Yoga Milestone

Hey guys! How are ya?? The weekend is in sight! Anything fun planned?

Last night, I felt SO much better, so I did something that I haven’t done in almost 3 years:

I took a yoga class here in Valdosta.


My last yoga experience included the teacher saying things like, “If you want, you can do a triangle like this. Or, you can do a tree pose like this. Or make a pretty butterfly… like this.” ?!?!?! I walked out of the class after 15 minutes.

Last night’s class was great though! It was a very beginner-level power flow class, but it was what I needed after feeling wonky all day.

When I got home, both dogs got baths.


Usually after a bath, the Pilot and I will blow dry Bella so she doesn’t get cold and her hair looks straight and pretty.

Well, the Pilot wasn’t home and Bella would NOT let me blow dry her. She sprinted laps around the house instead.

Little punk 🙂



This morning, I had to make a b-fast cookie featuring the Butterscotch extract Sabrina sent me.

Butterfinger Breakfast Cookie


I know, right?

cookie (2)

-1/3 C oats

-1 T almond butter

-1/2 scoop protein (I’m using Nutribiotic until my Sun Warrior gets here)

-1/2 T raw cacao powder

-1/2 T lucuma

-1/2 t butterscotch extract

-splash of almond milk

-1/2 smashed banana

-some choc chips

With gingah tea:


I’m off to do the car registration thang, pack up for our Orlando vacay weekend, and go to the squadron for a meeting with the Pilot and his boss. Hopefully he’ll be able to tell us about our life and where we might be living in the spring 🙂

Out like sauerkraut.



Something to read:

10 Healthy Ethnic Cuisines (guess what #5 is??)

Get Motivated to go for that Run

Superfast Appetizers

Killer Exercise Ball workout (LOVE all of these moves!)

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on September 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I hope you get to find out where you will be living in Spring! I can’t imagine waiting for that.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on September 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

    i haven’t done a yoga class in YEARS! i need one pretty badly too…or 100 🙂

  3. jenna on September 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

    bella looks adorable fresh out of the bath!! ha!

  4. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on September 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I used to have a bichon frise and he looked just like Bella when wet. His hair would get all curly after a bath–I loved that. He looked like a puppy.

    It must be so strange to have someone else tell you where you’ll be living. Hope it somewhere good.

  5. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete on September 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

    That is crazy that you get to go to the meeting too. That has never happened to us! I bet you are so excited to know where you are going to be. I usually don’t start caring about where we will be going until about 6 months before we PCS, then it just eats at me until I find out! Good luck. 😉 Maybe Ramstein!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2010 at 10:21 am

      we probably won’t find out for sure, but i think he’ll give us a better idea of what’s available.
      ramstein would be AWESOME 🙂

  6. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on September 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I’m glad the yoga class was better this time. I hate going to a class and having it basically be a waste of time.

  7. Chelsea Anthony on September 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    So glad the yoga class went well. I’m hoping that the base one tonight is good. I’ll let you know. I’m am totally not advanced so I hope I don’t feel like a tard in the class haha.
    Have a great weekend and good luck with your meeting today @ the squadron; hope you find some stuff out!!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

      yeah i think you and lauren would like it! it was $5 at the ymca and the teacher wasn’t bad at all
      let me know how base yoga goes!
      thanks girl- i hope so!

  8. Mo on September 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I love Bella’s naked spot on her leg . . . poor baby. Enjoy your day. I have a client visiting work today – so I have my game face on!


  9. Laura on September 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    It’s amazing how yoga classes can vary so much depending on where you take them. Bethenny Frankel says in her yoga dvd that yoga is like a massage that you give yourself and its true, that is how I always feel when I’m finished with my yoga practice.

  10. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather on September 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Mmmm your breakfast cookie looks delush today.

  11. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’m glad the Yoga class was better this time! Where did you get that big Buddha head? Pier 1?

    Bella is such a cutie — your new camera definitely brings out the best in your dogs!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

      yup, pier 1!
      bella says thank you 😉

  12. angie on September 2, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Ahh love that pic of Bella. Sooo cute. She looks like shes saying help me.

    Hmm, hopefully you guys come to Shaw. That would be good! I would love to take a zumba class with ya. We only have one class a week at our base gym.

  13. Lauren on September 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I am just starting to change my eating habits to move to natural, unprocessed ingredients. Do you have a post with a sort of grocery list of your favorite items? It would be SO helpful!

  14. Kristina @ spabettie on September 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Basil is the same way – he ZOOMS through the house after his bath… (he got a bath yesterday too – medicine time!) 🙂

    Thanks for the appetizer link… I’m like someone with ADD seeing shiny things with the word appetizer… I could totally eat nothing BUT appetizers instead of big meals… 🙂

  15. Jessica@tastyandtrim on September 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    AW your doggies are so adorable 🙂

  16. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on September 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Glad your yoga class went well! The yoga class you went to before sounds hilarious.

  17. Caitlin (EatFeats) on September 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Aha the doggies are super cute still. Butterscotch extract sounds like a necessity in my life, so I may have to search for some today.

  18. MoniMeals on September 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Bella Melts my heart! 🙂

  19. brittany on September 2, 2010 at 11:54 am

    wow it’s so exciting that you get to move to orlando soon! I can’t wait to see how your blog will change and what new things you start to try out. (i love getting new ideas from you!) i hope where you go in the spring will be even BETTER! so many changes are usually scary and exciting at the same time for me but i think as long as you are with your puppies and pilot that you will be so happy! and of course thank you for sharing it all on your bloggy!

  20. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on September 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Glad you had a good yoga class! LOL…I LOVE the way my dogs look when they’re wet…so funny!

  21. Romy on September 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hi Gina 🙂 my weekend starts today and I’m so nervous because this weekend is a big weekend for me/us….it’s our wedding 😀 I’m sooo nervous!!! And on Monday we leave for our Honeymoon!! I can’t wait 😉 I’m even more excited for this holiday because we’re going to California 😀 yeeah 😀 I’ve never been to the US so I’m pretty curious how it will be 😉 If you would be around SF-LA-LV-Hawai or NY the next 3 weeks, I would love to meet you 🙂 I think I will miss your blog 🙁 so I have a lot to catch up after 3 weeks….

    By the way, Bella looks so cute 😀

  22. kim on September 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    your dogs are perfect yin & yang – femme & masculine – guess which is which?
    gina – can you talk a bit about lacuma? haven’t heard of it. just googled it & it seems like a powdered agave. why would you use it instead of agave?

  23. ? HefiA on September 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I hear ya sista! Yoga is not my thing either.

    I gotta say, it can be quite frustrating not knowing where you’ll live in the coming months. Been there several times! Hope your wishes come true! 🙂

    Oh, and I love that sunflower plate! I’m almost painfully enslaved to pretty little plates I’m afraid. haha! We all have our harmful addictions 🙂

    Have a wonderful day Gina, filled with beauty and wonders!!!
    Keep your posts coming. They make my day. Reading them it almost feels like I know you 🙂

    ? HefiA

  24. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on September 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    So glad you’re feeling better!!! <3

  25. allison @ livingoneday on September 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    i cant wait to hear where you’ll be living soon!! glad you had a great yoga class!!

  26. Astrid on September 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I had a yoga breathrough today, too! I finally found a yoga video that I enjoyed and completed! I usually get bored and turn off the video within 5 minutes and just do my own practiced. I loved this one, though! Glad youa re feeling better and found a great class.

  27. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on September 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    A Butterfinger breakfast cookie?! Yes, please!! I think I’m going to have to go on a Butterscotch-flavoring search this weekend…

    There’s nothing worse than “bad” yoga classes! My first one at my gym out here was a joke, too– the teacher pretty much just looked at herself in the mirror for an hour while I watched other class participants potentially hurting themselves with bad form! Ugh. But there’s nothing better than a GOOD yoga class!

  28. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on September 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Crossing my fingers that you’ll move to a place with a huge mall, a whole foods, an amazing yoga studio and a place craving high-raw vegan eats! haha.

  29. Carrie on September 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Aw, Bella looks *so* forlorn!

  30. Faith @ lovelyascharged on September 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I’m glad the class went well! I hate classes (of any type) where the instructor does nothing to help you get better. Enjoy O-town!

  31. Donna Porter on September 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    After spending four years at Landstuhl (just up the road from Ramstein) I can tell you it was wonderful! I’ll keep my fingers AND toes crossed for you!!!

  32. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    butterscotch extract sounds awesome! I have used alot of extracts in life, coffee extract and of course vanilla are faves, but butterscotch sounds heavenly!

    where you’re going to be living…omg I can only imagine having your life, and future, kind of swinging in the balance like this…how stressful!

    Good thing you had a nice yoga sesh!

    And Matthew K’s book, I have his Entertaining in the Raw and Everyday Raw and also his 1st book that he and Sarma did together, and of course, now I will have to keep my eye out for the newest Raw Desserts one. Another book to add to the arsenal 🙂

    Good luck w/ the housing news!

  33. Tina on September 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    glad you had a great class. I would have walked out on that other class back then too. How is it even a class if everyone is doing something completely different and there’s no flow?

  34. Paige @ Running Around Normal on September 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Niko hates when I try to blow dry her! She’d much rather sprint around the house wiping her fur on every piece of furniture imaginable LOL

  35. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on September 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Butterfinger Breakfast Cookie, for real?!?!!?!?!

    Another extract to add to my collection. 😉

  36. Naomi(onefitfoodie) on September 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    hehe that pic of bella has me cracking up!

  37. KimEatandBe on September 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    So glad to hear you had a good yoga class. I LOVE it when that happens b/c you took the time out of your day to go, ya know? I am hoping for the same when I try a new yoga studio out this weekend!
    I know how it can feel waiting to hear about your future…I feel like I never quite know what to expect but hang in there and think about it as an adventure! Your life certainly isn’t boring, ya know 🙂

  38. Jackie (Army Wife Extraordinaire) on September 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I really enjoy reading about your Air Force perspective. The army is way more impersonable and you couldn’t go to your boss and ask for your next duty station. The Air Force bases where I was in Germany(Kaiserslautern & Ramstein) were really really nice (we always went there to use the BX and movie theatre) and the Peterson Air Force Base here is also amazing, with a huge commissary, and lots to do in the surrounding area. And while I’m sure there out there, I’ve never been to a bad Air Force base and it always makes us want to switch over.

  39. Mali on September 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try that breakfast cookie forever and still haven’t done it. (SLACKER!!) I’ve been eating TJ’s PB and J on Ezekiel bread with banana for months and still not tired of it. Anyway, the cookie looks bangin’ and it’s my personal goal (inspiration board!) to make it before September is over.
    Hope that meeting goes well and they send you somewhere you WANT to go!

  40. Megan (Braise The Roof) on September 2, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Haha, Bella looks hilarious! And cold! Silly animals. 🙂

  41. brittney on September 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, Bella. She looks so vulnerable all wet. I am cracking up imagining her outrunning you around your house.

  42. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, a butterfinger breakfast cookie??? I’m sold.

  43. LisaG on September 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    You’ll have to let me know which class you went to; I may get up the nerve to try it. Glad you feel better.

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      i went to the 6:30 on at the ymca- it wasn’t too bad!

  44. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, don’t you hate lame yoga classes like that? I had a similar experience at the yoga classes at my school gym. I had to stop going to them.

    I’m glad your class today was good though! 😀

  45. Wendy on September 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I have been making the breakfast cookies. One question – do you have to eat them with a fork/spoon off the plate (at first I thought you would be able to pick it up and eat it unitl I made one). Just want to make sure that I got it right – thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      yup, you need a spoon 🙂

  46. Kristy on September 3, 2010 at 8:07 am

    LOL. When we was our pup he always does crazy fast laps around the house and digs at the carpet 🙂

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