Dream combos

Hey everyone! Hope youโ€™re having a splendid morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m so glad yaโ€™ll enjoyed the skincare post– I was a little nervous to put a makeup-less pic of myself for the world to see (sans eyeliner! the horror!), but realized it was no big deal ๐Ÿ™‚ You all are my friends, so I decided to roll with it ๐Ÿ˜€

*******************Keep your eyes open for a beauty product giveaway later today!

So, yesterday was full of dream combosโ€ฆ.

HEABโ€™s chipotle almond butter:

Chipotle + Almond butter = everything I could ever wish for

toast and nanner

(The bananer had regular raw almond butter with mesquite and cinnamon)

Productivity + rest

I did a lot around the casa since one of my favorite clients is sick and had to cancel, ran errands,and herded crazy puppies. The pilot ended up getting off work super early, and we both crashed out on the couch ๐Ÿ˜€

Beast + crack


Smashing Maryโ€™s Crack on top of a salad beast just makes a delicious thing even better ๐Ÿ˜€

Said beast had greens, bell pepper, grape tomatoes, rice vinegar, green olives and Maryโ€™s Gone Crackers (onion flava).

Sludge + glass straw


Iโ€™ve been hankering for a green sludge for a couple of days and was so glad I finally made one ๐Ÿ˜€ Into the vitamixilicious went 1 cup hemp milk, 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, 1/2 frozen bananner, heaping handful of spinach, 1 t spirulina, pinch sea salt, 5 drops liquid Stevia. Something about drinking from a glass straw makes a sludge seem swanky wanky ๐Ÿ˜‰

Toning + Booty Shaking

Pilates followed by Zumba is probably the best workout combo Iโ€™ve found! It feels sooooo good to tone and stretch in pilates and then dance my little heart out ๐Ÿ˜€

Salmon + BBQ Sauce

salmon dinner

Might sound a little weird, but I promise that itโ€™s face-rocking glorious ๐Ÿ˜€ At Publizzle, I found an organic BBQ sauce thatโ€™s sweetened with agave instead of sugar (score!) and smothered the salmon fillets with that before pan-searing and baking. With some asparagus and brown rice- supah delish ๐Ÿ˜€

Well Iโ€™m off for an easy 2 miler โ€“foot is feeling pretty great today!- then some power yoga in the guest room.

See ya this afternoon with an awesome giveaway!


Todayโ€™s tip: The holidays are not the time to start an intense training or eating plan. As the other trainer and I were saying at the gym: โ€œeveryone looks fit in a peacoatโ€. Itโ€™s not the time to push things and stress yourself out, when you can just strive to maintain what you have. The time to kick things up is in January so that youโ€™ll be ready for spring/summerโ€”and donโ€™t you fret, Iโ€™ve got another Summer Shape Up-esque plan in the works for all you lovely bloggies ๐Ÿ˜€ So kick back this holiday season, enjoy yourself and enjoy the company of friends and family. If some holiday cookies and treats sneak in there too, no worries.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I love salmon and bbq sauce. We grill it with this ‘big daddy bbq’ sauce and it is amazing! I don’t think it’s a weird combo at all.

  2. Sarah Jayne on December 8, 2009 at 8:44 am

    At the restaurant that owned my soul, I mean, I used to work at, I had the kitchen make me Cajun grilled salmon with BBQ sauce over field greens every day!!! Best flava combo!

  3. Jessica on December 8, 2009 at 8:46 am

    OK, I NEED to know the name of the BBQ sauce!!! I loves me some sauce, but not the hfcs/sugars in most of them ๐Ÿ™ (Pleeeaaase and Thank you) ๐Ÿ˜€ have a great day!!

  4. Morgan on December 8, 2009 at 8:49 am

    First off, you are disturbingly gorgeous with or without eyeliner ๐Ÿ™‚

    Secondly, I want to thank you x 1,000,000 for this wonderful blog! You are truly inspriational!! I found your awesome bloggy after reading Self and absolutely fell in love with it! Keep up the awesome work Gina!!!

  5. chocolate-covered Katie on December 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I’m with Morgan… on both accounts. You are insanely gorgeous AND I love your blog. Have a happy day, Gina.

    Speaking of pea coats, I need to buy a new one ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Erica on December 8, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Hi chica! How are you? Sounds like such a fabulous day. What was the name of the bbq from Publix?? Great post on skin care. I am going to look for the juice beauty this week- I need to find a new product as my skin seems to be forever breaking out ๐Ÿ™

  7. Katie on December 8, 2009 at 8:55 am


    Happy COLD Tuesday lady!


  8. rhodeygirl on December 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Yum. I miss salmon. PB doesn’t like it as much. I am going to have it anyway and soon. It looks too good!

  9. Julie @savvyeats on December 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I think I really need to try Chipotle + Almond Butter!

  10. greenbean on December 8, 2009 at 9:40 am

    any plans to put a Zumba workout on your site?

    • Fitnessista on December 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

      as soon as i get a flip cam!

  11. VeggieGirl on December 8, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Heatherโ€™s chipotle almond butter = amazing creation!

    I STILL say you need to try salmon + honey ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Naomi on December 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    mmm salmon and bbq sauce is the best and I have never had almond and chipotle! thanks for the recommendation, girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

    enjoy your day!!

  13. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on December 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I’m such a salmon snob now… i really only eat it raw in sushi! I really have been wanting a green sludge too, but someone won’t let me use our new blender yet… hmph.

  14. Filis on December 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Great! Can’t wait for the new Shapeup program! (Right now I am following the old one and I am at week 7 and I love having a different/challenging program for every workout)

  15. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on December 8, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Dang, HEAB hooked you UP! The AB must be wicked good.

    Your skin really does look great–thanks for sharing your routine before. I don’t devote enough attention to my skin, so I’m glad you’re settin the good example for me. Maybe I should start by moving my giant coconut oil tub off of the high kitchen cupboard shelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Jenna on December 8, 2009 at 11:13 am

    bbq salmon looks delish! can’t wait to hear about the giveaway!

  17. julie on December 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

    ha! i love it “everyone looks fit in a peacoat” so true ๐Ÿ™‚

    that salad beast looks so good! and i would totally wanna get on board the green monster train but i’m just too cold for it!

    hope you had a good run girl

  18. Janna (Just Flourishing) on December 8, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Yay for a beauty product giveaway!!!

    And you are totally making me want to get mesquite everytime I see iton your blog!

  19. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on December 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I was JUST thinking about what sauce/herb combo to cook my salmon with tonight! BBQ salmon sounds yummy. I was planning on having asparagus with mine too!

  20. muffy on December 8, 2009 at 11:41 am

    have a good easy run!

  21. Michelle! on December 8, 2009 at 11:46 am

    don’t worry, you still looked great even without makeup ๐Ÿ™‚ the salmon looks delicious!

  22. Mama Pea on December 8, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I definitely need to get some of those glass straws for the girls. We’ve filled a landfill with our bendy ones. And I guess I need a pea coat too!

  23. Lauren (Biochemista) on December 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

    YUM!!!! I LOVE salmon!

    Where do you buy the Mary’s crack? I gotta get me some of that ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama on December 8, 2009 at 11:49 am

    That salad looks amazing!

  25. Kelly Michelle on December 8, 2009 at 11:57 am

    mmmm yummy combos, I am eating one now chocolate and peppermint… in my oats! Love the tip of the day, unfortunately, it doesn’t work too well in Miami, no hiding under peacoats here.

  26. Erin @ Big Girl Eats on December 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Heck yes Summer Shape Up plan! You know I’m on board ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great idea with the salmon BBQ. I’ve never thought to try that! Seems so simple.

  27. Mattie on December 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Yay for summer shape up! I was reading through your archives (on a sick day…yuck) and was hoping another one would happen!

  28. Heather on December 8, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Salmon + BBQ sauce is sooo good. Not strange at all! I’m excited to see what your giveaway will be. Your skin always looks so great!

  29. Alicia on December 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Mmmm that chipotle butter looks AWESOME!
    Thanks for the tip today. It gave me a bit to think about. I’ve been on the lose weight/get stronger bus consistently since last January, and I need to give myself a bit of a holiday. Not that I’ll be taking things down too much, but that I’ll let a cookie sneak in every once in a while and not feel bad about it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looking forward to ur post holiday post!

  30. Aletheia on December 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I guess there’s just something about sweetish sauce and fish going together to make a delicious pair!

    Your salad looks like greens on crack with steroids. I love.

  31. Nikki on December 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I think I missed it – but what is Mary’s crack and where can I get some? Also – for dressing for your scrumptious salad, do you just top with rice vinegar?

    • Fitnessista on December 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

      mary’s crack= marys gone crackers
      and yes, theat salad just had rice vinegar but i usually switch it up with acid and oil combos ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Hanah on December 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I’ve been reading your blog, but just got caught up recently (so I’ve never commented)! Just want to let you know that you are definitely an inspiration- I’ve tried tons of new yummy things that I had never even heard of before I started reading, so thank you!

    P.S. I just picked up some Mary’s Crack from Whole Foods today for the first time…and promptly ate half the box.

    • Fitnessista on December 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      thank you so much- i’m so glad you’re enjoying the bloggy ๐Ÿ˜€
      and also so happy you loved the crack- it’s good stuff!

  33. Rachel on December 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Gina- you are such a good influence on my health. After finding out about your blog from self magazine a few weeks ago I have been following it and you really have the perfect balance in life. I like that you eat very healthy most of the time but allow for a little junk here and there. I am also glad that you allow yourself a little wiggle room around the holidays, its hard to resist those sweets!

    • Fitnessista on December 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm

      hey rachel,
      thanks so much for reading my little blog and for saying hi ๐Ÿ˜€
      life’s no fun if you don’t allow some junk here and there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Stella on December 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Hey Gina ๐Ÿ™‚ Ive been a fan of your blog for a while now and I actually just started doing zumba at my gym and i love it!
    i was wondering if you ever do exercise videos and if you would recommend any? especially pilates ones! i used to do yogalates at the gym but i dont think the instructor knows what shes doing :/ shes VERY bouncy and says that bouncing on your toes while doing poses is good for calorie burning? i think its good for a broken ankle! so any help would be great since i do miss my pilates a ton!

    • Fitnessista on December 8, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      even though she’s kind of odd, the mari winsor dvds are great. i also love the crunch pilates yoga blend dvd ๐Ÿ˜€
      bouncing during poses??!! for calorie burning? for real?!

  35. Tracy on December 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Damn, I wish I could wear a peacoat over the holidays but unfortunately summer is comming any day now here in New Zealand. – Well technically it’s summer already but I’ve yet to see any evidence of that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  36. Shelby on December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Mmm the salmon and BBQ sauce sound amazing! I must try!

  37. Marshall on December 8, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Have you ever thought about recording some of your Zumba routines and posting them on Youtube? I attend your classes when I can but when I can’t, I end up doing a few of the dances from memory. That’d be so awesome if you did! I’d still come to class ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. ari on December 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i love that tip. such a great mindset. what’s that bbq sauce called? i gotta look for it at publix!

    • Fitnessista on December 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

      it’s called organic ville original bbq sauce ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Justine on December 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    yay! i hope you do the summer shape up in january. i need to start kickin’ my booty in better shape for spring break, haha

  40. Cheryl Newcomb on December 9, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Glass Dharma makes different sizes and styles, Glass straws for every type beverage… and they are guaranteed against breakage *lifetime* (think vintage pyrex quality)
    If my Green smoothie is very thick, I sometimes switch to the bubble tea size straw, wider still than the smoothie size.

    I would love to know more about the agave sweetened BBQ sauce!

    • Fitnessista on December 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

      that’s the brand i use- i love them ๐Ÿ˜€ we had them at 105degrees, which is where i picked mine up
      the agave bbq sauce is by organic ville and it was AMAZING!

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