Elves at work

Iโ€™m not the only one in this family with a snowman obsession ๐Ÿ˜‰


How are yaโ€™ll doing?? Hope your weekend is going well so far!

The pilot and I slept in this morning.. and it felt soooooo good ๐Ÿ˜€

Something even better?

Breakfast was PINK!

bfast (2)

I hate pink, in case you couldnโ€™t tell ๐Ÿ˜‰

Into the Vitamix went:

-1 cup almond milk

-5 drops vanilla Stevia

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

– 1/2 cup organic frozen strawberries

-1 banana

-1 T almond butter + a little more for my face garnish

It was pretty unbe-freaking-lievable.

After bfast, the pilot and I self off on our Elfish duties of buying Christmas presents. We hit up Hizzle Lizzle (aka Hobby Lobby), the sad excuse for a mall, Targizzle, AT & T (I can tether my internet from the crackberry to the laptop now!!! Thatโ€™s some pretty bomb diggity technology right there), and Publizzle for groceries. With the exception of two gifts, WEโ€™RE DONE!!!!!!!! Yahoooooo!

A sneak peek of one of the more interesting gifts we purchasedโ€ฆ.


(The receiver of this one is going to love it)

When we got back to the casa, we were both starving, so the pilot busted into his Publix sushi and I busted into this spicy hummus


With some delicious dippers, including herbed olives and some Kale Hemp flatbread from my favorite twins


It was everything I could have wished for ๐Ÿ˜€

We went to the gym (I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes of hill walking) and are about to go see Avatar! Has anyone seen it??

Have a great night <3



Something to talk about: Whatโ€™s your favorite winter or holiday tradition?? Mine is making vegan goodies and tamales at the madreโ€™s house. Last year, I made some bloggy baked goodies and tried carob for the first time ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Brittany on December 19, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with all the ladies of the family- my mom, sister, and her 2 girls. It’s so much fun spending a day in the kitchen baking and catching up. I simply love it!

  2. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on December 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    MMMm I love pink too!! My favorite tradition is stockings 100%… love them… even if it’s random stuff!! :0

    Hope you will share the tamale recipe too!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on December 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    My fav tradition is the food, of course! Since I’ve gotten older, it’s become baking cookies for my fam and friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2009 at 11:02 pm

      i have to agree w you on the food ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Paige @ Running Around Normal on December 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Wasn’t it scary out there today! I did a lot of my holiday shopping this afternoon today, too, and it was a madhouse out there! Yikes. Nice to have it *mostly* done, though ๐Ÿ˜€
    Let us know how you like Avatar! The husband went to go see it today, and said it was OK.

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 19, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite tradition is definitely baking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. VeggieGirl on December 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    You? Hate pink? Never! Haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Favorite holiday tradition = decorating and celebrating with the whole family for Christmas and New Year’s.

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

    My family ices and decorates sugar cookies the day before Christmas eve. It’s such a fun tradition, especially when my young neice and nephew get involved.

  8. katie on December 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    My favorite Christmas tradition is wrapping presents (we’re procrastinators, what can I say?) And watching Its A Wonderful Life. Right now we’re snowed in at my mil’s house…hopefully we can get to my mom’s by Christmas!!! Are y’all in Pigeon Forge? Is it snowy there??

  9. barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) on December 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    SO Everyone I talked today said Avatar is amazing and you must watch it in 3D.

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      we did! and it was SO GOOD.

  10. Babycakes on December 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Your smoothie looks so delish! My favorite holiday traditions are decorating the christmas tree, baking christmas cookies with my mom and sister, and seeing family members I don’t get to see all year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on December 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Love the pink smoothie! And bella is too cute with her snowman =)

    Favorite tradition is definitely baking cookies! My fam also goes out for Sushi every Christmas eve, which I always look forward to =)

  12. Katie on December 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I love that smoothie glass!

    We always bake and watch holiday movies. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Cara on December 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    what is the present you got for someone (the one they are going to love)?? I have looked at it like 4 times and can’t figure out what it is! lol

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2009 at 11:23 pm

      hahah i did that just in case the receiver checks the blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ i post a pic of the whole thing after christmas ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Jenna on December 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    hope u liked the mov!

  15. Nae on December 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Is bella a mini poodle? My lil sis has a mini three legged poodle that she adopted from an animal shelter, and let me tell you, the lil doll is SO sweet. She sits like a lady and crosses her paws ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

      bella is a maltipoo (maltese poodle)- and she does the same thing! she always crosses her paws ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Gretchen on December 20, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Gina, this isn’t necessarily for this blog entry, but I wanted to thank you for sharing that you use coconut oil for a moisturizer. I picked some up and it is amazing! Great tip!

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2009 at 10:03 am

      of course- i’m so glad you like it too!

  17. Devan on December 20, 2009 at 12:06 am

    i just got that same hummus yesterday!! YUM
    those crackers look great.. that entire veggie plate looks great really ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Ashley on December 20, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Avatar kicked ass! Absolutely hands down the most incredible scifi film in history!

    But I’m a huge nerd and just love that kind of stuff. I saw it in 3D and can’t wait to go again!!!

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2009 at 10:03 am

      seriously- avatar was outta control

  19. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 20, 2009 at 1:07 am

    What a great picture of your sweet puppy! My favorite tradition is going to Christmas Eve service, then coming home to eat chili and tamales. We wake up on Christmas to open stockings, presents, work out, and eat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Katie on December 20, 2009 at 1:48 am

    love love love to bake. I have a quick question if you get a chance! My family is definitely not vegan, maybe one vegetarian and one gluten-free eater, but I wanted to be sneaky and try some vegan cookies out on them. Any suggestions for something with ingredients that I might be able to find in my non-veganized kitchen? Thanks if you can suggest something!

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2009 at 10:03 am

      try the almond butter cookies!
      instead of spelt flour, use gluten free baking mix for the gluten-free family member and you should be golden ๐Ÿ˜€
      veggiegirl (veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com also has a TON of gluten-free vegan recipes. i made her caramel carob loaf last year and it was amazing)

  21. Nicole on December 20, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Gina – random question but where do you order your food supplies from? I remember you saying something about a website but I can’t remember or find it. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2009 at 9:50 am

      earth shift!!! great stuff and their prices are excellent ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Julie @ Pickley Pear on December 20, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I am so jealous that you have Publix. Waiting for the day they expand to the north-midwest (Michigan). I just recently started following your blog and I envy you and your fitness qualifications! Keep writing, love it!

  23. Stasa @ Simply Living on December 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Your Pink breakfast looks delish! I tried my very first GM yesterday but didn’t have any berries. Needless to say they’re now on the grocery list.
    My fav holiday tradition is my parent’s Christmas Eve party. They’ve had this party for as long as I can remember and I really enjoying seeing our friends and family. Some of which I only see once a year. Happy Holidays!

  24. Tara on December 20, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Your puppies are soo cutE!! Your pink drink looked good!! Then again it was PINK so how could it not!?! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! <3 <3

  25. elizabeth on December 20, 2009 at 10:00 am

    ahhh i need to make that pink smoothie!!! i too, “hate” all things pink. (and by hate, mean adore). And avatar looks amazing. The tech that went into production is soo impressive! can’t wait for it!

  26. fittingbackin on December 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

    oooh looking forward to hearing how you like avatar! Love the pink smoothie – that rocks. Hizzle Lizzle – you crack me up!

  27. Danielle (Coffee Run) on December 20, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I have a snowman obsession too!
    My fav. holiday tradition would have to be icing cookies with the fam. We get really into it and end up with picasso cookies that look too good to eat

  28. Busted Kate on December 20, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Adam and I are going to go see Avatar today!

    My favorite holiday tradition is making sugar cookies and then watching White Christmas while decorating them. ๐Ÿ™‚ And hot chocolate from scratch on Christmas morning.

    Hey, I hope you don’t mind but I added you to my blog roll… I’m not health food related, but I have to have my Coz on there ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Katie on December 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Sounds like a fun workout – do you break up your cardio into multiple machines a lot?

    I want to see Avatar – let me know how you like it!



    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      yes, it’s a great way to shake things up and keep from getting bored!

  30. Alicia on December 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    The pups look adorable!
    Love the pink ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Rachel on December 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    My husband and I have started a new tradition this year to celebrate our new marriage: every year we’re going to buy a Christmas ornament to represent something that happened that year. This year, of course, we bought one representing our marriage. Once we have kids, I’d like to keep that tradition alive and buy them one each year to represent something important in their lives.

  32. Racheal - Girl on a Mission on December 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

    What’s Publizzle? And what are the other two store you grocery shop at?

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