What a Year

Hey everyone! Hope you have something fun going on tonight πŸ˜€ Please remember to be safe while you’re out and about!

It has been a heck of a year in the Fitnessista casa πŸ˜€

I ran my first half marathon:

half medal

My love got back from a 6 month deployment:


We traveled to Tucson:



tom and i









CALI with the POM peeps– I was very lucky that they included me in the group of bloggers, and they paid for my trip out to Fresno




And Oklahoma, where I went to culinary school at 105degrees:D


I ate and made some amazing food (lots of raw goodness!)

spring rolls




Made lots of macaroons




Fell even more in love with yoga

yoga room


Dressed the dogs up like fiona and shrek for Halloween


Had a Christmas with the pilot! (It’s a rare thing)


And had a blasty with friends and family, training clients, teaching aerobics on base and writing this little blog πŸ˜€

Thank you so much to all of you lovely readers for sharing my shenanigans and adventures this year! I <3 you all πŸ™‚

Have a safe, happy, fabulous and FIT New Year πŸ˜€



What are you most proud of this year?? I’d have to say going to culinary school was my number one. It was such a fun and rewarding experience πŸ˜€

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  1. Happy New Year, Gina!!! Have a fabulous night! πŸ™‚

  2. Becka Kenefic says:

    Happy New Year(AND DECADE) i want you to know you have changed my life this year

    we have never met, but it hasnt changed anything, i(as well as my four year old and boyfriend) have changed my eating and living habits so much since I stumbled upon your blog 8 months ago! i used to exercise and eat right all the time, but you have shown me what a joy food and life can be!!

    I wanted to say thank you one more time in this lovely year for everything you have done

    keep it up, it means a lot to a lot of people out there!!!

    Becka and family

  3. What an awesome year you had!! I can’t believe you were here in Oklahoma at 105 degrees!! I love that restraunt! Happy New Year Fitnessista!!

  4. I’m loving all these bloggie end-of-year recaps. You and The Pilot are too cute for words, and I’m so happy you two got to spend Christmas together this year. My biggest accomplishment of 2009 was making it to the half way point of graduate school – I am officially half way done. Yay!

  5. oh, and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  6. I’m proud that I made new friends who are some of my dearest in this new, slightly odd town of mine! And that I got my group ex certification! Thanks for all the inspiration and happy new year!

  7. I loved sharing this year with you! I can’t wait to see what you do in 2010. I know it’s going to be great. Oh, and I’m really glad you got rid of that ‘stache.

  8. Looks like a great year! Happy New Year to you, too! I’m proud that I set goals for myself (health-wise and professionally) and I achieved them!

  9. What a great year!

  10. happy new year Gina! (im still thinking about what i am proud of, i just know im thankful i am for my family)
    your wonderful girl! talk you next year! =)

  11. I am so happy for you that you had such a great year! I hope the next one is just as good for you!

  12. Yay whhat a fun and exciting year! I’m most proud of my commitment I’ve made toward being more healthy. I feel so much better since I’ve started to actually exercise each day and eat clean. It’s amazing how great it makes me feel! Major commitment = first 1/2 marathon happening in less than 1 month.

  13. Absolutely lovely photos… I am so happy your year was so rich in meaning. Wishing you happiness in 2010… thanks so much for all of the time and energy you devote to the blog. I love it! Congrats on the Glamour post too!

  14. Was the Cali trip sponsored by POM? If yes, you have to disclose that the trip — and post — was sponsored by POM per FTC rules. http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm

    • Fitnessista says:

      in the posts i made about the pom trip, i said that pom paid for almost everything, which they did. i edited the post to remind everyone that it was a freebie.

  15. It will be hard to top your 2009, but I think you can do it!

    I am most proud of starting up my blog and advancing in my career :).

    You have fun tonight as well my dear!

  16. Looks like you had a wonderful 2009 πŸ™‚

    wishing you a very happy safe and healthy new year, lovely lady!

    rebecca <3

  17. What a fantastic year you’ve had! I’d love to go to culinary school this year…probably in the summer…and I can definitely see how you’ve used that training in your life! Hope you have a wonderful, fabulous New Year, and keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  18. Happy New Year to you too! I hope you continue to grow and find happiness! I am most proud of my increased positivity this year (it is hard to be nice to yourself!)

  19. What a beautiful year! Happy 2010!

  20. You and Pilot make such a beautiful couple!


  21. One highlight of the year for me was meeting you…but also thanks for driving me around, and I loved learning to uncook with you at 105. Oh an yes some YOGA!!! Miss it all πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year to you and TOM!!! Thanks for everything and best wishes to you both!

  22. Happy New Year Gina!!!

  23. happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. What a year you have had, indeed! I’ve enjoyed reading along πŸ™‚ So glad that you and the Pilot were able to enjoy Christmas together. That’s amazing!

    I see bright things in your 2010, G. You have so much talent and so many people who love you…how could you not find much success?! Not that you haven’t already — you just keep on rockin’ it!

    I’m most proud of graduating and finding a job in this economy. Even when I have rough days, I remember how lucky I am for this and this alone, and I instantly tell myself to stop grumbling!

    Happy New Year! Hope to see you in 2010!

  25. Happy New Year!! I wish only the best for you throughout this new year! xoxo

  26. Love your year in review! I have to say that I really enjoyed your posts about culinary school. Nothing like drooling over raw desserts at 8am πŸ™‚ Wishing you, the Pilot and the puppies a wonderful year ahead!

    This year I am most proud of quitting my job and enrolling in holistic nutrition school!! So looking forward to 2010

  27. Happy 2010, Gina! The thing that I am most proud of is my dedication to being healthy and fit, and eating clean. I feel sooo much better then I did even a few months ago! I love your blog, it gives me the motivation that I lack sometimes. Thank you!

  28. happy new year Gina (and Pilot and fur babies!)

  29. Happy New Year! You have introduced me to many foods through your blog like goji berries, maca, cacao nibs, macaroons, dates, almond butter, Mary’s crack, etc. I am most proud of starting my blog and getting my husband and I to eat as cleanly as possible πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful night!

  30. Did you get to see Wicked in New York?? That show is AH-MAZING!!
    Sounds like you had a better 2009 than most. Hope your 2010 is even better!

    • Fitnessista says:

      YES, and i can’t wait to see it again. i’ve been in love with wicked since the book came out, and was seriously so happy when i saw it, i may have cried a little πŸ˜‰

  31. Happy New Year Gina!
    Read the blog all year, every post as delightful as its poster.
    Hope 2010 is just is great for you, Pilot, and puppers.

    Thank you for all you do for your blog and its readers.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank YOU for reading and gracing me with your thoughtful and often hilarious comments and emails πŸ˜€

  32. What a busy year!!

    Im most proud of the changes Ive made in my lifestyle and diet. Ive started taking much better care of myself than I used to, and I think thats my biggest accomplishment.

    Happy New Year!!

  33. Happy new year!!! I’m most proud of making changes to my lifestyle, I now eat clean most of the time and I’ve learnt so much about health and fitness. I challenged myself to do a bootcamp and survived it.
    Thanks for a great blog.

  34. Happy New Year to you and your pilot πŸ˜€ I wish you all the best! I’m sure 2010 will also be a great and successful year for you πŸ™‚
    Thanks for this great blog! I can’t wait to read more about fitness and healthy stuff which I’m sure you will also provide us in 2010 πŸ˜€

    THANK YOU!!!

  35. My biggest personal accomplishment was introducing a lot more vegan food into my diet. I feel amazing! My biggest work-related accomplishment was writing my first business plan and getting a line of my jewelry into a store. So scary, but so great. Happy 2010 to you!

  36. Happy New Year Gina!! I am so glad you enjoyed your time at 105degrees. We LOVED having you with us! You are a delight, and inspiring to so many. I wish you the best in 2010!

  37. Amazing year in review Gina! I remember being so excited for you when the pilot returned πŸ™‚

    I am proud that I made the decision and took action in applying to grad school–finding out where that goes is big for me this year!

    Happy New Year, can’t wait to keep reading!

  38. You have had an awesome year… hope 2010 is just as great (or better!)

  39. Hi!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I have been following ur blog for a ncouple of months now and I must say I love it!! I just love how happy u sound ur just cute(not in a creepy way) in like a Taylor-Swift-is-cute-&-sweet-& u-wish-her-da-best kind of way. ANYWHO… I tried da b-fast cookie & I loved it!( so did my 4-yr-old daughter, whom just turned 5). I’ll b 26 in march and i wanna try 2 incorporate eating raw food & I don”t know where 2 start and what book to buy and i was kinda hoping u could help me out, PLEEEEAAASE!!! THANKS. I wish everybody for this year to be the best one yet!!!

  40. Love the pix! You have had a full FUN year!! <3

  41. great year! awesome food as well!

    I am definitely most proud of buying our first home. It was crazy since my bf and I are only 22 but we love it and are so happy!

  42. I missed this post on the day of, but I loved it! I really enjoy reading your blog and learn so much from it. Congrats on a wonderful year and good luck in the next year!

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