Bribed with hot bar

Heyyyyyy ๐Ÿ˜€ Howโ€™s your night going?? Sorry for going missing on yaโ€™ll for the past day and a half. We were in crazy road trip mode, WiFi was scarce but now we are back in Valdizzy (for new readers: Valdizzy=Valdosta, GAโ€ฆI think I might need to put a Fitnessista glossary tab up top, haha)


I told you it was a thriving metropolis ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Just to be fair, thatโ€™s not the city at all.. itโ€™s the dirt road we took to pick up Viesa at the kennel)

So this road trip back to Georgia was more fast and furious than our leisurely trip up to Oklahoma City, since the pilot had to make it back for work. This means less time to stretch legs, take breaks, search for WiFi, and random shenanigansโ€ฆ I ended up getting a little cranky


That frown disappeared when the pilot bribed me with some of this:


And some of this:


I was practically dancing around the hot bar ๐Ÿ˜€

Veggies galore:


And a wheatgrass double shot:


We stopped in Arkansas and hung up with the MIL, sis-in-law and our cute little nephew, Caden


Monster faces!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I saw more cats within four days than Iโ€™ve seen in the past year combined





Also, unpictured Grey Cat and Sophie, who were too fast for me to photograph them ๐Ÿ˜€

I also got to see Chauncey, who still canโ€™t decide if weโ€™re friends or not


I drank wine every nightโ€ฆ the pilot is a little bit of a drink bully ๐Ÿ˜‰


Ate a lot of glorious food, including this new-to-me Larabar flavorโ€ฆ. If you can find that flavor, snag it up! It was like a tropical vacation. I should have bought at least ten


And met my friend Hayley (who lives in Atlanta) for a beautiful b-fast at The Flying Biscuit.


Egg whites with veggies, no cheese, side salad and a wheat biscuit

And before we knew it, we were back in Valdosta and picking up Viesa at the kennel.


Such a beautiful girl ๐Ÿ˜€

Not gonna lie, being back home after my month at 105degrees is a little blah. I was on such a high and now that itโ€™s all over, itโ€™s more than normal to feel a little low. I definitely miss being in school and making beautiful food all day, creating beautiful desserts at night, taking yoga and being in a big city. The good thing is that I have a little sumthinโ€™ sumthinโ€™ Iโ€™m still working on but can finally get the ball rolling (!), I can get some much-needed friend time in, and just get back in the swing of things in general. Iโ€™m also excited about cooking some meals for the pilot and I again ๐Ÿ˜€

Well itโ€™s time to crash out. Unpacking and laundry can wait until tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great night!



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  1. Brenna on October 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I LOVE that chocolate! The mint flavor is so good! I’ll have to give the new larabar flavor a try!

  2. Cara (Cara Craves...) on October 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Chocolate and Mint are soul mates! The chocolate bar looks fabulous!

  3. Rebecca Kenefic on October 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    you should DEF tell us how making kombucha at home turns out…see if it’s possible for the less-than-talented bloggies and twitter folks ๐Ÿ˜‰
    glad you guys got home safe, and i am TOTALLY TOTALLY looking forward to more posts from you and seeing how the at home stuff turns out. and im glad to see you with your puppies again

    and of course your husband ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mary on October 6, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Too funny! I just got back from the store with the same chocolate bar!

  5. Paige on October 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Sounds like a fun roadtrip! That was nice of the pilot to stop at WF for you.

  6. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Mmmm WF salad bar!! They always have AMAZING bread pudding at mine–and I usually sneak a piece while shopping around ๐Ÿ˜‰ I buy the salad, though!

    I, too, think I should add a glossary to my bloggie–mostly bc my cute as hell grandparents are avid readers and are probably really thrown off by my overuse of acronyms and TWSS! Woops.

    Have a great night!

  7. Mary Sailors on October 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Cute animals!! Your little Viesa looks like a fox!! I want to hear about what you have rolling! I just posted on another life change that I have in the works. Good things all around the blogsphere!

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2009 at 10:55 pm

      seriously, so many exciting things happening in the blog world right now!

  8. kristi (sweet cheeks) on October 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I just picked up that Larabar and can’t wait to try it out now! Glad to know it passed fitnessista standards. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hope you have a good evening Gina!

  9. Spotty Prep on October 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Welcome back to Georgia land! I’m not in Valdosta, but Tallahassee- I think they’re pretty much the same. I can imagine it must be a let down to come back!! Can’t wait to see what you have in the works ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on October 6, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Aww, Viesa is so cute! What kind of dog is she? I have got to find that new Lara bar flavor, it sounds so good.

    While I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful raw food you were posting while in school, I’m sure your blog is going to be anything but ordinary now that you are back. Looking forward to reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2009 at 11:12 pm

      thanks jessie!
      viesa is a shiba inu ๐Ÿ˜€
      i hope it’s the opposite of ordinary.. i’m going to work on keeping things crazy over here ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. sue on October 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    you should totally add a fitnessista glossary- it’d be fun to read!

  12. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Welcome home, and yeah, after a month on a raw high, I’m sure normal life seems a bit…normal. Well, you’re in your own bed and own kitch and can start creating stuff as soon as you’re ready, that’s exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. WholeBodyLove on October 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Glad to see you had a safe trip. I know what you mean about coming off of an emotional high after a much anticipated event. There’s that transition between the fun, out-of-the-ordinary period of time and the back-to-everyday-life neutral feeling

  14. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    SO glad you made it back ok!!!!

  15. Salamander on October 6, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Welcome Back!

    I *love* Endangered Species Chocolate! My local Whole Foods had them on sale the other week and I had chocolate daily! Looking forward to see what you’re cookin’ up behind the scenes and so happy to see you home with your Pilot!

    Much bloggie love!

  16. Erin on October 6, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    GINA! Oh mylanta! Is Sam my Henry’s cousin?! Long lost bro?

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2009 at 1:19 am

      seriously, huh?! they could be twins ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Kailey (SnackFace) on October 6, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Awww sorry Valdeezy isn’t up to par! I have an idea! Why don’t you just swing by NYC this weekend, k? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh anyone could bribe me with WF hot bar! Gahhh! I need it! It’s midnight and you’ve got me hungry!

    Awww love all the nanimals on here! And Caden is so going to be a heartbreaker. I see it now.

    Hope you settle in and have a lovely Wednesday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Jacqueline on October 7, 2009 at 12:14 am

    It’s still home sweet home!
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with now that your back! Have a nice evening.

  19. Amy on October 7, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I was totally down after my chef program ended too! It’s hard to not be super busy and cooking all day ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’m sure you have amazing things coming up as always – can’t wait to see what!

  20. Annabananabomb on October 7, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Totally understandable, it’s like coming home from vacation. You’ll get into the groove soon. I really look forward to reading about your raw creations at home now! A

  21. theskinnyplate on October 7, 2009 at 2:19 am

    The hot foods bar at Whole Foods always make me do major damage to my wallet. Too good to resist.

  22. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 7, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Have a nice first full day back! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. VeggieGirl on October 7, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Too many cute facial expressions going on in this post, hahaha ๐Ÿ˜€

    Miss you!!

  24. rhodeygirl on October 7, 2009 at 8:36 am

    What a great month. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    How did you feel eating on the way home? Does it feel different to be having non-raw and non-vegan foods again? Is your energy higher or lower?

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2009 at 9:38 am

      i felt pretty nast with the way i ate on the way home. it’s funny because everything i ate was healthy, but after a month of raw organic eating, i definitely felt less than stellar. i’m excited to get back to mostly raw eats today!
      i don’t think i can really determine energy levels yet, because i’m just exhausted from school in general ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. GirlonRaw on October 7, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Welcome back home! Bittersweet huh? As much as you will take a moment to get back into the swing of things it is kinda nice to get back into a homely routine eh? Can’t wait to see you put your new RAW knowledge and skills into action ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats on October 7, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Glad to hear you made it home safely – and with a trip to Whole Foods on the way home – you lucky girl!

    I hear you – adjustments like the one you’re going through are always tough, but it’ll get better everyday as you start to get back into your old routine.

    Have a great day!

  27. Haleigh on October 7, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I am glad to hear that you had such a fun time in Oklahoma ๐Ÿ™‚ All of the food that you prepared for 105degrees looked beautiful and tasty.. I hope that you get back into the swing of things in georgia! have a good day! xoxo

  28. Jenna on October 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

    you must be happy to be finally home tho gina!

  29. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on October 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I have never seen Tropical Fruit Larabars — I must find that! Those cats are funny, they don’t seem too interested in the camera for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jess on October 7, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I seriously am in love with those larabars – the best flavor EVER!

  31. HealthySDLiving on October 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Glad you made it home safe–it’s always a big adjustment when you come back from an exciting time! At least now you’ll have the time you need to get things going–can’t wait to see what you have in the works!

    BTW–I loved reading about your schooling adventures…it was definitely inspiring!

  32. K on October 7, 2009 at 10:52 am

    The angry face and the monsters are hilarious!! Glad you guys made it back safe and sound! Sorry coming home is so bittersweet – can’t wait to hear more about your somethin’ somethin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great Wednesday, G$!

  33. BethT @ Pretty By The Bay on October 7, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Gina, you need to go to Austin TX to visit the flagship Whole Foods! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. brandi on October 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    glad you guys got back safely!

  35. Tina on October 7, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Mmm whole foods hot bar! I miss going to whole foods multiple times a week like I did back home.

    It’s always hard coming back home after such a fun “vacation” but you’ll get used to it! Throw some dinner parties and show off your new skills ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on October 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Welcome home! I’m sure it’ll be weird for a while after your glorious foodie honeymoon, but it sounds like you’re already doing a rockin job of putting your newfound inspirations to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. RunToTheFinish on October 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Always love the pics! I can imagine that after that month of greatness it feels a little slow to be home

  38. tami on October 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    my new favorite quote applies perfectly for you right now

    “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened.” –Dr. Seuss

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

      excellent quote, i’m trying to remind myself of that

  39. Nicole on October 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Oh my god, The Flying Biscuit. So good! Their black bean “Love Cakes” are to die for. Too bad I am only in ATL once in a blue moon!

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

      black bean love cakes?! how did i not know about these?! that sounds amazing.. that place was seriously delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Katie on October 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I could use some wheatgrass!!!

  41. Erin on October 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    And this whole time I thought Valdizzy was in Florida!! You really do need a Fitnessista Vocab Tab! Or I need to pay better attention ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. glidingcalm on October 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Viesa is soooo gorgeous!!!

    You are soooo gorgeous!!
    The pilot is gorgeeeeeeeeeeeous! (Wait, can i say that?)

    What a beautiful familyyyyyyyyy!
    Can’t wait to see the little fitnessbabies. OOPS! :0
    hahaha … GORGEOUS.

    WF gorgeous.
    Love the pet action tooooo.

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm

      hahah you can definitely say the pilot is gorgeous. he is kinda hot ๐Ÿ˜‰
      love you friend!

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