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. kate on July 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That is so exciting 🙂

  2. Jackie Smith on July 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I think owning a home makes you, officially, a grown up. 🙂

  3. Kilee on July 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Yah! Congratulations of your huge purchase. This is such an exciting time for you and your growing family.
    You need to celebrate asap!

  4. Brittany @ a healthy slice of life on July 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Congrats!!! We got out house in a short sale too, and it was such a headache but we ended up with a great deal!!

    Have you picked out the nursery yet? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      yep! we have a loft attached to the master bedroom with double doors- perfect nursery 🙂

  5. Vanessa @ Sweaty in Pink on July 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I’m 21 and still waiting to feel at all like a grown-up. I’m thinking maybe that moment will happen sometime after I graduate law-school… hmm, only time will tell!

    And, congrats on the house. That’s a huge and exciting accomplishment!

  6. Tracy C. on July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Congrats on your new home! How exciting!

    I also eat almond butter straight out of the jar. Yum!

  7. Julia on July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Congrats on the house! I can’t wait to see pictures. That’s funny about the almond butter, I got caught by my roommate eating peanut butter and jelly with a spoon. She looked at me like I was the weirdest person ever.

  8. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I’m so happy for you Gina – what an exciting time for you! The Pilot’s home, your having a mini-pilot and moving into your new home! 😀

    Total agreement here – sugar on veggies is just wrong!

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      thank you! i’m definitely soaking in all of the excitement- it’s a nice “up” after a very rough past year

  9. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on July 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Woo!! Congrats on the house!!! 🙂

  10. Nicole on July 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I always drool when the West Elm catalog shows up! Have fun!!! And Congrats!

  11. Allison @ Food for Healing on July 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    ahhhhh so exciting! can’t wait to see all the pictures, and dinner parties you will be hosting!

  12. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on July 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats!! And you’ll have plenty of time to get everything together before the baby comes!!

  13. Christine @ BookishlyB on July 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats! 90 days is a long time! We are at 78 and have started looking at other places. Patience is not a virtue I was blessed with. Now you can start planning a nursery 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      patience is not my virtue either 🙂 i’m very excited to look at nursery decor!

  14. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on July 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Congratulations! What an exciting time in your life — baby, house — it’s just really coming together.

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      thank you! we had to wait a long time, but everything is starting to settle… it’s a good thing 🙂

  15. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Congrats on the house girl! That is so awesome! You have so much excitement going on right now.

  16. courtney @ cupcakedynamite on July 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    a house and a baby, woop woop!! you’re a grown alright, but a fun fit fashionista one. 😉 pretty sure that’s the best kind.. CONGRATS!!

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm


  17. The Teenage Taste on July 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Woohoo! Congrats on buying the house! I can’t wait to see what it looks like. 🙂

  18. Fallon on July 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Congrats on the house! I couldn’t imagine the stress. At least it is now over and you can start getting a nursery together.

    I think that sauce and veggie bowl thing needs… goat cheese!

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      OOOH why didn’t i think of that?!

  19. kara on July 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    yayyyy! congrats! so many wonderful things going on for you right now!

    in your lunch picture, what’s in the baggie? salad dressing???

    that zucchini bowl looks… ehhhhhh. don’t know that i could do it. actually i can’t think of any pre-made dinners that i like, unfortunately. well, i mean i guess that is generally a good thing. but still.. not very convenient.

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      yep! goddess dressing in a baggie 🙂

      • kara on July 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

        hahaha that’s great! no baby tupperware?? baggie seems so… iffy.. could be a huge mess!

  20. kirsten on July 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    congratulations! 🙂 i can’t wait to see pictures!

  21. kari on July 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Congratulations and enjoy it!

  22. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Congrats! Very exciting, can’t wait to see pics when you guys are in it.
    I’d say when my husband (then fiance) and I bought our first house when I was 23, was definitely the moment I felt like an adult! We had gotten engaged 3 months prior and I remember not feeling “old enough” to be engaged, but that quickly changed when we bought the house!

  23. Ellen on July 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I am looking for new bedding right now from West Elm! It’s so hard to pick!

  24. Namaste Gurl on July 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Never tried body pump but always wanted to!
    Yay for buying a house!

  25. Coco on July 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    my firt “grown-up” moment was recently, when i FINALLY got a job and moved out of my parents’ house…writing a check for $900 for my new apartment was scary but exciting!

  26. MMiller on July 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Congrats on everything going smoothly with the house! I don’t think I really felt like a grown-up until after I had my first child and we were all living a few states away from “home”(Navy Hubby)! We were really on our own!

  27. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Yay congrats! I love West Elm–we have two slipper chairs, a coffee table, bed and dressers from there. We’re slightly obsessed. I first felt like a grown-up when I went grocery shopping by myself for the first time in college, and I was terrible at it! I got a bunch of stuff that I couldn’t throw together to make a meal. Post-college, I felt like a grown-up once I started working, but it was still exciting to me.

  28. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on July 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! Perfect place for a family of three 🙂

    Well, plus Bella!

  29. rebecca lustig on July 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    AH, congrats! Life seems to be full of blessings for you recently 🙂

  30. Ashley @ the fit academic on July 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Congrats! So exciting! I could go crazy at West Elm!!!

  31. Jen @ familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations! That is super exciting. We just moved into a new house this year and it was the most stressful time of my life. So glad that we are settled and enjoying it now 🙂

  32. Anna Banana on July 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    First off CONGRATULATIONS! Buying your first house is just as exciting as getting married, having a baby and landing a great job. They are all part of “growing up” and huge steps in our lives! My husband and I bought our first house last year. It’s an amazing feeling and a great sense of accomplishment. I can’t wait to see pictures! This year seems to be so amazing for you, I hope great things continue to happen for you, the pilot and baby pilot! 😀

  33. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on July 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Yay for the house!

    My “holy crud, I’m grown up!” moment was when I selected my first health insurance. I know there are lots of stressful times in the future. =/

  34. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Congrats on the house!!! So exciting.

    I first felt like a grownup — when I bought my first car (with my own hard earned money!) and moved into an apartment for college — all of the bills were for me and although it sucked sometimes, I’m glad it worked out that way. It taught me how to be responsible with money!

  35. @HilaryFleming @ healthgirltv.com on July 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Yay for home ownership. Im so glad you will get to be settled before baby comes. 🙂 Nice.
    I love Physique 57! I need to get their DVDs. I went to a class in NYC with a friend and I totally agree…feel the freaking burn!

  36. Cindy on July 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    My husband always laughs at me because I LOVE to eat almond butter straight out of the jar, especially the TJ’s kind! It has kind of become a problem … I seem to be tearing through it a little too quickly lately!

  37. Faith @ For the Health of It on July 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I felt like such a grownup when I got hired for my first real job as a writer – the office building in downtown Orlando was icing on the cake!

  38. Sara K on July 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Congrats!!! So many exciting things happening in your life! I first felt like a real grown up my last semester of college when i moved to an off campus apartment and had to sign a lease, take care of electricity and comcast bills, etc

  39. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Congrats on your house!!!!!

    Our short sale took 13 months and fell thru THREE times. It was seriously one of THE most stressful things I have *ever* gone thru. And I have bought and sold lots of real estate. Including buying a house internationally. But a short sale here was such a white knuckle experience that went on..and on….for over a year. I am sooo happy for you guys! And happy that yours was pretty painless!


    I am the HUGEST West Elm girl. My entire house, pretty much, is West Elm. That and some random Anthropologie dishes thrown in. I even have W.E. dishes. I am obsessed 🙂

    Congrats…SO MUCH!!!!!!

  40. mary on July 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Congrats! The first house is actually the least stressful to me because from here on out you’ll be trying to sell a house AND buy a house at the same time, and have it all work out ok timing-wise!

    I’ve been eyeing the Costco zucc marinara but figured it was either mushy or sweet or tasteless. Some crushed red pepper might negate the sugar, but you already tried that, I’m sure!

  41. Amelia on July 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    MAJOR congratulations on your house!! We too purchased a short sale, which took right around 90 days. Insane and frustrating at times, but definitely worth the wait! I agree with the Pilot that it won’t feel “official” until the keys are in your hands. Good luck with it all. I can’t wait to see more photos!

  42. Parita on July 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Congrats, Gina! So exciting!

    And I agree, sugar and veggies just don’t seem to mix. 🙂

  43. Dynamics on July 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    The first pictures I would like to see is the excitement in your face when you open the pod and discover all the things you have been missing and finding things you forgot you had. Congrats!!!!!!

  44. melissa on July 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Super bummed the zuc bowls were a fail. I was heading to costco tomorrow and already had them on my list to try after seeing them on the blog. You win some, you lose some.

    Also, congrats on the house!

  45. Avery on July 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I felt like a real grown up when I got my first apartment by myself, (no roomies) in Minneapolis. I still remember sitting in my apartment, listening to the sounds of the city outside my window and loving exactly where I was in my life.

  46. Dani on July 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Congrats on the house! It’s so nice to see good things happen for good people 🙂

  47. Carolyn on July 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Congratulations on the home being official!! I am so excited for you both and can’t wait to see what you do with the space. Please keep those pictures coming our way.

  48. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on July 21, 2011 at 12:31 am


    I hope you DO post lots of house UPDATES! I love that stuff!

  49. Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers on July 21, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome! 🙂

  50. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 21, 2011 at 12:42 am

    CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!! I am so please for you and your adult self! I personally can’t wait to see all the decorating! I first felt like an adult when I watched my parents driving away after moving my sister and I into our own apartment. She cried, and I was so excited! That marinara bowl did look kinda weird, was it raw or cooked?

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