Morning greens

Hi everyone! I just want to say hi to all of the new Fitnessista readers out there 😀 Thanks so much for checking out my little bloggy…please kick back and stay for a while.

I’ll even make you some green juice 😉


I drank that beauty this morning for a pick-me-up while I made the pilot breakfast and got my running gear together.

Before heading out the door, I also munched a breakfast cookie:


-1/3 cup oats

-1 small banana

-1/2 scoop Sun Warrior


-water (don’t ever do this.. almond milk is so much better, but I was out)

-1 T almond butter

-1 T chia seeds

and then I went down to the base trail for an 4.65 mile run. It was so nice to wake up early and get cardio out of the way… the only snafu was that my shuffle started acting up towards the end. I’m convinced ipizzles hate me.

To rewind (a lot), dinner last night was pretty epic.


Tilapia with thyme, garlic, lemon, sea salt and pepper, roasted asparagus with lemon and garlic and my favorite saffron brown rice with peas. To me, saffron is a necessary investment in any spice cabinet. It makes rice taste like foodgasms 😉

And a simple salad with Organicville balsamic:


I’m off to make raw lunches for my clients (I hope they like them!), train a couple of clients and then teach yoga before going back to the other gym for one more appointment.

Oh! And order my dress for the formal Air Force dinner (Dining Out) that’s coming up in February.

I think this one is the winner:

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Check out the BACK:

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I lurve it.

K, I’m off! See ya later 🙂



Today’s tip: Plan out your workout in advance. Print out cardio routines, or weight routines (like the Shape Up or Intro to Iron Pumping) or write down what you want to do on a little notecard. It makes it much easier to go through your list and accomplish your workout goals if you have a plan when you walk in the door.

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  1. Casey@SpicyandSweet on January 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Oooh that breakfast cookie looks SO yummy! And I love the dress. It’s gorgeous. Makes me want to buy a new dress! 🙂

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on January 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

    that dress is AMAZING!!! so gorgeous, can’t wait to see pictures 🙂

  3. Lauren (Biochemísta) on January 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the dress!!! 🙂 The back is bomb!!!

    Congrats on a good run, I luuuurve trail running! So scenic and good on the knees 😉

  4. Jenny on January 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    LOVE that dress! It’s going to be gorgeous on you, perfect color 🙂

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet on January 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Gina how long do you eat your breakfast cookie before running?? Something like that usually fills me up so much I have to wait an hour or so before cardio!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:33 am

      usually an hour before.. i’m the same way, i can’t do cardio on a full belly 🙂

  6. Karyn on January 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

    omg that dress is awesome! and i love your tip of the day. it’s something i totally do not only to feel accomplished but because writing my workout down makes even the hardest workout seem more manageable.

  7. Nicci@NiftyEats on January 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love the dress, it’s beautiful!

  8. Kirsten on January 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    That dress is amazing!! It will look great on you! Did you see this giveaway in Twirlit? : it’s for a giftcard to RTR, you should definitely enter, maybe you can rent that dress for free! 🙂

  9. Erica on January 19, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Yes, LOOVVEE the dress! Great choice! Your tilapia looks fantastic…may have to put that on the menu for tonight 😉

  10. Stella on January 19, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Just curious – what happened to your shuffle? I recently had mine stolen, but before that it would stop responding when I pushed the buttons soon after being fully charged (I’d use it for an hour and then I’d have to recharge before it would work again). I’m thinking about getting another one, but if that’s a common problem maybe I’ll just deal with a larger one.


    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

      hey stella,
      the shuffle thinks i’m pressing the button to change songs when i’m not even touching it! it was super weird

  11. Mo @MommyRD on January 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Hey Gina, just wanted to let you know that I did the Shape Up workout this morning. I modified a thing or two, and did an extra couple sets of abs, and it was a great 45 minute heart pumping workout. Thanks for posting!

  12. Kathleen on January 19, 2010 at 11:00 am

    That dress is fierce! You are going to look sooooo amazing in it (although you look amazing in everything!)

    And that saffron brown rice looks amazing, too! Yum!

  13. Jenn on January 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I don’t think I’ve seen you address this anywhere; forgive me if you have, but could you talk about how much you spend on your food budget. In the past 6 months I have completely changed my family (of 5)’s diet to organic whenever possible, nothing processed, plant-based (but we do eat some meat and fish), and I have found that my grocery expenses have more than doubled. Any tips on eating healthy within a budget? Help!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

      hey jenn,
      i get that question a lot, but sadly i don’t have any great tips for that as we spend a boatload of money on groceries. i won’t allow meat that isn’t organic in the house (for the pilot) so that gets very expensive and if we have it in valdosta and its organic, i’ll buy it.
      you can definitely eat healthy on a budget (fruits and veggies are not expensive at all, neither are beans and legumes, whole grains) but buying organic is always more expensive. i think if we keep buying organic and then demand continues to go up, the price will eventually go down

  14. Ranika on January 19, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Hey doll, since when can you discuss a dress without the accompanying SHOES?! We’ll be needing another update. 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

      i haven’t found any i love yet! when i do, you bet i’ll post them 🙂

  15. Molly @thevegandorm on January 19, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I had a bfast cookie this morning too!
    I’ve never cooked with saffron – got to get on that!

  16. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on January 19, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I love that dress! Especially the back. Where are you ordering it from?

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:28 am

      i’m renting it from

  17. Janna (Just Flourishing) on January 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    The dress is gorg.

    I haven’t tried out Rent The Runway yet, but I’m a “member”. How do you like it?

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

      i just joined a couple of weeks ago, but i can already tell i’m going to LOVE it 🙂

  18. Heidi on January 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    OOh love the dress! Do you have your shoes picked out yet?

    I did your first workout this morning.. kicked my bootie, and I am very grateful for it! Thanks, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

      not yet- i need to do that next!
      so glad it kicked your booty and you liked it 🙂

  19. Fallon on January 19, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Love the dress!!

    I’m going to do the advance workout of winter shape up with my mom this morning! Can’t wait 😉

  20. Katie on January 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

    dress is beautiful, you will look amazing!!! I love your Shape Up Workouts, I am going to try them for sure!! I think its so awesome that you are doing this and sharing with everyone!!!! Means alot and you are a genuine and beautiful girl!!!!!! Have a great day!!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

      thank you katie!!! <3

  21. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on January 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Gorgeous dress! Can’t wait to see pics!

  22. Veronica on January 19, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Pretty dress!

  23. Jessica (Get My Skinny On) on January 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Beautiful dress!

    Also, I so agree with you about the saffron… you only need a tiny bit and it makes rice so yummy!

  24. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on January 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Love the dress, so sexy!

  25. Ashley on January 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I hope you kept the warranty on your iPizzle.

    Maybe its’ time to try out a Zune?

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

      i did- i just got it a couple of months ago! bahhhhh

  26. Sara on January 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

    That dress is beautiful!!

  27. MySensei on January 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Smokin’ hot dress!! love it!!

  28. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on January 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

    That dress is gooorgey!!


  29. Christina on January 19, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I love the dress – the back is awesome!

  30. kristina on January 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

    OH!!! I love that dress!!! I really need to try your breakfast cookie recipe, I dont know why I have been so relucant, I have all the goodies, I think I will try this week! 🙂 Hope it turns out a success.

  31. lizzy on January 19, 2010 at 11:39 am

    LOVE the dress!!! so sexy without being over the top! other pilot’s wives better watch-out! hehe! I hope you’re having a great tuesday!!! xoxo!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

      haha, thank you!

  32. Lauren (Biochemísta) on January 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Hey girl 🙂 🙂

    I made your sweet potato black bean chili last night for the roomies. It was AMAZING!!

    Thanks a bunch 🙂


  33. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on January 19, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Mmmm…that rice look delicious! I love saffron too…just adds something so special to the dish it’s in!

    Ayayaya! Hot dress!

  34. Mama Pea on January 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I hope your dress works out better than mine!!! Definitely order the next size up too. Just about to dig into my breakfast cookie on my morning commute to ballet. Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      good to know! thank you, hope that bfast cookie was amazing 🙂

  35. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on January 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hubba hubba! I love dresses with interesting backs. I hope it works out!

  36. Lexi on January 19, 2010 at 11:55 am

    love the breakfast cookie and that beautiful dress!!

  37. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on January 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    That dress is gorgeous I love the back!

  38. Morgan on January 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    That dress is fantastic! I’m sure you’ll rock it!

  39. Jackie (Army Wife) on January 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I know I’m a little late, but thanks for the shape up workout! 6 weeks is the perfect time for me to show up at the new duty station looking and feeling fantastic! You bringing up the dress reminds me that I should be in great shape just in case we have a military ball coming up in Colorado. Do you have any tips on cooking fish? I tend to overcook it because I get nervous about undercooked meat/fish.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      hey jackie,
      i usually pan-sear it (about 30 seconds on each side) and bake for about 15-20 minutes. just poke it with a fork and then move it back and forth. if it’s clear in the middle and gummy, put it back in for a few minutes. if it flakes easily and is opaque, you’re good!

  40. Theorist on January 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Great dress!

  41. Laura J. @ Health & Hotness on January 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    That dress is GORGEOUS! You are totally gonna rock it girl! 🙂

  42. Jenn @ Livewellfit on January 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Love that dress! Am starting to shop for my bridal shower cocktail party coming up and love fun, flirty things like that. 🙂

  43. Paige (Running Around Normal) on January 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    So you decided to teach the yoga class again! Good luck, sweetie – hope it goes fabulously 😀
    I don’t think I’ve ever (knowingly) tried saffron..

    LOVE that dress. You will look stunning in it!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      thank you, i need it! last time was such a disaster
      have a great day!

  44. Krista on January 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    What a gorgeous dress!!

  45. Madison on January 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Love the tip of the day because it actually works. Also, love that dress! I think you will rock that dress better than that model.

  46. Hannah on January 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    What’s in the juice?

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      green apple, lemon, spinach and parsley

  47. Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me on January 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    That is a HOT dress!!!

  48. Haleigh on January 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Fabulous dress girl! I am sure you will look hot for the formal dinner in that! 🙂

  49. Jenna on January 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Love tilapia! What fancy dress!

  50. Susan on January 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’m loving the dress Gina, you’ll look fabulous at the formal dinner. Breakfast cookie looks great, I’ve been using your recipe and using it as a mid afternoon snack, what’s it like with the chia seeds? I hadn’t heard of chia seeds before this month’s Body and Soul and the new eat clean diet book. I’ll see if I can get them in the health store. Hope the raw lunches for your clients are going well, let me know how you’re finding it all. Have a great day!

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