is that sweat? 3 weeks postpartum

why yes!  that IS sweat.  today…was a great day. not just cause it’s friday either! it was great cause i started my day super-duper early this morning in the what?

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GYYYM!

i’m back baby!!!! i’m home. kinda. i miss the smell, the energy,  the whirring of the machines…  is that weird!?   the same smell that used to make my stomach turn when i was training for my bikini comp, go figure. and i definitely miss my gym buddies and instructor friends!  i said ‘kinda’ cause i only came to walk, which is still the only thing i’ve been doing until i’m cleared to hit those weights again.  that’s next though! i haven’t gotten up at the crack of dawn to workout since i took my hiatus from teaching my Lifetime classes at the end of May.  i had my headphones blasting and arms swinging as i power walked to the beat. before i knew it, my hour was up! pure, sweaty, bliss.

Odego is sleeping a lil’ longer these days (prolly 3-4 hour stretches if that) so this morning i had a small window of opportunity that i ran and jumped straight through.  praying for more mornings like that! else it’s back to my evening neighborhood walks or whenever i can get them in.

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i felt like i had the entire day ahead of me to get stuff DONE.  i’ve been losing track of what day it even is while trying to get a routine going with the kiddos, and today’s workout made me energized, refreshed, focused, and most important, MOTIVATED!!! you see i even got this blog post up :D

i’m eating around 1900 cals a day currently, and this morning’s balanced brekky consisted of scrambled egg whites with homemade guacamole (i only had a fresh lime instead of lemon and it worked just as well, yum), low fat turkey sausage, a nectarine, and some whole wheat toast with a tbsp of dark chocolate dreams peanut butter.  for your own customized meal plan, email me at leah.egwuatu@6packusa.com.

i marinated some chicken breasts in homemade honey mustard (equal parts dijon mustard and agave nectar and yes you can you honey) and a little sea salt and black pepper to taste.  i grilled them up on my grill pan and smoked up the 1st floor of the house real good.  all you need is a HOT grill pan sprayed with no stick cooking spray, cook the breasts for 8 minutes on each side (depending on size), then cover the meat with foil and let them rest for 5-10 minutes.  here are a few of my grilled chicken lunch/dinner plates from this week:

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,..paired with plantains pan-fried in coconut oil, a fresh spinach, tomato, pecan, jicama salad, Annie’s  all natural Artichoke Parmesan dressing on the side (i could turn the entire bottle UP it’s so good) and my prenatal vitamin…

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..paired with sautéed spinach and mushrooms, a summer corn, tomato, cilantro & mozzarella salad with honey mustard on the side..

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..a ginormous spinach salad topped with pecans, strawberries, blueberries, jicama, green onion, and feta cheese crumbles.. this was actually my first time ever buying jicama and it won’t be my last!

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3 weeks postpartum now and my sweet tooth is still RAAAAGING, so i’ve been trying to stick to natural sugars as often as possible.  the cravings are SO strong though and all i want to do is eat chocolate and chips all day.  so i’ve been having fresh fruit with a little sugar-free cool whip and cinnamon for dessert most nights. super yummy and a better option than the Marble Slab i will go HAM on. also, the peeps over at Squarebars so graciously sent me some samples of their organic protein bars to try. omg. can you say right on time!? they are D-freakin-licious!!

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no refined sugars, no GMOs, soy-free, gluten-free,  low glycemic, vegan, and 12g of protein. i’m feelin’em, and their nutritional stats aren’t too shabby!

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newborn life lol! have a fun friday evening!

le

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

#laterpost #flashbackfriday

i’m going through a period in my life where i’m letting go of something good to make room for something a billion times better.  why is that so dang hard though?  always easier said than done in my world. accepting change doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth, but i tend to take it to that level a lot every now and then.

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i stick to my 6 Pack USA workout plan for the majority of my workouts but sometimes i just go in and wing it.

today’s sweaty randomness: back, light triceps, cardio

  • machine shoulder press 4 x 10
  • lat pull downs 4 x 10
  • machine tricep pushdowns 4 x 10
  • hammer strength pull downs 4 x 10
  • seated rows 4 x 10
  • deadlift / overhead press combo w/ 45 lb bar 3 x 10
  • steady-state, fat burning cardio on the elliptical 30 min

before that though, i met with the ladies of Style to Envy for breakfast at La Madeleine and did my best to resist all their crazy delicious savory and sweet pastries.  i met Val and Nikki at the Blog Elevated Conference this past Sept. and we discussed a few collaboration ideas for 2014! looking forward to that.

Chiso worked up an appetite playing hard and requested pizza for lunch. soooo, since were in the vicinity, we chowed down on some Ruggles Green gluten-free cuisine.

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i had the Atlantic salmon salad with all the trimmings.  i actually forgot to ask for the dressing on the side this time and was too hungry to wait for a re-do.

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what a Hammy Mc Hamster! Chiso got his pizza fix and i finished what he left which was only one dang slice! and i have no idea where he got ‘eat everything but the crust’ from. he certainly didn’t learn that from Sonny or i cause we eat the whole thing. so yeah, i finished all his leftover crusts too. that dough is AMAZING.

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 here is a lighter, low sugar pumpkin cake recipe i made a few days ago i’d like to share before Turkey Day:

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the stuff:

  • 1 cup Stevia for Baking
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

  1. mix wet with wet, dry with dry, then incorporate together. do not over mix!
  2. divide batter evenly between two 8 in round pans
  3. bake for 28-30 min on 350 or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  4. let the cakes cool then pop them out of the pans
  5. top however you’d like! i used vanilla butter cream and the very last few pecans in the bag (i hope that explains the debris on the plate)  this time, but next time i’ll keep it super light and use sugar-free/fat-free cool whip. there are actually a few vegan coconut cream frosting recipes i’ve been seeing around.  that’s a great option too!

makes 12 slices (for 1, no topping): 137 cals, 6g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 3 g protein

hope you had a fantastic weekend. it’s COLD in Houston these days, brrrrrr.

t-4 days yall!!

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

basil boobie bells


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the stuff:

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

do this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

le

sunday dinner


my ‘rents came over to love on their grand baby this past weekend! so of course i whipped up a few things.

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i started with a HUUUGE salad complete with romaine mix, fat-free feta, black olives, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots all drizzled with Braggs liquid aminos, Braggs apple cidar vinegar + a little agave nectar,

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and i used up the rest of a papaya to make some papaya-lime salsa.

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here’s the original recipe again, but i added strawberries and avocado this time and it was SO much creamier.  i highly suggest adding them every time!

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this stuff is fabulous paired with seafood!  and if you make enough of it, whip out some multi-grain chips or make your own by slicing up a whole wheat tortilla and baking it in the oven until crispy.

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 roasted, whipped sweet potaters topped with pecans and cinnamon (recipe will be in the ebookie)

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and finally, baked, garlic & herb tilapia.

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family and food together makes me one happier woman!  i sincerely cherish being able to cook for my parents.

 then….

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for dessert, cinnamon…. apple…. almond cake!  the stuff on top is apple whipped cream.  it’s sugar-free, fat-free cool whip, diced red delicious apple, and greek yogurt) all blended into a sweet, light, heavenly topping.  oh AND, i grinded on some of Trader Joe’s cinnamon sugar ;)

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cinnamon apple almond cake

the stuff:

  • 4 tbsp diced apple
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp coconut crystals

do this:

set 1 tbsp of the diced or sliced apples aside along with the coconut crystals, and set your oven to 325 degrees.

mix the wet with the wet and the dry with the dry, then combine.  (i made two cakes using my cupcake pan.)

distribute the coconut crystals evenly in the bottom of the two empty cupcake slots, as well as 2 tbsp of the diced/sliced apples (1 tbsp in each slot).

pour the batter on top!

cook for 12-15 minutes, but watch it closely.

take the cakes out, let them cool slightly, then flip them over onto a plate, pineapple upside down cake style.  yummmmmmmy!

top with the apple whip, or eat it plain.

2 ‘cup’cakes or 1 big one
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**you DON’T have to use the coconut oil if you don’t want to!**  i included the nutritional adjustments just in case you omit it, but it does enhance the flavor and texture of the cake a lil bit.  your call.

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so i was thinking… you wont know what going on over here unless i tell you, duh! i’m working on two books right now which is what’s taking so long. the first will be for our 6 Pack USA clients and is almost complete, then i can really focus on the Fit Foodie Le book!  both of them will be available for purchase- you don’t have to be a 6 Pack USA client to access the book and get the recipes though.  the Fit Foodie Le book will be a combo of cleaner, healthier, classics like some of the recipes i’ve already shared with you, and tons of new recipes for snacks, dips, dressings, soups, stews, pastas, aaaaagggh!!!!!

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i am TOO excited about it and i hope you are too! please be patient though and keep counting down with me.

before i let you go, pleeeease go check out my feature on Fitness, Food, and Style!! i met Dani via Instagram and she is one amazing woman, my goodness. i’m over here struggling to keep my blog alive with one kiddo and she has FOUR!!! what!? she was in the IT industry for a while and became a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) after the birth of her second child.  her blog is super informative for mothers or for anyone striving to just living a healthier life overall.  show her some love, please!

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BUCKLE UP!!!!!

le

it’s all greek to me

been starting out my early mornings with green tea lately!  it’s either this or instant coffee, but i sweeten both with stevia and a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk. yummy, low cal, creamy, and dairy-free.

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my Mrs. Dash collection is expanding gradually- i love all flavors of her no-salt line so far!  recently added was the southwest chipotle.

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chicken breast was this week’s protein of choice, and i used…20130306_210702

all of the seasonings!  not just one.

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done! 350 degree oven for 45-50 min.  ensure it’s cooked through for sure with a meat thermometer if you have to.

i used the sw chipotle on the bowl below that i had for lunch today cause we ran outta bread, man.  so brown rice it was!  i know i take sweet potato pics  for days on IG, but i eat all types of carbs.  whole wheat bread, pasta, brown rice, couscous, pearl quinoa….

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i’ve been a salad makin fool’ this week!  greek salad in particular.  that trip to Niko Niko’s really put me in the mood.

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this combo was wednesday night’s din din- a BIG salad for Sonny with grilled chicken,

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here’s yesterday’s lunch,

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and finally, today’s meal #3!  they are all different, but they’ve been a combo of the following ingredients:

  • romaine lettuce mix
  • low-fat string cheese
  • red, yellow, orange, green bell peppers (reg and mini)
  • vine ripe tomatoes
  • jumbo black olives
  • fat-free feta
  • fresh cucumber
  • avocado
  • banana peppers
  • red delicious apples
  • carrots
  • red cabbage
  • baked chicken breast

Q: what kind of salad dressing do you use?

A: just like you season your proteins and sides, season your salad!  topping them with some Mrs. Dash (or any low-sodium seasoning) is such a flavor BOOSTER. so pick your favorite one and sprinkle away!  i make my own dressing when i’m at home, and i’m in love with this one in particular right now: braggs apple cidar vinegar, braggs liquid aminos, agave nectar, and my seasonings (mrs. dash, parsley, oregano) all mixed together. even fresh lemon or lime juice alone works.

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 maintainin’ and feeling strong these days! just an endorphin-high pic right after my gym session earlier this week.

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i haven’t done a 10k since Thanksgiving last year!!!! but i’m running in one of my favorite races (look over there to the right for more info on the Bayou City Classic) in the morning and i’m so excited.  this race has THE best post race snacks!  and NO i have not even been training for this thing so don’t ask :lol: if this were a half marathon..then i’d be worried. but normally on race day for 5 and 10ks i just show up and run from start to finish with no serious training.  i know i won’t always be able to do that, and i strongly suggest you train correctly, stretch exceptionally, and get plenty of rest before your races.  do as i say and not as i do just this once ;)

so, about that cake….  i’m in love.  not only with the cake but with this girl.

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i adapted my recipe from her banana bread for one and it is PERFECT  i tell you, perfect.

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sweet cinnamon banana cake 

the stuff:

  • 1 tbsp ripe banana
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

  • set your oven to 325 degrees and spray an oven-ready tin with no-stick cooking spray.
  • mix the dry, mix the wet, then combine them. *banana lumps are actually cool cause it provides texture for the cake*
  • pour your batter in, and bake it for 10-12 minutes!

mine was slightly under done but i appreciated the gooeyness, are you kidding me!?  but if you like yours fully cooked, keep it in a lil’ longer but watch it.  there are no eggs, so no salmonella scares.

serving size = the whole thang

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sweet treat indeed!  around 100 cals, super low fat, and even has a little fiber in there.

it was topped with banana whip (fat & sugar-free cool whip + 0% greek yogurt + a ripe banana), Trader Joe’s cinnamon sugar, and i toasted and sprinkled on some organic unsweetened coconut flakes straight from the stove top.  HEAVENLY!

if you make this cake, show me!!! take a pic and post it to my fan page or tag me on Instagram!  i love to see your creations!

hitting the sack to prepare for tomorrow’s run. nite!

le

twosday

what? two posts in one day!? don’t thank me, thank Chiso :lol:

he actually stays put when i put his Elmo movies on these days, so that gives me a little mo time to post some stuff.

how was your workout today?  i loved this the second i saw it:

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you’re the boss, Applesauce!

you make the schedule and determine workload.  if you keep working away on that ginormous stack of papers on your desk, it will start to dwindle, eventually.  equate that to living a healthier lifestyle (or weightloss/gain/maintenance) – the results WILL come with a little consistency!  some days you’ll do more work, some days you won’t do nearly as much.  and that’s ok.

20130205_064152 first early AM class of February has been taught, BOO-YAAAAAAH!  afterwards, i stayed behind and did a few weight circuits, solo.

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there’s #crotchsweat, and then there’s good ol’ #bootysweat!

after that,  i came home and made these babies………..

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Peach Branberry Coconut Cakes.

this is another ‘cardio creation’! i thought of this on the elliptical last night and almost made them when i got home cause i didn’t wanna wait!

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i hope the new flavor combo is appreciated cause yall know i could eat banana pancakes EVERYDAY :shock:

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i’ve been using organic oat bran instead of oatmeal these days!  why? more fiber, more protein, and it’s cheaper by the pound at my store.  i’ve seen it used in other recipes and decided to give it a try myself.  it can be found in the bulk bins at HEB and/or Whole Foods for sure, but if your grocery store doesn’t have a ‘bulk’ area, i’m pretty sure it’s sold in the box on the shelf too.

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i haven’t had blueberry pancakes in a good while.  #satisfied

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here’s another recreated Central Market salad fave from last night:

dill, cucumber, tomato & feta salad

the stuff:

  • 2 sliced cucumbers
  • 3 chopped roma tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar OR juice of a fresh lemon if ya don’t have any
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh chopped dill
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp garlic and herb goat cheese
  • 1 heaping tbsp 0% greek yogurt

do this:

chop up/slice the cucumber, tomatoes, dill and add this to a large bowl.   add everything else and MIX! you can break up the goat cheese over the ingredients.  let it sit in the fridge overnight and it’ll taste eeeeeven better the next day. no red onion in this recipe.


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been eating this all day today!

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gnite- i know someone needed to see that as bad as i do/did. you ARE good enough!!!  believe in YOURSELF.

hollaaaaa

le

blogging from de plane

that post title is false advertisement.  i was so excited to blog from our plane headed to Jamaica to celebrate our 5th anni that i started the post early, from home!  however…….. after all the hustle and bustle of the previous night (we had a FANTASTIC time and did well at our first bodybuilding show!!!!! details in my next post) that we naturally *sigh* overslept and missed our WI-FI enabled first flight. UGH. the second flight, which only left 1 hr later, was not wi-fi enabled because well, that’s just how things go.  SO, Sonny and i actually spoke to one another (cause people still do that :shock: ) about the weekend’s events, the highs and lows of training under one roof, our bodies then and now, how we felt on stage, how each other looked on stage, future shows, etc… yeah we had lots of time to catch up as life has finally slowed down a little.

i can’t shake this ‘i need to be prepared for anything’ feeling, which is a good thing though.
i knew i wouldn’t go completely HAM on sweets so soon after the show, so i packed some healthy stuff for our trip a few days beforehand to make this a gradual thing:

 strawberry flavored magic pop, some shelled pistachios, light tuna packed in water, apples, chocolate PB2, canned salmon, and a stack of Food Network magazines i never found time to sit down and crack open.

not gonna lie- even though we woke up super late and rushed out to miss our flight, i still had my oats and bananas lol!   i really WANTED them though and didn’t have time to get creative and make something else anyway.  we had a quick layover in Charlotte, NC, and it was there where i was reunited with the dairy food group again after over 3 months. i had an unused Starbucks gift card from Christmas, so i whipped it out and ordered a fruit cup and one of my fav drinks- a skinny vanilla latte.   

so, even on vaca, and i said i was gonna try and stick to 5-6 balanced meals a day, but also indulge and live a little! with everything being all-inclusive (unlimited food and drinks EVERYWHERE) this is hard.  not doing TOO bad so far though- there are different menus everyday, so i’m grateful for the variety.  for breakfast, there’s a live omelette bar- was so excited to see that!! can you guess what i’ve been ordering? haha

 they only have *GASP* instant oatmeal which is disgusting and tastes and looks like wall paper paste. maybe even worse. i see why some people might be turned off by oatmeal if they ever have this stuff when eating oatmeal for the first time, my goodness. i mean it was BAD.  there aren’t enough toppings in the world to mask a bowl of that stuff :shock:

my lunches and dinners have been looking a little like this: salad,

fruit / veggie plate – raw celery, tomatoes, artichokes, watermelon, cantaloupe.

and yes that’s a slice of cheese pizza lol- i said on IG that i’ve had a slice with every meal so far except breakfast and that is still in effect!

random lunch plate – curried tilapia, roasted yellow potatoes, sautéed green beans/onions, jerk chicken.

random dinner – grilled jerk chicken, beet salad, raw tomatoes, zucchini, and chicken/tomato pizza;)

have we been indulging? DARN RIGHT. they don’t just put out one dessert as you can see.  i made us a sample plate and well, we got our sample on.

rum cake, chocolate chip cookies, strawberry cheesecake, vanilla mousse cake, and chocolate cake.

there is a poolside grille that is open til 1 am (they shouldn’t have told us that) and we took advantage right away.  fried fish and french fries – we split this though!

the buffet people see us coming a mile away LOL. we are always right on time for every meal!

 having a really good time so far and i can’t wait to post about our show.

 for now, back to Jamaica!

le

mindfull behavior

i love my family.  they love me back. they love me so much they like to give me large quantities of sweets all at once.

Sonny went to a b-day party for our cousin recently, and the next morning i walked downstairs to this on my kitchen island.

‘what? you love cake.’  **face-palm**

 over time i realized that i lose focus around large quantities of ANYTHING, sweet or not.

33.5 oz of gold fish.  thanks,  Aunt Hazel :)

i came home to Papas bbq yesterday- ribs, chicken, cheesecake, and potato salad.  and i haven’t even started on the office donuts, kolaches, cupcakes………………. it’s hard out here.

 on my last shopping trip, i bought a big bag of crisp, colorful bell peppers and some garden salad. i didn’t let Papas take me down- i took that bbq chicken breast, shredded it,  and made another garden salad for lunch today with cherry tomatoes and yellow bell peps.  also had some hummus too.

    we don’t always finish those big salad bags before they spoil, so i’ve been making Sonny and i salads for lunch and/or  dinner every day since this weekend.  no more wasting of the funds!  i also got some of these 100 calorie almond butter packets. i see them all the time and bought one- pleasantly surprised!

i got a few maple and a few honey flavored ones.  they taste GREAT on my La Tortilla Factory low-cal high fiber 50 cal tortillas.  spread some on and microwave it for 10 secs. sweet, warm, doughy goodness.

NOW, on to the good stuff- how to punch sugar cravings in the face and tips to maintain better control of your appetite!!!

  • don’t drink your calories.  smoothie yes, soda/sugar-filled juice NO.  i am not a fan of drinking water when i’m not thirsty. i just don’t like it and never have.  so i use these:

calorie-free flavored water.  crystal light pink lemonade is my fav.  they got a little crazy as there are waaaay too many flavor combos to pick from nowadays, really.  surely you’ll find something you like.

  • don’t even bring (chips, cookies, candy = JUNK) in the house.  you can’t eat it if it’s not there.   and yes you can just go buy it smarty pants but you have plenty of time to think about that decision on your way to the car.  chances are you won’t even get that far though.  this one is hard if you have kiddos, but i have a solution for that too, just keep reading.

  • eat your meals on smaller plates.  that makes so much sense, huh.  even if it doesn’t, it works.  the smaller the plate, the less food you put on it.  it’s not mandatory that you fill your plate until you can’t tell what color it is.  always start with round one and see how you feel after that.  if you can eat more, fill round two with more veggies.

  • stop the ‘clean your plate’ mentality.  even if you put the correct portions on your plate, that still doesn’t mean you have to eat every last morsel.  eat until you are satisfied, not sleepy.  changing the way you’ve done something your entire life is hard as HECK.   i ate this way my entire childhood and most of my adult life.  lifestyle changes don’t happen over night though.

  • that’s how i feel after a workout.  stop eating so fast.  it takes about 20 min for your food to reach your stomach.  if you scarf down a big plate in 10 min, still feel hungry, and scarf down another one, hello ITIS (that sleepy, sluggish feeling after a heavy meal) and hello way too many cals in one sitting.   how do you stop that?  don’t let yourself get so hungry!!!  smaller meals throughout the day prevents this…but that’s a whole nother post right there.  ok come back and focus- if you’ve got the time, slow down, chew, enjoy your food, and listen to your body.

  • chew some gum or drink some water- it’s proven to ward off sweet cravings and hunger in general.   besides, you could really be thirsty anyway.  i think we all know somebody that chews like that.

  • sometimes you just need to be satisfied, you know?  you don’t need the whole piece of cake- a handful of chocolate chips or a small square of chocolate could kill your craving completely.  i highly recommend those by the way^^

  • when grocery shopping (for the kiddos especially), buy 1 ‘treat’ each trip, never several at a time.  just ONE. even if you buy several and only open one bag at a time, it’s just not imperative to store junk food in your house. what for?  wean yourself off of it gradually.  remember, fill your family with  good, wholesome, healthy stuff.  i didn’t say the babies couldn’t have cookies, don’t be like that.  the point is,  better choices now mean better choices later when they’re on their own.  start them off on the right foot and give them the good stuff more often than not.

  • obnoxious, isn’t it.  #teamiPhone, whoop, whoop.  eat more natural, fresh fruit.  white sugar ( found in candy, processed foods) =  empty calories and brings on CRAZY cravings for more.  it’s true!!!  the fiber present in REAL 100% fruit slows the absorption of sugar so you don’t get those high sugar rushes and can maintain control of your appetite.

Q: how MUCH should i eat???? so glad i found this thing, it’s perfect.  study it and apply it.

i know..breaks my heart too.  wake up call, indeed. how do YOU measure up?

how do you deal with large quantities of FREE food at home, work, or social events?

le