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Guess who’s been a lazy bum tonight?? *raises hand* ME! To be honest, I’m not feelin’ so hot but more on that in a second :/

In happier news, I received the most lovely package from Katie today!

I asked for something fun from One Lucky Duck in exchange for some raw macaroons and she surprised me with a boatload of glorious goodies.


Cinnamon crispies from One Lucky Duck:


A nougat bar for the pilot:


CHOCOLATE AGAVE SAUCE (foodgasms in the near future.. I can already tell)


And a new book!


Pretty amazing, right?

Thank you again, so much Katie <3

So to be honest with ya’ll, not too much happened according to the grand plan for the day. No run, no tart-making, nada. I often get asked how I don’t get burned out with all of the things I do (four jobs is a lot, haha). The only thing that keeps me going is when on nights like tonight, when I start to feel a little exhausted, worn down, or kinda sick, I lay low for the night. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I take a little break.

Off to continue my bum night and I”ll see ya in the morning, refreshed and doing the Friday dance.



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  1. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Enjoy the chill night 🙂

  2. Andrea @ Celery In The City on February 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Is that from One Lucky Duck in NYC??

  3. Marissa on February 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Doing a whole lot of nothing is needed! I hope you’re night is extra relaxing!

  4. Annabananabomb on February 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better soon – keep up the veggies and the vegging

  5. Brittany on February 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Oh no lady. Hope your plan to lay low tonight works and you don’t actually get sick! Vegging is definitely nice every once in a while.

    I thought this post might give a clue to what the GREAT news was that you mentioned on twitter- no such luck. 😉

  6. Tyler Ramey on February 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Love veg days. Arent they fun? I get the most random things accomplished on days like that. That agave sauce looks oh em gee amazing. You gotta use it asap so we can all drool. 🙂

    -Blog Boy

  7. Mary C on February 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I just got that book too–can’t wait to crack it open! have fun relaxin’..we all need a break every now and then 🙂

  8. Erica on February 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Feel better Gina!

  9. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on February 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Enjoy your relaxing evening! Hope you wake up refreshed! 🙂

  10. Lauren @ eater not a runner on February 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Hope you feel better tomorrow! That looks like one awesome package 😉

  11. Run Sarah on February 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Enjoy the vegging – I am so looking forward to it tonight!

  12. Steph on February 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Awww I hope you feel better quick!! Hopefully you’ll be all rested up for the weekend! Enjoy your down time, you deserve it! 🙂

  13. Jamie on February 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I love Barbara Kingsolver! She spoke at Duke’s graduation two years ago!

  14. Kady on February 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Hey! I’m new to the blogging world and I stumbled upon your blog, so I thought I’d say hi. You have some great recipes and ideas! Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is on my to-read list…you’ll have to update when you finish it and let us know how it is!

  15. Laura J. @ Health & Hotness on February 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Enjoy your veg night! You deserve it!
    Were you reading the new issue of Clean Eating in the couch picture? I just got mine yesterday and there are sooo many awesome recipes in there that I can’t wait to try out. I love love love that magazine! 🙂

  16. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    it’s so great that you’re vegging tonight…sometimes just vegging out is the best way to go 🙂

  17. Karyn on February 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    oh man feel better! lots of relaxing is the answer. vegging = key

  18. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Enjoy Animal, Vegetable Mineral!! I read it a few years ago, and really enjoyed it!

  19. La on February 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Feel better mama! Sometimes it’s nice to take a break and veg out!

  20. Anne on February 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    You are going to love Animal, Vegetable, Miracle! Its such a comfortable read with so much good information. Enjoy!

  21. TorontoGirloutWest on February 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Enjoy your downtime – you’ve earned it! ?

  22. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on February 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Enjoy the book. I found it really inspiring and thought-provoking — definitely one of my favorite recent reads.

  23. Megan on February 4, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I’m just finishing up that book. It’s a great read and will make you want to hit up a farmers market ASAP. I’m in Wisconsin and warm temps can’t come soon enough! I’m looking forward to helping my parents with the garden at their house. Can’t wait for fresh veggies!

  24. Catherine on February 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Feel better chica! What a perfect day to get a little present to give you a little perk to your day. 😉

  25. Susan on February 5, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Hope you have a relaxing evening and enjoy the read. Put the feet up and enjoy.

  26. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 5, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Well, shoot! If anyone deserves a break, it would be you, me dear. I hope your evening continued to be “under the radar” and you’re up and refreshed today! 🙂

  27. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Feel better! Sometimes those nights are needed!


  28. Sara @ Activegal on February 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Relax and enjoy your night! We all need those every once in a while!

  29. Paige (Running Around Normal) on February 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Uh oh…hopefully taking the night off will help you recover. Hate, hate, hate getting sick!

    That veggie pile looks deeelicious!

  30. Geetha on February 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I hear ya, gina….it’s days like these that help us recoup our energy and strength. Our body is an amazingly designed machine…often people don’t listen to their bodies; honor your body, your strengths and weaknesses and go with the flow.
    I have a question for you- what is your facial skin care regimen?…what cleansing and moisturizing products do you use? you use your coconut oil on your face?
    Enjoy!… we are having a winter snowstorm…18 to 24 inches of snow expected over today and tomorrow.

  31. Christie @ Honoring Health on February 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Hope you are feeling better!!

  32. kalli@fitandfortysomething on February 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Great idea to do nothing…..It is what makes us stronger and better in the long run.

  33. islandgirleats on February 5, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Nice looking package. The book looks like it will be an interesting read.

  34. Lisa on February 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Feel better! Hope you do a book review for us on that one.

  35. Jessica on February 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love that book!!!

  36. Raya on February 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Awww, I hope you feel better!! I am a semi-new blog reader and a lot of your posts seriously crack me up, I love your sense of humor. And I am DYING to try these macaroons you’re always making!! Get well!!! <3 Raya

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

      hey raya,
      thanks so much and welcome to the little bloggy 😀

  37. Krista on February 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Chocolate agave??? Can’t wait to see how you use that!! 🙂

    And will you do a review of the book when you’re done reading it? I’ve been looking to buy it but haven’t been sure if it’s “worth” it.

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2010 at 9:55 am

      i already have plans for that chocolate suace 😉
      of course i’ll do a review! 🙂

  38. Hannah Hawley on February 5, 2010 at 10:22 am

    That book is amazing. One of my top 5 reads ever!

  39. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hey Gina,

    Hope you feel better soon!!!! 🙂 🙂 Kick back & relax, catch up on some gossip mags, shows, or new books 😉 We are snowed in here in DC so I’ll be doing the same!



  40. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 5, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Hope you’re feeling better!! Chocolate agave sounds beyond amazing!

  41. K on February 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Vegging out is a cure all – that’s what I’ve been doing since last night. Coming home from my business trip coupled with more work and school made K a very unhappy person. What a lovely gift from Katie! She’s such a doll 🙂

    Happy Friday, G$!

  42. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on February 5, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Sometimes you just have to listen to your body. I had a day like that and after resting and relaxing I felt ready to get back to exercise the next day.

  43. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on February 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    We all need a chance to relax and veg out on occasion. You work really hard and definitely deserve an evening off from time to time. Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

  44. Autumn Tao on February 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    That’s such a wonderful book. I fell in love with it! Discussions about canning tomatoes and gardening are made fun and interesting with her prose. Enjoy it!

  45. Pam (pamcakes and eggs) on February 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    That’s an AWESOME book and totally got me into eating local…or trying to a bit. Don’t know how easy that will be in Valdosta. I’m not even sure where Valdosta is…hahah.

  46. Katie on February 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I’m so glad you got the package! Hope you enjoy 🙂

    Good for you for taking a much-needed night off. Nothing wrong with veging! I’m doing that tomorrow during the day, and can’t WAIT.

  47. Bridget on February 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I am in need of some expert advice on weight lifting! First of all let me say that you have inspired me to lift weights with your shape up plan! See my problem is that I run… and only run! I have been trying to follow your shape up plan and work my abs regularly, however, I feel like my lower back/muffin top is not going away. Do you have any tips on how to work this particular area? I thought that doing intervals on the treadmill would have an impact, but I’m not seeing it. Perhaps I’m impatient!

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      hey bridget,
      here’s a post i did all about abs:
      😀 hang in there and eventually you’ll see the results you’re looking for!

  48. Elizabeth on February 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    hi gina- do you have any suggestions for beginners with yoga? i want to start at home- any dvds you would reccomend? i know you do the podcasts too.

    thanks- love the blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      hey elizabeth,
      check out the rodney yee dvds or (my fave) 😀

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