Q & A with EWL Charita – our Zumba Queen + Her Fave Recipe

You all loved her transformation on Tuesday night, now Charita is back to answer some of our favorite questions, give her fave recipe, and share some of her favorite moments about the journey with Chris and me. :)

Q. What is your favorite EWL memory?

A. My favorite memory is definitely Zumba licensure!

Q. What was the most challenging part of being on EWL?

A. Definitely being away from my kiddos at boot camp for 3 months.

Q. You make exercise look easy…I gotta say. You are naturally SO athletic! Tell us your favorite forms of exercise.

A. 
I love running because I feel so strong and like I could go on forever. And, Zumba because I love dancing and being a goof. This allows all of that while working every muscle in my body for an entire hour!

Q. Maybe these next questions are shameless, but I can’t help but wonder – ha!! What is the FIRST thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris? Besides how hot he is LOL.

A. Authentic, compassionate, strong, loving, consistent, diligent, a beautiful heart for people.

Q. I’m nervous for this answer…What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of me?

A. Pitbull with a heart of gold, amazing mother, wonderful spirit, sincere, passionate, fierce.

Ha!! So I guess I am really the pitbull, and Chris the golden retriever? :) I’ll take it…you are too kind.

Q. What do you think is one thing that people would be surprised to learn about working with the two of us?

A. Chris is the biggest teddy bear. He can cry at the drop of a dime. He’s very tender hearted. He actually can dance really well when he’s not playing around. He is great at playing the  guitar.

You are still amazing at gymnastics and you are ridiculously competitive! You definitely have moves of your own as well!

Q. Share your favorite healthy recipe or snack that you’ve discovered since becoming part of the show

A. I love chicken lettuce wraps with avacado.

I usually put the chicken breast in the crock pot, then weigh 3 oz of chicken breast, mix with 2 tbsp of low sodium fresh salsa, then place in romaine lettuce leaves.

Because lettuce has very few calories, you can use as many leaves as you want. :) Slice 1/3 of an avocado and garnish the wraps. So tasty, fast, convenient, and easy to pull out for dinner the entire week. Enjoy!!

lettuce-wrap-charita

Thanks, Charita! We love you and are so proud of you :).


11 Comments

  1. Amanda - June 20, 2014

    Charita’s transformation was inspiring. She’s a very warm hearted person and I was rooting for her the whole time. She deserved that transformation opportunity. My heart broke for TY, twice. I thought he would choose to make that comeback! You tried your best Heidi!

  2. Meg - June 5, 2014

    I was so inspired by Charita’s journey that I am starting my own. I cried through most of her episode. I,too, LOVE ZUMBA. I’ve done it 2 hours a week for 3 1/2 years – the only exercise I’ve ever stuck with. What happens in Zumba, stays in Zumba – our class motto. Now I’m ready to get my nutrition right & get my fitness right for the rest of the week. Thank you to Charita for inspiring me! I want a body like hers!

  3. amel - June 2, 2014

    Bonjour à tous,

    j’aime beaucoup votre émission, vous faites un travail formidable, dommage de ne pas avoir ça en France,

    bonne continuation à vous…

  4. Sylvia England - May 30, 2014

    You all are amazing people, wonderful hearts! So nice to see a program like this back, it give us so much inspiration! So glad Heidi is a big part of it now! Keep the inspiration and positive vibes coming!

  5. Ann Laney - May 30, 2014

    What an inspiration. Thanks to Chris and Heidi!

  6. Denise - May 30, 2014

    Charita – you are such an amazing inspiration. I thought of you last night while doing Zumba and also like you I had an abortion at 18 with my now husband. It was 22 years ago and not one day goes by that I don’t think about it. I know I am forgiven but it is not forgotten. We are blessed to have two beautiful sons and just the fact that God blessed us with them tells me He has forgiven us. Chris and Heidi are living His will by showing others to believe in themselves and living their best lives. Much love to you all and Heidi, keep being a bad ass. Love you girl!!!

  7. Leanne Bloch - May 30, 2014

    I too was very touched by this episode. So many points about Charita’s life that spoke to me in volumes, resulting in volumes of tears! LOL. Life is a never ending learning experience and we all have our obstacles to overcome. She was more than ready to face hears head on! I am inspired and motivated to take on mine now after watching her transformation both physical and mental. Chris and Heidi are so genuine and they truly want the best for all that are placed in their path. It is refreshing to see such a strong united and compassionate couple that want to help others reach a potential they could never dream for themselves. I am anxiously awaiting the next episode, have my tissues ready! All the best to you Charita, enjoy this new life you so deserve!

  8. Maggie - May 29, 2014

    Charita – YOU ARE SOOOO BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT!!~! Your drive and determination encourages me to get out there and live MY dreams .. And because of you, I am going to step out of my own comfort zone and try Zumba for the very first time this week! I had always wondered about Zumba but had never been brave enough to go for it; You make it look so easy and fun! =) I wish you all the best going forth Sweetheart, YOU ARE AMAZING!!~!

  9. Cynthia M. - May 29, 2014

    I am not sure what made this show so special but I think it was the best I’ve seen. Charita you are awesome!

  10. Courtney - May 29, 2014

    You are all so inspiring!! I could totally relate to this episode! Like Charita I also had an aborition when I was 20. I was raped and I dropped out of college. I was lost for what seemed like a very long time. I didnt tell my parents until a couple years later. They would make comments about… If you would have stayed in school… Or if you had stayed in school you could be doing this or that right now. I finally couldnt take it anymore and I told them why I didnt go back! I have the most loving and supportive family, they felt to bad and wish I would have come to them sooner! Now, at 32 and after seeing this episode I need to learn to love myself and put myself first! To not use food as a comfort and find comfort in other things. Thank you to the 3 of you for being an inspiration to people beyond your imagine!
    xoxo
    Courtney

  11. Audrey Peralta - May 29, 2014

    An amazing transformation! congrats to her! This tv show has always been an inspiration to me! I have gotten my 7 year old to watch it with me and we love this show. Chris is not only amazing but i’m glad that Heidi is part of the show now. Would love to follow in the Powell’s footsteps some day!! Thank you guys for all that you do!

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