Soooo meaty

Anyone else love “The Soup”? 😀

Hey everyone! It’s almost FRIIIIIIIDAY- yayuhhhh! 😀 Rumor has is that I might finally be getting my Indian food fix TODAY. I can hardly contain my excitement 😀

Pilates and Zumba was AMAZING last night. Ashley is a killer pilates teacher- I thought I was going to throw up while we were doing these crazy leg circle things. My abbies were on fire! Zumba was also a blasty and when I got back to the casa, it was time for a feast.

I was feeling a little carnivorous last night… this girl wanted MEAT (twss? buahah)


(see the chair with TWO pillows on it?? That’s my makeshift desk chair. Apparently I’m too short to type at the dining room table without a booster. Haha)

The salad beast pictured above had two servings of salmon bites, tomato, onion, spinach, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and a little extra virgin olive oil.

And an egg puff with one egg + one egg white covered in a Herdez salsa blanket.



So after reading your wonderful comments about my nighttime bloated belly issue. I decided to do what many of you had said: I increased my water intake. It’s an obvious thing I should have done, and it didn’t even come to mind. This fall, my water intake has gone WAY down since I’ve been drinking tea for most of the day and I figured I was getting enough with all of the fruits and veggies I eat. Wrong! So with your lovely suggestions, I drank more water last night and poof! bloated belly gone. Fo rizzle. So I’m going to continue to eat gluten (since ya’ll said I need to stick with my current diet so I don’t skew next week’s blood test results) and just drink more water in the meantime.

So for bfast, I had a gluten-full meal


1/2 cup oats, 1 banana (half smashed, half sliced), 2 T carob, 1 T maca, vanilla, pinch sea salt, Stevia and almond butter drizzle. Delish.

I went to the gym for a quick training appointment and am back at the casa getting ready to meet some friends to decorate the squadron Christmas tree.

There’s a little sumthin’ sumthin’ I wanted to address before I peace out:

Last night, there was some blog scruntiny regarding my workout schedule and a few stated that I work out “too much”. For the average Jane, yes it is “too much” and I recommend 30-60 minutes 6 days each week to my clients. However, as a fitness professional, my main job involves working out. The thing is, I love to be active and really just see it as a bonus that I make some dollas for it. I’m responsible for teaching Zumba –I cut out my step and spin classes because they were “too much” on top of the other things I want to do, like running and yoga"- training clients, and if there’s an extra class I want to take at the gym, I’m gonna do it 😀 The main thing is, I don’t work out for the calorie burn. I work out for my health, my sanity and for my own personal enjoyment. I just make sure to fuel myself accordingly.

I post *most* of my meals, but not all of them. If I posted all of them you would be seeing a lot of almond butter-covered spoons, handfuls of Mary’s crack, random palms full of nuts, dried fruit, whatever I grab in between training sessions on my way out the door. The meals I do post are complete meals and snacks that I would recommend to others. I just don’t think me showing you a pic of an almond butter covered spoon would be beneficial and it’d be a little OCD for me to photograph every nibble I put into my face.

Also, I’m definitely NOT saying you need to work out 2-3 hours each day!!! This blog is about finding a fitness and nutrition “happy place” for YOU! Find meals you enjoy, workouts you enjoy and I just hope that I can give you some new and fun ideas. That is all.

Well I’m out like sauerkraut 😀

See ya later with a fun reader’s request post!



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  1. lindsay on December 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

    It might be funny to see a couple random floating-in-space almond butter spoon pictures on your blog 🙂 haha kidding…
    I really want to try Zumba, you make it sound like such fun!

  2. Lisa on December 3, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Gosh, do whatever makes you feel good!! And how very cool you earn money from working out too! My husband and I train for triathlons and to the normal person it would seem excessive that we train a couple of hours a day and up to 4 on the weekend if we’re training for half ironmans – and yes, sometimes we are reeeeally tired. But most of the time we feel fit and fabulous (especially him and his dang sixpack) and usually it inspires my other friends.

    You portray a wonderful, healthy lady to me! Good on you!

    Have a great Friday, it’s Friday here yay! xo

  3. Laura J. on December 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Haha I love your title post! “The Soup” is such a great show.

    Quick cooking question about your eggs…I think I remember reading in an older post you pop them in the microwave. How long do you cook them for?

    Decorating a christmas tree and Indian food? Sounds like a perfect Thursday to me 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

      hey laura,
      i spray a glass bowl with olive oil (misto), and put the eggs in there and whisk with a fork. pop in the microwave for 1 minute- take it out and swish it around to see if there’s still liquid and if so, put it back in for about 30 seconds

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 3, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I’ve had some people think it’s ‘too’ much when I’ve taught 2-3 hours a day, but they also don’t see how much I eat … lol!

  5. Jackie on December 3, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Gina, you are awesome! I totally agree with the above post, you are a healthy beautiful lady! and you def have inspired me!

  6. Mo @ Mommy RD on December 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I think it’s great that you clarified that you are eating bites of almond butter or nuts, etc here and there. I think a lot of young blog readers may be trying to attain “the perfect” diet and try to emulate only what’s seen on a blog. Important to point out that it’s normal for all of us to have the occasional licks off the spoon, or extra tastes when putting leftovers in the fridge, etc.

  7. VeggieGirl on December 3, 2009 at 10:26 am

    “The Soup” = hilarious 😀

    Ignore the scrutinizers, my friend – only YOU know what’s best for you!! **hugs**

  8. Erica on December 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

    How irritating. Why do people come on blogs to criticize? No need to explain yourself girl. Those of us who read your blog on the regular understand why you do the things you do 🙂 You are awesome!!

  9. Shannon on December 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I think you balance things out pretty perfectly! Working out, teaching classes & motivating healthy want-a-be’s like me! Keep on blogging sister & keep on doing what your doing, I think you & this blog are fantabulous!!! Have a great day! 😉

  10. All Women Stalker on December 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I love your blog even if I have only been here a couple of times. Blogs like yours encourage those who are not quite living the active lifestyle (like me!) to start sweating it out and eat healthy as well. So keep up the good work. You inspire people 🙂
    – Kaith

  11. Rose on December 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I like your balance. That’s why I read your blog, yo 🙂

    I also love your obsession with Indian food, and the way that just the mere mention of it on your blog will make me crave chana masala.

  12. Kristie Lynn on December 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I LOVE The Soup! With that and The Community, I definitely get my Joel McHale fix 🙂

  13. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on December 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Great post, I agree that it is important for people to realize that you eat other things than are posted! And I would love to have exercise be part of my job…you are so lucky!

  14. Katie on December 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Great post! Hope you have a great day!

  15. Trina on December 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Hey Gina-
    Don’t address the haters anyomore!!! You look great and are a true inspiration. I learned so much from you the past two weeks. Someone mentioned you on tosca’s website and that’s how I found out about you. Keep the posts coming and keep the workouts going. I wish I could get paid to work out and help other’s. What an awesome job.

  16. Mary on December 3, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I’m glad you mentioned eating more than you post. I don’t scrutinize your exercise level (I don’t pay much attention) but sometimes I wonder how someone so young can have so much eating discipline, and I worry a little that perhaps I should back away from the blog before I get sucked into some world of OCD eating patterns and anorexia. Ha! Yes, I’m exaggerating (a lot), but sometimes I worry about those of us who read and write food blogs. Is it just a new way of obsessing? Just food for thought!

  17. skinnyrunner on December 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    joel mchale is hilarious. ive always wanted to see him live doing stand up.

  18. Paige (Running around Normal) on December 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Loving this salmon bite salad action goin on! Looks delicious.
    So glad te bloated belly issue is getting better!! Hopefully the extra H2O will solve the problem permanently!

    I know you’ve explained yourself before about all the hours you log in the gym. If I (hopefully when I) become a trainer, I’d probably do the same! But I also think it’s great to explain it every now and then to your readers like you do, so they don’t feel like they need to do the same. Good for you, girlie 🙂

  19. kathleen on December 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

    mmm Indian food. Here’s a super easy recipe for socca, I think it’s French or Italian but the cumin in it makes it taste Indian-ish to me! SO GOOD.
    1 cup chickpea flour, 1 cup water, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/8-1/4 tsp cumin, 1 TBS olive oil. Mix all ingredients together and let it sit for 1-2 hours. Turn on the broiler. Place oiled cast iron skillet under broiler and let heat for 1-2 minutes. Take the skillet out. Pour 1/3 of the batter onto the skillet (you’re trying to make it as thick as you would a crepe). Cook under broiler for 1-2 minutes until the edges start to burn. SO YUMMY. Also, baked chickpeas… I think I need Indian food today too.

  20. Pure2Raw Twins on December 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Amen sister!! People need to find their own balance and use wonderful blogs, like yours, as guidelines and inspiration. We do not post every little thing we eat either and if we could get paid to workout we would too!! We do it for our own health and enjoyment as well. I am sorry people are giving you a hard time, but keep up the good work! Glad you tummy feeling better, I totally need to drink more water too!

  21. Ermi on December 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Great post Gina…THANKS for always keep’n it real! 🙂

  22. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on December 3, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I enjoyed reading the exercise disclaimer. I am reluctant to post on my blog how much I exercise because I have had critics in my life tell me that it is “too much.” (Some days I may do a two hour workout.) I beg to differ! It may be more than the average person works out, but I have never been injured, and I do it because I have a passion for it-NOT TO LOSE WEIGHT! As long as one fuels properly and listens to their body, I see no problem with it.

  23. LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils on December 3, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Wow I am really glad to hear that you snack on Mary’s crack too. Sometimes I find myself finishing like 1/4 box, those things are so good. Just good to know you’ve got some snacking going on since I know I do and sometimes I feel like everyone else in the bloggy world lives on 3 squares.

  24. Veggie Booty on December 3, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I have no time for a real comment, but just wanted to say – more power to you! If you are doing what you love, feel good, and fueling properly, there’s no limit to how active you can be! You rock 😎

  25. Veggie Booty on December 3, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Oh, and I love The Soup as well 😉 I sang it in my head the correct way as soon as I read the title!

  26. GirlonRaw on December 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I think you might have sold me on Zumba too! I love to salsa so I guess it’s the same family right?

    Glad you got the bloated sorted 🙂

  27. Meg on December 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    A lot of people do have gluten sensitivities, so it’s something to keep in mind! And, just so you don’t cut out an amazing food if you do have a sensitivity, oats do not contain gluten, unless they have been contaminated in a plant that processes wheat. FYI!

  28. Autumn Tao on December 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Right on mama.

  29. Mama Pea on December 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I’m sorry you felt the need to defend yourself about the fitness stuff. I have never felt like you were out of balance or whack with working out and I know your heart is in the right place with your motivation. I, too, don’t photograph everything I eat and I don’t document each workout. I have no interest in doing that. Stay strong, girl!!!

  30. The Voracious Vegan on December 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Aww don’t let anybody get to you, workout when and how you want! If it is working for you and it makes you HAPPY, then don’t change a thing. You are smart and aware and you know you are doing it for the right reasons.

    I would work out or be physically active by biking, riding, hiking for 2 or 3 hours a day if I could – I love it! When we are on vacation I’m pretty much non-stop! Unfortunately I can’t fit in more than an hour a day, though. But you are just like me, I do it because I love the happiness I get from working out, not the calorie burn.

    Great post!

  31. Lisa on December 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Yeah, don’t worry about the exercise nazi’s. You have a great, healthy body.

  32. Kathleen on December 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Honestly, I admire and respect you for what you do each day and how you present it in a positive, healthful, balanced manner on this blog. I have gotten great tips on eating raw or new workout inspirations from your blog and never thought “she works out too much” because I understand that athleticism and activity is what you do for a living and you obviously understand the repercussions of that much work and fuel accordingly 🙂 Thank you for always being so honest and open with us and don’t listen to the negative stuff that comes your way!

  33. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on December 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I seriously need to up my agua, as well. And you are making me really want to try Zumba!

  34. katie on December 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    im sorry you have to explain yourself girl, i totally understand and get that y ou workout because you LOVE it..not bc you’re addicted to it

    i found herdez salsa off of your blog and now i LOVE IT!! thank you!

  35. Melissa S. on December 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    as long as you’re enjoying the exercise and getting your munch on inbetween…it’s all good! will love you and your healthy bod no matter what!

    ps. those oats? i want to eat them off the screen

  36. Jackie on December 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    How funny… I was going to ask how you make your little egg puff but someone beat me to it! I think it would make a great snack!
    I love reading your blog! I find you very inspirational.

  37. Suzanne on December 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Would you mind describing the ab exercise that made you sore? Or giving a name so that I could google it? Thanks! Oh yeah, and……gina doing jazz/type video post? please! consider it the blog christmakuh present

    • Fitnessista on December 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm

      happy christmakuh.. here’s one of the last dance recitals i was in
      for the ab exercise, we were on our back, one leg hovering about 6 inch off the floor. with the other leg we did wide leg circles- start with foot next to the other, bring leg straight up, out, back together and up. OUCH.

  38. Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) on December 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I love The Soup and I am so jealous of your delicious looking salmon salad. Yum!

  39. chelsea on December 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    ciao fitnessista! I’ve been a long time follower, and as a fellow fitness instructor/personal trainer I definitely get those same criticisms. people just don’t realize how trainers’ bodies are almost immune to working out. although I love teaching pilates twice/thrice daily, if I couldn’t add a yoga or spin class to the mix my body and brain would get bored. as long as you’re properly fueling it’s all good, which you obviously are…I want those salmon bites like WHOA.

  40. Jenna on December 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    glad you aren’t feeling bloated anymore!

  41. Jaclyn on December 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Like you, I consider myself almost vegan except for my love of goat cheese and the occasional shrimp/salmon! But it’s funny, sometimes I just CRAVE these, too! Your beast (beastess?! :D) looks gorg, yum!

    Also, I just wanted to say–I’m really glad you clarified about your diet and exercise habits. I think that some of us think that you post EVERYTHINg you eat on here… and sometimes it has looked a little shy, esp with all you do! After reading that post though, I realize that you, too, are human (wait, really?! hahha jk ;)) and maybe just grab a spoonful of AB or munch random eats here and there–just like the rest of us! :

  42. Susan on December 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Yes, I was one of the commenters who expressed concern over the hours of exercise described, but I don’t appreciate being called a “hater” or a “blog nazi”-I love this blog for Gina’s insight and great recipes-however, in this blog world particular-there are many young women susceptible to obsessive tendencies, eating disorders, and compulsive exercise habits. I guess that the blogs’ focus are so skewed that it makes it seem like all bloggers do is take pictures of food and exercise-obviously these are health blogs-but also, some people might take the information the wrong way. I’m really glad you, Gina, responded to this and clarified how you do eat outside of just the photos, etc. I guess it just comes out to balance-even if we exercise as a job, are training for a marathon, or whatever it is, we need balance-days off, watching TV, reading, focusing on things other than food and exercise-because that’s not what life is all about. But I’m sure you already knew that!

    • Fitnessista on December 3, 2009 at 11:25 pm

      hey susan,
      no worries, i don’t consider you to be sippin the haterade at all 😀
      and i couldn’t agree more about balance.. anything in restriction (or excess) is not a bueno idea.
      thank you for reading, my friend 🙂

      • Susan on December 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

        Thank you so much for understanding Gina! In reading some of your more recent posts, I heard about what happened with that Xanga subscriber-that is so so awful. I can’t believe someone would twist your information like that-I’m so sorry that happened and I hope and it can get resolved!

  43. Heather on December 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    All of your exercise is really inspiring. I wish I had more time in my day to get any extra ounce of physical activity in. It makes me feel so refreshed!

  44. deisegirl on December 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    When I saw the title I instantly thought of the Soup so glad it wasn’t just a coincidence. It’s absolutely hilarious. They could probably fill a whole episode with Wendy Williams Weirdness 😀

  45. CatzeWohl on December 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    It’s funny how people’s perceptions get skewed! I work in the fitness industry and have people that teach very active classes 6 hours a day. It can be done, when it’s managed appropriately. Besides where would the fun be in life if you couldn’t do your own workouts outside of what you teach?? Gotta do what you love.

  46. Erica on December 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    What kind of almond butter do you use? How do you achieve that excellent drizzle??

    • Fitnessista on December 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

      hey erica-
      i use woodstock farm but the drizzle is due to the fact that it was a new jar 😀 i had to mix the oil and “butter” part and it’s extra thin at first

  47. Lauren on December 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I really think so many people get so defensive about other’s healthy lifestyles because they feel as though their own is not good enough. I have to admit, I fall into this at times. I think I am running a lot and then I will read the blogs of these girls that are marathon training and running more (because obviously they should be) and then I think I’m not doing enough. But, one, I’m not training for a marathon now, I am in my recovery period and two, every single person is different. If I started to run or workout to try to compete with others, I would loose the sense of why I truly do it, for me! 🙂

    You just keep doing what you love and do it because you love it. I support you and I know so many other people do too! 🙂

  48. Andrea (Off Her Cork) on December 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Don’t you love it when others know what’s best for you. 😉 I’m glad you posted this because I don’t post every single thing I eat either. Who wants to see a handful of raisins as I’m heading out the door? Jeesh.

  49. chrysta on December 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I think its great you explained your reasoning behind your workouts. I’ve also been accused of working out too much but i just make sure to eat enough to compensate. For me I just the feel of a great workout. Thanks for the rockin post!!

  50. chrysta on December 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Dont worry about others say!! you look fabulous!=)

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