Pets make you brave

Helloooooo ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you had a bueno Sunday!

So almost immediately after my last post, Bella got sick (again) and we rushed off to the animal hospital. They checked her and said she was fine, then gave her a anti-nausea shot (which she cried for and I had to hug her and hold her head so the vet could do it) and an antibiotic shot. The crazy thing is I never would have been able to do that before. I am the biggest needle-phobe in the world and usually have to leave the room while they do tests, or give shots because I get so dizzy and pass out if I see blood. Today, I had to do it. It was just the vet and myself, and someone had to hold her while she got poked and prodded, and that someone had to be me. Iโ€™m pretty proud to say I stepped up for the occasion and was fine, but also bummed to say that since Iโ€™ve brought her home, sheโ€™s gotten sick two more times. I already talked to the vet (who thinks sheโ€™ll be fine until the morning) and weโ€™re going back in when they open tomorrow. My life.

The invalid:


So in the midst of puppy wrangling and calling the pilot and vet frantically, I had a super quick lunch.

Ezekiel with balsamic drizzled on top:


Amyโ€™s butternut soup:


(Topped with cayenne)

After the vet visit, I stayed around to see how Bella was doing for a couple of hours, and since she was acting ok, I met Ashley at the gym for weights and then hit up the commiscary for groceries.

Supine chest fly and push combo 5 ea 3 sets of 12
Supine dumbbell skull crushers 5 ea 3 sets of 12
Side laying lat raise 5 lbs 3 sets of 10 on each side
Stability ball push-ups Body weight 3 sets of 10
Overhead press 8 each 3 sets of 10
Dips Body weight 3 sets of 10
Total time: 50 minutes    

To  be honest, Iโ€™m too worried about Bella to want to eat anything, but knew I needed to have dinner so hereโ€™s what I whipped up:



Zucchini noodles with almond butter, orange bell pepper, rice wine vinegar, nama shoyu and scallions.


Roasted brussels and baby bella mushrooms with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper


It was pretty much amazing.

Well Iโ€™m off to cuddle this sick puppy and lay low for the night. Hereโ€™s hoping itโ€™s an uneventful evening.



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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 25, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Your dinner looks incredible, and that’s coming form someone who doesn’t even like veggies! I am glad Bella is doing well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Shannon, Tropical Eats on October 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I’m so sorry about your doggy ๐Ÿ™ Pets are a part of the family so when something goes wrong, it’s the absolute worst!
    Hope she feels better asap!

  3. Jenny on October 25, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    The things we can do when our pups need us. Hope Bella feels better in the morn.

    Thanks for the delicious pictures of the brussel sprouts. They are my favorite! I need to go buy some soon.

  4. Brittney on October 25, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Hey I’m new to the blog world and yours just so happened to be the first one i’ve read and I love it. I recently lost a lot of wieght and I’m trying to make a lifestyle change with my family in how we eat and I just wanted to thank you for being so inspirational


    • Fitnessista on October 25, 2009 at 7:46 pm

      hey brittney, thank you so much for saying hi! best of luck in achieving your fitness goals and please let me know if you ever need help!

  5. Nicci@NiftyEats on October 25, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Now that’s a great Sunday dinner!

  6. Mellissa on October 25, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    So glad Bella is ok!

  7. Kristin on October 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Poor little Bella!xoxo Hope she feels better in the morning!!

  8. Jannifer on October 25, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Isn’t is amazing how we can suddenly deal with something unimaginable when it’s for the well-being of someone we love? I’m sending positive energy to Bella and to you! I’m also craving brussel sprouts now!

  9. Spotty Prep on October 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Seding good thoughts Bella’s (and your) way!!!

  10. VeggieGirl on October 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I’m praying hard that Bella gets 100% well soon. Stay strong xo

  11. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 25, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    hope bella feels better soon! xoxo

  12. Julie on October 25, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Aw poor pupper ๐Ÿ™ I hope she feels better soon.

  13. Erica on October 25, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Poor bella! I hope shes 100% tomorrow morning so mommy doesn’t have to worry. Nice job making it through the shots.

  14. Bec on October 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    hope your little bella feels better soon!

  15. kristi (sweet cheeks) on October 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I’ll be thinking about you guys! xoxo

  16. Gina G on October 25, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    i hope bella feels better! =)

  17. Ali on October 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I hope Bella feels better…it’s so sad when animals are sick and can’t say what’s wrong! One Vet put it to me something like this, “Do you get sick and throw up or have diarrhea sometimes? Well, OK, occassionally so will your dog.” Wow. Jerk. But he’s kind of right. I give Amber rice with some green beans when she’s pukey and put some pumpkin in her food when the problem is the other end. Hope it gets better!

  18. Leanne on October 25, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    That zucchini noodle dish sounds and looks fantastic!

  19. allijag on October 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    AWWW poor bella bean! (and way to go tough doggie mama!) Hang in there (and keep us updated, of course!)

  20. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on October 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’m sending good thoughts your way and hope Bella baby is OK. Saying prayers that she’ll be all better with a good night’s sleep. Believe me I know first hand what you’re going through. If you need to chat, I’m always available (anytime, seriously!). You know where to contact me.

    Never thought to add mushrooms with my brussel sprouts. Yum!

  21. Brittany on October 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Aww.. poor Bella. We just recently had a similar situation with Olive- she was throwing up and had diarrhea. I had to take her in to get an anti-nausea shot as well. It went away after one day and I’m pretty sure it was because she had eaten a few pieces of raw onion and garlic that fell on the floor when I was making soup. Has Bella eaten eaten anything unusual, maybe that’s the culprit. Sending get well wishes her way!

  22. Jenna on October 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    great looking dinner gina!

  23. Amelia on October 25, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Hope Bella feels better soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hang in there!

  24. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on October 25, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Hope Bella is feeling better Gina! Einstein and Radley are sending her puppy love. ๐Ÿ™‚

    For not being too hungry, the dinner you whipped up looked amazing.

    Get some rest and enjoy the upcoming week my friend.

  25. Teresa on October 25, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Get Better Soon Bella!

    Ok, seriously can you come to my house and be “to worried to want to eat anything” and make me dinner! That looks freakin delish, and oh so gourmet too!

  26. Felicia on October 25, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I hope that Bella feels better soon!!

  27. Marissa on October 25, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Aw! Hope your pup feels better ASAP!

  28. Mama Pea on October 25, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I wonder why Bella got so sick. Do they think maybe she ate something she shouldn’t have? Poor baby.

    Just think, this is good practice for when you have baby fitnessista and pilots. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you guys are both better tomorrow!!!

  29. *Andrea* on October 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    umm you deserve a cooking show on the food network. i seriously can’t believe this food was prepared at home, nice and quick without a recipe. you amaze me ๐Ÿ™‚ hope bella’s ok!

  30. Whole Body Love on October 26, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Poor Bella! I hate it when the puppies get sick. They don’t understand why the hurt or don’t feel well and that really pulls on my heartstrings. Get well soon, Bella!~

  31. The Voracious Vegan on October 26, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Animals so make us brave! Aren’t they just amazing? There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my sweet babies. I really hope your little one gets better soon. Hopefully she will be all better in the morning.

    Even you ‘worried’ food looks good, especially those delicious brussels sprouts!

  32. Sarah on October 26, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I’m praying your doggie gets well soon! Glad you were able to be brave for her ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Paige (Running around Normal) on October 26, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Aw- you are such a good Bella mommy!!
    I hope to hear you report she’s feeling 100% today!

  34. Shelby on October 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I’m hoping Bella gets better soon!

  35. Carrie on October 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I hope Bella feels better soon. So sad when they get so sick.

  36. fittingbackin on October 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

    oh no! She looks so pathetic – bless her little heart! Hope she feels better soon. I can’t stand a sick pupper. ๐Ÿ™

    • Fitnessista on October 26, 2009 at 11:35 am

      hahah bella is good at looking pathetic when she’s sick. it breaks my heart

  37. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on October 26, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Your eats looked pretty rockin’ even if you felt like you half-a$$ed it, ma’am. Hope your puppy is on the mend by now – it can’t be fun to have an invalid pupster. ๐Ÿ™

  38. Jordan on October 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I get the same way when I have to take Elliott to the vet. It makes me wanna cryyyyy. Not because I’m squeamish, though, it’s because I hate seeing my lil baby in pain.

  39. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Poor little Bella!!! She’s lucky to have a nice mommy like you! It’s amazing what you can do when you love someone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. JavaChick on October 26, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Aw! Poor Bella! I get freaked when my cats get sick. Hope she’s better soon.

  41. K on October 26, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Awww, I feel bad for you and Bella!! My puppies and I are wishing her a speedy recovery – hope there’s no more pukes!!

  42. Gena on October 26, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Yum!!! What a terrific looking din din — I’m thinking about brussel sprouts tonight myself!

  43. Menden @ Skinny Menny on October 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Aw, that poor pup ๐Ÿ™ Nothing’s worse than when your pet is sick…don’t you just wish they could tell you what’s wrong? I hope she’s feeling better! Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) on October 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Poor Bella! Hope she gets better soon!

  45. Juicy Jessy on October 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    it’s so funny that all you women in America like to eat Brussel’s sprouts while I am from Belgium and I hate them! But I have never eaten them roasted like you do; I guess I should give it a try!

    by the way, i’ve been browsing your blog a litle and I was wondering: will you be posting any new challenges soon? I would love to join in, if that would be the case ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

      definitely try them roasted– they’re amazing with garlic, sea salt, olive oil and pepper
      i was thinking about doing a holiday challenge…. we shall see ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. Tina on October 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Poor Bella! I agree–pets are like children, and there’s nothing you wouldn’t want to do for them! Not that I’d know since I don’t have children…but I can imagine haha ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

      same here! they ARE children.. little fur babies

  47. Brenna on October 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Your dinner looks fantastic! Love the asian dressing twist on the spiralized zucc!

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