Night at the Park

Hey guys ๐Ÿ˜€ How has your Sunday been? Iโ€™m so glad yaโ€™ll like the new Iron Pumping plan!

I just got back from the new Valdizzy dog park:


(One thing I will miss about this place: the TREES. So beautiful)

It has 3 giant areas, two of which have dog agility equipment. Itโ€™s awesome to FINALLY have a dog park here!

Jeniโ€™s dog Whiskey:


Ashleyโ€™s dog, Daisy:


It was fun to chill with the other wives, watch the dogs play and catch up.


Where were my dogs??

At home, in their crates.

I was just going to bring Bella since Vies doesnโ€™t get along with all dogs, but it didnโ€™t work out. The dogs always go in their crates when I fill my water bottle (because that means Iโ€™m leaving soon), and I give them a treat and go. I gave VS her treat and went to the kitchen and said โ€œBell, come hereโ€.. but she was laying in her kennel being so good. I didnโ€™t want to make it obvious to Viesa that I was taking Bella somewhere and not her, so I just gave them treats and left them both at home.

Some of todayโ€™s eats:

Black bean hummus and carrots

black bean hummus

A brown rice protein bar experiment, which came out tasting scarily like a Clif bar! Definitely a good thing. I love me some Clif bars, but not-so-much the ingredient list.


Iโ€™ll be making a double batch soon so theyโ€™re thicker and see how the texture is, then share the recipe with yaโ€™ll ๐Ÿ˜€



-1 C almond milk

-2/3 C frozen organic berries

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-pinch Stevia

-pinch sea salt

-1 t vanilla

-1/2 banana

Iโ€™m about to make a salad beast, since I havenโ€™t had anything GREEN yet today!


It was a recovery day today, so I did a meditation podcast from (Prism of Light) and did my own light yoga flow and stretching to a Michael Buble CD (in between swooning, of course).

Iโ€™m off to shower the dog drool and hair off and then make a salad beast <3

See ya in the morning!



Something to talk about: If you moved away from where you currently live, what would you miss the most (besides people)?? Yaโ€™ll know Iโ€™m not exactly a fan of Valdizzy, but I will definitely miss the trees, The Main Squeeze, the base trail, and the beautiful Southern houses.

Something to read: โ€œ10 Nutrition Myths Debunkedโ€ (Iโ€™m raising a coconut and glass of white wine in celebration! Haha)

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on May 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I want a puppy SO bad! That protein bar looks pretty good!

  2. Lauren @ eater not a runner on May 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I would miss being right on the water, I love that part!

  3. Ash Bear on May 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I think i’ll miss all the activities of NYC when we leave. Luckily that isn’t in the cards right now so i’ll just continue living it up!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      live it up for MEEEEEEE! i would do anything to live in nyc ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. ashleigh on May 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    That’s so adorable that your dogs know when to get in their crates. Smart puppies!Can’t wait for the protein bar recipe.. yours are always amazing!

  5. Jenna on May 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t wait for the bar recipe, they look fabulous!

  6. Karyn on May 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    love that link. i’m totally feeling better about the choices i make — i love it when i have scientific evidence ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Michelle on May 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    well, I’ve only lived in southern california for 8 months or so, but I think I would miss the Sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚ and how many running trails there are EVERYWHERE! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love riding my bike around and just stumbling upon a new running trail ๐Ÿ™‚

    I competed in my first actual race today!! I am so Stoked! You in the blog world are such inspiration to me!! I love how active you are, and your dedication is motivating ๐Ÿ™‚
    If you wanna read about my first run ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. what cute dogs you have ๐Ÿ™‚ mine was never that well behaved!

  8. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    you better share that recipe! I love clif bars too and it would be great to make someone similar.

    If i moved from here, i would miss the River.. i love the river.

  9. Stephanie on May 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Stretching + Michael Buble = awesomeness! Actually anything with Michael Buble makes me happy:)

    If I moved away from where I live now I would miss having a lake house. I love running the path around the lake in the morning. I would also miss the different seasons if I moved somewhere warm. I may not be a big fan (okay I loathe) snow, but when it starts warming up it’s beautiful and I appreciate going outside and soaking up the sun.

  10. Nicole on May 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Dude! Excited to get the recipe on that “hey, I’m a Clif bar but without 8 million ingredients in it” bar! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on May 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Oooh I’d love to see that recipe. I LOVE Clif Bars but the ingredient list definitely isn’t the best.

  12. Danielle on May 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I’m moving to NYC in a year for my residency and I currently live in WV. However, I will miss how cheap things are here. For example, a beer at our favorite bar is only like $3 for imported drafts. Other than my friends and family, I can’t say that I’ll miss much even though I’ve lived here my whole life. Haha

  13. Laura J. on May 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’d miss Joe Beans, which is a local drive-thru coffee place. They have the most amazing sugar free iced white mochas. I’m addicted!! (Although it’d probably be good for my bank account if I moved, ha ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I’d also miss the mountains. The views are amazing!!

  14. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I’m ready to move but I’ll miss being 20 minutes from NYC, but that’s about it. When I move it won’t be that far from NYC, so I’m ready to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Hilary@coffeeismycarrot on May 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I’d miss the numerous parks and running trails along with the unique local restaurants.

  16. Kris | on May 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Awww what cute pups!! My dog Hudson doesn’t get along with all dogs either. Little wiener dogs can be feisty!

    I can’t wait to see this protein pancake recipe. Is it with wheat flour?

    The new workout looks great! Those sumo squats put me out for a few days after…..eeeekk!


    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      no, it’s with gluten-free baking mix but wheat would work, too

  17. Jenny on May 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    If/When I move away from Gainesville, I’ll miss being a bum! College towns mean it’s totally acceptable to walk around in pj’s all day! I do wish I could have an ocean by me, though!

  18. bobbileigh on May 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I live in omaha, NE and next month we are moving to the dallas area. We just decided to move last week so im still in a bit of a shock. I know you said other than the ppl but honestly thats the hardest my best friend since 7th grade is here. I will miss the size of the city that we have here with almost no traffic. Seriously it feels like a city but you can get anywhere in less than 20 min. Also I have lived here my whole life next month we are getting a trader joes and I am leaving and dallas does not have one!

    • Heather on May 3, 2010 at 7:13 am

      awwwww….((hugs))i almost cried when I read that. I’m sure you’ll do fine! Just do tons of research about the area, as well as fun things to do, and kind of get acclimated before you even go.
      Who knows, you might find something comparable to a Trader Joe’s!!
      I really hope it goes well for you!!

      • Fitnessista on May 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

        hahah i didn’t cry. i hope they send us away ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jenna on May 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Why will you miss the doggy park!? Are you moving?

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

      not yet, but we will be in the fall or next spring for sure. i’m praying for FALL!!!!

  20. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I can’t wait for you to share all these recipes you have up your sleeve ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Tyler Ramey on May 2, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Lovin’ the closeups! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mucho Love for the doggies, and a dog park!!! Everytime I see that cherry bomb and/or the glass straw, I get extremely jealous, sista.

  22. Kat on May 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Besides family, I think the only thing I would miss is having Lake Tahoe 30 mins from my house and the view of the mountains. I would not miss the sagebrush, and I would not miss the crazy weather here… I was scraping snow off the car Wednesday and by Saturday I was opening windows because it was so warm.

    That protein bars looks yummy as well as those pancakes you’ve been working on ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. brittany on May 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    i live in Tallahassee and i would def miss the changing seasons but NOT the humidity!!

  24. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    LOVE dog parks ๐Ÿ™‚ if we moved away from colorado i would definitely miss the easy access to great hiking and skiing…but thank goodness that won’t be for a long time, if ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on May 3, 2010 at 12:24 am

    this just reinforces why I want a puppy!!!!!

  26. Samantha on May 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Are you kidding? Getting away from the people is what I can’t wait for when we leave here!!! Ok, just a very small sampling of people. Sadly those I really love and adore are either already gone or in the process of PCSing. I’ll miss the beach being a mile a away and it being shorts and reefs weather every single day of the year,amazing hiking and watersports, the close proximity to cool destinations like the Philippines, Palau, Australia, the open hearts of the local people, laid back / island time mentality.

    It will however be nice to drive to visit home, or at least not pay $6k just to get my kids and I to the states, have stores like Target, Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, Caribou (so NOT a Starbucks fan)

  27. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on May 3, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Oh, I definitely miss trees and left-turn signal lights! Weird, I know, but Los Angeles is SERIOUSLY lacking in the left-turn signal department… especially with the massive amounts of traffic we have!

    I also miss clean air and wide sidewalks for running outside… and the friendly strangers who used to wave at me while I run. If I smile at a stranger here, they look at me like I’m crazy!

    And I’m jealous of your nice dog park!

  28. Damian@ Protein Supplement on May 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Things are starting to look too good right now. I was watching avatar on some plasma’s and boy, those images look better that reality. I wonder if that smoothy really looked like that. Can a good camera make a smoothie more tasty if you take a pic, look at it and then be like: “wow, I am going to eat THAT”

  29. Romy on May 3, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hi Gina,
    do you know already where you’re moving? Do you move a lot? I’m not sure if I could handle moving around often ๐Ÿ™ I’m a very shy person, at least in the beginning ๐Ÿ˜‰ So new people and places kind of scare me. I would freak out. On the other hand, it sure is interesting because you meet a lot of new people, make new friends ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you luck ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

      we move about every 3 years, and it will mark our 3rd year being here this coming fall.
      i’m shy at first too, but it gets easier the move you do it- it’s fun because i get to see a lot of places and meet new people all the time. the bummer is making good friends and then having to leave, though :/

  30. Heather on May 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I grew up in Wisconsin, moved around ALOT, and loved Colorado the most besides Wisconsin.
    If I moved out Wisconsin again, I’d miss how green and lush everything gets in the spring and summer, as well as all the lakes, seasons, small town communities where people really take care of each other. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on May 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful park! I love the trees indeed. I don’t think I could live somewhere without any woodland!

    And that brown rice protein bar… ahhh! I can’t wait for it!!

    If I moved away from Toronto… I would be heartbroken. Seriously. I love EVERYTHING about it. The people, the fact that it’s a huge city but it’s not overpacked, the water near our apartment & my favorite running trail that goes along it… my favorite Indian place, Falafel place, Fresh, Rawlicious… my new friends.

    I thought I would miss RI more than I did when I left. Sure, I miss my favorite restuarants, my family and the ocean… but I can visit for all that. I feel much more at home in Toronto ๐Ÿ™‚


  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

    That protein bar looks good! I can’t wait to try it out since I’m allergic to Clif bars. ๐Ÿ™

    When I’m away at school, I miss the downtown promenade by the lake in my hometown. And all of our amazing five star restaurants!

  33. jen trinque @ recipes for creativity on May 3, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I love in the Blue Ridge mountains in Western North Carolina right now. I’m not from here, and I’m sure someday I’ll move. I’ll definitely miss the beauty of the mountains, the fun and funky little city of Asheville, which has tons of great restaurants for being the size it is, and all the artists and their work around here. It’s a nice community.

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

      my friend jeni is from asheville and LOVES it ๐Ÿ™‚ she always says that i need to visit!

  34. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on May 3, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’ll miss the trees in NC and the cheap real estate when we move next year. (Not that we own a house – still renting – but the prices are unbelievable here.)

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

      you’re right, the real estate is awesome in nc- we lived there before we got sent to georgia.

  35. fittingbackin on May 3, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Great pics! LOL “where are my dogs?” too funny!

    I would miss having one of everything, Trader Joe’s, my gym!

  36. Ilana on May 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

    LMAO you went to the dog park without your dogs! Love it! And I love that you photograph random trees from time to time…I love to just stop and admire a beautiful tree every now and then. It makes me so happy.

    If I moved away from here (which I would ONLY do if I were going somewhere warm with a beach and lots of privacy), I would miss…everything! New York is so part of my blood…I get off the subway in Manhattan and I immediately get an endorphin boost. I told my boyfriend we have to raise our kids in the same neighborhood where he and I both grew up. I don’t think I could ever leave here for good.

  37. MLT on May 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I’ve lived in Washington DC for the past three years and am moving in a few weeks. I think I will miss the winter weather (I love that it’s sunny even when it’s cold), the beautiful falls, the free museums, my hair dresser, my eyebrow girl (she’s amazing!) and of course, all my friends.

  38. Raya @ Raya Runs on May 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    My dog Bella does not get along with other dogs either, except for little dogs (she weighs 55 lbs) and I think that’s because she doesn’t feel intimidated by doggies smaller than her. She also loves my roommate’s cat. But big dogs come around and she runs for the hills (or the nearest table, whatever).

  39. Raya @ Raya Runs on May 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Oh, and if I moved out of Orlando I would miss sooooooo many things but esp my friends and family. And the weather.

  40. Retta @ RunRettaRun on May 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    As much as I may complain about Oklahoma, the people really are nice here. And because everything is laid out in square miles, it’s pretty easy to navigate around the state. How I still manage to get lost, I have no clue! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Amanda @ Cakes and Ale on May 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I would miss a LOT about Chicago – I’ve lived here, downtown, almost all my life. The restaurants, the park, the festivals, the markets… one thing I wouldn’t miss? The COLD!

  42. Mary on May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Well, my hubs is in the military too, we are in Savannah. I really don’t like GA either. I would miss the beach and the heat. I wouldn’t miss the gnats and the heat ๐Ÿ™‚ Where are you hoping to move to?

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2010 at 9:16 pm

      TUCSON! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mary on May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

        Tucson is Awesome! It’s where I was born!

  43. Susan @ Journey for Health on May 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    In three months, I’ll be leaving south Texas (though I’m a sourthern Cali native) for graduate school in eastern Washington state. I will miss the ocean. I see it practically every day on the way to school, even if I don’t actually go to the beach. But…eastern WA is gorgeous. I think I can survive, even though I’ll be moving to a small town.

  44. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on May 4, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Hi Gina I hope for your sake you get outta there, asap. I am not in love with AZ, just not my thing, and I miss SoCal so badly…and soon we plan to be back ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope we can do a blogger meetup sometime in AZ when you’re here before I (hopefully) am not. I think Phx is way different than Tuscon. We have moved 10 times in 10 yrs together…just call us gypsy’s!

  45. Jenna on May 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Are you moving because you want to or because of the pilots job?

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

      yeah- we’re not sure when yet, but we’ll be finding out pretty soon

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