Wilting Dolmas

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great morning 😀 Thank you so much for your awesome feedback on the breakfast cookie video and my OpenSky shop! Thursday AM we’ll be running a special promotion on the foam rollers… stay tuned. I can’t live without my foam roller- we have a deep and profound relationship 😉

Yesterday’s lunch was pretty legendary.


(Not my best presentation. The chard was slightly wilted but I was determined to eat it)

Raw “rice” with the usual recipe, using raisins instead of apricots


Wrapped up in the wilty chard “dolmas”, it was quite scrumptious


I have a container of rice left to top a salad with later this week 🙂

A couple of hours later, I busted into the leftover jalapeno goat cheddar cornbread from Sunday night’s Soul Food fest.


It tasted even better the next day, on a paper towel instead of a fancy plate 🙂

Pilates and Zumba were a blasty (I have a new Zumba video for ya’ll – it will be up tomorrow!) and then I met the girls at Longhorn for dinner.

I took this pic on the Crackberry, and it was a giant failure.


What happened with that one?! No one knows.

With the salmon salad beast, I also enjoyed a plain baked sweet potato, some wheaty bread, and some lovely company 🙂

I came home to my pilot who was having a date night with his girlfriend… the Air Force. He’s been a working machine lately since he’s going through an upgrade.

Well, it’s time to get these puppies outta bed and head to the base trail for a morning walk.


Have a lovely day!


Today’s tip: Let others know what your fitness goals and plans are. For example, if I tell Jeni I’m going to the gym, next time I talk to her she’ll ask me how the gym was. I don’t want to be a sucka and say the DVR sucked me in and I stayed home, ya know?? So tell me: what’s your workout schedule like for this week?? I always like to hear what other people are up to, and telling other people really is a great motivation tactic. (And no, I don’t mean running into the office and screaming: “I’m running 8 miles today!!!” I mean casually mentioning it to a friend or hubby/boyfriend/cat/etc)

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  1. adriana on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I’m taking it easy cause…I’m running a freakin’ marathon on sunday! YIKES!!!! soo nervous, but I feel ready.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      you are amazing. you’ll rock it out, i’m sure- good luck!! i’ll be thinking about you.. as i hit the snooze button and roll back into the covers sunday morning, buahah.

      • adriana on March 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm

        Thanks! Getting up from my warm bed has always been the worst part for me.

  2. Ashley on March 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Love your tip! I try to do this with my long runs, because motivation starts to wane when I realize how long/hard they’ll be, it helps if someone asks me about it.

    This Week:

    Monday- 30 Min Stairmaster, Hiking 2 hours (this was supposed to be 45 minutes..got sort of lost…)
    Tuesday – 8 Mile Run, 25 Min weights
    Wednesday – 45-60 Min Cardio of Choice
    Thursday – 1 Mile w.up + 5 Miles Hill/speed + 25 Min weights
    Friday – 45-60 Min Cardio of Choice, maybe 75 min yoga class
    Saturday – 8 Mile Run + 25 Min weights
    Sunday – 16 Mile run (!!!)

    Yikes, when I write it out that looks like a lot. I’m doing a modified advanced training schedule by hal higdon for an upcoming marathon. I try to just take it one day at a time so I don’t feel overwhelmed.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      16 miles?! you are a MACHINE 🙂
      and yes, one day at a time is a good way to think about it

  3. Katie on March 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    those dolmas look sooo good!
    This week I’m on spring break, so i’m going to try out a few classes at sunstone yoga in dallas. they heat all of their classes and offer 5 classes focused on different elements…so excited! 🙂 I wish I could run as much as you but for this week, yoga will be a great treat. its spring break after all! have a great week!

  4. Tyler Ramey on March 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Monday- Spin Class, Express 30 Minute Sculpt Class, Two Yoga Classes
    Tuesday- Gym workout (only day of not teaching a class!!!) Weights, Cardio, random fun
    Wednesday- Spin 5:45am, Spin 12:15pm
    Thursday-KidFit Class, Total Body HIIT Class
    Friday-Spin 5:45am
    Saturday-Weekend Warrior Class, Spin Class
    Sunday-Spin Class

    This is my LAST week of non-running. I have been a good boy and stayed off of it, due to the PT’s order (darn you, hip!) but I cannot wait to start adding my running back to that schedule!!!!

    PS, those wraps look ahhhhhhh-mazing!

  5. Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com on March 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I plan on doing yoga tonight, 5.5 miles tomorrow if my back can handle it, more yoga on Thursday, rest on Friday and the Shamrock 8K on Saturday!

  6. kalli@fitandfortysomething on March 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    i love your dolmas since i am a greek girl! what a fun raw recipe 🙂
    i posted on my blog on monday my weekly workout goals to hold me accountable this week. i knew if i did not write it down the time change would ruin my morning workouts for me!

  7. Dee on March 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Let’s see, compared to other commenters I’m a lightweight! I’m inspired. For now: Wed= 2 mile run and upper body weights “sesh”; Thu= 3 mile walk in the hills; Fri= 3 mile walk in the hills; Sat= 2 mile run and lower body weights.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm

      lightweight? no way! that sounds like a great plan

  8. Therese on March 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    The hubs and I just started Beachbody’s ‘Insanity’. We are taking a mini vacation to the Keys in a month so it’s the perfect thing to whip us into bikini body shape!

    Oh my old crackberry NEVER took good pictures!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      what do you think of insanity so far??

      • Therese on March 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

        I LOVE IT! We are both pretty fit already so it was just a great new challenge to switch it up…plus I love that we are doing it together. It cracks me up to watch the hubs do the plyos though. He is 6’5” 235 pounds and watching him do a burpee was hysterical!

        We started on Monday but actually have to restart tomorrow (long story). I’ll keep ya posted on how it goes!

        • Fitnessista on March 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

          definitely keep me updated!

    • QueenofFitness on March 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      Insanity is FREAKIN’ awesome. i just finished it last month. all 60 days of it. i loved every single minute of it. i didn’t do it so much to lose weight as much for the challenge of it. my sister lost 13 lbs doing just that though.

  9. Therese on March 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    *well me into bikini shape at least 🙂

  10. Ellen on March 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Whoa, a legendary lunch indeed! Looks fancy. I like your tip for the day. I’ve actually lied to my bf before when he asked about a run I said I was doing and…didn’t. Epic fail. It’s never a good feeling. But yes, USUALLY being vocal about my goals does help.


  11. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on March 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Oh boy that cornbread looks so good!

    Workout schedule this week:
    Yesterday I was on the treadmill for 30 min. (5 one minute running intervals) and then I did 15 min. Elliptical and 60 stability ball crunches when I got home.

    Today is stability ball crunches, Wed. spin class, Thurs. not sure, Friday treadmill run intervals, Sat. not sure and Sunday spin class.

    Oh and I wanted to let you know that hubby and I signed up for the 1/2 marathon I have mentioned before. It’s the Reggae Marathon and I’m doing the 1/2 run/walk. Very nervous since I’m so new to running but a little excited. I have a ways until it happens (Dec. in Jamaica) so I’m trying my best.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      JAMAICA! i’d run any race in jamaica- that’s amazing and i’m sure you’ll do incredible. so proud of you!

  12. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on March 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Yum, those dolmas look fab!

    This week I am running M-W-F, and doing yoga/strength on T & Th!


  13. Catherine on March 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Love the tip!! I always tell the fiance my workout plans for the week so that I will keep myself honest. The plan for today: run 7 miles before work (check), then run an additional 13 miles after work. It’s tough working in a 20 mile run on a Tuesday, so I have to make it work somehow!! 🙂

    • Ashley on March 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      You just totally inspired me, 20 miles on a workday! I’ve been bit**ing to myself about having to fit in 8 plus strength training. You go girl!

      • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

        seriously, that’s crazy awesome

  14. Jen on March 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Love this tip! I am taking it kind of easy this week because I am running a half marathon on sunday! I’m planning on a 5 mile run tonight & yoga for stretching, elliptical tomorrow, run and yoga thursday, rest friday and saturday! It is hard for me to rest, especially since i’m visiting NYC for the half!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      whoo hoo! good luck sunday!! 🙂

  15. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    oh yum those look good!
    i havent worked out in awhile, since my feet have been painfully sore from work. I can’t walk for hours after work , it sucks!!!

  16. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on March 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    yessss i want a fitnessista foam roller. haha you should brand one. but seriously im in the market, so ill hold out for yours 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      whoo hoo! yeah, thursday is the day to get one! 🙂

  17. Jenn @ Livewellfit on March 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I actually just got myself on board with a new workout challenge that I am putting out to the whole blog world! 🙂 Nothing like committing to something on your blog. Then you do follow through, am I right! 🙂 Well, most of the time.

    This month is all about variety for me. I’m choosing 3 new things to do each week that are called “variety choice activities.” They range from squats while cooking, bleacher runs to a new exercise TV video. Just keeping things interesting for this month. 🙂

  18. Samantha on March 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Plans this week….got changed so I’m rolling with it! Ran 12 miles on Monday and I usually do a recovery run the following day but Tuesday my 4 year old woke up sick so we were housebound. Instead I did Insanity pure cardio and will head out for a short 3-4 mile run and few mile walk with the jogging stroller today. Lots of yoga sprinkled in and whatever runs I can work out the rest of the week. Had to cancel a single track mtb ride today since my son is still home, might try to make it up on Friday!

  19. Taysa (Water, Butter and Wine) on March 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I always tell my boyfriend my workout plans. He probably doesn’t care, but if he sees me sitting at the computer he’ll sometimes say, “Weren’t you going to go for a run?” That’s usually the motivation I need to get off my butt and get outside!

  20. Ariane on March 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    my goal is to run on the trail every day this week (or on the ‘mill if it rains). my shiva rae dvd (which i had to get after your review!) should be on my doorstep soon, so i also want to try one of her workouts each day too 🙂

  21. QueenofFitness on March 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Here is my workout schedule for this week. usually the same every week(with the exception of this past saturday):

    Saturday-did zumba instructor training so that was about 3 hours of zumba.
    monday -zumba
    tuesday -ran 5.25 miles this morning. just started training for a half-mary in july 2 weeks ago. haven’t run since doing a 10K in september.
    wednesday -zumba
    thursday – run 5.5 miles or 15 mins of jogging, 2 miles at race pace, 15 mins of jogging. might do a strength training circuit out of fitness mag to finish. i love doing total body workouts.
    friday – run, repeat of thursday
    saturday -zumba or rest
    sunday- zumba or rest

  22. Kayla on March 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Your pup is so cute 🙂
    This is my first full week as a gym member, so I’m trying to get in the habit.
    Today – ended up being 45 minutes on the treadmill
    Wed – 30 on treadmill (maybe starting c25k)hoping for 20 on the elliptical
    Thurs – some combo of bike, elliptical, and treadmill (maybe c25k)
    Fri – not sure
    Sat – hour at gym (at least) – 30 on treadmill (c25k?), some combo of elliptical and bike. lifting maybe
    Su – yoga
    This is a great idea.

  23. Katie on March 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Monday – I did 30 minutes on the elyptical + legs and abbies

    Wed- gonna try an AM workout (wish me luck!) Of cardio + arms and abbies

    Thurs/Friday/Sat I’ll be in DC so hopefully the hotel gym will be adequate. Plus, the hubby and I plan on doing TONS of walking.

  24. Nicole on March 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Short run tonight, I just got back from a Vegas Vacation so I am really tired but I need to get a run in because I have a 10K in a week in a half! I am also planning Zumba tomorrow night, a long run Sat and weights and Zumba on Sunday! Wish me luck!

    • Fitnessista on March 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

      good luck! you can do it 🙂

  25. Bianca on March 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I love the tip! My workout plans for the rest of the week are:
    Wednesday: 40 mins weights + 40 mins intervals on the stationary bike
    Thursday: 90 mins bikram yoga
    Friday: 4 mile run on the treadmill
    Saturday: 90 mins bikram yoga
    Sunda: 40 mins weights + 40 mins intervals on the stationary bike.
    I think I’m going to casually mention my plans to my bf (and writ them down for myself) from now on to keep me on track. Thanks Gina!
    PS – that jalapeno goat cheddar corn bread looks AMAZING!

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