20 songs that get me through cardio + Transformation Tues #quickie

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4 weeks postpartum and new mommy Kara is looking fantabulous! i am so proud of my sister!  she remained active for the bulk of her pregnancy and is now reaping those fit pregnancy benefits.  i got to watch my niece, baby Natalie, for the first time last week while Kara tended to some court business with her clients.  Baby Natalie is THE sweetest lil' thing!  look at that face! what a pleasure and an honor to be able to return the favor and watch baby Natalie for my sis & bro-in-law.  if you are a preggo or postpartum mom that needs help getting back on track, email me: le@fitfoodiele.com.

my fave music apps are Spotify and recently the Pandora app.  i get my cardio in a couple of times a week and yall know i don't mind it at all!  ONLY if i have my Beats headphones. silent cardio is the worst, right?!  anyway, here are 20 songs i'm feeling that help speed up my fat burning sesh. no judgement! oh and radio version preferably.

  1. Yoga - Janelle Monae, Jidenna
  2. Love Me Harder - Ariana Grande
  3. Bring It Back - Travis Porter
  4. You Know You Like It - DJ Snake
  5. Hit The Quan - iLoveMemphis
  6. Finna Get Loose - Diddy, Pharrell Williams
  7. Badd - Ying Yang Twins
  8. Wipe Me Down - Boosie Badazz, Webbie
  9. Chandelier - Sia
  10. She Knows - Ne-Yo
  11. Pop That - French Montana
  12. Swimming Pools - Kendrick Lamar
  13. Flashing Lights - Kanye West
  14. Take It Off - UGK
  15. Where Ya At - Future, Drake
  16. Did A Whole Lot - Sosamann, Sauce Walka
  17. Who Do You Love - YG, Drake
  18. She Knows - Ne-Yo, Juicy J
  19. We Dem Boys - Wiz Khalifa
  20. Animals - Maroon 5

check out this morning's motivational Periscope and have a blessed tuesday, friends!

Q: add to my list!  what song(s) gets you through your workouts?

le

all things PREGGO fitness classes!

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welp, it happened!  right there in that very room.  my very first prenatal class went down this past saturday!  i slowly circled that room a handful of times while saying a prayer of thanks to God before the ladies began to arrive.  this feels GOOD.  this feels right. i don't know why the sight of a preggo woman working out makes me smile uncontrollably but it just does.  i remember what physical activity and healthy eating did for both my pregnancies and i want other mamas-to-be to experience those same benefits throughout their pregnancy journey, labor & delivery, and postpartum recovery.  there are still so many misconceptions and old wives tales about prenatal fitness that just won't go away!  my purpose is to prove how safe and beneficial prenatal fitness is for mom and baby.

before i headed out to teach, i took a pic of my new tank i couldn't wait to wear!

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don't you love it?! 'because you know i'm all about the BUMP.' ha! this will be available on my blog for purchase very soon, along with this one:

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one lucky mama-to-be won the 'Lifting for TWO' tank which is totally my fave.  taking pre-orders NOW!  email me at le@fitfoodiele.com if you'd like to rock one or know a Preggo Patty who would wear it proudly! 20150501_185908-01-1

friday evening, Chiso and i had a blast picking out some healthy snacks for the class courtesy of Sprouts Farmers Market Katy.  what a true HONOR!  grocery shopping is a passion/hobby of mine (i know, i'm the envy of all my friends lol) so i was beyond grateful for their sponsorship, assistance, and helpfulness.  i blog about SFM often, so partnering up with them was a dream come true.

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as we wrapped up our trip, we stopped through the bulk aisle to get some gummy bears.  keeping tradition ;)

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what snack did we chose in addition to water & fresh fruit? Bobo's Oat Bars!  i was sold as soon as i saw them!  one, because my childhood nickname was Bobo, and two, they are portable, filling, and when you don't have time to cook a pot of oatmeal on the stove, this bar is the perfect swap.

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they are all 170-190 cals, 6-8g fat, 9-10g sugar, 27g carbs, 3g protein, 3g fiber. no artificial ANYTHING and are made with non-GMO, natural & organic ingredients.  there are gluten-free options and over 10 flavors available!  Coconut's got the top spot IMO but i've only had those 4 flavors up there so far.  have you tried these?

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 her hubby came in right by her side, holding her bag and everything. i had to get a picture; they were so cute!

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 this is a TRUE clip, right? hahaha!  thanks to my bro Brian for catching a few seconds of class before he had to run next door and teach his saturday boot campers.  if you want more, come check this out for yourself! new music, new moves, new snacks, every saturday.

20150502_103844-01-1 i thank these ladies sincerely for coming and having some sweaty FUN with me and look forward to seeing those bellies grow!

here's a question that was asked during Q & A that i'll share with you:

Q: can we still work abs while pregnant?

A: YES.  it's an important time to do so and it will definitely help you in the delivery room.  you just need to adjust the way you work them.  you can still work your core without ever doing a traditional ab exercise (e.g. crunches).  planks are a preggo woman's best friend! check out and try the plank variations i did in this post.

PhotoGrid_1430324449425if you are not local to Houston but would still like to make your pregnancy as fit as possible like my client Dominique up there, email me for your very own pre/postnatal meal/workout plan!  doesn't matter how far along you are nor how many months/years postpartum you are.

 le@fitfoodiele.com

if you are local, come see me! postpartum moms just getting back into the workout game are welcome too!

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i'll leave you with this monday motivational scripture from Psalms 37:5: commit your future to the Lord!  trust in Him and he will act on his behalf.

le 

10 things about motherhood

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just a few things i noticed.

1. it put some hair on my chest

be beautiful inside and out. but stand up for yourself

before kiddos,  if i were standing in line at the store and someone clearly and blatantly cut in front of me, i'd start questioning myself  with thoughts like (key word: thoughts. i wouldn't have said a thing.), 'were they already standing here before i walked up and are just getting back in line? did anybody else just see what just happened? *looks around* is this a Vine prank?' and i'd conclude it all with, 'eh, they only have two items so it's really not that serious.' and let it go.

after kiddos, HA. automatic verbal response and neither one of us are checking out until we get to the bottom of things. don't get me wrong, i still do my best to approach life's situations with a WWJD mentality, no doubt.  however, i can say that becoming a mother has created the desire to both stand up and speak up for myself way more than i ever have in my entire life.  that said, i'm also no longer guilted by or afraid to use the word 'No'.

 2. we are imperfection at its finest 

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 we take 99 pictures and we can't frame 1. every time.

3. i can't sleep when baby sleeps. i don't want to sleep when baby sleeps. nothing will get done if i sleep when baby sleeps!!!

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 4. tmi? haha. you're funny.

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i can remember Sonny and i as first time parents at home with Chiso and experiencing our very first exploding diaper. we looked at each other like 'OMG, what was that noise??' and had a hearty laugh after discovering the source.  yeah, they are funny and adorable in the beginning, right. then they start happening out in public, when you're in a rush and in the process of leaving the house and already running late, on the couch you just had steamed cleaned, and all over you.  afterwards you just want to cut them out of their outfit no matter how expensive or adorable it was and trash it.

5. i'm a closet control freak

most days, it's a complete internal struggle for me not to finish a puzzle Chiso and i are working on myself, go back and sprinkle the cheese evenly across his pizza, or maintain my composure when he could give a flying flip about coloring inside the lines.  letting him do things in his own way and ultimately be a kid requires turning my impatient-perfectionist meter down a couple notches.

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Chiso spoke to Dego more than i did while he was in my belly.   Dego's little face and eyes light UP and his feet start kicking a billion miles an hour at the sound of Chiso's voice.  it's indescribable and so heartwarming to watch.  we'll see how fond they are of each other after they start rooming together. lol.

7. interruptions, interruptions, interruptions

most days, my to-do lists take for-e-ver to complete cause kiddo A is ready to play when kiddo B goes down for a nap, kiddo A is hungry again after eating 20 minutes ago,  kiddo B's diaper explodes, or kiddo A wants to read his fave book right right then, etc., etc., etc... they just keep coming!  no matter what my agenda says, these guys have their own. how do i deal? i simply thank God for enabling me to meet their every little need (after i calm down. lol). that always puts things in perspective for me. i could be somewhere else, and they could be under someone else's care.  however, they are my little labors of love that i don't take for granted.   interruptions during my workouts used to irritate the heck outta me.  pet peeve of the year award right there.  now?  if i'm taking a class at the gym i pretty much set my equipment up as close to the door as possible so the child care members can spot me immediately.  that way, i can just sneak out without causing a big commotion.  sometimes no matter how much i prepare (clean diaper, full-fat fed & burped), randomness knocks and mama's gotta answer.

If I have been blessed with children, I have to surrender myself wholeheartedly to my role of being a mother after God's design.

8. no more mommy judgement. ever.

that look i shot the mom on the plane with the screaming, irate infant a few years ago? i take it back wholeheartedly. i'm sorry, girl, wherever you are.  i just didn't know. i just...didn't....know.

9. emotional roller coaster

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my hormones will never be the same. some days my cup runneth over. some days i want to smash the cup to the floor into a million little pieces and let somebody else clean it up.  what a ride! but being a mother has given my life so much purpose and countless lessons.  having to witness both boys get their vaccinations tore me apart like nobody's business.  i used to be that person sitting in the movie theater with eyes as dry as cotton while everyone around me bawls uncontrollably.  i mean it's fiction for crying out loud!!!   now?  i feel the tears welling up and there's absolutely nothing i can do to stop them.  who am i!?

10. cuddle buddies

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 time is fleeting. i'm cherishing their little hugs, giggles, smiles and taking a billion pictures and videos along the way.  with so much going on in this world daily it makes me just want to love on them that much more and remember to enjoy our moments while we're in them.

your turn! list 5 or more things you learned and/or love about motherhood.

le

p.s. i'll be updating my blog, finally!!  i'm not going anywhere guys but fitfoodiele.com will be down for maintenance at some point in the next few days and will resume.... ASAP.  thanks for your patience and i know you'll love the new look ;)

mommy pooch... BE GONE!

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helloooo october!

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currently 3 months postpartum and training for.... life.  i decided not to compete in another bodybuilding competition until i'm done having kiddos.  i believe this is the first time i've ever typed it out so that kinda makes it official!  i've said and thought it bazillions of times recently.  going from one extreme to the other with my body is not something i'd like to do in between kiddos again so i'm content with waiting.  i have menstrual issues as it is and a super low body fat percentage will only complicate the preggo process. so, no thank you!  'yall want more kiddos?!' heck YES, Sonny and i would love more, God willing.

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about 24 hrs after giving birth, i snapped these pics in my postpartum hospital bathroom.  those postpartum pads are gigantic, right!?  holy #thighgap LOL.  i was left with a loose pooch/pouch-- whatever you wanna call it- of a tummy cause, well, my skin had been stretched out over the last 10 months of course!  take note; most of the mommy pooch pics you see around the net all lack one thing- muscle tone.

but what else contributes to mommy pooch?

  • diastasis recti - {which obvi deserves and will get a blog post of its own}
  • stress
  • inconsistent sleep
  • inconsistent exercise
  • bloat from specific foods

the first tip that is not even included in my list below is patience.  if you're looking for fitfoodiele's secret potion/formula/pill/cream it's on sale and you can purchase it here.  oh dang, the link is broken cause it does not exist!!!! #whoops #bubblebursted.  ok, for real tho,  here is the actual link: www.6packusa.com. you can't undo this overnight, in a few days, or even a handful of weeks. but you can get a head start. more on that later.  pregnancy and EVERYTHING that comes with it is a blessing. you must love and honor your body throughout this temporary stage though. never forget that. let me say it again. TEMPORARY. cause if it's up to you (and it is) you're not gonna stay the way you are! besides,

your pre-preggo weight and your pre-preggo body are two different things.

am i right?? i know i am!

 you can drop weight in a matter of days  by either burning yourself OUT on cardio or starving yourself, neither of which are healthy and.... who wants to live like that?  the way my body looks and the way my clothes fit are most important.  and it simply takes time to shape and mold your body.

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this is my time-table so far!  fitness is my life. it's no secret i love to workout. i desire to move every single day. i need it!!! BUT.... i do not have the desire to eat clean 100% of the time 24/7 and neither do you. that said, your nutrition really does play a gigantic role in the PP recovery process since working out takes a backseat for a moment. people tell me all the time how they wish they had my discipline regarding healthy eating and uuuuh, my response is always 'YOU CAN DO IT TOO'.  i have the same temptations and same food devils in my ears day in and day out. i hear them the loudest at the grocery store. specifically in the bulk aisle where all the chocolate covered EVERYTHING is!!!  it's all about preparation for me and keeping things i don't want to go overboard with out of my house.  i know ME and you must know YOU.  if i don't prepare (meal prep, gym schedule, exact workouts) i end up winging it and failing more often than not.  you can take the reins on your body again and start your PP process from the inside out with what you put into your body.  which bring us tooooooo my first tip!

1.EATING COLLAGEN BOOSTING FOODS -  collagen is the cement that holds us together.  it helps to keep our skin tight and firm (which is why those adorable young kids and yummy babies have such smooth skin and shiny hair), so eating a plethora of collagen boosting foods only makes sense, right? right.  processed foods work against you when it comes to your tummy.  the fresher and more whole your food, the better. again, work this thing from the inside out and eat a well balanced diet of the following collagen boosting foods:

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  •  omega fatty acids  - salmon, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, brazil nuts, avocado, tuna, flaxseed
  • vitamin A, sulfur - olives, fresh cucumbers, fresh celery, carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes
  • vitamin C, luetin - dark green vegetables like spinach, kale, collard greens,  asparagus, cabbage
  • carnosine - turkey
  • lycopenes (red fruits/veggies) -  tomatoes, tangerines,  red bell peppers, beets
  • antioxidents (dark berries) - prunes, blueberries, blackberries

for more examples and recipe inspiration, look at through my IG feed and the Fit Recipes section of my blog.

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 so...... avoiding high sodium, high sugar, and fried foods will do your body GOOD.  it is what it is.  keepin' it real.  reduce your sugar cravings by drinking plenty of water (with fresh lemon juice squeezed in), keep up with consistent, regular exercise, chew gum to satisfy that sweet craving, use stevia or any other zero calorie, all natural sweetener, and reach for fresh fruit first. do you have to cut those indulgent foods out completely? of course not. that's no fun and no way to live long-term. but if you have a particular goal to meet at a particular time, well then you will have to sacrifice and limit/moderate those treats.  also, be aware of your trigger foods!  mine are dairy, broccoli, and Kashi as i've mentioned before, so i know my results aren't exactly accurate after eating those foods as they bloat me like nobody's business :(

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2. BREASTFEEDING.  i know. it's tough, especially those first few days when your nipples are just like, #ican't.  'GO ON WITHOUT ME.' but i promise you the benefits for both parties are well worth that temporary pain. there's that word again!  and if the pain persists, you could very well be doing it wrong! i was. check this out or ask your OB or lactation consultant for tips. i'm on team #savethenipples all day.  while at the hospital i began to breastfeed immediately as instructed and i literally felt my uterus shrinking/contracting as my OB said it would.  when nursing, your body releases certain hormones that shrink your uterus back down to its pre-preggo size.  i take advantage of and appreciate 'cry rooms' and public breastfeeding areas so much more as they are still pretty rare.

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the contracting was extremely uncomfortable (after giving birth a few hours prior they were a breeze tho lol) but again this helped my uterus do its thing at a faster rate, thus helping to eliminate the pooch faster as well.  now that Dego is 3 months old, he nurses anywhere from 5-6 times in a 24 hr period.  we've all heard the 'bfeeding burns 500 cals a day' thing but i like 'our bodies burn almost 20 calories to make just an ounce of breast milk' better.  that way, i can do the math myself to get a more accurate number and so can you!  i add that number in with estimated # of cals i burn on a particular day (if i don't have my HR monitor then i just use MyFitnessPal) and adjust my macros accordingly.  that is a whole nother post in itself that is coming by request. so anyway, while you enjoy your newbie and wait those few weeks for your workout clearance, you can still burn calories by picking up your baby, not a dumbbell!  i understand not every mom is a workout junkie, so this is a free, convenient benefit you should take advantage of if you're able to do so.

more benefits you should know:

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one more thing about breastfeeding. after reading this the other day from Shape's online mag:

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i was like 'hey!!!! that totally happens to me!! that really is a 'thing'!'  however... it comes in the form of uncontrollable laughter. is that weird or what? i asked another mommy friend if she ever felt the urge to literally laugh out loud when her milk lets down and well, i was on my own on that one.  it only lasts for a couple of seconds and i pretty much suppress it in public, but it is the craziest thing ever.  oxytocin.. it's like breastfeeding endorphins!!!

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3. DOING POSTPARTUM BELLY FLATTENING EXERCISES - only with your doctors approval first and foremost should you proceed with these exercises. a relapse could prolong your recovery time so it's not worth the risk. there are a billion-katrillion exercises you can do and they are all over YouTube!  again, these are the top 5 i use, but i posted a few more below you should definitely try.

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don't just go through the motions with these moves.  focus every fiber of your being on your core and keep a mental picture of your goal tummy as you do them.  if you're gonna do them, do them right! you get out what you put in.

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a. tummy vacuum (see pic below). i love this one cause you can do it anytime, anywhere, sitting, standing, laying down flat on your back or even on a yoga ball (which is my fave cause i can stretch out my back simultaneously).

to do:  imagine pulling your belly button into your spine super-duper tight and holding it there, even after you exhale.  hold everything in, contracting your core, for as long as possible then release. you can start with holding for 3 seconds, then increase it to 5, 10, etc, etc. repeat, repeat, repeat.

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b. can be used as a stretch or an exercise. on your back, arms out to the side, palms down, knees at 90 degrees.  the slower the better.  with your tummy sucked in tight, take knees from side to side, all the way down to the floor. this works your entire core, obliques included.

c.  can be used as a stretch or an exercise. optional advanced move of b. legs straight out, feet together. take your time on this one.

d. start with this exercise if you're a beginner.  inhale and draw your core in tight. keep a 90 degree angle in your legs (i could have done a little bit better job) as you tap your toes to the floor and back to the start position. try your best not to arch your back; you want your core to do all the work so the slower the better. to advance the move, alternate your legs in a controlled motion and keep that tummy sucked in.

e. opposite arm/leg crunches on all fours. inhale and draw your core into your spine and hold it there as you execute the move.

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here are a few more moves from Shape mag that focus on the LOWER ABS, where we need to concentrate the most.

4. TAKING CARE OF MY SKIN -   i believe that what we put into our bodies produces the most dramatic results.  however,  sprucing up the surface can make a difference too.

a. body scrubs and moisturizer. they help tighten skin because of the increased blood flow that produces healthy, elastic, skin.  use it all over your body but pay special attention to your trouble areas each time you shower.  hello, i just posted 3 different super simple homemade body scrub recipes for you here.  after a shower, i'll apply cocoa butter to help tone the uneven parts on my belly as they were discolored from the stretching. and that's it. i keep it very simple.

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b. water. water, water, water = fresh, hydrated, supple skin. s/n: you can tell a lot about your health just from the way you use the restroom.  if your urine is pale and almost clear, that's a great indicator that you're getting enough fluids.  if it's a darker, rusty yellow, you prolly need more fluids. my hands become wickedly dry when i'm not getting enough water, so that's another telltale sign for me.  we also need plenty of water for breastfeeding, ladies, so drink up!  i drink a 16.9 oz bottle with every meal, so at least 6 of them per day.

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5. IMPLEMENTING 6 Pack USA (Postpartum).  so about that head start! weight training and cardio. you need both.  i did both before pregnancy, during, and after. a transformation is a present activity, not a future event! if you wait until you deliver your baby to start working out and eating right, the road ahead will be long. extra long. start practicing healthier habits NOW.  not only will your pregnancy be easier in general, but baby will benefit and it'll take less work to get back to your pre-preggo body after you deliver.  toned, lean muscle under your skin will help it look tighter.  not just your tummy, but all over!  slow and steady wins the race when it comes to weight loss and getting/keeping your skin tight.  crash diets and quick fixes do NOT help the skin tightening process...no, no, no.  it must be done the healthy way as in a steady loss of 1-4 lbs of body fat per week. extreme dieting will force your skin to stretch and sag more quickly, so give it time and build healthier lifestyle habits while you're at it. we live by and promote this successful program and it has been my no-fail plan before, during, and after my 2nd pregnancy.   it has blessed the lives of so many other around the country, including this mother of FIVE, April!

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as i struggle to get my life together daily with my two rug rats, i watch this girl in awe as she juggles her photography career, 5 kiddos, each with their own busy agendas, a hubby, and still manages to make time to take care of herself!  WHAT a transformation!  that's what dedication and consistency can do for you.

i was unaware of my daily micronutrients limit for my first pregnancy, but the second time around i had it DOWN.  knowing what to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat it made all the difference.  the picture below says it all! on the left i was 4 months pp with Chiso (prolly my highest un-preggo weight ever), and on the right i was 2 months pp with Dego.  knowledge really IS power!

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if you are interested in joining team 6 Pack USA (only after you have been cleared to workout by your doctor) then click here to sign up for our current 2 phase special. questions? shoot me an email! leah.egwuatu@6packusa.com. you do not need to be local to Houston; we have team 6 Pack USA clients making progress all over the world.

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what i'm not sold on: 

firming creams.

skin firming and tightening skin-care products don't work as well as their over-exaggerated claims. ever. and the price to quantity ratio is waaaaay off lol!  because collagen is found in the second layer of our skin (the dermis layer), those creams are just sitting on the surface of your skin and not really doing anything but hydrating it. (they work just as well as those lotions that claim to prevent stretch marks. nope, not gonna happen.)  you reeeeally gotta watch those key words when reading the product descriptions like: '..improve the appearance of your skin...' and  '..provides visibly firmer looking skin...' .  most of these creams require daily use but as soon as you stop applying, the product stops working. and that's if it even works for you! the product reviews for these types of creams are all over the place.  i've also noticed that some of the commenters claiming the product works mention that they are using it IN ADDITION TO exercise!!  purchase at your own risk (i'd rather go buy groceries with that money) and definitely read those reviews first.

belly bands, waist trainers, cinchers, etc.

i'm not completely sold on belly bands. i say completely because i feel they are only great for providing back and core support (especially if you had an epidural or c-section), and making your waist/mid-section nice and smooth under your clothing immediately after birth when the pooch is most prominent.  i get it. however, they have nothing to do with getting your abdominals and core back into shape. at all.  once you take it off, everything settles (or drops) back to where it was!  don't be fooled. long term results come from physical activity and proper nutrition. belly bands are definitely a short-term solution.. a band-aid, if you will.

wraps.

there is a reason it takes time to lose fat.  the progress you see from using wraps is usually water weight and not actual fat. which means the fat is still present and can only be burned off.

Q: ok weigh in, mamas! what has helped YOU bounce back after pregnancy? what didn't??  share and help another mama or mama-to-be out.

le

baby mama

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happy hump day! i'd love to shine the spotlight on someone vital to my motherhood journeys as well as my Christian walk. remember my confession post, In Love With Lean, from about 6 months ago? weeeeeell,

this pretty young thang is one of the good friends i was referring to... my BM, Marguerite!

(i.e., Baby Mama, as we affectionately call each other.)

 through my infertility struggles with both pregnancies, Marguerite helped me cope with having to 'sit down somewhere' from all the excessive exercising i was doing in the most loving way possible. lol. she has a masters in counseling because it's clearly what she was born to do!  we met at UH, were even roommies for a semester, and continued to keep in touch after graduation.  she prayed and fasted with and for me during those times, and i received her advice and words wholeheartedly because i knew they were from the Lord. fasting solo (and usually for your own personal issues) is physically and mentally difficult enough.   but to care for another friend so much (i'm not talking about your spouse, mom, dad, siblings, etc.) that you sacrifice yourself and go to the Lord on their behalf... i am utterly thankful God put her in my life.  i'm also grateful she was willing to let Him use her in the first place!  being obedient to God's commands and tasks can be uncomfortable and downright hard.  it can often make relationships difficult, very awkward...or even eventually non-existent. but you must do what He tells you to do... His way.  it's about His glory, never us.

we were preggo together for both of our children, however, she is chunking me the deuce for babies #3 and 4, hahaha! i'm on my own now, but i know she'll be with me in spirit.

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i was almost 9 months along and she was about 6 when we met up for our BM prenatal massages and lunch back in 2011. we worked out (walked on the treadmills), hung out and talked about baby stuff, and ate good of course. boobs and bellies everywhere!

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we were gettin' our Red Lobster on for lunch in this throwback pic,

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and a few months ago we met up for brunch at Le Peep before heading to get our massages. i was 8 months along and she was right behind me again at almost 6!  because my birthday had recently passed, she told me my massage was on her.  what a sweet, sweet surprise and a testament to her character.

aaand of course we attended each other's baby showers!

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i've had so much fun sharing blessings and making memories with this girl.

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she came to spend some quality time with Odego and i at the hospital back in June, and i was recently blessed to return the favor because her sweet baby girl, Callie Marie, is already HERE! today is actually Callie's due date and i am elated she is safely in her mama's arms and in the comfort of their own home.

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she's perfect. and PINK:) i'm looking forward to all the girlie advice Marguerite will pass my way because i'll need it :) .

i just want to give a sincere congrats to the blessed Hairstons who are now a family of four!  thank you, BM, for simply being the sister you were called to be. i appreciate you. <3

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