Pre-work shake

Hey friends hey Open-mouthed smile How’s your morning going?

Mine has been bueno- I started if off with a long walk with Bella.


We walked around the park for 30 minutes-ish –even trotted a little bit, just because her little jog is so cute- and then came back to my aunt’s to grab b-fast and pack up work snackage.

Breakfast cookie dough cereal:


With blueberries and maca

Work eats:


A salad beast with goat gouda chunks, garlic gold, dulse and tomatoes

A Sun Warrior smoothie (promo tomorrow!)

and brown rice toast with gooey cashew butter, more frozen blueberries


and a tea. Not too shabby Smile

I packed everything up and hit up a Latin Cardio class before heading to work.

It’s funny because in Valdosta, when I taught Zumba, it was in a small racquetball court.

Here, it’s in a basketball court:

latin cardio

and PACKED. So fun Smile

I had to leave halfway through but it was fun to booty shake a little before doing the work thang. I’m off the next four days in a row!!! The plan is to visit Jeni in Valdosta and pick up Vies, and then figure out my life Winking smile

Hope you’re having a beautiful and relaxing Sunday!



Today’s workout jam:Dog Days Are Over” Florence and the Machine. I’ve been obsessed with this song for cardio for the past month (?) or so- if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s definitely worth downloading or checking out on YouTube.

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  1. Lonnie on November 28, 2010 at 11:14 am

    ooh, do you bring your lunch to work in a small lulu bag? That’s what I use for my lunch bag, and it’s perfect! Also, looks like your smoothie is in a glass lock container. I have some square ones and love them, but I’ve never seen this type of cup container… I want one…. must research that!

  2. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 28, 2010 at 11:27 am

    That toast combo looks delicious!! 😀

  3. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I remember the racquetball court from your old Zumba videos!! Have a safe trip to Valdizzy 🙂

  4. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Sounds like a good start to the morning! I’d like to try rice bread soon since I’ve been trying to cut gluten down/out of my diet lately. Any good brand recommendations? Have a safe trip to Valdosta!

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      i love the food for life brand

  5. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on November 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

    What a great morning! I can’t wait to find out how you are “figuring out your life” 😉

  6. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat on November 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I really need to add more dance classes to my life–they just sound like so much fun!

  7. Sana on November 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I love that you get your booty shaing in when you can! I have taken classes in a b-ball court before, but I miss having the mirror to make sure I am not totally lost!

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      they added a mirror to the room! it’s pretty awesome 🙂

  8. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    The only times I’ve ever tried Zumba, I absolutely hated it. I think it had to do with the teacher, though..maybe she wasn’t exactly certified in it? Because it seems like everyone else loves it. I’ll have to give it a try somewhere else that actually is certified!

  9. Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover on November 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    A brown rice toast with gooey cashew butter and frozen blueberries?!
    Sounds like a winner in my book 😀

  10. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on November 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I am WITH YOU on “Dogs Days are Over”- perfect for intervals because you’ve got those fast power-me-up parts and then the slow. LOVE IT! Good luck with the “figuring out your life” stuff, I totally commend you for living how you live, takes a strong woman. Oh, and I really enjoyed the Pilot’s post yesterday 🙂

  11. Keri on November 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Good luck figuring things out 😉 I’m with you on this one…

  12. Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy on November 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love dog days are over!! I also went on a nice jog with my family’s dog this morning and it was such a great way to start the day. Have a good day at work and DEFINITELY enjoy the days off!!

  13. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations on November 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Your toast and cashew butter look SO GOOD. Isn’t it great how sometimes the simplest foods can taste so. darn. good!!

  14. lindsay on November 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    oh ,that is a good song. I am going to itunes now. thanks friend!

  15. grocery goddess jen on November 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Yee haw, have fun!

  16. Katie on November 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I love Dog Days Are Over! I am in a dance club at my college and the group I am in is doing a contemporary dance to it! 🙂

  17. Namaste Gurl on November 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Mmm, that latin cardio class looks so FUN– and your eats, too 🙂

  18. Lori on November 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Gina! Quick question about ur brown rice bread……I can only find it in the frozen section here. Do get urs frozen or fresh? Thanks 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      i buy it frozen and chisel off the pieces i want, pop them in the toaster and put the rest back in the freezer

  19. Asa on November 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm


    Iam just starting to eat raw foods, and am looking for some information on how to combine raw food with muscle building. I read in your blog that u use Sunwarior protein(? it said smoothie, but I figured it was the protein) What flavour is your favorite? Do you drink it post workout? Kind regards Asa

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      yep sun warrior is the best- pre or post workout

  20. Ashley @ the fit academic on November 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I’ve been starting my mornings with walking my Dog, too! Feels so nice to have a leisurely stroll in the morning!

  21. kt on November 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I love how you share your healthy lunch ideas. And your lunch bag is so cute! 🙂

  22. Alicia on November 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I linked to you on my blog today, been loving it! If you like that song than you’ll love this video:

    Just keep watching it gets pretty funny! Have a great day.

  23. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    “brown rice toast with gooey cashew butter, more frozen blueberries” = that looks sooo yummy!

    For some reason it just has me wanting cashew butter..and I have a jar. Off to open that….

    Glad you got a little zumba in…and what a big room! Very cool to have all that group energy.

    Figure out your life? I wish I could figure mine out 🙂

    Have a great day at work!

  24. Alicia on November 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Where did you find your protein shaker? It looks like yours is glass, but all the protein shakers I come across are plastic, which I’m not too hot on…

    I just stumbled across your blog and I’m lovin it! So excited to try the recipes you’ve posted:) Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      hey! welcome to the little blog 🙂
      the shaker is from tj maxx- a friend gave it to me last year

  25. mi-an dela cruz on November 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I’m happy to be home again doing yoga and eating my normal food stuff. 🙂 your lunch looks so good! now i’m about to have some salad too! btw, LOVE that song! enjoy your day!

  26. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    those small lulu bags make such great lunch carriers! I’m doing zumba tomorrow evening….can’t wait!!

  27. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on November 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Good luck on figuring out your life!!! You seem very organized and put together!! 🙂

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Latin cardio sounds fun! I love how you get your workouts through so many fun classes. It must hardly feel like exercise. 😉

  29. rebecca lustig on November 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    i love dog days are over! first heard it when i saw eat pray love. its going to be featured in glee this week!

    enjoy your night 🙂

  30. Karen on November 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I love that song as well! They were on Saturday night live a couple of weeks ago and sang this song. Great!

    Question – have you read Crazy Sexy Diet? Have you checked out If so, what do you think about either? Can you comment on transitioning from a traditional diet (red meat, typical American diet) to a non-traditional diet like what you follow? I’m on the verge of converting to a Vegetarian diet (not sure I can do Vegan 100%, I can cut out some things pretty easily though) and need advice on the transition (family expectations, body responses, things to consider before doing so). Any help would be cool.

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      hey karen,
      i’m a huge fan of crazysexylife. i think the most important thing to remember when you change your eating habits is to think about why you’re doing it. if you’re doing it for the right reasons, what others say about it won’t bother you as much. one of my biggest tips is to avoid preaching to others about why you’re doing the things you do- you can say “for health reasons” or “for ethical reasons” and change the subject. when people don’t feel like they have to defend themselves, they’ll be less likely to make snide comments.
      hope this helps a little!!

  31. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on November 28, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I am obsessed with the “Dog Days Are Over” song, too! That ans the Avett Brothers new live CD made for great driving music this weekend.

    Thanks for the birth order article… as the first born, I just sent it to my mom. Ha ha! 😉

  32. Amy at TheSceneFromMe on November 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Cookie dough breakfast cereal? Really? I must know about this!
    My morning always starts out with taking my pups on a walk too, I think they like it!

  33. Cara Craves... on November 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I will check out the song suggestion, I am always hunting for some new beats.

  34. fittingbackin on November 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    hehe love that you trotted a bit just because she’s so cute! LOL

    I haven’t heard of that song – going to go check it out now!

  35. Liz on November 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Isn’t that song awesome! I just love it so much I sang a cover of it on youtube. Good choice Gina!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

      where’s the link?? i want to see it 🙂

  36. Liz on November 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    The link for the song is I hope you enjoy it!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      liz! your voice is BEAUTIFUL!!! that’s a hard song to cover, too. amazing!

  37. Liz on November 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Thanks Gina! Yeah its kind of a hard one.

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