Bloggies in the pod

Hi friends! How’s your weekend going? Hope you’re having a beautiful and relaxing day so far πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for the Philly recommendations! The official HLS events are over, so we’ll see what kind of shenanigans the Pilot and I can get into today πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, in between events, we met up with some friends to hit up the Rittenhouse farmer’s market.


Gabriella, Heather, Sabrina and the Pilot πŸ™‚

My preg buddy:


The market was really cute- lots of flower vendors, produce, goat cheese (!) and fresh lemonade. We each grabbed one, and I loved the option of having it sweetened with Stevia instead of agave.


As much as I love to visit other farmer’s markets, it’s always a legendary tease because there isn’t a ton you can take on a plane home with you.

I’m hoping to head back to that area today, because the surrounding stores looked very appealing πŸ˜‰

For dinner, we went to pod, which is a modern family-style Asian restaurant.

The atmosphere was pretty amazeballz:


Sleek, modern, and I’m a fan of any place with conveyor belt sushi πŸ™‚

pod (2)

To start, we shared some salty warm edamame:


Thai salad for me (cabbage, cilantro, egg, peanuts, avocado, vinaigrette)


+ one of the few rolls I can roll with for the next few months: California


[The crab is cooked, so it’s NBD. It’s also nowhere near the awesomeness of salmon sashimi.]

Lobster creeper


The best part:


Chocolate hazelnut brownie with espresso ice cream.


The group:


Gabriella, Tina, Brittany, Julie, me, Courtney, Allison (+ the Pilot, who took the photo)

It was so much fun chatting with the girls, being told crazy stories by the Pilot and feasting on glorious food πŸ™‚


After dinner, we went to a wine bar, the hotel bar and called it a night. It was the latest this old lady’s been up in a while πŸ˜‰

Have a great day!

See ya later this afternoon <3



Something to do: How about a Sunday 7-minute Cardio Ab burner combo??

[As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes and if it hurts, don’t do it]

Jog in place 30 seconds

-jumping jacks 30 seconds

Burpees 1 minute

Plank 2 minutes (if you have to drop to your knees, that’s ok, just keep good form)

-Mountain climbers 30 seconds

-Push-up to side plank 1 minute

-X file abs 1 minute

(I got this one from Women’s Health back in the day)





Pullover crunch 1 minute

Scissors 30 seconds

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  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Haha I LOVE that the pilot is the designated photographer πŸ™‚ Have fun, Gina!

  2. BethT on August 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Looks like so much fun! I’m tellin ya, your “babymoon” needs to be SF and Wine Country this fall to coincide with the Foodbuzz Fest πŸ˜‰ Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travels home!

  3. Krystina (Organically Me) on August 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I LOVE your dress!!!

  4. Sherri on August 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

    LOVE the photo of you, Courtney and Julie. Three of my favourite bloggers ever! If only Janae was with you too πŸ™

  5. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on August 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The conveyor belt of sushi sounds like Heaven!!!! πŸ™‚

  6. [New Balance] Nicole on August 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    thanks for the short sunday workout!! I really enjoy these for days when I can barely slip in a workout!

  7. Laury @ thefitnessdish on August 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I. Love. Pod. We got a “pod” for my sister in laws b-day last year. So fun.

    Looks like you all had a great night!!

    Please. I know you don’t do cows dairy. Neither do I. When I could…it was as a treat..and my treat was Bassetts peanut butter swirl ice cream. At least have the pilot get some at RTM. It’s good stuff.

    Enjoy the rest of your time. Weather looks nice today πŸ™‚

  8. Sara K on August 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I LOVE your maxi dress! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!
    And I also love how that California roll is minimal on the rice- I hate it when sushi has too much rice in it…kind of covers the taste of all the other goodness

  9. mi-an on August 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

    cute dress!

  10. Haley on August 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Mmmm! The sushi looks great! And I’m going to have to try those ab workouts! (:

  11. Kate on August 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Love the mini ab workout, it got me sweating! πŸ™‚ Cute dress – F21?

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      yep! does that mean i can be 21 forever? πŸ™‚

  12. Ann @ Running With Chopstix on August 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I haven’t tried a sushi restaurant with a conveyor belt but the idea sounds amazing!

  13. Aine @ Something to Chew Over on August 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Ooohh I love rotating sushi! πŸ™‚

    Edamame is gorgeous, I always get that with sushi. The perfect meal!

  14. Shaya on August 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    the Pilot must have been feeling pretttty baller escorting such a pretty group of ladies out all weekend πŸ™‚

    I wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your preggers clothes… you are styling up your bump really well!!

  15. Jin @ Health Ninja on August 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    the 7 minute cardio blast sounds great!
    going to try this tmrw additionally to my running πŸ™‚ should be a perfect finish off.

  16. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on August 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    First off – love that ab move!

    Second – looks like you had a ball in Philly – you look beautiful and are sporting the fabulous pregnancy glow πŸ™‚

  17. Annie@stronghealthyfit on August 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Looks like an awesome restaurant! Would have loved to meet you at HLF, but every time I spotted you you were with a group and I was too intimidated! πŸ™‚

  18. Hillary on August 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Looks like a great time all around!

  19. Kimi on August 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Ahh Pod is so great! Stephen Starr restaurants are one of the best parts of Philly. You should hit up White Dog if you have time – they try to do local food as much as possible.

  20. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I really wish they’d open a conveyor belt sushi place where I live! Of course then my wallet would be in serious trouble. Looks like fun! Salmon sashimi would definitely what I’d miss most if I were pregnant.

  21. Allison on August 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    There’s a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in the local mall I’ve wanted to try but have been hesitant! I know it’s fresh but can you customize certain dishes [aka no roe for me, please]?!

  22. Felicia (Natural + Balanced) on August 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    too stinkin cute with that bump of yours πŸ™‚

  23. fittingbackin on August 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    SO CUTE – what a great visit and the food looks wonderful! Nice job staying up late. πŸ™‚ I’m sure it’s hard!! So fun that pilot got to go to – awesome trip!

  24. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on August 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I love that ALL of my favorite bloggers seemed to be in Philly this weekend. I love seeing pictures of bloggers I read together, so much awesomeness united just makes me happy. πŸ˜‰

    I LOVE your maxi dress, you’re such a glowing pregnant lady!! Not eating raw fish sushi will definitely be one of the hardest parts about being pregnant when I get there someday.

    Enjoy the rest of your time in Philly!

  25. Amy @ My Life as a Lazy Girl on August 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I love your sunday ab burners πŸ™‚ it looks like a fun time at HLS!

  26. Kiah on August 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Edamame! Best summer snack ever!

  27. Diana on August 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    You look so adorbs in that maxi – I’m inspired to go grab one! I absolutely love your quickie workout ideas – kicking myself that I JUST got out of the shower from my run, but I’m going to bookmark this one for next time I need to get a quick sweat on!

  28. Lili on August 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Aw! You and Julie! My 2 favorite bloggers! Cool!

  29. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on August 21, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    That looks like so much fun! πŸ˜€ What a wonderful way to spend a day and evening, and in such great company…the Pilot is such a dude to hang out with so many girls and endure a girl talk / blogging talk extravaganza, lol! πŸ˜€ It must be so nice sharing the HLS festivities with him, and doing it all together…just lovely! <3 Coolness. That sushi looks divine, and the fact that you can get stevia sweetened lemonade? Wow! So progressive! πŸ™‚ Take care and have (more!) fun! xyx

  30. Tracy @ Tracy's Treats on August 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Looks like such a fun night with a great group of girls! I love sushi places with the conveyer belt too!

  31. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I love the dress you wore out to sushi! You looked like you were ten feet tall in that thing!

    • Fitnessista on August 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      hahah thank you! i’m going to wear it more often now πŸ˜‰

  32. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on August 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    What does a push up to side plank look like?

    Sounds like you had a blast at HLS, sushi dinner + wine bar + catching up with friends… winning combo

  33. Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries on August 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Would’ve loved to have dinner with your group! Some of my favorite bloggers and sushi=perfect! πŸ˜‰

  34. Carly on August 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    This workout is exactly what I needed today! I’m feeling super lazy and have been running around at a bridal shower all day but this is perfect for me to do in my room at the end of the day! Thank youuu

  35. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the lovely pics and recap of things…you all look awesome. And I love the belly shot of you and Sabrina. Too cute!!!

    Chocolate hazelnut brownie with espresso ice cream = that is destined to just be stunning!

    And the Pilot’s lobster roll…omg wow. About 10 yrs ago when I was still dabbling with fish/shellfish on a blue moon here and there, I used to eat this lobster roll that was divine. I love lobster. When I was dating (back in another lifetime ago) I used to select restaurants of places I wanted my dates to take me to that had the best lobster tails. That’s how my brain worked πŸ™‚ lol

    Safe travels back home to you two!

  36. Moni'sMeals on August 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    what a fun time! I love the 7 min cardio workout. Nice!

  37. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on August 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I absolutely loved hanging out with you this weekend! Dinner and walking around the city were a blast. I feel like I got to know you so much better, and I’m more excited than ever for you and the Pilot and the GF bun πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your time in Philly!

  38. Heather (Strong Smart Healthy) on August 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Its like watching Private Practice when a Grey’s Anatomy character crosses over, all the bloggers are on all the best blogs!!! You are such a cute pregnant lady! I hope you’re feeling great πŸ™‚

  39. Katie on August 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Was so good seeing you! Please send me your address through text or email! xoxo <3

  40. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on August 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Dinner was SO much fun! Wish we could have had more time together. πŸ™‚

  41. Gina @ Walk to the Mailbox on August 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    OMG obsessed with the pic of you and Sabri. Cuuuuties!!! Missed seeing you this weekend… I had a wedding in Ohio to attend. Much love to you. xo

  42. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas on August 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    You and Sabrina look fantastic! Both glowing and gorgeous! I feel the same way about sushi – it has to be cooked!

  43. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thank goodness for California rolls!! Otherwise I don’t know what I’d do when I get pregnant. I can’t go a week, let alone 9 months, without sushi. πŸ˜›

    Great shot of all you ladies. You all look gorgeous!

  44. Stephanie on August 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Your baby bump is beautiful! And so is that sushi, but in an entirely different way.

  45. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on August 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    i had a blast chatting with you last night and getting to know tom. it’s so wonderful to see a couple so in love. you really do have a heart of gold and i am beyond thrilled for you two and your new little girl. πŸ™‚ i only wish we had more time! i miss your pretty face!

  46. Angela @ Momethis on August 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Sweet! Im going to add this routine to my workouts. Thanks girly!

  47. Pam on August 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    You two look so cute with your pregnant bellies!
    The 7-minute workout looks awesome, I’ll have to try it out tomorrow since it’s now time for bed.

  48. chelsea on August 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Ah sushi is the one thing I miss the most since becoming a vegetarian πŸ™

  49. Marissa on August 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    It looks like you had such a great time!! While I’m new to the blogging world, I’ve been reading many of the girls there blogs for quite some time. I would love to be able to go in the years to come! Looks like so much fun!! =)

  50. Katie @ Plates and Paste on August 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Oh my goodness…I tried this workout last night. Aimed to do it 4 times so I could get a 30 min workout but I couldn’t go past 2 times! Thanks for posting, my abs are actually sore today, which rarely happens when I do at home workouts.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      whoo hoo! πŸ™‚

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