Hey friends πŸ˜€ How are you? Hope your day is going well <3

Bella is fluffy, clean and totally sassafras.

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She even has patriotic bows!

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Look how the wind blows in her ears. So cute I can’t even handle it πŸ˜‰

It has been a productive day today! Lately I’ve just wanted to nap on the couch with my Snoogle, but I got hit in the productivity pants πŸ™‚



-Got the car washed


-Fashion post

-2 conference calls


It’s also been a day full of snacking πŸ™‚

TJs gluten-free waffle (I like the Vans brand better)


Chocolate-cherry smoothie


(1.5 C almond milk, 1 C frozen organic cherries, 1 T protein powder, 1 T raw cacao powder, a little honey, cinnamon, ice and one banana- made two mugs full)

An egg and bean-rito with homemade salsa:


on these new-to-me tortillas:


They’re gluten-free and whole grain, made with millet and teff flour.

What is teff??

From WiseGEEK:

Teff, or tef, is a cereal grain native to Northeastern Africa and Southwestern Arabia. Although it has been used in Ethiopia in particular for centuries, teff was not widely known in other parts of the world until the late twentieth century, when farmers in the Central United States and Australia began to experiment with the grain. A growing demand for teff has made it more readily available, especially in urban areas. Typically, health food stores and large grocers stockteff, either in the form of flour or in a whole grain format.

The grain has a very mild, nutty flavor, and it also packs a serious nutritional punch. Teff, whiteteff in particular, has an excellent balance of amino acids, and it is also high in protein,calcium, and iron. An inferior variety, red teff, has less nutritional value, although it is easier to cultivate. Along with other alternative grains like quinoa and millet, teff has become well known in the health foods community because of its great nutritional value.

The stats were great

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and the tortillas had a unique chewy texture. I find that if I don’t switch up my gluten-free bread products every week or so, I get sick of them, so this is a fun new one to add to the mix πŸ™‚

More snackage:

Goat gouda (soooooo gouda)


[with the black lace nail effects!]

and quinoa crispbreads –another health food store find- with peanut butter and cinnamon.


Perfection. It feels like I’ve been eating all day and it’s helped with the queasiness πŸ™‚

I’m going to chillax for a second and then take Bella to break in her new haircut but covering it in dust at the dog park πŸ˜‰

Have a lovely night <3



Something to read:

Tummy Troubles- How I learned to embrace my flaws

10 No-Bake Healthy Desserts (lots of ballz in there!)

Crunch-less flat ab moves

Food allergies in kids more severe

Tips for getting into social media as a profession

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  1. Ellie@fitforthesoul on June 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    ohhhh delicious eats Gina!! Hmmm I’m not sure if this is true, but I’ve heard that watermelon helps with those feelings of queasiness~do you know anything about that? πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful evening! and Bella looks soooo cute and funny! haha, so fluffy for reals.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      i’m not sure- but i ate some last week and felt amazing afterwards. shoot, i may have to go buy a watermelon now haha

      • Amelia on June 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        I bet that’s because watermelon is so hydrating! I bet coconut water would be great too. πŸ™‚

  2. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on June 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Cute haircut bellllla :)!!!

  3. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on June 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I am loving those black lace nails – super fierce! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      thanks girl!

  4. Ann @ Day By Day on June 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Ahh the ears blowing in the wind had me cracking up! And quinoa crispbreads with PB and cinnamon?! Sounds like the perfect snack. Glad you had a productive day! Mine was pretty unproductive unfortunately. I need to have another go at my to do list tomorrow!

  5. BethT on June 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I call Lucy Sassafras….and totally want to have twin Westies named Sassy and Fancy….just sayin.

  6. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on June 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Quinoa crispbreads?! I hope I can find some! πŸ˜€

  7. Ashley @ the fit academic on June 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Awww, bella is too precious! Also, I love the black lace nails! I need to get me some of those!!!

  8. China on June 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    What brand/where do you get organic frozen cherries?! I’ve looked EVERYWHERE (WF, TJ, Publizzle, Kroger) and I can’t find them – just conventional. πŸ™

    Also, I heart Bella’s pigtail ears. And the black lace nail effects are hawt.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      cascadian farms πŸ™‚

  9. Jenn on June 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    It might be the OCD in me coming out but have you ever thought to change your About page to something that starts with an F? lol Maybe Facts or Fitnessista? Just an idea! Glad to see your appetite back πŸ™‚

    • China on June 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      I totally thought the same thing the other day! πŸ™‚ I was thinking Fitnessista, but Facts would be cute, too.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      that’s a great idea- it’s been bothering me haha

  10. Cait @ Urban Fencepost on June 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Bella is adorable! She’s so fluffy!

  11. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on June 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I guess those stats aren’t too bad for bread… I have not been eating any lately outside from my parents’ house. Not easy!

  12. Krystina (Organically Me) on June 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I thought the TJ waffles kicked Van’s booty, but then I’m partial to all things TJ. πŸ˜‰

  13. Kristy on June 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I feel like a creeper, but I can’t not comment on how cute Bella is every time I see her!

    She is precious!

  14. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on June 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Way to ninja kick your way through that to-do list!!

  15. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Oo i like the black lace nail effects, so cute.
    I’ve been studying, and now i’m just trying to pump myself up for my Insanity workout, first Pure Cardio today. eeek! lol

  16. mary (what's cookin with mary) on June 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve been day dreaming about the grey maxi you got all day… I’m hoping for B’s sake I don’t *need* it, but it’s kinda looking that way. I always know when I have to keep going back to look at it we’re in trouble HAHA

    Loving the fashion posts !! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      i’m just going to encourage you haha

  17. Amy on June 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Love that you called Bella “Sassafras”….so adorable! Also love your nails! And love gouda cheese! What a good Monday!

  18. Gina @ Running to the kitchen on June 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Love Bella’s bows πŸ™‚

  19. Julie on June 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Oh I like the black lace nail effects!! Are they pretty easy to trim to fit the length of individual nails??

  20. cathy on June 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    black is absolutely my favourite colour of nail polish. i was thinking it would be too heavy for this time of year, but your nails look fabulous! maybe i just need to add some lace?!

  21. Amelia on June 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Some days I like full meals, other days I like snacking all day. Right now when the thermometer is reading 104 in Charleston, SC, I really enjoy snacking and eating lighter foods.

  22. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on June 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    THey were talking about nail effects on The View last week! (Sometimes I watch it in the gym… I can’t believe I just outed myself… LOL!) Are they really easy to do?

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      super easy!

  23. Courtney on June 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    When I was prego it always helped me to snack a lot. My nausea seemed to come when my tummy would get empty.

  24. Elizabeth on June 20, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I need another doggie, stat. I am so pathetic about other people’s puppies. The sassafrasian-ness of your puppy is just so poodle.

    Also: Am craving homemade tortillas. Ohhhh fresh made buttery tortilla…. you are my loverrrr….

  25. G on June 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    This is a totally random question and I apologize for it, but it’s been bugging me for a while now and I can’t find it anywhere on your blog, yet I know you’ve mentionned it before: what is your full first name?

  26. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on June 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    omg–I love your nails!!! So cute!

  27. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    “It feels like I’ve been eating all day and it’s helped with the queasiness “– Yep.

    I remember those days. Sometimes I would be so sick, I really didn’t know if I was coming or going, I was just in a fog. And I would just sit down and eat. It was like, I couldn’t make me feel worse, and it could possibly make me feel better, so that was the plan πŸ™‚

    I love the teff review and tortilla finds.

    And Bella is looking so adorable!

  28. Lori H on June 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Bella looks amazing! I bet you can’t stop cuddling her! She must have a really good groomer to make her look that white! : )

  29. Tracy @ Commit to Fit on June 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I totally agree about the GF products, I am finding that I really need to switch them up.

  30. Kelly on June 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    PLEASE please tell me where you bought the tortillas in tucson!? i can’t stand all the brown rice tortillas I’ve tried.

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      new life!

  31. Christy @ So I Follow the Sun on June 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I just love seeing pictures of Bella! It makes me want a toy poodle so so bad. My boyfriend is a fan of big dogs, though… so I might have to compromise and get a standard poodle. I’m sure he would love taking little Fifi for walks.

  32. Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers on June 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Bella looks so cute!
    I got that brand of tortillas a few weeks ago (the traditional ones, though) and I love them! I’ve been making burritos in the oven so that they end up a little crispy- yum!

  33. kaila @ healthy helper! on June 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Those wraps sound so good! I love teff flour but I’ve never seen it used commercially like that before! So cool!

  34. Destini on June 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I love those lace sally hanson salon effects! I wish my nails weren’t too short for those. Bella looks beyond adorable with her little ribbons and cut. Soo cute πŸ™‚

  35. Molly on June 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    mmm I need some waffles in my life. Love them.

  36. Ann @ Running With Chopstix on June 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Ooh, your nails are super cute! How long do they usually last for? And just wondering, what type of goat cheese do you usually get? I loove goat cheese but I feel like it keeps going bad and getting moldy really quick so I’m hesitant to buy it now πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on June 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      they lasted for 10 days and the only reason i had to take them off was because my nails were getting too long
      try goat gouda- it’s my alltime fave πŸ™‚

  37. alex on June 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    LOVE your nails! I’ve been eyeballing those things at Target ever since I first saw you rocking the leopard print ones your mom got you and now I think I have to buy them.

  38. Laury @ thefitnessdish on June 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Ugh…yes…eating all day DEF helps with the queasiness!!!

    I’ve been eating the food for life brown rice wraps for like 3 years now…and lately they fall apart before I even eat them, it’s SO frustrating!!! Must try and find those GF teff wraps!

  39. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs on June 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Cute pup!! I love doggies fresh from the groomers, so adorable <3

  40. Namaste Gurl on June 21, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I really like the sonoma brand– just picked up their organic corn tortillas and am in lurveee with them πŸ™‚

  41. Ali on June 21, 2011 at 1:21 am

    You for sure have the cutest Furbaby in the whole world. I was wondering, have you changed your work outs, now that you are pregnant? Or are you maintaining, until a later date?

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

      i’ve had to change them a lot during my first trimester to take the intensity down a little. no more bodyrock or HIIT :/

  42. Jamie Walker on June 21, 2011 at 3:23 am

    That chocolate cherry looks AMAZING – def need to try that. YUM.

  43. Sara on June 21, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Thanks for the no-bake dessert link! It’s gold. Chilled vegan double chocolate torte has my name on it for Saturday if I can find some ripe avocado’s. If not, it will be .. a few days later, once they have softened up a bit. I may be dim, but I can’t find a ‘search’ bar on your new blog. If there is one.. where is it?

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

      it’s on the right side, down towards the middle πŸ™‚

  44. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Cute nails!

    I’ve never tried teff before, but I’m running out of room for grains in my pantry. I have too many already! πŸ˜›

  45. jenna on June 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

    what store did you buy those tortillas at? they look delish!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

      a local health food store called new life

  46. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on June 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Oooooooooooooooooooh my gosh…she is SO cute with her poofy little ears!! πŸ™‚

  47. Jordan P @ food, sweat, and beers on June 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Teff sounds like something I’ll have to try next time I have the chance, and Bella looks just LOVERLY, so ready for the 4th of July!

    Those truly were some productive pants you were wearing, I’d like to find a pair in my size for the next two days!! Maybe next up can be a fashion post about productive pants. But I did like the one on helpful hats. Daring dresses.

    Ok, alliteration, that’s enough.

  48. Shelly on June 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Have you ever tried Ethiopian food? It’s served on a giant teff crepe (called Injera) that you use to mop up all the food. I think you’d like it- the flavors are similar to Indian food but milder.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

      i haven’t but i tell the pilot at least once every week we need to try it!

  49. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland on June 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

    You do such a good job applying those nail polish strips. Every time I do it, mine are all bumpy and I end up peeling them off a day later. What’s your secret?

  50. Moni'sMeals on June 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

    those nails are just so cool, I must step it up!

    I love the links at the end, thanks!

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