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What’s Been Happening Behind the Scenes

by Courtney on June 25, 2012

Before anything else this morning, I must first give a very special, big birthday shout out to…

My mama! Happy Birthday, Mom! Smile

I’ll be seeing this special lady at some point this evening, either at our softball game or, if it gets rained out, a birthday dinner. I’m pretty sure that we’ve had a softball game almost every single year on her birthday, and she’s always such a trooper for coming along. You’re the best, mom!

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Now, good morning to you all! Hope you all had a glorious weekend. Do anything fun? Go anywhere exciting? Here’s what was happening around here…

So in addition to those happenings, you have noticed that there was also a little bit of action going on here at STSL.

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For the past month and a half or so, I’ve been doing a ton of behind the scenes work, with the help of Ryan, to get my online personal training site up and running. Ryan did an amazing job of putting together everything that I imagined, including some nifty tools and a brand new header for that page.

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I wanted the page to look a bit different from the regular blog, but didn’t want to go through the hassle of managing two separate sites. So, for those of you who come here solely for the pictures of Cody or cupcakes, nothing is going to change for you. I still plan on blogging from STSL exactly the same way as I have been!

The training page will have some updates from time to time, including daily fit tips that should be coming soon. That page will refresh without interfering with the main site here, but if you subscribe via RSS feed, then I believe they will show up for you.

Online training is something that I’ve been thinking about doing for months now, but it was just a matter of getting things in place. I was able to have a great chat with my dear friend, Tina, while we were away at Blend, and she was nothing short of awesome, supportive, and has been an incredible resource ever since.

I’m excited to see what will come of it, so we’ll see how it goes! Smile

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Last Night’s Dinner

So that pasta that I showed you guys last night? Oh my…

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When I bought the bag, I asked for two servings, so I figured I wouldn’t really have to think twice about it – just split it slightly in half (a little more for the man) and serve. As we sat down and looked at our bowls though, we realized that this was definitely not two servings…and if it was, then it’s not what we deem two servings!

This bowl – which was also filled with spinach, sautéed peppers and onions, parmesan cheese, and my homemade sauce with meatballs and chicken sausage – was mammoth.

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I ended up eating maybe two-thirds of it before calling it quits and saving the rest for leftovers.

Breakfast

I ended up accidentally sleeping in a bit later than usual this morning, so by the time I woke up, I was ready to eat.

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Two toasted waffles – one with almond butter + pumpkin butter, one with peanut butter, both with banana slices.

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A delicious breakfast choice, as always.

I’ve gotta jet – lots to do! Happy Mondayyyy!

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1 Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine June 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

Happy Birthday to your Momma! I’m so excited for you about the online personal training – I might have to look into it :)
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2 RunEatRepeat June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

Happy Birthday STSL Mom :)
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3 Linda June 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

Happy Birthday Mama-san!

Congrats on your new endeavor – you are amazing!
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4 Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third June 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

How exciting! Congrats on your new page, can’t wait to check it out!! :)
Happy birthday to your Momma!
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5 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

Happy Birthday to your mom! Congrats on the training site! :)

That pasta sure does look yummy!
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6 Jaren@Kiwi Fit Blog June 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

Good luck with your personal training site! You’ll do great!
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7 Becka @ simplybecka.com June 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

That is awesome you now have the personal training site up and running. Good luck with it and best wishes. I am gonna go check it out now. Have a great day.
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8 Lauren @ Call Me Mrs. Rapp June 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congrats on all the fun updates to the blog! I can’t wait to see how it evolves! Happy Monday and happy birthday to your mama!
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9 Tara Burner June 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

happy birthday to your mom!!
and congrats on the new training page :)
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10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

Happy Birthday to your mom! It’s my uncles birthday today, my aunt’s birthday and my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary! Today’s a BIG day!

Also, congrats on getting the personal training page up. So exciting! :)
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11 Jennifer @ Healthy Wifestyles June 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

How exciting! Congratulations on your newest endeavor! I wish you nothing but success on this new venture!

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12 Lee June 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

Courtney! I am so excited for you. Looks like everything is coming together :) GOOD LUCK!

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13 Nicole June 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

love the new page and header! Congrats! :)
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14 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake June 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

I noticed the new personal training stuff over the weekend… very exciting!
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15 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

That is so wonderful that your doing the things you love! You keep it up!!!

Happy birthday to your Mom!!!
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16 Sarah June 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

Congrats on your new personal training page! So exciting!
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17 Linda June 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

Congratulations on your new endeavor! I am definitely going to sign up for personal training with you in the very near future. After reading your blog for so long, I feel like I can trust you and you definitely know what you are talking about. I’m so excited!
And Happy Birthday to your beautiful mom!!

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18 Yellow Haired Girl June 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

Happy Birthday to your momma! That pasta looks mouthwatering!
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19 Janae @ Bring-Joy June 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

You’re mom looks like so much fun! Now I know where you get it :)
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20 Khushboo June 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

Happy birthday to your madre and congrats to you- such a huge step in the right direction :)
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21 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance June 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

I noticed that this morning and checked it out! I’m sure it’s going to be a very successful venture for you :) Good luck!!
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22 melissa (fitnessnyc) June 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

Congrats Courtney, that’s exciting and wonderful.
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23 Taylor @ A Taste of Taylor June 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

Good luck with the newest venture of yours Courtney – I know you will find success! Happy birthday to your Mommy, spoil her today :) As always your meals look amazing!
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24 Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre June 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

Congrats Courtney! :) That is so exciting and I know you’ll do well! Online services are something I’ve thought about doing once I get certified, too.. we’ll see! I may be picking your brain lol!
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25 chelcie @ chelcie's food files June 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

sounds like its going to be an awesome new project for you! i’m excited to check out the site!
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26 Holly June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

WOOOOHOOO! I’m SO happy the personal training site is up!! You KNOW I’ll be using it after my pregnancy! SO excited!! Told you I know you are going GREAT places :D
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27 Alysha @Shesontherun June 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

Congrats on the personal training site!
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28 Lauren June 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

CONGRATS lady! I was waiting for the big announcement. :) I know you will do so well in this new journey. So happy to help you promote it so let me know what i can do. :)
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29 Megan@ The Running Doc June 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

Sounds like an exciting new project you’ve been working on! I’m always looking for ways to spice up my workouts (and since I enjoyed your 30 min incline walking workout so much) so I’ll definitely be checking it out.
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30 Suzanne @ Fit Minded Mom June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

I actually went and browsed around the new page last night! I think it looks wonderful and know you will have much success with it!!

Happy Birthday to your momma!! That is an adorable pic of the two of y’all!!
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31 Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness June 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

Happy Birthday to your Mama!!!! Congrats on adding the personal training page to your site! That is so awesome and I’m sure you will be very successful with it!
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32 Andrea @ ANdrea Out Loud! June 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

Courtney this is so awesome! the new “site” (page) is awesome! I like that it has al ittle different look too for that part of it! love it!

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33 Tina @ Best Body Fitness June 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

You know I support you my friend. So excited for you. :)
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34 Alysia @ Slim Sanity June 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

so exciting about the online personal training site! love it
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35 katie Carso June 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

How awesome girl!! I think it is great you have that new page and I know you will have success with it, you love what you do and it shows!

Happy Birthday to your mom! Moms are the best ;)
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36 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson June 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom! And CONGRATS on getting your online services set up and running. Definitely something I may have to look into. ;)
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37 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

aw that’s such a cute picture of the two of you:) happy birthday to your mom! and wow does breakfast ever look yummy! almond and pumpkin butter! delicious!
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38 Lizzie June 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Happy birthday to your mom! Today is also my mommy’s birthday! (and her twin brother’s)
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39 Ashlee @ A Step in the Right Direction June 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom! Reading this made me realize my mom’s birthday is Sunday! Thanks…
The new page looks great! Congrats!
I just found an article about you on Skinny Mom! http://skinnymom.com/featured-stories/the-skinny-sweet-tooth-sweet-life/
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40 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss June 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

YAAAYYY, the day has finally come! :) Congrats, my love. I hope you find lots of love, passion, and success in your CTBW. It looks great!
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41 Ellie@Fit for the Soul June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

When I saw that page yesterday I was thinking how nice and pretty it looks! I am rather sure that it’ll be a successful experience for you ;) And I love that picture of you and your mom! So candid.
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42 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run June 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

A big happy birthday to your momma and congratulations to you on your site!!! I hope it brings you nothing but happiness and success. :) It looks fantastic!!
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43 Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Good luck with your new blog/fitness endevors! I’m sure you’d be a great online personal trainer!! ;)
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44 Lisa June 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Happy birthday to your mama! That is really exciting that you are making changes for your fitness career! I’m sure you will do incredible with your services and new adventure! Congrats on the new page!
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45 clare @ fittingitallin June 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

congrats courtney – i’m sure the online training will be huge for you!!:)
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46 Alex June 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm

congrats on beginning a new adventure with the online training! I’m sure that it will be a great success – love the banner!

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47 Holly @ Balanced in BMore June 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I did think something was different yesterday :) Congratulations, that is super exciting for you!
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48 Kim @ The Family Practice June 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

So excited about your new page – congratulations!
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49 Janice June 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Will you be doing any boot camps??

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50 Courtney June 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Possibly! :)

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51 Liz Tererk July 19, 2012 at 3:03 am

Happy Birthday to your mom. You have great time together playing softball game. Your dinner will be good since the recipes are so delectable.
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