Back in the swampland again

Hellooooooo 😀 Happy Humpday! We’re back in V-town, had a full night’s sleep (complete with crazy dreams) and my zombie-like state has vanished. I feel pretty normal today, which is bueno 😀

Thanks so much for your kind words on the Glamour article!!!! <3

On the ride back to Valdosta, the pilot stopped at Quizno’s and I ran into Winn Dizzle for some fruit.

I got cantaloupe:




A little while later, I had this Larabar, which is one of my favorite flavors.


Pretty soon thereafter, we saw the Georgia state sign and then this:


We came back to the casa, were showered in puppy kisses and then fell asleep on the couch until about 6:15pm!!!! It felt goooood and was much-needed after our insane red-eye flight to Jacksonville.

My afternoon meal was a smoothie (frozen nanner, chocolate brown rice protein, hemp milk, raw cocoa powder, sea salt, cinnamon and Stevia)


And two TJs figs:


After our nap, we hit up the gym and I did 50 easy minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes of shoulders, chest and triceps. Going to the gym was TOUGH because I had taken 3 days off while we were in Tucson. I haven’t done that in years… seriously. I always work out 5-6 days each week and after the additional aerobics classes I taught last month, my body was in need of some serious R&R. I felt achy and tired, which are huge signs that the body needs a break, so I did it. Now I’m ready to continue teaching injury-free and do some weekend long runs. I’ve got a half marathon coming up 😉

For dinner, we had a Tucson-style meal.



Veggies (1 small sweet onion sautéed with 3 cloves garlic and seasoned with 1/2 ts cumin, 1/4 ts chili powder, sea salt and pepper. Then I added 2 chopped zucchinis and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies and simmered for about 15 minutes)


And green corn tamales that nana and the madre hooked us up with:


(One of the pilot’s carry-ons was entirely food! Tamales, tortillas, chorizo, TJs goodies…)

It was quite a delicious little feast 😀

Hope you all have a wonderful day! See ya after lonchi <3



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  1. Sana on August 12, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Good luck! Its important to stay injury free!!

  2. Laura W on August 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Congrats on the Glamour feature! (Sorry I'm a little late…) I like the flavor suggestions that you gave… I'll have to try that next time since I don't like movie theatre popcorn.

    The tamales look so good… I'm embarassed to admit that I've never had tamales before!

  3. TavoLini on August 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Glad you are back!! Those tamales look excellent 🙂

  4. Jackie on August 12, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Glad you had a great trip!! Dinner looked DELICIOUS!

  5. Tay on August 12, 2009 at 9:49 am

    You just inspired me to go grab some delicious cantaloupe! I loved your Glamour suggestion, I keep meaning to buy nutritional yeast but can't seem to locate it at our regular grocery store or commissary in NC. I am glad you are back home and feeling great – you were working yourself so hard with the three classes a day, I am sure your body deserved and craved a few days off.

  6. britt on August 12, 2009 at 9:53 am

    glad you and the pilot made it home safe to see the pups!

    those tamales look delish but i can only find meat tamales here in texas. i would love to find veggie friendly tamales!

  7. brandi on August 12, 2009 at 10:19 am

    glad you got home safely! and I love that one bag was only food 🙂 that's how we traveled to and from Honduras, too!

  8. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on August 12, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Glad you're feeling bueno again! 🙂

    I had my first key lime pie larabar yesterday. Why did I wait? So good!

  9. Mandy on August 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Glad you had a great trip! And that your body got a little bit of rest – so important!!!!

  10. Haleigh on August 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I am glad to hear that you got home safely! Get plenty of rest girl! Traveling is so exhausting!

  11. Erica on August 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Glad you're back safe 🙂 Your din din looks INCREDIBLE! All the frijoles are making me want some…right now!! 😉

    Glad you got some time off in! I am thinking I may need to take a few soon! Always good to monitor your muscles! Enjoy your Wednesday

  12. buffmuffy on August 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

    looks yummy girl!
    glad youre back home 🙂

  13. Jessica on August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Glad you're back safe – those tamales look so good!

  14. Krista on August 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

    What a great meal! And I'm glad to hear that your trip home went well….

  15. Angharad on August 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Welcome home! It looks like you had such a wonderful vacation. I'm super jealous – I wish I could go home and see my fam and besties to banish the homesickness blues every now and then but it's been two years 🙁

    You're so lucky your fam are so supportive. I definitely get the "is she insane/anorexic/OCD" looks and comments when I try to be healthy around certain friends and fam. Lucky girl!!

    Oh and congrats on the glamour feature! Yay!!

  16. K from ksgoodeats on August 12, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I'm glad that one of the carry on's was just food – that dinner looks incredible!! Glad you guys made it back safe and sound 🙂

  17. Lainie on August 12, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Frijoles and tamales look aaaamazing!!!! I am so impressed with how in-tune you are with your body; you always seem to listen to it and know when to take a break. That's a serious talent, you know!

  18. Pam (Highway to Health) on August 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Naps on the couch are the BEST when you are exhausted!!

    Your dinner looks amazing!

  19. Lauren on August 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    an entire carry-on of food… LOVE it 🙂 glad you had a 'blasty' 🙂 on the trip!

  20. Julie on August 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    oh! i have yet to try the key lime larabar 🙂 I miiight have to do that!

    haha and yes I LOVED your summer shape up so much that I started it over again from week 1. haha thanks for the awesome program girl!

  21. Amanda (Panda) on August 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Food from home is the best!! I always bring back food when we go home to Texas, there's just nothing like it!

  22. Katie on August 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Yum those veggies look good. And congrats about being featured on! Thats fantastic!!

  23. Menden @ Skinny Menny on August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Glad you had a safe trip back home…bet the pups were so happy to see you! 🙂

  24. Ada on August 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Yum, those tamales look delish! I've never tried them but I certainly want to!

    I know I am late, but congrats on that Glamour article. How exciting!

  25. shelby on August 12, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Mmm, I want tamales!!!

  26. Kelly on August 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I've loved reading about your Tucson trip. I grew up in Tucson, but haven't been back in about 7 years. Holy cow, has it been that long! I told my husband, when we do go there, it's going to be the food tour of Tucson! New England does not know how to do Mexican food. Let's just leave it at that.

  27. Erin of Care to Eat on August 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I'm SO glad you took 3 days off. If you haven't done that in years it's probably much needed!!!
    Key Lime Pie is my favorite flave. 🙂 So yummy!
    Have a great day jean jean. I've called you that in my head for awhile now and I'm just now coming out!

  28. Veganissexy on August 12, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Ooooh the beans and veggies look right up my ally :0 Woohoo for some mexilicous eats! I just made tofu rancheros and they were yummmooo! Love the glamour piece….yours truly was just in a magazine too 🙂 We are on the same wavelength today I guess!

  29. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Your smoothies always look so yummy! Do you use Sun Warrior, Jay Robb, or an otherwise unnamed chocolate brown rice protein powder?

    Good luck on your half-marathon…I saw you wove that in there! I didnt know you were for-sure gonna do it, just thought it was a strong possibility. The Disney half? I did a half there about 5 yrs, so much fun. Disney makes even 13 miles seem super fun the whole 13. You go girl!

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