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Summer 2019 is here!

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!

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I want it all…right now!

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!

I don't cook

Opps..I burned it again!

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!

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The FITting room: Zyia Active Edition

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

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Pep up the popcorn pep up the popcorn

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

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Making Change

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

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Value Meal

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

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evolution of a push up

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

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Foolish Foods

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

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In your dreams

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

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The FITting Room: swimsuit edition

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

Muscles and Mascara

It’s not a muscle Part 2

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

Abercrombie & FITness Abroad

Wanderlust

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

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The Exumas

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

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Time Out – Injury 101

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

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Unlisted

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

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The FIT-ting room: Ski Edition

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

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Winter WINE-ing

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

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Well-Rounded

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

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SUPERBOWL

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

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EXIT

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

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Report Cards

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

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Remodel

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

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Florida ramblings

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

I don't cook

Chicken Chili Abercrombie & FITness approved

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

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Opal Sands in Clearwater, Florida

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

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Set resolutions but now I have severe to moderate depression.

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.

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Panty lines

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

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Abercrombie and FITness Best of 2018

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

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Start spreading the news

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

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What to expect when you’re working out?

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?

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What is VIRTUAL TRAINING?

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?

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The thrilla with Gorilla

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

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Party People

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

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What’s the deal with hotel coffee?

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?

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Best of 2018 (workout series)

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)

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Changes and Exchanges – phase 3

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

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California ramblings.

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.

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Nothing Has Changed – A Jeff Rohrer story phase 1

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

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ON SALE – SAVE NOW –

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 –

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Turkey Abercrombie FITness Approved

This post is dedicated to my loving father in law Don Abercrombie who generously passed down his traditional turkey recipe.  It is the easiest most flavorful lip smacking turkey in town.  Thank you Don! People flip out at the mere thought of cooking the Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey! There is great fear and pressure to… Continue reading Turkey Abercrombie FITness Approved

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Back in pack mode

Good Morning friends and happy Friday.  I hope you all caught a glimpse of my Holiday Gift Guide and found some goodies for yourself or someone on your list. Today, the Abercrombie's are off on yet another family friendly adventure.  This time we are jetting to southern California for a week-long Thanksgiving break. Our trip begins… Continue reading Back in pack mode

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Holiday Gift Guide

Good Morning gorgeous!  Let me be the first to wish you all a fa la la la Merry FITness and happy holidays! I was going to post this on Friday but why wait?  Let's the fa la la la fun begin! I have been a busy little elf putting together a special holiday gift guide… Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide

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NOT like EVERYone ELSE

When I was a pre teen, I became acutely aware that I did NOT posses certain qualities and features that some of my pre-teen counter parts displayed. But it's NOT what you are thinking. Being a native Texan, I spent every Summer in a bathing suit splashing in and out of swimming pools or the… Continue reading NOT like EVERYone ELSE

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About the elections…

A quick word about the US elections. This is not the end of the world as we know it! No matter what side of the fence you are on...these elections don't define who you are as a person! Listen up hot stuff...tomorrow when you wake up...you will still be you!  You will still be beautiful,… Continue reading About the elections…

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Junk food

In my wonderings, I often gaze out in the sky and imagine what it would be like to have a sit down and interview the CEO or founders of Little Debbie snack foods, Hostess or Nabisco. Like what even could be their premier mission statement? Would it be..."To sell sweet treats that make people happy"… Continue reading Junk food

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November GIVE away!

BE_WARE of the candy buzz because in case you live under a rock, tonight is HALLOWEEN! Trick and treat seekers will be out and about ready for a good scare and a bunch of candy! Halloween If you're an adult, the nostalgia of Halloween's gone by will flood your brain with memories of free candy,  running… Continue reading November GIVE away!

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Stocks and Bondy – bone broth

Rise and shine superstars. How was your weekend? I was so thankful that the sun graced us with its glorious face and filled the sky with bright blue skies. I spent much of my weekend outside soaking up the vitamin D! Check out this basic pool side workout consisting of jump squats, curtsy lunges, tricep… Continue reading Stocks and Bondy – bone broth

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Workout of the week 

As promised here are the best of the best from last week's workout series. The loyal workout warriors were so super bummed!  BUMM ba ba BUMMM if ya know what I mean. They were bummed out because their boo-tays hurt so bad...good! Bum, butt, booty, lady lumps, humps, behind, hiney, buttocks, hind end, ass, cheeks,… Continue reading Workout of the week 

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Fitting room Fall 2018 edition

Target! The place we women folk gather to shop and fill our love tanks. Target is like a well-organized mini mall which means anyone at anytime is subject to an unplanned abyss of shopping. Take me for example. I was only at Target to buy guest bathroom towels. That's it. Do you think that there… Continue reading Fitting room Fall 2018 edition

I don't cook

Slow Cooker Chops

It's been a cold, rainy and wet week in the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex. Out of nowhere mother nature brought in a damp cold front sending everyone scrambling.  We literally went from sweating in shorts and tank tops to shivering in Ugg's with umbrellas overnight. Burr rabbit. This drastic climate change could only mean on… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chops

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Tanked

Easily distracted? This modern techy age we live in is full of alluring distractions.  As a driver, these conveniences only add to the bait that suck our attention away from the road.  Navigation is so utterly awesome but it does distract my eyes from the road.  As does the phone, radio, or pesky fly on… Continue reading Tanked

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SLACKER?

If you aren't an individual who often runs late, chances are you at least know one or two.  Some people just aren't good at it.  Being on time just isn't in their wheel house. Does this mean they are a SLACKER? If you're methodically time delinquent, you might be experiencing a slightly elevated heart rate… Continue reading SLACKER?

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Meal Prep Pep

Hello my friends and top of the afternoon to you.  Yesterday, like most Monday's I hunker down in the kitchen for about an hour/ hour and half to food prep.  By food prep I mean I begin a monotonous process of preparing healthy foods in an organized fashion so during the week I can make… Continue reading Meal Prep Pep

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Plank-tober Fest (anniversary series)

October, three years ago, I blindly began a FITness blog. I jumped in, not knowing how much time or effort it would absorb and or how it would be perceived in public. My whole goal was and is to share information relating to living a healthy lifestyle through funny true stories, client testimonials and human error.… Continue reading Plank-tober Fest (anniversary series)

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Abercrombie FIT FREE FRIDAY

WHOO wee that was fast! Another week and month in the record books. As promised, I have comprised a compilation of the week's top tier exercises for your workout pleasure.  They are grade A challenging movements designed to tone and sculpt lean muscle and burn the mommy muffin top off! These exercises are not to… Continue reading Abercrombie FIT FREE FRIDAY

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Health foods that have you fooled

I have never said it was easy. I know...trust me...I know that navigating a new healthy eating regimen can be difficult.  For starters it takes making your mind up and follow through...also known as, DICIPLINE. What I do know is this...once you wrap your mind If this isn't already enough, then you are left to blindly feel your… Continue reading Health foods that have you fooled

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Scale Away

Come scale away, come scale away and throw the scale away! Trust me girl... that scale is NOT your friend.  The scale is more like the rude, back stabbing friend that you tolerate and let back in your life.  The scale represents way to much drama for a girl like you.  The numbers are nothing… Continue reading Scale Away

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The FITting Room – Trainers Picks

It's time for another trip to the Abercrombie and FITness infamous FITting room.  The place where we women folk like to go for new fresh ideas and to try on workout clothes. This is the time of year that we are itching for a good buy and mark downs on cute inspiring active wear.  I'm… Continue reading The FITting Room – Trainers Picks

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FIT (free) Friday

Welcome back to another FIT Friday. Today's exercises are body weight movements only.  That means there is no equipment required.   I actually did this from the confines of my hotel room while on vacation. Anything to combat the bloat and fluff from the salty margaritas and chips and salsa I was inhaling. Give this… Continue reading FIT (free) Friday

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Parasitic

There is nothing attractive about this word or what I'm about to share but I wanted to come clean. I have been a bit off of my blogging regimen due to some unforeseen issues that have put me down in the dumps. When I was in Mexico I apparently contracted some type of intestinal parasite,… Continue reading Parasitic

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Mexico Gains

Mr. Chicken Fry nailed it.  He booked us five prime time nights in a familiar, close to our hearts, sunny beach destination....Cancun, Mexico.  We share a deep love for clear ocean water and white sand beaches and Cancun was a perfect hop skip and jump from Dallas, Texas. We were greeted and treated like royalty… Continue reading Mexico Gains

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FIT Friday

Hay hay hay…it’s Thursday. Welcome to the second edition of a new FRIDAY... YES I know it's Thursday....it's early this week because I had an epic fail last week while in Cancun...but more about that tomorrow morning. Speaking of...don't you dare miss tomorrow's tell all from Cancun...a travel diary of sorts.  I have 20 plus… Continue reading FIT Friday

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Friday

Hay hay hay...it's Friday day! Welcome to the second edition of a new Friday series here at Abercrombie and FITness.  Each friday for the next few months, perhaps ongoing, I will be showcasing the two best workouts of the week. Free ninety nine to you...to use and abuse. These are custom workouts that I personally… Continue reading Friday

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This is 20 years

This time 20 years ago I was a blushing bride awaiting my grande debut. I was hours away from making the long-awaited traditional walk down the white center flowered pedaled aisle with my daddy.  He would be passing the torch so to speak to the one and only Mr. Chicken Fry.  The butterflies and the… Continue reading This is 20 years

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Workout (a new series)

Good morning friends! I hope you're September is off to a fine fresh start. As the fall calendar begins to fill up make sure to SHARPIE, which is permanent marker,  in time for self-care! Find your mojo girl and Make time for a walk, jog or workout.  I fully grasp that you're juggling work, kids, home,… Continue reading Workout (a new series)

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TABATA Burn (workout video)

Labor Day weekend 2018 has come and gone. I hope you all did your 3 day holiday weekend just the way you like it. Whether that was resting, bird hunting or party hopping I hope you had a grande ol time because the party is over and we are turning it up! Over here at… Continue reading TABATA Burn (workout video)

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Back FAT be gone! (videos included)

You strap on your bra and accidentally catch a glance of your back in the mirror.  Your head jerks around for a reactive double take and you see it again. With a heavy sigh followed by shame and disgust it is officially confirmed. The thick roll of skin squishing out from under or above your… Continue reading Back FAT be gone! (videos included)

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Super Size Surprise!

I tried the impossible.  I did my dead level best to pull off the impossibility of a surprise sweet 16th birthday party for the teen queen.  Do yall even know how virtually impossible this task is living in the year 2018? Yall, I gave it my best savvy techy well thought out, or so I… Continue reading Super Size Surprise!