EATster weekend

Hi friends! How are you? How was the weekend?? 

It was our first *real* weekend in Valdosta. It’s weird because in some ways, it feels like we just got here. (Ok, in a lot of ways. Like the moving boxes that we’re still drowning in, which never seem to empty and mysteriously keep multiplying.) In other ways, it feels like we’ve been here a long time. We’ve been able to jump back into our old Valdosta life (plus the kiddos, of course), catch up with old friends, meet some new friends, and start to get settled in our new temporary home.

Friday started off with a bang. Mallory -we have a few mutual friends here in town- invited me to join in on a girls’ night to Thomasville, which is about an hour away. One of the trainers at the gym is leaving, so it was her going-away party. We met up at one of the girls’ houses, and rode there in a limo, while drinking champagne, chatting, and dancing to music. 

Girls night limo

Dinner was at Sweet Grass Dairy, which is a CUTE and trendy little spot. Sweet Grass produces all of the dairy on the menu, so we shared a cheese board and some appetizers, and I had a glass of Malbec and a chicken + quinoa salad. It was so good. Driving through, I noticed all of the little boutiques and fun restaurants so I have a feeling we’ll be back with the fam. 

Chicken salad

The ride back was similar to the ride there, with louder music and more dance moves. 😉

It was such a blast, and even though it’s not like me to go out with a group of girls I didn’t know well (#introvertforlife), I’m so glad I decided to go for it. I was just thankful they invited me, and figured the only way to meet new people is to not be lame and do things haha. They were so fun, kind, and welcoming. I’d forgotten how awesome and friendly the people are here, and it’s been really cool to be back in that environment.

Saturday was lots of unpacking -I tackled most of my closet- then headed to the gym for a leg workout, then Publix for groceries. I LOVE Publix, but it’s been years since I’ve shopped at a *real* grocery store for everything we need. (Usually we’d just Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s it, and maybe pop into a full grocery store for 1-2 things.)

Why are grocery stores so enormous?? Why are there 18 different types of garlic powder?

Me after completing the great grocery scavenger hunt:

It's been 84 years gif


Saturday night, we went to dinner at a friend’s house. He and the Pilot work together, and his wife was the one who checked out the house for us and also helped with the movers when our flight was delayed. They have 3 kids, so all of the kiddos loved running around and playing together. We had an awesome healthy feast of grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and brussels sprouts, and home cooking was even more delicious after a week of a LOT of restaurant dining and takeout. 

The highlight of the night: when we got home, there were DEER IN OUR BACKYARD. I thought they were dogs at first, and then they stepped into the porch light and we were all shocked. They were so cute, and had little white tails. It was pretty majestic, and I was so excited to see another one last night. I grabbed the camera to snap a quick pic.

Backyard deer

Sunday, we celebrated Easter! We ended up sleeping in a bit, and then heading to the living room for Easter baskets.

Girls and their Easter Baskets

Next, it was time for brunch. We had fruit salad, I made some French toast with sweet egg bread, topped with strawberry compote:

French toast

and it’s not really Easter without Nana’s egg dish.  

Nanas egg dish

(She makes it better because it has her special Nana touch, but it was still delicious. Also, hooray for leftovers for breakfast today.)

Our little Easter bunnies:

The girls

The girls hunting for eggs

Later on, we had adult fruit salad aka sangria with some more friends from the Pilots’ work. We hadn’t seen them in years, and it was so great to catch up.  


The kids ran around and hunted for Easter eggs, and then we went inside for snacks. It was perfect.

Egg hunting

P riding in the toy car

(That picture makes me laugh every time. So casual; ankles crossed, and chillin. She was obsessed with riding around in the car.)

The weekend was filled with so much awesome friend and family time, + lots of chocolate Reese’s eggs. I’d definitely call it a success. 🙂

Family selfie on Easter sunday

Our [blurry] self-timer pic. Womp womp. haha.

blurry family pic

This week, we’re getting into a groove and routine around here, and Barre Bootcamp began this morning!! All of the videos are live on Gumroad if you’d like to add a new barre workout to your routine, too. You’ll get the link to download/stream the video and it’s yours to keep and use whenever you’d like.

Barre Blast

Lower Body Burn

Total Body Barre

Barre Strength

Barre Bootcamp

(All are $9, but price will go up to $12 tonight at midnight.)

Have a happy Monday!


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  1. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on April 17, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Looks like you had a great weekend! Good luck on the unpacking. 😀 😀

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      thank you! hope you had a wonderful weekend, too <3

  2. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on April 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

    This looks like such a fun Easter weekend — glad to hear that you guys are starting to get situated in your new home!

    That Titanic gif was SPOT ON. It’s so true!!

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      haha real life

  3. Christina @ on April 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I’m glad you got to spend so much time with friends in your new hometown! I agree on grocery stores – we have a nice “normal” one super close by, but it is HUGE and takes forever, so I almost always go to TJs or Sprouts instead.

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Hi Gina! Good job on going out with the ladies! It can be totally hard to be a new person, but you’re only the new person for the first few hangouts hehehe! Oh and I MISS Publix. Publix sushi. Publix subs. Publix Bo-Go. Publix bakery. That was one of the toughest things about my initial move to SF from Orlando, was the loss of Publix. In fact, we did grocery delivery for years in the City, because it wasn’t even worth our time to go to the crappy and small non-Publix grocery stores hahaha. Hope this week of unpacking goes smoothly! Happy Monday! 🙂

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 17, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Glad you’re settling in! I can’t remember the last time I was in a real grocery store. I feel like grocery stores never have what I really need. Sprouts is my go to!

  6. Julie on April 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Looks like a great wknd! So glad you’re getting acclimated & are having fun meeting new friends & get reacquainted w/ old ones. I tend to be a bit of an introvert myself so I completely understand the hesitation you had in going out w/ the group of girls Fri. night. I always have to give myself a little peptalk & remind myself that I always end up having a good time & am usually glad I went. 😉

  7. Kelly on April 17, 2017 at 11:04 am

    haha!!! I feel just like that lady when I go to the grocery store! It’s so overwhelming!

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      it’s too much haha

  8. Janice on April 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    So a question – on the flight to Valdosta did Miss P go through a time machine and the rest of you did not? Livi looks the same, you look the same, but suddenly beautiful baby P looks like beautiful little lady P! Love their dresses.

    Grocery shopping is the WORST! Way too overwhelming a process!

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      it makes me cry. she is SO BIG all of a sudden. she looks like a little girl and not a baby anymore

  9. Jamie @ madrediem on April 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    That picture of P is so cute!! Ankles crossed like, NBD. Just riding around in a car.

    Publix is the best. When I’m feeling particularly lazy we pick up the wings for dinner and have them with a salad. They have *zero* benefits other than being delicious!

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      right? it makes me laugh every time
      and yes, publix is the BEST. i just feel overwhelmed about shopping in a giant grocery store again haha

  10. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on April 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Love your easter dress!! Sounds like such a fun girls trip, too! That’s awesome that you had the courage to go with so many people you didn’t know. I would be nervous, too!! ; )

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      thank you!! yes, it was such a blast <3
      hope you had a great weekend, too!

  11. Julia on April 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Gina, your easter dress is lovely. I’m interested to see how Valdosta has changed – I started reading your blog when ya’ll were first stationed there. God bless and best of luck with unpacking (ugh.).

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      thank you, friend! i need all the luck i can get haha

  12. Juliette @ Namastay Traveling on April 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    So great that you’re able to fall into your old space! I also started reading your blog when you were there the first time, full circle!

    • Fitnessista on April 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      right? it’s so crazy to be back. thank you for reading for so long <3

  13. Bethany on April 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I do not know if it is the getting older thing or the life style we live but I keep becoming more and more introverted… is also sad but then I love it #tornsoul

    I miss the huge grocery stores!

    I love that you guys know so many people already. Mil family is the best!

  14. Carrie this fit chick on April 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    What a fun ladies crew! you guys look so dolled up and cute! Always fun to spend nights like that. Oh how I miss Easter egg hunts. I wish it were an adult thing too 😉 One day, when I have kids I can re-live those moments!

  15. kelli @ hungry hobby on April 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    We are considering moving somewhere totally new to us and I just keep thinking about how many times you’ve moved in your life! Glad to see you are settling in so well, Happy Late Easter!

  16. Anne EB on April 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    You should check out the From the Front Porch podcast that the bookstore in Thomasville (The Bookshelf) puts out! The owner and one of the guys that works there do it, and they’re so great. They also talk a lot about Thomasville events and happenings that make me want to make the trek over from Alabama!

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

      i will check it out- thank you!!

  17. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on April 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    P looks so much older with her hair down! Wasn’t she just born, like, yesterday????

    • Fitnessista on April 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

      it makes me cry. she’s so big.

  18. Karen on April 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    With deer in your backyard you’ll want to regularly check your fur babies for ticks.

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