Sushi Saturday

We’re on a roll…..

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We’ve been on a huuuuuuge sushi kick lately. If we can’t decide where to go for dinner, sushi has become our default. We had a sitter last night, so the Pilot and I decided to hit up Ra, which is one of our favorite spots.

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Margaritas for both of us:


(it was 80 degrees = perfect margarita weather. 40 degrees also = perfect margarita weather)

and ordered house salads, salmon nigiri, the spicy lobster roll (Lobster, cilantro, jalapeño, lettuce, avocado & cucumber wrapped in soy paper), the ultimate shrimp (Spicy kani kama crab mix, cucumber & shrimp tempura rolled & topped with seared tuna & avocado) and the Zonie roll (Spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro & jalapeño rolled & topped with avocado & sriracha)

It was everything I could ever wish for… but really, you could take anything and cover it in a thick blanket of wasabi and I’m a fan.

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We called it a fairly early night after watching the Wildcats get defeated, and came home to chill. I’m officially hooked on Downton Abbey… just one episode left in season 1! I’m so late to the party, but glad I arrived 😉 I haven’t been this excited about watching something since I first got into Grey’s Anatomy (like 5 years ago?).

While I was at work yesterday, the Pilot and Oliv went for a daddy-daughter Sabino Canyon hike:


(I can’t even handle it.)

I’m hoping to make it back to Sabino sometime today for a run, but we’ll see how it goes. We’re off to a bday party for now! The rest of the day, you can find me outside 🙂

See ya later with some pics from the day <3



Something to do: Check out the March workout plan and schedule your tentative workouts for the week! Also, time some time to plan, prep and grocery shop- planning leads to success! It’s so much easier to make healthy choices when you’ve taken a little time to create an action plan.

Here are some of the meals we’ll be enjoying this week:

Jerk-chicken stuffed sweet potatoes (using Sasha’s recipe)

Black bean burgers and sweet potato fries

Spring rolls and healthy fried rice

Mexican lasagna

Chicken Cacciatore with pasta

What’s on the menu this week? Are you trying any new recipes or fitness classes?

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  1. Lisa on March 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Ah, so jealous of your perfect margarita weather, we could’ve used some this weekend;)
    I’m not s huge sushi lover, but I do love making my own deconstructed bowls. I guess because I don’t like seafood or rice, but love everything else about sushi.
    Have fun at the birthday party today!
    Oh, I have to check out that black bean burger recipe, sounds good!

  2. Erin @ Axell's Kitchen on March 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    yum every bit of that sushi looks ahmazinggg!! and the margarita!

  3. Jackie on March 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    There is literally no temperature that doesn’t warrant a margarita (even the 20-something weather we’ve been getting around here). Combine it with sushi, and I’d be in heaven too.

    I have been a follower of your blog for awhile now, and it is crazy to see how much your daughter has grown. She’s just so cute too.

  4. Julie on March 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    MOST adorable photo EVER! What a beautiful family 🙂

  5. Lauren Alysse on March 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    That sushi looks so good!

    Love the photo of the pilot and liv!

  6. Naomi on March 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    LOVE that photo of the Pilot and Liv! Too cute! And sushi sounds awesome right now 🙂

  7. mama on March 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Oh my word that little cheeser smile is A.dorable!!!

  8. Shaina Anderson on March 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Okay, that picture of Liv and the Pilot cheesin’ is amazing! So. Cute. And that spicy lobster roll has me drooling over my salad beast right now. That sounds incredible.

    We’re watching the NINTH season of Grey’s….can you even believe it?!? Fun fact: I got to do some background work on an episode last week. 🙂 McDreamy wasn’t working that day —> a very disappointed Shaina.

  9. Bree on March 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Love that picture of Liv and the Pilot! Also, I am living through you right now as I watch snow fall and am pregnant with my second child craving sushi and a margarita – sushi countdown 5.5 months; margarita (big girl size) probably a year and half (don’t get me wrong, it’s totally worth the sacrifice, but a girl can still have cravings!)… I haven’t watched Downtown Abbey yet, maybe I will give it a try.

  10. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on March 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Mmmm – I haven’t had sushi in forever! Gotta change that. Super cute pic of the pilot and liv 🙂

  11. Amanda on March 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Love me some sushi…and margaritas!

  12. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve been the loving the sushi lately too. I officially converted the boyfriend into a fellow sushi lover!

  13. Jay on March 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    That dinner looked amazing. Yum.

    Thanks for the March workout plan, just what I needed. I’ll be doing one of the whole body circuits you posted (I’m weird but like to work the whole body when I do weights even though many people break it out into specific body areas or even parts)! Yay.

  14. Babs on March 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I miss Wholefoods sushi. Actually, I miss any sushi with the rice on the outside. Here almost all places make it with the seaweed on the outside and I swear it tastes very, very different 🙁

  15. catherine c. on March 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    This makes me want a marg! Haha! And yes, anytime it’s okay for a margarita!

  16. Karissa on March 3, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    That meal sounds AMAZING! I am a big sushi lover and haven’t been for a bit now…. hmmm maybe time to make a date with the fiancé 😉
    Love the picture of Liv and your hubby- way too cute.

  17. Katie on March 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Two things I miss, sushi and drinks!!!!! <3

    Happy Sunday Beautiful Friend! <3

  18. Heidi on March 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    So jealous of your margarita weather! Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  19. Mia on March 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I hope we are blessed enough to have such a cutie as Liv one day. 🙂 (Fertility problems = no bueno).

    Seriously, that sushi looks INCREDIBLE!! I love anything with spicy tuna (covered in more wasabi, obviously). Recently I tried salmon roe and it is now on my favorites list too.

    Your spring roll recipe is very yummy! I like mine with extra avocado added in. Food on our end this week include: veggie stir fry + protein, lots of roasted veg in general, roasted sweet potatoes, homemade pizza, flounder, salmon burgers, amazeballs (coconut/chocolate flavor), HB eggs, and copious amounts of strawberries since they were on sale.

    I took spin this morning for the first time in 1.5 years. I know my booty is going to hate me tomorrow. Other than that, it’s the usual heavy lifting + HIIT+ a day of steady state cardio for me. 🙂

  20. Kelly Kurcina on March 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I made those black bean burgers for the family last week~the boys LOVED them! Yum, I love sushi so much, but since giving up sugar I choose not to eat it. I think they need to start using stevia to make sushi!!

  21. Sarahf on March 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    That sushi sounds amazing! I had sushi yesterday too! I actual live in Japan, so it’s a bi weekend thing here. Although the sushi chef at our local place is quite the traditionalist, and was horrified that we drink soda water with sushi, he’s probably disapprove of margaritas too! Go him, it’s beer, sake or shochu, or green tea!

  22. Veterinarianess on March 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    That pic of the Pilot and Liv is SO CUTE! 😀

    I am trying a bunch of new recipes this week including fig and brie sandwiches and black bean tacos 🙂

  23. Cristal on March 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I am currently on Week 4 of the WSU and feel amazing! One question, what is the Cardio Drill workout?


  24. Brianna on March 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Gina, sorry if I missed it, but could you post the link for the jerk chicken-stuffed sweet potatoes? Your link in this post took me back to the first time you had them, but I didn’t see the recipe in that post… They just look really yummy, and I’ve been wanting to give that recipe a whirl! Thanks:)

  25. RachelG on March 3, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    That picture…I die…twinsies! 🙂

  26. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on March 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    We went out for sushi on Friday night and we ordered 8 rolls (for 4 people) and it came out on a giant wooden boat! It was AWESOME! I also tried seaweed salad for the first time and loved it.

  27. Jacquelynn on March 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    That pic of your hubby and daughter is PRICELESS!!!

  28. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on March 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Wish the weather here was perfect for margaritas!

    Her smile is just too precious. She looks so excited!

  29. Kristin on March 4, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Would you be able to post the recipe for the jerk chicken stuffed sweet potatoes? The link just takes it back to the picture but no recipe. It looks really good.

  30. Paige @A Healthy Tale on March 4, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I wish we had margarita weather over here in the UK. At least we have an excuse to have a hot chocolate if we want to 🙂

  31. Emily on March 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    You are right, any weather is the perfect margarita weather! lol I went on a Sushi date on Friday. It was sooo good…it’s been way to long since we had good sushi!

    Liv looks sooo big! What a sweet little smile 🙂

  32. cathy on March 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Mmmmmmm love Ra! Have you tried thier blushing geisha? Tastes like pink lemonade. Which is both a good and a bad thing 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      no! i’ll get it next time 🙂

  33. Sarah Anne on March 5, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Living up here in Vancouver, we get AMAZING sushi! I go in kicks where it’s all I want for days and days and days. Especially in the summer here. I eat mostly plants with a bit of fish, but sushi is where I go crazy. Wild sockeye salmon, tuna, do you not eat it!?

  34. Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road on March 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Your margarita weather standards sound a lot like my wine standards. 🙂

    I’m always late to the TV hits party. I did just finish “Downton Abbey”, and hubby and I just found that “Mad Men” is on I stand Netflix. Normally I like to wait until the series is over before I indulge and get all obsessed, but the Banana Republic Mad Men campaign has piqued my interest. 🙂

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