Hello, Matzo

[I’ll either be doing the Wildcat victory dance or playing the sad trombone later today, so figured I’d post this now!]

Some random photos from this week:

Appetizers for Liv and myself

Cereal  1 of 1 2

(cereal and almond milk)

Caro, ever so proficient in the art of relaxation

Caro  1 of 1


work snacks


Snacks  1 of 1 2

(a lovely salad with leftover turkey burger, chopped veggies and dressing; juice with carrot, cucumber, beet, apple, and lemon; eggshells for a work friend who uses them)

wine-thirty + dark chocolate

Wine thirty  1 of 1

and a new yoga headband.

Yoga headband

A friend introduced me to these after I complimented her on her amazing headband wardrobe. They’re called Buff bands, are offered in a variety of beautiful patterns, and can be worn quite a few different ways. (My favorite is ninja. Obviously.) Since she was ordering a couple of new ones, I put in an order too and LOVE them so far! I’m going to order one for my great-grandmother, since she often wears a head scarf.

These were also in the locker room at work:


Matzo bark

It was salty, sweet, crunchy, and gave me a niiiiice little sugar buzz before Zumba. I also got schooled in the land of macaroons. I thought mine were the best ever, but then I had some dark chocolate chip roons that had me making the foodgasm face and groaning.

This post is kind of all over the place, but since March is coming to a close (where the heck did it go?!) I wanted to ask you about April. Do you like the weekly workout plan vs. calendar? I feel like it’s a little more flexible, and easier to shuffle on a weekly basis. I’d love to hear what you’d like to see for April and will have it up for Monday!

Have a lovely night <3



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  1. Jennifer@knackfornutrition on March 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    That headband is adorable! I’ve never had matzo bark but I have had a matzo brownie and it was pretty delicious!

  2. Tracey on March 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I’m comin’ at ya from Columbus, so I’ll be rooting on the Buckeyes tonight. But it’s so funny how I have a soft spot for Arizona, soley because of you. πŸ™‚ Here’s to a great game!!

    • Lana on March 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Fellow Buckeye reader here πŸ™‚

      I appreciated your tweet about feeling nervous earlier, I do the same exact thing!

      • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

        you guys played some diiiiirty bball tonight! congrats on the win πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:09 am

      aww thank you! i feel like i lost a year of my life watching that game
      your team played amazingly well, though. congrats on the win!

  3. Jennifer Thomas on March 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm


    I see that you eat cereal and other sweet/starchy carbs throughout the day (though usually gluten-free ones and in controlled portions). What do you think about eating plans that eliminate them (a la paleo) versus trying to have it all in moderation?

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:08 am

      i couldn’t do the paleo thing. i like sweets, goat cheese and grains too much (beans, i could go either way). i do love paleo desserts, though!

  4. Kelsea on March 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    what does you coworker use the eggshells for?! I’m so curious

    • Lauren on March 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I second that!

      • Meg O'Brien on March 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        I use them in my plants and garden, are there any other uses?

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

      she grinds them into a powder and eats them for calcium. pretty interesting, huh?

      • Amy on March 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        WHAT?? Really?!? Sorry, I had to make that exclamation! My friend said her mom told her to use the inner skin or membrane of an egg to sooth a burn or cut. I guess that’s why they call it the incredible edible egg! haha

        • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

          yeah, pretty amazing huh?!

  5. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health on March 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my, Caro looks so freakin’ adorable! And I love the new head bands. I’ve been on the lookout for a new one that is more like a scarf and those are super cute, thanks for sharing!

  6. Ashley on March 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Welcome to the world of passover treats! Just because there’s no leavened bread doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way to make even the most random things (matzoh) super delish!

  7. RachelG on March 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Gina, you’re so great! I’m so happy to see you give Matzah a little shout out on the blog. πŸ™‚ I’ve become kind of used to people getting excited about Easter and totally miss out on Passover and honestly don’t blame them since it’s not a universal holiday. How could I doubt that the fitnessista wouldn’t make at least a little reference to it?? πŸ˜‰

    I’ve had many kinds of bark in my lifeand they’re pretty awesome consolation prizes for not being able to eat any bread or pasta for 8 days. Lol. Happy Easter to you and the family!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

      of course!!! love to all of my jewish friends πŸ™‚
      the bark was outta control amazing!

  8. Sherri on March 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Are those eggshells from eggs you fried/scrambled or ones you steamed? When I peel hard-boiled eggs I make a total mess and yours look so neat!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

      they’re the ones i scramble in the morning

  9. Emily on March 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Caro, the zen master. And autocorrect tried to change “Caro” to “Carp”. Hmm.

    I like both the Calendar and the Weekly workout versions. I don’t really follow them consistently like a plan, but I like I jump in now and then for ideas or to have virtual workout buddies πŸ˜‰

  10. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 28, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Such a cute headband! I feel like weekly workouts are easier to commit to.

  11. Erin on March 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I’m a fan of the weekly workout plan!

  12. Sana on March 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I still dream about the macaroons you sent me. To be they are the best!

  13. mary on March 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve always wanted a Survivor Buff. Which one did you get– the ‘headband buff’? I tried the Lulu headband Meg posted and it’s not cutting it.

  14. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on March 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I love your Buff band so much girl!!! Also, cuuuuuute cereal appies with Liv!!! <3

  15. jameil on March 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I was like does she eat half a dozen eggs per day between classes and those are the shells left over??? LOLOL Please tell us what she does with these shells!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

      she grinds them to make a calcium supplement

  16. Brittany @ DulceVie on March 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    That matzo bark looks soooooo good! And Caro looks soooo cute πŸ™‚

  17. Lynnlee on March 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I love the picture of Caroline! I have two malteses that love to lay around and relax in that same position! Such a hard life to be a dog! πŸ™‚

  18. Alexandra on March 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Gina! Could you tell me what is the print/name of the buff band you’re wearing? It’s SO cute and would be perfect for an upcoming hiking trip I have planned. Thanks!

  19. Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills on March 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Yes I love the weekly plan!

  20. kt h on March 29, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Oooh, my favorite dessert: wine and chocolate. I am trying to limit both to the weekends, but the last Thursday in March is technically the weekend right? πŸ™‚

  21. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur on March 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I haven’t had Matzo bark in a while, but I remember it being so addictive! Not better than good dark chocolate, though, especially with a nice glass of wine. I got my first buff band a few months ago and I love it too! They are so versatile!

  22. Chelsea on March 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I love the pattern on that head scarf!! Totally adorable, and love the idea that you could wear it a million different ways πŸ™‚

  23. Liam Rubel on March 29, 2013 at 6:02 am

    The snack ideas are easy and can be easily made with less , the only thing will stop the cravings because i think it may keep you full for less time.

  24. Fitsouffle on March 29, 2013 at 6:43 am

    If you want to see some delicious and fancy macaroons, look at these…http://dannymacaroons.com/

    They look to unreal! Happy Friday

    • danny macaroons on April 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

      wow – thanks so much for including us in your comment! they really are super tasty macaroons… πŸ™‚ hope you got a chance to try them!

  25. Bek @ Crave on March 29, 2013 at 6:50 am

    What is this Matzo bark?! It looks amazing.

  26. Shari on March 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I love the way we’ve all learned to disguise matzah into tasting less like cardboard! Ah, Passover! πŸ˜‰

  27. Rose on March 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I love the weekly workouts!

  28. Bruna @morgbu on March 29, 2013 at 7:57 am

    The headband is cute! I need new ones asap

  29. Coco on March 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Wine thirty is my favorite πŸ˜‰

  30. Kim on March 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Hi! When you bring a salad to work with you, do you bring your dressing separately or mix it in? I always worry about it getting soggy but haven’t found a great solution yet…

  31. Alexandra on March 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I personally really like the weekly workout plans as opposed to the monthly ones – not that the monthly ones arent fantastic, I just find myself more successful with adhering to a loose fitness schedule when I focus on one week at a time πŸ™‚ Since you’ve been posting weekly meals and fitness ideas on Sundays Ive been doing SUCH a better job of planning and prepping for the week! Sunday food prep is definitely the key to me eating like PRO all week πŸ™‚

  32. Hannah on March 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Those desserts look amazing, and your pup is adorable!

  33. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat on March 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Matzo bark. I can’t even come up with words for how much I NEED that in my life. I am weirdly obsessed with matzo and growing up used to make my mom stock up on boxes. My parents definitely thought I was one weird child. I need to try my hand at making this!

    And Caro is just adorbale!

  34. Rhonda Nance on March 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I am new to your site and relaly like the weekly workouts but, wanted to know if you post them somewhere that I can see past weekly workouts? Thanks.

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      hi rhonda!
      the march one is located on the right sidebar of the homepage. i’m hoping to get my blog a little more organized this upcoming week so everything is easier to find

  35. Jay on March 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    LOVE the headband. I’ve never rocked one but have often thought about it! I love the weekly workout schedule. It keeps me on track!

  36. Cassie on March 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    OMG, that picture of Caro is priceless!

    I miss the calendar over the weekly plan, personally…I teach or take classes most days, so it’s awesome to just pull up the workout calendar on a random day that I’m working out on my own and see what’s on for the day, and if that doesn’t work with my schedule (i.e., weights a day after I did weights), it’s a quick glance at 30 other workouts to choose from!

  37. Cassie on March 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Have you used buff bands for cardio?

  38. Staci on March 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    would your co-worker allow you to post a recipe for the matzo bark? ive never heard of it and it looks amazing

  39. Karissa on March 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    That Matzo bark looks AH-MAZING!!! Happy Easter weekend! πŸ™‚

    • Karissa on March 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      P.S. You motivated me to try Turbo Fire- did the first day yesterday! SOOO lost but LOVED it and wow did I sweat!

      • Fitnessista on March 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        yayyy i’m glad you loved it!!

  40. Lala on March 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I hope this doesn’t sound bad, but man oh man do I miss this days when you were vegetarian and I could benefit from all your recipes πŸ™‚ I’ve found myself not following your blog anymore, and that is a shame because you have some great info….on the plus side, I’m sure you’ve gained a lot more followers now that you eat animals and can appeal to a wider audience. Not sure exactly why I’m posting this since obviously you eat that way for you and not for other people, but I just felt compelled to share that it was hard to see how you really stood up for your beliefs with vegetarianism and then made such a big change in your beliefs. I’m sure it’s a lot easier now to make meals for you and your husband though!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

      i never really stood up for my beliefs about vegetarianism, especially on the blog. it was a personal choice i made for myself and my own reasons, and a personal choice i decided to change. i still post a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes. i still like to eat plant-based food, but feel more energized and satisfied on a diet with animal protein.
      thank you for reading!

  41. Julie on April 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    That Matzo bark looks fantastic.

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