*Almost* Like Riding a Bike

Hey everyone! Happy almost-Friday πŸ™‚ How’s your morning been?

After Zumba and abs last night (which were a blasty as usual) Jeni and I celebrated Indian Food Wednesday πŸ™‚


(dal, channa masala, cabbage and gajar halwa– my new obsession)

It was a two-plater kinda night πŸ˜‰

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With roti:


Twas glorious πŸ˜€

This morning, I decided to spend a little quality time with an old friend- my yoga mat. It’s been almost 3 weeks since I’ve had a decent yoga practice!

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I chose the 45-minute Solar Flow from YogaDownload.com and at first was alarmed with how tight my muscles felt. I felt like I had lost a TON of flexibility in the past few weeks from solely doing Insanity, Zumba and spinning — Stubborn Gina would have stopped the podcast and continued with her day. Instead, I decided to be patient and roll with it, and after warming up, my body went back into the flow like it used to, but I felt even stronger in the poses than before- I busted out flying crow like it was nobody’s biznazz.

I guess yoga is like riding a bike?

Or what I would imagine riding a bike to be like, as the only I ride doesn’t go anywhere πŸ˜‰


It’s time to dive into some blueberry-banana Perfect Protein Pancakes:


and get the house and food ready for girls night πŸ™‚

The menu:

– Appetizers: Raw calamari with marinara, hummus + veg, Vegan artichoke dip with Mary’s Crack, cheese plate and olives

– Entree: Summer salad (from Jeni), Brown rice penne pasta with shrimp, white goat cheese sauce, basil and tomato, lemon and garlic roasted asparagus

-Dessert: Raw strawberry tart with strawberry-agave glaze and crumbled macaroon

-Cocktails + wine

Have a great day and I’ll see ya later this afternoon πŸ™‚



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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on June 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Raw calamari!? I am so intrigued. I love calamari.

  2. Therese on June 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

    You’ve inspired me to do three things! First, you cemented the idea that I’m having Indian for dinner tonight (really, it wasn’t that difficult). Secondly, I need a looooong yoga sesh as it’s been awhile. Thirdly, I desperately need a girls night and am organizing one STAT!

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

  3. Run Sarah on June 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Love the Indian food! I may have to whip up some tonight, you have me inspired!! Your meal plan sounds amazing – especially dessert πŸ˜‰

  4. Shannon @ Before Sunrise on June 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Yum! That Indian food looks amaaazing. I may have to cook some up for din din tonight πŸ™‚

  5. simpledaisy on June 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

    hmmm…raw calamari!! Interesting!

    PS…I am doing a give away on blog if you like beachy jewelry!!
    Stop on over if you have a free moment!!

    As always you are super inspiring!!!!!

  6. Mary on June 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I was surprised how tight my muscles were during yoga from just running alone! gina I admire you and your fitness πŸ™‚

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

    you must have had me in mind with that girl’s night dinner πŸ™‚ i’m glad yoga got easier after warming up…it does help to be patient, and obviously worth it!

  8. *Andrea* on June 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

    i’m taking my first zumba class tonight! kinda scared since i haven’t danced since ballet in middle school eek.

    love your tradition of indian night! they opened a new indian restaurant in my town that i can’t wait to try.

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2010 at 11:44 am

      don’t be scared! you’ll love it πŸ™‚

  9. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on June 3, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Girls night sounds fun!! I really need to get back into yoga – Have a great night!

  10. Andrea (Sweet N Green) on June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I want to try that raw strawberry tart! I can’t wait to see the pics! πŸ™‚

  11. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on June 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

    That was a great article about vegetarians eating meat. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on June 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Your Indian food looked especially tasty! Mmmm I’d go for seconds too!

  13. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on June 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Raw calamari? You’re daring. I can’t do it. Even cooked calamari that’s tough turns me off. Enjoy the girls night. Those are always a blast.

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2010 at 11:43 am

      hahah don’t fret- it’s made of mushrooms, not fish πŸ™‚

  14. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I’m interested to see the raw calamari. I’m not very brave to even eat fried calamari…

  15. Pure2raw twins on June 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I did a little yoga today too, and felt like I was starting from square one. But hopefully I can get back into a little routine of yoga again.

    Have a fun girls night!

  16. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on June 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I don’t think I’ve had raw calamari before. I can’t wait to see pictures of your spread!

  17. Heather C on June 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Oh what a fun night! Can’t wait to see the recap on that πŸ™‚

  18. Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks on June 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

    That dinner menu looks superb! I missed indian food wednesday and had a chocolate orverload instead :P. I’m making lentils and tandoori chicken tonight!! Mandatory indian food once a week has to be the best idea ever, Gina!

  19. Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife on June 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I’m excited for the raw calamari!!!

  20. Ilana on June 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

    perfect girl’s night menu – wishin’ I could come! haha
    I’m finally going to my first zumba class tonight!! I never would have considered it if you hadn’t posted zumba vids!!

  21. Katie on June 3, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Oh I so wish I could attend this girls night! Sounds so fun !!!!! Have a wonderful day and a great night with your friends!!!!!! xoxo

  22. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on June 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Awww, I’m so jealous of your girls night! Sounds like such a fun time. πŸ™‚
    I really need to get some more yoga in my life…I already feel super tight…I can just imagine how tight I’ll feel once I attempt to start getting into some poses! Eeek!

  23. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I went to yoga for the first time in 3 weeks the other night and it felt amazing! I was surprised at how flexible I still was and always forget how calm and awesome I feel after wards.

  24. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Mmm, love the looks of that Indian food- and I am so excited to see what you come up with!!


  25. Paige (Running Around Normal) on June 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    That dinner menu sounds absolutely fantastic!

  26. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on June 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    mmm pancakes look So good! You got me in the habit of using a bit of nutmeg in my oats and pancakes! it makes SUCH a difference!!

  27. Catherine on June 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Really interesting articles!! I’m mostly vegan although I have the occasional sushi dinner and bite of raw goat cheese (I’m lactose intolerant unfortunately), but the article on eating meat did sorta hit home with me. I think I would maybe eat meat in the future if it was raised properly, but as of now I’m just choosing not too.

  28. Brittany on June 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Sticking it out when you are feeling tight during yoga is the way to go. I always feel super loose by the end!

    PS I’m on my way down to Georgia for Girls Night. I might be a little late- save some Strawberry tart for me! πŸ™‚

  29. Andrea on June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Your menu for girl’s night sounds awesome! You have some lucky friends. πŸ™‚

  30. LisaG on June 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I still haven’t tried the new Indian place. Gotta put on my to do list. Have a fun girls night!

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      you’ll like it- it’s gotten SO much better, and the buffet is usually really good πŸ™‚

  31. Katherine on June 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    riding a bike: aka things you never forget how to do
    aka zumba and indian wednesday for you!

  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I celebrated Indian food Wednesday a day late by having curry tonight. It was delish!

  33. CaSaundra on June 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Your Indian feast looks delish–I recently made my first at-home Indian meal, I am posting about it today πŸ™‚

  34. Marissa on June 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I had blueberry protein pancakes this morning for breakfast, too! Yumm. I really do need to yoga… or at least stretch, or something. I’ve lost so much flexibility since my gymnast days!

  35. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on June 4, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Aw man this just reminded me I NEED to make some more perfect protein pancakes! Yum!

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