Making and breaking habits

It was a quiche kinda night over here.


It took me about 18 years of life to learn that quiche starts with a “q.” 😉

The Pilot came home from work, and I wanted to make something quick and easy so we could hang out a little bit before being sucked into our respective laptops.


(Snacked on strawberries while I cooked)

I used this recipe, and baked it in the oven instead grilling,

mushrooms, shallots and asparagus for the veg.


Of course, Miss Bell wanted in on the action but she loves all things that are not for her 😉


I enjoyed a couple of pieces with a BBQ sweet potato mash (with bell pepper, cumin, chili powder and a little bit of BBQ sauce) and greens with Goddess dressing.

Yesterday while I was at the gym –I did the Biscuits are burning workout again- I was thinking about how fitness has become a part of life (instead of something I have to motivate myself to do, like when I was first getting started) and got to thinking about habits: the fitness/food related ones and all of the others. As far as good habits go, I’m good about grabbing a handful of salad or some type of greens to go with meals, and I’m a flossing fanatic- I almost always have some with me. For bad habits, to name a couple: I’m terrible about remembering when to put new contact lenses in, unless they start to get uncomfortable or I rip/lose one. As I typed that, I realized that I’ve been wearing the same pair for, ugh, 6 weeks instead of the recommended 4 (mental note to put new ones in tomorrow). I also have a tendency to stack recycling in the garage until it makes it to the bin –Jenga master!

As they say, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. What are some of your good habits, and the ones you’re working on changing?

This morning, Livi and I are heading to Whole Foods to walk around a grab a green juice,


and back home for her next meal and nap while we catch up on The Bachelor and The Voice. Hope you have a wonderful day <3

See ya later with a Family post!



Zumba song of the day: It’s a GOOD one, but you can’t go wrong with Pitbull 😉

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  1. Amelia on February 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Quiche is SO easy and perfect for nights that I don’t feel like cooking. I don’t look at exercise as a chore either anymore. It has just become a part of who I am and I honestly feel ‘naked’ when I haven’t moved/ gone to the gym/ walk, etc for the day.

    Bad habits include contact lenses as well, although I am getting better. One too many eye infections will teach you that! I am trying to get into the habit of drinking more tea in lieu of coffee, snacking less after dinner (darn you air popped popcorn!), and going to bed earlier.

    Kevin and I just started our Lent challenge in which we are trying to break our bad habit of cursing so much. Every time one of us says a ‘bad’ word, the other person is allowed to make you do 10 reps of whatever exercise they pick (pushups, jumping jacks, burpees, etc). So far it’s pretty funny.

  2. Brooke Mc on February 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Quiche looks amazing! I am so excited to have found this blog… I am a Registered Dietitian and now 20 weeks pregnant! It is refreshing to find some new recipes as well as workout tips.. running my 2nd half marathon in a few weeks 🙂 Keep up the fun posts

  3. Laury on February 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I wish my WF made green juice. What the hey???

    As far as good habits, I have the whole fitness and eating thing down. It’s pretty much everything else in life haha. I am majorly ADD. It’s horrible. I am so unorganized and I procrastinate. I am working on it though!! It’s so hard!!!!!

    Looove Pitbull. I listen to his Pandora station when I workout a lot

  4. Miriam@Bellaspire on February 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Well at least your bad habits are pretty benign! My new years resolution was to make a new goal each month. The thinking behind that was that it does take 21 days to form a habit so I’ll work on 12 things in a year!! We’ll see if it works 😉

  5. Sara on February 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm


    Serious addiction over here. Very bad habit…

  6. Susan on February 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’m on my 4th week of no soda–diet, regular any. :)) Huge deal–bad addiction

  7. on February 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    mm i love quiche!! always so good!! your smoothie is makin me miss whole foods…we moved to a small town in colorado with NO whole foods (or trader joes..or target) isnt that terrible? haha

  8. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Your quiche looks great!

    My good habits are that I’m good at eating mostly healthy and sticking to a workout routine. As for bad habits, I never remember to floss and I’m terrible at motivating myself to do early morning workouts. 😛

  9. Maddy on February 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    For some reason I feel the need to tell you I made sweet potato as a side too this evening AND with chili powder. Not sure why I find this comment worthy, but I do. I haven’t made it that way in probably 2 years, but without seeing this post I made it, but not mashed. I chopped up the sweet potato into thin circles and sprinkled the chili powder and paprika on it and cooked it at 450/425 to make it almost crispy. Our other side this evening was a massaged kale salad using TJ’s Goddess dressing. I never would have tried that dressing if it weren’t for this blog and OMG is it good! Must get more of that! My husband loved the goddess kale salad too and my son was willing to eat a few bites. I may try out that quiche recipe this week! It looks good. So far every recipe and product I have learned from this blog has been delicious! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      that sounds awesome! the pilot loves the goddess dressing, too 🙂
      and thank you- i’m so glad you’re finding it helpful!

  10. Erin on February 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    The most recent issue of Marie Claire had an interesting article on how instead of trying to “break” a habit you should replace it with something else. For example, instead of having a snack when you get home from work go for a walk or head to the gym. The good habit will soon replace the “bad” habit and doesn’t seem like you’re giving something up or making sacrifices.

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      i haven’t read the article, but that’s a interesting way to go about it!

  11. Cerissa on February 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Okay, seriously… can you do an “all things sweet potato” post one of these days? I’m kind of new to them and can never think of good ways to prepare/eat them. You seem to have a never ending supply of great sweet potato ideas!

    • Fitnessista on February 29, 2012 at 12:11 am

      ohhh i love that idea!

  12. Cara Craves... on February 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Hope you enjoyed The Bachelor, it was a good one!

  13. Meg | One Love Meg on February 29, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I love green juices. The problem with Whole Foods is they are so expensive. I am on the hunt for a local juice bar where I can get a better deal. My green drink at whole foods is $11 with all the extras I like to add. 🙂

  14. Kathy on February 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Gina – as usual you are right on time with something I’m struggling with – how do you do it? I’ve been working on healthier habits myself and doing ok but much of the time having to really make myself. I want it to flow naturally like you describe – inspiring that you got there. It gives me hope because I don’t believe one has to always be pushing hard to do the “right stuff” that we want to do anyway.

    So I have not read it yet but was pointed to a new book I just order that changed the life of a friend of mine. I found lots of great reviews for it too so it’s on the way (Love Amazon Prime too!) In case is helps any one here it is called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. It not only explains habits but also how to purposefully program them to be natural.

    Enjoy if you get it!

  15. Adrianna on March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I’m loving reqding about your new life. you all are so cute and happy!
    I always tell patients to mark a “CL” on a calendar to know when you opened a new pair of lenses, or switch them with your cycle, or a particular date you really like, like your fave number.

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