Leave it on the Mat

Hi guys! How are ya? Hope youโ€™re having a lovely day.

Thank you SO mucho for the fabulous good luck wishes for the interview- I *think* it went well ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™ll let yaโ€™ll know what happens!

Yoga this morning rocked my face off.

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It was my first class at Orlando Power Yoga and I finally found the Orlando yoga studio of my dreams. I love practicing at the Bikram studio, but had yet to find a power place that met my needs โ€“ I love fast, aerobic, HOT power yoga, and also want to leave everything on the mat. I like to drive away feeling like I have nothing left to give and all of my stress and worries have been left in a puddle of sweat- OPY is the place ๐Ÿ˜€

I was a happy yoga noodle at the end of class ๐Ÿ™‚

After yoga, the Pilot and I went to Whole Paycheck for some bfast supplies.

I sipped on a large green juice:


(green apple, lemon, spinach and parsley)

and when we got back to my Auntโ€™s house, I heated some Amyโ€™s frozen multigrain cereal and topped it with an organic banana and almond butter.


The Amyโ€™s cereal had a lovely texture- creamy and chewy different grains ๐Ÿ™‚

I got ready for the job interview (!), the Pilot dropped me off, and afterwards we hit up the Outlets for some shopping.

First โ€œFall in a cupโ€:

Iced soy, 2 pump Pumpkin Spice latte with no whip. Iโ€™m not a huge lover of soy (please get almond milk, Bizzle!), but it was so delicious. PS. Who is GMA?

Then THIS happened:


Lulu outfit, Lucky shirts and a new purse and walletโ€ฆ..


Post-shopping snackage:


Goatโ€™s milk yogurt + Sun Warrior + crumbled cookie dough Larabar

Weโ€™re off to munch dinner and then who knows??? We drive back to Valdizzy tomorrow.

Have a great night! <3



Something to talk about: What do you look for in a gym or yoga studio?? What amenities do you need? For yoga, I like to have intense teachers and a space that feels tranquil (bright gym rooms donโ€™t do it for me). As far as the gym goes, I think a spin room, good weights selection and aerobics room are all I need ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Kristina @ spabettie on September 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    ooooh. I LOVE me some Coach ๐Ÿ˜‰

    for gym I look for a good weight room and PLENTY of treadmills… although I have my own at home now, so not so much that anymore. I hate waiting for cardio equipment at the gym.

  2. Dana on September 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    you have to post a pic of your coach bag and wallet!!!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      i feel weird! i like ya’ll to use your imagination ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on September 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I am definitely going to have to try the “fall in a cup!” I usually get caramel, but that sounds delish. I don’t have many gym options in my area, so I can’t be too picky. However if I *did* have options, I would look for a good selection of classes, clean locker rooms, relatively new equipment, and of course friendly people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nicci@NiftyEats on September 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Love Coach, I have three purses and I can’t wait to hit the outlet store later this month. Can’t wait to see what you bought!

  5. Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover on September 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try an Iced Soy Latte…
    It looks delicious!

  6. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on September 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I definitely agree that Starbucks needs to get some almond milk. Soy milk really hurts my stomach, so I have to go with skim milk.

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on September 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    How about I had no idea you could get a pumpkin spice latte ICED until last week? Duh Jess… I’m clueless. But I did have my first one today too… it was glorious.

  8. Felicia on September 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I love Dan Piraro comics! And I want to try that Amy’s multigrain cereal!

  9. shelly@campinggirlchronicals on September 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Lululemon and Coach are my 2 fav stores!
    I have never had a pumpkin spice latte but I have heard so much about them… I will be visiting soon!

  10. Allison on September 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    i can’t wait to try the pumpkin spice latte, went today but didn’t see it until AFTER i ordered my usual. Next time! yumm.

  11. Kimberly@Budget Organic Living on September 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I agree with you about Starbucks and almond milk. I am going to start a dairy elimination diet in about a week and for health reasons I avoid soy. So I won’t be treating myself to Starbucks for a while.

    When I looked at gyms I looked for clean and secure locker rooms, access to personal trainers and staff that could answer any questions I had about equipment and form, plenty of cardio equipment and a variety of classes.

    Have a safe trip back!

  12. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on September 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I would be beyond happy if Starbucks got almond milk! Gina….you should start a petition!

  13. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Gina, you cannot just show a Coach shopping bag without the actual purse and wallet in the photo! Come on!

    I would love for Starbucks to get Almond milk too!!! Make a petition and I’ll sign it ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Cara on September 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    When it comes to yoga studios I like a lot of natural light. I usually practice yoga in the daytime, to it’s nice to have the sun shining in. As far as gyms go, I am not too too picky, as long as it’s clean and there is a variety of equipment so I don’t get bored.

  15. Jenn@healthyhoofbeats on September 5, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    What did you buy at Lulu? ๐Ÿ™‚ I just moved , there is a Lulu down the street, it’s dangerous I think! From running and walking around my new city I saw three yoga studios, I’ve never been a member of a yoga studio before nor have I ever even taken a class! I want to go into one and see what it is all about, but I’m timid.

  16. Raya on September 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    AH!! I LOOOOVE OPY!! I’ve been taking their donation class on saturdays and I’m getting ready to do their 40 days of yoga for $40 promo. Awesome!

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

      awesome, we can yoga together! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ilana on September 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    haha ohh i used to be such a coach girl … i should break out some of those bags, one of these days. siiigh, when did i become so un-jappy?!? im sure you scored some great lulu goodies too…

    the very first fitness environment i ever was in was my pilates studio – it has an entire view of the Manhattan skyline and that first class I took was just as the sun was setting … oh man nothing compares. going to the studio and getting to look out over the city is worth it every time!!

  18. Ange on September 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I’m loving your Orlando life already! That’s awesome that you found a great yoga studio!
    I so hope you get the Lulu job….I’m working their warehouse sale that’s happening here at the end of the month – such a great company!

  19. Ange on September 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Iโ€™m loving your Orlando life already! Thatโ€™s awesome that you found a great yoga studio!
    I so hope you get the Lulu jobโ€ฆ.Iโ€™m working their warehouse sale thatโ€™s happening here at the end of the month โ€“ such a great company!

  20. Gillbert on September 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    What’s in the bag!!??!

  21. Mary on September 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    ooo coach! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love leaving hot yoga like a noodle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Tina on September 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I have to know I can trust the ability to get a good workout in. Plus, I need variety in what is offered.

    You did some shopping damage today! Lots of fun goodies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear you feel the interview went well.

  23. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 5, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    “I like to drive away feeling like I have nothing left to give and all of my stress and worries have been left in a puddle of sweat”–
    AMEN GIRL!! Totally am the same way!!! Sadly, there arent that many places that can always give that to me. Not to sound like a yoga brat but that’s why after teaching 10 years, I just like to do my own thing most of the time b/c I work myself harder than any teacher can. LOL But there is something about the group energy of a class and of course, that yoga isnt just about the physical, it’s about so much more, so all yoga is good. Dont want anyone reading this to get the wrong impression or anything!

    What I look for in a gym is childcare! Trust me, when that day comes and the gym has childcare from 9a-noon and THAT’s IT or you have to go to a gym ONLY b/c they do have childcare and in your former life you would have chosen a totally different swanky urban gym (but they dont have any childcare so you cant become a member)…yeah, that’s what it really all comes down to is childcare and hours the childcare is open.

    Yoga…oh gosh, could write a book. I have on my yoga FAQs post but i echo everything you said.

    Thanks for the sweet comment today ๐Ÿ™‚


    p.s. congrats on your new purchases! move to San Diego so we can shop together!!!!

  24. Rebecca on September 6, 2010 at 3:05 am

    I have been following your blog for quite awhile now and look forward to your wit and knowledge every day. I just wanted to tell you that those Pumpkin Spice lattes with soy are my FAVORITE!!! I am not a huge soy fan either and Silk’s almond milk definitely rocks my world but until the coffee chains catch on to the almond milk wagon, the soy latte’s come in a close second. Thank you for your fun vibe and expertise in an amazing blog!

  25. Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean on September 6, 2010 at 3:38 am

    sounds like a great yoga class glad you found somewhere that gives what you want!

  26. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I think you’re officially a Lulu convert now, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That yoga class sounds awesome! I can’t wait to check out some yoga studios when I move back to school. For a gym, I look for a good atmosphere, a variety of classes that fit with my schedule, and some good machines.

  27. jessica on September 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    That says Gina! They just combined the i and the n ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. melissa on September 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

    hahah I LOVE that shopping happened ๐Ÿ˜‰ i tried to leave it on the mat this morning doing a rodney yee dvd at my parents and my mother talked to my husband and she rolled her eyes at me the whole time (she doesn’t “get” healthy eating/exercise) but i do what works for me and i’m happy!

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

      good for you! your madre will understand sooner or later <3

  29. Amber B on September 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Hey! I found your blog a few months ago and read it all the time now (I really like going back and reading your old school blogs too and seeing how much you’ve evolved!).
    I keep wondering so I have to ask: what do your green juices with spinach taste like?? I’m sure you’ve been asked before, so sorry about that, but I keep wondering if the fruits like apple, etc overpower the spinach taste or not?
    Also, Pumpkin Spice is my absolute favorite!! I never drink anything except skinny vanilla all year long, until its Pumpkin Spice time ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. SDawsonH on September 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    What do I look for in a gym/yoga studio? Great natural light is a must; I live in Wisconsin, which forces me to workout inside for much of the year; at least I can look at nature while I am using the treadmill! Other stuff: friendly, welcoming staff (welcoming of ALL body types; don’t just talk to the hot girls), plenty of cardio equipment and good changing facilities (showers with some privacy, etc.).

    Glad things are going great in Orlando! Love your blog!

  31. Theorist on September 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    In the past I looked for good spinning instructors, lots of cardio machines, indoor track and pool, and great hour (opens early and closes late).

    After following this blog I have added zumba to my weekly activities so if I was on the gym market I would look for good zumba instructors. ;^)

  32. Hanna on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I agree, fast paced aerobic yoga is the BEST! I look for a studio that has energetic instructors and powerful speedy classes that provide a good workout. I love corepower yoga…I’m pretty sure they have them on the east coast. I don’t think I could do 100+ degrees though…I tried running in 90 degrees once and pretty much thought I was going to die ๐Ÿ™‚

    do you have a recommendation for the best challenging, fast yoga DVD? I have Rodney Yee’s power yoga but I find it to be a little slow for me…do you have any favorites?

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2010 at 8:40 am

      i have yet to find a power dvd that’s challenging and fast enough for me…. let me know if you find a good one!

  33. Kelly on September 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’d love to see pics of the new goods! I love to see what others have bought! I need to start hitting up yoga soon…I feel like I would be less stressed!

  34. Emily on September 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I’m glad you liked OPY! Perhaps I’ll see you there now that the humidity around here is going down a bit. I never knew it was possible to sweat as much as I did in the classes there… but I always felt like a clean sweaty beast when I left, not a dirty smelly beast. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      it’s weird like that- definitely a clean sweat instead of a stinky sweat ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. carpensm on September 8, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has developed a lulu addiction! I bought my first pants in the summer and just HAD to go there yesterday because I want to run outside and its chilly so pants were needed. Note I said pants…what I bought was pants, running jacket, headband and top. I’d love to see some pics of your new gear!

  36. joanna on September 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    a clean gym!

  37. Rebecca on March 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the studio review ๐Ÿ™‚ Vacationing in Orlando in a couple of weeks and hoping to taking in some great yoga! Looks like you had a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 2, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      orlando has an incredible yoga community!

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