Bright, shiny and NEW!

Hiiiii ๐Ÿ˜€ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hope everyone had fun celebrations last night! We certainly did, but I was a bum and didnโ€™t take a single picture :/ We had a lovely dinner with some friends at Liz and her pilotโ€™s house (spinach and salmon salad, brownies with ice cream and peppermint bark) and then came back to the casa a little before 12 to ring in the aรฑo nuevo.

The puppies have been resting all day.. apparently 2009 was a tough year for them



I slept in, crawled out of bed, and after taking a morning dip into the almond butter jar, I made an unconventional bfast.


Millet bread with maca and cinnamon, an egg with cayenne and roasted veggies (zucchini, onion, tomato and brussel sprouts with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder).

It was everything I could ever wish for ๐Ÿ˜€

Next, I hit up the gym for some leg action, which was a little tricky since the pilot and I ran 6 fast miles before our dinner party last night. By the end of todayโ€™s workout, my legs felt great.

I did some supersets:

Elliptical 5 minutes Crossramp 10, level 5
Superset 1:
Stability ball hamstring curl alternated with stability ball overhead pass
Body weight 4 sets of 15 of each exercise
Superset 2:
Standing lunges alternated with 45 second planks
Body weight 4 sets of 15 on each side for the lunges; 4 sets of 45 second planks
Superset 3:
Calf raises on a step alternated with side crunches
Body weight 4 sets of 15 on each side, for each exercise
Superset 4: Leg press with feet positioned higher to target glutes alternated with leg extension 120 lbs for the leg press; 35 lbs for the leg extension 4 sets of 15 of each exercise
Lots of stretching!    
Total time: 50 minutes    

This workout was KILLERRRRRRRRR. Supersets are an awesome way to train more effectively, since youโ€™re using an entirely different muscle while the other one rests.This enables you to train the entire time without taking rests in between sets. Ideally for supersets, you want to train antagonist muscles on the same day (which are muscles that oppose the actions of another- like biceps and triceps).

After my legs and abs extravaganza, I was ready for a smoothie!

I had a tropical superfood smoothie with vanilla Sun Warrior protein and spirulina


It was face-rocking amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

I went to TJ Maxx to look at their yoga clothes โ€“got a shirt and a sports bra- then came back to the casa to make some bloominโ€™ onion bread


1 cup raw sunflower seeds, 1 cup ground flax, 1.5 sweet onions, coconut aminos (!) and a splash of olive oil. Theyโ€™re un-cooking away in the dehydrator, and once again, my house smells like onion ๐Ÿ™‚

Snacked on two of the incredible vegan power cookies:


(gah! I need to paint my nails! Donโ€™t judge me, haha)

Iโ€™m about to do some laundry and then back to the gym for cardio and a training appointment. Tonight weโ€™re having INDIAN with Jeni and her pilot. I can taste the naan already ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a wonderful day!



Something to do: Make a vision board of all of the things you want to accomplish in the New Year! Iโ€™m going to work on mine this weekend and post it on Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. JC on January 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    that cookie at the end looks great. I ate about 10 that looked just like that last night, however they weren’t Vegan power cookies… more like chocolate chip awesomeness cookies.

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      hahah chocolate chip awesomeness cookies are pretty delicious though ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. George on January 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Gina,
    Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I regulary read your blog (looove it) and during a bit of downtime today read a couple of your recent posts. Was just wondering why you chose to buy a Garmin and what your thoughts on it were (maybe a future post?)
    Im looking to buy a heart rate / fitness monitor and am a bit unsure what to buy :S

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      hey! i got the garmin because i really wanted to know my distance and pace while i run. for aerobics and indoor activities, i use a polar f6

  3. Jackie on January 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    for the raw bread- do you process it all together, or is it just mixed together before put in the dehydrator???

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      i process everything separately because you want the onion to be chunky and not too watery, then mix it all in a bowl

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Love supersets! I rarely work out with rests in between. If my clients ask when we are rest, I tell them when our sessions is ovvvvah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Marissa on January 1, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Those cookies sound so good! Happy New Year!

  6. The Hot and Fit on January 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Happy New Year, Gina!!

  7. Romy on January 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Happy New Year Gina!! I love Indian Food too ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Paige (Running Around Normal) on January 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    What a day so far! Great job on the legs workout:) I’ll be lucky if I get in a little yoga today. Ouch. Happy New Year!!

  9. kristi (sweet cheeks) on January 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    A vision board is SUCH a good idea! I can’t wait to see yours!

  10. Danielle (Coffee Run) on January 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I like the idea of a vision board, I’ll have to think about that. And what is Maca like? It sounds good slashhh I want to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      maca has an earthy malt taste. it’s excellent with chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Lauren on January 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    so how do supersets work? do you do four sets working one muscle, and then 4 sets working another muscle then just go back and forth working just those two muscles?

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      back and forth working just those two muscles..
      like 1 set of chest presses, 1 set of compound rows, 1 set chest press, 1 set compound rows, then switch to the next two groups

  12. Sana on January 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I vision board is a lovely idea! I can’t wait to see yours!

  13. Sara on January 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Indian food! YUM YUM YUM! I’m jealous…despite having just spent over three months in India, i still crave the stuff on a daily basis- nothing like some hot piping garlic naan and some super spicy baignan bharta or channa masala to go with it!

  14. Katie on January 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I want my Excalibur to get here, already! That bread looks really easy to make! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      it IS super easy to make!
      hurry up, excalibur…. you’ll love it!

  15. BRENDA on January 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I love the vision board thing. I want to start the year in a positive note but my famiky is making very difficult to do so. One of the things i would love to incorporate eating raw, if u could please give me some tips on that and hope fully suggest a cookbook/recipes/website i would be very grateful. thank u so much, u inspiure me.

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      hey brenda,
      check out my friend gena’s blog, she has so much info about eating raw, as well as some amazing recipes! i also recommend ani phyo’s cookbooks to get started (raw food kitchen is amazing)- her recipes are simple and delicious.
      best of luck to you and don’t let your fam get in the way of you doing what’s right and healthy for YOU.

  16. Samantha on January 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Neat to see you mention a vision board! I’ve done treasure maps for the past few years. This year I’m doing a dream “book” instead to hit different areas of my life and ebb and flow as my goals change or are added to. It really helped me (the maps) keep sight of what was important to me as the weeks and months ticked by.

  17. Stella @ EcoStella on January 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    A vision board is a great idea! I have a couple vision/look books that I’ve made over the years but a goals board would be really good to have in the house as a reminder of goals and accomplishments.

  18. Tara on January 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Ok your dogs are soo adorable!!! The smoothie looked really refreshing, and im am DEFINITELY trying out those vegan power cookies!! Great workout today! Cant wait to see what you hope to accomplish this year!! <3 <3

  19. Amie on January 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Adorable puppies! The vision board is a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great 2010!

  20. Shelby on January 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    A vision board is such a great idea! I’ll have to get on that!

    Ooo and I’m loving the onion bread..that stuff is soooo good. And naan? I have yet to try indian but I guess it will have to be a new years resolution of mine!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      that is an excellent new years resolution.. everyone needs indian food in their life ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. *Andrea* on January 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    happy new years! glad you had a fun night with great food and friends. those cookies look dangerously delicious – i could devour one right now off the screen!! i wish my friends/family liked indian because i legit have NO ONE to go with me to get indian food ๐Ÿ™

  22. elizabeth on January 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    i’ve never heard of coconut aminos!! where’d you get them?
    happy new year!!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      i got it at the health food store- it’s basically soy sauce made of coconut sap instead of soy! awesommmmmmme ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. glidingcalm on January 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    i had indian buffet today!!!!!!!!!! it was gasmic! amazing!!! they looked at me funny when i asked for a 3rd order of naan. What can I say?!

    mmmmmmmmmmmm power cookies ๐Ÿ˜€


  24. Megan on January 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I love the idea of a vision board! I think i just may do this!

    Can you do me a favor and visit my new blog. It’s a fresh new start and I want people to visit it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jenny on January 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Sounds like you guys had a really nice time last night!

    A vision board is such a fun idea! I may just have to do one too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  26. Deva (Voracious Vorilee) on January 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Supersets are awesome things – they make me feel like I have direction instead of just going from one exercise to another

  27. Katie O. @ Fit to Wed on January 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Happy 2010! Thanka for the inspiration to create a vision board!

  28. Lauren (Biochemista) on January 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Happy New Year!!! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on January 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Saw on Twitter your belly is full of Indian. So, sounds like you enjoyed your dinner this evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad you had a good New Years my friend. Peppermint Bark – so glad that stuff is only around during the holidays. Love anything peppermint and chocolate. Such a good combo!

    I NEED to make those vegan cookies. Off to click on the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jenna on January 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Yaa for Indian tonight !

  31. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on January 2, 2010 at 12:00 am

    oh, I was so bummed b/c my computed wouldn’t let me get to your blog earlier today…so weird! I’m really wishing I had a dehydrator right about now b/c that bread looks astounding ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  32. Susan on January 2, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Happy new year!! I had a great one too, I’m loving the idea of a vision board, can I put up stuff that I really want to happen, like a picture of me marrying a fabulous man?

    • Fitnessista on January 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

      um OF COURSE!!!

  33. another girl from tucson on January 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    love your blog!! did you soak the sunflower seeds and flax seeds first? i got a dehydrator for christmas and i can’t wait to try this!!

    • Fitnessista on January 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      nope, i didn’t soak anything first ๐Ÿ™‚ enjoy, let me know if you like it!

  34. Imerson on January 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Happy new year! Hope we all have a good 2010!

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