Early bird fail

Hi friends 😀 How are you?

It was a gorgeous day today- filled with family and shenanigans. Just the way I like it 😉

My internal clock is forever changed from my new work schedule, so I was up at 6:30 ready to tackle the day. I have ALWAYS hated the morning… and am actually starting to like them. Who am I?


So after saying hi to ya’ll, Bella and I went on a little joyride.


It was fun to spend the first part of Mother’s Day with my fur daughter 🙂

First we hit up the St. Philip’s Plaza Farmer’s Market– it was the busiest I’ve seen it!


Ton’s of amazing vendors and the weather was perfection.

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Local cheeses, meats, preserves, plants, beauty products

beautiful produce


eggs, salsa, dried fruit and nuts,

and fresh-baked gloriousness.


I picked up this pack of raw flax crackers, which reminding me of my twinnie friends’ crackers.


They were pretty delicious, but the twins’ are better.. and I’m not saying that because I’m biased 🙂

After walking around (and Bella successfully had grey paws), we went to La Encantada, my favorite outdoor shopping mecca.


One major fail, though: all the stores didn’t open for another two hours!


I knew this, but I seemed to have forgotten my brain at Zumba yesterday 😉

We made the most out of our time walking around and window shopping, to see what I’ll *need* to pick up next time we’re there.

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After that, I went over to the madre’s because by then the fam was awake, and we made plans to go see Something Borrowed this afternoon.

The verdict?


It was ok. I LOVED the book –and all of Emily Giffin’s books- and the casting was fab, but it left something to be desired. I stayed awake which says a lot, but the small kettlecorn shared with my nana was wayyyyy better than the movie itself.


After the movie, my cheffer bro and I made dinner. Usually when we cook together, it’s an Iron Chef-style throwdown, complete with judging. It’s always a *tie*, even though he usually kicks my booty 😉 Tonight, in the spirit of family we decided to do the team thang, but made something very unique to Tucson.


Maybe the best picture ever. 🙂

I’ll be back in the morning with a re-cap! <3



Lots of fun stuff to come on the blog this week, including an updated blog roll and “fun” page 🙂

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  1. Jennifer on May 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    lovin’ the new look of the blog!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

      thank you!! 🙂

  2. Rachel on May 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

    hahahah wow! love the last pic! Love the blog Gina! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

      thanks girl 🙂

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on May 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I’m in the same boat with the early morning wake ups. Why can’t I sleep in anymore like god intended?! Silly work…

  4. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life on May 9, 2011 at 12:58 am

    That picture is HILARIOUS. Wish I could get my brother in something like that. Hmm. I have a goal for our next family holiday get-together. Looks like a fun day!

  5. Mac on May 9, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Isn’t it crazy how your internal alarm clock adapts to your life! I struggle to sleep past 8 am on the weekends!

  6. ellalinea on May 9, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Tucson seems such a nice place to live 🙂

  7. Tori (Fresh Fruition) on May 9, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Wow, that fresh baked bread looks heavenly.

    I’ve been finding myself waking up earlier naturally, too. I’ve always been a “sleep in as late as humanly possible” person! It’s so strange. I’m actually enjoying waking up and leisurely eating breakfast before class now!

  8. Sana on May 9, 2011 at 1:45 am

    bahahaha your bro looks awesomee!

  9. Andrea on May 9, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Awww. La Encantada! I used to work at the Ann Taylor there back in my UofA days. I loved, loved that mall. (Especially the other stores).
    What a nice relaxing Sunday…

  10. Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit on May 9, 2011 at 3:43 am

    hahahah that pic of your brother is great!

  11. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on May 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Thanks for your opinion on the movie. I loved the book as well…and I am leaning towards waiting til it comes out on video to see it.

  12. Christine @ Burning It Off on May 9, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I love those outdoor shopping centres! We don’t have a ton of them in Canada (for obvious reasons) but I’ve been to a couple in the States and it’s so much nicer than shopping inside a mall. As for the movie, it’s never a good sign when the popcorn is the highlight lol…

  13. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on May 9, 2011 at 6:41 am

    love that shot of your bro! The pink ruffles and tattoos go perfectly together. I think I told you yesterday in my comment about you going to the drag show that I live in the heart of gay san diego…well, yes, I see lots of pink ruffles and tattoos here everyday 🙂

    love the outdoor malls and open air gorgeous vibe. i was at an open air mall today too 🙂 i overslept for the farmers market tho. whoops! went to bed wayyyy too late.

    btw your photography is POPPING off the page way better with this new template/layout…your pics are just looking stellar!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

      thank you- that’s very sweet coming from a photography rock star. you pics look AMAZING w the new camera- do you edit them, too?

  14. Susanne on May 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Tucson looks like such a lovely place to live. I must say, I’m a little jealous.

    That pic of your bro is hilarious!!! I’m excited for the recap about the shenanigans that went down 🙂

  15. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

    bahahaha that shot of your brother is HYSTERICAL…totally made my morning!

  16. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 9, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Awesome pic of your bro! I can’t wait to see what you made for dinner.

    I’ve done that too — gotten up early with the intent of running errands and such, only to find places closed 🙁

  17. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 9, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Your bro looks awesome!! I really want to go see Something Borrowed and haven’t read the book yet (maybe that’s a good thing in case it gets my hopes up??) It looks like you had a lovely day despite the shops being closed! I’ve done the same thing in the past too. Just think of all the money you saved though!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

      but think of all the sweet deals i missed! 🙂 haha

  18. kate on May 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Im so productive in the morning, but I still prefer my bed over them 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:37 am


  19. Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit on May 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I love the shot of your brother in the apron!

    Your shopping woes remind me of when we were on vacation and got up super early thanks to a time change and NONE of the stores were open! d’oh!

  20. kaila @ healthy helper! on May 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

    OMG that pic is hilar! Anyone who can rock a frilly apron is OK in my book!

  21. Chelsa on May 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    It looks like you had a lovely morning. Silly apron.

  22. Errign on May 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

    um, that apron is something special 🙂

    Happy Monday!

  23. Gina @ RunningtotheKitchen on May 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    That pic of your brother is hysterical! love it.

  24. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on May 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    haha! I love that pic of your brother, too funny!
    It’s so wonderful that you have so much lovely time with your family now that you’re back in Tucson 🙂

  25. Brandi on May 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Omgosh that picture of your brother HILARIOUS! So funny!!

  26. Dani on May 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Hahaha that picture is too good, love the tats

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

      my bro has some sick tats 🙂

  27. Shanna, Like Banana on May 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I’m loving the look of that mall!

    I definitely want to read the Emily Griffin books, but I don’t know what order they are in..gah!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

      i think it’s: something borrowed, something blue, baby proof

  28. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on May 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Your morning sounds lover-ly 🙂 I’m not a big morning person generally but I always feel SO good when I get up early and get stuff accomplished, or have a nice relaxing stroll. I do pretty good on the weekdays getting up early, but lately all I wanna do on weekends is CRASH! Have to work on that lol. btw, that pic of your bro is HILARIOUS!

  29. Nikita on May 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Hah! Love the pic of your brother in the apron.
    I’m currently trying to get motivated to go for a morning jog… My problem is that I like to wake up early because its so peaceful and quiet but it can be hard to get moving!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

      the thing that works best for me is getting dressed and going as soon as i wake up. if i think about it, i won’t go

  30. Suzi on May 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Wow, I can’t believe your internal clock shifted that fast! I think mine is broken. It’s rare that I wake up before 10 on my days off, and that’s even if I go to bed early!

    That’s a pretty sweet apron! Can’t wait to hear the re-cap!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

      omg i would looooooove to sleep until 10. why did my internal clock break?! wah

  31. Vivianne on May 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I wish my brother cooked with me! He’s the exact opposite of me… He eats nothing but fish sticks from the microwave and easy-mac. AND he eats ramen almost every day! UGH! Drives me nuts P:

    That picture of your brother is so funny! I really want an apron so I can look all cute when I bake (:

    I show up to places at the wrong time a lot… It’s usually when other people are with me too, so I get so embarrassed!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

      glad i’m not the only one 🙂

  32. Kate on May 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Haha, that picture of your brother is so funny! Tucson looks like an awesome place to live.

    I used to not be a morning person either but then I started waking up at 6 am to exercise and actually liked it.

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

      LOVE tucson 🙂

  33. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on May 9, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Legendary photo of your broseph.

    I’m so sad to hear Something Borrowed was not awesome! I just read the book and LOOOOOVED it so I had high hopes for the movie. I would like to read more Emily Griffin. Recommendations on which one I tackle next?

    So awesome to hear of your triumphant return to teaching. Even after I took just a 1-week vacay the return felt amaaaazing. Also, I’m loving your playlist strategy (from a couple posts ago–I’m slow). I always feel confined to the playlist I’ve just made most recently and it hasn’t occurred to me to play some intro background music or to keep some alternatives on hand. I can relate to that feeling of death when a certain song hits me the wrong way for some reason! Thanks for the tipskies. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

      i think something blue is the next one?? you’ll love it too 🙂 heart of the matter is really good, too.
      we need to have a zumbathon together. that is all 🙂

  34. Michelle on May 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Love the apron. I think the tattoo gives it just the right touch 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:33 am

      right? swag 🙂

  35. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I’m always naturally up at 6:30 am too and sometimes even earlier! 😛 I like the early start to my day, but I hate that I get tired at 9 pm!

    Haha your brother is a champ for rocking that apron in public on the blog. I can’t wait to see what you two cooked up!

  36. AJ on May 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

    The apron is hilarious. : )

  37. alicia on May 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I know it’s pretty creeper since I’m 10 years his senior, but I’d let your lil bro cook for me anytime!!! ; ) What a cutie.

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

      he’s an AMAZING cook, too! tonight he’s making gluten-free pizza… 🙂

  38. Tina on May 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I thought the SAME thing about Something Borrowed… it was definitely a let down! I expected so much more and was left with the same “MEH” feeling. When are we going to get some really good Chick Flicks?!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      for realz

  39. melissa on May 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    That apron rocks! 🙂

  40. Kelly on May 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    “ties” are probably best for the family 🙂 new layout looks awesome, along with that picture of your brother haha stinks that Something Borrowed didn’t stand up 🙁

  41. Pure2raw twins on May 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    haha love the picture of your bro!!!

  42. Lynny on May 10, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Aw, i miss La Encantada and AJ’s!

  43. Food for Todd on May 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hey, I know where this is! Didn’t realize we lived in the same city! Love your blog!

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