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saturday morning started out with bananas and Justin’s almond butter. Chiso killed these things one by one and so did i! what a yummy combo. 

 i sprinkled some coconut flakes on a couple of them too.

we’ll be having these more often.

it was leg day @ the gym-

i didn’t even get to finish though which makes me so upset!!! i had to get to my hair appointment (time to chunk the deuce to this  weave)  and i was scolding myself for setting it so early in the day.  rushing through my gym time is the worst.  this is what i did get done though using moderate to heavy weight:

barbel squats 5 x 12

calve raises 5 x 12

machine  leg press 4 x 12

barbel dead lift 4 x 12

then i went into the empty workout room and did three full circuits of this holding 15 lb. dumbbells:

walking lunges forward/backwards (used length of room)

stationary reverse lunges (12 each leg)

stationary side lunges (12 each leg)

15 jumping squats (put the weights down 1st)

rest then repeat.

i ended it with 20 minutes of fat burning cardio on my second fav machine, the stairmaster. i have grown to love this thing.

700+ cals later, crotch-sweat status was achieved and we were outta there!

on our agenda for saturday was a trip to see the Rat.  { happy very 1st birthday, Levi!!!! } we hit up Chuck E. Cheese, aka, CEC, for a family birthday party.  i ate a quick meal in the car on the way of canned salmon (chicken of the sea), avocado chunks, and some asian stir fried veggies.  i think it’s some rice cheese up under there somewhere too.  i sprinkled Mc Cormick’s BBQ seasoning on it and it came out waaaaaaay too fast. whoops.

yeeeeah Chiso pretty much stayed cooped up under one of us for the most part.

he is not a fan of Chuck yet.   couple more trips and he’ll be kicking CEC in the shins like the rest of the kids.   and yes, the weave was still present in my head at that point, lol.  i ended up having to push my appt. to the following day.  sooooo i rushed through my workout for nothin 🙄

but i’m glad i got somethin in cause WE enjoyed the ‘peeza’ and cupcakes.

 back on track this monday morning though, right.
i hope you started your day with some GOOD stuff- i had a spinach and tomato egg white omelette, my oats made with vanilla almond milk, bananas, cinnamon, and vanilla creme stevia, and a cup of green tea.

more healthy recipes and are en route-   pumpkin chili, cauliflower crust pizza, salmon cakes, and pumpkin brownies.  it’s also time for an updated oatmeal post as i make it a liiiittle different now, huh.


5 replies »

  1. I love all of your posts. They are so inspirational and informational. I have tried several of your recipes and they were incredible!!! I noticed that on the workouts you posted that you tend to do 3-5 sets of 12 for most lifts. Is this what you usually do or recommend? I have been lifting weights (eating clean as well), but I have been doing only 3 sets of 8 or 10 and I have noticed that my pants are getting extremely tight. So I was curious what you would recommend for reps/sets. Thanks. Sorry to bother you with a question.


    • hi Shar!! thank you for stopping by, girl! you are the bomb for trying my lil ol’ recipes:) and PLEASE, you better ask away! the tightening of your clothes could be related to several factors… i’d truly have to know what’s going on in your nutrition department and your current body stats (among other things) to get to the very root of this issue. good thing that’s what i do! email your contact info to when you get a sec.


  2. Hi Ele! I’ve been following you on IG for a while now and I am just stopping by your blog. And I love your recipes! I’m going to purchase your ebook too. I’ve looked at your pics and exercises and I love everything you do and I wish I had you to personally train me. I was wondeing if I could ask you a question. I’ve been working out for about 3 months now and I lost about 24lbs. Which is ok because I’m trying to lose weight but I don’t want to drop it all at one time. I go to the gym (I work for the county government so it’s free) almost everyday. I started out on the ellipitcal machine but when that got a little too easy I started running on the treadmill. I’ve been increasing my activity and weights I lift every 2 weeks or so depending on how I’m feeling in the gym. However for the past week and half I have lost almost all my motivation. I continue to go to the gym honestly because my body is screaming for it now.. but my heart’s not into so now I think my time is becoming ineffective. I’m starting to get off track with what I eat and I’m afraid of totally relapsing.

    What can I do to keep motivated and stay on track with my diet? I am really going to get your book so I can try your recipes.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks



    • hi Cynethia 🙂 thank you for following me on IG lady and for all your love and positivity! how many rest days do you take during the week? taking a small break from working out (couple days, not just one) is GOOD and definitely beneficial to you physically and mentally. when i get burned out at the gym and i tell myself to just keep going, it gets worse and worse until i eventually crash (which has happened at least 2 or 3 times since i’ve been an instructor over the past 5 years). when working out becomes a chore that’s just not fun anymore, take a break. you’ll get a second wind and come back feeling renewed and with a desire to workout again, trust me! also,having prepared meals ready to go has saved me a number of times concerning staying on track with healthy eating! i strongly suggest trying that if you haven’t already.
      any more questions, shoot me an email 😉


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