Holiday POPSUGAR Must Have Box

POPSUGAR Must Have Holiday Box #musthavebox #popsugar #popsugarmh

This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. People tend to be very thoughtful, giving and nicer to one another – unless of course it’s the last pair of compression tights in the bin and 3 folks are gunning for it. LOL.  With all of that aside, family and friends come together to just enjoy each other’s company.  I truly love that.

The other thing I truly love are the POPSUGAR Must Have Box subscriptions.  For $39.95 you get a gift that keeps on giving back to you or to whomever you choose to gift it to.  They have a bunch of choices from their regular popular POPSUGAR Must Have Box to special editions such as a Neiman Marcus Special Edition and now the Holiday Special Edition.  You can check them all out HERE.


POPSUGAR is also in the giving spirit so for a limited time only they are offering $10 off of their Must Have Box with promo code:  NOV14SELECT.  You can easily place an order HERE.  I absolutely love it every time I receive one of these boxes and get to open it and I am sure you will enjoy it too.  CHEERS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

What is your favorite subscription box and do you plan to give one as a present?

PB2 Prize Pack Giveaway

PB2 Gift Pack Giveaway

This giveaway is hosted by Femme Fitale Fit Club and The Frugal Exerciser.

Are you a peanut butter lover?  I remember my days sitting on the back porch eating peanut butter fresh off the spoon.  While that was great, it wasn’t the most forgiving on the waistline.

Imagine powdered peanut butter with 85% less fat than regular peanut butter.  Well your dreams have come true.  Bell Plantation has created a plethora of peanut-based products and you now have a chance of winning a full basket for yourself.

This giveaway package consists of:

2 – 1 lb jars of Chocolate PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

2 – 1 lb jars of of PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

2 –  Roasted Peanut Oil

2 – PBthins  Gluten Free Twin pack

This giveaway is valid in US only and must be 18+ to enter.  It lasts from November 21, 2014 – December 5, 2014.  Enter here for your chance to win this amazing prize pack valued at approximately $50.

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Disclaimer:  Neither Femme Fitale Fit Club or The Frugal Exerciser are responsible for prize shipping or fulfillment.  Fulfillment of this prize is the responsibility of Bell Plantation and will be shipped by Bell Plantation.  Winner will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim their before a new winner is selected. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet.  If you have any questions, or want to have your product featured in our

#FitnessFriday – Keep Going

#FitnessFriday Weekly Workout Recap

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My routine got turned on its head.  I am back in in-person boot camp with Sanders Optimum Fitness and boy what a return it was.  I can say I returned fairly strong but I realize this session is going to be a test of endurance hence the “Keep Going” theme of today’s post.


I ran with the lovely ladies of BGR! Baltimore on Friday and we hashed it out!

BGR! Baltimore Run


Saturday’s run was awesome.  I stepped out with BGR!  Baltimore and while they had initially intended to do 8 miles, we ended up doing about 5!   Yeah I felt pretty lucky because I was nervous about those 8 miles.

BGR! Baltimore Saturday Run



Monday was first day back at boot camp and I feel I held my own.  It was by no way EASY but those sessions help you develop your will to fight through fatigue, exhaustion and the feeling of wanting to give up.  I always burn the most calories there.

Polar FT4 HRM Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp




I hit the BRICK with my girl Heather-Brooke Malone-Wolf as she took us through a series of exercises.  It was simple YET challenging.

Burpee-licious Workout #burpees #workout #exercise


Disclaimer: This workout was created by a certified trainer based on my current fitness level. Please adjust weight or motion based upon your fitness level. Always consult a physician before starting any new training program.



You guessed it another full POWER HOUR of boot camp.  It was GOOD and I drank some FRS to give me wings.

SOF Boot Camp


We go back to back Wednesday and Thursday so you can imagine, we did 15 touches, push up drills and much more.  I came REALLY close to making the 15 touches.  I did even better than I did on Monday!!  The scallops I made from Sizzlefish and smashed cauliflower must have really powered me from last night.

Scallops and Cauliflower


Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp HR B

Since I am participating in the Fitbit Charge blogger challenge I have been very focused to get in my steps for the day.  We are East Coast vs. West Coast so make sure you check out our LEADERBOARD daily to see which team is ahead and enter each week for a chance to win your very own Fitbit Charge.


This week I am featuring some very pretty yet functional items by Lululemon apparel for women.  Don’t you just love going shopping?

This post is linked up to the lovely hostesses of Fitness Friday.

Fitness Friday

I’m Up for the FRS Challenge + Giveaway

Since I know you’ve been reading this blog for a while you already know I am constantly looking for ways to improve my energy during rigorous workouts with Sanders Optimum Fitness Boot Camp and outdoor running.

You see, the boot camp is tough with multiple sprints, abs for days and all kinds of toning exercises which is non-stop. When I run outdoors with my running boo’s we typically go for at least 3 miles which technically is considered long distance so I need something to power me through.

I signed up to take the FRS® Two-10 Discovery Challenge for several reasons – I wanted to see if it indeed could live up to what I had heard about it and several personal friends of mine rave about FRS® for energy and endurance so again, I wanted to test it myself.

I received a full concentrated bottle, 2 cans and 1 sample pack of chews for this challenge. Each day (and I am still taking it) I would chew or drink 16 oz (2 servings) first thing in the morning because I really wanted that burst.

Day 1 I drank 16 oz of FRS® Healthy Energy® (peach mango) about 30 minutes before I left for my normal outdoor run at 5:30 am with BGR! Baltimore. We only went 3 miles but I was ready to go before it was actually time to go. I was ready to take off and I started and finished strong.

Day 2 I drank 16 oz of FRS® Healthy Energy® (peach mango) in advance of my training session with my certified personal trainer and I had no time to talk – I was ready to get to work which I did. I burned through some good calories with my effort level. I was able to go more intensely longer which is a big plus to me.

Day 3 was the ultimate test. That was my first day back to in-person boot camp and he normally does not have mercy on us. We started off with a warm up and immediately went to our 15 touches in 1 minute exercise which is not easy.

Considering I had not been at camp for about 2 months and was left to work out on my own I amazingly made 14.5 touches in 1 minute which is really unheard of! When he said GO I was gone at full capacity and it felt good.

This drink gave me wings.

You may be wondering how FRS® is able to power up like it does and let me say I was curious too. Here is what I found with a little research on the product itself:

The patented FRS® Healthy Energy® formula uses antioxidants and vitamins that work with the body at the cellular level, unlike traditional energy products that rely on chemicals, sugar and large doses of caffeine to create energy spikes. FRS® users experience many benefits including:

• Long-lasting, natural energy

• Improved athletic performance

• Increased mental function

• Immune system support

The FRS® formula was originally developed and tested by health scientists as an effective way to deliver natural, sustained energy to chemotherapy patients. The FRS® patented Healthy Energy® formula features the all-natural antioxidants quercetin (found in blueberries and apples) and green tea extract, plus seven essential vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E.)

Although FRS® products contain a small amount of caffeine, it is derived from green tea extract and is a mere 20mg to 48mg, which is the equivalent to 1.5 to 4 ounces of coffee. The caffeine in FRS is not the primary source for improved energy and performance but rather acts as a metabolic enhancer to kick-start the patented FRS®.

Equally as important is what’s NOT inside. FRS® does not contain preservatives or artificial flavors.

Benefits seen through scientific studies:

• 30% of participants had a reduction in mental fatigue

• 17.1% saw improvement in concentration

• 13.2% saw an increase in endurance

• 2.9% saw an increase in physical performance

• 3.9% say an increase in Vo2max3 (typical measure of fitness)

So how can you try this for yourself?  You can sign up for the challenge here: or you can enter the following giveaway for a Two-10 Discovery Pack and take the FRS® Two-10 Discovery Challenge where you take 2 servings daily for 10 days and then notice the difference in your energy level, focus and performance.

This giveaway ends December 5, 2014, US residents only, 18+

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of FRS.

Battle of the Fitbit

Let’s get ready to rumble!! It’s time for some action. I am extremely excited to share that I am a participating blogger in a Fitbit competition to see which team, East Coast or West Coast, can log the most steps and distance in four weeks. We haven’t had this type of fierce competition since Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier but right here, right now it is ON.

Here’s how it works. The competition lasts from November 17 – December 17 and at the beginning of each week (#MotivationalMondays) we are given a new challenge to help us get those steps in.

This is a spectator competition and you can watch all of the action by simply logging into the Shape and/or Men’s Fitness magazines sites hosting the leaderboards which share real-time results of all twenty participating bloggers.

At the end of these 4 weeks the team who collects the most steps and distance gets all the bragging rights and finally settles the score between the East Coast vs. West Coast.

I’ll be sharing photos throughout this competition on Instagram and Twitter so make sure you start following me so you can check it out. If you would like to see how my team “East Coast is the Beast Coast” is doing simply key in hashtag #FindYourFit on Twitter or Instagram and POOF our photos will appear.

All twenty of us are logging our steps with the new Fitbit Charge. This is my first time owning a Fitnit and I am loving it so far. This tracker not only tracks steps, it tracks:

• distance,

• stair climbing,

• sleep patterns,

• time and date,

• calories burned and even has

• caller ID.

Imagine how thrilled I was to have my wrist buzz and see a caller’s name race across the mini screen? I couldn’t even find my phone but I knew who was calling simply by looking at my wrist. Too funny.

Do you want to win a Fitbit Charge for yourself?  Simply go to the leaderboards by visiting or and submit an entry. Keep coming back and entering because each week throughout this challenge a new winner will be selected.

Blogger Challenge #1: Take your workout outdoors this week and go on a hike or trail run.   Soak in the views as you inch closer to the 10K/day goal!

FindYourFit_Workout Outside

This is how I find my fit, sprinting.

Find Your Fit Sprint

Running outdoors on scenic trail routs are the best.

Who are you rooting for East Coast or West Coast?

What’s your best guess on the final total # of steps for each team?

This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men’s Fitness Fitbit Charge Challenge.

Workout Wednesday Link Up #54

Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.


Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Heather | Divas Run For Bling

Workout Wednesday Co-Hostesses

 Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Heather | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Be sure to stop by BOTH of our co-hostess’ blogs as they are really cool and full of their fitness and running adventures so read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe so you receive regular updates.  We are very happy to have them as co-hostesses.

We created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach.

WOW Pinterest Board

Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted.


Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.

Rachel Steffen of Running Rachel  is our featured bloggers this week so join me in congratulating her!  She has been hanging out with us on several Workout Wednesday Link Ups and we are very excited about featuring her this week!   Visit her blog as she shares all types of cool blog posts about running, reviews, life….just great stuff.  We are sure you will enjoy her blog.

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Congratulations Rachel!!

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 Let’s party!!

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, and Divas Run For Bling blogs. 

How to Participate:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:

2.  Post our badge on your site so folks “hear” about our weekly link up

3.  Leave no more than 2 links to your blog, Facebook or YouTube post or video using the link up tool/button below

4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them

6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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Meal Mondays: Southwest Coho Salmon

Southwest Coho Salmon

If you recall I won some delicious Sizzlefish a few weeks ago and I also won SOME MORE!!!!  Yes!  I am definitely feeling lucky winning all of these giveaways.  I finally got through the majority of the fish in my first cooler and Coho Salmon is one of the last few pieces left.

Wegmans Basting Oil

My favorite seasoned cooking oil.

I don’t know about you but I have never tried Coho Salmon so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I guess I can expect it to taste like..well…..SALMON but it was fun to eat nonetheless.

I decided to make Lindsay Cotter’s Southwest Rub  used in her Baked Southwest Trout with Sage recipe and can I tell you this fish had NO CHANCE.  It was quick, easy and most importantly very tasty.

Enjoy the recipe and if you decide to make it for yourself share photos on my Facebook page & while you’re there LIKE the page.  :-).

Ingredients for Confetti Fish

  • 2 – 4 oz piece of Coho Salmon
  • 1-2 tsp sweet chili pepper (or you can use chili powder)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder or cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dry onion or garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon each sea salt and black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons Wegmans Basting Oil or any favorite olive oil

Preparation for Rub

  1. Mix all ingredients together except for the salmon

Preparation for Fish

  1. Prepare the rub and rub it all over your defrosted pieces of Coho Salmon.


Preheat oven on 350, place seasoned fish on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes or until opaque and cooked through.  Serve with your favorite vegetables.

Bon appetit!

What is your favorite piece of fish?

Drink Farmivore November 15 Haul

Drink Farmivore #farmivore #juicebox #juicing

Farmivore took it back old school and remixed childhood favorite drinks such as Hi-C, Kool-Aide and Tang!  Now you don’t have to worry about all of the “bad” stuff when you feed your children this juice.  YUM!

If you are interested in trying a Farmivore Juice Subscription Box for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $9.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s menu direct from Farmivore (they send this email weekly before each box arrives).  This also doubles as the actual recipe – TOO EASY!!!

Follow my friends at Farmivore on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

Swiss Chard Delight

Swiss Chard Delight #juicebox

swiss chard (L) – apple – celery – lemon – carrot

Kale Kool-Aid

Kale Kool-Aid

kale (L) – cucumber – apple – lemon – celery – ginger – pear

Tangelo Tang

Tangelo Tang #healthyjuicebox #juicebox #subscriptionbox

tangelo – lime – orange – pear – carrot – beet (L)

Hi-C Carrot Cooler

Hi-C Carrot Cooler #healthyjuicebox #juicebox #subscriptionbox
carrot – cucumber – orange – pear – lime – ginger

This week the beets, kale, and swiss chard are sourced locally from Hepworth Farmsand the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. Yippee!


What was your favorite childhood drink?


I have also been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are the supplies I highly recommend for juicing (affiliate links).

#FitnessFriday – Energy

#FitnessFriday Weekly Workout Recap

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Last week was a pretty good week for me – I worked out for 6 straight days.  Well this week I had to skip working out Wednesday because I went to an after-work event Tuesday evening but before that I went to my boss’ house and she has cats.  Well clearly, as I get older I am more allergic to multiple cats.  I stayed at the event perhaps 1 hour and then left.  I was coughing, my lungs felt congested and I started feeling as if I was coming down with something.  BUT I will be back in the saddle again.  TRUST ME.

Also, Thanksgiving hasn’t even hit but the sounds and smells of the holidays are clearly UPON US!!  We figure we will just skip Halloween one day and go straight to Thanksgiving and Christmas – NOT!!!

Lastly, before I dive into my fitness week, POPSUGAR came out with their Holiday Must Have box!!!  I am extremely excited because I love their subscription box and now you have an opportunity to give a gift that keeps on giving with monthly goodies inside.  If you want to check it out simply click on the photo below.  They are currently offering $5 off with promo code “CHEER” so consider this gift for that special person man or woman in your life.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box for the Holidays

Now let’s dig into my workout recap this week and since several of us can expect to feel a blast of cool air, I am featuring prAna gear this week so keep reading this post and go shopping while you’re at it cause you deserve it!  :-)


I hit one of my only favorite local trails – NCR!!!!  My running buddy and I met up at my home around 6:30 am – drove 30 minutes to the trail and hit it.  We did take a few stops and walked a little along the way but it was a good workout and as you can see I burned some NICE calories.  Plus I was rushing back home to see my mother off to New York before she left.

NCR Trail run



I was back on the pavement at 5:30 am with my running boo’s and boy did we put in work!  We ran a little over 4 miles up hills, through office parks, up more hills and back to our cars.  It was GREAT!!!  This one particular hill makes me feel stronger when I run it more often.  It is a pretty good gauge of my fitness level.

Running with my girls



I hit Brick Bodies for some punishment a workout with Heather my personal trainer.  This workout consisted of 5 moves BUT you are doing 11 sets and the reps increase each set and then they decrease back down.  You have GOT to try it.  This is a workout you can also do at home with some hand weights and a weight bench, step bench or chair.  Try it and let me know what you think.

Pyramid Workout


Disclaimer: This workout was created by a certified trainer based on my current fitness level. Please adjust weight or motion based upon your fitness level. Always consult a physician before starting any new training program.



I was so sore from Tuesday and had such a stressful remainder of the day – I just slept in and skipped my early morning run with the ladies. BOOOOO I know.



I was back at it with Heather my personal trainer and the ladies with another simple yet TOUGH workout.  This goes to prove, you don’t need 100,000 moves to get an effective workout and to get your heart rate up.  Again, a few simple moves (5) but it’s the reps that get ya.  Try it and tell me how you like it.  I also chomped on some FRS Energy Chews in Blueberry Pomegranate for extra energy but more on that in a future post.

The Tens Workout

Disclaimer: This workout was created by a certified trainer based on my current fitness level. Please adjust weight or motion based upon your fitness level. Always consult a physician before starting any new training program.


This week I am featuring some sale items by prAna apparel for women.  Don’t you just love sales?


What did your workout week look like?  

What do you think went well & what could have gone better?  


This post is linked up to the lovely hostesses  of Fitness Friday.

Fitness Friday

Say HELLO to Health

New premium protein powder by ALOHA, the cleanest, purest real food, whole-food plant-based protein on the market! Try it for free today!

New premium protein powder by ALOHA, the cleanest, purest real food, whole-food plant-based protein on the market! Try it for free today!

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Just call me the SMOOTHIE QUEEN because you all know I love my smoothies.  Well lately I have been trying out the Aloha superfood powder brand to UP the nutritional content of my smoothies and WOW……it is really good.  NO KIDDING!  You know I will tell y’all if I don’t like something.

Well the Aloha brand has now come out with a protein powder that has 18g of protein per serving!  I am always looking for items that will make me fill fuller longer and 18g of protein will definitely hold me over to lunchtime.  If you want to kick up the health and revolutionize the same o’ smoothie, blend the Daily Good Greens and ALOHA’s Premium Protein together to get the best, nutrient packed, superfood smoothie on earth! It is fast, easy and can be conveniently added to any healthy smoothie recipe to really get the best tasting real-food goodness possible on-the-go!

To help you put your smoothie together with Aloha, follow this infographic.  Now go on and jazz up those smoothies.  Show it off once you are done by using hashtag #alohasmoothie on Twitter and Instagram and tag me Twitter @dstprl and Instagram @FemmeFitaleFitClub so I can check out your smoothie goodness!
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