Memorial Day Mushies

Hey guys! How was your day?? Ours was bueno ๐Ÿ™‚

We were both off work, so we did Insanity, cleaned the casa, walked the puppers and went to a BBQ at the commanders house.

I was patriotic in my sailor shorts ๐Ÿ™‚


and made a pasta salad to take to the BBQ at the commanderโ€™s casa.

pasta salad

-100% whole wheat pasta

-honey goat cheese

-balsamic fig vinaigrette (shallot, fig vinegar, EVOO, sea salt, pepper)



-small diced red onion

I managed to take a pic of my plate โ€“I was in โ€œsneaky bloggerโ€ mode- before I re-filled it a couple of times ๐Ÿ˜€


Fruit + veg + pasta salad and broccoli (x3ish)

For dessert, there was tres leches, mocha chocolate, poppy seed layer cake, cupcakes, cookies, and berries with cream. If you picture it in your brain, think of the most epic dessert table youโ€™ve ever seen ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a small bite of the poppy seed cake and chocolate cake and a big bowl oโ€™ berries.

โ€˜Twas lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m off to pack up macaroons and read for a while, but before I go, a quick โ€œthank youโ€:


Thank you to the brave and selfless men and women who have served our country


those who are home with their families,

missing their families,

getting ready to deploy,

coming home

or just got back from deploymentโ€ฆ


(Pics from one of my favorite posts)

I am so thankful to you for protecting our country and the many freedoms we enjoy <3

See yaโ€™ll in the morning with that crazy awesome giveaway!



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  1. LisaG on May 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    You look extra sparkly; must be b/c of your restful vacation and the Pilot being back. I gotta try your pasta if i can find the vinegarette. We worked in the yard this morning and grilled salmon and shrooms by the pool tonight.And Yeah for our troops!!!

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      that sounds amazing!
      if you don’t make the vinaigrette, the annie’s bottled raspberry vinaigrette tastes great too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Alexi on May 31, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Gina! FYI, on the pic of you and your pilot kissing, you linked to one of your fave posts but the link takes you to Katerinas guest post?? just lettin’ you know! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      hahah! nice.
      all fixed now ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Laury @ thefitnessriot on May 31, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    The pasta looks delish ๐Ÿ™‚

    You look adorable..and love the pic of you and your hubby. Glad to hear you had a restful, happy memorial day! Thanks to all the brave men & women that keep us safe, for sure!!

  4. Julie @ Pickley Pear on May 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    The pasta salad looks wonderful! Thank you to all our troops and veterans!!

  5. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on May 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    That pasta salad looks amazing. Fig vinegar!? Sounds delicious!

    That pic of you and the pilot is so cute!!!

  6. Whitney@Whitinspired on May 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Pasta salad looks yummy, different than most of the pasta salads i’m used to seeing at cookouts…that’s for sure!

  7. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Where did you get those sailor shorts?! I have been looking for a pair everywhere, and those are by far my favorite.

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      thank you! express- they have them in khaki and navy/denim. today is the last day to get $15 off your $60 purchase too, heh heh ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Kathleen on May 31, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    love the sailor shorts! and thank you to you and the pilot for the sacrifices you make each day to ensure that others can live safely…reading your blog for the last few years has given me more insight into the sacrifices you make (both of you) and how hard it is mentally, emotionally and physically to separate loved ones for the sake of a greater cause. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lauren @ eater not a runner on May 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Love your shorts!

  10. Laura J. on May 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    You look gorgeous in that picture girl! Such a cute outfit too ๐Ÿ™‚ Speaking of clothes..b/c of your facebook status I ended up spending almost $200 at haha. My closet thanks you. My wallet…not so much ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy Memorial Day to you and your pilot!! Thank you both so much for all the sacrifices you’ve made so that we can continue to enjoy our freedoms.

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      hahah, you and me both, girl ๐Ÿ™‚ love that store, though!

  11. Erin on May 31, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Cute shorts! Very summery and cool.

  12. Lauren on May 31, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    What a beautiful picture of you two!

  13. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Lovely post!! I’m glad you had a good weekend!

  14. Elizabeth on May 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    beautiful pictures and a beautiful post. my special someone is leaving iraq in a few short days to come home and i couldn’t be more excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. fittingbackin on May 31, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Happy Memorial Day! Great post, cute shorts, yummy looking salad and ADORABLE picture! You guys are too cute!

  16. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on May 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ilana on May 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I love/hate that my boy has a dangerous job (he’s a firefighter) but I love Memorial Day when he puts on the formal dress…mmhmm…
    your shorts are fab, you are fab, && this post was fab. happy memorial day gina & pilot!

  18. Mama Pea on May 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you to you and your Pilot. I appreciate the sacrifices you both make everyday for my family and I. God bless!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on June 1, 2010 at 12:47 am

    What a great tribute to the Military, thanks for mentioning this, Gina. I was on a blog today and the girl did not know what Memorial Day was or was for. She’s American. I clicked off ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cute shorts!

  20. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on June 1, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Thank you to the Pilot!

  21. Jennie {in Wonderland} on June 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

    You look so beautiful and glowy!!

    Thank you to you and to the Pilot, for all the sacrifices and the hard work. I know, from going through it with my brother [and my Dad], how heart wrenching it can be. And yet, there’s so much love and devotion in it too. They’re like Knights. Chivalrous, brave and strong to the end.


  22. Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife on June 1, 2010 at 9:33 am

    #1- I love that picture of you two.

    #2- What a great pasta salad idea!

    #3- Give the piolot a big hug for me, even though I don’t know him, I feel like I do from all of your bloggies (LOL) and can’t thank him enough!

  23. jessica on June 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Thank you to the Pilot!!

  24. Alycia @ Fit n Fresh on June 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

    That pasta salad looks banging! I love cookouts – but mostly I love big bowls o berries!!

  25. Adriana on June 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    You look really thin! But I am sure it is just some major toning up due to the INSANITY. Regardless, you look great!

  26. Sarabell on July 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Ay ay ay, there I go with the tears again! Beautiful post. I have A LOT of military men in both my family and my husband’s, plus my little cousin just turned 18 and joined up, so I always feel a big burst of pride when I see posts like this. Yes, thank you to all of them for all that they have done and do!

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