All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go

Hey everyone! Whew! What a day. It was frantic and full of packing (blechhhh.. the only thing worse is UNpacking!) but I got a lot done and ate some delicious food 😀

I met Jeni at the gym and we did some legs—plie squats, Bosu calf raises, walt squats, leg extension, reverse lunges and leg lifts, and deadlifts. I’m going to miss my gym buddy so much! 🙁 After our workout, I went on a mission to check things off the to-do list.

In the midst of my errand frenzy, I grabbed a 20 oz Supergreen juice from that juice place I like:



(If you didn’t know, the little pocket in the door is great for ruining holding CDs)

I got my tires rotated, stopped by the health food store to say good-bye and pay for yesterday’s goodies since the credit machine wasn’t working yesterday, cashed a paycheck and got Viesa’s treats, got my bangs trimmed and eyebrows done (I didn’t want to look burly with my cheffer hat haha), and PACKED!

The big suitcase:


(You’ll never guess what my favorite color is!)

I rolled EVERYTHING. It took forever, but there are no kidding at least 50 outfits in that suitcase….

And the little suitcase for me to use on our roadtrip to OKC (I didn’t wan’t to have to dig through the big one):


Packing victory!! All I have left to pack is makeup/toiletries and the kitchen stuff/food, which is in a pile on the counter. Not too shabby!

Lochi was the queen of all salad beasts:



Let’s see if I can remember everything that went in there… Romaine, bell pepper, grape tomatoes, cucumber, jicama, lime juice, sea salt, sweet onion, pepper, flax oil, dulse and avocado.

And half an Ezekiel:



I also made some foodie to munch in between Zumba and my last training appointment.

Spinach and White Beans (great side dish or appetizer.. serves 2-3, or one hungry Gina)


All I did was sweat out 1/2 sweet onion and 2 cloves of garlic in a pan sprayed with olive oil on medium heat:


Added the rest of the organic spinach (I’m trying to clean out the fridge! It was about 3/4 of the container)


Let it wilt down:


And added 2/3 can organic white northern beans (I threw the rest of the can away because I didn’t want to eat an entire can of beans)


Seasoned with juice of 1/2 lemon, sea salt, pepper and cayenne.

I also packed up one of these bad johnnies:


After Zumba, the white bean and spinach dish was absolutely delicious. It’s amazing how some of the simplest dishes are the most satisfying.

My training appointment was bittersweet. It was fabulous as usual, but I’m going to miss funny quotes lady!

Well it’s shower time over here and probably bed pretty soon—we’re getting on the road early.

See ya tomorrow with roadtrip shenanigans 😉



Anyone else going on a Labor Day weekend vacay??

image EDITED TO SAY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a wonderful bloggy friend of mine, Erica! xoxo

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  1. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 2, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I’m going to Utica, NY for my friend’s wedding!!! Have a FAB trip! Love ya girlie!

  2. michelle on September 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    have fun on your adventures, will still blog? lol i love all your food! are ezekiel breads raw? i know its sprouted grain but i was wondering if a raw foodist would eat them?

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      hey michelle,
      yes i’ll still be blogging away 😀 ezekiel breads aren’t raw.. they’re considered a “transition food” because they’re easily digestible and 100% whole grain, so many raw foodists still eat them. i’m not a raw foodist– just eat raw during the day most of the time.

  3. Meredith on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Haha, I totally roll my clothes in the suitcase too! I don’t know if it really helps avoid wrinkles, but I try. The suitcase always looks very different on the trip HOME though!

    Be safe on your trip!

  4. HealthySDLiving on September 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Great job packing–the rolling is a good idea that I’ll have to try, since I love to over pack for everything!

  5. Meghan on September 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Good luck! We are going to San Fran and wine country this weekend, can’t wait and I will definitely be blogging about it!

  6. michelle on September 2, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    oh ok, and i wasnt quizzing you, or anything, now that i read back what i wrote i see it sounds like that(grr i hate it ehen i do that!). i am vegan and ppl do that to me sometimes so i WOULD NEVER even think to do that to somebody!!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

      hahah i didn’t think you were quizzing me! no worries 😀

  7. Carla on September 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Have fun on your roadtrip tomorrow! I’ll be anxiously awaiting your blog posts about it! LOL

    I recently tried Ezekiel bread for the first time and was amazed at how good it is. I thought it would taste like cardboard, but I was pleasantly surprised!

    PS: I made my first breakfast cookie tonight and can hardly wait to eat it in the morning. I even snuck a little taste before putting it in the fridge. Delish! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  8. Sally on September 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Have a fabulous and safe trip! I’m so looking forward to reading about your experiences at culinary school. Maybe you can get a special fitnessista chef coat dyed pink!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      um, that would be AWESOME!

  9. rhodeygirl on September 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    have a blast gina!!! make sure to take tons and tons and tons of notes so you can share it all with us! i am so excited for you!!!

  10. Leianna on September 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    You are a packing suitcase queen, I’ve seen the clothes rolled thing once before, is it true you can fit more that way?
    Good luck driving across half the country, look forward to pictures!
    My Labor day plans include moving from Minneapolis to Iowa!

  11. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) on September 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Have so much fun at school!!!! I can’t wait to hear about it!!!!

  12. Lizzy on September 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    ah girl i totally do the roll method too when i pack! hahaha i love it! 🙂

  13. Jenna on September 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    i don’t have a long weekend for labor day, my college doesn’t cancel class so i still have school on monday :/ yucky!

  14. Erica on September 3, 2009 at 6:25 am

    awww thank you so much for the birthday shout out 🙂 You are so sweet! You got a TON done today! I do the same thing with my CDs in my car…and they’re all ruined haha. Great job with the packing- I think roling is awesome because not only does it save space, but your rarely get wrinkled clothes! mmm the white beans and spinach looks fabulous. I can’t believe its labor day weekend.

  15. Shelby on September 3, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Ezekiel muffins are SO GOOD. I haven’t had one in forever though, I must get some ASAP!

  16. Julie on September 3, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Wow, that suitcase looks awesome. Rolled to perfection! Have fun on your roadtrip! Are you nervous at all about school??

  17. Pam (Highway to Health) on September 3, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Looks like you are all set! Good luck!

  18. K on September 3, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Glad you got everything packed up! Sorry you hate the color pink so much 😉

  19. Yum Yucky on September 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Some people have been talking Ezekiel, and now I know what it looks like! Thank ya! (I want some)

  20. Teri on September 3, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Mmm…that spinach/white bean concoction looks delicious! Know what I’m eating for lunch! 🙂

    Labor Day plans – I’m headed to OKC to see my in-laws. We’ll both be Okies!

    I’m going to send you an email about a book I’ve been reading – would love your input when things settle down for you! 🙂

  21. CaSaundra on September 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

    You must like pink, huh?! Me too!! 🙂

    Have a safe drive!

  22. Menden @ Skinny Menny on September 3, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Have a wonderful road trip! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures at school.

    I have to work all weekend AND on Monday…booo! Oh well 😉

  23. Megan (southerngraces) on September 3, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Have a safe and dun trip! I am so excited to hear all about school…your going to have so much fun and learn so much!!! I am going out of town for Labor Day, too…hitting the beach 🙂 Even though I hear the weather may not be too pleasant. Boo!

  24. brandi on September 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

    ha, I roll my clothes too! 🙂

    no vacay this weekend, but lots of fun time at home!

  25. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on September 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Nice packing job! Rolling helps a lot. I am having a lil staycation this weekend myself, but might squeeze in a lil CT lake visit. 🙂

    I agree with Sally–you need a pink chef coat with your name embroidered in darker pink.

  26. Anne Marie@ Her New Weigh on September 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I’m going away this weekend-I’ll have to try the rolling technique!

  27. Low on September 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Your packing skills are pretty off the chart! Have a safe road trip!

  28. Melissa on September 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Have a fabulous trip! Glad to see you’ll still be blogging. I love to cook and I’m so jealous that you get to go to a cooking school! I can’t wait to hear all about it!!!
    For labor day we are spending the day at my mother in law’s house. 🙂

  29. Sarabell on July 1, 2012 at 12:35 am

    You are definitely my favorite blog! We’re leaving tomorrow for another short trip and my suitcase is overflowing and missing a lot of the things I wanted. I hadn’t thought of rolling everything but now I think I will!

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