Calming the Shiba

Hey hey hey ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope youโ€™re all having a great day! I loved reading about your workout plans for the week. As expected, yaโ€™ll are quite the gym monkeys- I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

I started mine off with a giant organic Fuji apple and a walk with the puppers on the base trail.


We walked for a half hour and it was beautiful. The weather was perfect and walking the fur babies on the trail is so peaceful!

Have I mentioned before that Viesa is afraid of life??


Well one small noise, a garbage truck, postman or stranger, and she tries to escape and head home. Itโ€™s taken an excellent harness, lots of discipline (and ignoring her when she does it), and sheโ€™s gotten much better, but one thing has stayed the same: she loves the base trail. She seems so confident out there and can actually run around without being a scaredy Shiba. So Iโ€™m making it a goal that since the weather is nicer, Iโ€™m going to drive the puppers to base to walk them more often. Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion.

When we got back to the casa, it was bfast time and my savory tooth came a-knockinโ€™


Usually in the morning, I crave sweet but today I wanted spicy and savory.  2 egg white puffs with Texas Pete on top of Babycakes cornbread (awesome cookbook), with an organic salad and balsamic. Face rocking.

I went up to the yoga room to do 60 minutes of the Shiva Rea DVD but after a half hour, I did my own thang. Rolled on the foam roller, practiced my favorite poses (balancing half moon, tripod headstand, crow, dancer, toppling tree into standing splits), with 6 glorious minutes of savasana at the end.

For lonchi, I busted out the chia seeds and made a scrumptious mesquite chia pudding.

-1/4 C chia seeds

-1 T Sun Warrior vanilla

-1 T mesquite

-1 t vanilla

-1 C fresh almond milk


Topped with:

-1/2 sliced banana

-1/2 T almond butter



chia (2) - Copy


I just got back from a training appointment and am about to rub some Biofreeze on the olโ€™ knee and *attempt* to go on my first run post-half marathon. Hopefully it will be pain-freeโ€ฆ if not, Iโ€™ll have a lovely walk sesh ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you have a wonderful night and Iโ€™ll see ya in the morning with that Zumba video.



Todayโ€™s workout jam: โ€œUnited State of Pop 2009โ€ DJ Earworm (a bloggy suggested this one to me before the half marathon, and I LOVE it)

Happy Blogiversary to my lovely friend, Jenn! <3

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    love the wedding crashers mention…saw that last night! at least there’s one place where miss viesa isn’t skurred ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on March 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Sometimes I crave savory breakfasts too – I once ate chicken for breakfast. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great run, Gina! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      thanks girl!

  3. Jenny on March 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Enjoy your run lady!

  4. Molly @fuelherup on March 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I love that song!

    Your pup is so cute – makes me miss my furbabies! Next semester I’m getting an apartment and hopefully bringing one with me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck with your run!

  5. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on March 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Those eggs looked great. Hope the ol’ knee holds up for you!!

  6. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on March 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Good luck on the run! Hope it’s pain free ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on March 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Good luck on your first run after the 1/2 marathon!!! You’ll rock it ๐Ÿ™‚

    My current fav workout song is “Teeth” by Gaga. Sooooooo good!


  8. Karyn on March 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    have a great run and “united states of pop 2009” is amazing!!

  9. *Andrea* on March 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    good luck with your run! sometimes i get a craving for savory too but i am definitely a sweet girl ๐Ÿ˜‰

    love your veggies incorporated in bfast. i unfortunately HATE spinach/kale in my smoothies so i can’t become a green monster fan.. but i do love veggies in omelets or with eggs like your bfast!

    viesa is such a beautiful dog!

  10. Jennie {in Wonderland} on March 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I often crave savoury things for breakfast… for weeks all I ate for brekky was Mary’s crackers with hummus and a salad on the side with avocado. Plus a Green Monster. I was always roaring with energy during those days!

    I almost wish I still ate eggs – your egg puffs look so pretty!

    • Christine on March 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm

      I have heard such mixed things about eggs!! If you don’t mind me asking, what made you choose not to eat them?

  11. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on March 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Hope your run is a good one! I almost always crave sweet in the morning…but sometimes, my mouth will surprise me and pop up with a savory craving instead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. brittney on March 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Viesa is a cutie pie pants.

    Tell her troublemakers can’t be fraidy cats.

  13. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on March 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    yes yes looooooove that earworm song!

    oh and my savory tooth woulda came a knockin too if i had babycakes cornbread!

  14. Meghan on March 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hey, I think your blog is great! I started training for a half marathon last week. I found a 12 week training schedule that looks pretty good, but I was wondering which one you used and if you liked that one. I just wanted to compare mine to ones other people have liked, but only one person I know has done a half!

  15. Christine on March 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Hey! I just started reading your blog and I love it! I am so inspired by your recipes and I am about to order some Sun Warrior and Chia seeds from Anyway, seeing as you workout quite a bit (go girl), I can imagine you sometimes run out of music or get sick of what you have on your iPod. I just started subscribing to a podcast called Cadence Revolution that releases over an hour of free “international” music every week. The latest one I listened to was a reggae-style mix, and the beat was great. Thanks for all of your posts and I’m look forward to continuing reading your blog!!!

  16. Erin M. on March 16, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    That gfree cornbread looks sooo good, I’m going to have to order the babycakes cookbook! Just wondering…do you have the recipe or mix that you used for the gluten free pizza dough/sandwich you just made a few days ago? I would love to know of a good one. Thanks!!

  17. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on March 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Good luck with run!!!
    I want to try Chia pudding. I’ve added it to oats and yogurt and smoothies but never just made pudding. YUM!

  18. ShoeZq on March 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    My Shiba is the exact same way. Afraid of everything. It’s so hard to take her for walks because she has a fit and starts panting really heavily. We also CANNOT give her a bath. She quite literally screams and claws. I’m pretty sure my husband has some scars from our last bathing the shiba experience.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      hahah as soon as vies hears the water, she hides under the bed. good to know it’s common with their breed. do you have kids by any chance?? i’m wondering how she would do with them. a baby came over once and she was not a fan

      • Shoezq on March 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

        We don’t have kids. And she has never allowed any to get close enough to see how she would react. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. On a completely different subject… When you were first beginning a dedicated work out regimen how did you keep yourself motivated? I know you are at the point now where you feel lost without a daily dose of exercise and I want to get to that point but don’t know how.

        • Fitnessista on March 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

          yeah i worry about the kid thing with vies. i’m hoping my little bro will be able to take her
          i just tried to find ways to keep things exciting- trying new classes, taking a magazine with me, new ipod music. before long, i was hooked

  19. christina cadden on March 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Looks great!

  20. Melissa S. on March 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    hope the knee feels well for the run!

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Gina, thanks for the info on the coconut butter! I am so glad you told me you did it at a 3-4, too! Excellent info, and now I am kicking myself I didnt snag those coconut flakes from WF’s today. Well, there’s always tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for your open sky, I have been tempted but haven’t jumped in yet.
    The chard wraps w/ apricots/raisin filling…awesome!
    And the fact that you shut off Shiva and did your own thing…perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for poppin over today, it means alot!

  22. Ana Alvarez on March 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Every-time I see your chia pudding, it reminds me that I need to get some chia seeds in my life!!! Hope your run went well ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Ian on March 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hope the run goes well! Thanks to you I actually went out and ran…that and it was gorgeous outside today ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Bridget on March 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    A friend of mine has a shiba and he is kind of a spaz in general! He’s pretty sweet, but is known to freak out or get scared by the littlest things. Hope your run went well!

  25. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Oo i’m excited to see the new Zumba video. I want to do Zumba so bad ๐Ÿ™ my job sucks tho and leaves me with no energy (4am wake up) and my feet ache so incredibly much that i can’t walk for hours after.

  26. La on March 16, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    haha my cat is completely afraid of life too…i actually had to carry him outside and set him down in the backyard today so he would go out!

    really looking forward to your foam roller special!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

      awesome, it’s a good one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Becca on March 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Babycakes is the greatest, cutest cookbook! Have you tried any other recipes from the book yet?

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

      seriously, i love it. no not yet since i gave up sweets for soon as easter gets here, i am all over that cookbook

  28. Diane on March 17, 2010 at 12:58 am

    I think I’m gonna have to get that Babycakes cookbook-every time I see it the cover sucks me in ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not to sound like a total creepster, but is there a reason you don’t really eat Clif or Luna bars anymore? J/w because I’m always looking to improve my eats and you’re a great role model for that!

  29. Kelly on March 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Hope the knee held up!

  30. Haley Tuthill on March 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Where can I buy mesquite? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

      you can find it online at natural zing- i’m hoping to have it in my opensky store, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Bekah on March 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I have 2 Shiba Inus and my little girl is also very afraid of loud sounds and plastic bags, but the my other is so laid back and mellow.

    Good luck with the knee!

  32. maggie on March 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Just a quick note to say thank you for the lovely workout routeins. I’m trying to gain muscle back and they have really been helping!!


    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      i’m so glad!

  33. Barbara on May 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I have a 4-year-old Shiba who is also afraid of life (garbage trucks are her nemesis, too). Makes me feel better to know there are others out there!

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