Early bird fail

Hi friends ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you?

It was a gorgeous day today- filled with family and shenanigans. Just the way I like it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 morningโ€ฆ and am actually starting to like them. Who am I?


So after saying hi to yaโ€™ll, Bella and I went on a little joyride.


It was fun to spend the first part of Motherโ€™s Day with my fur daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

First we hit up the St. Philipโ€™s Plaza Farmerโ€™s Market– it was the busiest Iโ€™ve seen it!


Tonโ€™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 friendsโ€™ crackers.


They were pretty delicious, but the twinsโ€™ are better.. and Iโ€™m not saying that because Iโ€™m biased ๐Ÿ™‚

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 didnโ€™t open for another two hours!


I knew this, but I seemed to have forgotten my brain at Zumba yesterday ๐Ÿ˜‰

We made the most out of our time walking around and window shopping, to see what Iโ€™ll *need* to pick up next time weโ€™re there.

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After that, I went over to the madreโ€™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 โ€“and all of Emily Giffinโ€™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, itโ€™s an Iron Chef-style throwdown, complete with judging. Itโ€™s always a *tie*, even though he usually kicks my booty ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™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 โ€œfunโ€ page ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    hahahah wow! love the last pic! Love the blog Gina! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      thanks girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    love the outdoor malls and open air gorgeous vibe. i was at an open air mall today too ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™

  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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      but think of all the sweet deals i missed! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      i think something blue is the next one?? you’ll love it too ๐Ÿ™‚ heart of the matter is really good, too.
      we need to have a zumbathon together. that is all ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Love the apron. I think the tattoo gives it just the right touch ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      right? swag ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ˜› 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… ๐Ÿ™‚

  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?!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      for realz

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

    That apron rocks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    “ties” are probably best for the family ๐Ÿ™‚ new layout looks awesome, along with that picture of your brother haha stinks that Something Borrowed didn’t stand up ๐Ÿ™

  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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