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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 πŸ˜‰ 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 deployedβ€”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 πŸ™‚

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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:

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜€

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.

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If you guessed Orlando, you’re totally right πŸ˜€

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? πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

Hopefully Meghann, Julie, Katy, Katy, Erin, Ryan and Ashley will adopt me, too πŸ˜‰

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

Have a great night!
Gina

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132 Comments

  1. Ellen@FirednFabulous on August 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Ohh Orlando will be a blast! I mean…a blastey. Did I get that right? πŸ˜‰ Good luck with everything! And mmm…what does your mall TASTE like?!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      hahah yes you got it right πŸ™‚
      it tastes like molten chocolate cake πŸ˜‰

  2. Kaylene on August 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    That’s so crazy! I’m moving from Tucson to Florida (Sarasota, not Orlando, though) in a week! Must be something in the air…

    • Lindsey @ Sound Eats on August 11, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      I’m from Sarasota! Let me know if you want to know anything else about the area. πŸ™‚

      • Kaylene on August 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

        Thank you! It’s my mom’s hometown, so I’ll have some family around, but it was by complete coincidence that I ended up landing an internship there!

  3. allison @ livingoneday on August 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    ooooooh!!!! soo exciting!! wait did i miss something? you’re moving to orlando why the pilot is deployed right? i just wanted to make sure i got it all. it will fly by since you’ll be around people and things that you love!!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      yup that’s right

      • allison @ livingoneday on August 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

        oh good. it will be nice to have support while he’s gone! wishing you all the best =)

  4. Logan on August 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Good for you!! I know you love it there and your family will be so happy to have you and your girls. What fun! Hopefully your time will fly while your pilot is away.

  5. Laura J. on August 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Yay for civilization! I’m so happy for you! :):) Hopefully all the yoga classes, Zumba teaching, shopping excursions and Orlando shenanigans will help make the deployment fly by for you! Praying for a safe return for your Pilot! πŸ™‚

  6. Stefania (Ingredients for Life) on August 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    What?! Did I miss a post? The pilot is being deployed? This is all very exciting, crazy and everything. Wishing you the best.

  7. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on August 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    That’s great you are going to be able to spend time in a place you love. Scary excited is a good thing! πŸ™‚

  8. Sarah Jayne on August 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ahhh I can’t even imagine how tough this is for you but thank goodness you have family to be there for you!!! The time truly will fly and you’ll be back in the Pilots arms in no time πŸ™‚ a bittersweet vacation for sure, but vacay nonetheless.

    Excited to meet you this weekend (hopefully!!). I am a LONG time reader, random commenter πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      i’m so excited you’ll be at the hls! come up and say hi to me πŸ™‚

  9. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on August 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Well, I’m happy for you to finally get out of Valdizzy. I know it can be hard to live somewhere with no WFs, TJs, and the mall πŸ™‚ You’ll be in good hands while the Pilot is away. He’ll be back before you know it though.

  10. Tina on August 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I’m glad to see you so excited. And Orlando really does have a lot of great areas.

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on August 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Yay! Congrats to you. πŸ™‚
    But I was kinda hoping you were moving near me so we could open a gym + bakery. Boo.

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      AHHHH. that would be AMAZING

  12. Becky on August 11, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I bet you’re so excited to have the Florida Mall, Mall of Milennia, Premium Outlets and Prime Outlets right within your reach! i just did an internship for Disney last semester and I miss Orlando every second of the day πŸ™

  13. Kailey (SnackFace) on August 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Yayyyyy! I knew it! You’ll be happy and distracted there… I hope! πŸ™‚

  14. kelli on August 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Good Luck!! So exciting for you πŸ˜€ I applied to the a few only vegan restaurants near me to work, NYC..and no one responded yet =\. But Ethos Vegan Kitchen in orlando is supposed to be really good!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      did you apply at one lucky duck??

      • kelli on August 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

        Yes I emailed one lucky duck!! and she said she would forward it to the head chef..then never heard anything back! lol I just want a part-time job since I am going to school still in fall for nutrition (live on long island). But if not i’m sure I will be drowning in homework haha πŸ™‚

        • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

          what do you want to do there? can you make any raw treats?

          • kelli on August 12, 2010 at 8:20 am

            I want to cook or learn to make alot more raw things. Well I just got a dehydrator, so pretty soon I will master raw food! I went to culinary school at johnson & wales (far from vegan cooking ;]) But I am vegan myself and make all types of food πŸ™‚



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

            i say call the restaurant, see when sarma will be there, and take her some vegan treats and your resume πŸ™‚



          • kelli on August 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

            you are genius, So should do that. I think going and being able to take with the chef and people that work there give me a better chance than a lousy email haha, I will definitely let you know If I go πŸ™‚



          • Fitnessista on August 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

            exactly- it’s always better to see someone in person. also, i read on sarma’s blog that a couple of years ago a girl brought her raw chocolate that she had made and sarma hired her on the spot. πŸ™‚



  15. breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 on August 11, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Orlando! Awesome. I’m also a Floridian πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      whoo hoo!

  16. Naomi(onefitfoodie) on August 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    thats so exciting! i wish you both the best in your new home πŸ™‚

  17. Mali on August 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    That’s exciting! I know this must be hard since your not going to be with your hunny but sounds like you’ll be in good hands. Hope the time he’s away flies by…

  18. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on August 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    WOOOO!!!!! I totally thought you were moving there!!! πŸ™‚

    • Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on August 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      I’m sure it will be hard to be away from The Pilot but being close to family is the next best thing. AND all of those bloggers! What a supportive community we have. I’m sure they’ll be there to also lend an ear when you’re sad or hug whenever you need it.

      How long will he be deployed? Are you coming back to V-town when he gets back??

      XOXOX

      • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 7:21 pm

        i can’t post any of that info for security reasons- sorry πŸ™

        • Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on August 11, 2010 at 8:37 pm

          Totally understand, just curious πŸ™‚

          • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

            no worries- i’d be curious too πŸ™‚



  19. Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine on August 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    YAY! I’m sure you’ll love having family there!

  20. kirsten on August 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    that’s great Gina, I’m sure you will enjoy spending time with your aunt and cousins!

  21. Jen on August 11, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I’m so happy for you that you have family close by to take you in! And in a town with fabulous yoga and (gasp) W.F. hot bar! Yay!

  22. Jennifer N. on August 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    OOOh kinda jealous!! I love Orlando! We’ll be there this February before we head out on a Disney cruise. SIGH I guess I will live vicariously through you till then-ha ha. I just started a blog yesterday because I’d like to track my new healthy lifestyle. I have really been inspired by your weight loss story. I’ve lost about 40 lbs as well. Thanks to you and a few other bloggers I am learning how to live a healthy but fun and yummy balanced life. Didn’t think it was possible before.

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      that’s so awesome! <3

  23. Lindsey @ Sound Eats on August 11, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Well it’s not Jax but I’m ok with it. πŸ˜‰ Good news! My in-laws (plus all of you lovelies!) live in Orlando, so we go back frequently. πŸ™‚ I have a feeling you’ll be so much happier, as much as possible while he’s away, surrounding yourself with people and things you love. πŸ™‚

    When will you be heading down? We’ll be down some weekend in September for my bro-in-law’s bday.

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      whoo hoo! i know we’ll get lots of good hanging out time in πŸ™‚
      xoxo

  24. Whitney on August 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Orlando will be a blast! I <3 it there! It's hard to be in a military family. My dad was in the Marine Corps for 21 years and we moved ALL over the place. I hated it most of the time, but I probably wouldn't be as adaptable or outgoing as I am today if it weren't for that!

  25. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Oh how exciting to live in Orlando! I thought for sure Tucson (or MN to make me macaroons every day!) — How fun to work at a bakery or something like that.

    Will you have a TJs or Wfs near by?

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

      whole foods, right down the street

  26. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on August 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I knew it!! So exciting- I’m sure it will be a wonderful experience!!

  27. Kelly Michelle on August 11, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    woohoo! maybe I’ll finally get to meet you now. We always seem to be in Orlando on opposite weekends, but now that you are there for good it might work out. I’m just happy you will get to be with your awesome family and friends for support πŸ™‚

  28. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    That’s so awesome that you will be in Orlando! Hopefully things will fly by since you’ll have plenty to distract you πŸ™‚

  29. Paige @Running Around Normal on August 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Well if the situation has to be – it might as well be in Orlando! How fun πŸ˜€ It’s going to be great having all that support around you too πŸ™‚

  30. Laury @ thefitnesdish on August 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    What a fun place to live!! I have friends near there!!! Lots to do πŸ™‚

  31. Meaghan on August 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I can’t wait to see these new Orlando posts, what with all the yoga and Whole Foods hot bar trips. Good luck with your move!

  32. alison on August 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    This is definitely a bittersweet move for you, I know, but having some support during a deployment is so crucial. I’m in the same boat as you, but without the moving part. In fact, we opted to not move from our current location just to keep things “normal” for our 8 yr old. Good luck to you and the Pilot on your endeavors. Military wives (and kids!) are tough stuff!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      yeah i’m sure it’s way different when you have kids- you can’t exactly pick them up from their school and friends and move whenever the guys are gone. let me know if you ever need to vent/talk!!

  33. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on August 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I bet you’re going to love living in Orlando! How exciting! Imagine all the shopping you can do! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      it’s going to be redunk πŸ™‚

  34. crystal on August 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    OH MY GOSH so exciting! You’ll love Orlando for sure….but like any others Iam secretly sad too that you arent moving closer my way haha!

  35. Katy(The Balanced Foodie) on August 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Ummm..duh!! Of course you’re adopted! πŸ˜‰ So excited for you to be here! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

      thank you- me too! πŸ˜€

  36. Katie on August 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Yay for Orlando! I always think of Disney World when i hear Orlando, best and happiest place on earth!
    Im really happy for you, I know it will be very hard, you are a strong woman for sure girl, and glad you will have family and lots to do, time will fly by! All us bloggers are here for you too! Never forget that! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      thank you! <3

  37. Beth @ Will Run for Books on August 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Awesome!!! (I still wish it was Chicago, though)

    Are all those clothes for HLS? How long are you coming for???

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      hahah 3 days….

  38. Raya on August 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I live in Orlando too!!! I’ll adopt you!!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      YES you do!!!! sorry i forgot to add you to the list! thank you πŸ™‚ i’m excited to hang out! <3

      • Raya on August 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

        Yay!!

  39. lenniejane on August 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    You should come down to Patrick AFB and do some guest classes! πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      that would be AWESOME

  40. lenniejane on August 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    *guest teach I mean…lol

  41. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on August 11, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Oh fun! Congrats on moving closer to at least part of your family!

  42. Tyffanie on August 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats on the move to Orlando. I hope the pilot’s deployment goes by quickly so you two can be back together again! But at least you will have a lot of fun in Orlando for the mean time!!! Did you ever do the application for the Bikram yoga certification scholarship???

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      no i didn’t apply because they kept changing the dates on when the guys will be leaving :/ i want to eventually though!

  43. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on August 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Awesome! So glad you are moving to a place you love! Makes life SO much better πŸ˜€

    xo
    Kris

  44. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on August 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    It sounds like you’ll have a great time living in Orlando! You’ll be able to do the Princess marathon every year and not have to drive down to get there. πŸ™‚

  45. Pure2raw twins on August 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    You are moving??? To Florida??? YAY!! Now we can visit you more when visit FL!!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      I KNOW!!!! i’m so excited i’ll get to see you more!

  46. Danielle on August 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Deployments totally suck (halfway through my bfs – and coming up on our big r&r vacay), but that is so exciting about your move! Have you thought about renting out time in a commercial kitchen and selling your roons and other treats online? I would totally buy some!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      yes! i might be able to do that in orlando- there are no commercial kitchens for rent in valdizzy

  47. Lindsay on August 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Congratulations. I am so glad that you are getting to move to a more “civilized” area. I would totally die if I didnt live in an area with good shopping. I hope that you get the support you need while the husband is gone. I know it will be hard but remember you have SO many people around you that are supporting you and thinking about you!! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      thank you <3

  48. Krystina on August 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    You should look into applying to Raphsodic Co-op. The staff is amazing and they make raw macaroons!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      i was looking at their website! the only bummer is it’s FAR from my aunt’s house

      • Krystina on August 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

        Yeah it is kind of in the middle of nowhere (and also in the middle of the Asian district – random). I read that you’ll be living by WF (I assume the one on Sand Lake) so if I see any places around there that are hiring I’ll let you know. πŸ˜€ You should definitely get a treat at Raphsodic though because their cupcakes are magic.

        • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm

          yup i’ll be in the sand lake area- please let me know if you hear anything! if you want to grab a cupcake with me after i get there, let’s do it! πŸ™‚
          xoxo

          • Krystina on August 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

            Sounds great, chicka!



  49. Wendy on August 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Orlando – cool! I bet you’ll love it!
    I’m dying to know how you like your new CAMERA!!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      i love it so far, but have no clue how to use it yet!

  50. gina g on August 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    im sorry that he is being deployed again Gina, but im so happy that you get to be closer to some of your family! im wishing you all the happiness in the world!

    p.s. any bakery would be lucky to have you girl!

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