Bird is the Word

Hey friends! Hope you had a great day <3

It was a lovely Tucson Thanksgiving.


I was so lucky to be surrounded by friends and family all week and tonight was especially amazing. I loved catching up with the fam –and can’t believe my cousin Katie will have a BABY next time I see her- and had a blasty.

We stuffed our faces on glorious food:




Pumpkin perfect protein pancakes topped with goat cream cheese, sweet potato hash n’ berries

For the linner feast, I contributed Tyler Florence’s cornbread stuffing (using Earth Balance, almond milk and a flax egg w/ veggie broth)




and my favorite raw chocolate tart. (Filling recipe to come)


With food babies in tow, we partook in a Thanksgiving tradition.


My golf game is almost as wicked(ly terrible) as my poker game.

golf (2)

Can’t read my… can’t read my…


I lost Smile Our poker table was awesome. All of us kept lending each other chips when we needed them, cheered and chanted. The other table (the serious table) wasn’t pleased with our antics, haha.

And then, there was dessert.

dessert (2)


dessert (3)

and lots

dessert (4)

and lots

dessert (5)

of dessert Smile

I had to carb load for one of the most grueling fitness events ever:

BLACK FRIDAY Open-mouthed smile

I have a playlist ready, warm athletic outfit laid out, and am currently perfecting my block, ninja kick, and sprinting techniques Winking smile

See ya in the morning (crazy Core bag promo in the AM- UPDATE: Core bag link is here!!! $30 off my all-time fave gym bag)



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  1. Sana on November 26, 2010 at 12:16 am

    What kind of golf is that?

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

      (i wasn’t really golfing. i was just messing around with my brothers club and the funny cover, haha)

  2. Leah @ Why Deprive? on November 26, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Oh Black Friday! We have Boxing Day in Canada, which is the day after Christmas – Black Friday is so much better! I went down to Seattle one year for it, pure insanity! It was awesome.

  3. The Pilot on November 26, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Happy Turkey Day, baby! It looks like it was a great one. Miss you and love you like crazy!

  4. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on November 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Family poker- what an awesome tradition! Your dessert plate is making me drool- despite my still-full belly… Can’t wait for the morning promo 🙂

  5. Jess @moderngirlsguide on November 26, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Oh my god for a split 2nd I thought the 1st golf pic bella was on the end!!!!!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 26, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Your Thanksgiving looks fun and delicious!

  7. Lauren on November 26, 2010 at 6:30 am

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving. Glad it was spent in the company of amazing family and good food! 🙂

  8. Savvy on November 26, 2010 at 7:08 am

    It is the weirdest thing to not really have Black Friday today – I’m in Canada right now and I wish I could just hop over the border and get my shop on!!!
    Your thanksgiving looks wonderful and I love love the message from the Pilot on here <3 you two are great.

  9. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 26, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I wish we had Black Friday here in Canada! It sounds so intense! 😀

  10. CaSaundra on November 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Wow all those desserts look fab!

  11. Alex@Spoonful of SUgar Free on November 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!! It looks like you had a wonderful day 🙂 Have fun on Black Friday!!!! Go get some good deals 😉

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 26, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Looks like a delicious feast! I can’t wait to see what you get in the Black Friday sales! 🙂

  13. grocery goddess jen on November 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    How did the dressing turn out using flax eggs? I thought about doing that but didn’t know if it would be good….

    Love the pic of you and the golf club cover!

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2010 at 9:30 am

      it came out amazingly!

  14. Amy at TheSceneFromMe on November 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

    That’s an impressive dessert table!
    The golf game looked wicked too!
    Glad you had a great day!

  15. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Haha you’re adorable.

  16. rebecca lustig on November 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

    ive never partook in black friday adventures, but i wish you luck!!!!!!!

  17. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I’ve never heard of this major black friday workout? I can’t wait to hear about it all! I’m going to do one of the month 2 insanity workouts today so I can burn off some of that food 🙂

  18. Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy on November 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Ugh golfing – I am jealous that this is a Thanksgiving tradition for you. My family likes to play year round and they are all so good… I am the odd one out though it is fun to play from time to time!
    Good luck warding off the competition in your black friday shopping!

  19. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Sooo much good food. This post alone almost put me back into a food coma. 😉 haha Glad you had a happy Thanksgiving!

  20. Laura J. on November 26, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Your thanksgiving feast looks delicious and that dessert table is awesome! I bet some serious damage was done there 😉

    Happy shopping today!

  21. Moni'sMeals on November 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Holly Dessert Table! WOW!! What a lovely time you had. 🙂

    Have fun today…shopping burns calories too!

  22. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

    You are brave to go out on Black Friday! My wimpy butt is going to stay in where it’s warm and get some work done (I work from home!) Happy Friday! 😀

  23. Elizabeth on November 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Haha, laughing at the carb loading for black friday MMA. Hope you brought your nunchucks.

  24. Allison @ Food for Healing on November 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    looks like you had a lovely thanksgiving!
    I would have loved to play poker, i love it.

    I want that much dessert! haha i’ll wait til Christmas.

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I hope you find some awesome black friday deals!

    The food looks awesome…lovin’ the dessert table!

    And poker…meh. It’s a game played when the wine flows that makes it impossible for me to take it too seriously LOL

    Oh and in the breakfast pics..the sweet tater hash I think you called it? That looks incredible and like my hubs would beg me to make that for him..totally his kind of food.

    Enjoy the weather and your family, Gina! 🙂

  26. Ashley @ the fit academic on November 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    That poker game sounds like a lot of fun – I’d totally need to be at the “fun” table….I think the serious players would hate me : ) Glad you had a good Turkey Day!

  27. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on November 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had an insane amount of dessert too 🙂

  28. Cara Craves... on November 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    What a feast.
    Looks like you have some fun traditions.

    What did you score on Black Friday?

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      sadly, not as much as i’d planned! did you shop today?

  29. Jenn (eating bender) on November 27, 2010 at 1:35 am

    So fun, Gina! I am really glad you were able to be in Arizona for Thanksgiving! Love the shot of you with the golf club. I think Bobby has that same head cover. 🙂 The desserts look amazing…and my fam and I just played poker tonight! Our table was definitely a lot like yours, haha.

    Hope you got back safely!

  30. Dee on November 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

    How amazing did your dessert spread look?! WOW!

  31. Bronny on November 30, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Late comment! but….I love your jeans! What kind are they?

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

      forever21 🙂

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