Blame it on the Playlist

Hi guys! How’s your day going?? I’m so glad ya’ll liked the solo spin workout 😀 Have fun with it!

Things are frantic but bueno over here…. WE’RE OFFICIALLY GOING TO THE BAHAMAS!!!

I’m a little ridiculously stoked.

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It’s gonna be glorious!!! We’re not leaving until May, but I’m already on the lookout for some guest posts in addition to the once daily posting I’ll be doing. If you have a fun idea for a post, please send it my way and I’ll see what we can hook up 😉 Mayjah thanks to Heather for booking our trip!

This afternoon, I was hankering for a salad beast and without any raw crackers around for some crunch, I had another idea….



“Oh no, you didn’t!”

Oh yes, yes I did 🙂

To go with said beast, I broiled some cut-up millet in a small baking dish, sprayed with olive oil (from the misto) and seasoned with oregano, sea salt and garlic. Why have I not done this before?? Expect many millet croutons in the future 🙂

After a few training appointments, I braved my first run post-half marathon and post-injury hiatus. Even though I was apprehensive, it actually went well! I walked/ran for 4 miles and made sure to keep my pace around 9:00—I looked down once and I was pacing 7:30. Oops! I blame it on the killer playlist 😉 It felt sooooooo dang good to get my legs moving again.



Cullen juice with:

-2 small apples

-1 beet

-6 honking carrots

-a ginger nub

I’m off to make some homemade Indian food… hopefully it’s face-rocking 😉

Have a wonderful night!



Something to think: Today, while I was laying by the pool, I couldn’t help but overhear the college girls next to me totally bashing themselves. It was almost a contest between them: who could say the worse thing possible. They were talking about their bodies, their workouts, eating habits, etc. (one of them was also sunbathing using Pam nonstick cooking spray, but that’s beside the point) and while I won’t write what they were saying, I will say that it made me feel horrible inside. Life is too short to be anything but proud of yourself. I know, I know, easier said than done…. there was definitely a time where nothing was good enough for me.

Looking back, I know now that all of the time I spent obsessing and trying to be “perfect” was a total waste. Also, looking back at pictures from that time, when I was so unhappy with how I looked/ate/worked out/etc, I looked beautiful. And so do these girls… the only ugly thing about them was what they were saying.

You are all amazing, FIT, gorgeous and intelligent..and best of all, YOU’RE ALIVE! Don’t waste your time thinking badly about yourself—remind yourself of all of the people (myself included) who think the world of you. Next time a bad thought crosses your mind, picture my goofy face and how bummed I would be to hear you talking or thinking badly about yourself. Cliché but true: You’re the only “you” you’ve got. Love it and own it. <3

Speech ovahhhhh 😀

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 31, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    i love your something to think about…this is actually what was sort of going through my head yesterday! it’s a journey, but i’m working on learning to love all of me, and it’s completely freeing 🙂

    and i’m stoked for you guys going to the bahamas…take pictures!

  2. Elle @ Acquired Tastes on March 31, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    The girls at my work fat-talk all the time – and usually I end up yelling something at them like: “you are awesome and beautiful and stop saying those things!” I think they think I’m crazy 😉

    I’m jealous of your trip – I need to plan a vacation asap!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      i almost wanted to say something but didn’t know what to say!

  3. Chocolate-Covered Katie on March 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Ok, I know I usually don’t comment twice in one day… or at all (but I’m still always reading)… but I’m so excited so I have to tell you:
    I just finally bought spirulina so I can make your green shake you posted about so long ago!

    P.S. Please save some Indian food for me 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

      ahhh i love seeing your face twice on here today 🙂
      YUMMM!!! enjoy it! and yes, i’ll save you some indian- everything tonight is vegan 🙂

  4. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on March 31, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I agree with you it is so hard to hear people speak so badly about themselves, it is so unwarranted. I am in Costa Rica right now and have some downtime before I shower and being on vaca is amazing. I am loving every second of it so get excited! 🙂 and tanning with pam is gross!

  5. Courtney on March 31, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for the post. I recently lost 50 lbs (from 175-125lbs) and after losing it my body image also declined (seems backwards, right?). I think I felt like “Hey, I lost all this weight I should look perfect.” I am slowly learning that there is no “perfect” and trying to better my self image. Reading this blog and the other links you posted to previous blogs dealing with the same issue really help.

  6. brittney on March 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    *You are all amazing, FIT, gorgeous and intelligent..and best of all, YOU’RE ALIVE! Don’t waste your time thinking badly about yourself—remind yourself of all of the people (myself included) who think the world of you.*

    If I make you engagement chicken, will you marry me?

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      hahah, make it engagement shrimp and you got a deal 🙂

  7. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    aw thanks for that little pep talk. I’ve been feelin down lately because i’ve been so sick, and just found out that i have PARASITES! Eww right. So now i am on a bunch of natural stuff to get rid of them!

    we’re trying to plan a trip, eventually, to Italia! i would love to be there one day.

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      oh no! get well soon!!!!
      our original plan was italy but airfare was way to expensive :/

  8. Erica on March 31, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    SO awesome that you’re going away! You guys are going to have a blasty. Glad the run went well- bet thats a relief 🙂

  9. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on March 31, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Ugh…I hate to hear that! And it’s everywhere, fat talk, isn’t it? Or whatever kind of negative talk!

    I wish I could run around and just spread some sort of pixie dust on gals and guys who are in that negative place. It is such a tough world to be in and this one is so much better. If we could all just LET GO OF THE PRESSURE AND EXPECTATION TO BE ANYTHING BUT OUR FABULOUS SELVES! Then the world would be so brighter. 🙂 Ok, unexpected speech. Now I will step down.

  10. Kelly on March 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I love how nonchalantly you threw out laying by the pool. This Philly girl is jealous. I hate fat talk, I’m really trying to curb my habit.

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      LOL. yes… it was 80 here today- i had to do it

  11. Danielle (Coffee Run) on March 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I’m surrounded my college girl talk all the time. It’s sad, unnecessary…but also annoying lol. I totally agree, be happy that you’re alive 🙂

    I’m so jealous you’re going to the Bahamas!

  12. Jenna on March 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks for the little pep talk! I think it is so easy for girls (and boys) to sit and think negatively of you. But you really have to just be happy you are healthy, happy and like you said ALIVE! 🙂

    So excited for you that you get to get away! You deserve it, chica.

  13. shelly on March 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I remember when I was a teenager, I used to think that I was fat, when I look back at pics now I have to wonder what I was thinking! I was the one tanning with the baby oil! Crazy!!

  14. Katherine on March 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    What’s a ginger nub? I love the looks of that juice!

    I’m so in the getting over of sitting around people talking about their bodies. It only brings you down listening to it. My life has been stuck in reverse because I’ve been suffering from low confidence and the whole point to my blog is to stop wasting my life with exactly what your links talk about! (it’s just getting started so I’d love any advice, thanks!)


    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      hahah a little knob of ginger 🙂

  15. Katherine on March 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    PS I can’t pace myself either!

  16. Jenny on March 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for the positive words beautiful lady:)

  17. Kimberly on March 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    MILLET CROUTONS?!? BRILLIANT! 🙂 You guys are going to have SO MUCH FUN in the Bahamas! A little jealous over here. My fiance’ and I took a Caribbean Cruise back in Decemeber and it was A-Mazing and absolutely beautiful. Love vacations, but where does the time go when you are on them, seriously? Time flies when you are having fun, fo sho :):)

  18. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on March 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    mmmmmm millet croutons!!!!!! YUM

    Speech appriciated ! 😀


  19. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on March 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Congrats on booking your trip!!

    I go to a yoga class that is almost all college girls, and it makes me so sad to listen to them sometimes, just bashing their (what I see as perfect) bodies. I know that I did that too when I was in school…it’s just such a hard environment sometimes…lots of girl competition, who can be thinnest, etc. I definitely see that with my students (who are college freshmen), although interestingly, when we do our body image unit in my class, they all say that the pressure to be perfect is much worse in high school then in college.

    Sorry, long comment!!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      i love long comments 🙂
      and yes, it’s very frustrating to see beautiful girls bashing their bodies. the pressure is outta control

  20. Whit on March 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Hear hear! Preach it sista!

  21. Heather C on March 31, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    So excited for you guys! I know it’s going to be amazing =) Glad your run went well.
    I hope those girls stumble upon your blog someday…

  22. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on March 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Good work getting back to running! I’d be happy to do a guest post for you if you’re interested during your trip… I’ll think of some ideas!!

  23. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on March 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    So true! As we get older, I really learn what is important and wish I could take back that time worrying about my body.

  24. Danielle on March 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you for the ‘speech’! I really needed to hear those words today!!! 🙂

  25. Midgetkeeper on March 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that I came to the realization that my body is amazing. It was so mind blowing for me, especially after being so down about it after my pregnancies how I was taking my body and all it has and can do for granted.

    It is the best feeling to be free of that.

  26. eatdrinkandbemerrynyc on March 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Achhh how sad 🙁 I can act holier than thou and say I never say those things to myself, but realistically I’m a work in progress. That being said, I have made GIGANTIC strides and would never sit out and say those things about myself. We have one life. I have seen terrible tragedies lately, people dying too early (that I know) and what they wouldn’t give for one more day on earth, regardless of the shape/size.
    You’re the best, Gina!

  27. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on March 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Ohhh I want a tropical vacation too!!! So glad one of us is getting one atleast! I would love to do a guest blog post for you! 🙂


  28. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on March 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Yay for the Bahamas! I’m sure I can think of something to post about and send it your way =D

    Home made croutons are the BEST! I hate restaurant/boxed croutons. HM are the shizzz 😉

    I totally agree with you on the self-bashing. We should love our bodies, whatever shape they are, whatever flaws we have!! Life is too short.


  29. Mandy on March 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    You totally just made me cry right at the end there:) u are awesome thank you for being so ridiculously great!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      thank YOU for reading my little blog <3

  30. Melissa S. on March 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Oh girls and their self gossip and bashing…I heard some girls in the dressing room not too long ago doing that and slipped an OB note over the room wall…they were surprised, but I slipped away and didn’t know what came of it. hope they learned that like you said, WE’RE ALIVE.

  31. Gina G on March 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    your a beautiful person gina, inside and out. know that you always make a difference in my day (mine and many others!)

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm

      thank you! <3

  32. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on March 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    where are you staying in the bahamas? I’ve been there a couple of times !

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      great exuma- have you been there??

  33. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on March 31, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    soooo jealous of your trip to the bahamas!!! Have fun for all of us!!

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm

      i will, thank you! i’ll soak up some sun for every bloggy out there 🙂

  34. Michelle on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I am so stoked for you that you are going to the Bahamas! I fully expect to see an oceanside morning yoga sesh or two! 🙂 I hope you have a blast! how long do you get to be in paradise??

    plus, I recently visited my parents, and while they are super supportive of me eating healthy and such, and proud of me for making running goals and sticking to training, I had to stop my mom for encouraging me in some old bad habits. 🙁 It reminded me of the ‘fat talk’ you mentioned because I had to remind my mom that I don’t skip meals anymore, and I don’t make myself feel guilty on purpose because of a less than stellar food choice, I just make better ones in the future. It’s a huge mental leap, and it bumms me out to see that mentality in the people i love 🙁

    • Fitnessista on March 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      we’ll be there for 8 days! YEAH
      i totally, totally know what you mean. some of my closest family members fat talk and it makes me SO SAD 🙁

  35. Heather on March 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Love, love, LOVE your speech! Life is toooo short, hopefully, they will realize sooner than later!
    I’m also green w/jealousy ur goin to soak up the sun (hopefully not w/PAM cooking spray) in the Bahamas!!!


  36. TonjaToi on March 31, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I went to the Bahamas in December – A.MAZING. I really hope your trip there is as much fun as mine was.

  37. Brittany on March 31, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Please drink a Bahama Mama for me!! 🙂

  38. Brynne on March 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Soooo jealous of the Bahamas! Congrats on the great run! What playlist did you use – your new spin one?

  39. Jodie on March 31, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    It too breaks my heart when I hear anyone bashing themselves. Enjoy your vacay. I think I need to go home soon and soak up some sun.

  40. *Andrea* on March 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    great post! i got a little teary 🙂 pretty much all my friends were bashing their bodies when we tanned on the beach or when we ordered dinner/desserts and it was (a) sad to hear, (b) triggering for me and (c) not positive at all!

  41. Becca on March 31, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Oh, thanks so much for writing that little bit at the end. Somehow, as often as that positive talk goes around, it’s still too easy to get stuck on yourself and focus on ridiculously small things.
    Yay for your Bahamas vacation! I’m happy for you guys 🙂

  42. Niki on March 31, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for your “something to think about” its a great reminder to live healthfully and love yourself!!

  43. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on March 31, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Amen, sista 😉 Did you talk to them at all?? Share some Gina words of wisdom 😉

    And CONGRATS on booking your trip! Soooo jealous!

  44. Samantha on April 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

    It is sad but it is also easier said than done. At 31, I’ve been battling a weight gain for 18 months that is getting worse, not better, no matter what I do. Just yesterday I stepped on the scale, just today I went through 4 pairs of jeans before giving up in tears and putting on a dress to go to a friend’s birthday lunch. When you feel there are more questions than answers and the help you try to get doesn’t help at all…sometimes you do succumb.

    Enjoy the bahamas…what an awesome place! And it’s soon enough to be getting excited about…yay!

  45. caronae on April 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Yay for the Bahamas! I’m SO jealous 😉
    And thanks for the little note at the end. You are so right. Blogworld has helped me realizer that I’m okay the way I am!

  46. Annie on April 1, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Was the girl really using Pam nonstick spray to sunbathe with??? Why on Earth would she do that?

    • Fitnessista on April 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

      YES. i have no idea

  47. stephanie on April 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

    so true. we should all be much nicer to ourselves. thanks for lovely reminder!

  48. lisa smith on April 1, 2010 at 1:37 am

    gina, you are such a beautiful woman. 🙂 thank you for your blogs!

  49. Mary on April 1, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Ah, sweet post.

    I’ve been making Indian food lately and finding it ridiculously easy and tasty. I don’t think I’ve ever had it in a restaurant, though, so what do I know! You’ll do great with it, and will never miss the old place.

    I was just watching Cougar Town and your blog ‘voice’ is reminding me of a 20-something version of the Courtney Cox character. She’s so chipper and into her cutesy sayings. Tonight’s was ‘pursey whipped’. Ha!

  50. Kim @ Eat and Be on April 1, 2010 at 2:36 am

    thanks for the words about being kind to ourselves. seriously, i went to a college that was notorious for skinny, beautiful girls and i fell into the pressure traps of thinking negative thoughts as well. GRRR! What a waste of such a wonderful time in our lives, now that I am so old (30, ha!) I feel so much more comfortable with myself and able to appreciate all of the good things I have to offer in life (skinnier now than i ever was due to giving up worrying about it). p.s. i have a good tip about bahamas if you haven’t already booked hotel. if you want to enjoy all of the amenities of the Atlantis resort, but not pay the prices there is a hotel you can stay at and it includes free day passes to the Atlantis (a 2 minute walk) i forget name now, but if you haven’t booked accomodations yet I can look it up and send it on to you!

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