That kind of night

We found our Halloween costumes!

pilot 11

me 3

The Pilot is a video game nerd and I am a sleepy blogger.

I’m saving Bella’s costume until absolutely necessary –to take blog pictures on Monday- because she’ll hate me the entire time it’s on…


She will not tolerate antennae for longer than 5 minutes.

I think we both knew deep down that we probably wouldn’t end up going to the squadron party tonight. We planned and talked about it like we were, but after the Pilot’s crazy work week and my long day of teaching, I asked the Pilot if we should figure out our costumes and what time he wanted to leave. He said “Want to just chill here tonight instead?” “um, YES.”

So we chilled,

and had chili 🙂

chili (2)

I made some sweet potato and black bean chili on my lunch break, so it would be waiting for us at dinnertime,


cornbread for the Pilot,


he spent the afternoon re-seeding the grass in the backyard –hooray for winter grass!- and after we decided to stay home tonight, I showered and side-planted on the couch with Bella for a couple of hours.

I’ve have a pain in my booty (literally– did something to my glute) for a while and today it flared up today, so it felt extra amazing to rest it and be off my feet.

Some recent eats:


Teriyaki tofu and brown rice bowl, made by my friend Amy, atop salad greens with tamari and red chili flakes



The texture takes a little getting used to –not greasy in the least, so they’re a little dry- but the flavors are pretty fantastic

Nothing like a midnight cleaning spree after a random nighttime nap.

See ya in the morning!



Today’s tip: Sea salt is not *healthier* than table salt- they have the same nutritional value. However, sea salt is minimally processed (table salt is heavily processed and sometimes contains additives), and contains minerals and elements from its original water source. The bonus? It has a stronger taste, so you often need far less sea salt than table salt, which reduces the amount of overall sodium. Another bonus? Himalayan sea salt is pink 😉

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  1. Sana on October 30, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Bahaha, I don’t like how people get all dressed up and party on Halloween, I would rather nap!

  2. Allison on October 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

    we didn’t do anything halloween’y either. Tonight we went on a supper date, then came back and played some video games and hung out. Tomorrow we plan to carve pumpkins, but that is the extent of our halloween, but i am perfectly happy with it!

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2011 at 2:30 am

      we’re carving pumpkins tomorrow, too 🙂

  3. Ali on October 30, 2011 at 2:28 am

    My Love and I are exactly the same way. We almost never get to our plans! I like your little snippet about salt, it is important for people to know that stuff!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 30, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Glad you two took advantage of some chill time together. And Bella not tolerating antennae for longer than 5 mins…lol. Can’t wait to see those pics, though.

    Chilling, chili, and a few jalepeno chips, sounds like a great Sat night.

    Happy Halloween to you guys 🙂

  5. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on October 30, 2011 at 7:23 am

    What a coincidence! Will dresses up like a video game nerd every day of his life! I guess I should remind him that Halloween isn’t until Monday 😉

  6. Jen on October 30, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Back and posterior pelvic pain is actually fairly common during pregnancy, due to the hormones relaxing your ligaments and generally making your joints less stable. Unless you can pinpoint doing something to your glutes, it might be this instead. I hope it feels better soon!

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      thank you!

  7. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on October 30, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Love your halloween costumes – you both are just so creative. 😉

    We didn’t go out this weekend to any halloween parties either. I think Halloween will become fun again once we have kids, but for right now, neither one of us are really too into it.

  8. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Haha I love your “costumes”. I was equally as creative – I dressed up a student studying for midterms. 😛

  9. Matteson @ Healthy High Schooler on October 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I didn’t know that about sea salt! Thanks for the info!

  10. Kia on October 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Thanks for the info about the sea salt.

  11. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on October 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I like chill night….especially when they involve chili!!!

  12. Hillary on October 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Haha I’m NOT seven months pregnant, and my boyfriend and I basically had the same kind of night last night. Leftover chili and cornbread, a movie, and me asleep on top of him by 10pm. We’re all sorts of crazy over here! (My excuse was that it was snowing. In October. I was in hibernation mode!)

  13. Amanda on October 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Your night sounds pretty similar to mine! After crazy weeks and being out all day on Saturday, my husband and I ordered Indian food and promptly fell asleep in the couch. It was perfect. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      that sounds wonderful

  14. kathleen @ the daily crumb on October 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

    aren’t those the best nights?! i love snuggling in pi’s, eating cozy food, and relaxing. perfect saturday if you ask me 🙂

  15. Brooke @ sweats & sweets on October 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Thats my idea of a good Halloween night in!

  16. Anne on October 30, 2011 at 9:22 am

    We skipped our party too! Vino on the couch and watched The Machinist with my fiancé. Couldn’t have asked for a better night!

  17. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 30, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I love pink sea salt. 🙂

    And is that a new flavor of Popchips? I want.

  18. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List on October 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Why have I never been to your site before?! FB recommended I “like” you – so here I am. And I do.

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      so nice to *meet* you!

  19. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on October 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

    haha sometimes thinking up a costume is just the worst part of Halloween. I totally lack the creativity!

  20. Julia on October 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

    sea salt is also lacking Iodine, which is the most important component of table salt. I really don’t like to pick on things I read on your blog, because I really like it, but Iodine deficiency, which was eradicated in this country thanks to iodized salt, is on the rise again with the increasing popularity of sea salt. Iodine deficiency causes hypothyroidism because Iodine is a necessary component of all thyroid hormones, and hypothyroidism can really screw your body up.

    Once again, I’m a regular reader and I don’t want to pick on you. I just don’t want any uniformed readers to read “sea salt” is better and end up with hypothyroidism.

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      i had no idea! thanks so much for pointing this out. i checked my container of sea salt and it said “.002” iodine or something like that- very little. i just did a quick google search to see how much iodine we can get in an everyday diet (since i only knew of sea vegetables being a good source) and was surprised by what came up: yogurt, cod, eggs, tuna, shrimp, even bananas have iodine. interesting stuff- thank you again for your comment!

      • Beth on October 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        Hain Pure Foods makes an iodized sea salt. That’s what I get, as I know my mom and grandma both had issues with iodine deficiency.:) I haven’t tried the Himalayan sea salt. I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

  21. Natalie on October 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I laughed when you said “winter grass”. I’m Canadian and have never heard of such a thing!! My winter grass is three feet of snow! haha.

  22. Army Amy* on October 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Interesting info about sea salt. I never knew!*

  23. Christine (The Raw Project) on October 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hehe on the Halloween costumes! The chili looks and sounds wonderful, perfect for fall.

  24. Teri on October 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Hey, you changed the Pilot’s picture! I liked the one that was there before. What game was he playing? My husband is also a video game “nerd.” =)

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      he was playing call of duty! i took both and then realized i posted the wrong one 🙂

  25. Drisana on October 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Chili and teriyaki tofu bowl both look so good! And healthy! 🙂

  26. Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops on October 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Ooo I never knew that about sea salt! Great info- thanks!

  27. Carrie on October 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Mutual chill nights=THE BEST!!! We love those. 😉

    That chili looks amazing! To think I used to be afraid of sweet potatoes before starting to read your blog…sweet potato fries and mash are like household staples now!!!

    And Bella Boo has that look that Ace gets right before I put one of my hub’s T-shirts on him…suspicious, yet loving lol!!! I bet she is going to be unbelievably cute…!

  28. Candice on October 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

    yum! That looks So good! i want to make that chili tomorrow for halloween!

  29. Niki on October 31, 2011 at 5:27 am

    That chili looks so good! I will definitely try the recipe.

  30. Liz @ Southern Charm on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Jalepeno pop chips!!?? We don’t have these yet! Ahhh I’m so excited they exist! You made my day 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      they’re GOOD too 🙂

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