lunch. lunges. life goals.

i love interacting with my followers on Instagram and responding to every single comment and question that comes my way.  i go through as many un-private follower accounts as i can cause i’m generally interested in what yall got goin’ on and also to return the love.  all too often though i get lost in the IG matrix and literally hours later i’m like WHOA :shock: where did the DAY go?! social media is fun and addicting but can be a majooooooor distraction. for me. like i can’t get anything done. like blogging. nothing.

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i’ve been shutting down social media altogether for at least 1 day a week minimum. disconnecting is refreshing. and not in the least bit as frightening as i thought it would be.  the major difference in my day? i get stuff done. a ridiculously large amount of stuff. it’s amazing what putting the phone and ipad away can do for my productivity.

Q: how do you tame the social media beast? what works for you?

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hay there, 22 weeks!  i know i mentioned needing maternity clothes a few posts back, but gaaaaah, i can’t bring myself to buy them.  they are just so….. temporary. and de-motivating. i know, i know… do i wanna be comfortable or stubborn and make a statement? it just so happens that my mom takes the time to read my blog (xoxo, hi mom) and she kindly extended the invitation to take me maternity clothes shopping!  i didn’t turn her down.  i had a Dr’s appt. earlier this week though and since i was out and had time to spare, i stopped by Old Navy to see what they had before meeting a good friend for lunch. no maternity clothes at that location, but they DID have plenty of yoga pants. same thing.

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we ate at Red Lobster (hadn’t been there since i was preggo with Chiso in 2011) and as i stated on IG, they have tooooons of healthy options to choose from!  i was one happy fit mom in there reading the menu like a novel.  the downloadable nutritional stats for the entire menu are posted online and can be found right here.  i had the oven-broiled flounder, roasted veggie medley, a baked potato, and a garden salad with ranch dressing on the side. it was as tasty as i remember.  the baby had a cheddar bay biscuit or two; none for me though.

i’m showing sooner than i expected and the simplest tasks (tying my shoes, sitting up in bed, picking stuff up off the floor at home all.day.long) are becoming kinda uncomfy already. after the 6.5 – 7 month mark with my first pregnancy (when i really started to show) i cut out pushups and laying down flat on my back (for chest press, chest flyes, etc) for safety reasons. we’ll see how much further i can get, but for now,   nothing crazy with my workouts, just basic stuff like the vid above!  i’m grateful to be mobile and i’ll continue to take advantage.

lower body moves in the vid: (works glutes, hamstrings, quads, inner thighs)

  • walking barbell lunges with a front raised knee
  • plié squats dragging the trail foot (great inner thigh exercise)
  • reverse backward weighted  lunges

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this was one of my first attempts at making whole wheat pizza crust and it turned out incredible.  my Sur la table instructor would have been so proud.

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 i love the way the pizza turned out but instead of making another one with the leftover dough, i threw it in my grill pan randomly and made flat bread. just.as.awesome. so of course i had to make a sammich. a grilled Kickn’ Chicken breast sammich with roasted red bell pepper, honey goat cheese, and fresh basil.  whatasammich.  i disappointed a few IGers by not sharing the recipe but i have big plans for this dough! entertaining putting together a 2nd ebook. if i could just quit the internet.

happy friday eve ;)

le

Lululemon 2-in-run tank review + full body @home workout

my post-workout breakfast looks sad but it was filling and really good!  i made an egg white whole wheat english muffin sammich (there’s some mozzarella almond cheese hiding in there somewhere) with bananas and blackberries.  strawberry prices have been down right outrageous since they’re out of season, but blackberries are super cheap in the stores these days.

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 well my monday started off STRONG this week and i hope you can say the same!  a great, solid workout always sets the tone for the week and gets my momentum going.

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Quest Bars are 2 bucks at Lifetime Fitness through January so i totally took advantage (no, i still haven’t ordered or bought a whole box yet :shock: )  and the mirror’s dirty, not my tank, whoops.

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speaking of tanks, i’m testing another top for Lululemon! it’s their 2-in-run tank. i wore it for the first time at home (you’ll see in the vids below) and well, i love everything about it. especially:

  •  the soft, flowy, stretchy Luon fabric @ the bottom (perfect for growing baby bumps)
  • the stylish cut-out sides & back
  • the moisture wicking, Power Luxtreme fabric, built-in bra with removable cups
  • provides ample support for running or any type of gymming

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 i still need the help of a second or 3rd bra at this point as my boobs have tripled in size (#1sttrimesterproblems), but the top fits snug and provides plenty of support up top. there are so many crazy colors and patterns for this tank as well.

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highly recommended!

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so when i got home sunday night, i did the first of many @home workouts to keep this 2nd fit preggo journey going! here’s the entire thing:

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 i can feel my posture slipping again heavily, so i’ve been working my back like crazy to keep up with the added weight and pressure.

i hope you found these useful! leave me a comment and tell me what you’d love to see more of from me.

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 check my Instagram post from today for extra metabolism tips ;)

le

zucchini pizza cruise ships + single leg deadlifts


that caption is PERFECT!!!  i freakin’ love this picture.

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i don’t know about you, but i need my daily dose of endorphins!  i got some this morning in the form of Total Conditioning. can you tell by those sweat stains?  afterwards, i took a moment to focus on my exercise pick of the week: single leg deadlifts.

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1. start in a standing position; knees soft, back flat, feet shoulder width apart, weights in front of your thighs, shoulders down and relaxed.  lift right leg slightly so foot is off the floor.

2. lower your torso forward/downward.  at the same time, raise your lifted leg, keeping it straight.

3. once stretch is felt mainly in your hamstrings and lower glutes, return to original position by raising torso and lowering the lifted leg.

4. straighten the knee of the supporting leg as torso becomes upright. try it again on the opposite leg! 4 sets of 12 on each leg with heavy ;) bells.

IMPORTANT TIPS:

  • the heavier the weight, the more challenging the exercise
  • keep your back flat all the way down and all the way up
  • hips remain square; try not to tilt or twist them. torso should face the front at all times.
  • go as far down as YOU feel comfy, not as far as your neighbor is going!
  • you can modify this exercise and keep your back toe on the ground for balance
  • keep your dumbbells super close to your body all the way down and all the way up.
  • which ever leg you are standing on should keep a soft knee ensure the weight is in your heel and not your toes

what they work: those glutes, hamstrings, lower back, core, trunk.

awesome. on to tha fooooooood!

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Zucchini Pizza Cruise Ships

the stuff:

  • 2 raw zucchini
  • 1 cup extra lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella almond cheese
  • 1/4 cup low sodium pizza sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash tomato basil no salt seasoning
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil

do this:

preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

halve raw zucchini (long ways) and scoop out the seeds and insides.  they should look like empty canoes once done. (don’t discard the insides! you can actually cook them back in with the meat if you’d like or eat them separately at a later date. either way, don’t waste!)

in a large skillet, set your burner to medium-high heat.  add chopped garlic and onions and sauté until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  add in your extra lean turkey meat, liquid aminos, pepper, dried basil, and Mrs. Dash seasoning.  stir/saute until cooked through completely and there is no more pink.

in a separate bowl, combine the pizza sauce and turkey meat crumbles.  then, divide and spoon this mixture evenly amongst your zucchini shells.

top the ships with your sliced tomato, shredded almond cheese, and finally, the chopped basil.

bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until your desired zucchini consistency.

serving size: 4 ships

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approximate stats for the entire recipe! (*remember, ingredients vary by the brands you use*)
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Q: how much does ‘heavy’ weigh?  

A: i am so sure i have answered this before, but here it is again!  you gotta implement a little trial and error.  i usually do 12-15 reps per set.  so, heavy for me equals pretty much struggling to finish on rep 8-10. it varies per exercise though! there is no set number across the board so to speak… you must see for yourself.  write your beginning numbers down to track your progress, and add weight gradually over time to get better , bigger, and stronger.  you’ll start seeing muscles you didn’t even know you had, watch!

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weight lifting has transformed not only my body, but my mind. confidence booster? heck yeah!  i no longer dread the dressing room mirror and i find myself trying on items i would normally shy away from.  better fitting clothes is definitely an advantage worth working for! i get emails here and there concerning that darn scale and how insecure it makes people feel. you are worth so much more than a silly NUMBER.  i don’t watch my weight anymore; i watch my body!

le

savory protein-packed albacore tuna cakes….and stuff

 

it is NOT tuesday already!!! seriously?  please, come back with me to the weekend for a sec.

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it started with this awesome quote above by Jim Rohn. when a quote hits home and find myself reading it over and over again, i GOTTA share it.

if you’re satisfied with being unsatisfied, stop complaining and UPROOT YOURSELF.   take comfort in knowing that you have the power to change your situation for the better, especially if you are unhappy  with the way things are.  less talking, more action!!

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we met up with a few of our 6 Pack USA clients that morning for body fat testing and progress checks, then hit the gym, together! we make the effort to work out together at least once a week, minimum.  it’s our kinda date.  this man pushes me like NO OTHER.  buttons and all :lol:  but it brings out the best in me as well as fantastic results.  i always see more progress in my body working out with Sonny vs. solo.  working out with a partner (or sig. other) provides:

*support

*encouragement

*partnership

*motivation

*accountability

*companionship

*friendly competition

choose a workout partner that truly pushes and inspires you to do better and go harder.  friends don’t let friends SLACK!

also, being able to see Sonny across the (weight ) room  is….nice.  even if we are both doing our own thing on opposite ends of the gym, i take comfort in knowing he is simply there.

afterwards, we went on another date.

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a lunch date.

to my fave Greek spot in Houston, Niko Nikos!  peak or off-peak hour, it don’t matter.  they stay busy because the food is that good.

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i started with the greek salad- it’s automatic.  it was topped with a block of salty feta, calamata olives, tomato, red onion, peppers, and a splash of their famous vinaigrette dressing.  i usually get my dressing on the side, but they never load it on ridiculously and i have always appreciated that.  their salads are always cold, fresh, and crisp.

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the salad was followed by a spinach & chicken pita loaded with lots of feta and melted mozzarella.

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ok….as much as i LOVE me some cheese, it was too much.  i watch my sodium intake and because i had just murdered that block of feta on my salad, i was good in that department already.  soooo, i definitely took some off before i dove in.

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this one’s at the top of his list…the massive, impressive, Hercules Plate.

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like mother like son! i’m always reaching over my own plate for Sonny’s food too.

i sure wish i had read this statement straight from their menu while we were there:

‘We challenge you to finish it: Gyros, Souvlaki, Chicken kebob served with tomato, cooked onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, tzatziki, yalandji dolma and two pita breads.’

cause Sonny KILLED IT.  maybe we could have gotten free dessert or something!? i’ll ask next time.

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after church and teaching my gym class on Sunday, we sped over to a kiddie b-day party for Titus, the Engineer!  he turned the ripe ol’ ago of TWO. happy birthday big boy!

Chiso will be two in May, and i plan to do a similar type of party, meaning, somebody else will be doing all the work this time!  nothin like last year’s 1st birthday party at all!

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Chi chowing down on cheese pizza.

once home again, meal prep sunday was in full effect.

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i did a combo of grilling and roasting for my vegetables this week.

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even had some egg-plant up in the mix!

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i also made egg-plant ‘fries’ by slicing the starchy veggie into fry sized stalks, seasoning them with Mrs. Dash no-salt garlic & herb, and placing them flat on a baking sheet, 7 minutes each side. different and tasty!

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roasting and grilling over steaming, ANYDAY.  brussels sprouts, multi-color bell peppers, and egg-plant for the next few days.

last nights dinner:

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savory, protein-packed albacore tuna cakes

the stuff:

  • 2 cans albacore tuna, drained
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 heaping tbsp 0% greek yogurt
  • 1 heaping tbsp course ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp yellow, orange, or green bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash no-salt garlic & herb seasoning ( i like lots!)
  • 1 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper


do this:

* in a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix very well.

* coat a medium heated pan with no-stick cooking spray

* scoop out some of the mixture and place it in the hot pan, pressing it down flat, like a pancake.

*cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until done and cooked through!


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that topping is just 0% greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic powder, and sriracha.  i didn’t measure, but play around with these components to make a dipping sauce to your liking!

i made 8 cakes, and these are the stats for 1:

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if you hadn’t noticed yet, 
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SO,  i started a new section up there titled FFL approved!  but you noticed already, right!  that page will be filled with all things health and fitness that i have either eaten, worn, or used myself!  e.g. good ol’ PRODUCT REVIEWS!!!  i mean i’ve really been doing them all along, but this time the products will be mostly complimentary which i appreciate TREMENDOUSLY.  sooo, head on over there if you haven’t already… there’s more to come. way mo!

**p.s. if you make ANY of my recipes, i’d LOVE to see them! how? take a pic and post them to the Fit Foodie Le Facebook Fan Page, or Instagram it and tag me to it —–> #fitfoodiele. **

le

updated oats & flashbacks

i am all over the place today and don’t even know where to friggin’ start! ok how about with….breakfast:

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i’ve been saying i’m gonna post my updated morning bowl of oats recipe and i need to do it already. less talking and more action is what i’m putting into 2013.  i mean really.

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this particular bowl was made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, real vanilla, vanilla creme stevia, and topped with bananas, chopped almonds, and a sprinkle of cinnamon <3

fitfoodiele’s BBO (basic bowl of oats) 

the stuff:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

bring the almond milk to a boil, add the vanilla, then add the oats. stir them around until every oat is wet lol, then turn your burner on low.  after 3 minutes it’s pretty much done!  i like mine not too lose, and not too tight.. so if a little liquid left is left that’s cool wit me.

**this is THE most basic way to make the oats…like ever.   when i post recipes in the future, this will almost always be the very base of the recipe…before i go crazy and start adding stuff all willy nilly.   sometimes i like to use 1 cup of almond milk + 1 cup of water which makes for one big huuuuuge bowl of oatmeal.  you know oats expand  in volume and soak up alotta the liquid it’s cooked in, so it’s like you’re eating more but really, you’re not.  i usually add a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon in there too- i like A LOT.  now, the toppings are endless i tell you, ENDLESS.  i usually do bananas (as if you didn’t know lol) but apple chunks and raisins, and blueberries work well as far as fruit goes, and all kinds of nuts pair well too.  my fave are almond, pecans, and pistachios.  a lot of people throw in a big scoop of nut butter (PB2, the real thang, almond butter, etc.) which adds incredible flavor. add what ya like!!!**

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here’s the break down on the types of oats so you won’t be in the bulk aisle lookin’ clueless:

old fashioned – not that great for smooth pancakes UNLESS you grind them first.  even when making a bowl of regular oatmeal, they don’t soak up much liquid, and take the longest to cook.

quick cooking / rolled oats  (1-3 minute cooking time) – these are pressed old-fashioned oats into thinner flakes which makes for a quicker cooking time, hence the name.  they work best for pancakes IMO. makes a huge difference in the texture of your cake.  buuut again, if you grind them up first, it doesn’t really matter now does it!

steel-cut – chopped up oat groats. (oat groats are the real whole oat, hulled and unprocessed). they produce a rougher, chewier bowl of regular oatmeal and take as long as old-fashioned oats to cook…maybe longer.

instant – i don’t do instant and you shouldn’t either :shock:

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after breakfast, i hit the gym and worked on my core, glutes, and ended with a little cardio.  you remember that ab machine that looks like a little tire wheel with two handles on either side? we had one of those growing up lol! the thought of my parents attempting to use that thing back then is HILARIOUS to me now.  matter fact, i don’t even remember anybody using it correctly, ever.  i like the cooler looking one above- i saw somebody else with one and grabbed one too.   i did 5 reps of 10 of these and was feelin’ it by the 2nd set, MY GOODNESS.

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then, grocery shopping! yeah i had a pretty awesome day! got lots of fresh produce and restocked Produce Island (e.g. my kitchen island, even though you prolly figured that out).  i have a lot of work to do in my test kitchen this month:)

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aaaand of course i restocked my snack corner too. all good stuff, i promise.

sooo, yesterday i made nachos for lunch. not just any nachos though, 

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grilled, JUMBO shrimp nachos!!!!

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i marinated the shrimp in liquid aminos, smokehouse maple seasoning, fresh chopped cilantro, and black pepper for a few minutes first,

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then went to work with my grill pan.  before i started that, i sliced up  some of my low carb La Tortilla Factory soft wraps, put them on a baking sheet, and cooked them until they were crispy.

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then…the magic happened.

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semi-homemade chips, shredded kale, chopped roma tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, shredded almond cheese, and SCRIMPS! i only had one small corner of almond cheese left and nachos MUST HAVE CHEESE! i scrounged up what i could, but they were still so good!  next time, way more cheese. way more.
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i also made some homemade guacamole:  avocado, tomato, cilantro, liquid aminos, pepper, and lemon juice.

KILLED IT!

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so i taught my very first class of 2013 this past Wed- i subbed a weight’s class for another instructor and got my burn ON baby! 

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i also realized that this is the beginning of my 5th year as an instructor. MY how time has flown. i have super-duper BIG news for my Houston area readers and gymers- just you wait!!

all these progress and throwback pics on IG have me going back looking through my own photo archives these days!  i came across this one from Sonny’s frat brother’s wedding in 2011.  

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fluffaaaaay!  and look at my posture:( however, my boobs were so heavy from breastfeeding.  i was darn  near hiding behind Sonny!!   i felt and definitely looked self-conscious and unconfident. i said on IG that Chiso was less than a year when we took this, but i later realized that he was 4 months old at the time.

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now, it didn’t take me an entire year to trim down to this size, but it’s something very gratifying about being able to look back to see where you WERE.  one bikini comp down and a current, consistent exercise/nutrition off-season regiment and i’m grabbing a fist full of that dress behind me cause it won’t stay up on its own these days!  i can finally say i’m content with my body; i’m staying right here. HEY Chiso, dang!!!!!!!

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never, ever limit exercise to physical benefits only; i tell people this over and over again!  exercise reduces stress… it’s an escape.. it’s a form of therapy.  along with looking fitter, it makes you FEEL better emotionally too.  i even sleep better!  this is why i was ITCHING to get back into the gym after having to sit down and recover from my dental surgery.  all of  those reasons above!

so, other than the physical benefits, WHY do you exercise?  (2013 gym newbies AND veterans!)

le

happy fit & clean 2013!

 

 well, it’s here. the new year is underway…. i’m just happy and grateful to be here. soon as i opened my eyes today i made a Facebook status that said  ‘if you woke up this morning, you were SUPPOSED TO!! thank God! now, go and be YOU.’ i’m excited and so ready to live His purpose for my life. it’s time!

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the day after Christmas, i had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed.  thanks to my driver and brother Matt for this hot photo.  what a day!  i was knocked out and didn’t feel a thing, but the 3rd day was definitely the worst as the swelling was at its peak.  howeverrrr,  it’s all over and done with now FOR GOOD!

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6 days later i’m still healing and struggling to chew and it sucks.  i can only do so on one side for now, and i’m not supposed to eat any crackers, chips, popcorn- anything that crumbles and can get stuck in those crevices back there.  this foodie is ready to EAT.  so while my family gets to eat Papa Johns :shock:, i’m on baby food status. how i’ve been surviving:

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oh and let’s not forget i couldn’t exercise! no food = no energy = no activity = boo. this entire pint of Arctic Zero came in handy.

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however for breakfast, i cooked my oats as normal with vanilla creme stevia and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, then i sliced up a banana and threw it in the blender with them. this pic translates to how i felt that morning :lol: BLAH

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before bed one night, i whipped out some cottage cheese to get some protein in.  i made some of my healthy chocolate sauce and drizzled some on top along with a dash of cinnamon.

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 aaaand for dinner, i got fancy and made some roasted squash and onion soup.  i roasted the veggies in the oven until soft, tender, and charred, then threw them in the blender along with some low sodium vegetable broth, nutritional yeast flakes, black pepper, liquid aminos, sweet smokey paprika, and sprinkled some goat cheese on top.

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i was trying to make a balanced meal in a glass and this actually turned out ok!  fruit, greens, healthy fats, and carbs.

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 i’m outta protein powder, but a scoop of vanilla would have been perfect!

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i ate it with a spoon though, no straws allowed yet.

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no gym for 4 straight days and i felt like a weak, wet, limp noodle.  lost a couple of pounds of both fat and muscle for sure.  this is why i LOOOOVE my complex carbs combined with hitting the weights (oatmeal, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, etc) – without them i’m flat and squishy.

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sunday was my first day back in the gym and i made some green eggs for real!  liquified frozen spinach + egg whites then scramble!  shredded a little almond cheese on’em that melted on top.

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got a nice welcome back 700+ calorie burn in my boxing shoes which happen to be perfect for weight lifting.

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 definitely getting a few pairs of these in more crazy colors!

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i hope you enjoyed your new years eve WHATEVER you did last night!!  Chiso surprisingly checked out at 9:30… SCORE.  i know! soooo Sonny and i enjoyed a quiet evening at home and popped open a bottle of  the good stuff – sparkling welches red grape juice cocktail. we had a quiet, intimate toast to end a great year and welcome an even better one!

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this morning was the Commitment Day 5k-  did you get up and go run in your city?

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it rained. it was windy. it was cold.

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but that didn’t stop these people from coming out in their raincoats, hats, and umbrellas!  it was still a fair turnout and i was honored to participate.

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i ran with my sister-friend Shabakka; she showed up and showed out!  we had just finished up.

i saw a few familiar faces along the way though and i was definitely looking for some!  i’d like to give a huge CONGRATS and shout out to one of my readers and fam, Ivy!!!  you did it! way to start 2013 STRONG.

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you know i wore my watch. couldn’t tell ya what my time was though…let’s say around 24 min or so.

that’s my holiday wrap up!  i’ll leave you with one of the quotes i’m really feelin’:

‘don’t tell people your dreams, show them.’

here’s to a fit & clean 2013! (thx Dami;)

le

weekend + peanut butter oatmeal carob chip cookie balls

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i mean i just wanted to take a selfie of my new top from my sweet coworker, Monica!  apparently everybody needed to use the bathroom at the same time.20121222_080014doing his daily ritual.

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love it!  workout gear is one of my fave ever gifts to receive.   it’s Nike, very light weight, has a cool design, and most important, racerback.

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we hit the gym and i decided to take a Total Conditioning class instead of my normal weights and cardio routine.  taking classes and teaching them are completely different for me concerning the workout part!  i do 80%+of the workout with my class, and the rest is coaching, motivating, and walking around checking for great form.  before i began teaching, seeing the instructor struggling with me provided some of THE best motivation to keep me going! so i definitely try to provide that for my members. when i’m up there on that podium, it’s like i feel NO burn, seriously!  my adrenaline goes crazy the entire time. talk about an endorphin high :shock:

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where’s waldo?

 when i take a class, i feel the burn waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay sooner, LOL.  i feel every thing!  it’s now me vs me and  i go to war with that voice inside my head telling me the burn is too much and to STOP.  but i refuse!

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i did the class, then 30 min of fat burning cardio and got up outta there.

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but not before a progress selfie lol.  Chiso and i had a day of Christmas and grocery shopping to get to, and i neglected to pack our lunches.  i knew we’d pass by that death trap of a food court at the mall and the smell of fries just might win me over after that workout! so, we had lunch at the gym.

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and i’m glad we did! ok more like a snack.  i got a smoothie for the first time in MONTHS.  i’ve enjoyed eating my fruit instead of drinking it..that’s my only reason.  anyway i was super surprised to see that Lifetime now has almond milk substitutions!! what!? they are always one step ahead!

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i got an almond delight which did not hit all my macros for meal 2, but it held me over juuuuust enough until we got home.  don’t worry, i made up for it.

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i chose blueberry and banana for my fruits of choice; the best smoothie combo ever, i know!

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cold and creamy.

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‘if it’s here, it’s healthy.’

100% clean menu.

on to the mall!

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i spotted this while we were out shopping and did the most obnoxious double take ever.  miracle slimming system.  no diet and exercise required. 10 minute method. 3.99. it’s called a WORKOUT for a reason, yall!  it requires an effort.  it’s still on the shelf because unfortunately someone will buy this thing.  only real, lasting results come from good nutrition and exercise. that’s it. that’s the secret.

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i spent longer grocery shopping than Christmas shopping lol. i  saw these in the bulk isle at HEB and gave them a taste…score.  they are low in sugar, grain sweetened, carob chips and they taste just like semi sweet chocolate chips!  grain sweetened chocolate covered raisins from Whole Foods have been my guilty pleasure for YEARS.  it was the only place i could find them for a while, but carob has definitely gotten more popular lately!  you’ll see these guys again shortly.

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TODAY was leg day and i had a grilled turkey and almond cheese sandwich on Ezekiel bread, a small red delicious apple, and some tomato & cucumber salad from Central Market before hitting the gym. 20121223_133805

tryin to shred these puppies!!

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had just finished doing my heavy squats here.  i went heavy and did 4 sets of 10 of the following: barbel squats, single leg seated presses, hack squats, alternating dumbbell lunges, deadlifts, leg extensions & curls.

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then i followed that up with about 10 min of abs.

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nice burn!

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i’ve been thinking about the kind of cookie i wanted to leave out for Santa, and i tried my hand at some no-bake peanut butter cookie balls that turned out darn good!

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Carob Chip Cookie Balls

the stuff:

  • 10 tbsp quick oats
  • 2 tbsp carob chips (can totally use any kind of chocolate chips)
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar (can sub honey)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 tbsp chocolate PB2

do this:

MIX! form into 10 balls and pop them into the fridge until you’re ready to devour.  give them at least 30 min though.  if they are too sticky for you, add more oats in increments of 1 table-spoon.  they were just right for us though!  recipe makes 10 balls.

serving size = 1 cookie

carobcookieslow sugar, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free (long as your oats are gluten-free) and YUM-MY.

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Chiso looooooooooooved them!

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him and his faces.

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ok we ate this entire batch, but we will make plenty more.

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Santa will wash them down with a big glass of almond milk!

what kinda cookies will you be leaving out for Santa this year?

le

HEB meal deals + banana french toast

it’s cooooooold.  Houston finally got with it and the temps have dropped.  enjoy it while it lasts.  this morning though… i did NOT wanna get up.  you hear me?   4:15am came way too quick and my bed was way too comfy.  i admire my members for just showing up to class like they always do.  THAT is true commitment and dedication if i ever saw it. cause ummmm, if i didn’t have to be there today…. yeah :shock:  watching them file into the studio one by one, collect their equipment, and wait in anticipation as the clock winded down to begin class gave me the energy and inspiration i needed to give them nothing short of my absolute best!!  and that cup of coffee /green tea combo didn’t hurt either.   let nothing stop you from remaining consistent and making progress. nothing. especially something as petty as the weather!

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after class i did some upper body (shoulders + chest),

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took a pic of my polar HR monitor :lol:

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zipped up my Lululemon, 20121211_083539

and headed home to take more pics and make breakfast!  saturday i saw all this french toast on IG and it inspired me to make some of my own.  i had some again this morning with my egg white omelette and they hit the spot.  carbolicious.

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i used sesame ezekiel sprouted grain bread and made a sliced banana sandwich first,
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then, i dipped the entire thing in a mixture of:

stuffed banana french toast

the stuff:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 3-5 drops of vanilla creme stevia
  • 1 tbsp coconut crystals
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites

do this:

  1. combine all ingredients into a bowl big enough for your sandwich to fit in.
  2. mix them well, then dip your sandwich in on one side for 2 seconds, then flip it to the other side for 2 seconds.
  3. immediately transfer it to a medium heated no stick pan and ‘fry’ it until brown on one side.
  4. flip it and brown the other side!  plate it up however you’d like and top it with more cinnamon, walden farms pancake syrup, and fresh banana slices.  i even shot it with some ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter’ spray a few times.
  5. NOM.

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@  HEB this past weekend, i took advantage of one of their popular meal deal specials.  i got the two-step gumbo and the BBQ shrimp mix for free.  yep, i had some help.

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 it’s not considered clean, but it’s all natural, decent nutritional stats, and quite good!

stats (per 1/2 cup): 60 cals, 1.5g fat, 470 mg sodium, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 2g protein

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to the gumbo mix, i added 1 cup of water, another cup of low sodium chicken broth, a bag of frozen okra, cut up two roma tomatoes, some fresh cilantro,

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and even though it didn’t really need it, extra seasonings!  just a few dashes of my sweet smokey chipotle paprika, black pepper, sriracha, and 2 squirts of liquid aminos.  it all came to a rolling boil, then i let it simmer for about 20 min on low so it could thicken up.

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i THOUGHT i had some shrimp leftover from last week’s kale tacos, but nope…all gone.   wish i had realized that before i went to the store!!  i ended up using some of the bbq tilapia that you’re gonna read about in a sec.   so if you have some, you can totally add shellfish, crab, sausage, etc. because gumbo just ain’t gumbo without it ;)

i added a scoop of brown rice on top and Sonny mixed it all together before he gobbled it up.

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when you buy the gumbo mix, you get this free.  i got to sample this stuff on some steel head trout while in the store which is what sold me on it!  i believe the cooking demo lady used olive oil to thin it out though:(  but it was soooo good. when i got home, i took 2 tablespoons of the shrimp mix and added 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk to make a creamy marinade for my tilapia.

stats: (per tbsp) 25 cals, 1g fat, 1g sat fat, 340 mg sodium, 3 carbs, 2 sugars

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loved it!!! yes, almond milk!!


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oh yeah, while i was @ the store, i came across these guys.  can you read that sign?  it says purple sweet potatoes are higher in nutritional value than the traditional sweet potato.  who knew? i didn’t.  a friend of mine advised that i check out an Asian market  for these babies though cause that 2.98 a lb is a little too steep for me.  can’t wait to try them!

now for my last unexpected purchase!  i’ve been drinking almond milk for like the past 3 years now and i have no plans to go back to dairy milk anytime soon, or ever.  but when i tell you i almost slurped down this whole box, you better believe it.

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it was worth the gas and bloating :lol:

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 Chiso hasn’t been a fan of drinking milk solo, so i’ve just been using it to make his oatmeal instead of water so he can still get his vitamin D and calcium.  after i let him sample a little of this Horizon Organic Vanilla milk @ the store, to my surprise, he asked for more immediately!  actually i’m not surprised cause it’s a little high in sugar (22g) and it’s vanilla flavored. lol.  however, it’s all natural, and still loaded with nutrients, so it went in the basket.

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he tried to tear that box open after it was empty.  score!  if only he loved his veggies the same way…

le

clean, all natural, guilt-free chocolate sauce

i’m going dip and drizzle crazy.  i’ve googled homemade chocolate sauces in the past and normally they contain some type of oil (usually coconut which is 120 calories 13g fat, 12 saturated), a wack sugar substitute that tastes like chemicals, or just an ingredient i don’t particularly care for.  i took a complete gamble with the ingredients and the measurements and it turned out, well, darn good. so i tried it on what else, some dessert first!

i made a guilt-free arctic zero sundae with soy whip and crushed pistachios.

trial and error is a huge, frustrating part of coming up with your own recipes.  it can get expensive too!!  so getting it right the first time (or at least the first few times) makes me feel good. really good.

would you like to read about my fantastic workout from this morning before i share the recipe? ok great!!! there is something about the peacefulness of the gym super early in the morning.  i get it now.  i can clear my mind, focus on my to-do list not only for that day but my long-term goals, projects, dreams, next moves, pray…talk to God…and get my life together.

  it’s that crucial.  minimal interruptions, effective workout, no waiting on the equipment…  it’s never the same in the evenings immediately after work.  even late at night; it doesn’t compare.

symmetry is good.  symmetry is preferred. lol.  my right shoulder area is still more defined than my left, but i’m in the process of fixing it. one way to correct that is to do isolations (one limb at a time).  i used to pass this machine up, but never again!  i added it to my routine this morning and felt different parts of my glutes and hamstrings being worked way more vs. pressing both legs at once.  do NOT let the machines intimidate you- you can’t progress if you don’t try different things.  find a trainer and ask them for a demo if you can’t decipher the directions.

i rushed home to my breakfast and my boys!  made some egg whites and topped them with fat-free feta and parsley.  i kept my banana oat pancakes simple and sprayed them with ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter’ and walden farms pancake syrup. aaand reduced sugar Heinz for my eggs.

 for my oatmeal though, i topped it with more fresh bananas, crushed almonds, and a drizzle of my clean chocolate sauce!  mmmm crepes would also be a grand idea.

  by the way, my oatmeal is cooked in unsweetened vanilla almond milk/water, and a splash of vanilla.  then i add cinnamon and stir.

ready now?

3 ingredients:

clean, guilt-free, all natural, chocolate sauce

the stuff:

  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp all natural, raw, coconut crystals (found at Whole Foods)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

do this:

i suggest you heat the milk first ( you can nuke it for 15-20 seconds) THEN add the cocoa powder and crystals.  the cocoa won’t absorb into the milk if it’s cold and you will be stirring forever cause it  just won’t mix. just like oil and water. you can either add more or less almond milk- the consistency is up to you.  i found that after mixing these exact amounts together (get all the lumps out) and letting it sit in the fridge for less than 30 min, it was the perfect consistency for dipping, pouring, or spooning it straight :lol:

the sky is the limit!   double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed, just adjust your stats accordingly.

strawberries and chocolate – classic combo.

banana chunks, dipped and topped.

raw unsweetened coconut flakes, crushed almonds, crushed pistachios.

had way too much fun today.  happy friday eve :)

le

winner winner chicken dinner


glory to God, Sonny won 1st place in his division at the Ft. Worth MuscleMania bodybuilding show this past weekend!! here’s Chiso congratulating him and apologizing for sleeping through the entire evening show in mommy’s arms.  630-930…what a nap :shock:

i’m pretty proud of this guy.

i was screaming as loud as i could!!  great show and amazing jobs done by all.

here are Sonny and some of the other competitors soaking in their win.  cloud 9 status!

Chiso clearly just wanted to play with that ball, but we got a good family shot outside the venue during intermission break.  immediately following the show, Sonny’s team went to dinner at Blue Mesa  to celebrate their accomplishments, weeks of hard work, dieting, and training.  both of our phones were almost dead after our long day, so my camera flash was toast.  horrible lighting for these next few pics, ugh.

along with Sonny’s show day meals, i prepped all of mine for the trip as well.  and this meal was not apart of the plan lol! neither was the pizza Sonny brought me from backstage earlier.  nevertheless,  i started with a  dinner salad of field greens topped with tomatoes and red onion.  balsamic vinaigrette was on the side.

Sonny got the Perfect Tortilla Soup which had chicken, tomatoes, jack cheese, smoked chiles, and fresh lime in chicken broth.

CHIPS. sweet potato, tortilla (blue and flour).  and honestly they were nothing to write home about.  it’s just that they were in front of me and i was hungry!!! snacking ensued. excessive snacking.

having no flash totally took away from the dish, but it was way tastier than it looked.  i got the Spa Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with asparagus and grilled sweet potatoes.  the Spa section on their menu was detailed with nutritional stats and lighter options.  i totally appreciated that.  why don’t restaurants just do this for the entire menu?  we’re prolly better off not knowing in some cases!

Sonny asked the server for the dish with the most food and variety like he always does and ended up getting a sampler platter.  like he always does. lol.  the Mesa Sampler came with a carmelized onion quesadilla, mixed nachos, and chicken taquitos.

so on the way back to our hotel WE wanted something sweet and went through a Mc Donalds drive through in hopes to get some ice cream.   the machine was already closed down for cleaning for the night.  that has happened to us SEVERAL times… we should know the darn schedule by now.  so we ended up at the next best thing… actually it’s prolly the best thing lol.

we split a whatasized vanilla shake and i’m pretty sure i slurped down 70% of it!  i hadn’t had one in YEARS.  it was…. incredible.  Sonny mentioned going to In-N-Out burger too (hey we don’t have one in Houston) but i had to put my foot down and call it quits.

we got some rest and headed home the next morning, but not before grabbing breakfast.  i took a selfie of my abs before we left though and i wasn’t surprised that they were still flat.  after i eat crap, it pops back up to say hello on me 3-4 days later.  for a while i had myself fooled!  the symptoms may be delayed  (bloating, gas, bubble guts, pimples, fatigue, flat muscles, heaviness) but they ALWAYS come.  always.

Sonny wanted to start breakfast with a BANG but Ihop was the  best option that popped up on our GPS.  i was somewhat relieved and i’m also glad there were no Shipley’s around :shock:

now THIS is a breakfast of champions.  ^^^ there’s one right there, tee hee.  Ihop always did have crazy portion sizes.

Sonny smashed a steak omelette topped with cheese and tomatoes,

and a stack of what Ihop is famous for…. mmmmmm.

we got Chi a kiddie sampler of baby cakes, scrambled eggs, and turkey bacon which he did NOT like and took off his plate immediately.  i’m not a fan of the texture of turkey bacon either…i don’t blame him.

 

time to get back on track.

after examining this pic closer, that totally looks like a bug in my oatmeal!!!!! LOL. i remember seeing it after stirring my bananas in though and it was definitely an oat.  i think.  i hope.

i also got a spinach, mushroom, and tomato egg white omelette that was pretty amazing.  i’m am in complete love with their Simple and Fit menu. look at all those options!!! the website is super user-friendly. seriously, GO IHOP! 4 thumbs up from fitfoodiele.

the oatmeal came with butter, brown sugar, and milk on the side, but i didn’t use them.  you know what i used!  packet of stevia from the stash in my purse.

didn’t bring any Walden Farms syrup with me, but they did provide sugar-free syrup.  again, GO IHOP!  HEB sells Cary’s syrup as well, FYI.

we hit the road and made it home safely, thank God.  THEN i hit the gym solo to get a head start on that vanilla shake before it did too much damage lol.  Saturday was a full rest day and i did absolutely nothing for the first time in a while, so i was ready to go and pump some iron.

one of the bodybuilders gave this advice to the crowd at the show:  ‘it’s not about who can squat the most.  it’s not about who can bench press the most.  eat right, squeeze the muscle with each rep, and train hard.’  it was short, sweet, and really hit home.  during that workout, i did my best to squeeze my glutes, hams, quads, and calves with each rep. i felt and saw a difference immediately.  oooh it burns. STILL feeling it.

i did legs and cardio and got up outta there.  will be switching up my routine next week though-  time for something new.  next i hit up the store cause my Sunday just ain’t right without some grocery shopping.

CONGRATULATIONS SONNY!!!!! XOXO

le