Hello Valdizzy, fleas and cookies

Hey everyone! Wish I had a pic of myself and Pitbull for you, but alas, I’m home in Valdizzy. There was just so much I needed to take care of at home and I’m kind of glad I decided to venture back to the swampland since I’m sick and Bella has ear mites (and fleas!). Lovely, right? 😉

This morning, I woke up and my throat was hurting, I felt achy and congested, so I decided to have one of the best natural remedies possible: wheat grass!


2 oz and I chugged it in pure frat boy style 😉

I wasn’t feel like traditional bfast and knew I should eat before hitting the road, so I had some vegan butternut squash soup from the hot bar


Purely foodgasmic.

Also, veggies with brown rice:


I picked up some necessities (Larabars, kale, rainbow chard, oat groats, vegan chocolate chips, almond butter, fruit, tomatoes) and hit the road.

Georgia, georgiaaaaaaa…

georgia sign

And I crossed into V-town pretty soon after seeing that sign. I was so excited to pick up my babies!!!

They’re both exhausted from their four days of playing at the kennel.

Sleepy Bella:


Sleepy Viesa:


I’ve never been covered with so many puppy kisses! I missed my girls 😀

Poor Bella’s ears have been itching her, so I’m going to take both of them to the vet tomorrow to check for ear mites and while I was scratching Bella’s belly, I saw something black and small scurry across her torso. A flea. Glorious day. I gave each of the puppies their Frontline –they were a little overdue but I didn’t want to do it right before leaving them at the kennel, especially since Bella had just gotten groomed- and hopefully those little punks will be gone soon. Not gonna lie, I have major heeby jeebies but I guess it can be expected because they were outside so much and it’s also partially my fault for being late on their Frontline drops :/ I feel like a bad puppy mom.

Something wonderful was waiting when we got back to the casa: a package from my cute little nana!


She sent me a wine tea towel, skeleton plates, a card (signed by the whole familia), a little angel, recipe cards, and plates that say different types of wine on them. So cute!

Random fact about me: I have a serious love for Mexican skeletons. Not sure if it’s morbid, but I think they are so beautiful. If it were up to me, our entire house would be modern Mexican themed and have skeleton art and bold colors everywhere. However, I don’t want to creep anyone out, so we stuck with the more World Market/Pier One/Z Gallerie kinda style :)  So basically, I LOVE the plates nana sent me (and everything else, of course)- thank you, friend! xoxo

Tonight, since my appetite was a little off from feeling icky, I decided to experiment with a raw recipe I’ve been thinking about instead of making a full dinner.

Raw Almond Butter Cacao Cookies


They’re in the dehydrator right now, but if they come out like I think they will, I’ll put the recipe up tomorrow 😀

So tonight it’s me, the puppies, The Proposal, and a scary full inbox that I’m going to try and tackle. If you sent me an email while I was at school and I didn’t get back to you, please send me your question again so I can respond. Things were so crazy at that time, and I got extremely behind on getting back to questions from you all—please don’t think I’m ignoring you! I’m just a little unorganized on the email front, and I apologize.

I hope you all have a wonderful night and I’ll see you in the morning <3



Today’s tip: If you’re not feeling well and debating between working out or not, here are some ways to help you decide:

  • Do you have a fever or headache? Stay home!
  • Are you achy and tired? Stay home
  • Do you just feel a little under the weather and aren’t contagious? If you’re experiencing something like minor allergy symptoms and won’t pass an illness to other gym-goers, working out should be ok
  • If you go back to the gym after recovering from sickness, don’t push yourself 100%. Try walking for a little while or light weight lifting to see how you feel. Ease back into your workout and try to avoid overdoing it.
  • In most cases, working out while sick can actually prolong the illness. It’s a much safer bet to stay home and let your body do its thang so you can go back to the gym sooner and work out more effectively. Working out while sick is an easy way to pass on your sickness to other people and can most likely leave you out for the count for even longer.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I cant wait to see your cookie recipe! I would be freaked out by the fleas, too. Esp without your hub being home!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      i know right?? it’s funny how brave i was with it though.. i seriously grabbed it and smashed it between my fingers. and then washed my hands and shrieked haha

  2. kristi (sweet cheeks) on October 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Mmmmm, cookies. I am pretty excited about seeing that recipe. Seriously, how could those possibly turn out BAD? hehe. 😀

    Hope you get to feeling better very soon! xoxo

  3. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    OMG! I’m OBSESSED with Dia de los Muertos and all the skulls and skeletons! I’m totally making you a sugar skull and sending it your way. I have quite a collection of artifacts, and now i want to go on a search for those plates!

  4. Evey on October 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    OMG, Gina.. those almond butter cacao cookies look AMAZING!!!

    I don’t think they will turn out bad so I can’t wait for you to post the recipe tomorrow.

    Cool Dia de Muerte stuff you got from your nana, how nice of her.

  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite on October 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Looking forward to cookie recipe tomorrow!

    I hope you feel better 🙂

  6. Fit Vegan Girl on October 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Hope the cookies turn out ’cause they look good!

    Love the Mexican skulls too, and brightly colored sugar skulls are so pretty.

  7. Alicia on October 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I like Today’s Tip. I’m recently am just getting back into working out after a hiatus, so I trying to slowly get back into my old workout routine – although today, my body (and my to do list at work) wasn’t having it!

  8. Rahmi on October 22, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the “sick” tips, Gina… I’ve been feeling bad about cancelling on my trainer for two weeks while still feeling pretty “yucky”… but your advice made me realize there will be a day real soon when I do feel “all better” and will get back into it then (hopefully next week!) Hope your cookies turn out fabulous…:)

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm

      don’t feel bad about canceling! as a trainer, i’m HAPPY when sick clients cancel on me. not only are they doing themselves a favor by letting their body heal, they’re keeping me from getting what they have!
      when you feel better, you’ll be able to get back into it 😀

  9. marie on October 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I love the Day of the Dead art, too, and have a couple of fantastic painted DofD tiles that I got in Sedona hanging in my office. I think I like that art so much because I am comforted by the idea that my loved ones who have passed come back occasionally to check in on me.

    And those cookies do look fantabulous!

  10. LindsayRuns on October 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Those cookies look great, sorry you didn’t get to go to the concert, but I know the feeling…sometimes laundry and sitting with the pups is just better!

  11. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I love skulls, too! My favorite hoodie is one my best friend gave me with a big Mex skull on the back. Sometimes I fear people will think I’m goth/angry when I wear (esp. when I wear nothing BUT it haha) but ain’t no thang

  12. Kailey (SnackFace) on October 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Ahh! Sorry you aren’t feeling the best! I’m feeling a bit run-down and announced to people in Muffin’s office that I needed to take a shot of wheatgrass, like you. They were puzzled. The subject quickly changed to Sparx. Joose and Mad Dog. Grrross, hahaha, and so college. I hope both you and your pups recover quickly! xxxoxo 🙂

  13. Jordana on October 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Just to let ya know, they make flea control now that is a pill. It’s called Comfortis and it is awesome because it’s just monthly and a pill, no nasty, oily drops. y vet said it has no bad side effects or anything of the sort. Hope that helps with your flea problemo!

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 9:06 am

      good to know, thank you!

  14. caronae on October 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I’m loving the skeleton plates! It’s not morbid or creepy at all!

  15. Erica on October 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Oh goodness- I hope you feel better quick. Seems like everyone is getting sick right now 🙁 Your poor baby and her flea issues! They freak me out a little too! The cookies look incredible (do you make cookies that don’t look incredible ;)). Hope you are having a nice night at home

  16. borntocare on October 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Ahhh The Proposal is soooo funny and Ryan Reynolds is delicious to look at!
    Have you seen it already? The best part is when Sandra Bullock is dancing in the woods, I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes!
    Those cookies look YUMMERS, I hope they turn out good! Enjoy your quiet evening at home!

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 9:06 am

      haha i was crying too! it was so hilarious.. one of the main reasons i bought the dvd 😀

  17. Leianna on October 23, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I just watched the Proposal too, loved it!
    Hope you feel better, puppies too!

  18. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on October 23, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Feel better Gina! Those cookies look like the perfect medicine if you ask…no wheat grass required. 😉

  19. luxferra on October 23, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I love the skeleton plates!

    I too have an extreme love of skeleton things.

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

      i’m so glad i’m not the only one!

  20. Mama Pea on October 23, 2009 at 1:13 am

    You are hardcore at breakfast, girl. I think I would eat WF salad bar for every meal, though, given the choice.

    I love your skeleton plates and I love that your Nana always sends you plates for the bloggie. So cute!

    Have a great, and flea free Friday!!!

  21. Diana on October 23, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I love those plates!

  22. Shelby on October 23, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Those cookies looks phenomenal! I can’t wait for the recipe 🙂

    I’ve always loved mexican skeletons too. They really are beautiful and the stories behind them are so fascinating!

  23. Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) on October 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

    YUM on those cookies.. recipe ASAP please!!! 🙂

    YUMMY whole foods eats btw AND good tips about being sick.. I teach and have found parents send their children NO MATTER WHAT. I always feel so bad for the kiddies AND (being totally selfish) hate being exposed to nasty snottiness and coughin! FEEL BETTER!

  24. Tina on October 23, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Your pups are sooo cute! And Mexican skeletons are awesome. I can totally picture the kind of house you want.

  25. Emily on October 23, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Hehe, I just got those wine plates as a gift as well! Cute! 🙂

    I hope you and the doggies feel better today!

  26. Island Girl Eats on October 23, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I love the skeleton plates. They are so cute.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  27. Kat on October 23, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I love Dia de los Muertos stuff! Any idea as to where your sweet nana got the plates? I would love to get some.

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

      my guess is target -that’s where she usually gets plates for the blog- but i’ll definitely ask her!

  28. Courtney on October 23, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Feel better Gina! <3 the skeleton plates. Question, have you looked at Alicia Silverstone's new book at all or follow her? I know she's vegan and such, just curious 🙂

  29. Nicole on October 23, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I LOVE your tip for the day. I was wondering about that last week after picking up the swine flu… haha. = )

  30. K on October 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Ugh – I have a flea horror story for you. Sorry but I have to share because this is just cray-cray! My cousin’s dog had fleas and they ended up bombing the house and giving the dog a flea treatment while they were out of town for a week. The dog wasn’t in the house the entire time they were gone. When they finally got home (drove straight from Florida back to Michigan), the fleas were STILL there. Isn’t that insane – there wasn’t anything “living” in the house and the fleas survived that and the bug bomb.

    In other news, I LOVE that wine plate!!

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 10:10 am

      aghhhhhhh!!! so scary! guess who’s cleaning like a maniac today? meeeee! bah

  31. Kristen on October 23, 2009 at 11:04 am

    OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE the Mexican skeleton art TOO! I have a lot of sad empty walls at home and I’ve been on the hunt for big beautiful colorful skull art … I live by myself, and I figure my guests can deal with it!

  32. Jenna on October 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    aww such a cute package! those almond cookies look fab 🙂

  33. Jordan on October 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I’m obsessed with the skeletons tooooo! Dia de los Muertos skeletons!!!! I want/need those plates, lady! Hahha. I think they’re adorable, too. Maybe we’re both freaks.

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm

      hahah maybe so, but i just love them!

  34. Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A. on October 23, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I had a Shiba Inu too as a little girl. I miss him, he looked just like Viesa! How cute.

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      how cute! they’re beautiful dogs

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