Walk this Way

Hiiiii friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Howโ€™s your morning going?


We just got back from a lovely hour hike at Sabino Canyon- one of our all-time favorite places in Tucson.

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Itโ€™s so beautiful and serene-


the perfect spot for runners and walkers,




and photo ops ๐Ÿ™‚

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So much fun and the perfect way to wake up ๐Ÿ™‚ Today, we bought an annual pass, too, so we can go back wheneverโ€ฆ since weโ€™re going to live in Tucson now and everything ๐Ÿ˜‰



Brown rice farina with banana and strawberries, egg white and goat cheese omelet ๐Ÿ™‚

My to-do list is screaming at me, but I feel mellow and ready to tackle it.

See ya later today!



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Something to do: Want to be my virtual walking buddy? I started this yesterday, and every morning before starting the day, Iโ€™m going to walk for 30 minutes. This isnโ€™t my *cardio time*, just some โ€œmeโ€ time (sometimes accompanied by the Pilot or Bella) and chance to wake up, think, shake out my legs and get my metabolism going for the day. Anyone want to join in the fun?

Something else to do: Want some roons? Check out Katieโ€™s bake sale for Japan! (Hint: I never *just* send macaroons for charity bake salesโ€ฆ they come in a box full of Whole Foods and TJs goodies, too)


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  1. Erin on April 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    How do you make brown rice farina? I bought a box and tried to make it by adding hot water and it was a total bust.

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      i cook it in water like i would oats.
      1/4 C farina with 3/4 C water and a little salt, bring up to a boil, reduce and cook for 5-8 min

  2. Candy (Healthy in Candy Land) on April 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Where do you buy Mung Bean Pasta? I’ve had my eye out, but still haven’t found it. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      whole paycheck

  3. April on April 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I would love to join in the virtual walking, what a great idea!
    On the ‘breakfast topic’…do i remember you trying Kamut? I just bought some and made it with almond milk and it didn’t turn out too great. Any tips on how to prepare?
    Thanks girl!

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      kamut is one of the few grains i haven’t tried. LOVE kamut bread, though! try grinding some into flour and making bread ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Meghan on April 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I keep meaning to buy brown rice farina when I go to Whole Foods but then I get distracted by all the glittery – and by ‘glittery,’ I mean healthy and offbeat – foods and forget to pick up a package. Looks like a beautiful place to walk – lovely scenery!

  5. Sarah K on April 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love going for nice, calming walks on beautiful sunny days. Looks like you guys enjoyed yourselves.

  6. Angela @ MyPinkyToes on April 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    What a great idea…to walk for thirty minutes in the morning! I would love to join you on this…but I can’t promise to be up every morning ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Kathy on April 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Love your Yoga photo – gorgeous! And the Pilot’s made me laugh. Yes! I want to join the Virtual Fitnessista Walking Buddies ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. kristine on April 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    That location is gorgeous, wow!

  9. Amelia on April 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I wish I had time for a walk every morning. Maybe once my early morning classes finish up, I’ll have time to breathe again.

  10. Babs on April 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I So want to try those Maccaroons one day. Le sigh..225$ is a bit steep:(. I hope you get to sell them one day:)

    the hike looks lovely with perfect weather.

    thanks Gina!

  11. Brenda@Year25 on April 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    That canyon looks beautiful! What an amazing place to workout!

  12. Laura @ Backstage Pass on April 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I’d love to be your virtual walking buddy! Great idea to start off right with a nice, relaxing walk. I’ll try and start this tomorrow morning!
    Also – CUTE shorts, I think I have the same ones – what brand are they?

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      awesome, let me know how it goes!
      lululemon ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    LOL those pics of the Pilot are hilarious. He must have been a ninja in a past life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      he’s a fruit ninja haha (have you ever played that game?)

  14. Mindy on April 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    That looks like a beautiful place to go for a walk!!

    I would LOVE receiving one of your boxes! I still haven’t found the black bean spaghetti or mung bean pasta, and I’ve looked at 2 Whole Foods around here.

  15. Amanda on April 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I’m in!! See you in the morning (virtually, of course)! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      see you then ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Jessica on April 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    omg I have total landscape envy. I am dying for it to warm up so I can start hiking with my dog again! PA is beautiful but that’s like living in a painting.

  17. Amber L on April 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    ooo I like the walking in the morning idea to start the day! I think I will have to cut mine to 15 minutes though. I already wake up at 5:45 am. I think 5:30 is my earliest haha. I think 15 is sufficient to rev me up for the day, though!

  18. Jessica C. The Happy and Healthy Blog on April 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I start each morning with a long walk–to the subway! I love the idea of savoring that time as “me time” not an early start to my work day. Tomorrow I’ll see if I can stop with the mental to-do lists and enjoy it!

  19. jamie on April 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I’ll be your virtual walking buddy! Perfect way to begin the day, I think.

  20. Kristin on April 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Count me in virtually! I’ve been needing the same type of daily routine to clear my head.

  21. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] on April 6, 2011 at 1:42 am

    If I can manage to get to work earlier than normal, I’ll walk around the hood. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Lindsey @ SoundEats on April 6, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Love this, and can I just say how glad I am that you’re recognizing the benefits of walking? Ross and I go on walks a lot – great way to talk about your day and just spend some time with each other! – but I had some friends and coworker recently ask me, “Why walk? It takes so much more time than running!” But why always run? And for some people, if they’re not as used to running their heart rate will be a lot higher and the running can turn more into an anaerobic exercise, where your body turns to burn protein when carbs are burned, instead of aerobic exercise, where the body burns fats after carbs. Anyway. I heart walking too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Morgan on April 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’m in as a walking buddy!!! I love the idea!! My 5 year old twins are in for the fun also!! Keep up the inspiration girl!!

    • Fitnessista on April 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      wahoo! let me know how it goes!

  24. natalie (the sweets life) on April 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    ahhh last year we vacationed in Arizona and drove down to Tuscon one day to hike Sabino Canyon. It was one of our FAVORITE hikes there–though I had a major wipeout in one of the water sections ๐Ÿ™‚ So beautiful though! Your pictures brought back great memories!

  25. Emma on April 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Saw this post about taking a 30 minute walk every morning & thought it was a great idea! Got up and did it first thing and it was lovely me time to start the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Shelly on April 6, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I’d make Macaroons! So yummy!

  27. Mary (A Merry Life) on April 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’d love to join in on the walking fun! That sounds like something I would like to do and would be good for me too. Lovely idea!

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