Wacky Fitness Fads

Hi guys! Howโ€™s your morning going? Mine has been bueno- Iโ€™m so STOKED that we leave for Hotlanta tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night I had a few training appointments and then Jeni and I hit up Longhorn for dinner, since my pilot was flying late.

House salad, no cheese or croutons, balsamic on the side


(Jeni had the GENIUS idea of asking for only romaine in her salad, so I copied her. I despise iceberg lettuce)

Salmon + veg + plain sweet potater


After dinner, we each went home and grabbed our puppers, and met for a long nighttime walk through the neighborhood (weโ€™re neighbors, too).


It was perfect ๐Ÿ˜€

This morning, the pilot is sleeping in and I made b-fast cookie dough cereal (Iโ€™m hooked!) to start the day:

bfast cereal

(trick: donโ€™t add the smashed banana to the *dough*, just add more milk and add the sliced banana on top if youโ€™d like)

Iโ€™m out of almond butter, so I had to use frosting Maranatha Dark Chocolate Peanut Spread as the base. It was a tragedy, I telll ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

I loved reading your comments to last nightโ€™s post about the joker doctor. The doctor wasnโ€™t a base doctor (it was OFF base!) so it just goes to show that where someone works doesnโ€™t say anything about their capabilitiesโ€”Iโ€™ve had a lot of really excellent doctors on base and a lot of goobers, too. Also, Fertility Awareness Method works well for a lot of people (especially those who are married or in monogamous relationships) and I love it. Iโ€™m not saying that everyone should follow this method, but for him to discredit something that obviously is going well with me was kind of redunk. Iโ€™ll be switching docs today ๐Ÿ™‚

Well Iโ€™m off to meet a friend for coffee/tea and then heading to work!

Have a lovely day <3



Happy Birthday, Jenny!!! <3

Something to talk about: Whatโ€™s the weirdest food/fitness trend that youโ€™ve ever tried?

Something to read: My review for Crystal Light Pure Fitness + info about their $500 giveaway

Post Navigation:


  1. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on July 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Gosh, I think I’ve tried everything. But I think the craziest would be the Cabbage Soup diet. Eating nothing but cabbage soup for like two weeks. Sure, you lose weight..but you gain it right back when you stop eating only cabbage soup!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on July 27, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I never really tried anything crazy, but some funny ones I’ve heard of is the cookie diet, the no-white-food diet, the cabbage soup diet (my mom did that in college) – I just can’t imagine!

  3. Exercise and Eat on July 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for the birthday shoutout!!! We’ll have a great time celebrating in Chicago!

  4. dotsie on July 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I love the pic of your pups–they both look adorable-makes me wanna reach through the screen and hug them!

    I think this shaking/vibrating dumbbell thing is pretty wacky! ๐Ÿ˜€ have you seen it?!

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

      hahah they said thank you!
      YES one of my clients said she had it and it did not work (shocker, right? hahah)

  5. Tina on July 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I think the craziest thing I did was my first fitness comp diet which graded foods. You could only have one “B” list food a day. And peanut butter (all natural) was a “B” food. C’mon people!!! How ridiculous!

    So when in Atlanta do you think you are going to have any extra time to do a get together with other bloggers? I know I would love to meet you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

      yes! maybe we can do breakfast or lunch at flying biscuit this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Naomi(onefitfoodie) on July 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

    bahhh no carbs is craaazzzyyy…i tried once and lasted about 2 days haha just couldn’t do it! for how much I workout, and also being a personal trainer, it is just not practicing what you preach! Besides the fact I was miserable! I love me some healthy carby’s! Like jess, I have seen some crazy diets out there though! the cookie diet, the master clense thang, bahh so many out there, its a shame people get hooked on such unhealthy ways to try to lose weight!

    On another note, your cookie dough b-fast looks SO delish!!!

  7. Shanna on July 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I did the master cleanse for a week. I was a raging biyatch ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Stephanie on July 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Oh man, I have a co-worker who tried that. =( I just remember it from the Real World: Hawaii days. I was like “WHO WOULD DO THAT!?”, mostly because I know I’d be completely insane by the end. Suuuuuuper stabby. =)

  8. allison @ livingoneday on July 27, 2010 at 9:56 am

    i forget what this one was called, but it was like fast for 2 days, then only bananas and milk, then only meat and veg, then only fruit or something. wtf is that?? my friend tried everything under the sun including the master cleanse, jello and cucumbers, grapefruit, and some weird soup diet

  9. Alyssa @ Bride To Be Fit on July 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    My craziest = No carb. I was misrable, starving, and DEAD TIRED. Plus, how gross is to make breakfast, lunch and dinner all surrounding meat and cheese?! Gahh!

  10. jenna on July 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    your bfast cookie cereal looks yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I always laugh at the shaking dumbbell infomercials as well. they crack me up!

    I know someone who use to use the master cleanse ‘teas’ and their system has not been right since. :-/ dangerous yucky stuff.

  11. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on July 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I tried the Atkins diet for a total of 7 days… it was CRAZY! Not only did I totally get burned-out on chicken, tuna, and eggs– I started to have terrible breath and NO energy! Huge red flags, if you ask me!

    Also, I tried the Master Cleanse back in the day– another TERRIBLE idea! I only lasted one full day on that, though… ick.

  12. tanyasDailyProductReviews on July 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

    your breakfast looks good

  13. Hilary@coffeeismycarrot on July 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I did the low carb thing, too, for about 4 months before my wedding. It was bad juju for me and also those around me. I was a bear, I’m sure. I workout and need carbs. I like them!

  14. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    i “tried” to do low carb for a week and it SUCKED…no mas! i love bread and veggies and fruit way too much to give it up!

  15. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on July 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’ve never tried any dieting really. But my friends have had some wacky ideas

    Friend numero 1 Cutting out pasta. She won’t even switch to whole wheat because it’s “too much work”
    Friend numero 2 Cutting out all carbs. She won’t eat anything with carbs. She doesn’t know that spinach has carbs in it thank goodness.

  16. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on July 27, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Ny far, low carb …. Come on, eating full eggs and bacon every morning? And I missed fruits so damn much, crazy!

  17. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) on July 27, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I did full blown Atkins back in college… what a mistake! I actually did lose some weight, but I’ve never felt more greasy, gross and unhealthy. What was I thinking?!

  18. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather on July 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

    the only crazy diet I ever did was low carb which I couldn’t even imagine doing now. I love my carbs too much to stay away from them, plus I need them to energize me everyday.

  19. amy on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 am

    the grapefruit diet……crazy teenage years!

  20. Danielle (Runs on Green) on July 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Gah I can’t even imagine going on a low-carb diet. I’m *pretty* sure running would suck ๐Ÿ™‚

    The weirdest food trend I’ve seen was my friend who took shots of vinegar in the morning (blechhhhh). Supposedly, Fergie does it. Cuz I’m sure her bod came from the vinegar shots & not all the exercise ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on July 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Thankfully I haven’t tried any fitness or diet fads. But I have had (very miserable) friends who got on the no-carb bandwagon. It looked like zero fun.

  22. Krystina on July 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Do you make the cookie in the bowl, or make it on a plate, as usual, then scoop it into the bowl?

    I cut fats from my diet dramatically. I used cooking spray instead of real oils, rarely ate nuts/nut butters and basically thought fats would make ME fat. The end result was low energy, crappy skin, brittle hair and nails.

    Another thing I’m ashamed to admit is that at the beginning of my journey, I restricted my calories drastically. Each day I consumed LESS than 600 calories. I lost weight fast, but destroyed my body in the meantime. I’ve spent months trying to repair the damage and now I’m finally at a good place.

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      i make it in the bowl and just add more milk + toppings

  23. Elizabeth on July 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I tried the grapefruit diet in high school too! My whole family did it (well I’m an only child so there’s only 3 of us!). But My dad would have a nice glass of grape fruit juice along w/ eggs and bacon ready for me when I’d get up in the morning. That actually was the best part b/c I realized that eggs really do keep you from gettin hungry for a long time. The at lunch my dad would pack me a salad or sometimes he would even pack rolled up lunch meats for me to much on w/ some veggies. AND of course I’d have a lil waterbottle filled with grapefruit juice. I did learn to like grapefruit juice but not before I thought it tasted like vomit! lol Techincally this diet was called the “Mayo Clinic Diet” and it was designed to help patients getting heart surgery lose weight before their surgery. I dont even know if I lost weight! I just remember that I never lasted more than a week on it! I think I tried it a couple times though haha

  24. Run Sarah on July 27, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Romaine is a million times better than iceberg, I agree! I haven’t tried any fitness fads, except maybe the 30 day shred? I don’t think I could ever do no carbs/low carb, I would go crazy in a few days!

  25. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on July 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’m so glad to see another carb lover! ๐Ÿ™‚ My beloved WH Big Book of Exercises condones low carb eating (one glass of milk + 1 c fruit per day is NOT gonna be enough for me) so it was kinda sad, as if they were saying “if you don’t eat low carb, you’re never going to be fit”. ): But I still like the book to mix up my workouts.

  26. Carrie on July 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Never done anything too wacky. Though leading up to my wedding I ate entirely too little. Thanks to nerves and of course, wanting to be fabulous.

  27. Emily H on July 27, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Though it’s not *super* wacky, I did Slim-Fast for awhile–and was constantly hungry.

  28. RhodeyGirl on July 27, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I tried a low carb diet, lasted about a week and then completely binged (for the first and last time in my life) on english muffins (of all things). I was just so HUNGRY, TIRED, and SHAKY, even though I was eating a good amount of calories.

    I will never try that again!

  29. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on July 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I never tried low-carb specifically, but in my ED days I loved low-carb bread and reduced-fat peanut butter. Carbs and fats were the enemy, which is ridiculous because they’re now my favorite food groups!

  30. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on July 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hi Gina! Can you tell me how to make your breakfast cookie dough cereal? I’m a *HUGE* fan of your breakfast cookie so I’m sure I’ll LOVE this! Do you just add more almond milk? or some yogurt?

    Thanks a bunch ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on July 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I’m actually a proponent of low carb diets! (key word “LOW,” not “NO!”). I’m not on one myself, but my sister had great success losing and maintaining her weight by sticking to vegetables as her main source of carbs. There is some interesting research out there about low carb/paleo eating as well. But as for me? I love bread and cookies too much go that route ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I would go crazy without carbs! I love my oats/cereal/bread/rice too much!

    I’ve never tried anything too crazy, but I did cut out basically all fat from my diet for an entire year, which was just plain stupid! ๐Ÿ˜›

  33. Laughter-Loving Stacy on July 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    The wackiest diet I’ve ever tried was the Isogenix fasting diet in 2004 (barely ate for a month), and a low-carb diet. Oh, the roller coaster of weight loss!

  34. Sarah on July 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    watermelon diet– everytime you are hungry–grab some watermelon to snack on… 1.) A friend tried it and told me that it totally worked! 2.) So much sugar in watermelon (in excess) 3.) Duh you lost weight, you are only eating– “water” melon… heheh oh the stupid things we do ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on July 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Oh I just posted a couple days ago about kids & veggie eating that was sparked on by a mainstream parenting magazine (that I get free, sent to my house..they keep on finding me!) but it was about making healthy meals that cater to picky eaters and not using veggies. Catering to picky eaters AND not eating veggies doesn’t sound healthy on any level to me….so I posted about any type of diet that excludes key food groups just doenst seem healthy..from low carb to you name it. I also talked about veggie eating and kids..that if you expose them, have plants as part of their life, all the time throughout the day, they will eat them. And that rewarding eating a carrot with dessert later is probably not the best thing ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh girl, trust me if you think there are wacky diets for adults, you should see what parents at large think is normal, healthy, or acceptable as it pertains to feeding kids. It makes my head spin most days!


  36. Sassy Molassy on July 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Just read yesterday’s post again and it’s just so interesting. Especially after all the talk on Caitlin’s (healthy tipping point) blog about the FAM method and how well it can work for some people. Seems a bit out of place for a male doc to say it’s inconvenient and he doesn’t recommend it. I mean, who is this guy and how does he know?! And does he want to keep any female patients? Weird.

    Anywho, it just brings up more thoughts for me bc about 2 yrs ago I went on birth control after getting a lot of blood tests, hormone level checks, etc and the doc couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t had a period for 6+ months. So, the bc forced me to have one. Granted, I was running, but not out of the ordinary. Like 25 miles per week. Anyway, makes me think I should research my options again. Just don’t want to get preggers right now. Maybe after the manfriend and I get married, but there’s no ring on my finger yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on July 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I have tried too many crazy diets/fitness ideas. The worst ones:

    1. Master Cleanse – lasted 1.5 days
    2. Cabbage Soup – lasted 2 days
    3. Eat veggies only – barely lasted 1 day
    4. Take only 3 bites of each meal — no idea where I had heard of this diet, but you could “even eat a cheeseburger every day — but only 3 bites worth” It was just dumb.

  38. Fueling for Fitness on July 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I just wanted to say that the way you write/blog is absolutely hilarious. I don’t know know anyone else (or read on any other blogs) who says things like “juju”, “goobers”, and “stanky snacks”. Reading your entries really brighten up my days at work when I’m looking for a quickie mental break.

    Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      thank you!! and thanks so much for reading my little blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Laura on July 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve never really stuck with a diet long enough to get sucked into any fads. I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had to deal with weight issues. Until now.A little older now and need to be a bit more wiser. Your site and your energy and vibe is so inspiring though that I have no doubt that I can stick with it this time!

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      i know you can, too! i’m cheering for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. fittingbackin on July 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Have a safe trip to Atlanta! I’m leaving this weekend for Charleston! Woo-hoo!

    Smart to get just romaine! I’ve never tried low-carb – too scared – but have tried really cutting fat grams. It didn’t work either – I was full all of the time!

  41. Therese on July 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    The best one was one my mother bought us when I was a teenager (yup, Mom’s been a yo-yo dieter from waaaay back). It was the Greer Childers Body Flex system where you combined her workout DVDs with the most ridiculous breathing techniques I’ve ever seen. I sounded like I was in labour the entire workout and immediately turned it off most of the way through it because I kept bursting out into giggles…

  42. LisaG on July 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    We used to do the Richard simmons Workout VHS tapes with my mom when younger. Can’t help but like him. Then she also had that funky machine where you stand on a platform and the band wraps around your bootay and shakes/jiggles the fat off! Yeah right. We weren’t overweight we just liked to play on it.

  43. Sammi on July 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I was never one for dieting.. but my Mom used to only buy food that was “fat free”. I was the kid in elementary school with fat free snackwell cookies. I used to see other family’s food carts in the grocery store and wish I lived with them!

    Now she’s still obsessed with fat free food.. but add splenda to the list. yuck.

  44. Mansee on July 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I can’t even begin to tell you all the stupid diet-y things I’ve done. I’m so ashamed!

    Also, I’m completely in love with your breakfast cookie dough cereal. But I have a question: Do you still let the “dough” sit overnight or are you just mixing it up in the morning and pouring milk over it?


    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm

      nope, i mix in the morning and pour milk over it! (sure you could do it both ways though) i’m so glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Terry on July 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    The best insane diet I ever tried (it actually worked, but I don’t recommend it) was the Candy Bar diet. The Walgreen’s by me had candy bars 5 for a dollar (yeah, a few years ago) and I’d go and get 5 candy bars and that’s what I’d eat for the whole day. Of course, I ALWAYS tried to be healthy, by choosing Snickers (peanuts), Chunky (raisin, nuts, and seeds!!), and Reese’s (PB). See, I got lots of protein!! LOL. But I’ve tried others: fasting, protein only, cabbage soup (hideous), grapefruit, the Rotation Diet (500 cal for two days, then 1100 for 3 days, then 1500 for 3 days, then back to 500, etc., ad nauseum.) I’ve tried Overeater’s Anonymous (the best thing I heard there was that, no, it’s an old wives tale that you can s..t a brick!!) I also tried sick stuff, like working out 6 days a week for 1 1/2 hours, then taking Ex-Lax. Sick. Or drinking 2 gallons of water a day. Yeah, I’m still heavy.

  46. Rachel on July 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Gina, You inspired me to order Turbo Fire, and I thought I was being smart by ordering the delux package, only to find out when it came today that the regular Turbo Fire didnt come with it. Do you know anything about the delux edition? I plan to return this and order the reg turbo fire.

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      what came in the deluxe package??? maybe i can buy it from you if it’s the advanced workouts

  47. Courtney on July 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I tried the special K diet for a month or so, which in hindsight was ridiculous! Special K for breakfast, lunch and then a ‘normal dinner’. I can’t believe I used to bring it dry to school – wouldn’t allow myself milk to go with it! Now that I think about it, what a ridiculous fad!

  48. Jennifer on July 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I’m really addicted to your breakfast cookie! I tried my very first one last week and have been hooked ever since! I’ve already made one in anticipation to turn it into a cookie dough cereal (I haven’t tried it as a cereal yet).

    In terms of dieting, the wackiest diets I’ve tried: the cayenne/lemon juice diet and the special K diet. I tried the former when I heard Beyonce lost weight for “dreamgirls”. I was starving by the end of the day! I quit after 2 days. The Special K diet was even worse. It was that diet when I discovered I’m lactose intolerant. In addition, a 1/2 of cereal isn’t a whole lot and I was cranky, tired and starving. I’ve quit dieting and switched to a healthier lifestyle.

  49. Cindy on July 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    i think i’ve tried everything… some of the worst ones that i’ve tried and that have not been mentioned are

    diet pills. i thought i was going to have a workout. i literally ate nothing besides an apple all day, worked out about 3 hours and never went to bed before 3 am. probably one of the worst times in my life and worst ways to deal with my body issues

    the 2468 diet. where you eat 200 calories one day, 400 the next, 600 and then 800. never more than 800 calories. its supposed to ‘confused your metabolism’. also extremely low in calories.

    the all juice diet. nothing but puree fruits and water. i didnt actually have juices, i always made them since i didnt want any extra sugar. i didnt mind the sugar in the fruit since i also got the fiber.

    the baby food diet. lost weight obviously but hated every second of life..

    right now im trying my best to eat healthy, and work out healthy. ive been really focusing on doing the best for my body, and not really caring (or caring too much) about the number on the scale. it definitely helps to come on to sites like this one and eatthedamncake. you guys are so inspirational and whenever im having a ‘i hate my body and everything about me is disgusting’ day i come on to here and honestly i feel better. even if sometimes its just a little better, it definitely helps with the getting over my intense body issues. ah the things we women do to ourselves!

  50. Chelsa on July 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I tried a juice fast. I made like four glasses of veggie juice everyday for a week. I felt really dizzy and didn’t lose anything besides water. I know cleanses are supposed to be healthy but I learned that any cleanse that doesn’t include solid food, does not work for me.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.