35 Weeks: Maternity Photoshoot Prep

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what this past friday afternoon looked like for us.20161028-797364615-1just taking a moment on the floor like we often do.  Dego & i had just gotten home from training clients and a trip to the Nike Outlet for our family maternity shoot outfits.  Chiso was fresh from school and ecstatic about being homework-free.  my hair was halfway done, and i still didn't really know how things would come together with our shoot the next day.20161028_162830-01my sis-in-law, Kara, told me exactly where to go for big, bold, crazy affordable jewelry; Harwin!  if you're a Houstonian then you are prolly familiar with this area of town.  i figured with goddess locs i might as well go for a goddess look. lol, i don't know!  i need soooo much help with putting outfits/accessories together (maybe this is why interior design is not my thing either, sheesh) and i was so looking forward to getting together with Kara to shop and eat. we couldn't get our schedules together before shoot day so i did my best!img_20161029_130225saturday morning glaaaaam.img_04641 a huge thank you to makeup_byMeagan for taking my face on! she did an amazing job.  i am so not used to wearing dramatic, heavy makeup though; it always takes me some getting used to my own face.  as always, my sis, Ogechi, hooked my hair UP.img_20161029_175859family fitness shoot DONE. omg. we shot the pics inside The Core Gym and once the boys walked in and saw all the toys equipment, their little brains started going 8000 miles per minute!!!  i truly hope the chaos was captured perfectly!  afterwards, i really wanted to just change and go do my individual shots immediately, but Sonny intervened and said we all needed to go take a break, sit down, and eat. i didn't argue! our photographer, Christin, said she was prepared to be with us until we got all our ideas in so of course we kept her well fed. 20161029_151534-01hoping to get the maximum amount of cooperation out of Chiso during the shoot (cause once that window is closed, usually it's a wrap :| ) i told him he could pick where we ate for lunch afterwards.  he excitedly screamed Jason's Deli!  Sonny just knew i persuaded his decision ;) but it was definitely the free soft serve. 20161029_171930-01Christin swore to me she and Chiso would be BFFs by the end of the day but this guy literally ran and jumped in her arms after lunch!20161029_174845Sonny kept the boys company while we shot a few individuals but they naturally made their way into some of them so Christin took advantage.  i wore 3 different Sew Trendy Accessories gowns.20161029_183507-01dinner time!  and lookie there, lol.20161029_184342-01Christin could not believe we were about to eat again, haha! Whole Foods Post Oak was a few doors down and perfect cause even the pickiest of eaters can find something tasty there.20161029_184516-01i went with eggplant parmesan, baked hoki w/ a roasted red bell pepper sauce, sweet potato crunch, a few roasted brussels sprouts, and some sautéed kale.  my cheese obsession never really went anywhere! been going strong all pregnancy.   i also got a few scoops of some unpictured chocolate covered salted caramels from the bulk section for our trip home.  i shared. a little.20161029_184335-01Papa Gwuat! thank you for chauffeuring us around all day, de-stressing me to the best of your abilities, and for being so patient.  20161029_202546-01it's a wrap, 35 weeks! i could not wait to whip those lashes off and just get in my bed (after a soak in the tub of course)!  thankful this day is finally behind us; i don't even want to think about holiday photos right now though!! maternity pics coming soooon :)

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NASOYA (Vegan Goodies!!!) GIVEAWAY + Farfalle w/ Pesto, Kale & Garlic 'Parmesan' Crusted Tofu

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 so.... after having a bad experience with tofu a few years back, i haven't touched the stuff (other than in desserts, pumpkin pie specifically) since then.  yikes!  this dish...... has rekindled my tofu flame.  i KNOW it will either ignite yours or make it burn even brighter! trust fit foodie le on this one, friends. 2016-03-11 19.23.53-01-01you'll need your food processor for sure; here's the affordable, user-friendly one i rock with. 20160311_194051-01homemade pesto always tastes amazing cause it's so fresh!   2016-03-11 07.48.12-01-01clearly i've been missing out.   i used Barilla High Protein Farfalle and i chose Nasoya's Organic Extra Firm Tofu Plus which has been fortified with vitamins B2, B6, B12, D, and Calcium.  it's spectacular for peeps on a no/low meat diet.

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a few more key FAQs:

  • non-GMO project verified

  • USDA organic

  • good source of protein

  • cholesterol free food

  • low in saturated fat

  • gluten-free

  • no preservatives

2016-03-11 07.49.14-01that moment... before i combined the powers that be.  i snapped a little bit of the cooking process of this dish; did you catch it!? add me (fitfoodiele)  and let me know what your snap chat is so i can follow your story too!  i have truly enjoyed commenting and connecting on there. 2016-03-11 07.59.39-01-02holy cannoli.  i mean, i was blown away and impressed after one forkful.  i don't care what anybody says- vegans eat DARN GOOD.  you can find the recipe for this vegan masterpiece right here on Nasoya's website! 2016-03-11 07.59.53-01-01 i have been encouraged to add more tofu to our weekly menu and give more vegan recipes a chance whirl.  eating healthy does NOT meal sacrificing flavor; this recipe proves that to be true!  TofuPlus not only reduces fat and cholesterol levels (when substituted with meat of course) but it will make both your body and your taste buds happy indeed.2016-03-11 08.00.48-01-01look at this guy!  i could not keep him away from this stuff during shooting.  he was eating the tofu chunks too! now.. where is my nail clipper? sheeshFacetune-20160312526417167 i know why you're here. lol! time to find two winners! YOU both can have any of the Nasoya items up there on that coupon for FREE-NINTEY NINE should you win!  then you can go make any of the healthy dishes i've featured previously using Nasoya's products like:Chicken CRUNCHYhow do you enter?

follow me, follow nasoya, and tag two vegan recipe loving friends on IG in the comments of the post to be entered.

das it!  minimal hoops to jump through, right? that's how i do eeeeet. i'll pick a random winner 1st thing monday morning, march 14th.

good luck! 

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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: