myFABfitness: My Story  


I started this fitness journey one year ago this month. I set a goal of reclaiming my health and obtaining a certain physical condition by May 28, 2016, my late father’s birthday. 

Why May 28th specifically? Well I was a true daddy’s girl. When he was sick, he had NO FILTER. Oh the stories I could tell! Once when I visited him in his care facility, he asked me if I was pregnant. “Oh Lord,” I thought… “I’ve got to fix this!” But he was ill, I was in the process of relocating, and I had a lot going on. I have never been overweight even at my heaviest, so I figured I’ll get back to “me” eventually. 

Well eventually finally came last year when I got sick of being sick. I was getting colds that would linger, my knees and joints were stiffening, and I was snoring in my sleep… NOT SEXY! I went to several doctors for an entire work up. My blood pressure was slightly elevated, but I did not have sleep apnea or any other illness. Thank God! But I knew if I stayed on this path of not taking care of myself and putting myself last, that my health would be destroyed. I was not having that! 

So in honor of my dad, I declared that I would get back into tip top shape by his birthday. I’m now in the home stretch and I’ve accomplished a lot. During these last few weeks leading up to May 28, my focus will be nutrition. I am my father’s child and I indeed inherited his sweet tooth! I will cut my sugar intake and do some safe and planned fasting. The old, new me, nice and lean and healthy and strong, will be visiting his grave site. I can already see myself running from the car yelling, “Daddy, I ba-aaaack!!” Your baby girl is back better than ever. Thanks for inspiring me from beyond. I love you. 

Has anyone or thing or a life event motivated you on your fitness journey? Feel free to share your story.

Get Your Cooking On With Wolfgang Puck and HSN!

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The Today’s Special on HSN is one of my FABfaves! It’s Wolfgang Puck’s 10 piece set of colorful nonstick chef’s knives. This is the perfect Christmas gift for the chef in your life!

I have last year’s set. They came in a really nice gift box that displayed beautifully when opened. They are very sharp and of good quality for an economically priced set. I fell in love with them right away.

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This year’s set is slightly different from the last set. This set has a long slicing knife where as my set included a serrated bread knife. Also the large chef’s knife has the hollow holes. My set had a smooth surface. I’m very tempted to order this set just to pick out the knives that I want and I can gift the rest. Hmmmmmmm??? 🙂

Please don’t hesitate to order this set of kitchen knives. And if you gift them, the recipient is going to LOVE you! To order, *click here.*

The Reason For the Season: The Julius Munn Sirs, “Ma’ams,” and Grands Foundation Give Back 2014

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The Julius Munn Sirs, “Ma’ams,” and Grands Foundation is proud to partner with DFW’s Norma’s Cafe and the Salvation Army for the annual Angel Tree drive. This year we chose to sponsor two children from the Angel Tree at Norma’s Cafe in Frisco, TX. Sidebar: If you are ever in DFW, please stop my Norma’s for some great home cooking. They have been around for decades and have several locations in the Dallas metroplex. I particularly like how they always sponsor various events to help the community. Visit their website here. This is the Frisco location:

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Our two little angels are Shanelle, 16 months and Jonathan, 8 years old. Here is their loot!

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It was such an honor for the foundation to participate in the Angel Tree drive this Christmas season. Shopping for the kids was fun and made you feel good on the inside to give back. They each got winter coats, an outfit, and the toy that they wanted. I wish I could see them open their gifts on Christmas Day.

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The foundation also plans to do some special things for seniors and of course veterans this Christmas season. We hope that you will join us in giving back in any capacity. From sponsoring a child or senior to donating to St. Jude Hospital, every little bit helps.

What will you be doing to give back this Christmas season? Tweet us here and use the hashtag #theSMGFgiveback.

Memorial Day 2014: The FABsisters Visit with papaFAB

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Today is a day of remembrance. It’s a day for honoring those men and women who died protecting our country as a member of the armed forces. And while we honor those who have fallen and given the ultimate sacrifice, I also thank everyone who has served.

This year was different for me. My late Father’s birthday is May 28th. Often times, his birthday actually fell on Memorial Day. When I was little, the holiday was all about his birthday. As I got older, of course my focus shifted to the real reason for Memorial Day. But in the back of my mind, daddy’s birthday was coming!

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This is the first Memorial Day without dad. It’s weird. My sister and I went to his grave today at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. That is a picture of the main flag that flew at half staff this morning. They had a huge ceremony honoring the fallen. Families were everywhere. Children were randomly putting flowers on graves. Military personnel was all over the place. It made me feel proud that my dad was in the Army and the activities were a form of comfort to me. I thought I would be drowning in a bucket of my own tears. Instead it felt like a celebration of life.

It’s so funny that it was cloudy and slightly gray today. My sister and I hate the sun, so it was like daddy made the perfect weather just for us. It was a very nice morning and I could not imagine going to visit dad without sissy being there.

In dad’s honor, we are going to have good quality gourmet burger for his birthday on Wednesday the 28th. In dad’s older days, he LOVED a good burger and black walnut ice cream. So Wednesday, it’s all about you, papaFAB! We will throw down with thoughts of you in our hearts. We love you and we miss you.

Completely Random…

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-There is some city in the Dallas, Texas area that just passed a no texting while driving law. I had no problem with that until I read where the law also applies to the use of your navigational system while driving. Isn’t that what navigational systems in your car or on your smartphone are for? I’m not from Texas and I use my navigational system all of the time. This is crazy. What about travelers or people simply not being familiar with a particular area of town? DFW has a gazillion “toy towns” as I call them. Since I don’t frequent the “hood” parts (don’t be offended… just being real here) I NEED to have an escape route!

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-I need to check out Iman’s new Global Chic Summer collection. I love her. I think I want everything in that picture. Her collection can be found at HSN.

-I’m nervous about starting the Beachbody “21 Day Fix” diet plan after Memorial Day. The fear of failing has me anxious. I don’t want to let down myself nor my sissy, NurseFAB, who will be coaching me. *sighs*

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I Did It AGAIN With Flip Flop Graphics!

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I’m back with another post about something in my kitchen. Have I turned my blog into a cooking blog? No, but my blog is about what is FABulous to me at any given moment. Right now, I’m into homemade goods and controlling the ingredients that are in the food that I eat. With my recent weight gain (I will lose it, darn it!), my focus is on getting back into shape while still being able to enjoy good quality food. Even though I have my dad’s sweet tooth, the hubby scarfs down most of my sweet treats so I don’t have a chance to over indulge. It works out.

With that being said, my love for a grand kitchen and having all of the gadgets that I THINK I NEED, is in full effect. I shared with you my tricked out hot pink KitchenAid mixer. I absolutely love it and the fact that I have a gorgeously decorated mixer for a fraction of the cost of a custom paint job ($20 versus $500). But what about my hand mixer? It’s a lovely green, but looks odd next to the loveliness that is my hot pink stand mixer. What on Earth shall I do? This…

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Isn’t it pretty? I contacted Christy at Flip Flop Graphics and she sent me decals to adorn my hand mixer. Now my mixers look great together in my kitchen.

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Did you notice this?

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Christy made custom name decals for me. How cute is that? But it does not end there… Continue reading

Let the Fireworks Begin!

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I am a shopping channel junkie. My discovery of Temp-tations by Tara bakeware has not helped matters. I have been a Temp-tations ordering fool since last October!

Today is the “Cooking on Q” day on QVC. Many of the FABnistas have been waiting on a 16 piece baking set in the hot summer holiday color called Fireworkfetti. Everyone was excited about the special of the day that launched at midnight and in addition, this item was pretty much on everyone’s “must have” list.

Well after staying up wayyyy past my bead time, two hours came an went and there was no site of the Fireworkfetti set. The host mentioned that it sold out, but us FABnistas knew that was pure foolery. It was never an option for us to purchase. The Nistas were NOT having that!

Several FABnistas were on the live chat this morning during the Temp-tations presentation. It was hosted by Lisa, Temp-tations Tara’s right hand. Everyone was asking over and over (Did I mention over again?) about the Fireworkfetti set. We were told that the Fireworkfetti did not make inventory in time, and that they will let us know when they know. Bummer!

Then about halfway through the chat, Lisa announced that the Fireworkfetti set would be availalbe during that 10 am show. I could feel the excitement through my iPad screen. That was wonderful… rejoice!
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This ‘Ain’t’ Your Mama’s KitchenAid!

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About a month ago, I purchased my very first KitchenAid stand mixer. I have enjoyed a Kitchen Aid hand mixer for many years (and have owned other brands of stand mixers), but never took the plunge for the KitchenAid stand mixer.

One day one of my FABfave Shopping networks, QVC, had the KitchenAid stand mixer as their Today’s Special Value. It came with two mixing bowls, an additional paddle attachment, and the much sought after splatter shield. The icing on the cake… they had it in the color cranberry, aka HOT PINK! My Sorors know that I had to have that pink mixer!

Since it has arrived I have been a baking fool. From breads, to cakes, to cookies, and more. I have been having a blast with my KitchenAid. That is until I saw Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman” on TV with the cutest KA mixer ever! “I MUST have that,” I thought. I researched and it was a $500 custom paint job. Thanks but no thanks. *insert my giving Ree the side eye here* Here is her amazing mixer.

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I was NOT going to pay $500 to trick out my mixer, but was determined to find that look for less. I went on Google, Pinterest, eBay, everywhere. Somehow I came across some ideas on Etsy. This is where I hit the jackpot! Look at my mixer now…

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How did I do it? Want the deets? Of course I’m going to share!

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