Fluff and Substance

Hi friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Howโ€™s your day going? Hope youโ€™re having a lovely morning!

Itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


It started off with some steamed b-nut squash:

squash (2)

Topped with TJs marinara,

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


and my beloved goat cheese ๐Ÿ™‚


+ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 โ€œfluffโ€ and โ€œsubstanceโ€ 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 itโ€™s making me remember some very funny early days with the Pilot. In a part I was reading last night, sheโ€™s talking about how she wasnโ€™t strong enough to carry the boxes during their first move. In our first move together out of Fayetteville, the Pilot had to โ€œturtleโ€ the couches- he hunched over with the couch over his back like a giant shell and I had to direct him through the doorways. Iโ€™m a little stronger now ๐Ÿ˜‰



Wayneโ€™s international bestseller explores intentionโ€”not as something we doโ€”but as an energy weโ€™re a part of. Weโ€™re all intended here through the invisible power of intentionโ€”a magnificent field of energy we can access to begin co-creating our lives! (source)

This book is fantastic so far. Iโ€™m a huge believer that we have the power to make things happen if we will them to, so itโ€™s been a fabulous read. Right now Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m off to work, but I hope you have an amazing day and Iโ€™ll see ya this afternoon!



Something to do: In the nominating mood? Please take a second to nominate your favorite bloggers *here* for the Womenโ€™s Health blog roll. Have a blog? Leave a link in the comments section with your comment and Iโ€™ll be happy to return the favor ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. BIOCHEMISTA on February 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Gaaah, I wish I wasn’t allergic to cheese! I may have to try this dish with some veggie/soy cheese – it looks that good ๐Ÿ™‚

    Book sounds hilarious! Happy Monday <3

  2. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Aw sorry to hear about your camera woes this morning Gina! Sorry I can’t be of much help in that department as I don’t own one but I hope you can get it fixed soon. LOVE Monster In Law as well – such a great chick flick!

  3. Mindy on February 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I was inspired by you to be better about getting exercise into my day, so I went to a 6am hot yoga class this morning. Been up since 4:30 and I actually feel great! It’s so nice to get my workout done in the morning and have the rest of the day for school/work.

    I love the butternut squash idea!!

  4. Ashley @ the fit academic on February 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I’m so jealous of your reads – you put me to shame! Not only do I rarely read (well, I read all the time, but I’m talking about non-work reading), but the reads I do enjoy are typically….magazines! haha! No really though, I need to pick up a book soon!

  5. Laura on February 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Sounds like a great balance between fluff and substance!

    Arizona people sound a lot like Florida people. At least where I lived on the Gulf coast it never seemed to rain and when it did it was a BIG deal. And then everyone ran for cover while it rained for 15 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on February 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    The Power of Intention sounds really interesting — have you read The Secret? It sounds pretty similar — the Law of Attraction and all that.

    I hope you get your camera working again — how frustrating!

  7. Meredith on February 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

    It was my pleasure to nominate you just now on the Women’s Health site, Gina! Your blog rocks!

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

      thank you! and thank you so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kellie on February 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your reading choices! Dr Wayne Dyer is amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lindsay on February 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I nominated your blog and I honestly believe it’s wonderful – this is what I wrote:
    A successful blog is inspiring, well-written, and motivating, one that makes a reader want to return and continue on the journey with the writer.This blog accomplishes all of that. The recipes and food ideas are healthy, tasty, and easy to incorporate into daily life. The photos are wonderful and I look forward to seeing new posts each day!

    I just started my blog and I’m hoping to reach people as you have. I know a lot of people struggle with losing weight and finding a healthy balance to keep it off, so I wanted to show that it is possible. If you ever want to give me a shout out, you have my permission ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good luck and hope you make the top blogs!!

  10. fran hlavacek on February 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hey Gina,
    Wayne Dyer is fantastic and by the way, that book was actually written BEFORE the hubbub about “The Secret”.

  11. Katie~ Run For The Bikini on February 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Oooh that Women’s Health thing is great, I will definitely nominate you!!

    My blog is http://www.RunForTheBikini.com if anyone thinks it is nominate-able ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hallie on February 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hi Gina, I have a question about that bodyrock.tv website. Are the HIIT videos full-length, or does she just do a few minutes so you get an idea of the moves, and then you do the rest of it yourself, on your own? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Amber L on February 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    mmmmm that recipes looks yummy!
    p.s. I nominated your blog!! I hope you win ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Shanna @ Shanna LIke Banana on February 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Ooo little mini butternut squash pizzas. Clever! I’ve never mixed marinara with my butternut, but with two great things, how can you go wrong?

  15. RhodeyGirl on February 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    You MUST read Ree Drummond’s new book. But not until the pilot comes home or you’ll cry like a baby. I cried anyway and my husband is here. It is the story of their LOVE. O’m obsessed.

  16. Sana on February 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    My hair is allergic to rain, so I stay indoors and eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      LOL. sounds like a perfect plan to me

  17. Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life on February 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Good luck on the assignment!!!! I hope it’s a place that you’ll love!!

  18. Allison @ Food For Healing on February 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Wayne Dyer is a smart man, i love watching his lectures. I hope you enjoy the book.

  19. Mandy (theamazonprincess) on February 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Yummy little raviolis! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m excited for you to find out your location. I bet you can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. kristin on February 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    i nominated you! ๐Ÿ™‚ i hope you guys end up in tucson ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Erin @ The Grass Skirt on February 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I just nominated you! You definitely deserve a spot.

  22. Toronto Girl West on February 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I just nominated you – I’m sure you’ll end up on the blog roll! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here is my blog URL: http://torontogirlwest.com

    I would love a nomination!

    Gracias!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. The Pilot on February 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    You are nominated, my love (didn’t have to think too much on this one):

    The Fitnessista is a positive and motivational blog that focuses not on weight and image but health and inner beauty. Her grace and charm never fades even while enduring her husband’s third military deployment. It’s the first website I check every day. I’m lucky to have her as a wife.

    Love, me

    • Ali on February 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Love this ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ali @ Ali on the Run on February 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Holy crap that’s cute.

    • Jackie @ Baking Charms on February 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      adorbs ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica @ Jessica Balances on February 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      so sweet. you guys have a beautiful marriage. <3

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      i’m a very lucky girl.
      love you like crazy <3

    • Brittany on February 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      I teared up after reading this ! I Can’t wait to see you back on the blog, Pilot! hope you come home swiftly and safely !!!

    • Kimberly on February 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      Awwweee. That is so sweet. You two are too cute!! Girls everywhere are swooning! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

        he is quite the swoon master ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tina on February 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I LOVE Wayne Dwyer! The positive thinking truly is powderful! Have a good day!

  25. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on February 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Both look like great reads! And that b.nut squash dinner looks amazing!

  26. kate on February 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I love the rain!! But Id love to live somewhere warm!

  27. kate on February 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I love the rain!! But Id love to live somewhere warm!

  28. Erica @ A Healthy Habit on February 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Your posts always have the best recipes in them! I would never think to make butternut squash look that yummy…I will definitly be trying this!

  29. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) on February 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Those butternut squash pizzas look so good — great idea! Wayne Dyer is one of my favorites… such an inspiration!! I listen to his audio programs often and his messages are always wonderful. I definitely nominated you for the blog roll! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on February 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Love your blog! I’m happy to nominate it for the Women’s Health blog roll! (I’m sure you’ll make it, too) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Here’s my blog: http://healthyhoggin.com

    Thanks for the nomination!

    P.S. Everyone in Los Angeles is TERRIFIED of rain, too! It’s always best to avoid driving when it even sprinkles! LOL

  31. Kimberly on February 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I will definitely be nominating a few of my faves of which I am loyal follower. Health and fitness blogs have inspired, informed, and motivated me in so many ways. This seems like a great way to honor you guys for putting your lives, thoughts, passions, and yummy eats out for the world to see! I was so inspired and motivated by my fave blogs that I started my very own! I started Sunny State Of Mind about a year ago (bloggiversary is march 16th) and I love it! I look forward to taking the pictures and reading and writing blogs every day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on February 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Just nominated you lady. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Erika on February 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    B.nut squash is my favorite! I always get recipes off your blog so thank you again for sharing!

  34. Little Miss Fitness on February 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    What a great blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to read more!

  35. Lisa on February 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I just nominated you! It’s pretty obv that you’ll be nominated ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Tracy @ Commit to Fit on February 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    You have been nominated! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Em on February 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I had no idea you were in Fayetteville – that’s where I’m at now! Did you like it here? How did you keep up with the healthy lifestyle living so far from TJ’s and Whole Paycheck? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Em on February 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Oh and I nominated you too. My blog is: alifetobraggabout.blogspot.com


  39. Annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife on February 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Use that Power of Intention and your camera will work ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your idea for dinner! Mine is enjoyyourhealthylife.com ๐Ÿ™‚ It is newer, but thanks. I’ll go nominate you!!

  40. Rachel on February 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Consider yourself nominated ๐Ÿ™‚

    SWEET comment from the Pilot! You two make my heart melt.

  41. Gina on February 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I watched Monster-in-Law last night too! I couldn’t pull myself away from the J.Lo marathon on TBS ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Laura on February 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    You’re nominated. I heart your blog.

  43. Christin@purplebirdblog on February 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I nominated your blog! Here’s what I said –
    “Gina’s blog is hilarious and inspirational… she is honest and forthright about a variety of issues and topics (health, food, love, travel, dogs, exercise!), and I’ve been a loyal reader of hers daily for over a year. She rocks and deserves a spot on this list!”

    Love ya, girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    “A little secret: Arizona people are afraid of rain. “–
    The same can be said about So Cal, too! It rained here all last week/weekend and people are afraid to drive, the roads are chaos when people attempt it…pretty hilarious considering I grew up driving in ice, snow, and truly horrible winter weather conditions.

    Glad you’re enjoying your new books! The comment about the Pilot “turtle’ing” the couch…what a great visual. Glad you got stronger ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Candace ( inFITation) on February 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    So glad you’re liking The Power of Intention! It really lit a spark in me. I’m adding Confessions of a Military Wife to my “to read list”. Another good book on from the the Mil wife perspective is “I Love a Man in Uniform” by Lily Burana. She’s had a super interesting life!

  46. Tracey on February 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Would you please remind me how you make your protein ice cream, or link the bold-printed “protein ice cream” to your past description/recipe? I know it’s kind of like a smoothie, but I forget what you do differently. Thanks!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      exactly- more fruit, less milk ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Melissa on February 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I moved to San Diego from NJ and oh my goodness, don’t even get me started on the rain! When it sprinkles I can look forward to lots of traffic on my commute to work…they really are scared of it!!

    And I’m heading over to nominate you. Your positive attitude towards nutrition, fitness, and life in general is contagious. I can’t help but smile when I read your blog!

  48. bobbi on February 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I need to try that ice-cream!!!!

  49. Angelica Garza on February 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I just nominated ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

    For all others who are interested, vote for fitnessista and my blog, http://theultimaterecipe.org, for the Women’s Health ‘Blogs We Love’ blog roll! Thank you for the support!

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      thank you for the nomination- i’ll be returning the favor fo sho ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Katie on February 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Love protein Ice cream!!!!!! Yours looks extra amazing!

    I nominated you love ; )

    ttys! <3 xo

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      thank you friend! can’t wait to see you THIS WEEKEND!

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