Fri Night Fish Tacos + NEW Ab burner

Hiiiii ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you? Hope you had a great Friday <3 Thank you so much to those of you who tweeted, texted and emailed to make sure the Pilot and I were ok after todayโ€™s events on base. Thankfully, heโ€™s home here safe and all is bueno.

Since the base was on lockdown until later today and the Pilot would be home late, Bella and I decided to get some shopping cardio at La Encantada.


I love shopping at pet-friendly places. All of the stores at La Encantada welcome pets โ€“itโ€™s a swanky outdoor mall- and they gave Bell lots of belly rubs, water and treats. She was very happy ๐Ÿ™‚ And I got to pick up a bridal shower gift + a couple of things for the little nuggette at Gymboree.



[hummus sandwich packed up to-go]

Dinner was a date with the Pilot at Blanco, an amazing little taco/tequila restaurant.


After being a nervous eater all day, I made up for it with a thousand chips + salsa:


and fish tacos with black beans.


They were perfectโ€ฆ grilled mahi mahi, and they werenโ€™t stingy with the avocado. I appreciate this very much.


[Please to ignore the giant chip crumb on my dress. These things happen sometimes haha]

The Pilot rolled with the ahi tuna tacos:


and a blood orange margarita. Insano.

I just love that whenever we have dinner or dates together, neither one of us touches our cell phone. We forget about technology for a while and just enjoy each otherโ€™s company. Tonight we talked about a lot of different things, and also about some of the fall and winter stuff I have planned for the blog โ€“I like to hear his opinion onโ€ฆeverything- and Iโ€™m pretty stoked about it ๐Ÿ™‚

Weโ€™re back at the casa and I have to get my stuff together for work tomorrow. Iโ€™m thinking it will be a purple Zumba pants kinda day ๐Ÿ˜‰

Enjoy your night!



Friday Night Party Animal Ab Burner

A fiesta for your abbies ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Plank up and downs (go from forearm plank up to full plank on your palms, alternating between right and left arms- up, up, down, down): 1 minute

-Side plank left: 30 seconds

-Regular plank with hip drops (drop hips down to the center, alternating right and left): 30 seconds

-Side plank right: 30 seconds

-25 crunches

-25 v-ups

-25 reverse crunches

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  1. Leslee on September 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

    LOVE Blanco! My hairstylist (at the salon below) recommended it and I love those fish tacos! Now I’m craving it! Glad everything is A-okay! We also had a date night- a military ball kind of date night! Fun times and terrible food! haha

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

      ohhh that’s fun! haha and you’re right, the food is always awful.. but shenanigans always occur ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on September 17, 2011 at 1:24 am

    So relieved the pilot is okay and safe. My sister works in HR at a base in Canada and I can’t imagine if the same scenario happened there.. So scary.

    No phones while on dates is a must! I totally agree with you madam!

  3. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

    So happy to hear that everyone is safe and sound! There is absolutely nothing like dinner dates with your love, it is so important. And I don’t think anyone would have noticed the crumb had you not mentioned it!

  4. Krystina (Organically Me) on September 17, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I’m glad the pilot is safe. ๐Ÿ˜€ Those fish tacos look KILLER!

  5. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 17, 2011 at 6:53 am

    That’s cool that you can run things by the Pilot in terms of your blog plans…I wish I could long-range predict what my blog was going to be like in the winter! You’re good girl!

    His margarita sounds great and glad you had a nice meal together (not touching the phones) and were able to just BE together! And that he got home safely ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hillary on September 17, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Glad Tom made it home safe—and well enough to eat what looks like an incredible meal!

  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

    You and the Pilot are so great together– I really love reading about your relationship. It always shines through how much you care about each other ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Megan Infantino on September 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Glad to know that you guys are okay! When hubby and I were stationed in Okinawa, the base was locked down seeeeevaeral times. It was locked down for days at a time. We couldn’t get off base. It was horrible!

  9. Meg on September 17, 2011 at 8:19 am

    So happy to hear all is well ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    Love the ab burner! Will be testing that one out for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Gina <3 Have a great Zumba morning!

  10. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on September 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

    So glad the pilot is safe and sound! <3 What a stressful day you both must have had. It looks like you had a lovely date night though — that restaurant looks incredible! xoxo

  11. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

    It must have felt so good to have the Pilot sitting safe and sound across from you at dinner. So glad he’s okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. kaila @ healthy helper! on September 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I love fish tacos in corn tortillas! Zeeee best for sure!

  13. Sam on September 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Good he is safe – I had no idea but I am pretty clueless when it comes to those things. You guys always have the best dinners! I am so jealous of that one. YUM! That’s awesome that you can bring bella shopping…now show us what you got! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      k i’ll post that tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Lara @ six times the yum on September 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Glad he is safe and all is well!! I am jealous of your recent eats, especially that delicious mexican food! Grilled fish tacos? Gimme, gimme!

    This is a bit random, but I noticed you have the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo. I’ve been considering purchasing one, but have been going back and forth about it. What size is yours, regular of “huge”? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      mine’s the regular sized one and i’m obsessed with it. i wear it pretty much every day ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on September 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Glad to hear you guys got a nice evening together after a stressful day. I LOVE Blanco! I’m originally from the Phoenix area, and they have one in Scottsdale that I used to go to regularly. I miss it! Aren’t their fish tacos wonderful?!

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      they’re the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on September 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

    So glad everyone’s home safe from that incident. We went out to dinner last night too and I think it was the longest stretch I’ve gone in weeks where I didn’t look at my phone or some sort of technological gadget for more than 2 hours. It was refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning on September 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Oh man, I LOVE fish tacos! My hubby and I were in Vancouver last month and had the best fish tacos ever at this little shack on the water (one with halibut and the other was spicy salmon). I’ve tried to make them at home, but the never burn out as good as any that I’ve had out on the Pacific Coast!

  18. Christena on September 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

    So glad the Pilot is safe. I didn’t hear about that, but I did hear about some flash flooding in Tuscon….?

    Is the Pilot an Alabama fan?!?! If so, tell him Roll Tide from some one who lives in Tuscaloosa!!!!! I was surprised to see his shirt!! Woo hoo!

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      he was so excited when i told him right now ๐Ÿ™‚
      ROLL TIDE!

    • jamie rojas on September 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

      i second that – rammer jammer yeller hammer give em hell alabama! (from a die-hard bama girl living in south america, seeing a bama tshirt like that on game day – which i can’t watch – made. my. day.)
      glad he’s ok.

  19. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on September 17, 2011 at 10:51 am

    So glad you two could have a nice dinner after a stressful day! Sounds delicious!

  20. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I’m so glad you got to have date time with the pilot after such a stressful day! And I love that you don’t touch your cell phones while you eat, Josh and I don’t do that either, my one friend and her fiance, anytime theyre out to eat theyre both constantly on their phones, I’m like whats the point?

  21. Sana on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I do ditch the phone on my dates with the boy, we don’t need to be concerned with other issues when we are together. Unless our parents call, lol!

  22. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Mexican food is the best! Glad to hear everything is a-okay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Those fish tacos look fabulous! Glad everything is okay!! Give Bella some bellayyy rubs for me! (:

  24. Army Amy* on September 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Me gusts Mexican food! Fish tacos are my fave thing to order!*

  25. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    i want me some mexican food now!!

  26. Moni'sMeals on September 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I am so glad everything is a ok. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good lookin meals for sure and date nights are the best!

    Now this ab workout! Spectacular and looks challenging, just the way I like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Meg on September 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    SOMEHOW I forgot to mention…

    You are gorgeous <3

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      you’re a sweetheart- thank you! <3

  28. Jackie @ That Deep Breath on September 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Yumm!!!! Those tacos look amazing. I totally agree on the cell phone thing, I absolutely can’t stand eating with someone and having them text and be on their phones. What’s the point of going out to eat with someone if your going to be off in your own world on your phone?

  29. Lauren on September 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I LOOOOOOVED that ab burner. Just finished it. Of course I was doing it by memory and did 30 reps of everything. Every part of my bod is burning, a good burn. So thank you! It was just what I needed

    • Fitnessista on September 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      so awesome- i’m glad you liked it!

  30. Laurie on September 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Glad everything was OK for the pilot! That was scary! Tell the pilot ROLL TIDE also, I’m from Huntsville. Is he from Alabama? You dinner looks so good!

  31. kathleen @ the daily crumb on September 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    looks delicious!

    gina, have your seafood-eating habits changed since becoming pregnant? i know that some fish are no-no’s, but do you find that you still consume the mercury free varieties as frequently? i am a fish LOVER and wondering how i’ll get through 9 months without it!

  32. Susan D on September 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That restaurant looks delicious. When I read the title of this blog, I thought – “Oh, good! A fish taco recipe” ๐Ÿ™‚ and then scrolled down to see it was dinner out ๐Ÿ˜› Have you ever made grilled fish tacos at home before? If so, do you have a recipe you can post? I’m not very skilled at cooking fish (only ever made baked salmon) but would love a healthy fish taco recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Nicole Rodriguez (@Nicole2112) on September 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I wish I could find a restaurant around here that would serve fish tacos with mahi mahi. They offer nothing but tilapia in ours and I won’t touch that fish with a 10 foot pole.
    Yours look delicious!

  34. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss on September 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    ooooh, I can’t wait to try this ab burner!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      let me know what you think!

  35. s on September 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    loved the ab burner (the v ups were killer though! haha) … am adding it to my repertoire … lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Kirstin on July 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Just found your site and am obsessed! I’ve been digging through the recipes and workouts, loving every bit of it. I can’t wait to make the protein pancakes tomorrow after the gym. Anyway, I felt the need to comment on this post because I’m a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama and love your man’s taste in t-shirt ๐Ÿ˜‰ Roll Tide!

    • Fitnessista on July 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      thank you, kirstin! let me know how you like the pancakes ๐Ÿ™‚
      we’re huge bama fans in our house! tom graduated from alabama.

  37. Claire @ Health Nut Claire on July 30, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I work for the university’s sports nutritionist so roll tide at the Pilot’s shirt!

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