Breakfast pizza

Two days in a row

of seeing the sun rise


(it’s amazing what an extra hour or two will give ya in the morning)

and this breakfast.


I call it breakfast pizza, but it’s more like an unrolled wrap. Same thing 😉

Brown rice tortilla with Dijon spread onto it, 2 eggs, goat cheese, mixed greens, sea salt and nutritional yeast

+ tea in a zebra mug


I’ve been using my stability ball as a chair lately, and it’s funny because while I’ve seen people do it and know the benefits, it’s taken me this long to utilize it in this way. I’m officially a fan.


(If you’re curious about using a ball as a chair, check out this post)

Some of the benefits:

-Because the ball is unstable, it encourages you to utilize your core muscles to stabilize while you work.

-Using the ball will improve balance and spine alignment, as the most comfortable balancing position requires good posture.

-You have an exercise tool available to you all day! You can bust out some stretches or workout moves during breaks from work, which will not only help with focus, you’ll work on strengthening muscles and burn a few extra calories. For an awesome stability ball workout, check out this one I posted not too long ago.

-The ball promotes good blood circulation throughout the entire body, since you’re consistently moving to change positions.

-They’re extremely inexpensive, and many vendors sell stability ball chairs with backs and arm rests <—fancy stuff. I think that having a back on the ball negates some of the benefits, and just stick with a regular ol’ exercise ball.

It’s cardio time over here, work and acupuncture. I’m stoked for a needly nap.

Have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see ya later!



Something to think:

“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”

-Alex Karras

Something to watch:

“Share a vegan cookie and talk about your day”

Love it.

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  1. Caitlin on January 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I wish I could use the stability ball at work but the looks I’d get would be way too weird. It’s not that kind of office…
    Your zebra mug is so cute!

  2. Angie on January 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    HAHA! I’m SO GLAD you liked that video!!!! “Namaste” lol! 🙂
    Good for you for being able to get up so early and get going with being so close to the end of your pregnancy! Where did you get your zebra cup?? My parents got me a giraffe one for Christmas one year, and just filled it up with coffee while giving it to me. As I was drinking and it became more shallow, there was a giraffe standing in the middle of my glass as part of the cup!!! I never laughed so hard lol 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

      omg, i loved the video.
      haha! i want that cup. mine is from pier 1

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Using your stability ball as a chair is a brilliant idea AND it’s something that by putting your hips in that alignment, as you’ve probably read due to the sunny side up baby factor, is a great way to encourage space and for her to turn. I remember reading about it on Spinning Babies and for pregnant ladies in general because it encourages optimal positioning. And…it’s comfy!

    Have a great day, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

      that’s the main reason what i’ve been doing it- trying to bounce her into a good spot 🙂 and it feels good on my achy hips
      hope you have a great day, too!

  4. Faith @ For the Health of It on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I wish I had desks/tables that were the right height for the stability ball – as a kid I used to love rolling around on it and sitting on it, and I’d love to use it as a chair now but nothing in my apartment is the right height!

  5. HRCK the Herald on January 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I died laughing at that yoga girl video the first time I saw it. It’s so spot-on!

  6. Ali @ Peaches and Football on January 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    We are not allowed to use stability balls at work but I wish we could because it would be great exercise! I should get one for in front of the TV when I’m watching my weekly TV show. Even an hour, once a week is a start right?

    One of these days I’m biting the bullet and getting some nutritional yeast. The nutrition facts are phenomenal – I just wonder about the taste.

    • Faith on January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

      I LOVE nutritional yeast but I grew up on it. Over the years I’ve introduced it to many people and the consensus seems to be that it often takes a little getting used too. If you are not a fan of it at first, try it on something different. My favorite ways to eat it are mixed into rice, mixed into scrambled eggs (before cooking, as a “crust” for tofu, and in salad dressing.

  7. Emily on January 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    You think my office would be ok with me sitting on my fitness ball full time?

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

      i would ask, but it’s very common in the offices where i work.. but it’s also a health resort so they’re open-minded about that sort of thing

  8. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I love your zebra mug, so cute!!!!

  9. Julie on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I can just imagine having a bunch of these rolling around in my house and used as chairs. 🙂

    The video is hilarious!

  10. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on January 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    You always have the best quotes. That ball chair looks intense lol! I’m so short, I don’t think my feet would touch the ground with the chair legs attached lol.

  11. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I used my stability ball as a chair for a while but I think it must have hit something sharp because it doesn’t stay inflated for very long now! Maybe I’ll treat myself to a new one… late Christmas present!? 😉 My posture could definitely use it. Your mug is super cute!

  12. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on January 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I would love to have a stability ball and use it as a chair here at work but since I work at a machine shop and material chips make their way into the office quite frequently, my ball would deflate within a week 🙁 I so need a ball. my posture and core suck! I know I will get one for the new house and office. no cats allowed in there 🙂

  13. Paula @ Lipstick and Lunges on January 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Great looking breakfast! I have horrible office posture, so I really should get myself a ball. I’m positive I’d forget it had not back, start slouching and fall right off.
    I love that quote.

  14. Faith on January 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I switched to a ball at my desk many months ago and love it. My abs love it too! I do think that it looks a little goofy but I don’t really care.

  15. Kris | on January 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Ahh I’m torn to get a ball for my home office or a really cute fabric chair! I know the ball would help me more….but its not super cute for decor. Ahhhh, now here’s an idea, make an uber cute ball chair!

    You’re mug is adorable!!! Happy Day To YOU!


  16. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on January 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I LOVE your Zebra mug! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get it?!

  17. Shephalli on January 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY love your blog. I have no idea how I stumbled upon it but I have been a faithful reader for the last few weeks. I also ordered some lotion bars from Giselle and I can’t wait to use them 🙂

  18. Ali on January 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    LOVE your zebra cup! So cute! And I also love your stability ball chair. If I had to sit all day, I would certainly be looking into getting myself one of those. Loved the yoga girl vid! Yogaworks is where I did my training, and they rock!! I highly recommend them to anyone looking to get their certification.

  19. Laury on January 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I want that mug!!!!!!!!!

    We have the same stability ball. I love using it as a chair. i did it a lot when I was pregnant actually. I stopped but you just reminded me of how much I loved it.

  20. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    At my old job I used a stability ball as a chair but found that my desk was too high for that (I’m pretty petite so I looked like a child at a desk). I left it in my office for a couple of years and every now and then a coworker would come in and stretch their back or bounce on it. It was nice to have.
    I love that zebra mug!

  21. kyla on January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    “When you fold them lululemons into bow pose” love it!
    I saw this video on vitamin G I think a few weeks back but it’s hysterical! The Whole Foods parking lot one is pretty funny too.

  22. Ilana on January 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    oh man gina, I *just* got “hey yoga girllll” out of my head and now it’s back in!! my girls at the studio and i always greet eachother with really creepy “hey yoga girlllll….i just wanna know your worlddd….” every time we see eachother.

    I know that Gaiam makes a stability ball chair, that is pretty office-appropriate. I really kind of want one, to keep the ball from rolling unnecessarily all over.

  23. Shannon on January 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Loving that video! Haha hilarious!

  24. Dusty on January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    What a great way to start the day! I love the video.

  25. Stephanie on January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Loving your zebra mug! Where is it from?

    I have yet to use a stability ball as a chair, but it seems like it would put more pressure on my lower back. Will have to look into it, thanks for the info!

  26. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on January 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Oh it’s so amazing to find restaurants that actually want to make food that nourishes you! And your brother is a chef there – clean eating must run in the family! Those nori rolls look so good and I’m always a fan of miso soup that is not loaded with salt!

    I have also heard about the benefits of using a stability ball as a chair but wasn’t sure how it would feel. What makes you a fan?

  27. Beth S on January 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I tried nutritional yeast after seeing it so much on here, and I like it! I substitute it for cheese 99% of the time. I like it in eggs and chili especially, but I’ll eat it on just about anything.

  28. Anna on January 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    what kind of goat cheese do you buy? i see SO many different kinds (I probably don’t have your brand name in my parts of the world)…but what do I get ? hard mozarella kind? the unripened? the ripened? etc etc…soft,,,crumbled…etc etc
    also, how much goat cheese do you use at once on those wraps?

    and lastly: what is a good breakfast to have a few days of not treating your body kindly (and eating too much bread late at night)? I’d still like it to be 300-350 calories maybe …but it seems all those kinds of breakfasts and complicated or too much or too bready or too funky or too weird… thoughts?

  29. Laura on January 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Have you seen Whole Foods Parking lot by the same guy?? HILARIOUS!

  30. Marietta on January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and thought I would finally comment. I teach several workout classes and am only 2ish weeks behind you, my baby boy is due January 25th. I love your blog and that you’ve still been working out as much as possible… as have I! Good luck birthing your baby girl!

  31. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Have you seen this *yoga* video?


  32. Azka on January 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Despite having a stability ball in the house, I never used it to work out or even to sit on, yet ended up laboring the whole time on one! I was actually upset when I had to move to the bed for the final few contractions before pushing – it was that comfortable!

  33. Tina @ Best Body Fitness on January 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love using a ball for a chair. Need to do it more often.

  34. Kimberly on January 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    OMG that video is hilarious! I love it! thanks for sharing — I hope you do not mind if I share this as well 🙂 It is too funny not too!

    Great idea using the ball as a chair – I should start doing that for my back issues, fo sho.

  35. Whitney on January 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I LOVE using stability balls for a chair… I am student teaching this semester and I think I might bring in a ball to sit on so students can also have it as a treat… if funds were infinite I would have all students sit on one… I read a great article about students that used it to treat ADHD and many of the students focused more because they were using it to bounce but were completely on task the entire time!

  36. Melissa @ Hot Chokolate Girl on January 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration! I just dusted off my stability ball. It’s a great new desk chair for a new year 😀

  37. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon on January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That breakfast sounds pretty baller, for lack of a more sophisticated word! Does sitting on the exercise ball get uncomfortable after a while? I’ve been curious about it for a while now but don’t have an exercise ball…

  38. Rachael @ FreshlyMinted on January 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    You have helped me dive into the wonderful world of Nutritional Yeast – who knew it was so good?!

    Also, my husband just found out that he has a conference in Vegas in February, and I get to tag along. I was worried about picking fab places to eat, until I remembered your trip! We’re armed with awesome, healthy options now – I’m so excited to try them 🙂

    Thinking about you as you near your due date!

  39. Diane on January 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Stability balls are really amazing when you’re in labor, too!! I spent most of my labor with my first child on a stability ball, it was the only thing that made the pain a little more bearable.

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      i might take it to the hospital w me

  40. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I would love to get a stability ball for my desk in my room. During exams I spend wayyy too much time sitting there, so it’d be nice to at least get some benefits while I study! 😛

  41. Nicole on January 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Love your mug!!

  42. meghan@ struggle muffins on January 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I love the Yoga Girl video! Have you seen the ‘Sh*t Yogis Say’ one? It’s kiiiiind of precious.

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      omg yes, i love it. did you know hemp milk is the new almond milk? haha

  43. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on January 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I sit on a stability ball all the time at work. It’s really helpful on days when your tired because you it forces you to sit up and stay awake! I love the video!

  44. Katy on January 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Ha! Great video! I took a yoga class taught by one of the girls in the video and she was awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Chelsa on January 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

    so funny I shared it with my friends on Facebook

  46. Becky on January 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    What is the benefit of adding nutritional yeast to food?

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