Reading, wearing, watching, listening, eating

Hi guys! How’s the morning going? Blogging a little later today than usual. After double-dip teaching last night + a fun training session, I was toast and decided to sleep in a little. We are also experiencing some bedtime battles, and I’m hoping it doesn’t last too long! Since I’m nosy and love reading posts like this, today I thought I’d share one of these survey type posts. I think I first saw this on the Daybook blog (one of my faves).

Reading watching etc

Reading: I’m about to finish Big Little Lies and can’t wait to find out what happened. Amazon recommended it to me, based on The Husband’s Secret, and I’ve been enjoying it so much more. The same intense mystery is there, and it’s beautifully written. I’ve been sucked into it since I started, and am hoping to finish it before bed tonight!

Big little lies

I’ve been listening to Yes, Please on Audible for a couple of weeks (perfect for solo commutes, or something to listen to while I clean), and have enjoyed it. I’ve loved getting an inside look into Amy’s life, especially with behind-the-scenes stories with her colleagues and her family. I’ve especially enjoyed the the book because she’s reading it; the printed version is definitely lacking that awesome effect (and her guest readers are pretty hilarious too).

Yes please


Matthew Kenney’s new book, Cooked Raw, just downloaded on my Kindle, so I’m excited to start that tonight or tomorrow. I was introduced to raw food and plant-based cuisine through his books, and even got to attend his raw culinary school in Oklahoma City (way back in the day!). He has one in Santa Monica and I’m excited to check it out while we’re close by for a couple of years. I’m excited to read his newest book, which is a memoir about how he shifted his traditional culinary career to focus on vegan and plant-based foods.


Cooked raw

Wearing: a black tank and lululemon crops. Right now my hair is down and wild, but by the end of the day it will likely be in my latest fave: halfway up, with a top knot. I was seriously sad when the halfway up hair went out of style for a while, and now it’s back, with a top knot aka my two favorite hairstyles COMBINED. It feels very Whoville-esque, but I’m rocking it out of sheer love haha.

Watching: The Mindy Project. I’ve had it DVRed for forever, and finally started to get into it since I miss Scandal and have been anxiously awaiting its return. Mindy is hilarious and amazing. I love that I can be working and don’t have to pay super close attention to a heavy plot, and can hear the awesome one-liners. So good.

Listening: to Caro’s snores. They’re deep and intense. 

Caro  1 of 1

Eating: two chocolate protein balls and drinking vanilla hazelnut tea.

Your turn! What are you reading, wearing, watching, listening to, and/or eating? 🙂

See ya later today with some Livi-isms.




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  1. Such a cute survey. Love it!

    I’ve definitely been eating my weight in Satsuma Mandarins. I love citrus in the winter. 🙂

  2. These posts are always fun! Reading On Becoming Fearless (Ariana Huffington), listening to Amy Porterfield and eating a Siggi’s yogurt. Have a good one!

  3. Reading? Your blog, haha! But other than that I’m doing some research on US post secondary school programs.

  4. I just started listening to Big Little Lies via Audible while running. (I’m marathon training and running big miles right now!) I was looking for something thrilling and dramatic to keep me entertained… glad to hear that it’s everything I wanted it to be! 🙂

  5. Big Little Lies is on my “to read” list and I got Yes Please for Xmas (it’s on that list as well!)
    Reading: just finished “All the Way” a book about Jordin Tootoo the first Inuk nhl hockey player and I’m moving on today to HIIT it! (Actually!) Listening: to Serial (podcast amazing). Wearing: work clothes. Eating: coffee and a PB power cookie ( a fANNEtastic recipe!)

  6. You’ve inspired me to do a similar post. I will definitely be linking back to you later this afternoon 🙂 Thanks!!

  7. Regarding good reads: Did you know HIIT It for Kindle is on sale just for today on Amazon (I got mine for mere five dollars and the price includes taxes. A steal!).

    Right now I am reading “Digestive Health with REAL Food” on my Kindle, but I am very likely to postpone finishing it and dive in HIIT It as soon as it is downloaded. Wearing sweats and a hoodie and eating just two pieces of coffee flavored organic dark chocolate. With a mug of herbal tea.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much for letting me know! i had no idea! i hope you love it <3
      your sweats, tea and chocolate sound like the perfect morning.

  8. I’m so going to grab that book on the Kindle! I finished up Vanished and have started like 5 books and even went back to “House of Leaves” I just am so not being sucked in, so maybe that one will pull me in! I just downloaded “You can, You will” and I’m reading “HITTIt” by this fab blog writer I’ve been following for years. I’m wearing lulu’s studio pants and a baby (ha 😉 ), I’m listening to my husband pick up while I sip on a grapefruit, ginger, orange and coconut water concoction and I’m making a grocery list! It’s a super mellow day.

    Thanks for bringing back your weekly eats! It helps me add fun new recipes!

    • Fitnessista says:

      awww thank you so much!
      best outfit ever btw 🙂
      sounds like a wonderful relaxing morning!

    • House of Leaves has a really slow start, but halfway through the book I was so creeped out I couldn’t finish it! If you like suspense or thrillers, keep reading 🙂

  9. I just finished ready Andy Cohen’s new book and it was really, really funny. Anyone Bravo fan would enjoy it 🙂

  10. yes please is at the top of my reading list!

  11. Reading all the blogs, watching The Apprentice, eating a homemade carrot blueberry muffin, wearing a BCBG dress and listening to Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons in the background.

  12. Watching The Chew, (about to be eating) your chocolate protein bars and reading Yes, Please (just downloaded last night!).

  13. Loved this post! Currently reading the secret and anything I can get my hands on about juicing. We just got an omega juicer and loovve it! Can u do a hair tutorial on that half up half down? Or pics? I love new hair ideas! Thanks, have a terrific Tuesday!

  14. Reading: textbooks, only 2 more classes until graduation! Only took me 9 years.

    Wearing: skinny jeans, Northern Illinois U sweatshirt and hunters.

    Watching: mourning the end of parenthood

    Listening : to the monitor of the two babies I nanny for who are sleeping soundly. 🙂

    Eating: just had 5 hershey kisses and tuna. 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      so awesome!! doesn’t matter how long it takes; you’re doing it and almost done! amazing
      so cute that you’re a nanny! i had no idea 🙂
      i love the random food combo too.

  15. Big Little Lies is on my list of books to read this year! Sounds like it’s a good one. 🙂 I just started reading The Book Thief and I think it’s going to be enjoyable. Currently watching the newest season of Top Chef and loving it!

  16. Reading: Anna Karenina — trying to get through this list: and Gluten is My Bitch — I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac for about 8 years now and really enjoy hearing other people’s stories.

    Wearing: Work: Black skirt, gray sweater, statement necklace, and thick, 100 denier tights (it’s cold in New York).

    Watching: House of Cards with the boy and Breaking Bad solo. Also trying to see all the great new movies that have been coming out!

    Listening: Chet Faker, Sia, Hozier.

    Eating: Tuna with cucumber, celery, artichokes, lemon, and a touch of pesto.

  17. I just finished “Big Little Lies” and LOVED it! I can’t wait for the mini series with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman–I think they are perfect picks! Now I am looking for my next read! 🙂

  18. Reading: The latest Sarah Jio book-The Look of Love

    Listening: Alt Nation on Sirius. Love.

    Watching: Real Housewives of BH. Their lifestyle is insane!

  19. Reading A year of no sugar and HITT it watching and listening to webinars/ lectures and eating almond butter,wearing old navy sweats.

  20. Reading: Taking a break at work to read blogs. In general, reading Eragon.
    Eating: nothing currently, but going to enjoy a protein smoothie soon {vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and almond extract}
    Wearing: a Jcrew sweater tunic with leather pockets, Karen Kane jean leggings, and Lucky boots.

  21. Mary Jane says:

    Reading: Orphan Train
    Wearing: staple black work pants and new shirt from Banana (crazy sale right now!)
    Watching: Catching up on Downton Abby
    Listening to: Usher – She Came to Give it to You (my fav running song lately)
    Eating/drinking: water and Starbucks Via for my afternoon boost

    • Fitnessista says:

      heading to shop online in 3…2… haha
      also have been wanting to catch up on downton! i feel out of it a couple of years ago, but i really love the show
      will have to check out that usher song, too! <3 him 🙂
      have a great day!

      • Mary Jane says:

        Yay! Thanks for the response. 🙂 Banana has 45% off of sale items today. 🙂
        Hope you have a great day as well 🙂

  22. Hi Gina! I’m reading a Nicholas Sparks book called “The Longest Ride” and it’s very good so far. My Mom bought me Amy P’s book “Yes, Please” to read as well, so I’ll have the hard back of the opened up here soon. And I’m wearing Nike workout clothes! Happy Tuesday:)

    • Fitnessista says:

      ohhh i’ll have to check it out! i love his books for “make me cry” fluff 🙂
      hope you’re having a great day!

  23. Reading: Killing Kennedy, so good & I’m not a history fan at all! Just finished Eleanor and Park (YA book that all my 8th grade girls said I HAD to read–so good!)
    Wearing: Ohio State tee & sweats
    Watching: last night’s Bachelor and 10 episodes of Gossip Girl (so addicting, even for a 36 yr old ha!) over the course of three snow days and the weekend
    Eating: warm bowl of oats

    *Also, per above recommendations, I just ordered On Becoming Fearless & You Can, You Will from the library!

  24. Vanilla Hazelnut tea?! Sounds amazing 🙂 Is it a brand I might be able to find on the East Coast?

    Might as well jump in on the survey too:
    Reading – a whole bunch of books to review on my blog! Notable mentions include Michael Faber’s new book The Book of Strange New Things, Dreaming Spies by Laurie King, and The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin.
    Wearing – (just got off work) black knit skirt, striped tan and white short sleeved shirt, black blazer, snakeprint-embossed heels
    Listening to – Blank Space by T. Swift
    Watching – Season 1 of Supernatural on Netflix (I’ve never seen it, but I’m getting sucked into the whole series…)
    Drinking – ice cold water 😀

  25. ahhhh I’m in love with you Minni coffee cup!!! and the pupperzzz <3 SO adorable! 😉 just found your blog and I'm loving it!

  26. Yaara Leve says:

    Love this! I’m a little late but hopefully you’ll see it!

    Reading: Amy and Isabelle by: Elizabeth Strout–havent actually started it yet-but looks so good! Can’t wait to start. It’s about the relationship between a mom and daughter and the difficulty that ensues when both start an affair with the same man–yikes!!

    Eating: Lunch was big salad with greens; lots of mushrooms; red peppers and deli turkey plus two venti decaf americanos from Starbucks–I’m addicted–I love it with tons of equal–(yes i know I”m bad) and cinnamon–and yes I have a food baby from all the aspartame and roughage.–:)

    Wearing: was wearing lululemon leggings and a soft fleece–but now–old cotton bootie shorts from Target and an oversized pink T from Pink Victoria Secret–the baggier the better! My hair is in a messy turd bun on the top of my head–oh and I also loove the half-up half-down look–that was my go-to hairstyle my entire childhood and adolescence–later of course I switched to those butterfly hair clips on the sides of my head–but I loved wearing my hair half-up–so classy and feminine! I bet it looks great on you!!
    Have a great night sweet girl!! 🙂

  27. Gina, what tanks are you wearing in the pic at the top of your page/on the cover of your book? I love them and need some in my life stat!

  28. I’m reading Yes, Please now and I’m loving it! I’m in Scandal withdrawal as well, so I’ve been continuing the Amy Poehler kick by watching Parks and Rec. Also, I made your turkey lentil muffins and the veggie marinara this week and my whole family is addicted. Some how you got my dad to eat vegetables! Never. Happens. Ever.

  29. I started Big Little Lies last night – so glad to hear you like it. ALSO just got HIIT It in the mail today!

  30. Fun! Cooked Raw looks amazing – can’t wait to check that out and hear what you think of it. 🙂 Your dog is just adorable, by the way!

  31. Gabriella says:

    Been a while since I’ve been able to look in on the blog but I’m so glad to see that you and your family are doing well! I just thought it was funny that the outfit you said you’re wearing in this post is the same one you’re wearing in your About Me blurb. Looks like it might be your staple! haha

  32. I LOVED Big Little Lies and ending does not disappoint, hope you get to finish tonight, so so good! Working on The Goldfinch and The Happiness Advantage now!

  33. I loved Big Little Lies, I heard they are making it into a movie.

    I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma right now. I love everything Micheal Pollen writes.

    I’m watching the Bachelor right now. As much as I think its ridiculous, I can’t help but get sucked in!

  34. I had no idea that Amy read her own book – I’ll have to rethink getting it on audio!

  35. That cooked raw book sounds amazing! Want to get it hard copy. How fun you went to his culinary school!

  36. Gina, please share how you keep your teeth so white? LOL
    I’m currently re-reading “the secret” old but a great book to stay inspired to go after what you want!

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha! people ask me that, but i drink a lot of staining drinks (tea, wine, coffee). i use the tom’s whitening toothpaste so maybe that helps?

      • 🙂 thanks for responding! Maybe I should give a different whitening toothpaste a try. I refuse to give up that coffee! haha

  37. reading, wearing, watching, listening to, and/or eating

    I’m currently reading “Eat Clean, Piss Glitter” by Whitney Benjamin (I believe your familiar:)) I agree so much with her mindset about medical care and using food to feel better!
    CUrrently eating leftovers of roast chicken and gravy from nom nom paleo with cauliflower rice….mmmmmmm

  38. I loved Big Little Lies! Very entertaining! Did you hear they’re making it into a movie?

    I adore Mindy Kaling and her show. Great one-liners for sure! Her book is awesome as well. Have you read it? I should read Amy Poehler’s book… I bet it’s similar in tone!

  39. Oh! I bet it would have been great to listen to Amy Poehler’s book. I read it so I got all the pictures, but I bet listening would be better 🙂
    I loved The Husband’s Secret. I got Big Little Lies on audible, but I’m nervous to start because then I’m going to be absolutely glued to my earbuds for the next couple days!

  40. READING: Storm Front by John Sanford my mom recommended it. WEARING: black pants, white top, a cozy white and black sweater and black boots…it’s cold here in New Jersey. WATCHING: Started binge-watching The Wire…I’m already on episode 8. Also love New Girl, Modern Family, THE GOOD WIFE! Can’t wait for Walking Dead to be back on. LISTENING: Just got the Meghan Trainor album on Itunes – love the song Dear Future Husband. EATING: Just finished a fuji apple and coconut oil popcorn with pink Himalayan salt.

  41. Big Little Lies was amazing. I couldn’t put it down!!

  42. I JUST started Big Little Lies last night and I’m loving it too. I was kinda like….ughhhh in the first chapter with the old lady and her cat. But after that…it totally had me. I’m reading it on the iPad and wish I had a hard copy. Next book for sure!! I’m eating a raw chocolate caramel vegan dessert I made that is pretty delicious. It just used up oh about half of my pantry, but I’ll get over it 😉 haha

  43. Shaina Anderson says:

    reading: your blog post? haha…but also “The Slight Edge”, wearing: lulu crops, cool racer tank and slippers, watching: Homeland Season 3! so behind…, listening: SILENCE. both babies are down for naps, eating: just finished my shakeology for lunch

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