Verdict on the car front: negative.

It needs about 7 things done in the nearish future (3 are immediate), so looks like we’ll be getting the necessary stuff fixed and trading in Betty this weekend. Thank you for the SUV suggestions! They were so helpful and I’ll be sure to let you know what we decide.

Bella is stoked… more room for her!


(She loves her new reindeer toy)

I thought I’d have my car back by 10:30 today, but since they’re keeping it until tomorrow, madre lent me hers for the two appointments I had. I knew I wouldn’t want to-go food from anywhere (restaurant food 3 days in a row), so before heading to pick madre up, I blitzed through our casa to make snacks and dinner, grab my gym clothes and computer.

Eggs and toast:


(with lots of nutritional yeast and hot sauce)

Salad (greens, goat gouda, beets, olive oil, balsamic, sea salt and oregano)


Veggie curry in the slow cooker:


(onion, bell pepper, grape tomatoes, zucchini, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, veggie broth, curry powder, cumin, garam masala, salt, pepper)

+ brown rice in the rice cooker.

When the Pilot and I got home tonight, dinner was ready and waiting! So much easier, and far tastier than grabbing something to-go on the way home.

It’s bedtime over here, but I hope you enjoy your night! See ya tomorrow with a Humpday workout.



Today’s tip: Looking for more at-home workout options? Be sure to check out tonight’s Facebook giveaway: the lucky winner will receive 3 months of Gaiam TV for free! Hundreds of hours of fitness and yoga videos.. pretty amazing stuff, especially when it’s more difficult to get to the gym with cold weather, to-dos and holiday gatherings.

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  1. Laura on November 30, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I can’t believe how happy Bella looks in that picture!

  2. China on November 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I didn’t comment this morning, but I LOVE my Ford Escape hybrid! It’s the perfect size (roomy, but not giant) and I like that it’s eco-friendly!

  3. Tracey on November 30, 2011 at 12:30 am

    That is such a cute picture of Bella!!! Does she tear the stuffing out of her toys? I have a poodle and he destroys all his toys.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

      no she just chases them and shakes them around 🙂

  4. esmemerrie on November 30, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I’ve never even heard of Gaiam TV! That’s such a fantastic idea! It can be tough to drag your booty out of the house when there’s a blanket of snow outside!!

  5. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 30, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I LOVE Bella’s reindeer toy! So cute!!

  6. Ali on November 30, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I wish you luck in your car search! And home cooked is always better than take out <3

  7. Sana on November 30, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Poor Betty, homegirl has some issues 😉

  8. Christine @ BookishlyB on November 30, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I wish my husband would let me leave slow cooker on during the day- he’s paranoid about fires. Nevermind the fact I have never heard of a Crock Pot destroying a home before…. 😉

    • Sara on November 30, 2011 at 1:03 am

      Seriously, would he notice if you did? 😀

  9. Clarice on November 30, 2011 at 1:15 am

    LOVE Bella’s dog toy! I have the same one on my desk actually haha. My name is Clarice and it’s always rare for me to find things with my name on it. So when I found that dog toy last year I had to buy it! Rudolph is my favorite holiday movie just because Clarice is in it 🙂

  10. lindsay on November 30, 2011 at 1:25 am

    you can never go wrong with goats milk gouda….just sayin.

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 30, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Nothing like a new baby on the way, changes with your financial status I’m sure because you won’t be working for awhile (maybe I’m being presumptive though) and then….the need for a new ride. Oh, boy! I hope it all is as painless as possible. Car shopping for me is one of the worst things…I hate it. Good luck!! 🙂

  12. Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous on November 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Slow cookers are wonderful! So easy to use and the house smells great!

  13. Kat on November 30, 2011 at 6:51 am

    That slow-cooker curry looks delish! Lately, all I want is curried foods-if it ain’t spicy, I don’t want! Could you share the recipe specifics (amounts,cook time,etc) please? I tend to get specific with my recipes. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      i have no idea how much of each thing i put in there as far as the spices go, but it cooked on low for 5 hours

      • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        there’s an eggplant curry recipe on the food page- try that using different veggies instead of the eggplant, since i actually measured for that one 😉

  14. Suzanne on November 30, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Aww, Bella looks so happy – she is smiling!

    Good luck with car search. Have you thought about a Subaru. We have one. And it’s great for cars and kids. 🙂

  15. Kim on November 30, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Yes…please share the recipe specifics for the slow cooker meal. Looks wonderful 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      there wasn’t really a recipe- just threw a bunch of random things in there, and to my surprise, it worked haha

  16. Emily on November 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Is Bella’s new reinder toy Clarice (from Rudolf)? My husband is always weirded out by the fact that I know the name of so many characters from Christmas movies… 🙂

  17. Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe on November 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I looove my slowcooker. I made a “burrito bowl” in the crockpot yesterday – black beans, chicken, red & green peppers, onions, honey, red pepper jelly, sriracha and taco sauce!

  18. Amanda on November 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I love Bella’s expression in that photo. My dog is the same way when I give her a new toy – pure bliss. Unfortunately, she’s very rough with stuffed animals, so they usually only last a day unless we get something really tough. I’m constantly finding tufts of toy stuffing everywhere. 🙂

  19. Heather on November 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Been reading your site for about 2 years now. In fact it was the first one I found when I was doing my search for running! Everyday I look forward to your posts! One thing on your purchase of a new car concerning your soon to be little one. Do you have have the car seat already? It might be a good idea to bring it with you to see if it fits . Sometimes carseats don’t fit safely in the back. This happended to my brother and sisnlaw. Just a little idea for you! Hope your day is blessed.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      that’s a great idea- i’ll definitely bring it along

  20. LisaG on November 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I haven’t had any real problems with my x3; new headlight bulb about it. Dang. I never had any issues with my Honda Pilot and my mom has a new CRV she loves. A friend has a new Nissan Murano he likes and another friend has the new Explorer (that’s what I’m liking now). I keep my crockpot on the counter I’ve been using it so much.

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      you make the best crockpot creations!
      i’m going to test drive a CRV and look at some toyotas this weekend.

  21. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on November 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

    That sucks that Betty has given you so much trouble, but yay for new cars! I need to look for a new one soon as well.

  22. Liz @ Southern Charm on November 30, 2011 at 11:22 am

    That veggie curry looks ah-mazing!!

    Good luck with the car search!

  23. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on November 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Aw, it’s always sadpants to say goodbye to a car you’ve had for ages!

  24. HRCK on November 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    RIP, Betty! Oh well, you gave her her one last chance. An exciting time for new things in your household! 🙂

  25. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on November 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    ahhhh I miss nooch more than ANYTHING

  26. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on November 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Bella is quite possibly the cutest thing ever! I love that picture of her! And mmmm that veggie curry looks delicious!!!!!! I need to make that asap!

  27. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on November 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    That’s an awesome giveaway – and yay for slow cooker meals! Good choice on trading in Betty too, poor Betty 😉

  28. Beth on November 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Just had to comment that I think that’s the cutest picture of Bella you’ve ever posted! And there have been some cute ones!

  29. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss on November 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’m in love with Bella’s new reindeer toy. I’ve gotta find one for Chloe!

  30. Paula @ lipstick and lunges on November 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    That curry looks great! I love dinners that are ready when you get home. Good luck on the car search!

  31. wendi on November 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve read a lot from you on nutrition yeast and it is making me very interested to try it…I would love a new way to get more protein!! Are there any side effects from suddenly using it (i.e. bloat!)?

    That pic of Bella is super cute 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      i haven’t noticed any at all 🙂

  32. Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops on November 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Cutest picture of Bella ever!

  33. Kath on November 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    You’ve hooked me on Michael Bublé’s Christmas album…and I’m Jewish!! 🙂

  34. Kiran @ on November 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I want to hug Bella. Like now 🙂

  35. Tammy on November 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Really love the pic of Bella too! Would love to know where you got the cute toy.. I have a little boy dog that looks just like bella…I think he would love it too!

  36. Allison on November 30, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I bought my first crock pot a couple of weeks ago and made a delic beef stew! I’m planning a chicken noodle soup sometime soon, but some type of chili always is enticing 🙂

  37. Lara on November 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Cutest picture of Bella EVER! 🙂

  38. Carrie on December 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Ohhhh Bella. How she makes me smile..that may seriously be the cutest pic of her ever, and there are many. She’s like “LOOK AT MY BABY! NEAT HUH?” Bless her little heart!!!

  39. Britne @ Shabbott's Habits on December 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the easy crock-pot idea! I put together something very similar for an easy Friday night meal, which left me free to enjoy the start of my weekend. I really need to get the crock pot out more often 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      i’m glad you could create something similar! it definitely makes life easier 🙂

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