Did you know that if you have red sangria on a Wednesday, it automatically makes the rest of the week so much better?


It is true.

The Pilot played hooky today 😉 He took a day of leave so I could go to the dentist (and then couldn’t get an appointment). He still has 90-something days of leave, and if you don’t use it, ya lose it, so we got to spend the day together. If only he could just take three months off starting now… but it doesn’t quite work that way.

A highlight of the day: a little late lunch/early dinner date at Blanco.

Chips, salsa, guac

chips3 guac

Grilled chipotle shrimp tacos


A couple bites of tres leches cake

tres leches

enjoyed with our favorite little sidekick.

the fam2

(and the Pilot’s mustache)

Speaking of mustaches, how’s your March going?

I went back through the Marvelous March list to see how I’m doing:

Try a new St. Patty’s Day recipe. I didn’t end up doing this one, but I was the happy taste tester for the madre’s lime gluten-free cupcakes.

-Create your own luck. This one was pretty easy since I decided to revisit an old project that fell by the wayside. I’m taking my time to get back into it, but it feels good to take another look at things with fresh eyes.

-One green meal a day. I’ve gotten so much better at this and am pretty much back to my usual eats. Vegetables like cray over here 🙂 The thing that seemed to help the most was making Sunday a prep day: buying groceries for the entire week, chopping everything, boiling grains and pre-making some salads. Green smoothies are back, too 🙂

Go for gold! Gold fingernails

Plan a picnic. Not yet, but it’s supposed to be 80 again this weekend, so that might be an excellent plan.

Start a March Madness bracket with a friend. No.. when the cats are out, basketball goes on the list with the all the other sports I don’t seem to care much about.

Encourage (or discourage? haha) Mustache March. Everyday I make a random comment about the Pilot’s ‘stache.. and his van filled with candy.

Take your workout outside. Lots of Sabino Canyon trips lately! The weather has been gorgeous (oh yeah, minus the one day that it SNOWED), and it’s a fun little outing for the whole fam.

Get tatted up? Not yet, but when the Street Fair comes, there’s a henna lotus tattoo with my name on it 😉

What have you done this month that you’re proud of? Something you’re looking forward to?

Favorite Mexican food libation? Sangria is #1, horchata is a close second.

See ya in the morning with a spring playlist!



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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football on March 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Wow – your food eats look so good today. I did NOT know that about red sangria so I’ll have to keep that in mind for next week!! 🙂

  2. britt on March 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    your one-green-meal-a-day challenge has really helped me get back to my pre-baby way of eating. when i was nursing i was struggling to eat enough so i developed terrible eating habits (and somehow lost a ton of weight). i stopped about 5 months ago and it has been hard to get back to clean eating so my weight has slowly crept up. this little challenge came just in time for bathing suit season too 😉 thanks!!

  3. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on March 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Nice job on the March goals so far! I definitely have been partaking in a lot of green meals and outside workouts! Gotta soak up this great weather while ya can!

  4. Kristin on March 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    my hus is sort of doing the Mustache March thing and when he said hes growing his out last night I said oh no, mustache March! He was like what?!? He has no idea what that was and I had to explain what u said on ur blog to him! haha…i can do facial hair, just not mustaches! Sangria on Wednesday sounds like a very good idea on a Wednesday!!! Kinda makes it keel like a weekend day huh 🙂

  5. Kristin on March 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    yea…sorry for all those typos, my keyboard is terrible!

  6. Brittany on March 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I tried a new class at the gym and LOVE it. Thats my big thing this month. I am looking forward to Zumba on Friday AND Saturday (and lunch with the instructor after class on Saturday). Both taught by an AMAZING woman!! Can’t wait!

  7. Caroline @ After Dinner Dance on March 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Way to go on your goals! I’m proud that I ran 30 minutes with no walk breaks! And margaritas all the way 🙂

  8. Jen on March 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Love red sangrias, I have started having green monster smoothies every morning and I love them. I also tried almond milk and love it, I was afraid to try it because I don’t like almonds!

  9. Nicole H on March 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    What kind of camera do you use?

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

      canon rebel t1i

      • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

        i have no idea how to use it though 😉

  10. Sara on March 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    About Green Meals: As my nutrition studies progress I’m really getting the importance of veges, and the more I focus on them, the better I feel. Just getting those minerals in is sooo important. My brain works better that way.

    About Sangria: Haha… Oh god, the memories – in Barcelona they seem to serve Sangria Cava (same thing? not sure.. it looks the same) in a glass that is approximately the size of a bucket. It’s like a giant brandy glass. Enormo.

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 am

      that sounds AWESOME 🙂

  11. Allison on March 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    this month i am proud to have officially started blogging again, and started my big half marathon training!

    wow his mustache is…. to say the least.. interesting..

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    That cake! That whipped cream! Oh I am in heaven right there 🙂

    And glad you guys were able to spend time together and have a great time of it!

  13. Sana on March 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Hahah you are so thrilled with the Pilot’s mustache!

  14. Krystina (Krystina Zena) on March 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Definitely a margarita. My favorite is just silver tequila, fresh lime juice and agave.

    I’ve never had horchata! I’ve definitely wanted to try it, though.

  15. aldr on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    love blanco..glad they now have one in scottsdale as I used to only get it in tucson! yummy!

  16. Abby on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Lurve horchata! And i’ve been getting at least one green meal a day too!

  17. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on March 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Those tacos look great and I love the family pic. Red Sangria is one of my favorites. 🙂

  18. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on March 22, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Sangrias and margs all the way for me. I’m looking forward to going to Chicago the first weekend in April!

  19. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on March 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Oh man Sangtia is my ultimate Fav!!!!! It always reminds me of cracking up with my girlfriends in college!!! 🙂

  20. sandy on March 22, 2012 at 12:51 am

    started the Bikram 30-day challenge! day 4 tonight….OMG

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

      whooaaa! let me know how it goes 🙂 i’ve always wanted to do one

      • sandy on March 22, 2012 at 12:58 am

        will intense

  21. Brett Marie on March 22, 2012 at 2:53 am

    This month I have gotten back into TurboFire 6 days a week, and feeling great. Seriously, I can’t thank you enough for bringing Chalene into my life- she’s kind of a rock start and the results are fab.

    Guacamole & sangria are definitely my 2 fave Mexican treats….I don’t get mad at sopapillas either…just sayin 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      chalene is ridiculous. i’m so glad you love turbo!
      and yes, sopapillas are incredible

  22. jenny on March 22, 2012 at 3:02 am

    haha this must be the first time i’ve seen a picture of splenda on a food blog! (though that wasn’t the focus of the pic)

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      when i first started the blog, i was a splenda fanatic! thank goodness i quit

  23. Negar M on March 22, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Did you really go to Blanco’s (one of my faves) and literally order the *my* meal?

    I feel like Blanco’s cheated on me.

    Yoga Vida has a 30 day challenge 🙂 when you have a stable schedule, if you’re still into it, check it out!!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      i definitely will- that’s a beautiful studio 🙂

  24. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on March 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

    That looks like a perfect day! I’m so glad the weather here has been nice; it makes me so much happier! It’s time to pull out more salad recipes. 😉

  25. Hillary on March 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I definitely met my March goal: to PR at the Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon! Now I’m just looking forward to spring break! ; )

  26. lindsey on March 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

    This month has just been focusing on my yoga instructor training and final seminar. I’m sore from doing so much yoga — my ribs are screaming at me. I can’t wait for March to end, my husband is doing the mustache too. ick.

    Liv is as adorable as ever!

  27. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on March 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Would that old project you’re working on happen to be your book proposal? If so, good luck with it! 😀

    This month I’m proud of setting a new 4 mile PR!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      congrats on the new pr!
      not quite- there’s something else i’ve been wanting to get into 🙂

  28. Courtney on March 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Haha the Pilot’s mustache cracks me up every time! Gina, what kind of heart rate monitor do you use? I had a Reebok one I loved but it broke… just ordered a Timex one and the calorie burned count was WAY high so I returned it. Just trying to look into more options! Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      i have the polar ft40 and love it 🙂

      • Courtney on March 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        Thanks! Gonna go check it out 🙂

  29. Stephanie on March 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

    We got married in Tucson in May last year (my mom and stepdad live there), and our rehearsal dinner was at Blanco!!! I love their tacos and guac!

  30. Leigh-Ann on March 22, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I’m looking forward to my 21st birthday!!! It’s in 11 days!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      whoo hoo! happy almost birthday 🙂

  31. Krista @ A Belle in DC on March 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I am getting back into healthy eats and my workout regimen after a back injury. It’s been rough getting up early and working 10 or so hours, but I’ve managed to do a much better job!

  32. Nicole on March 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The thing I’m most proud of today is that I went back to the gym today after slacking off for the past few weeks!

    I had tres leches cake for the first time in December and oh my was it ever good!!

  33. Vanessa N on March 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Ha! With the mustache and aviator shades, your husband looks like he could be on Reno 911. That is awesome.

    Sangria any day of the week makes everything all better.

    Something I’m proud of this month: getting in my first road bike ride of the year… this is unusual for a New Englander b/c the roads are usually still covered with snow in March – but we had pretty much no snow this year and it will be in the 80s today – so weird… and so wonderful.

  34. Lyndzie @ fashionable footprints on March 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I could go for some Sangria right about now …

    fashionable footprints

  35. Andrea P on March 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    That dinner looks delish! Have you ever tried blanco sangria? I tried one at a cuban restaurant, definitely my favorite drink..they go down way too easily 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      yes! scary good 🙂

  36. Life's a Bowl on March 22, 2012 at 9:47 am

    The month of March has been packed with wedding planning, something that definitely takes time but something I’m also super proud of doing on my own 🙂

    P.S. Those fish tacos look heavenly, I haven’t any in so long, my mouth is now watering…

  37. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on March 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Love the looks of that lunch – Sangria is one warm-weather food(?) I’m ready to bring back!

  38. Jordan on March 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

    While recovering from another running injury I have immersed myself in the world of Pilates. I am proud of myself for diving into this new form of exercising and I am really really enjoying it!

  39. Miriam on March 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

    That’s interesting : here the mustache month is November and the goal is to donate to the prostate cancer reseach.

  40. Jenn on March 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

    bahahahaha … and his van filled with candy! Reminds me of one night we were all out and my boyfriend showed up with a mustache and I said I couldn’t hang out with him because he looked like a kidnapper… then he offered me candy

  41. Jenny on March 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Gina. I know you are nursing so do you pump and discard the milk or do anything different after you consume alcohol? I always thought it was off limits for nursing?

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      My midwife said you can have one drink and that’s fine. I have one drink per week, usually red wine. Your body processes the alcohol and nursing is different than the direct nutrients from the placenta- breastfeeding filters some stuff out

      • Jenny on March 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        Thanks!! Just had my daughter and plan on nursing again. Thanks for the advise!

        • Fitnessista on March 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

          no prob. definitely double-check with your doc or midwife 🙂

  42. Virginia on March 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Horchata!! My abuelita makes the best horchata in the world 🙂 That sangria looks amazing!

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