I got these awards last week from the lovely RhodeyGirl—so here are some random facts about yours truly 😀


1. I’m terrified of motherhood. Not the actual process of raising children but rather the process of having them. I convinced that being pregnant would be like having an alien inside your belly.

2. I danced my entire life (jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop), taught for 5 years and miss it horribly. Zumba has been my way of filling the dance void. I also took Irish step dancing (think Riverdance) for four years and competed- I taught myself every single dance in Lord of the Dance by watching the DVD over and over.

3. I also used to sing and act in middle school and high school and loved being in musicals. I actually enrolled in college as a Musical Theatre major before I changed it to Business and concentrated on Finance.

4. I’ve broken my nose three times and my pinky toe on my right foot at least 10 times. I’m really good at stubbing it 😉 When I would walk into ballet in my flat shoes, everyone just assumed that I had broken a toe again.

5. One of my (many) dreams would be to have a healthy cooking show on FoodNetwork.

6. With the exception of Mexico, I’ve never left the United States and am on a mission to change that ASAP.

7. I met the pilot at Stabucks –aka “Bizzle”- (which most of you all know) but I almost canceled our first date. I was convinced he could be a serial killer and would take me into the desert and cut my fingers off. The only reason I went on our first date was because my friend Jenna (who was with me at Starbucks when we met him) said she would be officially mad at me if I didn’t go. We had never, ever, been in a fight in our years of friendship, so I went. And my dinner with the pilot lasted four hours 😉


This award asks you to answer the below questions with one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? Counter

2. Your hair? Shaggy!

3. Your mother? Angel

4. Your father? Wise

5. Your favorite food? Chocolate

6. Your dream last night? Amazing

7. Your favorite drink? WINE
8. Your dream/goal? Varied
9. What room are you in? Living
10. Your hobby? Creating
11. Your fear? Regret

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Triumphant

13. Where were you last night? Dinner with the girls

14. Something you aren’t? Unhappy
15. Muffins? Vegan
16. Wish list item? Flip HD
17. Where did you grow up? Tucson
18. Last thing you did? Wine w/ girls
19. What are you wearing? Hoodie
20. Your TV? Obnoxious
21. Your pets? Little ladies
22. Your friends? adore
23. Your life? Exciting
24. Your mood? stoked
25. Missing someone? My hubby
26. Vehicle? Celi!
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Express
29. Your favorite color? PINK
30. When was the last time you laughed? 5 minutes ago
31. Last time you cried? Wednesday night… the flight attendant was mean to me
32. Your best friend? Missing
33. One place that I go over and over? Orlando
34. One person who emails me regularly? Nana
35. Favorite place to eat? Home

Thank you so much to Sabrina for the award! That was fun 😉


So I’m happy to say I think I got my running mojo back and it’s no coincidence that the weather finally returned to cooler temps around here.

I woke up early this morning and had a bowl of overnight oats with almond milk and nanner before meeting the girls for our 8.15 mile run.


(1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1 sliced banana, lots of cinnamon and mesquite)

We probably made quite the picture—Kelly and her two dogs, Meara and her 9-month old Mitch in the jogger (who was awesome! He just chilled the whole time) and me. I joked that I needed a running accessory, too 😀

We finished in 1:18 and it felt SOOOOO good to get a long run in. My half is in 8 WEEKS! Time to get hopping!!!!

Last night, some friends and I went out to Charlie Trippers to get some drinks and appetizers.

I had Shiraz per usual:


(Sorry for the dark pic!)

The seared ahi tuna with seaweed salad:


And spinach salad with goat cheese instead of feta, caramelized onions, no bacon and balsamic on the side


It was pretty much amazing 😀

So now I’m just chilling, munching an apple with goat gouda


Sipping green tea


And trying to decide whether I need to call the vet for Bella. She got sick in the middle of the night, and two more times this morning. She has no appetite but is not acting lethargic. She’s still very attentive with a little tail wagging a mile a minute (which gives me the idea she feels ok) but she has no interest in food or treats and I’m worried about her. If she gets sick one more time, we’re going to the animal hospital. Here’s fingers crossed that doesn’t happen….

Hope you have a happy Sunday <3

Much love,


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  1. chocolate-covered Katie on October 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Oh my gosh, Gina, that mug is too cute. As are you 🙂 🙂

    Good luck on your 1/2 marathon coming up! You’re seriously inspiring!
    And I’m sending get well wishes to poor Bella too!


  2. VeggieGirl on October 25, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Love these surveys!! 🙂

    Fingers crossed for Bella and YOU xoxo

  3. Jocelyn on October 25, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Hiya…love that mug so festive 🙂 Congratz on gettin the 8 miles done and good luck with your training leading up to the big day!

    Hope the pup is ok! <3

  4. angieinatlanta on October 25, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Yay for a great run; keep it up!

    So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and had one of your breakfast cookies this morning. It was delish! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

      whoo hoo! i’m so glad you liked it 😀

  5. Dori on October 25, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Poor Bella, hope she feels better. You cheated on the one word answers! Haha 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 25, 2009 at 11:33 am

      hahah you caught me. it was not easy!

  6. Anne on October 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hi Gina
    Congrats on your race! I am very impressed and jealous!
    I would like to try the overnight oats thing but I have only steel-cut oats. Does anyone know if its possible to do this with steel-cut.

  7. Susan on October 25, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Loved reading the random facts! I just recently attempted my first zumba class. Let’s just say I’m not a dancer 😉 Poor Bella, hope it works out okay at the vet!

  8. Peanut Butter Bliss on October 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

    ahh omg I am only 17 and the concept of giving birth freaks me out!! I can’t even watch those TLC baby stories because it just looks SO painful and not fun. blah.

    • Fitnessista on October 25, 2009 at 12:06 pm

      hahah i can’t watch those shows either! CREEPY

    • Jessica on October 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm

      Giving birth is really wonderful. Don’t let the horror stories get to you. Just like you’ve searched out alternative and healthy food options, there are alternative and healthy birthing options. I did a natural (no pain meds) waterbirth with my first and about to with my second. It was lovely!

  9. Gabriela on October 25, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Congrats on your run…that’s a pretty awesome time! Birth gives me the heebie jeebies too…hopefully they’ll invent a way to laser the baby out in the next few years 🙂 Feel better Bella and enjoy your Sunday!

  10. Diana on October 25, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Aw, I love that mug eheh Also, I hope Bella is ok!

  11. Mama Pea on October 25, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I love your random facts and I am amazed that you could have broken your nose so many times and still have it be so darn cute! Being preggers isn’t that bad, in fact, its pretty amazing! You’ll love it 🙂

    Happy Sunday! I hope your Bella baby is better.

  12. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on October 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Love your random facts! Ps.. pregnancy also scares the crap out of me. I think it’s a beautiful thing.. however, not something i want to happen any time soon!! 🙂

    Lovin that pumpkin mug.. how festive 🙂

  13. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) on October 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Congrats on the blog award!

    Poor Bella! Hope she gets better soon!

  14. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Sending good vibes for Bella. I saw on Twitter that you took her to the vet. 🙁

  15. The Voracious Vegan on October 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Oh poor puppy! I always err on the side of caution in these matters, I run my pups off to the vet the second something seems not right, better safe than sorry. I hope she gets better soon!

    I need to buy some mesquite, you make it look absolutely delicious!

  16. Stephanie on October 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    oh no! i hope Bella is ok, that is always a scary experience 🙁 p.s. I’m terrified of the actual pregnancy part too, I don’t know if my body is gonna like all the random/weird changes that come along with it?!

  17. Shelby on October 25, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    “I’m convinced that being pregnant would be like having an alien inside your belly.”

    I am the same way! Everyone says I will change my mind but I really don’t want kids.

  18. Emily on October 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Gina! Happy Sunday! I’m so glad to see that you had a good run today. I have my fingers crossed for little waggy Bella.

  19. Pam on October 25, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Gina, did you give Bella some medicine for the fleas, she is having an allergic reaction to it. Sending healing blessings to her!

    Congrats on the awards!

  20. Pure2Raw Twins on October 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I hope Bella starts feeling better!! Loved the random facts about you…I need you to teach me how to dance 😉 Lori and I have started our training again…slowly getting back into the groove of running…I miss the lake!!

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    You wont feel like your baby is an alien when it’s inside you. It’s YOUR baby, part of you, you created it. It won’t be alien-like, it will be perfectly natural. I think you’ll probably love it. I loved birth. I don’t want any more children but I would love to give birth again. My birth was drug free, natural, and amazing. The opposite of tv shows. It’s the power of your intention, of choosing a path that’s right for you, and tuning out all the naysayers and nonsense and stereotypes that birth is painful, scary, etc. You’ll do great!

  22. Lauren on October 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    cute pumpkin mug. The goat cheese salad looks awesome. I love anything with goat cheese!

  23. Kristin on October 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Aw, poor Bella. I find that when my dog is acting that way, it’s usually dehydration (even though we always have water out for him) so I always keep a pet electrolyte formula in the fridge to give him when he’s acting lethargic. I got mine at Petco, it’s all natural and he actually loves the taste and it works like magic. So you might consider trying that before going to the vet and paying all that money for them to give her hydration and an anti-nausea medication. Hope she feels better soon!

  24. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Poor Bella! I hope she feels better!!! Nice run!! Good luck on your 1/2!

  25. Paige @ Running Around Normal on October 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Just saw you tweeted Bella is OK – I’m very glad for you both!

    Nice job on the run!

  26. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 25, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    OK i have had the SAME alien fears you address in #1 haha

    And your starbs story is precious

  27. Jenn (eating bender) on October 25, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Loooove your random facts 🙂 I didn’t realize you almost canceled your first date with the Pilot! I’m such a believer in everything happening for a reason and it’s clear that your girl Jenna knew what she was doing when she “threatened” you.

    Glad to hear Bella is ok and I love your pumpkin mug! Re: your last comment on my blog, I am totally up for a vino night with you in AZ sometime! When will you be there for Xmas? I’ll be there the entire last week of December! I hope that we can meet up!

  28. Jenna on October 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    apples and cheese! sounds intersting 🙂

  29. Justine on October 26, 2009 at 2:20 am

    I’m also kind of afraid of pregnancy and giving birth too…thankfully I’m only 18 so I’m not in any immediate danger yet, haha 😉 but I think it’s just one of those things where it depends on your attitude towards it, like if you think it’s going to be horrible, it probably will be – and vice versa.

    And I LOVE your pumpkin mug! So cute.

  30. Jean on October 26, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I work for an airline, and while I’ve seen some grumpy FAs that can get short with passengers (esp the high-maintenance ones), I’ve never seen one make someone cry. Were you overly-tired and more sensitive/emotional than normal? If not, you need to report the FA; call the airline’s customer service dept – as long as you know what flight you were on, they will know what FA(s) were on that flight, even if you don’t remember the person’s name.

  31. Kris on October 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

    The comment on motherhood freaking you out made me laugh because I feel the exact same way! It is a strange thought having something growing in you!

    Your posts are always great! Enjoy your day!!!

  32. Erin on October 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    The thought of you doing Riverdance just melted my Irish heart 🙂 So cute Gina.

  33. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on October 27, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Hope that Bella is feeling better. You are a good fur mommy.
    Oh man, a flight attendant made me upset last week, too! My boyfriend and I had 3 carry on bags and were sitting in seats without the under-seat storage option, and instead of helping the attendant started shreiking at me and told me to get out of her way so she could do her chores. I was so confused and had issues finding open spaces for our bags, I had to stash one in nearly the last row (we were all the way in front). Not cool.
    What happened with you?

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

      that’s so lame!
      he made me throw away my third bag, which was all food, because “i didn’t know how to organize my stuff”. i had two carry on bags, which i didn’t want to check because they always break something when they take one of my bags, and the third one was all food, mostly from the pom people. so my snacks and a supercute bag they game me, was tossed in the trash!!!

  34. Emily on November 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I somehow came across this post from back in the day – can you believe you were once terrified of being pregnant?! Funny how these things change 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      beyond terrified!
      it’s funny though, one day i wasn’t so creeped out by it anymore. i think that’s when i knew i was ready

  35. ash on December 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    cute mug!!!!

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