Lovely day for a tour

It’s a gorgeous day today.


Slightly cloudy and cool,

perfect to leave the door to the backyard open so Miss Bell can run amuck


and ideal for the Tour de Tucson, which started this morning.

El Tour de Tucson is a huge road cycling event, held the weekend before Thanksgiving, and as many as 9,000 people will ride. It’s HUGE and there are various courses to choose from- the longest is 110 miles. 100 miles is a staggering number to me, especially considering I crash and burn trying to ride down a neighborhood street. The only bike I ride is a spin bike- no chance of actual movement is a good thing.

The street to work was closed for the cyclers, and it was so motivational to see them rocking it out on my way to teach this morning. Definitely put an extra pep in my step.

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Some eats:

Last night’s casserole, which ended up being amazing


[of course, anything covered in a blanket of melted goat gouda is a guaranteed win in my book, but the flavors were fantastic]

this morning, I enjoyed an egg-rito:


and for lunch, a salad beast


courtesy of Joe the Trader. I got the same one that I munched on the way to San Diego- such an awesome combo.

Going to chill for a second, eat a cookie –last week’s pre-Zumba sugar buzz was almost as good as having caffeine- and then it’s Zumba time.

See ya later!



Today’s tip: Next time you’re looking for a lunge variation, try a curtsy lunge. I always seem to forget about them, and one of my work friends reminded me of it during a class I was assisting.

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Make it more challenging: add a knee lift, or a lateral raise

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  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on November 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Wish the weather was that nice in Pittsburgh!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on November 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Love the curtsy lunge! One of my favorite songs that I teach has a ton of them with long periods of holding and pulsing! Killer moves for the legs!

    Enjoy your Saturday! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      that sounds evil and amazing

  3. Mary on November 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    What do you use to wrap your egg-rito?? I hope you have a sweet and stress free Saturday!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      thank you, lovely! it’s a brown rice tortilla from tj’s

  4. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on November 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    We have a similar event here in Buffalo!! Its so fun to see all the participants kicking ass!!!

  5. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on November 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Jealous of your nice weather…it’s fa-reezing here today 🙁
    Love the curtsy lunge, such a good workout for the glutes!

  6. Allison on November 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    i’d love to do a bike tour like that!
    and yes anything covered in a blanket of melty cheese is good in my books as well

  7. Chloe (In Fine Feather) on November 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    The Tucson tour sounds super cool, it’d be fun to watch as well! Love the idea of a healthier casserole, once I figure out how to work my oven (something is wrong with it but I’m not sure what) I’m definitely going to make a similar version. Casseroles are great for a single lady like me too because I can box it up for dinners/lunches throughout the week!

  8. chelsea on November 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    That ride reminds me of the MS150 which is a bike ride from Houston to Austin 🙂

  9. Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT on November 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Curtsy lunges are great! We often forget about the lateral movements – great for balance and the core! 🙂 Plus, I feel like the curtsy lunge gets those inner thighs!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      yes- lateral movements are counter-intuitive, so we tend to forget about them!

  10. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love that first pic. I can tell and almost feel the cloudy and coolness just from that pic. Hope you’re staying cozy.

    Last night’s casserole looks fab. I love big one-pan meals like that and also leftovers which save me time the next day.

    Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

  11. Olivia @ PeanutButterNerd on November 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Ahh piles of laundry. I’m in school and am busy all of the time and when my boyfriend is home from school every weekend I’m always at his place so I am constantly stuck with an overflowing laundry hamper!

  12. Sana on November 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Love the curvy lunge I try to be all fancy and curtsy!

  13. Sable@SquatLikeALady on November 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    That casserole looks diviiiiine! And it always pumps me up to see a road race, whether it’s runners or bikers 🙂 So inspirational!

    Have a beautiful Saturday 🙂

  14. Army Amy* on November 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I have so much respect for bikers! And to go that far is baller!*

  15. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    That salad looks so good! I’m glad the weather is cooling down, unfortunately its cooling down a little too much in PA, we’re expected to get snow soon!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      snow!! *shivers*

  16. Alissa on November 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Perfect timing! I have been doing lunges around my job for a couple of weeks now and will defiantly pick up some weights next week. Thank you for the tips!

  17. Ali on November 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Wow! Those bikers are hard core!

  18. Natasha on November 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Word! Love those biker boy’s legs! and your “Sassarole” looks devine! – how is baby? and how is furry baby?

  19. justine on November 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Haha! I love the cyclist’s physique on a man too! Purrrfect…
    Gina, can you please direct me to the post you did on the Tone It UP plan? Am thinking of signing up, and would value your thoughts before shelling out the cash!

  20. Heidi Gruber on November 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Hi Gina! New to your blog and am absolutely in love with it. You really have a talent for writing. 🙂 Just a thought… do you have a way to subscribe to email updates? I would love to subscribe. If you don’t, then that’s ok. Joy and happiness to you. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      thank you, heidi! there’s an rss feed button on the top right side- that should work 🙂

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

    100 miles seems crazy to me too! Especially if it involves hills like the one in that picture. 😛

  22. Shannon (Healthiful Balance) on November 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    The first picture looks great! I love blue skys! 🙂

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