What I’m Thinking

-Who needs house fragrance when you have Meyer Lemon Lavender macaroons?

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(Keep those giveaway entries coming!)

-I bought cereal, which is a rarity, because I could eat half a bowl or the entire box and feel the same. It IS delicious, though.


I chose this type because it’s gluten-free and has the word “Mesa” on the packaging. Mesa is in Arizona so I figured it was logical.

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It’s almost gone.

-Every time I’m on campus passing out DT fliers and free passes, the urge to go back to school is more intense than ever.campus

I still can’t decide if I want to finish my MBA to actually use it, or just so that I *have* it.

While I’m there, people often ask me how classes are going. It’s nice to pretend I’m still a student 😉


-They say you don’t really fall in love until you have children,

but I don’t think it’s possible to love a small thing more than Bella.


-The fact that I’m going to see the Pilot again soon is making me nervous.

I’ve been dealing with my emotions by buying shoes.

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(I’ll wear them ALL summer!)

Please check me in to the Stress Shopping Clinic.

-The thought of the “I haven’t seen you in more than 6 months” hug is already giving me butterflies…


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  1. Jackie on March 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Gina – could you post the recipes to your ‘roons?? So looking forward to trying my hand at some this weekend!

    Very excited for the Pilot’s flight back into your life. You both have earned the happiness that is headed your way:)

  2. vickie on March 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I love that pic of you & hubby together. You guys are so cute, happy & positive together.

  3. Kathie on March 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

    i am totally having butterflies and goosebumps for you!!! I will probably cry happy tears for you when you post that you and he are reunited again. =)

  4. Heather on March 4, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I know that feeling of being nervous to see someone you love and haven’t seen FOREVA. Last year around this time my fiance and I were separated while he did a semester in Guatemala. At the end of his stay, I flew down to see him. I was SO nervous. I had visions of jumping into his arms, but I was so flooded with different emotions that when I saw him for that first moment I just froze. He likes to tease me about how “cold” I was to him after all those months 🙂

    It’s an exciting time though…and I’m excited for you to be reunited. Happy Friday!

  5. andrea on March 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I’ve been married for 19 year (together 23) – I can not begin to express how excited I am for you to see your man again. What a treasure a wonderful marriage is! Glad that you will get to celebrate your marriage very soon.

  6. Hannah on March 4, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I can just about smell the lavender and lemon! I’d love the recipe!

  7. Jenn @ Frost Bites on March 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I remember those “butterflies in the stomach” kind of feeling. It’s fun but nerve-wrecking in a “make me sick” kind of way. I’m excited for you. You guys look adorable!

  8. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on March 4, 2011 at 10:48 am

    It’s so cute that you’re nervous :)Also, Bella is so adorable…I want my own Bella! I’m a TOTAL stress shopper too. And a bored shopper…and a happy shopper…and a hungry shopper…etc.

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

      hahah me too!
      everyone needs a bella 🙂

  9. Katie on March 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

    That Julia Glass book – “I See You Everywhere”- is SO GOOD! All of her books are fabulous, I think you’d really like them.

    The lavender lemon macaroons sound so delicious! I’m spoiled by your roonies, and have been eating them every day. Did the quackers show up? I was nervous because I think it coincided with your move…

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      they showed up… and i ate the entire bag before i could take a picture!! thank you SO much 🙂

  10. Becca @ Start Over From Scratch on March 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    So excited for you that the pilot will be home soon! And yay for Rainbows! I sing their praises to everyone I know! Can’t wait for flip flop season here!!!

  11. Erin @ Big Girl Feats on March 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Awww, I have serious puppy fever and all of these cute pictures of Bella is making me jealous! I want those ‘roons, too! So happy for you that you get to see the Pilot soon. You are such a strong lady 🙂

  12. Taylore on March 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm


    Oh my goodness! I’ve gotten really into food/fitness blogs this year. I stumbled upon yours and was in love. Then today I was browsing and I GO TO UA!!! I cant believe you’re in Tucson. This is so exciting to me!

    That’s all. I just thought it was so neat! If I see you handing out fliers I will definitely get one haha

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      what?! that is awesome!!!
      so nice to *meet* you 🙂

  13. Dee on March 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    You are so wise to ask yourself this question: “I still can’t decide if I want to finish my MBA to actually use it, or just so that I *have* it.”

    I wish I had asked myself that question and really thought hard about it. I got my ph.d. in ed, and it was something I’d said for years I wanted to do, so I went for it. Ended up hating the experience, didn’t listen to my intuition, stuck it out, and now… not even using it. This doesnt’ mean that that would be your story- my best friend I met at grad school is now a prof and LOVES it. But I feel I didn’t really enter grad school with a clear sense of what I would do with the degree, so it’s a worthy question to ponder. Good luck with your decision. And congrats on your upcoming reunion!

  14. Sara @ Baking and Wine on March 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    The first post-deployment hugs are THE BEST! OMG I loved that hug. Ha. Well, and all the hugs after it but…. whew, the first one is incredible.

    Good luck finding a dress!!

  15. Danielle on March 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Yay! I spent forever picking out my outfit and it all changed last minute because Tennessee got snow and sleet! A few ladies were braving the ice on the flight line in heels though.

    I love the dresses at Anthro right now, especially these two



  16. Marissa on March 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Just some thoughts about going back to school…my husband decided to do this 2 years ago (he’s in a 4 year program). We are in our late twenties. He works full time and is in school full time. It is extremely hard! Just make sure you give it a lot of thought before diving in. In the end, I guess you have to do what makes you happy!

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on March 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I don’t know if you can share this, but when is the Pilot getting back? It must be VERY soon! 😀

  18. Aisha on March 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Hey, I have been reading your blog for at least the past 3 years and I don’t think I have ever commented, but everytime you mention your pilot it tugs at my heart and just makes me want to tell you that I think you are amazing and a real role model to me in terms of not only fitness but life and loving what you are given and working hard to get what you truly want, so thank you for writing this blog and inspiring a 22 yr old girl in London, UK to be the best person she can be.

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      thank YOU so much for reading and for saying hi <3 your comment brightened my night so much. keep rocking out! hope to make it to your neck of the woods sometime soon.

      • Aisha on March 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        Hey, I’m glad my comment brightened your day, I have something else to make you happy, a few weeks late but whatever, you can make breakfast cookies using buckwheat flakes instead of oats so they can be gluten free!

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