Flower killer no more

Hey hey hey πŸ˜€ How are ya? How’s your morning going?

It’s a beautiful day over here πŸ™‚


Can you believe I’ve kept these flowers alive since the housewarming party?

Neither can I.

They were a gift from my aunt, along with this strawberry plant.


That guy was looking a little brown and crispy for a while, but after watering everyday and some rain, he’s doing great. It’s amazing what consistently watering plants will do πŸ˜‰

Started off the day with some oats:


-1/2 C GF oats

-organic frozen strawberries

-1/2 mashed banana

-handful of organic raspberries

-dab of peanut butter


-the last of the Sun Warrior bag πŸ™


Hopefully my replen stash will get here soon πŸ˜€

The bowl of oats was so filling and perfect.. I think the reason why so many of us love oats is because they’re satisfying, and you can throw everything under the sun into a bowl of oats and chances are that it will taste good. This morning was almost a disaster, though: last minute I went to shake the cinnamon in, and looked at the bottle to discover that it was cayenne. I still would have eaten it, but switched it for *real* cinnamon πŸ˜‰

A girl from work wanted some extra hours, so she’s working my morning shift and I go in this afternoon.

Plan for the am:

-Clean the kitchen and start slow cooker dinner

-choreograph new Zumba dance (a friend and I team-teach today)

-Arm workout (since I dominated my legs yesterday)

-Pier 1 and pumpkin mission- yet to find any here in T-town.


See ya later today <3



Something to read:

Top 10 Fall Recipes

Healthy recipe substitutions

Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

Something to do: Party Animal Ab Burner! If you bust this out at some point during the day, your abbies will be sure to thank ya πŸ˜‰

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  1. Moni'sMeals on September 22, 2011 at 11:42 am

    GASP, Oh no…Sun Warrior bag epmty…hang on Gina! ( I know the feeling!)

    What a busy morning you have, no surprise there. πŸ™‚

    I love the links you posted at the bottom, Pumpkin Pie Milkshake=I am on it!

    Have a great day!

  2. Shannon on September 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Pretty flowers πŸ™‚
    Your breakfast looks delish!
    Have a great day!

  3. Liz @ Southern Charm on September 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I can’t find pumpkin either!!! My friend said there is some at Target, so I’m heading there tonight. It’s a bit further from the city, but I feel it’s worth the trip. If you have a Target, check it out and fingers crossed you find some!

  4. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on September 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Sad that you can’t find pumpkin! I’m crossing my fingers for ya πŸ™‚

  5. Samantha on September 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago, I think I found it linked from Jenna’s blog. I really enjoy reading it! you have great information on health and fitness =)
    Good luck finding pumpkin ! I had 6 cans left over from last year! I made pumpkin pancakes this morning from your protein pancake recipe! They were delicious !

  6. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on September 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I am definitely guilty of forgetting to water flowers and then try to miraculously bring them back with extra watering!

  7. Amanda on September 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    2 things – 1. I was so relieved when I remembered to order pumpkin from Fresh Direct since none of my local NYC stores have it yet. Got some major pumpkin eats planned for the weekend! 2. I made overnight oats based loosely on that choco cherry smoothie this morning and I’m pretty sure I died halfway through and went to oat heaven. Oats, 1 scoop choc SunWarrior, unsweetened coconut milk, 1T dried coconut, chia seeds went in the fridge last night. This morning I chopped up some frozen cherries and added those, cacao nibs, and a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips. Oh my. It was like breakfast dessert and I nearly cried when it was gone. The frozen cherries really made it happen.

  8. Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes on September 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Haha! I did the exact same thing with the cinnamon and cayenne this morning!

  9. Kathryn @ Flopoodle on September 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Lol I actually thought about that cinnamon issue yesterday when I made oats after I dumped heaps of cinnamon in and thought it looked a lot like cumin πŸ™‚ Fortunately, it was not.

  10. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    This just hit me, you should make a short Zumba fitness video for us to do from home. I would totally be down for dancing alone in my living room!

  11. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great job keeping the flowers alive! I’ve been doing pretty well with plants and flowers too — and yes, as long as you water them regularly things seem to be ok!

  12. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on September 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    My sunwarrior bag is empty too! I’m literally on the last scoop – I’m saving it for tomorrows protein oats. Ohh, sad times! πŸ˜‰ that plant looks so pretty! Oats always tastegood with sun warrior, but I used another protein powder recently and it was a total disaster, lol! πŸ˜› Yours this morning look delicious! <3 xyx

  13. Anna @ On Anna's Plate on September 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Ugh– I have such a black thumb!! I kill plastic plants!

  14. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on September 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Better stock up if you find it!

  15. Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan on September 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    You must have stolen my green thumb! I used to be great at remembering to water plants but suddenly I have killed all of mine. Even the ones that need water only infrequently! Oy ve.

    Also, when all other pumpkin hunts fail, Pumpkin Spice lattes are always there! Just saying.

  16. Carly on September 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I found pumpkin at Target in the Phoenix area. Try there!?!? It was one of the Targets with a big grocery section in the baking aisle.

  17. Sara @ RunnerWife on September 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I love this season because of Pumpkin!! I found it at Target up here. Hopefully you can find it soon!

  18. Danielle on September 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I found organic pureed pumpkin this summer at AJ’s in La Encantada, so they must have some in stock right now! I’d call first to save you the drive, but it does give you an excuse to go shopping… πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      you’re a lifesaver πŸ™‚

  19. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    No pumpkins there yet? That’s a crime!!! πŸ™‚ I wonder if they make baby Zumbie gear? That would be so cute!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      they do! suzi sent me the cutest onesie!! it says “mom, why am i so dizzy?”

  20. Carolyn (Life in the postcard) on September 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Are you serious there was no pumpkin at WF on your side of town? There was a bunch (canned) at the WF on the NW side when I went earlier this week.
    Sounds like a productive morning and those oats look yummy!

  21. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Haha, yum fire oats! I am glad that you did not mix your heat with your blueberries, that may have tasted slightly off. Isn’t it funny that you have the morning “off” of work, but you are going to go about doing work at home anyways? A woman’s job is never done is it?! I wish you well on your arm work out today, I did my arms yesterday with Tony Horton and it was awesome! I get to flow through some yoga today, so that should help stretch things out.

  22. Jenni on September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I’m wondering if you can help me. I need meal plans starting with 2200, then 2400 and 2600 . I’m not vegan (not at all).I tend to do better with protein/fat I think. But I’m a bit of binger with cereals, etc…but I’d like to think they are okay…Any websites, books, blogs that show calorie counts and good plans? I have no morning appetite and tend to go for smoothie…but feel I may be overdoing the dairy/protein powder/nuts during the day, but can’t help it.
    I walk daily once and do some gentle stretches occasionally. Also, do you think a weight gain of 2 lbs per week is too aggressive?
    Thanks for any help. It would be so helpful!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      hey girl,
      i don’t follow any blogs with calorie counts or plans, but it sounds like the best bet would be to talk to a local registered dietitian so they can help you come up with something that suits your needs and preferences.

  23. Kali on September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I got my pumpkin in bulk at Costco!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      what?! i haven’t seen it there!

  24. Beth on September 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Those oats look YUM! What are you putting in your slow cooker today??

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      channa masala πŸ™‚

  25. Mo on September 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Good job with the green thumb! Say, now that you’ve lived with your new furniture (indoor, outdoor, mattress) – how do you like everything? I heard there will be a shortage of pumpkins on the east coast due to the weather, but here in Wisconsin, they are plentiful – which is good, cause I love to carve them! Take care and enjoy your day.


  26. natalie @ southern fit foodie on September 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I am seriously going to try some savory/spicy oats now! I LOVE chocolate and cayenne together, and I love oatmeal, so why not put them all together?

    I need to work on some new Zumba songs! My goal is to choreograph at least 2-3 by next weekend.

    Also, I am TERRIBLE at forgetting/neglecting my plants. I’ll water for a while and then I just stop. I have killed my fair share of plants. πŸ™‚

  27. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Your flowers look great and good for you for keeping them alive! Especially in your climate where it’s no doubt been 100F or more for most of the month! πŸ™‚

  28. cortney on September 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Gina,
    I’m new to your blog and love it. After a less than stellar summer at the gym I’m now getting back into it. My husband and I are very much into health/working out. He’s a hockey player and for work out does slot of heavy lifting. We actually just got into a little disagreement mid-workout! πŸ˜‰ hoping you can give me some advice. He feels as though weighted squats ( with bar) is the best workout for glutes. He and I have worked out my squat technique a gabillion times and I still mostly only feel it in my quads. Can you give me a kick ass workout move to target my glutes just as well as squats do? Thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      put a [playground or light medicine] ball in between your knees when you squat- it will take the focus from your quads and transplant it to your glutes

  29. cortney on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Ps sorry for typos, I actually am writing while on stair climber and iPhone auto text has taken over! Lol.

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      that’s a great glute workout!

  30. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    i really want to try some sun warrior protein, gah! need i remind again, opensky needs to deliver to canada haha

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      yes they do!

  31. Ami@dashofcurry.com on September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for reminding me to use my slow cooker! I don’t know why it’s such a fall thing– it would have been really convenient for me to use over the summer as well! I guess its the fact they’re mostly used for soups and stews that make slow cookers come out of hiding in the fall!

  32. Kelly on September 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I always have such a hard time keeping plants alive too!! You need to publish some tips πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      water and sing to them. that’s all i’ve got πŸ™‚

  33. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on September 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I ran out of protein powder too! Hoping my Open Sky deal comes soon! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      you and me both, girl!

  34. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on September 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    HEHE…I can never keep flowers alive. I just forget to water them…oops! I love me a nice big bowl of oats as well πŸ™‚

  35. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas on September 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I love how dedicated you are to working out! πŸ™‚

  36. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Yay congrats on keeping your flowers alive! I bought a basil plant a few weeks ago… and discovered it dead on my balcony yesterday. Whoops! πŸ˜›

    • Fitnessista on September 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      i’ve done that so many times! haha

  37. Megan on September 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Let us know if you find any pumpkin in Tucson, I haven’t had any luck either, although my sister-in-law claims that Sunflower stocks it year round, you just have to search for it. I’m dying for some pumpkin oats!

    Also, totally random, but have you ever tried making the green sauce they serve at Indian restaurants with the papadum? I went to an amazing Indian restaurant in Flagstaff last weekend (Himalayan Grill–you should definitely check it out if you ever go up there) and my boyfriend fell in love with the green sauce and I thought with your love of Indian food you’d be a good person to ask for advice on making it at home.

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