Happy Birthday, Pilot

I owe ya a red velvet cake…. or maybe a beer cake 😉


We miss and love you <3

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So today was a classic example of the fact that sometimes it’s hard to take your own advice.

Case in point:


Yes, I ran the 5k this morning.

I woke up and didn’t feel 100%, but didn’t feel horrible. I had already pre-bribed myself to get out of bed by making a seriously awesome bfast cookie.


1/4 cup oats, splash almond milk, stevia, carob, 1/2 T brown rice protein, 1/2 T almond butter, 1/2 banana and vegan chocolate chips.

After bfast, I debated for a while….


And then remembered it was called a Think Pink 5k (I live for pink.. in case you couldn’t tell), the shirt would be guaranteed cuteness, my friends Kelly and Meara would be waiting for me, and it was a breast cancer benefit. So I went.

I huffed and puffed the whole way, walked about three times, and finished at 25:35.

25:35 isn’t a bad time at all, but it’s much slower than last year’s pace (around 24 min). Considering the fact that I’m under the weather a little, I’m calling it a victory 😀 And surprisingly, I feel a lot better now. The girls and I ran around for about 10 minutes after the race to cool down and we stayed for the awards ceremony because my friend Kelly is a running rockstar 😀 Meara also pushed her cute little baby in the jogger for the race and made as awesome time as well 🙂

To rewind a little, last night was a blasty—the girls and I went to Longhorn (we miss you Jeni!!!) and I got the standard:


Salad was nutritionally-devoid iceberg lettuce, no cheese, balsamic

And salmon with double veggie and no butter sauce:


After dinner, Ashley and I went to Bizzle for tea:




Baked sweet tater with sea salt, goat jack cheese and cayenne


Simple salad with bell pepper, tomato, shallot and balsamic vinegar


It was pretty face-rocking delicious. Yesterday, funny quotes lady gave me a giant bag of organic sweet potatoes. So expect many sweet potatoes in the near future and if you have any uses for them besides fry form or baker, please send them my way! 😀

Time to lounge on the couch with a mug of tea, then it’s clean machine time. Vino with some friends later tonight, and an 8-miler (ack!!) in the morning.

Have a great day, bloggie!



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  1. rhodeygirl on October 24, 2009 at 10:34 am


    Make a sweet potato soup! Onion, leek, celery, spices, and a sweet potato with a little veggie broth or water and then puree it all together mmmmm

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

      that sounds glorious!! thank you 😀

  2. Emily Eats and Exercises on October 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I’ve been using mashed sweet potato as a yummy filling in my wraps and I also made a sweet potato smoothie (based on Tina’s recipe over at Carrots n Cake.)
    Congrats on the 5K (especially being sick!)

  3. Sarah on October 24, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Hello!! Check out hungry-girl.com, she has some awesome sweet potato recipes. You can also puree sweet potatoes with some shredded carrots and some maple syrup and use that as a filling for a vegan quiche (I like using a buckwheat flour crust for a hearty fall flavor). PS I totally love your blog. You always make me smile 🙂

  4. kristi (sweet cheeks) on October 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Glad you had a good run! Enjoy your weekend Gina!

  5. VeggieGirl on October 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Awesome run and tribute to the Birthday Boy 🙂

  6. Kristie Lynn on October 24, 2009 at 11:15 am

    The sweet potato tofu burger recipe from wholeliving.com is really, really fantastic. I recommend adding in a bit more cilantro and chive than the recipe calls for though 🙂

  7. caronae on October 24, 2009 at 11:32 am

    That sweet potato looks awesome! If you cook them long enough, they get soft and you can mush them up like mashed potatoes…Add some cinnamon and it’s very tasty!

  8. Heather on October 24, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Sweet potato soup (with coconut milk & cinnamon!), sweet potato & black bean enchiladas, sweet potato chips (dehydrator?), muffins (http://domesticaffair.blogspot.com/2008/11/late-autumn-road-trip-food.html)

    Happy bday to the Pilot! Hope you get to see him soon. (When does he come back?)

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

      thank you for the recipes!!!
      i love sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and it’s a great idea to put whatever i don’t use into the dehydrator 😀
      he’ll be back in november.. not soon enough!

  9. Lauren on October 24, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Great job in the 5k! Now I feel like I totally sucked in my 5k this morning. I finished in 26:18 and was pretty content until I read your time! 🙁 Oh well, I guess we are all rockstars at racing at our own speed.

    Hope you have a great weekend girl! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm

      don’t compare yourself girly–i’m just a silly blogger 😉 26:18 is an awesome time!!! and you ARE a rockstar <3

  10. Mama Pea on October 24, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Maybe you just sweated out all your sickness? I would’ve gotten up for a pink shirt too.

    Happy birthday to your Pilot! Hope you guys have a great weekend!!!

  11. Erica on October 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Glad you made it through- way to be a trooper!!! That sweet potato looks like complete deliciousness- I need to get my hand on some of that goat jack. Happy Birthday to the pilot- enjoy the rest of your day

  12. Julie on October 24, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Happy Birthday Pilot!!!

    The 5k shirt is adorable! I love it. You could make potato pancakes?

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

      oooohhhhhhh… pancakes…… i’m on it 😉

  13. Jackie on October 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Sweet potato and black beans are delicious! I like them with a side of broccoli and a little bbq sauce mixed in for kick.

  14. M on October 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Woo hoo for the 5K/bad girl for not taking your own advice 😉 Happy Birthday Pilot! You can celebrate when he’s back with a belated paraty.. I’m sure it will still be a blast! Sweet pot’s are pretty much awesome baked, grilled, sauteed, and especially in french fry form!! How come the bfast cookie was so small this AM?

  15. M on October 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    (I accidently hit enter first!) but I meant to finish with, do you eat smaller bfasts before runs so you don’t feel weighed down?

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

      yes, i was a little worried because i’ve been eating much lighter bfasts lately and didn’t want to feel sick. the smaller bfast cookie was perfect!

  16. Gabriela on October 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Great job on the race! I love the beer cake picture…my brother’s favorite cake is actually a “car bomb” cake: chocolate Guiness stout cake topped with Bailey’s buttercream. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm

      omg, i’m totally making that for him. he loves guiness, i love baileys 😀 that sounds heavenly!

  17. fittingbackin on October 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

    Great race – and you are SUCH a good orderer. I’m always impressed with your ability to bypass all of those scary food traps on menus!!

  18. Diana on October 24, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Happy birthday to him!
    Good for you on running the 5k. It was for a good cause!
    Hope you’re having a great day 🙂

  19. Errign on October 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I like to put sweet potatoes in soup or mash ’em by themselves or sometimes mixed with white potaters too!

  20. Suzanne on October 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    You know the banana “ice cream” soft-serve thing? It works AWESOME with sweet potatoes. Just cut the sweet potato into chunks and freeze. Put the frozen chunks in a blender or what have you with pumpkin pie spice and milk(soy, dairy, whatever) or water, protein powder if you’d like, a bit of sweetner if ya’d like, etc. etc. and BAM! sweet potato milkshake! sooo good. Also, I love the picturees of you from your Pom excursion.

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

      it works with sweet potatoes?!? i think you just changed my life suzanne 😀

  21. Stephanie on October 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Mash, top with some crushed pineapple and marshmallows and melt in oven – voila, what a treat! (my grandma made this every year for us, nostalgia :))

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm

      that sounds beautiful!!!!

  22. neha on October 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’m a long time reader but have never posted before…but I share a birthday with the PILOT!! That makes me feel so special 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm

      awww happy birthday!!! 😀 thank you for saying hi!

  23. Shelby on October 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Aww, Happy Birthday Pilot!

  24. Amanda Jewell on October 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    First time posting on here, but I love your blog! Sweet potato fries are the best! (slice thinly into fries, toss will a little EVOO, cinnamon, & a pinch of sea salt!) Or slice into rounds & bake w/ sliced apples topped w/ cinnamon, pumpkin spice, EVOO, sea salt, & pumpkin butter if you have some! Fall flavors are the best!

  25. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Happy Birthday Pilot!!!

    Glad you feel better after the race! Congrats on the time!!! I still have yet to run a 5K but I know I can do it!!!
    I would go on allrecipes.com and put “sweet potato” in the ingredient list and see what it comes up with. That’s my favorite recipe site!

  26. Liz on October 24, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I add chopped and roasted sweet potatoes to black bean chili. I also have a great black bean and sweet potato enchilada recipe too. Both are on my blog.

  27. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Happy birthday to the Pilot. 🙂

  28. Heather on October 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Now I know for a fact that breakfast cookies are absolutely delicious but I’ve yet to see a photograph that makes them look that way. I think you ought to have a competition, tap the resources of the blogosphere, and challenge everyone to come up with a shot that makes breakfast cookies look as delicious as they are. First-time comment from me, BTW. Enjoy your updates immensely and FYI, my enduring memory from your POM coverage is going to be thinking: “Dang! She sure was right about her calves,” upon sighting the full-length shot of you in red dinner dress.

  29. Menden @ Skinny Menny on October 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Happy b-day, Pilot! 🙂

    Nice job on the run…hope you feel better!

  30. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on October 24, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Good job on running the 5K- it was for a worthy cause! 🙂 Oh my, my, I love sweet potatoes– it would save me a lot of money each week if I could get a free bag.. Enjoy them- baked is best I think!

  31. Megan on October 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Happy Bday to the pilot! If he likes chocolate, this Guinness chocolate cake that I made for my dad is ridicccc! Good job on the race! Feel better!(http://bitesoftheapple.com/2009/10/05/chocolate-stout-cake/)

  32. april on October 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The only way I eat sweet potatoes is with peanut butter or almond butter! Sounds crazy but I promise it’s soo delicious!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

      i’ll totally try that! i love almond butter on everything 😀

  33. Sagan on October 24, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Yay good job! Glad that the race went well. And sweet potatoes are so delicious.

  34. Joey Morman on October 24, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    This is THE best sweet potato recipe EVER!!!! (In my opinion!)

    Moroccan Stew

    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 cup diced onion
    1/2 cup celery chopped
    1/2 cup green pepper diced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
    1 can chick peas, drained
    1 can chopped tomatoes, drained
    3 cups chicken broth
    1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    2 tsp. fresh ginger root, grated
    1 tsp. chili powder
    1 tsp. cumin
    1 tsp. curry
    1 tsp. coriander
    1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
    1/4 tsp. pepper (or to taste)
    2 Tbsp. peanut butter
    2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
    1/4 cup golden raisins

    Saute onion, green pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for approx. 3 minutes. Then add every thing else (except raisins, peanut butter and cilantro) and simmer for about 20 minutes on low, being careful to not overcook potatoes. Before serving, stir in raisins, peanut butter, and cilantro.

  35. Peanut Butter Bliss on October 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    aww happy birthday to pilot!!

    oh boy does that breakfast cookie ever sound delicious 🙂

  36. Fit Vegan Girl on October 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve made this sweet potato red pepper soup lots of times: http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/?p=3384
    It’s amazing, and such a pretty bright orange color!

    This sweet potato truffle recipe as also been bookmarked for a while, but I haven’t gotten around to making it (soon, hopefully): http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2009/02/09/sweet-potato-for-my-sweetheart-spiked-sweet-potato-truffles-or-truffle-cups/

    Or there’s sweet potato pie: http://ecovegan.blogspot.com/2008/02/vegan-sweet-potato-pie-recipe.html

    I’m just realizing now how many sweet potato recipes I have bookmarked – so yummy!

  37. Jenna on October 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    happy birthday to the pilot! i love when you go to longhorns you get the same thing, it looks so good! and i didn’t know you could ask for no butter, i am defs ordering that next time!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm

      i’m one of those people who can’t change once they find something they know they like 😉

  38. Alice on October 24, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I freeze them in chunks, and then put them in the mixmaster with stevia, a bit of protein powder, vanilla or cacao powder or cinnamon or almond essence or all of the above, and sometimes frozen spinach. I also add xanthan gum with the water if I want frothy bulk. Without the xanthan gum it’s a sort of smooth soft serve texture. With it, it’s like a foam or mousse texture.

    I serve it with a bit of something for crunch – bee pollen, crumbled flax cracker, oats, (I just typo-ed ‘pee pollen’ ew).

    Alternatively, I steam and moosh with chilli and a bit of salt. Or if I’m feeling fancy, slice thinly with some tomato paste and whatever else is going to make a lasagna/stack.

  39. The Pilot on October 25, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Thanks for the b-day post, baby…wish I could have spent it with you (thanks to everyne for the birthday wishes as well)!! Can’t wait to see you soon. P.S. My fav sweet potato is one hot off the coals with all the “fixins” 🙂 love you!

  40. marie on October 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

    mmmmmm…sweet taters

    One of my fave ways to eat sweet taters is to bake one, mush it up with some curry powder, and then drizzle it with pb or ab. Delish!

  41. Anne P on October 26, 2009 at 11:32 am
  42. Catherine on October 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm


    When I was gifted with a box of sweet potatoes I found this recipe for sweet potato and black bean enchiladas, my meat loving husband loved them! They are good with the green sauce or a homemade red one, Fatfree vegan recipes has a quick delicious sauce recipe as well.

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

      that sounds amazing- thank you!

  43. Marshall on November 5, 2009 at 2:11 am

    The pilot and I share a birthday! Sweeet 🙂

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