What a Year

Hey everyone! Hope you have something fun going on tonight πŸ˜€ Please remember to be safe while you’re out and about!

It has been a heck of a year in the Fitnessista casa πŸ˜€

I ran my first half marathon:

half medal

My love got back from a 6 month deployment:


We traveled to Tucson:



tom and i









CALI with the POM peeps– I was very lucky that they included me in the group of bloggers, and they paid for my trip out to Fresno




And Oklahoma, where I went to culinary school at 105degrees:D


I ate and made some amazing food (lots of raw goodness!)

spring rolls




Made lots of macaroons




Fell even more in love with yoga

yoga room


Dressed the dogs up like fiona and shrek for Halloween


Had a Christmas with the pilot! (It’s a rare thing)


And had a blasty with friends and family, training clients, teaching aerobics on base and writing this little blog πŸ˜€

Thank you so much to all of you lovely readers for sharing my shenanigans and adventures this year! I <3 you all πŸ™‚

Have a safe, happy, fabulous and FIT New Year πŸ˜€



What are you most proud of this year?? I’d have to say going to culinary school was my number one. It was such a fun and rewarding experience πŸ˜€

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 31, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Happy New Year, Gina!!! Have a fabulous night! πŸ™‚

  2. Becka Kenefic on December 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Happy New Year(AND DECADE) i want you to know you have changed my life this year

    we have never met, but it hasnt changed anything, i(as well as my four year old and boyfriend) have changed my eating and living habits so much since I stumbled upon your blog 8 months ago! i used to exercise and eat right all the time, but you have shown me what a joy food and life can be!!

    I wanted to say thank you one more time in this lovely year for everything you have done

    keep it up, it means a lot to a lot of people out there!!!

    Becka and family

  3. Amy on December 31, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    What an awesome year you had!! I can’t believe you were here in Oklahoma at 105 degrees!! I love that restraunt! Happy New Year Fitnessista!!

  4. Babycakes on December 31, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I’m loving all these bloggie end-of-year recaps. You and The Pilot are too cute for words, and I’m so happy you two got to spend Christmas together this year. My biggest accomplishment of 2009 was making it to the half way point of graduate school – I am officially half way done. Yay!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      whoo hoo! i WAS halfway done.. but then i dropped out :/

  5. Babycakes on December 31, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    oh, and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  6. Teri on December 31, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I’m proud that I made new friends who are some of my dearest in this new, slightly odd town of mine! And that I got my group ex certification! Thanks for all the inspiration and happy new year!

  7. Mama Pea on December 31, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I loved sharing this year with you! I can’t wait to see what you do in 2010. I know it’s going to be great. Oh, and I’m really glad you got rid of that ‘stache.

  8. Maggie on December 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Looks like a great year! Happy New Year to you, too! I’m proud that I set goals for myself (health-wise and professionally) and I achieved them!

  9. Jenna on December 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    What a great year!

  10. Gina G on December 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    happy new year Gina! (im still thinking about what i am proud of, i just know im thankful i am for my family)
    your wonderful girl! talk you next year! =)

  11. Sarena - The Non-Dairy Queen on December 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I am so happy for you that you had such a great year! I hope the next one is just as good for you!

  12. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Yay whhat a fun and exciting year! I’m most proud of my commitment I’ve made toward being more healthy. I feel so much better since I’ve started to actually exercise each day and eat clean. It’s amazing how great it makes me feel! Major commitment = first 1/2 marathon happening in less than 1 month.

  13. lisa on December 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Absolutely lovely photos… I am so happy your year was so rich in meaning. Wishing you happiness in 2010… thanks so much for all of the time and energy you devote to the blog. I love it! Congrats on the Glamour post too!

  14. Kathryn on December 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Was the Cali trip sponsored by POM? If yes, you have to disclose that the trip — and post — was sponsored by POM per FTC rules. http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 6:06 pm

      in the posts i made about the pom trip, i said that pom paid for almost everything, which they did. i edited the post to remind everyone that it was a freebie.

  15. Jenna on December 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    It will be hard to top your 2009, but I think you can do it!

    I am most proud of starting up my blog and advancing in my career :).

    You have fun tonight as well my dear!

  16. rebecca lustig on December 31, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful 2009 πŸ™‚

    wishing you a very happy safe and healthy new year, lovely lady!

    rebecca <3

  17. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 31, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    What a fantastic year you’ve had! I’d love to go to culinary school this year…probably in the summer…and I can definitely see how you’ve used that training in your life! Hope you have a wonderful, fabulous New Year, and keep up the great work! πŸ™‚

  18. caronae on December 31, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Happy New Year to you too! I hope you continue to grow and find happiness! I am most proud of my increased positivity this year (it is hard to be nice to yourself!)

  19. rhodeygirl on December 31, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    What a beautiful year! Happy 2010!

  20. Katie on December 31, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    You and Pilot make such a beautiful couple!


  21. Pure2Raw twins on December 31, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    One highlight of the year for me was meeting you…but also thanks for driving me around, and I loved learning to uncook with you at 105. Oh an yes some YOGA!!! Miss it all πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year to you and TOM!!! Thanks for everything and best wishes to you both!

  22. Shelby on December 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Happy New Year Gina!!!

  23. elizabeth on December 31, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    happy new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Jenn (eating bender) on December 31, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    What a year you have had, indeed! I’ve enjoyed reading along πŸ™‚ So glad that you and the Pilot were able to enjoy Christmas together. That’s amazing!

    I see bright things in your 2010, G. You have so much talent and so many people who love you…how could you not find much success?! Not that you haven’t already — you just keep on rockin’ it!

    I’m most proud of graduating and finding a job in this economy. Even when I have rough days, I remember how lucky I am for this and this alone, and I instantly tell myself to stop grumbling!

    Happy New Year! Hope to see you in 2010!

  25. kristi (sweet cheeks) on December 31, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Happy New Year!! I wish only the best for you throughout this new year! xoxo

  26. Ashley on December 31, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Love your year in review! I have to say that I really enjoyed your posts about culinary school. Nothing like drooling over raw desserts at 8am πŸ™‚ Wishing you, the Pilot and the puppies a wonderful year ahead!

    This year I am most proud of quitting my job and enrolling in holistic nutrition school!! So looking forward to 2010

  27. Jessica (fit and clean) on December 31, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Happy 2010, Gina! The thing that I am most proud of is my dedication to being healthy and fit, and eating clean. I feel sooo much better then I did even a few months ago! I love your blog, it gives me the motivation that I lack sometimes. Thank you!

  28. SuzanneRN on December 31, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    happy new year Gina (and Pilot and fur babies!)

  29. Nicole on December 31, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Happy New Year! You have introduced me to many foods through your blog like goji berries, maca, cacao nibs, macaroons, dates, almond butter, Mary’s crack, etc. I am most proud of starting my blog and getting my husband and I to eat as cleanly as possible πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful night!

  30. EmJay on December 31, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Did you get to see Wicked in New York?? That show is AH-MAZING!!
    Sounds like you had a better 2009 than most. Hope your 2010 is even better!

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

      YES, and i can’t wait to see it again. i’ve been in love with wicked since the book came out, and was seriously so happy when i saw it, i may have cried a little πŸ˜‰

  31. Suzanne on January 1, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Happy New Year Gina!
    Read the blog all year, every post as delightful as its poster.
    Hope 2010 is just is great for you, Pilot, and puppers.

    Thank you for all you do for your blog and its readers.

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

      thank YOU for reading and gracing me with your thoughtful and often hilarious comments and emails πŸ˜€

  32. Leah on January 1, 2010 at 1:17 am

    What a busy year!!

    Im most proud of the changes Ive made in my lifestyle and diet. Ive started taking much better care of myself than I used to, and I think thats my biggest accomplishment.

    Happy New Year!!

  33. Susan on January 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Happy new year!!! I’m most proud of making changes to my lifestyle, I now eat clean most of the time and I’ve learnt so much about health and fitness. I challenged myself to do a bootcamp and survived it.
    Thanks for a great blog.

  34. Romy on January 1, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Happy New Year to you and your pilot πŸ˜€ I wish you all the best! I’m sure 2010 will also be a great and successful year for you πŸ™‚
    Thanks for this great blog! I can’t wait to read more about fitness and healthy stuff which I’m sure you will also provide us in 2010 πŸ˜€

    THANK YOU!!!

  35. Brigid on January 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

    My biggest personal accomplishment was introducing a lot more vegan food into my diet. I feel amazing! My biggest work-related accomplishment was writing my first business plan and getting a line of my jewelry into a store. So scary, but so great. Happy 2010 to you!

  36. Dara on January 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Happy New Year Gina!! I am so glad you enjoyed your time at 105degrees. We LOVED having you with us! You are a delight, and inspiring to so many. I wish you the best in 2010!

  37. Jenny on January 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Amazing year in review Gina! I remember being so excited for you when the pilot returned πŸ™‚

    I am proud that I made the decision and took action in applying to grad school–finding out where that goes is big for me this year!

    Happy New Year, can’t wait to keep reading!

  38. Julie @savvyeats on January 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    You have had an awesome year… hope 2010 is just as great (or better!)

  39. BRENDA on January 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Hi!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I have been following ur blog for a ncouple of months now and I must say I love it!! I just love how happy u sound ur just cute(not in a creepy way) in like a Taylor-Swift-is-cute-&-sweet-& u-wish-her-da-best kind of way. ANYWHO… I tried da b-fast cookie & I loved it!( so did my 4-yr-old daughter, whom just turned 5). I’ll b 26 in march and i wanna try 2 incorporate eating raw food & I don”t know where 2 start and what book to buy and i was kinda hoping u could help me out, PLEEEEAAASE!!! THANKS. I wish everybody for this year to be the best one yet!!!

  40. Tara on January 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Love the pix! You have had a full FUN year!! <3

  41. Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me on January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    great year! awesome food as well!

    I am definitely most proud of buying our first home. It was crazy since my bf and I are only 22 but we love it and are so happy!

  42. One Healthy Apple on January 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I missed this post on the day of, but I loved it! I really enjoy reading your blog and learn so much from it. Congrats on a wonderful year and good luck in the next year!

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