4 weeks pp + Dego’s 1 month mark

last night i said i was going to get up at the crack of dawn this morning and not just get my treadmill interval workout in, but to pop up on my 5:30am class to say hi while i was at it! i made me some hot coffee and headed out, Beats and ipod in tow.

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i kinda forgot to factor in feeding my newborn before leaving though so i arrived way after class started.  it was SO good to see old and new faces all across the studio when i peeked my head in the door!  i caught up with some of my regulars after class finished and they only made me more anxious to put that mic on again.

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cardio killaaaaa. i was hoping to be cleared to lift this week, but my OB’s schedule is jam packed!!! huge bummer. still crossing my fingers to be worked in somehow. else i’ll just wait ’til next week.

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Chiso woke up and requested pancakes, so he got’em.  i made him a stack of my WW Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Birthday Cakes complete with dolphin sprinkles and he almost finished the stack by himself!  i gladly killed the rest. remember, you can also sub blueberries for the chocolate chips.

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who’s 1 month today? that guy! i asked Sonny does 4 weeks make it one month, or will July 17th make it one month… idk and too lazy to Google. close enough.  also up until today, smiles from Dego were only reserved for Chiso. i finally got mine :)

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our God is an awesome God.  i make an effort to praise Him for all things, both great and especially small.  after receiving and reviewing Dego’s newborn screening results in the mail a few days ago i began to thank Him repeatedly.  i was instantly reminded of the time in my life when my thoughts consumed me and convinced me that i was unable to bear any children, ever.  God has blessed us with healthy baby boy #2, and for that we give Him all the glory.

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this is so funny because i actually remember doing this to my mom.  putting my face on the floor to see her feet while calling her name over and over again and everything.  well it’s payback time!  who am i kidding… once Chiso doesn’t give a flying hoot about my whereabouts i’m gonna have a mommy moment…

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grilled sirloin steak and taters for dinner tonight.  we’ve been outta sweet taters and they are exactly what i need to keep me feeling fuller longer between meals.  the steak was marinated in some Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette, pinch of sea salt and black pepper before i tossed it in my grill pan.  that delicious sauce is just Grey Poupon mild and creamy mustard (which is calorie free, sugar free, and fat free) sauteed with white mushrooms. it’s bananas!

Q: how do you like your steak cooked?  

blood = no bueno. can’t do it. well done, please.

le

 

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

what.a.morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

homemade whole wheat pizza crust

the stuff:

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

do this: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

le

Perfect Pizza @ Sur la table: a Benihana-like experience

well what a glorious, gluten-filled afternoon i had yesterday at Sur la table!

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amazing instructors produce amazing classes. i loved Amanda’s personality and she was so dang funny and entertaining! like genuinely funny,  not corny, forced funny.

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i referred to this as a ‘Benihana-like Experience’ because depending on how big your party is, you have to sit and eat your meal in close proximity with people you’ve never met before.  you know how it’s kinda awkward and quiet when you first start/sit down (it was only 4 of us) but by the end you’re laughing, high-fiving and taking pics with each other.  same difference.  food DOES bring people together.

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Amanda was very detailed & thorough with all of her demos.  she showed us how to prepare the pizza dough and chop fresh herbs and onions correctly early on.

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she introduced this little gadget here, a garlic peeler. i loved it so much i told myself i wasn’t leaving without one.  you throw a bulb of garlic in this plastic, regular looking tube, apply pressure, and roll it over on itself a few times and boom! clean garlic bulb. i know i could prolly make one using something random at home but i went ahead and got a cute one for my kitchen.

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seven minutes after we watched Amanda assemble the very first pizza, it was hot and ready. and so were we to gobble it up.  after that tease, it was finally time for us to make our own!

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not too bad, right!? the pizza was so good i couldn’t even put it down for the pic. DELICIOUS.

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 i am totally ready to duplicate this at home!!!

for the next round of pizzas, we incorporated a semi-homemade pizza sauce.  yeeeeeeeah i’m gonna chill on buying the jarred stuff for now since this was so darn easy and tasty.

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 an immersion blender is on my kitchen gadget list man! not having to wait until my pot cools slightly before adding a mixture to my blender or food processor THEN put it back in the pot to reheat was pretty convenient.  i took a turn and helped turn our chunky tomato sauce smooth.  it was magical.

whats in there:

  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2-3 minced cloves garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • S & P to taste
  • oregano
  • pinch of sugar

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my 2nd pizza had italian sausage, pizza sauce, blanched broccoli rabe, sliced roma tomatoes, and all three cheeses. all of them. i guess you could say i’m craving cheese this pregnancy. every single day.

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isn’t he handsome? my station was right next to this guy and he is still on my list too. in due time.

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my pizzas were shaped like Florida. or Italy. or something.

takeaways:

  • per Amanda: to incorporate whole wheat into your dough, use whole wheat pastry flour as it is lighter in texture than ordinary whole wheat flour.

  • if recipe calls for 1 cup of bread flour, use a  1/2 cup bread flour & 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour ratio and so on.

  • use a generous amount of corn meal underneath your pizza to make it slide-able when transporting the pie to the pizza stone.

  • buy a pizza stone.

  • as your oven pre-heats, the pizza stone should be sitting in there doing the same. it needs to be SUPER hot.

  • buy a garlic peeler.

  • hurry up and teach my cooking class as this was so much FUN!!!! i can’t wait to share this experience with others interested in eating healthier at home without compromising flavor. details to follow soon.

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i had to pick the broccoli rabe off and eat it myself first but Chiso tore this UP when i got home.  incorporating the whole wheat pastry flour is next and i hope it doesn’t change the light, chewy/crunchy texture too much. we’ll see.

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i left with a garlic peeler, a metal scraper thing that doubles as a ruler, dough cutter (among other things), and some cookie cutters that were on sale for 76 cents each. i got all our first initials! happy friday!

Q: what kitchen gadget can you not live without?

Q: do you have a garlic peeler?

Q: why didn’t you tell me about it :shock:

le

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

part I: core exercises for preggo patties & newbies

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

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

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

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

#1. center plank variations:

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

keep your:

body flat

 hips towards the floor

 booty down

chest lifted

shoulders down and square

then try this low-high plank transition move:

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

more hi/low center plank variations to try:

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

#2. side plank variations:

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

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

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

le

all natural + BOO

image(1)there are so many cute Halloween snacks on Pinterest and IG and this is as creative as i could get this morning.  that rain pouring down outside explains that face-  it’s supposed to last all day here in Houston!

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a year ago today…whew.  now he talks back and can operate an iPad better than his grandparents.

anyway, we’ll be carving pumpkins indoors tonight then.

***because it took me all day to get this post up, i’m happy to announce the sun is now, in fact, OUT!****

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up early livin’ the FITzee lifestyle this morning and getting my workout in before the busy day begins.  so, how did i get that sweaty?  you wanted a cardio workout so you got it!

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repeat this 3x’s through, but in between each set:

  • run one full lap around your track (or time a 2 minute run at a steady pace through your neighborhood)

OR

  • 2:10 minutes on the treadmill at 6.5 mph.

leave a comment and tell me what a SWEATY good time you had doing this!

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you should know by now that FITzee Foods meals are prepared with all natural ingredients.  why is this so important though?

because all-natural refers to food that is:

  • minimally processed
  • additive-free
  • chemical-free
  • no genetic manipulation
  • hormone-free
  • antibiotic-free
  • sweetener-free
  • food coloring-free
  • flavoring-free

i researched some of the more popular,  frozen, pre-packaged  ‘tv dinners’ and i’d like to show you something:

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(clockwise from the top left) Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Michelinas, & Smart Ones.

scary, huh :shock: .

processed foods have a completely different affect on my body, and you will notice a gigantic difference too once you start to eat whole, all natural foods on a consistent basis.  they slow my digestive system to a halt, they’re not as filling which intensifies my hunger or cravings ( usually with sweets/sugar), and they tend to bloat me from the high soduim or sugar levels.  besides, having to google ingredients before eating your meal kinda makes it less and less appetizing.  FITzee Foods keeps it fresh, all natural, and simple, but that means anything BUT bland, friends.  see for yourself just how flavorful and filling these meals are.

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now that’s an ingredient list i can dig and feel great about sharing with my growing fam bam. no additives or preservatives also means a shorter shelf life, so this is just a reminder to either refrigerate, freeze, or eat your FITzee meals immediately upon arrival.  if frozen, they are good for up to two more months.

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

BE SAFE TONIGHT ;)

le

sunday family fun day

i have been teaching my 11am 24 Hour Fitness Total Conditioning class since the beginning of 2013.  i’ve had a crazy good time meeting so many new members and sweating our faces off together sunday after sunday for these past 9 months!   nevertheless, after having a sit-down with Sonny and fighting weeks (ok months) of conviction, i have finally decided to give it up.  even if a class inconvenienced me, leaving is always difficult.  i despise disappointing and letting people down, especially when they get a routine going and expect me to hold up my end of the bargain and be there.  i guess i despise it cause i know how it feels.    this isn’t the first class i’ve had to leave in my 6 years of teaching, but yesterday gave me that overwhelmingly bittersweet feeling.  again.

i could barely let my supervisor know my decision let alone share my ‘important announcement’ with my class today.  yeah…. this is always my answer to that dreaded ‘what’s one thing you would change about yourself’ question.

if we made it to church for early service, i felt good.  starting my sunday with Word and worship with my fam is well, the best way to start the day IMO.  however,  if we were out too late at a saturday night event (which happened all too often e.g. birthday parties, dinners,  gatherings, weddings, etc.) early service was out of the question, which meant church didn’t happen at all.  i have missed church more times this year than i have in my entire life…and that is so unfair to my family.   individual worship is important to grow your relationship with God, definitely….  but church is a vital part of that growth for me and my spiritual life has suffered because of its absence.  when this happens, i have to evaluate whatever is going in my life at the time,  pinpoint those distraction(s),  and either move or remove them.  it took me 9 months to accept this, but i finally let it go.  why? because it’s the best move for our family and the head of my household and heart agree.  masking those feelings of disappointment completely will come with time, but putting it that way makes me feel a whole lot better.

and i really miss going out to eat after church. lol. not just as an immediate fam, but meeting up with my parents, friends, and extended family, etc.  we have either turned down those invites or showed up super-duper late.  rushing off to the gym after service was the only thing on my mind…  if i hadn’t gotten my routine together the night before, i found myself writing down moves during service instead of giving God my undivided attention.  ok i could go ON.

———->let nothing hinder or get in the way of your worship & relationship with God or block the spiritual & emotional growth of your family.  nothing.<———-

now does this mean i won’t workout on sundays anymore?  not at all! i appreciate having the option to go at a more convenient time though vs. mandatory for sure. no pressure.  those family gym dates will keep right on rolling.

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 i’m so grateful for these two knuckleheads cause they are totally worth the sacrifice.  so each sunday when we do our family thing, i’ll capture the moment, upload it to Instagram, and hashtag it #sundayfamilyfunday.    seeing other families spending quality time together really makes you appreciate and cherish what you have.  so if you’re following me on IG, well, join in and share!  just don’t forget to hashtag it #sundayfamilyfunday. eating, chilling, hanging out, exercising….WHATEVER it is you and your family do together, share it.   i have a feeling most pics will revolve around food – i know most of ours will :shock:

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if there’s a HEB by you, fresh salmon is on sale for 6.97 a lb this week until tuesday!

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 i got us a couple pounds this past weekend and i have been roasting it with hidden valley ranch dry ranch dressing mix.

Walden Farms dressings have been BOGO (buy one get one free) at Sprouts Farmers Market this week so i got the Asian and Balsamic flavors on my last trip there.

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 you can use them as actual salad dressings, or as marinades for your proteins (fish, chicken, beef, shellfish).

that chicken up there turned out great (roasted it for 50 minutes on 350 degrees) and i threw it on a salad for lunch last week.

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see! it’s a berry almond Asian chicken salad.  romain lettuce mix, raw sugar snap peas, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, sliced almonds, roasted chicken breast (marinated and sprinkled with Mc Cormick Perfect Pinch Asian seasoning), all drizzled with a little more Asian dressing.  crunchy, crispy, fresh and healthy.

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back to the salmon – i’ve been making these ‘teriyaki’ bowls by throwing everything into a container (carbs, veggies, protein, fat) and drizzling it all with one of the WF dressings.  flavorful, fresh, and addicting.  switch out any and everything for your favorites!  countless combos i tell you, COUNTLESS!!!!!!

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  these fantastic sales are over this week (tuesday and wednesday), so take advantage.

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we always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have and not worrying about what we don’t have.

you’ll always be waiting for or on SOMETHING.  take a look over your life and praise Him for all you have right, right now.  you are so BLESSED!

Q: what day of the week do you consider your family day?

le