I smell bacon

Hey everyone! It’s almost the WEEKEND!!! Thank goodness, ehh? Is it just me, or has this week taken forever???

Thank you for all of the well wishes last night <3 I’m feeling MUCH better and even though I really hated canceling class, it was worth it.

There was lots of this going on:


And when I got up from my cat nap, I made something I haven’t had in way too long for din-din.



1 egg + 1 egg white, raw goat cheddar, spinach, hot salsa, 1/2 avocado and cilantro.

With eggplant bacon rounds (recipe in Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney, raw food extraordinaire and co-founder of that school I’m going to in September)


Perfection. It makes it very easy for me to eat an entire eggplant. 😀

The pilot enjoyed his slow cooker Spanish chicken (he said it was like pizza in a bowl):


And we called it a night pretty early and slept like little babies.

This morning, I decided to have some of my favorite green juice to flush out whatever this potential illness may be.


1 green apple, 1 pear, spinach, 1 celery stalk, parsley and lemon = the elixir of life 😉

I took the pupppen-havens (aka dogs) on a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood to tire them out a little and ensure good behavior. They’ve been rowdy little things since Megan got here! Viesa was lucky to sleep in her room last night and not drive us insane crying all night again.

When I got home, I had a funny peach, a nanner and went to work.


I trained a lady whose company I truly enjoy and was bummed that it was her last training session :/ She’s going on vacation a lot for the rest of the summer and I’m leaving in September.. so bah.

When I got home, I was hankering for a salad beast:


Mixed greens, spinach, dulse, tomatoes, bell pepper, hemp seeds, flax oil, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and avocado. A-freaking-mazing 😀

Since I had such an energizing little lonchi, I got to work cleaning the casa. I do little things around the casa during the week, but Thursday and Friday are the serious cleaning days up in herrrrrre. I did all the nit-picky things like ceiling fans and baseboards and the usual dusting, bathrooms, vacuuming, mopping, blah blah yaddi yadda.

I love when the casa sparkles, especially the kitchen 😀


Now I’ve got to get back to work and hit up Hizzle Lizzle (aka Hobby Lobby) afterwards for some candle holders for tomorrow night’s squadron party, which is a huge reason why my blogging has been so erratic lately. My pilot has been doing a lot for the party (which about 200 people will be at) and I’ve been trying to help him out as much as I can, which has been a little insane with my work/teaching schedule. So quite honestly, I’m excited for tomorrow night to be OVER!!!

I’m off! See ya tonight 😀

Much love,


***Something to talk about: I was tweeting with the lovely Hangry Heather the other day about workout motivation and was wondering what gets YOUR booty to the gym when you’re just not feeling it?? For me, new songs on my iPod will do it, or a new girly magazine to read on the elliptical 😀

image  Congrats to the Summer Shape Up ROCKSTARS who got all 3 points for yesterday: Brittany, Elizabeth D., Heather K., Katie S., Leslie E., Marissa V., Meghan N. and Megan R! WHOO HOO!!!! 😀

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  1. RhodeyGirl/Sabrina on July 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    happy to see ur already feeling better. i cant wait until i am actually in philly so i can clean my house too. your home is so beautiful girl. good job keeping it that way!

  2. Beth on July 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Are you guys leaving GA in September?

  3. Stephanie on July 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! When I'm not feeling like going to the gym, I just remind myself of getting in that bathing suit, or cute outfit that I love and if I don't go to the gym that it won't fit or look right. Clothing is always great motivation for me.

  4. Christina on July 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    A new magazine to read always gets me on the cardio machine!

  5. Rose on July 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Your kitchen is so gorgeous!

  6. MarathonVal on July 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    So glad you are feeling better Gina! I'm about to go check out that eggplant recipe right now!

  7. Erica on July 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Glad you're feeling better 🙂 Snuggling with the puppers ALWAYS helps. Love your beast salad. Good luck with the party planning

  8. eatingbirdfood on July 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Glad to see that you are back and in action today!

    Things that get me to the gym= New magazines, new workout clothes or shows, downloading new music, fun classes (spin, zumba, yoga, body pump), workout buddies, or new exercises.

  9. Pam on July 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Glad your feeling better! Probably detox like you said!

    Take good care,


  10. Veganissexy on July 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    hmmm getting me to the gym takes either a great class….Zumba, bootcamp, and spin…..or a new magazine (I get them ALL) or a some new workout gear (amazing how a great pair of pants or cute new tank will get me there!) Also….Since i go right after my 9 hr work day I HAVE to remind myself how much better I will feel when it is all over. I've never left the gym feeling worse than when I got there….that's always a good reminder 🙂

  11. fittingbackin on July 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Glad you're feeling better – love the pic of you + pupper! A new book always gets me to the gym – the treadmill is the only place I read now so when I get one it's like oooh I need to go for a walk!

  12. Krista on July 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I always bargain with myself if I don't feel like the gym. I'll tell myself to just do 30 minutes and then I can leave…no questions. 9 times out of 10, I'll stay for the full hour!

  13. Peanut Butter Swirl on July 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    So glad to hear your feeling better 🙂
    wow that Eggstada sounds amazing!!

  14. heartswholefoods on July 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Aww Bella and you are adorable 🙂

    Mmmm that eggstada sounds fantastic!!

    I love a clean kitchen too , and yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

  15. The Rest is Still Unwritten on July 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    New songs are great for me but I'm always anticipating my next big event to lose weight for!

  16. Lauren @ Team Giles on July 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Hope you feel even better real soon!

    Your salad looks divine!

    New songs on my ipod definitely give me that extra push and if I'm meeting a friend, I never want to cancel on a friend 🙂

  17. K from ksgoodeats on July 16, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Glad you're feeling better!! You kitchen looks gorgy!

    I'm with you, a new song on the Pod works wonders in terms of motivation 🙂

  18. Erin on July 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I know you're gonna get a kick out of this!! I went to Books-A-Million today, and they had Sarma's BRAND NEW book already on sale?!?! I paid less than $8 for it!! Daylight robbery! 🙂

    That eggplant bacon looks divine, by the way!

  19. HangryPants on July 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Well this is weird. I was just procastinating from going for a bike ride, so I came here for some inspiration. Worked like a charm. Per usual. 😀 You've been helping me get motivated for almost a year now!!!!

  20. Paige on July 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Aww – that's how my pupster sleeps with me too. Right on my chest 🙂 You have a beautiful kitchen, btw. Hope you start feeling better! I'm fighting a cold too.

  21. Mom on the Run on July 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Your kitchen is so nice!

    I am glad you are feeling better.

  22. Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) on July 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    200 people?! Wow that will be crazy. Good luck with the rest of the party prep!

  23. Gena (Choosing Raw) on July 16, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Gorgeous kitchen. Sigh. I am jealous!

  24. shelby on July 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I love how fresh and delicious your food always looks! That salad with avocado looks to-die-for!

  25. Sarah on July 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    I have a cardio question.How much cardio should one who is just trying to mantain their weight aim for? I do over an hour of yoga per day ,but lately I have been doing an additional 40 minutes of either (INTENSE)treadmill hill walking or elliptical per day.I feel good but my fam thinks its a little excessive. What is a healthy amount of cardio?I know it depends on the person, but a general idea would help me a lot. Thank you so much

  26. Fitnessista on July 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    hey sarah- it definitely sounds like the duration of cardio isn't too much, but the intensity level may be. you'll want to alternate lower intensity days with higher intensity days– every day can't be booty-kicking cardio or you'll overtrain and make youself susceptible to injury. i'd recommend alternating cardio intensities (the duration of 40 minutes is fine) and also do yoga every other day to make sure you're not working the same muscle groups every day.

  27. Fitnessista on July 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    beth- we'll still be living here, but i'll be leaving for culinary school in september for 5 weeks.

  28. Lauren on July 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I'm so sorry you wern't feeling youself sweetheart, but I am so happy to see you're better now. Good thing you took it easy today.

    Hmmm, I think the one thing that gets me motivated in the morning is knowing how incredible I feel afterwards. Somedays its hard, but the end result is always worth the inital struggle.

    Take care darling and make sure you take care of yourself! 🙂

  29. caronae on July 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    What gets me to the gym when I'm not in the mood is knowing that most likely the gym will cure my mood! I always feel better after a good sweat…

  30. runjen on July 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Definitely a couple new songs on the ipod is what does is for me!

  31. WholeBodyLove on July 17, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Glad you're feeling better! I'm so excited for you and your new adventure in raw cooking!!

  32. heyitstay on July 17, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Goat cheese with eggs is oh-so-almighty good! Glad your feelin' better, girly.

    When I'm not in the mood? I just take a deep breath and GO. Okay, not all the time. Sometimes I slack and give up. But usually once I'm there I'm feelin' in the groove!

  33. Anna on July 17, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Hi! what a nice kitchen! No wonder you like cooking in it 🙂 I just wanted to let you knw that I have started my own blog yesterday! I am super excited about it! If you have a chance, please check it out- http://www.annaseats.com. I hope you enjoy it!

  34. Jessi on July 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

    The thing that gets me to the gym is either a new cute workout outfit that I haven't worn yet or the prospect of fitting into a cute dress that night and looking my best. Other than that I agree with you, new tunes and a great mag will do it too!

  35. Thinspired on July 17, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Gina! I just checked out the link to your new school and that is SO AWESOME! How perfect for you! Congratulations! 🙂
    I am going to try your elixer juice combo. I just got a juicer last week and I am going a little crazy with experimentation!

  36. Diana on July 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I wish I had a dehydrator if only for the eggplant bacon. 🙂

    Good luck with your fiesta grande tomorrow night!

  37. Katie on July 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Awwww. Snuggling with a puppy always makes you feel a little better.

    Finding a new workout that I want to try encourages me to hit the gym. I seem to be the least motivated when I get stuck in a rut of the same things over and over.

  38. CaSaundraLeigh on July 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Your salads are always soo colorful–love it!

    Also, have I mentioned that I totally am jealous how you get to go to that culinary institute–lucky!

  39. SnowKat on July 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Lately… If I'm not feelin the gym I have been getting on my bike and riding outside (obviously). I have a way easier time excersizing when not motivated outside for some reason. Maybe my body just loves the vitamin D..?

  40. Emily Eats on July 28, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Gina ~
    I've been away for a month and am just catching up on blog reading now. I am so excited for you attending 105! I am really looking forward to your posts from there 🙂
    Have a great day! ~ emily.

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