Night of the Zumbies

Morning ๐Ÿ˜€ Howโ€™s your day going so far? I am LOVING all of your giveaway answers and entries! Winners will be chosen tonight at midnight ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you again for all of the amazing blogiversay tweets, comments and emails- yaโ€™ll are amazing, but we knew that already ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before Zumba last night, I was hankering for a salad beast.


That little beauty was modeled after a Natalia Rose recipe:

-organic greens

-spiralized beet

-gout gouda


-grape tomatoes and shallot

Garlic Gold Italian seasoning

-Jeniโ€™s homemade balsamic dressing

It was kind of ridiculous.

Zumba was OUTTA CONTROL last night! So many Zumbies ๐Ÿ˜€ I did a few new songs mixed in with the oldie-but-goodies and it was a blasty. On the way out, Jeni and I stopped at the base lot to check out my new car. Iโ€™m pretty stoked about it! Everything should be finalized this week.

For dinner, I wanted hot comfort food.

So I cut up some veg:


Sweat it out in a pot with some garlic and olive oil:
veg (2)

Then added veggie broth, kidney beans, quinoa, oregano, thyme and cayenne and simmered away.

seasonings and beans

It was everything I could ever wish for ๐Ÿ˜€


I then polluted my mind by watching the Bachelorette, read in bed and called it a night.

This morning, I have a training appointment and then Iโ€™m heading to the base gym for a solo spin sesh (Iโ€™ll post the workout later for yaโ€™ll). Iโ€™ll be heading to Orlando this weekend if any Orlando bloggies want to hang out, or take a Bikram class with me ๐Ÿ˜€

See ya later today!



Zumba Song of the Day; โ€œWaka Waka (This Time for Africa)โ€ by Shakira. AMAZINโ€™

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  1. jenna on June 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

    soups are my favorite comfort food!!! this one looks really good with the quinoa!

    have a great day Gina!

  2. Katie on June 8, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Oh my gosh, I love that Shakira song! My boyfriend put it on my iPod for me! Gotta love the World Cup! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on June 8, 2010 at 8:59 am

    That salad looks great. I always get lazy and don’t shred my cheese so finely, but your photo made me want to grate away. I love it when the cheese is so tiny it sticks to almost every lettuce leaf.

  4. Paige (Running Around Normal) on June 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Such delicious, healthy food in this post! Glad zumba was a blast! Excited to hear about the solo spin session – sounds fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. allison @ thesundayflog on June 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

    that looks so delish! i did something very similar last night – i chopped TONS of veggies and threw them all in a pot with evoo, garlic, a can of tomato sauce, 2 tbsp of heavy cream, and basil leaves. simmered away and spooned over whole wheat pasta. its my signature style for meals!

  6. Hannah on June 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I love that heart bowl! Where did you get it?

  7. Mo on June 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

    So are you waiting to surprise us with what car you ended up getting? I’d love to know! My current vehicle lease is up in September – so I will be ordering my new one next month – 2011 Mustang GT, 411 horse power – vroom, vroom! Have a good one.


  8. A Teenage Gourmet on June 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I really enjoy working out on my own, have a good time!

  9. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on June 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I swear there’s a conspiracy against me and Zumba…I’ve tried making it to a class for the past 3 weeks but something seems to happen EVERY time and I can’t go!
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. angie on June 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Gina, when you hit up Whole Foods this weekend in O-town you need to check out the Glaser Farms Golden Flax seed crackers and the Sesame Nori crackers…SOOO Good! As soon as you walk in they are in the cold section on the right where the herbs are. They are in a clear container. I am addicted to them. Since I live in SC i have to order them now.

  11. Jeannette on June 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

    This recipe sounds delicious! I have a whole bunch of quinoa in the pantry I’ve been wondering what to do with, and this sounds FABULOUS!

  12. Diana on June 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

    What are some of your new zumba songs? I’m currently working on a fun bhangra-style song. ๐Ÿ™‚

    did you post a reply to the Waka Waka YouTube video? There are some great ones out there!

  13. Sarah @ cocoanutshakes on June 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Can’t wait for the solo spin workout! I always try it on my own but I end up getting distracted….having an actual workout would definitely help. Awesome lookin soup.

  14. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I love “oldie-but-goodie” zumba songs. We did those on our last day of zumba class and everyone was SO into it. Major sweat session!

  15. Jessica @ How Sweet on June 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Bachelorette is killing my brain cells. I can feel it.

  16. Kiim on June 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

    soup looks really good – was the quinoa already cooked when you added it to the soup or did you put it in and let it cook while it simmered?


    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

      i let it cook while it simmered ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. fittingbackin on June 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

    yay for mucho zumbies!!

    And thanks for the tip on the shakira song – i’ve never heard of it before!

  18. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday on June 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

    New car? how exciting!

  19. Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! on June 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Did you just come up with that veggie and quinoa dish with no recipe? I am in awe!

  20. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on June 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Never tried Zumba … I wished my gym would have these classes! It seems so fun!

  21. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on June 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Looks like a great meal Gina!

  22. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

    i love shakira….i think i want to be her when i grow up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

      girl, me too

  23. sara on June 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

    i have a qusetion i would like to loose 5/10 pound and was thinking of using maxiton products to help would you advise these products or not.

  24. kate on June 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Happy late bloggiversary! Love you & your bloggie!

  25. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on June 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Gorgeous as usual my friend!! I love when you suggest latin songs that a lot of people wouldn’t have heard of ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Ilana on June 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Ah I can’t wait for Thursday for Zumba again!!

  27. nicole on June 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

    That is my favorite kind of soup-clean with a ton of veggies! I might have to make some myself…

  28. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on June 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Oh The Bachelorette… so silly but you just can’t stop watching.

  29. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Delish dinner. You can never go wrong by just throwing a bunch of veggies in a pot!

  30. Run Sarah on June 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Your quinoa stew looks amazing! Solo spin sesh? I am intrigued! I love spin class but the times dont often coordinate, would love a motivating workout I could do on my own!

  31. erin on June 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Your soup sounds exactly what I’m planning today – it’s rainy here and I’m in the mood for comfort food too. I just took my broth out of the freezer!

  32. Catherine on June 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Clearly I need to try Zumba… I feel like I’m seriously missing out over here!

  33. Katherine on June 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I didn’t know Shakira did Zumba songs! shake those hips

  34. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    oooh your dinner looks so good! so simple, but i bet it was delish!

  35. Kim on June 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Love that Shakira song! We’ve been working on our Zumba routine in class for about a week now!

  36. Kristen on June 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love Zumba! Anything by Pitbull, Sean Paul, Sharika are my favorite tunes. When I hear them on the radio while driving or even at the bar, I get excited and do some of the moves. Zumba is addicting, but I feel like you have to have a good Zumba teacher to make it fun!

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      i totally agree- the teacher makes or breaks the class

  37. Danielle on June 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Can I go to one of your Zumba classes and then have you cook for me after? Please? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. I may need your help with something soon, expect an email ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      of course! ๐Ÿ™‚
      and i’ll be looking out for your email <3

  38. Ash on June 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I’m totally dvring the bachelorette…. Did you see the buzz about her body in the second episode? Not exactly why there were finger pointers and what they were pointing out- I think she looks totally normal!

    Your quinoa dish looks delish!!!!

  39. Susan on June 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Love the heart shaped plate Gina, where did you buy it?

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      target! ๐Ÿ™‚ my nana sent it to me

  40. Nichole on June 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Have fun in Orlando! Should be good and hot:)I am in LOVE with Waka Waka!! Shakira, just makes you want to move sideways.

  41. Ellen on June 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    My comfort food go-tos tends to be on the unhealthier side, but your meal looks SO good. It reminds me that healthy food can be just as yummy AND obviously it’s so much better for you!

  42. Stacy (StacyGrowsHealthy) on June 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Cute heart bowl. The Zumba at my gym was crazy last night too. The room was overflowing.

  43. Kelly on June 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Your salad looks so good! I love raw beets, but for some reason my throat gets a bit itchy when I eat them raw..wonder why..

  44. Alicia on June 8, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Did that Waka Waka last night at my Zumba class. A hard one for me! But, love that song!

  45. Amy on June 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I am an Orlando “bloggie” and a huge fan, and would love to meet up for a bikram class or whatever. Shoot me an email if you have any free time in your trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Sarra H on June 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    that quinoa recipe looks ah-ma-zing, can’t wait to try it! and I’m lovin that Shakira song!!

  47. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt on June 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Love the Shakira song for Zumba. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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