Cabin Feeeeevah

Hi guys! How’s your day been??

Mine has been bueno 🙂 Even though I get a little antsy when I have to stay home sick, I’ve gotta roll with the punches.

I’ve spent the day laying low….


watching profound intellectual films

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sorting through mail,



eating chocolate

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drinking chocolate


lots of tea


and shopping online 😉

I think I FINALLY decided on a camera!

This one:

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I’m still not a huge fan of DSLRs because they’re so bulky and giant –I love my little point n’ shoot- but think my pictures could be a lot better. I know we’d love having a nicer camera for our next vacay and when we have mini Fitnessistas and Pilots, too 🙂

So what do you think? Those of you who are experienced with DSLRs, please help a chica out- I know nothing about these things.

Well, I’m off to the gym to tell my client I’m still infectious –can’t get a hold of her- and then back to the casa to wear jammies, drink more tea and beg the pilot to stop at Indian on his way home 😀

Enjoy your night!




-Cookbook giveaway

-Reader’s Request post on how to *clean up* recipes – which recipes would you like to see adapted? (I’ll also post my thought process on how I healthify things)

Something to read: 20 Secrets Your Waiter Won’t Tell You

Today’s workout jam: “Cupid Shuffle” –Cupid (LOVE this song—fun beat for a steady run or jumps on the spin bike)

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on August 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    um, i love cupid shuffle. reminds me of awkward wedding line dances 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      yes, but COOL 🙂

  2. Bekah @ runtrackmind on August 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Where is everyone finding the new Larabar flavors??? I am so jealous that you have them, can’t wait to try them. 😉

  3. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on August 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE cupid shuffle. it actually makes me feel like i have moves. 🙂

  4. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on August 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This is the exact camera I want … even though I know nothing about it too!

  5. Wendy on August 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Loooove “House Bunny”!!! So corny. Gotta love mindless humor!
    That looks like a great camera. So funny…a few days ago I asked about cameras on my blog cuz I feel like my blog pics could be much better, too. Someone suggested a DSLR but they are so expensive and – like u said – bulky. Maybe someday……! Looking forward to reading about your ensuing camera purchase!
    And I really hope you are back to 100% SOOOON!

  6. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on August 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I love Canon cameras so I think this is a great choice. I am dying for one of these cameras also!

  7. Julie @ Pickley Pear on August 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I love my point & shoot camera – it’s just so easy. Someday I’ll upgrade to nice one. I know nothing about DSLR’s either!

  8. Maureen on August 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Gina! I celebrated Indian Food Wednesday with this amazing salad for lunch. I never really comment, but I had to tell you that I think you would LOVE it!
    Enjoy the buffet!

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      that looks AMAZING! thank you for the link 🙂

  9. Mali on August 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I can’t really tell if that’s the T1i or T2i, looks fuzzy on my screen. Anyway, if it’s the T1i-I think you should upgrade to the T2i. Picture quality is amazing but also (since you like to record mini movies) the video option on the camera is one of the best on the market! Movies look professional and you get Depth of Field that you can’t get in other camera/video.
    Hope you feel better soon =)

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      i posted the t1 but have the t2 in my cart. is the picture quality that different? i usually shoot videos on the flip cam

      • Mali on August 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

        I haven’t ever used the T1 but I know when the T2 was released they def. upgraded the video options. Also the camera is SUPER light, way lighter then some DSLRs out there. If you can go out to a store to play with it you can see what I mean. Takes away the annoyance of carrying a big camera b/c it’s so light.

  10. allison @ livingoneday on August 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    hehehe i love your day!! what i wouldnt give for a full day of doing NOTHING. just laying around and watching movies. reminds me of college, and the fact that ill never have that again 🙁 haha hope you feel better gina!

  11. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on August 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Looks like a FUN sick day! (I really enjoyed watching House Bunny!) So jealous you have the carrot cake Larabar! I can’t wait to try that one! For some reason, the chocolate Larabars just don’t do it for me… even though I love chocolate!

    I’m still in the point-and-shoot world, so I can’t help with the DSLR! I’d love to get one someday, but it’s just not in our budget yet… *sigh*

  12. Sassy Molassy on August 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I have a bulky Canon Digital Rebel XT and a point and shoot panasonic lumix. My Canon definitely takes better pics, but I haven’t taken the time to really research better how to use it or get advice. I’d say when you do buy one, you’ll also want to buy a longer zoom to go with it. The standard on most of these cameras won’t be quite what you want for some pics. I still haven’t bought a bigger zoom however.

  13. Nicole on August 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I used to have the T1i and I LOVED it! It’s a great camera and it takes incredible HD video as well! The T1i isn’t actually too bulky either. You get used to carrying it around. I carry my huge 5d with a zoom lens around with me now and it’s not too bad anymore!

    I think you’ll really love the t1i! I also suggest a 50mm lens, it’s a really great all around lens and it’s a nice addition to the kit lens!

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

      good to know- i knew you’d have good camera advice for me! thank you 🙂

  14. Katie on August 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Get a Canon G11! DSLRs are super complicated and the G11 is the next best thing to a DSLR, but a little less complicated. You will love it!

    • Heather on August 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      The G11 is SO FUN!!! One of my friends has it and I love it. It’s smaller too.

      I have to echo what someone else said- you will NEED a macro lens or something else which can run another $100-200 or else food photos won’t look nice at all. Non-DSLR’s have macro settings built in.

  15. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I am so jealous of your larabars. If those don’t bring back your good health, nothing will!

    I am excited about the RR post — I would love to hear how you “healthify” recipes.

  16. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on August 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    LOVE working out to Cupid Shuffle!! I always put it on my playlists. 🙂
    Hope you’re feelin’ better soon over there girly!

  17. Lauren @NoFauxFood on August 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I have a canon Rebel xt EOS and It’s the love of my life. I dig it so much. But, one thing I’ve learned is that.. it can be pretty difficult for a non-experienced photographer to deal with, and get easily frustrated with. The other thing is, there is no zoom. You have to have different lenses, which can be cumbersome to carry around. There are camera’s in between, and I would definitely take a look at those.

    the G11 is a good in between:

    • Lauren @NoFauxFood on August 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      oh and also, you would have to buy an expensive macro lens if you want to take food photos. It’s definitely a necessity, whereas point and shoots have a built in macro setting

  18. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on August 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I love my Nikon D 300 (or 3000) it’s amazing!!! But it is big!! 🙂

  19. Heather on August 4, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    DSLR’s are great, but you can still take some really great quality pictures without them. I know all the food bloggers have a DSLR, but I’d suggest checking out the Canon Powershot S90 ( because it is AMAZING, small-ish, and takes great photos.

    • Heather on August 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm

      P.S. I hate when Amazon shows you “sample” pictures – they get distorted and the quality isn’t great. You can go to Flickr and look up pictures taken by various cameras (S90 here = That’s what I do when I’m curious about photo quality. Of course, you have to know how to use it and play around, but I just hated the bulk and heaviness of the DSLR when I owned one.

  20. Michele Williams on August 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Hey there! You really can’t go wrong with Canon or Nikon, they are both awesome cameras. I’m personally a Nikon girl, but the key is good lenses and learn how to work your camera, if your only going to use the automatic setting it’s a complete waste of money. Take a class and learn the camera inside and out! Have fun!!

  21. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine on August 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    awww Bella is too cute 🙂
    Can you healthify some good Mexican food?! I looove Tex Mex but not the heavy cheese and grease factor!

    PS- I just did a post on healthified Indian food, if you’re interested! I love my Indian buffet as much as you do, but it’s so heavy and I think Indian food (and most ethnic food) in the US is prepared to cater to Western tastebuds… it’s definitely more healthy when eaten at home or IN India haha

  22. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Hehe I am so excited for little Fitnessistas and pilots!!!!

    Indian food is such a great sick food. Feel better hun!

  23. Jill on August 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    which recipes would you like to see adapted? I’d Love to see some healthy Lasagna or Mexican recipes! 🙂

  24. Laura on August 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    You have a magic Larabar fairy that makes yummy Larabars appear in your mailbox? Lucky duck 🙂 I need to get me one of those…

    I’m no help on cameras. I took photography classes, worked in a dark room and when it came time to get a camera I just got a point and click from the hubby as a anniversary present. It’s just so easy and simple. Something I strive for in general.

  25. Laury @ thefitnesdish on August 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I have the Canon Rebel SLR…My hubby got it for me last year…i still only know a fraction oabout it’s use…I kinda wish we bought the $400. Canon point and shoot instead of the $1800. DSLR (Best Buy zero interest) b/c it is bulky and I feel weird whipping it out, especially b/c theres no where to keep it…at the same time, it takes great pics, and I have the long lens, so when we go to the baseball game (or like last weekend when MTV was filming my sis for the show shes going to be on)–its great. I need to take a class, bc it has a lot of potential, I just haven’t tapped into it yet! I do love it…and I have gotten a lot of great family pics using it!! So, use it well and good luck!!

    Its funny because, my husband HATES spending money, he will have holes in his crotch before buying new pants, but when he walks into Best Buy…he like, just wants to buy stuff! He talked me into the DSLR, b/c I love using photoshop & for the bloggy–and he said we could have it forever…haha…I swear, I wish there were a Gucci in Best Buy…I would be seriously stylin’ if there were 😉

    PS–I have MAJOR Larabar envy. My whole paycheck only had carrot cake…I tried today, was yum, but need me some cookie dough and PB!

  26. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on August 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I have the Canon t2i and I love it!! I mean, what’s not to love? It is big and bulky but that’s what big purses are for, right 🙂 Totally worth the money in my opinion.

    I would love to see carrot cake cleaned up! I’ve made a healthified version but I’d love to see your take on it too.

  27. Sarah on August 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I have a Nikon D40 and I love it. I was going to get a Canon, but I was advised that Nikon actually has superior lens quality. I am sure it isn’t a HUGE deal or anything, but that’s basically what made my decision.

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      good to know- thank you!

  28. Alicia on August 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I have a Nikon D40 and while I love it–I wouldn’t recommend getting it. A great lens is the 50mm BUT it doesn’t work with the auto focus on a D40–that’s why I wouldn’t get the D40. I don’t know what your budget is…BUT if you can afford the Nikon D90 that is the route I would go–if I could afford it. That’s my recommendation for Nikon–Canon I have no idea. 🙂

  29. Karyn on August 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    i love your mail today and your idea of an intellectual film. muy bueno 🙂

    i’d love to see a healthy ice cream sundae recipe but i don’t think that’s in the cards as it’s not really something one can really easily make. but i’d love to see a really healthy chicken parm recipe because the one that gets passed down in my family isn’t the greatest.

  30. Shanna @ Shanna LIke Banana on August 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I’m a slave to my point and shoot for the most part as well, but I bet the new camera will take some amazing pics!

    Getting me to sit still when I’m sick is impossible. I end up cleaning the house, doing all the laundry, and yes even working out. I am no good at being sick 😉

  31. Marg on August 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I’m a portrait photographer with a Nikon D700 and love it! But I am looking at getting a point and shoot because they are so bulky. I work a lot and can’t carry it with me all the time. I’m loving the Canon G11 or a used G10. Those point and shoots can do alot and are a good back up to a DSLR. If you do get the Canon, you’ll need another lens besides the kit that comes with it. I think you’ll like having a DSLR.

  32. Jennifer on August 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    The House Bunny was a surprisingly good movie. Even my husband loved it! We loved Carrie Mae’s character. She cracks us up!

  33. Elise on August 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Oh no Gina!

    Did you actually read the “20 Things”? Because now I’m afraid you won’t eat any food, in any restaurant, on any part of the planet again. OK…MAYBE you’ll cave to Indian food but I bet you won’t get lemon in your water ;-D

    Crazy girl! Hope you are feeling better very soon!

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      seriously! crazy stuff huh?!

    • Elise on August 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      I was asking my brother (who is a pretty serious hobby photographer with lots of fancy cameras) about reccommendations for a point-n-shoot camera. He recommended this one to me; Olympus PEN E P-1. I guess it’s not quite a DSLR but a big step above a point-n-shoot. His quote”

      “A new camera format called Four-Thirds. This newer format is smaller than typical DSLR cameras but with a bigger sensor than all P&S cameras. Costco has it $499. It does have interchangeable lenses – which you could choose not to change, you could buy a zoom and leave it on. It shoots video, has lots of bells & whistles. It is getting really good reviews. Bigger than the Canon S90 but a good, well priced camera with room to grow. ”

      I dunno I still haven’t gotten around to looking at it but I thought I would put it out there since you’re asking =)

      I’m thinking the blog won’t let me post the link =|

  34. Cyndi @ Weightless Life on August 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I haven’t been able to find any of the new larabar flavors. Maybe some day. Feel better!

  35. Nikki on August 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Gina!

    We have that camera, plus a few lenses for it, and LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Now every sporting event, wedding, vacation, etc we always say to each other “How in the world did we ever get by without this?!”

    Hope you enjoy it, and if you have any questions or troubles with it let me know!

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      what lenses do you recommend? so glad you like it!!

  36. Alexa@Running the Road to Recovery on August 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Woooo! Congratulations on the new camera! I have a Canon Rebel T2I and I absolutely love it. My fiance is a photographer so he helped me pick it out. For me, the decision came down to the Canon 7D (a more professional-style camera) or the Rebel T2I, and I chose the rebel since its memory card was an SD card, and my laptop had an SD card reader! It’s really convenient.

    Before, I took photos with my iphone, and the quality was just meh. But the Rebel is really a great little camera (it’s much smaller and lighter than most DSLRs, another selling point for me) and the photo quality is consistently great!

  37. Noelle on August 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Nikon’s and Cannon’s are both good, just different.

    Nikon Lenses use better quality glass so pictures CAN turn out better but they are more complicated so unless you understand how it works you might not be able to take advantage of that. They also have a metal body so they are more durable (but heavy), my sister has dropped hers multiple times and its fine. They also never change their mount, so if you’ve had one in the past the lense will work.

    Cannon’s are simpler to use which which is pretty attractive especially if all you want to take is good pictures and you don’t want to have to figure it all out. They have a plastic body so if you drop it, it will probably break but its super light so taking it everywhere isn’t as big of a pain like it would be if you’d gotten a nikon.

    I would get the lower end on either, most likely you wouldn’t be using all the fancy features that the higher end ones have.

  38. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    i know nothing about cameras other than my own (a nikon coolpix), so I’m sorry I can’t help you there! the one you chose looks really nice though!

  39. LisaG on August 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I’m not sure what camera Angela uses at ohsheglows but her pics are great. I don’t know much about them; I have small canon point & shoot. I need a new one too. Get well soon: hopefully the Indian food will help ya.

  40. mm on August 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I have a Canon Rebel that I bought about 3 years ago before we took a post-deployment trip to Ireland. It takes great pictures, and I love taking it on vacations and even hiking. It is big and bulky, so I’m actually in the market for a small point and shoot to keep in my purse (my husband destroyed the last one), for the times I don’t want to lug around the dSLR. 🙂

  41. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on August 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I’m switching to a DSLR by the end of this year, and I also want a Canon. I don’t have one now but have worked with a Canon before and really enjoyed it. 🙂 I don’t know though if it was that one specifically, just saying I have a good experience with that brand of SLR.

  42. rachael on August 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Hope you feel better. Being sick in the summer is the worst! I have a fuji camera that is halfway between a point and shoot and a dslr. It can still easily fit in my purse but has a macro setting. I really like it!

    Mini pilots and fitnessistas for you next vacation? Yay!!! 🙂

  43. Katie @ Healthy Heddleston on August 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I love my DSLR.. it takes AWESOME photos!! It does get annoying sometimes to get it out / in of it’s case just on a daily basis for food pictures. My husband gets paranoid of me leaving it on the shelf or counter.. but that’s the easiest way to actually use it. I still use my point and shoot for when I go to restaurants and other adventures that it would be extra annoying to carry the DSLR. But the biggest advantage is the quality of the photos.

  44. Judy on August 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Go with Nikon instead of Canon – it’s what the pros use. We just got a Nikon DSLR 3000, and I love it! It takes amazing photos but easy to use.

  45. Mama Pea on August 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Gahhhh!!! If you got your package from Andi, then I must have too! I’d say more but I am SPRINTING to the mailbox!

  46. Ginna on August 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    We have a canon rebel and it is AWESOME! Took the most amazing pics when we went to Paris and London this past December. We use it all the time and my hubby is the camera whiz, me not so much, and it is super easy to use! Highly recommend!

  47. Kari on August 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I have a Canon Rebel t1i, and I LOVE it (hence why I started a photography blog). I’d highly recommend purchasing a different lens other than the kit lens as well. I literally never use my kit lens. If you are looking for an affordable (yet great) lens, I’d recommend the “Nifty Fifty” 50mm f/1.8 which you can find for around $100.

    Also, look to The Pioneer Woman’s photography tutorials. They are truly very well written and will give you a great understanding of the basics (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc.) so that you don’t have to shoot in Automatic mode. Understanding these concepts will allow you to use the camera to its potential.

  48. Elizabeth on August 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    G, I went to whole foods to see if they had those flavas so I could hook you up and even Boston doesn’t have them. ER????

    I love your workout jam of the day! Coincidently, I used it for my warm up in Turbo and had a little shakedown competition between my students. It was AWE-SOME.

    Feel better honey!

  49. Jenn @ So Very Fit on August 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, I keep seeing all these Larabar flavours on blogs that I have never seen here! Hopefully we get them around these parts eventually, peanut butter chocolate chip sounds amazing!

  50. Liz @ Blog is the New Black on August 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Literally JUST got (as in, last week) the Canon digital SLR Rebel T2i after tons of research… and ordered a book that is specific to this camera. I am IN LOVE!

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