Sauna spin and warm fuzzies

Hey everyone! How are ya? I am SO glad tomorrow is Indian Food Day– from then on, it’s smooth sailing until the weekend 😀 I just have to get through teaching 3 aerobics classes!


For lonchi, I made another recipe from Sarma’s new cookbook: the S&M salad.

Here’s the pic from the cookbook:


And here’s my at-home version:


It had greens, dulse flakes (which I’m officially in love with), leftover rosemary raw crackers that Megan made, sea salt, minced garlic, flax oil, lime juice, pepper and avocado.

It. rocked. my. face. off.


Sarma is two for two on the cookbook recipes so far 😀 I’ll probably be making a creation from there each day this week.

I also grabbed a medjool date (aka cucaracha) for dessert:


After my glorious feast, I decided to get dinner in the slow cooker for the pilot since I’d be home late from training appointments.

I made him some Teriyaki and Pineapple Chicken


I seasoned some chicken tenderloins with salt and pepper and pan seared them for 1 minute on each side and put them into the slow cooker. Next, I made the sauce using 3/4 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbs sherry, 1/2 ts minced ginger, sea salt and pepper.

After that, I chopped some pineapple a la can (in it’s own juice, drained) and added that to the chicken sauce mix.

Covered, cooked for 6-8 hours of low…

Here’s what the finished product looked like:


I left some microwave rice for the pilot:


Left a note telling to let him know what and where everything was (and that there were organic broccoli steamers in the freezer) and voila- dinner was served 😀

I snacked on a piece of raw goat cheddar before going to the gym for some appointments:


And did Day 2 of this week’s Shape Up plan with my friend Jeni.

After that, I went to teach spin on base and was not feeling like teaching. The AC is broken (again), the gym is like a sauna, and I was feeling kinda blah in general. That is, until I saw a totally packed spin room 😀 All the motivation kicked in, we had an awesome, sweaty class and I felt remarkably better when it was over…and looked like I jumped into a pool with my clothes on 😉

Snack: (macaroon-flavored Larabar)


After spin, I had my last training appt of the night at the other gym, which was a blasty because I had the funny quotes lady. She surprisingly didn’t have any noteworthy quotes for tonight (except for maybe when she said that I kill old people?) but a noteworthy story. She said today at work was the first time in 7 years that she’s worn her shirt tucked in and has already gone down a shirt size. We’ve only been working together for 3 weeks! I’m still filled with warm fuzzies 😀

When I got home, I was beyond ready for dinner and made some of Natalia Rose’s pumpkin pie in a bowl:


And a salad beast with romaine, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, the apple cider vinegar I got at WFs, garlic, oregano, sea salt, tiny drizzle of EVOO, pepper and raw goat cheddar.


It was deeeeeeelish 😀


Well the shower and jammies are calling my name! Hope you all have a fantastic night 😀

See you tomorrow!

Much love,


Workout jam of the day: “Careless Whisper” by Seether (awesome for climbs!)

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  1. Paige on July 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    That pineapple chicken made me hungry! Must make:-)

  2. MarathonVal on July 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I am impressed that you can stop at just having one date for dessert – I have no control, those things are so addictive!! I eat at least a handful every time 😉

    PS, I'd love to hear more about the dulch flakes!

  3. VeggieGirl on July 7, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I TOTALLY HAD THE S&M SALAD FOR LUNCH TODAY!!!!! But I use these raw crackers:

  4. Robin on July 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Raw goat cheddar? That sounds a little scary to me! But I do love cheese 🙂

  5. heartswholefoods on July 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Great to hear that those dulse flakes are tasty, because I bought a bag a while ago, and didn’t know what to do with it. Maybe I’ll put them in a salad with some avocado 😀

    Even though you have 2 salads a day as the main dish, they are so creative and different that it's all good and delicious!

    Yay for the funny quotes lady 😉

  6. erica on July 7, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    the S&M salad is one of my favs at pure juice as well as when recreated at home! yours looks terrific. dulse flakes are amazing!

    question for you gina: for the full pumpkin pie in a bowl recipe, how many carrots did you juice to yield 4 cups? i've got to make it already!

  7. Emily on July 7, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Yum, that salad sounds great! Did the rosemary crackers come from a cookbook or one of Megan's creations?

  8. Christina on July 7, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I feel like I haven't had pumpkin in ages. That pumpkin pie in a bowl successfully started a craving!

  9. buffmuffy on July 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    How do you mix the chia and milk together? just hemp milk works or could i use almond milk? thanks in advance!

  10. Girl on Raw on July 8, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Being the other side of the world here in Saudi, I just love waking up to your posts to give me inspiration for the day coming ahead. Thanks muchly 😀

  11. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on July 8, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Between you and Liz, I'm convinced I need that cookbook!!! Or you to come cook for me. Or both. And my pilot would have been all over your pilots dinner. Wait until you have mini-pilots to cook 3rd and 4th dinners for. Oh so tired.

    17 hours until Indian…

  12. runjen on July 8, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I so wish I lived closer so I could take your "sauna-spin" class. I adore getting obscenely sweaty like that.
    Have a great day!

  13. shelby on July 8, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Okay, that book is going on my birthday list!!!
    Only 19 more days!

  14. Pam on July 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I love Larabars, especially coconut cream, peanut butter cookie, lemon and the lime….delish!


  15. Krista on July 8, 2009 at 9:14 am

    You rock the crock pot, hun! I love it…and your delicious salads, too! What the heck are dulse flakes?? Please email me! 😉 Have a great day…

  16. Fitnessista on July 8, 2009 at 9:15 am

    hey erica- i only juice 3-4 carrots which makes it more of a stew than a soup 😀

    emily- the crackers are just one of megan's creations. they were amazing!

    girl on raw- why thank you 😀

  17. Jenna on July 8, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Your such an awesome wife!! I can't believe you work so hard and make the pilot dinner ever night! I sure hope he is super thankful for you 😉

    I can't wait to check out taht book! it looks like its loaded with great recipes!

  18. CaSaundraLeigh on July 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I need to get my hands on that pumpkin pie in a bowl recipe! It looks super =)

  19. erica on July 8, 2009 at 9:31 am

    thanks gina! i'll be making it soon. 🙂

  20. K from ksgoodeats on July 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

    We were Lara twins yesterday! Best flavor there is!

    I'm so happy your client is seeing results! You sound like an amazing trainer 🙂

  21. jenngirl on July 8, 2009 at 10:32 am

    That's so great about your client! How rewarding for you both 🙂

    Yay for Indian food and the weekend fast approaching!

  22. brandi on July 8, 2009 at 10:33 am

    that's great about your client and in such a short time!

    that s&m salad looks awesome!

  23. Kailey (SnackFace) on July 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

    OK- I need to get that cookbook back in my hands. After this morning's pudding and your afternoon salad beast, Mama wanted to make some raw goods!Oh and thanks for that gum tip! I'm currently searching for something more natural!

    Grr I haven't been able to find the coconut Larabar out here, which is shocking. It really is the best.

    Have a fab Wednesday! 🙂

  24. Tonja on July 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    What is it w/ the military base spin classes? I teach at Ft. Huachuca (shout out for S. AZ… woot woot) and our spin room has no AC. I would like to plagiarize your "sauna spin" phrase if it's ok w/ you. =)

  25. Julie on July 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    mmm that pineapple chicken looks delish 🙂 the pilot must have been super happy!

    that pumpkin pie in a bowl looks too good 🙂 what do you use to make it?

  26. Laura on July 8, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I've been wanting to try that Natalia Rose recipe. It's in one of the books I have and sounds so good!

    Thanks for posting about the gum you found without all the scary chemicals. I'm going to be on the lookout!

  27. eatingtolivelovelaughtri on July 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    You are such a great wife to have dinner all ready for your husband. : )

  28. fittingbackin on July 8, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    The pineapple chicken looks so good! I've never 'slowcooked' anything – this may be the first – thanks!

  29. the denia interlude on July 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Love avocados!

    I can't find raw goat cheese anywhere that has vegetarian rennet. I had to settle for a raw cow milk cheddar. Do you find yours at Whole Foods?

    Thanks for your blog…

  30. Erica on July 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Those salads look delish! And I am really thinking of getting myself that cookbook, everything you have shown us so far looks pretty good. Oh Gina, have you seen the website You post pictures of your different recipes and then it links back to your website on where those recipes can be found.

  31. Ashley on July 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Gina!

    How important are rest days from cardio? Do I inhibit muscle growth and repair by not taking a complete rest day or is it ok to just alternate hard workouts with easier ones?

    As always, love your blog, thanks! : )

  32. Gena (Choosing Raw) on July 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    You know how much I adore the S&M!!!

    I'm sorry I'm so behind on comments, love! You've been making my mouth water with all of the Sarma-inspired awesomeness! I wish I had an ounce of your culinary inspiration.

  33. Thinspired on July 9, 2009 at 4:29 am

    That salad looks great–I'm definitely going to check out Sarma's cookbooks if you recommend them so highly!

  34. Kim on March 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Your recipes rock! I am 2 for 2 with recipes from your site. This was so tasty (like the level of sweetness) and easy to make. I just want to say thank you again!

    • Fitnessista on March 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

      i’m so glad you like them 🙂 i need some sweet potato chili in my life asap!

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