Christmas in July

Heyyyy ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you? Hope youโ€™re having a wonderful day! Can you believe that we raised over $26,000 for Susan through The Great Fundraising Act? The blog world is truly amazing <3

We were really excited to spend our first night in our new home, but the previous owners had the utilities switched out of their name and shut off before we got the keys [and since it was over the weekend, no one was in the office to change it over for us until Monday, when they were already off]. Since we still had no water at the end of the day, we headed to the Hampton Inn (which weโ€™ve always referred to as โ€œthe hammyโ€) for the night.

Comfy bed:


{My Snoogle and I travel together}

It was a nice cozy room, and they also have a decent fitness center + free breakfast. Baller.


Even though I had helped with moving all day, I was still pretty wired from all of the excitement, so I hit up the gym for a 45-minute workout to get my sweat on and ensure that Iโ€™d sleep well.


I did a weights-focused workout, with some cardio blasts in between circuits. It was schweaty and glorious.

Hotel breakfast:


Eggs, which Iโ€™m pretty sure were powder at one point in time (yeahโ€ฆ.), salsa and a banana that was smeared in a blanket of peanut butter.

Best part of the day:


Opening the POD!!! It really was Christmas in July ๐Ÿ™‚

I canโ€™t believe our stuff has been in there for almost a year โ€“it will be a year in August- and everything survived. All of the glass, valuables, random ish we were throwing in last-minute to make it fitโ€ฆ all made it here. It was so fun to see our things again!
 pod (2)

And scary.

We have a LOT of stuff.

I ended up helping with the little things since Iโ€™m not supposed to lift very heavy stuff right now, cleaned the apartment that we moved out of, and brought back lunch, while our fam was hard at work unloading the heavy things out of the POD.

When I got back, it was EMPTY!

The prepโ€ฆ

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and liftoff ๐Ÿ˜€


We had a lunch picnic in the kitchen: Magpieโ€™s pizza + sparkling water, soda, snacks and cups my nana brought over ๐Ÿ™‚


Everyone else feasted on pizza, while I enjoyed one of the best salad beasts ever:

Greek salad, no feta


+ goat cheese from home ๐Ÿ™‚

goat cheese

A lot has been done around here, but thereโ€™s still SO much left to do. We also need to get internet and cable hooked upโ€ฆ which is why my posting schedule has been a little weird yesterday and today. You can pretty much always count on a morning post, an early afternoon fashion or family post and a nighttime post. As much as I like hopping on random WiFi, it will be nice to have our own ๐Ÿ˜‰

We have water and a bed to sleep in tonight, so Iโ€™ll go ahead and call it good ๐Ÿ™‚

Off to start unpacking boxes! Be back later tonight with a Family post update.



*Our new neighbors are AWESOME. They came over to say hello as Stanley Steemer was driving away since we had no water yesterday, and the husband ran down the street and chased them to come back because they said we could use their water for the carpet cleaning. And then, they offered me a coconut water. I wanted to pinch myself.

Something to talk about: In Keeping up with the Kardashians (my reality show addiction), in one episode Kim talks about when they were younger and their dad would ask them every night what the โ€œpeakโ€ of their day was, and the โ€œpitโ€ of their day. My peak was opening the POD and finding things I had long forgotten about, and my pit was when the eco-friendly maid came, spent 5 hours here and only cleaned the oven and 1 bathroom. I had a Groupon for a 5-hour cleaning, and she decided to use it by being as slow as humanly possible. Usually I love the Groupons I pick up, but this one didnโ€™t turn out as awesome as anticipated.

Your turn: what was the peak of your day, and the pit of your day? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Love the pilots face in that photo!! And your baby bump is too cute ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also happy to hear I’m not the only one that likes watching that show!

    The peak of my day was our awesome dinner that hubby cooked – chicken parm sandwiches!!

    The pit of my day is the huge zit on my chin that I woke up to this morning – sweet!

  2. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Can’t wait to see the place fully outfitted with all of your things! I’m sure it’ll look amazing!!!

  3. Nicole on July 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Congratulations on emptying the pod and on moving into the house!! All of these updates are so exciting to read. The greek salad looks delicious, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jessica on July 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    My peak for the day was going for a goup walk with some girlfriends in 100 degree weather at 7 pm and catching up on stuff.

    The pit of my day was when I went to pick up lunch for my co-workers and myself and they forgot their fries.

    By the way…I tried zumba for the first time ever at the gym yesterday. It’s definalty different, but I liked it. I kept up with the moves pretty well and at the hour went by really fast. I was also amazed that I was sore this morning.

  5. Molly on July 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    the peak of my day was having my brother make a surprise visit! the pit of my day was when a client didn’t show up for an appointment. ๐Ÿ™ but luckily I was able to do some last minute re-scheduling. Have a great evening!

  6. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Great photos! The peak of my day was spending some time with my mom…I haven’t seen her in a while. The pit, my tantrum-prone 4 year old. Nuff said!

  7. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on July 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I love the “peak & the pit”… such a cute idea!

    The peak of my day will be when my fiance gets home (he worked 15 hours today… ridic.) and the pit of my day was the lonnnnng afternoon at work that went by so slowwwly.

  8. theorist on July 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    great post! laugh out loud funny!!!

  9. Laury @ thefitnessdish on July 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I so need to catch up on the Kardashians. I LOVE that family. Wish they’d adopt me temporarily ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Christmas in July is my birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s how all my friends would remember it.

    30 this year, My mom always would decorate the dining room like Xmas for me…so fun. Peak of my day was my daughter rolling over like a maniac at 11 weeks old! Pit…too sad to even mention ๐Ÿ™

  10. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on July 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Hahahaha, I literally laughed out loud at my computer when I saw that picture of you and the pilot in front of the POD. I’m glad your neighbours are awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The peak of my day was going bra shopping and getting my eyebrows waxed.

    The pit of my day was realizing that I really need to start looking for a fall job.. stressful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jackie @ That Deep Breath on July 27, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Finally unpacking your belongings is the best feeling in the world!! So glad you lucked out on neighbors, some can be a nightmare!

  12. mi-an on July 27, 2011 at 1:57 am

    peak: seeing bruises on my triceps from doing bakasana, still trying! (and not giving up!) ๐Ÿ™‚
    pit: wasn’t able to go eat cupcakes with my niece bc i was studying…poooo.

  13. Amanda on July 27, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Holy POD! I’d make that face too if I had to empty it : P Must be awesome to finally have your stuff back!

  14. Katie on July 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Your adorable! ha! Love the POD pics of you ! I bet you feel like you found so many treasures emptying that thing out! Now you can fill your house up! I am sure you are beyond happy to do that, I remember you saying that to me, how exciting it will be to have a house!

    So happy : )

    Have a great day girl! xo

  15. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

    That must have felt so good to be reunited with all your stuff!

    The peak of my day was seeing Harry Potter! The pit was… I can’t think of one. It must have been a good day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Dana Marie on July 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Why are you barefoot in there!!! You could get a splinter or step on something painful!!

  17. jenna on July 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

    congrats on moving!
    i don’t mean to be rude or mother-ish but don’t over do it and don’t you dare be lifting heavy stuff!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    don’t you LOVE nice neighbors!! i’m so glad to hear you have awesome ones! nothing is worse than bad neighbors!

  18. Lyndsi @ Lyndsi and David on July 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

    ahh! I know the feeling of not having access to your belongings (although not for as long as you). We had a tiny apartment in the D.C. area and couldn’t bring back wedding presents but also didn’t have room for a lot of the stuff we had at home (i.e. parents’ houses). I’m still (five months later) opening wedding gifts and love getting to use things again or for the first time! Enjoy!

  19. Hillary on July 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    As much as I hate moving, I have to say that the unloading of my own stuff into a new place is kind of the best. It finally starts to feel like HOME. Hope you guys are getting settled!

  20. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life on July 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

    So glad that the move is going well! I love that picture of you and the pilot… his face is priceless!!!!!!

  21. LisaG on July 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Yay for the pod and thoughtful neighbors!!

  22. Kathie on July 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

    yayaya…so exciting!! I bet it was like Christmas in July! So happy for you! LOVE LOVE LOVE your new neighbors!! That is AWESOME!! As for the Groupon, if I were you, i’d call and complain. You might get something out of it….like, i dunno….a few extra rooms!

  23. Emma on July 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Aww Gina, I am so so so beyond happy for you! I know things have been hard for you with the Pilots deployment last year and everything, but everything seems to be coming together so perfectly for you now and you seem so happy and it’s so lovely to read about ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Kelly on July 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Congrats on finally getting into the house and emptying the pod! AND nice neighbors…which sometimes doesn’t happen. I’m sure it will feel good to grow some roots there!

  25. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on July 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Yay for moving! The peak of my day was seeing the Red Sox game and dinner out with the future hubs. The pit was getting lost at 11:30 on the way home. Ugh!

  26. Stephanie on July 27, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Yay POD! lol.

    Oh, definitely email Groupon w/ your experience. They might refund you since you TOTALLY didn’t get what you paid for (seriously! I’ve cleaned my oven, and it took barely 30 minutes, and it was HELLA gross!). They’re super-customer-friendly normally…my sister got 3 hot springs Groupons refunded when she found out she was pregnant and couldn’t use them on her vacation.

  27. Stacey on July 27, 2011 at 11:38 am

    You are adorable, and a very high jumper!!! I put spinach in my smoothie this morning because of you – thank you for being so smart, helpful and equally entertaining ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

      thank YOU so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner on July 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    LOVE the color of those shorts…I assume they are lulu?!

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

      yep! they’re the groovy run short in aruba ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on July 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe your stuff has been locked away since August… I remember reading about that. Has it already been a year? Wow!

  30. Raya on July 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve seen that episode!! KUWTK is my addiction as well. I don’t have cable right now and that’s prob the show I miss most! Well, that and the Jersey Shore. Ha.

  31. Julie on July 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Gina,
    I just found your blog the other day and I am addicted! You give out such great advice, tips etc!! I am a yoga teacher and hopefully will be teaching something called Body Combat which is by Les Mills, ( its awesome if you have never heard of it, I also choose to eat very “clean” most of the time, and love all your recipes and food tips. I have a question about your “oatmeal cookie cereal” do you just eat it raw, like it’s a cold cereal? Can’t wait to try, I would think eventually it would get soggy? ๐Ÿ™‚ I too love the Kardashians, my guilty pleasure, along with those stupid Bachelor/bachelorette shows. I heard of that game “peak and pit” we call it ” high/low” My neighbors kids come to my house for dinner and they have got to expect to play that game every night at the table ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s cute. I aspire to get my blog anywhere near as cool as yours! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Blogging!

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      thanks girl! so glad you’re enjoying it so far ๐Ÿ™‚
      i eat it uncooked- it tastes great ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christina on July 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

      What is Les Mills? I’d love a focus post on that!

  32. Julie on July 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    OK, yay! PS I have a friend in California who is your total doppelganger! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      no way!

  33. Koko @KokoLikes on July 31, 2011 at 2:58 am

    CONGRATS!!! Must be SO nice to finally have moved in and have all of your stuff back!!

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