Rumba of tears

Good morning! How are you? Things are bueno over here πŸ™‚
Last night, the Pilot had a night flight, so Bella and I went to walk at the park. When he was done flying, Bell and I met him at Zona 78 and kept him company on the patio while he ate dinner.


We told her to sit or lay down the whole time he was eating, which she obeyed, but looked up at us with crazy eyes the entire time. She got a tiny piece of bread for being so good.

I ate dinner before the park, but didn’t snap a pic because I didn’t think you’d want to see it- savory oats are a little weird-looking, especially when topped with hot sauce and mustard. They were also seasoned with a hefty amount of Dancing with the Stars tears- what an emotional episode.

Breakfast was a major indicator that it’s time to grocery shop over here:


Brown rice toast with almond butter and jelly

toast (2)

I scrawled out a tentative grocery list


[thinking I need to add macaroon ingredients to that?]

and am about to head to a couple of appointments.

Hope you have a wonderful morning and I’ll see ya later!



Something to think:

β€œI’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances, Be more active, Show up more often.”

Brian Tracy

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  1. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Omg I cried watching J.R. Martinez, that was such a beautiful, emotional dance!

    Bella looks so adorable and happy getting ready for her walk. That’s awesome she will sit and stay while people are eating, my puppies put their head in my lap, stretch up so that they’re eye level with the table to see whats on it, and generally beg until they get some. They’re little puppy vultures! ;p

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

      haha! she tries to do that at home, but usually we can convince her to be good out in public πŸ˜‰

  2. Gia on October 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I really love that quote and find it to be very true. Thank you for the lovely reminder!

  3. Kathryn Barrett on October 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

    How is almond butter? I recently switched from whole milk to almond milk and like it so far.

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

      you’re asking the girl who goes through a jar a week, so i’m a little biased πŸ˜‰ once you go almond, you never go back

      • Lisa@HealthyDiaries on October 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

        I actually don’t really like peanut butter anymore! Almond butter is life changing! πŸ™‚

  4. Elle on October 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    JR is from my hometown and graduated from high school with me(although we weren’t friends). Everyone is so excited and proud of him!

  5. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Such a great Brian Tracy quote.. I’ll remember that one – it’s so true! Have a great day Gina!

  6. Allison @ Food For Healing on October 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

    that episode of dancing with the stars and JR was so touching! it was awesome. when the one judge was critizing some of the dance, we were like SHUT UP! but i guess it is a competition. It was so moving. loved it.
    i need to pop a few things into the dehydrator again, including some macaroons. i’ve been slackin!

  7. Lisa@HealthyDiaries on October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Dancing with the Stars was so good last night! J.R. definitely made me tear up and I can see I wasn’t the only one!

  8. Amy on October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I love that Reebok was reprimanded for their poor form. I’ve had so many people ask me about those “toning” shoes the past few years and I keep telling them there is no evidence to support it.

  9. Anna @ On Anna's Plate on October 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    What a good dog– our dogs go crazy in public settings. We tried to eat lunch with them in an outdoor cafe in Boston once, and it was a disaster…they need to go to etiquette school πŸ™‚

  10. Marguerite Miller on October 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    My mom has a Bichon that has a very similar face to Bella! My mom is the one that will always slip him something, even if he has to wait until after everyone eats! So he will beg, because he knows she will give in! He won’t beg to anyone else! (Unless scrambled eggs are involved)!

    Thanks for posting the video! I didn’t watch last night but heard it was amazing!

  11. Laura on October 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Haha, love Bella’s crazy eyes πŸ™‚

  12. Liz @ Southern Charm on October 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Love that quote! Lately, I’ve been trying to take more chances, which means more things are working out. Funny how that happens!

    Yes, if I saw Bella’s face, I’d give her a piece of bread too. Adorable!

  13. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on October 4, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Love that quote!

    Savory oats kinda scare me.. I need to give ’em a try one of these days though.

  14. kathleen @ the daily crumb on October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

    just re-watched the rumba on you tube and i’m now dripping tears into my bowl of cereal. so touching.

  15. Holly @ The Runny Egg on October 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Toast with AB and jelly sounds like a good breakfast to me — when I eat things like a hard boiled egg + leftover spaghetti for breakfast is my reminder to get to the grocery store πŸ™‚

  16. @HilaryFleming @ on October 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Wow, such a powerful number. She used a lot of her same choreography that she did with my fav rumba she ever danced (when she danced with Slavik). Karina is one of the reasons I got into ballroom dance in the first place.
    But I think her dance with JR was even better because of all the meaning involved and all that he’s gone through. JR is legitimately a great dancer. πŸ™‚

    I just wanted to give you a heads up of my $50 LuluLemon giveaway on my newly re-done blog. I thought you might be interested since I see you wear a lot of Lulu πŸ™‚ xo

  17. Kat on October 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I love dog friendly places! Ours is pretty good when we take her out – she just lies under the table and people-watches πŸ™‚

  18. Ali on October 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    That’s so funny that you did not want to show us your savoury oats! I bet it would look good to some people! I am with you on being moved by dances. I am not usually a super emotional kinda gal, but dance is always something that can get me!

  19. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on October 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My lab, Jet, does the same thing. He will listen and just sit while we eat, but the entire time he is staring us down just hoping that a little scrap of our food will leave our plates!

  20. Samantha C on October 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I decided to try brown rice toast after reading about it here on your blog. I got the Ener-G brand brown rice loaf, and I cannot get over the texture. Is it supposed to feel like it is disintegrating. Wondering if all loafs are like this or if it is the brand I tried.

  21. mi-an d. on October 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    just saw regis and kelly and kelly was just talking about that dance with j.r. martinez…wow… so beautiful

  22. Ann (RunningWithChopstix) on October 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I knew those toning shoes were a scam! I read up on them when I first saw them come out and had heard that some even caused injuries.

  23. Sam @ Downward Dork to Downward Diva on October 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for posting that link about the Reebok shoes… I own RunTones, and honestly, I didn’t notice they had supposed ‘toning’ benefits until I got them home. I bought them because they were bouncy and incredibly comfortable and I’m still really fond of them. The exercise I’m doing in them should produce the results, not some so-called toning shoe! πŸ˜‰

    My mom wants to get a big wicker basket for the front of her bike and take her dog (he’s a Lhatese, a Lhasa Apso x Maltese) Charlie for leisurely cycle rides. I’m not sure he’ll be a fan. Do you think Bella’d stand for riding around in a basket on a bike??

  24. Mahealani @ Pu`uhonua on October 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ha, I feel ya on the un-photogenic nature of savoury oats! But it’s also one of my favorite meals as well, with lots of hot sauce. Your grocery list looks a lot like mine, I have to list the dishes below so I can remember why I am buying that can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the first place. I think you should most definitely add macaroons to that list!

  25. kara nicole on October 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Every time I see that dancing with the stars clip I tear up. What a beautiful dance from such an incredibly INSPIRING man. Ps: why is Bella so cute?! I cant take it! πŸ™‚

  26. janiek on October 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I thought of mixing oats with cheese before realizing i have a serious cheese addiction to overcome… im never making that because if i ever find out it is good, i’ll probably will be living of off cheesy oats. Sticking with sweet oats all the way…

  27. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on October 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I bet Bella was so happy to get that tiny piece of bread. πŸ™‚

  28. Barb on October 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Hi! I’ve recently found your blog and am obsessed…your meals have made me try Goat Cheese….and umm…my husband HATES you now because I’m OBSESSED!!!!!!! I put it on everything and just ate some in my soup to make it a bit more creamy…ugh…thank you so much!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      hahah! welcome to the little blog.. and to the goat cheese obsession πŸ™‚

    • Angelle on October 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      That’s so funny! Barb, Im right there with you. Im glad it’s not just me!!! I too have become a fan!!! Gina you have become my online BFF/go to !!! lol (: thanks for all the tips/pics/ advise.. you ROCK (:

  29. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I didn’t watch dancing with the stars b/c I was going through my own blogging hell with my site being down, but I’d sure like a piece of AB & J toast…it looks perfect. πŸ™‚

  30. Sara on October 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I never comment..but felt the need to today because I just set my first everrrr breakfast cookie in the fridge for tomorrow! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      oooh! happy first bfast cookie! πŸ™‚ let me know how you like it

  31. Nicole on October 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I never got into Dancing With The Stars but I do always keep track of who gets brought on each season and who goes home each week. Yes, I’m weird. πŸ™‚

  32. Tamar on October 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I really thought it said “magic glazed salmon” on your dinner list! I would like the recipe for that, please. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      haha magic glazed salmon sounds amazing

  33. Kathryn Barrett on October 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Almond butter it is then! I’ll pick some up when I brave the store this weekend. Thanks!

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