Drill Sergeant Gina

Sup bloggies? How’s your Monday going?? Hope you’re all having a great day 😀

I started mine with the classic breakfast cookie


I’ve been on such a kick lately! They’re not technically raw since the oats are toasted, but it’s all I’ve been hankering for lately. They’re just so convenient and delicious 😀 Today’s bfast delight included 1/3 cup oats, 1 small mashed nanner, vanilla hemp milk, vanilla sprouted brown rice protein, raw almond butter, carob, Stevia, cinnamon and sea salt. Glorious.

The pilot didn’t have to go into work until late, so we took Viesa for a walk. The nervous Nelly got scared of a garbage truck, escaped from her leash and ran home. What a goober 😉

On base they’re having another exercise, in which they all pretend they’re deployed. This mean two things: 1) aerobics classes will be empty this week, and 2) the pilot brings out all of his deployment and combat gear.

I had a little too much fun with his combat hat…


Drill sergeant Gina says: STAY AWAY FROM TRANS FATS!!!!


The pilot left for work, and I finally cleaned out my car. It’s totally empty, with the exception of enough dog hair to cover a small animal. Thank goodness I’m getting it detailed tomorrow—it will be sparkly clean for our road trip 😀

Lunch was a salad beast:


It had romaine, cucumber, bell pepper, grape tomatoes and dulse drizzled with a dressing of lime juice, garlic, Nama Shoyu, almond butter, sesame oil and cayenne pepper. It was pretty much the “classic” beast with the exception of the topping—I used grated jicama instead of goat cheese.


I LOOOOOVE me some jicama! So crispy and fresh 😀 (For help on “cleaning” jicama, check out this post)

And half an Ezekiel muffin:


I hit up the gym with Jeni for some shoulders, triceps and chest and I’m off just about to get my spin and Zumba playlists together.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll see ya tomorrow!!!



image  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the lovely Rose!!!

Updates to the bloggy: New playlist tab!

Today’s tip: If you’re looking to change your eating habits for the better, try breaking it down into little mini-goals each week. When I pick up new clients, instead of freaking them out and telling them about all of the things they should avoid, I focus on 3 goals for each week and give them healthy swap-outs. When they get the hang of that –usually about 2 weeks- I’ll add 3 more mini-goals.

Usually, the first week goes like this:

1. Instead of fried, go for grilled, baked, steamed or poached

2. Instead of mayo, use nonfat plain yogurt, vinaigrette or just mustard

3. Instead of soda, sip unsweetened tea and add Stevia if you need sweetener

After about a couple of weeks, I’ll add it wheat over white, more fruits and veggies, less processed stuff, etc.

I also have all of my clients keep a food journal. NOT with calories, but just a list of what they ate each day, how much water they consumed and if they completed their cardio. It’s a great way to stay accountable, without letting the “tracking” part take over their lives (with calorie counting and all of that mumbo jumbo).

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  1. LEIANNA on August 31, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Thats a great picture of you in the combat helmet! I love breakfast cookies too, so glad you came up with those! I’ve been working towards my Personal Training certifications lately (have a degree in Ex. Science), but wondered if you have ever done a post on how you got yours, like what place it through and how long it took you? Would love to know!

  2. Lindsey512 on August 31, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I agree! I’d love to hear about the process of getting your PT certification.

  3. Carla on August 31, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I love this blog so much! I don’t know how I found it, but thank God I did! LOL

    The tip that you gave today really “hit the nail on the head” for me. I’ve been making excuses for why I CAN’T change my eating habits because it just seemed overwhelming. The way your broke it down by 3 mini-goals at a time was just what I needed.


  4. Sally on August 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Haha I love the picture. I’m not even going to act like I haven’t tried on the hubby’s flight suit before! Thanks for the great tip…reminds us that everyhing doesn’t have to be done yesterday and it’s all a process! Have a great Monday!

  5. simpledaisy on August 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I love the picture of you…too cute:)
    I agree with staying away from trans fats!! I don’t even think people realize just how much stuff they are in!!
    Oh and I would love to hear about how to go about getting certified in personal training!!!

  6. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) on August 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I totally love the combat hat! You are too funny!

  7. Jenna on August 31, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Haha, goober, I love that word!!

    Your bfast cookie looks so much better than mine! I think I need to add more liquid or more naner?

    Have a wonderful evening dear! Mine will be spent figuring out getting my own domain, oh the joys 🙂

  8. Lizzy on August 31, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    love me some breakfast cookie! 🙂

    hope your enjoying your day too 🙂

  9. K on August 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    HAHA – you killed me with your picture and quote!

  10. Angharad on August 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Your picture is amazing 😀 haha. Funny girl. I love your baby steps for your clients. Sounds much more effective that a total overhaul!
    That salad and breakfast cookie look really dang good too!

  11. Mari on August 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    OMG that picture is too freaking funny lol…the other day I was craving a Protein Cookie but didn’t make it the night before so I made it into a smoothie and it was just as good =)

  12. Jenny on August 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I have a question for ya oh breakfast cookie guru — have you ever tried whippin’ up those babies without the nut butter?! I’m tempted to make one but would lurveeeee to spread the PB on top instead on inside the cookie. Does omitting it from the cookie effect the texture a lot??

    now that i’ve got the formalities out of the way – that picture = a freakin’ RIOT!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:36 pm

      i’ve tried it without the nut butter before and it doesn’t get the same texture.. maybe try half the nut butter in the cookie and the other half on top??

  13. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on August 31, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I love you.
    That is all 🙂

  14. Tyler on August 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Do you teach classes on Post? I’m getting ready to head back into the Miltary Wife routine (Hubs comes home from the Sandbox soon!) and haven’t checked out any exercise classes. Since I’m more focused on health and fitness, I just may have to take a peek! Loving your blog by the way!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      hey tyler,
      yes, i teach class on base and LOVE it!

  15. Rebecca on August 31, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Mmm I loved the breakfast cookie I had this morning! Thanks again for the amazing recipe!

  16. Shelby on August 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Now I’m hungry for a b-fast cookie! And I just had oatmeal!

  17. Liz on August 31, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Yes ma’am I will stay away from trans-fats!! Hehe. I must try a breakfast cookie one of these days. Do you think regular milk and peanut butter would work?

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      yes, that will most definitely work!

  18. Sarah on August 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Haha, sometimes I wish I could be a drill sergeant to get people away from trans fats! Among many other things 😉

  19. Whit on August 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Drill sergeant Gina, I am making your famed breakfast cookie as I write this. Wish me luck!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 12:16 am

      let me know how it turns out! 😀

  20. angieinatlanta on August 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Cute pic!

    Okay, it’s official – I have to attempt to make a breakfast cookie! Yours look TOO good!

  21. Anna on August 31, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I have yet to really perfect the breakfast cookie, but yours definitely inspire me to keep trying new combinations!

  22. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 31, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    You can run me ragged and put me thru boot camp anytime, Sarge Gina! You look awesome in the hat! Thanks for the fun pic. I’ve been groovin on a brekky cookie per day for the last week..cannot thank you enough! I dont know why I waited this long to try them. I am impressed with your jicama grating skills. I need to pimp up my graters..they must be dull or something b/c I can’t achieve quite that effect. It just gets stuck in the grater.

  23. Lauren on August 31, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, that it the cutest picture of you! I think this one needs to go on the fridge for when the pilot gets those late night munchies. Hehe, too funny! 😉

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips with everyone. It’s so generous of you to do this, especially since you dish them out for free when most people would need to pay for such great advice.

    You’re such a sweetheart! 🙂

  24. kelly on August 31, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Love that picture! Thanks for the mini-goals, that’s a great place to start!

  25. Nicole (Nicoleonthego) on August 31, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I tried your Breakfast Cookie the other day because it always looks so good when you post it! Mine didn’t turn out so hot 🙁 BUT I’m willing to give it another shot. Your’s always look a lot better than mine did so I’m sure I forgot an ingredient or two. I tend to do that…haha Thanks for the recipe!

  26. NiccisNiftyEats on August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Yes Drill Sergeant, I will stay away from Trans Fats! too cute,Your so right Mini steps are a great way to achieving goals and not failing! Good tips

  27. Jenna on August 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    love the new playlist tab!!!

  28. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on August 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Mini-goals…much less scary Drill Sergeant Gina. I bet you’re a wonderful personal trainer!

    Breakfast Cookie? That is so trendy. 😉

    Love you Gina. As soon as I get my phone (a new one is on its way), expect a text from me.

  29. KRISTEN'S RAW on September 1, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Awesome pic drill sergeant.

    Love the jicama replacing the cheese.

    Cheers XOXO,

  30. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on September 1, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Ok that pic of you in the helmet nearly made me spit out my coffee–love the special effects on it too! BAHAHHAHAHA

  31. Katie on September 1, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    AH Gina that picture is so funny!!!

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