Hot Bar Record

Heyyyyy 😀 Happy Saturday to ya! What are you up to?

I’m still having a blasting in Orlando and even set a WORLD RECORD for lowest Gina purchase at the Hot Bar.

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I got hot bar for dinner after oven yoga last night and even though I was starvin’ and got plenty of food, I only spent $9.83!!! The average is usually around $15. They don’t call it Whole Paycheck for nothin’ 😉

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I had vegan miso slaw (my FAVORITE hot bar item. If your local Whole Paycheck it, hit it up), Babylonian Treasure Salad (another fave), sweet potato hummus, greens, yucca, brocc, roasted garlic, and an over-cooked chewy piece of salmon, which I ate anyway.

Continuing the spirit of weighing your food before purchasing, we all had a late-night stop at Menchie’s 😀



I rolled with the dairy-free Dole Pineapple froyo and blueberries. ‘Twas ridiculous.

This morning, I got up bright and early for Bikram. Even though the postures are the same for every class, it’s amazing how every session can be so different, depending on how you feel and your flexibility that day. Today’s class was much more difficult for me- I struggled in some of my strongest poses, but tried to be patient and get back into it when I could.

I washed down class with a beet, apple, carrot, ginger juice:


(and find it ironic that the yoga studio uses Styrofoam cups… I’ll bring my own tomorrow)

and a Zumba class. I have to take advantage of the awesome classes that are available here- before I know it, I’ll be back in the barren fitness desert known as Valdosta.



Good grains bagel with capers, egg white, smoked salmon and a bananner on the side.

I’m off to shop 😀

Have a wonderful day!



Today’s workout jam: “Neutron Star Collision” by Muse

Today’s tip: Try adding some pulses into your usual weight training moves- my favorite to pulse out are plie squats, crunches, bicep curls and lat raises. Hold the exertion part of the movement and pulse up and down, keeping your abs tight and proper form. It will burn out the muscles a little bit more and is a great way to switch things up.

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  1. Nicci@NiftyEats on June 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I have yet to try a a bagel with smoked salmon but you make it look so delicious. I can’t wait to try that when I start eating fish again.

  2. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    so fun and exciting!
    totally jealous of your adventure, and all the eats you get. I’m stuck in a place where there isn’t anything ha.

    that is weird that they use styrofoam cups, definitely bring your own if you plan on getting more!

  3. Bethany @ More Fruit Please on June 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I’m going to be making my first trip to Whole Foods today! I’m so excited, but so nervous that I’m going to drain my bank account in there! Good for you for stepping up and saying that you’ll bring your own cup for veggie juice tomorrow from the studio!

  4. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Your fro yo mix seems like a dream.

    I finally have a Whole Paycheck (relatively) close to me. I’m so excited. I saw the hot bar, but I didn’t hit it up unfortunately cause it was my night to cook for my parents. Oh well. I have 3 more months to eat from it 😉

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on June 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I also LOVE the vegan miso slaw!! That is one of my favorites!

  6. Run Sarah on June 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Zumba, fresh juice, yoga and shopping?! Sounds like my kind of day!

  7. Laura on June 12, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    the simplest mention of froyo gets my mouth watering!! x

  8. Annie@stronghealthyfit on June 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Looks like some good eats! I WISH I lived near a Whole Foods. The closest one to me is over an hour away 🙁

  9. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on June 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve never heard of Menchies before! Are they located more south??
    I really envy anyone who lives near a Whole Foods…that looked amazingly delish! 🙂

  10. Julie @ Pickley Pear on June 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I seriously need to try the hot bar. Weird I’ve never even noticed it at my WF. Love the bagel too – I make them at home, probably not as good as out though!

  11. Kristina on June 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    that bagel sounds soo good… capers make everything better 🙂

  12. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on June 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    That is a great record for the WF hot bar– I always spent $$$$$ when I lived near a Whole Foods…even after gorging myself on the free samples, HA! 🙂

  13. christina cadden on June 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    mmm, awe that food looks amazing!

  14. Kim on June 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I live down the street from an Einsteins and always get the Good Grains bagel – is the smoked salmon there any good? I’ve never tried it before but after reading your rave reviews about it, I want to now! Is it good at Einsteins or should I get some from Publix and try it at home instead?

  15. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on June 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I also LOOOOOVE Whole Foods salad bar! Sometimes though, I feel like it’s not reeeally a salad anymore, LOL.

    Have a great day!


  16. Erin on June 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I have no self-control around the hot bar. I always want to try a taste of everything!

  17. jenny in new york on June 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I love Whole Foods. I always end up spending too much at the buffet though!

  18. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    oh my gosh, pulses KICK MY TAIL every time! so good but so painful in a good way! 🙂

  19. Jessica on June 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    i love that bikram studio!!! i went thursday!

  20. Becci@gonefrutti on June 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Love how you post every day, now am totally addicted to your blog!! beet, apple, carrot, ginger juice ….MmMmm now I want one!! xo

  21. Liza on June 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Oooooh my gosh Gina, that looks amazing. And congratulations on your new world record! 😉

    Continue having fun in Orlando!

  22. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on June 13, 2010 at 12:16 am

    So glad you’re having a great time in Orlando! And yes styrafoam is so incongruent w/ a yoga studio (of all places).

    Shopping..hope you did some damage on the plastic 🙂

    Thanks for the bday well wishes on FB and the Bloggie…I was so touched. I read it as I was leaving the gym from my blackberry and it brought a big smile to my face 🙂


  23. A Teenage Gourmet on June 13, 2010 at 2:10 am

    That juice has inspired me. I have some left over beet juice from a soup that I just made (and posted about). I’m going to make one of those drinks soon. 🙂

  24. maxinthegym on June 13, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Yummm all that food looks mouthwatering 😀

    I added pulses to my weight routine today! It burns! Hahaha!

  25. CaSaundra on June 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

    All of that food does look great–wish I had a Whole Foods near me, even though it really is expensive!

  26. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on June 13, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I’m impressed with your hot bar abilities…I don’t think I’ve ever spent under $15 there!! And you definitely got a ton of delicious stuff 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  27. seriously on June 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I’m not surprised they use styrofoam cups, I wouldn’t be surpised if they had vending machines selling candy and cookies as most gyms I’ve visited do just that.

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Yum that is my favourite juice combo!

    I was at WF yesterday and wanted to go to the hot bar sooo badly, but I had already eaten lunch at home! But I guess that was better for my wallet. 😉

  29. christina on June 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    ahh, the WF hot bar is soooo much $ but irresistible! shoot. i think that’s what i want for lunch today. yep, it is. thanks for the idea:)

  30. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on June 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Oh wow, SO many foodgasms 😀


  31. Katherine on June 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I love the hot bar; if only it wasn’t so expensive! but the best part is that every whole foods has one. all good, all the time

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