Two of my favorites return



The pilot picked up that lovely lady from the kennel today- I missed her Shiba face 😀

2. Tofu


Gliding Calm Style of course! (Is there really any other way??)

That’s right, I’ve brought tofu back into my life. I told ya’ll I’ve been craving it like a tofu-obsessed fiend lately and decided that even though it is processed, if it’s organic and doesn’t contain genetically-modified ingredients, I’m going to eat it because it’s really freaking delicious. It’s also an excellent source of protein, which I’m gonna tell you I didn’t get enough of over the fall season. I’ve been working on getting my protein back up (eating more organic eggs and wild fish), but I think that tofu is going to help get the results I’m looking for.

I know that protein requirements are totally inflated according to a wide variety of sources, mostly due to political reasons. I also know, however, that an active person who lifts weights and teaches aerobics needs more of every macronutrient, including protein. So I’d like to add tofu back in because it will help me to maintain my lean muscle –which I’ve lost some of over the holiday season- and because it’s fun and delicious. You can do so much with it!

Like this epic comeback….


I cooked up some red quinoa with sautéed onion and garlic:


And stir-fried some organic veggies including onion, garlic, broccoli, snap peas, red bell pepper and baby bellas and seasoned with mix with rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos, sea salt and cayenne.


Baked up the Gliding Calm Tofu


And the pilot stir-fried some organic chicken for his protein:


Add it all together and it’s one heck of a meal 😀


Afternoon snacks included:

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And millet bread with almond butter:


Workout was pretty chill, since I’m a little sore from Sunday’s 7-miler and yesterday’s Bikram class.

Walk 5 minutes 4.2 mph; 2.5% incline
OH tricep extension 40 lbs; 30 lbs 2 sets of 12; 2 sets of 15
Front raise 5 lbs each 4 sets of 15
Stability ball pushup Body weight 4 sets of 15
OH press 8 lbs each 4 sets of 12
Dumbbell OH tricep extension 10 lbs 4 sets of 15
Stability ball chest fly 5 lbs each 4 sets of 12
Elliptical 15 minutes Cross country 1 program; level 5
Total time: 45 minutes    

Well I’m off to finish watching the last episode of Jersey Shore –mayjah guilty pleasure… the pilot had to convince me it was for real when I first saw it, I thought it was a joke show- and do some work.

See ya in the morning!


Stay tuned: For a fun pre-Winter Shape Up workout plan and a giveaway!

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  1. Julie @ Pickley Pear on January 12, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Never cooked tofu…crazy, right? I may just have to give it a try cause it looks so good and healthy, and the veggies – oh. Making me hungry while watching The Biggest Loser!!

  2. Jocelyn on January 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Glad you are bringing back what you like 😉 Looks yummy!

    I LOVE Jersey shore. My man just watches it with his jaw dropped..”is this real”…”are there real people out there LIKE THAT???” hahaha. love it.

  3. Kelly Michelle on January 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    swap the tofu for shrimpies and we ate the same dinner. Although I do have yummy tofu in my fridge waiting to be cooked.

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Your chicken for the pilot looks delish! How did you make it?

    • Fitnessista on January 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      he made it! the exact same way i made the veggies- in a little skillet with all the same seasonngs 😀

  5. s on January 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    oh, i got some millet bread. you’re right about it; i love the dense texture. i should try it with some AB.

  6. Marla on January 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Hi – sorry if you have posted this before but how do you cook tofu? I always wanted to try it but wasn’t sure how to make it! Thanks! Btw, I love your hair – it has great volume…

  7. Sara on January 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Beautiful meal! I definitely need to get a hold of some red quinoa!

  8. Danielle @ ECGWCW on January 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Jersey Show is my guilty pleasure too!!! I can’t get enough!!

  9. kathleen on January 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    i loooovvvveee red quinoa. when are you planning to get pregnant? if that’s not inappropriate to ask?


    • Fitnessista on January 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      don’t want to jinx anything… how about “someday” 😉

  10. Paige (Running Around Normal) on January 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Awww yay Viesa!
    Dinner looks amazing! I need to find me some red quinoa in my life. Thanks for posting the link to the tofu recipe. I have some in the fridge with an expiration date coming up. I’ll have to try it out!

  11. Lauren (Biochemista) on January 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm


    You got me craving tofu! Good thing I just made a Trader Joe’s run 🙂

    My fav way to prepare is to saute chopped garlic and onions in EVOO (and a splash of white wine) then add thinly diced tofu topped with sea salt, peper, and peprika.


  12. Kristie on January 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Girl you make that stir fry look amazing! And with red quinoa and tofu? Please make me dinner 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      of course! 😀

  13. Run Sarah on January 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Your meal looks AMAZING! I have to look for this red quinoa! Major yum 🙂

  14. Marissa on January 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Yay for the return of tofu!!!

  15. Whole Body Love on January 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Where do you buy Millet Bread? I would love to try it!

    • Fitnessista on January 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm

      at the health food store- the brand is food for life 😀

  16. bobbi on January 12, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    hey girly how do you make the tables for your workouts in your posts???

  17. Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now on January 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I do love tofu. Never thought I would like it, but I do!

  18. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on January 13, 2010 at 12:08 am

    i’ve never seen tofu look so good 🙂 definitely going to be trying this recipe (fitnessista version, of course!)

  19. sandy on January 13, 2010 at 1:39 am

    love reading your helpful blog! so how many grams of protein do you try to eat per day? i’m still experimenting, but i feel good with about 40-50g/day.

    • Fitnessista on January 13, 2010 at 8:04 am

      thanks, sandy!
      i honestly don’t know, since i stopped counting calories about a year ago.
      i can tell by how i look and feel– my energy levels are a little drained and i have less muscle tone when i don’t get enough
      if you feel good with 40-50g, then stick with it 😀

  20. Julia on January 13, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I loveeeeee (red) quinoa. Great source of protein there too! And those veggies just look amazing.

  21. Lexi on January 13, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Your dog is adorable! I’ve never had red quinoa, looks delicious!

  22. Lia on January 13, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Hello fitnessista!
    I love your blog and admire your active lifestyle, big fan! 😀

    I have a question regarding protein since you mentioned bringing tofu back into your diet.
    I have recently (last 2-3 months) turned vegetarian, I haven’t consulted the doctor or anything since I feel great and don’t feel in any way weak, more energetic actually!
    I eat a lot of vege and fruit along oats, wheat and grainy stuff. No fish, rarely eggs, very little dairy except some soy in my tea and some yoghurt.
    Now, I have no idea where I stand with protein intake but do you think if I ate more egg whites I’d be ok in the protein department? Or do you recommend protein powders? I am quite active, workout 3-5 times a week.
    I know you aren’t a nutritionist or anything but I know you have a lot of experience so that’s why I’m asking. No worries if you can’t answer it! 🙂


    • Fitnessista on January 13, 2010 at 8:02 am

      hey lia,
      thanks so much for saying hi 😀
      i am a nutritionist but its hard for me to say, as i’ve never met you, don’t know your stats (height, weight, body fat %, workout schedule) and exactly what you’re eating. i myself usuaing go by how i feel and look rather than actual grams of protein… i think if you feel great and are able to keep your muscle tone, you should be fine in the protein department

      • Lia on January 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

        Doh, you ARE a nutritionist, that’s even better!
        Thanks for replying, I knew it’s pretty hard to tell but I guess I should just listen to my body and right now it’s pretty happy! 😀

        Thanks again!


  23. Heather on January 13, 2010 at 6:59 am

    LOVE TOFU. I’m vegan and have it at least once a week. I’m in no way affiliated with this product but I got it a while back and absolutely love it instead of using a ton of paper towels or kitchen towels to press my tofu. A little on the pricey side but pretty awesome anyway!

  24. Jenna on January 13, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Ya for the return of tofu!!

  25. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on January 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Mmmmm love that meal, love tofu!!


  26. Kalli@fitandfortysomething on January 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Looks like a great dinner!

  27. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Ok so funny story you’ll appreciate: yesterday for lunch I brought 2 leftover meatballs in a white sauce and 2 clementines. There was quite a commentary… my coworkers are dirty 🙂

  28. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on January 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I’ve had a similar rekindled feeling for tofu recently too! I think it must have been my trip to Japan, and of course it’s AMAAAAZING there. It’s just so versatile and tasty!

  29. Mo @ Mommy RD on January 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Love that you added tofu back into your diet. I heart tofu, and crave it when it’s been awhile since I’ve had it. Your dinner looks fantastic, I think I’ll make something like that tonight. I have red quinoa in the pantry. 😉

  30. emilyb on January 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

    The Jersey Shore IS a joke show…I’m convinced they’re all actors.

  31. Bethany on January 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    That tofu looks delicious! I need to try making some GC style. If you are ever feeling lazy, Trader Joes sells some amazing pre-marinated tofu.

    • Fitnessista on January 13, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      WHOA! i had no idea- thanks for letting me know!

  32. Justine on January 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Hey Gina, I thought you might want to check out this video about soy:

    I’m personally a fan of (some) soy products but be careful about the tofu. Soy products should be limited to about 2 or 3 times a week, or so I’ve read various places. Too much soy can lead to a lot of issues including infertility.

  33. Reesa on January 14, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I absolutely love your blog. I thought I was the only one that loves goat cheese and tofu. Way to go.
    What is best to eat when you are trying to loose belly fat?

  34. Alice on January 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    What else do you put on your millet bread besides the alomond butter?

    Looks like cinnamon?

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2010 at 7:57 am

      yes, maca and cinnamon

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