vday >weekend< recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

le

holiday happiness

::Christmas::

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uncle Thew is stateside again from working in Afghanistan!  he and Chiso have some catching up to do.
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Christmas morning.. wake up my sleepy face!

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Caillou has a bike, so Chiso had to have one too.

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one of my foodie gifts! already used it twice! Yonanaaaaaaaaaaas

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a fitness gift! i am ashamed to say that this is my 3rd ipod Nano :shock: . i do not even deserve this.  but i’m grateful to have it in my life again cause i sure did miss it.  i fried my other two with my own sweat because i used my bra to house it during my workout. both times. i know.  soooooo, tomorrow i’ll be getting a nice little arm band/holder thingy to prevent that from ever happening again.  thanks Hubby. for real.

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breakfast and gift exchange at my MIL’s was earlier, then we headed to my side of town to see my folks. this was dinner plate #1 at my moms: cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, turkey breast,  deviled egg, potato salad, candied yams, hummus dip with carrots and celery, cranberry sauce, and a wheat roll. this baby can EAT.
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aaand our 2nd stop/plate was homemade seafood gumbo, garlic bread, and plenty of sweet treats at Granny’s house with all my cousins, aunts, and uncles.

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grateful for Christ and what he means to me and my family.  blessings to you and yours as another unpromised year comes to a close!!!

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my next race will be the Lifetime Fitness Commitment Day 5k on January 1st, 2014!  come run with me!  details are over in the side bar ————>

email me at le@fitfoodiele.com if interested ;)

Q: what are your NYE plans? vote below!

#egwuatuanniversary – MIAMI 2013

anni #6 – MIAMI!

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

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

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

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

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we’re here! Riveria South Beach Hotel.

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

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feet then food.

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dinner at Rusty Pelican for our first night in town.

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well, it was happy hour :lol:

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

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next morning. you know what time it is.

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we hit the beach first though.

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

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

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

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i’m such a tourist.

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thanks for waiting patiently :lol:

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back to our hotel for some continental breakfast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucky Strike was jam-packed and alotta fun.

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

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

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

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enjoyed the service and meeting the Miami natives.

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

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

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but Sonny has such a way with words :lol:

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

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

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

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

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a sweet ending to our meal; key lime pie.

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

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

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

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

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

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we saw Born to Be Wild in the IMAX theater.

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

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

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

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

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

le

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

skee-wee!

well it’s about time!!! for this post, that is.  rightontime

non-fitness related, but this is definitely a part of  le.  i give God all the glory and praise for allowing me  to be apart of such an illustrious, historical,  organization of exceptional, talented women.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated! #21 ;)

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we are the ladies of ‘AKAtch 22′.

 God has blessed and enabled me along with 21 other ladies to give our time, our efforts, and our service to this respected organization.  to be able contribute to and continue this historical legacy is an honor i don’t take for granted.  i love these ladies and look forward to a lifetime of sisterhood with them.

enjoy these highlight photos from a very, very special day in my life.

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gifts, gift, and mo gifts from the celebratory brunch held for us at the end of this past June 30th, 2013.

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i heard my name, so out i came!

one by one we entered into the main ballroom as new initiates for all of our friends, family, and new Sorors to see.

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posing with the incredible Soror Shakia after our ceremony. 

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Sorors Tiffany, Ijeoma, and Dami. my special day would not have been the same without these ladies and i’m excited to be able to call them Sorors. thanks for the photo, Tiff ;)

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this guy right here… i’ve been waiting a looong time to show my hubby some SKEE-PHI love!  Sonny made it back from his 4th Musclemania bodybuilding show in Miami that same morning, just in time.  i sure did want to go to Miami with him though, not even kidding :shocked:

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and then i got the surprise of my life – THIS guy came aaaaaall the way from Afghanistan to celebrate with me and see the fam!  he has been overseas working since the beginning of the year and we have missed him terribly.  he’s my only sibling and we are super close so i was pretty dang happy to see him.  cue the ugly-cry-face.

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posing and celebrating with the beautiful sister Sorors Brandi and Shalonda just before AKAtch 22 made our grand entrance.   excuse my raccoon eyes from crying my face off all morning.

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i look up to and admire my mentor, Soror Brandi, tremendously.  this woman is always on point.  ALWAYS!

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making memories with a dear friend of mine and 21 klub, Tiffany.  thank you for….. simply everything.

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my girl Andonnia and i!  my sister for life.  i was honored to be able to share that day with her.

Chiso had noooooo idea what was going on,

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but his little confused face was priceless.

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there might not be any fitness up in this post, but i couldn’t get away with mentioning food.

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Matthew caught me finally sitting down after it was all over to EAT!! i told him to tell those waiters to NOT touch my plate cause i was coming back. and boy did i.  i had one of everything from the humongous buffet, dessert included. #allout

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i loved all my gifts…but this one touched my heart sincerely and means so much to me.

just a quick snippet – the journey really is just beginning…

thank you to my precious FAMILY & FRIENDS for supporting me in countless ways throughout my entire journey.  my heart is completely full of gratitude for each of you!!!  to my dear Aunt Hazel and Godmother whose role was pivotal in my journey to AKA…i love and appreciate you. i thank my loving mother and Soror Andrea for joining me at my ceremony table as well and for their incredible support.

thank you for reading!

le

strawberry spinach pancakes + Angie’s Popcorn GIVEAWAY

strawberry spinach salad meets strawberry spinach pancakes.

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

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strawberry spinach pancakes

the stuff:

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

do this: 

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

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stats are for the entire stacky stack.

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

it’s that time again.

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

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

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

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

———->a Rafflecopter giveaway<———-

contest starts……NOW!

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

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

le

birthday steak

august 6th is a pretty important day.  it’s Sonny’s birthday!  he received love from his entire family all day long, which is how it should be!

his first gift (and two of his most favorite things) came from Chiso:

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oreos and gummy bears.  oh and a card.

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we found Chiso upstairs knocked OUT the night before and Sonny snagged this gem of a pic.

early morning balloons from his youngest sister, lunch with his little brother, gifts and love from his mom, and his other sister watched Chiso for us while we went out to play!

i got my private date later in the evening for dinner.  I took Sonny to the infamous Eddy V’s baby! all the reviews i scoured through were SPOT ON.  we had a fab time and the staff worked super hard to make his day special. i mean really! we HIGHLY recommend Eddy V’s for outstanding food and exceptional service, especially for special occasions.

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just happy to be on this man’s arm!  we started out with two appetizers:

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a gorgeous plate of shrimp and pork pot stickers. spicy shrimp and pork in a light soy broth. yeah, it was as delectable as it looks.

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and i tried the Fuji apple salad complete with green beans, baby beets, candied walnuts, maytag blue cheese, ginger orange vinaigrette. crisp and sweet.

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for my entrée, North Atlantic Lemon Sole!  parmesan crust with tomato and herb salad, lemon garlic butter on tha side.

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speaking of sides, crab fried rice? whoa. sugar snap peas with shiitake mushrooms & onions,  sautéed garlic spinach, and a hunk of sourdough bread.

all al la carte, all al la delicious.

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this thing needed its own drum roll after weighing in @ a whopping 22 oz of USDA Prime Ribeye.  my goodness.

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it’s the only way to do it on ya birthday- BIG.

next, time for something sweet.

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which one did we pick? the closest thing to a brownie cause that what Sonny always gets.  the Hot Godiva Chocolate Cake!  and yall, we have NOTHING to show for it cause both of our phones died RIGHT AFTER THE PIC ABOVE.  no kidding. this cake was the highlight of the evening!!!! pissed was not even the word.  however, thank God for Google cause that’s exactly what i did.

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boom.  hot chocolate cake, creamy, cold vanilla bean ice cream…….. :shock:

WORTH EVERY BITE.

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we love you Papa, happy birthday! 

thanks for reading!

Q: what is your favorite thing to order at Eddy V’s?  i read all about that truffle mac and cheese but i’ll save it for next time ;)

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.

Phonto

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:

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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

*waving*

 

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hello? is this thing on :shock:

hi there. *jumps over the bush* i have a lot of explaining to do concerning my blog whereabouts.  for now, i just wanted to come ‘back’ with a lil’ shout out to my amazing hubby-face. i am so HONORED and PROUD to be his wife and teammate for life! he is the epitome of a #1 fan for real and God has blessed him to be an outstanding husband and father. God reminds me often as to why we were made for each other.  i thank you for ALL you do for our family, Sonny!

hope your father’s day weekend was spent honoring and remembering true fathers everywhere.

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 i can’t get over how much my itty, bitty BABY has grown, my goodness.  to watch him do for himself 90 percent of the time these days gives me such a proud, bittersweet feeling.  i’m sure mothers everywhere can relate.

we headed to celebrate with our parents on Sunday afternoon.

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so, originally, i had an AWESOME restaurant picked out for dinner…but i remembered one very crucial thing as we were on the way.

the NBA finals were on at 7!  so i had to make a game time decision while en route and drove straight to the Houston Texans Grille 
so that Sonny could enjoy himself his way on his day.

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and what do ya know, Sonny’s brother and lady, Kara, were there enjoying the game as well!  i definitely didn’t plan that but it worked out perfectly.  they ordered those ‘bigger than the state of Texas’ nachos up there and i almost knocked my water-glass over scrambling for my phone to take a pic.  what can i say, food excites me!  they are monstrous in person and they threw in the towel early on them!  Sonny stuck with salmon, rice, and veggies,  since he is training, and i ordered a baja grilled shrimp salad with romaine, black beans, roasted corn, red bell pepper, cotija cheese, dressing on the side.  i ordered the ‘healthiest’ thing i could find on the menu for Chiso, which were those fried sweet potato tots.  they were DELISH but were way too sweet from the added sugars.

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cheese pizza wasn’t on the menu but i asked and they made one for Chiso. love that! #score

 Wally World had these ginormous red bell peppers for just 44 cents each this weekend.  couldn’t pass it up so i got a few and made the recipe you’re about to read right now:

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the stuff:

  • 1 lb lean sirloin
  • 1 large chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
  • 3 stalks chopped green onion
  • 4 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp pecan, hickory, or mesquite liquid smoke
  • 2-3 tbsp of your favorite low-no sodium seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)

do this:

add half of the veggies to your crock pot, then lay sirloin on top.  add the rest of the veggies on top of the meat.  dump all seasonings, liquids, and herbs on top of meat.  set crock pot on the lowest setting and cook the sirloin for 6 hours, or 4 hours on high.  it will be moist, juicy, and FORK TENDER BABY!

*i didn’t measure the ingredients the first time honestly and it turned out great.  but if you find comfort in following a recipe, i estimated as best i could!  feel free to do your own thing with it, as you should *

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then you can have something like my meal 5 from tonoooight:

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boom. pow. ta-dow.

well that was REFRESHING!  taking a break from life, even your passions, is a great thing.  i have so much crazy energy right now from this small post alone, whew!   my flame has been rekindled and i typed this whole post at what seems like 554 wmp!!!!  now if i could just get back to doing this every day……. 

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one day at a time though.

tell me something. ask me something.  just say HAI!

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go buy a crock pot,

le

he’s on a horse + crunchy almond butter brown rice crispy treats

happy mothers day!! i mean, wait… wrong sunday. ah well, i was honored and grateful to participate in my very 2nd MD.

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this is one of my fave pics of two of my fave people.  7 day old Chiso and his new Granny.

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Sonny treated the special ladies in his life (l to r: our moms and i) to a SCRUMPTIOUS dinner at Capital Grille.  excuse the crappy pic- ALL of our phone batteries were too low to use the flash, smh. 4 outta 4. what are the odds…. so our waiter used the restaurant’s digital camera and even printed us all hard copies. what a nice touch to our special date!

IMG_20130512_211500yes, yes, yes, and yes.  lobster mac n’ cheese, my mom’s pan seared chilean sea bass with citrus and pea tendrils, creamed spinach, and of course i got the salmon which had green beans and onions on the side.  everything was cooked and flavored to peeeeerfection.

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so beautiful and true.  i love when my own little family can all sit down and eat a meal together, but  i definitely miss eating at home with my ‘rents…. i often find myself reminiscing about my childhood memories when hanging out with Chiso.

anyway, that creamed spinach and mac n cheese had my tummy upset with me until about wednesday!  i’ve been keeping my dairy consumption super low, but i went HAM that afternoon. i had to.

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however these guys helped me forget aaaall about my tummy troubles! i love, love, LOVE receiving health and fitness gear for any occasion! do you even need a reason?! thanks hubby!

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so that was last weekend.  THIS weekend, i had been to the gym all week and didn’t want to go anywhere near one saturday morning. i stepped outside instead! Chiso and i had some birthday parties to attend, so i ran to Walgreens (yes, last minute as always) to get some cards.  Walgreens is about 3 miles away, so i ran there and back. literally.  it’s always great to switch things up a bit.

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 one of our events for the day was Rilee’s 1 1/2 birthday fun fest!  this was our first 1 1/2 party and i thought it was the coolest idea ever.  i love when people do their own thing!  Kudos to Tinnell and Marcus.

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Chiso had THE time of his lil’ life lol.  he went from the bounce house, to the petting zoo, to stuffing his face with James Coney Island hotdogs and fries nonstop from start to finish.

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and he even got to experience his first pony ride!

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sooo about the ebook!!!!! the sweetest girl in entire world, Ogechi, came over to proofread it for me again.  i claimed May for the book’s completion date and i’m sticking to that. for one of the books anyway;)   i posted about the sweet snack above on IG- they are crunchy almond butter brown rice crispy treats and taste DARN GOOD. see for yourself!  i made some of them for us to snack on, yum.

crunchy almond butter brown rice crispy treats

the stuff: 

  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup crunchy almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1 tbsp Enjoy Life dairy-free dark chocolate chips or plain dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
  • 2 cups gluten-free crispy brown rice

do this:

in a medium pot, set your burner to medium heat.

add brown rice syrup, vanilla, Walden Farms syrup, and almond butter together and stir until well combined.

shut off the fire and add in your cereal.

mix well and transfer to a pan that has been sprayed with no stick cooking spray (rectangle, circle, square, don’t matter) and press the cereal flat into an even layer.

refrigerate for at least an hour so it can firm up before you cut it in squares.

gluten-free and dairy-free treat!  as always, sprinkles are optional but you gotta have’em.

makes: 10 bars. serving size: 1 bar. 79 cals – 1g fat – 66mg sodium – 18g carbs – 9g sugar – 1g protein.

it wasn’t as crowded as expected for our Mothers day date this year.  just curious, where did you celebrate ? (celebrate = eat) answer below!

le