About and out

After last blogging about living in cave mode,

we were out and about all day today… and it was glorious.

I packed up a little breakfast


(nothing like a turkey sandwich in the morning)

and we went to the squadron to say hi,


2 doctor appointments,

a lab appointment

and back home to free Miss Bell.


She always gets a little antsy when she stays home all day, so we took her on a little walk around the neighborhood to shake her legs out.


We walked 2 streets down and back… plenty for me right now 😉

Some eats:

I am obsessed with these chocolate-covered acai berries from Costco. There’s a giant bag in the pantry and my hand can usually be found in it…


dinner and a movie, courtesy of our neighbors.


Not sure if the movie will happen, but dinner was fantastic: salad with apples, pecans, goat cheese and vinaigrette, paired with shrimp that the madre left in our fridge, along with copious groceries. If we’re going to be in a cave mode, we’re well-prepared 😉 Non cave dwellers, what are you up to this weekend?

Hope you’re having a great night! <3



Today’s tip: Being present and higher concentration will yield better results. Instead of just going through the motions during your next workout, take time to really focus on the muscle group you’re working. A British study found that by concentrating on the specific muscle during work, you can increase muscle fiber activation. For example, while you’re doing a bicep curl, picture the muscle in your mind as you flex and extend. More bang for your workout buck!

Zumba song of the day: “Taboo” Don Omar. I’ve had this one of the playlist since summer… and still love it.

*Thank you guys for being patient and hanging out with me this week while we’ve been getting to know our newest family member. Blogging has been random as we settle into things and start to get into a routine, but every day it’s getting a little easier. Sleep deprivation is no joke, but it’s 100% worth it, and I’m very thankful to have the Pilot and our Tucson family helping us out and savoring all of the moments.

Lots of fun stuff in the mix for next week, including Winter Shape Up 2012, which starts on Monday. Super excited for this one 🙂

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  1. Alex on January 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    your family is so adorable! your baby girl is quite precious. I wanted to tell you that I tried Zumba for the first time today here in Tucson and I had SO much fun! I can’t believe it took me so long to try it and I don’t know if I ever would have had you not raved about it.

    • Fitnessista on January 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      i’m so glad you like it! where did you take class??

      • alex on January 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        I took it at my gym – LA Fitness. doubt it’s as good as your class though!

  2. Emily on January 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    don’t worry we all completely understand. we’re here!

  3. Amy Romero on January 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Great tip of the day! And a good reminder. Only recently have I heard this, and I’ve been trying to do it more often. I don’t know if it’s just the program I’m doing or if it’s that extra concentration, but I *swear* I’m seeing changes faster than I should. 😉

    BTW, just found your blog, glad I did! Going to try to subscribe after this comment…

  4. Emily @LivingLongfellow on January 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Wow! You look great! What nice neighbors you have, those dinners look wonderful!

  5. Sarah on January 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    That GF bread looks amazing! What brand is it, if you don’t mind me asking?

  6. Moni'sMeals on January 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hey you hang out in cave mode all you need to, we understand!! 🙂

  7. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on January 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Looks like some great family time going on!

  8. Electra @ vanillabeanlean.com on January 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Awww! I LOVE the new little family picture! Too sweet 🙂 Looks like you’re doing amazing!

  9. Amelia (Eating Made Easy) on January 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    How is breastfeeding going? I know it can be tough in the first couple weeks. Hang in there, it gets much much easier! Here are a few tips though for the first week in case any of them come in handy. I know I needed a lot of assistance at the beginning!

  10. Corrie Anne on January 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I seriously love Don Omar!!! Loving hearing about your newest addition! 🙂

  11. Allison on January 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Adorable family pic! Congrats again 🙂 P.S. I’ve seen those chocolate covered berries [as well as pomegranate] at Costco so many times but I fear that once I open a bag, it’ll be gone within a blink of an eye ;P

  12. Stephanie on January 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

    How are you liking your Orbit?

    Is it a one person job to take it apart? Does it fit easily in your car?

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      we LOVE it and yes it’s very easy to use, and fits fine in my sedan. i thought we would need an suv right away, but we’re good for now

  13. mary on January 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I bought the pomegranite version and thought they were a little weird! Like chocolate covered jelly beans or something? I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be fruit inside or candy! I guess it’s like fruit leather, maybe?

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      i have no idea. the acai ones are amazing, though

  14. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    You and the pilot are positively glowing in that picture!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      thank you! we look dead in real life, haha

  15. Natalie@fitjamericangirl on January 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I too tried Zumba for the first time a couple of days ago (on a DVD). It made me think of you because I don’t think I ever would have tried it had I not read your blog. It is so much fun.

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