Mountain Woman

Hey guys! How are ya?? I’m bueno- stoked to visit the Smoky Mountains


My face us just oozing excitement, no?

Ok, so I’m a little…lot…. afraid. If you’ve ever been to the Smoky Mountains, please assure me I won’t get captured by sasquatch or see a ghost 😉

The pilot’s Jeep is PACKED to the brim!


We brought a healthy food stash, lots of clothes and layers, gifts, and BELLA!


Viesa is spending Christmas at the kennel –no worries, she loves it there and my in-laws are bringing their cat. Viesa likes cats… for dinner 😉

This morning, I had a lovely bfast cookie before training a client:


-1/2 cup oats

-1 T almond butter

-1/2 scoop Sun Warrior vanilla protein

-lots of cinnamon

-1 smashed banana

-almond milk

I went to work an hour early so I could get some cardio in (45 minutes on the elliptical) before training. My client had an awesome pre-Christmas leg and abs sesh, and then I came home to pack.

Once we got on the road, I was snacky so we tried out out a new to me hummus


JALAPENO HUMMUS?!? I was all over that 😀

With Mary’s Crack:


And carrots:


We also revived the XM radio from the dead (the pilot has had it for 6 years!) and got it working again for the road trip.


It feels nice to hear some new songs! Valdosta is a little slow on the music bandwagon 😉

We’re just getting into Atlanta and going to make a stop –I begged for our rest stop to be at Whole Foods, heh heh- but we’ll see you from the MOUNTAINS!



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  1. BethT on December 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Do you know something about the mountains that I don’t (re: ghosts?) 🙂 I’ve been tons of times. You might see some wildlife, but nothing too scary!

  2. Erica on December 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    mmmm jalapeno hummus sounds super yummy. Have a fun trip!!

  3. Whit on December 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Hahaha, you shall be fine! The Smoky Mountains are perfectly safe except for the occasional wild redneck.

  4. Mama Pea on December 23, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Safe travels to you cuties!

  5. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on December 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    DRIVE SAFE!!!!

  6. lindsay on December 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I love road trips! Looks like fun 🙂 Bella is so cute, she sure looks like she’s enjoying herself. Have a safe drive G$! lol

  7. Mel on December 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I grew up in the Smoky Mountains area so I can say with absolute certainty…

    There might be ghosts! LOL!

    It is a very strange place sometimes but I think your biggest threat might be the winding mountain roads. If you’re not used to them they’re a killer. Might wanna go easy on the hummus before hitting those – lol!

  8. Jocelyn on December 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    mmm jalapeno hummus… THE BEST!! Have a nice time!

  9. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I’m going to finally make one of your breakfast cookies! I have a crazy ripe banana that’s going to get in on it. I’ll post how it turns out.

    Don’t be scared of the mountains!

  10. Betty on December 23, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    That hummus dip looks super good. Yum good healthy snacks for your trip.

  11. K on December 23, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Your car snacks sound glorious!! Hope you had a safe trip 🙂

  12. Jenny on December 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Have a great trip! I’ve never been to the Smokies, but I’m sure you guys will be safe and have a blast 😉

  13. Kristen on December 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    The Smokies are in my backyard!

    If you go through the Pigeon Forge area prepare to close your eyes and plug your ears for awhile…it is more than a little wacko and can easily overwhelm even the bravest souls. 😀

    Love the mountains, though. We go there most New Years!

  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on December 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    rock out the great trip, lady!
    And I am nuts for Marys Crack. I brought a box with me to Aruba LOL I just posted today about eating them here. Hey, whatever it takes with the healthy GF snacks, right!
    As for those graham crackers…girl, Im going on the prowl for those when I Get back home, Ill let ya know if i can find them. Thanks again for the hot product tippppy!!! yay I have been coveting graham crackers for like 5 yrs with no luck. All about to change i feel it 🙂

  15. rebecca lustig on December 23, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Ooh you look like a fierce (and beautiful) mountain woman in that pic!!

    Wishing you safe travels, lovely lady

  16. Jessica (fit and clean) on December 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Safe travels through Atlanta! They’re crazy here, LOL! (crazy drivers, I mean 😉 )

  17. Shelby on December 23, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve tried that hummus! It’s pretty good!

    Safe travels!

  18. julie on December 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    haha! i’ve been to the rockys when i was realllly little and i remember going horseback riding and falling off the horse and like basket weaving and weird stuff like that. no grizzly bears…hopefully!!

    have fun girl 🙂

  19. Aletheia on December 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Good on you for being determined to maintain your workout sched and your healthy eats even while traveling! You make me so excited to try Mary’s crack. 🙂

  20. Melissa on December 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Are you going to Dollywood? I’m from NYC and I was pleasantly surprised how nice everyone was there and how much I enjoyed it. We went to a gem mine in Boone and I mined myself some nice emeralds and garnets, which I had made into earrings. You’ll have a great time! The Pilot will protect you from the ghosts.

  21. Janna (Just Flourishing) on December 23, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Have fun in the mountains!!!

  22. Tracy on December 23, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    we were at the ATL (buckhead) Whole Foods earlier today – hope you enjoyed!

  23. Danielle (Coffee Run) on December 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Enjoy your trip!

  24. Laura J. on December 23, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Hopefully the ghosts and Sasquatch will be too busy celebrating Christmas to bother you 😉 Everytime I’ve visited that area I’ve never seen or heard any creepy. The mountains are beautimus tho! You’ll have a blast, no worries 🙂

  25. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on December 23, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    So….did you like the jalapeno hummus? Looks pretty yummy! Have a great trip!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm


  26. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Have a great, safe trip Gina!! 🙂

  27. Jenna on December 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    have a safe trip!
    Hummus looks great!!

  28. Marianne on December 23, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hope you didn’t get stuck in the crazy ATL traffic jam today on 85 northbound. We were stuck in it for three hours trying to get to Charlotte!! Have fun in the smokies…my favorite place!

  29. Marianne on December 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Oh yeah, I was stuck in traffic next to a Whole Foods semi….I took a pic but really wanted to highjack the truck!

  30. La on December 24, 2009 at 2:33 am

    satellite radio is a must for long car rides! have a safe journey and happy holidays!

  31. Paige (Running Around Normal) on December 24, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Love the title of this post, haha!
    How did you like the hummus?
    Have a wonderful and safe trip:)

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

      it was DELICIOUS!!!

  32. Bella Lena on December 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

    can i just say love the pilot pic? 😉 hehe have a wonderful trip and an amazing holiday!!! cant wait to hear all about it

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

      yes, he’s a looker, that one 😉

  33. Ashley (whole-ier) on December 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Just think how many blog hits you would receive if you posted a picture of sasquatch! I say- don’t FEAR him- SEEK him out! ha.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

      lol!!!! i’ll try!

  34. Christy on December 24, 2009 at 9:49 am

    LOL, you’ll be fine! I grew up in the Smokies. Here are the biggest dangers you face in Gburg:

    1. rednecks/mullets
    2. crazy tourists (and thus tourist trap shops)
    3. traffic

    Have a great trip. 🙂

  35. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on December 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Safe travels, and MERRY CHRISTMAS! You’ll be fine in the mountains–I have faith that Santa Claus will find you. 😉

  36. carolinebee on December 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Have a great holiday G$!! 😀 I’m sure you’ll discover your inner rugged mountain woman..haha orrrr not…

  37. Krista on December 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

    That dip sounds fabulous!!! Have fun in the mountains, hun and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  38. All Women Stalker on December 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Anywhere with a loved one is always fun! I love taking road trips, and the (healthy) food trip that goes with it. Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 🙂
    – Kaith

  39. Carolyn on December 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    The Smoky Mountains are beautiful!

  40. Lindsay Perrone on December 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Someone may have already mentioned this but Sabra makes the most delish jalapeno hummus. I can only find it at Stop and Shop… amazing.

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