Chips and Roons

Hi guys πŸ˜€ IT’S FRIDAY!!! Yeahhhhhh. Anything exciting going on this weekend? The pilot has a lot of important flights and work stuff this week, so I figured I’d get out of his hair and take a spring break to Orlando πŸ™‚ If any Orlando bloggies want to meet-up while I’m there, hit me up! It will be a week of pool lounging, yoga, vino and shopping. Bring it.

Here are some of the tasty highlights from yesterday πŸ˜€

Chocolate macaroons were made:

roon dough

Salad beasts and black bean hummus were munched:


Kale chips are dehydrating away:

kale chips

And I’ve eaten half of the batch already. They taste SO GOOD warm out of the dehydrator πŸ™‚ So much for road trip snacks.. they don’t have a chance to make it through today πŸ˜‰

Workout-wise, I had another lovely solo spin sesh at the base gym.

For the record, Chelsea Handler makes awesome spinning reading material:


It’s hard to jump on the bike when you’re cracking up πŸ˜‰

Today, I’m meeting with my Lifestyle Challenge group at the gym, going for a light run, and getting ready for Orlando. No dinner plans yet.. maybe the pilot will want some 306 North? I hope so.

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday- I’m out like [raw] sauerkraut.



Something to talk about: What book are you reading right now?? I need one to start when I finish this Chelsea Handler gem (which will probably be today). Both fluffy girly books and intellectually stimulating literature suggestions would be appreciated mucho πŸ˜‰

* If you’ve been needing a spiralizer, early next week I’ll have a chance for you to get a free one πŸ˜€

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  1. thirtyandhealthy on April 2, 2010 at 7:14 am

    ooh fluffy girly reads are my forte, I do think the british write great Chick-Lit. Have you read any books by Marian Keyes? She’s an Irish author who cracks me up and always has an inspiring tale to tell. If you haven’t I would start with ‘Sushi for beginners’ as I think that’s my favourite, or ‘Rachel’s Holiday’. Have a great time in Orlando! πŸ™‚

  2. Amara on April 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I just read Beautiful Creatures and loved it but it’s more Bella Edward fantasy. Did you read “The Help”? Great book.

  3. Chris on April 2, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I Just finished reading the Help for book club and it was amazing. Snowflower and the Secret Fan is great too! Happy reading!

  4. Juli on April 2, 2010 at 7:50 am

    OOO chocolate maccaroons make me swoon. I am reading Wolf Hall- it’s THICK but so far it’s very good. I love books around Tudor England (thanks to Showtimes The Tudors- hot). It’s also reminiscent of Pillars of the Earth – another amazing book.

    Spiralizer- sweet! I’m eating about 75% raw and I think that would help me to be a bit more creative.

    Enjoy your spring break!!!

  5. Katie on April 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Agreed Amara. “The Help” is unbelievable!! πŸ™‚ I’m currently reading it now and don’t want to put it down! Another fun chicky book is “Dirty Girls on Top” by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. It’s hysterical!

  6. Heather on April 2, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Hey Gina,

    Reading “Blue Like Jazz” will change your life! Anything by Donald Miller is unbelievably uplifting. [:

  7. Jill@Quarterlifewellness on April 2, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Ive got both for you! I just finished Friday Night Knitting Club which was quite wonderful. And for more serious lit, if you haven’t read A Picture of Dorian Gray, you HAVE HAVE HAVE to!!

    Hope you have a great weekend girl.

    Side note I just woke up from a dream which took place at Disney and characters included you and the Pilot, haha. Isn’t it weird when you dream about bloggers?!

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

      hahah YES! i’ve had quite a few dreams about bloggers- it’s pretty funny πŸ™‚

  8. Natalie on April 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I’m actually reading that same Chelsea book right now! And next is Lauren conrad’s LA candy. Excited about the spiralizer giveaway!!!

  9. Shelly on April 2, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I am reading Jodi Picoult’s House Rules about an autistic boy. I am only a few chapters but I usually enjoy her books.

  10. Courtney on April 2, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I like the Stephanie Plum novels. They are funny and girly with a little bit of action. I made kale chips for the first time the other day. They are very yummy. πŸ™‚

  11. Jennie {in Wonderland} on April 2, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I just read three books by Dean Koontz – “The Taking”, “The Good Guy” and “Dark Rivers of the Heart”. All freaky, all enjoyable. Sometimes I go through phases where all I want to read are mysteries – no matter how bad they are, lol.

    Currently I’m reading “Wolf Hall” which is seriously good, “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf – read it before but felt like it again and I’m also re-reading a bunch of old Nancy Drew mysteries. I LOVE reading old books that I read as a child. It makes me feel close to home.

    Enjoy the macaroons… I’ve always wanted to try some, so can’t wait until you start selling them!!!

  12. Spotty Prep on April 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Aww I just read the pilot’s post and it was really sweet! Ya’ll seem like a couple I want my husband and I to go on a double date with πŸ™‚

    I’m deviating from my normal chick lit and reading David McCallaugh’s biography of Truman. It’s not an easy read, but President Truman lived a super interesting life, and I really think he influenced our present by making the toughest decision anyone’s ever had to make. Before that I read The Help and I can’t recommend that enough!! I finished it in 2 days πŸ™‚

  13. Lauren on April 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

    You have totally convinced me to start reading some of her books. I just need to get through the stack on my nightstand first!
    I really like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” It’s part of a trilogy and the second book is just as good. Waiting on the third to come out though!

  14. Karen on April 2, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Book Suggestion – I’m in the middle of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is a great book so far. I’m alittle late to the party as it was really popular a year + ago when it was #1 on the NYT bestseller list. The movie based on the book is about to be launched so I thought I would pick it up. Her writting style is really funny and insightful.

    Thanks for such a great site!
    Karen – ATL, GA

  15. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on April 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I love the Chelsea Handler books! They crack me up. Not reading anything right now, but hope to in the the next few wks!

  16. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I love Chelsea Handler!! So funny. Have you read “Are You There, Vodka?” It’s my fave!

  17. Alexis on April 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

    The Help and the Stephanie Plum novels are both fantastic books, I definitely second the people who have already suggested them. I’ve made my whole office read The Help so far (I work with 99% women) ^_^;;

  18. Whitney @ Whitinspired on April 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I so need a spiralizer! I’m currently reading the Outlander series, but they are lengthy and there is 7 books in the series! It’s not for the faint of heart…so take it on at your own risk.

  19. Tara on April 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    The Help, Kathryn Stockett- very good! It looks long, but you’ll fly through it. Enjoy your weekend!

  20. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on April 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I loooove Chelsea Handler! She is so hysterical. Did you see her on Shape this month? She looks INCREDIBLE.

  21. Heather on April 2, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Love Chelsea! She got me thru several elliptical sessions! Have you read her 2nd book, “Hello Vodka, Its Me Chelsea”? Hilarious. Got to meet her at that book signing!

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

      YES and i loved it!!!

  22. Ian on April 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I am reading the old classic Dune, since I have yet to finish it and it is essentially the perfect embodiment of a sci-fi fantasy book…. I am also reading various books on chemistry, cooking, and human metabolism…not really light reading, sorry. I liked your tribute to sauerkraut…which is currently fermenting in my dorm room!

  23. Kelly on April 2, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I love the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich! They are great and very easy read. I am also a fan of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella!
    Great post… Looks like I am headed to the bookstore!

  24. BridgetP on April 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I am reading Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner (author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes), so far I like it. This morning I also finished listening to In Defense of Food on CD, which you have probably read but is awesome and though-provoking. And last month I read Sarah’s Key for book club and it was wonderful, I couldn’t put it down! Books to read by the pool are my favorite πŸ™‚ Happy Friday, Gina!

  25. Carolyn @ on April 2, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I just finished “Saving CeCe Honeycut.” I LOVE reading books set in the South. The characters are always so interesting.

    • Katherine on April 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

      SUCH A GOOD BOOK! let me know if you find another one like it!

  26. Edith on April 2, 2010 at 8:56 am

    NurtureShock. It’s about common misconceptions about parenting (for example, is it better to tell a child they’re smart so they got an A, or that they tried hard, and so they got an A? And does it even matter? -Yes, very much!). It’s backed up with a lot of research, but very easy to read. I learned a ton about how to not screw kids up, despite the fact that I don’t have kids, and have no immediate plans for any, haha πŸ™‚

    • Katherine on April 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

      I babysit, and I love reading parenting magazines etc – I might check this out! …I do try to conceal my shopping in public though; people give you looks haha…

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

      whoa, that sounds awesome. might have to check and see if they have it today… πŸ™‚

  27. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Just finished In Defense of Food, but you already know all about that. It still was crazy to read the evolution of the food industry. Enjoy you week of vaca and relaxation! Mine’s coming to an end and it stinks!

  28. Heather C on April 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Have fun!
    I just finished “The Help” something very different than I usually read but good nonetheless.

  29. Keri on April 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Some of my fav chic lit books are the Emily Giffin ones (Something Borrowed, etc.) and her 5th book The Heart of the Matter is coming out next month. I was skeptical when I read the summaries of the Something Borrowed Books but they are seriously so good I read them all very quickly!

    • Katherine on April 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

      they hook you in! it’s like once you read one, you have to read the next one

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

      i’ve read all of those, too, and absolutely loved them πŸ™‚

  30. Kelly on April 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love Chelsea Handler’s books, they are so funny! I’m embarrassed to admit this, but Lauren Conrad’s books suck you in.

  31. Katie on April 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Right now I’m reading The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. It’s great fluff, just like her Shopaholic series.

    Have fun in Orlando!

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

      i’ve read it- it was wonderful πŸ™‚

  32. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I am reading one of Jodi Picoult’s older books, Keeping Faith, and I am TOTALLY enthralled! It is about this young girl who has no religious affiliation, who starts seeing and hearing god when her parents go through a nasty divorce. It’s SO good!

    Have fun with the pilot this weekend! I am back home in the States and very excited to be here =D


    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:42 am

      that sounds like an amazing book!

    • jenn on April 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      all of Jodi Picoult’s books are captivating. i got sucked into her books after the sister’s keeper.

  33. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on April 2, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I’m reading On Love: A Novel and I’m really enjoying it. It’s fiction but is intellectual too. I definitely recommend it!

    I also recently read The Diana Chronicles (about Princess Dianna) and it was fascinating.

  34. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

    What a fun impromptu vaca planned:D So jealous!
    I really want to read Chelsea’s other book, “Are you there vodka, it’s me, Chelsea” πŸ˜€
    Oh, btw – I found some goat’s milk ice cream, and knew I needed to tell you about it! One word: foodgasmic πŸ˜€

  35. christin on April 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

    ditto on The Help by Kathryn Stockett (great Southern book!) and anything by Sophie Kinsella!

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:41 am

      i LOVE sophie kinsella πŸ™‚

  36. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on April 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I wish I lived close to Florida to just take a trip down there. How much fun! And I LOVE Chelsea! I watch her every night. She is amazing.

  37. M on April 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hmm I am in need of a light-hearted book, is this book by Chelsea a pretty easy read? I am currently reading a book on how to get organized and clean!! I struggle with keeping my house clean and organized (partly due to being unwell) but partly just because I am a perfectionist and if it can’t be done *perfectly* I tend to get overwhelmed and not do it at all! I never feel like I have enought time. Speaking of which, maybe you could do a readers request post on how you manage to keep you casa so tidy and still manage to fit everything else in! I always marvel at how beautimous your house is and wonder how you do it. I am jealous of your spring break!!! I want to gooooo. Have fun πŸ™‚ Xo
    P.S. Chia seeds- F, P, N, C? πŸ˜€

  38. Jane on April 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    What a life you lead…pool lounging, yoga, wine and shopping…sounds like my kinda day. I love Jodi Picoult novels…Handle with Care was a great book from the first page to the last.

  39. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on April 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I really liked that book Eat, Love, Pray. It was great!

  40. Jenny on April 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I’m reading catch 22- not exactly gym material;)

  41. Kailey (SnackFace) on April 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Can I come to Orlando? I’d love a pool right now!

    I totally need Chelsea’s book! Currently, I’m reading for class, but it’s Don Delillo’s Libra. It’s a fiction recomposition of Kennedy’s assassination. BUT for a light read, I highly recommend a David Sedaris novel. They’re all compilations of short stories, they’re super smart and hysterical.

    Have a faaaab Friday, darling!

    P.S. I’m brainstorming looks for you. Shirtdresses, belted waist, mid-thigh shorts (I’ll have to show you a pic of what I have in mind), espadrilles. I’m clearly still thinking!

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

      do it!!! i’d love to chill with you all week… and you can take me shopping, mmm k?
      sounds glorious- let me know when you have a list and i’ll buy it up, haha πŸ™‚

  42. Kathleen on April 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I adore books because I was an English Lit major so I read more than one at a time…I am reading currently: Breaking Dawn (Stephenie Meyer), Lolita (Nabokov), Garlic and Sapphires (Ruth Reichl), Adventures on the Edge (edited by Jon Lewis)…

  43. Lindsey on April 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

    We’re going to Orlando the first weekend in May & I CAN’T WAIT!!!

    I hope you enjoy your “spring break”! Totally awesome.

    I don’t usually post, but wanted to say as well, that you have a fantastic hubs, he’s almost as awesome as mine (wink wink), lucky lucky women we are!! πŸ™‚

    Books-wise, I so love reading, right now I’m thumbing through “Mindless Eating (Why We Eat More Than We Think)”, very interesting/good to know/for the record kind of stuff.

    I’ll be sticking to non-fiction until the next Harlan Coben book comes out. Just kidding – I’ve just really been craving his stuff lately!! He’s so funny and gripping and entertaining and time-eclipsing all at once (like you have NO idea where the time went at ALL) – anyhow. I’m rambling. I digress!

    Love the blog! Love how you leave tips sometimes at the bottom of your posts. Love your attitude! You rock! And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on April 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

      thanks lindsey <3

  44. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on April 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I just finished reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes, which was actually much more interesting and thought-provoking than I anticipated! I’m now moving on to “In Defense of Food” by Pollan, which I hear is a must-read.

  45. Karyn on April 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

    i’m hoping to carve out some time to read this weekend. i always have more than one book open and right now it’s: les miserables, harry potter and shutter island. it kills me that i don’t have time during the week to crack open a book other than for school

  46. Katie on April 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I’m reading Eat Pray Love right now… it’s actually my 2nd time reading it – SO good!!

  47. Melissa on April 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    If you haven’t read The Shack, you should!:-) Very thought provoking and an entertaining/quick read.

  48. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

    i’m not reading a book right now actually (weird) but I really love the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers…talk about a love storY!

  49. Amy on April 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

    The China Study is what I am reading now BUT i took a trip to Reno once and read “Good in Bed” (Jennifer Weiner) by the pool, it is my favorite book for giggles and relaxation πŸ™‚

  50. Julie @SavvyEats on April 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I’m currently reading “Thank you for all things” and like it so far!

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