It’s the last day

of my “old” age! (as my little nana always says)

That’s right peeps, I turn the big 2-5 tomorrow. Even though I joke about the quarter life crisis, I’m actually pretty excited. 25 has always sounded like a nice age to me… even though it’s all down hill from there 😉

So I started the last day of my old age with some crazy oats


2/3 C multigrain oats and a palm full of goji berries with a smashed nanner added in


With Stevia, cinnamon, vanilla and a “baked” persimmon that I nuked in the microwave for 1 minute with Earth Balance and cinnamon


Not too shabby 😀

For dinner last night, I finally make the pilot the Chicken Cordon Bleu he had been hankering for:


I followed the recipe exactly, the only difference was that I used whole wheat panko for the bread crumbs. (He also had a baked potato that hadn’t finished cooking by the time I left for work)

Served with some of Giada’s Spicy Parmesean Green Beans and Kale(with goat gouda in lieu of the parmesean, veggie broth instead of white wine, and baby bella mushrooms instead of cremini)


I wasn’t too hungry since I was a snack machine during the day and had a large-ish lonchi, but I did serve myself a big bowl of veggies before heading back to the gym for training appointments and did an hour of hill walking with a magazine 😀


When I got back to the casa, I may or may not have taken an Irish car bomb shot with the pilot (he’s a drink bully! Haha) and then had one of my favorite desserts of all time.


Plain organic popcorn popped in the microwave in a paper bag, topped with cinnamon and vegan chocolate chips.

A side of Biggest Loser and my (other) man singing to me on DWTS 😉

(Said beefcake comes in at 5:15)

Well I’m off to do some pre-celebrating, which in this town includes going to Wizzle (aka Wal-Mart), health food store, doing some laundry and heading to work. Party animal 😉 I think I need some Indian food tonight!

See ya later, lovely bloggies <3



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  1. Liz on November 11, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Oooh! I forgot that Michael Buble was on DWTS last night. I was busy watching Biggest Loser (GREAT show-especially to work out during) so I will definitely be stopping back here later to watch that video 🙂

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Start celebrating early! Hot popcorn with chocolate chips is also a favorite snack of mine. The chocolate get so soft and melty. Love it.

  3. Whit on November 11, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Be still my heart! AH, the wonders of the Bublé!!!!

    Happy early b-day, Gina!

  4. Amelia on November 11, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Popcorn and chocolate chips huh? I might have to try that.
    I’m headed for age 25 myself and trying hard to get excited about it lol. 🙂

  5. Mellissa on November 11, 2009 at 10:01 am

    25 is a great age!

  6. Erica on November 11, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hey now! I’m 27 and feel like I’m still moving up hill 😉 Happy ALMOST Birthday! I hope you have the absolute best day tomorrow.

    The dinner you made for the pilot looks fantastic- I’m sure he loved every bite. I want to try that yummy Giada recipe.

  7. Carolyn on November 11, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Glad you finally got to make his b-day dinner. Hope YOUR b-day is a blast!

  8. VeggieGirl on November 11, 2009 at 10:06 am


  9. Lindsay on November 11, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Happy early Birthday! I turn 25 on Saturday! 🙂 Happy Birthday to US! 🙂

  10. Rose on November 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Happy early Birthday! 25 is pretty rad. I freaked out for a quick second the day before and the day of, but I’ve been fine since 🙂

  11. Spotty Prep on November 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Happy early birthday! 25 has been a great year for me so far. Best wishes to you in the coming year! Indian food sounds like a great way to celebrate 🙂

  12. Kim on November 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Happy early birthday!

    And how do you make popcorn in the microwave? I only know how to do it on the stove!

  13. Jackie on November 11, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I just turned 25 in October….it hasn’t been so bad. I just have been thinking about it as just another reason to keep myself healthy!

  14. Paige (Running Around Normal) on November 11, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Yay! Happy last day of old age! Haha have a good one 🙂

  15. Krista on November 11, 2009 at 10:42 am

    25 was 10 years ago for me! Yikes! AND I was 7 months pregnant. Holy cow! 30 was a MUCH harder number for me…

    You have yourself a fantastic day!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2009 at 11:34 am

      you’re 30?!? i had no idea, i totally thought you were my age 🙂

  16. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on November 11, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday Eve! Happy Wednesday 🙂

  17. Alice on November 11, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Hey, I’m heading towards 25 myself, in a month or two. You have achieved a LOT, so you should be proud!

  18. Molly @thevegandorm on November 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Can’t wait to watch Buble tear it up tonight!
    He makes me swwooon.
    Happy birthday!

  19. Katie on November 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

    ive never put chocolate chips with my popcorn..thats a great idea!

  20. Marissa on November 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Happy early birthday!!

  21. boomette1 on November 11, 2009 at 10:58 am

    just 25 tomorrow? wow I just got 30 last Friday. I love chicken cordon bleu, this recipe looks yummy. Giada makes always yummy recipes. But I’ve never tried kale. Is the taste a bit like spinach? I really don’t know. I’ll have to try it one day.

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2009 at 11:34 am

      yup it tastes kind of like spinach.. more like collard greens though

      • boomette1 on November 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm

        haha I’ve never tried collard greens. I have so many things to try.

  22. Katie on November 11, 2009 at 11:02 am

    HAPPY early BIRTHDAY! Oh you gotta celebrate more then that 😉 That Pilot sounds like trouble making you drink a shot. I bet he REEEALLY had to coerce you 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2009 at 11:33 am

      hahah twist my arm, right?? 😉

  23. katherine on November 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Mmmmm the popcorn looks FABU!!!

  24. MillerGirl on November 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I just found your blog and it’s wonderful! I look forward to your comments daily. Have a fun fun birthday tommarrow! Celebrate big!

  25. Cyn Marie on November 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Happy early birthday! At least you are still in your 20s! I’ll be celebrating the big 3-0 next summer.

    I am going to have to try that popcorn it look amazing! Pretty much everything you eat looks amazing and I just steal it and make any necessary modifications for my own tummy’s enjoyment.

  26. Jenna on November 11, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Haha, happy birthday! Also, I just wanted to let you know that crimini mushrooms are baby bellas! So, on that one, you actually used the recipe ingredient. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2009 at 12:22 pm

      hahah whoo hoo!! and i had no idea 😀

  27. Angharad (Eating for England) on November 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Oh my goodness woman – those spicy green beans look absolutely amazing! The chicken cordon bleu looks blooming good too though! It’d be a toss up for me!

  28. Erica on November 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Enjoy your last day of your early 20s! Twenty-five is not so bad, THIRTY was MUCH worse! Just try not to say “quarter of a century” because since I am now 6 years beyond that, it makes me feel VERY OLD! Yikes!! 😉

    I hope you have a great pre-birthday day. Watch out for Walmart, it’ll suck the life right outta ya…trust me, I did it yesterday!

  29. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on November 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Your oats look fab AND I love puttin some carobs in my popcorn.. especially when its hot and the chips melt!

    I was stoked to turn 25.. I thought it sounded more mature when I told pple how old I was. lol

  30. Lauren on November 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    All the food looks delish! Happy early birthday. Great dessert idea!

  31. Jessica on November 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Gina!! I totally forgot that we are BDAY TWINS!!! My birthday’s tomorrow too…. except i’ll be turning 19 (i know, such a young soph) !! 🙂

    That popcorn snack sounds amaze!! Love when the chips get all melty, mmm! Have a great day love!

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm

      bday twins!!! whoo hoo!
      yes, you are a youngin’ 😀 enjoy your bday my dear!

  32. stephanie @ Foodie McFood on November 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Happy early birthday from another November birthday girl!! You did a full on Irish car bomb shot? That’s pretty impressive woman!

  33. Sally on November 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Enjoy your Birthday-Eve, Gina…I get a feeling 25 will be a fabulous year for you! and may I say “thank you” to the Pilot for his selflessness and service to our country on this Veterans’ Day!

  34. Jenna on November 11, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    great dinner! love the popcorn snack, looks terrific!

  35. Kailey (SnackFace) on November 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    OK, I know I’ll be running around campus tomorrow like a fool, so I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! now before I’m too late 🙂

    Twenty-five is going to be a bossy year for you–I can feel it! I hope you do/ eat/ drink all your favorite things on your b-day!!! xoxo

  36. Certifiably Fit on November 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Hope you enjoy your b-day! Oh by the way it is not all down hill after this…I’m at 31 and life for me has been getting better and better since 25.

    Love your eats too…that popcorn looks good.

  37. Shelby on November 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Those oats sound spectacular! Love all the flavors and textures.

    Ooo and those green beans and kale sound even better! I love me some spicy greens!

    Popcorn with chocolate chips = HEAVEN! I must make that soon.

  38. K on November 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Oh man, Irish car bombs were one of the first “bar” drinks I had when I turned 21. I couldn’t drink it fast enough and it curdled on me – hahah, EW!

  39. Claire on November 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Happy Birthday and live it up!! The only birthday I’ve dreaded is my next one, 33.Two months and counting. cc

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  41. Shari B. on November 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Happy Early Bday G$ 🙂 Wow, 25. I feel too old to be reading your blog now. 😉 I’m 36!! But I feel 22 if that makes any difference (maturity level anyway!)

    I thought of you last night while watching your beefcake on DWTS. I almost sent you a tweet, but you were already on it!

    Have a great night!

    • Fitnessista on November 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

      age is just a silly number anyway 🙂 you are NOT too old to read my bloggy!
      haha thank you for thinking of me when you saw the seksi man sing 🙂

  42. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    That popcorn looks so amazing! I need to start adding chocolate chips to my popcorn too!

  43. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on November 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I LOVE The Biggest Loser. Happy early bday! I loved being 25. 🙂 Your veggies look seriously good!

  44. Melissa S. on November 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    yay for the big day tomorrow!!!

  45. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl on November 11, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Happy (Early) Birthday!!! Woo hoo for birthday joy!!!


  46. Suzanne on November 12, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Life just gets better with age and experience! Ok, I maybe trying to make myself feel better about being 38 and probably your oldest reader!! Happy Birthday x

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2009 at 11:00 am

      i know for a fact you’re not the oldest reader 😀
      thank you for the bday wish!

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