Caught in the act

โ€ฆ of a sweet embrace with my Cullen juice ๐Ÿ˜‰


(U of A REPRESENT, haha)

This girl was hankering for some veggies in a serious way.

I think it was because we planted our little garden, which got veggies on the brain ๐Ÿ˜€


The pots contain seeds for basil, cilantro, RAINBOW CHARD, parsley, dill, rosemary and jalapeno. (The chives were a gift from our neighbors, who moved over a year ago, and somehow survived the winter)


Dear plants,

Please GROW so I may eat you all the livelong day ๐Ÿ˜€

We also put up a mushroom bird house


and an anti-squirrel bird feeder.

bird feeder

Cute, huh?

I even wore these purple gardening gloves Jeni got me last year:


Bella is kind of afraid of them. Funny girl ๐Ÿ™‚

After errands and planting, I hit up the gym for legs and made a chocolate cherry bomb for recovery protein:


It was amazing, as usual. I knew I should have made an omelet, salad beast, or some type of *real* food, but I was craving that smoothie like a monkey. Sometimes, you gotta eat what you want instead of what you *should*, ya know?

Iโ€™m off to shower and get ready — weโ€™re going to dinner and the movies with Jeni and her pilot ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great night and Iโ€™ll see ya tomorrow!



Something to think:

Bruce Lee:

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

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  1. janet on May 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Hey! I LOVE your blog!!!

    I have a quick question though, have you ever done a post about how to nurse a sunburn? If so i would love to read it… I was checking out the archives but there are a lot lol!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      hey janet,
      no, i haven’t! i rarely burn. my husband, however, has definitely had a wicked sunburn before. we just put lots of aloe on it

      • LisaG on May 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm

        A nurse told me recently to apply diaper rash ointment; not the thick kind, but the gel kind. You never know.

  2. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Awwww, look at all your little seeds in there! You’ll have a full garden before you know it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the movie!

  3. Erica on May 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Fun garden! We planted one too and I am so hoping it grows. Fingers crossed for both of us. Cute gloves. I have pink ones. They are the hotness. Have fun on the date tonight. Sorry I have been a bad commenter- Josh has surgery on his elbow and his fam was in town- was a little hectic

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      hope his elbow is doing better and that you’re doing well!
      i miss you! i’ve been a HORRIBLE commenter lately.. but i’m always reading <3

  4. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on May 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Little seedies! I love growing things then eating the fruits of your labor…literally! The Bruce Lee quote is so true, especially the last sentence. Hell yeah, Cullen juice!!

  5. The Linz (Destination 26.2) on May 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    They say talking to your plants helps them grow. So keep on talking to those babies. They will make some yummy meals when they are ready. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love your purple gloves! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      oh! good to know! i already gave them a pep talk today, might need to continue the tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Stephanie on May 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Quick question…how important is eating “real” food vs. a protein shake after a workout? I’ve been wondering about this and since you mentioned that you should’ve had real food, I thought maybe you could explain the reasoning behind it. I always have a protein shake ready to drink for my drive home. Should I wait and eat a real meal instead?

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm

      the thing is, smoothies go in and out of our bodies pretty quickly. the protein in *real* food (like an egg, some yogurt, chicken, etc) lasts longer and our muscles can use it to recover a little more efficiently. my buddy ron, who’s a serious body builder, drinks a protein smoothie on his way home to last him until he can get some *real* food. a smoothie is great (and usually my post-workout food of choice), but since i already had protein powder with breakfast, i should have gotten my protein from a food source instead of a powder, ya know?

  7. Carrie on May 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I’m in an apartment so I have quite the little balcony garden going on. Though none of my herbs planted from seed made it. ๐Ÿ™ I might need to go buy some basil and thyme starts to keep me happy.

    I planted some kale though that is doing magnificently, you should try planting some.

  8. Danielle (Runs on Green) on May 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    A baby garden! That’s exciting ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d be most excited about the rosemary and the rainbow chard…anddd basically everything (except the cilantro lol)

    And yes, life is too short to not have what you really want occasionally !

  9. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I love how when you should be eating something other than you shouldn’t, the “bad” thing is a healthy smoothie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

      hahah i didn’t say it was bad! just that i should have had some real, rib-sticking food. smoothies are processed by our bodies so quickly and as much as i love it, protein powder isn’t *real* food

  10. fittingbackin on May 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    That little mushroom is SO cute!!

  11. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    aww i love gardens!! I wish i was able to have a garden, well actually i wish i had a yard! condo life huh.

  12. Andrea on May 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Yay for gardening!

    I like the quote you posted as well. I currently feel like a willow that has survived Week 1 of your Summer Shape Up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      haha AWESOME
      keep up the great work! <3

  13. Katie on May 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I have a silly question that I should probably already know the answer too.. When you juice beets, are they raw or cooked!? And do you use the whole thing for 1 drink!?

    Thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      they’re raw- i usually use half a beet for each juice (and save the other in the fridge in a little baggie(

  14. Nicole on May 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Love how you have all your little herbs in pots, so practical! I may just grow a little pot of cilantro. Possible? I hope. Homemade guac with some cilantro – or some fantaastic molletes with home-grown cilantro, shoot, that’d be fabuloso.

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      totally possible, and YES that would be increible ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on May 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Yes, yes, all about eating what I want these days. So freeing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your double date night Gina!

  16. gigi on May 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m jealous! I went to walmart today to get a little herb/veggie garden started and they had nothing but somehow I still managed to walk out with plenty of bags. I’ll have to try a real garden store tommorro.

  17. Jessica on May 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Loved this post!!–U OF A pride and a choco cherry bomb is all I need ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Morgan on May 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    We recently planted an herb garden too and we love it! Hope you get as much enjoyment out of yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Marcia on May 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I just found your first “Summer Shape Up” series as a link from Eat Live Run. Looks awesome!! I am going on a vacation soon, and it looks perfect for me to do on the road! I especially like the jog/sprint/pushups on a bench type workouts ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Marissa on May 29, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I always try to make myself eat exactly what I’m craving, ’cause I have a horrible tendency to follow the “rules” way too strictly. That smoothie looks good; I’ve been craving cherries like mad lately. Can’t wait to get some fresh ones! Good luck with your plants!

  21. Krystina on May 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I want a garden so bad. The one time I bought an herb plant I killed it in a week.

  22. Gena on May 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Ha! Love the guilty look upon being caught snuggling with your veggie juice. Too cute!

  23. Hailey S. (Adventures in Health) on May 29, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    So totally off subject, have you ever done a tutorial on foam rolling. I’m not sure how to do it. Maybe I’m just retarded but I think a webcast or something would be helpful. -Hailey-

  24. Kris | on May 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Congrats on the little garden! I love fresh produce and herbs….I could sit on my patio smelling my basil all day ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Enjoy your juice!


  25. Christina on May 30, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I have seen that Chocolate Cherry Bomb shake in so many blogs in the last week, its crazy! I am going to have to try it and see what all the hooplah’s about, must be yummy :O)

  26. Devon on May 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I completely agree with you about what you want and what you should eat. And its not like what you WANTED to eat was terrible for you. I’m craving a smoothie like a monkey now too. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Jen on May 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Those chives will last forever. I planted some 5 years ago in a pot and they are still going strong! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Ilana on May 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Yay for all the growing things! Gosh I want herbs. My raspberry bushes just started turning red ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. LisaG on May 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    My chives and chard are still doing their thing too. I need to plant some cilantro and I’ll be set.

  30. MAJL on May 31, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Hey! Good luck with the herb growing. I started doing the same this year and the cilantro has been the easiest; it grows quick. My basil though, will take 80 days to mature and some varieties grew better than others. The herbs taste so fresh and it is so convenient to just grab a few leafs here and there.

  31. crystal on June 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

    man that bruce lee really knows what he is talking about!

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