.  it’s perfect cause i’m forced to go super slow while i hold my precious cargo!

  • squats – looking up and out at the ceiling while performing squats helps to keep my back flat and knees behind my toes.

  • plie squats – you don’t have to go deep! gradually work your way back to that level.

  • side bends – try these to start and keep a flat back and elevated chest for better posture.  my postpartum core strength is loads better this time around as i worked my obliques throughout my pregnancy.

  • modified push ups with kisses :)

remember moms, my pace is not your pace and vice versa.  if you feel any pain or discomfort, STOP.  and if you haven’t been cleared to do these exercises yet, don’t even think about it!  if you have been cleared but still not ready, go outside and walk, hit the elliptical, or start with some postpartum yoga.  if moms could have their pre-preggo bodies back sooner than later, then let’s be honest– i’m positive a vast majority would jump at the chance to.  my message is to first and foremost show how proper nutrition and physical activity can aid in doing just that.  make no mistake, this is not a race.  i repeat…this is not a race.  i exercise because i love it. i make time for it because it’s a priority in my life.  there is absolutely nothing unrealistic about eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly during pregnancy. nothing. my journey may not be typical or the norm, but my results are very real.  my skin gets thicker by the day because of Instagram lol, but i won’t apologize or feel bad for being blessed to have an active pregnancy (i don’t take it for granted one bit) and/or living a healthy lifestyle.  ANY mom can do it and i hope to inspire other women enough to even try!

semi-rant over.

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i stopped at GNC on the way home to try some new Quest Bar flavors before i buy a whole box of them and i’m excited!  they have been helping with my sweet cravings and i don’t mind the fiber and protein that comes with them.  they’re all natural, high fiber, gluten-free, 1g of sugar, and low carb. i bought hubs the Cookies & Cream flavor which he swallowed on sight (which is why it’s not pictured) and i managed to get a piece and loved it too.  it nipped his Oreo cookie craving right in the bud, sweet!

Q: what is your favorite Quest Bar flavor? 

le

Fit Foodie Lean 7 buck sale!

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my first mini Fit Foodie Lean tasting party calls for my very first ebook sale!  huh? tasting party? i know, right?! suuuuper excited about that. baby steps, baby steps.

the process for me to get this ebook out there was anything BUT smooth but your positive, encouraging, feedback reminds me again and again how worth it the struggle was.

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your Instagram posts! your comments!

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your tweets! your emails!

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YOUR SUPPORT!

they have all fueled this little passion of mine and i am just gonna keep going, one foot in front of the other.

i thank you. with my whole heart, i thank you.

i don’t even know what i’m making for the tasting party yet and it’s this weekend!!!!!!!  ready to get my Rachael Ray ON though!

take advantage of this ebook sale- it ends Friday night  (Sept. 27th, 2013) at 11:59pm. click here, or click up top on the Fit Foodie Lean Ebook tab!  as always, tag me on IG: #fitfoodiele @fitfoodiele #fitclean2013

happy HUMP DAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

le

lululemon Journey Crops + #sunfamfun

soooo, what did you and your fam get into today?

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 we got fro-yo this evening to conclude my first ‘relaxed’ sunday in a really long time.  i was honestly emotional today thinking about the sunday class i no longer teach (we were in Miami this time last week so it was the furthest thing from my mind lol).  but now i’m back in town and i found myself letting those guilty feelings and thoughts creep back in concerning my decision to drop the class.  just taking it one sunday at a time.

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first off, let me just say how BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE i am from this past weekend’s Blog Elevated Conference.  just wow.  my brain is literally overflowing with info and i am JUST now sitting down to review it all. or at least try to.  pages and pages of notes.  a gigantic stack of business cards from the other awesome bloggers i met.  i’ll get to it all.  after this post!

i had the pleasure of testing out these fan-freakin-tastic Journey Cropped pants from Lululemon recently.

can you say ‘second skin’?

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they kept right up with all my shenanigans.  stretching, running, HIIT, treadmill, yoga, weight training, lounging, grocery shopping-  all of it.

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why i love and recommend the Journey Crops – 78.00:

  • compressive but comfortable
  • they fit like a glove / accentuates my shape and holds everything in place
  • high waist band to prevent muffin top
  • secret pocket
  • long & lean length
  • breathable, cool, sheer, lightweight mesh fabric on the back of the leg (hamstring and calve) area
  • mesh area is stylish not see-through
  • crazy comfortable

my 5:30am members got a kick outta my one-woman fashion show while up on the stage before class.

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they are made with Luon, Interlock Power Luxtreme, and mesh materials.  click to see how to take care of these fabrics and increase their lifespan.

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the Journey Crops are certainly Fit Foodie Le APPROVED!  in every color ;)

monday motivation:

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everyone who lost a fairy large amount of weight did so by adding in some form of physical activity.

even if it was a little bit, the fact that they were more active definitely contributed to their weight loss efforts.

what helps you stay consistent is finding something you enjoy!

trial and error. run. do yoga. dance. twerk. walk. bike. skip. jump. sprint. swim. ski. kickbox. jog. try it all.

just get up.

get active.

get moving.

le

zucchini pizza cruise ships + single leg deadlifts


that caption is PERFECT!!!  i freakin’ love this picture.

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i don’t know about you, but i need my daily dose of endorphins!  i got some this morning in the form of Total Conditioning. can you tell by those sweat stains?  afterwards, i took a moment to focus on my exercise pick of the week: single leg deadlifts.

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1. start in a standing position; knees soft, back flat, feet shoulder width apart, weights in front of your thighs, shoulders down and relaxed.  lift right leg slightly so foot is off the floor.

2. lower your torso forward/downward.  at the same time, raise your lifted leg, keeping it straight.

3. once stretch is felt mainly in your hamstrings and lower glutes, return to original position by raising torso and lowering the lifted leg.

4. straighten the knee of the supporting leg as torso becomes upright. try it again on the opposite leg! 4 sets of 12 on each leg with heavy ;) bells.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • the heavier the weight, the more challenging the exercise
  • keep your back flat all the way down and all the way up
  • hips remain square; try not to tilt or twist them. torso should face the front at all times.
  • go as far down as YOU feel comfy, not as far as your neighbor is going!
  • you can modify this exercise and keep your back toe on the ground for balance
  • keep your dumbbells super close to your body all the way down and all the way up.
  • which ever leg you are standing on should keep a soft knee ensure the weight is in your heel and not your toes

what they work: those glutes, hamstrings, lower back, core, trunk.

awesome. on to tha fooooooood!

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Zucchini Pizza Cruise Ships

the stuff:

  • 2 raw zucchini
  • 1 cup extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella almond cheese
  • 1/4 cup low sodium pizza sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash tomato basil no salt seasoning
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil

do this:

preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

halve raw zucchini (long ways) and scoop out the seeds and insides.  they should look like empty canoes once done. (don’t discard the insides! you can actually cook them back in with the meat if you’d like or eat them separately at a later date. either way, don’t waste!)

in a large skillet, set your burner to medium-high heat.  add chopped garlic and onions and sauté until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  add in your extra lean turkey meat, liquid aminos, pepper, dried basil, and Mrs. Dash seasoning.  stir/saute until cooked through completely and there is no more pink.

in a separate bowl, combine the pizza sauce and turkey meat crumbles.  then, divide and spoon this mixture evenly amongst your zucchini shells.

top the ships with your sliced tomato, shredded almond cheese, and finally, the chopped basil.

bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until your desired zucchini consistency.

serving size: 4 ships

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approximate stats for the entire recipe! (*remember, ingredients vary by the brands you use*)
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Q: how much does ‘heavy’ weigh?  

A: i am so sure i have answered this before, but here it is again!  you gotta implement a little trial and error.  i usually do 12-15 reps per set.  so, heavy for me equals pretty much struggling to finish on rep 8-10. it varies per exercise though! there is no set number across the board so to speak… you must see for yourself.  write your beginning numbers down to track your progress, and add weight gradually over time to get better , bigger, and stronger.  you’ll start seeing muscles you didn’t even know you had, watch!

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weight lifting has transformed not only my body, but my mind. confidence booster? heck yeah!  i no longer dread the dressing room mirror and i find myself trying on items i would normally shy away from.  better fitting clothes is definitely an advantage worth working for! i get emails here and there concerning that darn scale and how insecure it makes people feel. you are worth so much more than a silly NUMBER.  i don’t watch my weight anymore; i watch my body!

le

my 1st guest post!

i have been so blessed by my fitness journey thus far and i find great pleasure in showing LOVE right on back to others any way i can.  so, i present to you,  Melanie Bowen, fit foodie le’s first guest poster!


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you are making history, lady!  Melanie believes exercise can be a conduit for the healing of many different diseases (including cancer) by giving back energy levels, reducing stress, creating better blood flow, elevating fitness and mood levels, and encouraging a more positive outlook on life.  i could not agree more with her as exercise and fitness has always played so much more than just a physical role in my life.  read up!

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How Fitness Benefits the Cancer Patient

When a person is diagnosed with any critical disease such as cancer, including mesothelioma, the tendency is to relax, rest and just take the exhaustion brought on by the illness. Patients may believe that by sleeping and simply taking treatment prescribed by the doctor, that is the best they can do. What those diagnosed with cancer do not always realize, are the steps they can take outside of traditional treatment to better themselves and their prognosis. One thing modern research has shown is a strong connection between health and fitness.

Most know that for humans to be healthy they need to have adequate exercise and a good diet. Once cancer has diagnosed, somehow this knowledge become subjugated by concerns about treatment and life itself. While exercise and striving for fitness will not cure a critical disease, a fitness program, along with other treatments, helps the body fight the illness.

Even moderate exercise decreases the risk of getting cancer. After a diagnosis, exercise provides any number of positive benefits. According to the National Cancer Institute and many other studies, exercise increases the quality of life for those fighting cancer.

Exercise helps keep the body toned and the blood circulating more freely. This strengthens blood vessels and nerves, which can be damaged during certain treatments. Lying around only brings on depression and a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness. Exercise gets a person up and moving and feeling alive. Attitude means a lot during cancer treatment and helps predict who will survive and who will succumb. Exercise and fitness elevates mood, which encourages a more positive outlook on life, possibilities and treatment.

Fitness promotes health in those fighting cancerby keeping weight at an optimum level, reducing the possibility of developing either diabetes or high blood pressure, and by helping to maintain the strength and flexibility of bones and joints.

Some cancers cause weight loss and loss of muscle mass. Exercise helps keep muscles strong and flexible. This, in turn, means the cancer patient can be more active and self-reliant. The more those with cancer can do for themselves the better they feel about themselves and the more self-confident they will feel.

Of course, any fitness program needs to be geared to the abilities and health situation of each individual. Those newly diagnosed and those in remission may be able to follow more difficult regimens than someone who is weak from the disease and treatment. Exercise should be tailored to strengthen weaknesses, allowing the body a better chance to fight the cancer. So, talk to your doctor and get started on a program today!

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Lying around only brings on depression and a feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.’ so powerful and so true.  exercise produces and stimulates those awesome endorphins that helps us feel better, physically and mentally.  right on, Mel, right on.  does this apply to you or someone close to you?  spread the word on the benefits of physical activity! even better, join them and do it together!

thank you sharing your article and story with my readers, Melanie. many thanks!

le

 

basil boobie bells


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immediately after this morning’s class! a good friend of mine told me she was coming to see me and she showed up as promised :) i know how tough a 5:30am appointment can be to make, and i was so happy to see her again.  i expressed my gratitude by kicking her butt, lol!  1 hour of total body conditioning later, we were outta there for the day.

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a little later, i took Chiso to an Easter Egg Hunt that was being held at Discovery Green downtown.  they always have something going on there for all ages, love it!  we made it exactly 3 minutes before it started, but mommy forgot to put money in the meter so we had to speed walk all the way back to the truck. the meter maid  actually met us there and had the ticket in hand and everything that fast!!!! he let me make it this time though, thank God. #whew

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they let the 0 – 2 kiddos go first, so we made it back in time for Chiso to grab a few eggs. i cherish spending time with my little Stank Tank.

on to tha fooooood!  i got some sliced rotisserie chicken from the HEB deli earlier this week, so i chopped it up and topped my spring mix salad with it for meal 3.  it also had strawberries, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, pecans, fat-free feta, cracked black pepper, and a couple drizzles of Walden Farms raspberry vinaigrette.

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 so about those bell peppers!  how many pics of these guys did i take? lots.

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they were on sale at Kroger at the time 10 for 10 dollars, so i bought a bunch of ‘em.

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then we walked to the mailbox later that evening and lookie there!  perfect timing for the cover of one of my fave mags! what a coincidence.  at least i think that’s what happened. i don’t remember anymore cause this post has been a draft since the end of January :lol: sounds about right though.
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basil boobie bells

the stuff:

  • 4 large bell peppers
  • 2 large chicken breasts (or ground turkey, ground chicken)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice (or quinoa, or couscous)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp mrs. dash southwest chipotle seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2  cup low sodium oregano, garlic tomato sauce
  • 1 – 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (or shredded parmesan, or fat-free feta)
  • no stick cooking spray

do this:

1. preheat your oven to 375 degrees. cut the tops off of your peppers, remove the seeds, and if need be, cut the bottoms to ensure they sit flat in your pan.

2. spray both your baking pan and a medium heated skillet with no-stick cooking spray.

3.  add the chopped garlic and onion to the hot skillet, and saute until translucent (2-3 minutes)

4. add raw, chopped chicken, liquid aminos, herbs, and spices; cook through until there is no more pink (5-7 minutes)

5. add the cooked rice, tomato sauce, chopped tomato and goat cheese, then turn off the heat and mix well.

6.  situate your peppers into your baking pan, and distribute the mixture evenly between all four peppers.

7. bake for 40-50 minutes or until tender.

8. top with more fresh basil, let them cool, then eat ‘em up.

per bell pepper! remember the stats change depending on your substitutions ;)

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let the bell pepper pic collage ensue:
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also, if you haven’t seen it on Instagram yet,  i’m running a contest that started yesterday (monday) and will end this FRIDAY! you MUST like the Fit Foodie Le Facebook Fan Page if you haven’t already- i will pick one lucky fan to win something seriously cool. health and fitness related of course! spread the word, please and thank you!

le

6 Pack USA @ HBU’s Be Fit for Life Health Expo!


what a DAY!  we spent over half of our saturday at our very first event, the Be Fit For Life Health Expo hosted by Student Apprentice on the campus of Houston Baptist University.

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it was an outstanding turnout- kids from ages 12-17 showed up and soaked in a ton of health and fitness info at each booth.

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we taught the kids about effective fitness and nutrition, and about 6 Pack USA’s role in helping people achieve their fitness goals.

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this man was in his element and doin’ what he looooooves to do- TALK :lol:
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Sonny and Brian gave demos on how to calculate lean body mass and body fat using a caliper.

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and i proved that clean eating DOES taste good with my PB2 oatmeal carob chip cookies for the babies!

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Congressman Al Green even stopped by to say a few encouraging words to the kiddos.

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it was a pleasure meeting him!

 we also had some help from some great friends of ours- a huge thank you to Miko (r) the Zumba QUEEN for teaching a rockin’ class! that girl can seriously MOVE.

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these ladies are the BOMB!  Miko, Kara and Annette (r) volunteered their precious saturday to help 6 Pack USA make the biggest impact possible.

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one last pic before wrappin’ up the first part of the expo here.

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Whole Foods was in the building teaching the kids about fresh, wholesome, all natural snacks and meal ideas,

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while Annette was giving them a great workout, TKB style!  she is the best of the best!

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Miko was workin’ it out on the floor with her Zumba skills,

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while Brian, Kara, and I ran drills in the gym and stressed the importance of daily physical activity.

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done deal!

we are looking forward to growing, networking, and participating in more health and fitness events in our community, city, and beyond.  a final and gigantic THANK YOU to Denesha James and the entire Student Apprentice staff for allowing us to be apart of this amazing event.

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after several weeks of planning, meetings, phone calls, and late nights prepping for this event, Sonny was ready to let loose!  Tornado burger style.

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someone brought one to his office just last week and he says it smelled so good he wouldn’t even LOOK in its direction. so, he wanted it to be his epic post-expo meal. notice i said HE!!! i wanted no parts of this lol.
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ok maybe a few fries.

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are you kidding me…

i didn’t IG this cause i didn’t want to discourage my followers LOL.  but i said i would certainly blog it!  i did have a bite- i could NOT resist all that cheese, come on!  i saved my appetite for a little later though.

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we take our date nights SERIOUSLY.  this is not a game.  the expo was behind us, and  since we were toddler-less for a few more hours, we sped home and got cleaned up for dinner.  the weather was absolutely outstanding, and a patio was calling our name.

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i promise we planned to go somewhere different…

i had the Ruggles Green atlantic salmon salad with the dressing on the side,

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and grilled fish tacos on corn tortillas for Sonny.  we could have at least ordered something different, right?

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6 fingers up for 6 Pack USA!

le