A scaly friend

We have a few.. creatures… in the backyard….

Check out this guy!


He’s been chilling under one of our patio tables all day.

It’s funny because when we first moved in, the Pilot saw that we had quite a few HUGE lizards in our backyard and texted my brother saying “we’ve been infested with Gila Monsters.”

Not a Gila Monster –he’s still learning Arizona, haha- but still majorly creepy… mostly because it’s a dinosaur cousin.

I was a mover and a shaker today. Got quite a few things ninja-kicked off the list, ran all over Tucson for errands, and munched some a la purse snacks along the way:

larabar and dulse

I’ve always loveloved dulse, and actually looked at the nutrition stats today. 1 serving has 38 calories and 3g of protein- baller 😀

For lunch I wanted something cold and refreshing, so I made a salad based off one my cheffer brother made at work yesterday.


In the mix:

-greens (a combo of kale, swiss chard, arugula and spinach)

-organic strawberries

-goat cheese

-lemon vinaigrette (lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, pepper, a little honey)

-fresh mint


salad (2)

A super summery salad beast 🙂

Dinner is slow-cooking away for tonight… our house smells like a giant foodgasm. Any guesses as to what’s in there? It’s a standard slow cooker meal over here 🙂

slow cooker

I also may have embraced the slow cooker when we unpacked it yesterday- scarily stoked for someone else to cook dinner 😉

Off to pump some iron!

See ya in the morning <3



Something to talk about: Now that I’ve been reunited with my slow cooker, do you have any fave slow cooker recipes to share? Feel free to link away! It will be an awesome dinner option when we’re both at work all day- we can come home and dinner will be served 🙂

Something to think:

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Keonig

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  1. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I can’t believe those lizards are just a normal sight in your backyard! All we have here are boring old squirrels. 😛

    Love that salad. Strawberries and goat cheese are amazing together!

  2. Kat on August 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    mmm dulse! so salty and delicious!
    sweet potato black bean chili! yay for slow cookers 🙂

  3. Katelyn on August 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I am about to do the AB BURNER after seeing everyone’s comments. I’m a little nervous but ready for the BURN BABY!
    P.S. your chili looks DELISH! Perfect meal for me to make at school!

  4. Emilie on August 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    What a large lizard to have under your table! Did he want some tasty salad?

  5. CinnEMon on August 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Love slow cookers! I was wondering if you had any vegan slow cooker recipes. I only have one fall back, a vegan chili, but I am hoping to find more for the cold New England winter that will be here in a few months.

  6. Jackie @ That Deep Breath on August 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Holy crap that lizard is huge. Do those seriously just walk around Arizona backyards? That sorta makes me second guess my decision to move to Arizona in January!

  7. Niki on August 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    If I lived there, I’d never accomplish anything except chasing lizards. I’m 100% serious too.

    • Fitnessista on August 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      haha you can come chase our lizards far away from us

  8. Melanie on August 10, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Add some cocoa almonds to that and you will be in heaven!

    • Fitnessista on August 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      ahhh! YUM

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