Work, then play

I’m finally back home for good- lots of fun and running around today! Work, car shopping and a party at a friends’ house.

In between classes, I came back home to grab a sweet potato with almond butter,

sweet potato and ab (3)

and take a smoothie back with me.

sweet potato and ab (2)

(my #smoothieaday was mango, spinach, Sun Warrior, hemp seeds, almond milk and avocado)

Funny story: while I was eating my sweet potato, I noticed some of the almond butter was brown.. and quickly realized what it was.

sweet potato and ab

Sometimes I pour chocolate chips into the almond butter jar and dig them out with a spoon. Guess I missed one 😉

Went back to work for Zumba and training to teach a new-to-me class (bootcamp-style! I’m going to bust out my scary hat again haha), and the Pilot, Liv and I went to the car wash to get his car ready to trade in.

me and livi3

(someone loved looking at the fish)

I came home to feed L and put her to bed, and my bro and his girlfriend came over to stay with her as she slept so the Pilot and I could have a date night. Since the Pilot was at the car dealership wheeling and dealing, I went to a work party- one of our friends has a huge annual themed party and this year’s was Mediterranean.

There was a TON of incredible food (lamb kabobs on the grill, lots of drinks and appetizers) and I enjoyed a little bit of this and that, danced and hung out with the girls.

This is Putney, the only German Shepherd I’ve trusted in 24 years.


I was bit by one –on my face and it punctured my cheek- when I was little, so I’ve been afraid ever since. Putney was a sweet old man and I didn’t feel freaked out by him at all. He laid on my feet for a portion of the evening 😉

Since the Pilot and I forgot how long the car-buying process is, he ended up missing the party, but got some sweet new wheels.

Time to crash.

See ya in the morning!



Last chance to enter the Family page giveaway! I extended it an additional day <3

Something to talk about: Do you have any quirky snacks that you love? The almond butter/chocolate chip method is popular over here and I also love grabbing slices of deli turkey or chicken, putting mustard and greens in the middle and rolling it up.

Today’s tip: Add some “om” time into your Sunday. Even if it’s just a 20-minute podcast (or a few minutes of stretching and deep breathing), it will help start your week on a relaxed, focused and peaceful note.

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  1. Sana on May 20, 2012 at 1:49 am

    🙂 warm and fuzzies!! love the pic of you and L

  2. Julie on May 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

    I do the same thing! I use mini chips so it’s harder to dig.

  3. Kristi @ lifesprinkles on May 20, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I do the same thing with the chocolate chips – almond butter, pb – you name it. 🙂 another quirky snack I love is pairing a black olive w/ a salt and vinegar chip – not so healthy but omg try it!

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 20, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Nothing wrong with tossing some chocolate chips into the A.B. or in my case, I prefer PB! Funny story 🙂 And those sweet taters look delish!

    You look wonderful in that dress, too!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      thank you, friend! hope you had a great weekend!

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on May 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I love having sweet potatoes for snacks too! Good carb like that paired with some protein like yogurt and cottage cheese is delicious!

  6. Sara @my less serious life on May 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

    hahaha! love the chocolate chip discovery!

  7. Amanda on May 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

    aw i love the pictures of olivia & you – so sweet! i was also bit by a german shepard (half german shepard half rot weiler … ) and have been petrified of big dogs since. it was my friends’ neighbor’s dog and as i was walking into my friends house, the dog bolted straight for me and latched onto my leg (the only part of my body that wasn’t in the house yet). my friend’s dad had to yank me into the house and i ended up having to go to the hospital. needless to say – i understand how you feel! 🙂 by the way – all i got out of the whole thing was the owners bought me a new pair of express jeans (my favorite express jeans were ruined in the attack! lol).

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      that is so sad! 🙁

  8. Alison on May 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I’m so jealous you guys have family to watch Olivia every day for you!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

      we’re very lucky to have them here <3

  9. Emilia on May 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Yum day of eats. I put chocolate chips into nut butter jars as well! Totally thought I was the only one who did that, nice to know I’m not though 🙂

    Olivia is adorable looking at the fish tank, she’s gorgeous!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      haha you are definitely not alone 🙂
      thank you- she’s amazing

  10. Anna on May 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I’ve done the turkey-mustard-greens roll up many times, but I’ll have to give the almond butter chocolate chip treasure hunt a go! I think I have a candida issue so I’m trying (notice I said trying) not tot eat sugar until it clears or I figure out what the heck is making me feel so horrible and have white patches in my throat that my doctor gave me 2 types of antibiotics for that did nothing. It’s been almost 2 months that I’ve had this thing and I’m tired of it!

  11. Hillary on May 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I do chocolate chips (and cereal) in the PB jar, too! Everyone thinks I’m crazy; thank you for sharing this quirk with me and making me feel slightly more normal ; )

  12. Becky on May 20, 2012 at 8:45 am

    You look great in that dress!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      thank you, friend!

  13. Amy @ Our Four Letter Words on May 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

    My oldest was bit by a dog on the face when he was 18 months. One of my sisters & her husband wanted to take him to their friends house for dinner and to show him off. Their dog had never been around little people before and bit him. I was in class at the time, they didn’t bother to call because they didn’t think it was a big deal, it was many years before they had their first kid. When I got home I didn’t notice it because he was sleeping and the bedroom was ‘dark. The next morning his eye was swollen shut and his face huge. He had to take antibiotics that were strong. When I called my sister to tell her she felt awful. To this day little dogs freak him out, he loves big ones but put a lapdog near him and he freaks.

  14. Meg on May 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

    rolling up turkey meat is something we do in my house as well, but we roll up a pickle in the middle of it! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Oh yum!!

  15. Samantha on May 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I love that white dress! Could you tell us where you got it, if it’s new?

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thank you! I got it a few weeks ago at loft

  16. Haley on May 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Sweet Potatoes+ Almond Butter and Maple Syrup is my FAVORITE! It is the perfect breakfast that I can pack in a go-box and eat on the way! MMmmm.

  17. Tiffany on May 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Olivia is too cute looking at the fish. I love your Zumba instructor tank top. I would love to take one of your classes, maybe we will be stationed in the same place someday and I can. Hope you guys are having a great weekend!!!

  18. kari on May 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

    You look beautiful in the white dress and Livi is precious angel!

  19. CoutStar on May 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I am obsessed with cacao covered goji berries, frozen berries, and iced tea with honey (not really a snack but hey I love it)

    Your little baby is so cute!

  20. TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] on May 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I was bit by a German Shepherd as a kid too — a police dog! It got my upper thigh. 🙁 I’m terrified of them too!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      i love all dogs, but i’m definitely still afraid of those

  21. Shaina on May 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    My MIL was bitten right on the bridge of her nose by a german shephard about a month before our wedding. Not so much a fan of that breed.

    Livi is so adorable staring at the fish!!

  22. Sally on May 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I am so sorry that you had a bad experience with a shepherd! We have one, and while to me he is a big sweetie, I can appreciate how people could be apprehensive around him, especially if another bit them! We have taken great strides to train ours. I would be absolutely horrified if he ever bit someone, let alone a child. If he tries to bite or snap, even in play, he is quickly corrected!

    I guess what I’m trying to apologize for bad shepherds and thoughtless ( if well meaning) owners everywhere! Owning an eighty pound of muscle dog with traits like a shepherd is extra responsibility! I hope you have more good experiences with GSDs in the future 🙂

    Crazy dog lady rant over….

  23. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on May 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    That’s an ingenious idea with the sweet potatoes and peanut butter!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Laura @ She Eats Well on May 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I’ll roll up turkey with hummus in the middle. It’s messy but delicious.

    And as for the AB, I do that too. Except I usually get a spoonful of AB and then sprinkle chocolate chips on top. So delish.

  25. Kaitlyn @ Keeping up with Kaitlyn on May 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds like a fun day! If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of car did the Pilot get? I remember you talking about an SUV. I am looking at getting an SUV and can’t decide.

    We had a german Shepard for 7 years. We had to put him down this past October (worst experience ever). They are definitely intimidating to most, and he definitely was our “protector”.

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm

      we ended up getting one of the new 4runners and love it.
      that’s sad to hear about your dog 🙁
      hope you’re enjoying the weekend

  26. jessica on May 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Look at that flat tummy !! I’d never believe you just had a baby, you go girl!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      oh, thank you! 🙂

  27. Sierra on May 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Weird snack combo? I like a crackerbread or rice cake with cottage cheese and tapatio hot sauce. The creamy with the spicy is soo good.

  28. Robin on May 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I love that dress! Very sweet.

  29. Tia on May 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I love German Shepherds but they are known to be very aggressive, it’s all in bad breeding. A few friends of ours have them and they are amazing dogs. We were going to get two when we got our babes but my husband was so paranoid about getting an aggressive one we decided on a Malamute and a Husky and they are the most amazing babes ever so it was a great choice!

    Pickles wrapped in turkey was one of my favorite snacks until I got my braces 🙁 Hard to eat them now though, booerns.

    Liv is just so cute, melts my heart and makes me want a babe.

  30. Maddy on May 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    You look so pretty in that photo-great hairstyle and lovely dress too! Mine was and still is a fish lover and frankly I find it so relaxing to watch colorful fish swim around. Must try chocolate chips in almond butter. How have I not thought of this yet? I really like chocolate chips in sunbutter so I know in a.b. it will be a win!

  31. Lisa @ Wealth O' Health on May 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Livi’s legs look so long in that picture! I agree with the sentiments above, love your dress and you look so slim!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      oh thank you! and yes, she’s a tall girl 🙂

  32. Charlotte on May 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I love deli turkey with a handful of tamari almonds, alternating bites of each, so they overlap with salty, crunchy turkey-ey(?) goodness hahah. I also love maple almond butter on spelt bread with tons of cinnamon on top!

    • Fitnessista on May 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      that sounds so good!

  33. Julie @ Running and Riley on May 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Aww! Sad that you were traumatized by a German Shepherd when you were younger! 🙁 I looove them and have had at least one my entire life! Glad you met one that you felt comfortable around though!

  34. Staci on May 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    when i was little, me and my siblings would get home from school and make some interesting snacks, but one that i LOVED was graham cracker sandwich with fudge inside. you know the fudge for ice cream that is solid (i cant stand the hersheys syrup…MUST be chocolate FUDGE!) talk about a sugar high

  35. Melissa on May 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear you were bit by a German Shepherd. I grew up with one, a large male named Bo who slept under my crib and stood guard by me every night. He was the sweetest, most gentle dog ever. They have a reputation as a mean breed (probably because law enforcement likes to use them because of their intelligence) but in reality are the most loyal, loving dogs you could ever hope to have.

    I guess the Dog Whisperer says it best–it’s the owner not the breed that makes for an aggressive animal!

    Congrats on the new wheels!

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