Reader’s Request: Guilty Pleasures

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great morning so far 😀

For today’s reader’s request post, I had no idea what to write about, so I did what any resourceful girl would do: consulted my Tweeps 🙂


The last couple of reader’s request posts have been educational, so I thought it was high time for a fun one 😀 For other non-nutrition and fitness related posts, check out Skincare and Interior decorating.

So here we have it… my guilty (and not so guilty) pleasures 😉

Guilty Pleasures

1. Reality TV

Don’t get be wrong, I love watching intellectual shows just as much as the next person.. but sometimes, I want to watch something requiring minimal thought process.

Particularly my girls:

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Jersey Shore:

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I just can’t look away. It’s funny though because the first time I saw Jersey Shore, I thought it wasn’t real. The pilot had to convince me that people actually dress like that 😉

2. Shopping

I online shop like the best of them, since shopping opportunities are scarce in Valdosta. Amazon, eBay –I’m like a hawk.. at the last minute, I’ll swoop in, bid and WIN- Express and Sephora get hit up pretty often but my major obsession are these:


JEANS!!! Sevens are my favorite and I have quite a few pairs… I justify this expensive obsession because the quality is amazing and since I’ve been the same size for the past 5 or so years, they last quite a while.


You’ve seen my closet 😉



*Sigh* The only justification for this one is that a hawt purse just makes an outfit so much better 😀

Not-so-guilty Pleasures

1. Raw Cooking (or un-cooking, rather)



I love testing out my own recipes for raw creations. Whenever I get free time, chances are that I’ll spent it making up a new recipe.

2. Reading

I’m always reading something and try to balance out the fluffy stuff with the substantial stuff.

Here’s the current “fluff”

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This one has taken me a while to get through.. after every section, I stop and think about what I just read and how its applicable to my life. It’s a wonderful and very interesting read.

Aerobics classes:


I’m like an addict when it comes to aerobics classes. Maybe it’s my dance background, but if I could, I’d take a couple of classes every day. When we lived in North Carolina (and I wasn’t working), I took yoga, step and spin everyday, just because I enjoy the classes so much (and yes, I ate a lot more food to fuel this activity!). The thing is, in Valdosta we don’t have a lot of aerobics classes nearby –unless they’re on base, or I teach them- so it’s probably for the best. When I was doing so much aerobics, my body was in a catabolic state and despite my constant snacking, I was burning muscle away. So even though I was having the time of my life, I was also the “smushiest” I’ve ever been… just goes to show that more isn’t always better when it comes to cardio and aerobics.

Ginger Chews!

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I can’t believe I haven’t posted these on the blog yet!


My friend Ashley introduced me to Ginger Chews when we went to Ft Lauderdale. Those little bites of ginger goodness stole my heart and I’ve had at least one every day since then. I try to have less than two, as they’re sugary little things, but they taste like sweet and spicy heaven.






So those are my guilty and not-so guilty pleasures. I tried to write about things not related to food (as we all know my love for almond butter, millet bread, mary’s crack, red wine, maca and goat cheese is ridiculous) and hope ya’ll enjoyed this reader’s request!

If you have any reader’s requests, please send them my way! fitnessista at gmail dot com

I’m off to:

-Weights with Ashley

-Make macaroons

-Train a couple of clients



-Get ready for pilates and Zumba

Have a wonderful day!


What are your guilty and not-so-guilty pleasures??

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  1. JenSanders52 on February 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Guilty pleasures= face/skin care products, watching hours of Gilmore Girl repeats, sneaking tastes of dinner before it is finished, and spending an unhealthy amount of time reading health blogs!!!!

  2. Ashley on February 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I love Coach purses, greek yogurt (counts as guilty pleasure because i spend too many dollas on it), kombucha, fluffy chick lit (need to balance out the textbooks), frozen yogurt, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (= love), shoes, cardio & hot yoga classes (pricey but truly so different from a dvd in my opinion)

  3. Jean on February 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Reader request: when you were working your crazy retail schedule, how did you fit in exercise? And were your eating habits the same then as they are now?

  4. Ellen on February 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    guilty: brownies (i can’t have just one), reality tv (i don’t even care what it is- i will watch it anyway), sleeping in, drinking a coke and eating junk food when i am traveling

    not-so-guilty: vitatops, brown-rice sushi, reading fitness magazines, larabars, canned chick peas, weight training, raquetball (no courts near me now, so sad.

  5. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Guilty pleasures:
    Gum chewing
    Gossip Girl
    Red Wine
    Clothes shopping
    Food shopping

    Not so guilty pleasures:
    Healthy cooking
    Blogging (and reading blogs!)

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm

      when i first read your comment i thought it said “chocolate gum”.. i was like, where can i get some of that??? 😉

  6. Serena on February 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Guilty pleasures – gluttony 😛 the Twilight Zone, spending too much time on food blogs, the Tyra show (sometimes) & ANTM, some other random Reality TV…ahhh fun times xD

    Anyway I LOVE zumba and love ginger chews 🙂

  7. Dynamics on February 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    COOKBOOKS. I love them. I can sit and look at them forever. Most people do not know that there is so much more inside a cookbook then just recipes. Well, I love books in general. I love, love, love trying new recipes. I am new to dehydrating and raw uncooking. It is hard to find a good book on dehydrating. Love, love, love this blog. It is my all time favorite.

  8. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on February 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I really enjoy posts like this because I just love getting to know my favorite bloggers better =) I would definitely agree that reality TV is my number one guilty pleasure. Although, I’m kind of proud of my love for the Real Housewives and Jersey Shore cast, so I guess it’s not a “guilty” pleasure after all, haha.

    My not-so-guilty pleasure is watching the NEWS (you probably wouldn’t have guessed since I just admitted to being reality-TV obsessed :P). I watch the news at least 2-3 times a day and check updates online as well. I actually wanted to be a news anchor/journalist for the longest time…

  9. Susan on February 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Guilty Pleasures
    Buying Lululemon clothes online.
    Watching Desperate Housewives and Private Practice
    Going out for long lazy boozy lunches with the girls
    Having friends over for tasty food and wine

    Not so guilty pleasures
    Spinning Classes
    Learning how to cook healthy food.
    Subscribing to Self, Shape, Oxygen and Glamour magazine.

  10. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on February 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Definitely with on the online shopping thing. I also do SERIOUS damage when I grocery shop. I feel like that’s a guilty and not-so-guilty pleasure because I spend wayyyy too much dinero but I also get amazing healthy comida

  11. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on February 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Ha ha – great post Gina. I want to forward it to CD b/c he always rolls his eyes at my love of everything on the E Network. Love Chelsea, and I can’t lie…I get caught up in the crazy Kardashian drama on occasion. 🙂

  12. kate on February 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    love this post and all of your reader request posts! those ginger chews look yummy, ill have to add them to my ‘to buy’ list.

  13. Kelly on February 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I’m glad I have a fellow purse lover!! I have been trying to keep the obsession under wraps lately because I am trying to save money, but I am a purse addict!! So many to buy so little time (and money) to do it!

    I haven’t seen Jersey Shore yet but I’ve heard so much about it that I just may have to indulge soon. It sounds pretty hilarious!

    I just discovered chia seeds at the bulk food store around here for my first time….I am so excited to try them!!

  14. Gina G on February 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    guilty- my dvr(includes the kardashians haha), gum chewing, diet pop =(, groceries,frozen yogurt, blog reading!

    non-guilty: novel reading, bowling, kickboxing, family time!


  15. s on February 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    guilty pleasures: girly/gossip magazines, old-school computer games (hahah)

    not so guilty pleasures: herbal tea of all kinds, bbc radio, produce, reading blogs (not sure if that one’s a guilty pleasure or a regular one! haha)

  16. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on February 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I enjoyed seeing your guilty pleasures! I am absolutely obsessed with those ginger chews, it’s good to see I’m not the only one. 🙂

  17. Erin M. on February 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I am so with you on the reality tv thing!! I wish I didnt like it but old seasons of the Hills were my fav! And the ginger chews…those sound amazing! At Trader Joes they sell dark chocolate covered ginger pieces and I think they are officially a foodgasm 🙂 Being a fellow ginger fan, I might have to try those chews…Where do you buy them? Guilty pleasures: dark chocolate anything, the Real Housewives of Orange County, Anthropologie, and Nike workout clothes in every color ever! Not so guilty pleasures: brown rice sushi, peaches, the elliptical and reading! Love your bloggy <3

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      you can get the ginger chews at whole foods 🙂

  18. Lisa on February 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Guilty: Video games, books, tabloid mags, and shoes. Lots and lots of shoes.

    Not so guilty: Knitting, mountain biking, NPR (one of the greatest treasures I have is an autographed ticket stub from Garrison Keilor, who has a show on NPR), documentaries

  19. Annie on February 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    GINGER CHEWS!!! You are the first blogger I have seen write about them! I love them so much. Have you tried the peanut ones?

  20. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on February 3, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Guilt AND not so guilty: right with you on reality TV, whole grain muffins, vegan cookies, chocolate.
    That little guy on the ginger chews bag is a little creepy 😉

  21. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    What a great post!

    Guilty Pleasure #1: Cookies and brownies. I’ve been baking since I was very little and have such a hard time resisting sweets. OIY! I have got to come up with some alternative recipes that are better for me. 🙂

  22. M on February 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    LOVE the ginger chews too 🙂 I’m so glad I don’t have cable or I would be hooked on those shows!
    Just wondering if you got my readers request? Been having trouble with me email lately and I sent one to you a few weeks ago 🙂

  23. Sonia on February 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I love this!!
    My guilty pleasures are… GOSSIP GIRL, magazines like Cosmo and Vogue, and fried foods…hehe My not-so-guilties are HUGE salads with every veggie imaginable topped with salsa…and just salsa in general, haha!

  24. Michelle (at Fit RN) on February 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    My biggest guilty pleasure: top 40 music. It’s pretty much all I listen to, all the time.

  25. All Women Stalker on February 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Surfing the net is my guilty pleasure. I could stay on my laptop for hours and hours and not notice, teehee.

  26. Kat on February 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I love reading everyones guilty pleasures!

    Mine are synergy kombucha, celeb magazines, raw desserts, hot sauce, chai tea lattes, medjool dates, whole foods extravaganzas!! oh, and sephora! and dark chocolate of course..the really, really dark stuff.

    I just found Ginger Altoids at World Market. They are incredible!

  27. Catherine on February 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Guilty pleasures: Gilmore Girls re-runs, red wine and york peppermint patties

    Not no guilty pleasures are running… I would literally run every single day if i knew it wouldn’t hurt me! Oooh and cooking, i think about running & cooking I think all day every day. 🙂

  28. Teri on February 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I LOVE Sevens. And Gossip Girl. There, I admitted it.

  29. April on February 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Guilty pleasure:
    Reruns of Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, and Sex and the City
    Sleeping in
    Eating cookie dough
    Sales-clearance shopping
    Thrift store shopping

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