AB Drought

Hi guys ๐Ÿ˜€ How are ya? Happy almost-Friday!

I canโ€™t believe weโ€™re leaving for Orlando early tomorrow morning and the Princess Half is on Sunday. It snuck up on me so quickly! Certainly Iโ€™m regretting those missed runs (I hate the cold) but something hit me yesterday to tell me Iโ€™m going to dominate it. I think this is accredited to the fact that I took the week of strength training. My legs are itching to GO and I really, really just want to get this thang over with. Hereโ€™s the re-cap of last yearโ€™s princess half.

Some of yesterdayโ€™s eats included:

AB & J Breakfast Cookie

breakfast cookie

-1/2 C oats

-1 T almond butter

-small bananer

-almond milk

-1/2 scoop Sun Warrior

-cinnamon and mesquite

-1 T strawberry Polaner spread


It was kind of a chill day.. I only had two training appointments (I like to alternate chill training days with insane ones) and helped out with the Lifestyle Challenge at the gym. My sessions are on Friday, but I liked to sit in and listen to the discussion about removing processed foods from your diet. Itโ€™s fun to talk about nutritionally-devoid refined flour products, glutamates, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and trans fats. Gets my motor running, ya know??

Some more eats:

Double-fisting it at Main Squeeze


(The first glass was full before I took the picture)

I got my usual tropical superfood with extra spinach and the baggie of vanilla Sun Warrior that I carry around in my purse. He also added an antioxidant supplement because well, these allergies are kicking me in the booty.

A 3-egg white puff with nutritional yeast and chipotle seasoning and a huge salad with Goddess dressing and dill.

salad egg

For the record, Chenin Blac pairs beautifully with an egg puff.. Iโ€™m just sayin ๐Ÿ˜‰

Zumba was  BLASTY last night. It was a smaller class (around 18 people) but it was awesome.

After teaching, I met up with the pilot who was at El Toreo (which I refer to as โ€œTGI Viernesโ€ because itโ€™s the Mexican version of TGI Fridays) with some friends, and then came back to the casa.

This morning, since Iโ€™m out of almond butter (itโ€™s a very sad day), I decided to have some Chia Pudding using the Chia goodness I bought last week along with the chia seeds I had on hand.



In the mix:

1 T chia goodness

1/8 C chia seeds

1 C almond milk

1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

1/2 T maca

1/2 sliced banana

Not too shabby ๐Ÿ˜€ I almost didnโ€™t notice the AB was missing.

Iโ€™m off to try the new Shiva Rea DVD and carpe diem (6 training appointments today!). See ya this afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚



Something to talk about: Half marathon tips! This will be my second one but I love to hear tips and tidbits from the pros. One of my big debates is that I always run faster at the beginning. Last year, for the first couple of miles, I busted 8 minutes and had to slow down SO much at the end (final time was 1:56:42). I want to run a little faster in the beginning but not so much that Iโ€™m dying at the end. How do I pace myself?! When the adrenaline is pumping, I want to go so much faster, but then I regret it later!

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on March 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

    It is a sad day when I run out of peanut butter, too…ahh sometimes I don’t know how to make it through the day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on March 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Good luck on your half and enjoy your weekend! I don’t have any tips bc I haven’t run one but I hope to soon!(And then I’ll come back to this post to read the tips) I can’t wait to ready the yoga review.

  3. Diana @ Fit Girls on the Go on March 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Can you use your Garmin to pace you during the race? I find that it helps me when I’m on a long run. I love the little man on the screen!

  4. Ange on March 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    You’re going to do so well at the 1/2 – have a blast!!!

  5. Angela @ A Healthy Fit on March 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Just enjoy yourself during the 1/2!!!!!

    I ran out of AB the other day, I almost had a panic attack. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also blogged about processed foods yeserday. Did you read the CNN article? http://2bahealthyfit.com/2010/03/03/would-you-be-uโ€ฆ-the-challenge/

  6. kara on March 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Good luck this weekend! I don’t have any tips since I am training for my first half this June, but I am excited to read everyone else’s tips.

  7. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I can’t believe it’s this weekend already! You’ll ROCK IT!!! Hug that MizFit for me too. Loved talking with you last night ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on March 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

    YAY!!! That’s awesome that you have such a good feeling about this race! Love it! Good, good luck, sista!

  9. Paige (Running Around Normal) on March 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

    That B-fast cookie looks awesome – I had one too this morning ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Wow the half marathon is already here! You’ve said it before, this race is a blast, so just have fun with it ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Jen on March 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

    It is SO hard to pace yourself, especially after a little bit of a taper. I really rely on my Garmin to keep me on pace. I always start out slower (with many people passing me), because I like to run faster at the end (and pass all of those people!). GOOD LUCK! Can’t wait for the recap!

  11. kristin on March 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

    i have never run a race but plan to this spring summer, starting with a 5k in May. i was never that much of a runner but have recently found i enjoy it! i have been interested in your millet obsession and wanted to see what it was all about so i started with some organic puffed millet cereal and i am loving it! i plan to venture out and explore more in the world of millet and soon chia seeds! thanks for making these food seem accessible for and delicious for everyone.

  12. Theresa@ActiveEggplant on March 4, 2010 at 9:35 am

    This may be a silly question – but how do you make those yummy looking egg white puffs?!

    Have fun at Disney this weekend! Looks like you’re going to have perfect weather for a race!

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

      just spray a glass bowl with nonstick spray, add eggs and whisk, then microwave. super easy! i think i’ll do a video post about it

  13. Lisa NYC on March 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

    The best way I found to pace myself was to pick someone who is running the pace you need to stay at and run with them. I like to pick an older guy who looks like they have lots of running experience and just keep pace. Another thing I do is programme my i-Pod to start off with slighly slower, more calming songs songs. If you kick off with a big song it pumps your adrenalin and you end up blasting off. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

      great tip! i’ll switch the playlist around ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on March 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

    My advice would be to put yourself in the mindset that you’re doing another one of your training runs. That way you won’t go out too hard in the beginning and if you have extra energy towards then end you can *then* pick up your speed and kick some major booty!

    I think people get into trouble when they stray away from how they trained. Some run much faster, others slower, and some drastically change their nutrition.

    Anywhooooo, you’re gonna rock it so download some BOMB music and have a blast! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚



  15. Cait on March 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

    This question doesn’t have anything to do with your post but I’ve been meaning to ask for a while. WHere do you buy your nutritional yeast and what brand do you buy? I swear I have looked EVERYWHERE for it and I can’t find it at all!

  16. Karen w on March 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

    That is a tough one _ I almost always start too fast. The excitement of the race and trying to get past the crunch of runners I suppose. I really have to keep am eye on my watch those first few miles to avoid losing steam at the end. I also try to find someone at a similar pace and stick with them.

  17. Britt @ runnerbelle on March 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

    It is so hard not to start off at a faster pace. If I’m running with friends I try to keep chatting in the hopes that it slows me down some. Another idea is to find a pacer (I know they have pacers for the Disney Half & Full guessing they have them for the Princess)and stick with them. They usually have a flag or balloon and say what pace per mile they will be running or the finish time they are pacing for. They can be a tad annoying barking out tips along the way, but sometimes they give some helpful advice/thoughts…. like run the 1st 5 miles or so with your head, the 2nd 5 miles with your legs and the final 3 with your heart.

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2010 at 10:23 am

      good to know! thank you!

  18. skinnyrunner on March 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

    start in a slower corral which will force you to begin at that specific corral pace. or run a bunch of people over…

  19. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on March 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

    It’s definitely hard not to start fast because of all that adrenaline! As long as you are mindful of your pace at the beginning I bet you’ll do great, can’t wait to hear all about it!

  20. Sarah @ See Sarah Eat on March 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    It is so hard not to take off at the beginning of a race! But I always try to remind myself of how I do things when I’m just doing a training run. I start off at a moderate pace, gradually build up speed, and then sprint at the end! Plus when I start to feel tired, I’ll slow down for a little bit until I’m ready to go again.

    Good luck to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. carolinebee on March 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

    GOOOOD luck gina!! Aw i remember last year with your pink shirt and castle pic ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m taking nutrition right now for a nursing pre req and i love it sooo much! This community has given me SO much valuable knowledge it’s crazy, and fun to compare it with what I’m learning!

  22. Karyn on March 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

    wow can’t believe the race is so close! i sadly have no tips for you: i do the same thing for races of half distance or less. so any tips you get can you pass them along to us/me?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Shannon on March 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

    You are going to ROCK the half!! I’m excited to hear people’s tips, because I get WAY too excited at the beginning of races. So much so that I not only run too fast, but also mess with my stomach.

  24. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on March 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I was the same way with my first half marathon. I was just so pumped in the beginning I could8lt help but run faster. Maybe since your watch can keep you pace you could stay a bit slower that way.

  25. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

    i’m so excited to hear how the race goes! i’m not a racer, but i would think that just picking a pace and sticking with it is the best way to go. i hope you have an AMAZING time!

  26. StephN on March 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

    The Princess marathon sounds awesome! I would love to do that for my first half marathon – the whole disney princess deal is very appealing :).

    I’m still trying to figure out all the differences in oatmeal. So steel cut oats are just the regular oats (just not the instant type)? And then you can buy oat bran, but that you have to prepare you can’t just eat it like that right? I’m confuuuuuuused. I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast and I guess I fell for Kellogs advertisements for All Bran, I always mixed a little in for the extra fiber and this morning I studied the ingredients again, just to see that the second ingredient is sugar and the fourth or so is high fructose corn syrup. Fooled me I guess!

    I added a lot of healthy stuff like chia seeds, goji berries, flaxseeds etc. to my diet (and my oatmeal) lately. but these things are sooooo expensive. I was going to try the Cherry Bomb smoothie, but the hempseeds I saw were like 10 bucks for a little bag…and I have to stop spending so much…maybe next month…same with organic products…I get some organic, but to get everything organic is just not in my budget.

    Oh well, I guess the little things count too!

    Good luck with the race! See there is a good thing to Valdosta – you’re relatively close to Disney Land (or is it disney world hmm)!!! I have never even been there…

  27. Sara C. on March 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I too try to slow down and keep pace with “playlists” as well. Check out Motion Traxx by The Fitness DJ, DJ Deekron. http://motiontraxx.com/

    His mixes are by BPM so its easy to stay on pace! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!!!

  28. Mary C on March 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I’m heading down today for the Disney Princess Half too! Good luck Princess Fitnessista! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve missed a few runs due to hatred of the cold as well, but I’m sure adrenaline and determination will kick in.Have fun!

  29. Lisa on March 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Sun Warrior protein and compared to many other products, it has a nice simple ingredient list: raw brown rice protein. Could you tell us more about your thoughts on protein powders in general? Extracting protein from a small rice grain takes a lot of industrial processing, so I’ve had mixed feelings myself about incorporating something like that into my diet. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!

  30. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on March 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I don’t think I’m ever out of nut butter. I make sure to have a massive quanity in the house at all times. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never run in a race before but I would think if you told yourself over and over, in the beginning, to take things easy/slower that maybe it would help. I’m sure you’ll do fine!

  31. K from ksgoodeats on March 4, 2010 at 11:12 am

    That egg white puffer sounds so tasty! I need to find nooch!! Good luck this weekend, G$! Have fun!!

  32. Jessica on March 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Good luck with the race!

  33. Katheryn on March 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

    If you put yourself towards the back to start it’s easier to start slow. My best races have all been the ones where I start a bit slow and keep a steady pace the whole race. That way I can really pick up the pace for the last couple of miles and smoke past people.

  34. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on March 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

    How exciting! Good luck with the race, I’m sure you’ll do wonderfully! As for race tips, I’m just training for a half, so I’m not sure what to say! I find that I need to work up my speed if I want to finish strong – start slower and get your legs used to each pace you do, gradually working your way up. That’s what works for me!

    BTW, that breakfast cookie looks delicious! AB&J – yummers!


  35. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on March 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

    No half marathon tips, chica. But do you still need music? When I ran, Girltalk always saved me. I have the site where you can download all his albums fo free (legally!), so let me know if lo quieres ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Becca on March 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I did the same thing in my last 1/2 marathon…I started way too fast and slowed down A LOT around the 9 and 10 mile marker. I kicked it back up when I knew I only had 2 miles left though (that’s a completely mental thing!!! A lot of adrenaline and excitement when you’re so close to the end!) I’m training for another 1/2 right now, and I’m realizing, even as I do my long runs, that if I start out slower, that I actually end up going faster at the end! Go figure. And this has happened SEVERAL times. So my recommendation…start out easy and if you have more energy at the end…kick it!


  37. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on March 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I LOOOOOVE Goddess dressing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have you tried TJ’s Spicy Peanut vinegrette???? It’s AMAZING! I recently put it over spiralized zucchini, steamed veggies, tufu and peanuts. SOOO GOOD! Does TJ’s ever do wrong?????

  38. thedelishdish on March 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    good luck with the half!! im training for my first half in april and since im a first timer i dont really have tips for you but am glad you brought this up and can’t wait to benefit from everyone else’s advice!

  39. Catherine on March 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I normally just try to pace myself for the first mile and then just listen to my body and let myself go. Whenever I do that I seem to calm down the crazy itch to shoot off as fast as I can and am able to settle into a good pace more quickly. I don’t race with a watch, but I look at the time at the start and the time at the 1 mi mark or so to make sure I’m on track usually. I tend to shoot for a 9min/mi for the first mile since I run at around a 7:40min/mi pace in a 1/2 marathon. The last 1/2 I did I actually heard the girl next to me say to her friend she was pacing herself for a 9 min mile and just ran slightly alongside them for the first mile ๐Ÿ™‚

    Does the Chia Goodness form like an instant pudding when you add wet ingredients to it, or do you have to puree it or leave it in the fridge to set?

  40. ida on March 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    let your garmin pace you for the first few miles. treat the half like a 10k with a 7mile warm up. the first half of the race should be controlled and and maybe a little uncomfortable, but the 2nd half of the race should be a hard effort.

  41. Paije on March 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Your breakfast cookies always look sooo good! I was just wondering about the maca in your chia puddin. What brand do you use and how do you just eat it straight up like that?? The kind I have tastes like rotting mushrooms haha! I had to make them into pills just to get them down ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You’re going to do so well in the Princess!! I can’t wait to see a recap!!

  42. La on March 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Ahhhh this just reminded me I ran out of tehina! Must. Get. More. Dying without it.

    PS- You’ve inspired me to run a race! I’m joining my family’s team for the local Thanksgiving charity race this year, and am considering joining for the New York Marathon as well, depending on how well my training goes!

  43. Lynette on March 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Will you post your playlist for this year’s run! Can’t wait to see it!

  44. Ashley L on March 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Are you dressing up?

    My mom and her two girlfriends are running it. They flew into Orlando today. Her friends will be Snow White, Belle, and my is going as the Little Mermaid. She’s already got the red hair (all natural) to complete it!

  45. Kalli@fitandfortysomething.com on March 4, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I suggest starting our slower and progressing to faster!
    Have a great time-I know you will do great!

  46. s on March 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    lolol at tgi viernes ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. MareBare on March 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm


    The girls and I still owe you a recap of our winter shape up results! Unfortunately last week we all got sick- theres always something going around campus ๐Ÿ™ but as soon as we are feeling better we’d like to send you some pics of our progress and how we get down in our little gym ๐Ÿ˜‰ We all loved the workouts and are extremely grateful for the time and effort you put into them. We’re even thinking of trying your summer shape up plan from 2009 after were non-contagious. The workouts were such an awesome way for us to get in shape after winter break and spend some quality girl-time with each other. They incorporated moves none of us had ever tried before and challenged us every time we stepped into the gym. We all looked forward to them. Cant wait to see more from you in the future and feel the burn!

    PS. Why not start a gym with a healthy cafe? If you’re gonna dream, dream big right???

  48. Christine on March 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    This is what I do to guarantee a PR:

    Turn on the Virtual Partner feature on your garmin and go under “quick workout” to set time and distance (set for a slight PR).
    For the first nine miles, stay as close to your virtual partner as possible. (The screen will display how many ft. ahead/behind; the screen will turn black if you are behind.) After mile nine (or at what point you feel comfortable), I allow myself to run faster based on how I feel. This will give you a negative spilt and an instant PR! Good Luck with your race.

  49. Tyler Ramey on March 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    With Garmin by your side you can’t go wrong! Just don’t be one of those people who flies out of the gate doing like a 6:00 minute mile, only to be walking by mile 4. lol. Listen to your body and find a speed that you are USED to and can maintain! Constantly check that pace, and you will be good as gold, sista. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Good Luck with the marathon, You’ll rock it!

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