Chips and Dip

Hiiii ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you? Late night blogging tonight! It was the kind of night where I just needed to take a minute to let my brain defrost,

and cozy up on the couch with some chips and dip

(aka hummus and raw sweet potato chips) ๐Ÿ˜‰


[+ a creeper smile and a begging maltipoo]

Today was bueno, full of productivity and craziness.. just the way I like it, but it definitely feels good to be chillinโ€™ in my jammies.

I got put on the employee Buff Booty class during lunch, so I kicked all of our bootays. It will hurt to walk tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

A snippet of what we did:

-Squats, squat pulses and tempo squats (down slow up fast, and reverse)

-Lunges (stationary, pulses, walking lunges, lunge and lift)

-Lateral lunges

-plie squats (hold, and pulse with right heel up, left heel up, both heels up)

-Bar work (including *this move*, Core Fusion style thigh burners, calf raises, side leg raises and leg circles)

-Mat work (bridges, pulsing bridges, Pilates style side laying leg series)

Um yeah.

I came home to pack up snacks and a quick lunch before heading back:


Beast with


-red bell pepper

-local orange tomatoes

-1/2 avocado

-shredded goat gouda

-garlic, sea salt, cayenne, lemon juice

-BBQ tempeh


For the tempeh, I just cooked it up in a little BBQ sauce


+ sheepโ€™s milk yogurt with Sun Warrior and cinnamon for a snack ๐Ÿ™‚

When I got home from the rest of the day, I was so tempted to grab my computer and spend the rest of the night getting work done, but instead I took this little thing for a long walk.


I felt bad because she was stuck at home while the Pilot and I were at work all day, and I could tell she was ready to shake her legs out and get some fresh air. She definitely used the excess energy- sheโ€™s crashed now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Time for me to grab a snack and crank out some computer stuff.

See ya in the morning!


Congrats to the Facebook Manduka mat giveaway winner!!!


Send me an email (fitnessista at gmail dot com) and Iโ€™ll get your mat on the way!!

Something to read:

Marathon fueling

10 biggest mistakes youโ€™re making at the gym

HCG Diet: junk science that just wonโ€™t go away [which I 100% agree with. The HCG diet is a boatload of crapola]

Eat your colors

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  1. Sara K on September 22, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Wow I thought the bbq tempeh were walnuts!
    Raw sweet potato chips sound delicious- what brand is it you’re holding up?

  2. Shannon on September 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Sweet potato chips sound delish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    It looks like you are having a lovely evening! Your co-workers must be feelin it tonight lady!

  4. Amanda on September 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

    lol…. yes the HCG diet is a load of crap! If people put half the time and energy into eating well and exercising as they do into finding ‘that magic pill’ they wouldn’t need to lose weight in the first place.

  5. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 22, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I just got a Chihuahua puppy and I DREAM of the day that I’m able to leave him at home without him pooping all over the place!

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 22, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Congrats to the Manduka winner…didnt even know you were having that giveaway. I can’t keep up with all the social media pages on top of blog posts but I have had my two manduka mats for almost TEN YEARS each!!! Other mats rip, shred, erode, flake apart.. not those. Seriously…the best!

    And I love the bbq tempeh and dipping sauce…mmmm, good!

  7. Erika - The Teenage Taste on September 22, 2011 at 6:54 am

    BBQ tempeh?! Never heard of that before – sounds yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 22, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I love your cozy little couch-coffeetable/ottoman-tv corner is — I’d want to curl up in my jammies too!

  9. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 22, 2011 at 7:46 am

    That leg workout sounds killer! I did something like that on Monday and I’m STILL sore from it! ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on September 22, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I love barbeque sauce on tempeh – and sweet potatoes too ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Lindsay@bikingbeforebed on September 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

    All those pulses… you are going to be sore!

  12. Heather on September 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    That BBQ tempeh looks amazing! And even more to-die-for atop a salad beast. And little Bella…awww that picture is SO cute. Presh.

    Stay lovely,

  13. Anna @ On Anna's Plate on September 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Yum– love BBQ tempeh! I love how it crumples like real meat (well, kind of :-)).

    Gina, this is a random question, but are you going to get a flu shot this year? I’ve never gotten one before, and now that I’m expecting, I’m a little wary of getting one for more reasons than one, but the signs everywhere in my doctor’s office are starting to get to me (plus we saw Contagion last night, haha). Just wanted to know if you had any thoughts on it as a mama-to-be yourself.

  14. jodie on September 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

    100% agree the HCG is crap. I need to try tempeh, been seeing it on all the blogs, will be putting it on my list. Have a fantastic day.

  15. Natalie on September 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    YAY!!! I am so excited!!

    I tried tempeh a week ago for the first time and did not like it. Maybe I will try it with some BBQ and see if that will change my mind because I love BBQ tofu.

  16. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on September 22, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Mmmm. That barbecue tempeh looks and sounds amazing. I must make some for myself! Great idea!

  17. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on September 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

    That class you taught at lunchtime sounds intense! In an awesome way ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m going away on holiday in a couple of days and I am totally gonna write down all of those exercises and do them in my hotel room- I can already tell that would be HARD WORK lol! ๐Ÿ˜› Seriously, love it. <3
    Aaah…I bet Bella was so thankful for the walk – she looks tired now, at least, and very content! Hope you have lovely relaxing evening ๐Ÿ™‚ xyx

  18. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on September 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    That tempheh looks so yummy! I need to try it that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Annette on September 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Does Sun Warrior protein powder taste better than Vega protein powder? I just can’t get over the “green” taste of it.

  20. Dana Marie on September 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

    ๐Ÿ™ I was sure I would win ….

  21. Sarah D. on September 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Just snarfed down some PB&J oats – yummy!! But can we discuss how it looks like the Pilot is in your TV?

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

      omg, you’re right!! crazy!

  22. Chelsa on September 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

    The bbq tempeh looks so good. I have to make this soon.

  23. Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly on September 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I have an 8 month old puppy that has to stay in her crate all day while the BF and I are at work. I feel so guilty, but I just can’t trust the little booger roaming around the house yet. But I always promise her when I get home I’ll take her for a loooong walk or to the park! ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. I think HCG is a big fat load of crap too!

  24. Beth (Well I'll Be) on September 22, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Bella’s little gingham harness is so cute. You’re such a good dog mom for taking her for a walk! It’s so hard to do that after a long day of work, even harder after that leg killer you put yourself through!

  25. Andrea P on September 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I still have not had the balls to try scares me. Throw a lil bbq sauce on though and anything sounds good lol maybe I’ll give it a try. Also, I hope this doesn’t sound creepy but you look gorgeous in that picture! (as always) You just look so happy, I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

      aww thank you friend!
      and yes, bbq makes everything taste good ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Sarah on September 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    My boss & his wife are going to start the HCG diet soon & I think they’re crazy! On top of that they are trying to conceive which seems like totally unsafe timing and….. we work at a gym!! He should know better!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

      ๐Ÿ™ !

  27. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on September 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I have never heard of the HCG diet, but I just read it and it sounds INSANE.

  28. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Did you make your chips with a dehydrator?! I’m looking into purchasing one! or adding it to my birthday list(;

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      those ones i bought at whole paycheck, but i’ve made my own in the dehydrator so many times ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing all those reading links! I loved reading the 10 biggest mistakes at the gym and about the crazy hcg diet! I can’t believe there are people that are doing that!!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      me too- it makes me so mad!

  30. Jenna on September 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Wow, I had never even heard of the HCG diet…that sounds ridiculous!!! But that salad looks yummy, full of color, lol. I love little begging Bella, at least she’s good at it, haha!

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