Hiiiii 🙂 Happy almost-Friday! (Just wrote “almond Friday” haha)  😀 It’s almost the weekend!!!

How was your Cinco de Drinko Mayo??

I celebrated by teaching classes and then ended it with this….


A Pomegranate margarita 🙂



Yes, we went to Longhorn on Cinco de Mayo. *Hides face in shame*

We REALLY wanted Mexican food, but Valdosta has about three Mexican restaurants and all three were madhouses last night, so Longhorn it was. I got the usual salmon with double veggies and a plain baked sweet potato.

sweet potato

+ one thousand pieces of wheaty bread. I was starvin’!

Dinner was pretty face-rocking, and as always, I love chilling with the girls.

Holler to Maya from American Gourmande who made a lovely Indian Food Wednesday / Cinco de Mayo hybrid:


She made INDIAN NACHOS with curry spiced lentils, red pepper, carrots, and okra adorning cinnamon flavored tortilla chips with coconut butter drizzles, Greek yogurt, and mango ginger chutney


This morning, I awoke to a breakfast beauty

bfast cookie

A Fitnessista bfast cookie with:

-1/3 C oats

-2 T of Jarrow brown rice protein

-almond milk

-1/2 bananner

-1 T mesquite

-cinnamon and vanilla

-1 T almond butter

Ahhhhhmazing 🙂

Well I’m off to walk the puppers, interview a new instructor for the base gym, CLEAN and make some delicious food, because


I didn’t write about it on the blog for safety purposes, but remember when I went to visit the pilot in Vegas? Well he’s been there for 5 weeks!! AHHHHHHH. Not gonna lie, this TDY was no picnic. Whatever, though.. I get to see my pilot love tonight and I CAN’T WAIT 😀

See ya this afternoon with a reader’s request post (not sure what yet! Send any ideas my way at fitnessista at gmail dot com or tweet it up!)



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  1. kalli@fitandfortysomething on May 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

    ooooh your drink looks good and so do the indian nachos. so glad your hub is coming home 🙂

  2. Laura J. on May 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Aww so happy that your pilot is coming home to you 🙂 Hope you guys have a great weekend!!

  3. Scott from YourInnerSkinny on May 6, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I had Burritos… TWICE! One for lunch and one for supper. I threw in some kettlebells and some “ariba” shouts and that was how I celebrated my Cinco de Mayo.

  4. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

    glad you get to see the Pilot tonight, its been awhile huh! We didn’t celebrate Cinco at all. oh well

  5. Ilana on May 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Yay! I’m happy for you that the Pilot is coming home – it’s no fun being separated from the one you love. I definitely need some margarita in my life – I was all about the sangria yesterday.

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet on May 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Yay for the Pilot coming home! 🙂

  7. RhodeyGirl on May 6, 2010 at 9:23 am

    So excited for you that your pilot is coming home! PB and I haven’t had dinner together in over a week and have really only seen each other in bed, and it has been so so bad. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have the pilot go away for weeks or months at a time. You are such a strong woman!

  8. allison @ livingoneday on May 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

    ahhh thats so exciting!!! i made frozen strawberry margs last night. amazing! and by the way, whenever i write the word “fried,” i ALWAYS type “friend” hahahaha. friend ice cream, anyone?? (yes, i made that last night!!)

  9. Paige (Running Around Normal) on May 6, 2010 at 9:34 am

    So happy for you that the pilot is coming back tonight:)5 weeks is a long time (for me)! Such a strong woman, Gina!

  10. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

    The antioxidants in that drink make it healthy, right?? 🙂 Looks delicious!

  11. Amy on May 6, 2010 at 9:43 am

    You are friggin’ adorable.

    That is all. 🙂

  12. Brittney on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Yay for reuniting!

    I know it sucks when he is away, but I bet the constant reuniting keeps things spicy. 🙂

  13. Lauren on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Yay! Welcome home, pilot! Have a fun reunion 😉

  14. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on May 6, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I go to this awesome bar in DC that does delicious pom margaritas and martinis. Absolute favorite drink!

    • Sara on May 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Erin – As a fellow DC’er, would love to know what said bar is!

  15. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on May 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Mmm i love pomtinis. I actually have some POM Juice at home, maybe I’ll take a go at one!

    Love those indian nachos too – delicious!

  16. Julie @savvyeats on May 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Aw, yay for the Pilot coming home!

  17. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on May 6, 2010 at 9:59 am

    YAYYY!!!! 🙂 🙂 So happy for you girl!!!!!! Have a lovely night with your man!!! XOXOXOX

  18. Jenny on May 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Have fun with the pilot! Glad he’s back!

  19. LisaG on May 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I figured it was about time for the Pilot to get back. Yeah!

  20. Emily N on May 6, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Have fun with the pilot! So happy for you he’s coming home:)

  21. Sana on May 6, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Yay! I am happy your hubby is coming home!

  22. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 6, 2010 at 10:37 am

    i’m so excited you get to see your love tonight 🙂 you guys are seriously amazing!

  23. Karyn on May 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

    yay for seeing the pilot! 5 weeks? that’s so long, you must be one tough chica 🙂

  24. Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) on May 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Yay for love! 🙂 Have a great reunion. And Mexican food at overcrowded places on cinco de drinko is overrated… just celebrate a day or two late 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

      that’s what we decided– we’re going to have a girls mexican night when i get back from the bahamas 🙂

  25. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on May 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I love the hybrid mexican-Indian dish! What a great idea. hope you have fun with your man back home!

  26. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Awww yay for the pilot coming home! I was wondering where he was.

  27. Ashley (whole-ier) on May 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I was embarrassed we went to Chilis to celebrate cindo de mayo as well. They make a mean margarita though.

    so happy he’s coming home!

  28. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on May 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

    ohhhh that pomegranate marg looks amazing!! So do those indian nachos!!! So happy you get to see your Pilot soon!!

  29. Lisa C on May 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yay for the pilot coming home! Have a great day!

  30. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic on May 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

    The Longhorn dish actually looks pretty yummy hehe. Glad to hear your hubby is coming home tonight! Btw, I wanted to let you know that I found your post about protein powder EXTREMELY useful!! I just got some chocolate designer whey and I’m very happy with it. Thanks for sharing all these helpful info, I love your blog!

  31. Jewels on May 6, 2010 at 11:50 am

    So glad he’s back….enjoy!!!

  32. Heather on May 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Hey Gina! SO happy for you to get to see your pilot tonight. Have an amazing night. [:

    For reader’s request: What about a bunch of raw breakfasts/lunch/dinner/snack ideas for busy people that want to stay healthy and energized?

  33. Terrie @ Fit4myLifetime on May 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

    So glad to hear he’s coming home! Hopefully, 5 weeks is the longest you’ll ever have to be apart. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      we’ve been apart 6 MONTHS before! it was horrible

  34. Gena on May 6, 2010 at 11:56 am

    SO happy you’re about to get reunited with the pilot, m’love!

  35. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on May 6, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hubby and I went to a steak house (to avoid crowds) too!! And then I got the fish of the day ;D Was my first time trying Ono (I think that’s what she said it was)… not gonna lie though, I did eat a bite or two of hubby’s yummy coleslaw. I think it was the best I’ve ever tasted.

    I did make a 5/5ish meal, but posted it today… the marinade is SO GOOD! Not to toot my own horn 😉 http://whatscookinwithmary.blogspot.com/2010/05/cilantro-lime-shrimp.html

    YAY for your pilot coming home !!! *high five*

    I have a traveling hubby too… he doesn’t leave for more than a week at a time, but everytime I go get him from the airport on the return I always get so excited… it’s like Christmas 😀 What can I say, I love him.

  36. jen trinque @ recipes for creativity on May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Have you already done a reader’s request post about Zumba? I want to take a class at my local gym, but I’m nervous! I feel like I will have no clue what I’m doing and everyone else will. Help!

    And so happy the hubby is coming home!!

  37. Romy on May 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hey 🙂 I’m so happy for you that your pilot is back again!!!! Enjoy your evening!!!!
    How do you cope with him being away for so long? I know you once wrote about your time with the other wives, but it must be hard 🙁 My love is away now and then for about 1 week, but that’s it! I know I’m happy when he’s back only after one week!! I miss him so much, but after 5 weeks??? *eek* I don’t know what I’d do 🙁

    So, I wish you an amazing evening and weekend 😀

  38. Kat on May 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Yay!! So happy you get to be reunited with your pilot. I am making my first batch of macaroons this weekend for a party on Sunday. I’m getting the recipe from Sarma’s Raw Food Real World. Excited!!!! Hope they look as good as yours!

  39. Kim on May 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    That breakfast cookie sounds SO good! I’m glad the Pilot is coming home!

    And we went for Italian last night. It just happened that way. hehe.

  40. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on May 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Yay for the pilot coming back home! I SO wish I would have said something to him when I saw him in Vegas. Doh!

    Um, I had Applebee’s on Cinco de Mayo. Right. No shame, girl. 🙂 Mexican on a random night will be more *special*.

  41. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com on May 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    you girl, know how to party! WOOT

  42. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on May 6, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    awww yay for the pilot coming home!! omg every mexican restuarant in boston yesterday was PACKED!! i didn’t go out, but my drive home from work I got to see the madness

    I just did the INSANITY cardio recovery today…umm that is not so much a recovery! sure, its not jumping and crazy stuff, but my legs are feeling it from those little squats and butt kicks!!

  43. Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition on May 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Happy for you your hubby is coming home. Might want to check out this ; )


  44. Liz on May 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and have really enjoyed the workouts that you’ve posted, especially the HTP weight routines. Here’s a question for you: If I can only get to the gym 3-4 days during the week for 45 mins each, what should I be doing while I’m there? I have a pretty good base level of fitness, eat very healthy during the week and splurge a little on the weekends [just as an aside– I do get to walk to work, which is 20 mins each way- yay!]

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      hey liz!
      thanks so much for reading my little blog!
      i’d do 3 days of weights (30 minutes) with 15 min cardio
      and 1 day of pure cardio

  45. Nicole on May 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Same thing happened to me and hubby- we went to on the border (it was so entirely packed and they even had swarms of police just hanging out there to make sure nothing freak happened)hoping for some mexican food but ended up at Carrabbas eating italian haha. It was good but I wanted something less ritzy and more spicy.

  46. Jessica on May 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I really like the idea of Indian Nachos. The wheels are turning now- what other version would be good? Greek perhaps? Margaritas look great too! Looks like a day full of healthful, yummy eats!

  47. highonhealthy on May 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    That margarita looks divine and I didn’t celebrate with Mexican food either. So it’s all good!

    I like the looks of that b-fast cookie and I may be making it for breakfast tomorrow. 🙂

  48. Dee on May 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats on your pilot coming home, I had wondered (before the Vegas trip) why you weren’t showing us pics of what he was eating.

    BTW, I’m learning alot from how you handle the different meals thing, because my BF is not at all interested in trying many of my healthy staples, but since I cook I still want him to eat the best he can. You do a great job of showing how to create more-healthy versions of meat-floury-cheesey food, as well as how to introduce healthier items in an appetizing way. Cuz I can just munch on raw broccoli and garbanzos if need be, but for him it’s a tough sell!

  49. Kathryn on May 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Ooh! I’ve never had a pomegranate margarita! I made mango margaritas this year. They were delish!

  50. Elise on May 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    What?! No goat cheese in a baggie from the bottom of your purse for that sweet potato ;-D

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