A done deal

hellooooooo 😀 How was your day? So glad you enjoyed Chandra’s BodyPump post. It truly is an excellent workout and if they offer BodyPump near you, it’s definitely worth checking out.

So we bought a house today.


It sounds so nice and simple, like “oh, we went to the house store today and got a house.”

As you guys know, it was definitely not quite the case. Buying a house is always a huge to-do (from what I’ve heard), but ours was a short sale which made it extra tricky. We were lucky to have an incredible team working to get everything completed quickly and efficiently, and I’m already breathing a sigh of relief after a stressful few months. I’ve heard horror stories about short sales taking up to a year, and thankfully, ours only took about 90 days.

What this means:

-this time next week, we’ll be in our new house!

-I’ll have more fun pictures to post. It’s been challenging to post pics of everyday life and fun stuff (like dinner parties!) in our apartment of loaner furniture and boxes 😉

-Short sales are a beast, but definitely can be worth the wait 🙂

What this DOESN’T mean: That this blog will suddenly become the home makeover interior design-ista. Of course I’ll post house pics (especially when we get it put together!) but that’s what Young House Love is for 😉

Very convenient that this arrived today….


The Pilot said he won’t believe it until we have the keys in hand (on Monday), but title already has money from our lender and everything’s been signed and approved, so I’m already in celebration mode over here.

I definitely had a “I feel like a grown-up now” moment while I was signing the mountain of papers 😀

Some eats:

Breakfast was after a 30-minute Express Physique 57 DVD [<— a fave. You definitely feel the burn in 30 minutes. My legs were shaking!]


GF oats with Sun Warrior, mixed organic berries and almond milk + coffee with almond milk

For work lunch and snacks, I packed up leftover mushroom tart, salad, a banana and a waning almond butter jar, which I finished off at work.


It was funny, the girls in the locker room were like, “are you eating almond butter straight?!”

“Um, yes.”


After getting home from signing my life away, I was excited to try one of the new-to-me zucchini marinara bowls.


The verdict? I like them ok, but don’t LOVE them. It’s basically spiralized zucchini with marinara and veggies, which would usually be a great idea, but they added sugar to it (sugar to veggies?) and you can taste it. I’ll finish the pack, but make my own from now on. I’m actually starting to feel a sugar buzz… from my vegetables.. and something isn’t quite right about that.

I’m off to get my cardio on for the day and then back home to make dinner!

See ya tonight with a fashion post 🙂



Something to talk about: What was the first moment you felt like a “grown up”?  For me, it was writing my first check to pay a bill <—an electric bill for my college apartment I shared with 3 roomies. Even though I had bills before that, it was my first time paying a bill related to somewhere I lived.

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  1. Kristin @ STUFT Mama on July 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Yay! Congratulations on your new house!
    The zuchinni bowls…… I just found them also for the first time. I wasn’t impressed either- a good idea though. I had to doctor mine up a bit.

  2. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on July 21, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Congrats, it’s officially official! Welcome to the homeowners club 🙂
    Re: West Elm catalogue – Watch out for the ridiculously cute bowls / mugs on page 50 – I totally want a set of the gray patterned ones! And isn’t the bed set on the back cover goregous?

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:44 am


  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 21, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I agree 100% with feeling like an adult while writing my first check for a household bill! And every month when I write it out, it doesn’t stop me from feeling like an adult all over again 🙁

  4. Annie@stronghealthyfit on July 21, 2011 at 5:36 am

    Congratulations! Owning a house seems so crazy and exciting to me.

  5. Kristin @ Wounded Fawn on July 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Congrats on the house! Very exciting!

    The first time I felt grown up was when I first overdrafted my checking account. :/ It made me realize I wasn’t a kid anymore and had to be more careful. But that was when I was 18 and living basically on my own in philly for college it was so easy to use my check card without thinking.

  6. Lindsay on July 21, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Congratulations on the house 🙂 I started to feel grown up was when I moved into my first apartment on my own. I’d lived with friends in college and right after, but this was different 🙂 I got to be in charge of decorating for the first time!

  7. Lisa on July 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Congratulations on your house!! That is so exciting 🙂 My husband and I moved from our townhouse into a single family home when I was 6.5 months pregnant–it was crazy and we were so grateful to have the help of family (and movers!). In a matter of months I went from single to married, pregnant, renting to homeowner and landlord (we rent out our townhouse). So I would say when we closed on and moved into our new house, the house where we’ll bring our baby girl home, was really my first moment feeling like a grown up. Though honestly in many ways, I still feel like a kid–whose life is this? Is this really happening to me? How did I get so lucky???
    So happy for you, congratulations again!!

  8. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Congrats on the new house! It’ll be so nice to have somewhere that feels like home again. 🙂

    I’m still in college, renting an apartment, and living with my parents for the summer… sooo I don’t feel like a grown up yet haha!

  9. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on July 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

    You’re so levelheaded and calm about everything. Oh, by the way, I bought a house today…


  10. Katie on July 21, 2011 at 8:36 am

    CONGRATS to you, the Pilot, Bella, and baby pilot!!

    So happy for you! I can’t wait to see more pics of the house!

    xoxo <3

  11. Mo on July 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I’m so happy for you – and I bet you just can’t wait. It’s like getting a “do-over” in life, isn’t it? Feel free to put a “new home” tab at the top and fill with photos and decorating ideas because I think you really have an “eye” for that type of thing. I’m a girl who really likes to put down roots and hates being in limbo – so buying a house, although stressful, was really a comforting feeling. I have grandiose ideas of changes I’d like to make – it’s an old house with a lot of character – so now, I just have to win the lottery! Take care and enjoy the rest of your week. Mo

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

      thank you friend!

  12. Suzanne on July 21, 2011 at 9:08 am

    CONGRATS!! So much going on in your life. Good stuff! 🙂

  13. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on July 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Congratulations!!! 😀 I am very happy for you. I know when my fiance and I signed on our house I was thrilled. I definitely felt like a grown-up then!

  14. diana@mymarblerye on July 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

    first time I felt grown up? When I paid for dinner when going out with the family!

  15. Dani on July 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Congrats, I’m so happy for you!! I can’t wait to buy my own house!

  16. char @ char on a mission on July 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Ah, I can’t wait to buy a house! I mean I don’t think here (Canada – especially where I live) we’ll be able to get something suuuuper duper nice right now, but I still can’t wait. I’d definitely move down to Florida or Arizona in a heartbeat if we could live there…legally haha. Congrats on the paper signage and the keys are only a few short sleeps away! 😀

  17. Allie J on July 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Congrats to you, the Pilot, and the Nugget on the new house! It might be fun to have a “Home” tab in addition to all the rest. Just an idea 🙂

  18. Sara on July 21, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations! It’s so exciting to watch all of this unfold for you guys. 😀 The first time I felt like a true grown-up was after I had my first child at age 25. Suddenly it wasn’t “all about me” anymore, and becoming more selfless made me grow up a lot. Now I have two kids, and I get to act like a kid all over again with them. 🙂

  19. Sarah @ See Sarah Eat on July 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Congrats! I know what your hubby means, I didn’t believe it either until we had keys in hand. We’re moving this weekend 🙂 I think this might be the first time I feel like a grown up haha.

  20. Brigid of Vegging out in T-Town on July 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Yay on your house! I can’t wait to see pictures. I’m in the process of looking for a place (an apartment — nothing exciting), so it’s always fun to see others’ spaces.

  21. April on July 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Congrats on the house Gina!!!!!
    Quick ??? for ya, do you do most of your ‘morning workouts’ at home before work? If so, how much space do you have in front of the DVD? I have a small-ish condo and fear i wouldn’t have enough room, but am intrigued to start doing some w/o’s at home.

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

      i have no room in this tiny apartment, but i make it work! our dvd player is in the pod, so i’ve been using my laptop as a dvd player, set it on the coffee table and go for it. you could totally do it

      • April on July 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

        Thanks for the motivation, i know i have NO excuse just gotta do it! 🙂

  22. Stephanie on July 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hi Gina! Recently discovered your site and love it! Just a question, what brand of almond milk do you use? I recently switched to almond milk from cow milk, poured some into my coffee and thought it tasted AWFUL! I’m wondering if it’s the brand I bought (Almond Dream) or if there is some trick to making coffee taste good with almond milk? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

      it takes getting used to- it’s much more watery than cow’s milk. over time, you’ll start to love it 🙂

  23. Kimberly on July 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hey Gina! Congrats to you and Senior Pilot! I love reading your blog and was wondering if you could do a focus on: resistance bands post? I just bought one and am curious what other people think of them and what fave workouts are floating around in bloggy land! Thanks! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  24. Chelsa on July 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Congrats on the house. I can’t wait to see pictures!

  25. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on July 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Congrats!!!! Gosh, first moment I felt like a grown up would be when I moved here to D.C. all by myself, knowing pretty much no one.. That’s also a tie for when my boyfriend got appendicitis (few weeks after I moved here btw) during a little trip we took to New Orleans, and I had to bring him to the ER, stay with him for days at the hospital after his appendectomy, switch our hotels w all our luggage (the old one didn’t have enough available rooms to keep us there after we had to stay in the city longer), keep all his belongings, and call his parents… It was a wild ride and showed me I could be strong, stay calm, and do things alone in a foreign place.

  26. JavaChick on July 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats on the house! And awesome that you get to move in so quickly. We had to wait a month when we bought ours.

    I’m still not sure I actually feel like a grown up. But I’m only 41 so there’s plenty of time for that, right?


    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      i don’t think you ever really need to feel like a grown up 🙂

  27. Prathiba on July 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Oh man, I’m sorry to hear about those zucchini bowls. They looked so promising.

    Also, CONGRATS! That’s a huge step! And in response to the question, I’m still waiting to feel like a grown-up. You know that Taylor Swift song that goes “32, and still growing up now”? Yup, she was talking about me.

    Anyway, congrats! and looking forward to the pics!

  28. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on July 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Omigosh this is so exciting!! Lots of big, grown-up changes in the Fitnessista-Pilot household… a baby and new house!! I can’t wait to see pics. And re: the girl in the locker room.. they don’t eat almond butter from the jar? I thought everyone did that?? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      right? i was so confused, haha

  29. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Congrats on the house, how exciting! And can’t wait to see pics of the new digs 🙂

    First time I felt like a grown up was when I finally moved out of my parents house (yes I lived there through college) and moved straight into an apartment with my then boyfriend (now husband) and paid the bills , did the laundry, ran errands, and all other grown up duties together. I was thrown into the real world super fast, ha!

  30. Jessica on July 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I can’t believe your short sale only took 90 days! That’s awesome. I’ve heard nightmare stories about them, that’s why we stayed away. Congrats on the house!

  31. Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) on July 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see the new abode! The view is stellar! And heck to the yes, I’m eating almond butter straight! 😀

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