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A Perfect Night? Chocolate Smoothies and the “Girl Power 10”

In just three weeks, these girls have stolen my heart. They are both spunky and soft spoken. Bold and reserved. Confident and uncertain. Funny and serious. They are all of these things, depending on the moment or their mood. They are all these things and more, because  they are young girls, and that’s just what […]

“I am strong. I am kind. I am smart. I am the best.”

Ladies reading this: If I asked you to declare what your “Girl Power” is, what would the answer be? Would it be this: Four weeks ago, this would not have been the answer from most of the girls attending our inaugural Girl Power Summer Camp. Many came in having been bullied in school, or shy, […]

Gourmet Dinner by Walmart, Workouts by MacGyver

This gourmet salad was created at Walmart: No, really. It came from the land of the bargain socks and “buy 1 get 9” whatever’s. Starting with all this: I tossed it together in the kitchenette of my Homewood Suites hotel room Friday night in Lafayette, Louisiana – practicing what I preach to students and clients about […]

Thumbs up, thumbs down: Lessons from an airport sleepover

I should have known this weekend’s planned trip to Lubbock, Texas was going to crumble into a comedy of errors when we were 30 minutes late leaving Tallahassee because “the plane is overweight, folks,” as the captain told us. The irony of the plane being overweight as I headed to a fitness training, right?! There […]

Rethinking Mother’s Day…

Confession: Mother’s Day isn’t always my favorite holiday.  I am nearing 40, divorced and childless. The result of many decisions and choices, some regrettable and some not regrettable.  God closes doors but opens others. Sometimes it makes sense. Sometimes it just doesn’t. To us, anyway.  So as sad as I am sometimes – and particularly […]

Travel Survival: Snacks, workouts & accountability

The following post is sponsored by Blue Diamond. Orlando, Florida. Michigan. Louisiana. Back to Orlando. Texas. Atlanta. Los Angeles.  My travel schedule through July is kinda nutty, with fitness conferences and master trainer work from one coast to the other.  Which is awesome for frequent flier and Hilton Honors points but can be challenging for […]

Love is…

Look at this face: The thought bubble on this one goes something like: “Why is this happening to me? Why did I wake up and my knees hurt so much?” And the answer that I wish I could make him understand: “Because I love you, Sir Burpee. This breaks my heart to see you in […]

Sir Burpee’s 1st Birthday, and God’s big shove

A year ago today, I was staring at this picture of three 12-week-old Maltese rescue puppies available for adoption, wondering which one to choose. The next day, I drove to Sarasota and that little guy in the middle looked up at me – just like this picture shows – as if to say “Pick me!” And […]

Jugglings, failings, reckonings…and a killer cycle profile!

So, umm, yeah, about that whole “I am going to stay on top of this blog schedule and post regularly” thing… Turns out, when trying to juggle a full time PR job, fitness studio ownership and an increasing (and much welcome!) workload as a master trainer, writing blogs has to come second to sleep and […]

Donna Marathon Weekend: Tatas, seashells, finish lines…and my #LJFitChallenge report card

I spent my weekend with these fabulous friends and cancer survivors and friends and family of cancer survivors. It’s hard to really describe what the weekend was like. So many emotions. Crystal’s mom Ronnell who recently battled breast cancer was there, and back home our friend Sharon went into hospice care after fighting cancer for […]