POM winner, Seasons dinner

Good morning, everyone! How ya doing?? Things are bueno over here- especially since I finally got to see my love last night ๐Ÿ˜€

Before I get into the re-cap from the rest of our Florida shenanigans, letโ€™s announce the winners of the POM juice giveaway!

We had 489 entries including tweets, and using random number generator, the following entries were chosen:

Entry #453:

A tweet from xxdeed:

I want to win @POMonline juice from @fitnessista

Comment #62:

Caitlin V. said:

I would blend it into a salad dressing with some apple cider vinegar, red onion, s&pโ€ฆ yum! and be sure to top the salad with fresh pom seeds!

Comment #411:

Krissy said:

Iโ€™d love to try it either in smoothies or with seltzer.

CONGRATS, ladies! Please send me your shipping info (fitnessista at gmail dot com) so I may forward it along to the POM peeps. Enjoy your case of POM juice! ๐Ÿ˜€


So last night, Ashley and I made a stop in Orlando to pick up Bella boo and made a slight detour at Milennia Mall.

I had to snap a pic of her trunk after we were finished with this weekendโ€™s shopping frenzy


We did well, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

(we got the oranges at a rest stopโ€”the guy gave us each a tester and they were amazing, so we decided to share a bag)

After our little blitz into the giant Forever 21 ($12.50 skinny jeans to go with my new boots. WHAT?!), we got take out from my favorite restaurant ever: Seasons 52

I got my usual Tamarind-Glazed Salmon Salad with tropical salsa, festive greens and cumin-lime vinaigrette


And you know I was all over the pumpkin pie mini dessert


Just the gingersnap cookie alone was a giant foodgasm ๐Ÿ˜€

Itโ€™s kind of a bummer that my favorite restaurant is 3 hours away, but if it were any closer, Iโ€™d probably never cook again ๐Ÿ˜‰

We chilled with my aunt and cousins for a little while and enjoyed our delicious feast, then got on the road to Valdizzy.

IT WAS SO AMAZING TO SEE MY PILOT AGAIN!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Heโ€™s kind of my buddy and I missed hanging out with him so much <3

This morning, I was hankering for some pumpkin oats, so pumpkin oats it was


1 cup water, 2/3 cup pumpkin, 1 smashed nanner, 2 packs Stevia, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and 1 T almond butter

Paired with Snowman mug 2009


Ashley picked it, since she knows I have a deep and crazy love for snowmen, and texted me saying I had to come into the store she was in to see it. It had to be mine ๐Ÿ˜€

The best part: the little snowman peering over the top! Check out the back of his little round body!!!


So cuuuuuuuute!

Bfast was pretty amazinโ€™


The plan for the day is:

-Stop at Publizzle (we have no food!)

-meet Jeni at the gym for shoulders, chest and triceps

-20 minutes of yoga (for sanity purposes)

-Choreograph for Zumba and teach

-Get the goods for tonight! Since the pilot was gone for his bday โ€“it was Oct 24– weโ€™re going to celebrate tonight (he doesnโ€™t know yetโ€ฆand is at work so Iโ€™m pretty positive he wonโ€™t see this post until later)! Dinner (he requested chicken cordon bleu for his first meal back at home), cake (Guinness cake with Baileys frosting), a couple giftiesโ€ฆ Should be a blasty ๐Ÿ˜€


Hope you all have a very happy Monday and Iโ€™ll see ya soon!



Something to do: Take 5 minutes out of your busy Monday to meditate and get this week started on a peaceful and calming note

From this article on meditation:

  • Breathe deeply. This technique is good for beginners because breathing is a natural function. Focus all attention on your breathing. Concentrate on feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Breathe deeply and slowly. When your attention wanders, gently return your focus to your breathing.
  • Scan your body. When using this technique, focus attention on different parts of your body. Become aware of your body’s various sensations, whether that’s pain, tension, warmth or relaxation. Combine body scanning with breathing exercises and imagine breathing heat or relaxation into and out of different parts of your body.
  • Repeat a mantra. You can create your own mantra, whether it’s religious or secular. Examples of religious mantras include the Jesus Prayer in the Christian tradition, the holy name of God in Judaism, or the om mantra of Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions.
  • Walking meditation. Combining a walk with meditation is an efficient and healthy way to relax. You can use this technique anywhere you’re walking โ€” in a tranquil forest, on a city sidewalk or at the mall. When you use this method, slow down the pace of walking so that you can focus on each movement of your legs or feet. Don’t focus on a particular destination. Concentrate on your legs and feet, repeating action words in your mind such as lifting, moving and placing as you lift each foot, move your leg forward and place your foot on the ground.
  • Engage in prayer. Prayer is the best known and most widely practiced example of meditation. Spoken and written prayers are found in most faith traditions. You can pray using your own words or read prayers written by others. Check the self-help or 12-step-recovery section of your local bookstore for examples. Talk with your rabbi, priest, pastor or other spiritual leader about resources.
  • Read or listen and take time to reflect. Many people report that they benefit from reading poems or sacred texts silently or aloud, and taking a few moments to quietly reflect on the meaning that the words bring to mind. You can listen to sacred music, spoken words or any music you find relaxing or inspiring. You may want to write your reflections in a journal or discuss them with a friend or spiritual leader.
  • Focus your love and gratitude. In this type of meditation, you focus your attention on a sacred object or being, weaving feelings of love and gratitude into your thoughts. You can also close your eyes and use your imagination or gaze at representations of the object.


(All from this website)

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  1. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on November 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

    ooh a Guiness cake? That sounds good! Enjoy celebrating with him!

  2. Dori on November 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

    That pumpkin pie mini dessert looks heavenly! Glad you are reuinted with the pilot!

  3. Jenna on November 9, 2009 at 9:58 am

    that salad and dessert both look great!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 9, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Aw – have a wonderful bday celebration with him!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Then snowman mug is SO cute. I love the little guy hanging over the edge.

  5. Emily Eats on November 9, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Cute mug! Looks like you guys did just as good a job shopping as Seasons 52 did at putting dinner together again ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for posting that info on meditating. I usually just incorporate it in to my yoga practice, so it was interesting to read how others might do it.
    Enjoy your evening!

  6. Anne on November 9, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Hi. You said you made pumpkin oats but your ingredient list did not include the oats! How much and what kind of oats do you usually use?

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 11:00 am

      haha oops! i used 1/3 cup oat bran ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jill on November 9, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Those pumpkin oats are calling my name when it gets a little chillier here!

  8. Diane on November 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for the POM giveaway!! I’ve never won ANY type of contest before, and I’m glad that the first was on this blog. Yours was the blog that reintroduced me to veganism and the bloggy community that goes along with it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy birthday to the pilot, and thank you again!<3

  9. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on November 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

    OMG so obsessed with F21 jeans right now! I wear them so much more than all of my expensive ones; they fit SO WELL! LOOOOVE!

    Also love Millenia mall!!! Mostly because I’ve got a thang for Cheesecake Factory :X

  10. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on November 9, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Pumpkin pie mini dessert looks yum!

    Love the snowman mug ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. boomette1 on November 9, 2009 at 10:56 am

    congratulation to the winners ๐Ÿ™‚

    The mug is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. rhodeygirl on November 9, 2009 at 10:57 am

    So happy your hunny is home yipeeeee!!! Welcome back pilot!

  13. jessica on November 9, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Where did you get the mug?? It is too cute!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    SO glad Pilot is home for a bit! Hope you have a lovely time together!

  14. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on November 9, 2009 at 11:14 am

    That mug is crazy adorable. You just want to pinch that little snowman bottom!

  15. Erica on November 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Glad you had fun on your trip and got some good buys (HOOORAY). I love snowmen too- could they be any cuter? That mug rocks. Have a good day and have fun celebrating tonight (you’re such a fabulous wife!!)

  16. Kailey (SnackFace) on November 9, 2009 at 11:41 am

    GAHH!!! I am dying over that mug. That little round body is the cutest thing ever. And hell yes to the Forev 21 jeans! I bought two purr the other weekend and they really are perfect for boots!

    Awww you and the pilot make my heart melt. I hope you have a fabulous evening with your love! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. chrysta on November 9, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Oh man. I love Forever 21!! what a great store. I could really rip loose in there if Im not careful=) The snowman muf is super cute. I just love all this cute holiday stuff that is appearing on shelves. How awesome! Makes me feel so festive! I bet those oranges were fantastic too. Sounds like a pretty great trip overall! have a super day!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

      seriously! that place can be dangerous ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. laura dishes on November 9, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I would love to make that Seasons 52 pumpkin pie at home… it’s SO good! I love that the gingersnap doesn’t get soggy.

    Glad that the Pilot is home- the menu for tonight is perfect!

  19. Carolyn on November 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Love the mug! Hope the birthday dinner comes off without a hitch!

  20. Alisa on November 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Where can I get that snowman mug!!?? That is just the cutest thing I have ever seen.

    Have a great birthday dinner!

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      i got it at home goods ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. stephanie @ Foodie McFood on November 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Wow. I really needed that today. From the second I walked into work, it has been nothing but stress, stress, stress. UGH. Thank you so much for such a lovely post like always!

  22. VeggieGirl on November 9, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I need that mug!! Too adorable ๐Ÿ˜€

    Amen to all those meditation tips.

  23. Nicci@NiftyEats on November 9, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Great tips and I love hitting up Forever21…great deals.

  24. Mellissa on November 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    As someone whose husband is gone a ton I so appreciate your excitement about this post!

  25. eatmovelove on November 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I need this. I am always worrying so much – that I have to run later, that it’ll be dark, that my stomach is crap from eating too much last night…

    I love your mug, and want that Gingerbread cookie!!! Great site. I’m blogging about running and Yoga as well now and looking for peace and balance. Any comments from anyone are more than welcomed ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Diana on November 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    That salad looks awesome and that mug is adorable!
    Also, nice tips!
    Hope you’re having a great monday ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Nikka @ neekadeek on November 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Your Snowman mug is great! I hope it brings a smile to your face every time you use it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for the meditation tips, I could really use some ‘centering’ time today.

  28. Megan on November 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Super jealous of your shopping!! I love the mug!

    Good luck with teh dinner and cake for the pilot!

  29. Gabriela on November 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    MMMMM love that cake…brother’s fave! Good luck cooking!

  30. Nicole on November 9, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I love snowmen too! That mug is absolutely adorable! I’m so jealous…

  31. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on November 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Adorable mug!!!

    Question… I’m wondering what your opinion is on goat milk yogurt. I’ve seen it in stores and I know you’re a fan of goat milk cheese… have you tried it/heard anything about it?



    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      i’ve tried it- it’s wonderful!!!!
      i used to as a replacement for sour cream and also in baking instead of oil and traditional yogurt. delish ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. deisegirl1981 on November 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    ZOMG I want that mug!!!!! I love snowmen (though penguins will always be No. 1). Have only made about 2 of them in my whole life though – snowmen that is, not penguins ๐Ÿ™

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      hahah i love the clarification ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on November 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Guiness cake with Bailey’s frosting? That is a manly cake if I ever heard of one. Well, besides one frosted in buffalo sauce or something. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I die for your new snowman mug. The little peeking snowman is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve seen all day!

  34. GirlonRaw on November 9, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Aw you are too cute. I know the feeling regarding the pilot being your buddy. I think it is way important to have your partner be your best friend. My man certainly is mine too and it is soo cute as i call him my buddy too. You must be so thrilled to have him home. Enjoy darling ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Nicole on November 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Have a great birthday dinner with the pilot! Love the snowman mug ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Stephanie on November 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Let’s see what you bought!!

  37. Katie on November 9, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    That is a haul! GIrls gone Shopping Wild! Enjoy the Pilot being home and take a break from blogging if needed to be with him.

  38. Felicia on November 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I LOVE Seasons 52! Their mini desserts are so perfect and delicious.

    Have a great birthday night with the pilot! It sounds like he’s going to love that cake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. fittingbackin on November 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    So glad you got to see pilot! I just went to Seasons 52 Friday – always so good! Great finds!! I have a couple pairs of the $12.50 jeans – they hold up great and are PERFECT for boots!!

  40. Pure2Raw Twins on November 9, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Hope you two have a fabulous night!! The cakes sounds yummy!

  41. Rebecca Kenefic on November 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    hay Gina, first off

    happy belated birthday pilot, happy early birthday to you!

    SO, I was wondering, I have been following you for several months(and have loved everyday of it!) I was wondering if you had some awesome raw recipes or raw ideas for thanksgiving coming up?
    every year every member of my family brings a speciality dish and im thinking about contributing something raw!!

    i was thinking like a raw cranberry dish, or something with squash because those are like my two favorite halidays flavors!!

    any creative ideas would be SUPER awesome

  42. Katy @ These Beautiful Feet on November 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Went to Seasons tonight! I chose the pumpkin dessert too..how amazing was that? The perfect amount as well. I had the rainbow trout, the tamarind glazed salmon was super tempting as well. Yumm!

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