The smell of [tempeh] bacon in the morning…

Friday!! So happy to see ya. Anything fun planned this weekend? We’re going to watch my little bro play football tonight- it’s been a year since I’ve seen him play and I’m excited to cheer with the fam. Not as excited for the awkward high school flashbacks haha.

This morning, I decided to use some of the tempeh I had on hand. I got on a huge tempeh kick last weekend- I ate it with every salad bar trip… along with cookies, of course.


I sizzled up some tempeh bacon:


and enjoyed it in a wrap with two eggs and hot sauce.




 + coffee that the Pilot brought me since we were out

Wrap 2 

True love right there.

Along with the tempeh, here’s what else I picked up during this week’s grocery trip (thankfully the Pilot went to TJs before I got home for a lot of staples, like eggs, chocolate, almond milk, and fruit for Liv)


The more exciting stuff:

Groceries 2

My favorite coconut milk creamer, new Vega protein, soup, Bragg’s vinaigrette (usually I stay away from anything that says “healthy” because it tends to be a gimmick- this dressing is amazing, though, and yes, healthy), garlic and herb Kerrygold butter (it’s just as glorious as anticipated) and an organic butternut squash. Maybe I’ll even share some with Oliv 😉 Don’t be mad at me, fellow pumpkin-lovers, but I think I like b-nut squash even more than pumpkin. There’s enough love to go around for all the fall produce, though.

Evening walk with the fam:


and the sunset with no filter- it really is that gorgeous.


This morning, Liv is taking a nap while I clean up around the casa, and then we’re meeting up with some friends. I may even take a CrossFit class this afternoon (pray for meeeeee)….

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Friday faves: Here are some of the amazing pics you sent in this week! Keep ’em coming (@fitnessista), I love seeing them.

This one cracked me up- Curried Chicken Salad complete with her own chicken beggar 🙂


@courtincolorado’s salad beast with quinoa black beans, garbanzo beans and chicken with salsa (yes, please)



@alischwabe after her first 5k!!


@khuver0529 after her first “schweaty” workout!


@lnrooney, who won the recent Garmin giveaway 🙂


Something to talk about: What’s something you accomplished in September that you’re proud of? For me, the biggest one was taking the chance to travel away. It may not seem like a huge deal, but it was definitely outside my comfort zone. I also kicked up my NASM studying and finally got the chance to finally do a philanthropy project that had been put on the back burner.

Would you like an October workout calendar? I made one for August, but didn’t hear a ton of feedback- If you like it and think it’s helpful, please let me know. If not, my feelings won’t be hurt 😉 xo

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  1. Amanda on September 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Hey Gina!

    I just moved to PHX 2 1/2 months ago and still can’t get the courage to run outside in fear of coyotes and rattlesnakes. Do you take anything with you on your run or any tips for me? 🙂

    • Courtney on December 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

      Hey Amanda!

      I realize this is a few months later and I hope you’ve gotten over your fears by now because Arizona is a beautiful place to run! I lived in Tucson for 19 years and Phoenix for 6 months now. I very rarely see either of those animals in Phoenix, but they were a normal sight in North Tucson. Every time I’ve been on foot or on bike and come across coyotes, I have just stopped, moved slowly and they just run away… If they even notice me at all. They are really shy and I have never heard of them even getting real close to a human. If you are running on streets during the daylight, you are probably not going to get near a snake without seeing it. I have seen one on a trail, and heard them but I’ve never gotten real close without noticing. If you are nervous about coming across wildlife, just remember to stand your ground, back off slowly, and don’t run away! Try to bring your phone so you can call for help in case anything does happen.

      Again, I have only had experiences with wildlife in rural Tucson or in the desert… During the daytime in urban Phoenix, you probably don’t have to worry.

  2. Ashley on September 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Please do an October workout calendar! I would love a new calendar to help me get fit! 😀

  3. Jess on September 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I must have missed the September one – but an October workout calendar sounds awesome!

    • Jess on September 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Or rather, the August one!

  4. Gianna on September 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Oh tempeh. how I love thee and how this just reminded me I have a bunch that needs to be cooked up in my fridge!

  5. Meg on September 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    haha! I love b nut more than pumpkin, too, girl! <3

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