Up to my ears

in spreadsheets!!


We heard back from the realtor today and sadly, the bank didn’t accept our offer and countered with the original asking price. Can’t say we didn’t try though, eh?

We are looking into just paying the full price and putting more money down than we anticipated, so I’m doing the spreadsheet finance nerdy thang to make sure we’ll be bueno.

It’s going to be worth all of the stress and insanity we’ve gone through.. we’re sleeping on it and if we decide to go for it, we’ll be in the new place in 30 days!!!


I like that a lot 😀

Today has been a fun and crazy day- started off with an EARLY Zumba class! It was my first time teaching Zumba at this studio and since it’s a new class (like the one I taught yesterday), I didn’t know if I’d have anyone. 6 girls were there ready to shake it! Such a blasty.

After teaching, I had breakfast waiting in the car for me:


My first experience with oats farina in a jar!

The reason why I haven’t tried this yet is because a necessary component is a “waning almond butter jar.” There’s no such thing in this household. Either the almond butter is there or it isn’t- there is no in between 😉

Well when I made the brownies the other night, I deliberately saved a little almond butter in the jar to use for breakfast purposes. Dedication, haha 🙂

oats (2)

-1/4 C cooked brown rice farina, thinned out with almond milk

-organic blueberries

-whatever was left in the AB jar (1 T?)

-about 1/3 crumbled brownie for “garnish” 😉

It was SO good. Loved how convenient it was, too—just stashed it in my bag and enjoyed after teaching.

A little while after I got home, foam rolled and did the shower thang, it was snack time:


The classic: brown rice toast w/ egg whites, nutritional yeast and TJs green salsa

I actually took it easy today, since this is technically my Sunday this week, and joined Meg for a thrift shopping adventure 😉


(shopping deets are on the fashion page)

In between, we stopped for fuel at MONKEY BURGER 😀


A perfect mix of necessary and delicious:





I’m off to Zumba round 2 (whew!) and then I’ll see ya in the am with a “Focus On” post 😀

Have a lovely night! <3



Something to do: Still have a few Sun Warrior bags left if you’d like to try/replenish it! 😀

Something to think:

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.”

-Dr. Seuss

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  1. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on May 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I hope you get the house! Good luck!

  2. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on May 17, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Oh those waffle fries look amazing!
    Sending good vibes your way for the house – hope it works out!

  3. Sara K on May 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Good luck on the house, sounds very exciting!
    Looks like you got some gorgeous goods from shopping (and some delicious eats!)

  4. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Those waffle fries look to die for! I hope you guys get the house and can move in ASAP!

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      me tooooooo

  5. Gina @Running to the Kitchen on May 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Hope the house stuff works out for you guys!

  6. Bonnie on May 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Good luck deciding on the house! By the way, where do you get your farina? I don’t think of I’ve heard of it before reading your blog, and now I want to try it out 🙂 Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      whole paycheck (aka whole foods)

      • Bonnie on May 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks! I know where I’ll be dragging my boys tomorrow 🙂

  7. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on May 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    oh your breakfast does look delicious and very convenient! 🙂

    can’t wait for the focus post as I always enjoy those 🙂

  8. Kelly @foodiefresh on May 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My anythings in a jar are few and far between too. Good luck on the house! My husband and I were there a little less than a year ago. Stressful, but worth it in the end!

  9. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on May 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Jars in my house.. are the same way. It is full.. or empty. As I eat it.. I make sure to get every last particle off of the side.. so there really isn’t anything left by the time I get to the bottom. A meticulous jar cleaner perhaps?! Who knows.

  10. Amber L on May 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Good luck on the house!! Thank goodness for the Sun Warrior promo – I ordered mine today!

    Oh! The Places You’ll Go is my ALL time fave Dr. Seuss book! I even have my future baby’s possible nursery theme planned out with Dr. Seuss as a theme and oh the places you’ll go as a mural on the wall. haha! A little cart before the horse, eh?

  11. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on May 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Gina, good luck with the house thing! I know those few weeks prior to closing are totally stressful, but in the end it’ll be worth it if you know in your heart that’s the house for you. 🙂 You’ll be done with all this duh-rah-mah soon enough!

    Have you considered posting some longer zumba videos? My gym’s latest class is 6:30 PM on a Friday – Not ever gonna make that in DC traffic! I MISS that class!! A YouTube option would at least be a lil sumthin sumthin since I can’t make it to the “real” thing.

  12. Parita on May 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I love creating spreadsheets (fellow Finance nerd)! And my fingers are crossed that the house is in your possession soon!

  13. Dana Marie on May 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    my mom was just going through that whole offer / counter etc thing with her new house which she’s been making progress on — painting and getting a quote for flooring today!. Maybe she’ll have appliances by the time I visit again! I’m sure whatever happens you’ll land on top. You seem to have that buoyancy.
    I totally relate on the Almond Butter thang —

  14. Amber, Blonde & Balanced on May 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Hi Gina! Just FYI, all your fashion page updates are also showing up Google Reader. Not sure if you knew that or not. I was confused at first because I was like where are the regular Gina-style posts?? LOL No biggie … maybe you already knew that and said something and I just missed it.

    Good luck with the house! I think you guys should go all in. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

      oops sorry about that! i don’t know how to fix it though :/ i’ll ask the web master

      • Amber, Blonde & Balanced on May 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

        No worries! It’s just like extra posts really! Just wanted to let you know in case you didn’t! 🙂

  15. Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows on May 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Sending “home sweet home” vibes your way! =)

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

      thank you!

  16. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana on May 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    The back and forth of home buying definitely scares me. Good luck!

    Great finds by the way in the clothing =)

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on May 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    “brown rice toast w/ egg whites, nutritional yeast and TJs green salsa”—oh the nooch “dump” looks awesome! I do that to my popcorn and add stevia. Sounds weird, but the sweet + savory + crunchy is really good.

    I hope you guys get your house!! I know how it is with short sales and banks. Oh, dont even get me started. I just hope you guys are able to do what feels best for you. Nothing like “magically” making x thousand dollars just appear out of no where for a higher than planned on down payment. Gah!!

    Thank you again for the moon comment this morning of mine. I posted about it in my most recent post and linked you back. You’re awesome, Gina 🙂 And awesome ppl deserve to get the house they want!

  18. Jen G. on May 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve been known to smear nut butter around the sides of a bowl just to mimic a waning nut butter jar. I’m a little obsessed with oats in a jar. And nut butter.

    Good luck on the house!

  19. Tori (Fresh Fruition) on May 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I love oats in a jar! I have the same problem, though. There either seems to be too much or too little in the jar to to OOIAJ! If there’s too little left I’ll just supplement with extra banana chunks 🙂

  20. kaila @ healthy helper! on May 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Morning zumba sounds fuuuun! I wouldn’t mind a little booty shakin’ to get my day started! And those sweet potato fries look BOMB! I love waffle fries!

    So is Meg your sister?

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 12:30 am

      no she’s my brother’s girlfriend 🙂

  21. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    zumba queen. Yow!
    so exciting about the house still, even if its still the same as the listed price. its a HOME you could call your own,and have little kids of yours running around 😛

  22. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Good luck with the house!!!

    And I think sweet potato fries are necessary 🙂

  23. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on May 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Hmmm, that’s a good idea to have as a portable breakfast, but I don’t get to that point in the jar, either. Hmmm….

  24. Barbara on May 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    1. i’m not sure how much more the counteroffer was but hopefully you two decide to move forward with the house. you seemed pretty stoked about;-). hey, even if you don’t get it for a steal, at least you get it for a good deal (my guess given the circumstances of the sale).

    2. anyhoo, i’ve never been to tucson but you surely do make a girl wanna vacay out there sometime soon. geez, the wonderful eats, fantastic workout options, shopping excursions and hot weather … shucks, how have slept on tucson all of these years?;-).

  25. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 18, 2011 at 12:38 am

    ugh, i hate negotiations with house buying! i hope everything works out…it’s no fun to fall in love with a house and not be able to get it. you guys will be fine though!

  26. babs on May 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

    ***GOOD VIBES*** sending you good vibes for the house purchase 🙂

  27. The Teenage Taste on May 18, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Mmmm…that farina in a jar looks so good. Don’t you just love it when there is more almond butter than you expected still in the jar. So yummy! 😀
    Have a great time at Zumba, Gina! I’m going to a class in my area tonight! So excited! 😀

  28. ellalinea on May 18, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I hope you get it!! 🙂 Keeping my fingers crossed :))

    Those waffle thingies look so good!

  29. thehealthyapron on May 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I hope everything works out with the house!

  30. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on May 18, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Budgeting and spreadsheets are always so stressful…but something about figuring it all out feels so refreshing and empowering too.

  31. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I hope you get the house! I’m sending good vibes your way. 😀

  32. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers on May 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I hope the house works out for you! I’m a total dork and use spreadsheets for everything, even weekly meal planning. Yup – nerd alert.

  33. Brittany on May 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Good luck with the house! Hopefully everything will work out smoothly.

    I had a suggestion for a Reader’s Request post, because you are a finance guru etc. Do you think you could show some of us non-finance minded people the basics of budgeting and working on spreadsheets? I’m trying to get organized in that department, but I’m at a loss as to what to do. Or are there any books you could recommend?

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 9:39 am

      sure, i could definitely do that 🙂

  34. Niki on May 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Do you know if OpenSky will ever be shipping to Canada?? I always feel so blue to be left out of these awesome deals!

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      i know they’re working on it, but not sure when it will happen

  35. Amy on May 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    So this is the first time that I have truly followed a blog and i have to admit I am hooked.

    First, i heart your spreadsheet! I too am a little ocd with my organization and expenses. Two: if you love the new place go for it. You have to follow your gut it will tell ya if it is the right move.

    Good luck. Thanks for the posts.

    Kinda curious about the protein powder, can a person have too much protein?

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      thank you!!!
      yes you can get too much of any macronutrient, which will be stored as weight gain- that’s why balance is important 🙂

      • Amy on July 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

        What do u find as the best balance for macro’s. I;m eating 2500 calories and trying to gain some lean muscle and i’ve been told 40/40/20 carbs, protein, fat and 40/30/30 I’m 5″4 and weight train 4 days a week and I weigh 104. I think I need to be closer to 110

  36. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily on May 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    How stressful but how exciting. Congrats!

  37. Lisa on May 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Housebuying takes patience,huh? Hope the pilot gets back soon so you can be “up to your ears in bedsheets” instead!! Ha.

    • Fitnessista on May 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      hahaha! yes please!

  38. Kate on May 22, 2011 at 6:07 am

    You might have answered this already Gina, apologies if you have, but will open sky be able to ship anything internationally soon? (I’m in New Zealand and would love to buy some Sun Warrior)

  39. Amy on July 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    What gluten free brown rice bread do u use? I have a hard time finding one thats healthy and not sweetened with fruit juice or cane juice?

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