Rookie Mistake

Hi friends <3 How are you? Hope you’re having a wonderful day. Thank you so much for your awesome feedback on this morning’s post. I wasn’t sure if this would happen, but I did end up getting a handful of comments that were political in nature. I do not discuss politics or religion on the blog – but I’m sure there are many other spaces out there for online “who’s right and who’s wrong, let’s point fingers” type of discussions. pond

That being said, onto bfast 😀

We had a glorious feast at the resort [Our Living Social deal was for Loew’s Ventana Canyon]

The Pilot enjoyed the bfast buffet, which had an assortment of fruits, yogurts, eggs, pancakes, bacon, turkey sausage, pastries, omelet station, and juices

pilots bfast

and I ordered off the menu: the omelet of my dreams (egg whites, arugula, mushrooms and goat cheese).


It came with a turkey hash, which was turkey, potatoes and green onions


fruit and a gluten-free apple muffin.


As legendary as it was, apparently that was just the tip of the iceberg, because when we left they were setting up for Sunday brunch, which is from 11-2.


Seafood delights


and a plethora of grilled goodies outside, like grilled fruits and veggies, different types of salsa, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, soups (corn and green chili chowder, chili, cornbread) and meat on the grill (ribs, steak, etc). The Pilot was drooling, and we had just finished eating 😉 We’ll be back, Ventana.

After bfast, we took a walk on the hotel’s trail, which leads to a waterfall.


aaaaand I held an insect!


[While the Pilot was taking the picture, I kept saying “Is it going to bite me? Is it going to bite me?”]

We had fantastic massages and then checked out. It was an amazing stay, and I’m so glad we realized that the Living Social deal expired Monday so it didn’t go to waste 🙂

When we got back to the casa, we munched some caesar salads:


and took a nap. We didn’t get anything done that we planned to this weekend, but hey, that’s what Monday is for, right?

Off to my stepdad’s bday dinner! See ya in the morning <3



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  1. Dana Marie on September 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    i like those bowls /plate things you have with handles – where d ya get em?

    • Fitnessista on September 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm


  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    All of that food looks incredible! Wow.

    You are so brave for holding still with that bug on your hand — I am a total wimp when it comes to bugs!

  3. Amy on September 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Gina, I am so happy you two got to get away close to home……………………..
    Sounds like a great little retreat………….yay you!!!!!

  4. kaila @ healthy helper! on September 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    What an awesome day! That b-fast looks legendary!! Mmmmmmm!

  5. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on September 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Ventana Canyon looks beautiful. I’m glad you all had a fun getaway!

  6. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on September 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Glad your massage was better this time!!

    I like dragonflies but my hubby is terrified of them. No idea why!

  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you saw that waterfall in person! Too awesome 🙂

  8. Ali @ Peaches and Football on September 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Ahhh looks like such a relaxing day! I love breakfast buffets and how awesome that they had gluten-free muffins! Sheesh, I need to move out of the backwoods already! Love the falls, glad you two had an awesome time 🙂

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    So glad you guys had a great get-away! The Loew’s family of resorts are just….beautiful!

    When we first decided we were going to move to San Diego, we flew out here and stayed at the Loew’s on Coronado Island. If San Diego in general + Coronado + Loew’s wouldn’t make someone want to move here, nothing would! It was truly a magical stay and I loved it and every now and then we go back just to walk the grounds and “remember when…” They also have a STELLAR buffet at this one here, too.

  10. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    i love dragonflies! we have a buzzillion here in the summer, they are pretty cool
    Sunday Brunch there, yes please!

  11. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    It looks like you guys did the weekend up right! That buffet looked epic! Those water falls weren’t to shabby looking either 😉 I hope your Monday is very productive, and you are right, weekends are meant for resting!

  12. Dani @ RunFitMama on September 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Looks like you had a nice little babymoon- definitely try to take another one before the little dumpling arrives!

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2011 at 1:14 am

      we definitely will 🙂

  13. chelsea on September 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Gosh that place looks gorgeous! Something I do realize though about places like that…Not many vegetarian friendly meal options…It’s so hard going out to eat sometimes because they’ll only have like one option for a vegetarian that doesn’t even sound good lol.

  14. Nikki @ The Legalista on September 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Awe I’m glad you guys are having a fantastic staycation! They’re so relaxing 🙂

    That turkey hash looks awesome! How original! I’ve never seen that at a restaurant before. I’m ridiculously jealous of your bfast this a.m. Is it morning yet?!

  15. Laury on September 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Wow! I’ve been dying to go to AZ for a vacation. If we ever make it ill have to look into that resort! Looks incredible. That waterfall! Oh my…. And you are brave I totally thought dragonflys bit? Its a pretty bug though! Glad u had fun! You two are the sweetest.

  16. Lindsay @ biking before bed on September 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I always debate getting one of those vacation coupons. Your trip has inspired me to get one for my boyfriends birthday

  17. mi-an d. on September 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    ok…so when we were in the UK doing clinical rotations (where me and the bf met), he swooned by for valentines day and took me to this little town called christchurch (totally cute place!), but the best part besides having him with me, was this amazing seafood brunch!!! it just reminded me of that seafood brunch in ur pic!
    dude, i am the biggest fan of seafood (grew up in the philippine islands!) hence i can live in seafood! lol that resort looks leeeee-jit!! i gotta do that with my indian!

  18. Casey Thomas on September 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Anywhere with a waterfall wins me over! 🙂
    Glad you had a great day!

  19. Nicole on September 12, 2011 at 12:33 am

    The bowls are awesome! I’ll definitely be checking Kohl’s out to see if I can still track some down. So cool!

    You are way more brave than I am when it comes to insects. Yikes! Cool picture though!

  20. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on September 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I love how the timing of this trip worked out so well for you! When I get vouchers I try and call when I feel like a weekend away or that massage I bought and they always seem to be so booked up from the deal, so well done on the timing!
    Impressive that they have gluten-free treats too. Hope you had a super relaxing trip!
    Anna x

  21. Kath on September 12, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Haha! I can imagine myself saying that about a biting insect!

  22. janiek on September 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Goats cheese omelet, it’s as if they knew you were coming!

  23. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 12, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Bfast looks so good! And I like that it came with a bowl of GOOD fruit. I hate when they just give you a tiny bowl with a few melon slices in it or something. 😛

  24. Hillary on September 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Oh, dear—I need a weekend getaway ASAP after reading this!

  25. Di on September 12, 2011 at 8:37 am

    My God! The seafood buffet is to die for… Shrimp and oysters are my favorite!!

  26. Jin @ Health Ninja on September 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

    so sad you two already had breakfast and missed the unbelievably delish looking seafood brunch!
    but it really seems like a place to visit again – the waterfalls are beautiful.

  27. Kiah on September 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Was the massage better this time around?

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2011 at 10:37 am

      a thousand times better 🙂

  28. Sarah on September 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

    That looks like such a fun staycation! I love short trips like that where you can just unplug and focus on catching up with each other! We took one for our anniversary last month, and even one night out of town was so refreshing!

  29. Jen on September 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Did you make the croutons out of brown rice bread? It looks like it! If so, what an awesome idea! I love that bread.

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

      yep! so easy 🙂

  30. Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run on September 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Now I’m hungry again 🙂

  31. Liz @ Southern Charm on September 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Looks like one amazing weekend! Great food, wonderful view and insects to play with! What more could you ask for 🙂

    That brunch bar … yea, I may have *almost* tried to jump through my computer screen.

  32. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on September 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    That looks like such a lovely weekend! So glad you guys got to get away for a bit and relax and spend time together! How neat that the hotel had GF muffins that you could enjoy too! That looks like such a gorgeous resort– love the waterfall!

  33. Erica June on September 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I have a reader’s request! Not sure if you’ve covered this before, and if so, could you point me to it? Looking for tips on creating a “fitness resume,” and also any tips on applying for jobs in the fitness industry. I am recently certified and starting to look for jobs in health clubs, however my resume is all business oriented!
    Any help is so very much appreciated. Those sweet potatoes cut to my core, btw. Philly says hi! -Erica

  34. kathleen @ the daily crumb on September 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    you have totally inspired me to lobby the hubby for a staycation. how fun!!

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