bottoms up + big news on the way

starting to really feel like i suck at multitasking. or maybe it’s prioritizing. both. idk :roll: idk, but whenever i am focused on my next move it’s like i can’t focus on anything except THAT thing. what thing? hosting my very own COOKING CLASS!!!! i have finally secured a location to do my thang (workout classes are coming right along with that) and i am crazy excited about it. i can’t help but to be. this is what i do! a much more detailed announcement will be made really soon.  extremely soon.

ok so this past wednesday,

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Chi and i hit the road for my monthly check up.  while there, that yummy, delicious, glucose drink was also waiting for me to chug.  i can’t believe it’s time to test for gestational diabetes already! it’s done somewhere in between weeks 24 and 26.

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if i had a dollar for every time i’ve had to look at someone’s confused face and say ‘oh, i’m a blogger’, i’d go buy a pair of shoes with it :lol: . the phlebotomist shot me a ‘why are you snapping pics of that of all things?’ look. when i did this test for my 1st pregnancy i went online to read reviews on how the test would go, and with that came comments about how horrid and disgusting this stuff was. so of course i walked in very hesitant and expecting the absolute worst. verdict: no big deal. seriously. i tuned that bottle upside down and drank it all at once, no breaks. after i told Chiso why he couldn’t have any orange soda lol.

20140305_105027_1waiting for my Doc and admiring my kicks! yep, it’s tha shoes!!!!  the ones i posted about on IG a few weeks ago!  i was actually going to keep them in the box until i reached 9 months.  kinda like a push present to myself.  i couldn’t wait though lol. high top Nike Frees. i’m in complete love.

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some recent IG eats!  man those zucchini fritters are so dang good. please go make them if you haven’t already. i am out but bought a ton of zucchini at Sprouts a few days ago and will be making more soon.

clockwise:

  • lean ground chicken burger w/ tomatoes & mozzarella almond cheese using zucchini fritters for buns
  • crock pot sirloin stead seasoned with Weber Chicago Streak seasoning and cooked on low for 6 hours w/ roasted asparagus and smashed red potatoes.  i boiled the red potatoes until tender, then added green onion, cilantro, some plain  non-fat yogurt, and organic whipped buttery spread. mozzarella almond cheese melted on top!
  • a gigantic salad from the HEB salad bar
  • zucchini cakes with herb goat cheese, pan seared tilapia, roma tomatoes, and strawberries.

still trying to keep it clean for the most part….even though i want Papa Johns pizza all day every day. no sweets for me…cheese must go on everything.

happy weekend!

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

halfway there! 20 weeks

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already!? cool with me.

  baby boy (we have a name but i’ll let Sonny finalize it first) is measuring the size of a banana this week.  i’m feeling him move all the time, day and night, and the flutters have definitely turned into random punches, kicks, and pokes.  my nurse says i am not drinking enough water (no surprise there unfortunately) so i’ve been chugging when i can.  so i have to pee all the time. day and night. i have to pee right after i finish peeing. no kidding. so annoying!!!!!! :evil:

foodery:

trying my hardest to keep things on the healthy side for the most part. here are some recent eats:

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been grilling up lots of chicken. people tell me they get tired of chicken quickly but as long as i switch up the flavors often, it’s like eating it for the first time to me.  i found the Weber Kickn’ Chicken seasoning blend a few days ago at my Walmart and i really like it so far. i don’t even mind the spice, which i’ve never been crazy about!  yummy.  since Sonny is about to be on the competition trail again he’s been eating lots of tilapia, so i usually eat some too with my meals.  i made that homemade bbq chicken pizza using Naan flat bread up there and omg. it was just incredible.   along with all my meals though, plenty of veggies and fresh fruit, everyday. some nights i have a strong craving for SOMETHING…… and nothing i eat will satisfy it. nothing. so i just eat a small chunk of cheese and go to bed.

and then there’s the occasional indulgence i have yet to deny myself.  Boston Market mac n cheese. why? because CHEESE.

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staying active:

getting it in 5-6 days  a week lately!  this past week i went 6 days in a row so i didn’t go anywhere near the gym saturday at all.  ok sunday too :lol: . i have never liked taking two days off in a row, but i am rested and ready to attack monday head on.  i haven’t skipped a beat with my super early morning HIIT and weights classes and i’m lifting at least 3 days a week on my own.

these are plain ol’ squats with a weighted barbell. (thanks for your patience, Tamika ;) )! as an instructor, proper form is a big deal to me, and using less weight has really given me a chance to focus on the muscle i’m working and ensure i’m doing it right myself.  sometimes my thoughts are clouded with how heavy the weight is and how many reps i have left to go vs. what i’m actually doing!  now, normally i’d slap 45 lbs on my bar for class (22.5 on each side) but i’ve modified that to 30 lbs total as of late.

remember:

  • knees BEHIND toes at all times

  • sit in your imaginary chair

  • back flat

  • spine, neck, head all in alignment

  • chest lifted

  • squeeze your glutes on the way down AND up

  • put your weight in your heels. can you lift your toes in your shoes at any time?

  • pick a spot on the ceiling and focus your attention there. looking up helps to keep your chest lifted too.

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so just.keep.moving.  it has been too uncomfortably cold to walk outside in Houston lately, so i have been using the elliptical, stair master, and treadmill for my cardio, 4-5 times a week.  however when it warms up i can’t wait to get back outside to my neighborhood walks again.  no idea how much weight i’ve gained and i’d like to keep it that way to be honest! i’m thinking once i deliver and start my transformation i’ll let Sonny track all my measurements and numbers in the beginning JUST for documentation/timeline purposes.  weight is just not something i want to stress myself about ever again.

conclusion:

against my wishes, i’m gonna need some maternity clothes this round.  i finally starting showingshowing around 6.5 months with my first pregnancy, so i wore all my regular, breathable clothes til i delivered for the most part. this time… belly is getting on out there and everything is tight already. especially my underwear.

Q: what was the best thing you ate this weekend? that mac n cheese made my DAY.

le

chevron houston marathon weekend 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONGRATULATIONS to all runners!

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

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

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happy MLK day to you.

le

weekend recappy cap – yoga & burgers

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i got my vinyasa yoga on saturday after my weight lifting sesh, haaaay! actually sticking to my yoga resolution and i plan to keep it up. i got dizzy and lost my balance several times but the tin woman will not give up.  the class was actually called Hot Vinyasa Yoga but because the room is used for all different types of classes all day long (and one had just ended before we started), the instructor could only turn the heat up as soon as the class began. so it was more like warm vinyasa yoga :lol: . besides, i set up my mat up close to the door to avoid overheating which is a preggo no-no.

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i restocked some of my dried herbs at Sprouts Farmer’s Market on my last grocery trip a couple of days ago and i wanted to share my staples.  i got all that for less than 5 bucks and it will last me a good while. buying these specific herbs in the bottles are just too expensive for the deal you can get in bulk yall. do the math!

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house guests often = burger time in my world.  i know i have 49 trillion patty recipes already but what can i say.. sammiches are my thing!  for these healthy turkey burgs i used the Alvarado Street Bakery sprouted grain buns (from Sprouts), mashed avocado, alfalfa sprouts, vine ripe tomatoes, Bordon 2% colby jack cheese, spicy brown mustard.

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for the patty:

  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey breast

  • 1 tbsp Weber all-natural Gourmet Burger seasoning

  • 1 whole egg (or two egg whites)

  • 1 tsp sriracha

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp parsley

  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper

SO MUCH FLAVOR IN THERE!!

*combine it all up in your mixing bowl, let it marinate for about 20 minutes first. mold into patties then cook them up in your no-stick cooking spray coated skillet for 3-4 minutes on each side (depending on the size of the patty).*

my hubby is finally home again from Brooklyn after reppin’ H-town in the nationwide Red Bull Midnight Run basketball tournament! über proud of him and just happy to have him back.

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hope you had a blessed weekend and are ready to tackle a new week.  remember, positive thoughts and actions are the seeds that will produce POSITIVE RESULTS.  keep the negativity out.

p.s. we find out what we’re having in 3 days!!!! at first i didn’t care now it’s driving me NUTS :shock:

le

TJ’s visit + my 1st SETX Cluster Conference

Happy Veterans’ Day to you all! today we honor all  US veterans and victims of all wars.

i couldn’t help but to stop by TJ’s this past friday, you know, since i was in the area and all.

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i was greeted with all things FALL! the smell of Fall, the look of Fall, the taste of Fall.  the warm apple cider and pumpkin pie samples were the icing on the cake. there was no cake though; i looked.

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i came out with a handful of specialty items:

  • TJ’s reduced guilt popcorn
  • Envirokids Peanut Butter Panda Puffs
  • bananas
  • Fig Spread
  • TJ’s 0% greek yogurt

and THIS.

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saturday, my sorority sisters and i attended our very first South Eastern Regional Conference for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated!

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i even got a chance to meet and take a pic with our gorgeous South Central Regional Director, Chelle Luper Wilson.  She is a very busy mother of four, wow.
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attendance was outstanding – we were everywhere!  successful event indeed.

we are on a budget (especially with the holidays coming up) so my debit card was restricted from buying any paraphernalia this time.

20131109_125038_1-1and the food was great :lol:.  of course it was great- the conference was held on my alma mater’s campus.  GO COOGS! we had lightly breaded & butterflied chicken breast with a lemon caper sauce, yellow rice, carrots, green beans, and a wheat roll.  a spinach salad preceded our meal, but i couldn’t wait yall.  

on sunday we hit up early service at church as usual.  man daylight savings time has been my saving grace this past week!  i’ve gotten more rest than i have all year.  i’ve been popping up an hour earlier than usual so i’ve been able to get more stuff done. i didn’t want to exercise at ALL yesterday but since i skipped saturday (i crashed when i got home after the conference) i had to get on out there.

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so i did.  1 hour of walking/jogging/running in my neighborhood, 3 sets of walking forward & back lunges down the side-walk and i called it quits.  something IS better than nothing!  thank you to my Instagram #fitfam for the motivation. never fails.

are you off today!? and are you staying in town for Thanksgiving or going to visit family this year?

le

Blog Elevated – wrapped


i went to the BE conference with an open mind, open heart, and the desire to get outta my comfort zone and actually talk to somebody and do some networking.  i did my best and met some new blogger friends over those three days!  in addition to learning a good bit of info via the various workshops provided (9 pages worth) i had a fantastic time hanging out with my dear friend and blogger-to-be, Ogechi.

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i looked back through my photo gallery and i have way more food pics than people pics.  i wonder what that means :shock:

enjoy!

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  i had some business cards printed at the last-minute (naturally) and totally left off the LLC in Fit Foodie Le.  the show must go on.  i went to pick up my girl and we hit i-10 and headed to the Norris Conference Center in City Centre.

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we got our goodie bags and badges right away after signing in. seems legit!

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Ogechi hit the red carpet first and the tone was set as we headed into the welcome party sponsored by Kroger.

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vendors, mingling, goodie bags, and goodies galore.

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and a white chocolate fondue fountain. way to go Kroger!  they had sweets and treats for days while everyone got their meet and greet on.  full vendor list here.

after exchanging and collecting a few business cards and snacking, we headed back home to get some rest as we had to be up early again the following day awake and ready to learn.  which really meant go home and ensure our hubbies could survive two straight days without us.

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brekky in, headed out to pick up O for day 2 !  oatbran and egg whites. every morning. don’t get me wrong, i love it and crave it when i wake up. however, i said i would expand my breakfast horizons though just for variety purposes.  i’m missing out, i know.

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yes we live in Houston, and yes we stayed overnight at the gorgeous Hotel Sorrella.  why not? staycations are awesome.  even though check in wasn’t until 3pm, we were told we could partake in the continental breakfast that morning.

  ok we asked.

we finished just in time to hear the opening keynote speaker, John Saddington, do his thing, coffees in tow.  John’s boldness and stories about big risks he took over the years blew us away and inspired us simultaneously!

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after open Q & A with a panel of PR reps from various companies moderated by Holly Homer,  a snack break, & study hall, it was finally lunch time.  yes.  i decided to go gluten-free for the weekend just because it was offered.

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so O and i dined at the only certified gluten-free place in City Centre and greenest restaurant in Texas!  you know it, RG baby. my phone died, so Ogechi let me use hers to snap a few pics of our Ruggles Green meals.  i had the Atlantic salmon salad & organic butternut squash,  and O got the smoked chicken pizza.

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 back for more workshops after lunch.

O and i attended the same break out session that day with Angela England and learned more about how to ‘Achieve our Publishing Dreams’.  i definitely wanted to attend this one to see if i could make the process for my next ebook even smoother.

Rae Hoffman later spoke with everyone collectively about SEO (search engine optimization) followed by more study hall, networking, and a nice time gap before the dinner & fashion show later.  so you know what i went to do!

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sweat. 1 hour. done.

i created and executed the Fit Foodie Lean Legs workout above 3 or 4 times in Hotel Sorella’s gym, then hit the treadmill with an incline of 15 @ 3.0 mph.  that combo gets my heart rate right where i need it for optimal fat burning.

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because after handling up on that cheesecake at dinner i needed to burn as much fat as possible. j/k, j/k. it was delish. everything. O and i lived life on the edge and didn’t bring any prepped food for our overnight stay, just snacks.  we both eat every 3 hours or so, so we were pretty hungry as lunch was hours earlier.

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the fashion show was very entertaining and was hosted by the sweet Val of Style to Envy.  all the models were bloggers and they each did their thing up there!

i took a restroom break from the party and heard a mom in the hallway Skyping with her hubby and kids from her phone.  made me wonder what my knuckleheads were up to.

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oh ok. carry on.

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day 3.  well rested and ready to rock.

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after breakfast of course.

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 i snagged a pic with one of the coolest Lemi Shine reps on the way to the first speaker of the day, Katie Laird.

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Katie gave some great tips and pointers for bloggers on how to communicate with companies and rock an ambassadorship to where both parties benefit.  loved this session and found it extremely useful as i began to apply Katie’s information immediately!

then, Ogechi and i split up *gasp* because she wanted to go hear what Zack Doty had to say about unlocking blogging potential,  and i wanted to learn more about how to grow my bloggy blog with tips from Momables creator,  Laura Fuentez.  i appreciated Laura opening up and sharing some of her secrets with us.

we were reunited just before lunch and got a great Pinterest lesson from the Pinterest Queen herself, Stacy Teet.  impressive boards! makes me realize just how unorganized i am!!!!

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lunch was provided via these go picnic ready-to-eat meals, but we were CRAVING our beloved Ruggles Green again.

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so we hightailed it downstairs! turkey burg and sweet potato fries for O, and i killed the gluten-free spicy fish tacos and a side salad.

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while in line, we met up with another group of bloggers and decided to make it a big lunch party!  it was great meeting, chatting, and eating with these ambitious women.

for the very last workshop of the conference (and my fave) Rachel Matthews put us ON about lighting!!! pun intended!  she also discussed different props we could use to make our pictures come to life.  the smallest details sometimes make the biggest difference.

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i needed this one because of all my foodie pics of course.  her energy was awesome and kept my attention for sure!  I have begun to apply some of her pointers and others have noticed the change in my pics. immediately :shock: . makes me want to go back and delete my first few posts! i’m not ashamed (anymore) because it’s important to remember where you started and to see your growth.  Rachel kept reminding us that the Imperial Sugar cupcake break was right after her workshop. as if they hadn’t been on my mind all day :)

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this…. this right here.  was worth the sugar head / tummy ache that followed.  i limit my white sugar intake but dang it i ate that whole cake batter cupcake listening to Karen Walrond wrap up the conference weekend.  I enjoyed and admired this former corporate lawyer’s refreshing perspective on a wide variety of things from blogging to life in general.   super sweet and humble.  with a blog name like Chookooloonks, you just have to go click and see what the heck she is up to over there.

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ok so Fluff Bake Bar provided 3 flavors (Cake Batter, Red Velvet, and Veruca Salt) for us so it was only right i try them all take one to my boys.   never heard of this place but these cakes and anything else they make is totally worth a trip to the Heights, uh huh.   fan-freakin-tastic.  all three. i did it for you.  

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there were tons of free goods in our bags but i was especially excited to finally try some Zevia!  its been floating across my Instagram feed for a while now and i finally got my hands on some.  good stuff!  cream soda for president.

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what a talented, inspiring bunch of speakers & bloggers.  what a blessing and WHAT A WEEKEND.  overwhelmed and overflowing with info. love it.  looking forward to the next BE Conference and I’m expecting to apply and reap the benefits from the countless takeaways we received from every speaker.  i thank God for allowing  O & i to share this  amazing weekend of learning and growing together.

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made some really great connections i look forward to keeping in contact with!

 TAKEAWAYS:

*apply what you learned. don’t leave the conference the way you came.

*be true to YOU.

*never sell out or compromise your faith for money, likes, attention, etc.

*believe in your ability to be creative.  you don’t have to do what everybody else is doing.

*PERSPECTIVE! look for the opportunity in everything..don’t be so quick to dismiss the ‘ordinary’ right under your nose.

*you can make good light, but you can’t fake natural light (i sure do try).

*if you’re a blogger and never been to a conference, GO. invest in yourself. grow. make yourself better.

*JUMP! take risks, fearlessly.

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i’m pumped and ready to make some significant changes around here.  thanks for reading and sticking with me.

for more BE pics, click here!

le

 

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our labor day in a nutshell.  the weather was PERFECT.

i hope you enjoyed your long holiday weekend as well, however you celebrated!

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we hadn’t hit the pool the entire summer, smh. as a family, anyway.  we hung out around the house afterwards and i made my healthified Summa Time Potato salad from my ebook for us to munch on.  you can’t trust everybody’s potato salad, but you can definitely put your money on this one! low-calorie, protein-rich & full of creamy dijon mustard flavor, yum.

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where’s the bbq? Sonny went and bought it this year. no pics :shock:

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instead of heading out for fro-yo to end the weekend, i made a dark chocolate mudslide for us to split.  Chiso was pooped from swimming so he missed out this time.

dark chocolate mudslide (alcohol-free & can be dairy-free)

the stuff:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup Almond Dream dairy-free Coconut yogurt (Plain or Vanilla works great too)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup or more of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (just enough for it to blend)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips (or vegan Enjoy Life Chips)

do this:

blend until your mixture reaches a super-duper thick consistency.  eat this with a spoon cause it might be too thick for your straw.  i melted some dark chocolate chips + almond milk in the microwave and stirred it to a thick consistency.  i smeared that around my glass before pouring in the mudslide and topping with more mini dark chocolate chips and pecan pieces.  SWEET!

Q: what’s the craziest drink name you’ve ever read/heard? Duck Fart takes the cake. what you got? lol

le

jam. oooooh jam

man the weekend went by freakishly fast! yesterday morning i missed my saturday morning workout for the second straight saturday, uuuuugh. but with good reason!  i attended my first AKA chapter retreat with my Sorors and had a seriously fun time.

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posing with Soror Peach on the left, and Crystal on the right.

i enjoyed fellowshipping with these women, learning more about them, and more about myself.

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fun, memorable times were had,

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and plenty of cake was eaten :) .

i found myself looking back on some of my older posts recently and they were so dang long i lost interest myself :shock: . so i’m gonna try somethin’ a little different in an effort to get more posts out during the week. cool? cool.

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i have so many dang recipes on Instagram (fitfoodiele)  i need to add to the fit recipes section it’s not even funny.  so here’s  the homemade strawberry chia jam by request and as promised!

homemade strawberry chia jam

the stuff:

  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 packets stevia

do this:

add your chopped strawberries to a small sauce pan on medium heat; add stevia and mash together with your fork.  as SOON as it starts to simmer, turn the heat off and add the chia seeds; incorporate real good.  you can also do this in the microwave.  just nuke the strawberries for 30 seconds, stir in the stevia,  nuke for 30 more seconds, take out, and add the chia seeds and mash it all up with a fork.  if you have an emulsion blender, use it!  if not, do i like i did and throw it all in your bullet, food processor, or blender and give it a few quick whirls until smooth.  put it in the fridge so the chia seeds can do their thing and thicken.

for 2 tbsp:

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here’s another healthy breakfast option from my first ebook, Fit Foodie Lean- pineapple upside down pancakes!  just one of almost 50 healthy, cleaner, leaner recipes for breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and dessert.  if you’d like a copy for 9.99, click on the book cover over there on the right side of this page and it’s yours!  thank you for the FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC support i have received thus far!!! i just can’t stop saying thank you.

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oooooh my life would be OVER and yours just might be too.  as we go into another week, make it a point to LAUGH MORE!  happy monday eve you guys!

Q. what is one product you’d rather make at home than pay for? 

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pizza pizza

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

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

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Friday night party #1 was for Nichola *whistles*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: how do i get started with cleaner eating?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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