On the fly

Heyyyyy πŸ˜€ How was your day? Loved reading your feedback and thoughts on the Tone It Up plan! If you have a request for a future Focus On post, please send it my way πŸ™‚
Today has been pretty bueno. I worked all day, taught a stretch class and a cardio/weights class, and came home for lunch.

Breakfast of champions:


Breakfast cookie!

It’s been so long!

Hello, lover…

cookie (2)

Snack was two fuzzy organic kiwis πŸ™‚


[Add your own caption here. Baha]

and lunch was a shrimp quesadilla with goat cheese on a teff tortilla, with sautΓ©ed veg.


Post-photo, I smothered it in salsa and feasted πŸ™‚

Dinner was a product of Amy’s meals and TJs ravioli (hers and his). It’s nice to have a personal chef sometimes πŸ˜‰

Things have kinda been on-the-fly this week, since the Pilot has been working insane hours and I’ve been a busy bee. Reality just hit in though because our house needs to be done by next Thursday- my MIL gets in next Friday and our housewarming party is Sunday. Good motivation to get moving and shaking when we get back from Philly πŸ˜‰

I’m off to chill with the Pilot, download a new book on the Kindle for the weekend trip (I’m quitting Bossypants) and call it an early night. See ya in the morning with a mushy anniversary post πŸ˜‰



Something to talk about: What’s your go-to dinner when things get crazy? For me, I’ll always reach for an Amy’s meal. The dairy-free and gluten-free tamales with black beans are my friends and I also LOVE the GF DF mac n’ cheese. It’s a nice carby treat every now and again πŸ™‚

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  1. Deva (Voracious Vorilee) on August 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    My go-to meal when things get crazy busy is either enchiladas or scrambled eggs for dinner. I get a little sad when I see so many yummy runny egg concoctions on blogs all over, but I’m allergic to raw egg, so scrambled it is – with some cheese and ketchup? YUM!

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      i love scrambled eggs for dinner too! with salsa πŸ™‚

  2. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on August 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Love those links! Can’t wait to check ’em out!!!

  3. Allison @ Food for Healing on August 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    oh i could really go for a quesadilla right now with extra cheese.
    I am totally sad that I wont be going to HLS. I’m debating for next year to go to BlogHer or HLS? which would you recommend is more worth it if you could only choose one?

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      i’ve never been to blogher, but have heard amazing things about it. it would be a tough choice!! because blogher is SO giant, it seems like it would be overwhelming, but the swag is incredible, and hls is so much fun. i like hls as more of a vacation to hang out with and meet bloggers πŸ™‚

  4. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on August 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Amy’s meals are my favorite!!! The tamale verde is at the top of the list, for sure! I also love the cheese-free pizza. πŸ™‚

    Sounds like you have a lot to celebrate! Anniversary, housewarming party, weekend trip, baby excitement… Enjoy it all!

  5. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on August 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Eggs are always my go-to quickie meal. =D

  6. Bonnie on August 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Sounds like a good day! We’re unpacking our lives too, but into my in-laws’ basement. …little different than our own place, but it’s where we are now. πŸ™‚ I’m nervous/excited for the HLS – my first time in Philly, first time at a blogging conference, my first time meeting people I’ve read about (like you!) face to face! Kind of intimidating for a newbie blogger without many connections, but everyone seems amazing and I know it will be a great weekend. Glad you’re going!

  7. Lindsay @ The Gluten-Free Baker on August 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I love Chef Amy! She has gotten me through crazy busy times in grad school that’s for sure πŸ™‚

  8. s on August 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    frozen meals save me on crazy days. that and snacking all day.

  9. mi-an on August 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    hahah love the fuzzy kiwis! and the (insert caption)… ok anyways…my go to meals on busy days: eggs…or cereal! :))

  10. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    When things get crazy, my “go-to” meal is usually a random salad concocted of leftovers πŸ™‚ Yeah baby!

  11. Sarah on August 17, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    We usually do soup and sandwiches when things are crazy, or DIY pizza if we have time but don’t want to “cook” bc we’re too tired from our days πŸ™‚

  12. Samantha on August 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Don’t give up on Bossypants! I listened to the audiobook and it was sooo much better and funnier to hear Tina Fey herself read it….try the audiobook!

  13. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on August 18, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I freaking LOVE goat cheese. True story. I bought a huge thing of garlic dill and it is soooo good. Annywho I make a shit ton of quinoa and eat that with protein powder and chia seeds!! Yumm <3

  14. Gillbear on August 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Love your something to read selections

  15. Kristi @ lifesprinkles on August 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

    My fave easy go-to is a big bowl of whatever veggies I have on hand (asparagus, cucumber and zuchini are all great) add chicken or shrimp, black beans, lemon and hummus. Yum!! Bonus if I have avocado πŸ™‚

  16. Sana on August 18, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I will miss you and the baby bump at HLS fo shoo!

  17. Namaste Gurl on August 18, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Your eats look so yummy and totally what I love as well.
    Enjoy your evening as you deserve it!

  18. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 18, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I am so excited for your anniversary post tomorrow! Love is the best. Loved your links today too!

  19. Kate on August 18, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Hey Gina,
    I just finished Bossypants and though it did get to be alittle bit hard going there are some fun bits at the end, the oprah sarah palin chapter I thought was hilarious and anything about her daughter!
    Might be one to come back to!
    Enjoy HLS I’m dead jealous!!

  20. Lea on August 18, 2011 at 3:05 am

    New follower and I am in love with your blog! Congratulations on your baby and I can’t wait to make a breakfast cookie!

    P.S. The comment underneath the kiwi picture totally made me crack up! Funny!

  21. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

    It’s your anniversary? Already??! It feels like it just was…about 4 mos ago?! A year has passed, already? Wow! Well Happy Anniversary! Your anniv posts are always wonderful.

    And a breakfast cookie! I spent 2009 and 2010 eating one every day, thanks to you πŸ™‚ Somehow I rotated out of them but need to rotate them back in again!

  22. Allie on August 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I always store some pizza bases in the freezer then if I don’t have much time I quickly top it with anything I can find in my fridge, the more veggies the better. Perfect, quick meal!

  23. Sara on August 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

    One of my go-to meals is lazy girl nachos – some tortilla chips sprinkled with shredded cheese, half a can of black or pinto beans, and some salsa – all heated up in the microwave.

    Need to check out that breakfast cookie recipe, it looks intriguing…

  24. lindsey on August 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    My husband still eats a breakfast cookie every day. He makes up his own variations, but they are the easiest option and are super portable!

    When things get crazy, I make eggs. Scramble up some eggs, throw in some veggies and slap it on a piece of toast – comforting, healthy and delicious!

  25. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 18, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I love Amy’s meals as well, especially their Indian line! I also love sauteeing up some precooked chicken sausage with veggies and rice. Quick and easy!

  26. Caitlin on August 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I would love to see a Focus On: New Rules of Lifting for Women. I am just about finished with Stage 1 of the plan….I’m a pescatarian/dairy free + living out of a suitcase (!) so I haven’t been following the meal plan, but I’ve really enjoyed the workouts and gaining strength a newbie lifter. I would looove to hear your opinion on it!

  27. Fallon on August 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I always go for eggs and vegetables during crazy times! Actually today is going to be one of those days and I can’t wait to have some eggs for dinner now.

  28. Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly on August 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

    My go to meals: Anything that involves a crock pot!

  29. Amanda on August 18, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I quit Bossypants, too! Like you, I enjoyed the beginning, but got super bored halfway through. On to more entertaining reads!

  30. Lismarie on August 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Happy Anniversary!

  31. Julie on August 18, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Hey Gina! I’m so sad I’m going to miss the Healthy Living Summit- I live in the Philly area, but I’m leaving for vacation this weekend (I know, poor me!) But I would have loved to meet up with all my favorite bloggers in my home city! Hope you and everyone else enjoys the Summit!!

  32. Annette on August 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I would like to see a Focus On Stretching post. You always talk about teaching the stretching class, and I think that would be some good info. I am working on my flexibility and reducing muscle soreness. Most of the stretches I do are what I remember from elementary gym!! lol

  33. Tera on August 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I second Annette with the stretching for a Focus On post. I have only found one stretching video I like, but it gets a little dull doing it all the time. Have fun at the summit!

  34. Hillary on August 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Is it weird that I’m kind of excited for your mushy anniversary post? I’m just that girl through and through!

  35. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I’ve never tried an Amy’s meal before… $6-7 for one meal seems so pricey! But I guess it’s cheaper than takeout… My go-to meal when life is busy is a stir fry with veggies, brown rice, tofu, and a nut butter sauce. It’s my favourite!

  36. Eates-A-Lot on August 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

    A new book I have fallen in love with ‘ How To Love An American Man: A True Story.’ I won’t lie and say I didn’t cry, because I did. I also read it in 12 hours. It’s an amazing book. It’s on the kindle (it just came out so you can’t lend it, bummer). I think you will lourve it!

  37. Pam on August 18, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Have you read “Dear John”? I picked it up at the airport when my flight was delayed and finished it in two days. Surprisingly good book. Also for a focus on post I’d love to hear more about the Body For Life program.

  38. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on August 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Our go to dinners are usually of the TJ’s frozen variety or just veggie/salmon burgers. When our frozen meal stash gets low (like it is now) it makes me anxious to get back and stock up! Happy Anniversary! It’s my parents 32nd today too.

  39. Madeline (Food Fitness & Family) on August 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I always have a few pre-made, home-cooked meals in my freezer ready to go for when things get crazy! Best advice my mom has given me as I prep for baby (8 weeks from D-Day!) is to stock my freezer with meals. That way when I am sleep-deprived and starving the hubs and I can still eat real food! I am sure there are a ton of gluten-free options you could do this too with! From what I hear a well-stocked freezer is a life-saver the first few weeks πŸ™‚

  40. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on August 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Ooh, I have a GF version of cinnamon raisin doughballs! I literally woke up thinking about them… Pathetic, or just logical? πŸ˜‰

  41. Alicia F. on August 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Amy’s products are my favorite! I love the Mac & cheese and veggie lasagna!! πŸ™‚ I just recently tried the cheese enchilada & it was super yummy! I’ve been eager to try the tamale& I’ll have to now, thanks for sharing!!

  42. Liz on August 18, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My go-to meal is a baked potato. It cooks in the microwave in less than 6 minutes, I can add whatever toppings I have in my fridge (cheese, arugula, mushrooms or sun-dried tomatoes) AND its the perfect base for leftovers (pulled pork, bbq chicken, roasted veggies, etc.).

  43. Amara@GirlinaWhirl on August 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks so much for that link about the diabetes study! Amazing. I sent it out to all of my family and friends. We just had a family friend die two weeks ago from diabetes, and it seems like everyone knows someone with it. To hear that it can be reversed by diet alone is a miracle, but makes sense with what I’ve learned about health so far. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is “right at the end of our forks” (China Study).

  44. Cat @Breakfast toBed on August 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’d love to see a focus on flutes and flexibility. I have such a hard time in each area, and your tush is rockin!

  45. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on August 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love making peanut butter and banana sandwiches or pita pizzas in a time crunch!

  46. Denise @ Kumara Mash on August 19, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Those kiwifruit are from NZ, I can tell by the label!!! Would I make you jealous that I have been able to buy 1kg of organic golden kiwifruit (I think the golden taste better) for $2.50? Nom πŸ˜€

    Btw, love your blog. Wonder if you have any other readers/fans from NZ?

    (I’ve set up my blog, but no posts as of yet)

  47. Bre on August 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I am quitting Bossypants also. I’m maybe 40 pages in. I think Tina Fey is loveable and hilarious.. but her book is unnecessarily crude. I will go through and read the Sarah Palin chapter though before I return it to my book club friend.

    Love your site! Just found it today. πŸ™‚

    My best friend is dating an air force pilot who lives 3 hours away… I emailed your site to her.. of course. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      it’s not even funny crude. it’s boring crude. and i love her so much, too!

  48. Meghan Doll on August 20, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Your posts always make me smile πŸ™‚

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