It’s RunVember!


I can’t believe November is here! You know what that means…the holiday season, peppermint bark, and 2014 is right around the corner! October was a rather interesting month for me. I wanted to up my mileage, but I had a few challenges so I didn’t get in as many miles as I anticipated. Busy schedules, long days, and doing what your body requires at that moment–it just happens. I had to get an unexpected surgery which limited my activity.  I’ve also been limited to mashies and ice cream, but I guess that’s not too bad. Well, when you eat a whole pint of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla for dinner, that can become too easy! But–I’m feeling much better!

What’s RunVember? Complete 30 miles in 30 days. The goal is to get people out there and get active. It takes 28 days to form a habit, so what better way than the RunVember Challenge! Run it or even walk it–just get those miles in. I can’t think of a better time than November!


I signed up for my first Vulcan Run 10K which will be held this Saturday, November 2. Even though I might walk it, depending how my body feels, I’m really excited about it! I definitely don’t want to overdo it. The great thing is–whether I walk or run it, I’m still going to get out there and get those miles in…and there’s still time to register!

magic city half

I’m also excited about another big event towards the end of the month. It’s perfect timing as we get ready to partake in Turkey Day festivities and good eating! I’ll be running the Magic City Half Marathon part of the Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend. I decided to add this race to my 2013 calendar as part of my preparation/training for my first Run Disney event, the Princess Half Marathon, in 2014! *insert scream here* I’ll tell you more about that later. This will be my second, half marathon and a lot of my running buds will be participating as well!

I’m looking forward to a great RunVember and an awesome month as we get closer to bringing 2013 to a close. I’m expecting GREAT things and I hope you are too!

Do you have any special plans, big races, or events coming up this month?

More Sweat, Less Jiggle | The Biggest Loser 15


The season premiere of The Biggest Loser 15 is almost here! I’ve always been a fan of the show, but I would always catch it mid-season. This will be my first time watching it from beginning to end. I watched the last few episodes of BL14 with winner, Dani Allen, and knew I needed to subscribe to Hulu so I could catch up on what I missed. I loved her transformation and watching her change right before my eyes. Dani is also a runner and now runs marathons–so inspiring!

I am also a Jillian Michaels fanatic! She’s an absolute BEAST! Even if you’re not competing on the show, she makes you get your bum up and get it in. She will have your glutes and “hammies” on fire! I also love trainers, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince–motivation at its best. BL15 kicks off tomorrow, October 15 at 8/7c. Sorry BET Hip Hop Awards, you will have to take the back seat and get DVR’d! I’m excited that Ruben Studdard, from my hometown (Birmingham, AL) and American Idol Season 2 winner, will be competing for the Biggest Loser 15 spot. He is the heaviest contestant on the ranch weighing in at 462 pounds. He said he will be dedicating two hours a day to himself to continue losing weight. The fact that they are all making the decision to change their health and lives is commendable.

Best of luck to all of the contestants. Will you be watching?


Wine-down (Sort of) Wednesday at the Park!


The weather yesterday evening was absolutely perfect! My friend and I decided to change up our scenery and go to our local park to get some miles in. It was absolutely beautiful and feeling the breeze was another reminder as to why I absolutely LOVE Fall! The park was full of activity–yoga, bikers, skateboarders, runners, walkers-and people just relaxing!

imageZumba in the park!


Jams was “pretending” she was dreading our walk/run. It’s only Wine-down Wednesday–it can’t be THAT bad!


Clearly it wasn’t, because it didn’t take her long to get fired up!

imageZumba in the park was still going strong!


My View!–What a beautiful canvas for a run!



Happier Hour, Happier Girl!


I woke up Saturday morning with every intention to run early. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. My Friday night was rather eventful (long story lol). I didn’t get much sleep so it totally threw my Saturday morning run off. Rest is so necessary! I started my run two hours late, my iTouch completely un-synched ALL of my playlists. I didn’t even have my Soundscapes to run to. Then it started drizzling (which is fine), but the rain + my crabby mood — I was DONE! I just wanted to push the start over button. I could have pushed through, but Oscar mode was in full effect. I cut my long run short and I completed two miles. I normally go to Zumba on Saturday’s, but I really just needed a mental health day so I played hooky. Sorry Marta! :-) I went home, got some sleep, and decided I was going to enjoy my day.


 I stopped by Taco Bell for Happier Hour! I love Happy Hour so it definitely cheered me up!



Beefy Nacho Burrito and Mountain Dew Blast Freeze (and other items)–$1 on the Happier Hour Menu from 2 pm-5 pm (at participating locations).


My next stop–one of my favorite things…THRIFTING! It was long overdue for a thrift-store haul! I was greeted at the door with a company giving away big bags of cherries. I was happy about that. Plus, I found some REALLY great stuff!



I don’t like to keep going back and forth so I make my rounds, grab what I want, try on, then I’m out the door. I’m glad everything worked out perfectly.



This was NOT all of the bags!  <<< Thriftaholics Anonymous STAT!


Really glad my day turned out to be a great one. It was a relaxing weekend from then on out. I’m recharged and ready for a great RUN week!

Live. Blog. Love.




I love blogging and it has become a great outlet for me. When I started my blog, I knew it would be hard to be placed in a box. Trust me, I tried. I quickly realized that I march to my own beat–which led to my transition. My bio tells quite a bit about me and from time to time I’ll post about those things (i.e., hair, books, vintage/random finds, thrifting, etc.). But then I saw something that reaffirmed everything…


My blogger friend Blitz and Glam posted a textgram on her blog post, “Blog What You Live”, that said “Blog what you live, don’t live to blog.” This thought has been whirling in my mind as new ideas bring new inspiration. Each year my style, voice, or ideas may change. Not necessarily in that order–but it happens.  Two things about me that are evident:  I run and I love to try new recipes. I am very much inspired by health, fitness, and Oh YES! — good food, but I look forward to blogging more of what I live. I think that’s what makes this journey worthwhile. I’m really excited about what is to come!

Loved Just The Way You Are…

Me and my Daddy Wee Artneya

Daddy and itty-bitty Artie Cakes!

Happy Father’s Day to an amazing man, father, my Daddy…my Pops! It’s no secret that this time of year is VERY hard for me. My Dad passed away over 9 years ago, but not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. He is so special to my heart. My Mom’s best friend who was very charming, brilliant, handsome, stern with a soft spot for Daddy’s little girl aka Scooby (yes, that’s me!). He always knew how to get me with that smile and showing off those dimples! A true fighter he was. Hard-working, loving, and beautiful being who told me to always believe in myself and push towards my dreams. I’m grateful that God chose me to be his daughter!





Over the past few weeks I’ve dedicated all of my runs to my Dad! I’m so thankful to Fit, Fab, and Lean for providing a Father’s Day Virtual 5K ~ Half Marathon (including a Finishers Medal) for us to commemorate this special day. I completed 26.9 miles over the past two weeks. Running is truly a great outlet for me. Seeing all of the commercials, cards, movies, and events surrounding Father’s Day can be a bit overwhelming. Instead of me being down or sad, I decided to RUN!  I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to run in my Dad’s honor and memory — Mr. John E. Patterson. I hope he’s smiling down! :-)


Just a little collage I made!

My Dad was a HUGE Barry White Fan…so I’d be remiss if I didn’t celebrate him with one of his favorite songs!

Happy Father’s Day to every Father out there in the world! May this day honoring you and every day be a special one — you all deserve it!  To anyone who is Fatherless or Father is in heaven, I pray that you are surrounded by love, peace, and sweet memories. They truly keep you going!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give any person: He believed in me.”

~Jim Valvano

Jalapeño Cheddar Kale Chips


I made baked, kale chips last week and they were so good! I’ve had them before from my local health food store, but I definitely think making them fresh is the way to go! Most people ask, what do they taste like? They are basically crispy,  kale leaves. It gives you crunch and they are perfect for finger food or served with your favorite sandwich. Kale chips are also a healthy alternative to potato chips. If you’re anything like me, I don’t need a bag of Lay’s potato chips in front of me. I’d have to pray for restraint—which is why I don’t keep potato chips in our house. Just being honest. There are also fun ways to change up the flavor of kale chips. I added my twist by sprinkling jalapeno cheddar popcorn seasoning on them. Trust me it just works!

Jalapeño Cheddar Kale Chips


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning salt
  • Popcorn seasoning – jalapeno cheddar



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove kale leaves from the rib. Wash and thoroughly dry your kale (I used a salad spinner). Tear into one-inch pieces. You can make them smaller if you wish. Place kale leaves in a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil and seasoning salt.
  3. Place kale leaves on lined, baking sheet then place in the oven. Let kale leaves bake approximately 15-20 minutes, turning them halfway through. Keep a watch out because each oven varies. Serve and enjoy!

Football season is right around the corner.  These kale chips will be a great, healthy addition to game-day snacks!