New Blog Coming Through!

So I did finally get around to changing the blog. I felt like the initial format was very limiting and I wanted to be able to share more than just the health and fitness journey. I am BIG on travel, and I’ve also gotten more into sewing lately. I’m about to have some big changes as I start to pursue a doctoral degree and move. So I’m sure there will be lots to share. I’m not sure how regular I’ll be, but I hope to at least get 3 posts a month up. Hope you like the new stuff!

Hi There!

Hello!

Wow… it’s really been a long time since I posted this time. I’m not even going to come back and make some empty promise that I will post more regularly- maybe I will, maybe I won’t. Honestly, I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s not that I haven’t been working out or gained some insane amount of weight- I just didn’t want to write about it. Today, I am feeling it. So far, 2014 has been really great. I set some goals related to finance, fitness, and travel and have been doing pretty well with each of them.

As for fitness, I started working with a trainer in February. He’s cool, but I definitely need to be putting more effort into eating well to see better results. I work out frequently. Food is still the main area where I struggle. I’ve been traveling a LOT this year, and the inconsistency didn’t help. Now, I’m back at home for a good stretch of time and want to really focus on eating well.

I’ve signed up for my first Fck Being Fat Challenge that starts today. The challenge will be 8 weeks long and there are prizes for winners. I met the owner when i attended Destination Fit Trip in Cancun (that experience can be it’s own post). During the challenge I’ll have to weigh in weekly and track food/fitness for additional points. This challenge will actually lead up to my 30th birthday week, so that should give me the extra motivation I need to see it through. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress I’ll make in the next 8 weeks! My next post will be my starting point for the challenge.

Holla!

Leslie

The Bad Prom Run

I did the Bad Prom Run 5K with a friend on Friday night. I actually liked it a lot. The slogan is “Prom so bad you’ll run.” Some of the prom outfits were hilarious!  At each 1K mark there was a promish backdrop to take pictures (castle, Titanic, Under the Sea, etc). It was a really cute setup. They even had a “prom” after- my fave was the dance battle circle. It felt good to do a race again, and I’m actually looking forward to my Disney half marathon next week.

Here are a few race pics:

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Amy and I

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I made this tutu since I didn’t have a prom dress.

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It’s a race I’d do again with more friends. It was a lot of fun!

Leslie

Yearly Wellness Exam

So I gotta be honest. I hadn’t been keeping up with my yearly preventive health exam, but since I have a family history of a lot of chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) I made it a priority and I suggest you do too. African Americans typically have way worse health measures compared to whites. It was general stuff and they took some bloodwork. I asked questions and talked about my workouts/weight loss. I got a flu shot too. Plus, I’m in a new place and wanted to set up a relationship with a good doctor. You don’t wanna wait until you’re sick to search for one. Looking forward to knowing my labwork results!

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Waiting…

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Since I had to fast for the bloodwork, I brought a Balance bar for after.

Since I took the day off, I also had time to cook when I got home. I finally figured out how to get my cornbread to rise using almond milk- the secret is baking soda.

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Cornbread on deck!

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Pinto beans and rice, greens, pork chop, cornbread

“Today was a good day.” -Ice Cube

Oh, and Happy Halloween!!!

Peppermint Mocha Froyo

One of the things I love about the holidays is all the awesome foods/drinks that you don’t have throughout the year. I noticed at the grocery store that egg nog, cider, and other holiday flavored items are already out. I grabbed some of the sugar free peppermint mocha creamer and poured it on my froyo. Sooooo freakin good. The froyo is 100 cals per 1/2 cup and the creamer is 15 cals per tbsp. Not necessarily healthy, but it’s a nice low cal treat. I’ll probably be experimenting with adding the creamer in my protein shakes and oatmeal too, and there are other awesome flavors too. I have my eye on caramel macchiato. What are some of your fav healthier or low cal desserts?

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I’m Changing My Blog!!!

Change is good. Really. Don’t worry, you won’t miss anything. You’ll actually get more. In thinking more about my health and where my life is, making sure I’m healthy and well is much bigger than my workouts and recipes. It’s about things that make me happy and keep me on track. There is a place for health in everything I do, so I’ll be sharing with you more of my experiences with family/friends, travel, and other adventures.

Faith.Family.Friends.Fitness.Fun.Fashion.- I’m thinking these will be areas I include.

Oh, and I made the blog purple. I like purple. :-)

Next up, I’ll probably be changing the banner at the top.

30 Day Shred- Halfway Done with Progress Pics!

And today is my birthday!!! Whew! it has been a loooong time since I posted. I was actually moved to post in doing my yearly birthday reflections on what I’m doing and where I’m going. A lot has happened since my last post. I have moved to Texas and am loving being back in the South. I’ve gotten a place and am now back on my workouts. I’m currently on day 15 of the 30 Day Shred.

Here are my progress pics:

30 day shred 15 day progress front

30 day shred 15 day progress side

I have to admit, I was not seeing results in the mirror every day (hence the crazy look on my face), but I definitely see them in these pics. I’ve only lost 3 lbs so far, but I can see my waist getting smaller and my booty getting well… more bootyish. Not bad at all for 2 weeks! This actually motivates me to keep it going. I’ve tried 30 Day Shred before, but never finished it- this time will be different.

I’m gonna be posting more (really, I mean it.) I’ve got a lot of recipes to share along with updates on my workouts, half marathon training, and life.

Holla!

Leslie

Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Asparagus and Mozzarella

Stuffed Chicken with Asparagus and Mozzarella

Stuffed Chicken with Asparagus and Mozzarella

So… usually I’ll plan to blog a recipe and have better pics. This recipe was a result of me being hungry and on a budget. Chicken breasts were on sale for $1.99/lb and asparagus was $1.50 a bunch. That’s a darn good sale on some asparagus. Instead of just having chicken with asparagus as a side, I decided to try stuffing them. I didn’t come up with this bright idea until I got home and needed cheese. All I had were some Sargento cheese sticks about 4 days from expiring. Judge me if you want, but cheese is cheese. Here’s how I did it:

1. You want your chicken breasts kinda thin. I sliced through the thickness on some. Others, I could just use the meat mallet.

2. Season both sides of the thinned out chicken breasts. I used lemon pepper.

3. Lay your slice of cheese on the breast (or ripped up string cheese in my situation). Lay 3-4 pieces of asparagus (I broke off the ends) in the cheese.

4. Fold the chicken over to enclose the stuffing. Secure with a toothpick.

5. Lay on an oiled pan (I used nonstick spray) and cook in the oven at 375. It should take less than 30 min to cook if the meat is thin.

It was pretty simple, and I’ll definitely be making it again and trying out some different stuffings. Got any suggestions? Share them in the comments!

Prepped Stuffed Chicken

Prepped Stuffed Chicken

 

Hey, y’all!

Heeeey…. I’m not even gonna start this post with talking about how I haven’t written and plan to write more often. It is what it is. So… let’s move on.

I’ve been living… and traveling… and thinking… and taking some Zumba classes here and there. I haven’t lost all of those 30 lbs I gained, but I am working on getting back to my fittest. Running season is starting. I have stopped being obsessed with the scale. It wasn’t helping, so I plan to continue using my clothes as a gauge. I ordered 2 Zumba shirts. Looking forward to getting those in the mail. I’ll have to show y’all.

I’m also watching OWN right now. Oprah is amazing.

AND it’s National Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

Oh, and I’m locking my hair. My starter locs are one week old today. I made a YouTube video about it. The video is pretty terrible, but I think I’ll keep making them anyway.

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day 1 of my locs

There… we’re all caught up. :)

 

 

2013!!!

And here we are again… Happy New Year!!!

A new year, a new start! Like most people, I’ve been spending the last few days doing a lot of self-reflection and thinking about my goals for the new year. I’m really excited about 2013. There were definitely some rough spots for my family and I in 2012, but overall I can say I got some big blessings in 2012.

I’m honestly STILL working on writing down my plans for the year, and the plans will likely be fluid. As far as my health goes, I’ve already posted about getting off track for a while. I’ve been doing good lately, and I’ve been focusing more on healthy eating and holistic health than just the number on the scale.  I think 2013 is going to be a great journey, I hope you’ll keep visiting the blog to check it out!

I wish y’all all the best in 2013!