Birthday shrimp

Birthday shrimp

Birthday shrimp

birthday shrimp

It’s the best day of the year, girl

Come on, you know the song 😉

We just got back from an awesome hibachi dinner with some friends 😀


It’s my friend Jeni’s birthday (whoo hoo!), so we celebrated our birthdays together since mine was last week.

We went to Ichiban, which is a pretty delicious (for Valdosta) Japanese steakhouse.

I had an unpictured glass of Cabernet (sorry! Not like you’ve never seen me drink wine though, haha)



Salad with ginger dressing:





birthday shrimp

We even got the “birthday special”, in which the servers bang on drums and sing a birthday song:


And a fruit boat!


That’s my kinda cake 😀

I had a blasty with everyone, even though I woke up 20 minutes before dinner. Let me explain….

Instead of my elliptical sesh as planned, my friend Ashley had an opening so I went to see her for an hour massage. I’ve been really tired lately and figured my aching back could use a rub. After the massage, a nutrition consultation with a new client, errands and training appointment, I still hadn’t eaten lunch, so when I finished up, I raced back to the casa to have some food before I could work out.

Since I didn’t fuel myself properly today, I was STARVING.

I had an Ezekiel English muffin with Earth Balance, maca and cinnamon:


An egg + 1 egg white topped with leftover chili:


And a huge salad:


It was quite scrumptious:


After I finally ate, I was even MORE tired. I could feel the toxins releasing from the massage and pair that with an enormous food baby, I decided to take a rest. I woke up two hours later :/

I’m usually excellent about feeding myself properly and snacking all day, but today’s hectic schedule and lack of planning messed me up a little. Lesson: 5 small meals a day, no matter what!

Time to crash out, wake up refreshed and ready to tackle a 7 mile tempo run.

Night, bloggies <3



*I promise to catch up on emails tomorrow! I haven’t forgotten about you, promise.

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  1. Kate on November 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Happy Birthday for last week!
    I love love love Japanese restaurants like this.
    I think it’s so cool how they cook in front of you -it’s such a performance!
    Good luck for your run tomorrow -enjoy 🙂

  2. Katie on November 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    You guys are all adorable! What a fun group!

    Enjoy your run. I have 5 miles tomorrow praying for sunshine! Haven’t ran since Sunday *blushes*

  3. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on November 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    yum that shrimp looks soo tasty!!! Birthday shrimp sounds good to me!

  4. Liz on November 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    LOVE ginger dressing- it’s so chunky and delicious (‘chunky’ probably isn’t the best word choice, haha). I have a place like that by my house and the food is awesome!!

  5. Bliss on November 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I stumbled upon it a few days ago and now you have a new admirer. haha! Seriously, though, you are such an inspiration. Quick question, what is maca and where do you get it? Is it a spice/herb or is it liquid form? What exactly would you say it tastes like? Okay, maybe not such a quick question, but if you would respond, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I love hibachi! What a fun way to celebrate the bdays. 🙂

  7. Marissa on November 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Looks like a fun place to go for a birthday!

  8. Jenna on November 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    dinner looks really great! i am never quite sure what to get at japanese and chinese restaurants etc. but they all look great and on the healthy side 🙂

  9. Paige @ Running Around Normal on November 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    What a fun birthday celebración! Everything looks great!
    Sorry you had a crash out today, but I’ll bet you rock your tempo run with the extra rest 🙂

  10. katie on November 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Yea for fruit as a birthday dessert!and I guess your body needed that rest!!!

  11. Carolyn on November 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I am always so full of soup and salad by the time the chef come out to cook the meat, I’m done!! I keep trying to convince the husband to share with me, but it’s a no go.

  12. Pure2Raw Twins on November 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I have been noticing I get tired if I eat to much at one time, although some times I have no choice. I prefer to eat small meals throughout the day, but it is hard. Good luck on your run 😉

  13. Bridget on November 18, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    You listened to your body and gave it much-needed rest, that’s never a bad thing!
    Good luck on your run tomorrow, you’ll kill it 🙂

  14. bec on November 18, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    bah who doesn’t want birthday shrimp 🙂 Also ginger dressing is amazing, I had sushi tonight and practically died over the fantastic ginger dressing

  15. Sally on November 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I know that song! You are too funny, Gina.

  16. Dara @ MyVeryFirstKitchen on November 19, 2009 at 2:58 am

    What a fun bday celebration!! I love japanese!! Is that Miso Soup you ordered?! I just did a post on miso soup if you are interested 🙂

    Food baby! haha!! I always say I am in a food coma. I think I will have to try out “food baby” 🙂

    <3, D

  17. simpledaisy on November 19, 2009 at 6:12 am

    It all looks super fun and yummy!!!

  18. VeggieGirl on November 19, 2009 at 7:11 am

    BAHAHAHAHAHA love your take on that Jermiah song 😀

  19. Shelby on November 19, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Dinner sounds great! Oh how I miss shrimpies!

  20. Tiffanie on November 19, 2009 at 8:24 am

    I always love going to those kind of places, but my body ALWAYS revolts against me and I pay for it a few hours later. I’ve sworn off those places. My husband is effected the same way!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

      i used to get really sick after eating there too, but once i stopped getting rice, i was fine! weird, huh?

  21. Lena on November 19, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Yea ive just started to do the whole 5 meals thing…at first i felt like i was constantly eating but it definitely keeps your energy up and small portions throughout the day actually makes you feel great! but sometimes those food babies are just so good 😀 and I love that you got sung to with such a fan affair!

  22. Jackie on November 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

    SO FUNN!! Hibachi is so much fun and yummo! Where did you get that shirt you are wearing! looks cute!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

      thanks girl! charlotte russe!

  23. Liz on November 19, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hi Gina!

    I’ve been reading for a while now. I love your blog and come to it often (daily, is that often enough?! – LOL). Your egg topped with chili, on the cutest serving bowl ever, looks amazing! Have a great day girl. And, btw – sometimes a girl just has to sleep!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

      thank you for saying hello and for reading my little blog 🙂

  24. Kristie Lynn on November 19, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Oh my goodness that Birthday “Shrimp” song is soooooooo ridiculous! I feel like the hubby and I can never talk about birthdays anymore without one of us singing it (well, the few words we know) 😛

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 11:06 am

      aha those are the only words i know, too 🙂

  25. Scorpio Woman on November 19, 2009 at 8:57 am

    the shrimps look good and the fruit boat, so beautiful. I’ve never been to a japanese steakhouse. I’ll have to try that soon 🙂

  26. Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life on November 19, 2009 at 9:31 am

    LOVE Hibachi!! I always choose that for my birthday!

  27. Gena on November 19, 2009 at 10:04 am

    So many fun bday celebrations lately! I’m still celebrating yours for you in NYC!

  28. Janna on November 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I bought maca! I’m so excited to try it!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 11:05 am

      whoo hoo! let me know what you think 🙂

  29. ashley on November 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Birth-day shrimp sounds like a WAY better song than what they play on the radio! ha.

    Hibachi grills are the best aren’t they?!

  30. Marian on November 19, 2009 at 11:52 am

    yummy eats:) I’m very jealous of your hour long massage! It’s giving me idea’s for my birthday now!!:)

  31. chrysta on November 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Super yummy looking food! The hour long massage sounds absolutely amazing.

  32. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I hope your run went well girl.. thanks for the baking help via twitter today, too!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

      of course!

  33. Claire (College:Raw) on November 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Gina, your blog makes my day! It’s my favorite to read; you’re so cute!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

      why thank you! <3

  34. Claire (College:Raw) on November 19, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Whoops, wrong website!

  35. susan on November 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    hi gina!
    i think i told you this already, but i’ve become a big fan of fitnessista ever since i came over to read mama pea’s guest post…

    i have a kind of random question… i’m getting back into working out after becoming pretty much a total couch potato. i’m currently doing the 20 minute interval workouts per “body for life”… but i want to start doing more running (mama pea and i have vows to run a 5k together in the spring)… so obviously the 20 minute interval workouts aren’t going to cut it if i’m training for runs longer than 20 minutes…

    i have read the “couch to 5k” workouts online, but wondered what you might recommend b/c i also want to incorporate some weights, which those workouts didn’t really discuss??

    thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

      hey susan,
      thanks so much for reading my little blog!
      i think the couch to 5k program is awesome, but if you’re thinking about including some weights, check out the summer shape up plan (under the workout tab). you could follow one of those plans and then do your running plan as the cardio portion??
      hope this helps a little!

  36. glidingcalm on November 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    yay! so happy you had a wonderful SHRIMP filled dinner!! did I call it? or did I call it?! 😉

    BIRTHDAY SHRIMP, it’s the best day of the…..

    so funny
    love you mamamamamamaa! 🙂

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