First Miss

Hey! Happy Friday! Also, happy first day of fall ๐Ÿ™‚ Howโ€™s your new leaf going?

Exciting things going on in the blogworld today:

Sabrina had her baby!

Heatherโ€™s wedding day

Good stuff all around ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you so much for you kind words of encouragement last night <3 Iโ€™m excited to take a step back, brainstorm, reassess and see what the next step will be.

The Pilot and I talked about life over heaping bowls of channa masala:


[his was on basmati rice, mine on arugula]



and a side of X Factor.

I didnโ€™t know if it would be a show Iโ€™d like โ€“I donโ€™t watch a ton of TV and only have 3 *shows*- and we loved it. Itโ€™s kind of sad to watch the people that think that theyโ€™re really good, and theyโ€™re horrible, and so inspiring to see people like this.

They could just end the show right now. I had giant tears falling down my face by the end, and the Pilot said he had the chills.

We paused X Factor after that and took Bell for an hour walk at the park- she loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning, I was in the mood for a sludge:


-1/2 C orange juice

-1/2 C almond milk

-1/2 pack Vega smoothie infusion

-1/2 banana

-1/2 mango

-handful of spinach

smoothie (2)

+ an egg, over hard.


I havenโ€™t told you guys about this yet, but Iโ€™ve kind of become a pro egg flipper. I flip everything now- flat eggs, over easy eggs, pancakesโ€ฆ flip master. The Pilot taught me the trick he learned from watching Alton Brown and Iโ€™ve never gone back. The trick is that if you do it with confidence and donโ€™t hesitate, it works.

Well, this morning, I hesitated for a split second.

egg (2)

Oops, hahah. I used a spatula to flip the second egg ๐Ÿ˜‰

Plan for the day:


-Post office

-Fashion post

-Computer stuff [goal: have the โ€œFunโ€ page ready to go and pics ready for the Family page revamp]

-Lion King in 3D. Yep, itโ€™s happening ๐Ÿ™‚

See ya later, friends <3



Something to think:

โ€œDevelop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.โ€

Brian Tracy

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  1. Jackie @ Baking Charms on September 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Flipping makes me nervous! Even if I make it inside the pan is still turns into a scrambled egg mess ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission on September 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I am the worst flipper in the world. Pancakes don’t stand a chance against my lack of flipping skills. That egg picture is so sad and funny ๐Ÿ˜€ lol

  3. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I love Brian Tracy quotes, they’re all so inspirational!! And I had to laugh about the egg, because I’ve done the same thing, only it was an entire omelet!

  4. Carly on September 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I saw Lion King 3D this week too! Brought back such awesome childhood memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on September 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    good idea – I must see if it’s playing around here, I’d love to see it in 3d!!

  6. Samantha on September 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Yikes how are you gonna clean down the side of the stove??

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      i’ve been wondering the same thing.. when i wiped the egg up, the rest of the yolk came with it, which was surprising, and i stuck an antibacterial wipe down the side and rubbed. i may have to ask the pilot to help me when he gets home

      • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on September 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

        I have the same situation at my house! I wrap a antibacterial wipe around a chopstick and use that to wipe down inbetween the two. Just hold on to the top of the wipe or it might fall (I did this the first time and then had to do an searching expidition for it haha). It doesn’t clean all the way down, but I think it’s getting most of the stuff.

        • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

          that’s kind of what i did- i wrapped it around a butter knife ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Samantha on September 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

          that is a good idea! I hate that kitchens always have hard-to-clean spots…

  7. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss on September 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    question of the day: I have some straws kinda like that, and they are SUCH a bear to clean! what do you use to keep yours fresh? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      i rinse them out as soon as i’m done using them to get the ick out, and then put them in the dishwasher.

  8. Jess@pinkchilli on September 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Wow that woman was amazing!!!!! I’m not a fan of the x factor in the UK as it seems to take up so much time if you get sucked into watching the whole things but love seeing the people who can really belt out a song!

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      crazy awesome, huh?

      • Jill on September 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        Wow she was amazing! What did the judges say?? I wanted to hear their response! In order to respond, I would have had to bend down to pick my jaw up off the floor.

  9. mi-an d. on September 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    wow that girl has an amazing voice!! i’m actually pretty good at flippin stuff. i learned well from grandma. she started to teach me how to cook when i was 13!! so and i’ve been cooking since then!

  10. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on September 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Love that quote!

  11. Natasha Brown on September 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    EEEEEEEEEEE!!! I was crying too!!!!! I said to Rob – “ok – so where is the guy who is suppose-ta give her the 5 mill!”
    Her little sis called it!
    Hey – I forgot to tell you my Mum is from Bombay – I will the “M” word! If you need a recipe for chow – let me know.
    – Check your gmail!

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I saw Lion King 3D last weekend and it was so fun to see! And I loved seeing the little kids in the theater reach out and try to touch the 3D leaves and such. Have fun!

  13. Amy on September 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I have been watching Alton for 7 years and have flipped and flopped every time! Cannot master the flip, so good for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Allison @ Food For Healing on September 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    i could really go for indian food, but probably not a good idea the night before a race!!
    I’m jealous that your going to see Lion King 3D! i haven’t seen that movie in forever.

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      haha maybe a better post race meal ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    hey dana
    i’m going to delete your comment because i feel like other readers recovering from eating challenges could see it as triggering. there are many online venues to discuss calorie deficits or “how you did” during that day, but this is not one of them. thanks.

    • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hey, I’m sorry I’m confused, this shows up as a reply to my comment, but I didn’t mention food?

      • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        Sorry, I deleted the other comment so my response went under yours

    • Dana Marie on September 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      No worries – I know you hate me so i get it

  16. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on September 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    HAHA…I do that with my pancakes all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Terran Leigh on September 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    We as well are seeing Lion King 3-D….very excited for it! All of my parents dogs growing up were named after characters from the movie! Even though we are not expecting or trying currently we still can’t help ourselves from buying Disney and Pixar movies to stock up on for one-day.

  18. Jackie @ That Deep Breath on September 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t watch the X Factor, but I watched a clip of a 42 year old woman who’se ex always told her she was too old to be a star and she missed her chance, so she spent the last 12 years believing it. Finally at 42 years old she auditioned for X Factor and was amazing. I got the chills and even had tears welling up at the end. Some of these people have SO much talent it’s crazy

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      i saw her perform on wednesday night! INCREDIBLE

  19. Robin @ The Balanced Life on September 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Hah, I love that picture of the egg! Makes me feel better about my flipping skills. I love your quote on gratitude. I do gratitude posts every Friday. Such a great reminder to appreciate the little things ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Beth (Well I'll Be) on September 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Oh man, that is the exact reason I have to call Jeff over to the stove every time to flip my eggs. I need to work on my confidence in my flipping skills. It’s really not hard but you’re right, if you hesitate for a second, it’s all over!

  21. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    You are gonna LOVE the lion king in 3D! Ah its so good!

    And wow that girl on the xfactor was good! I don’t know I thought I wouldn’t like the show either, I really need to give it a chance!

  22. chelsea on September 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Wow that was so beautiful. She has an amazing voice! Standing ovation well deserved.

  23. Krystina (Organically Me) on September 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t want to see the look on my boyfriend’s face when a runny egg goes flying onto the floor, so I think I’ll stick to using a spatula. ๐Ÿ˜›

  24. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on September 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Ohh that channa masala looks delicious! As does your smoothie! I’m a horrible pancake flipper! I’ve never been able to flip them with the pan but sometimes I’m mad even when I am using a spatula! I blame not having a griddle, rather than my own flipping abilities ๐Ÿ˜‰ And oohh just watched the vid- she’s amazing!

  25. Liz on September 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    This looks like a super sized pizookie! And it looks delish!

  26. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Oh no problem, I figured it was probably to another comment, WordPress confuses me sometimes! ;p

  27. Dana Marie on September 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I hope all your book deals fail because you are terribly ordinary… snooze

    • Andrea P on September 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Personally, I love that you are ordinary Gina ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s what makes you so relatable and why SO MANY people love you and your blog.

      Dana – you can take your negativity elsewhere. No one wants to hear it.

      • AstroCook on September 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

        I’m completely addicted to your blog (my boyfriend knows your name) because I can relate to you. I don’t know if that makes you ordinary or not, but who cares? I hope your next try at a book goes better. I’m impressed that you keep surging on — you should keep doing that!! What kind of book were you thinking of doing? It sounds like it was something related to being a Military Wife?

        Personally, I thought Dana’s comment was so ridiculously mean, I just cracked up. She’s probably on Phase 1 on South Beach. I get bitchy too, on Phase 1. hahahahaha, I’m still laughing. Haters gon’ hate.

        • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

          thank you <3 it's a book for younger military wives
          hahahah and you're right, haters gonna hate. and phase 1 will make anyone cranky ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      I will send good vibes to you and a prayer that the rough things you have going on in your life stop interfering with your attitude towards other people. I don’t think it’s fair for you to take it out on me, but these things happen sometimes. I hope you can seek help for everything you’re dealing with and take care of yourself.

  28. Jenn on September 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    GODDAMNIT this is the 2nd time i’ve been to your blog today and BOTH times i’ve cried lol. that video was amazing i mean…. legit stars don’t sound half as good as that live so they should just end that show now and save the time and money haha

  29. Andrea P on September 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I went and saw Lion King 3-D on opening night last week. Ya..I’m 23, no shame. lol I still loved it and had to keep myself from singing along the whole time, haha. Have fun!!

  30. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on September 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Hahaha…oh noo! Yolk splatter and spillage, lol! ๐Ÿ˜› You win some , you lose some, lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m so sorry for your book deal falling through, I understand that must be upsetting, but just know that your blog is wonderful, and that quote you left us at the bottom of today’s post is so true and beautiful <3 Taking a step back and reassessing is always helpful, and can't wait to see the Fun page when it is finished! ๐Ÿ™‚ Delicious food as always -so fresh and healthful! Have a great day, Gina! xyx

  31. kathleen @ the daily crumb on September 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    do you make those drinks in a blender or juicer.. and is the banana frozen? sorry for the weird q’s, i’m trying to avoid cold foods, though, and have found my green monsters to be on the black list. looking for alternative veggie drinks that won’t be as harsh on my cold-intolerent system. thanks, gina!

  32. jen f. on September 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    i love all your recipes! i dont usually eat dairy bc i nurse and my baby can’t break down the proteins, and i stay away from gluten. it’s nice to have yummy recipes and things to try each day from your blog!
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  33. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on September 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve always wanted to become a “master flipper,” but sadly, this has not happened. It would be awesome to have skills like the chefs at hibachi grills.

    I need to cook some chickpeas this weekend so I can make chana masala. It looks totally delicious!

  34. Brittany on September 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I never cry and I just cried watching that video! That smoothie looks awesome I’m always looking to try a new combo of smoothies. I’m the WORST at flipping anything. Even with a spatula.

  35. Ali on September 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Oh My Goodness! Me and Baby Sister are dying to go see The Lion King on the big screen! You must tell us how it is!

  36. Mo on September 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    My sister-in-law tried out for the X factor when tryouts came to Chicago – she made it into the 3rd round before being cut loose. She said it was an experience she will always remember – and was almost glad she didn’t make it . . . the whole process left her absolutely exhausted! Enjoy your weekend! Mo

  37. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Glad to hear you and the Pilot talked life and dined on channa masala. I would have dined on chocolate desserts in your same situation ๐Ÿ™‚ (((HUGS)))

    As for egg flipping, I have never been able to flip eggs or pancakes very well…both of them end up pretty messy and mangled looked. I need to master the art of the flip!

  38. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on September 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Bahaha love the egg situation.. totally been there. I tend to make a mess in the kitchen by myself!

  39. Stephanie on September 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I totally agree about the x factor! Wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I really do! She totally moved me and brought me to tears. I agree they could just end now & let her win! I didn’t comment last night but also wanted to say I’m so sorry about the book deal! I pray something else great comes your way very soon!

  40. Megan @ The Detoxinista on September 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I’m the same way with flipping– if I’m confident, it works. If I hesitate… total disaster. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I want to see the Lion King 3D tonight, too!!!!

  41. Hillary on September 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I’m tingling watching this video. Actually tingling.

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      right?! so much talent

  42. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I’m a terrible flipper! I end up breaking the yolk 99% of the time when I make fried eggs. ๐Ÿ˜›

  43. Gina B on September 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Wow, that video was incredible. I actually don’t watch a lot of those shows; but I had to see what was so great…and I got goosebumps. I don’t know what it is about her voice, or maybe it’s just the passion behind it, but that was amazing! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      it’s like she truly felt everything she was singing

  44. Leigh-Ann on September 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Lion King in 3D is AWESOME! take tissues! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. Errign on September 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    At least the egg didn’t land on the burner. I’ve done that and it’s GROSS to clean! Egg flippin’ skills catch ya off guard sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve recently perfected the 2 eggs at once flip, which I’m pretty proud of!

  46. Kiah on September 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    one of my biggest fears is flipping eggs, even though I make them 349813248 times a week…someday I’ll learn, ha

  47. Meg on September 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I loved Lion King 3D ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you do too <3

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      LOVED it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. elle @ nutritionella on September 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    that egg just made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚ i don’t know if i’ll ever graduate from the spatula!

  49. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    LOVE your blog Gina!! I look forward to coming home from school everyday and reading it!! I have to practice my flipping skills! Maybe I’ll watch some youtube how-to videos (: Going to see Lion King 3D tomorrow!

  50. Marie on September 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Ahh! I can’t view the clip off my iPhone. I’ll have to watch later.

    That pic of the egg and the way you said it made me laugh so hard! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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