These things happen

Hi friends πŸ˜€ How was your Friday?

It’s a gorgeous night over here <3 The sunsets in AZ are totally unlike anything I’ve seen elsewhere. [and I’m 100% biased because I’m from here]


I didn’t go too cray cray with the hair cut… just got the dead ends taken away πŸ™‚

Shaggy:                                                                           Better:

hair            hair (2)

{belly sighting!}

Some eats πŸ™‚

Post-TurboFire protein yogurt with:

-1 container vanilla sheep’s milk yogurt (from Whole Paycheck)

-1/2 scoop Sun Warrior

-almond milk to thin it out

-frozen organic blueberries

-vegan chocolate chips


I only had to go into work for a few hours, so I packed up lunch and a snack:


Teff tortilla, the last of the Snobby Joe leftovers and 1/2 avocado with a drizzle of honey + raw sunflower seeds

The avocado filled me to the brim! It was an awesome dose of healthy fat and I haven’t really been hungry at all..

well, except for gluten-free cookies.


These things happen sometimes πŸ˜€

Off to make the Pilot some dinner, perhaps an omelet for myself and then see a certain someone at the airport.

See ya in the morning! <3



Today’s tip: No need to get into a lunge rut- change up your traditional lunge by including some dumbbells for extra weight, add a compound move (like upright rows, lateral raises or bicep curls), add a leg lift (hi glutes!) or knee raise, elevate your back leg to change it into a split squat, or perform a combo of forward, reverse and lateral lunges.

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  1. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Hahaha! Yes indeed, they do! Those cookies look awesome though, and well worth it πŸ™‚ I had a Peanut Butter Nana’s Cookie recently, and OMG that thing was amazing <3 As amazing as a cookie can be, lol! πŸ˜‰ I had it fresh from the fridge so it was moist, dense, chewy but not crumbly and fragile. So so good – you're making me reminice and crave it, Gina! πŸ˜› That photo of the sunset looks incredible, I love how you've framed it too. And one more thing that struck me…honey on an avocado!? I've never even THOUGHT to do that…is it good?! (Obviously it is, lol!) It sounds amazing, and I must try it…great healthy snackage πŸ™‚ xyx

  2. Sam @ Mom At The Barre on July 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Lately I’ve been doing a lot of compound moves whenever I am doing lunges. It really helps break the monotony and definitely makes it harder. I much prefer doing them that way.
    Love the belly shot! Super cute!

  3. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    PS: sweet little baby belly shot up there, you’re rocking your beautiful bump πŸ™‚ And have fun with Mara! πŸ˜€ xyx

  4. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Lahhhhve the new hair. Cado with honey is my addiction these days — I’m ready to try out raw honey! πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      i love raw honey! the texture is different (in a good way) and it tastes the same

  5. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I did split squats in my strength routine yesterday — those are killer!!!

    I had 1/2 an avocado with dinner tonight too – in smoothie form, but still, it has kept me very satisfied!

  6. Karin on July 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Adorable belly!

  7. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 8, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Your hair looks great…either way. I told you earlier that I love the messy, full, hair, too. I think it’s uber chic and hot πŸ™‚ New hair looks awesome as well!

    And those Udi’s? Have never tried them. Good to know they’re a-okay πŸ™‚

  8. Kat on July 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Ohhh I sorta liked the shaggy hair! Lol. I want to see your belly, please. Thanks πŸ™‚

  9. Laury on July 9, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I’m soooooo jelly of the hair cut! I usually don’t go too crazy with my cuts either. I’m a wuss, but lately been really considering donating to locks of love. Still on the prenatals so hope it grows rapidly!!! I love the avocado with raw seeds. I eat both of those all the time in a microgreen salad but now I may ise ur method of snacking with the seeds on the avocado! Yum! I’m loving the teeny weeny itsy bitsy fitnessista belly bump πŸ˜‰

  10. Lindsay Loves Veggies on July 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Your hair (and belly) are way cute! I really need to get my hair cut.
    Great tips on the lunges! Lunges are really a love/hate for me.

  11. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Aww, so cute! We got a hair cut in the same day! I have before and afters on my blog today too! Those snobby joes look excellent, and it is cool how filling avocado can be! Your baby bump looks adorable too.

  12. Jen on July 9, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Where do you buy those teff tortillas? The only gluten-free tortillas I’ve found are either brown rice tortillas, or standard corn tortillas. The brown rice tortillas taste fine, but they fail when it comes to making wraps, because they always tear!

    By the way, I just did lunges with dumbbells yesterday! Adding extra weight makes any exercise so much more worthwhile.

  13. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on July 9, 2011 at 1:41 am

    That is seriously one of the most beautiful sun sets I’ve ever seen!!

  14. kara on July 9, 2011 at 1:42 am

    i didn’t think it was possible for you to make me more jealous of your current living situation…
    I’M SO JEALOUS!!!!!!
    also, adorable bump, when can we see it full on in a family post??

    oh yeah, and nice hair. πŸ™‚

  15. Courtney Ball on July 9, 2011 at 3:14 am

    You may be biased, but you are completely right! AZ has THEE best sunsets. I just moved from south of Tucson (to Alaska!- yay military), and I sure do miss those breath-takers!

  16. cathy on July 9, 2011 at 6:02 am

    wow, i would never have imagined that avocado/sunflower seed/honey combo – love avocado, so thanks for sharing that idea!
    your haircut looks sleek! very nice! i got my hair trimmed up, too – couldn’t take the dry end.
    have a super visit with mara!

  17. Amanda on July 9, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Belly sighting!!! So cute!

  18. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Sunflower seeds on avocado!? What a unique combination! I’m sure its delicious, considering ANYTHING in avocado is always amazing

  19. Marissa on July 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    so jealous of your awesome hair! question—is your hair naturally curly or pretty straight?

  20. Krystina (Organically Me) on July 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    You’re beeeeeautiful!

  21. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    “belly sighting” haha, love it. Your hair looks great.

  22. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Love the hair, I wish I had thick hair like yours!! And I do spot a lil belly peakin’ out, so cute πŸ™‚
    And what a great way to eat an avocado, never thought of that before but sounds delish, I’ll have to try it!

  23. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on July 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Avocados are always so filling and delicious. Love them!

    Have fun with Mara this weekend. πŸ™‚

  24. The Teenage Taste on July 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love your hair, Gina! It’s the exact opposite of the frizzy mop that I call my hair. πŸ˜‰

  25. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Hair looks great!! (So does belly!)

  26. Jess@atasteofconfidence on July 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Your hair looks great!

  27. Felicia on July 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

    We have a few bee hives at my house and I swear they are the reason that the garden-especially raspberries- is amazing every year. The honey is amazing and so delicious πŸ™‚ let me know if you want any raw honey from ny ! πŸ™‚

  28. on July 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

    i LOVE arizona sunsets! there’s nothing like them!! cute belly btw! πŸ™‚

  29. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on July 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Cute little baby bump! Your hair always looks gorgeous girl.

  30. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Aww your lil’ bump looks so cute! And I agree, Arizona sunsets are the best….especially in Sedona!

  31. Katie on July 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    baby bump makes me so happy! U are adorable pregnant, which i knew you would be!

    Have a fun weekend with your friend! Im sure you girls will!!

    xoxo <3

  32. Girl Eat on July 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Fitnessista!
    Congrats on the baby news (I know I am super late on that train!) I have been following you for a long time now and I am new to the food blog writing world. You are very inspiring and you and other food bloggers have pushed me to a deliciously healthy lifestyle that includes absolutely phenomenal indulgences. You are a beautiful person. I am so so happy the Pilot is home with you (yay!!) and I understand your worry (I never realized how much I would worry about a boy until I had one). Congrats again!
    ps-your workouts are kicking my butt! I LOVE it.
    Girl Eat

  33. Moni'sMeals on July 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    yes these things do happen! Gotta have them cookies.

    I agree, AZ has some killer sunsets.

  34. Hayley @ Oat Couture on July 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Wow that sunset looks amazing!! And your little baby bump is too cute! πŸ™‚

  35. Sarah on July 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, amazing shot of the Arizona sunset – I’m stuck in rainy England and am so jealous! My husband and I made it as far as Scottsdale on our last US roadtrip – I know we really need to make it all the way to Tucson on our next visit. Your day-to-day photos make me yearn for the sunshine all the more!

    (congrats by the way. i’ve been reading a while, and am so happy for you!)

  36. Namaste Gurl on July 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Have you ever paired banana and avocado together (by themselves)? SOOO good πŸ™‚ Highly recommend as a snack!

  37. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on July 10, 2011 at 12:39 am

    I love the idea of that avo combo… and I love walking lunges πŸ™‚

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