Wild Thang



I decided to take my new shirt on a test run this morning for the speedwork that was due, per my training plan.

Not before having some bfast:



-1/2 C oats

-1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-1 T almond butter

-1 small banana




After that digested –and making some Rawnola– I set out on my run.

The plan for today was 7 miles, including 1 mile each for warm up and cool down, and 3 miles of speed (8:13 each) alternated with .5 mile slow jogs

I warmed up for 1.5 miles, did a speedy mile at 8:04, jogged .25, speedy mile of 8:03, jogged .25, speedy mile of 7:50 (!) and jogged 1.5.

So as you can see, I changed it up a little but it worked 🙂 I skipped out on the last .25 mile because I had to get to work and needed the extra time for some stretching.

I tweeted asking for new songs to pimp my playlist, and here are some of the awesome suggestions I received:

“Hate on Me” by Jill Scott

“Around the World/Harder/Faster/Stronger Remix” by Daft Punk

“Wishing Well” by the Airborne Toxic Event

Little Secrets by Passion Pit or Flux by the Bloc Party

“whataya want from me” – adam lambert and “in my head” jason deluro

telephone by lady gaga!!


Gaga and BEP!

Blah Blah Blah by Kesha

Tik Tok. And anything from the Glee soundtrack.

Rihanna “hard” and Jayz “empire state of mind”

Tik Tok, anything Lady Gaga, and Good Morning by Chamillionare!

“i run for life” by melissa etheridge

Some of these I know and love but there are quite a few new ones on there- can’t wait to check ‘em out!

Today’s eats, much like my life, have been random and spontaneous.

Almond butter, straight from the jar until I decided the smear some on millet bread with cinnamon


Plates are for suckas.

Lopsided clementines 😉


Salmon burger and 2 egg whites, covered in Tabsasco


and a new bar, courtesy of the Vega Peeps who sent me some of their new Vibrancy Bars to try out.


The first one I wanted to try was the green synergy since I love spirulina and sea vegetables.


Here’s the nutritional info:

Vibe_-_Green-NutFacts  (source)

The verdict?

I LOVED it. I know quite a few bloggy friends weren’t fans of the new bars,  but I thought the green one was wonderful. Crunchy, lightly sweet, extremely nutritious—it was all I could wish for in a bar.

I had four training appointments today, then went and got a much-needed hour massage. It was glorious 😀

Now I’m off to get ingredients for tomorrow night’s dinner party and make the lasagna and dessert.

See ya in the morning <3

Much love,


How’s the Intro to Iron Pumping going??? I know Caitlin did the legs workout today—hope ya’ll are enjoying the workouts so far.

Winter Shape Up starts MONDAY! Wahoo!!!

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  1. Sara on January 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Lookin FIERCE G$!
    I don’t know if you like house music- but my playlists include Benny Benassi/Benassi Bros (very heart pumping). Another artist I really love is Annie- I love the tracks “Chewing Gum,” “Heartbeat,” “Me Plus One,” and also Bollywood music is totally dance-able…”Chiggy Wiggy” by Kylie Minogue featuring Akshay Kumar is a good Bollywood groover 🙂

  2. sarah on January 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    vega bar sounds yummy! i’ve been seeing the tubs of their nutritional supplement at WH a lot lately. i have really got to make a breakfast cookie. looks so yummy, especially on that pretty plate.

  3. Nicci@NiftyEats on January 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Love the shirt girl, I like the playlist too. I love running to Glee and Lady Gaga

  4. Candice on January 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Love your new shirt! I love the new song by Timbaland and Nelly Furtado- Morning After Dark.

  5. Kristie on January 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Very cute running shirt – guessing it worked out well for you then? Way to be so speedy!

  6. *Andrea* on January 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    cute shirt, miss wild thang 😉 is that ‘the doctors’ i see on your tv in the background?? i love the main doctor – he’s dreamyyyy.

    i’m in awe that you make almond butter on bread look so delicious..and that i feel better about myself for using paper towels > plates haha

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      hahah yes! i love him too.. doctor seksi, haha
      sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do 🙂

  7. Nicole on January 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    did the shoulders and triceps workout this morning – was SO good. thanks for all the ideas and linking the videos!

  8. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on January 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Love the shirt. 🙂 Lady Gaga really gets me going too. I went to her concert in December…that’s one crazy chica!

  9. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on January 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    oooh, very interested in the Winter Shape Up! Where can I learn more?? Do I have to wait til Monday? 😉

  10. Jenny on January 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    haha love that shirt! And thanks for sharing the playlist, I am ALWAYS (and I mean always) on the hunt for some new songs 🙂

  11. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on January 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    so many bloggers are eating breakfast cookies lately. I’m going to have to break down and make one to see what all the buzz is about!

  12. Liz on January 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    The Glee Soundtrack would be a great addition to any playlist. Those songs are just so damn catchy!

    I’m very excited for the winter shape-up!! I usually never stick with those plans but I have a feeling that this one will be different 🙂

    BTW, I enjoyed a DELICIOUS breakfast cookie for breakfast. Those things are like crack, lol.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      yes, the shape up will be different 🙂
      you’re totally right about the bfast cookies… CRACK!

  13. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on January 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    That green synergy bar sounds so yummo! Sweet that they sent it to you to try out.

  14. caronae on January 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Those are some sppedy miles girl! Great job! And I’m lovin the shirt.

  15. Jenna on January 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Hope your massage was nice!

  16. Paige @ Running Around Normal on January 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Bahah – love the look on your face in the first pic. And that shirt’s awesome!!
    Nice job on the run, sounds like you rocked it 🙂

  17. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on January 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again, i am so STOKED for the winter shape up! other than work i can’t wait for monday 🙂

  18. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 15, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Love the playlist! Glee is super fun to run to 🙂

  19. fittingbackin on January 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Great songs! I love tik tok – it just cracks me up and makes me happy and want to go out ASAP! 🙂

  20. Jackie (Army Wife) on January 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    The Glee Soundtrack, I love it sooo much!

  21. Mrs. Muffins on January 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Ooh, I grabbed a couple off that list for myself so I have to share some of mine too 🙂

    Down- Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne
    Wanted- Jessie James
    Blue Jeans- Jessie James
    Let It Rock- Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne
    Welcome To The World- Kevin Rudolf ft. Rick Ross
    3- Britney Spears
    Obsessed- Mariah Carey

    I found you from Caitlin’s blog and i’ve been doing the Intro to Iron, I love it, THANK YOU so much! Oh, and i’m a military wife too!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      some of my favorites are on that list! i LOVE welcome to the world 😀
      thanks so much for stopping by my little blog and i’m so glad you’re liking the intro to iron so far!
      SO AWESOME you’re a fellow military wife- thank you for your service to our country. it’s a tough job, but worth it, right? 🙂

  22. Caroline on January 16, 2010 at 12:18 am

    The orange shirt is AWESOME gina!

    No luck on the e-mail? Should I send again? Let me know – happy friday!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 12:22 am

      i’ve received it.. sorry i haven’t responded yet, i have a bunch to get through this weekend. it’s been a crazy week with getting back from vacay and playing catch up with my training appointments. i promise to write back soon! <3

  23. Caryn on January 16, 2010 at 12:18 am

    another good one by passion pit is “sleepyhead” :0) thanks for the fun and inspiring blog!

  24. Jenna on January 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Yay! Love the shirt and SUPER pumped for Winter Shape Up!

    Also, I just made one of your bfast cookies for the first time, and am pumped to try it out tomorrow morning! Thanks for the great ideas!

  25. katie on January 16, 2010 at 12:50 am

    hey girl!! SOME GREAT running songs i love are..

    1. No Air-Jordan Sparks
    2. Sexy Chick-David Guetta
    3. Bad Romance-Lady gaga
    4.Sweet dreams-Beyonce
    5. One time-Jusin Bieber (hes like 14 but love this song!

  26. Susan on January 16, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I’m loving the breakfast cookie, I’m eat it as a snack during work. Enjoy your dinner party tonight.

  27. yolande on January 16, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I have recently discovered your blog, and I must admit i find myself constantly checking for updates. your tips, recipes, and humor are wonderful. I made the breakfast cookie a week ago ,and my boyfriend and I are ADDICTED. I found oatmeal very boring before, but the breakfast cookie I simply cant get enough. I also started the iron pumping workout , I am on day 2 today and did legs… I am a very athletic girl and my legs are strong as it is , but I was very sore afterwards. I look forward to day 3 for back and biceps 🙂 thanks for all ur help and advice

  28. Kristin on January 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I’m doing back and biceps today (skipping ahead a day because tomorrow is long run day). Day 1 was great!

  29. Gena on January 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I was a fan of the Vega bars too, in spite of the negative reactions! Great minds think alike 🙂

  30. Gabriela on January 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I love that playlist! Creating a new one always motivates me to push a little harder 🙂 What brand is your millet bread, by the way? I’ve been wanting to try something different from my beloved Ezekiel (gasp!).

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have fun at your dinner party!

  31. Ian on January 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Absolutely love your writing style! I have been following your posts for a while, and they make me crack a smile in the morning :D. TikTok is entertaining to say the least while running, and I also don’t use plates as a college kid lol.

  32. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on January 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

    You busted out those runs! GREAT job!! My run would look like walking compared to you. I think I start speedwork next week. You wouldn’t want to come run the ING ATL? You’re not THAT far away! 🙂

  33. Courtney on January 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Isn’t Blah Blah Blah such a fab song!

  34. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on January 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Awesome run Gina! Nice splits. 🙂

    Also nice pile of almond butter on the millet bread. I’m at work and totally drooling right now.

    Vega Bar…I should have sent you mine. Loved the crunch, but the taste? Not so much. 😉

  35. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on January 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I’m a new reader to your blog, courtesy of http://www.healthytippingpoint.com and I love it! So interesting! Just wanted to say haha

    Anyways, I love those songs!! Especially Telephone, Lady Gaga is awesome!

    And i’ve never thought of putting cinnamon on almond butter.. sounds yummy!

  36. Brittany on January 16, 2010 at 10:46 am

    You are so wild!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the new workout songs. I’m always on the prowl for some new ones to add to my mix.

  37. Jenn (eating bender) on January 16, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Looove that shirt on you 🙂 Wild thang!

    I have yet to try those Vega bars. They are ready and waiting in my kitchen – maybe today will be the day. I was hesitant after reading some other blogger’s reviews, but am glad you liked them!

    What a good run! Love the tunes, too!

    Have a lovely weekend G! Can’t wait for your winter shape up.

  38. stephanie@Foodie McFood on January 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Where did you get that shirt? It’s adorable! I am so excited for the winter shape up. I need to strength train like it’s my job.

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      nike outlet!
      i’m glad you’re excited! i need to strength train, too… and it is my job, hahah 🙂

  39. Lauren (Biochemista) on January 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats on the speedy run!!!! 🙂

    Have you read the Book Core Performance for Women? It has helped me tremendously in the running dept!!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      really?? i’ll have to check it out, thank you!

  40. Jenna on January 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Hey there! Just thought I’d post this here because you’ll probably find it sooner than sorting through your email, but I was at Starbucks today (one of my favs as well) and they have a bunch of newer healthy snacks, and amongst them happened to be a raw granola bar! I thought of your blog when I saw it, so I decided to give it a try and it was DELICIOUS. It’s from twomomsintheraw.com, if you’re interested. I also posted about it on my silly little blog (eatinggreenstayinglean.blogspot.com) (with better pictures) if you’re interested in trying them out! They make crackers too I guess.

    Anyways, have a great dinner party (if that’s tonight?)


    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      awesome! thanks so much for letting me know! 🙂
      thank you, yes it’s tonight!

  41. Ranika on January 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hey girl,

    Cute shirt! Where’s it from? Also, when are you going to do a blog special on your kitchen gadgets?! 😉 And do you have any ideas on a low-carb breakfast cookie? Perhaps you can help me brainstorm!


    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

      nike outlet!
      i will most certainly do a reader’s request post on kitchen gadgets 🙂
      i honestly am not a big advocate for low-carb..more like “smart carb” and oats/oat bran are definitely a smart carb! maybe just up the protein and decrease the oats a little?

  42. Kate on January 16, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Really looking forward to the deets on the Winter Shape Up!

  43. Adriana on January 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Hey Gina! I just discovered your blog and have been reading it and love it! I am on a journey to eat better and be healthier but have some questions. I’m not sure if you have an email that I can a question to, or if I’m supposed to just post in comments. I know you’re busy, but let me know if you can!

    thanks sweetheart,


    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      hey adriana,
      welcome to the little bloggy 🙂
      my email address is fitnessista at gmail dot com (email me anytime!) or feel free to leave the questions in the comments section 🙂

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