Winter isn’t ovah

Heyyyyy 😀 How are ya?

I’m bueno over here after having a glorious lonchi 🙂

Quinoa Confetti Casserole (recipe in Eat, Drink and Be Vegan)

casserole (2)

I had a lurvely bowl full


The pilot had some, too as a pre-gym snack.

His words: “Um, feel free to make this again sometime.” I think he liked it 😉

And the classic beast


Organic greens, grape tomatoes and Annie’s Goddess dressing

This morning, I got up early for a cardio sesh since it’s a cardio and yoga day <3

I munched a slice of millet bread with maca and cinnamon before leaving the casa


And went to the gym where I did 30 minutes on the elliptical with the new Oxygen mag and 35 minutes on the Revolving Apparatus of Death (alternating between hill walking, running and sprint intervals). I was a sweaty and triumphant beast when it was all over 😉



-1.5 C almond milk

-1 banana

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-handful of frozen organic spinach

-1/2 t spirulina

I showered my sweaty face, dropped off my clients’ lunches and picked up some necessities from the Health Food Store.

I got the usual suspects (almond milk, almond butter, bars) but also picked up something NEW!


Mung bean fettucine!!!

No idea what this tastes like, but I’m excited to play around with it 😀 Perhaps with a pesto sauce?? We shall see. Has anyone tried this already??

Now I’m sipping on some green ginger tea and am about to truck along on a little project that’s been in the works.


As you guys probably know, today is Groundhog’s Day and the Phil-meister said that winter is going to stick around for a while longer

punxsutawney-phil  (Source)

In honor of the movie Groundhog’s Day (where Bill Murray lives February 2 over and over again) and Sarah’s post, I checked out my bloggy post from February 2 of last year.

Here it is:


The Early Bird Doesn’t Zumba

Helloooo! Hope you all had a great day back to work and escuela. My day has been bueno, but looooooooong. As things get crazier and crazier this semester, posting will be a little sporadic. I’ll still post every day, but who knows what time it will be ;)

I started the day way earlier than humanly necessary and had an Early bird b-fast cookie:


I topped this one with goji berries and a sprinkle of FEED granola that I picked up at Fresh Market in Orlandy.

I went to the base gym to teach 7am Zumba and, shocker, no one showed up. I know for a fact that this is WAY too early for Zumba– my Wednesday night class is usually packed but some Monday morning, no one shows. I don’t blame them—7am is PT hour, so military guys are all over the place and it’s more lift-weights-and-grunt time than prime booty shaking time.

So that my trip wasn’t worthless, I did a short workout before coming home to the sleeping puppies:

20 minutes, level 6

Stability ball hamstring curl
body weight, 3 sets of 12

Inner thigh stability ball plie and squeeze
body weight, 3 sets of 12

3 sets of 12

Standing stability ball calf raises
20 lbs, 3 sets of 10

Leg extension
25 lbs, 3 sets of 12

Total time: 45 minutes

When I got back to the casa, I had a snack of a two egg white stada with salsa, Ezekiel and a macaroon (for, ahem, healthy fat)


I got ready for work and had this before leaving:


Work was pretty uneventful, and I came home for my lunch break to make the following:

Salad with chickpeas and Goddess dressing and an Ezekiel soup-dipper


Whole Foods creamy tomato soup (1.5 cups)


Tomato soup is so comforting. It wraps my heart in creamy goodness haha.

I went back to work to TA one more class, then came home and did something I haven’t done in forever: took an hour nap with the puppies.

Waking up so early for nonexistant Zumba is seriously exhausting.

When I woke up, I was snacky (of course) so I had some patriotic fruit:


Then I hit the gym for a insane booty-kicking run sesh. More to follow in the “something to do” section at the end of this post.

I came back, with the U-shaped sweat on my shirt that’s a sign of a killer workout and made some quick dinner before heading to class.

In a skillet,

-1 onion, diced and cooked on med-high in olive oil for 5 minutes

-2 cloves garlic

-1 can organic whole, peeled tomatoes

-italian seasoning, salt, pepper, red chili flakes

-3/4 cup chickpeas

-2 servings of shrimp (which I defrosting beforehand)

Here’s what I got:



Here’s my serving (I saved the other half for tomorrow.. so yes, leftover’s are in the near future)


Succulent little shrimpies.



I went to class and teach decided it would be a nice night to keep us late (arghhhh) so I am so ready for jammie time.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening and I’ll see ya tomorrow!

Much love,


Something to do: Treadmill workout!!! Here’s the one I did today: Run It Off A couple of changes that I made were that I walked at 4.0 for 3 minutes to warm up (instead of 3.5) and also ran an additional 7 minutes at 6.0 mph with a 2.5% incline before cooling down. This was an INTENSE and beautifully short workout. Let me know if any of you try it!!



-I still live for shrimp and breakfast cookies

-I’m still insanely busy, but that’s the story of my life 🙂

-Rarely eat cow’s dairy anymore and would probably swap the Ezekiel for millet bread

-I’m even more glad that I dropped out of school – I was MISERABLE in the program here!

-My photo quality has gotten a tad better 😉

-The pilot was deployed when I wrote that post! So glad to have my hubby here with me

-Other than that, things are pretty much the same <3

Well, I’m off to get crack-a-lackin’ 🙂

Have a wonderful Groundhog’s Day <3


Something to do: Check out the raw goodies that are available from my twinnie friends! Lori and Michelle have opened an online store through their blog and now everyone can enjoy their insanely delicious raw snacks. Their flatbreads and crackers rock my face off 😀

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  1. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on February 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    your lunches of the past and present both look amazing. i wouldn’t be opposed to throwing that shrimpy stirfry over the quinoa!

    oh and that groundhog is insanely cute.

  2. sarah on February 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I love that Quinoa casserole 🙂 I love everything from that book!

    Your green drinks always look so deliciously smooth — is that because of the vita-mix? whenever I blend greens into mine I end up having to chew my smoothie — not so hot.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      me too- ed&bv is amazing!
      yes, it’s all because of the vitamix. that thing could blend a shoe into a smoothie 😉

  3. michelle on February 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    i have been trying to find info on the mung bean fettucine. could you (only if you have time) give us the nutritionals on that and maybe the ingredients. they look different and its always fun to try new things.

  4. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Quinoa = heavenly! Mmmm mmm good… I’ll have to find some new quinoa recipes to try.

    BTW… I’m completely depressed now that winter is going to last longer. Boo!!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      me too.. winter kills me :/

  5. rachael on February 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I tried the mung bean fettucine last week. It was good, it has a chewy texture and the husband and I really liked it. It was also pretty kid friendly, for future reference 😉

  6. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I’m going to need to try that casserole soon! I love ED&BV!!


  7. Stephanie on February 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I love quinoa and I have found that boys like quinoa too! Then they find out that it’s such a great thing to eat and they’re already hooked. Mwahahaa. I think they like it because it has a cool mouth-feel.

  8. Haleigh on February 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Quinoa casserole sounds divine! I just tried quinoa a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I completely forgot I had a box of it in the back of the pantry. Thanks for reminding me haha 🙂

  9. Paige (Running Around Normal) on February 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Crazy how things change in a year!
    That quinoa casserole sounds delicious! You are one busy lady lately, chica.
    Have a great night!

  10. Tara on February 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I bought some of the Goddess Dressing. It is really good! But the calories and fat are more than ranch dressing. Is this okay because its healthier?? or do I just need to limit how much I eat?

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      hey tara,
      it’s totally ok, because it is healthier, but i still try to gauge how much i eat because of the calories and fat.
      it’s hard not to go crazy with it because it’s SO good!

  11. Amy on February 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Oh, I’ve tried the mung bean fettuchini! I think it’s pretty good, but I like the black bean spaghetti that company makes more.

    I tried the week 3 workout yesterday. It seemed much easier than the previous two weeks, but maybe ’cause there was less bouncing/flopping around (no burpees!). Still a great workout, and I can feel a bit this morning in shoulders and arms! 🙂

  12. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on February 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I love this! You know, I once paid for a 4-week spinning class that started at 7:30 in the morning and after half of a class decided it couldn’t be done. My muscles just can’t do vigorous work that early!

  13. Jenn @ Livewellfit on February 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    That casserole looks delish!!!!

  14. Susan on February 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Casserole looks wonderful Gina, course was great in the Happy Pear this evening, we learning about sprouting and the benefits of it. Just wondering if you think it’s as good to sprout mung beans, aduki beans and puy lentils? The complete idiots guide to eating raw arrived today in the mail, heading to sleep now but I’ll have a read of it on the train on the way to work in the morning. Have a great evening.

  15. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on February 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I just made that quinoa from ED&BV…I am LOVING that book!

  16. Katie on February 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    OH wow, this whole post confused me at first- I read through way too fast and missed the whole “post from last year” in the middle part! I was going to say you worked out/ ate a lot so far today :-p. Anywayyy, the casserole looks good and hearty!

  17. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on February 2, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Love this post! It’s fun to see where people were exactly one year ago! I agree, your photo skills are a million times better now!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      hahah, thank you 🙂

  18. Karyn on February 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    any tips for reading while on the elliptical? i just can’t seem to master it and i don’t know if it’s my attention span or what! fwiw i can’t watch tv either, maybe i have a touch of add heh

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      hahah! umm, i think it just gets easier with practice. i’ve been reading on cardio machines for a few years now, but at first it wasn’t so easy

  19. Amy on February 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Yum. I love tomato soup.

    Is there a way you will be posting any of your recipes (esp. that raw cookie) soon?

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      i’ll probably have time to play on thurs and will post a recipe friday??

  20. Tiffany on February 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Mung bean fettucine?? I’m interested to see how that goes!
    And I’m not liking Phil today… I can’t wait for winter to be over, and there’s supposed to be snow coming in for the morning commute tomorrow! UGH!

    And I know I’m a year late (haha), but I did recently try the Run It Off workout with another 10 minutes tacked on at the end. I loved it. 🙂

  21. Jamie on February 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    oh wow the quiona casserole looks awesome! and i love your flashback as well 😉

  22. Cathy on February 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I love Mung Bean noodles…I add veggies and sometimes tuna…my kids love it too and we are picky pasta eaters being Italian!!
    Great blog!

  23. Sara on February 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I definitely live for shrimpies too! I really want to try millet bread now from reading so much about it in your blog 🙂

  24. Ash on February 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I was wondering how accurate you consider calorie calculators online to be?

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      for food, or exercise?

  25. Mama Pea on February 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Isn’t it so funny to look at a year ago?! Thanks for humoring me.

    I haven’t gotten on that quinoa casserole action yet, but if it is Pilot friendly it’s probably ballerina/Pea Daddy friendly too, so I’m all over it!

    Have a great night!

  26. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on February 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Wow, the change in your photographing skills is amazing!!!!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm


  27. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    so cool to read what you were doing this time last year! i totally started and quit a master’s program too…my goal is to go to culinary school sometime soon instead (kinda like you!) i just realized that i didn’t want to just get another degree; i want it to be in something i’m interested in!

  28. Ash on February 2, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    For determining RMR or BMR. Are there any truly accurate or evenly mostly accurate calculators online for RMR or BMR or daily calorie burn (Excluding exercise calories burned, i have a heart rate moniter) what has your been experience with the numbers they generate? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      hey ash,
      i’ve tried so many of those things, but have found the most simple calculation to be the most accurate.
      take your body weight x 10 then add your body weight to this number
      ie. if you weigh 150 lbs, 150 x 10= 1500 +150 = 1650 bmr
      hope this helps a little!

  29. Ash on February 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you! I just have one more question, if that’s bmr, that’s calories burned before exercise and daily activity right? So, for example, if you weigh 125, then your bmr is 1375, and let’s say you exercise off 500 calories, then eat 1875 calories, you should still be in somewhat of a deficit, is that accurate? Sorry, I always get confused on this.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      yup, that’s the amount of calories you’d burn if you laid in bed all day
      you wouldn’t be in a deficit- you’d break even
      eat 1875; burn 1375 from living+500 from exercise=1875
      eat = burn

  30. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on February 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I almost made that quinoa casserole tonight — just got the cookbook in the mail today and can’t wait to try out the recipes! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      ahhhhh! you’ll LOVE them

  31. Destiny on February 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Gina

    love love love your blog! I have a question that i have been curious about. I have seen people using their empty peanut butter/almond butter jars and putting oats and other goodies in their and they are all excited about their jar creations. I was wondering what was so great about it, if you did it, any hints to it, and any recipes you can give me for it, i am so new, and soaking in all this information. I really want to try your raw cookies and such, especially if it tastes like chewy chips a hoy! 😉

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      hey destiny,
      i actually haven’t tried the oats in a jar thing.. if i have a little left in the jar, you can bet your booty i eat it straight-up with a spoon 🙂
      my friend heather does it all the time though!
      hope this helps a little!

  32. Stephanie on February 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Gina,
    Did winter shape up today (Int/Adv) and it was a killah!! Great workout, thanks! My entire body was like lead when I started my run afterwards! I worked through it though :).

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      yeahhhh! i’m so glad you liked it 🙂

  33. Island Girl Eats on February 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Interesting looking fettucine. You will have to do a review and let us know what it is all about.

  34. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I just bought a big bag of quinoa at Costco. Your casserole looks good! AND…..I bought a Vitamix today!! I’m so excited!!!!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      HAPPY VITAMIX DAY to youuuuuuu!

  35. Heather on February 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I couldnt find your email so i will ask here if you dont care…..i was reading on the “eat for your blood type” lifestyle and i was wondering your take on this lifestyle? Have you heard of it?
    Im A positive and they say i work best on a vegetarian diet. That i should avoid all meats, especially red. Hmmm anxious to know what you think?!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      hey heather,
      the owner of the health food store swears by that book. i haven’t read it yet because err, i don’t know my blood type :/ terrible, i know

  36. Krista on February 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve never had maca. Does it taste like anything in particular? Or have nutritional benefits?


  37. Sara (effortless health) on February 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Hi! I was wondering how those mung bean noodles were? Also, I dont know if you could but if you still have the package what are the ingredients on those babys? I want to try them so bad!

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      hey sara,
      i haven’t tried them yet, but will post all of the info when i do!

  38. lindsay on February 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm


    Your posts are always so fun to read. Just enough text vs. pictures balance.

    Did you ever start an online MBA program btw?

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      thanks lindsay!
      ehhh, no. all of the programs i looked at were SO expensive and wouldn’t transfer any of my vsu credits for grad school, so i’m going to wish and pray that we get sent to tucson so i can do their accelerated mba program. *fingers crossed*

  39. alyssa on February 2, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Gina! So, TOTALLY RANDOM question for you… I live in Seattle and was planning on transferring to the University of Arizona this August from community college here for the nutritional science dept there (i’m going for RD). I am kind of getting nervous and am having second thoughts about leaving home and going down there all alone (I will know noone/ no family in az). Other than leaving home and my family and everything i have here, my main concern about going down to UA is that I totally am not into parties and just really want to get my education. I know that’s probably a sterotype, but I honestly would love to hear about your entire experience at UA. Also, I was wondering about your experience with your different classes and teachers and if there was much help available outside of class for more difficult classes. I was reading about the “think tank”… anyway. I don’t know what you majored in but I kind of figured your from Tucson at least and I’m pretty sure you went to UA (if not, i’m pretty embarrased.. i think i remember reading you did) ANYWAY, I just want your honest opinion. I’ve visited the campus before I graduated HS in 08 and am going to visit again this March… that weather rocks….but your insider view would be helpful in my debate whether to go down there or stay at home and go to Seattle Pacifc. SORRY THIS IS LONG. and spazzy.

    <3, Alyssa
    ps- LOVE you and ur bloggage 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

      hi alyssa,
      i LOVED u of a, and the second we get stationed in tucson -if we don’t have kids by then of course- i’m going back. it was amazing and i really loved my experience there. i was in the honors college and college of business (finance) and my teachers were always willing to meet outside of class, offer help, and i met with other students in my classes pretty often.
      i wasn’t hugely into the party scene either, as i had scholarships to maintain and worked at the dance studio every night. totally doesn’t matter and you’ll be able to meet people in your classes.
      hope this helps a little! let me know what you decide 🙂

  40. geetha on February 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Gina,
    How are you? I have a question regarding anerobic threshold. How would you measure it?…we were made to walk/ run on the treadmill and when we reached our discomfort level, we were asked to check our threshold.
    Mung beans is very good for ya…is the fettucine all mung beans or other things added to it?….would love to try it.

    • Fitnessista on February 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm

      i would measure it by 85-90% of your max heart rate (220 – your age)
      the fettucine is all mung beans! cool, huh?

  41. Michal on February 2, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    If you offered 7am zumba classes near me I would so attend! For sure zumba is a kick butt way to start the day. 🙂

  42. sarah on February 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    maybe this is a goofy question, but… what are burpees?

  43. elise on February 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    so seriously, this maca/cinn combo has me intrigued…how can i get my hands on some maca…whole foods?

    ED&BV is rarely anything short of spectacular, so im thinking that quinoa creation may be on my to-make list.

    i know i rarely comment, but i really should emphasize, that YOU, miss fitnessista, are awesome.

  44. Melissa on February 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I generally run between 3-4 miles a day and I have tried the “Run It Off” plan a few times and it was hard for me! Thanks for the great running plan and I hope you have more to come soon! Running on a treadmill everyday can get boring and these plans help motivate me!


  45. Jenna on February 2, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Yummy casserole!

  46. Jaclyn on February 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Hey I’m hosting a secret Valentine’s Day exchange on my blog. I hope you’ll participate!!!

  47. Run Sarah on February 3, 2010 at 12:35 am

    That quinoa casserole looks amazing! I have tons in my cupboard that I need to use up.

  48. Laura on February 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

    So, so, so jealous that that Mung Bean fettucine has popped up in the U.S…. I discovered it in Australia and took a stash home with me where it became a staple, but if I was to import it to the U.K it would cost zillions ;( They do a black bean spagetti which is nice too- its like having pasta but with extra goodies in it- and tastes nicer with a seriously good amount of protein. Have fun with it 😉

  49. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on February 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Groundhog day used to be my favorite movie when I was little (and maybe still is) 😉

  50. Pure2Raw Twins on February 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Love seeing your old post! So cute 😉 And thanks for the mention, it means a lot to us! And thanks for your support!!! 🙂

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