Turtle killer

Hey guys! Sorry I disappeared on ya today! It’s been insane in the membrane but now we are finally in beautiful, civilized Orlando πŸ˜€

Last night was a little random.. I got home from work, exhausted, crawled into bed and crashed out at 7pm. I woke up at midnight and decided to make some middle-of-the-night cookies with my newfound energy.



I made Vegan oatmeal chocolate chip (from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan) and used half spelt flour and half brown rice flour.

Also, some Carob Peanut Butter Swirl (also from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan)


Some on a plate to give to my friend Jeni and also made a container full to take with us to my aunt and cousins in Orlando.


I finally made myself go back to bed around 3 and woke up nice and LATE this morning πŸ˜€ My sleep schedule has been so out of whack since the dog disaster occurred.

This morning, I woke up to a lovely almond butter and jelly breakfast cookie:


It had 1/3 cup oats, 1 scoop sprouted brown rice protein, 1 tbs almond butter, 1 small smashed nanner, vanilla hemp milk, Stevia, cinnamon, sea salt and TJs Superfood Spread.

After devouring the delicious bfast, I hit up the gym for some cardio and abs.

I did 5 miles on the revolving apparatus of death (aka the treadmill) and followed it up with some plie squats, stability hamstring curls, leg extensions, and calf raises on the Pokemon balls.

I came back to the casa, Jeni and her pilot stopped by to pick up their cookies and some tamales, I packed up and we were on the road.

Best little car buddy:


I munched a fruit cup from Publizzle while I drove:


(and an unpictured Cashew Larabar)

While I was driving, I was chatting with my little bro and a little turtle was crawling across the freeway. I smashed him and immediately started crying on the phone. My brother just laughed at me. I couldn’t swerve or break, so I just drove over him. I’m a turtle killer. I’m very sorry, little turtle and hope you’re in turtle heaven πŸ™

We got into Orlando just in time for dinner, so the pilot and I hit up my longtime favorite: Seasons 52


I wasn’t really feeling like wine, even though it’s been a week since I drowned myself in guacamole and wine, so I rolled with a Bloody Mary.


We started with the tuna tartare with pickled cucumber and a sweet chili glaze:


I got the usual lemongrass salmon salad:


And the pilot got the crab-stuffed shrimp:


When they came by with the desserts, you know we were all over it.

I got the carrot cake:


The cream cheese frosting rocks my face off


And the pilot had blueberry cheesecake and Key Lime pie


(ow ow!)

I’m not sure what we’re doing for the rest of the night, but I promise shenanigans are ahead πŸ˜‰

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and I’ll see ya tomorrow!



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  1. VeggieGirl on August 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Mmm, mmm cookies – love that you baked at an “unconventional” hour, haha πŸ˜€

    Aww, Bella!

    Enjoy the rest of your night! Stay out of trouble πŸ˜‰

  2. Pam (Highway to Health) on August 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Dinner looks fabulous.

    I would have cried too if I hit a turtle but it could have been worse if you swerved an hit another car!

  3. Ashley on August 29, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    You may not have killed him! Turtle shells are unbelievably hard.

    I was following someone on a dark country road who hit a deer. Since I couldn’t swerve on the gravel, I ran it over straight on the neck.

    It was awful. I pulled the poor dead buck off the road and bawled my freakin eyes out.

    Have fun tonight!

  4. Morgan on August 29, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I’m sure the turtle is fine. They are surprisingly fast when they need to be. We rescued one the other day, and as we got close in the middle of the street that sucker booked it!

  5. Rebecca on August 29, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Haha I love that you woke up at 12 and started making cookies. That’s totally something I’d do! It’s ok that you hit the turtle! I’m glad that you didn’t swerve and crash your car!!

    Finally, cream cheese frosting rocks my face off too!

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    All your cookies look fab…the 2 from ED & BV and your brekky AB & J cookie! I lovvvve cream cheese frosting, I used to eat it with a spoon. Since going dairy free though I haven’t indulged and I know I could probably make some with cashew butter but yeah, cream cheese frosting is Divine! Enjoy your shenanigans tonite! Bloody Mary’s are sooo good too when it’s hot out, aren’t they!
    P.S. Do you think the cookies would turn out if I used all brown rice flour? I can’t do the gluten in spelt πŸ™

  7. Nicci@NIftyEats on August 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Hope your having fun in Orlando, great looking cookies too.

  8. Run Sarah on August 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Your cookies look delish!! Have a great evening!

  9. michelle on August 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    im sorry that you ran over that turtle, and also about the problems with the dogs, sometimes things seem to pile up on top of each other. whenever something bad happens it seems to really hit me a week or so later and also in my dreams.

    you know how you were having some dreams (bad ones) and you thought maybe it was from wine. and you know how you didnt really feel like any tonight? well maybe your body is telling you not to, i would not want to have bad dreams right now if i were you.take care and use all your support people

  10. julie on August 29, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Ah! Don’t stress about the turtle he’s prob safe and sound in his shell!

    Glad you got a good meal in its much deserved after your stressful week!

  11. Jenna on August 30, 2009 at 12:06 am

    pb and jelly breakfast cookie, what a great idea gina!
    you are so funny about the “revolving apparatus of death” aka the treadmill!
    have a good night!


  12. WholeBodyLove on August 30, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Desserts in shot glasses make me happy πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

  13. Tay on August 30, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Yay for being in Orlando!!! I love the dough of that cookie – the BEST part!!

  14. Emily on August 30, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Awwwww, sorry to hear about the turtle. I would have cried too :/
    All your food looks super-yummy! Especially that tuna tartare. Delicious πŸ™‚ Enjoy Orlando!

  15. Meggles on August 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Girl I hit a bird in your neighborhood a while ago and I cried so hard. And guess what….KYLE LAUGHED AT ME. hahaha. He’s so heartless!

  16. Susan on August 30, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Ha, I love your term “revolving apparatus of death.” I don’t mind the treadmill THAT much, but I could think of a few similar terms for the stairmaster πŸ˜›

    Don’t feel bad about the turtle. I’m sure he knew the risk when stepping onto that freeway! πŸ˜‰

  17. simpledaisy on August 30, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I still really need to make one of those breakfast cookies:)
    Well don’t feel too bad about the turtle….it happens sometimes~

  18. April on August 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Would you stop with the cookie porn already? J/K! Mmmm…it all looks fabulous!

    Sorry about the turtle πŸ™

  19. Errign on August 30, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Those cookies look soo good. lol that you made them in the middle of the night!

  20. Hangry Pants on August 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Those cookies look so tasty Gina!

    I think it’s okay to believe the turtle is okay. πŸ™‚

  21. Jenna on August 30, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Sorry about the turtle πŸ™

    But I absolutely love that you got up in the middle of the night and baked cookies. Totally something that I would do!

    I hope you enjoyed your shenanigans, can’t wait to hear about them!

  22. Shelby on August 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I love how you started baking in the middle of the night! Next time I can’t sleep, I’m totally doing the same thing!

    Breakfast cookie, oatmeal cookie, PB cookie…STOP! Too much deliciousness!

    Aww, poor turtle! You couldn’t avoid him though. I would have reacted the same way.

  23. Andrea (Off Her Cork) on August 30, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Oh Gina I’m so sorry about the turtle! I would have started crying too. πŸ™

    Where do you purchase the spelt and brown rice flour? Would I be able to get those at whole foods maybe?

  24. Amelia on August 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

    The cookie dough looks sooo amazing! Yum yum. πŸ™‚
    Sorry about your turtle incident! I would have totally freaked out and held up traffic like a crazy person.

  25. Jenny on August 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Aw, sorry about your traumatic turtle mishap, that would have shaken me up as well πŸ™

    Glad you made it to Orlando safely, and just in time for a delicious dinner!

  26. K on August 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Oh my goodness – those cookies look too delicious for words! My sleep schedule is whickity whack as well, drive me crazy! Sorry about the turtle! I would have bawled as well πŸ™

    Seasons 52 come to ME!

  27. Danielle on August 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Oh I wish I could get up and bake when I wake up in the middle of the night. Those cookies look amazing! Hopefully we all adjust to a better September sleeping schedule πŸ™‚

  28. Brittany on August 30, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I love that you woke up in the middle of the night and starting baking cookies. How appropriate. I just purchased Eat, Drink and be Vegan and I’m super excited to try out some of the recipes.

    Have a blast in Orlando Gina!

  29. Mandy on August 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I would love to find a healthy key lime pie recipe! The pilot’s shot looks delicious.

  30. Courtney on August 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Carob peanut butter swirl?? I am clawing my way through the screen right now! Ahhh, to no avail!

  31. lauren on August 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Gina! you and the polite make such a cute couple. did you date awhile before getting married?

    i am looking to buy new tennis shoes for weight lifting and aerobics. you said you loved the new asics you bought but the first pair you hated. I really know nothing about tennis shoes, but don’t want to buy the pair you didn’t like. what type of asics is the type you like versus didn’t like. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:35 am

      hey lauren-
      yup we dated for two years before we got married, but we knew we were going to do it within 4 months of knowing each other πŸ˜€ when ya know, ya know!

  32. Gliding Calm on August 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    You have yourself such a gorgey husband!!

    I told all my readers to update their google readers with your new site, and I didn’t even do it myself!! I’ve been missing DAYS of fitnessista and didn’t even realize it until I was texting you this morning!!! AIYAIYAI!!


    P.s. love the random baking. so cute!

  33. lauren on August 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    sorry one other question. how do you make your roasted veggies. i never know if there is really a taste difference by adding oil. honestly, i really don’t know how to cook at all, so i never even know how long etc. Thanks!

  34. Jenny on August 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    pokeman balls.. HA, i love you.

    that dinner looks tres gourmet.. you and the pilot are so fabulous <3

  35. Liz on August 30, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Love those midnight cookies!!! They look amazing. I’ve heard good things about “Eat, Drink and Be Vegan”. I think I must check it out. Sorry about the turtle. It happens to the best of us πŸ™

  36. Erica on August 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I’m tellin ya, G, if I wake up in the middle of the night the last thing I think is “Let’s go mess up my kitchen making cookies!” You are CRAZY! LOL But seriously, you will your be kids’ hero for it one day!!

    Looks like a fab dinner!

    “Revolving apparatus of death” = HILARIOUS, never thought of it that way.

  37. Louise on August 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Poor little turtle πŸ™ But what where you to do? That breakfast cookie looks AMAZING, I really need to make myself one! Hope you are having a fantastic time πŸ™‚

  38. Nicole on August 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Gina
    I found your blog via HEAB and wanted to say that I really enjoy what I’m reading! I wanted to talk to you about your decision to go back to school…I am going through a similar dilemma that you went through while making your decision and would like your in put/advice. I couldn’t find your email address so I thought I’d drop you a comment first. Thanks so much for your time!!
    Oh and so sorry to hear about the turtle! I love turtles and I would have cried too. Brothers are so mean sometimes!!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:30 am

      hey nicole!
      thanks so much for stopping by my little bloggy πŸ˜€ heaby is a good friend of mine- love that girl
      here’s my email: fitnessista@gmail.com
      send me an email anytime!

  39. Christina on August 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm


  40. Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A. on August 30, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Just found your blog and wanted to say it’s AH-MAZING! I love your stories and photos…and those little tiny desserts in this post! SO ADORABLE! And I’m definitely going to try your vegan cookies. Awesome!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:29 am

      hey erin!
      thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello πŸ˜€ hope to see you around more often!

  41. Annabananabomb on August 31, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Hey Gina, I did breakfast cookie this morning and it was so so good! Oats, flaxmeal, vanilla protein powder, nanner, soy milk, dates, and shredded coconut. I did my wholefoods shopping and bought so many good yummy things but no hemp milk – apparantley it’s illegal in Australia!! Oh well – guess it’s soy for now (almond was a bit exy for my budget). I’m ordering Eat Drink and Be Vegan right now πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2009 at 9:29 am

      hahah it’s illegal in australia?! the pilot won’t go near hemp milk because of that!
      so glad you liked it πŸ˜€

  42. MizFit on August 31, 2009 at 6:07 am

    I LOOOOVE when the Pilot is home and we get pics of him.

    Makes me KNOW youre sooo happy and content as well.

  43. GirlonRaw on August 31, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Oooh poor turtle. I would have done the same and cried. Like everyone else I reckon he was actually ok. But give your brother an arm punch from me!


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