Date Night

Sup bloggies 😀 How’s your weekend going??

Since we finished Insanity and showered around 8 last night, we went out to eat because by the time I would have bought groceries and cooked, it would have been laaaaaate.

We dined at the lovely Bleu Cafe 🙂


I had a glorious glass of Riesling:


and chose the vegetarian stir fry bowl for my entree. It’s *supposed* come with saffron rice, but I asked if there was any way I could please have the Cuban black beans instead of the rice.

The put the veggies ON TOP of the black beans:

veg bowl

and I ate it like a soup 🙂

It was SO ridiculously good. The veggies were stir-fried in a teriyaki sauce and combined with the smoky black beans, it was outta control.

The pilot had three tacos (Memphis, South Beach and Savannah) with rice and beans.


It was a great dinner date 🙂

After dinner, we didn’t really feel like going home yet, so we went and walked around Books a Million (because that’s what the cool kids do on a Friday night) 😉

Two new purple books:


I adore Emily Giffin –she writes fun girly books- and a few of my friends have read The 5 Love Languages and recommend it to their married friends, particularly those in the military. Basically it’s about the fact that we all speak different “love languages”. For some people, they like to *hear* that they’re loved, while others feel most loved by *gifts*, and some people feel love through physical touch and so on. It teaches you about why this is so (usually it’s due to upbringing) and how to speak your partner’s love language, so that they feel most loved and their “love tank” is full 😀 Pretty interesting stuff- have any of ya’ll read it?

The morning was definitely a good day for chocolate pancakes up in herrrrre.


The pilot had spelt chocolate-chip pancakes, and I had perfect protein pancakes with some dark chocolate sprinkled in, 1/2 banana and 1 T maple syrup. Protein perfection 😀

We’re off to pump some iron and then hit up the Memorial Day sale at Turner’s furniture. We saw a sleigh bed advertised and today might be the day 😉

Have a happy Saturday!



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  1. Danielle on May 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

    My husband and I read “The 5 Love Languages.” It’s a great book, I’m sure you’ll love it!

  2. Cindy on May 29, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I have read the 5 Love Languages. It is great! Good advice, helps clear up some of the confusion that is marriage. 🙂 I made protein pancakes, by the way, and while they were a little dry (my mistake, I am sure), they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

      you might have to add more milk- some protein powders are different so play around with it a little 🙂

  3. Lorin on May 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Wow! What a coincidence! Yesterday, we had a substitute at school for my english class and the sub talked to us about the 5 Love Languages. We all sat around in a corner and listened. It was actually pretty interesting, but most of my friends thought it was weird, I guess I like weird things. It seems like an interesting book!

  4. Jen on May 29, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I have heard that both of these books are great! And PS… I took up the cool kids on a Friday night theme to extremes. We stopped by the library after dinner! 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

      whoo hoo!! book party! 🙂

  5. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on May 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Yum, chocolate chip pancakes sound soo good right now.

    That vegetarian stir fry looks fabulous, too. I love when restaurants will make changes for you. 🙂

    Happy Saturday!


  6. Little Bookworm on May 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

    The veggie stry fry looks great and the pancakes. Hope you have a good weekend! 🙂

  7. Laura J. on May 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    The 5 Love Languages is a great book! You’ll enjoy it 🙂 They also have one called “The 5 Love languages for Kids” which I got for one of my baby showers and it was really good as well.

    Hope you and your pilot have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on May 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Ooh girl I want a sleigh bed, too! Post pictures if y’all get it! 🙂

  9. Erin on May 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Aww Emily Giffin – love her books, too! I just finished Heart of the Matter. I really got sucked in and loved it, but it’s definitely a heavier read than say.. Baby Proof. Hahahah still a good one 🙂

  10. Tyffanie on May 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I heart Emily Giffin’s books too! I have only read Something Borrowed and Something Blue but I want to read the others. Once we move back to the States, I am totally going to pick them up! I too have hear The 5 Languages of Love is a good book, I hope to get my esposo to read it with me sometime, although I’ll have to find it in Spanish for him.

    P.S. I finally tried the protein pancake recipe a couple of weeks ago–so yummy! Thanks for posting the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      so glad you liked the protein pancakes! 🙂

  11. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on May 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I’d love to hear what you think about the 5 Languages of Love. I’ve heard about it before but wasn’t sure if it was TMI (which, I feel like books about “love” can often be!). But then again…I’ve never been married, so what do I know? 😛

  12. gigi on May 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I miss my sleigh bed! Currently I have a jail bar type head board that makes it unbelievably uncomfortable to read in bed. That book seems interesting I’ll have to check it out

  13. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    The 5 Love Languages just went on my summer reading list! I love how we have such similar interests where it comes to books.

  14. Katherine on May 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve never heard of the Love Language book but I’ve loved all of Giffin’s novels in the past. Does Pilot do insanity with you? (or did I miss something; I’ll check back older posts)

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      yup he does insanity too 🙂

  15. Katheryn on May 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    The 5 Love Languages book is a good one. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Dinner looks like it was yummy!

  16. Jenn on May 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Ahhhh I love Books a Million!! I lived in the South for college and went to BAM all the time. I can’t do the lovey mushy sappy books though! Politics, health/fitness, yes.

    And I have to say, you’re a gal I would loooove to dine out with! That probably didn’t come out right, but I’m super picky with food, and most people think I’m nuts. I know you’d understand! 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend!

  17. christina cadden on May 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds like it is going to be a great day for you guys!

  18. Kilee on May 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Fun! Looks like a great date night! Happy Weekend!

  19. Sarah on May 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    fun fun! I loved the 5 love languages. My top was gifts :). Maybe yours too? haha. I HAVE to try the protein pancakes…sounds so good right now! do you ever make them ahead of time?

  20. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I love books like that! My husband and I read one called The Seven Principals for making a Marriage Work (long title!), and it was really good!

  21. nicole on May 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Not sure if you watch the Real Housewives of Orange County but Vickie was always talking about the 5 languages and how her husband gave her none and constantly referring to her empty “love tank”! She must have read the book and I’m sure it’s good but this post made me crack up thinking about it.

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm


    • brittany on May 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      i could NOT remember where i’d heard the phrase “love tank” before!! hahaha i love that show too!

  22. Shayna on May 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I read The 5 Love Languages but maybe we just weren’t as onboard as we should have been. I discovered (surprise!) that I like presents. But el husband wasn’t up for taking quizzes or reading his section (“What is this, some kind of Cosmo thingy?”). So, I just figured we’d just keep being best buddies and that we communicate just fine on our own.

  23. Kat on May 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I haven’t read it but someone gave it to us for our wedding. I had pancakes this morning too! (they were oat-y with some tapioca flour and gluten free :). I couldn’t decide between mini dark chocolate chunks and blueberries, so I had both, with maple syrup and they rocked!

  24. Run Sarah on May 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    The black beans and veg look amazing! I love browsing around Chapters after a date night!

  25. Heather (Perspective Is Everything) on May 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Oh man! Love Languages are such an incredible phenomenon!!
    I did a couple posts about them. Gos is so creative 😀

    I hope you get as much out of it as I did!!

  26. lindsay on May 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    the hubs and I read the 5 love languages and it definitely was good for us!

  27. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on May 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve never heard of the 5 love languages! That’s really interesting though. I’ve always wondered why people are so different in that department. I’m putting it on the list!

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I wish I had your guts to request changes when I make an order at a restaurant!! Instead I usually just get the dish as it is on the menu, and end up not fully satisfied. Any tips for asking for changes to a dish? 😀

  29. Alyssa on May 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    The five love languages is so good. it’s really helped me to understand my husband a lot better.

  30. GirlonRaw on May 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    The 5 Love Languages is an awesome book and one I recommend to EVERYONE in a relationship. Enjoy.

  31. Bernadette on May 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I read the love languages book. Pretty good I would have never thought of. Definitely a book that one needs to ee-read every couple of years. Everything you make looks so good…can I hire you to be my personal chef :). Can’t blame a girl for trying 😉

  32. Hilary@coffeeismycarrot on May 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    The hubby and I took the Love Languages test in the book and found out we were a little different on how we show and receive affection and love. We read the chapters about each others languages and it was pretty cool. We both learned to do things for each other that we may not have naturally done because we understood it was what they other needed.

  33. Carly on May 30, 2010 at 1:13 am

    E’s family pastor used Love Languages as part of our pre-marital counseling, and it completely changed the way we see each other and conflict resolution. I’m curious to see what you and the Pilot get out of it!

  34. andi @ livelaughbefit on May 30, 2010 at 6:50 am

    love love love emily giffen. i’ve loved everything she’s written. i have that very same book with the very same discount sticker sitting in my pool bag, ready to be broken into today. love languages sound interesting…i’ve read several books that talk about that subject/the fundamental differences between how men and women show love and want love to be shown to them and look forward to any thoughts you have on this one!

  35. Heather on May 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Love Emily Giffin and if you lived close I’d give you my sleigh bed. Lol. Upgraded to a King size so my 2 giant furry babies would be able to sleep next to me.

  36. Heidi on May 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    the 5 love languages is a great book, i hope you enjoy it!

  37. jeri on June 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I loved the 5 love languages. It seems kind of “duh..this is obvious” while you’re reading it, but I never realized it prior to reading. And I’m just getting started with Emily Giffin’s new one.

  38. Griswold Fun on June 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Loved the 5 Love Languages…. the book Love & Respect is really good, too

  39. Sylvia on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

    The 5 love languages > excelent book!

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