Date Night

Morning friends! Hope you’re having a lovely Saturday πŸ™‚ Thank you for the sweet comments on the house- we’re so excited.

Last night, the Pilot and I decided to be social and went to the pool with Kyle and Meg. It was 103* at night (!) but I love Tucson summers… even though your shirt catches fire when you walk outside πŸ˜‰

Dinner was from Eclectic Cafe:


A tuna salad-stuffed avocado with salad and hardboiled egg for me,

Reuben sandwich for him.

Everyone else swam and I dipped my feet in (I’m not much of a β€œswimmer”, more of a float-on-a-raft-er), and we came back to the casa and crashed.



-1.5 C almond milk

-1 banana

-protein (my Sun Warrior should get here today!)

– 1 C frozen organic cherries

-1.5 T raw cacao powder


and lunch is packed up and ready to do.

Beans with scrambled eggs, salsa and teff tortilla


2 baby organic plums

and a Larabar.

I have a long, but fun, day at work and my reward for making it through the day is date night with a very seksi Pilot πŸ™‚

We have a dinner date at our favorite place tonight, and I’m also hoping we can see this movie since I’ve heard amazing reviews from friends.

Has anyone seen it??

Of to seize the day πŸ™‚



Zumba song of the day: β€œEn sus marcas, listos, fuera” Daddy Yankee (love.)

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  1. Kris | on June 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    YAY! We’re going to see that movie too!! I love documentaries like this!!!


  2. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on June 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Date nights make a hard workin’ day so worth every minute! Reward. πŸ™‚

  3. Maggie on June 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Get in all the date nights and movies that you can before baby arrives!!

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      we will πŸ˜€ we’re lucky to be surrounded by babysitters here in tucson, so they’ll be able to continue afterwards too

  4. on June 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Congrats on the new home and new member of the family coming! I can’t wait to see this movie it’s so empowering and TRUE. Have a great date night.

  5. Leitadala on June 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Hi Gina! I was wondering if you have heard of the plight of Princess Leah – and if perhaps you’d be willing to spread this link to your fans. I know it’s not really fitness or nutrition related, but I am trying to reach out to others to spread word of this poor little baby suffering from a mystery medical condition, and her poor parents that are in need of financial and morale support. I’m sorry if this post offends you, please feel free to delete it if you need to.

  6. Ashley @ the fit academic on June 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for posting the movie trailer – somehow I’ve totally missed it! Never even heard of it but it looks absolutely amazing! I’ll have to check it out soon!!!

  7. G on June 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

    As a Sociology nerd, that movie seems incredible. I actually got shivers while watching the trailer. Off to find if it is playing in Canada…. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      it gave me the chills too! hope you can find it near you πŸ™‚

  8. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on June 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Date night always makes for great motivation! Enjoy your day. πŸ™‚

  9. Sana on June 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Enjoy date nightt! I am def more of a dip in the pool girl, too scared to swim!

  10. Gina @ Running to the kitchen on June 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I would love some hot (temperature wise) nights like that here! I love being outside at night and not being chilly. Apparently, I live in the wrong state!

  11. Hayley @ Oat Couture on June 25, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Enjoy your date night! Hadn’t heard of that film so going to check it out now! πŸ™‚

  12. Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks on June 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Have a fantastic date night, Gina and Pilot! πŸ™‚

  13. Morgan @ OperationHotMama on June 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Date nights are the best! Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  14. Natasha on June 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Have a fun date night! I really want to see I AM too…I watched an Oprah show about it. Let us know what you think if see it πŸ™‚

  15. suzi on June 25, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    We’re having Date night tonight too! But we’re seeing the X Men movie!

    I’m so envious that you’ve clearly got the newest ZIN Music since I know that song is on there. Up here in Canada we’ve got a Postal Strike happening right now which means no mail and no new zumba tunes. Boo.

    Have a great day & night tonight! πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      oh no!!! wait to get it though- i actually like it better than the daddy yankee version, and i used the zin choreography for it- it’s awesome πŸ™‚

  16. Meghan @ StruggleMuffins on June 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Love the Zumba song of the day! I recently fell in LOVE with Zumba and have also become a huge Daddy Yankee song. Been rockin out to Ven Comingo on repeat all week πŸ™‚

  17. Allison @ Food for Healing on June 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I had a date night yesterday too, we went out for a lovely supper, even got to sit on a patio outside to eat. It was perfect.
    I just finished my Day 10 Insanity workout, so i am off to seize the day too once i shower my schweaty self.

    have a beautiful day!

  18. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on June 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Is that a wedding band next to your smoothie? πŸ™‚ It just caught my eye, lol! Wishing you a fun and fabulous day and a wonderful date night…love how bright and purple your berry smoothie looks, can only imagine how much nutrition is packed into that…you’re baby bump will be loving that, fo sho! <3 xyx

  19. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on June 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Yay for date nights! I hope you have a wonderful evening with the pilot!! πŸ™‚

  20. Chelsa on June 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    that movie looks really inspiring I can’t wait to see it

  21. Cassia on June 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I notice you use only 1 tbsp of protein powder now. How much prtein powder do you think is okay per day (grams-wise).
    Also , I am not a breakfast eater. I feel so sluggish in the morning and heavy foods don’t appeal to me (I even find grains, nutbutters, almond milk heavy). But how would I have a breakfast or smoothie that is not heavy, but good good in calories (I need to increase my intake) without too much fruits/carbs. ANy thoughts?

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      try that smoothie! it’s around 400 calories without being too heavy πŸ™‚
      i usually use a scoop of sun warrior, but since i’m out, i’ve been using a tablespoon of nutribiotic.. since it tastes nasty πŸ˜‰

      • Cassia on June 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        You are so incredibly sweet to reply to me. I never know if bloggers will do that. Your famous afterall πŸ™‚
        Hmm, I worry that is too much fruit and almond milk (sometimes I find almond milk too heavy first thing in the morning…plus, I’m uncertain about cocoa powder….I have the pure dark cocoa here – unsweetened and not sure if it is too too rich for the buds like that). I guess I could do 2 tablespoons of powder also. But again, stll conflicted on how much fruit and liquid leave me heavy. I try chia seeds and have mixed thoughts on it.
        I’m one of these people who don’t know what “works” best for me since everyone is different. Some swear by fresh fruits in morning (and that is honestly all i want…but I can’t get in calories with fruit alone). Others swear by eggs (and i love runny egg yollks) but am afraid since I deal with IBS-C alot. THe morning is just a bad time for me but I have to pack in calories. But just anything heavy turns me sour.

        • Fitnessista on June 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

          you stop that. πŸ™‚
          have you tried rice milk? it’s a little less heavy than almond milk
          maybe start with 1 C rice milk, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of protein, 1 tablespoon of nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter), cinnamon and some spinach?
          or you could have some chia pudding (2 tablespoons of chia soaked in 3/4 C milk overnight), with fresh berries mixed in πŸ˜€

  22. Cassia on June 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    oh ,also is brown rice protein powder a true protein source?
    I eat rice at lunch and dinner sometimes, but then also include brown rice protein powder at breakfast and snacks. Am I just eating a lot of rice? Ha. Or is it a legit pure protein source?

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      haha you’re getting legit protein πŸ™‚

      • Cassia on June 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

        Thanks sweetie.

  23. Moni'sMeals on June 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Enjoy Date night…so important and fun to look forward too.

    I can’t wait for this movie. I saw him on Larry King I think he is fantastic. πŸ™‚ He has BALLS of steel in a city like LA to let go of his ego. πŸ™‚

  24. Lindsey on June 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love date nights!

  25. Lauren on June 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Are you allowed to eat seafood while you’re pregnant? I’ve just always heard the opposite and was dreading giving it up when the time came! I love seafood πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      you can totally eat seafood! they just say to be mindful of how much, and stay away from high mercury fish

  26. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on June 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Aww, enjoy your date night!!

  27. Shari B. (FitFeat) on June 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Gina! I thoroughly enjoyed “I AM”. It’s a little bit scattered because it covers a lot of little topics under its main topic, but overall I left feeling very “love thy neighbor” and wanting to change the world! It really makes you feel thankful for our blessings. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. πŸ™‚

  28. Tabi on June 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Love when you post booty shakin tunes! Perfect for preppin for a night with the girlfriends πŸ˜€

  29. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I haven’t seen that movie or even heard about it..I always say I learn everything cool and interesting from blogs so thanks for that info πŸ™‚

    Love those “cool summer nights” in AZ. The 9 mos we lived in Phoenix I just never could believe how HOT it stayed…all.the.time!

    Have fun on your date night!

  30. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on June 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Do you make your own teff tortillas?! If so, I want the recipe.

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      nope i buy them at the health food store πŸ™‚

  31. Brookie on June 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I AM is incredible- it makes you want to go DO something for someone, and realize how interconnected we all are. SOOOOO inspiring that I’ve seen it twice, and am telling everyone I know to see it!
    I hope you enjoy it, and that lots of people see it b/c you posted it:).

  32. Kilee on June 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I love date nights! Don’t they take you back to in the beginning of your relationship when dates were all that you looked forward to all week πŸ™‚

    I’m so happy for everything working out with the house. I haven’t heard about the film, but I’ll see if it’s playing around here at all. Have a fun weekend!

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      thank you, you too! πŸ™‚

  33. kaila @ healthy helper! on June 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    A tuna stuffed avocado!?!?!?! Never thought of that! Sounds so good though….and I love that you were able to order that at a restaurant! So cool!

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      they have such an awesome mix of food at eclectic πŸ™‚

  34. Victoria on June 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Congrats on the house! I moved into my short sale this month and the neighbors could probably hear me cursing out the previous owner for her lack of bathroom cleaning skills. Also have you tried bountiful baskets or did I miss your review. It’s really forcing me to experiment but I love it.

  35. Sarah on June 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Have you ever had Ethiopian food?! If you like those teff flour tortillas, you should totally get your snack on with some good Ethiopian food. All the food is consumed using this bread called Injera as a scooper (maybe ‘scooper’ is the wrong word choice…makes me think of walkin’ my doggies…). The flavors are DELICIOUS and it is spicy and incredibly veg-friendly.

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

      that’s what i’ve heard! i keep telling the pilot we need to try it… maybe it will be this week’s wednesday night adventure πŸ™‚

      • Sarah on June 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

        I am moving to Tucson in basically one month and when I visited to find my house to rent, a bunch of people recommended I try Zemams!

        If you go before I get there, you’ll have to let me know how it is!

        • Fitnessista on June 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

          ok i will!!

  36. Ali (urbanfruitbat) on June 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I wish you the loveliest date night ever. Have lots of fun!

  37. mi-an on June 26, 2011 at 1:40 am

    that trailer looks awesome!! i so wanna see it!

  38. rebecca lustig on June 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I think I could enjoy Mexican cuisine any time of day for any meal. It’s THAT good. And versatile!

    Great choice on the Zumba song— one of my personal faves πŸ™‚

  39. kristi (sweet cheeks) on June 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Have fun on your date night!!! you deserve it. πŸ™‚

  40. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on June 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Ah, I love/miss southwest summers πŸ™‚ (I’m from Vegas – pretty hot as well!). I also love (and miss!) date nights- can’t wait for my *date* (boyfriend) to get in town on friday!

  41. Alexandra on June 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I AM was such an inspirational movie! I definitely recommend it! πŸ™‚ .. Hope you had a fun date night!

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