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A Call To Action

Today is a F-U-N day… first of all it is National Running Day* and secondly I have some exciting news! One of my close friends has recently become a Team Beachbody Coach. I have signed up with her to start my 2014 transformation. It is really only six months behind schedule.   I regret not starting in January.  Even a little progress is better than no progress, but I have been busy.

With This

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And This


Baby takes up every minute of my free time and I am okay with that most of the time.  I would be lying if I said little ones are EASY!  🙂  He is not an excuse but rather an explanation of what I have been doing all year.

But, back to my friend.  She is truly an inspiration and she definitely knows how hard it is to lose weight and stay fit. Let me intro her now:

Meet Sabrina!

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Now Meet Sabrina’s Guns. (These are serious people. )

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 Sabrinas Transformation

100% Hard Work

There is no Photoshop here just plain old commitment, dedication, sweat and more sweat. (Probably even more sweat then we care to realize.)
She has shown me that it can be done and that it takes time and motivation and accountability! If you are interested in learning more about her services and offerings check out her page here.

Let’s be realistic when I say my transformation goal “after photo” is her “before photo” but I don’t want to be negative today.

Ha!  Also note, I was not compensated by Sabrina or Beachbody and I did not get anything for free.  I bought of my own free will.  I thought I would share her story and page as a CALL TO ACTION for those of you who need a push.


She sells everything Beachbody offers from all their fitness programs such as P90X, Insanity, T25, Turbofire, Slim-in-Six etc. to all the extras like gear, supplements and nutritional drinks like Shakeology. If you are interested in any Beachbody products it is WAY better to purchase through a coach. You almost certainly get a discount and sometimes you get extras like additional DVDs or equipment like resistance bands. Which I did get when I bought this:


Obviously, I am not expecting to look like Autumn Calabrese after 21 days but it is definitely a start.  Beachbody stuff can get pricey so I had to ask the hubs before I pulled the trigger but he is so supportive he said DO IT!

Sabrina is starting a challenge group June 7th. Check out her Facebook page here for more details! I will be doing the 21 Day Fix, starting Sunday (DVDs are in the mail) which I am considering as a great opportunity to jumpstart my goals. I bought a sample pack of the Shakeology since it definitely on the pricey side and I DON’T  love shakes/smoothies. I will post reviews on all of them when I try them.

This is the 21 Day Fix in a nutshell –> eat better food, eat smaller portions and workout for 30 minutes. Um, I think I know this routine.


What’s different then you ask? Sabrina! She and the challenge group will be there with me and offer that personal extra push I NEED. I am still going to use MyFitnessPal to track my weight, measurements and workout progress but mostly because I already have it set up. Find me and add me if you want my id is FITKIST!

I encourage you to like her Facebook page even if you don’t want to buy anything, she is highly motivational and just a really fun girl!!
Join us on our journey to awesome! I am sure it will suck to miss out on food, drinks, fun but it will be worth it.


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You don’t have to buy anything but it’s a great, NEW group that will probably help you stay motivated and accountable. Which we need if we are not naturally good at eating right and working out (read Melissa).

What motivates you to get going to the gym or complete a workout every day?

*PS. I wogged a 10K last weekend – I will post about my adventure on Friday.  But, I had to note that today is NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!!  Thanks to Corey for reminding me!  You can make your own badge here!

Running Day Badge



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Meatless Monday Recipe

So, I have not written in a while – been super busy with baby, husband, and life – all the things everyone has. I am sure you have your own super busy list. One of my goals for 2014 is to get my blog back in action and so it can be something I can share and be proud of!  I am currently working with a consulting firm to get the look and feel I want and I hope to unveil something beautifully fun very soon!

Lightning Date Night

Lightning Date Night


Baby Connor

I recently started meal planning and it is really helping us to stay on track, spend less, try new recipes and definitely eat better. Plus, it helps us avoid the “What’s for dinner tonight?” debate.   I have only been doing it for one week and it’s been good so far. It takes some time to plan each recipe and time to make sure you have (or buy) the needed ingredients, but I think it’s worth it.

Meal Planning

This week’s menu:

Monday – (Meatless) Skinny Cheese and Veggie Baked Penne with salad

Tuesday – Chicken with Red Wine Sauce and Baked Sweet Potato

Wednesday – Salmon for Rob and Veggie Sushi for Me

Thursday – Orange Roasted Chicken, Broccoli with salad

Friday – Saturday – Sunday – unplanned since we are not sure about weekend plans just yet!

Sorry about the poor picture quality this go around. I was too lazy to dig out the Nikon. LOL!

Skinny Cheese and Veggie Baked Penne



  • ½ box of Ronzoni 150 Calories Penne (Tastes the same! Yes, I will take 25% fewer calories please.)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 small bell pepper (any color), chopped (1/2 cup) (I use frozen when I am in a hurry!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or Tastefully Simple Garlic, Garlic
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • ½ can whole black olives, drained
  • 1 jar (14 to 15 oz) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup Reduced or Fat Free Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded Reduced Fat Italian cheese blend or mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Spray glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta.
  2. Heat large skillet with cooking spray and cook onion, bell pepper and garlic 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the zucchini quarters; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in olives and the pasta sauce. Heat until bubbly.
  4. In a separate bowl mix ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese (optional) and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  5. Place penne in baking dish. Pour half of sauce mixture over and then dollop ricotta mixture around the dish. Layer again with penne, sauce, cheese – reserving about a cup of sauce mixture to spread over the top. Sprinkle remainder of cheese on top. This is skinny so it won’t be drenched in cheese like Nona’s lasagna. J
  6. Cover well with foil and bake 30 – 35 minutes. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. I also broil on high for 5 minutes to crisp it up but that is up to you.
  7. Enjoy!


    What is your favorite meatless dish??


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Coconut Water Review


After a few month hiatus perhaps you are wondering what I have been up to.   The last race I participated in was Iron Girl – Clearwater back it April.  It was a tough one but I am so glad I did it.  I suffered a little dehydration after but more than anything I LOVED the pancake bar!  I am mini-germ freak so the self yourself sloppy bananas and strawberry toppings was a little freaky but still really tasty!

Also, a few months after the engagement we found out we had a little surprise bundle on the way!  It’s A BOY and we have no idea what to name him, so I welcome your suggestions!   And, we had a mini marriage ceremony in Charleston (just the three of us) in June.   Just a little preview picture.  Since our ceremony was so short we don’t have that many.  😦  We are planning a church wedding in 2014 since we did not get to celebrate with anyone – not even our parents.  Sorry!

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 5 Months Pregnant Tummy


Many people have encouraged me to start blogging again even though my fitness goals have been put on hold.  So, I am back! 

For now, I will blog about healthy choices and mini fitness accomplishments I can make while still pregnant.  It won’t be hardcore but I hope to make it interesting.  I am not going to guarantee a pregnancy free post every time but don’t expect a full blown baby takeover either!

Back to the review, my family comes from a country with a tropical locale and as such I recently heard a story about when my parents were dating, after they had a fun night of partying they would buy coconut water right off the street and drink it to replenish and refresh.  Allegedly, it was amazing!  In response, I decided to research and taste this new hyper-trendy beverage.

Benefits have been reported to include:

Benefits of Coconut Water

I have read some articles where professional athletes swear by it, often replacing their engineered sports drinks with it.  I have even heard it helps with a hangover.  But, nothing is really 100% guaranteed.

Either way I had to give it a try.  I tried Vita Coco pure coconut water, you get around 11 ounces for $2.  I was excited to try to adopt a new post-race beverage.  One that was all natural and like a superhero for my liver! They do an excellent job marketing it and I love that it does not come from a coconut concentrate.  There are three ingredients, the first of which is you guessed it:  Coconut Water!  Ultra Natural!  (I bought the bottle myself, they did not sponsor this post in anyway.  This is just my opinion.)


(Insert sadface) I did not love it.  I didn’t like the smell and although the taste was not bad by any means it was not something I would want to chug after a long workout either.  It didn’t have the suntan lotion coconut flavor I was hoping for.  I had a taste test around the office and the reviews were certainly mixed.  Some people did not mind and some just down right hated it.  But, for me I think the taste was just so-so.  I don’t think I would buy it again.  I think if you are a recreational athlete then just plain ol’ H2O should work for you.  I do suggest if you are curious to buy yourself a single bottle and do a little taste testing of your own.  The most you’ll lose is $2 or so and maybe you will love it and have a new sports drink replacement.  The fact that its natural should spur you to at least try it.  I wish I could have loved it more.

I am glad to be back and would love to hear from you!

Have you ever tried coconut water? 

Did you like it and how often do you drink it?

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Things I Have Learned This Week

It has been a hectic week to be certain.  I did not get to make a wonderfully thought out, intuitive and informative post as usual.  Ridiculous I know.  But, I have had so much to do, plan and think about my mind is fried.

When I look down at my list of “to-dos” that I make every Monday morning without fail, I see that I am still way behind.  I think that I have made a little progress nonetheless.  Here goes:

Living Without Artificial Sugar Sucks

Paula over at Eat: Watch: Run is on a kick where she is not consuming it for one month.  She should definitely get a crown or something equally awesome because I tried it this week and I only made it to Friday.  It’s the coffee man.  I need it!!! So, I tried something new today.  I tried Nectresse today and it was pretty good!  More granular than Splenda and it claims to be 100% natural.

But, this definitely does not keep in line with Paula’s idea of getting away from the artificial stuff.  Her reasons include: “artificial sweetener leaches calcium from your bones and depletes minerals in your body, it makes you crave more sugar, it makes your glycemic index go way up.”  Obviously, clean eating is the best option but guess I can’t do it.  Truth be told – being on a low carb diet requires me to get a little sweetness from the artificial beasts.


Made from: Erythritol, Sugar, Monk Fruit, Molasses and its calorie free.

Men Definitely Workout Differently Than Women

Rob and I went to workout together with a trainer this week.  We are trying to get in some good shape for the big engagement party.  I was excited and nervous.   Excited because I love having a trainer, they are motivating, smart and very encouraging.  Also, they make it impossible for you to deny how fat and out of shape you are.

I was nervous because the trainer was a guy (my first ever) and he is my cousin’s boyfriend.  I can guarantee everyone in my family knows how chubby I am now.  Not, that I care – they obviously can see me.  🙂  But, what I learned is that men look at training differently because they focus on bulking up and gaining major muscle mass through heavy lifting.  The only bulking up I want to do is in my wallet and the heavy lifting is for shopping bags only.    Yes, these are counter-productive goals but that is my life in a nutshell.

Oh yeah boys smell gross when working out.  Yuck.

Men Women

Why yes, Rob and I look just like this when working out. Thank you for asking.

Losing Weight Is Hard

Drumroll –  I lost 1.2 pounds in January.  Boo!! I am about 8.8 short of my goals. I want to lose between 12-10 lbs per month.  I am back on track this month.  I promise to report back March 1!


Senioritis Is Real

I am counting down the days until school is complete.  I am not sure why the program requires the most labor intensive classes at the end.  But, at this point who cares.   Three good months and I will on my way to getting that FSU Alumni license plate cover I have dreamed about since 2000.  I have about 100+ pages to read about IT and Insurance.  Can you believe that I don’t want to do this?  I didn’t think so.


I Love Pinterest


I have a great love affair with Pinterest and I am sharing it with you now.  I made my Mom sign up too because I know she will be a great pinner.   My biggest problem with Pinterest is that I pin too many treats and don’t attempt all the dang workouts I pin.  If you want to follow me, you should probably do it,  I like my pins.  Here are my most popular pins this week:

PicMonkey Collage

Ok, truth be told the flip-flops from Express and that ring are not pins.  Both should be though, the flops are wedding white and that is my new “workout ring.”  My workout ring is what I wear when I am doing things, like working out, that might damage my actual ring.  It is similar to mine but about 3 carats bigger.  🙂

What did you learn this week?

Also, no one has claimed that Glow Run medal yet.   If you want to try a virtual 5K of your own you should do it.  I will mail it to you (US only please).   

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Blogger Ornament Swap

So about a month ago I mentioned that I signed up for a blogger ornament swap – Candidly Clyde’s Ornament Swap to be exact.  Each person was paired up with another blogger or reader to exchange ornaments.  You were supposed to read their blog and/or social media and pick an ornament you thought would be representative of them.   I love ornaments and I am so glad I signed up because I got to make a new friend in Ashlie over at A Classy Occasion.  She runs a very fancy blog that discusses everything from wedding details to fashion to everyday life and she has fabulous taste!  My kind of girl for sure.  I ended up getting her a glittery, black chandelier with clear stones hanging from it.  I thought represented her blog so well and so much better than one I would be able to make.  You can see a picture of the ornament and read about her swap experience here.

Ashlie made my ornament and it is perfect because it is the first “branded item” from Fitkist!  I absolutely love it.

See the journey of opening the box below.


Brown Paper Packages Are The Best!


The Suspense!


 Sweet no?

The picture I took does it no justice because the glue was not set yet.  But, it is full of a pound of glitter and it sports the Fitkist logo – Lips and all!!


  • Have you ever participated in an ornament swap?  What’d you get?

Bonus Recipe Time!

Well, I have been on a Meatless Monday kick and strapped for time too.  The holidays from October to December are stressful and time-consuming.  Yeesh!   Rob and I are trying to do better about less fried foods and less red meat.  More for health reasons than for weight loss.  Well, when you are looking for a meatless dish that is super easy and super fast try this one.  It really is delicious and the only real effort is opening the can and stirring!

Can Opener Veggie Chili

Quick Can Opener Veggie Chili Recipe

(Sorry I don’t have any fancy widgets for you to print it from – save paper and Pin it then read it from your phone – that’s what I do!)

1 can of Kidney Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Pinto Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Southwestern Style Corn, 11 oz

1 can of Rotel Original, 10 oz

1 can of Tomato Sauce, 15 oz

1 packet of chili seasoning (hot, med, or mild – you choose!)  I likey spicy!

Open cans then drain beans and corn well.   Pour Tomato Sauce and Rotel in large pot on medium heat.  Stir in Chili Seasoning Packet until well combined.   Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated through and its bubbly and delicious.

Then go to town adding, cheese, sour cream, chives etc.  I served ours over whole grain pasta shells.  It was warm and filling and best of all easy!  Of course, please add different beans or more corn but this way came out pretty awesome.  These steamy pictures are a chili love affair.  Hungry??

Whole Grain Pasta

Serving of Whole Grain Pasta


Chili Sans Cheese


Cheestastic! (and Meatless!)


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Halloween Temptations

So to me, Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year.  Spooky activities and fall festivals are popping up everywhere.  I am a sucker for a fall festival.  All the spices are coming out of the cabinet and pumpkin spice is sprinkled on everything.  My favorite of 2012 is the new Blue Diamond Almonds Pumpkin Spice flavor.  They are delightful and not overpowering like some other pumpkin spice flavors.  I have only found them at Walgreens locally but they are available on Amazon.com too.

I have no Halloween parties to attend so I am not looking for that $100 costume like previous years.  Check out my Halloween costume collage….  Hot pink and black can-can dancer has been my favorite so far.  Also, that vampire one is doctored but I needed it for the collage.

So for 2012, I am going as a budget witch.  Pictures will soon follow I am sure.  My goal is to keep it under $20.

Anyway, back to the Halloween treats…

The worst thing about Halloween and dieting is the all the candy! [Closely followed by finding a cute costume that fits and looks right for your body type.]  But, there is candy everywhere including my office and my house.  It just sits there and staring … calling out like that Pier One commercial “you like me, take me home, eat me.”  The worst part of avoiding these treats is having candy in the house prior to and after Halloween night.  I mean you have to pass it out right?  And, you cannot throw it away after because that would be wasteful and very wrong on so many levels.  But, it’s not really “fitkist” material so we have to deal with it.  First, knowledge of what you are eating is important!  Check out this Cooking Light article, with a comprehensive candy comparison.   It gives you individual portion nutrition information about the sugar, fat and calorie content in the most common candies.

This year the bowl is on the dining room table so Rob can monitor/eat it. That way I have to stare at it but I don’t want the candy inside to shrink so I avoid it.  I forget what my dining room looks like.  It’s for the cute trick-or-treaters damn it!  For my visiting ghouls plan to receive, Reeces’ Cups and Pieces, Lifesaver Gummies, M&Ms, Milk Duds, Health Bars, and rings!  Good stuff, kinda.

Also, I have learned that I must have grapes in the house 24 hours a day.  They are sweet, filled with anti-oxidants and they take a while to eat.  Perfect choice in place of M&Ms right?  A typical serving size of Peanut M&Ms is 18 candies which is about 220 calories.  18 red seedless grapes will run you about 72 calories by comparison.  Maybe it is not exactly the same but it’s doing the trick.  I often worry about the future of diabetes and pancreatic problems due to sugar in my foods, so this is a healthier way to get a sweet snack without candy.  But, sometimes you NEED chocolate, so lately I have been eating Z Bars by Clif.  They are chocolate, organic, contain whole grain (8g) and are 130 calories per bar.  They are allegedly for kids…I am a kid too, I have parents.

Yes, I added the moustache on the yellow one…couldn’t resist!

As for the after Halloween night candy in your house problem there are three relatively easy tips I can suggest:

  1. Give all the candy to the last trick or treater.  This kid is happy and you are done with it!
  2. Donate it to a shelter or food bank.  Many kids are homeless too and they would love to get their hands on a Snickers or two.
  3. Find a dental buy back program.  Here you trade your dentist candy for cash or toothbrushes, etc. and they send the candy to the troops.  Win-Win-Win!

Tips one and two can also help parents avoid all the candy their kids bring home from their night of trickery.  The point is: moderation is key but temptation may too much for some of us.  Just get rid of it!

What is your favorite Halloween/Fall treat and what do you do to moderate the candy-a-thon that is October?

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