1st Trimester Blues

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surprise :)

(if you hadn't seen my IG post yet!)

Processed with VSCOnow that the 3rd cat is out of the bag, i am really looking forward to being a loooooot more transparent about just what has gone on since march with y'all.  simply put, i’ve been living a lie via social media.  people see only what you choose to show them (filtered shots with perfect angles, perfect lighting, perfect smiles, perfect poses, perfect captions, etc., etc., etc.)...and usually the posts are filled with anything but the hard, difficult seasons you're going through.

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that said, this 1st trimester is a lot like my last two pregnancies in many ways.  the major differences?  i didn't have much time to prepare this round, and i have two kids now! these symptoms started waaaay earlier this time... like week 3 early.  weeks 9-13 were all i endured in the past, and from then to delivery my preggo journey was really fun and very enjoyable.  those are the parts of pregnancy i miss and reflect back on often.  however, it's going on 11+ weeks since the fit and the foodie was sucked straight outta le.  i have been knocked completely on my butt. again. i know i'm not getting any younger (although this is still the best shape i've ever been in) and pregnancy is obviously a time to just slow down as my body adapts and prepares to grow a human for crying out loud... i get it.  but the way my lifestyle is set up.... whew.  with teaching classes and training (which is what i do), it's very difficult to deal with and accept not being physically able to perform at my best.

20160511_221726so, since march, my life motivation has tanked - my mood, my thoughts, my passion to do what i love...i have absolutely no desire to workout, eat healthy, cook homemade meals, create recipes, post on social media, talk on the phone, or be social in real life, absolutely nothing. most of the things i have been making i don't even eat!  k, except those shrimp enchiladas from earlier this week (cause they were filled with a dairy cheese sauce ;) ). #killedthat anyway, i just want to sleep and be left alone until week 13. well, assuming prayerfully this all starts to taper off by then.......... but i can't do that.  

life doesn't work like that, nor will the earth stop spinning just cause i need it to.  on top of classes and clients i have a family to take excellent care of, a household to hold down, new cook books and recipes to create, workout programs to develop and implement, and a blog to run.  finding the drive to do all of my normal, daily activities has taken everything in me. i teach my fitness classes on His strength alone. i put that mic on, say yet another prayer, and before i know it i’m ending class and taking it off.  it’s all a blur; like an outer body experience or something.  I wake up every single morning exhausted no matter how much sleep i got the night before, then i lay there and immediately wonder, "what kind of day will today be?", cause i still can't ever call it.  will i get anything on my to-do list done today? what time will my daily headache/nausea symptoms kick in? what food will turn on me today? heck, what will my husband eat today!? i have not been able to keep up with Sonny's meal prep (tilapia....#UmmNo) because not only do i have zero energy to be in the kitchen for an extended period of time, but the smell of vegetables or homemade food cooking makes my nausea flare up. in short, i feel like the biggest bum EVER IN LIFE right now.  #SubwayOnSpeedDial #BumLife #AllergicToProductivity #FitFoodieWho 

this is supposed to be a joyous time! oh how i wish i felt the same on the inside more often than not though. this is my current reality, and it's important that i’m truthful about my symptoms and how i'm really feeling. it is what it is. pregnancy affects women differently (how many times do we hear and read that) and this is just how my 1st trimesters have proven to go but, this is only a season.  seasons change and my good friends remind me often that, "this too shall pass," and they are exactly right.  there will be brighter days, and i'll look back at this post and have a good laugh (and/or cry) eventually.  

20160507_164134-01i have 1st tri updates coming out of my ears that i am finally able share!

thanks for stickin' with me and for all the baby Egwuatu #3 love!!!

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happy bump day + one of my fave sports bras for the fit pre/postnatal mom

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happy BUMP day!

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 got a 1-on-1 session with my girl, Amaka, bright and early this morning.  i filmed a snippet of her squatting for two on my snap chat; did you see it!? hello, snap chat is WAY fun. apparently i've been missing out.  sorry not sorry, periscope.20160302_090730-01

guns and buns.

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fact or myth: if you have never exercised (or its been a good while since you've done anything) then pregnancy is not the time to start.

MYTH! pregnancy is not the time to go for a new squat PR, give flag football a try, or train for a marathon... obvi!  it's no excuse to spend almost 10 months on the couch either though.  start with low impact things like brisk walking, swimming/water aerobics, and light/moderate, basic weight lifting.  in most cases exercise helps fight back strong against fatigue, mood swings, aches, pains, stiffness, swelling, and discomfort.  

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for all prenatal and postpartum (doesn't matter how long ago you gave birth!) inquires, email me:

le@fitfoodiele.com

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y'all. this bra.  sassy, strappy, stylish, and most important, supportive.  out of all the bras i've tested these past few months for my prenatal and postpartum fit moms, this was number one in my book, ladies! i could not wait to share this sneak peek!  i have bought and gone through a ton of cheap sports bras over the years to support my active lifestyle, but eventually i began to purchase them with my handbag mentality.  that just means i'm willing to shell out a little more than i normally would in exchange for top quality, durability, cuteness, color, and support all in one.  i finally found that in this bra, no doubt. 

fabric + features

  • Luxtreme® fabric is cool-to-the-touch and sweat-wicking 
  • added Lycra® fibre bends with you and stays in great shape
  • pockets for optional, removable cups
  • designed to provide support for C/D cups - even 36DDD! 

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{ bra | Lululemon } {crops | Lululemon (sale!)}  { watch | Polar (sale!)}  { sneaks | Nike Flyknits (sale!)}

the back is gorgeous, right!?  coral is one of my fave spring colors. i've put this thing through intense HIIT sessions, plyometrics, running/sprinting, and weight lifting, and it passed each one with flying colors.  the 'girls' are always comfy and secure, and it never feels like i have an inner tube tucked under my arms. i do a lot of jumping in my classes but i have no nip slip fear because of the full coverage.  my compression crops are heavily discounted right now and almost sold out!!  i got them for black friday last year.

currently in rotation on my feet: