That’s me in my kitchen, the place I’m happiest when not traveling. I enjoy cooking, sharing ideas and inspiring people to try new things and reach their goals. GreenLiteBites is the place I get to do all of those things.
The GreenLiteBite’s Family
When I started blogging it was just me, The Husband and “The Baby.” Well, that baby is now a teenager, and I had another, “Little Bean,” who is growing up way to fast for me.
I often include their opinions in recipes to help you decide if your family will enjoy it as well. When I do I refer to them by their age as I think it says a lot when, say, a 5-year-old likes something versus an 11-year-old.
Currently, they are the 7-Year-Old and the 13-Year-Old.
As for The Husband, well, he’s been my biggest challenge in the food department for as long as I can remember. When we started dating (IN THE 90’S!) I’m pretty sure the only vegetable he ate was corn, and most, if not all of his meals came out of a box in the freezer section or a drive-thru. I’ve worn him down over the years, and now he’s pretty much game for anything, and we enjoy cooking together.
That’s right. HE COOKS NOW!
I would have never thought it possible yet there he is.
My Very Abbreviated Blogging History
In 2005 I started a small blog to track my Weight Watchers progress, and within two years I found myself blogging full-time.
In 2010 I launched FitBloggin’ a conference bloggers in the health and wellness niche.
In 2015 I sold FitBloggin’ and reduced my blogging as I began to look for more traditional work.
In 2017 I decided to take my blogs down. The weight of managing so much online content with a full-time job and a family became too much.
I was food blog-less for less than a year before I decided to rebuild. I didn’t realize how much I needed GreenLiteBites. Blogging feeds a part of my soul in ways I can’t describe. So here I am, back at it and hope to be for a very long time.
Me in a Nutshell
I’m a highly technical, active, resourceful, problem-solver who enjoys being creative and connecting with people. I thrive off reaching goals.
I don’t believe there is one way to do anything. I prefer to stay open-minded and supportive of people regardless of their “diet” perspective (paleo, gluten-free, WW, low fat, vegetarian, macro-focus, whole30, etc.).
I live by the golden rule and treat others the way I would want to be treated. The world has enough mean people in it. My kitchen is a safe place to connect over the one thing that brings everyone together: Food!
I’m an Entrepreneur
In my 15+ year career, I’ve developed websites and multimedia projects for businesses and academia, instructed and developed curriculum at the college level, created and managed an annual 300-person event, and provided marketing solutions to franchise owners.
I’m a Teacher
Besides teaching full-time as an Assistant Professor, I have always volunteered for and accepted any chance to present. Training is a passion of mine. I love sharing knowledge and have taught a range of topics from motivational soft-skills to technical how-tos.
I’m a Geek
Listing software proficiencies seems silly to me. I have yet to meet an online or multimedia technology I couldn’t figure out. From graphics programs to web and programming languages, even video editing, I enjoy being creative and learning new tools.
I’m a Storyteller
Blogging professionally, I have worked with a variety of brands including Kellogg, ALDI, The Laughing Cow, Liberty Mutual, HumanaVitality, Weight Watchers, Kraft, Vitalicious, Subway, Johns Hopkins University, Quaker, Nutrilite, and Pom. Many media outlets have also featured my story, including CNN, the Today show, Inside Edition, Ladies Home Journal, Everyday Health, Woman’s World, Woman’s Day, and Wired.
I’m a Motivator
I changed the course of my life by losing 70-pounds in 2005. I blogged the entire journey from couch potato to reluctant exerciser to marathoner to CrossFitter. My mission is to inspire and motivate people to reach their own goals, and in 2018 I became a certified personal trainer.
I’m an Adventurer
Always exploring, I crave new experiences, and I thrive on change and challenges.