EBLT and a new yoga mat

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope your day is going well!

I slept in a little after having some creepy dreams. The pilot was in an Indiana Jones-style stunt show, and I had to travel with him and watch as he did dangerous tricks on stage. Bizarre, right??

Anywho, I had some lovely green juice


a side of eggplant bacon:


(recipe is in Everyday Raw by one of my favorites)

and whipped out a new yoga mat that was sent to me from Aurorae.

yoga mat

Iโ€™ll be posting my review for this product later today ๐Ÿ˜€

After having some fun with the self timerโ€ฆ

 sideplankheadstand halfmoon

I did 30 minutes of a 60 minute Power Yoga #2 podcast from YogaDownload.com. I couldnโ€™t do more..my mind is a little frazzled today after last nightโ€™s news.

Next, I came down and made a banana mesquite drink

bananamesquite drink

-1.5 cups almond milk

-1 banana

-5 drops liquid Stevia

-1 T mesquite


-pinch of sea salt

All blended up in the Vitamixilicious ๐Ÿ˜€

Lunch was face-rockin glorious.


Raw EBLT!!!!

I used the rest of the raw bloomin’ onion flatbread and made a cashew mayo to spread on it with 1/8 C soaked cashews, lemon juice and some water.

Next, I topped the flatbread with eggplant bacon, organic spring lettuce and grape tomatoes.

I canโ€™t even explain to you how good it wasโ€ฆ chewy, slightly crunchy onion bread, creamy cashew spread, super crunchy and spicy eggplant slices, crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes. Drool.

Well Iโ€™m off to walk these puppers, train a client, do some work and make dinner, then off to my first night dancing again. I have tap and jazzโ€ฆ and Iโ€™m super nervous. Hereโ€™s hoping I donโ€™t make a giant goober of myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

See you soon!



Something to do: Two lovely ladies in my life have started blogs! My cousin Katie has an amazing, heartfelt and funny blog about her experiences with infertility- check it out here and my friend Michelle has started a nutrition blog ๐Ÿ˜€ Check em out!

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  1. Lindsay on December 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm
    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 1:18 pm

      how awesome is that?! i’ll be sure to let everyone know! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I am so excited to hear your tap/jazz recap! I’d love to start dancing again. I feel like I should find a studio.

  3. Diane Doesn't Diet on December 1, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I love the EBLT! Has a nice ring to it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have fun at dance tonight! <3

  4. Lita on December 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    This blog always makes me so hungry. That eggplant bacon looks crazy good. Have a great time dancing. I’m going to spend the day looking for a good quiet juicer. Mine is giving me a headache. Side note- Girlfriend, you are fit!

  5. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on December 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    looove the EBLT!! And I’m suuuper jealous of your headstand!

  6. Sarah Jayne on December 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Ummm, HI, I want your EBLT?!?! Holy AMAZING, send me one now!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok I guess I will just have to put a dehydrator on my x-mas wish list.

  7. GirlonRaw on December 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sure you won’t make a big goober of yourself. The hardest part will probably be the first 10 minutes or so then you will find your flow. As for the cashew mayo, you are I are always soo INSYNC lady. It is crazy. I have been dreaming of getting home and making some kind of dehydrated bread with a cashew aioli (cashew mayo) ever since I tried it when I stumble into a vegan cafe in NZ about 2 months ago!! I’m gonna go check out those blogs you’ve suggested pronto ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on December 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    You’ll find your flow. You always look graceful. Def. not gooberish =]

  9. VeggieGirl on December 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Stellar poses and such an enticing use of eggplant!

  10. Erica on December 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Enjoy dance girl! That is so fun that you are doing that!! Your lunch looks amazing- such a creative dish. I got the same yoga mat in yellow and think it totally rocks. Can you believe the half is SO soon? I’m nervous- yikes!

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      i’m HORRIFIED. haha

  11. Lizzy on December 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    i was having some weird creepy dreams too. have fun at dance tonight! i’m always jealous of your raw creations. i wish i could have you make them for me, i’m just not that creative ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on December 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    That EBLT looks so amazing! I need to try onion bread and eggplant bacon, especially together!

  13. Shannon on December 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Okay your headstand was amazing…I really hope to be able to do that one day, I mean seriously that is one of my goals! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog, can’t go a day without reading it and all of your helpful tips on eating healthy! Have a great afternoon!

  14. rhodeygirl on December 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    I really want to be as flexible as you. I can’t believe I have let my flexibility go away. So sad.

  15. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on December 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Cute new yoga mat! i like the color. And how in the world do you take pics of yourself that are that clear with just a timer?! I can barely take clear shots when holding it in my hand! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      haha i set the camera on the desk ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) on December 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Love the self-timed photos! I’m totally envious of your flexibility. Looking forward to reading the mat review. I’ve needed a new one for about 5 months now, and just haven’t been able to commit to which one.

  17. Mama Pea on December 1, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    I’m not entirely sure what your news is, but I’m sorry it has you in a tizzy in Valdizzy. Oh Lawd, that was lame. Anyhow, I always believe that things happen for a reason, so maybe there is something bigger coming out of this that you can’t see yet?

  18. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on December 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    That raw EBLT looks awesome! Do you have a dehydrator? Is that how you made the eggplant bacon?

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      yes, i have an excalibur 9 tray model and LOOOOVE it ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Julie @savvyeats on December 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I’m not usually big on eggplant, but I might just have to try the raw BLT!

  20. skinnyrunner on December 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    you make yoga look easy… and cute. and i know its definitely not easy!

  21. elizabeth on December 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    i haven’t used mesquite yet. how do you like it? remind me of the health benefits?? also i need to get a glass straw asap!! where’d you get yours?
    have a fabulous day!
    ps adore the self timer pics!

  22. Shelby on December 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Mmm, love that banana smoothie! And your lunch looks amaze! Yum yum yum.

  23. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on December 1, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Yum to the raw foodage- I wish I could make eggplant bacon, but I do not have a dehydrator. Tear. Know of any way to make it without?

    And where in the wold did you get your super cute yoga shirt?!? I love it!

    Have a great evening!


    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      hey girl,
      you can make it in the oven on the lowest setting possible and crack the oven door open.
      i got the yoga shirt at tj maxx… last year, though

  24. Margaret on December 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    On Wednesday’s Live with Regis and Kelly: “Singer MICHAEL BUBLE joins Kelly at the co-host desk and performs a song on the LIVE! stage.” Maybe that can add a smile or two to your day. It will definitely make my humpday so much better ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on December 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      THANK YOU for reminding me! i can’t wait to see that hunk of man ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. ari on December 1, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    awww dance. i miss it. i dabbled in tap for a little bit but mostly stuck to jazz and ballet. have a blast!!

  26. Nicci@NiftyEats on December 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I like the new yoga mat, but also your shirt!

  27. Melissa S. on December 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    those are some awesome moves on the mat! wish i could do that!

  28. Devan G on December 1, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    eggplant bacon!!??

  29. Lily @ LilysHealthPad on December 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Gina, I am sure that you have mentioned this before (I have only been reading for the past 3 months or so), but what is mesquite??

  30. Jessica on December 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I know Valdosta isn’t the greatest place (my husband was stationed there for 4 years, and he deployed alot- about half the time we were there he was gone), but it could be worse- you could be stuck in Minot, ND or some really really small town with nothing! And, at least you’re relatively close to some family, and Florida’s nice to visit. Anyway, probably doesn’t help you much, but at least there’s a mall there. I just wanted to let you know I understand.

  31. Michal on December 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    EBLT = amazing! I have yet to try to make raw breads, even though I have had my dehdrator for a couple months now. Perhaps I should give it a go this weekend, you’ve inspired me ๐Ÿ™‚

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