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So tonight, I did the BYOE thing.

BYOE = Bring Your Own Ezekiel


In a baggie, in my purse. I am a classy broad like that 😉

The reason I brought the Ezekiel was that I knew Jeni and I were hitting up McAlister’s after Zumba and deep in my heart, I knew it would be perfect with a giant bowl of veggie chili.


And it was 😀

To rewind way into the past, I woke up early this morning to walk the puppers and had a breakfast cookie. 


1/2 cup oats, 1 mashed banana, cinnamon, Stevia, splash almond milk, 1 T brown rice protein, 1/2 T mesquite, 1 T almond butter (and some drizzled on top).

The puppies and I worked on their tricks for a little while.. we have one where we put the treat on the floor in front of them (on on their paw) and they have to stay laying down and “leave it”.


Then, after demonstrating their extreme willpower, we give them the treats 😀


After doing some work (three cheers for productivity!), I met Jeni at the gym for some iron pumping.

Here’s what we did:

Elliptical 5 minutes Crossramp 10, resistance 5
Overhead press and twist 8 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Cable tricep V-rope press 40 lbs 3 sets of 10
Stability ball chest fly 5 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Leg raise body weight 3 sets of 12
Elliptical 5 minutes Crossramp 10, resistance 5
Lateral raises 5 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Dumbbell crunches 5 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Overhead tricep extension 12 lbs 3 sets of 12
Total time: 1 hour    

After I got back to the casa, it was lunchtime so I had a three course meal 😀

Salad beast with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, Goddess dressing, and Pure2Raw crackers- aka my new crack


An egg + 1 egg white with sea salt and cayenne


And roasted eggplant, zucchini, squash, and 1/4 butternut squash


Not too shabby 😉

I went back to the gym for a wonderful training appointment, back to the casa to burn a Zumba cd and work on dances and then went to teach.

Zumba was ahhhmazing tonight 😀 I love that class! On a totally random whim, I’m starting dance classes next week. You guys know how much I miss it, so I’m going to going to take advanced tap, followed by jazz and see what I think. I’m honestly super nervous- I haven’t danced in over two years! So we shall see….

Well I’m going to get ready for bed because I’m going to try for that 11 miles I couldn’t do yesterday with the storm. I’m also going to see how Viesa’s eye is looking because it’s been a little goobery lately and extra goobery tonight. A(nother) trip to the vet may be in order… starting to wish they had a frequent visitors discount. Sheesh!

Night bloggies <3


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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I think it is awesome you are going to take dance again! I danced for about 18 years and miss it immensly.

  2. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on November 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve been looking for somewhere since I was like 13 to take dance, haha. I feel like that whole dance thing is only geared towards younger girls now. I’d love to find an adult studio that isn’t like CRAZY advanced and/or ballroom dancing.

    • Fitnessista on November 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm

      i’m surprised they don’t have anything in j-ville.. bummer 🙁 you would love it!

  3. Ermi on November 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Gina…How do you make your eggs?
    They always look like perfect little puffy circles…

    • Fitnessista on November 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm

      i spray a glass bowl with olive oil, crack the egg and egg white in there, whip it up with a fork and microwave for about 1.5 minutes. flip onto the plate and voila! egg puff 😀

  4. chocolate-covered Katie on November 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    BYOE? You’re too cute! I am so going to say that now every time I bring my own food over to a friend’s house or party or something 🙂

  5. Britt - Runnerbelle on November 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I would love to get back to taking dance lessons again. My favs growing up were jazz & tap! Would love ballet too but it gave me a complex…. since all the girls were so tiny, I felt like an elephant at times. But when I could get past that I loved it!

  6. Molly @thevegandorm on November 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I’m a total BYO-er. If I know I’m going somewhere that will force me to eat a “naked” salad I do BYOH (Bring Your Own Hummus). It sounds so much cooler saying that I’m doing BYOH, as opposed to being high maintenance 😉

  7. fittingbackin on November 23, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Yum – that chili looks great!! Awesome work out – I hope you love the dance classes – you’ll be great!

  8. Julie @savvyeats on November 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I haven’t done tap in years but I miss it!

  9. Marissa on November 23, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    That chili looks awesome! Good call bringing your own bread!

  10. Haleigh on November 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I used to take tap and jazz. I think it would be fun to try to start it up again but I just haven’t done it in years. I am proud of you for giving dancing another shot 🙂 Veggie chili sounds amazing about now, it is like 30 degrees outside! Perfect for chili.

  11. katie on November 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    LOVE that you brought your own ezekial !! you are too cute. today was such a great chili day!

  12. Katie on November 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Good luck with the dance classes! I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old and I have loved every moment of it. 🙂 This year is my last year, as I am a senior…so it’s bittersweet. But, I WILL continue to dance through adult classes and/or the dance team at my college. Have fun with your dancing. It’s great exercise, too. 😉

  13. Amber on November 24, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Hey Gina! I am new to your blog and was wondering I exercise in the AM around 6AM should i be eating before this workout.

    Thanks for all of your great information

  14. ashley on November 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Funny enough- I’ve been working on my own training of treats-My boyfriend leaves goodies (aka- junk food) in the fridge and I force myself to “leave it”. Ha.

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm


  15. Erika on November 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hi Gina! Just wanted to let you know I finally made one of your breakfast cookies this morning and it was freaking awesome. Thank you so much for creating those. By the way, what is mesquite? I’m assuming it’s a seasoning, but I’m not totally sure what kind.

  16. Kristie Lynn on November 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    So glad your blog is back up 🙂

    I think you win most active award – teaching classes + half marathon training + all your gym visits and now dance classes? Crazy!

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      hahah thank you. i thrive on crazy 😀

  17. Paige (Running Around Normal) on November 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    BYOE – haha too cute! That chili looks good though.
    That’s great you’re taking dance lessons again. Sounds like fun:)

  18. Roro (AmazonChick) on November 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Your breakfast cookies always look yummy!!

  19. Lisa on November 24, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    You will do great @ tap and jazz: especially since you have that zumba groove. (You can probably give them some moves.) The pups are too cute.

  20. Carrie on November 24, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Made your sweet potato black bean chili. Soooo good. Thanks again for another great recipe!
    Enjoy your dance classes. I would love to take a ballet class!

    • Fitnessista on November 24, 2009 at 9:35 pm

      i’m so glad you enjoyed the chili!

  21. Jenna on November 24, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    yummy bfast cookie

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