Itching to Move

Hi lovely bloggies ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you again for all of the get well wishes! Iโ€™m hanging in there.. fighting it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last night, the pilot and I broke out some of the tea that Celestial Seasonings sent me:


Iโ€™m a huge fan of all of their teas and I loved the tummy mint. Iโ€™m on a minty tea kick right now and that stuff was perfect right before bed.

We slept for 10 hours last nightโ€ฆ. I canโ€™t even tell you how glorious it felt to sleeeeeeeep in. I woke up feelng less than stellar but much better than I was doing last night.

Of course, my appetite is always the last thing to go ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was starving this morning!

We had his and her oats.


The pilot had 1 cup of oats cooked in water, topped with milk, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein and peanut butter:


I had 1/2 cup oats cooked in water, with 1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior, an apple that I โ€œbakedโ€ in the microwave for 2 minutes, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and 1 T almond butter

oats (2)

After we happily munched our bfasts, I was so ready to get in a sweat sesh. After two days of no cardio, I was itching to move, didnโ€™t feel quite as deathly as I have been and decided to roll with it. So the pilot and I hit up the gym and I did 15 minutes of abs (reverse crunches, stability ball ab twists, weighted teasers and frog crunches) and 45 easy minutes on the elliptical. Even though I didnโ€™t go nearly as hard as I usually do, it felt so amazing to get a little sweat going to get rid of the toxins.

After the gym, we went to our favorite juice place.

One of my favorite creations: wheatgrass shot, ginger and apple juice


We ran some errands, came back to the casa and I started prepping schtuff for tonightโ€™s dinner party.

Marinated the salmon in bourbon, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, sea salt and pepper:


Made raw chocolate whipped cream (young coconut meat, vanilla, agave, raw cacao powder) for the malted chocolate tarts:


Artichoke and Oregano dip from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan


Hummus so tasty, my camera ate the picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chopped all the veg:


Made the salmon garnish (minced bell pepper and green onion)


And mashed sweet potatoes(baked organic sweet potatoes, almond milk, Earth Balance, Sucanat, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg)


(I want to swim in them)

Those little beauties are keeping warm in the slow cooker ๐Ÿ˜‰

All I have left to do is shower and make myself presentable, set out all of the dishes, plate and assemble ๐Ÿ˜€

Iโ€™m out like sauerkraut but I hope you all have a fabulous Saturday.

See ya tomorrow with a dinner party re-cap.



[Old school ] Workout jam of the day: โ€œBicycle Raceโ€ by Queen

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  1. Karyn on February 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    bicycle race is an amazing song. and that salmon looks pretty darn good too. i’m a relatively new follower to your blog but how much fish do you eat as opposed to other meats? just curious as the majority of my meat comes from chicken and turkey and i feel like lately youve been showing a lot of fish (of course i could just be imagining that haha)

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      hey karyn,
      it’s been almost 2 years since i’ve had other meats- fish and eggs are my only animal protein sources. so yes, i do eat a lot of fish ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on February 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I can totally relate to wanting to get your sweat on! I was sick ALL of last week. I literally did not have the energy to work out – but my heart and mind wanted to *so* badly! I’m glad you got to get a workout in. Hope you start feeling better soon!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on February 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Love the salmon marinade. I am itching to move because we are snowed in with over 20 inches and no power! I keep doing some plyos on my own…haha.

  4. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on February 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    You always make the best food for your dinner parties. I don’t know how you have the energy to do all that when you are not feeling well. The salmon looks absolutely fantastic. I’m sure it will be a delicious meals.

  5. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 6, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I hope that body of yours heals real soon so you can get back to your normal routine… I know it really stinks to be out of commission.

    It looks like that dinner may do the trick. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You always come up with the very best dinner parties!

  6. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on February 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    That is one great looking dinner! I’m sure all your guests will love it! I hope you get to feeling better!

  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Oh this marinade sounds heavenly!!! : bourbon, maple syrup, orange zest, orange juice, sea salt and pepper. WOW! The salmon looks beautiful, and that’s coming from a vegan. You have lucky guests b/c those sweet potatoes and the choc filling or whipped cream you made…all looks delish Gena! Oh and the dip from ED & BV…I didnt even know that was in there. I swear, I only know what’s in ED & BV b/c I see the food on blogs, I am “dense” for that book and miss half the good stuff. Off to research…

  8. Lauren @ eater not a runner on February 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Salmon and sweet potatoes!? Wish I was coming for dinner!

  9. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. on February 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    That juice looks insanely gooD! Loving the mix of wheatgrass and ginger!

  10. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on February 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Yum, everything looks great! I definitely understand the itch to move. My only exercise yesterday and today was shoveling and I doubt the roads will be clear enough tomorrow to go for a run.

  11. Katie on February 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm


    I love your blog and I’ve been keeping up with yours and a few others for a while. I noticed that you use a variety of recipes from a number of sources, but I was wondering if you have a favorite vegetarian or vegan cookbook? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      eat drink and be vegan
      and any of the canyon ranch cookbooks!

  12. Michal on February 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Have fun at your dinner party ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that tummy mint tea its so yummy!

  13. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on February 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! Have a great dinner party!

  14. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    OMG. Can I come over? Glad you’re feeling a little better. It would stink to feel crappy and have to host a party!

  15. Amber on February 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    You’re just ridiculously cute! Love your blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      YOU’RE cute! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. kalli@fitandfortysomething on February 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Can I come over for dinner???? Looks great.

  17. geetha on February 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Hi gina,
    Hope u feel better dear. I’m sure the wheatgrass juice will work wonders. Can’t wait to see pics of your dinner party. The Salmon looked great.
    I have a question for you- what are the benefits of having almond milk as opposed to dairy…i use about 1 cup of skim milk for my protein/ green drink/ smoothie for breakfast. I was thinking about substituting almond milk…but wanted to know more about it, before i gave it a shot.
    Thanks! gina.

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      hey geetha,
      i prefer almond milk because i don’t usually eat cow’s dairy products (only goat).

  18. Ange Peters on February 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Wow – your guests are so lucky!! I just found your blog and LOVE your posts!!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      thank ange ๐Ÿ™‚ welcome to the little bloggy!

  19. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on February 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Glad you got to sweat a bit! Sometimes when I’m not feeling too hot getting a nice workout in seemed to help heal me quicker. Hope your dinner party is fun tonight… looks like it will be tasty!

  20. Jacqueline on February 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Sending good healthy vibes you way. Hope you feel better very soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. caronae on February 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Hope you’re feeling stellar by tomorrow Gina! Your salmon and sweet tater mash look phenomenal.

  22. Jenna on February 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Wish I was at your dinner party just for the sweet mashed potatoes!!

  23. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on February 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    glad you are feeling better – have a great dinner party!

  24. Paige @ Running Around Normal on February 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Happy to hear you’re feeling better:) Sounds like it’s gonna be a delicious dinner party! I looove smashed sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on February 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Your oats sound fantastic! I love that combo.

  26. Ashlei on February 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I love Celestial Seasonings tea ๐Ÿ™‚ So good!

    His and Her oats. That’s too cute!!

  27. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on February 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    You’re salmon looks fantastic. I can’t wait to make some when I get home…salmon is normally a huge staple of my eats! Feel better soon!!

  28. Jenna @ EatingGreen,StayingLean on February 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better!!! Those mashed sweet potatoes look AMAZINGGGG.

  29. Susan on February 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better

  30. La on February 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I love how mint tea totally eases your stomach! I thought it was just an old wive’s tale until I was having a really bad stomach ache and decided to try it out… Miraculous ๐Ÿ™‚

    I feel you on wanting to get out there..I’ve been sickly and resting for a few days and need to get myself moving again! I feel so blah without it.

  31. Sara (effortless health) on February 7, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Wow that juice sounds delicious! I cannot wait till I get my juicer running again and then Im going to try that combo asap! I had no idea celestial seasonings made wellness mint tea!

  32. alli on February 7, 2010 at 2:11 am

    off topic question: im having trouble balancing cardio w strength training (usually cardio 5-6 days a week and strength 2). i have my body fat measured every couple of weeks and last week was surprised to see that id lost a couple lbs of muscle (or something other than fat…). i record food and it looks like im eating enough. any pointers? thanks thanks thanks!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Suzanne on February 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Bicycle race is on my current cardio playlist!!!

  34. K on February 7, 2010 at 9:57 am

    That Artichoke and Oregano Dip sounds really good! Hope the dinner party was a success and that you’re feeling 120% better ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Jonna on February 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi Gina,

    I absolutely love your blog and read it whenever I can. I hope that you are feeling better soon! I have some questions for you regarding daily caloric intake and activity levels. I was wondering if I could e-mail you some questions? After my 2nd and 3rd child (twins!), I decided to really step up and lose some weight and get in better shape. I started regularly exercising and eating well, etc. Now that I’ve been in a place that I’ve been comfortable weight wise (sometimes up a few or down a few!), I feel like I struggle with maintenance (hence the ups and downs) and am not really sure what I should be consuming on a daily basis. I also am interested in adding to my exercise routine. Anyways, was wondering if I could ask you a few more specifics? Thanks! Jonna

  36. Erin on February 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    ooh, those potatoes look TASTY! do you have a recipe or did you just throw everything together?

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      i just threw everything together ๐Ÿ™‚ it was about 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/3 C earth balance, 2 T sucanat, 1 t cinnamon, 1/4 t nutmeg, pinch of sea salt and 1 T vanilla

  37. All Women Stalker on February 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Peanut butter and oats? Man, I’ve got to try that. Your salmon looks awesome, by the way.

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