Lacing Up For Boston 5K, 10K, and Half | Fit, Fab, and Lean

I was so excited when I found out Fit, Fab, and Lean opened back up 50 more spots for the Lacing Up For Boston 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. I did not want to miss out on this one! Can’t Run One Run For Boston? Here’s another chance to show support!


Virtual Race starts on Saturday, March 29 and you have through Monday, April 21st to complete your chosen distance.  You can log your miles indoors on a treadmill or outside…your choice!  And you can run the miles; walk the miles; or complete the distance through a combination of running AND walking!

The gorgeous finisher’s medal is polished silver and features a translucent blue sky. Wait until you see it…. it is FABULOUS!  

The virtual run will benefit The One Fund. There are 30 spots left (or less) and going fast! To register, visit here.

You’re welcome and Happy Running!

Rest. It’s Okay!


“We’re so wrapped up in our running that we’re afraid to take a day off, run less, run slower, or, heaven forbid, take a walk on days our bodies tell us we’re not recovered enough for our “usual” workout. We’re afraid someone will think less of us as a runner; we’re afraid we’ll think less of ourselves. And, backing off at all scares us that we’ll become less of a runner than we believe we are, than we have already set ourselves up to be.”

via Favorite Run

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!