Blame it on the moon

Helloooooo 😀 How are ya? It was comforting to hear that I’m not the only emotional post-workout girl out there!

It was also really interesting to read Averie’s comment about the full moon…


I blame nature. Haha.


So I had another real dinner last night!

Except for this one was coated in a blanket of melted Daiya 😉


After reading Gena’s post about veggie gratin, the weirdest thing happened: I actually wanted veggies again! (ok, I really wanted melted Daiya, but we can pretend)

I followed her recipe and enjoyed it along with a salad, topped with my new fave dressing:


SO good 🙂

After dinner, I started a new book- a friend of mine recommended the author Martha Beck to me, while we were talking about inspirational stuff (and how we both love motivational/inspirational reads).


The book is called “Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live”

I’m am 100% sucked in already, and wishing I would have read it a little over 3 years ago before starting the blog. I had just quit my miserable job as an area sales manager, had a finance degree I wasn’t using (and couldn’t get a job, despite my educational background and credentials), and found myself at a serious crossroads. The Pilot was gone a lot (which became a way of life) and I was pretty miserable as I was trying to figure out my niche and what I would make of myself.

I was so fortunate to become involved in the health and fitness industry and eventually start the blog, which is hands down, my true passion. Eventually this little hobby became my full-time job and I know it’s what I’m supposed to do, especially since I enjoy it so much 🙂

That being said, I really think that this book will help with the “what’s next?” stage. I plan on blogging forever (you’ll have to work really hard to get rid of me, haha) but like to think that the blog is a jumping off point for something else, too 🙂

Do you read inspirational/motivational books? What are you reading right now?

I’m off to teach! See ya later, friends <3



Something to do: OpenSky followers– Sun Warrior promo is today! Whether you need to replenish your stash or are giving it a first try, celebrate with a bag of the best protein ever. We always run out, so time is of the essence 🙂

Then, make some amazeballz:


perfect protein pancakes


or a breakfast cookie 🙂

bfast cookie

Something to read:

Why High Fructose Corn Syrup is Bad (mmm kay?)

10 Creative Uses for the New Facebook Profile

10 Ways to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank

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  1. Stephanie on May 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Bethenny Frankel’s A Place of Yes was my first motivational/inspirational read and I loved it!

    • Maria on May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      I tried to go buy this at Border’s and they were all sold out. I’ll definitely put it on my list of things to read.

  2. mi-an on May 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    full moon always makes ppl craycray!! 🙂 i love reading inspirational books. eventually i want to do global health medicine (traveling the world while serving ppl) so two of my fave books are: mountains beyond mountains (about dr. paul farmer) and leaving microsoft to change the world. both great books. p.s. i have been appointed as Director of the Manny Pacquiao Foundation!! so my next book is At a Crossroads: not-for-profit leadership strategies for boards and executives. 🙂 can’t wait for it!!

  3. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on May 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    YESS I’ve been waiting for a chocolate promo!! 🙂

  4. Mel on May 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Ok, I’m with you. I have been eating really awful lately- maybe I’m just on your wavelength and can’t wait for the pilot to get home too, haha! I have a smoothie for dinner and my eats have been really erratic. I have a family of carnivores that I feed and i always feel that I come last and sometimes I just don’t have the energy to put into it.

    I’m trying to look for new ideas. Ah life!

  5. Maria on May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    The full moon reasoning makes a lot of sense. People don’t realize how much it affects our bodies, I’ve heard it has something to do with the water in our bodies. My mom used to work as a nurse for mental health patients and she always said that things got a bit more nutty during a full moon. On another note, thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve been looking for something inspirational to read. I’m at a point in my life right now where it sounds like that book would come in handy.

  6. Clare @ Fitting It All In on May 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    SO interesting about the moon. And I should get that book – I’m in a miserable job with a new blog and studying to be a health coach!

  7. Alexa @ Simple Eats on May 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    That book sounds awesome. I’m sure a TON of people could benefit from reading it!

  8. Laura J. on May 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Right now I’m bouncing back and forth between 2 books– Raising Boys (soo good! Definitely recommend it for anyone raising boys 🙂 ) and Something Blue (which is the sequel to Something Borrowed).

    That’s interesting about the full moon…I don’t know if I fully believe all that– how can the shape of the moon effect your mood?? But it was definitely an interesting perspective 🙂

  9. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    When you said you plan on blogging forever, I totally just pictured all of us bloggers 60 years from now writing posts about the best foods to eat with our dentures and reviews of our seniors aerobics classes LOL! 😛

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      your comment cracked me up

  10. Destini on May 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    After your confession post last week, i went to my local health food store and had them order some of that Tulsi Tea – Sweet Rose… it today, had some right away and WOW soo yummy. Several coworkers could smell it and asked me where it was from. I hope that health food store can keep up!!!

    I love ur amazeballz photos LOL I will make these tonight FOR SURE 🙂

  11. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily on May 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I just finished reading “Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers”. A GREAT book about human nature and the way we approach our lives. It is really funny but gives great insight.

  12. Alyssa on May 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I just bought my first package of Sunwarrior Protein EVER! I am soo sooo excited!

  13. Vanessa on May 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I just found your blog and I am so happy that I did. I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now but I just haven’t found my voice. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy reading yours. I look forward to reading your future posts.

    Many Blessings

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      thanks so much vanessa- nice to *meet* you 🙂

  14. Dana Marie on May 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    If you guys are Glee fans, watch next week– season finale in NYC — and look for me in the Time’s square scene!

  15. Alicia @ This Organic Body on May 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    My favorite self help books are Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason by Marci Schimoff… They have really helped me on my journey to feeling more like myself after having my son. It’s a strange identity crisis that has taken over my life for almost 3 years. They share amazing life experiences and really make you feel more connected to yourself through the exercises. My husband met her 2 years ago and said she is just the most amazingly positive and happy person and that is exactly how I want to be 🙂

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