Big Dreamin’

Hi guys πŸ˜€ How’s your Friday been??

Mine has been pretty wonderful πŸ™‚ The pilot and I did Insanity and then had bfast.

It was funny –during the warm-up, which is really more like an actual workout, the pilot was being a huge goofball. He was sprinting around me in circles and lifted the Buddha statue above his head. I looked at him and said β€œSave that energy. This is the warm-up, you’re going to need it later.” He didn’t believe me until the end, when he was on the floor, sweating, huffing and puffing πŸ˜‰ He finished the whole workout like a champ – pure cardio + cardio abs. Pretty amazing.

His and Hers Waffle Mix:


I did Old Fashioned Pancake Mix recipe for the pilot, and perfect protein pancake recipe for me- thinned out a little with extra almond milk

My waffles were topped with a chopped apple that I microwaved for 2 minutes with cinnamon:


And the pilot’s waffles were bathed in a shower of maple syrup:

waffles (2)

After our feast, we took the puppers to the dog park πŸ™‚

dog park

Bella was a sprinting machine and had races with the other dogs on the other side of the fence (the park has 3 fenced-in areas but we secluded ourselves from the other dogs since Vies doesn’t get along with all dogs)


And then she parked herself in the grass, let her tongue hang out and rolled around in the mud. Lovely.


Viesser loved envisioning the dogs as her next meal watching all of the other dogs πŸ™‚


After the park, I made some foodie and went to work.

The menu for dinner:

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic Oregano Vinaigrette for the pilot

– Dijon salmon for me

– Baked sweet potato fries

-Grilled yellow squash


and Riesling


It’s Friday πŸ˜‰

Off to cook!



Coming up on the bloggy

– Insanity Week 4 re-cap

– Homemade Clif bar recipe

– Fitnessista shirts for a great cause

Something to talk about: Your *BIG DREAMS*. When I asked ya’ll for some reader’s requests the other day, I got an awesome email from a reader asking me to do a post about long-term goals. A lot of the time, we’re too focused on the right now and near-future to think about what’s much further away- like 10 to 20 years from now. So, what do you *wishsobadly* to accomplish in the long term? The kind of things where, at the end of the road, you can look back and say β€œI’m so proud I did that.”


– Be the best wife, friend, sister, daughter, mom that I can be

– Make a conscious effort to take care of my health and take time for myself

– Write a book

– Open a fun fitness center for kids and young adults (maybe 8-18?), where they can come after school and take classes (like dance, basketball, Zumba, yoga, weight training, etc) and chill after school. I’d also like to have a cafe and cooking center on site and teach kids how to have healthy attitudes towards food and make dinner for themselves, while having a healthy and fun attitude towards fitness at the same time.

Big dreams indeed πŸ˜€ I’d love to hear about yours!

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    long term i hope to develop healthy habits to pass on to my kiddos, be the best wife/mother/sister/daughter i can be (sorry, i know it’s the same as yours, but it’s a good one :)), i too would like to write a book, but more than anything i just want to live a life of love towards everyone around me!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      amen πŸ™‚

  2. Angela (ohsheglows) on May 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I love, love, love your idea of a fitness centre for youth. I actually don’t think I have ever seen something like that, but it is very needed! What a great way to promote health in today’s youth! πŸ™‚

    One of my future goals is skydiving, lol. I WILL do it.

  3. Hannah on May 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    hey gina! They sound like great dreams!!! A quick question- what is the vegan cookbook that you like? I couldn’t remember but i’ve liked the recipes that you’ve posted so much that i think i mught give it a try (i’m a bit of a sucker for new fitness/health related stuff!!!haha)

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      eat, drink and be vegan! you’ll love it πŸ™‚

  4. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on May 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    i am LOVING insanity! I did it today with a client of mine at the gym, and he was huffing and puffing during teh warm up toO!I told him ‘pshh thast just the warm up!!’ he was dying at the end, but did the whole thing JUST LIKE A CHAMP!!

    i love the idea of microwaved apples atop teh glorious waffles!! totally copying you, if thats ok πŸ˜‰

    enjoy dinner tonight with the Pilot! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      of course that’s ok πŸ™‚

  5. Ash Bear on May 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Great goals! I agree with Angela that this is needed in our society instead of just another day care! I, like you, want to be the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend that I can be in the coming years while instilling a healthy lifestyle and value in my friends and children!

  6. Jenny on May 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I’m gonna have to make up some long term goals soon! Mainly to be a good person, get a job and follow my heart… And I can’t wait for that homemade clif bar recipe!

  7. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on May 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Get my PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. And have my research lead to something that helps many people πŸ™‚

  8. Karyn on May 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    long term i want to be an m.d. in the army. i want to go into endocrine or women’s health (like ob/gyn) because i just read a really interesting article about how women vets don’t have access to proper ob/gym services!

  9. Karyn on May 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    and i just noticed that your going to do a homemade clif bar?! awesome because i spend wayyyy too much $$ on those guys!

  10. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I want to become an architect that puts a positive impact on the world.
    I want to become a great mom and wife. I want to teach my kids about nutrition and grow them up to be strong, healthy, beneficial people.
    I also want to buy a cruddy house and fix it up to be beautiful πŸ™‚

  11. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on May 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I’ve been lucky to spend the past two years accomplishing part of the lifelong big dream–traveling around the world–and can’t wait to continue that for the rest of my life. My absolute dream is to host a show on the Travel Channel…

  12. Kyla on May 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Become a successful registered dietitian (I want to be on Food Network or the contributing health editor for the Today Show :D)
    Maybe open a catering business/market place cafe where I can counsel patients

    Meet Mr. Right and marry him and have healthy beautiful children.

    Be the best human being that I can be.

  13. Katherine on May 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I so badly want to be a mom too. I love taking care of and loving people. I hope my family considers me to be a good daughter/sister too. Great inspiration there; thanks for the thoughts!

  14. Mine are:
    1. Be an amazing wife, mum, daughter, sister, auntie and friend
    2. Be fit and healthy and look after my body
    3. Take a course in nutrition
    4. At some point i’d love to have an animal sanctury for unwanted small animals. Especially bunnies πŸ™‚
    5. A real dream would be to be a personal trainer

  15. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on May 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I wish so badly to have my two injured knees heal. It’s been five years of chronic pain and I so badly want them to feel better so I can walk and stand without pain. After that, it opens up other things I want to do, like travel a ton and have kids. Not sure how those two things will work out together. πŸ™‚

  16. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    sounds like you guys have had a lovely day together so far!

    I am SOO glad its friday, time to chill out.

  17. She-Fit on May 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about Insanity. I definitely want to try it out some day. And I love love love your dreams. . . especially the one about a health center for younger kids. Keep reaching for your dreams!!!

  18. Lauren on May 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm


    -Go into medicine and be a fantastic doctor
    -Win the Nobel Prize in medicine/physiology
    -Compete in a full triathlon
    -Be a wonderful mother and wife
    -Write a book

    I definitely like to dream big. Can you tell? ;P

  19. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    You are so right, I always think about today, I don’t really think about long term goals (besides like you said being a great wife, sister, daughter, friend, mother etc). You have inspired me to set some and write them down!

  20. allison @ livingoneday on May 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    i love that picture of bella flying!

    my long term goals are:

    1. write a book
    2. open a bakery/restaurant
    3. work for doctors without borders, world health organization, or TOMS shoes
    4. get married and have a family
    5. save the world and end childhood hunger =) (not too big of a dream, right?)

  21. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on May 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Sounds like such a fun day with the hubbie! You must be ecstatic that he’s home πŸ™‚

    I *love* talking about my big dreams because it makes them seem like more of a reality, you know? Mine are:

    1. travel as much as possible! Especially Israel, Greece, and Austria.
    2. meet the man of my dreams (hopeless romantic right here!) and start a family.
    3. work in the holistic health field….still narrowing down ideas on that one!
    4. do something in the ministry at my church (a mission’s trip to another country, maybe?)

    Sometimes I get discouraged because I thought I’d have much more accomplished by age 23 than I actually do, but then I realize that I’m being crazy and have my whole life ahead of me!

  22. Jenny on May 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I am so happy the Pilot is back….you both look so happy!!!
    im an old romantic so you guys make my heart pitter-patter πŸ™‚

    did you guys really meet at a starbucks….that is crazy…..i love it!!!!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      thanks girl!
      yes, we definitely met at starbucks. craziest (and luckiest!) thing ever πŸ™‚

  23. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on May 7, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    My lifelong dreams:
    -be a mom (and a good one!)
    -run atleast 1 marathon
    -find a career that I love!
    -write a book
    -be in a magazine (weird, I know)

  24. Laura J. on May 7, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Long-term life goals would have to be…

    * Living a healthy, active lifestyle and instilling the same passion in my two boys.
    * Do something with nutrition as a career…holistic nutrition interests me..
    * Be the best mom, wifey, daughter, sister and friend.
    * Get more involved in my church and community and help others! πŸ™‚

    P.S. Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!! πŸ™‚ And tell you’re pilot thank you for all he does for this country too!! So grateful for men like him and the awesome women such as yourself who support and encourage them!

  25. Ashley on May 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    There was a Zumba demonstration in Herald Square (outside Macy’s) yesterday and I thought of you!

  26. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on May 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    My biggest dream is to write a cookbook asap!

  27. Run Sarah on May 7, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Cant wait for the clif bar recipe! I want to be a mom, start a family, remain fit and healthy, and graduate and start up my practice!

  28. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) on May 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I love to load up my pancakes and waffles with diced cinnamon apples! It is the perfect topper!!! Looks like a great day with your family! Have a great weekend!

  29. Julie @ Pickley Pear on May 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Bella is so cute – she’s running like a champ! Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

  30. caroline on May 8, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Sounds awesome!! You CAN DO IT and I can’t wait to see you succeed πŸ™‚

    A current goal of mine….

    Become a full time sponsored Fitness Presenter – travel the world presenting at conferences and inspiring others to teach safe, effective, FUN, group fitness classes so that they can share fitness love everywhere! πŸ˜‰

  31. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on May 8, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Aww love the pup pics πŸ™‚

    My BIG dreams-
    -Marry my boyfriend and become Canadian πŸ˜›
    -Write a cookbook or memoir!
    -Open a personal chef business focusing on pregnant mommies- nutrition for them and their future babies! πŸ™‚


  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

    That fitness center for kids sounds like an amazing idea! I would love to see that happen for you!

    My dreams are to become a nutritionist/R.D and help young girls with disordered eating. I also want to travel, get married, and look back with zero regrets. πŸ™‚

  33. Liza on May 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Hey Gina!

    How’s the Insanity going for you? Are you seeing any significant results? πŸ™‚ I just finished downloading it. I’m a little doubtful though since it all looks like cardio.

    And GOSH I’d wanna join that fitness center! I’m 18 now though. πŸ˜›

    • Fitnessista on May 8, 2010 at 8:56 am

      hey girl,
      i LOVE it. i’ll post the 4 week re-cap later today πŸ™‚

      • Liza on May 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

        Yay! Can’t wait! Because I’m thinking of just substituting Insanity for my cardio days and stick with my usual weight lifting days (following your Summer Shape-Up). Do you think that’s a good idea? πŸ™‚

        • Fitnessista on May 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

          yes, i think it’s an excellent idea πŸ™‚

  34. Emma on May 8, 2010 at 9:11 am

    My long term goals are:

    Get married and have babies!
    Achieve and maintain my goal weight
    Become a teacher – either for young children or a teacher of English as a foreign language
    Emigrate (although I’m not sure where to yet!)
    Be self sufficient (for at least just fruit and vegetables)
    Be as kind, happy and loving as can be, and strive to make everyone around me as happy as they can be too

    I love your idea for a fitness centre for kids!

  35. Heather on May 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Your dreams and goals are beautiful. I have no doubt that you will accomplish them!

    My big dreams:
    – Become a signed singer/songwriter (see link for my music!)
    – Take of myself: body, mind, and soul
    – Always see the light in everyone

  36. highonhealthy on May 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I’d love to become a dietitian.. even though it means I have a lot of work ahead of me. First I need to take chemistry which I didn’t take in high school because there was no way that I would need it. Then I have to go around applying to schools and hoping I get accepted into one.. and if I do, chances are it won’t be in my province. So that means I would have to leave my family and the province I love behind. I’m up for the challenge though! No dreams are too big. πŸ™‚

  37. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on May 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Oooo I love your dreams!! I want to marry the love of my life, have children, open my own wedding cake business, and run a marathon!

  38. on May 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

    DOG PARK! yay!!! hehe <3 have a great weekend!!!

    ps. ur dreams sound divine!!! all the best love

  39. Jenna (Hello, I Love You) on May 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love this post!

    My dream is to be a mom. I also want to travel around the world and write about food. I want to continue to make jewelry and see it in stores nationwide. Finally I want to teach yoga to people struggling with addiction. Hooray for dreaming and ultimately achieving goals!

  40. Shelly on May 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    My big dreams are to write a good novel (I’ve written a novel during National Novel Writers Month–called NANWRIMO– but given that you do in in a month flat, it’s not a very good one) and have it published; have a daughter (at least one); and spend more time in Europe and overseas in general (I’ve been to Switzerland 3 times, but I’d like to go elsewhere- hopefully I’ll be going to Portugal for my honeymoon).

  41. Kilee on May 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I loved reading everyone’s dream and aspirations! I really like your idea of the after-school children’s center. What a great way to create positive habits in young people! As for my dreams, I think about them constantly and they are ever evolving. Most importantly, I want to be the best daughter/sister/girlfriend/friend that I can be. I treasure all of my loved ones and they mean everything to me. As for career goals: be as fabulous as I can at whatever I want. Have a great weekend!

  42. Hilary @ Purelicious on May 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    So I just heard about this grant contest and I thought of you and your idea for a kids center! You can win $25K to implement a healthy living idea in your community. Sounds like it would be right up your ally with that idea. Not sure if it was something you wanted to do in the near future anyway or more of a long term thing but figured I’d pass this along anyway! It’s a great idea, I hope you make that dream a reality eventually! πŸ™‚

    Post Grant for Good Health:

  43. Sarabell on July 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Such awesome goals! I swear, your blog is making me a better person! I have always tried eating healthier and working out more, but usually crash and burn after a weekend “binge” and repeat… but now I’m realizing I need a little cheat meal to keep from burning out and I’ve suddenly lasted for two whole weeks eating right, exercising daily, and having a much better outlook on the world in general. I actually just self-published my first young adult and children’s novels this year but my goals would be to generate enough income from that to replace my current job, to continue to maintain this healthy lifestyle and not just lose weight but get HEALTHY, and also to be the best wife/daughter/sister/friend I can be. =]
    Thanks for being such an awesome inspiration!

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