I can taste the mall

Hi guys! So sorry I made some of ya’ll cry with the video– at least they were happy tears and I warned you 😉 No words can describe how it feels when the person you love more than anything comes home. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be young and have your parent deployed—military kids are so admirably resilient <3

So how’s your Indian food Wednesday going?? Things have been bueno over here- the PACKING MOUNTAIN has begun 🙂


That is only a small limb of the packing mountain… and I still have to make room for macaroons and Garlic Gold goodies!

Eats today have been pretty glorious, including:


a 3-egg-white scramble (with eggs from the farm) with arugula, goat gouda, Garlic Gold, red chili flakes and hot sauce

and a giant bowl of cherries 🙂


No TurboFire yet since I’ve been a packing and laundry MACHINE, but am going to cardio it up tonight before dinner. It’s been too stinkin’ hot anyway 😀

I’m off to prep dinner and workout before the pilot comes home, but I’m sure many of you want to know where I’ll be living in a couple of months.

carrot cake




If you guessed Orlando, you’re totally right 😀

The original plan was to go to Tucson since most of my family is there, but the cost of taking the car out there and the dogs + plane tickets back and forth during the moving process (and when the guys come home) was going to be ridiculous. I’m very lucky to have my aunt and cousins in Orlando who are going to let the puppers and me be squatters in their house. At least I’m a macaroon-making cleaning machine squatter, right? 😉

Even though the situation is a huge bummer of *why* I have to move, I’m kind of scary excited about living in Orlando. I’ll be back to V-town pretty often to visit my friends (and they’ll come visit me!) and in the meantime, I’ll be teaching Zumba, taking yoga, having a blasty with my aunt and cousins, applying at some of the vegan bakeries/restaurants and shopping. I can taste the mall already. And it tastes delicious 🙂

Hopefully Meghann, Julie, Katy, Katy, Erin, Ryan and Ashley will adopt me, too 😉

I’m not moving for a while, but we’ll be starting to pack up the casa pretty soon! WHEW.

Have a great night!

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  1. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on August 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Orlando sounds fun, even though I know you’ll be missing your Pilot! I grew up missing my dad a lot while he was deployed, so I kinda know how you feel! Sounds like you’re going to have lots of support and distractions while he’s gone, though, which I’m sure will help time fly by!!

    Good luck with the moving prep! 😀

  2. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on August 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Wishing you well! I’ll be in Orlando (very briefly before leaving for a cruise) in November, maybe we can hit up Seasons 52? I’ve been wanting to go there for years, and we don’t have one in DC/VA!

    Tell the pilot I wish him well too. 😉 Much love for the military men, women, and families! <3

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      yes, i’ve been wanting to meet you forever! just let me know when you’ll be in town 🙂
      thank you <3

  3. Stef on August 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I saw that you made an egg-white omelett from whole eggs and wondered what you do with the yolks? Do you just throw them away?

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

      yeah they go down the garbage disposal

  4. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on August 12, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I’m so sorry that the pilot has to leave, but that’s awesome that you will be with family and all of those amazing bloggies!! AND a Whole Foods! I hope that will make things a little easier for you.

  5. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on August 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    This is exciting!! Even though the reason behind your move is not the best, at least you get to move by family. And I’m sure a better mall is also a selling point. lol

  6. Megan B on August 12, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Hey girl, I love your blog! I’ve seen that video about the children and parents being reunited post-deployment circulated on FB…I’m so sorry about your husband being away due to work but I think it’s awesome that you are doing what makes you happy! As an Air Force wife, it’s incredibly important to do what makes you happy during those times of deployment / separation from your husband. AF wives (and husbands) to me are the unpaid active duty members! You sacrifice along with your husband. My thoughts & sympathy (as a fellow Air Force wife) are with you!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

      thank you<3

  7. Laughter-Loving Stacy on August 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Fabulous! Sounds exciting 🙂 even if the Pilot will be gone 🙁

  8. Frankie on August 12, 2010 at 4:48 am

    very very best of luck, Gina. I’m a huge fan of the blog and its positive flavour(which is pretty much the opposite of mine right now!!). my husband and i have had to start living and working apart recently, which has been kinda tough, but throwing yourself into everything is the only and best thing for it. at least at the moment i can cook what i like, spend ridiculous amounts of time gymming and blogging, and really appreciate the scraps of time i can get with the boy.

    looking forward to your updates – i’m starting a new job and new life next month so you’ve definitely got my thoughts with you 🙂

  9. Pearl Lee on August 12, 2010 at 5:39 am

    it was such a beautiful video, gina! and i’m sorry to hear that you’re moving for less than stellar reasons, but i’m so happy that you’re going to be close to your family!

  10. Julie @ Pickley Pear on August 12, 2010 at 6:53 am

    That’s so great you are moving to Orlando for a while! FUn city. And even better that you have friends and family there!

  11. thefruitpersuit (Sabine) on August 12, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Hi Gena maybe I missed it but- why is you are moving? Anyway, it sounds like you’re happy to go to Orlando and I think it sounds great too, getting to teach your beloved Zumba again and all 😀

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

      i’m moving because the pilot will be gone for a while

  12. Lauren on August 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

    That’s great that you are going to get to be with family! I bet it will make the time fly by.

  13. diana@mymarblerye on August 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

    after weeks of waiting…I missed this post. Hope your move goes well….have you posted WHY you are moving? i’m so nosy sorry!

  14. Kristie S on August 12, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Enjoy Orlando while you are there and with family.

  15. rachael on August 12, 2010 at 7:58 am

    So glad you will be in good company and make the best of things while the pilot’s away. Thank you for the sacrifices you both make. 🙂

  16. Lauren on August 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Yaayyy Orlando! That will be so fun. And it makes such a difference being near family. I miss my west coast parents and relatives like whoa!

  17. jenna on August 12, 2010 at 8:23 am

    thats great you will have so much fun! Will you be moving out of valdosta forever? I’m so excited to hear about your adventures in such a fun city! good luck Gina! 🙂

  18. Katy on August 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Consider yourself ADOPTED!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

      thank you!! <3

  19. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Yay, how fun! That will be so nice to have your family & other bloggers there for you while the Pilot is away. 🙂

  20. Jill on August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    The “why” behind your move definetly sucks, but at least you will be surrounded by a supportive family while the pilot is gone. All of us readers have your back also!

  21. Mo on August 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Orlando! I think that is pretty awesome. I wish you all the best there – and I know you will be happy/successful no matter where you go. You’re just that kind of person.

  22. Shannon on August 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Hi gina, I have been reading your blog for awhile and I love it! That is so exciting about moving to Orlando but I’m sorry you will have to be away from your husband 🙁 I am from Melbourne, FL which is an hour east of Orlando so I grew up going to Orlando alll the time. Best of luck and have a great time at the HLS!


  23. Kat (My Fruity Life) on August 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

    My heart goes out to you, I can’t imagine the emotional stress this move may put on you, were all thinking about you and as everyone has already stated, being around family will certainly help. xoxo

  24. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on August 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

    consider yourself adopted!!! 🙂 i am hoping you can turn me into a yogamaster while you’re here. 😀

    • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on August 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

      weird- i just saw katy said the EXACT same thing… apparently us orlandoians are creepily similar.

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 10:21 am

      thank you! <3 yes, let's yoga it up!

  25. Erica on August 12, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Sorry I have been a bad commenter! That is fabulous that you will be living near family! And good shopping, eating, etc. Have fun on the trip <3!

  26. Jennifer @ Frost BItes on August 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Change is always good but there’s always the adjustment at the beginning. Good Luck on your move…will be following your blog!

  27. Veronica on August 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hi there! I’ve been lurking on your blog (which I love) for a while and have never commented. I’m sorry to hear about the deployment, but hopefully not being alone will help it go quicker. My husband (AF) got his “short tour” orders when we were a couple months pregnant. He missed pretty much the whole pregnancy, got to be home for a few weeks for the birth, and then was out again for the next six months. I moved with family for half of the time…don’t think I could have done it without support. Good luck in Orlando!

  28. Kim on August 12, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I’m so excited you’re moving to Orlando!

    I started reading these blogs about 6 months ago (it all started when I found choosingraw) and now I follow Megan, Meghann, Caitlin, & Ashley’s blogs (and yours!). I moved here from California and didn’t know hardly anyone or anything entertaining to do, so the blogs really helped me to see that Orlando has a lot of great local culture to enjoy 🙂 Maybe you and the other Orlando blogger girls could have a big meet & greet at one of the local restaurants? I’d love to meet you, the other bloggers, and the Orlando readers!

    Thank you for posting and staying positive, your bright outlook and energy helps me (and tons of other readers) realize the fun & potential that every day has to offer 🙂

    PS I’ve heard of a raw restaurant & juice bar in Winter Park, Cafe 118 degrees.

  29. LisaG on August 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I know you will be happy with some of your family. Valdizzians will miss you though!!

    • LisaG on August 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      Plus we know what the Valdizzy mall tastes like!

  30. Hilda on August 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Hi. It’s great to hear you’re moving to Orlando both for your own stimulation as well as the fact that you’ll have plenty of posts about things to do and places to eat. (I just moved here from Northern California and need all the suggestions I can get!)

  31. Amelia on August 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I live in Orlando and I just stumbled across your blog today and am enjoying it thoroughly.. on which side of town are you going to be staying/teaching? I love my spin and BodyPump classes and have been wanting to try Zumba for a while now. My gym has them but always late in the evening… I’d like to see like a 5.30 class that I could hit up after work.. just curious. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on August 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

      i’m not sure where i’ll be teaching, yet! so excited though 🙂

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