Random Thoughts

Sometimes carbs make me feel way better than veggies doโ€ฆ.


Ok, a lot of the time. ๐Ÿ˜€

I donโ€™t love Jillian Michaels.


A lot of people adore JM, and she motivates a ton of people, but I think her workouts set people up to plateau and thereโ€™s the weight loss supplement junkโ€ฆ.

Dinosaurs scare me.

dinosaurG2711_468x351 Source (<—– small picture on purpose, haha)

Even the nice ones! When the Pilot and cousins took me on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom, I got off the ride with an eyeliner-covered face- I cried the whole time. If I even have to go on Jurassic Park ride, I may have a heart attack.

After four weeks of wearing only athletic clothes, when I put jeans on last Friday night, they felt really scratchy and uncomfortable. I may never wear *real* clothes again ๐Ÿ˜‰

All of my friends and a lot of my family members are having babies.

 Indian Food Matti 001

(Thatโ€™s Matti, the Indian food baby)

For now, Iโ€™m having fun buying lots of baby gifts and planning showers ๐Ÿ™‚

The Pilot and I used to call each other โ€œFaceโ€. (Like, โ€œHey Face, I missed your faceโ€) Somehow โ€œFaceโ€ turned into โ€œBrain.โ€ I donโ€™t know, either ๐Ÿ™‚

As a birthday present, the Pilot said he would shave the โ€˜stache.


Thatโ€™s a gift for everyone, not just me ๐Ÿ˜‰


A better gift would be if you came home earlyโ€ฆ. <3

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  1. A Teenage Gourmet on October 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Those tan military shirts . . . ๐Ÿ™‚ This post is funny!

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      i call them his “band aid” shirts ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete on October 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I’m will you with JM. How can she be on the Biggest Loser and then promote those pills?

    I have to deal with the hubs stache every March. For some reason military guys find it hilarious. I don’t!!

  3. Jennifer Demartini on October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Loveeeeeeeeeee the last line. And you! So sweet<3

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      love you friend! let’s hang out soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sana on October 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    SO agree with JM. Also on BL they workout 5 hours a day! I don’t have time for that!

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      no one does! it’s unnessecary, too

  5. Naomi(onefitfoodie) on October 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    OMG as a personal trainer, I could nto agree with you more about JM…I think her workouts are brutally intense especially for people JUST starting out to exercise. For some its the first time in their lives that they have done any physical activity and to go that hard, that soon, just sets people up for plateauing, and then when they get back home and can’t keep it up they just get frustrated and may burn out

  6. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on October 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Agreed on the carbs, JM, wearing jeans and everyone else having babies! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy the ‘stache is gone for ya. It was a hilarious pic though!

  7. Jenn (eating bender) on October 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    So cute, Gina! I love this post! But you just about had me drooling all over the keyboard with that picture of brown bread from Cheesecake Factory. My favorite!

    Always enjoy reading your thoughts and musings about the Pilot, too! <3

  8. Carrie on October 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Jeans suck. And my office is freezing. So I’ve ended up wearing leggings underneath my jeans every day for the last week. I’m totally keeping it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Super comfy and warm.

  9. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    LOL I remember you blogging a long time ago about calling each other “face.” I think “brain” is even funnier.

  10. Tracey on October 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Seriously. Could the pilot be any dreamier?!!! :o)

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      for realz ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Terry on October 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    since you mentioned work out clothes, if you could recommend a key couple of the Lululemon pieces which ones would they be? I just found a showroom here in Tampa and am having trouble deciding what to get. I hope your pilot can come sooner!!

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      groove pants, wunder unders, power y tank, cool racerback, tata tamer ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I don’t like wearing clothes other than work out gear either! Everyone must think I’m either lazy or live at the gym. ๐Ÿ˜›

    The pilot’s decision is very well received.

  13. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on October 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    That delicious, carb-a-licious picture looks like it’s from The Cheesecake Factory! Am I right?!?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      yes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Maybe I’m misreading your post, but is it your birthday today??? Or soon?

    I’d love to hear more of your thoughts on JM — what do you think of her dvds and such for a more intermediate level exerciser? Just curious.

    I bet your Pilot misses you like crazy too. I’ve seen it commented on here before, but I do think he looks like the groom on the Hangover!

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      soon! the 12th ๐Ÿ™‚
      i say meh on the jm dvds…
      he does look like the groom!

  15. melissa on October 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    The last line of this post made me cry. I hope he comes home to you soon!!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      me too girl

  16. Angie on October 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    AGREED with you on EVERYTHING!! And oh I do hope the Pilot comes home sooner for you! He looks so good in his army stuff!! LOVE workout clothes, just bought my first “running jacket”… it has holes for my thumbs! I’m thinking about using it more than just running, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ work out clothes it is!

  17. Liz @ Blog is the New Black on October 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I love carbs sometimes, too… that breadbasket makes me want some!

  18. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I’m with you on the first 4 thoughts fo sho!! My Lulu pants are the comfiest ones I own. After a weekend of wearing only them, it makes it really hard to put on REAL pants for work on Monday!

  19. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Loved this post! I always liked Bob better than Jill. He’s the nicer one.

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      he is!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    i’ve been praying he can come home early too sweet girl! hang in there!

  21. Caitlin (EatFeats) on October 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I like the 30 Day Shred, but I’m not very educated about proper training!

    And lol mustache present.

  22. Shelby on October 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I despise jeans and pants in general! I avoid them by wearing comfy yoga pants, dresses, and flowy skirts (:

  23. erin on October 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Ooooh, friend… I’m gonna let you in on a secret about the “d” word…(No, not that one. You shouldn’t be scared of that.) ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Growing up so close to Disney, we went all the time, including the grand opening of Animal Kingdom. Now, back in the late 90s, it didn’t have all of the rides/attractions that it does today. But it did have THAT ride. Imagine: a single mom w/3 preteen girls, going on that ride. Now re-imagine all of the girls are *freaking the eff out* except the Mom.
    If you’ll recall, you know that they take your pic during the scariest part of the “ride”…kinda like at Splash Mountain, once you’re about to go over the big Falls. So yes…there is photographic evidence somewhere at my Mom’s house…so don’t feel bad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on October 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    This is a fun post! ๐Ÿ™‚ when I worked at a gym, I never wore real clothes and hated putting on jeans! I wore yoga pants, sports bras, t-shirts and tennis shoes all the time and it was so comfy. Also, I had no idea you were so scared of dinosaurs!

  25. Christine on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Is it sad I know where that bread basket is from? Now I want some….

    When is he coming home? I hope it is soon!

  26. Laury @ thefitnessdish on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm


    As a fitness trainer for over 8 years…I feel she is SUCH a sellout. She does motivate many, but the Biggest Loser makes me cringe…yes, it can be inspiring, however, I feel that

    A. it gives the message that exercise has to be torture to be effect

    B. People need to drop big numbers each week or they are a failure.

    Her fat loss supplements on QVC sealed the deal for me with her…especially since they contain Bitter Orange which can have VERY harmful effects on your heart.

    Ok…theres my random thoughts for the day.

    Thank you for saying that ๐Ÿ˜‰

    some carbs make me feel better than my greens too ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on October 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Oh, I love the brown bread at Cheesecake Factory!! I don’t even really need a meal after that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I totally agree with you about JM– and it makes me sad, because I used to like her a lot! But lately, her workouts, and especially her supplements, are just not living up to the “healthy lifestyle” that she preaches!!

    Oh, and if you’re ever in Universal Studios, the Jurassic Park ride isn’t very scary, or dinosaur-heavy… it’s kinda old. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (at least, the one in LA is!)

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      i will NEVER do it. haha

  28. Karyn on October 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    i HEART dinosaurs. although i do have a recurring nightmare about them. i’m just a bit obsessed hahah

  29. Caitlin on October 27, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve been on that dinosaur ride. It’s terrifying! In the picture they take of you during the ride, we couldn’t see two of my friends because they were hiding in each others laps. I was convinced the T-Rex was going to snatch the girl next to me. Also, that brown bread from Cheesecake might be one of the greatest things ever.

  30. Jessica@tastyandtrim on October 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I could make a meal out of that bread from Cheesecake Factory! The last line seriously made me say “awww.” You and the pilot are too cute – I hope he comes home to you soon!

  31. Jen on October 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I agree with you about JM but I’m not sure what you mean about plateau-ing. Why do her workouts cause people to plateau?

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      because her dvds have you do the same thing every day- you’re repeatedly tearing down the same muscles and not giving them the chance to rest and grow back stronger

      • Jen on October 28, 2010 at 5:57 am

        oh…that makes sense. I’ve never seen her DVDs – now I know! Thanks! Have a fantastic day!

  32. rebecca on October 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    i have to say

    this is one of my favorite posts from you ๐Ÿ™‚ it is very, YOU and very honest

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      thank you! <3

  33. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on October 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Nothing better than a bread basket.

  34. Kath on October 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Matt and his brother call each other Brain too ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Anna S. on October 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I HATE THAT DINOSAUR RIDE!!! Give me any roller coaster. Any day of the week before that ride. I have a picture of me and my cousin hiding the car. She was 14 and I was 22!!

    The Jurassic park ride is MUCH tamer. And fewer dinosaurs. Basically splash mountain with one T-rex thrown in there. Or you could just do Splash Mountain.

    I also like Bob better. I have a crush on him Even more so now that I know he is vegan.

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 8:12 am

      i think i’ll do splash mountain….

  36. Ali on October 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    It’s so funny you’re scared of dinosaurs. My dad who is one of the toughest people I know HATES dinosaurs and every time he watches Jurassic Park he has awful nightmares.

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 8:12 am

      i’m so glad i’m not the only one!

  37. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I agree with you about JM… but I think you already knew that.
    BIG HUGS your way!

  38. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on October 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    oh my gosh, I laughed out loud at the fact that you cried on a dinosaur ride!! I’m sorry – I know it’s sad and you were scared, but that is hilarious! If it makes you feel better, I truly believe that dinosaurs did NOT exist on Earth. Don’t get me started – people think I’m crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. carpensm on October 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Ahh ha ha! I loved this post! So random, so funny! And I agree with you about JM, I’ve watched the biggest loser a couple of times and although I really enjoy hearing the stories and struggles of the contestants I think she’s way too harsh and I don’t feel like having ppl workout that much that hard is teaching them a healthy lifestyle they can maintain once the show is over… just my mini rant ๐Ÿ˜›

  40. Allison @ Food For Healing on October 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm


  41. Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen on October 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    The Cheesecake Factory brown bread is the best thing EVER! I live in Canada but go down to Buffalo just for CKF sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    “For now, Iโ€™m having fun buying lots of baby gifts and planning showers”–

    ??? announcement hidden in this ???

    I’m thinking not, but I wish you and the pilot lots of beautiful babies when the magical time is right for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just took Skylar to the pumpkin patch and posted about it today…basically it’s the REASON I am a parent. Days like yesterday. Reliving my childhood thru her eyes, seeing her sheer joy at it all…pretty much I never knew I could love another person as much as her…and I know you will have this. This will be yours, soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jillian, I have never watched TBL. I have never done a video of hers. I have never drank or eaten any of the foods she promotes. I dont get it, never have. I am glad to hear you say, you don’t love her. I don’t get the appeal with her. Glad that’s out in the open now LOL

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 8:11 am


  43. mary e on October 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    i cry in haunted houses @ 26 years old! this post just made me like you a whole lot more. ๐Ÿ™‚ keep on keeping on!

  44. monicanelsonfitness on October 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I agree. JM is lame for going the supplement route and she is very cocky since she is huge now. She has a rep as being high maintanence on shoots too, hey it is the word on the streets I am just sayin! I think her style of training can work but I also think what they do on Biggest Loser just rocks thier bodies in a bad way. Bad ballistic movements…

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

      i couldn’t agree more

  45. Tina on October 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I agree with you on Jillian Micahels.. I am much more fond of Jackie Warner, Her book is awesome and her show Thintervention is super funny!

  46. Jaclyn on October 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Take care love, thinking of you! <3

  47. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on October 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I love your random thoughts! Especially about JM. I feel the same way lately and I used to think she was so awesome.

  48. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on October 27, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Why would you ever want to *not* be wearing it ?! ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. sassy molassy on October 27, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Yes, sending my hopes that the pilot comes home to you sooner than later! Before reading your blog I didn’t have a clear sense of how much time military families can be away from each other. I mean sure, there are soldiers off in Iraq, but I guess I thought that more than likely families are living together (w/ their pilots and soliders and what not) on the bases. Thanks for bringing reality to this line of work! Not easy for the entire family. Hang in there.

  50. Elizabeth on October 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Gina, I wish the Pilot would come home early too. Even though I have never met you it makes me so sad you are apart that much. I don’t know how you do it! I miss my hubby so much even after a couple days.

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