I thrive on crazy

Hello! Howโ€™s your day going?

Mine has been insanity (and I still have 5 hours of craziness left) so hereโ€™s the fastest blog post in the history of Gina ๐Ÿ˜‰

My own personal Edward Cullen and I finished up our tree last night:


I LOVE the the new ornaments we got! SPARKLY ๐Ÿ˜€

This morning, I got up early with the puppers and had some maca cacao oats for bfast


1/3 cup oat bran, 1 cup water, 1 T brown rice protein, 1/2 T maca, 1 T raw cacao powder, 2 packs Stevia, cinnamon, sea salt and a smashed nanner

Per my training schedule, which I got from Runner’s World, courtesy of Katie โ€“I decided to start following one 5 weeks before my half. Oops- I went to the track and did 3 miles in 29 minutes. I was *supposed* to run a little slower because itโ€™s an โ€œeasy runโ€ day, but my sick playlist kept making me want to speed up! After that, I walked around and stretchedโ€ฆ glorious ๐Ÿ˜€

Stopped at Winn Dizzle for organic eggs, then came home for a cooking extravaganza.

Yellow cupcakes for Jeniโ€™s birthday (itโ€™s tomorrow)


Vegan chocolate chip oatmeal cookies (ED & BV)


And started dinner in the slow cooker.. Sweet Potato and Black bean chili(Iโ€™ll post the recipe tonight)


I packed up some goodies to take to my juice bar and health food store friends:


Spence traded me a wheatgrass shot for some goodies ๐Ÿ˜€ A

I stopped at Publizzle to get organic chicken for the pilot and cash some paychecks, and now Iโ€™m off to work!

Hereโ€™s what the rest of the day is looking like:

-Consultation with a blog reader (!) and potential training client

-Jeniโ€™s house to work on Christmas party plans

-Back to work for two training appointments

-Coming home to make marbled pumpkin cheesecake for this Fridayโ€™s dinner party

-Stuffing my face with sweet potato black bean chili


Iโ€™m out like (raw) sauerkraut ๐Ÿ˜€



WHOโ€™S STOKED FOR NEW MOON this weekend?!!?! *screams like a Jacob-obsessed tween*

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  1. Runeatrepeat on November 17, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I thrive on crazy too! You are doing so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I can’t wait to check out the recipe for the black bean sweet potato chili!

  3. twutritionist on November 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Hey fitnessista,
    We love all your breakfast cookies, we have created so many now. They are genious and delcious. You should check out our blog.

    -Whitney and Courtney

  4. Erica on November 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Girl no matter how crazy you get, you can always make me smile ๐Ÿ™‚ And now, hungry. All your “fixins” look soooooo good! And have I told you that I’ve been experimenting with vegetarian-ism for about a month now?! I have eaten very little meat, hardly any, other than fish…can’t give up my salmon and shrimpies. You have inspired me fo’ sho’ sista!

    Have a great day distributing goodies! Wish I was a little closer so I could get some, too! Haha! <3

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm

      if you lived here, we would have raw goodies…and wine ๐Ÿ˜€
      so cool to hear you’re experimenting with a quasitarian lifestyle ๐Ÿ˜‰
      take care my friend!

  5. Paige (Running Around Normal) on November 17, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Ahhh Jeni is so lucky to be your friend and receive cupcake for her bday! Haha
    that’s so nice of you to bring treats to the places you frequent, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Nicole on November 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Can’t wait for the recipe! Yummers! And yes, Team Jacob all the way! Actually, I don’t think I know anyone on Team Edward ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      *raises hand* i’m on team edward ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on November 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Love the tree! Very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. jessica on November 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Dear Gina

    If we somehow magically lived in the same city I would totally hire you for some training! ๐Ÿ™
    I recently lost approx 30lbs and am left with a decent body… however it could use quite a bit of toning!
    I think I might just try to follow your bikini body plan so THANKS for keeping the links on your workout page!!!


    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      i would love to train you!
      the summer shape up is a plan i’m really proud of, though- hope you enjoy it!

  9. Nicci@NiftyEats on November 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Still screaming like a tween over here too! Boyfriend is tired of the squealing at previews !

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      hahah the pilot rolls his eyes at me everrrrrry time

  10. Marissa on November 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Love the pink bows ๐Ÿ™‚ I really need to get ED+BV!

  11. NySoonerGirl on November 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Would it be pathetic to admit that I bought my New Moon tickets over a month ago? And that I’m going with my mom? And I’m not actually 13, but a 25-year-old business professional?!

    And I also wanted to say thanks. I only comment every once in a while, but I just realized the other day that I’ve really started coming around in my outlook on food and fitness. I think it’s largely due to your blog. Thanks so much for posting yummy eats and inspiring work outs! I started reading a while back now and it only recently occurred to me that I’ve almost completely changed my eating habits-without even intending to do so! I was never much of a meat eater anyway and now I’m buying more and more organic and focusing more on the veggie and less on the carbs. You had a post not too long ago about a vegetarian eating veggies, not carbs. I had a bit of a duh moment! And without even a conscious effort to do so, I’ve incorporated more veggies into my diet! So thanks! As always, you’re an inspiration!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

      pathetic? how about AWESOME?!
      that’s so wonderful to hear <3 keep up the awesome work and your body will continue to thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Carolyn on November 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    mmmm…pumpkin cheesecake. Last Thanksgiving’s downfall. Won’t be coming in the house this year. LOL

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm


  13. K on November 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Marbled pumpkin cheesecake? Sweet potato and black bean chili? Christmas decorations?! Can I move in with you guys?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      sure, when are you coming over??? ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kristin on November 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Whoa! Sweet potato and black bean chili? I am so excited to see this recipie! I just had a regular ol’ sweet potato topped with black beans and salsa and thought it was pretty awesome and now you’re making into chili?! Awesome!!

  15. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on November 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    pumpkin cheesecake? I can’t wait to see pictures!!!

  16. Erica on November 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I’m getting so excited for the half (and umm SUPER nervous!). The tree looks fabulous. I can’t wait to put ours up. Can’t wait to see the chili recipe, I can already tell its going to be on my to make list!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      omg girl, i’m FREAKING OUT about the half. especially because i’ve been a bit of a running slacker until recently :/ we’ll have a blasty though!

  17. katherine on November 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Busy busy busy!!!

  18. rhodeygirl on November 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Jacob huh? I had you begged for an Edward kinda gal. I am SO stoked for the movie, and am crossing my fingers that my friend Leslie waits to see it with me next week!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:50 pm

      oh you’re totally right. i AM an edward girl.. the jacob fans just scream a little more right now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. M on November 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Your Christmas tree is so pretty!! Do you ever sleep? Seriously! How on earth do you find time to blog with your busy schedule? I used to blog and it takes up so much time! What are you secrets for saving time? Please share! Oh and when will you tell us what this “writing” is for that you keep mentioning? Too many secrets, I can’t take the suspense!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

      i sleep 8 hours every night.. i have to, or i’m cranky and need a nap ๐Ÿ˜€
      usually blogging takes about 15-30 minutes per post because i plan out what i want to say a little in advance throughout the day
      i’m a big planner.. every day i write down by hour how i’m going to spend the day– it helps me get everything done!
      as far as the writing goes, it’s just something i’m working on for now.. i’ll tell everyone about it when it’s good and finished ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Bianca on November 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Gina, I just started reading your blog (and following your tweets) a couple of months ago and I just want to say that you really inspire me to be healthy while having lots of fun! I love your blog posts and the veggie ideas. Anyway, I thrive on crazy too, long live to us wackos! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh – and I am screaming like a Jacob-obsessed tween for New Moon too ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  21. Shari B. on November 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Hey chickie… your tree looks great! Makes me want to put mine up a little early! (We usually do all the xmas deco on the day after Thanksgiving – AFTER 4:00 AM shopping of course!) I can’t even believe it’s Turkey Day next week! YIkes ’09 flew by!

    Can’t wait to see what goes into the sweet potato chili! It looks so good!

    Counting the days to New Moon… how do you like the soundtrack??

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

      i LOVE 4 am shopping!! black friday = my favorite holiday
      i’m crazy about the soundtrack. it took a while for me to get into it, and there are a few i don’t love, but i think i’ll enjoy it even more after seeing the movie!
      do you like it??

      • Shari B. on November 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

        I haven’t taken the plunge to buy the soundtrack yet. I know I’ll definitely get it I just am trying to decide before or after the FIRST viewing of New Moon. For Twilight I watched the movie then ran right home and downloaded the soundtrack from iTunes. Then I practically memorized it, and when I went back to see Twilight again, the second time was even better because I got to see where they put the songs in … so I can’t decide if I should do that again! ๐Ÿ™‚ (WOW, the dilemmas we face huh???) ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Jackie on November 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    TEAM EDWARD!!!Love the tree Gina!! I wish we had a hobby lobby here, I want some of those ornaments!…Can’t wait for the chili recipe!

  23. Jaclyn on November 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    What is Hobby Lobby, anyway? I’m way up here in Seattle and have never heard of it!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

      i had never heard of it before i moved here, either. hizzle lizzle is kind of like michael’s– it has craft stuff and household goodies and decorations ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Jen (Running With Cake) on November 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Very pretty tree! I love Hobby Lobby! I buy all of my decorations there as well as wrapping paper and ribbon. My husband used to dread going in there with me, but now that he has an iphone, he doesn’t mind.

  25. Mary :: A Merry Life on November 17, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I thrive on crazy. It’s fun.

    And I’ll totally join in on the New Moon excitement. Yay!!

  26. Anne P on November 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    NEW MOON OR BUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My girlfriends and I totally got our tickets like 2 months ago. Shhhh ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Liz on November 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Looking forward to that chili recipe.

    AND NEW MOON!!! I’m going to the midnight premiere on Thursday and am slightly excited. I’ve got my Edward Cullen t-shirt all ready, haha.

  28. Jackie (Army Wife) on November 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    My hubby is overseas in Germany so I’m overdue to watch some man meat on screen (and yes I bought a ticket for the midnight showing)!!

  29. Lauren on November 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    No lie, I was just thinking of making this same soup. I even looked up recipes this morning. Did you happen to see the one on Eating Well? That one looked good but the one on My Recipes was killer! I really want to make a big pot of it now.

    Hope you had a wonderful day Gena!

  30. Pure2Raw Twins on November 17, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Your crazy day sounds like our crazy busy day! HAHA Yes we are so excited for the New Moon movie… we took a break tonight to watch some premiere online. We are dorks! K. well back to work for us.

  31. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Those cookies look scrumptious!! Btw, not sure if you got it, but I sent you an email regarding that Guinness cake you make for the Pilot.. I really want to make it for my friend for his bday (he’s AF and just returned from Iraq also), but I wanted to use a homemade choco cake recipe I have. Prob is that I’m not sure what to swap the Guinness in for in the recipe. It calls for a cup of boiled water still warm, tsp white vinegar, and 1/4 cup milk.. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them because I’m at a loss and don’t want to mess it up by adjusting the recipe incorrectly. I’m sort of a hapless baker. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Gina!

  32. Jenna on November 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    the tree looks great!
    looks like you made lots of yumme delish treats today ๐Ÿ™‚

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