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Delicious Not Difficult

Good morning!!! As this post publishes, I’m well on my way to Savannah. Woo, baby! I so look forward to not only running my first big race and seeing some amazing blog friends, but also to have a weekend away with Peter sans kiddos. That’s right! We’re kid free this weekend and treating it as a little getaway.

Thanks to some wonderful parents who scoop up the chance to stay with their beloved grandchildren for a few days.


Last night, my parents came to our house hauling their suitcases to act as our heroes and babysitters for the weekend. I made sure to give them special treatment by preparing a delicious dinner for us all to share.


I made a large batch of whole wheat penne pasta with some broccoli, mushrooms, and onion topped with marinara sauce. I always love adding extra veggies to help bulk up a pasta dish.


I also bulked up the meal with some ready made items for sides – some garlic Texas toast and a lite Caesar salad bagged mix.


I break out the big guns for guests, huh? Hey, I did say “delicious”, not “difficult”! Smile

And delicious it was. The perfect meal to eat for race fuel-ups. #readytorunalready

FFF Features of the Week

I never expect you all to keep up with every post I write, so each week I play catch up with my favorites. Find the posts that I enjoyed writing the most, that sparked the most discussion, or that had the most cuteness…as well as one of my favorite blogs for you to check out. Give ‘em a looksy and I’ll be back later with Fun Fact Friday!

Featured Personal Post: Stuffed With Emptiness #4

This particular post went into my experiences turning to alcohol and the time I desperately hoped to be successful at suicide. Please read with caution.

Featured Workout Post: 5 x 5 Full Body Circuit


I skipped the features post last week, so I have to remind you all of this workout. It was seriously too much fun! Printable version of the workout in the original post. Smile 

Featured Meal Post: Tofu Parmesan + Cheesy Spaghetti Squash


Another from last week that I can’t let get swept under the rug!

Featured Positive Post: Too Much Of A Good Thing


Some of my favorite things right now – tea and great Christian workout music.

Featured Fun Post: A Tale of Two Winners


Another Champion sports bras giveaway with TWO winners. Ends tonight!

Featured Cuteness Post: Out With A Bang


Halloween costumes. ‘Nough said. Click to see the full cuteness effect.

Featured Reading: Michelle @ Crazy Running Legs


I get to meet her this weekend since she is running her FIRST FULL MARATHON in Savannah. Plus, she’s all around awesome. Give her some positive energy before tomorrow!!! And Michelle – I know you will do fabulous!

  • What’s a meal you like to make for guests?
  • Any exciting weekend plans?

Posted by on November 4th, 2011 34 Comments

The Best Of Both Worlds

Thank you all so much for the congrats on my 15K race yesterday! I had a blast! Both during the run…and after too, of course. How could I not when it involved eating? And coffee. Can’t forget the coffee.


After the race, Lee and I wanted to have more time to hang out together, so we hit up J. Christopher’s for brunch.


I had never been to J. Christopher’s before, even though it has quite a few locations around the Atlanta area. It had a fun, laid-back atmosphere perfect for some post-race dining.


It also had a menu with quite a few delicious sounding options. I couldn’t make up my mind between two particular choices –  an omelet or pancakes. Luckily, I subbed out the muffin struck up a deal with the waitress and managed to get the best of both worlds.


I ordered the Billy Goat omelet, which featured a combination of goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and mushrooms. And oh how I appreciated an omelet that didn’t come out loaded down in grease!


Then had a large, delicious pumpkin pancake on the side. It could have had a bit more pumpkin flavor, but you better believe I still happily ate that sucker up!


I mean c’mon! Does that not sound like the perfect meal for me? Or what? Goat cheese and pumpkin?! I was clearly a happy Tina. Open-mouthed smile

Speaking of happy Tina, time for one of my favorite parts of the week! Enjoy, friends!

FFF Features of the Week

I never expect you all to keep up with every post I write, so each week I play catch up with my favorites. Find the posts that I enjoyed writing the most, that sparked the most discussion, or that had the most cuteness…as well as one of my favorite blogs for you to check out. Have a great night!

Featured Personal Post: Body After Baby Month 9

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Stuffed With Emptiness Post: “I’ve Tried To Love You, But I Can’t”

Featured Workout Post: Review of Insanity


I still die.

Featured Recipe Post: Pumpkin Hot Chocolate


And it is sooooo easy!!!

Featured Positive Post: Can Self-Love Ever Have Negative Side Effects?

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Featured Fun Post: Seven! Seven!! SEVEN!!


Fun Facts Friday really is fun. And apparently I’m not the only one who burns grilled cheese sandwiches. Smile

Featured Cuteness Post: Makenzie’s WIAW


A day in the life of Makenzie and what my toddler likes to eat.

Featured Reading: Clare @ Fitting It All In


I think her tagline about sums it up. She works super hard and is a very busy lady, but never fails to inspire with her balanced lifestyle. And being a good friend in the blogging world. Red heart

  • What meal combo would be the best of both worlds for you?

Posted by on October 16th, 2011 29 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Well, I have had a whirlwind of a few weeks over here. I missed all of you so much! I can’t express enough gratitude for your patience while I got some important things sorted out. Some scary things. Are you ready for the announcement? Here goes! I will no longer be blogging at Faith Fitness […]

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Self-Love Reflection: The Road Not Taken

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hello FFF readers! Nice to meet ya! My name is Carissa and my husband and I blog at Fit2Flex.  Well, I blog…he consults! We are both certified personal trainers with a passion for healthy, active living and clean eating.  I am also studying to become a registered dietitian, a race announcer, and a runner.  Stop […]

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Healthier Eating For Kids

Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute "Quest for Yum!" video and see what happens! As parents, we want the best for our children. We help them to feel loved. We strive to teach them […]

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey, everyone! I wanted to pop in and say I am working on some new and exciting changes.  As a result,I may not be posting as much during the coming week.  Please stay tuned for the big announcement! Love you all! And still feel free to find me on Twitter and Facebook for the time […]

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of […]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for […]

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