A Fitnessista Thanksgiving

Hey everyone! I’m pre-writing this bad johnny, because chances are that I’m at the mall right now *insert evil laugh*


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Yesterday was ah-freaking-mazing.

I slept in a little, went to work for a training appointment and then hopped on the elliptical and watched the Thanksgiving parade for 30 minutes. It made me super proud of Ben, who is Shrek on Broadway. We went to High School together 😀

Anyhoo, I came home to the casa and the pilot and I had some brunch.

Comfy carob (which may or may not have had a splash… or two.. of Baileys. It was a holiday, haha)


An egg + egg white stada with Herdez salsa (the best!!) and goat jack cheese


Roasted mushrooms, garlic, zucchini and tomatoes


We took the puppers on an hour walk (they LOVED it and the weather was beautiful) then came back so I could get crackalackin on the cooking.

I’m gonna go ahead and pat myself on the back for the food I made yesterday. It was my first Thanksgiving, away from the familia, with just the two of us. And since no one else was around to bring anything, I couldn’t screw it up!


The pressure was ON (not really because the pilot is sweet about everything I make.. even the culinary abominations)

Even so, everything was finished at the same time and came out exactly the way I wanted it to.


We had sweet potato casserole (vegan)


He had ham and turkey from Honeybaked ham (opposite of vegan)


Green bean casserole (vegetarian)


He had mashed potatoes and gravy (also from Honeybaked Ham)



Savory Ezekiel stuffing with green apple and dried cherries (vegan)


Roasted asparagus


and cranberry sauce


Quite a feast!

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My plate:


His plate:


It’s my second year of Thanksgiving without turkey (to read about last year’s, click here. It’s amazing how photography skills can improve in a year, haha) and to be honest I don’t miss it at all. There are just way too many other good things to choose from! And since we had our meal at home, everything was fresh, organic, white flour and refined-sugar free. And ridiculously delicious, to boot 😉

The only culinary disaster: the pie!


It looks nice, tasted like death.

I’m sorry, but arrowroot powder does not give pumpkin pie a creamy pie-like quality. It was like brown pie-flavored gelatin. No worries though, I was so full of other food (the pilot was too) that it didn’t matter so much. Guess who’s getting the leftovers though? The trash! bahaa

Well I’m gonna keep shopping my face off, then we’re getting on the road to ORLANDO!!!

See ya soon from civilization (and with ALL of the recipes from Thanksgiving.. except the pie. You don’t want it, I promise)

Have a lovely day!



Today’s tip: Shopping certainly can count as cardio, if you approach it like cardio. I’m not talking about dilly dallying around the mall- walk briskly with your shoulders up and back, chest proud. You’ll just look like a girl on a mission and will torch some extra cals in the process 😀

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  1. Cara (Cara Craves...) on November 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Your meal looked great!
    I love how special you made everything even though it was only the
    two of you.

  2. VeggieGirl on November 27, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Sorry about the pie – try cornstarch!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving! Enjoy the $ales today 😉

  3. simpledaisy on November 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Wow…everything looked great!
    And owell about the pie! Sometimes recipes work out and sometimes they don’t:)

  4. Katie on November 27, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Looks like it was a great Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to see that vegan sweet potato casserole recipe! 🙂

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Your spread looks delicious!

  6. K on November 27, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Oops to the pie but I’m drooling over your green bean casserole! I hope you score some fantastic deals today – good luck 🙂

  7. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on November 27, 2009 at 9:46 am

    What a beautiful spread!! It was just me and my hub this year too and it was great! NO pressure 🙂

    Glad you had an awesome holiday. enjoy shopping!

  8. The Pilot on November 27, 2009 at 9:55 am

    It was a great thanksgiving, hon…everything was amazing and I’m so glad I got to spend this one with you! Love you <3

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on November 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Looks like great Thanksgiving meal! I love the dress you have on in that pic.

    If you are at the mall right now, I am so not jealous of you 🙂

  10. Jocelyn on November 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Everything looks so tasty! Well done!!!

  11. Nicci@NiftyEats on November 27, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Great dinner, next year I’m going fr a vegetarian dinner!

  12. Shelby on November 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

    The spread looks to-die-for!

  13. Jenna on November 27, 2009 at 11:09 am

    looks like you had a great day!

  14. Betty on November 27, 2009 at 11:55 am

    It all looks really good. Hope you found some great deals today!!!

  15. Kris | iheartwellness.com on November 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Well my friend this is quite the “who feast” I looks great!

    Is there a recipe for those beans??? YUMMMM


  16. Erin on November 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Can I just say how much I love your blog?? I’m a chronic blog reader, and I’ve NEVER left a comment like this before. But really, your posts have inspired me on so many levels. I’ve asked for a dehydrator for Christmas (though I don’t think I could ever go completely raw, or vegan, for that matter.. but still…) because your approach to nutrition and your lovely pictures are so appealing that it all just makes sense- and the breakfast cookie may have changed the face of my breakfasts forever! I just tried Zumba for the first time this morning and I definitely don’t have any background in dance, so i’m sure i looked pretty silly, but it was SO much fun! I feel like your blog is the perfect supplement to my training regiment. And I enjoy hearing about the puppies and your pilot, too 😀

    Thank you so much for making a few minutes of my day a little brighter.

    Also, if you ever find yourself in Athens, GA, check out the Omni (promise I don’t work there). They have a great, booty-kicking “fight club” class, not to mention tough spin classes! And there’s a power yoga studio not too far away, too.

  17. chrysta on November 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Great looking thanksgiving dinner. I agree, shopping can be quite the cardio experience! Hope you had a great time! Happy Holidays!

  18. Melissa S. on November 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Glad thanksgiving dinner went well w/ the pilot!!! you too are too cute!

  19. Paige @ Running Around Normal on November 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Way to go Gina!!! Everything looks amazing! The green bean casserole looks phenomenal, and how sweet of you to go our of your way to get a bunch of ham and turkey for the pilot. (And how sweet of him to comment on this post!)

  20. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on November 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Beautiful meal Gina!!!! Nice work!!

  21. Dianette on November 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I just had to comment because I have that same dress! So cute 🙂 and also just wanted to say how adorable you and your pilot are, hope you had a lovely Shrimpsgiving!

  22. MLT on November 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I LOVE your dress! You look beautiful! Do you mind sharing where you got it? Your Txgiving looks wonderful and I love how you balanced the vegan with the non vegan so that everyone was happy.

    • Fitnessista on November 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

      thank you! 😀 it’s from targizzle (aka target)

  23. Lisa on November 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Your Thanksgiving feast looks delectable. Hope you snatched up some good sales today. Yawl look sweet together!

  24. Julia on November 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    omg my pumpkin pie turned out disastrous as well! But we were so full from (a very similar dinner) that it didn’t really matter. It’s nice when food does not make or break the atmosphere! As Gena says, food is just food.

  25. Katy @ These Beautiful Feet on November 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    YUM! Can’t wait to get the recipes for these bad boys. I would love to know how you prepared the Ezekiel stuffing. 🙂 You had an amazing spread! Looks delish!

  26. Lauren @ eater not a runner on November 27, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Honestly, that looks like an amazing meal! I don’t think I would miss turkey either 😉

  27. Jackie on November 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    G, where oh where did you get that dress?! you are gonna have to start posting more about fashion!!

    • Fitnessista on November 27, 2009 at 11:26 pm

      it’s from TARGIZZLE 😀 and about a year old… i will totally start posting about fashion a little more- i love it so mucho 😀

  28. Yet Another Emily :] on November 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Just a hunch… but did you hit up the 25% off everything before noon sale at Express too? :]
    And so sweet that the pilot commented on this post. You scored big with that one, girl. I only hope to be so lucky someday.

  29. coco on November 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    happy thanksgiving Gina! glad you enjoyed a lot of good food with your pilot! you prepared such a feast!!! 🙂

  30. Sarah on November 28, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Ok, I am a chronic reader as well but never have had the time to comment until now! I will not be a stranger any longer. I am impressed you had a client at the gym on Thanksgiving?!? That’s dedication. I love it. Anyway, just have to say the dress is very cute. I hope you had some sweet deals today!

    • Fitnessista on November 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

      hey sarah,
      thanks so much for saying hi 😀
      yes, i’m lucky to have dedicated clients! makes my job so much more fun..and much easier!

  31. Emily on November 28, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Your dinner looks so good! Love your immaculate presentation…
    And I agree! ~ A post on fashion would be great.
    Have a great time in Orlando,

  32. Jessica on November 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    You and the pilot are just the cutest!! It takes a LOT of skill to get everything ready at the same time! Props! 🙂

    Sorry the pie didn’t turn out….but the vegan sweet potato casserole looks amazingggg!! xoxox

  33. Naomi(onefitfoodie) on November 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    your thanksgiving looks so delicious! I love the ezekial stuffing! amazing work!

  34. Gina on November 29, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I’m relatively new to your blog but that doesn’t change the fact that I am soo impressed by the Thanksgiving dinner!! The pressure was on but it seems you did grrreat!! 🙂 love the outfit also haha

  35. Beth on November 30, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Funny about the pie. I tested a vegan pumpkin pie for my 15yo vegan and it was also a disaster. It didn’t have arrowroot in it, but the texture was like canned pumpkin and the flavor was all nutmeg. It went into the trash too. We don’t like to eat much soy, but I ended up making her a tofu chocolate peanut butter pie that was fab. We decided that tofu once a year won’t kill anyone.

    The rest of your food (heck even the awful pie) looks delish.

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