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Some Things I’m Loving Right Now

Soup and salad

soup salad (2)

I upgraded from “family of 2-sized salad bowl” to “family of 4”

A new oil warmer


from the Body Shop. It’s the fastest way to fragrance a room and I love the Sandalwood Ginger scent.

Things that I *think* make me more productive:

bracelet coffee

Do they really work? I have no idea.

Big, honking, medallion earrings:


Sweet potato fries


The real, fried kind. Baked ones will never taste the same.

Using holiday-scented body care products… well into the summer.


Bella’s new haircut


Convenient bites of something sweet

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This Clarisonic gift from Santa Mom:


Tucson mountains and cacti:

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The fact that every single day is another day closer to seeing my love <3


What are you loving right now?

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  1. GirlonRaw on January 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Darling I don’t know how you do it, being so long apart, but hang in there. I just got back from 3 months apart from my NEW husband (3 weeks after getting married) and I’m pregnant (even harder) so I can only imagine how hard it must be for you. Thinking of you!

  2. Michelle on January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Holy crap Bella is cute!

    Right now i’m loving:
    This blog and others that inspire me to stay fit in the cold, gross winter.
    The fact that i’ve woken up in the middle of the night with my dog sitting on my chest staring at me. (She’s SUCH a wierdo)
    Feeling stronger each day from my half marathon training
    The mug of hazelnut hot chocolate that i’m drinking.

    I hope you have a great day! 🙂 Hang in there!

  3. nicole@making good choices on January 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I hope the Pilot is coming back soon! I am loving my new core fusion dvds and my mint chocolate chip candle!

  4. Kailey (SnackFace) on January 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Oh sweet Gina, I really have no idea how you do it. I have no idea how you are so strong when waiting to see your love again. I only have to wait two weeks at a time and even that I think is unbearable. I’m loving that Friday is when we reunite 🙂

    I am also loving summery shades of nail polish to pull me out of a winter funk, Adora disks at night, constant music and the idea of moving somewhere where snow isn’t an issue.


  5. Kristy @ KristyRuns on January 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

    There is definitely nothing wrong with using holiday scented products year-round. My hand sanitizer smells like peppermint, and it is divine! Love the earrings and the oil warmer, too!

    I am loving hot tea right now. Can’t seem to get enough of it. Chai, green, peppermint. I don’t discriminate.

  6. Leigh on January 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I could go for some of that sea salt dark chocolate right now!

    Random question – do you have any tips for hair maintenance now that you have bangs. I have had bangs for a few months and love them, but I find that with my sweat sessions I have to wash my hair way more often than before I had bangs. Any tips? Do you put yours back in a headband when you work out? When I do that they are sticking straight up afterwards!

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

      i twist them to the side and bobby pin- when i’m done working out, spray a little dry shampoo and blow dry back into place.

  7. jen @ taste life on January 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

    So cute! I hope the days without him fly by 🙂

    What I’m loving right now…comfy flannel sheets, intuitive eating, snuggling with my kitties, talking to my love, cooking, reading blogs

  8. Casey on January 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Your blog! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 10:18 am


  9. hippierunner on January 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Ooh dark chocolate! Bella looks so adorable. I can’t wait til you get to see the Pilot again!

  10. Katie on January 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love this!

    I also love the clarasonic, best thing ever! I have to actually buy some more replacement heads for it! I also love big earrings, but not all I can wear, my ears are so tiny that some of them are too heavy for me!

    Yay for the days gettign closer to see your man! xoxo

    p.s. Bella Looks super cute with her new haircut!

  11. Katie on January 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Bella is seriously adorable! 🙂

    Right now I’m loving the snow! It’s so pretty and we’re supposed to get 4+ inches of it around lunchtime today!! I’m also loving Tomato Basil soup accompanied with anchovie salads. Mmm! Or bleu cheese and cranberry salads. 🙂

  12. Rochel on January 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m a big believer that if you think it makes you more productive then it probably does. Mind over matter.

    I can’t wait to see the Pilot back in America safe and sound. He must be so proud of your strength and independence.

  13. Caroline on January 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I just got a clarisonic a few months ago and I’m obsessed! My skin is really so much better now. Is instant coffee from TJ’s? I’ve come close to picking it up a couple of times but I’m pretty wary of instant coffee. Is it any good?

  14. The Pilot on January 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Bella has the look of a dog that’s expecting a treat to pop out of the camera that never comes 🙂 Counting down every day until I see you, babe. Love you <3

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      love you <3

  15. Jessica (FitandClean) on January 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Every day is a new day! You’ve been through a lot, and have been so patient in waiting for your love to return home. You’re an amazing woman! 🙂

    What is that bracelet you are wearing in the above pic?

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      thank you <3
      it's called a power band

  16. Gillian Young on January 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I’m loving that raised eyebrow! So excited for you to be joined back together. I did long distance on and off with John for ages and it was so hard. You do an amazing job at pulling through, I know it’s all worth it in the end!

  17. Stacy @ Every Little Thing on January 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

    As long as you’re productive, whether it’s from a source or not, then they work! 🙂

    I can’t get enough goat cheese lately. nom nom nom

  18. Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine on January 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

    When is pilot coming back? I can’t even imagine how hard it must be! ::hug::

    I love all your loves! hahah Bella looks adorable and sweet potato fries are YUMMY!!! There’s a restaurant over here that serves them with apple sauce for dipping! Very good!

  19. Natalie @ Will Jog For Food on January 11, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be away from the Pilot! I was away from my hubs for 2 weeks and went crazy.

    Big salad bowls are the best!! I’m a bad tosser, so no spillage, hehe 🙂

  20. Shanna, like Banana on January 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I’m loving big earrings as well. And also skinny cords (so soft!)

  21. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Aw, that pic of you and the pilot is adorable!! And I LOVE those earrings! I’ve been liking bigger ones too, lately!

  22. Nicole on January 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’m definitely with you on the family of four sized salads! I refuse to eat salad in anything smaller than a serving plate 😉

    Gosh, besides that, I’m loving sparkly nail polish, daiya quesadillas, hope in a jar moisturizer, and ballet flats throughout the winter!

  23. kt on January 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I hope keeping yourself so busy helps the time fly so you are back with the pilot before you know it!

    Right now I am loving my Kick Booty yoga pants from Athleta, raw desserts, and the fact that we (in AK) are gaining five minutes of sunlight every day.

  24. Kayla on January 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I am loving these mini casserole dishes I got from my mom for Christmas:

    I also am loving that my fiance is going to be home ALL WEEKEND for a change!

  25. LisaG on January 11, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Your blog title reminds me of that song “girl you better eat soup n salad” don’t remember who sang it! I’m loving my crockpot, uggs, fireplace,& spiced tea.

    • LisaG on January 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

      (Not your title but first pic)

  26. Sarah on January 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I’m loving my Clarisonic. Big difference in my skin.
    Butternut squash soup. Yum.
    My snugly cat, Thelonius.
    Cashews in shakes…I should have caught on earlier!
    And I’m loving modern medicine. Hopefully only two more months until my baby girl comes home to be with me and my love 🙂
    I hope your pilot can come home soon too!

  27. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on January 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Oooh, I want one of those oil warmers!!!

    I’m loving all of the How I Met Your Mother’s I have on my dvr right now, ha!

  28. Christina on January 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I’ve been loving baking my own bread! I found a cookbook that makes it so simple, 1 dough recipe makes all different types. I’m also loving the scent bug from bath and body works, tropical margarita scented oil is ah-mazing!!!

  29. Cyndi @ Weightless Life on January 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I am loving dried apricots, warm blankets, and my warm cuddly puppy.

  30. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Those earrings are so nice!! Right now, funnily enough I’m loving the people I work with! I’m also loving how every day is a day closer to winter being over and spring starting (so I can start wearing spring-y clothes and not having to bundle up every time I go out)… snow is getting oooolllddd! 🙂

  31. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on January 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Last week I fried sweet potatoes in about 1/3 cup of oil while also baking some in the oven. Fried fries are definitely better :). A little oil never hurt nobody!

  32. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on January 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I am loving:
    -my Oregon headband that covers my ears when I run
    -going to classes and using my brain
    -that my friends beg me to cook for them
    -the great friends I have in the architecture program.

  33. Molly @ MollyRunsFresh on January 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Aww.. I have yet to try sweet potato fries. Yah, I may be the only person in the world who hasn’t tasted one. Bella looks so teeny and adorable with her new haircut! Right now I am lovin’ that we have a snow day (no school!). Oh yah, and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. I have been making “tonics” out of this stuff with 1/2 cup apple juice, 1/2 cup water, 2 TBSP. ACV, and stevia. So tasty and so delish.

  34. Katie on January 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    The Body Shop has the best oil warmers and scents! I used to love their holidays scents, but they changed them this year and now I’m not a fan. 🙁

    Right now I’m loving…

    …all of my blog readers & comments.
    …my Keurig Christmas present. Beyond words.
    …dance parties with my 1 y/o.
    …the beautiful snow that’s falling as we speak.

  35. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on January 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’m loving:

    – how I’m more and more confident about my cooking/baking abilities!
    – sweet potato fries… I want some SO bad right now. arrrgh!
    – that my dad let me borrow his truck so I can get to & from work with all the snow that’s hit our city (my car gets stuck as soon as I get out of the driveway!)
    – my fiance… I want to marry him asap! …but 6 1/2 months will come soon enough 😉
    – your blog! and all the other awesome blogs I love visiting!

  36. Tina on January 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Soup is my favorite winter food! (and sometimes summer food too…). I love those earrings! Random fact about me: I don’t have my ears pierced. I know a lot of girls had them pierced when they were babies, but I never did, and never had the desire to get them pierced. Although, when I see cute earrings like that, I always have to urge to go get it done!

  37. Gill (snaxandthecity) on January 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hang in there Gina! You’re brave 🙂

    I’m loving pretty much anything chocolate-related and warm. It’s collddd in London right now! And, I’m loving most new shows on TV…as always!

  38. Whitney @ Whitinspired on January 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    haha is that one of those bands that’s supposed to improve your balance?! I’m loving the fact that I got a snow day yesterday and a 2 hour delay this morning. Great way to start off the week!

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      hahah yes 🙂

  39. Cyndie on January 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Yeahhhhh…actual fried sweet potato fries are so much better than baked. Sad, but true. (sad because I don’t know how to fry them at home.)I am planning on eating some FRIES tonight.

    Love those earrings!

  40. Joanne on January 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

    A Clarisonic! I can’t wait to hear a review!

  41. Liz on January 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Too funny about your salad bowl! Right now, I’m loving coconut water, my new lululemon super-warm purple hoodie, finding new healthy blogs and my fitbook!

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      oooh what is a fitbook??

  42. Allison @ Food For Healing on January 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

    this is such a good post idea, i might steal it hahaha

    right now i am loving guacamole (new discovery in my life), and group fitness classes such as SPIN!, my brain is too tired right now to think of what else i love (other than my bf) life has been so hectic so i haven’t had too much time for things i love. Might have to do something about that

  43. Jessica on January 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I really love your blog! I have recently started my gluten-free lifestyle in hopes to relieve the GI complications I have endured. I am so happy that you are posting your daily gluten-free eats. I would love to see an update of how it has affected your body! I really enjoy it and feel like I’m not alone. Thanks again and have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      thank you! i’ll definitely post an update in a few weeks 🙂

  44. Heather on January 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’m just going to say it. I’m loving the new Britney Spears single 🙂 I’m also loving that every day is one day closer to my masters degree, and of course, loving this blog!

  45. Sarah (Sarah Learns) on January 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

    i am loving green monster smoothies! i tried my first smoothie with spinach last night and i am in love! another one is on my menu for tonight.

    i feel your pain on long distance. i have it easier than you – my fiance and i live 6 hours apart, but we usually see each other every 3 weeks. it sucks. i can’t imagine how hard it is for you. i kind of feel bad complaining about 3 weeks now… when is your pilot coming home?

  46. Mandy (theamazonprincess) on January 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’m loving: Everything on your list! I have an oil burner from The Body Shop as well. I’ll have to try the Sandalwood Ginger it sounds yummy? Is that the right word? haha. 🙂 I also have one of those Power Balance bands, and wear it at the gym. No idea if it works but it’s kinda fun. I sooooo want that Clarisonic!

    But otherwise, I am loving…
    My new classes this semester at ISU.
    My new Lululemon gear I got for Christmas. 🙂 (There is lots of love here.)
    My new cellphone, which is similar to a Blackberry but not.
    And being fortunate enough to see my “better half” every day. I don’t know how you do it girly, you are so strong!

  47. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on January 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    so jealous of your clarisonic!

    I’m loving: my belgian waffle maker, my new thermos mug (keeps drinks cold for HOURS – I’ve had ice last through a Bikram class!), Badger Cuticle Cream from Whole Foods and hot ginger tea with a squeeze of lemon.

  48. Kara on January 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I love those earrings!

    I’m loving:

    -The baby sleeping through the night
    -Having friends who want to go running in the cold with me
    -My husband who comes home from a long day at work and still has tons of smiles and playtime for the baby

  49. Ashlei on January 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

    What’s the bracelet you have on?

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      it’s called a powerband. apparently it’s supposed to make you more balanced and focused?

  50. Cilla on January 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I also have one of those bands… I think makes me more coordinated and centered; I’m not sure if it works either 🙂

    Loving: summer, my bodem, oats (still), berry smoothies, Zumba, my new camera & having a problem-free denstist checkup.

    • Fitnessista on January 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      congrats on the dentist!!! that’s always a good feeling

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