O CHRISTmas tree O CHRISTmas tree... Another Abercrombie confessional... This year, dear friends, I just didn't have the heart for it. I'm a big FAT NO on nostalgia this year...so sue me! I just have not been feeling it. Therefore, I couldn't fake it. GRIEF IS __________. (fill in the blank) Okay...so for 21 years… Continue reading Nostalgia Lost
YEAR END sounds so final! And this year end will be a biggie. We roll over into a whole new decade. 2020 is on the horizon and like it or not it's coming for us all! (for the santa secret reveal scroll to the bottom of this post) Gift ideas for the man in… Continue reading Gifting and planning!
Have you come out of your food coma? Wake up friends..it's CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TIME! Time to lace up your sneakers and get a move on! I can feel the frenzie already? When I was growing up we called our sneakers,"TENNIS SHOES." However, in 1887, the word SNEAKER was already in use because The Boston Journal… Continue reading SNEAKERS
HAPPY FRIDAY YALL! Maybe... I'm the last one to know...but have y'all heard of Amazon prime WARDROBE? This is what I'm talking about!!!! Amazon prime wardrobe allows you to choose up to 10 or more items to "try" TRY ON before you pay. NO CHARGES UNTIL you make your selections! Only pay for the items… Continue reading The FITting Room – try on session
This post is dedicated to my loving father in law, Don Abercrombie, the man who taught me how to prepare and oven roast the most flavorful lip smacking turkey in town. Thank you Don! People flip out at the mere thought of preparing and cooking the Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey! I use to be one… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bird: Abercrombie FITness Approved
Amazon...where have you been all of our lives!! An online soup to nuts store with delivery and easy to use access! I love it and I genuinely love all of the below featured products. I wanted to share a few of my latest and greatest FIT finds. Everything from active wear...click here... to toothpaste. Supplements… Continue reading Amazon FIT Finds
I have been on an active wear search. While I love and appreciate everything Lululemon has done for women's athletic apparel...the prices are often a little rich for my budget. Scroll down for the surprise party announcement coming November 18th Just in time for holiday shopping and gift season...here are some FIT and fab pieces… Continue reading The FITting room: Active Wear
I would like to begin today with a cooking confession: I have never ever made a meat loaf or a meat ball. To be more transparent about my less than cooking practices, I have also never cooked a lot of things! I'm not the interested maker of dishes such as Chateau Brion and Lasagna. But… Continue reading Turkey Balls: Abercrombie&FITness Approved
Are you up for some dynamic dinner or table conversation? Have you ever wondered what exactly it is about someone that you really really adore or really really can't stand or that you can't quite figure out? Well who knew that the answer could lie in a simple dinner topic. All you need to do… Continue reading JUST BEET IT!
There is an unurmountable amount of voices in modern culture. So many people talking and sharing. By my calculations this is "A LOTTA" lot of voices floating around in your sphere. This is the decade we are living in...everyone has someone to influence or to be influenced by. I have a lot of outside influence...it's… Continue reading Voices Carry
You have kicked the unhealthy habit(s) to the curb! You hit a stride and found a comfortable routine. You know the drill and you are keeping to your uncompromising promise to exercise at least twice a week. Food choices, by comparison, are lights out better than ever. Gone are the days of binge eating or… Continue reading Now what?
We had a wonderful whirl wind weekend in San Diego. It's taken me a week to re-center and get back to reality. I was on a patriotic high due to our great nation and those who dedicate their lives and careers serving the United States of America. As I mentioned, Mr. Chicken Fry received a gracious… Continue reading Once in a life time
It's time! I know it's been a while since I did a try on session but hey...I'm here now! The weather is slowly starting to cool down. Which means, our skin tone changes and we make adjustments to our wardrobe! Hello leggings and capri's! Tis the season for a Lululemon haul! Ladies ...I'm not a… Continue reading The FITting Room: transition time!
Today it's wheels up! pic by wanderapolis Another Abercrombie adventure with my main squeeze Mr. Chicken Fry. We are off to sunny San Diego, California for what I deem a once in a life time opportunity. Now, please know upfront that I'm a red blooded patirotic nerd so when Mr. Chicken Fry told me that… Continue reading Travel Babble
Recently, one of Mr. Chicken Fry's buddies dropped a folded crisp $100 dollar bill in our front yard/ drive way area. The blueish green Ben Franklin was dropped on an old school handshake exchange but neither of the guys realized that the money NEVER made hand to hand contact. In any case, the next afternoon,… Continue reading Money matters
The year ended and began with a giant annoyance. Instead of harboring my irritation, I made several very public announcements via social media. I was fit to be tied and expressed my bad /sad attitude toward the higher ups at Albertsons for making a HUGE mistake. Nothing upsets me more than a slight disruption in… Continue reading And then there was delivery…
Give yourself some space! Meet GYM! Over three decades ago "the gym became my go to Happy Space. Kind of like a happy place! It was in the gym where I found a sense of refuge from the day. The gym seemed to be a place where I could battle past all that had been… Continue reading Happy Space
Grief is a sneaky little sucker. It comes packing a rainbow of emotions ranging from neon bright to the darkest of dark. Grief is terribly uncomfortable. Any person who has experienced true grief I believe would agree and testify that it's a bizarre chain reaction experience. Grief is weird because it gets all balled up… Continue reading Good GRIEF
Happy Birthday to my baby girl! SEVENTEEN years old today, which will forever be dualy distinguished as "Twenty August Sixth," I labored for fourteen hours before giving birth to Presley Tene't Abercrombie. On August 26th...three and half weeks early the Lord blessed us with a miniture sized human weighing in at a whopping five pounds… Continue reading Seven-teen
What's your take on Cannabis/ CBD? Is CBD shameful serum or the future of natural healing? Is it just hippie voodoo or is cannabis the ticket to human health? Can it "change the future outcome" of our well being? Click this link for a direct click to the product I'm taking. Whether we like… Continue reading CANNABIS – CBD
I know that so many of you have been on the edge of your seat eagerly anticipating my giveaway announcement. I mean there is nothing like a fresh new month and the hope of winning. Without further ado, the lucky winner is... Aubrey Garcia! At this point, I'm not sure if Aubrey, who… Continue reading Announcement
There is a lot of exciting stuff coming your way. For starters, FOOTBALL season is on the horizon and who doesn't love watching sweaty athletes perform acrobatics in tight spandex? Lol At least we have something to look forward to besides the school bell and weekly ritual that is rapidly approaching. To bring myself out… Continue reading News, Give Aways and Ramblings
Unfortunately the answer is, "no, no it isn't." If you are determined to lose weight, I'm proud of you. This is a great place to be and a good place to start but this it isn't enough to get you to the goal line. ****If you are here about the FREE GIVEAWAY, scorll down to… Continue reading Is determination enough?
Don't let Summer 2019 ride off into the sunset until you have experienced some pineapple cole slaw. If you're a foodie who enjoys fresh homemade Summer, low fat recipes, prepare to fall deeply in love! Introducing the yummiest cole slaw ever made! I hate to even call it a cole slaw because this zesty dish… Continue reading Pineapple (skinny) cole slaw
Who knew that my last minute $7 Target T-shirt purchase would carry me through the Summer?!? What a needle in the hat stack find! Who knew that this T-shirt would define my Summer and wardrobe. I paired this sleeveless crew neck tee with Roxy shorts, denim cut offs, white skinny jeans or cotton chino… Continue reading All Good Vibes in Alabama
I can't think of a better time to workout than on a planned vacation! I mean it! I mean why not? Why not? Vacation is all about the "ME" time or the "US" quality time or the good old fashioned "family time" right? Vacation is also about relaxing and spending that time in a place… Continue reading FIT vacation: The Workouts
The vacation scene on Grand Cayman is highly underrated. Yall it's a straight-up playground for ambitious ocean lovers and vacationers alike. My only question is what took me so long? Grand Cayman has options galore. Activities out the wazoo, such as water sports, colorful art, scenic ocean life, dining, wining or of course rest and… Continue reading Hangin in the Caymans
Traveling with friends can be risky move! It's only my opinion but I think it takes a special kind of chemistry to travel with friends, and all of the little ones and teenagers in tow! But, thanks to Mr. Chicken Fry and his 27 year friendship with these guys...our family vacation hit the MARK! Once upon… Continue reading Have friends will travel
Redundant is such a fun word to say. My lips like the way it rolls off of the tongue and bounces around ending with a sharp T. I also very much appreciate the meaning. Enough is enough! Superfluous banter is overrated! Unless you are a mother, parent, educator, coach, or personal trainer! This is my… Continue reading Redundancy
Good Monday morning folks and a BIG Texas size shout out to all of the dapper dads out there...I hope you had a sweet Father's Day. Warning: this post is full of boastful braggadocios compliments...more like a love fest and less FITness fest today! See this guy? That's my dada, my dad, my father,… Continue reading Daddy’s Girl
Hello my name is Stephanie and I’m an Netflix Binge-aholic…. Seriously ya’ll, it’s a problem. Oh, it started off innocently enough several years ago, but has definitely grown to something larger. I kept hearing everyone talking about some zombie show called “The Walking Dead”. Zombies? Cool…. Blood and Guts?... Even better! (For the record, I am a… Continue reading Netflix Binge: by Stephanie
Another Summer adventure awaits! The Abercrombie's are traveling abroad and bound for the Caymans. I'm so humbled and beyond grateful for the opportunity to jet set and visit new countries. Traveling is one of my greatest passions. I take it very seriously and never with out a ton of gratitude. Mr. Chicken Fry has skillfully… Continue reading Abercrombies Abroad
NOWELL hear this...I have some sizzling scoop about red heads! Are you aware that red heads have a much HIGHER pain tolerance than blondes or brunettes? This is apparently a real thing and from my experience as a personal FITness trainer it's not far fetched. Meet Stephanie Nowell. Stephanie is a bomb shell… Continue reading Red hot red head: Abercrombie Client Testimonial
In 1973, an all American shoe trend was on the brink of explosion. A wildly popular and unique take on sandals swept the nation for over a decade. It was an obscure marriage of rubbery tubing and soft foam creating one of the worlds softest sandals! People of all ages and races flocked to the… Continue reading Tiddie taboo show review
What is with all of this high rise nonsense? The 80's called and they are demanding all denim high-rise jeans and shorts back! Take it from me, someone who survived the high rise nonsense, it isn't all its cracked up to be! In the mid 80's, I was an awkward teen with big, chemically infused… Continue reading High & Waisted
Don't blow it! Hands up for the three day weekend! If you are currently in a "slim down" phase or FITness journey do not blow your progress! Long holiday weekends do not have to be your demise! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the backyard barbecues and poolside or lakeside gatherings without packing on… Continue reading Long weekends
One half of the moms are up tight and panic stricken while the other half is tickled pink. Summer is here and there is nothing you can do about it. On the spectrum, there are two kinds of Summer moms. Those who breath a heavy sigh of relief that the strict school calendar and end… Continue reading Summer 2019 is here!
It's not our fault. I blame the microwave epidemic. The microwave oven shined its face upon our homes and forever changed kitchens, college dorm rooms, office lunch spaces and the trajectory of popcorn. I believe that the microwave unknowingly cultivated an "we want it right now" attitude that has been impossible to shake. What came… Continue reading I want it all…right now!
This was not my first fist fight with the edamame. Fortunately, I have years of experience scortching one of my favorite green soy bean snacks. By scorthcing I infatically mean burning the food past the point of edible. But yes, oops I did it again...so sue me! Years ago, while hosting one of my infamous… Continue reading Opps..I burned it again!
Hello and Happy Tuesday friends. Last week, what appeared to be an early birthday package arrived on my doorstep. The contents of the large plastic envelop were too good not to share with all of my FITness fanatics, moms, yogi's, BFF's and workout warrior gal pals! It was none other than a package full of WORKOUT… Continue reading The FITting room: Zyia Active Edition
I'm a pizzazz kind of girl. I add a little extra extra to almost everything. From outfits to meals, I like to jazz life up with a hint of sparkle, spice, a dash of sweet and all that is in bewteen. Last weekend I had a classic case of the munchies. I was jonesing for… Continue reading Pep up the popcorn pep up the popcorn
Sisters and brothers of the universe, what you are about to read is a necessary short story. It's partly mental health based with a whole lotta be true to yourself vibes sprinkled in. I would like to go on record right off the bat with yet another confession. What I'm about to share is quite… Continue reading Making Change
The difference between you and me could be our opinion on a VALUE MEAL! If you think that $2 , two for one tacos at Jack in the Box is a value meal, just stop right here! Does this qualify as a value to you? I mean look at the grease!?!? Is that even real… Continue reading Value Meal
The push up is one of many age-old classic exercises that will never go out of style. It is an introductory move and often used as a base line to test ones level of strength. When I first started my own FITness journey, back when I was skinny/fat, Are you a slave to the scale?? I could… Continue reading evolution of a push up
Navigating a new healthy eating regimen can be difficult. There is a ton of tom foolery in marketing "healthy foods." These healthy spin tactics are designed to keep a fat rat on the wheel spinning into a never ending frenzy. I want to move you off of the wheel and away from the maddening maze… Continue reading Foolish Foods
One morning last week I woke up mad. Y'all, I was seriously angry, like hotter than a match mad, AT MY HUSBAND! (aka Mr. Chicken Fry) I had a dream. In this dream, things between us weren't going so well. I was very upset. In actuality, I was in our bed in what I call… Continue reading In your dreams
Ladies... This is the year of the swimsuit! No matter what style you prefer the odds are it is in style or back in style. The looks range from 1940 pin-up girls to bo ho 70's hipsters. You can cover it all up in a high-rise bottom or show it off in a skimpy little… Continue reading The FITting Room: swimsuit edition
Ha...made you look! Happy April 1st/fools day yall! No way I'm quitting...I'm just warming up and revving my engine for the Summer heat wave. I get super stoked about the Summer time. I love the hot air and the long days. I enjoy wading in the pool on a raft and reading… Continue reading I QUIT
Warning....some of the content in this post is of a medical graphic nature. My previous post, It's NOT a Muscle, was so well received by all of my loyal friends and followers. Thank you, I was blown away by your generous outpouring of love, support and concern for my lipoma. Thank you all so much.… Continue reading It’s not a muscle Part 2
Spring break 2019 came just in time for a gargantuan blizzard. The entire state of Colorado was crowned with an enormous amount of fluffy white snow. In less than 24 hours, the sweet town of Breckenridge was bombarded with 24 inches of fresh powder and man was it blissful. In fact most Colorado resorts and… Continue reading Wanderlust
Beach and ocean lovers of the world, may I have your attention please. Travel vicariously for a minute with me to a small chain of islands South of the Bahamas, aka the Exuma Cay's (pronounced keys) or the Exumas. Prepared to be water WOWED! The Exuma's offer the most scenic ocean topography in the WORLD… Continue reading The Exumas
Muscle pain or strains putting a cramp in your style? ME TOO! Muscle injuries and sore muscles are a real pain in the neck! I cringe and hesitate to admit this but the older I get the more aches and pains I have. For instance, last week I woke up, stepped out of bed and… Continue reading Time Out – Injury 101
In my private training studio we do a lot of sweating, heavy lifting and jibber jabbing. We discuss news, parenting, tell funny jokes, critique hollywood celebrities and break down books and movies. (click above for my 12 week red carpet ready workout challenge) We talk about all of the female things from shoes to pubes. We… Continue reading Unlisted
Spring break, in our neck of the woods, is less than three weeks away. Over here, I have been busy GEAR-ing up for another Abercrombie rocky mountain adventure. We are creatures of habit and when it works well why mess up a good thing. I'm beyond eager to be back in Breckenridge for another successful "work… Continue reading The FIT-ting room: Ski Edition
Who's ready for SPRING? I'm already channeling warmer weather, flip-flops and tan lines. Winter is sooo hard! I become calloused for motivation. Getting out of bed for work on the cold, rainy, dismal winter days is worse than domestic manual labor. I literally have to pep talk myself to toss back the covers and wake… Continue reading Winter WINE-ing
This wasn't exactly an ideal hallmark for an impressionable female teenager. "Well - Rounded" really? The picture above would sure speak to a well rounded head of hairsprayed hair that's for certain. But like hairstyles, trends change. Let's remember that I was a prodigy of the 70's, when hippie chic "skinny" girls graced the Copper Tone… Continue reading Well-Rounded
Football fanatics beware...SUPERBOWL 53 is near. This is always my favorite instant replay time of the year when I softly remind Mr. Chicken Fry that he is OLDER than the Super Bowl. An ANNUAL sweet little fun fact that I sarcastically deliever with a whisper. I knowingly married a man who was actually alive on the… Continue reading SUPERBOWL
How is everyone doing this last day in January. Can you believe it's almost FEBRUARY? Last year I was challenged by a friend and workout warrior to participate in a "one word for the year" challenge. With fierce eagerness, I tackled this word like I had a tiger in my tank. I fell in love… Continue reading EXIT
I was not a stellar stand out superior student. The last time my report card had a sea of A's, was in elementary school. But before all of you brainiacs label me dumb please keep reading. I honorably held a strong A-B, with the occasional C in math, sort of report card. And...unlike most of… Continue reading Report Cards
Some of yall need a remodel. You need a touch of some self improvement to match your wall to wall swag going on at home. When the term REMODEL comes to mind, immediate anxiety washes over me while an array of adjectives dance around in my head! First thought is total topsy-turviness. Because is there ever… Continue reading Remodel
After a full Christmas eve and Christmas morning, me, Mr, Chicken Fry and the teen queen didn't exactly settle in for a long Winter's nap. Nope, instead we attempted to kill ourselves so we could hurry up and get somewhere we could rest! lol Instead of cozy nestling by firelight and gazing at our Christmas… Continue reading Florida ramblings
The following recipe is not only easy but it's also a low-fat Abercrombie and FITness approved recipe. While I can't take credit for this tasty warm delightful dish, I can boast that I put my own personal spin on it. It's a hybrid between bean soup and a hearty chili. And just in time for… Continue reading Chicken Chili Abercrombie & FITness approved
Per usual, Mr. Chicken Fry gets another win in the vacation husband and dad of the year award. His travel savvy is always on point. He's the master finesse of fun! Chicken Fry randomly found us a warm gulf coast beach resort near Tampa to end our Florida staycation. I thought it was a grandiose kick… Continue reading Opal Sands in Clearwater, Florida
Don't do it! Don't do it! Whatever you do next week...DO NOT set your pretty little self up for shame and disappointment. If you are contemplating weight loss or living a more active lifestyle for your beautiful self make sure you give yourself ample time! Time! TIME! Take a minute to establish a realistic goal that's… Continue reading Set resolutions but now I have severe to moderate depression.
In girl world, pantry lines are a serious crime. Any sign of a crease or outline of an undergarment is a forbidden felony in this day and age. But what's a girl to do in the workout world? Last year this was one of my most frequently asked questions: What kind of panties do you… Continue reading Panty lines
The BEST. Such a highly overused significant four letter word, wouldn't ya say? The BEST of anything would most certainly signify that something is or was in fact GREAT! Maybe even the GREATEST! What's your best look like? Is it a night under the stars holding the hand of your significant other? Is the best day… Continue reading Abercrombie and FITness Best of 2018
Ladies and gents the count down is on! Only four whole days before the long awaited precious Christmas Day! Are you scurrying around like a squirrel shopping from store to store in search of that one unique perfect price point best gift ever? Are you a smart on line shopper with all of your ducks… Continue reading Start spreading the news
The second the doctor confirmed what the home pregnancy test had already revealed, I flew out of the office to the nearest book store to purchase the ever so coveted "What to expect when you're expecting!" This was way way back in the day, circa 2002, before I had a smart phone and Amazon Prime. … Continue reading What to expect when you’re working out?
Just because you can't physically get to me doesn't mean you can get lean!!! I wish we lived closer to each other so I could come workout in your personal training studio. If my office wasn't so far I would totally come train at Abercrombie & FITness. I would hire you as my trainer in… Continue reading What is VIRTUAL TRAINING?
My Mr. Chicken Fry wasn't the the handiest man on the block when we first met. I don't mean to imply that he was completely helpless. It's just that most things around the house were outside of his rhelm of fixing. Sometimes our fixer upper needed are more than his tinker toy tool cup can… Continue reading The thrilla with Gorilla
It's party time with a whoopie tee doo and a dickery dock. The lights are strung, some presents are ordered and on their way and just maybe a few are wrapped under the tree. But what's more is that you've ACCEPTED the Christmas party invitation(s). Your festive sparkly bling and fancy shoes are sitting… Continue reading Party People
I can remember a time when small coffee pots made their entrance into actual hotel rooms. At the time, mid nineties, I was in my early twenties working my way up the corporate ladder and jetting around the country for business conventions. I hope you think that sounds so adult and cool because at the… Continue reading What’s the deal with hotel coffee?
Welcome to the Abercrombie and FITness knock out "BEST of WORKOUT" edition for 2018! I can't believe another year is drawing to a close. While some parts of the year seem to crawl by, long cold winter days, others fly past fast and furious zooming by in such a hurry. I can't believe we are… Continue reading Best of 2018 (workout series)
I wrote the piece on Jeff Rhorer to fill in the gaps for anyone struggling with their own sexuality or for those who simply don't understand. There are plenty of us, gay or straight, that are confused and disconnected by such a CHANGE! In 2018 there seems to remain humans who are totally lost on… Continue reading Changes and Exchanges – phase 3
Palm trees make everything better! The shadow picturesque giant palm leaves drooping against a California back drop is dreamy. People ask me all the time, "where is Palos Verdes, California?" This sporty bubble of a town is south of Hermosa and Manhattan Beach just above Redondo. It's in on a cliff I would say elevated… Continue reading California ramblings.
Standing at a wedding reception in San Diego, California five years ago, Mr. Chicken Fry and I were making small talk catching up with our long time friends Heather and Jeff Rohrer. I was excited but a bit surprised to see Jeff and Heather together at the wedding because the had divorced a while back.… Continue reading Nothing Has Changed – A Jeff Rohrer story phase 1
This is a generous friendly reminder that CHRISTMAS IS COMING! The most celebrated and over purchased time of the year. Speaking of spending...it's hard to beat a gosh darn honest to goodness sale. Who doesn't love a great deal! If you missed my Holiday Gift Guide - click over and check out some sassy, sizzling… Continue reading ON SALE – SAVE NOW –