I am thankful for so many things and even though this time of year may be bittersweet for some, including myself, there is always joy surrounding us! To be surrounded by family and friends (near and far), and LOVE…it doesn’t get any better than that!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for being a part of this journey!

Love & Light


Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit Flexing Once Again!

The soreness from my marathon this past Saturday has subsided. I think my awesome 30 minute Zumba sesh last night helped out with that! I planned on being there for the entire 90 minutes, but I had last minute things to take care of. One thing is for sure…I sure have missed my Zumba Mamis! I can’t wait to start back in January.Fit Zumba

Today I was able to start my vacation early and I managed to dodge all of the holiday madness. I was able to pick up everything I needed for our Thanksgiving feast. Between Zumba and all of the running around getting last minute items, I walked the length of the Sahara Desert with my Fitbit! I am planning on getting in a post-Thanksgiving workout on Friday. Maybe Insanity? By the way, if you have a Fitbit and struggle with getting your water in or if you want to find out a way to reach your hydration goals, check out my Facebook post on this game changer! 

Fitbit Charge HR

Now I may love fitness and encourage a healthy lifestyle, but I’m not the food police. Moderation is everything! I like to sample small bites of my favorites so I won’t overdo it. I want you to enjoy your Thanksgiving Day and all of the wonderful eats that come along with it! I can’t wait to taste my macaroni and cheese and my Mom’s dressing! Let’s just say I’ll be carb loading for my long run Saturday. No? Well at least I can pretend! Seriously, enjoy yourself!

Carbs thanksgiving


Oh…I made gingerbread for the first time! YUMTASTIC! 



What are your plans for the holiday?

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Holiday Sweat

Getting My #HolidaySweat On!

Holiday Sweat

Holiday season is here and I want to make sure I stay on top of my fitness goals. There’s a fun #HolidaySweat challenge going on in the Fit Approach community! I may be a little late to the party, but it’s never too late to start. It’s so easy to get comfortable this time of year with all of the parties, yummy foods, weather, etc—but if we stay active, we can go into the new year focused and with the right mindset.


Here’s the Scoop!


Week 2: #holidaysweat challenge with #sweatpink and @runtothefinish

Monday, November 16, 2015: (You can still add this on to one of your days this week) What’s your core strength goal this week? Longest plank? 3 Core workouts? #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Show us your plank! How long can you hold it? Tighten those tushies, legs and core! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Wednesday, November 18, 2015: Show us your most creative core move! Crunches with a baby instead of medicine ball?!  #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Thursday, November 19, 2015: Flash your time! Share a watch photo of sweaty fun for the day! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Friday, November 20, 2015: FREE FRIDAY! Show us what you’re up to today… sweating, eating, cooking, preparing for a healthy flight! #ShowYouCan @timexsports #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink


Weekly Goals

Monday — 3.4 mile run/walk (done)

Tuesday — Plank it out!

Wednesday — 4 mile run + crunches

Thursday — 30 minutes of cardio (arc trainer, StairMaster, etc.) + showing off my sweaty fun!

Friday — Free Friday! It’s normally my rest day, but I’ll share a photo of what I’m sweating, eating, or cooking.

Saturday — Long Run

Sunday — Rest


How will you be getting your #HolidaySweat on? Feel free to join me!


Starbucks Red Cup

I’m Offended #StarbucksRedCup

I wasn’t going to say anything and I normally don’t chime in when it comes to random happenings on the interwebs but…

People are seriously mad about the Starbucks Red Cup? I’m still trying to understand how the color of a cup takes away the meaning of Christmas. That’s the most comical thing I’ve heard all week! I mean…why would you be offended? What did that pretty, red cup do to you? To be honest, this is probably one of my favorite cups from Starbucks. I get it. It’s plain and red—but it’s also bold and fun!Starbucks Red Cup This photo sums up my sentiments…EXACTLY!

The fact that the color of a cup is even an issue (especially to Christians) is troubling and still comical at the same time. There is too much going on in the world to allow the color of a cup dictate my Christmas, my Christian faith, my holiday experience, or my indulgence in sugary skinny coffee drinks this holiday season. Here are more reasons why I feel this whole “red cup” fiasco is silly:


By doing a little research I found some very interesting facts about Starbucks that deserve the energy (but in a positive way) that these red cups have received over the past few weeks.

Starbucks is all about Creating Pathways to Opportunity:

Bringing people together, helping provide education and employment opportunities and making a difference in people’s lives – it’s all part of being a good neighbor and a sustainable company. Starbucks, even as a public company, has always believed that we can balance profitability and a social conscience.

Starbucks opportunities include:

  • Opportunity for Youth
  • Community Stores
  • Starbucks Foundation
  • Community Service
  • Veterans and Military Support
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Starbucks College Achievement Plan
  • Farming Communities
  • Create Jobs for USA

Hey #StarbucksRedCup, it’s not you. It’s THEM! With that being said, I’m heading over to Starbucks to indulge in a “skinny” Chestnut Praline Latte. In a RED CUP!


Pumpkin Patch Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Patch Cheese Pie

This Pumpkin Patch Cheese Pie makes the perfect fall dessert for home, school, festivals, and parties! | My Pretty Brown FitI love this time of year because I get to enjoy seasonal favorites and fun recipes! When the miniature pumpkins arrived on the scene for fall, I knew I had to create something special just for them. Fall brings so much inpiration. After looking through old fall photos, I knew exactly what I was going to create with my little cuties—Pumpkin Patch Cheese Pie!Pumpkin Patch Cheese Pie

Before we get to the recipe, let me tell you the back story of my love for Cheese Pie. There is a riverfront restaurant that I frequented often while living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama known for its Cheese Pie. It’s one of those pies I wouldn’t dare count the points or log into my food tracker. I just wouldn’t want to talk myself out of enjoying this amazing dessert. The first time I had a slice of this pie, it was so good I closed my eyes and found myself humming. It was like the first reaction a Grandmother would have after tasting something she cooked from her soul. I decided it was my mission to create a way to enjoy one of my favorite desserts without the guilt.

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Minion Found in the Pumpkin Patch - My Pretty Brown Fit

Uh oh! Looks like someone got caught in the pumpkin patch!

Minion Found in the Pumpkin Patch 2 - My Pretty Brown Fit

This Pumpkin Patch Cheese Pie makes the perfect fall dessert for home, school, festivals, and parties! For more recipes and sweet eats, visit the Sweet Eats section under Food & Recipes! Also, if you love cheesecake and berries as much as I do, try this Berry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe here.



Recipe inspiration: My nephew Winston!


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Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - My Pretty Brown BlogI couldn’t wait to sit outside on the patio and listen to Blues music while indulging in good eats, but the rain had another plan for the long weekend. We decided not to “BBQ” for the 4th this year, so we picked up takeout from our local barbecue spot, Uncle Sam’s. This was obviously the plan for most on this rainy 4th of July. As my HB, Mom, and I were finishing our southern spread, the rain finally stopped. We were happy that daylight was kind to us and so ready to go outside to relax on the back patio—and enjoy dessert!

I wanted to try something new and fun for summer! This Berry Cheesecake Trifle is absolutely divine! It’s low-calorie, but you would never know it because it is just that AH-mazing! It’s a beautiful blend of fresh strawberries, blueberries, angel food cake, and creamy blissfulness! It’s perfect for those watching their sugar intake or for those just wanting a lower-calorie alternative to a family favorite.

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