Surprises and spice

I was like Christmas today.

First, I got to sleep in. The Pilot has been flying and working nights all week, so I haven’t seen him very much. He got home past midnight last night and we were all in bed, I gave him a groggy smooch and passed back out, and this morning, I woke up feeling so refreshed and looked at my cell phone: 7:30! Liv slept in!! WAHOO! I looked at the baby monitor, nothing, in bed next to me, no people, only a sleepy Bella and realized the Pilot heard her before I did and took her downstairs. She was playing and had already had breakfast when I came down. Amazing.

When I got to work, there was a Zumba surprise in my schedule- I love when that happens. Meggie also took my class! It made me so happy to look back and see her beautiful face. There was no saving the gym hair today… I was drenched in sweat, so I took a quick shower, and then did a braid to last the rest of the day:


(note: taking a picture of the back of your head involves some Cirque du Soleil arm twists)

My memory card pretty much never went into the camera, because all of my eats were basically the same as yesterday. Move leftovers from dinner to lunch, Pop Chips while cooking dinner, and replace the cookies with s’mores. I brought the ingredients to work so the girls and I could have a s’more party in between practicing our dances for dance week.


Tonight’s dinner was created using this pack of chopped veggies from Trader Joe’s. I originally planned to add them to some shrimp curry, but decided on quinoa curry since shrimp leftovers are kind of gross to me. (I live for leftovers, but seafood ones can be a little stinky.) 

Veg 6

Sautéed in olive oil,

added quinoa, chicken broth, garlic, sea salt and cayenne 

Quinoa and veg

then after the quinoa was done cooking, stirred in coconut milk and curry paste. 

Quinoa and veg 2 

It was impromptu meal that came out really well- love the creaminess and rich flavor of coconut milk. Must remember in the future: color of the sauce does not indicate spiciness levels. I kept adding more and more blobs of curry paste, and now estoy en fuego. 

Going to enjoy my dinner with a little Project Runway, and open some vino since the Pilot is on the way home. See ya in the morning with some Friday Faves! Keep sending me your awesome pics! @fitnessista

Have a great night <3



Something to do: It’s not too late to get in a little Tabata Thursday action! Pick your 4 minutes of cardio glory here! Let me know how it goes <3



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  1. Sana on August 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Your hair look super cute!!

  2. Alicia on August 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I do LOVE your hair! I am still trying to do things like that for my hair. The meal looks delicious though!

  3. Giselle@ahealthyhappyhome on August 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I love the chopped veggie mix from TJ’s! I’ve been throwing it in my green salads, chicken or chickpea salads or quinoa. I might have to try this recipe you whipped up. Looks delicious!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    That TJs mix has been the inspiration for so many meals of mine! Including one with oranges and spice!

  5. Claire on August 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    I love TJ mixes! I did a tofu stir-fry tonight using a pinch of their spicy peanut sauce. It was actually spicer than I had anticipated, which was GREAT considering Seattle has been in the 90’s today (I am sweating and having spicy food…great combo haha). Your hair looks awesome with the braid, and I have no idea how you did not break your arm doing that picture! Serious skills!

    Have a great night w/ the fam!

  6. Tricia on August 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hey! I love reading your blog! I am also a military wife! I am currently 26 weeks pregnant and was wondering where you bought and how you decided on your maternity belt. I jog/workout regularly and babe is slowing scootching south while I workout. Your daughter is beautiful and you are such an inspiration for a healthy lifestyle! Keep it up Mama!

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      thank you, tricia! and thank you so much for you and your husband’s service to our country
      i checked out the reviews on amazon and decided from there. the post is here:
      congratulations to you! hope the belt helps- it is a huge reason why i was able to workout as long as i did in my pregnancy

  7. Ashley on August 17, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Are the graham crackers from TJ’s??? Next time I’m home in Ohio I must stock up!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      new life- it’s a local health store. if you can’t find them, i’ll send you some. let me know!

  8. Joanne @ threeunderthree on August 17, 2012 at 6:18 am

    I love those days when someone else gets up with the babies 🙂

    I love that braid, I must that out this weekend!

  9. Simply Life on August 17, 2012 at 7:00 am

    so glad it was a great day! your hair is just beautiful!

  10. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on August 17, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Your blog is making me want s’mores 🙂 Love the hair! So pretty!

  11. Samantha @ My Full Life on August 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Your hair has a lot of red tints in that picture. Love it!

  12. Ksenija on August 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

    yay, curry! going to whip some up with millet today – curious how this is going to turn out.

  13. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on August 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love pre-chopped veggies when you’re crunched for time! TJ’s to the rescue.

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      tj’s saves me in so many ways 🙂

  14. Beks on August 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I can never get my hair to turn out like that, no matter how hard I try. Maybe someone else would have to do it for me. It’s super cute, though!
    What’d you think of Project Runway last night? I thought Elena was being a royal witch, but she had a point. Especially when it came to Raul.

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      yeah i’m not a huge fan of her. i think ven is going to win

  15. Rachel on August 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Love the braid! Looks cute!

  16. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on August 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

    You are so good at braids! And coconut milk has been one of my cooking staples lately, it makes such a good broth base! Yum 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      thank you! i think so, too- i think the creaminess of coconut milk makes everything taste better

  17. Brittany on August 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I LOVE being en fuego. I live for spice. You should see how much crushed red pepper I put on my pizza. My friends look at me like I’m nuts (maybe I am. They always say “do you want some pizza with your crushed red pepper?”). I get handfuls of jalepenos on my sandwiches and my favorite sandwich is an Italian sun with extra hot peppers. I have a sickness. I’m a spice-aholic. And a fitnessista-holic!

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      you are a fitnessista, my friend 🙂

  18. Jen on August 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Are those graham crackers from Trader Joes???

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      new life- it’s a local health food store. i’m pretty sure whole foods has them too

  19. Sarah on August 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Ooh yum, that looks delicious!!

  20. Beverly Aragon on August 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The curry dish looks fabulous! Can’t wait for fall and cooler weather so I can bring hot comfort foods back in.

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