12 hour talk sesh

Hey guys! How are ya? Hope youโ€™re having a happy Friday! Sorry Iโ€™m so late posting today- finding WiFi in this little subsection of Little Rock has been a daunting task.

 We got into Little Rock last night around 11:30pm, after 12 hours of straight talking ๐Ÿ˜€ It was nice to catch up with the pilot since he works so dang much โ€“ I think I like him ๐Ÿ˜‰

Meet Chauncey.


(She looks like Dobby from Harry Potter)

Little Chauncey is the MILs Min-Pin Daschund mix and she is a little fireball of energy. After growling at me for a few hours last night, she decided this morning that we could be friends because I played fetch with her as I chatted with the MIL.

This is Sam:


Heโ€™s 15 years old!! Crazy huh?? Heโ€™s a sweet boy..and heโ€™s a fan of the cat food


Bfast was a glorious sludge:


I was so happy to have all of my sludge-making supplies with us.. hemp milk, banana, vanilla sprouted rice protein, Vegalicious, and organic spinach (that the MIL picked up for me)

So delicious!

We spent the morning shopping โ€“Iโ€™m the proud owner of a new VS Pink hoodie and Tshirt- and stopped at AT&T to talk to the jokers there about my crackberry not working. The internet cut out yesterday (and I went through major withdrawals) and hasnโ€™t been working since. Thank goodness the sales rep could reboot my phone and get me connected to the universe again ๐Ÿ˜€

I munched this new-to-me bar while he was fixing my phone.


The verdict?? Tasty wasty. I loved the chocolate chips in there and even bit into a whole Brazil nut. It was kind of like a Survival bar meets Larabar. All in all, Iโ€™d buy it again (I have one more flavor to try) but it ranks 3rd on my favorite raw bar list.

More shopping, followed by lonchi at Crazy Hibachi.


I had the house salad with ginger dressing:


Cucumber salad:


And hibachi veggies:


I was seriously craving some veggies in my life after yesterdayโ€™s dough-filled day ๐Ÿ˜€

After our delicious lunch, we stopped at the Animal Adoption Center on wheels to say hi to the puppies:


I wanted to take home ALL of them. Even though we couldnโ€™t adopt any, it felt good to give the puppies some love. Iโ€™m missing my babies!

Weโ€™re back at the casa now and Iโ€™m getting ready to hit up the base gym for some weights and cardio before meeting everyone for dinner. Iโ€™m trying to convince the pilot that he needs to take his madre to see Julie & Julia โ€“ I really want to see it again ๐Ÿ˜‰

Time to pump some crazy iron ๐Ÿ˜‰ See ya soon bloggies!

Have a very happy Friday <3


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  1. Melissa on September 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I love Hibachi style restaurants!!! Oh, now I’m hungry!!!! Your veggies look so good and isn’t that ginger dressing the bomb!?!

  2. Lauren on September 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Glad you are getting settled in and sounds like a wonderful day! I love going for Habbachi just for the veggies. It works out perfect for us, because hubby eats all the meat and rice and I take all the veggies. We have such a good thing going! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy the rest of your night.

  3. Lizzy on September 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hibachi is so fun! i went to a place like that for my bday and i loved it! glad u enjoyed!

  4. Leianna on September 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Love all the cute animals! My mother in law buys foods for me when I visit her too, such love!

  5. Spotty Prep on September 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Such sweet animals! I love Chauncey’s Dobby like ears ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. brandi on September 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    glad you made it to LR! I went to school just an hour from there ๐Ÿ™‚

    enjoy your evening!

  7. Low on September 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I love hibachi veggies! Sorry about the lack of Internet!!

  8. Katie on September 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Glad you got in safely!

    I love all of the animal love in this post… Chauncey really DOES look like Dobby!

  9. VeggieGirl on September 4, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    So glad you got there safe & sound!!

    Haha, love your description of that snack bar ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cute animals!!

    Hope you get to see the film!! Just bribe The Pilot ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Lisa on September 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I think a lot of guys would really like Julie & Julia! My mom and I went, and when we got home she told my step-dad how funny it was. He actually seemed a little disappointed that he missed out!

  11. Erica on September 4, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    haha…isn’t it so funny that you can be married and live with someone…but somehow not get a lot of time to just sit and chat? Josh and I are in the exact same boat ๐Ÿ™‚ I always enjoy when we go on road trips so we can just CHAT. Glad you made it safe. Lots of cute puppers in this post!

  12. Sarah on September 4, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Aww, the kitty reminds me of my fat cat Benjamin…he lived to be 19! Glad you are having a good time so far…those veggies look delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. janetha on September 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    awe i love the furry friends!!

  14. Jaci on September 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Those veggies look delicious!

  15. Emily, homecookedem on September 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Those veggies look great! I’ll have to remember that meal next time we go to a japanese hibachi style place!!

  16. Denise on September 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! That kitty looks just like mine, Althea Fairmont! He even has the jiggly fat underneath that Althea Fairmont has!

  17. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on September 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Haha, “I think I like him.” Good thing!

    Thank you for puppies (and singular kitty). If you have a minute (literally) with internet access, I think you need to watch the can’t-get-up puppy. Totally had me giggling. http://www.dlisted.com/node/33744

  18. angieinatlanta on September 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I love hibachi! Actually, I love any interaction during eating; I think it makes it a full sensory experience.

    I love that you and the pilot are still able to talk for 12 hours straight; that’s true love right there!

  19. michelle on September 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    i just tried clifs new bar its called “builder” (i feel manly when i eat it) it has 20 grams of protein and tastes like a snickers/mars/milkyway. i bought seven more the next day AND got a rain check cuz they were on sale. lol. i still need to try a larabar, is 1.50 a good price for them?

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2009 at 9:41 pm

      hey michelle,
      i’ve had those bars before– the pilot LOVES them
      yup 1.50 is pretty good for a larabar ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Catherine on September 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Gina! My husband and I are based in Little Rock, although he is in Iraq until October. Is there any chance that you will be passing through Little Rock after school? I know this is weird, but I’m not living there right now as I am living with my parents in Texas because I just finished the Bar exam (i.e. this really lame exam for lawyer-wannabees). I have a dog that is Satan reincarnated, a husband that thinks I’m crazy for following blogs (although his deployment has left him craving asparagus – don’t ask…), and parents whom I have recently decided to refer to as ‘devoted roommates.’ Anyway, I really hope that you come through Little Rock with Tom after school because (1) I want some free raw food education (jk); and (2) we could talk about all things that are wonderfully pink.

  21. kristi (sweet cheeks) on September 4, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Awww I want to adopt those puppies!! TOO cute!

  22. Liz on September 5, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Cute puppies! Yummy veggies! Fun trip!

  23. Linda on September 5, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I live in Fort Smith which is about 2 1/2 hours from LR. I loved crazy hibachi when I went last time back when I wasnt trying to eat raw. (the chicken was sooo good) Enjoy your trip, and update us with lots of delicious raw recipes.

  24. Ada on September 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

    OMG that dog does look like Dobby, how funny!!!

  25. Jenna on September 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Aww, my heart melts whenever I get around animals.

    Sometimes I go to the humane society just to see the animals (and also to try to convince Mike to get one..) and everytime I leave, I wish I was bringing them all home. Why do I do that to myself!?!?

    Fab eats by the way!

  26. CaSaundra on September 5, 2009 at 9:11 am

    That cat looks almost identical to mine!!! Love the tabby cats ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am getting a blackberry in the mail soon, do you like yours? Well besides the minor internet incident?? What model do ya have?!?

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2009 at 9:40 pm

      besides the internet issues i’ve been having, i LOVE it. i have the new curve (8900 i think??)

  27. K on September 5, 2009 at 9:15 am

    I’ve been trying to find that chocolate chip cookie dough bar for the longest time! I’m glad it was delish!!

    Ahhh puppies!!! I want to take them all home with me ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you got to see the movie again!

  28. Anne on September 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I hope your vacation is going great!
    I have a question about your sludge. You use one 30 g packet of Vega smoothie infusion + 30 g of vanilla rice protein …is that right? What kind of rice protein do you recommend and is it the full 30 g or half of that?

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm

      hey anne,
      i use one heaping tbs of the protein and 1 scoop of the vega (1/2 serving)

  29. foodcents on September 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

    It’s good you like the husband, always helpful in the long run:)

    Safe travels on your way to OKC:)

  30. Jenna on September 5, 2009 at 10:58 am

    haha well i hope you like your hibby, gina! haha.
    dinner looks great! have fun today!

  31. Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) on September 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Gina- I’m glad you liked J&J & want your hubby and his mom to see it- I did a post on it and because I felt that it kinda dissed bloggers (like it’s all about me, me, me etc). I still liked the movie and certainly the story. And for people who didn’t even know what a blogger was, I think it was educating! If you read my post let me know what you think!

  32. Nicci@NiftyEats on September 5, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Hibachi places are always fun, besides the food I always get a great chef and the tricks they do while cooking are entertaining.

  33. fittingbackin on September 5, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I still need to see it! Maybe this week i’ll give it a go!

    Love all of the pupper pictures – he dauby reference was too much! LOL

  34. Katie on September 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    As a somewhat new vegetarian I’ve never thought of going to a Hibachi for the veggies. Those look fantastic though!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to say reading your comment about going to work out before dinner (on a road trip no less!) completely inspired me. You are living the life I’m working hard to build for myself!

  35. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 5, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Crackberry probs are the worst…I hear ya. Glad you got yourself squared away and reconnected with the world.

  36. nomnomnom on September 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm


    I was just curious as to what brand of nutritional yeast you use, and where you buy it?


    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm

      i use the kind from the bulk bins at whole foods or other health food stores ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Erin on September 6, 2009 at 12:04 am

    WOW! Is Sam my Henry’s long lost brother?! Honestly!
    I love how much you and the P are in love ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Heather on September 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I totally feel your pain about the “Third Time’s a Charm” Salad! I live in a tiny little town in the midwest and gluten intolerance on top of lactose/dairy/egg intolerance on top of vegan just makes people’s heads spin!
    There is a really great Mexican restaurant here that hubby loves, so I sucked it up and went with warning him that all I’d be able to eat there is steamed or raw veggies. No spices. Nothing.
    It only took them 2 tries to get it right and it was actually very tasty. From now on, they’ll know what I want and should get it the first time! ๐Ÿ™‚

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