The Artie Face

*The Fashion page is up and in action! Please let me know what you think <3

Hi friends πŸ˜€ How are you? Hope you’d had a happy Monday. I’ve LOVED reading about your local unique foods- definitely some fun/gross/delicious/interesting stuff out there πŸ™‚


I started off my morning with the usual:


A protein muffin with Tulsi sweet rose tea.

I’ve been using brown rice flour and applesauce in the protein muffins and they come out soooo perfectly.. especially with Nuttzo and maple syrup on top πŸ™‚

muffin (2)

After bfast, I had a few errands to run (and somehow ended up at the mall, heh heh), and then went to my massage appointment. It was EVERYTHING I needed. Brought a positive spin to my Moan-day πŸ™‚

My hips have been really sore lately, as well as my back, since I haven’t been sleeping well since the Pilot left. I love my foam roller, but I have to say massage > foam roller. I’m pretty sure my eyeballs rolled back in my head

like this



Today was extra fun because I got to meet up with a reader, Jaclyn and her sis Carly who are from Canada!


They are staying at the resort (where I work) and took my Zumba class on Saturday, so we decided to meet up today before they left. It such a blasty to hang out with them for a little while πŸ™‚ Come back and visit soon, girls <3

Afternoon snackage:



+ brown rice toast with a slice of melted goat cheese:


which wrapped my soul in a blanket of cheesy goodness. So good in fact, I just had another πŸ˜‰

I’m off to lift some weights and then magically appearing at my brother’s house for gluten-free night.

Enjoy your evening and I’ll see ya in the morning with a Spring Abs workout!



Something to read:

What’s Behind the Food Photography Trend?

How to Make Any Fitness Goal a Reality (thanks Woman’s Day for the shout out!)

Something to do:

Please check out the Blogger Baby Shower– an easy way to help out a very important cause. Tuscaloosa is near and dear to our hearts, as the Pilot graduated from Alabama. We’ve had quite a few amazing weekends in Tuscaloosa and were so saddened to hear of the devastation. Any little bit we can do to help adds up- check out the deets *here*

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  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    haha I love the Artie face! I agree that a massage is way better than the foam rollar. I haven’t had one in so long, I think I should treat myself!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      i agree πŸ™‚

  2. Courtney @ the granola chronicles on May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Bahaha!! LOVE the Artie face! So fun that you were able to meet up with a reader!

  3. Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows on May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    How have I gone this long without making a protein muffin? I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow! =)

    Love the new fashion page, BTW.

  4. Nat on May 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Can you tell me exactly how you make that muffin? I can’t seem to get into Deb’s page. Did you use carton egg whites? How much? etc, etc. Details ? πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      1/2 c carton egg whites
      1 small thing applesauce
      2 T brown rice flour
      1/2 t baking powder
      stir and cook in the microwave in a bowl for 3 min πŸ™‚

      • Barbara on May 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        can you sub flax eggs? if so, what’s the conversion?

        • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:01 am

          no i don’t think it would work- the eggs are what makes it super fluffy

      • Nat on May 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

        Sounds good. “one small thing of applesauce”? meaning the full container (113 g container?) or just 2-4 tbsps? I guess I could put it in a little plastic container to put in microwave. Maybe I will try with 2 tbsps of coconut flour.

  5. Diana on May 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I love that Tulsi tea!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      me too! i only have one bag left though πŸ™

  6. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I’m guessing Artie is that kid with the glasses? What is that from?

    I totally agree — love my foam roller but a massage is waaaaay better.

    That protein muffin looks super good — I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      he’s from glee πŸ™‚
      you’ll looooove the protein muffin πŸ˜‰

  7. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on May 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Must be fun to meet up with your readers! You are such an inspiration and role model to so many people! (Me included…obvi!)

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      you’re a sweetheart – thank you! <3

  8. Paige on May 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Where do you get your goat cheese slices? I’ve never seen it in sliced form before, but it always looks so good melted over toast on your blog! <3

  9. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I’m actually eating a protein cake as I read this! It sounds like you had an absolutely lovely day. Nothing beats a massage and a blogger meet-up if you ask me! Have a fabulous night Gina πŸ™‚

  10. Parita on May 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    That picture of the cactus has me missing Tucson! And I’m looking forward to your abs workout…I need it!!!

  11. cathy on May 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    massages are the BEST for really getting rid of sore hips, glutes, back…if i was as rich as madonna, i’d get a massage every second day! πŸ™‚
    yea, visitors from canada! can they bring your weather back with them!
    your post just radiates positivity, and your upbeat attitude is shining! enjoy your eve!

  12. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on May 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Ah, I really need a massage – there’s nothing like that feeling! πŸ™‚

  13. kaila @ healthy helper! on May 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I have been allllll over protein cakes lately! They are so fabulous….especially with carob powder mixed in!

    Congrats on your magazine shout out!

  14. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on May 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    mmm I need to get a little protein muffin into my life, that looks delish! πŸ™‚

  15. Lisa on May 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Ha ha I love the Artie face. I do that when I eat my chocolate salted caramels.

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on May 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Love the new fashion page!

    And how fun that you got an international reader meetup going. I have one planned for when I am in Aruba. Figured out another blogger is going to be there when I am there next week! blogs. Powerful!

    Lovin’ the linen/placemat and green ramekin shot. Very color coordinated and pretty πŸ™‚

  17. kari on May 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    hi Gina, you look so cute and pretty with your new outfit! the cactus picture looks great and makes me want to travel to Arizona because i have never been. i have been enjoying making the protein muffins with applesauce also. is the weather in Tucson always pretty? i live in the south and its very humid. well, have a lovely evening with your brother.

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:05 am

      about 85% of the time, it’s gorgeous here πŸ™‚
      i don’t miss the southern humidity at all! (neither does my hair haha)

  18. Kelly on May 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm


  19. Ash on May 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Okay, I know you’ve posted a picture on the blog before, but what kind of goat cheese do you buy? I usually see the soft-ripened kind or the crumbles. I’d really like to try the block kind, but I never see it…

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:04 am

      it’s in the deli cheese section at trader joe’s. dutch sliced goat cheese πŸ™‚

  20. melissa on May 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    The foam roller is amazing for my IT band but NOTHING can compare to a really good message from a person. totally agree!

    Wanted to say that I love the new layout! I just started a blog and it’s definitely in the nursing stages but I love to see what is possible when reading older blogs! Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  21. Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit on May 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    i’ve never had a massage but i feel like it needs to happen sometime soon!

  22. Taylore on May 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I live in Tucson (well, go to UA). WHich resort do you work at? πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:03 am

      go cats!! one of the health resorts here (there are two)

  23. Elyse on May 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Hey Gina,

    Could be so sweet as to post exactly what ingredients you use in your protein muffin? Mine always seem to turn out small and rubbery.. they look fluffier halfway through when I stick in the chocolate squares than they do after 2:30. HELP?:)

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:03 am

      yep- 1/2 c egg whites
      1 small thing applesauce
      2 t brown rice flour
      1/2 t baking powder
      micro for 3 min

      • Elyse on May 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

        THANK YOU!:) And sorry, I just saw that someone asked the exact question a few posts above! Woops!

  24. Mindy on May 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    you have great legs Gina! How do I get mine to look like that? πŸ˜‰
    Also, any tips on what exercises to do to lift my booty? Since I lost weight my butt got smaller which sucks…and it’s also kinda saggy. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:02 am

      thank you! πŸ™‚
      make sure to do lots of booty exercises to help the skin firm up where you lost weight. try stability ball hamstring curls, plie squats, and lunges w a leg lift. hope that helps!

  25. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 10, 2011 at 12:33 am

    i would totally love to be taught by you!!! I’m from Canada, maybe ill hop in the trunk of their vehicle next time haha

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 1:01 am

      come visit!

  26. Kilee on May 10, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I love the new fashion page πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what gluten-free treats you got to enjoy tonight. Hope that everything is going well. Take care, Kilee

  27. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on May 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

    looking forward to the a.m. abs post!

  28. MC on May 10, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Love the fashion page! I’m always on the lookout for new trends, and I trust your style tips πŸ™‚ I have to admit, I’ll run out in yoga pants and a tank more often than not, but someday I will be one of those people who wear real clothing every day. Some day.

  29. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Hahaha at the Artie face! That reminds me that I need to catch up on Glee. I haven’t seen it since November!

    I can’t wait for the abs post!

  30. Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit on May 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Foam rolling is the best – I really like taking an ice bath after my long runs and then following it up with some wonderful foam rolling. I couldn’t imagine life without my roller!

  31. Errign on May 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I’ve been loving the protein muffins lately too. I’ve been making them with spelt flour & greek yogurt, but I keep meaning to try apple sauce πŸ™‚

    Tucson looks so pretty!

  32. Rebecca on May 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Hi. Love the blog! I notice you have a lot of green smoothies, and I do too, so I thought I’d share my variation of the “Green Monster Smoothie”, which encompasses every food group. Enjoy!

    1 cup skim milk
    1 frozen banana (peel & slice before freezing)
    1 Tbsp peanut or almond butter
    ΒΌ cup dry oats
    2 handfuls spinach
    ΒΌ cup crushed ice

    Nutrtition facts: about 400 calories / 9 grams good fat

  33. Katie on May 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I think it’s awesome that you take time out to meet up with readers when they’re nearby.

  34. Erin @ GlamPersuasion on May 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’m glad you posted that fundraiser for the tornado victims. I live 45 minutes from Tuscaloosa & 30 seconds away from Pleasant Grove/Concord, so this disaster relief has been especially near & dear to me.

    Appreciate it! <3

  35. Danielle on May 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Yes! I love both the Artie face (I was the same way during my massage last week, and drooled…I think drool = good massage for sure!) and the Fashion page.

  36. Erin @ Big Girl Feats on May 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I’ve been looking for a protein muffin/pancake lately. Yay! You have the best recipes πŸ™‚

  37. Katie on May 10, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I need to bring protein muffins back into my life! I used to make those a lot! Deb is a genius for that recipe!

    Have a great day girl!!! xoxo <3

  38. Natasha on May 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hey Gina, I wanted to stop by and let you know I tried your broccoli slaw dressing recipe from several days ago…FABULOUS!! My hubby and I both loved it and we’ll be making it time and time again. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  39. Katherine on May 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Being from Alabama and a former student of UA I really appreciate the shoutout. Roll Tide!

    (also I don’t think I’d make it a week without my foam roller, sometimes i think my boyfriend gets jealous of it!)

  40. Ashley @ Feeding Ashley on May 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

    The fashion page looks great! Do you know if there is a vegan way to make protein muffins?

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2011 at 11:54 am

      i don’t because i don’t think flax eggs would work :/

  41. Heather on July 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Gina, just wondering if you use plain brown rice flour or do you know if a brown rice flour blend(ie the one for your gluten free brownies) would work?

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      i think any type of flour would work πŸ™‚ for mine, i usually use regular brown rice flour

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