Roon Winner, Tamale Dinner

Hi friends! Happy Friday!! 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful morning.


(Missing that JAX beach right about now.. and my shenanigan buddies!)

Thank you so much to those of you who entered the roon giveaway!! So many fabulous entries and I always love hearing about your goals. Go after them, because in a couple of months I’m going to pick a couple of those comments to see if they were accomplished. Fun, huh? 🙂

So 99.98% of the time, I use random number generator (or random Pilot number generator), but this one caught my eye (and cracked me up), so they’re winning the prize:


Clever. Hilare. Lurved.

SB, send me your addy (fitnessista at gmail dot com) and I’ll get the roons on the way.

Stay tuned for the next giveaway- I like to do them fairly often 🙂


What are you guys up to this weekend?

I’m working, teaching, going to my little bro’s soccer game, movie night with the girls and taking photos for my friend’s son’s science project 🙂 It should be a blasty.

Some recent eats:

sweet potato

Massive sweet tater, atop arugula, balsamic, topped with goat cheese and chives

Black bean tamale (filled with Portobello mushrooms and spinach- from Tucson Tamale Co.), with a boatload of fresh salsa


+ 3 egg whites

Smoothie (almond milk, 1/2 avocado, 1 scoop Sun Warrior, 1 scoop Standard Process dairy-free, blueberries) + tea to take to work:


Perfection 🙂

I’m on the prowl for a gorg dress to wear when I see the Pilot again– no luck so far. My friend Michele and I will probably be dress-hunting this weekend, but if you’ve seen any incredible dresses lately, please feel free to link it up in the comments section!

Have a beautiful Friday and I’ll see ya this afternoon. <3



Something to talk about: The last “first date” you went on. Where did you go? Was it disastrous or amazing?

Speaking of dates..

Today’s tip: Make a date with your foam roller!!! Take just 5 minutes out of your busy day to roll around on the roller. It hurts so good, will protect your muscles from getting injured, and (bonus) helps with cellulite. Need some foam rolling tips? Check out *this post*

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  1. Beth @ DiningAndDishing on March 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    The last first date I went on was super fun but I definitely got more of a friend feeling than a romantic one! Sometimes dating is a fun way to find good friends too – as long as no one gets hurt!

  2. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife on March 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    When does the PIlot get home?! I always love BananaRepublic dresses….Julie at PbFingers at a great dress on today- check ‘er out at 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      love julie 🙂

  3. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on March 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    That poem is fabulous. I love the “albin-o” legs!

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      that was the kicker for me, too

  4. britt will be fit on March 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    great poem!

  5. Katie on March 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    The last first date I went on was to a hockey game…neither of us were really into the sport, so we didn’t know what was going on most of the time (we went cause it was a first for both of us). Pretty awkward, to tell you the truth. But, we ended up getting married three years later so, to anyone still dating, don’t let a less-than-stellar first date get you down!

    Good luck on the dress search!

  6. Christin@purplebirdblog on March 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Last first date I went on was after Alex (current beau, 3 years and counting!) and I had already *ahem* hooked up, but we scored tickets to a bagpipe show and it was totally badass! 🙂

  7. Tyler on March 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Being a blogger BOY I don’t think I can really help you in the dress dept. Sorry, sista. 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      um, you could probably be the MOST help- i need a guys advice for hotness factor 😉

  8. Heather on March 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm Lots of gorgeous cocktails. Macy’s also has a lot of super cute dresses.

  9. Rebecca on March 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I was wondering if you have noticed a change in your body since adding back in more protein. I have dabbled with veganism/vegetarianism for almost a year now and have gained over 10 lbs. It’s frustrating to me b/c I don’t know if it correlates to the lack of protein?? I don’t tolerate tofu well, and only like to use powders and other vegan supplements occasionally. I have started eating fish again, but am frustrated with the extra flab. It definitely is FAT weight not muscle….any thoughts on the issue?
    Thanks so much and keep up the good work 🙂 Your blog is awesome.
    ~ Becky

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      thank you!!!
      yes… i have abs again! they’ve been hiding for a while, but they came out to say hello.. and i am grateful

  10. Sharie on March 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I’m going to have a first date with a foam roller tonight! Hopefully it hits the right spots, tee hee!

  11. Janna on March 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    My last first date was terrrrrible. It was a blind date, my aunt and uncle set us up. . I was living in Toronto and the guy decided a great idea would be to have lunch on Toronto island (a small island in the city you can get to by a ferry).
    Sounded like a cool idea – points for creativity. But it all went downhill from there. 1st of all, he was…uh…not my type. I try not to judge people by the way they look…but…uh..anyway, you get the point. 2nd of all we get to the island and realize that it isn’t even open for the season yet (aka there are NO places to eat and NO bathrooms). 3rd of all there wasn’t going to be a ferry back to mainland for 4 HOURS! So I was literally stuck on an island with this guy. I was starving, freezing and we quickly discovered that we didn’t have much to talk about. It was pretty much the worst first date ever.

    I was SO happy to get on that ferry back to mainland. No more blind dates for me!

  12. Dee on March 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Daaannnnggg, you made that sweet potato sitting “atop” arugula look soooo good! I wanted to reach into the picture and snatch it!

    • Dee on March 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      And funny you should mention foam rollers, your blog was my first intro to the concept of foam rolling, and I eventually got one. And last night, I was very thankful for that. I pulled it out to work on some sore spots, and today I feel brand new!

      My last first date was with my bf of now 4 years. We went to Whole Foods (Philadelphia), got coffees and chatted in the cafe. A nice low-key non-committal first date that turned into lasting love.:) I soon learned that he was just being polite drinking coffee with me- he never, ever touches the stuff!

  13. KM on March 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    My last date was going wonderfully. I then discovered that he was 5 years younger than me and had to go back to college the next day. I can never figure out how old guys are!

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      hahah! way to cougar it up 🙂

  14. caronae on March 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    My last first date, hmmm, let’s see….

    MY boyfriend and I have been together for six months, although we’re only semi-together right now, but whatever. Our first date was in August. It was a beautiful day. We started by meeting up at a coffee shop, then we went for a walk to another coffee shop where we randomly met with some of his friends. Then we had tea and saw an artsy movie. Then we walked some more and went to dinner and danced (it was a Cuban restaurant). It was a pretty epic date. I’m completely in love with him. 🙂

  15. Meg on March 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm
  16. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on March 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    The last first date I went on was when I was 16 years old. My now husband took me to his junior prom and I wore a bubble gum pink dress that made me feel like cinderella and he was my ultimate prince charming. I had the time of my life and 6 years later we got married! 🙂

  17. Dana Marie on March 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    ok two things – one is, overeating – I eat healthy food exclusively, but I always tend to go overboard when I am home and alone – which is a lot because I’m unemployed – also living in NYC I try not to buy things out and it’s hard to always have enough food during the day since you have no ‘trunk’ and essentially have to be a camel- so anyway – how can I stop overeating – it seems to be a depression thing or a cycle – I try not having things I might overeat like nuts or dried fruit or anything fatty like that = or even carbs like cereal, but then I dont really have a balance in my diet. Anyway – I guess you just have to do like nike and do it- but I’m lame and always cave at some point. I just never have been able as an adult to maintain a body I truly like.
    ALSO it’s usually mostly when I over eat, but ever since I had a diet shift -to natural things mostly I have gas. It;s not cute. Luckily it’s only mostly when I am at home and binging, but alas – it’s not cute. Oh well, such is life

  18. Cara Craves... on March 4, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    My last first date was with my husband some 9 years ago.
    We went out for dinner and then a movie…I totally fell
    asleep on him during the movie 🙂
    I guess I won him over though, as we’ve been together ever since.

  19. christina on March 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Aww… you and the pilot remind me of one of my favorite photographs of all time…

  20. Emma on March 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    yummmm i moved from the US to New Zealand and I miss things like tamales…

  21. Katie on March 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Asos has really cute dresses and they deliver to the US finally!! I’m looking at the site now and it could be dangerous…

  22. Emily on March 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Where did you get that smoothie cup?? I have been looking for something like this 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      tj maxx

  23. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on March 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

    You’ll have to post a pic of the dress once you find one! But it’s not like the dress matters… I’m sure the last thing on the Pilot’s mind will be your clothes heh heh. 😉

    The last first date I went on was actually last night! He took me out for sushi, so I think I’m already in love lol.

  24. Karen on March 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I love those unicorn tears shorts! I just went to Neiman Marcus Last Call and they are having a huge sale. I saw some amazing DVF and Alice and Olivia dresses for about a 1/4 of the full price. Good luck finding one!

  25. Jennifer on March 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Target has some really cute summer dresses, they are an amazing price and could be worn with a cardigan and some great sandals!

  26. breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 on March 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    The last first date I went on was in July. We went to a sushi place for dinner and Starbucks afterward. It was fun, and we sort of dated/talked/flirted/whatever for a month and a half, and then I found out he was a player.

    But it was a very nice, low key first date, though! Haha.

  27. Raphaela on March 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    White House Black Market. Enough said.

  28. Caitlin on March 6, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I JUST went on a blind date this weekend! It was my first blind date ever, and it went surprisingly great! My aunt was the matchmaker 🙂 We did a brunch date, which was perfect–seemed more relaxed than a dinner blind date. Two thumbs up so far…. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      whoo hoo! i’m glad it went well!

  29. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on February 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’m working my way through your older posts and just had to comment on this one – I recently got a foam roller and I thought I was crazy for thinking that it helped with cellulite! I have one stubborn spot on my thigh and it seemed like it was less noticeable, but I figured it must just be in my head. I’m so glad that the foam roller actually DOES help with cellulite and I’m not just imagining things! I really got it primarily to roll out my IT band, though, and it has been sooooooo helpful. Best investment of the year so far!

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