Fight the sickies

Hi! How’s your day going? Hope it’s been a great one so far!

We spent the morning expiring Old Town, which is always fun to explore. I feel nostalgic combing through the embroidered Mexican fabrics and gently weighing the small trinkets in my hand. Turtles with bopping heads, small saints, and Mexican skeletons dressed in their Sunday best. Since acupuncture is in Old Town (Old Town acupuncture; highly recommend it if you’re local), I’ll usually meander around the shops after my appointments for a little while. Last time I was there, I got the most amazing fruit cup topped with fresh lime juice, salt and chili powder. It was everything.

Some pics from today’s adventures:
Watching the fresh tortillas being made before our delicious Mexican lunch,

Making tortillas 

waiting with my little love outside the restaurant

W noodle in old town

and all the skeletons and Frida Kahlo. 

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The Pilot also came home today after a work trip. We missed having the man of the house around, but have also enjoyed our girls’ week with the nanas. Usually when he’s gone, I’m on my own; it’s been a lovely treat to have madre and nana around for Liv’s sake (she keeps saying “my favorite people are here!”) and I obviously love the time hanging out with them. We do the same things we did in Tucson: play at the house, enjoy amazing meals together, and walk around Costco and Target. (Hashtag all the samples.) We watched Chef (SO GOOD) and drank wine last night, and have had a great week together.
The Pilot is home now, and poor guy is sick too. (Liv had the ick last week, and I’m determined to fight it like a ninja.) Also sick: our car (that’s why I’m a little later blogging today) and Goldie, our goldfish. Fingers crossed that she pulls through… We’ve all become pretty attached to her.
Since the Pilot is under the weather, I’m thinking it’s a good night for some of this:


Pho can make a huge difference when fighting the sniffles, and my beloved La Pariilla chicken and rice soup in Tucson was also a lifesaver when we’d get sick.
Some of our favorite soup recipes:
In soup land, I’m inspired by last week’s travels and will be trying out a new recipe (Greek chicken with feta). I had forgotten how hearty and filling soup can be, and it’s also an easy way to get a ton of produce and protein.
It’s barre thirty over here, but just wanted to say hi before heading off to teach! Have a wonderful night <3

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  1. Crystal on October 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Oh noes! Hopefully the pilot and Goldie will get better soon. Pho has magical healing powers, so hopefully that’ll help. And car probs…ugh no fun.

    Okay, all this soup talk and now I want to make chicken soup! That will definitely have to happen this weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      it’s a soup kinda weekend! 🙂
      thank you for the well wishes for everyone! totally agree that pho has magical powers. xo

  2. RachelG on October 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    OMG that picture made me think of OB Noodle House and then all of a sudden drool magically appeared on my chin! 😛 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      THE NOODLE HOUSE. that’s where we’ll be haha 🙂 i’ll have some for you!

      • RachelG on October 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm


  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Yum….La Parilla Suiza! You’re so making me crave Tucson. I was supposed to go last weekend to visit friends and at the last minute was unable to go. So close yet so far away. 🙁

  4. Lisa Phillips on October 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Old town! I am visiting San Diego end of the month. I have been keeping a list of all the cool things you mention … I hope we are close to old town ! I am determined to take a couple yoga classes .. Any suggestions ? I am on ocean beach ( crystal pier hotel) …… And soup …. That is the only good I cook lol. Hubby cooks everything else 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 12:43 am

      ocean beach is not far from old town at all! there’s a great yoga spot in ocean beach called happy-u namaste. there are also a ton of places in pb, which is super close. let me know if you need recs or want to take a barre, spin, bodypump or zumba class while you’re here 🙂

      • Lisa Phillips on October 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

        Thank you ! I may take you up on body pump ! While on vacation I tend to eat more … And it appears you have some great foods !! I would love to join one of your classes !!

        • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

          there are AWESOME restaurants here. while in ob, definitely check out bo beau, ob noodle house, tiki port (best acai bowls) and hodad’s 🙂

  5. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on October 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    oh gosh I have a little bit of the sickies! soup would be perfect right now!

  6. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on October 2, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for the soup round up! I love making it this time of year and over the winter. Hope everyone feels better soon! 🙂

  7. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on October 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I love pho! I wish I knew their secret ingredient…is it beef stock?

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 12:42 am

      many places use beef or chicken stock

  8. Marlene @Fitdelight on October 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Awe, I hope your family feels better soon. Your soup recipes look delish. I will try as soon as it cools down here in N. Orange County. It’s 99 degrees for the next three days. Yikes.

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 12:42 am

      this week we’re supposed to get a heat wave, too. womp

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on October 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Two grandmas at once? That’s wonderful! I hope everyone gets better soon. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 12:42 am

      ahhhh it’s the best! thank you! hope you’re having a good week

  10. Alex on October 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Soup is the best. It’s so easy to make, there are so many different kinds and it give you a lot of foot for the week! I love a simple chicken soup broth with veggies when I’m sick. Hope you avoid it 🙂

  11. melissa on October 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon!

    Matt and I watched Chef on the plane this past week and LOVED it!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 12:41 am

      soooo good!

  12. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on October 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Anything with curry always helps me feel better!

  13. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on October 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    omg i LOVE that picture of you and her! she looks like a little doll Gina!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 12:41 am

      thank you! she is the best 🙂

  14. Pua on October 3, 2014 at 12:15 am

    The pho looks delicious! I’ve never tried before, even though we have some good Vietnamese restaurants nearby. Maybe when the weather cools down… hopefully soon!!

  15. Courtney Bentley on October 3, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Ah hope you guys feel better soon xo C

  16. Masala Girl on October 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

    best to fight sickness:
    hot, spicy tomato soup (i do 1/2 crushed tomatoes & 1/2 canned tom soup)
    an orange
    strawberries 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

      need to up it on the oranges and strawberries! love that tomato soup idea too 🙂 thank you!

      • masala girl on October 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        No prob! there is something going around campus and one weekend I was really sick. had this for lunch dinner & lunch and it was SO good and helped 🙂
        And since you’re home, and you can make it, homemade chicken broth, as im sure you know 😉

  17. Samantha on October 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    We take homemade elderberry syrup (made with local honey) to ward off and shorten sickness. It’s been working really well for us with the big climate and altitude DNS fe from Japan to pacnw. My 8 year old has been hospitalized 4 times for pneumonia and his last cold was short and mild. I swear by it!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

      love elderberry! just got a new bottle and some lozenges last night

  18. april on October 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    girls’ week with the nanas sounds like a blast! you and livi both look so pretty in the pic outside of the restaurant 🙂

    i’ve been craving soup like crazy, but it’s STILL in the high 90s here (LA area). i’ll keep these recipes in mind (especially the sweet potato black bean chili) when the weather finally cools down. 🙂

  19. Jessica @ Fit Talker on October 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I watched Chef on Wednesday night and LOVED it. I thought i’d like it, but was so pleasantly surprised. It just made me smile.
    So glad you liked it too!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      same! definitely a warm fuzzy type movie. i also found that even though the plot was slow, i was INTO IT the entire time. such a great one!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  20. Heather on October 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    We’ve been in soup mode here as the weather gets cooler. Hope everyone feels better soon! Love the pic of you with your little girl!

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