Fluff and Substance

Hi friends 🙂 How’s your day going? Hope you’re having a lovely morning!

It’s gloomy here.


It actually RAINED last night!

A little secret: Arizona people are afraid of rain.

When it rains, we avoid driving at all costs,

stay in our houses,

and make delicious dinners 😉


It started off with some steamed b-nut squash:

squash (2)

Topped with TJs marinara,

sautéed spinach, onion, with lemon juice, cayenne, sea salt and pepper


and my beloved goat cheese 🙂


+ green beans with organic butter and sea salt

green beans

The squash was almost like a stackable version of my favorite butternut squash and goat cheese lasagna, except that it only took 10 minutes to make! Baller.

Dessert was some protein ice cream:

ice cream

and late-night snack was some popcorn with nutritional yeast (shared with roomies) and Monster In-Law 🙂


So this weekend, after debating for a week on what I wanted to read next (and using your amazing suggestions), I finally downloaded my new “fluff” and “substance” to the Kindle.



"I remember when I hit rock bottom. There I was with no make-up on, hadn’t showered, eating raw cookie dough out of the tube, hitting on the toothless bagger at the commissary, and ordering jewelry off the TV. And that was just my first day!"

This one is pretty hilarious so far. Military wives definitely have unique lives and it’s making me remember some very funny early days with the Pilot. In a part I was reading last night, she’s talking about how she wasn’t strong enough to carry the boxes during their first move. In our first move together out of Fayetteville, the Pilot had to “turtle” the couches- he hunched over with the couch over his back like a giant shell and I had to direct him through the doorways. I’m a little stronger now 😉



Wayne’s international bestseller explores intention—not as something we do—but as an energy we’re a part of. We’re all intended here through the invisible power of intention—a magnificent field of energy we can access to begin co-creating our lives! (source)

This book is fantastic so far. I’m a huge believer that we have the power to make things happen if we will them to, so it’s been a fabulous read. Right now I’m using my intention for two things: to get an awesome assignment on Friday (Tucson or Vegas!!!) and that my Canon Rebel mysteriously starts working again. I turned it on this morning and it was like there was no power, even though the battery was in and fully charged. :/ *fingers crossed*

Well I’m off to work, but I hope you have an amazing day and I’ll see ya this afternoon!



Something to do: In the nominating mood? Please take a second to nominate your favorite bloggers *here* for the Women’s Health blog roll. Have a blog? Leave a link in the comments section with your comment and I’ll be happy to return the favor 🙂

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  1. Diana on February 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Oh no! Sorry about your camera! My first rebel died on me after exactly 1 year (almost to the day) and I had to send it in under warranty. Thank goodness I had just made the date to get the credit. Anywho, have you tried popping the battery out and back in and then turning it on? Sometimes that works. Good luck! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      yes- the battery was dead. haha. i am a goober

  2. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on February 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    My only two serious relationships were (and is) milatary- both in the navy. I had always heard the hardest job in the milatary is to be a spouse…and in a way I believe it. Luckily Michael’s not planning on staying in the milatary though. It’s done a lot for him, but it’s not for everybody, you know?

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      i totally agree- it tastes a special type of person

  3. Becky on February 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I’m going to nominate YOU, of course! Your blog was one of the first healthy living blogs I started reading last year…and now it has developed into a full blown addiction!

    My brand spankin’ new blog is: http://tuesdayswithmuesli.wordpress.com. I’d love a nomination, if you’re up for it!


    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      i totally up for it! thank you 🙂 xoxo

  4. Imwaytoobusy on February 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I nominated you! 🙂 By the way, a similar thing happened with my Rebel. We took the battery out, waited a minute, and put it back in and it was back to normal! Just a quick tip in case you hadn’t tried that already.

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      thank you! <3 yes, it finally started working again. the battery was indeed dead haha

      • Imwaytoobusy on February 22, 2011 at 7:27 am

        Oops! Glad it wasn’t anything serious 😉

  5. Susanne on February 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I nominated your blog! Hands down, it’s my absolute favorite!!!

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      thank you! <3

  6. Rachel on February 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Oooh, never thought to eat butternut squash that way, looks fabulous! I will have to try!

  7. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I love your idea for those little butternut squash “pizzas”! So cute! 😀

    Also I totally agree with your philosophy that we have the power to make things happen. It’s all about wanting it badly enough and working hard to get what you want!

  8. Elizabeth on February 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I checked out a sample of the Confessions book on Kindle. I married a Citadel Marine so I just may have to buy that one! 🙂

  9. Alycia [Fit n Fresh] on February 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Voted for you! I love your blog and all your cute little antics 🙂 I hope you win it!

    Nominate me as well please? http://fitnfreshblog.com

    Thanks babe!

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      of course! thank YOU!

  10. Tenecia on February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    “A little secret: Arizona people are afraid of rain.” – love this and it’s so true!!! Is it because we’re made of sugar and afraid of melting?? 🙂


    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      haha YES

  11. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on February 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Ok, now that butternut squash dish looks lovely! I did something very similar the other day but with polenta. YUMMO!

    A bit late but I voted for you lady at Womens Health!

    Would love a nomination as well! My blog is http://www.livewellfitnow.com.

    Thank ya! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      thanks girl! i’m on it 🙂 xoxo

  12. Amy @ purewellnessamy on February 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Of course, I nominated you: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/features/blogcontest

    And I would love a nomination from you, if you’re so inclined 🙂 http://www.purewellnessamy.com

    Have a great day!

  13. Ali on February 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I voted!!!!

  14. Amy @ purewellnessamy on February 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

    The link to the contest form isn’t working, sorry. I selected “Fitness” for your blog genre and entered this comment: “I love it because Gina is a knowledgeable, informative, and fun!”

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      thank you!!

  15. Ash Bear on February 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I nominated you pretty lady! I’d love if you would nominate me in return!

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