Hi guys! Hope you’re having a lovely night <3 This is supposed to be a reader’s request post, but I couldn’t think of an idea that sang to me, so instead of writing something mediocre, I’m just going to wait on it.

The pilot came home last night at midnight with a half-eaten order of McDonald’s fries.

2597322954_77f7277229 Source

I sat at the bottom of the staircase and helped him finish them :)   [That was before I Googled for a picture and found out that Mickey D’s fries have beef flavoring in them…..]

I love baking for friends


but I especially love the dough I save myself at the bottom of the bowl. Sometimes I bake for the pure reason that I want some dough.


Working out is something I look forward to every day. It makes me sane, is great for my health, and *almost* nothing feels quite as good as a triumphant gym sesh.

But sometimes…

it feels really good to skip out on the gym and crash on the couch with puppers.

me and bell

When we go out to dinner, I never think to order dessert.

But many times, when the Pilot orders it anyway, I’ll take more bites than he does.


The last bite is MINE 😀

I’m fully convinced that wine can make every meal taste better. I just wish there was a way to just have a glass without the commitment of opening an entire bottle.


When I first started my weight loss journey, I rarely indulged. Everything was fat-free, sugar-free, diet-y and gross. Even after I lost the weight, I was still a little apprehensive that I’d unravel all of my hard work. After I got into maintenance mode, I had to figure out how to add back in more *real* treats and it was some time before I fell into my groove.

Now, I eat pretty dang healthy about 80-90% of the time. I crave healthier foods because when I eat well, I feel it. When I eat more processed or sugary stuff, I feel lethargic, get headaches and my skin doesn’t like me so much. I just wanted to show you guys that I’m definitely not a robot. I prefer to mostly post healthy, whole meals on here so you guys can get ideas, but definitely don’t post all of my eats. (A random piece of toast, handful of chocolate chips or dip into the almond butter jar would get old, fast)

It’s healthy TO indulge every now and again. That is definitely something I’ll raise my fork to 😉

See ya in the morning <3


Post Navigation:


  1. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on August 27, 2010 at 7:52 am

    AMEN, I love this! Sometimes, indulgence is necessary- for mental, more than physical health [which is just as important!] 🙂


  2. Katie on August 27, 2010 at 8:07 am

    So true!!!

    BTW, I’m with you on wanting only one glass of wine without opening an entire bottle. Have you ever seen the mini bottles that come in 4? Each is one glass of wine. 🙂 It works well!

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2010 at 8:27 am

      yes, but they never seem to have my faves in the mini bottles :/ don’t get me wrong, i love all wine, but the types they offer here aren’t ones i’d get a full bottle of, ya know?

  3. Mimi on August 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Love it, Gina. Thanks for that post!

  4. allison @ livingoneday on August 27, 2010 at 9:01 am

    i love this. i think it’s so important to indulge once in a while just to keep you from going insane! and that is REPULSIVE that mcd’s fries have beef flavoring in them

  5. rebecca lustig on August 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    i agree with ALL of allison’s comment.

    everything is good in moderation– we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of flavor, comfort and joy from food!

    happy friday lovely 🙂

  6. Jennifer@ Frost Bites on August 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

    …glad to hear …we’re all h-u-m-a-n!

  7. Stacey@ on August 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I totally agree. It’s nice to see a fitness trainer who enjoys a balance in life. I also totally relate to the wine thing. I want just a little bit, but I have to open a whole bottle that could serve a group.

  8. Lana Wilson on August 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for this…I think it means a lot to us readers to hear this!

  9. Danielle (Runs on Green) on August 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Love that you posted this! I think sometimes healthy living blogs can come across as too “perfect” and it’s good to show that its normal to indulge 🙂

  10. Gena on August 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    As always, you are the soul of reason and balance, friend 🙂

  11. Scargosun on August 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I am so with you on the wine thing. I love it but wish an opened bottle would taste as good a couple days later.

  12. Beth @ DiningAndDishing on August 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

    This is a great post! I love to indulge…but it’s only an indulgence if it doesn’t happen all the time. Eating healthy makes me feel my best and having a treat once in a while exactly that – a real TREAT!

  13. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Love this post Gina! Being truly healthy means allowing ourselves to indulge and NOT feeling guilty about it. 😀

  14. Sarah C on August 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Have you thought about giving the ‘box o’ wine’ a try? Some of the better brands out there are starting to sell them and they are great if you don’t want to commit to an entire bottle. : )

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      that’s a good idea- i might have to give it a whirl 🙂

  15. Sarah on August 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I am glad I am not the only one who will bake just for the dough. In fact, sometimes I never do the baking and freeze the dough for later. In fact, I think I have some walnut chocolate chip awaiting me in the freezer right now…hmm..

    Loved this post. I am a big advocate of moderation. Guilt is not healthy.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

      that is a genius idea 🙂

  16. Heather on August 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you so much for reading this. I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years now, and I’ve seen you lax a little bit on your food intake. I don’t mean that as an insult, but rather, it’s nice to see healthy living bloggers eat fried things or frosting every once in awhile. I know some people don’t do moderation well, and I get that, but I also think so many people (esp. bloggers, who show their eats to the world) hold themselves to really strict standards. My personal rule is: I don’t buy and/or make anything with white flour, white sugar, or deep fried in my home, but if I’m out with friends or family and someone offers me a few fries or a bite of their cake, I won’t turn them down 🙂

    Tip for wine: freezing the remainder into ice cubes and adding to say, sangria or something for a party later on!

  17. Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean on August 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    fab post!! indluging is essential but only as a *treat* you’ve totally got it in the bag!
    PS i cant believe MacD’s Fries have beef flavour ewwww!

  18. Pure2raw twins on August 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Great post, and yes it is okay to indulge every once in awhile. ; ) We just had a few days of indulging while the parents were visiting, it was great!

  19. Dee on August 28, 2010 at 12:14 am

    LOVE this. <3

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.