Back in the Swing of Things

Hi guys! How’s your day been? Hope it’s been bueno Smile Loved reading about the best parts of your weekend!


(Drinking vino at a wine bar with the girls was of the many weekend highlights!)

Michelle and I woke up before the sun to make it to the airport to catch our flights home. It was such an incredible festival, but it always feels good to go home and get back in the swing of things.

On my first flight, I munched a baggie of Pure2Raw flatbreads.


(Side note: thumbholes on jackets are awesome)

These flatbreads are SO good. The original plan was to have one flatbread and save the other two for lunch tomorrow but it didn’t work out so well Winking smile I make my own raw flatbreads, but they aren’t the same… and things always taste better when someone else makes it, too Smile

I proceeded to put my eye mask on, and crash out for the entire flight to Denver

On my Denver to Orlando flight, I munched the other half of last night’s Café Gratitude dinner– a macrobiotic bowl with shredded kale, almonds, quinoa, a tahini dressing, sea vegetables and kim chee. It was my first time trying kim chee and I LOVED it- very similar to sauerkraut. Fermented veggies are always ok with me Smile

The original work out art:

macrobiotic bowl

The do-agains were topped with half an avocado that Michelle bought at Saturday’s farmer’s market for us to share. It was HUGE- so creamy and buttery. I die.


The second flight was pretty uneventful, but I spent my time planning meals (and new recipes!) for this week, chatting with my airplane seatmates, workout post ideas, and writing my goals down for work.

We’re displaying our framed goals in the store, and I’ve had the hardest time narrowing them down!

I feel like my life wants to take me in a thousand different directions, and trying to prioritize them is so challenging- especially with not-so-minor details like the fact that I have no clue where we’ll be living this time next year Winking smile

Here are some of the things that made it on the list:

-Work to make my little blog more fun and informative, thus increasing readership

-Sign a book contract (still!!! Need to get my new proposal finished and sent out to the world)

-Meditate 30 minutes a day (For now, I’ve been using yoga as my meditation time)

-Open a Dance Trance studio (I’d like to do this the next place we live!)

-Become a Key Leader at work (I’m hoping this one happens supersoon)

-Have a baby (Not supersoon though… you need two people for that game, haha)

Well I’m off to unpack and do laundry and then grocery shop. So excited to COOK again! Smile

See ya in the morning <3



Something to do: Ab burner!

Frog crunch (15)

Bicycle crunch (12 on each side)

Feet up in the air, touch your toes (15)

Hands underneath your hips, lower your legs towards to floor for 10 seconds, up for 5 seconds, down for 8 seconds, up for 3 seconds, down for 4, up for 1 (repeat this 3 times)

Flip over onto your belly and come up into dolphin plank- hold 30 seconds


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  1. Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun on November 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Sounds like your weekend was fun! I can’t wait for updates on everything – especially the book/baby! LOL 😉

  2. Christin L. on November 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Excellent goals! My current goal is to do the best I can in massage therapy school so I can turn into a totally kickass therapist! 🙂

  3. Leanne @ Simplicitlee on November 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Gina I absolutely love your blog! You’re so real & down to earth, and checking your blog always makes me smile because you’re so upbeat!

    I feel like I have too many things going on right now and trying to prioritize is hard… what I think I’m going to do is focus on the most important 3 or 4 things and the rest can wait!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      that’s a great way to do it- just focus on a few things at a time

  4. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on November 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Gina I think your blog is super fun and informative — but I am ok with you improving it even more 🙂

    I totally agree that things taste better when someone else makes them — I think it is the little touches different people put into food.

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      thank you!
      and the fact that you didn’t have to do any work makes it taste better too 🙂

  5. Lea @ Healthy Coconut on November 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Gina, it was great meeting you this weekend. We talked about not having a Dance Trance studio here in the L.A., well maybe once you own your own studio, you can branch out in the west coast too.

    Thanks for being nice and taking the time to chat. Thank you also for the input on honeymoon destination and giving me info about Sandals in Bahamas and having your own butler. I will be looking more into it this week.

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      hey lea,
      it was so awesome to meet you! i loved chatting 🙂 i’m sure you’ll love the bahamas!
      come out to orlando and dance trance with me in the meantime 🙂

  6. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on November 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Your blog is already fun and informative– which is why I love checking it every day! 😀

    Love hearing about your goals, too! Please move to Los Angeles and open a Dance Trance studio here, k?

  7. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on November 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Love your goals!
    I so wished I could have been there in San Fran this weekend…would have loved to hang out with you again!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      me too, girl!

  8. Judy on November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Gina,
    Great goals! I think your readership will continue to grow – your honest and helpful posts create smiles and motivation.

  9. caroline on November 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    THUMBHOLES = BEST . THING . EVER . The wearwith-all sweater is my favorite… and im guilty of having 3! You will be a key leader soon… i know it sweetie! 🙂

  10. Paige @Running Around Normal on November 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Awesome goals! I could totally see you opening a dance trance studio:)

  11. Michelle C on November 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    On my 21st birthday I cut thumbholes into like 3 of my hodies because “Thumbholes are amazing.” I woke up the next morning and was like “Dude. Why are all my sweatshirts out and why do they all have holes in them?”

    Also, I will now hope you and the pilot come to Boston even though there are no bases within an hour of my house. Dance Trance sounds awesome and I can’t find it around here!

  12. Kate on November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Gina, seems like you’ve already reached that goal of making your blog both fun and informative – I just found it and I love it! Keep up the great work.

    Kate 🙂

    PS I’m not having a huge hankering for just an avocado, straight up. The best way to eat them I say!!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm

      hey kate!
      thank you! and thanks so much for reading my little blog 🙂

  13. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Great goals Gina!! I agree that it feels good to just get home and cook your own food – I love traveling but sometimes it’s nice to just make something in your own kitchen! Have a great night 🙂

  14. Amanda (Eating Up) on November 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Such good goals! I love taking time to write them down. You are such an inspiration!

  15. Susan on November 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    You know I have been wanting to meditate as well. I have been reading about it and finally watched Eat Pray Love (although I didn’t like it) and realized that I’m missing something by not meditating. I’ll keep myself posted on how it works for you as I am extremely curious!

  16. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Love your goals! I have similar ones that definitely need some attention! 😛

  17. Sana on November 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I love that you are willing to share your goals! You will achieve them!!

  18. Morgan on November 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    PLEASE bring Dance Trance to Athens. Us girls at UGA would go crazy for it. You and the pilot should move up here….I think you would fit right in. Athens , GA is a fantastic town.

  19. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Your blog is already fun and informative- one of the reasons I love it so much!! I know there’s room for improvement in any and every situation though, so good luck taking the bloggy where you want it to go!

    Having a baby is on the very top of my life goals list too. Though I think I have a bit longer to wait for that one than you 😉

  20. Lauren on November 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Love your goals. This world needs a little fitnessista or little pilot. Let’s get cracking on that one! 😉

  21. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Girl your blog already IS super fun and informative! If you make it better, I can’t even imagine how great it will be. You rock.

  22. Shanna on November 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    My hubby calls those thumbholes “monkey sleeves”!

  23. Gillian on November 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Was nice meeting you in San Fran!

    As someone new to fitness I’d love some more tips on getting started! Keep up the good work!

  24. hippierunner on November 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I am sure you will have no problemo reaching your goals because you are seriously awesome! 🙂

  25. KimLivesHealthy on November 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Great goals! The video you posted with the dancing in the dark party made me want to go to Dance Trance & I just got a BOGO coupon in the mail – that kind of business seems like it would do well almost anywhere! 🙂

  26. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on November 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I am going to Foodbuzz next year for sure! 🙂 Welcome back home!

  27. Cara Craves... on November 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Those are great goals!
    But personally, I think your blog is already quite fun and

  28. Jackie on November 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Gina — I was wondering if you’d go to Cafe Gratitude. Of course I had never heard of it, but we had this guy on our radio show last weekend whose entire life completely changed just because he randomly walked in there one night. He now made a documentary with some of the waiters.

    We’ll have to keep our eyes open to see if the movie comes to O-town any time soon. Hope to see you at DT soon!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      that is so awesome!
      and yes, let’s booty shake soon 🙂

  29. The Actors Diet on November 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    it was really lovely meeting you this weekend, gina! i didn’t go to cafe gratitude while i was in town but they ARE opening one just down the street from me in LA! squeeeeal!

    • Fitnessista on November 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      so awesome! loved chatting with you yesterday 🙂

  30. Rebecca on November 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I’m not going to lie, I totally thought that was a baggie of something else for a second! I also love jackets with thumbholes, great for running when it’s not cold enough to justify gloves yet. 🙂

  31. Jaclyn on November 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Ha funny how those kinds of ‘plans’ ie; eating one of the crackers have a way of falling through when things are just. too. good 😉

    Love love your goals – both work and personal – good luck to you, very brave of you to post! Glad you had fun at FB!! I’m jealous – and definitely will be there next year!

  32. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on November 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I love writing down goals. They key thing for me is to keep them simple and always have steps towards them. Great goals though!

  33. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on November 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I think your blog is very fun and informative!! I can’t wiat for your book!!

  34. Alissa on November 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I also love your blog! It is very informative, and I have gotten many ideas from you to use in my life also. I feel that you will enjoy this as much as I do:

    Avocado cut in half, take out the pit. Brush on lightly some olive oil and place flat/cut side down on the grill for about 4 mins. When done put pico in the hole where the pit was, hold it in your hand and eat with a spoon. Amazing!

  35. bobbi on November 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Gina it was so great meeting you this weekend!Love your goals!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

      i was so happy to finally meet you too!!
      hopefully we’ll get to see each other again soon!

  36. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 9, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I love reading your goals…You will be an awesome mommy one day, when ever that happens for you guys 🙂

    And the other goals…fun to read! Trance Dance studio…omg that sounds SO FUN!

    Meditating 30 mins a day. That would be a great thing to get a handle on before baby comes…haha! I attribute my yoga and meditation practice as the #1 (or very high on the list) of why/how I can stay more sane, grounded, present, and centered as a mom…admist chaos! B/c let’s face it, kids are amazing, but life goes a little chaotic when little ones enter life 🙂

  37. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on November 9, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I’m relatively new to your blog… what is your job (besides your fabulous food & fitness blog)?

  38. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on November 9, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I’m relatively new to your blog… what is your job (besides your fabulous food & fitness blog)?

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

      i’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and work at lululemon- blogging is my full time job though 🙂

  39. Cailin @ Stir Crazy on November 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

    As others have said, I already think you’re doing an amazing job with your blog! But I think it’s only natural to want to improve and do more. And you’d have such an awesome dance trance studio… your love for dance would translate into a successful business. If I lived close by, I’d be there!

  40. Milania Dela Cruz on November 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

    i enjoy reading ur blog and whatever you do to it i’m sure i’ll enjoy it as well! cheers!

  41. Pure2Raw Twins on November 9, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I totally agree things do taste better when someone else made it 😉 I have been devouring your macaroons, so good!!! YUM Thank you thank you!!! I am glad you had such a fun time. ~ Lori

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

      missed you this weekend! <3 hopefully i'll get to see you soon!

  42. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I’m dying to recreate that macrobiotic bowl you had! But you’re SO right – things always taste so much better when other people make them.

    Your blog is already so informative! You’re my go-to blog for strength training ideas. 😀

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

      thank you 🙂

  43. jenna on November 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

    looks like your goals will be keeping you BUSY!!!!!!!!!! GOSH! 🙂 loved reading them .

  44. Diana on November 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I can’t wait till you open your Dance Trance studio! I will totally come visit! 🙂

  45. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt on November 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Your blog is always fun and informative! I feel like I get to know you so well through this venue. Its a fun read!

  46. fittingbackin on November 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Great list!! Your goals are so exciting – especially the baby and the studio! So long as you keep blogging if you become a studio-owning, book-writing mama!

  47. Tina (My Life as a Mrs) on November 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Wine bar was SO a highlight (and tasting the cheeses of course hah)! Hope you are getting back into the swing of things being back home – I’ll message you next time in O-Town 🙂

  48. Clare @ Fitting It All In on November 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I feel the same way with my goals – there are SO many things I want to do!! But writing them down has to be good for organizing them in your head. I hope you get to accomplish all of yours!!

  49. Erin on November 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the Ab burner!! My abs are def burning. 🙂

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