Sucked In

Hi friends! How’s your day treating ya?


Mine is pretty bueno now that I’ve gotten some work done, fresh flowers in the casa and groceries in the fridge.

Today’s grocery shop was at a trader named Joe’s, and was mostly to stock up on essentials since I’m not quite sure what I’m making this week.


-green tea

-frozen organic veggies and fruit

-almond milk

-balsamic dressing

-organic incredible edibles


-herbs (basil, mint and parsley)

-seaweed snacks and Meyer lemons




-organic beans

-almond butter with flax

-goat cheddar (cheese splurge)

-waters (I make myself drink at least one of the giant bottles each day)

-more seaweed snacks


-goat cream cheese

After groceries, I took Bella on a little walk and was sucked in….


to the Pioneer Woman’s book “From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels

I’ve been getting into “The Power of Intention”, called it quits on “Confessions of a Military Wife” (it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be), and finished another entire book on my flights this weekend. I figured it was time for a fun read and since I lurk Ree’s blog all the time, and Sabrina emailed me to say I’d LOVE her book, so I downloaded it. It’s AMAZING so far- an easy, fun, real read.

Bella got a longer walk than usual today.. I couldn’t hit the off switch 😉

Some recent eats:

Brown rice cakes with goat cream cheese and salsa (I ended up having another one- it was so good)


TJs lentil vegetable soup with a blob of goat cream cheese on top (for my face “garnish”)


Blueberry Sun Warrior smoothie


+ an amazeball 🙂

I’m back to work and then hitting up a kickbox class tonight. Ka-pow!

See ya in the morning with a fun playlist 🙂



Something to think:

Tea words of wisdom


Something to talk about: What’s your favorite use for Meyer lemons? They’re already destined for macaroon glory, but I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have! What’s the last book you read that REALLY sucked you in? For me, it was The Help- I couldn’t finish it fast enough, but didn’t want it to be over.

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  1. Runner Couple - Sara on March 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    How do you like your kindle?? I have been wanting to buy one for so long, but I just can’t bring myself to do it! Was it worth it??

    Those flowers are beautiful!

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      for real, the kindle is one of the best gifts the pilot has bought for me. i love it SO much

  2. Nicole @ making good choices on March 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I haven’t read a good fiction book in so long! I’m enrolled in school at integrated nutrition in NYC so that is consuming much of my free time right now! Can’t wait to see what you read next!

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      i almost enrolled in the distance program- do you like it so far?

  3. Jackie @ Baking Charms on March 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Lemon pie 🙂 🙂

    Since I don’t have a Kindle I downloaded the free app for my Mac! Hah is that weird?! Still an easy + cheap way to get books!

  4. Ari@ ThE DiVa DiSh on March 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I just bought The goat cream cheese from TJ’s! It was….amazing!:)

  5. Carrie on March 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I looooooove Ree’s book. Well, I haven’t *read* the book, but I read her all the posts of the series on her site. I do need to buy the book though to get MORE. 😀

  6. Katarina on March 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I loved ‘The Kite Runner’ and most recently, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’. Love it and I don’t want it to end!

  7. Mandy (theamazonprincess) on March 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I’m so jealous of you! I am always reading textbooks, not fun books. I still have only read about half of Crazy Sexy Diet. It kills me! 🙁

  8. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on March 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Mama pea has an amazing Creamy Lemon Pasta that will always remind me of summer 🙂

  9. Amber L on March 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I take a cardio kickboxing class every monday and wednesday night. I LOVE IT! Hope you have fun at yours!

    100 things to do with a Meyer Lemon:,1,7792191.story


  10. Jenna on March 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    The last book that really sucked me in was probably The Chronicles of Narnia. I got a boxed set for Christmas and read all seven in about two or three days. They’re incredible!

  11. Nicole on March 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    That rice cake concoction looks amazing…

    I’m currently reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s very engaging, and definitely one of those “stay up way too late reading” books.

  12. Jessica@FruitandVeggieTales on March 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Haha at the risk of sounding cheesy……..the Seventh Harry Potter book totally sucked me in! 😀 and lemon macaroons sound delicious! I have come to love all things lemon flavored since changing our diets this past spring!

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      i own it… and still havent read it! i haven’t finished the 5th book yet. bad harry potter fan, haha

  13. Andrea on March 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Where did you get that fabulous glass straw???

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      glass dharma

  14. tina on March 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Nicole…i’m also enrolled at the school and I know the feeling..its consuming but so imformative…I took a little break though and read something other than school work…how are you enjoying the modules?

  15. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on March 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I keep forgetting to get PW’s book – I love her blog as well. Her story is amazing and hilarious.

    The last book I got sucked into was The Hunger Games! If you haven’t read the series you should, it will take you 3 days to read all 3 – they are that good.

    Previously, the only books to REALLY suck me in were the Twilight books. I finished them all in less than a week and stayed up waaaay late each night finishing them up.

  16. caitlin on March 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I also heart my kindle. I was completely sucked in by the hunger games trilogy, memoirs of a geisha, the shadow of the wind, in the woods (probably more but a good start) and I agree The Help was great!

  17. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife on March 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I think that cream cheese looks to die for amazing! A few books that sucked me in :Hunger Game series, Screwtape Letters, The Help (as well), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Secret Life of Bees!

  18. Katie on March 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Awwwww i bet Bella was so happy to have you back and on a wonderful walk with you!

    I just snacked away on seaweed snacks , I love them! Have a great night love!!! <3 xoxo

  19. Catherine on March 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I LURRRRRVE me some P-Dub. *Real* lemon juice is absolutely PERFECT on broccoli. Cut it up (pitch the stalk – yuck), and toss it in a bowl with a ton of garlic (or Garlic Gold olive oil). Add some lemon juice and lemon zest. Roast it on a cookie sheet (between 400F and 415F) until it starts to brown (just a bit).

  20. Vanessa on March 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    You got me hooked on those seaweed snacks! Bought two packages last night and they’re *somehow* already gone. 😉

  21. Kelsey on March 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    random question: what app do you use on your phone to get your pictures to look like the kindle picture? i just got an iphone : )

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      instagram 🙂

      • mi-an dela cruz on March 2, 2011 at 12:46 am

        camerabag is also a good one as well as hipstamatic!

  22. liz on March 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I felt the same way about The Help. It was the last book I couldn’t put down.
    RE: the Meyer Lemons– make preserved lemons to use later (in salad dressings, sauces, dips/hummus, etc.). It’s just lemons, sugar, salt, and seasonings (peppercorns, etc.). Super easy and fantastic flavor.

  23. Michelle on March 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I loved The Help, too…I adore any book that sucks me in like that. I recently read The Hunger Games and can’t recommend it enough. It’s Young Adult (my sister, a middle school teacher, recommended it) but it’s so intense and awesome that you’d never notice. It’s like Battle Royale meets Lord of the Flies with a strong female lead. Probably a boring description, but seriously, read it. It’s only $5 on Kindle, and I flew through it in a weekend 🙂

  24. Katie~ Run For The Bikini on March 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I’m a kid at heart and was engrossed by The Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy 😀 I wish there was more of them!

  25. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on March 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Love that quote on the tea bag. Powerful words!

  26. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on March 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I’m reading The Help right now, and it’s so so good but whenever I read it, it’s just before bed so I keep falling asleep! Love the way it’s written though and I am hoping to find lots of time to read this weekend!

  27. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats on March 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I love Meyer lemons in salad dressing 🙂

  28. Maryann (The Balanced Bean) on March 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Yogi quotes are the best 🙂 Are Meyer lemons any different than regular lemons? I just like to squeeze lemon juice into my tea…simple and delicious!

  29. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on March 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Meyer Lemon Lemonade!!

  30. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Nice TJs stash. And nice flowers..they are gorgeous! In an effort to save money, I admit, it’s been ages!! since i’ve had fresh flowers so yours look especially beautiful.

    Brown rice cakes with goat cream cheese and salsa = oh that looks so good!

    And the lentil soup..I have never bought their lentil soup. Lately, I have been making my own lentils and lentil soups and in 30 minutes, I have enough lentils and lentil soup or “casserole” type lentil salad stuff to feed the family + leftovers. Good to know that their soup looks good!

    Ree’s book. Have heard it’s great!

    Last book that sucked me in? My google reader 🙂

  31. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on March 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    ….and I recently switched to listening to audio books on my ipod, easier for multitasking like driving in a car, and cleaning the house (and free at my local library).

    My favorite books recently were “Girl with the dragoon tattoo” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Year of the Flood”. It is similar to the “Hunger Games”, just 10 times better.

  32. RhodeyGirl on March 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Yeahhhhh! I’m happy you’re reading it!

  33. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on March 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I love finding little quotes like the Dove chocolate ones. 🙂 They’re a good way to brighten the day.

  34. Ashley @ Cupcakes & Combat Boots on March 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I loved reading The Help as well but one of my favorite books recently was Fireflies in December. It’s a new book so it’s not really well-known yet but I thought it was fantastic!!

  35. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on March 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Beautiful flowers!

  36. Mindy on March 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I love goat cheese but have gotten into the habit of buying cheeses with higher protein per serving. Have you tried goat’s milk ice cream? I just bought LaLoo’s goat milk ice cream last week in a chocolate flavor, it was pretty good.

    I really like your place mat/tablecloth? under the lentils. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      i’ve had laloos before and it’s fabulous 🙂
      thank you- it’s from world market

  37. Ali @ Ali Runs on March 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I loved “Sarah’s Key,” but it was pretty dark at times. I’m in the process of reading, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (it’s all small stuff)” now. It’s helping me deal with the stress of grad school a lot better! 🙂

  38. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on March 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I am obsessed with my Kindle! I actually had to quit carrying it in my work bag because I wwas getting too sucked in reading it during lunch. 🙂

    Meyer lemons make an awesome sorbet!

  39. Gina on March 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I love the quotes on the Yogi tea bags 🙂

  40. PB Addict on March 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    That’s pretty productive that you can read while walking the dog. I’d need my eyes in front of me or I’d probably trip a gazillion times out of clumsiness, haha.

  41. Janna ~ Just Flourishing on March 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    THANK YOU for introducing me to TJ’s Seaweed snacks. They are awesome!

  42. Sara on March 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    You can read AND dogwalk? That’s some serious multitasking!

    I sent an email a few days ago to you and a few other fitness bloggers asking if you could run the link to an appeal for my earthquake flattened city (christchurch, NZ). However, the email has been quite random and unreliable so maybe you didn’t get it.

    It would mean so much to me if you could let me at least have this link in my comment. We surely need all the help we can get.


  43. Tina on March 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I just got the Kindle and I like it but was contemplating exchanging it for the new Nook Color, but I heard that the screen is so reflective it’s difficult to read outdoors, so I think I am just going to stick with the Kindle. Beautiful quote! Nothing relaxes me more that a warm cup of tea and a good quote 🙂

  44. Hannah on March 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I love that picture with the kindle-was that a certain camera setting you used or an entirely different camera? It looks so rustic and vintage!

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm


  45. lindsay on March 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    oh that sounds like a good book. How do you like your kindle? And for meyer lemons??? Hmmm, I’m thinking GF lemon scones??

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      i am obsessed with the kindle. i wasnt sure if i’d like it, but i LOVE it

  46. Ashley on March 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Is it to cliche to say all books suck me in? I just love to read so much.
    Those flowers are gorgeous, and the pictures are really pretty today too. I still haven’t made amazeballs, but I need to get around to it soon!

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      doooo it! 🙂

  47. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on March 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve been looking for Meyer lemons, can’t seem to find any!

    That blueberry smoothie look YUMMY!

    So envious of your TJ’s loot. Wish we had one closer! Of course, I’d probably be broke in 2 weeks if there was, lol.

  48. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    oh wow nice shopping finds. i wish we had a whole foods and trader joes here, but then again, if we did.. i’d be broke!

  49. Ana on March 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I also loved The Help, excelent book, also didn’t want to stop reading and finished super fast!
    Love lentil soup!!
    I posted this on your facebook page, but will say it again: I like meyer lemons on salad dressings and as preserved lemons! They are sweet and delicious, lovely in smoothies and green juices, and as lemonade too!

  50. Kelly on March 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I loved the Help too but the most recent amazing book I read was In the Time of Butterflies. I sobbed on a plane as I finished this book.

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