Sabino Sunday

Hi! Hope you’ve had an amazing weekend <3

Today was breakfast in bed, courtesy of the Pilot,

and a lovely hike at Sabino Canyon- happy Sunday, indeed 🙂


The weather was perfection –warm with a cool breeze-


and we did around 4 miles.


Sabino Canyon is one of my favorite Tucson spots– I have no idea how many times we’ve been there. When my brothers and I were younger, my nana would take us to ride the tram to the top of the canyon, enjoy a pinic and then ride back, it was a standard when I started to get into fitness and running, and now, the Pilot and I like to go as often as possible. Last time we ran it together, he had enjoyed a little too much of madre’s oatmeal (with heavy cream, butter and brown sugar) and cinnamon rolls- he wasn’t feeling too great by the time we got to the top 😉

Today, we talked, huffed and puffed up “death hill” and also saw Kyle and Meg while we were there. 🙂

Some recent eats:


(roll tide!)

a smoothie with:

-frozen banana

-frozen mixed berries

-Sun Warrior vanilla protein

-hemp seeds

-vanilla + a pinch of sea salt

Yesterday’s protein pancakes with oatmeal mixed in:

pancakes (2)

They were kinda gross, but the almond butter and jelly saved them. Still haven’t perfected the oatmeal protein pancake- let me know if you have a great recipe!

Today, we’re off to run a couple of errands and then meeting up with friends for dinner.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

See ya later with a Family post <3



Today’s tip: Friendly reminder to take a couple of minutes to plan out your workouts and meals for the week! It’s so much easier to succeed if you have a plan. What’s on the menu for food and fitness? Schweaty March Workout will be up tomorrow 🙂

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  1. Morgan @ Morganshines on March 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I love family Sundays!! and I’m pretty sure my mouth watered just took at that smoothie…I must make one now!

  2. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on March 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I recently went on a hike, too; it’s great exercise and a great way to mix up the usual plyo or running I do.

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  3. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on March 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I struggle making anything (aside from a smoothie) with protein powder…I’m blaming the hemp protein powder and not my actual baking skills… 😉

  4. Ash on March 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Sarah and I missed you at the yoga party! Sabino looks like it was lovely today.

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      i missed you, too 🙁 let’s yoga soon

  5. Nicola NZ on March 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Looks like a great start to a Sunday. I did your ‘see ya saddlebags’ exercise on Sat morning and boy is it good!!! Am still feeling it in my thighs two days later!

    • Fitnessista on March 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      awesome! yes, that move burrrnnnnnns 🙂

  6. Amanda on March 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    hey fitnessista,
    I was wondering how you managed to eat/meal plan when just cooking for one? I know you’ve had some time when the Pilot was away, and had to fend for yourself. I’m recently in a long-distance relationship and having trouble motivating myself to actually cook- which, as you can imagine, makes it pretty difficult to eat WELL. Any tips?


  7. Ali on March 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I totally have a bomb oatmeal protein pancake recipe for you 🙂

    2 egg whites, 1 whole egg, half cup oats, 1/3 cup cottage cheese (I use Greek yogurt because I can’t do cottage cheese), generous spoon full of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and stevia! Put it all in the blender, or use a magic bullet. Batter makes about 7 small pancakes or about 4 good size ones! Yes, this is all one serving!!! Top with Greek yogurt and your favorite fruit or my personal favorite, almond butter with banana 🙂 On a good day, I’ll add a few dark chocolate chips and it tastes HEAVENLY!!!!! Hope you enjoy 🙂

    Also, I posted this link on your wall this morning….was worried you thought it was SPAM or really “porn”. I promise, it’s not. It’s SUPER funny. You’ll really get a kick out of it just having had a baby…it’ll give you a good giggle, I promise 🙂

    I’m off to cook all my food! On the menu this week? Clean french toast with almond butter and banana with a side of greek yogurt and pumpkin spice, red peppers and carrots with hummus for snack, Salmon Salad beast (yes, I stole that word from you) with cranberries, almonds, carrots, quinoa, spinach and white balsamic <—SO yummy as a dressing btw! Homemade pumpkin protein bars courtesy of gracious pantry for my afternoon snack and homemade turkey burgers with sweet potato fries and broccoli for dinner. Last but not least, my evening snack will be a greek yogurt parfait with frozen raspberries, stevia, cinnamon and a few grape nuts on top!

    Have a wonderful week 🙂


  8. Sana on March 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I am going on a walk with my parents too 🙂

  9. Allison on March 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    totally have my fitness planned for the week, and the next couple months as well, i’m training for my first half marathon in May. As for meals, i’m kind of workin on figuring some of that out now!

  10. MMiller on March 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    The perfect pancakes for me are Kodiak cakes! I’m sure they would be great with some protein power mixed in too!

  11. Amber L on March 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hey Gina what kind of jam do you use? I’ve been trying out different kinds, but can’t find one that I really like. Thanks!

  12. Paije on March 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    So jealous that you get to wear shorts! There is still way too much snow here for that 😉
    I have been eating Angela’s protein pancakes for awhile now – they are my absolute favourite!
    I leave out the stevia and use sun warrior protein – soooo filling!!

  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    almond butter and jelly or PB & J can save just about anything 🙂

    I love the first pic of the canyon; the mood, feeling, and vibe of the day is perfectly conveyed.

  14. Paige @ Running Around Normal on March 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The hike sounds amazing! It’s a great day here, too.
    I always make Janetha’s (meals and moves) protein pancakes – they’re super tasty 🙂

  15. Molly on March 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Five years ago I was in my junior year of college. Seriously, how can that be? I feel so much older now than I did then. Life is crazy on how fast things change even when they seem like they arent changing at all.

  16. Vicki Morgan on March 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I knew there was a reason I loved you soooo much.Roll Tide Baby!!! My sweet home Alabama,,,that is where I was born and raised 🙂 Have a Great evening My Fitness Sista!

  17. Olivia on March 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I still haven’t found the perfect protein pancake, so I just mix equal scoops of just-add-water pancake mix + whey protein powder with a little almond milk, and they turn out amazing!

  18. Erin on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I may have to stop reading your blog now…j/k but WAR EAGLE 🙂

  19. Dynamics on March 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Question for you Gina. What exercises can you do for the knees. After walking up a lot of hills my knees just kill me. Some times I have to beg them to “not let me down”. My next goal is to conquer this really high hill but hesitate because my knees and legs just get totally exhausted.

    Also, on meal planning…This just came across and though some of you might be interested. Using Google Calendar for meal planning.

  20. Alexis on March 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Where do you get your sun warrior? It’s so pricey:(

  21. Aylin @ Glow Kitchen on March 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    those protein pancakes look delicious–i’d stack them and eat them in just 3 bites.

  22. Emily on March 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I am feeling pretty proud right now for two reasons: 1. Weekly menu planned, groceries bought, and veggies for salads chopped 2. Today I did my very first ever double-digit (10mi) run for my upcoming half marathon. So, that said, this week will be full of healthy eats and lots of easy recovery miles. Hope you and the fam have a wonderful week!

  23. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on March 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I love a great hike! That is one thing I miss living in NYC, no mountains to climb. I guess getting around the city is my version of a hike now hehe 🙂

  24. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on March 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I still got to do my meal planning, but we already stocked the fridge with tons of fresh produce so it should be a no brainer! My workouts this week will be much harder to get in because we are going away at the end of the week… and St. Patty’s Day is this weekend. I definitely got to do some brainstorming!

    Happy Sunday 🙂

  25. Cara Craves... on March 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    A wonderful way to enjoy the day!
    I went for a walk, made some cookies, and tried out a new veggie burger recipe.

  26. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on March 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Looks like and awesome place for a hike! I love all the mountains in AZ….so picturesque!!

  27. Sarah on March 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Protein pancakes are a staple of mine. I’ll cook up a batch and toss them in the fridge for easy grabbing during the week. My (super simple) recipe which I had gotten a long time ago on the Oxygen Boards is:

    1c. cottage cheese
    1c. oatmeal
    4 eggs
    Extras (I add a tbs of honey, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and a fruit, generally blueberries or strawberries)

    Cook them up just like regular pancakes. I think they are delicious, personally. This recipe makes up a pretty large batch, so you can cut it in half. 🙂

  28. Liz on March 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I second the suggestions for the oatmeal/cottage cheese pancakes. I eat them every morning and they’re super filling, can’t even taste the cottage cheese. I make a big batch of batter at beginning of week so they take under 10 minutes and I’m not constantly washing my blender

    I typically blend all the ingredients together but if I want a little texture I’ll blend eggs, cottage cheese, and extras (vanilla, nutmeg, etc.) and then add oatmeal at the very end.

  29. ErikaMC on March 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    This is my favorite oatmeal pancake recipe. The actual recipe doesn’t call for protein powder but I have added it in and they’ve turned out great.

    1 egg
    1 egg white
    1 1/2 c skim milk
    1/4 c applesauce
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 c oatmeal, quick oats
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1 c whole wheat flour
    1/8 c sugar
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt

    In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients.
    Stir in the remaining ingredients until well blended.
    Measure each pancake out with a 1/4 cup. Pour onto grill, flipping halfway.
    Top with syrup, peanut butter, whipped cream or your favorite fruit.

  30. Becky @ on March 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    What I use for protein pancakes is 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/3 cup cottage cheese and 3 egg whites with some cinnamon, Throw it in the magic bullet and cook up, topped with peanut butter and banana slices. So easy and so good.

  31. Shelley on March 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Roll Tide Roll!

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