‘Roon Winner, Fiesta Dinner

Hi lovely bloggies! Hope your morning is going well!

Last night was quite a fiesta πŸ˜‰

Before we get into all of that, here’s the winner of the macaroon giveaway:


Meaghan!! Congrats, girl! Send me your shipping info and which flavor macaroons you would like (super-roons with cacao nibs, goji, chia seeds and maca, cacao almond butter macaroons or blonde)

Thank you so much to all of you for enteringβ€”it’s always fun to see new girls (and guys! I was so excited!) come out of the woodworks to say hello πŸ˜‰


So pilates last night was pretty much amazing. It felt good to stretch and make my abbies cry.

Zumba was a blasty as usual, and the pilot and I had a Mexican feast when we got home.

He had the white enchiladas (with refried beans on the side):

enchiladas (2)

And I had a fiesta salad beast:

fiesta beast

It had Amy’s refried beans on the bottom, topped with organic greens, bell pepper, a boatload of Herdez salsa (the best store-bought salsa you will ever find. And believe me, I know salsa, haha), a 3 egg white puff, cayenne, green onion and goat cheese.

Fan-freaking-tastic πŸ™‚

I also chugged a coconut water:

coco water

The pilot and I spent the rest of our evening watching Family Guy and sitting next to each other with our laptops. True love, right there πŸ˜‰ He’s been so busy studying lately and well, I enjoy online shopping, celebrity gossip and the blog world. I keep myself occupied πŸ˜€

This morning, I decided to make a Raw Almond Butter and Jelly Shake

ab jelly shake


-1 C almond milk

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-1 C organic frozen strawberries

-1 frozen banana

-1 T almond butter

Simple and delish.


I’m off to do a yoga podcast and head to work (7 training appointments today! WHEW!), but I’ll be back this afternoon!

My next post is kind of a bummer post, but it needs to be published so I’ll stop thinking about it. It’s been in my β€œdrafts” folder for about 4 days…. yikers.

Have a wonderful morning <3


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  1. Paige (Running Around Normal) on March 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Congrats, Meaghan! Lucky lucky πŸ˜€

    That salad sounds delicious!
    Haha the husband and I sit by each other with our laptops all the time! He has a business he can work from home with – so he often works at night. And I, like you, love the blog world, celeb gossip, and shopping! haha
    Good luck today with all those appointments! Wow!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on March 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Oh girl, your salad looks phenomenal! Yum, yum!! πŸ™‚
    I may have missed it, but what is the pilot studying for??

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

      he’s going through the most difficult upgrade right now… pretty crazy stuff! he’ll be an instructor when he’s done, though

  3. Jenn @ Livewellfit on March 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

    What a fab mexican feast! πŸ™‚

    I’m liking the looks of that smoothie this morning. I have a lot of strawberries and oranges to eat…oh the combo to make!

  4. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I love your salad beasts! Is coconut water very sweet? Or does it taste like water with a kick? Hope everything is ok with the bummer post πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

      it’s a little sweet but kind of tangy? it’s hard to describe! it took me a few to get used to the taste

  5. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

    This just makes me want for you to start your business sooner!!! I want me some roooooons!

  6. skinnyrunner on March 2, 2010 at 9:15 am

    that pretty much describes me and my hubby at night. laptops and tv, chillin. of course im just checking celebrity gossip while he’s actually working…

  7. Marla on March 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Hi Gina! I really like Pilates and wanted to start doing it more routinely. However, the places around my house are too expensive for me right now. Do you have suggestions for good Pilates DVDs? Thanks!

    • La on March 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      Hey Marla,
      This link has some really great online Pilates video resources. I love the podcasts from Pilates on Fifth!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      hey marla,
      my favorite pilates dvds are the winsor pilates ones- i have them all and love them. the teach (mary?) is kind of an odd bird, but the classes are amazing πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah R on March 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Herdez really is the best jarred salsa out there. Everything else pales in comparison.

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on March 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Almond butter and jelly shake– love it!

    I’ll have to look for that salsa! I LOVE a good salsa πŸ™‚

  10. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I wish my stomach could handle coconut water… it makes me um, musical πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 10:31 am


  11. Karyn on March 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

    i’ve never had coconut water and don’t know much about it. what are the benefits compared to regular water?

  12. M. Howard on March 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    If it can’t be made from scratch – it must be Herdez!
    Love your blog!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 10:31 am


  13. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on March 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

    That is my favorite salsa!! Have you ever tried Wild Oats habanero lime salsa? pretty amaze, too!

  14. Mo@MommyRD on March 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I just wanted to let you know that I was in FL this past week and finally got to try Season’s 52. My new FAVORITE restaurant!

    Your AB and Jelly smoothie looks yummy!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

      ahhhhh seasons! i’m having it this weekend… i can’t wait!!

  15. Janna (Just Flourishing) on March 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Yum.. i want an egg white puff now!!!!

  16. Nelly on March 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

    What are the essential foods for pre pregnancy? I thought I would get your take on this!

    • Sabrina on March 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

      I’m curious about foods to eat pre-pregnancy too! I started taking my prenatal vitamins yesterday and thought of you right away! The doctor said I should start at least 3-6 months before trying to conceive, so I started! Yipeeeee!!!!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

      hey nelly,
      maybe ill do a post about this???

  17. christina cadden on March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Your salad looks good.

  18. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

    That salad looks killer. My husband and I had all intentions of making a huge salad last night but come 9 p.m. we were just getting home. So cereal it was! You seem to be much more on top of things than that!

  19. Sabrina on March 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

    P.S. We ran out of lettuce and I have no time to run to the market until Thursday and I am sad. I miss my big salads!

  20. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on March 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Wow girl you’ve got a busy day! Congrats to Meghan, lucky lady!

  21. Katie on March 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I noticed you listed raw almond butter in this smoothie and other times you just list almond butter. Do you always use raw almond butter or do you change it up? Which tastes better? It’s too expensive for me to try both and not like one of them!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

      i prefer raw.. but i wouldn’t kick any type of almond butter outta bed, if you know what i mean πŸ™‚

  22. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 2, 2010 at 10:47 am

    i just about lost it when i saw those enchiladas…they look incredible! and i totally agree about the Herdez salsa! good store bought salsa’s hard to find, and this one is definitely a winner!

  23. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on March 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Love the salad beast…always a good choice πŸ™‚

  24. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. on March 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I love a good pilates workout. I don’t think i’ve ever had an unsuccessful class!

  25. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on March 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I have yet to try the Herdez salsa and I love salsa. I vow to buy it next time I see it!

  26. Carrie on March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

    HI! I am wondering how you make that egg white puff? Thanks πŸ™‚

  27. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on March 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Don’t worry about a bummer post! You should be able to post *anything* on here! It’s your blog girl πŸ˜‰ And we’re all here to support you!



  28. Amanda(Effortlessly Chaotic) on March 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Yay! Herdez salsa. I think I could eat a bottle of this all by myself in a sitting! Those enchiladas look divine.

  29. kristin on March 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    gahhh that feast you made looks amazing!!

    so nervous for your news – i really hope you dont have to stop blogging!!!

  30. Catherine on March 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I second that – I really hope you don’t quit blogging!!

  31. Lyndsey on March 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    On pins and needles over here about your news!

  32. Kalli@fitandfortysomething.com on March 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Your salad looks great….will have to try the salsa cuz I know you know salsa! Sounds like a great night….

  33. Jen A on March 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Your goat cheese looks so good. Every time I buy it, it tastes funky so I was wondering what brand you buy?

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      hey jen,
      that particular one is the chevre brand.. my favorite is the alta dena raw goat cheddar though πŸ™‚

  34. La on March 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    awww I have the biggest grin on my face at that image…nothing better than being totally chill with the love of your life. nut butter+jelly smoothies=amazing. i have a banana that *needs* to get used…maybe i’ll have one as a pre-Pilates snack! also I love that you do Pilates! it’s my favorite thing ever

  35. Sarah Anne on March 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Gina – thanks for making me think about what makes me happy. I really enjoyed just leaving a comment on your ‘roon giveaway!

    I always buy Herdez now if I don’t make it at home – so far have tried their salsa verde and regular salsa, and also buy their chipotles in adobo. Yum! Like Dreena says – I blend them up and keep the puree in my freezer and chip off some when I need a little spice in my life.

    The smoothie looks divine! I’m always trying to cram so much into them, I’ve gotta remember that sometimes, simple is best and tasty! πŸ˜€

  36. Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog on March 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I second – I spent my drive home from work thinking about what makes me happy thanks to you. Something that does NOT make me happy – I didn’t win the macaroons. πŸ™‚ Just get that online store bzouncin’ girl! Hope everything is ok for you.

  37. Beth on March 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Hi! Where did you get that cup with the straw built in for your shakes? That looks awesome!!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      hey beth,
      the straws are separate- they’re made of glass. you can find them online at glass dharma

      • Beth on March 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm

        Ohhhh duh! Got it. thanks!

  38. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    the AB & J shake looks great.
    girl. how do you do 7 appts in a day? I am so tired some days after teaching yoga but the show must go on so to speak so I just carry on…but it’s a few classes per day, not 7! Granted my classes are 90 mins but yeah, I feel for you πŸ™‚

  39. Dee on March 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    your food always looks so yummy! I’ll have to try that shake sometime soon!

  40. StephN on March 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Any chance you are going to relocate to Colorado?

    After reading your blog for a while I tried Zumba at 24hourFitness again and found an awesome class/ instructor! It rocks! Thanks for inspiring me :-).

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      hahah i wish, but no
      that’s great news- zumba is my fave πŸ™‚

      • StephN on March 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm

        Ohhhh, that’s too bad! I thought there might be a chance since we do have pilots here ;).

  41. Ellen on March 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I got a free pass to try out a Zumba class in NYC. I’m excited, but I have no idea what to expect–is it HARD??

    And yes, whatever is bothering you, get it out. You’ll definitely feel better. I use my blog for therapeutic reasons often and it always helps πŸ™‚


    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      no, it’s not hard! it’s FUN! just an hour of pure dancing goodness.

  42. brittney on March 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t know how you keep from digging into the Pilot’s enchiladas! Holy cheesy moly, that looks awesome.

    Seriously, your self-restraint is to be admired.

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      hahah i’ve had plenty of gooey enchiladas in my life πŸ™‚

  43. K from ksgoodeats on March 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    “and well, I enjoy online shopping, celebrity gossip and the blog world.” Haha love it! Your fiesta beast looks bueno! I hope everything is a-okay!!

  44. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on March 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Those enchiladas look amazing! So does your salad! I always think to add a hard boiled egg to a salad, but never egg whites.

    My husband will watch hockey sometimes and I’ll sit next to him on the computer reading blogs – at least we’re kind of spending time together!


  45. Samantha on March 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m sure you’ve mentioned this before and I apologize if so but about how much time do you spend preparing meals since you do two separate (or modified versions) when you and the pilot eat together. My kids eat fairly healthy most of the time, my husband is never here (read: military, you know all about that! ha ha) and so I’d love some tips on pleasing everyone in the group without spending all my time in the kitchen.

    And just WHEN will the Fitnessista be publishing a raw cookbook?! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      i spend anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. the enchiladas (making the sauce, shredding chicken, everything) took 30 minutes and my salad took about 5. i try to do it fast and furious!
      and i’d LOVE to do a cookbook πŸ™‚

  46. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on March 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Ha, my husband have lots of nights sitting next to each other on our laptops! Love it. πŸ˜‰

  47. Kelly Michelle on March 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    mmmmmm I love egg white puffs on salad. I’m kind of glad you will be posting the news bc you have had me thinking about it since you put it up in future posts a few days ago. I’m sure whatever it is will work out though.

  48. Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward on March 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    How long are the training appointments? That sounds like a LONG day of training!

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

      an hour each. and yes, it was a LONG day!

  49. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on March 2, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    omg, those enchiladas are mouthwatering…lol i almost cannot handle it!

  50. Colleen on March 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hi Tina! I was wondering how you make your egg white puffs? They always look so, well, puffy :-).

    • Colleen on March 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      Wow, I can’t believe I wrote “Tina.” Sooo sorry, I don’t know where my head was. I’ve been reading your blogs for months now and I know that you are Gina πŸ™‚

      • Fitnessista on March 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

        no worries! <3

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