Where are you, Garmin?

Sing it to the tune of “Where are you, Christmas?” The Faith Hill version 😉

Heyyyyyy 😀 How are you?? I’m so stoked that ya’ll liked the Mandy Ingber review and Reader’s Request yesterday 😀 If you have any more reader’s request ideas for a post, please to send them my way!

Yesterday was a slight doozy, but the only hiccup was that my Garmin still hasn’t arrived. If you keep up with my shenanigans on Twitter, then you know that I accidentally had the Garmin shipped to my dadoo’s house in Tucson. So combine that with dinosaur free shipping, and they received said Garmin two Saturdays ago. My dad went to the post office last Tuesday and shipped it Priority to me (which usually takes 3 days) and I still haven’t received it. I’m crossing my fingers it comes today- I want to give it a whirl!

Anywho. today is off to a good start….


AB & J Bfast cookie!

-1/2 cup oats

-almond milk

-smashed banana

-1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior


-1 T almond butter

-1 T strawberry Polaner spread all over the top (for a glossy sheen)

It was gloooooooorious!

Some of the eats from yesterday:

Salad beast:


Millet bread, almond butter and bananer:


The last cookie, from the twins (quite possible the best cookie I’ve ever had)


And a Tucson-inspired dinner: Tamales and egg!


Ahhhhh, so good. Something about a warm, Tucson green-corn tamale just warms my soul 😀

I took pilates and taught Zumba last night. Pilates kicked my booty (and my abs! Owwwww!) and Zumba was awesome. It was my last class before the new year –things are going to be too crazy with our travel schedule- and we packed the house. I’m pretty stoked for Zumba party 2010!

Well I’m off to start packing for Gatlinburg, and then meeting Jeni for a workout, smoothie and last-minute shopping!

See ya tonight <3


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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Ahhh I hope you get the Garmin! Can’t you track the package somehow??

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

      no 🙁

  2. Paige (Running Around Normal) on December 22, 2009 at 9:52 am

    That sucks about your Garmin. I hope it gets here today!! You never know when shipping around the holidays. So frustrating!
    That b-fast cookie looks amazing! I made one today, too – I like mine pumpkin-ified 🙂
    Good luck packing!

  3. Karen Carloni on December 22, 2009 at 10:09 am

    How do you make your eggs in such perfect little poufs?

  4. Jackie on December 22, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Koga sounds awesome. I’ve done spoga (spinning/yoga) before and loved it. I might have to keep my eyes open for koga!

  5. Carrie on December 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Reader Request- How can I train for a 5K? I do not run at all right now. I just do intervals and weights. Can I really do this? It has always been a goal of mine. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2009 at 10:22 am

      of course you can do it! check out the “couch to 5k” program and i’ll definitely do a post on this for ya, too 🙂

  6. Heather on December 22, 2009 at 10:24 am

    That salad looks amazing good right now!! 🙂

  7. Janna (Just Flourishing) on December 22, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Your food looks delish… especially that salad.

  8. Kelly on December 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Koga sounds awesome! LOL

  9. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on December 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

    We might be getting Zumba at our little gym. I’m excited to try it!!!

  10. katherine on December 22, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Hope the Garmin arrives soon!!

  11. AmyJoGo on December 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

    So not healthy, but since you’re from Tucson I have to mention it. Eegee’s!!

    My mom went to high school in Tucson and loves Eegee’s. Everytime we go visit family, we make a trip(ok…several) to an Eegee’s. My fave is the lemon.

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2009 at 11:13 am

      eegee’s!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!
      i’m drooling right now. everywhere. and dying for a strawberry-lemon. so. insanely.good.
      which hs did your mom go to?!

  12. Carolyn on December 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Wow!! If it takes much longer if I were your dad I’d ask for a refund for the shipping difference @ the post office.

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2009 at 11:14 am

      that’s a great idea. i’m just worried it’s lost in the mail somewhere or stolen 🙁

  13. fittingbackin on December 22, 2009 at 11:03 am

    awww sorry the garmin is taking so long. 🙁 Your salad beast looks fantastic though and i’m with you – pilates abs hurts like no other! haha

  14. Megan on December 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Booooo…why is it alwyas the stuff you’re waiting and waiting for that takes so long??

    Def listening to a playlist w/ where are you christmas, nsync merry christmas happy holiays, and all i want for christmas is you on repeat right now.

  15. Ashley (whole-ier) on December 22, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I have a reader request: I am trying to find a new workout schedule. My workouts were M:upper body/abs T:cardio W: lower body/abs Th: cardio F: total body Sat: yoga Sun: off

    I notice most trainers do full body workouts every time. What kind of schedule would you recommend?

    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

      you can do it one of 3 ways:
      circuit (entire body 3x week)
      push/pull (day 1: shoulders, chest, triceps, day 2: legs and abs, day 3: back and biceps)
      antagonist (day 1: shoulders, chest, day 2: quads and hams, day 3: biceps and triceps and day 4: back and abs)
      i’d recommend playing with it and finding a schedule that works best for you!
      you might just need to shake things up a little 😀

  16. Danielle (Coffee Run) on December 22, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Bfast cookies are still on my “to-make” list. Question- what’s the difference between pilates and yoga?

  17. Kathleen on December 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

    That salad is making my mouth water..yuummmm. And tamales! When i was little we had spanish friends who always made fresh tamales. Best thing I have ever tasted, there is nothing like an authentic one!

  18. Brigid on December 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

    A green corn tamale sounds fantastic! I’m from Oklahoma but have a deep love of Southwestern food. How do you make your breakfast cookies? Do you combine everything and then bake them?

  19. Julie on December 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

    The tamales look fabulous….do you have a recipe for them? Are they Gluten Free/Dairy Free by any chance???? My mouth is watering just looking at them!!!


    • Fitnessista on December 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

      yes they’re gluten free and dairy free!
      a family friend makes them and then my mom and nana freeze them and overnight the tamales to me 😀
      sorry i don’t have the recipe!

  20. rebecca lustig on December 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Love faith Hill. checkin out your recipes link as we speak, yay!

    Oh, and I wanted to thank you for your comments and support. I genuinely appreciate and value your genuine words.

    Stay strong, stay positive- it’s the most wonderful time of the year. And if it’s not, let’s make it one.
    bec xo

  21. katie on December 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Oooh I hope the Garmin comes today!!

    I forgot you were going to Gatlinburg. I just passed that exit on my way to Nashville. I hope you have a good time. If nothing else, the lights and decor will be really pretty!!

  22. glidingcalm on December 22, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    hope your Garmin arrives soooooon!

    yay Pilates!!! yay amazing salads!!! yay almond buttttttttttttah sammmys!!!

    I havent had almond butter in agessss! way way way too long.


  23. Stasa on December 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I hope you’re Garmin get to you soon! You will love it 🙂 I just got one for Christmas last week. Fingers crossed for ya.

    Polaner on the bfast cookie! Oh that’s a must try.

  24. AmyJoGo on December 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I think she went to Flowing Wells? Something like that. It was back in the early 70’s.

  25. AmyJoGo on December 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    And…I just looked and they will ship Eegee’s to you. Since you enjoy entertaining, maybe you could have an Eegee party for your friends this summer.

    • AmyJoGo on December 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm

      duh. I just now figured out how to respond to my earlier posts. Please ignore those other posts…I’m a blogidiot. lol

  26. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Oh, I hope the Garmin comes soon! Shipping is a beast this season…LOVE LOVE LOVE the tamales and egg combo…that’s my family’s Christmas eve tradition (maybe not the egg, but the tamales). SOOOO good!

  27. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on December 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Aww so sorry it is taking so long! Hope it gets there soon!


  28. Carmen on December 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I’ve been a long time reader and have enjoyed following your adventures in life and food. Your B-fast cookie is a regular in my life as are my attempts at creating your macaroons. But I actually have a question about the Air Force. I’m thinking about joining as a Nurse Practitioner, but was wondering what your thoughts are on the lifestyle. I’m single and in my early twenties, do you know of very many other single women who joined? Are they allowed to date the men on base? (I feel shallow asking that, but, yummy pilots!) I would love to join for a variety of reasons, like the traveling, and you have a very good preceptorship program, but I’m wondering if I am cut out for the lifestyle. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated!


  29. Jessica on December 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Everything looks fab Gina!! Hmmm, maybe I should jump on the oatmeal cookie bandwagon and finally try one tomorrow?! I totally trust that it’s delicious and amazing–i’m just so content with my hot bowl of oats….i’ll get over it though 🙂

    And yum….your almond butter-y/banana slices always make me hungry! Have a great day love!!

  30. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on December 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Yeah, the mail is uber-wonk right now. Bummer about your Garmin. 🙁

    PS I was just catching up and read that you saw Avatar–was that not out of control!? Sooo cool. Like Ferngully meets An Inconvenient Truth on steroids.

  31. Jenny on December 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Hope you get that Garmin in soon! Snail mail can be such a bummer 🙁

  32. Stephanie on December 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I need to jump on the band wagon and try on of these breakfast cookies! They look so yummy!

    I hope you find your garmin!!! 🙁

  33. Leah on December 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Ever since you mentioned the millet bread I have wanted to try it SO badly but I can not find it anywhere. I’ve searched. It doesnt exist here. So sad!

  34. Jenn (eating bender) on December 22, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Gotta. Getta. Garmin! 🙂 I hope it comes for you soon because I want to hear what you think. I so secretly want one and have for months…sigh, maybe someday!

    Looooove that AB&J breakfast cookie. And the cookie from the twins just looks out of this world. YUM!

    Hope you have a lovely day, lovely lady!

  35. Jenna on December 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    hope ya get that garmin gina!!

  36. Melissa S. on December 23, 2009 at 12:15 am

    ohhh…i’m sorry about your garmin! sometimes if the post office has it, the box is too big and you’re not home, they won’t deliver. i’ve had that happen several times. maybe go to the local post your mail goes through!

    i hope it shows up soon!

  37. Whole Body Love on December 23, 2009 at 12:39 am

    My daughter was conceived in Gatlinburg 😉 seriously. What did I think would happen with two hot tubs and gorgeous scenery. Beware of the Carnival Craziness though. I didn’t realize that it’s a big ole Carnival until we arrived. We were expecting a more natural outdoor experience

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2009 at 7:35 am

      LOL! i love it 😀
      thank you for the carnival warning 🙂

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