Dinner by the bro

As much as I like getting dolled up for a night out, I also appreciate the places where I can wear lululemon and moccasins.


For dinner tonight, the Pilot and I went to one of the restaurants at work. Since it’s a health resort, there is an amazing abundance of healthy options. It’s lower on the sodium spectrum, they emphasize whole foods and offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options at each restaurant. Bonus: my little bro the cheffer was the one who made our dinner.


It was Asian night, so we shared some edamame and the Pilot had chicken potstickers:


we each had the miso soup, which was full of veggies (mushrooms and carrots)


and for my entree, I enjoyed the vegetable nori rolls (brown rice, avocado, peppers) with tamari and edamame salad while the Pilot had seared Ahi tuna with rice and bok choy.

dinner (2)

Pineapple for my dessert, chocolate peanut butter ice cream for his:


It was a fantastic meal, with even better company 😉


It was also nice to be home by 7:30 without either of us having to cook.

Now I’m enjoying one of the GF chocolate chip cookies I got to-go


(sorry Bell, chocolate is bad for dogs)


and we’re going to watch a movie/catch up on emails.

Have a great night <3



Inspiration boards! Have you made yours yet? Dooooo it. Here are some of the gorgeous ones I’ve received this week- keep ‘em coming!

inspiration board HillaryLelands Approval Laura (pup Leland!)DSC05065 Courtney DSC03348 Suzi

photo (19) Melody DSCF8975 Emily

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  1. Danielle on January 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Sounds like the perfect evening! Looks like I know have to get started on my inspiration board 🙂

  2. Leslie Wingate on January 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    That is a good night! Edamame doesn’t like my tummy. 🙁

    Chill out, little momma. Try to get comfy. Can’t wait to hear about her arrival! EEK!

  3. Courtney on January 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Dinner looks so nice! And even in mocs, you’re the most glamorous woman I know. 🙂 Love those inspiration boards!

  4. Morgan on January 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    As a secret reader for 2+ years, I keep expecting for an “omg baby is on the way right now” post! I’m pretty sure your blog fans cannot wait for your lil fitnessista!!

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on January 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    LOVE brown rice sushi! Everything looks so fresh and delicious! I love restaurants like that!

  6. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon on January 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Looks like my kind of dinner! In fact, I had a similar one last week! Love seeing all the boards!

  7. Laura on January 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Yay Leland is famous!

    Personally, I believe that Lulu can be worn anywhere… such as at work… in an office… like I did today.

  8. Rachel on January 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    That sushi looks so delicious. I think I may have to break out my bamboo mat and sushi rice 🙂

  9. Kris | iheartwellness.com on January 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Mmmm what a healthy leisurely evening out…..who could ask for better! I’m about to snuggle up for a movie with some gluten free cookies as well….fresh outta the oven!


  10. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on January 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Your brother works as a chef there? That’s awesome! Glad to hear you had a fun date night!

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    How did I not know or ever connect the dots (or maybe you never mentioned it) that you and your bro work at the same place, i.e. instructor and chef…That’s cool! I had no idea. And how cool it must be to dine somewhere and know the plate of food was made by your bro when it arrives tableside. How fun!

    Enjoy your home by 730pm night 🙂

  12. Nicole on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I’m doing my board this weekend – I’m looking forward to it!

    Your dinner looks wonderful!! Very yummy!

  13. Kristine Fretwell on January 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Your sushi looked fabulous! Your dog is so cute. Reminds me of the Bichon we used to have…

  14. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on January 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    lol Bella makes the best I’m-a-starved-dog-so-feed-me face. I’m loving everyone’s inspiration boards. I really want to make one, but I don’t think I’ll have time til the weekend. Boo.

  15. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on January 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Aweeee I love that your little bro got to cook for you! I’m with you on the Mocs — if you can’t go somewhere in yoga pants, it is NOT the place for me during the week. Helllll to the no.

  16. Jrm on January 4, 2012 at 2:10 am

    I have to ask about Pilot’s pants. They look comfy, looking like something my BF might like. Are they cotton cargo pants or Lulu pants?

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:17 am

      they’re the seawall pants from lulu. he has a few pairs and they look so nice on him, and he loves that they’re super comfy

      • Jrm on January 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        They do look nice but comfy, thank you!

  17. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on January 4, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Thanks for sharing my board. I love looking at everyone’s own style + goals 🙂

    & that seasoned edamame — mmm!

  18. Ali on January 4, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Dinner looked amazing! Yum for the pineapple! I love the board with the HIIT on it! Awesome!

  19. Shannon (Healthiful Balance) on January 4, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Love all those inspiration boards!

  20. Amy on January 4, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Ooh I never thought of doing an inspiration board! I have been feeling less and less motivated to be healthy lately, and maybe that would give me the kick in the butt I need to get back on track 😛 Thanks for the idea!

  21. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on January 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Looks like a great meal! And bonus that it was made by your bro! He looks talented!

  22. Emily on January 4, 2012 at 7:58 am

    My husband hates it when I wear lulu out of the house. He thinks yoga pants are for slackers. Even if we are just going to the bar to watch basketball. He’s lame, obviously. 🙂

  23. Brooke on January 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    That edammame salad looks AMAZING…even to a 1st trimester girl with milliions of food aversions!!

  24. Chelsa on January 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Wow those veggie rolls look so delicious. I would love to check out that resort if I’m ever in AZ, it sounds so nice.

    I’m going to start my board today 🙂

  25. Liz @ Southern Charm on January 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

    What an amazing light dinner. Looks amazing!

    I’m getting inspired by these boards … I *think* I may have to make one now 🙂

  26. Corrie Anne on January 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Super fun evening out!! I love the inspiration boards. I’m not that crafty so I’d probably have to use Photoshop!!!

  27. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on January 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

    That edamame salad looks delish! Any idea what’s in it? I know you have an in with the chef 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

      i’ll ask him! i know for sure it had black sesame seeds and scallions

  28. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on January 4, 2012 at 10:53 am

    That’s so fun that you’re bro works at the same resort as you! Food looks amaaaaaazing! PS Where have you found fresh pineapple this time of year?!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

      all the grocery stores here have it- no idea where it came from though

  29. Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) on January 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Your bro is a chef? That food looks AMAZING!

    Also, you just reminded me that I still need to make myself an inspiration board… aaaaaaaaaaaaaah…

  30. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on January 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Those inspiration boards are awesome! I still want to make mine for this year. It was so fun to do last year.

  31. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Your brother works at the same resort as you? I never knew that! It looks like he made you guys a delicious meal! 😀

  32. Dani on January 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Love the one that says “Eat like a caveman”

  33. Allison on January 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I’m planning to make an inspiration board tonight [or tomorrow if I fall asleep haha]! Thanks so much for the inspiration! I used to make collages throughout high school from magazine clippings and hung them all over my room and would give them to girlfriends who really appreciated them… Cannot wait to recreate some of those memories!

  34. Carrie on January 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You may have said this before but what resort do you work at if you don’t mind saying in case someone was looking for a healthy retreat in Tucson?

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      there are two amazing ones here: canyon ranch and miraval. canyon ranch has way better fitness classes, and miraval is similar but serves alcohol, which isn’t offered at cr

  35. Kathy on January 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I saw this on tumblr and thought it was up your alley!

    1 cup grain of choice (cooked)
    1/2 cup lentils (cooked)
    1/3 cup tahini
    1 carrot, grated
    1/4 cup pumpkin, sesame and/or sunflower seeds
    1/4 cup dulse flakes
    1 tablespoon miso paste

    Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl and form into little ping pong sized balls. Heat a fry pan over medium heat and cook the balls for a few minutes until toasted and heated through.

    Serve on a bed of spinach with veggie salad or steamed greens and top with tahini-miso sauce and a sprinkling of toasted seeds
    Tahini-Miso Sauce:

    1/4 cup tahini
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1 tablespoon miso
    1 tablespoon ume vinegar

    PS your black bean sweet potato chili rocks!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      WHOOOAAAAA! i can’t wait to try that- thank you 🙂
      i’m glad you like the chili, too

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