Worth it

Hey friends! How’s it going? Hope you’re having a great day so far.

I enjoyed a beautiful dinner with Jeni, her family and her husband’s fam last night at Charlie Trippers. I didn’t bring my camera because I felt like it wouldn’t be appropriate, but I will tell you I ended up saying detox schmeetox. At the baby shower, I didn’t even feel like going after the treats (ate my heart out in hummus, tapenade and soup), but when we got to Charlie Trippers I knew that fish was going to happen. I’m not technically supposed to add it back in until Thursday, but to be real, the last thing I wanted for dinner was a plate of vegetables.

The salmon was perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with a Dijon sauce, wild mushrooms and a couple of calamari snuck in there too Winking smile As incredible as the meal was, the company was even better.

I stayed the night at my friend Jayme’s house, and munched some quinoa with 2 scoops of Sun Warrior for bfast + green tea


then went for a lovely walk with the Kindle on base.

The Pilot’s jet:


It definitely made me nostalgic to be on base, but really stoked because the next time I’m there will be when the Pilot is home. I wondered if I would be sad this weekend, seeing all of my Valdizzy friends and their husbands home, but it was exactly the opposite. I know how ridiculously awesome it is to have them around, so it just made me over the moon happy and excited for them Smile  I’ve really, really missed my Valdosta friends, but still know that going to Tucson was the best choice for me—everything totally happens the way it’s supposed to.

At the base gym, I walked with my Kindle on the upstairs track (and always get some strange looks when I read and walk)- it makes time go by quickly.


I’ve heard people say that if you can read while working out, you’re not working out hard enough—I disagree. I’ve always been a fan of reading whilst cardio-ing Winking smile As long as you alternate intensities day by day, you’re bueno.

Being in Valdosta is also making me nostalgic for puppy adventures we’ve had here.

Here are two recent photos I’ve gotten:

Viesa looking like a regal beagle


(She is still in love with her new family and my bro and his girlfriend went to stay with them this weekend- lots of Viesa snuggling went down)

Bella chillaxing in my Tata’s lap at a baseball game (and gazing at him adoringly):


(My madre is Bella-sitting this weekend)

I’m off to grab some lunch and then hang out at Jeni’s for a while before hitting the road back to J-ville.

Enjoy the rest of your day <3


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  1. Gillian on January 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Sometimes you just gotta listen to your cravings! Fish sounds great!

  2. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on January 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Good for you for doing what you wanted and saying detox schmeetox! I still have to try quinoa as a breakfast food, I just am having trouble wrapping my head around it.

  3. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on January 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    And to go “off plan” of the detox you still had something incredibly healthy. No harm in that and worth it, like you said.

    Im such a reading while cardio fan too.

  4. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) on January 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    good for you to listen to your body!!! we gotta give in to what is says and all of that grub is great and healthy!

  5. Jackie @ Baking Charms on January 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    fish is still so good – you make the right choices for you! and viesa looks beautiful!!!! very, very happy 🙂

  6. Namaste Gurl on January 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Awww girl, way to stay flexible and go with your heart! Such a true example of that, as shown in this post.

  7. Jen on January 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I’m glad to hear your thoughts on reading and cardio. When I was in school, I used to bring notes and study on the elliptical. A trainer (that I didn’t even know) came by and gave me grief about it for the same reason, saying I couldn’t possibly be working hard enough to constitute exercise. But I remember so much more when I’m moving around–and if I had to choose between the two, I would have had to study! I say, if reading helps get someone to the gym, or makes it more bearable, why not? The point is that we’re moving.

  8. Amber L on January 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    omgosh Bella looks so cute and tiny in your Tata’s lap!!! I’m so happy to hear that Viesa is loving her new home too. That must make you feel really good!

  9. Kara on January 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Reading and cardio is my favorite too. It makes me feel better about reading trashy things and celebrity gossip 🙂

  10. nicole on January 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    When I find a trashy mag at the gym I’ll do the bike while I read it, and time goes by a lot faster! I can’t seem to do the elliptical and read though.
    The puppy pictures are adorable! Looks like they’re having fun.

  11. Ashley on January 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Doesn’t sound like a huge splurge from the detox – so I say it’s no biggie! Sometimes you gotta do what your body is asking for!

  12. Carolyn on January 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I am so glad your weekend has been bueno! I can only imagine the emotions running through you being back there without Pilot but how awesome that you were able to share those fun times with everyone. Safe travels lady!

  13. Dynamics on January 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I love seeing the pictures of the dogs. They are definitely very lucky to have such loving families. Memories are good!

  14. kt on January 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Looooove salmon. You are only a couple of days ahead of your plan-no biggie.

    I think reading and walking on a track would make me dizzy! Do you have to look up lots to make sure you are not about to walk into a wall or fall down stairs?

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      nope, it’s just a round track

  15. Lauren on January 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Mmm, so glad you had the salmon! You have such a good attitude girl! I honestly don’t know how you lasted this long without eggs/fish/chicken. I would not make it! Can’t believe I was vegan for 5 years…

  16. Heather C on January 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Aw, love the pup photos! =)

    Glad you had such a nice weekend with your AF family! Safe travels.

  17. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    How do you read and walk?! I would totally walk into something!!

  18. melissa on January 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds like you are having a great visit. Always best to go with your heart . Safe travels.

  19. jen @ taste life on January 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    So glad you’re having fun, and hey, a little salmon won’t destroy your detox 🙂

  20. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on January 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Glad that you’re having a good weekend! And that fish sounds so good 🙂

  21. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on January 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I still need to try quinoa for breakfast. I am thinking of you right now as I eat a salad beast with a dressing of hummus and balsamic. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      yum yummmmm 🙂

  22. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on January 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I can’t read and have a hard workout. I always end up slowing down a lot. I can read while cycling with out it slowing me down too much, as long as I do a hard 1 minute interval after 4 minutes of keeping it easy.

  23. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on January 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Glad that you listened to your inner voice and enjoyed that perfectly cooked salmon and calamari. AND that you neglected to bring a camera and snap pics. As much as readers probably would want to see the pics, everyone will live without them…AND you totally honored a girls night out, and the mama to be, and just kept the camera at home. Which i think is great 🙂

    Cardio and reading…whatever works girl! Do your thing!


  24. Lauren- HungryDancer on January 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    That salmon sounds delicious! I love salmon! Sounds like your having a good time!

  25. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on January 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’m so glad you had a nice din din, even if it involves breaking the rules;)

    That’s so exciting! Waiting for the pilot will be all worth it when he gets home, girl:)

  26. Ashley on January 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    When I do cardio I notice when I read I tend to slow down, but it makes the time go by so much faster. As far as the detox thing it’s not like you ate a donut.

  27. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I’m by far not coordinated enough to walk and read… I trip over nothing and fall!

  28. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on January 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Aww I’m glad you’re enjoying Valdizzy. Coming down the home stretch with the pilot, right? A few weeks/months? Sending you big hugs 🙂

    I’ve been reading a lot for school while I work out, because it’s the only time I can’t get distracted by the internet!

  29. Annette on January 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Looks like you’re having a ball- enjoy your time! 🙂

  30. Ann on January 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I totally agree that salmon was worth it. If you’re craving something healthy, it means you need it! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend full of love. Looking forward to week 3 of WSU tomorrow, I am ready to sweat it out!

  31. Raya on January 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Mmmm that fish sounds delicious!! And Vies is so pretty!!! I miss my puppy 🙁

  32. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on January 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I feel you on the salmon! Sometimes you just have to go with the cravings/feelings life throws at you. While healthy living is important, I think it’s equally important for us all to remember that we only live once! Might as well enjoy it 😉

  33. mary on January 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Half the reason I want a Kindle is for the text to speech feature! I know the publishers only enable it on some books, though. Have you tried that while exercising yet?

  34. Runeatrepeat on January 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’m glad you had a happy visit 🙂 I can’t turn down salmon, it’s so good and it’s good for you too!

  35. Heather (heathers dish) on January 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I think it’s great that you chose doing something fun and celebrating with your friends over the detox. Life happens! Might as well enjoy it…

  36. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on January 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    So glad you had an awesome trip! I always loved being on base, too. My parents used to work on one so I was there a lot..and now of course there’s Michaels to tour, too! 🙂

  37. Katie on January 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I LOVE that you got the salmon, I say you only live once and it is soooooo worth it ; )

    Glad you had a great trip and the baby shower looked amazing! When I have another baby shower one day, I would love it to be beautiful like that and to have those cute chocolate bars too ; )

    Have a gnite and How sweeeeeeeet the pic of Bella and your dad is! I love it! It’s like his little baby! She is adorable and bet she misses you!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      haha not my dad- my grandfather 🙂

  38. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I read on the elliptical all the time! I view running as my intense cardio and then I do light ellipticalling on the days in between.

    I’m glad you had such a great weekend seeing everyone again. 🙂

  39. CathyK on January 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    cardio + reading just equals double the fun! the way i see it, both things are enjoyable, why not do them at the same time?! i’ve passed many a happy hour on the stairmaster engrossed in a great novel or fun magazine!
    glad it felt ok to be in valdosta without your pilot – sometimes you just don’t know how something will feel til you get there! hope you’re reunited very soon!

  40. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Hehe I figured it’d be salmon for you! If I were detoxing I don’t think I’d be able to resist it either. Have a great night Gina!

  41. Jess on January 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    While I love reading while doing cardio (is there anything better than reading a silly magazine on the elliptical machine?), I have as yet to master the art of walking while reading—my boyfriend’s able to do it, no problem, but I’m too afraid of walking into something!

  42. Katie on January 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    sorry! I didnt read it right! lol! long day!

    • Fitnessista on January 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      no worries! my dad is actually blond- crazy huh?

  43. lindsay on January 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I would have done the same! ANd I am so excited for you to see Pilot there next. Lots of prayers for you guys during this difficult time.

  44. Ali on January 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I am getting a Kindle for my birthday next weekend and I am so pumped!! BUT-I don’t think I could every walk and read at the same time. I’d probably trip over something 🙂

  45. ashley@quasichick on January 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I was waiting to see that you had eaten chocolate cake or something!! Getting off the detox by eating salmon is no biggie 🙂 You are still awesome!

  46. Krista on January 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I don’t think detoxes apply to weekends/travel! ; ) You are just fine and that salmon sounds AWESOME!

  47. Christin@purplebirdblog on January 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Good for you for eating some lovely fish and going with the flow! 🙂

  48. mattie on January 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I love quinoa for breakie. My favorite is topped with chopped fruit, a splash of almond milk, maybe a blob of almond butter and some cinnamon.
    I hope your pilot comes home soon!

    • Fitnessista on January 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      me tooooooo. it’s kinda ridiculous 🙂

  49. Gill (snaxandthecity) on January 31, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Good on you Gina! it was obviously what your body was craving. and it’s fish, its not like you ate a giant bowl of chocolate or something!!

  50. Kathie @ Frugal Fit and Fabulous on January 31, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Glad that you’re having a good weekend!

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