light whole wheat pineapple upside down cake & home HIIT moves

i had a little cabin fever Tuesday after my Total Conditioning class was canceled cause of the freezing temps and icy Houston roads. i have to be honest with you guys… home workouts are still hard for me to get through :shock: . being up in front of my class at the gym is my motivation to keep going and never quit. i know my members are looking up to me for motivation but they provide the exact same thing for me.  i’m 58 times more likely to stop when it burns when i’m at home. when i’m up on stage i don’t feel a thing. i just look at my HR watch an hour later and it says 800+ calories burned :lol: . anyway, i make up my class routines the night before so i pretty much did the whole thing without a step bench in my dining room and got a really good sweat going.

got the job done. try some of these exercises for getting your heart rate UP.

HIIT is great for burning fat while keeping all your hard-earned muscle, e.g. like sprinting on a track or treadmill.  you can only hold this high rate of intensity for so long, so you give it all you got for 30 seconds – 1 minute then recover. i do it gradually by starting with a basic exercise move then building on it from there (see example vid above).  my heart rate has to stay in the safe range of 140-150 since i’m preggo, so i don’t go full throttle anymore. but YOU can! if you’re not preggo.  if you have never taken Total Conditioning at Lifetime Fitness, YOU MUST.

on to one of my favorite cakes to eat growing up.  i don’t have it often at all and i didn’t want to have to resort to a boxed cake mix (even though they taste awesome too) so i created this one. finally got it right on the 3rd try.

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light whole wheat pineapple upside down cake

the stuff:

  • 1/3 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 2 tbsp organic whipped buttery spread (i used Earth Balance)
  • 7 fresh or canned pineapple slices
  • 3.5 **maraschino cherries
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple juice (you can use more milk if you’d like)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour OR cake flour (i used King Arthur)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut crystals (or organic brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

do this:

  1. preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. coat a 9 inch round or square pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  3. melt and coat the bottom of your pan with whipped butter spread until even.
  4. next, sprinkle 1/3 cup of coconut crystals in the bottom of your pan on top of the butter.
  5. lay pineapple rings flat in bottom of pan; place cherry halves in center of the rings.
  6. mix egg, 2/3 cup coconut crystals, coconut oil, milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
  7. in a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder well.
  8. slowly add your wet mixture to your dry and stir until all combined, no lumps.
  9. pour batter on top of pineapple rings evenly.
  10. bake for 30-33 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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let it cool, then flip the pan over and convert it onto a plate. see below.

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 ta-da.

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**let’s chat. maraschino cherries are not healthy. no way around it.  i used them cause they just go with the standard pineapple upside down cake recipe. they just do. it’s not the same without them. you don’t have to use them though! chances are you don’t even have any in your fridge anyway. you can actually make them yourself using fresh cherries, or find another fruit to use. be creative.

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i equate the area under the individual pineapple slice as one serving, so there are seven up there.

per 1 serving: 264 calories, 10g fat, 38g carbs, 4g protein.

not too shabby when compared to Betty’s stats ;)

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so i’m taking my very first cooking class at Sur La Table tomorrow, aaaagggghhh!!!! and guess what we’re making?! the best food ever on earth. homemade PIZZA.  this class had my name all over it.  i plan to start teaching my own cooking & exercise classes as early as next month so i’m getting all the tips, info, and advice i can stuff into my brain. more details to come VERY soon- it’s pretty much February already :shock:

le

chevron houston marathon weekend 2014

quick announcement that may or may not affect you, my dear reader:

when i started my blog  2 years ago, i named it foodielovinle.com.  a few weeks later, i had a change of heart and felt that name didn’t really scream food and fitness, my two main loves. so, i changed it to fitfoodiele.com.  perfect! my site was searchable by either domain cause i purchased both of them.  howeverrrr, foodielovinle.com is about to expire and i’m willing to let it go, but not without telling you first! which means, if you have foodielovinle.com bookmarked in your web browser, it won’t work anymore as of yesterday. lol. better late than never.  it’s been a long weekend yall.  my site is not down or having any issues; you’ll just need to update your bookmark to http://www.fitfoodiele.com. that’s all! just a heads up! alright, on to the good stuff.

the Chevron Houston running events happened this weekend!  the 5k is now run on Saturday morning, and the half and full marathons are run on Sunday morning.  this was my very first time volunteering instead of running and i was just as excited to be up in the place and around all the action. there is always so much excitement in the air the entire weekend- from the expo inside the GRB to the actual races. the crowd, the energy… can’t get enough of that feeling.

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Sonny thought i was crazy for leaving our nice warm bed to head downtown at 4 something in the morning to not even be running. hey, it’s just a runners thing!  i checked in with the race crew team, got a t-shirt, jacket, lanyard, and complimentary breakfast (a blueberry bagel and coffee that i just wanted to smell, not drink :shock: ) .  then.. they put this bright yellow ‘got a question? ask me.’ vest on me and things got crazy. i didn’t have a chance to study the answers before the test :lol: so i did the best i could. a couple of people caught me off guard with their questions and i pointed them in the direction of some help, but after that ‘where is the start line?’ was the only thing people cared to know. whew.

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before i actually headed outside though, i met up with a super sweet, longtime reader and fellow blogger & runner, Liss!! she emailed me a few days before the big race letting me know she’d be in town running and wanted to meet up.  well heck yes i agreed!  she blazed through the half marathon and finished under two hours, nice. CONGRATS to you and your hubby on finishing!  great meeting you, Liss ;)

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ok, outside i scurried and was posted up near this awesome spot. seems like every photographer (professional and amateur) stopped to get this shot before they closed it up so the runners could come through around 7:40am.

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‘if you’re gonna cross, now’s the time!’

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 to witness Meb Keflezighi tear up the pavement and finish the half marathon in 1:01:23 live was AWESOME!!! since i’m always running i never get to actually witness a first place finish.  it takes me two hours to do what he did in one. mind blown. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all runners!

i was literally just happy to be there.  so..why didn’t i run?  i’ve been avoiding this question. lol. turns out i hadn’t registered for the 5k like i though i had. by the time i realized i wasn’t in the system (yes, i found out at the actual Expo on Friday and almost let it ruin my entire day), the race was completely sold out.  the half and full marathons fill up months in advance, but the 5k is usually still open…but not this year! so i had to find a way to be there anyway and volunteering was the next best thing. #dumbmoment #over

 my next 5k is in 5 days and over in the side bar. check it out!

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happy MLK day to you.

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

 

FanuMe Life Fair + Mai’s Restaurant


i reeeeally missed my saturday morning workout.  but i had a good excuse reason as i certainly could have gotten up super early and went for a run.  we were up and outta the door by 7am  getting ready for the FanuMe Life Fair!

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our fellow UH COOG, Faith, invited us to participate in her event and we were completely honored to do so.  we had a 6 Pack USA booth and represented our company and also pushed my new ebook, Fit Foodie Lean.

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i even did a radio interview with Reyna from KSBJ (or tried to :shock: ) lol! i was so nervous.

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this running your own business thing can be pretty darn tough.  tougher than i ever thought.  but when God gives you a vision you have to trust Him and WALK.  i have a tendency to over complicate things though, let Sonny tell it.   regardless, working beside my husband has been a great, great blessing in my life.  we are both super competitive, but we do our best to remember that we are a team and to always work together, not against each other.

 we’ve started a tradition (not that we don’t go out to eat to celebrate everything else already) to go out for a meal together immediately after a business event to relax, reflect, and discuss how it all went and address our areas of improvement.

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we found a gold mine this time.

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Sonny actually had another restaurant picked out, but after discussing the idea of a Vietnamese option out loud in Academy Sports and Outdoors, this ear hustling guy came outta no where and suggested Mai’s in downtown Houston.  j/k, Sonny just talks extremely loud.  so we trusted him and went for it.

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i started out with a house green salad and then things just got crazy.

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we tried some pho (first timers!) with a combo of rare beef, tripe, and meatballs.  that broth…….

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this is called ‘catfish in a clay pot’.  doesn’t matter what kinda pot it came in. so dang yummy.  the sweet and sour flavors made this dish pretty awesome.

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i ordered the garlic chicken and vegetables and added asparagus as our waitress recommended and she was spot on!  she said the meat was already marinated in the sauce, so i could not get it on the side this time.

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sat. tis. fied.

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:)

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the 80/20 rule (80% clean, 20 indulge, enjoy, and LIVE) was in full effect this weekend.

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see?

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 we stopped after that.

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i was back at it today, but full of sodium, fluffiness, and zero motivation from yesterday’s meals no doubt.  been drinking a ton of water to help with the bloating.  no regrets though, ever.  it will wear off;  it always does. i taught my class and even had enough energy to hop on the stairmaster and get this puppy done:

minutes

level/speed activity
0-2 50 single step warmup
2-3 60 every other step w/ alternating back leg lift
3-4 90-100 side step right
4-5 60

every other step w/ alternating back leg lift

5-6 90-100 side step left
6-7 60 every other step w/ alternating back leg lift
7-7:30 90-100 side step left
7:30-8 90-100 side step right
8-9 90-100 every other step w/ alternating back leg lift
9-10 90-100

single step

 repeat!  and absolutely NO HANDS ;)  why is the stairmaster so cool?  after reading these benefits, you’ll agree.

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our cousin Anthony got Chiso a personalized Rocket’s shirt and some new kicks!  he sported his fit today at our family gym date.

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he wasn’t too interested in shooting hoops with me though- too busy watching his papa.

IMG_20130727_071556friends, always count your blessings, not your problems.  we live in an imperfect word filled with imperfect people.  once you accept this fact and live in the NOW, life gets a whole lot easier and your perspective changes for the better.

 have a great night.  it’s a new week- here we gooooo

le

The Color Run 5k – Houston

what.a.BLAST this morning!  this was my first time participating in the The Color Run 5k and imo,  everything was set up perfectly.  because i have a goal of hosting my own 5k one day, i took special note of well, everything.  instead of just showing up to run, i tried my best to pay attention to all the minor details that go into making a 5k (or any distance really) so great, fun, and memorable.  and BOY am i overwhelmed!!! but hey:

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never settle for good, mediocre, or average because you weren’t created to do good, mediocre, or average things!

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packet pickup was at Rei and i had never even been inside the store until then.  there was soooo much Color Run paraphernalia to choose from it’s not even funny!  shorts, fanny packs, drawstring back packs, tanks, frisbees, bandanas, socks,

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and sunglasses!

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pre-race breakfast was an egg-white omelette (with some shredded and melted parmesan cheese that was thrown on top as it cooked), fresh spinach, tomato, and honey mustard on Nature’s Own double fiber wheat bread.  no oatmeal this time as it can come back to haunt ya real quick if you know what i mean, especially on longer runs.  no pun intended. L O L.   however 5k’s are over rather quickly.

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that’s my sweet, fab, supportive friend Kara!

our driver (Sonny) so graciously snapped some pics of us right after we jumped outta the truck and headed to the start line.

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i met up with more great friends on our way to the start line- hey Roberto, Ana, and Kara’s fingers! *waving*

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i had NO idea how popular this run was!!!  our team was set for takeoff at 9am, but we didn’t make it all the way to the front as it was just too crowded.  to avoid so many people on the course at once, they created several ‘waves’ and our start time was unexpectedly pushed back more than a little bit.  this was terrible because somebody had to drive back across town to teach class in less than 2 hours. yep….me. when i signed up for the race i was so excited about participating i forgot about my class!!!! pushing it, yes, but i knew both could be done.  i can’t and won’t let my members down. or waste 50 bucks :lol:

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i heard somebody was not feelin’ the weather change this morning. it dropped to around 50 degrees outta no where.

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but we finished strong. it was bob and weave, stop and go the entire way. this was the first untimed race i’ve ever participated in and it was a true fun run with an emphasis on fun! people were clearly not concerned with breaking any PR’s lol.   it’s a huge, family and friends type event for sure, and i DEFINITELY recommend this race for anybody’s very first 5k.

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the Fit Foodies meant business though! we turned on our heart rate monitors and did our thing. Kara and i pretty much have the same running pace, so we started and finished together.

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Kind Bars! i see these guys in Whole Foods all the time and they look scrumptious, right? they were giving out these two flavors and OH BOY…

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this peanut butter and strawberry flavor was uhhhmazing. tasted like a sticky, chewy, pb and jelly bar sammich.  these are the only samples i could get my hands on before having to head out.

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going and coming, literally. i missed out on tons of pictures and good ol’ fashioned color fun and could not stay to meet up with and party with the other runners at all:(  you live and you learn. this was our first Fit Foodies event and we have only just begun to scratch the surface.  so seriously,  NO WORRIES if you weren’t able to make it this morning, there are too many races coming up to dwell on one!  just know that plenty of advanced noticed will be provided next time, you have my word.

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we sped across town and made it just in time.  did i shower first? heck no! i didn’t have time anyway! 1 hour of total conditioning and a family shoulder workout later,

(alternating punches with dumbbells for 1 minute straight w/ Kara, my bro Brian, my hubby, and i )

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TOAST was not the word.

  i’m gonna put this in the side bar over there, but the Green 6.2 will be held on April 27th, 2013. that’s next month yall! email me if you’d like to run with the Fit Foodies team. the earlier you register, the cheaper the price.  set a goal and let’s go for it, together.  le@fitfoodiele.com

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alright…had this dressing tonight and it’s  definitely gonna be added to the FFL approved list!  Walden Farms Raspberry Vinaigrette.  it’s great as a salad dressing, but i’m positive it would work as a marinade for fish or chicken too.  try it! i like.

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250mg of sodium per 2 tbsp and you know the rest: calorie, gluten, fat, sugar, carb, and cholesterol-FREE.

 more q & a in the upcoming posts, fyi.

start this week off STRONG!!!

le



 












Join Team Fit Foodies! The Color Run 5K – Houston

heeeeey!  do you see the upcoming race over there in the side bar??? ——> it’s the The Color Run 5K Houston!

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how would YOU like to be apart of Team Fit Foodies and get your run on with me!?  i’ll provide more notice on the next run, but if you’re primed and ready, let’s hit the streets of Houston together this weekend, March 24th, 2013!

i’m looking to fill 8 spots on the Fit Foodies team and the only requirement for this race is to FINISH. and of course to have major fun doing it ;)  if you are interested and local, email me ASAP: le@fitfoodiele.com and i’ll send you the invite/link to join our team.  you’ve got 6 days!

from the novice or 1st time 5k runner to the olympian, let’s make this happen and achieve our goals, together!  come for the camaraderie, motivation, inspiration, some exercise, and to support our veterans with PTSD.

come rep for the Fit Foodies with me!!

le

run ON! Bayou City Classic 10k ’13

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pre-race breakfast was 2 egg whites and a big bowl of expanding oats (1/2 cup rolled oats cooked in 1 cup water and 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk) topped with frozen blueberries, banana chunks and cinnamon!  i normally don’t eat THAT much before a long run, but i woke up so hungry that i had to put something in my system that would stick.

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walking to the start line  with no rain this time!  last year it rained the entire race AND during the post-race party, boooo.

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 traditional feet pic :lol:

52-53 min and some change later,

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DONEZO! the route was a tad bit different this year and there were hills, hill, and mo hills, whew.  that Allen Parkway is a beast.

oh how i wish i could have taken pics of all the inspirational and funny things i saw:

1. i had just made it to the halfway point when a woman on a bike heading the opposite way yelled out ‘it’s fit foodie!!!’ are you kidding me!? if you could have SEEN my face light the heck UP as i cheesed, waved, and yelled hello back! i could not see you very well at ALL but THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY YEAR, LADY!!  XOXO!

2.  spectator sign: ‘don’t stop! ain’t nobody got time fo dat!’

3.  people often run in teams or ‘centipedes’ and are linked together by a rope of some sort so that they can finish together. teamwork at its finest!   i passed a team with a gentleman running alongside his IV.  i did a double take for sure!  yes, the stand with the wheels, the fluid bag, the WHOLE NINE.  he was out there doing his thing.  if he can….

4. one thing i did NOT witness was someone biting the dust, hard.  happens every year.  people, you gotta watch where you are going, especially running in the streets of downtown Houston. *knocks on wood*

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ran into a college buddy of mine just before hitting up the post-race party.  amazing run, Warren!

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first things first, had to get my t-shirt before the line got too crazy. this was nothin.

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i tucked it away in my bag cause i needed two free hands for all the samples i was about to acquire!! here we go:

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could it be?  yep, Blue Bell ice cream sandwiches and fruit pops.

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stopped by the Clif Bar sample station,

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the My Fit Foods associate called this mixture ‘Morning Glory’.  it’s brown rice, eggs, lean ground turkey, and cheese all mixed together. it was good and something i’d throw together at home for sure.

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fresh fruit (bananas and oranges), cereal bars, and scones were provided by Whole Foods,

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and Fuel Kitchen supplied the breakfast tacos this year, not HEB.  they were delicious though- i had eggs and chorizo in mine.  a friend has been raving about the Philadelphia location to me and i can finally go experience the food for myself, sweet!
20130309_091122great turn out again this year!  always a pleasure and honor to participate in helping preserve Houston’s bayous, trees, and the environment :)

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goodie bag, food, coupons, t-shirt. it’s a wrap. time for a nap.

there were tons more sponsors there, check out the ones i didn’t mention.

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4 years running and counting!

Q: have you eaten at Fuel Kitchen & Health Bar? is there one in your city?

le

pizza pizza

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a doorstep package is so awesome to wake up to!!!! especially when you’ve been anticipating it’s arrival.  what is it? oooh just my next product review.  and it’s food this time *pistol fingers*

we had a crazy weekend and hit up three 30th birthday parties for our friends.  30 is a huge milestone and we were honored to have been invited to help celebrate with each of them!

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Friday night party #1 was for Nichola *whistles*

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2nd Friday night party was for Evelyn- that dress was as hot as the woman in it!!

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and finally, we ended our saturday evening with Melanie-  just flawless!

all three of them brought 30 in RIGHT and in their own way-  THAT is how you do it!

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hanging on this guy’s arm always makes for a fun night.  i follow @chalenejohnson on IG and she has motivated me tremendously concerning the importance of keeping family in the forefront in the midst of taking care of myself, and i encourage you to do the same!  i don’t take our date nights for granted and really cherish and enjoy my toddler-less time with Sonny. felt like we were back in college with all this partying for a sec, oh boy!

but back to saturday morning- it began with maple almond butter banana burgers for Chiso and i.  fun to make, fun to eat.

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he goes crazy for these things!  all flavors of Justin’s nut butters work, especially the chocolate hazelnut and chocolate almond butter. yummers.

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we followed up breakfast with a visit to the gym.  i got sweaty on the elliptical with some fat burning cardio, shot some hoops with Chiso, and we got up outta there.

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you should know by now what we did next!!  it’s a saturday ritual, come on now.  just a short trip this time though:

  • sara lee 45 calories and delightful whole wheat bread
  • unsweetened apple sauce
  • fresh blackberries (on sale)
  • fresh strawberries (on sale)
  • sweet potatoes
  • grapefruit
  • bananas
  • frozen tilapia
  • wheat bran
  • oat bran
  • red bell peppers (on sale)
  • Walden Farms pancake syrup

Q: how do i get started with cleaner eating?

A: very popular question as of late, but the answer is simple.  in the grocery store!!  buy and keep the right stuff (wholesome, fresh, natural, no-low processed foods)  in your fridge so you’ll always be prepared to make nutritious, healthy meals.  check out my ‘the right stuff’ section for some of the brands and items i purchase and use daily.

we usually do the family thing on Sundays;  Sonny went to a house party recently and would not stop raving about the incredible slice of pizza he had eaten!  i needed to see what all the hype was about, so we made it  a date.

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if you’re a Houstonian, i’m sure you’ve either passed this place or been here yourself several times.  and hey, they are on Instagram too-  they commented on the pic i IG’ed earlier, how cool! check’em out: @starpizza

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we ordered 1 slice of whole wheat cheese pizza for Chi and he went to TOWN on it.

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i was impressed by the super wide range of toppings, and was relieved to see that you could order single slices instead of being forced into buying a whole pizza.  it’s the little things.

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i got a slice of whole wheat, thin crust, zucchini, grilled chicken, and pineapple with plenty of hot, melty, gooey, mozzarella cheese.  no words besides insanely delicious.

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and then that monstrosity hit the table.  that is a WORK OF ART.

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half salsa verde, half supreme deep. dish. pizza. :shock:  if you haven’t been yet, i bet you’re going now.  night!

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

chicken PB2 pad thai + TJ’s trip

let’s pretend today is yesterday, ok? ok.


i made pb chicken pad thai for an Instagram challenge last night for dinner.  IG can be so addictive! i’ve been seeing a number of ‘i need to get away from technology and focus on my life and the plan God has for me….etc.’ posts lately from some of the health and fitness peeps i follow.  it’s admirable, long as it’s not a publicity stunt or anything.  it takes a LOT to step away from technology for a few hours, days, or even weeks nowadays.  anyway, i get it.  what is IG to you though anyway? a ‘likes’ contest? are you secretly competing with someone? a business opportunity?  marketing tool? searching for who can flex the hardest?  seeing what celebs are up to? seeing who can make their plate of food the prettiest? finding who can wear the least amount of clothes? lmbo (not really).  i said all that to say it’s cool to be inspired and build off of what you see in your feed, but stay true to YOURSELF.  after all, it’s your account.  it’s tough to be original once your mind has been tainted with what everybody else is doing.   on top of all that, IG can be a huuuuge distraction, like facebook.  sometimes you gotta put the phone down,  log off your computer and just live…..  technology-free.

*inhale….exhale*
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so i adapted this from my own PB2 Shrimp Pad Thai recipe, but i used chicken breasts and fettucine miracle noodles instead of kelp.

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aaaand i added a yellow bell pepper along with the red.  everything else is the same.

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ooooh these noodles are simply amazing and went PERFECT with this dish i tell you, perfect.  my relationship with kelp is officially OVER, thanks to my affair with miracle noodles. *chunks deuce*

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eye-popping color and freshness goin’ on up in that pot!

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letting the flavors marry for the last few minutes…

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and bam! plated up! no cashews….i used pistachios and it was an even exchange.  ok, the pistachios really was the last thing i altered, whoops.

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yummay &  healthay.

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i worked the leggies at the gym this morning! how do i get my calves to pop?  4 x 25 of calve raises in between leg press sets.

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flexin’ in btw squat sets.
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afterwards, my Stank Tank and i had lunch in the Life Cafe that started out with some Snikiddy grilled cheese puffs.

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we’re fans of Snikiddy all natural snacks-  they sell the huuuuge bags in sams and costco, fyi.

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i ordered half a cheese pizza with whole wheat crust 2% mozzarella for Chiso (yes more cheeeeese),

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and a turkey avocado sammich on Udi’s gluten-free whole grain bread for moi.  this was my first time having Udi’s bread and i liked it cause it was thick and actually kinda sweet, like challah bread or even a coarse pound cake!  however, like Ezekiel, the slices are kinda small, and the price is kinda big. Natures Own and Sara Lee have the regular size bread and for less cals and price.

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nevertheless, both halves were gone in about 2 minutes.
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the weather was GORGEOUS, so we took to the courtyard for a little bit to play.  funny, i remember bringing Chi out here and all he could do was crawl and watch the other kids play and jump over him.  yeah, i had a moment.

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 our next stop- Trader Joe’s Houston numero TWO!!!! i took this pic from the car so i wouldn’t seem like an, i don’t know…TJ’s stan?

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 they said it was coming…and it’s here.  crunchy cookie butter. *shakes first*

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i walked down this aisle for f…o…r…e…v…e..r.  TJ’s  literally has chocolate covered everything you can think of.  some of THE oddest combos just go together.

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i didn’t do too bad- walked away with only a handful of items i don’t need, like these. cinnamon sugar (15 cals per tsp) and sugar chocolate coffee bean (calorie-free) ‘sprinkles’ or dust, or whatever you wanna call it.

first victim – PB2 topped whole wheat toast.

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so…how are yours coming along?

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  whether short-term or long, sow your seeds NOW and as often as possible, and knock’em out one by one.  happy to be sharing some of mine very soon!

le