Lose some, win some

I’m kind of crazy about Bella’s new haircut.


We took her to a new groomer, which can always be a little nerve-racking but she came highly recommended by a friend, and were so happy with everything about it. The place was clean, the employees were extremely kind, Bell was happy (and playing with their pet poodle!) when we picked her up, and they did a great job. Good things all around.

It kind of looks like she got a bob cut:

Bell 2

Some events from the day:

Zumba was so much fun ( PACKED the house!)

I studied a little during one of my breaks

Photo 20

(anyone else write all over their text books? All of mine from undergrad were always covered in highlighter and notes in the margins. I could never resell them for very much…)

I did Lisa’s hair in waves and she brought gluten-free cookies for all the girls

Photo 21

(I told her I’ll swap hair services for cookies any day. I ate three)

and I made a dinner very similar to last night’s, and extremely different at the same time.

Still cooked in the slow cooker, still using a jar -I threw it in on my lunch break-

Slow cooker chicken 2

but this one actually tasted AMAZING.

I got the idea from a work friend, who uses the Trader Joe’s salsa verde as a marinade for slow cooker chicken.

I added 4 chicken breasts, a jar of salsa verde, 1/2 onion, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne, cooked on high for 5 hours

(pic before cooking)

Slow cooker chicken

and it was so good, I ended up eating two chicken breasts (went back for the other half) atop an egg white patty with quinoa and spinach. I poured some of the sauce on top of the quinoa and it was fantastic.

A quick, easy recipe, and I’m pretty stoked to have a leftover chicken for lunch or breakfast tomorrow.

Off to film tomorrow’s ab burner! Any requests? 😉

Have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning.



Today’s tip: Balance training is important because it can improve posture, coordination and prevent injuries and falls as we age. It’s a critical component of a solid training plan, and here’s another reason to challenge your stability while you exercise: more muscles are working, so you can burn more calories. Easy ways to challenge balance: perform the movements on a BOSU balance trainer or try dumbbell exercises standing on one leg.

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  1. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on September 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Slow cooker chicken was one of the meals I had in my head as a possibility for tomorrow…I think I’ll try this version! Perfect timing! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      i hope you love it!

  2. Laura on September 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Bella looks so adorbs! I also write all over my textbooks. You’re supposed to! 🙂 Happy studying.

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      some of my friends would return them with nothing written on them, and they got great grades- i didn’t understand because i’d scribble all over mine! maybe they were just geniuses? 🙂

      • vicky on September 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

        i’m getting my masters in teaching right now, and we’re learning all about multiple types of learners…. if you’re curious and have a moment, take a VARK test online!… sounds like you’re a read/write person like me! need to take notes/physically write in the margins (arrows, highlight, underscore) to absorb material… other cool tests: multiple intelligences survey, and myers briggs type indicator!

        • Jaclyn on September 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

          Hi Vicky,
          So interesting that you are doing your Masters in Teaching. I just finished my MT program in the spring and haven’t heard of many schools that offer it. Any chance you’re based in Toronto, too?
          Take care, Jaclyn

  3. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on September 19, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I definitely go highliter happy on my textbooks – makes it easier for me to go back and pick out the important stuff!

  4. Molly on September 19, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Yoga is also great balance work!

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm


  5. Azka on September 20, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Not related to this post at all, but I did your new arm burner, the recent booty and Ab burners mixed in with hiit running and it was a wonderful way to get back into working out after a week long break. Forgot to take a picture but thanks for the great sweat! Can’t wait for this new Ab burner. Can we target the post partum lower belly with some moves in this one? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2012 at 12:33 am

      yes, the new one hits all of the ab muscles- definitely good for postpartum bellies 🙂

      • Fitnessista on September 20, 2012 at 12:33 am

        i’m so glad to hear you could mix and match for an awesome workout, too!!

  6. @pluvk on September 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Bella looks so cute! And that chicken over an egg patty looks delicious. I was wondering how many eggs you used?

  7. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on September 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I love Bella’s new haircut! She looks adorable!!! A good groomer where the puppy stays happy is key!

  8. LisaG on September 20, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Oh yum thanks for the crockpot recipe; i have ingredients already. Bella is so sweet with her ponytails: i think she knows it!!

  9. Jess on September 20, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Bella is adorable!!! 🙂

  10. Irina @ Chocolatea Time on September 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Oh man all my school books are filled with notes and highlights! That’s probably the reason I still have all of them and haven’t sold them yet…

  11. Eva @ Committed2Nutrition on September 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I freakin’ love my crockpot, and love how you can really just throw everything together and it will come out tasting awesome. I love TJ’s salsa verde so I am so glad you posted this. YUM! and don’t you love when your Zumba class is packed?!! it makes it THAT MUCH BETTER!!

  12. Rachel on September 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    awww she looks adorable! The groomers wouldn’t touch my cat :/ so we have to trip his fur ourselves haha

  13. Lacey @ FamilyFitnessandFoodery on September 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Love the crockpot idea I think I might do that tomorrow and use some homemade green chile sauce. Thanks for the great idea! Jazzed to see a new ab burner! Might use it after my run. I need to do some more ab work to give my back more support. It gets sore after longer runs.

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Bella is such a cutie, I love her new ‘do.

  15. Jacqueline on September 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I’ll have to try that recipe. Crock Pot Chili Verde is one of the very few things I make that actually turn out edible. My secret ingredient a whole bottle of La Victoria’s green taco sauce.
    I feel weird putting chicken on eggs. It’s like 2 generations. lol

    • Fitnessista on September 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      hahah oh man. now i won’t be able to do it again.

  16. Jess T on September 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I recognize that book, I’m working my way through it right now too! I highlight like crazy and write my notes in a separate notebook. : )

  17. C on September 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    She has a cute little poodle haircut!!!!

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