Fire burnin’ on the abbies

Hey everyone! Hope your night is going wonderfully 😉

It feels SO BUENO to have jammies on, hair that’s wet from a shower and not sweat, and belly full of this delicious vegan Moroccan stew:


One of my clients brought me two vegan soups to try—Moroccan stew and McAlister’s veggie chili (which I luuuuurve- saving that one for Wednesday night). I usually don’t like to give out names of my clients on the bloggy, so I’m going to nickname this one Tinkerbell. She’s super adorable and fun- and looks like Tinkerbell 😉 So thank you, Tinkerbell, for my delicious dinner 😀 (Want the recipe?? It’s on Cooking Light- right herrrre, and I promise it’s glorious)

She also brought me a baggie of gluten-free multigrain crackers from Sam’s Club, but I snacked on them this afternoon (they never saw the soup) and snagged a pic of one before they were gone 😉


Some of the other eats of the day included:



(romaine, bell pepper, tomatoes, crunched up raw bloomin’ onion bread, raw goat cheddar, rice vinegar)

Millet bread + soy free Earth Balance, cinnamon and maca


(x2.. it’s just so good)

I also packed up some bloomin’ onion bread to give to Ashley 😀


Some sleeping pupper pics for ya:



(I love when Bella lifts her head up from a nap and has smushy face)

Pilates was ridiculous (Ashley is an ab killer!) and Zumba was a blasty as usual 😉 I loved warming up to “Bad Romance”.. Gaga rocks my face off. Zumba on Wednesday should be interesting because as of tomorrow, I have to wear my glasses for 5 days. I’m anxious to see how teaching aerobics goes with my glasses—when I get sweaty, they slide off my face! I might just have to put them aside while I teach, and probably dance it up like a crazy monkey since I won’t be able to see anything.. we shall see.

I trained funny quotes lady tonight.. and she had a good one 😉

“Fire Burnin’” by Sean Kingston came on the radio (“somebody call 9-1-1”), and she said, with gusto, “Somebody call 9-1-1. Please! She’s killing me over here”

That’s what reverse crunches on the incline bench will do to ya 😀

Have a great night <3



Zumba song of the day: “Simarik” by Tarkan (ahhhhmazing for Bellydance)

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  1. Jenna on December 14, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    love bad romance by lady gaga!

  2. Gena on December 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Love millet bread! It’s a fave.

  3. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on December 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Hahahahaha. Funny lady.

    I love me some Gaga too. I don’t understand how everyone hates her. Who cares if she dresses a little off? I love it.

  4. Teresa on December 14, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Bummer about the eye problems! Dance like a crazy monkey you will!

    You make me want a dehydrator more than any other dehydrator users. Seriously all the awesome food you make with it, like the rocking onion bread on your salad, and especially your macaroons! Plus you make it look so easy since you’re always using it!

    And for real I’m going to have to try me some of that millet bread!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

      hahah i will definitely dance like a crazy monkey
      using the dehydrator is SUPER easy.. i try to use it every day. i’ll just throw something in there, and the next day it’s waiting for me 😀

  5. Katie on December 14, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Are you getting LASIK? I had it done 6 and a half years ago and it was the best money I’ve ever spent. It was amazing to be able to see he alarm clock in the middle of the night and I’ve saved so much money and hassle on contacts. Anyway, I hope that’s why you’re wearing the glasses 🙂
    Also, I’ve been so inspired by the treats that the dehydrator turns out that I’m getting one for Christmas! An Excalibur 5 tray with a timer. Can’t wait!!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:18 am

      so exciting you’re getting a dehydrator!
      for now, no, i’m not getting lasik. i know everyone loves it, but i’m just too scared.

  6. Mo @ Mommy RD on December 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve made that stew, and it was great!

    I think those are the same crackers I got at our gym’s happy hour tonight. They were gluten free, multi-seed crax. Really yummy!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

      yes they were perfectly salty and delicious!

  7. Melissa S. on December 14, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    ah, sadness about the glasses! i know how you feel though…been there done that, but it was for an entire year when i was a senior in college. bah.

  8. caronae on December 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    OMG we watched the Bad Romance video in one of my classes today because the class is about gender and the professor wanted to know what young people listen to! It was so hilarious. She just kept staring at the screen with her mouth open!

  9. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on December 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Reverse crunches on the incline bench – yeah, I think I would need 911 as well.

    How sweet of Tinkerbell to bring you vegan soup and crackers. I love thoughtful gifts for no reason. 🙂

    Sorry about the glasses. I am blind as well, and have to work out in my glasses once or twice. Not easy. I say dance blind – more fun that way.

    Every time I see your millet bread, it makes me want to pour EB, cinnamon, and maca on everything.

  10. M on December 14, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Ha! Funny quotes lady must be so much fun!!
    I love the millet bread too, it’s a favorite. Are you going GF? I have been GF for years now, so if you have any questions- just ask!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:16 am

      hey m,
      i love millet bread! nope, i’m not going gluten-free.. i just found that i like a lot of products that are gf 😀
      i don’t want to give up my beloved ezekiel bread or spelt flour cookies

  11. isabelle on December 15, 2009 at 1:38 am

    where do you teach zumba? what city do you live in?

  12. M on December 15, 2009 at 5:21 am

    I hope you don’t have conjunctivitis — it super sucks. You’ll look so adorable in glasses, though!

  13. MizFit on December 15, 2009 at 6:26 am

    its settled.

    I shall report back—and if I never do PLEASE send a rescue team.

  14. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 15, 2009 at 6:47 am

    I ripped a contact once and had to wear my glasses for 2 weeks. I had to teach with them on and it was such a pain. I wrapped one of the thin elastic headbands around them with the microphone so they would stay on!!

  15. Michelle on December 15, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Hey Gina, I wear glasses too and if I wear them to zumba they always slide all over the place. One day I wore an elastic headband and put the headband on the ends of my glasses behind my ear, my glasses didn’t move for the whole hour!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

      that is an EXCELLENT idea! thank you- i’m totally going to do that tomorrow

  16. Terry on December 15, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Did you break up with almond butter?

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

      hahaha most definitely not! i just didn’t eat a lot of it yesterday 🙁
      i have 1 T left and i’m saving it until i can make it to the health food store today

  17. VeggieGirl on December 15, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Girl, I rock my glasses EVERYday – good luck 🙂

  18. Lesley Lifting Life on December 15, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Ahhh, I love the feeling of being clean in comfy clothes, especially when warm soup is added 🙂

  19. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on December 15, 2009 at 7:53 am

    That soup looks fab!!!
    Can you do a reader’s request on your favorite beginner/intermediate/advanced PT workouts? I know you have some in the workout section, but I would love to know what you focus on at each level!


    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

      sure, that’s a great idea!

  20. Simply Life on December 15, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Oh that stew looks wonderful!

  21. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on December 15, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Good luck with the glasses! I once had to wear mine on a 13 mile training run…not so much fun, especially because I couldn’t wear my sunglasses while they were on. 🙁

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

      that’s the part i’m bummed about! i ALWAYS wear sunglasses 🙁
      it’s been super cloudy lately, so i’m hoping it sticks around

  22. skinnyrunner on December 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

    love bad romance!
    your doggie pictures are so cute!!

  23. Ashley on December 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I wear my glasses and workout. No problemo!

    My contacts are to expensive to wear on a daily basis, so glasses it is.

  24. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I love when my dogs face is all scrunched from napping too!

  25. hemp jogger on December 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    are you getting lasik?! good luck, i think you’ll love it! if you do 🙂

  26. Elise on December 15, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Gina,

    That soup looks sooo good! I found something the other day that made me immediately think of you. ArtiHearts….so meaty and good without, you know, the meat =)

  27. Sophicita on December 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I found your blog a few days ago and have been reading back over some of the older posts. Congratulations on what you have achieved!!! I piled on a few pounds when I first lived by myself and did no exercise but when I started university I started working out and eating more healthily. I just completed my first half marathon 2 months ago as well and am currently 14kg lighter than I was when I first started trying to get fitter! I am a huge fan of running and Pilates – seem to balance each other perfectly for me. Unfortunately I have zero arm/eye coordination so dancing/aerobics etc. is not so good for me. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and congratulate you on what you have achieved! Find your food regime impressive too – as much as I love healthy food and have porridge with raisins and cinnamon for breakfast most days I am a true foodie and love love love to bake (and eat!) gorgeous cakes (once in a while!). Sophicita

  28. Devon on December 15, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    That salad looks amazing! I can’t wait to kick this virus so I can eat again!

  29. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I’m trying the breakfast cookie tomorrow…can’t wait! I’ve heard so many awesome things about it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm

      whoo hoo! please let me know if you like it!

  30. Ashley on December 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Hey Gina! I know it’s different for everyone, but can you do a reader’s request on how to determine how many calories you should aim for each day factoring in activity level to maintain or to lose?

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 5:45 pm

      hey ashley,
      i would love to, but since i have many readers who have eating disorders or are recovering from eating disorders, i try not to emphasize calorie counting. i truly believe that if you eat well, and mostly consume whole, unprocessed foods, your body will find a healthy and happy weight.
      if you are interested in calorie counting (which there’s nothing wrong with at all, i just try not to focus on it), check out this website:
      one of my trainers gave it to me a couple of years ago and i found the numbers to be pretty accurate.
      take care 🙂

  31. Nicole on December 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    How do you make that raw onion bread? Is the recipe from a book? And can you make it without a dehydrator?? Thanks! 🙂

  32. Lisa on December 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I saw a Viesa walking past my house today. I’ve never seen a dog like her, she’s so pretty. And of course so is Bella and her sleepy face. Funny quotes lady sounds too funny.

  33. Allie on December 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I saw that you run in sunglasses. i CANNOT find a pair that i like for running. they all drive me nuts. what ones do you use?

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      hahah $19 targizzle special.. i just run in regular big sunglasses, haven’t found a sporty pair i like yet!

  34. Ashley on December 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for the website Gina! Also, I was wondering if you would mind doing a post of your favorite and most effective ab exercises? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

      sure! 😀

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