Attitude is Key! Be an inspiration

A Lesson Well Learned


I wish I could say it but I can’t. Swimming is not my favorite sport as a triathlete. Well I take that back! Swimming is my THIRD favorite, as my sister-in-law and fellow triathlete calls it. It is getting better and better as the years go on and it’s slowly starting to become more enjoyable, but let’s face it- every time I see a swim workout on my schedule, a little part of me dies.


To say the least, I was not too enthused to go to the pool the other day but as always you suck it up and get the workout done. Half way through my set, I look up and see a little girl sitting at the end of the lane.. watching me. I saw her before I started my swim, floaties on both arms and her mom by her side as she was trying to learn how to swim. Frustration and fear all over her face . I wasn’t sure if she was real or my imagination so I practiced my “siting” again. Sure enough, she was still there, watching. As I approached closer to the end of my lane, where she was sitting, I stopped and smiled. She said ‘HI’, I laughed and said ‘HEY’ back and that was it. I flipped turned and on my merry way I went. As I turned back around, I was expecting to see her again but she was gone.


Frequently you hear the quote, “there is always someone watching you” and “attitude is everything.” My momentum, my workout, and my desire all changed in that small 25 yards back to the end of the lane. Sometimes in life I feel like God puts a “reminder” if you will… a reason, a purpose to keep you going and to keep you on track to achieving your dreams, goals, aspirations. I don’t know what that little girl was doing or even thinking as she was watching me but I hope I was a positive influence and an inspiration to her knowing that if she continues to work hard in life, she can swim.. she can succeed.



What’s for dinner tonight- Grilled Chicken Avocado salad

Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad


Grilled chicken marinated in worcestershire sauce & salt/ pepper, half an avocado- sliced, and a fresh spring salad which consists of chopped turnip greens, collard greens, and spinach. Lemon squeezed on top for added freshness accompanied by light balsamic vinaigrette.

the Stoopid Good Waffle!

Introducing: THE “Waffle “made by STOOPID GOOD FOOD! 20140116-084709.jpg Many of you have seen me post a lot about this “stoopid” good Waffle- well, I finally got around to writing about this awesome creation and how you can be a part of it as well!!


Charlene, a former professional athlete turned fitness chef,  food and fitness inventor, is the creative mind behind Stoopid Good Food Productions and ROP.  Her background in studying food dates back 12 years when she was living overseas, playing basketball and had to learn how to cook. Eventually, after the discovery of her own food intolerances she began to create food to fit a growing niche of food intolerances and allergies, Diabetes, and hypertension right here in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Nutrition Content:

  • 2 waffles contain: 180kcal, 28g protein, 13g fiber, 22g carbs, 5g sugar, 4.5g fat
  • No Gluten
    No Dairy or Soy
    No Casein or Whey
    It’s Paleo
    Low Net Carb!
    Low Sugar & Fat

And if for some reason that doesn’t immediately make you want to have a bite at it- the taste of her most popular flavors vanilla banana cinnamon & banana chocolate chip, hit a home run in our household!! Check out the combinations John and I love to eat everyday!


2 vanilla banana cinnamon waffles with “Amped-Up” Nut butter  spread and half a banana

This high protein snack, above and below, keeps you feeling full yet provides a healthy and nutritious recovery tool. I use the waffle on the go, in between workouts, or as a large post-workout meal replacement- paired with EAS muscle recovering shakes.



The versatility of the waffle is also exciting as you can use the waffle as a base for many fun and healthy meals or dessert alternatives! Below Charlene makes her famous Gluten- Free Pizza’s with the base of the crust being the waffle.


**All pizzas are a single serving pizza (2 waffles a serving) and designed to be around or under 400 calories**

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DESSERT: Ice Cream Waffle Sandwich

An easy pre-made dessert I love to make in our house. The “ice cream” being the combination of bananas, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 2 scoops of EAS vanilla Lean Protein Powder. Spreading Almond Butter on the inside of both waffles, scoop “ice cream” into the middle of the waffle, cut into pieces, and freeze until ready to eat! Let stand for 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to enjoy this yummy high protein treat!


You can visit Charlene’s website to view flavor options and to order online: