It’s go time, baby


Any plans?? We leaving for Orlando this afternoon and I’m way excited! Familia, oven yoga, Whole Foods, possibly Disney, my cousin’s dance competition, civilization… ahh I can’t wait! 😀

So before I keep you waiting, it’s time to announce the winner of the Stonyfield Giveaway!!!


In order to determine the winner, I put all of the comments in a spreadsheet and then included the names and info of each link and set of quiz answers I received. There were 243 entries total. Using, I generated a random integer between 1 and 243 which resulted in:


Entry 201—- MICHELLE from Balance My Cake! Send me your info, Michelle so I can forward it to Kristina to get your swag on the way! Congrats!!!

Everyone else, don’t fret—the lovely Heather at Hangry Pants is running the same contest! Head on over for another chance to win this awesome collection of goodies!!

Here’s yesterday’s re-cap:

Step last night was very bueno. The pilot did weights while I taught, and afterwards asked me if I wanted to go on a little run with him. I was exhausted after teaching for an hour, didn’t have my running shoes, and of course did it anyway because I really want him to start doing cardio for his ticker’s health. So we did two miles on the base trail and came home for dinner.

Dinner was pretty low key—the pilot had Rachael Rizzle sloppy joes and I had a soup:


IAmy is the QUEEN of delicious soup! I munched half the can:


And a salad beast with romaine, 1/2 tomato, red bell pepper, chipotle seasoning and hot sauce as the dressing:


A few SP fries:


I took a picture of the whole meal so you guys can see how seriously HUGE the bowl is that I use for the salads.. I don’t call them salad beasts for nothin’


With a glass of Shiraz, it was a wonderful complete meal 😀

We chilled at the casa, I worked on a super lame riveting management project, then crashed out.

This morning I had big plans to go for a run, but after teaching all week my body wanted none of that. So I made bfast instead:


Oatmeal with a smashed nanner, brown rice protein, a drizzle of AB and 1/4 honest foods square.

I went to base to take the pilot his bfast and lunch –he had to work at 6am this morning!- and got the ingredients for the baby dinner.

After all of your wonderful suggestions (thank you so much!!!!), I decided to roll with a quiche (spinach and gouda), salad and chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

The quiche is in the oven and smells like heaven!!! I’ll definitely post a pic of the meal so you guys can see it—I hope it comes out well. It’s my first time making a quiche 😉

Sine the quiche called for two eggs and two egg yolks, I happily ate the whites:


There’s a ton of stuff to do today before our little roadtrip! I have to walk the puppies, go to the gym for an easy weights sesh and a little cardio, get the oil changed in my car, bake the cupcakes, pack (which I always save for the very last minute), and take the baby dinner. Whew!!!

I’ll see ya from civilization 😀



A question: So after the Vinoyoga post and Brittany let me know that the Rock N’ Roll race in Virginia Beach is a HALF marathon and not a full one –I don’t know where I got that idea- and discovered that quite a few of you live in that area, I decided to do that half marathon, one in Atlanta in November and the Full Disney Marathon in January. Who wants to run the Virginia Beach Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon with me in September???? If there’s a few of us, I’ll get some shirts made 😀 I thought it would be so fun to have a bloggy running team! If you’re in the area, but don’t want to run, we’ll definitely plan a meet-up, too.

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  1. Moran on April 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Oh congrats to the winner! Enjoy your fun-filled weekend!

  2. VeggieGirl on April 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm


    HAVE FUN!!!!!

  3. Jenna on April 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Thats funny I saw it was a 1/2 marathon and was actually thinking i might just do it and then you kept saying it was a full marathon so i ruled it out! lol I might join….i need to see if I really have time to train (I.e. find a babysitter) ha- I hope you have fun in orlando!

  4. Erica on April 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Have so much fun this weekend! I know you will ;). I have to try that split pea soup! Love Amy’s!! Thank you again for the cookies. My husband tried them and I think I may lose him to you 😉

  5. Gina on April 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    jenna- that would be awesome! dooooo it!

    erica- i'm so glad you like them!!! i got your question about the macaroons and i'm pretty sure you can freeze them. i think that's what jenna did with hers. maybe your husband will trade frank for more cookies??? haha, your dog is so precious 😀 enjoy your weekend! <3

  6. redheadedjournal on April 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Amy’s seriously has the BEST soups! Yum!

  7. Elizabeth on April 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Hi there!

    You can freeze the macaroons — I made a batch in advance to test how they’ d be for a baby shower. They lasted for 3 days in my freezer before I destroyed them (puppy was in the emergency vet and I was stressin’).

    BTW, you can eat them frozen too… 😉

  8. Ashley on April 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Your races sound so fun! I’m actually doing the California Disney Marathon in January also and the La Jolla half next week.

    I’m going out for indian tonight and was wondering if you had some healthy suggestions or knew the nutritional information for Channa Masala? I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks and have a great weekend!

  9. Gina on April 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    ashley- so cool you’re doing the disney one too!!! i usually guesstimate channa masala to be around 350 cals per serving.. it’s a very healthy and way delicious choice for indian! the baigan bhartha is my favorite– it’s pureed roasted eggplant with peas, tomatoes and spices. the cal count is pretty much the same 😀

  10. runsarah on April 17, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Have an awesome weekend!! So exciting about your marathon and half. I would love to run Disney one day!

  11. Brandi on April 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    congrats to Michelle, and have fun today!

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing the half marathon in VA beach, but I haven’t signed up yet. It’s expensive!

  12. Balance, Joy and Delicias! on April 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    congrats to the winner~~~
    have fun this weekend! 🙂

  13. eatingbirdfood on April 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I think I mentioned it before, but I am totally up for doing the Rock and Roll Half!

    Have a fun weekend!!!

  14. eatfabinnyc on April 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Have a wonderful weekend!!! Wondering if you might mind answering this questions (VERY generally speaking). I am trying to lose weight via exercise and diet. What would you suggest as a minimum (again I know it’s not a live/die by number) of cardio minutes per week? I’ve been working a lot on the speed of my running which is decreasing the minutes spent (a 4 mile run is now 30 some odd mins instead of 40 etc)…Would love to hear your opinion 🙂

  15. Shannon (The Daily Balance) on April 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    love that salad BEAST!

    have a great weekend 😉

  16. Anonymous on April 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I actually ran the Virginia Beach Rock N Roll half marathon a few years back. It was my first race ever!! It was a really awesome race because the town is pretty small and everyone got really into the spirit. I was shocked at how many people were just waiting and cheering on the sidelines, as well as holding up water nozzles for us to run through. It was fun! However, the town was not so good. There really wasnt much to do apart from hit the beach, and it was pretty empty. I would recommend you go to the restaurant called Catch 31 at the Hilton there. It was very good and Monday night was half priced martinis. Dangerous!

  17. just me on April 17, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    have fun this weekend in orlando!!

  18. thresholdofgreatness on April 17, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I love Amy’s soups!

    Have fun in civilization!

  19. Nutritious is Delicious on April 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Amy IS the Queen of soups!! Love them all! And pair it with sweet potato fries and you have yourself a tasty combo!

    Have fun with the Marathon!

  20. K from ksgoodeats on April 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Mmmm quiche!! That is a never fail dish – can’t wait to see how it turned out!

    Have a BLASTY 😉 in civilization!

  21. Haleigh on April 17, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Oh, wow Gina those sweet potato fries look fantastic! Enjoy your fabulous weekend in Orlando!

  22. Megan on April 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    peanut butter frosting…..yum!!!!

    i SOOO wish i was going to be home in september!!!! VA beach is insanely close to me, and I've been looking for a race (and any reason to get a cool tshirt) near me to do for summer. sadly, i will be back at school. gag me.

    happy fridayyyy<3

  23. Pearl on April 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm


  24. Emily on April 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    do your sweet potato fries get crispy? im still trying to master the technique.
    have a great weekend!

  25. Leanne on April 17, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing the Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 in Chicago at the end of the summer! I guess it’s like a national tour or something… Sounds like so much fun, I wish I could be on the blogger team!

  26. Heather on April 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Yes everyone, don’t fret. Come visit me. 😀

    Have a wonderful time in Orlando’s civilization. Can’t wait to see what you bring back from Whole Foods this time. 😀

    And I think Meghann is doing that marathon.

  27. Lauren on April 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    The split pea is one of my favorite Amy’s soups. Have you ever tried topping it with sundried tomatoes? So good, and it adds such incredible falvor!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  28. Meghann on April 17, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    You’re doing the FUll Disney Marathon?!?!? YAY!!!! Me too!!!! 🙂

    Have fun in Orlando!! I can’t wait to be done with training so I can go on fun Saturday runs again with you!

  29. jesslikesithot on April 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Have fun in Orlando Gina!! 🙂

    I’m lovin’ the salad beast, and yumm….split pea is my favorite amy’s soup!!

  30. Evelyn Fisher on April 18, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Have fun in Orlando. I love quiche, doesn’t matter what kind.

  31. Amy on April 18, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Hi Fitnessista!
    I absolutely love your blog and the other day I tried your breakfast cookie recipe(delicious!!). I noticed that you are into Ani Phyo’s raw (un)cookbook, so I checked out her site. I made her date and almond bites and they turned out wonderful. You inspired me to check out more raw recipes!! I have a question for you: have you ever tried raw maca root powder? I read about it on Navita’s Naturals website and saw it in some of Ani Phyo’s recipes. I purchased a small amount of it to try in my oatmeal, and it turned out disgusting! I was just wondering if you knew anything about maca, or had any advise.

  32. curlytop on April 18, 2009 at 9:59 am


    Have an amazing trip! I’ll be heading out to RI Tuesday. 😀

    Quick question-Any tips on traveling? I’m thinking about packing bars and some oatmeal packets, but I’m not sure what else to bring!

    With Love,


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