Cardio Cabin Fever

Hiiiiiii 😀 Hope your Monday is treating you well! My day has been very chill.. lots of resting and icing the ol’ knee. It doesn’t feel like I actually injured it, but it definitely didn’t like yesterday’s race very much.

I forgot to show ya’ll what the race shirt looks like:

(it’s the exact same as last year’s, but BLUE!)

race shirt

Cinderella colors. Fun 🙂

The pilot didn’t have to work until later this morning, so while we hung out, I made some kale chips.

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I used my version of a recipe from 105degrees, but a similar one can be found here

Basically you make the sauce in the Vitamix:


Plop the sauce into a bowl, add the kale (washed, ribs removed and torn into large pieces) and gently massage until the kale is fully coated with cheezy goodness


Spread the kale onto Teflexx sheets (and be careful not to smash them- they’re better fluffy) and dehydrate for 12 hours at 115*

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After 12 hours, flip them onto mesh screens and continue dehydrating for 8-12 more hours.

I may have had a few warm ones out of the dehydrator already… I can’t help myself 😉

Jeni and I met up at the gym for some weights (no cardio for this girl today.. which is STINKY because it’s gorgeous outside!!!). We did some fierce shoulder, upper back, chest and ab work, then hit up Main Squeeze for smoothies.

I got the usual Tropical Superfood with vanilla Sun Warrior, spirulina and 1 T chia seeds that I brought in a baggie.


It was lovely 😀

Some of the rest of today’s eats included:

Apple with mesquite and cinnamon


Millet with Earth Balance and Polaner


Raw zucchini noodles with spicy almond butter sauce (almond butter, Nama Shoyu, garlic, cayenne, rice wine vinegar), carrots and scallions


Lots of cherries:


I’m off to take a seaweed bath (more on that later, haha) to see if it will help my aching leggies a little. While I’m doing that (and hating life- I hate baths…. showers are much more efficient and enjoyable), it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Enjoy the rest of your day!



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  1. Erica on March 8, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Love the race shirt! how cute is that!!!! I cannot believe I still haven’t tried kale chips. They are going on next weeks menu. The weather has been just amazing. I rocked flip flops all day. Going to enter your contest now

  2. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 8, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the kale chip recipe 🙂 I gotta try them!

  3. Leesa on March 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Going to try the kale chips next time I buy kale 🙂 I have been lurking and wondering why you use mesquite? Are there benefits I’m missing or is it simply a taste thing for you?

  4. Karyn on March 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    i think i’d be soooo impatient with a dehydrator haha!

  5. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on March 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I haven’t tried kale chips yet, either. I don’t have a dehydrator (can’t even imagine where I’d store it in this teeny kitchen), but I’ve heard you can make them in the oven…do you ever do that? Are they almost as good?

  6. K from ksgoodeats on March 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I love the Princess theme for the race – cute shirt! I’m late but I wanted to wish you a MAY-JUH CONGRATS on your half marathon this past weekend!!

  7. ered on March 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Oh Gina one thing I was going to recommend for leg pain (or somewhere else pain–not just legs) is going to an acupuncturist–keep reading! I think I read before you’re not really big on needles, but they can use ear seeds (it’s a mustard seed on a sticky thing that they stick on strategic places in the ear) and it might help you. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t have experience–my mom and family came to see me and we were doing a big day of tourism. she’s had knee pain for over 5 years from a car crash injury and she also was skittish of the needles so I palpated in her ear and placed a couple of seeds in places that might help and sure enough she was more than able to get around really well that day whereas before she would have been very restricted in her activity tolerance. Just a thought! Good luck with the seaweed. I’ll be interested to read all about it.

  8. on March 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I keep reading about how delicious kale chips are…I have to try it. Your recipe with the sauce looks delicious!!!

  9. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on March 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Hate baths? Do not comprehend. 🙂 Just kiddin….sort of. I hear you on the non efficient aspect…I usually read or watch TV (yeah I have a TV in my bathroom). 🙂

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on March 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    A seaweed bath? Do tell! I hate baths, too. I think its like laying in your own dirty water – which it is!

    • Fitnessista on March 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      that’s why i don’t like them, either. you soak in your own filth! nasty haha

      • Colleen on March 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

        LOL, I was going to say the same thing! I sure hope your legs feel better! I always feel better if I get some walks in when I’m really sore, it helps get the blood moving, but doesn’t overexert the muscles.

  11. Marissa on March 8, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    That kale looks really good! I have been too scared to try it! Hopefully I can change that soon!

  12. Jessica @ Fit and Clean on March 8, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I love, love kale chips 🙂 I only do mine up with a spray of olive oil and some sea salt, though. Yours look yummy!!

  13. Raya on March 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Kale chips are so good, can you make them in the oven with that cheesy sauce??

  14. Angela @ A Healthy Fit on March 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Can you make the kale chips without a dehydrator?

    A seaweed bath? Hmm, I was thinking a seaweed salad sounded good, you’ll have to let us know how the bath goes!

  15. Ian on March 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    <3 kale!!! And it was a gorgeous day on this side of the country too! A nice long run for me

  16. Ambre on March 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I retweeted it! 🙂

  17. Lauren @ eater not a runner on March 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Kale chips are delish 🙂 But I make them in the oven because I don’t have a dehydrator hehe

  18. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on March 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Love your race shirt, you look like a true Disney Princess. let us know how that bath goes! I’m not a huge fan of them either.

  19. Steph at Steph's Life In Motion on March 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Gina, what is mesquite? I only know of the tree! 🙂

  20. Theorist on March 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    thanks for the kale chips tip. have been trying to make them in the oven but they are too chewy! will try with my new dehydrator this weekend.

  21. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    sigh. i wish i had a dehydrator! your chips look awesome 🙂

  22. Emilyeatsclean on March 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Cute shirt!!! I want a dehydrator soooooooooo bad!!!


  23. Maya on March 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Your shirt is so cute! I really want to run in a Disney marathon next year, but the full is too much in January as I would have to train my hardest in the Northeast outside in the cold in December. No thanks. But a princess half in March is doable! If only for an awesome shirt!

  24. Kate on March 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Completely unrelated to this blog post but my dog just had a seizure today and I remember reading a little while back that Viesa (sp?) had a seizure! This if the first time its happened and it scared the HELL out of me…I really thought he was dying. Any advice you have?? He seems fine now…just a bit dazed and exhausted. Hope Viesa has been doing well!

  25. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on March 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Oh those kale chips look so good!

    And I found various stores online that have the mesquite so I’m thinking I’ll be buying some of that soon. Just dying to try it out! Along with chia seeds, maca and the list goes on haha

  26. Kelly Michelle on March 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    ugh I hate baths! so dirty, I think I would have to take a very thorough shower before a bath and clean the tub in order to enjoy it. I have to give the kids I babysit baths and the water is always so yucky, it makes me cringe to think about.

  27. katie on March 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Awww that shirt is so cute! Maybe *someday* I will run the Princess marathon.

    Can I make kale chips without a dehydratpr?

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

      yes, just put the oven on the lowest setting and leave the door ajar.

  28. Fancy on March 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Gina! I’m sure you have answered this a million times, but I have searched and searched the blog and can’t find it anywhere! I would love to know what brand of millet bread you eat! I really want to try it, but since I have never had it…I want to try whatever brand you love! HELP! Thank you soooooo much 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

      hey! it’s the food for life brand and is sold frozen- you’ll love it 🙂

  29. sandy on March 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    congrats on your run! have you tried epsom salts? they are excellent for achy muscles! add at least 2 cups to your bath. you can find them at any drugstore.

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

      yes, i haven’t used them in years! thanks for reminding me 🙂

      • sandy on March 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm

        forgot to say-also add a few drops of essential oils to make it more yummy & enjoyable:). lavender, ylang ylang, geranium, grapefruit are some of my faves!

  30. Lisa on March 9, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Do you ever worry about what running will do to your knee joints in the long term? This has been the one thing that has kept me from giving running/jogging a big place in my workout regimen, even though I would like to do it more. Is it one of those things where the benefits outweigh the risks? What kinds of things can you do to reduce the risks?

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

      nahhh- especially since i don’t run very often. usually, i’ll just run once maybe twice a week.
      the main reasons why runners get injured is that they do too much, too soon, too often and don’t allow enough time for rest. i think that if you’re smart and add mileage and speed slowly, and give your body time to recover, running isn’t any more dangerous than any other sport.

  31. Gigi on March 9, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Just bought kale and have been wondering what to do with it? lol Thanks, ive goota try this 🙂

  32. Kelli on March 9, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Good job on the race! Maybe I’ll be able to do a half in a year or so. If you do a video on the breakfast cookie, I’d love if you show how to do a pumpkin breakfst cookie!

  33. MizFit on March 9, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Im so bummed we missed eachother 🙁
    Im thinking you didnt get my texts as my husband “claims’ 🙂 he didnt get mine either.
    (gotta love tmobile)

    WE DID IT!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

      no i didn’t get any texts 🙁
      i’m proud of us! 😀
      hopefully i’ll FINALLY get to meet you one of these days!

  34. simpledaisy on March 9, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Love the race shirt… cute:)

  35. Michelle on March 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Hey Gina! I’m doing an experiment on my blog out of curiosity and going raw for one week. Any tips?? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

      they best tip is to keep it simple when you’re first starting. a lot of people tend to go buck wild with complicated recipes and it can be daunting! check out for beautiful, simple and delicious recipes

  36. thedelishdish on March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

    i love baths but seaweed bath?! i have to admit it sounds strange but im very curious to hear all about it!

  37. Jessica on March 9, 2010 at 9:21 am

    mmm…cherries. When they are in season, I eat so many! They are in a bowl on the table, in a bowl on my desk, in a bag in my purse…everywhere!

  38. Geetha on March 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Gina,
    The T shirt looks good!
    I have a question regarding ‘Juice Beauty’…where do u get yours? and about Repecharge?…are they found only online?

    • Fitnessista on March 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      i get the juice beauty goodies at sephora and the repechage i get from ashley, who’s a beauty professional

  39. Ryan @ Greens for Good on March 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I made Averie’s cheezy nacho kale chips yesterday! Love them! I don’t dehydrate mine for that long (I do 8 hours on sheets, flip and go for 4 more hours). They’re wonderfully crunchy and cheezy today!

  40. All Women Stalker on March 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I love apple and cinnamon, mmm! And the cherries are the bomb.

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