Sparkly things distract me

Hey everyone! Hope you’re had a great night 😀 My blog decided to put some clothes on! Zesty sent me a copy of my header and I sent it to my internet wizard, aka Triskele, and he had it back up within 5 minutes. If you ever want to go self-hosted with your blog, I couldn’t recommend Triskele enough. They made my blog makeover totally painless and anytime I need something fixed, I can consider it done as soon as I email them- in a nutshell, they’re amazing 😀

So, I just got back from a ridiculous Zumba class and munched a dinner that Amy made for me:


She’s such a good cook 😉



I had the brown rice bowl with Nama Shoyu all over it and some wilted spinach with shallot, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and cayenne.

Glorious 😀

To rewind to this afternoon, I took the puppen havens (aka dogs) on a walk and made some raw vegan powdered donut holes (which are in the dehydrator, uncooking away)


an omelet for lunch.


1 egg + 1 egg white with goat cheese and blanched asparagus


The rest of the asparagus with Earth Balance and sea salt, with a mini beast made of spinach, grape tomatoes and Goddess dressing (Annie’s brand)


After that deliciousness, I went to the gym to make phone calls and then did a weight workout with Jeni.

Warm up Elliptical 10 minutes
Stability ball tricep dumbbell extension 5 lbs 3 sets of 12 on each side
Compound 30s 5 lbs each 3 sets of 12
Bosu push ups (OW!) Body weight 3 sets of 10
Incline crunch with kettleball; arms overhead 6 lbs 3 sets of 12
Overhead press/ tricep kickback combo 8 lbs each 3 sets of 10 of each exercise
Saxon side bend 5 lbs each 3 sets of 12 on each side
Elliptical 10 minutes  
Total time: 1 hr    

After our workout, we hit up The Main Squeeze for juice (I got the usual tropical superfood smoothie with Green blend and extra spinach)


and shared a vegan cookie:


(I didn’t have a pic, so I pulled one out of the archives.. I’ve shared quite a few of these cookies with Jeni in my life)

Next, we hit up Hizzle Lizzle –that’s Hobby Lobby in layman’s terms- for CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!

I got some fun stuff, including these ornaments:


(a chocolate one for me, a plane and soccer one for the pilot, a Tucson-inspired boot and a PICKLE!)

The pilot as he walks into the room: It looks like an elf threw up on our table

Me: I HAD to get them! They’re so sparkly and pretty 😀

I also picked up these awesome garlands to put on the tree:


Later on, while he was decorating sans shirt –yes my man was putting up ornaments shirtless. You’re welcome for that image- as his chest was covered in glitter, he stepped into the light and said: LOOK. I’m a vampire!

Goofer 😉

I was so excited with how awesome the tree was looking, I errr, neglected to realize that I needed to leave for Zumba about 10 minutes before I actually started getting ready. What can I say? Sparkly things distract me 😀 So I put on my shoes grabbed my CDs and was off!

I did, however, have time to grab a snack.


Priorities, right?? 😉

1/2 Ezekiel muffin with cinnamon and maca: nature’s pre-workout superfood

It was an event that has never happened in the history of Gina: I got to the gym 2 minutes before my class was supposed to start. Horrible. I’m always there at LEAST 20 minutes early 🙁 I (hopefully) made it up to everyone—we had an awesome class.

So now I’m back at the casa, about to answer the wonderful comments on my last post, catch up on some emails –sorry if I haven’t responded to your yet, I’ll get there- and the write for a while. See you tomorrow and have a lovely night!

Much love,


Zumba song of the day:  “Taca Taca” Yi-Way-Pi

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  1. VeggieGirl on November 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    LOOOOVE the gorgeous decorations!! I’ve always been obsessed with sparkly decorations, haha 😀

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I love the red and gold ornaments! We have 2 trees and one if covered in gold and red. So Christmas-ey.

  3. Sarah @ See Sarah Eat on November 16, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Your husband is hilarious! I love all your decorations. Makes me want to go out and get some new ones 😉

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I’ve been making my own version of donut holes but I don’t dehydrate them. I love how you rolled yours in sugar. I bet they taste awesome! Especially warm from the dehyd…yum!

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

      it’s not sugar 😉

  5. Jenna on November 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    that egg omlet looks delish with the salad!

  6. Anne P on November 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    LOL omg, I love the vampire sparkly chest reference!! Should we ask why he knows about that?! 😉

    I’m totally obsessed with sparkly things, too 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

      LOL. i’ve made him watch the movie with me too many times, even though he comes up with new snide commentary every time i make him watch it 😉

  7. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on November 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I can’t believe you put up your tree already! I thought I was bad, hahahahaha. Now I won’t feel bad if I don’t wait till Black Friday.

  8. Brittany on November 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    You’re totally putting me in the mood to decorate for Christmas. I usually wait for the weekend after t-day to decorate but the sparkly things might have to come out earlier this year!! 🙂

  9. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    fun decor… but im drooling over the donut holes!!!!!

  10. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on November 16, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I love that Amy’s bowl, it’s one of my favorites!

    I love the decorations, I need to get in the Christmas spirit over here! And the pilot cracks me up =)


  11. Light Delight with TouTou on November 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    The omelet lunch looks really good, I love stuff eggs with greens and cheese, so satisfied!

  12. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 16, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Mmm I heart vegan cookies AND Amy’s… she makes the best frozen food evaaa!

  13. Marissa on November 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Amy’s products are the best. Sparkles distract me too 🙂

  14. Lena on November 16, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    hey ive been meaning to ask u forever…How is the Ezekiel muffin different from any other wheat english muffin? It looks amazingly good 😀

    hahaha thanks for the pilot image! im putting up christmas lights on wednesday!

  15. Kristie Lynn on November 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Oh my goodness I LOVE that pickle ornament!

  16. Ermi on November 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Those ornaments are adorable 😉

  17. Becca on November 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I love it when Amy cooks for me too! My favorite is her Margarita pizza…OMG to die for!!

  18. twutritionist on November 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I absolutely love all of your recipes! You inspired me to make the best breakfast cookie; my own creation of an almond joy cookie. Thank you so much for the great cookie recipe! I will have to try your pumpkin shake too!

  19. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on November 16, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I was just telling Christian Dior that it was almost time to get our tree. We didn’t put one up last year since we were going to be in AZ. Same this year, but I want a tree!

    I’m impressed that the Pilot knew that vampires sparkle in the sunlight. 🙂

    Just got some maca powder today. Can’t wait to bust into it. Now all I need is some mesquite.

  20. Ermi on November 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Please do tell me more about maca and its mystical powers…does Whole Heaven or Trader J’s carry? (I’m guessing NO for trader joe’s)
    I could sure use a nice boost before hitting the gym. :/

  21. ali on November 17, 2009 at 12:14 am

    not sure how I stumbled upon your bloggie, but I love it! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

      thank you! <3

  22. Mama Pea on November 17, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I just called “Triskele” and told them about your shout out. I’m so happy you are so happy with them. I kind of love them a lot too 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 8:03 am

      i’m so glad you told me about them! seriously, i couldn’t be happier. they’re amazing

  23. Runningwriter on November 17, 2009 at 5:59 am

    He he, I can’t believe you can get a pickle ornament. I want one 🙂
    It might just be me on Internet Explorer 200 BC at work, but I can see a lot of code above your banner.

  24. Shelby on November 17, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Sparkly decorations are my favorite kind 🙂

    Ooo and I’m loving the delicious donut holes!

  25. rhodeygirl on November 17, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Your post simultaneously made me anxious that the holidays are here but also… happy that the holidays are here! AAAKKKK! I haven’t even done our wedding thank yous yet and you already have your tree up! I need to get MOVING!

  26. rhodeygirl on November 17, 2009 at 8:23 am

    P.S. I couldn’t get PB to watch Twilight with me, but he makes snide comments anyway ha!

  27. CaSaundra on November 17, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Hi Gina!
    I am going on a mini-vaca soon and I was wondering when you go away what do you do for bfast and lunch?! I know we will be going out at night for dinners, but during the morning we will be at a hotel and they have the basic cold continental bfast. And lunch will needed to be packed for the run–just something simple! If you could help me out I would appreciate it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm

      for me, the necessities are:
      ezekiel tortillas
      jar of almond butter
      chopped up veggies in a tupperware
      protein powder in a baggie
      oatmeal in a baggie
      endless possibilities
      you can have veggies and hummus, veggie and hummus wrap, get hot water from the hotel and add oats with almond butter protein and banana, almond butter and banana wrap, apple and almond butter, larabar
      hope this helps a little!

  28. Pure2Raw Twins on November 17, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Christmas decorations look good! Seriously raw donut holes… YUM!!!

  29. Tina on November 17, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Mmmm donut holes!! Those look amazing. Gahh I can’t wait to put up Christmas decorations. I’m going to need some for my dorm!

  30. Holly on November 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

    just an fyi: i am getting lots of random HTML text on the top of your site. thought you might like to know 🙂

    raw donut holes? AMAZING.

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm

      yep, apparently someone/something tried to HACK IT! but they FAILED!!! buahahahaha
      i love my web hosting service.. they protect me from crazies like that 🙂

  31. Sarah on November 17, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I have a pickle ornament too! (Mostly because I love pickles), but the pickle ornament is actually an old German tradition. You hide a pickle deep in the Christmas Tree after all the other ornaments were in place on Christmas Eve. In the morning the most observant child would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds the pickle traditionally gets good luck for the whole year.”

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm

      hahah and here i am just thinking it’s so random and awesome to see a pickle ornament 😉

  32. Alisa on November 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Sounds like an excellent workout! And nothing better than a Liz Lovely cookie for a heavenly treat!

  33. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on November 17, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Those raw vegan powdered donut holes look awesome! I am giving away some vegan treats on my blog if you are interested 🙂

  34. jeri on November 17, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    hahahahahah I love the pilots vampire comment, that’s hilarious!

  35. chrysta on November 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I love christmas decorations! I leave them up for as long as possible. It makes me feel so festive!=) Those raw doughnut holes look fantastic!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

      ME TOO!!! the longer they’re up, the better 😀

  36. Lauren (Biochemista) on November 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Gina! Could you post a recipe of how to make one of those delish green smoothies at home? I am new to including greens in my drinks. Thanks so much!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm

      1 cup almond milk
      1 frozen banana
      pinch sea salt
      1 t spirulina (optional)
      1 T vanilla brown rice protein
      1 pack Stevia
      heaping handful of spinach

  37. Morgan on November 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I was wondering where you buy your Meca and Mesquite Powder?
    Please let me know b/c im very interested in trying them both!
    Also, what kind of weight lifting gloves do you own?

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm

      hey morgan,
      i get ALL of my super foods from earth shift. they’re like a sam’s club for healthy food, but your minimum order has to be $100.. so if i need stuff, i just buy it all at once.
      my weight gloves are (pink of course, haha) go fit brand 😀

  38. Heather on November 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I have been following your blog for over a week and look forward everyday to your info, recipes, tips, encouragement and cute humor!

    Thank you for taking the time for others! I really appreciate you!
    I just have one question, I have read that after a workout or run, your postmeal should be carbs and protein but no fats. So when I make the Green Monster, should omit the flax/chia or any good fats in the smoothie?
    Thank you for reading and thank you for your blog =}

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

      thank YOU for reading my little blog <3
      nope, add it in!
      you should have mostly protein, some carbs and a little healthy fat to keep that metabolic fire burning 😀

  39. Marsha on November 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    There’s still some weird stuff just “on top of” your banner…like code.

    Amy does good eats. I think I need to study her food line and then learn how to make it myself…just for $$ sake.

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

      we’re trying to get rid of it :/
      i’ve made amy’s inspired meals before– you’re right, it’s a great way to save some dollas!

  40. Paige (Running around Normal) on November 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    LOL you are too cute. Love all the ornaments 🙂 the pilot is hilarious with the vampire comment! Bahah

  41. chocolatepickle on November 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Not sure if you knew this or not, so I thought I’d share:) The pickle ornament actually has a purpose and if you know already, ignore this! It actually goes back to a German Christmas tradition where the pickle was hidden in the Xmas tree and the child who found the pickle on Xmas morning received an extra gift:)!

  42. Michal on November 19, 2009 at 6:27 am

    mmm donut holes! those look really tasty 🙂 ive never seen a powdered variation before.

  43. CaSaundra on November 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips–I will let ya know how they work out! 🙂

  44. Devan Newman on November 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Ahhh yayy! <3 I LOVE christmas decorations!
    those raw donut holes look AMAZING!!

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