A one-car family

Hi friends 😀 How was your day? Hope it’s been great 🙂

We’ve been busy bees over here. No one showed for my early Zumba class –mayjah sad face- so we went to pick up the car from being serviced and ended up at Beyond Bread.

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The day they start serving gluten-free bread, I’m having a party. And you’re all invited.

The Pilot enjoyed a Danish while we waited for his to-go meal, and I demolished most of his orange juice 😀

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His feast of feasts:


Potato pancakes + an egg, turkey, onion, cheese, roasted red pepper sandwich

My at-home oatmeal with blueberries:


-1/2 C GF oats cooked in water

-frozen organic blueberries, added right before it was finished cooking

-sea salt and cinnamon

It was everything I wanted 🙂

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We had lots of errands to run today and got most of that ninja-kicked. Lunch was the other half of last night’s Choice Greens salad:


The salad beasts are SO giant, I asked if they’d mind splitting it into two for me last night. Dinner and lunch, done. Baller.

-Mixed greens, romaine

-albacore tuna


-kalamata olives

-artichoke hearts

-sundried tomatoes


-hard boiled egg

I know, right?

We’ve been going out to eat WAY more often than prefer lately. We haven’t made grocery shopping a priority, especially since my appetite is still all over the place, so we’ve been winging it. Going out to eat so often feels gross and is a major money sucker, so I’m hoping we get to the store tomorrow for some staples.

Another thing we’ve been doing that I’m not a fan of?

Sharing a car.

Ok, ok, so it was my idea for the Pilot to sell his Jeep and fly out here.


Buuuuut, we were planning on getting him a car as soon as he got to Tucson. He doesn’t want to take money out of our mutual for a new car until the house loan goes through, but I talked to the bank and they said it will have no effect on our loan processing.

We only fight during two times: sometimes while he’s gone, and often while he’s driving. I always tease him that I have no idea how he flies a plane for a living 😉 He says it’s all in my head.. and often asks me if I’ve ever driven with myself.

The bonus: we’re being eco-friendly in the meantime 🙂

I’m going to work on a fun fashion post and then it’s workout time up in herre.

Have a fabulous night <3



Are you a one-car family? Are you a better driver than your significant other?(hahah)

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  1. Jaime on May 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE Beyond Bread!!!!!!!!!! and I miss Tucson so so much!

  2. Shannon on May 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    My boyfriend tailgates, drives me NUTS! I get so nervous and I’m a pretty aggressive driver myself. He says my driving is worse but I’m not so sure…

    I want a ginormous salad like that right.now.

  3. Ashley V on May 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    My man is also an AF pilot and I OFTEN wonder how in the world he flies a plane when I drive with him!!!

  4. Kristina @ spabettie on May 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    haaa – Jason and I are the same way – I cannot stand how he drives (he’s all over the place!) and he laughs at me, saying I’m being dramatic by holding on to the handle above the door. Geez. 😉 Good thing I like driving!

    that salad looks awesome – I love sun dried tomatoes!

  5. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Mmm bread.
    We have our own cars, but mine is just to get me where i need to go while the bf is at work, otherwise he drives everywhere. He is a pretty good driver, so i give him that! I am an angry driver.. apparently 😛
    I have been craving orange juice so much lately for some reason, but have yet to have some!

    ps: i won a livewell 360 core bag in a giveaway, and i love it, i only knew they existed from you and i thank you so much for introducing it to me!

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      yay i’m so glad you love it! my fave 🙂

  6. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on May 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I’m a very cautious driver, and whenever my husband is driving, I tell him things to watch out for. “That car is changing lanes….there’s a car coming up on your left, watch out!” He gets so annoyed – lol! So I’m probably the problem – but we definitely have little riffs in the car!

  7. MMiller on May 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    So funny! I hate my husbands driving (mostly) and he hates my driving…so naturally, I do all the driving! We have a family car, and DH has a pick-up truck he uses for work! Funny how we scare each other when we drive!

    Hope you get back to two cars soon!

  8. Sarah C on May 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    The hub is a far better parker, but I think we both drive about the same. I really need to up my parking skills.

    We have been a single car family for almost 4 years, but we will probably get a 2nd now that baby is here just to make things a bit simpler and for safety.

    Now I just need some bread and salad…it’s a good thing I am going grocery shopping tonight…

  9. alison on May 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    We were a one car family for the first nine years of our marriage. We worked opposite shifts and/or lived on base and within walking distance to work and the stores, so it wasn’t a big deal. Once our daughter started preschool, I decided driving my husband to work every day so I could have the car for preschool drop off and pick up wasn’t going to be much fun, so we added a second car.

    My husband isn’t an overly aggressive driver so we don’t fight much about that….and opposite to you and the pilot, we never fight when he’s deployed. But when he’s home….well, that’s a whole ‘nother story. 😉

  10. Kathie on May 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    It wont affect the loan but The Pilot is right in wanting to wait. I only say this because any HUGE withdrawls (this also means deposits) will be questioned by the bank as you get closer to closing. They always do a last minute, audit so to speak, right before everything is ready to get the I’s and T’s crossed. If you have a huge withdrawl, they’ll want an explanation in a form of a letter. Same applies if it’s a deposit…it’s A LOT of headache and ideally, not something more you need during the process when it’s already taxing on your mental health as it is, ya know? HANG IN THERE! I know sharing a vehicle is ROUGH. Been there, done that a few years ago. It is eco-friendly but can be such a hassle! Like you, DH and I also fight when he’s driving.

  11. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on May 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    That’s funny about the driving. My hubby SWEARS he is way better than I am, but I seem to remember telling him to stop a few times while he almost drove through red lights!…

    Just sayin!

  12. Alicia on May 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I’ve suggested doing the one car thing to save some major money. But with the hubby working out of town and three kids, it would be super hard. I do feel I am a better driver. He drives too fast and slows down too late. I’ve been sick all day, but that oatmeal looks so good

  13. cathy on May 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    we’ve been one car and two vehicle. both worked for us since we live in the core of our city and can walk to a ton of places. however, life was easier with two cars as no scheduling/checking in with each other was needed. but you do save $ on gas and insurance and do feel virtuous when you’re one car only!
    i love to say, in my best rainman voice, “i’m a very good driver.” (remember the movie?!) – but i am. and i love to drive!
    good luck figuring out your car situation!

  14. angie on May 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Oh that bread looks delicious!! I love his jeep… Or what used to be lol what kind of car are you sharing?

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      my car 🙂 not a jeep- a sedan, but i love it

  15. babs on May 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    we’re down to one. mostly because we just moved from the US to Australia, so we’re going with one until we cant take it anymore. we dont fight in the car, but only because i let my hubby drive everywhere. he always wants to drive, plus he makes me nervous–i feel like he’s judging every decision i make.

  16. elizabeth on May 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    hummm…. G’s appetite all over the place… doc appt she was very nervous about…. hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. ::squee?::

  17. Molly on May 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I noticed you’ve been eating a lot of GF items lately. Do you mind if I ask if you’re gluten intolerant? Or is there another reason for restricting wheat in your diet?

  18. Dana Marie on May 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I share my transit with all of nyc!
    Watch for me in glee tonight! Im in purple pants in times square!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on May 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    “Going out to eat so often feels gross and is a major money sucker…”

    YES and YES! I totally agree and I look back on all the meals of my early and mid 20s and would give my right arm to have most of the (wasted) money back on them. Now, I am one of those ppl who likes cooking and staying at home more. Crazy, I know!

    One car family. Used to be one of those for FIVE YEARS!! It was great b/c we saved tons of money and 90% of the time, we just figured it out. The other 10% was a royal PITA and we had to do major sacrificing and planning but overall, worth it.

    And yes, I am a wayyyyy better driver than my spouse. 🙂

  20. Chloe (South Beach Girl) on May 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Sharing a car is definitely a challenge, but at least you’re saving a little on gas too! I agree about eating out, it’s fun and convenient sometimes but after a while I also start to get that yucky feeling. Maybe now that the Pilot is home you’ll feel more like cooking and eating meals at home 🙂

  21. Jess on May 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    This is why I love living in NYC—no car/driving to fight about. BUT! Chris loves to act all superior about which way to get various places, even though I’m usually right about which routes are the quickest and least stressful!

  22. Toronto Girl West on May 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I’m a fan of high density city areas with great public transportation…..so I would LOVE to be a one car family!!! But we currently live in the Rockies and dream of the day we can get rid of one of our cars!

    Now which car we’re going to get rid of is a different discussion all together! 😉 HA!

  23. Tori (Fresh Fruition) on May 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Awww, I would have come to your Zumba class! I really want to try it. It sounds so fun! And I’m so into blueberries right now. That oatmeal looks yum-o!

  24. Ashley H on May 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    All of our fights are when my husband drives. I think it’s a control issue on my end. I hate when he drives but I always make him drive. Go figure! You would think we would have learned by now. 🙂

  25. Kasia on May 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    hahahaha, my boyfriend is a pilot also, and I often ask him the same thing when he is driving! I always say how is it that you fly a plane? His driving drives me nuts also!!!!

  26. Parita on May 24, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I am currently a one person family! And I think my bf is a better driver than I am (shhh don’t tell him). I have road rage and no patience on the road, while nothing bothers him and when it does he just smiles at the perpetrator. LOL!

  27. Jena on May 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I’m always freaking out when my handsome soldier drives. He tells me that he can drive a tank through the street and weave between cars so surely he can weave our SUV through traffic. Sometimes I doubt it though.
    hehe:) I must say though, we haven’t hit anything yet, and he does drive a tank.

  28. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I hate driving with Jason in the car — he makes me so nervous! And he drives like a maniac — my Mom refuses to ride in the car with him! We’ve been doing more walking lately to avoid the driving fighting.

  29. Dorry on May 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    My husband and I share a car, and I always drive if we’re together because I’m a much better driver than he is! But I make him drive if I have to finish my makeup. 🙂

  30. RhodeyGirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    We were a one car family until I brought my car down last month, BUT we live in the city where I can walk most places or take a cab/our building’s shuttle.

    Also, the pilot’s breakfast looks insane and I’m insanely jealous.

  31. AJ on May 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Beyond Bread looks amazing! Also, can it be said that I would do just about anything for the pilot’s metabolism. ; )

    My bf and I don’t share a car, technically, but doing the long -distance thing is like being a “one car” couple because one of us is always flying to meet the other. I just got a brand new car and I will admit I’m somewhat of a nag to him when he is behind the wheel. I can’t help it, its my first nice car! : ) Totally unfair of me, because he really is an excellent driver. He volunteered with Americorp (the domestic peacecorp) for two years before we met and he’d often be in charge of driving 15 passenger vans of his teammates all over the country. The man can parallel park ANYTHING.

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

      i would do ANYTHING for the pilot’s metabolism. it’s kind of ridiculous

  32. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on May 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    We both have cars. Actually just traded in our two Dodge Nitros (mine white, his silver) for two brand new Ford Fiesta’s (both black), yes we are THAT couple LOL We have saved so much money in gas and hit the jackpot in some other areas with the trade that it could not have gone any better. IF we lived somewhere within walking distance to shops (grocery, Starbucks, etc.) I wouldn’t mind having one car but it’s not happening here in the Chicago burbs.

    Oh and of course I’m the better driver! I have never gotten a ticket *wink* Knock on wood.

  33. Rachel on May 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my goodness! My husband is a commercial pilot and his driving is awful! 🙂 I say the same thing to him about how can he fly a plane and not drive a car. So funny! He once told me he was more comfortable flying an airplane than driving a car. So when he is home I drive most of the time. We are also a one car family. It has it’s benefits, but it can also be an annoyance. It wasn’t bad at all when I didn’t work, but now that I work, having one car often entails a lot of planning when I need to work but he has things he needs to get done on his days off.

  34. Emmy on May 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    One car family right here! 🙂 We were living close to school while my husband was in grad school so that he walk to class, and my work was a 20 min. drive. We are probably going to get another car this summer, since he will maybe have an internship quite aways from my work. I bet you are happy the jeep is gone though, ha!

  35. Katheryn on May 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    We are a one car family. I’m home with the kiddies right now, so the car stays here with me, and we live close enough that hubby either runs or bikes to work.

  36. Danielle on May 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    My husband and I share a car and when I say share~It’s a stick shift and I can’t drive it 🙁 We fight all the time when he drives! He is too fast and impatient.

  37. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on May 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

    We’re definitely a one car family, but of course its easier because we live in Chicago and I work at home! I love not having to drive everywhere. In fact we rarely drive except on the weekends for errands and grocery shopping. There is no way that we could carry all of our loot! 😛

  38. Ashley @ the fit academic on May 25, 2011 at 12:02 am

    We’re a one-car family, too! Have been for a full 2 years now. Of all the cities we’ve ever lived in, Tucson is the first that has actually been realistic to only have 1 car because we live close enough to campus that I can just ride a bike! + public transportation (at least around the campus area) is actually pretty reasonable.

  39. justine on May 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I always maintain I am a perfectly safe driver… as long as I know where I’m going. But I can’t navigate even if my life depends on it, and when lost, I think a chimp would do a better job of operating the vehicle. Very shaming. But I think I must have been dropped on my head as a baby, and all logistic processing was irretrievable destroyed…!

  40. Mac on May 25, 2011 at 12:21 am

    The better-driver-debates started when we started dating two years ago and has still not ended, it may never end. Haha! We both have vehicles, but we are in different cities. I really don’t drive mine during the spring, fall and summer months I prefer to save a little on gas and bike around.

  41. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on May 25, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Oh I’m definitely a better driver! haha But I’m pretty sure he would disagree! 😉

  42. Kristie on May 25, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Hi, I’m loving your blog! I just found it recently, and I’ve been enjoying some of your recipes 🙂 You’re inspirational!

    Anyway, my husband and I are a one-car family… so of course I had to make him read this post. He thinks I’m the terrible (scary) driver, though… He is the one who does really scary stuff (like changing lanes without looking), so I don’t like letting him drive!

  43. Dominique on May 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

    In my family of 5, we only have one car. My dad is actually the only one that drives so sometimes it can be frustrating when I want to go somewhere and have to depend on my dad’s schedule. I think sometimes he goes bonkers for having to be the only one driving but I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t let me drive his car anyway 😉 My BF on the other hand, is an only child and he and his parents each have a car. His dad recently bought another summer (a Corvette) and they now have more cars than people! I joke about it with the BF–saying that his family’s cars and my family’s one car balance each other out.

  44. Megan on May 25, 2011 at 2:56 am

    We are a one car family, since we just moved overseas to Germany. It’s fine for now, we’ll see how I feel in a few months.

  45. Katie on May 25, 2011 at 6:55 am

    My boyfriend often grabs the “oh sh*t bar” (I tell him he’s being dramatic) 😉 but I’ve never gotten into an accident or even started one, so he has nothing to worry about. He tails people a lot and it drives me nuts. But other than that, he’s a pretty decent driver (I still think I’m better). 😉

  46. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice on May 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

    We are a one car family right now too….well, its only me and sean, but still – one car! And its a ginormous Durango. Its a monster to drive.

    Your oatmeal looks great – I basically just ate the same meal for breaky 🙂

    Have a good day!

  47. caitlin on May 25, 2011 at 8:12 am

    okay. you and your husband are adorable. seriously everytime I am in Starbucks I am browsing for potential hubby-material. lol kidding…kind of 🙂

  48. jenna on May 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

    lol thats so funny about the driving situation. we are a one car family and for the most part it’s no big deal. we always are together and when we are not the other doesn’t need use of the car. it works out. it takes a little planning though when you have a child in school. other than that it’s great not having an extra car expense.

  49. Mo on May 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

    It looks like you guys take fantastic care of your vehicles – that Jeep is in great condition (of course, no winter weather/salt to deal with). My husband sells cars for a living and we both work very close to home – so we lease all of our vehicles. By the time the lease is up (and the vehicle is ready for brakes/tires) – we turn it in and get a new one. So I’m a bit spoiled by always having a newer vehicle. And my theory is – I can budget for a monthly car payment, but not a $1000 repair I don’t see coming. I’m very protective of my car (my baby) – so I’ll only let him drive it when I’m in the car too! He finds that so funny. It’s a 2011 Mustang GT – so when the snow flies, he walks to work (3 blocks away) and I take the truck to work. Other than that, we’re good with each others’ driving – so far! Take care you guys.

  50. Kim @ girlevolving on May 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

    We have 2 cars but we’re currently loaning one of our cars to a friend. We’re actually thinking about going to one car (I work from home most of the time) and trying to figure out if it would work (eco-friendly and money-saver) or not (convenience).

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