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Hot [Bar] Date

Heyyyy ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Sunday! Hope youโ€™re having a beautiful and relaxing morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the awesome feedback on my dinner party post! Voting starts tomorrow AM <3

So last night, I had a hot dinner dateโ€ฆ.

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with myself and the Whole Foods hot bar. Haha.

I got off work kind of late and my stomach was yelling at me to feed it. Since the fam was finishing dinner with a family friend at Urban Flats, I stopped at Whole Paycheck, grabbed dinner, and ate it, solo, in the cafe.

For me, this is a pretty big deal. Iโ€™ve always been the type of girl who doesnโ€™t like to do things by myself. Even when I lived in a 1-bedroom apartment senior year of college, I had friends over after dance almost every night. Iโ€™ve only eaten in a restaurant once by myself โ€“I was in Jax for work and had a quick lunch break so I stuffed Ruby Tuesdayโ€™s salad bar in my face and stared at my phone the entire time- and have never been to a movie by myself.

Last night, I left the Blackberry in my purse (with the exception of taking a picture), and enjoyed my meal without being distracted by technology or a book. It was actually quite lovely.

When I had first arrived at Whole Foods, I kept thinking about a chocolate chip vegan cookie. I couldnโ€™t tell if it was my hunger talking or if I did indeed need a cookie in my life, so I ate all of my meal (brown rice, madras curry, butternut squash salad, Asian slaw, southwestern sweet potato and black beans), and then went back in for my cookie ๐Ÿ™‚

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I met the fam at Pinkberry and then we all came back to the casa to watch movies and called it a night ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning, I did a little quality control:

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and then took a beautiful class at Orlando Power Yoga.

After hitting the snooze button on yoga yesterday, it felt SO good to twist, sun salute, balance and sweat my face off ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast:

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PUMPKIN breakfast cookie dough cereal ๐Ÿ˜€

The usual suspects with 1/3 C pumpkin puree mixed in, along with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Perfect.

Well Iโ€™m off to do the work thang! Have a great day and Iโ€™ll see ya from workie ๐Ÿ™‚ The netbook *should* be ready to go (Live Writer is installed and set up), so fingers crossed that posting will be snafu-free.

xoxo,

Gina

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40 Comments

  1. Holly on October 3, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    You must be so happy to have Whole Foods in your neighborhood!!! Congrats on the party of 1 dining! I personally love it!

  2. Emily on October 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    You have never eaten alone?? Really?

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      i eat at home alone all the time- at restaurants, never. i’ll usually get the food to-go

  3. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on October 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Yum! I never eat alone at restaurants either. It feels really strange!

  4. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I generally don’t like doing the restaurant thang alone either. Traveling for work was when I finally got more comfortable with it.

    I was wondering when we’ll get to hear the results of the vegan bodybuilding plan?

  5. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Oh i love eating out alone! It took a long time to get used to, but once I started teaching, I really relished the super quiet that came from sitting in a booth by myself with nothing but the crunch of my lettuce…

    I had a major ‘roon craving the other day and bought a store-bought one from a local coffee shop. I think you should move here and start making their roons because they SUCKED!

  6. hippierunner on October 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Congrats on enjoying your positive eating alone experience! I need to step out of my comfort zone and do that more.

  7. fran hlavacek on October 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    As an only child, I have to say that doing stuff by yourself becomes more and more comfortable. I have gone to the movies alone, (I don’t like chatty movie companions anyway) and I have eaten LUNCHES alone, but never a full fledged dinner.Kudos! And, Ladies, I often, no, almost ALWAYS, go to the bathroom alone. I have never been the woman at the table who announces that she has to use the restroom and then cast about for a face that looks like they have a full bladder also. If someone follows, I do not shoo them away, but for the most part, I am a lone pee-er. And I am quite proud of that. ๐Ÿ™‚
    fran

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      haha!

  8. Moni's Meals on October 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    It is like going to a movie solo, it sounds weird but I do it every once in awhile.:) I don’t prefer to eat solo at places either though.
    Awesome pumpkin protein breakfast cookie~Yum!

  9. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on October 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve definitely gone to restaurants alone, but I REALLY love going to the movies solo. It sounds weird, but it’s actually really relaxing! Hope you have a great day!

  10. Amanda on October 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I go to movies by myself no problem, but eating alone can be kind of tricky! Even when I bring a book, I find it awkward to try to read and eat at the same time. It is nice to just sit and be with yourself and your food (and complete strangers). I think it really depends on where you go to eat by yourself too. I still have yet to go to a restaurant with table service by myself, but it is something I want to do!

  11. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat on October 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I’m the same way about doing things by myself. Just this year, I have been getting over eating in places like Noodles or Chipotle by myself, but I still haven’t eaten in a restaurant or seen a movie in the theater by myself!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      exactly! i’d just feel weird if i saw someone and they asked who i was with.

  12. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve never eaten at Whole Foods because I know I’d go wayyyy overboard with all the choices. The meal would probably come to over $20..:P Plus the closests one’s 2 hours away- looks delicious though!

    I always feel weird going out in town to eat by myself..but I do so around campus all the time. It’s sort of relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      my meal was only $8 last night! i was shocked, haha

  13. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on October 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I’m the same way with doing things alone. I’ve become a bit more used to it, but I’ve never been to a movie alone and I’ve probably only eaten by myself out a handful of times. I could see how it would be relaxing though!

    Have a lovely Sunday.

  14. Tina on October 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I think spending quality time with yourself is so powerful. It exudes confidence and peace.

  15. christina cadden on October 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I have never been one to eat by myself. I can do a lot of things by myself. Eating is just not one of them.

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I tried to install the program called Parallels that runs windows programs on Macs, so that THEN i could install live writer. But, Parallels glitched and needs startup disks and random crap I dont have to ugh, have to try to install another software. Why is tech stuff so random and time consuming? Argh…I know you can relate ๐Ÿ™‚

    Going to movies by yourself? Well back in my early 20s in between boyfriends and meeting Scott, I got sick of going on dates with losers to movies and couldnt concentrate on the movie anyway, so I started going to movies i really wanted to see..ALONE. And it sucked at first til I realized matinees were cheaper, they filled a Sat/Sun p.m. timeslot in my life back then, and I came to lOVE it and went alone…on purpose!

    Restaurants alone? Usually not but I have been to bars alone. Ton. Drinking alone, the way to go…KIDDING!!!!!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kristina @ spabettie on October 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I sometimes enjoy doing things by myself – my grandpa taught me the Art of People Watching, and I LOVE to do that… ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      people watching is my favorite sport ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Faith @ lovelyascharged on October 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Mmm, I’m all about that hot bar! SO much better than the Tampa one! I may try to twist the boyfriend’s arm into stopping in Tuesday night after we go to Disney ๐Ÿ™‚ I love doing certain things alone, like movies and shopping, but I absolutely refuse to eat alone. I HATE it! Glad you enjoyed the solo time, though…it can be ultra relaxing!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm

      let me know if you want to meet up! i loooooove hot bar ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Keri on October 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Yaaay I’m glad to hear that your solo dining out experience was a success! I would definitely recommend seeing a movie by yourself once in a while; it’s quite fun!

  20. Laura on October 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I like to eat alone, but if i’m in a restaurant for dinner i prefer being with people! having said that, a nice relaxing lunch alone at a cafe with a book is one of the most relaxing things ever!!xx

  21. Charlotte on October 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i am so proud of you for eating alone! doing things by yourself can be scary at first, but after a little practice it’s SO liberting just to be alone with your thoughts and actively enjoy whatever it is that you’re doing, knowing that you’re doing it just for you. plus it gives you a mysterious vibe!…or at least that’s what i tell myself…

  22. Lauren on October 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I made pumpkin oat bran for the first time today and LOVED it!!! All your pumpkin lovin’ left me with a hankering!

  23. Lauren on October 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Oh and I ate by myself at Whole Foods for the first time last week. I’d like to think the hot bar was my date ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I rarely do things by myself either! I feel like I’m actually holding back on doing a lot of things just because of my fear of going solo.

    Like there’s a new vegan restaurant in my town that I’m dying to check out, but I haven’t gone yet because none of my friends/family are into that kind of thing. I think I’m going to suck it up and just go! ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I love to watch movies by myself at home — but I have never gone to the theater alone either — mostly because I usually go with a friend or my husband? Its not that I’m so popular ๐Ÿ™‚

    I always leave room for a cookie after dinner!

  26. Kate on October 4, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Good for you for eating alone! I used to be SUPER co-dependent and never wanted to do things alone. {Not that wanting to have people around is bad but there is definitely a point when its too much.} But I’ve gotten better. I think working downtown and walking to lunch or the gym or on errands has really helped.

  27. KimLivesHealthy on October 4, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Solo movies are sometimes the best! Especially if you go for the matinee & the cheaper ticket price. You can see what you really want to and sneak in your own snacks ๐Ÿ™‚ I see tons of people eating alone at the Whole Foods in Winter Park, either reading books or on their laptops, like it’s a Starbucks.

  28. CaSaundra on October 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Some people don’t like to eat out alone, I actually don’t mind it one bit! It takes some getting used to though!

  29. Clare @ Fitting It All In on October 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

    When I was younger I hated doing things on my own, but now I sometimes NEED it! Once you get over the whole “I’m sitting here alone and look like I have no friends” thing, it can be so relaxing to spend some quality time with yourself:)

  30. Sherice/Coatcheckgirl on October 4, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Hey I’ve seen these items at whole food.

  31. Andrea of Care to Eat on October 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    LOL – I just read on Urban Dictionary what going on a solo date is called – Masturdating! Personally, I love to mastrudate – at the movies, at restaurants, at the park…I do it all the time!
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Masturdating&defid=5235059

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      LOL!!!

  32. Maria@LaPiattini on October 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Went to the Whole Foods hot bar for the first time today- such a yummy meal!

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      i had it for dinner again tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ so good!

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