My skin is turning orange

Ok, salmon can’t really do that, but I’ve had a lot of it this week: 

Salmon and salad

It’s funny because way back in the dieting days, I avoided fats (even healthy fats) like the plague. I like to think I’m making up for lost time. Not only do they taste amazing, but I notice a huge difference in my skin and hair when I get an abundance of healthy fats in my diet.

Between all of the glorious fresh California seafood we enjoyed this past week, I was ready to branch out a little bit when we went to Trader Joe’s to restock our sad, post-vacation fridge.

But then, the salmon looked awesome (which says a lot for Arizona salmon. Sometimes it looks a little iffy by the time it gets here). So I bought it up, added blackened seasonings to it (oregano, thyme, garlic, paprika, cayenne and chile powder), pan-seared, baked it and served it with this ridiculous salad.

Salad 7

Inspired by our meal at PrepKitchen, not all of the red slices in there are beets- they’re plums! 

Salad 8

Never would have thought to add plums to my beet/goat cheese/ balsamic combo, and they rocked my world. Such a fun, sweet surprise.  

Super greens (kale, chard, spinach), sliced plums, sliced steamed beets, balsamic dressing (1 part balsamic to 2 parts olive oil, dijon, Stevia, thyme, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper), goat cheese and a dried fruit/pumpkin seed crumble. 

Since I’m used to eating meals quickly, I was scarfing down my salad and then looked at the Pilot as I started to sputter and choke. I reached into my mouth to retrieve an entire leaf, with a stem, that was probably 4 inches long. Sexy. After the Pilot stopped laughing at me, he reminded me to maybe chew my food a little. 

We hung out at the house, I took Bell for a walk, and then choreographed for today’s Zumba class. New reggaeton always puts a little pep in my step 😉


Hope you’re having a great weekend so far <3

See ya later!



Something to talk about: Any other speed eaters out there? Since I’m usually doing more than one thing at a time, I often eat standing up and as quickly as possible. It’s only when I’m on a date night with the Pilot that I stop and slow down a little. This is one of the ways I could work on practicing what I preach… I always tell clients to eat slowly and savor their food. 

-This article from about 7 fitness trends with a cult-like following: How many have you tried or are regular parts of your routine? I can say I absolutely adore 4 on the list (Turbo, ZUMBA, Bikram and Insanity). I love trying new-to-me workouts and am thinking this week may be the week I actually take a CrossFit class.

Here are some Focus On posts for the featured workouts:

BodyRock (and BodyRock vs Insanity)


TurboFire (featured in the article is TurboKick but I’ve heard they’re almost identical)



Bikram yoga

Something to read: 

10 Things to Remind Yourself on a Daily Basis


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  1. Melissa (Better Fit) on July 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

    haha- glad your skin isn’t actually orange! I’m looking forward to your crossfit feedback if you do take a class this week! Such a great functional and straight forward approach to training.

    I haven’t tried any of the Zuzana light videos, but used to be into the body rock workouts when she was doing them a few years ago- always a great set of exercises!

  2. Kyri Zukowski on July 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Hello Gina!

    I love all your recipes on here and am eager to try the super greens, beet and plum salad. I have never had success cooking beets. Can you give some tips and pointers please?


    • Fitnessista on July 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      i buy the steamed ones from trader joe’s- no work required!
      otherwise, i’ll peel them and roast with sea salt, olive oil and pepper at 375 for 30 min or so

  3. Moira on October 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hey Gina-

    What exactly is the dried fruit and pumpkin crumble you use and how do you make it? Also, are there nuts in that salad? It looks delicious and I want to recreate it!!


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