Hi friends! How are ya? Hope you’ve had a lovely day <3

Soups on over here:


It’s chipotle black bean soup from the Canyon Ranch Nourish cookbook, except I didn’t follow the recipe.. and probably should have.

soup (2)

Let’s just say that someone got a little overzealous with the chipotle chiles (<—I LOVE this ingredient).

me and bell

It was Bella 😉

Instead of 1/2 t, 2 whole chiles… and the seeds… were added. It’s a little spicy, even for me, so I may be making the Pilot an omelet instead. Sorry, Pilot :/

Lesson of the day: follow instructions.

Work today was pretty bueno. I’ve been teaching a lot of stretch classes since I’m temporarily limited in my teaching abilities, which are lovely and super boring at the same time. I promised myself I’d make a new stretch playlist for tomorrow, because I’ve been using the same one for the past couple of months, and I’m sick of all of the songs on there. Here’s the playlist I’ve been using.

Came home for lunch on the patio:


Salad beast with spinach, heated up organic turkey, goat cheese, grape tomatoes and *this dressing* + a Zevia (<—so fizzy and good!)

Snack packed up to-go:

protein pudding

[My piggy watering can finally came! It’s on the patio, not on display. Haha]

-almond milk

-Sun Warrior

-Chia seeds

-almond butter


Time to see if this soup is going to be Pilot-friendly or not. If not, more for me? Muahaha.

See ya in the morning!



Something to talk about: Spicy: yes or no? For me, if it burns my face off, I’m a fan. Also, any stretch song recommendations? My playlist needs a major refresher. I’ll definitely post the new one 🙂

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  1. Caitlin @ Cake with Love on September 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    The soup sound delicious, my husband likes everything with the word “Chipotle” in so I will have to give it a try. I made yesterday organic chicken kale soup, I think you would’ve liked it since the baby loves chicken 🙂
    Very cute picture with you and Bella!

  2. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on September 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve been craving a lot of spicy stuff lately, but I can’t handle it too hot. I like it to have a little kick but more flavor than just pure spicyness.

  3. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I’m an in-between-spicy kinda person! I like it spicy, but not too much! (: Soup sounds so good right now since fall is in the air! (:

  4. River on September 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I love hot food! You definitely get used to it too. I have a friend who used to not be able to eat hot food, but she started having it more, and now she loooves hot food, and can eat foods even spicier than I can!

  5. Terran Leigh on September 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    My aunt and uncle live in Phoenix and love love love spices! Whenever I visit I am always surprised by the spice level they eat their food at. It is amazing and so delicious just never would think to put as much chili peppers in the food as they do; nor in the types of food that they do. She is an amazing cook and I love her recipes! I try to kick up our spicy level in my household with red pepper flakes and slowly build up my beau’s tolerance.

    PS that soup looks amazing, would love the recipe!

  6. bobbileigh on September 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    One of my fave cool down/ stretch song is John Mayer- In Repair, its at the end of EVERY play list I have.

    • Beth on September 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Wow – thank you so much for sharing that! I am totally adding this song to my cool down list! It’s perfect!

  7. Jamie @Food in Real Life on September 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Spicy all the way! It makes me sad to take the seeds out of spicy peppers. They do all the hard work! 😉

  8. Kari on September 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Spicy is good in my book, but I’m not sure I could handle that soup either 🙂
    As for stretching songs, here are a few that I have been using in my stretch portion of my classes:
    “Strip Me” and “Little Too Much” by Natasha Bedingfield, “Who You Are” by Jessie J, Alive by J. Lo, Superwoman by Alicia Keys, All We Are by Matt Nathanson, Let It Be Me by Ray LaMontagne… There are more, but I can’t think of them right now:-)

  9. Colleen on September 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    My current favorite stretching songs:
    Kt Tunstall – Under the Weather and Other Side of the World
    Jason Mraz – Summer Breeze
    Paula Cole – Feelin’ Love (might be a little racy for group fitness, but LOVE IT at home 😉

    K’Naan – Wavin’ Flag
    One Republic – Everybody Loves Me

  10. Maria on September 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    my hubby doesn’t love spicy food like I do either :-/ Stretch song recommendation: Adele “someone like you”. LOVE IT!!!!

  11. Alexis @ hummusapien on September 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    your snack to go looks very yummy! i may have to try that tomorrow 🙂

    i’m not a fan of spicy stuff but the soup still looks great!

  12. Liz on September 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Hi!! I’m a new commenter, but have been lurking for a week or so now. I LOVE spicy food – especially tomato based curries, sauces, and salsas.

    As for stretching songs, here are some from my “cool down” playlist:
    (Warning, I haven’t acquired any new music in about 5 years)
    – Edge of the Ocean, Ocean City Girl (Ivy)
    – You Raise me Up, There for Me (Josh Groban)
    – Such Great Heights [Iron and Wine cover] (The Postal Service)
    – I Know I know I know (Tegan & Sara)
    – Beautiful Madness (Stabilo)
    – A Love Before Time [aka the song from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon] (Coco Lee)
    – All the trees are hers (Hawksley Workman)
    – Twilight (Vanessa Carlton)
    – Bold as Love (John Mayer)
    – Brown Eyes (Lady Gaga)

    Hope this helps!!

  13. Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life on September 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve been totally digging Zevia lately! Right now I’m currently drinking the Black Cherry flavor! It is seriously so good! I feel like I’m having such a special treat when I get one! 🙂

  14. RachelG on September 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    In my yoga class tonight “More Than a Feeling” came on during a high runners stretch and because of the awesomeness of the song I went a little deeper. Strongly recommended! 🙂

  15. Stacie on September 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve always liked the song Set A a Drift (?) by PM Dawn

  16. Laury @ thefitnessdish on September 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I turn to you for playlist suggestions. I am still jamming to Juicy by Biggie and Oops I did it again :/ Maybe Enya…I like them while i cool down.

    Spicy…..eh not so much. I can’t handle the heat. Which is weird because when I was in my tweens I used to eat tortilla chips dipped in pure tabasco sauce. Now, I can’t even handle Whole Foods veggie tacos because there are jalapenos. I avoid all spic while breastfeeding anyway so it’s just as well.

  17. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on September 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I love me some spicy food! And also that Zevia ginger ale… that stuff rocks.

  18. Bernadette on September 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    John Mayer – Slow dancing in a burning room 🙂

  19. Maggie on September 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    The stretch songs that seem to stay on my playlist are:
    – anything Corinne Bailey Rae
    – sade- lovers rock
    – ani difranco 32 flavors

    Dono if those are your style but just throwing them out there!

  20. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    That pig watering can is hilarious. After reading “snack all packed up to go” I was worried (and jealous?) that the pig was your lunch box!

  21. Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen on September 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I have been craving some sort of chipotle sweet potato dish – I’m thinking chili, but I want one with pureed sweet potatoes and I can’t find a recipe… I did top my baked sweet tater with chipotle chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, a little brown sugar and greek yogurt. SOOOOO good, but I still want chili 🙂 I hate it when you have a hardcore craving and nothing seems to satisfy it.

    For the playlist – some older Amy Winehouse or Adele is nice and mellow and bluesy.

  22. Dana Marie on September 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hey chica – so it’s not totally related to your post – but since AB is included in many of yours…… 🙂 I was curious if you tried the new 365 brand of Almond butter- it’s 4.99 – to keep up with its competitior Trader Joe and if you had tried – what did you think?
    I wish I had both to do a taste test but I think I like TJs better – it’s so frustrating because some times WF has better brand x and sometimes tjs is!

    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

      hey girl,
      no i haven’t. whole paycheck is kind of far away, so i’ve been sticking with tj’s and costco, since i can get a GIANT jar there for $5.

      • Dana Marie on September 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        cool 0 well if you ever do…I’m def curious your thoughts! I know you know your AB!
        I hope that Nutzo can get larger distribution so that I can try it without worrying about not being able to return it! it sounds interesting.

        • Fitnessista on September 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

          it’s the best nut butter i’ve ever had. the peanut free is incredible

  23. Stephanie on September 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    LOVE spicy food! My MIL, who is hispanic (I am not) started calling me Stephanita because I like things much spicier than her! 🙂

    Also, I like Beyonce’s “Halo” for stretching. It’s relaxing and energizing at the same time.

  24. Mindy on September 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Turning Tables – Adele
    Landslide – Glee cast
    Someday You Will Be Loved – Death Cab for Cutie
    You Wanted It – Mozella

  25. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I am such a wimp I can’t handle spicy foods at all. Josh on the other hand wants as much spice as possible. He said the best dish he ever ate was the one that was so spicy he was crying as he ate it, totally enjoying it. That sounds like insanity to me! ;p

  26. Sana on September 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I have been obsessed with these jealpeno chips, only because of how spicy they are. I chuggg some water with them!

  27. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    i can’t do really spicy, i just lose my appetite if its too spicy!
    i love that piggy watering can!!

  28. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Of all the Zevias, I think I like the ginger ale one the best..or the orange.

    And spicy is good..up to a point.. haha!

    When I was pregnant there’d have been no way I could have hung with the uber spicy food. I could hardly keep Saltines down, let alone spicy food!

    Cute piggy watering can!

    And I’ve heard amazing things about the Canyon Ranch cookbooks..I know they are faves of yours. Maybe I need it in my life..then again, I already have so many books I never open anymore. Whoops! 🙂

  29. Katie @ Plates and Paste on September 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I’m finally getting around to liking spicy, but can’t take it too hot. My bf loves spicy though…he’s not happy less the food makes him sweat 😉

  30. Alyse on September 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Mm chipotle is the best. I love spicy as long as there’s some avocado or milk nearby to extinguish the flames!

  31. kyla on September 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    “Someone Like You” by Adele OR “You and Tequila” by Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter OR “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver.

  32. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on September 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Mmm, that soup sounds delicious! What is this cookbook the recipe is from??

    Loving that piggy watering can- so addorable! Looks like a piggy bank. 😉

  33. Ally on September 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    The spicier the better for me. I LOVE salsa, putting red pepper flakes in my pasta or just adding peppers to dinner. It makes it taste so much better.

    Pretty much anything by Graham Colton or Adele (especially Someone Like You), the new Lady Antebellum CD, Broken Strings by James Morrison, Kill or Work by Jimmy Eat World and Follow Your Dreams by Jerry Riopelle are some of my favorites.

  34. Katie on September 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I love “Broken Wings” by James Morrison and Nelly Furtado. Such a good cool down song!

  35. Shaina on September 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West (slow enough to stretch to, but still has a beat so you don’t feel like you’re going to fall asleep), “Black” by Pearl Jam, “Californication” by RHCP, “Wheel of the World” by Carrie Underwood, “Halo” by Beyonce, “Do You Remember” by Jack Johnson, “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson

  36. Danielle on September 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I get a little overzealous with the spices too! I’ll be cooking and taste testing and think, “a little more spice would be nice!” and when it’s too late I remember that I’m cooking for people that cannot handle the same amount of spice… Oops! But for me, if it’s not hurting and making my nose run it ain’t hot enough! 😉

  37. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 15, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I’m not so good with spicy. It is awesome going down, but really not so fun once it is in there. Except for ginger, I lovelovelove ginger and I can never get enough of it in my juice. I hope you soup is Pilot friendly! I have a Zevia waiting for me to drink him right now too!

  38. Christine @ BookishlyB on September 15, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I’m a HUGE wimp when it comes to spiciness, which can be tough because my husband is 1/2 Mexican and looooves things hot. I can’t even handle the hot sauce and Taco Bell while he’s eating all this little scary peppers straight.

  39. Michelle on September 15, 2011 at 1:28 am

    It was definitely a soup night. I made some, too!

  40. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on September 15, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I love spicy in my mouth, but my intestines disagree with my taste buds. I’ve decided to give up, accept that I’m getting older and can’t handle the heat, and step away from the red pepper flakes. Sad day.

    I’ve noticed you’re eating a lot more turkey than you used to show– does baby Fitnessista go nuts for it like chicken? do you prefer the taste yourself?

  41. whitney on September 15, 2011 at 1:44 am

    LOVE spicy spicy food! i think it stemmed from my love for hot cheetos. I always find myself just shaking that cayenne pepper all over, if my nose isnt running its not that spicy:) that piggy is so cute, lol i would put that on display for a couple of days

  42. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig on September 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

    As you might be able to tell by the name of my blog, I love pigs! I nearly died when I saw that watering can – at first I thought it was a lunchbox!! Too cute 🙂

  43. Sarah on September 15, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Being a born and raised New Mexican I LOVE my hot chile…I recently moved to Washington and was so sad that even the “hot” salsa was really mild and bland. I did a happy dance when I discovered the Whole Foods carried AND roasted real Hatch Green Chiles…I got a bit over excited and added a wee bit too much to a sandwich…burned my lips something good, but it was so worth it.

    As far as good stretch music I am currently in love with Ben Howard– “Further Away” and “Old Pine” are my faves to just chill with after a long day at work on a walk or after a tough workout. Think he’s EP is still super cheap on Amazon MP3

  44. Mer @mersworld on September 15, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I love spicy! A few weeks ago, my husband and I tried a pepper from our garden and it wasn’t too spicy (but supposed to be habanero)… so last week I made red beans and rice and threw in 2 peppers from the garden (we decided to let them grow a little longer…) and we ended up crying through the first few bites and not being able to eat the rest!

  45. Megan @ Long Distance Relationship on September 15, 2011 at 6:46 am

    spicy all the way! my boyfriend and I both cook everything extra spicy which is great for us, but we always have to remember to tweak our recipes when cooking for others who may not appreciate all the chipotle (or jalepeno, or habenero) goodness!

  46. Meghan on September 15, 2011 at 6:48 am

    i LOVE spicy 😀

  47. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 15, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Haha I LOVE that watering can! I have an insane obsession with piglets 😀 And man 2 whole chiles!? I sliced up one into a salad once WITH the seeds in an attempt to try something new (I know, right) and I was murdering myself forever after

  48. Hillary on September 15, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Definitely a yes for spicy foods—it runs in the genes in my family!

  49. Stephanie on September 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

    My husband prefers food that makes him cry. Me? I’m good with just a little kick. But I can eat reeeeeaaaaally spicy food, so long as it’s paired with a big heap of rice.

  50. Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly on September 15, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I made soup last night too! Enough for an army 🙂 It was a Southwest Chicken Soup, and I also did not follow the directions! I got a little jalepeno happy~ oops. It was still very delicious.

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