Packing problemas

Hi guys! How are ya?? I’m bueno over here, just avoiding packing. I sat down and made a list of things I should bring to OKC, and here’s what it’s looking like so far…


(Yes, there’s a section for purses)

Making my packing list made me realize that a month is a pretty long time! And I feel like I need to bring EVERYTHING 😀 Do you make a list before you pack, or just plan as you go? The good thing is that I’ll be wearing a uniform 90% of the time I’m there, but I still need weekend and workout clothes, kitchen stuff, and all the other doodads and gadgets I can’t live without 😉

While I made the list, I busted out the Teavana tea maker.

007  Matevana and Rooibos Chai

In a viva Las Vegas mug:


I spent some time playing around on Facebook and Twitter, made bfast for the pilot (who’s working late again) and then it was time for lonchi.

Today’s lunch lesson: Don’t mess with a good thing!

The “good thing” in this case, was the amazing Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Harvest Soup

I added the zucchini, carrot, celery, garlic, water, medjool date and grape tomatoes into the Vitamixalicious:


I blended it up and added miso instead of sea salt, 1 more clove of garlic, pepper, and pumpkin pie spice to autumnify it.

It really looked lovely.. very similar to the Natalia Rose Pumpkin Pie soup I love so dearly


It was garlic overkill. I really love garlic but I have no clue what I was thinking throwing another clove in there. All of the other flavors were wonderful, but they were drowned out by the spicy garlic and could create some serious dragon breath. So I ate about 1/3 before I sadly banished the rest to garbage disposal city and had an Ezekiel with a little AB and TJs Superfood Spread instead.


Sorry for turning your soup into a culinary abomination, friend! I’ll try again soon and uh, maybe follow the recipe next time 😉

I’m off to walk Vieserton (aka Viesa), go to the post office to mail macaroons, getting my car detailed (wahoo!!!) and to the gym with Jeni. Spin and Indian tonight 😉

Have a great day!



Today’s tip: While going on roadtrips, pack up some staples to have with you along the way. For me, it will be fruit and veggies dried in the dehydrator, Larabars, protein powders pre-measured in baggies and a jar of almond butter. This way, wherever we end up staying, I’ll know there’s Gina-friendly food nearby. (We’re stopping in Atlanta, Little Rock for two days and then driving to OKC). Any Little Rock bloggies, let me know if you’d like to meet up for breakfast or lunch on Saturday 😀

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  1. HealthySDLiving on September 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    AH I love your Vegas mug!! Aww the soup looks so delicious, sorry it didn’t turn out the way you planned!

  2. rhodeygirl on September 1, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    don’t forget your hair brush and makeup! yes, i just read through your whole list hahahha!

    I ALWAYS have a list. In fact I keep a basic packing list on my desktop and change it to suit the season and location so I never forget anything!

  3. Tiffany on September 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    You’re coming to my neck of the woods 😀 I’m on the air base in Little Rock.

    And yes, multiple purses are a must when traveling.

  4. chipped nails and all on September 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    oh my goodness, I’m laughing at your packing list…cause it looks just like mine when I have to pack! I thought I was the only one who wrote out each and every thing to pack, but I’m glad I’m not the only one :0 I think actually writing out my packing list really helps to clear my head and get other things related to a trip organized.

    happy packing (or stuffing, as I tend to overpack all the time)!

  5. Monica on September 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I noticed the dry brush on the list… any updates on how that is going? Do you love it? Have any tips?

    I completely get where you are coming from… Last year I had to store most of my stuff and travel around the country for my job. I got to live in great places (Santa Barbara! VA Beach! etc.) for 13 months, but the packing and storing was super stressful. What do you bring? What do you store (and not see for over a year)? What if I leave something, but it turns out I really need it?

    Looking back, I would pack less rather than more. It was super stressful to deal with getting my stuff places (for one of the trips I had to mail it in large tupperware bins) so I ended up shipping so much of it back to storage. Moving, upacking, packing, and carrying around all that junk was no fun!

    But of course you feel ‘safe’ when you have your familiar possessions around you when you are in a different place, so you have to balance that. I am sure the pilot will send you items if you forget them 😉

  6. Brenna on September 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I wanted to thank you for posting the “It’s only temporary” tip awhile back. I was dying at the gym this morning, but your suggestion popped into my head and I was able to push through and make it to the goal I’d set for myself 🙂 Happy packing! You’re going to have so much fun at cooking school!

  7. Sarah on September 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I definitely have to make a list before I pack, I am the worst if I don’t! I’ll either forget stuff or bring way more than I needed 😉

  8. Romy on September 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm


    oh no, you are not the only one who is using a packing list to ensure that you thought of everything. I use an excel sheet which I update for every holiday. I thought I was the only crazy person doing this….but obviously not 😀 I do feel better now 😀

    By the way, I love your blog!! I check it out everyday! You’re so disciplined with the healthy eating and fitness stuff. You’re my inspiration!!!! Keep going 🙂


  9. LisaM on September 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Gina!
    I was wondering if you could write a tip of the day about eating in order to gain muscle. I have started a new weight training routine that is pretty intense and I am so confused about all the protein recommendations! What do you think/ recommend to your clients looking to gain muscle?
    Thank you so much!

  10. Jenna on September 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I’m a Horrible packer, with a capital H!!! I just throw everything in and pray that I didn’t forget anything. Thankfully, for your sake, it looks like you are a lot better packer than I 🙂

    Sorry about the soup, I’m sure next time it will be stellar!

  11. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on September 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Packing lists are SO key! Mine usually end up way more messy looking than yours because I try to start one a few days before leaving and end up adding/scribbling all over it as I think of things to bring!

    Good luck getting everything together for your trip!


  12. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I generally just pack by the seat of my pants and pray I remember everything. I’m heading out of town this weekend though, and HAVE to remember to bring snacks so I dont waste tons-o-money on crappy food.

  13. K on September 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Packing is honestly the worst part about traveling (okay, maybe airport delays are worse but still…). I have to make a list otherwise I’d get 100% lost and pack all the wrong things!

  14. fittingbackin on September 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    hehe your packing list made me laugh!! LOVE the purse category – totally warranted of course! Thanks for the road trip tip. 🙂

  15. Ann on September 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Yay for Oklahoma City! Did you get my e-mail? Hope to get to meet you girlies when you’re out here… I guess we have enough time cause the class is a month yes? Safe travels!

  16. Sally on September 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Good luck with your packing…I always end up sitting on my suitcase and struggling to zip it if that tells you anything about my packig skills. I have no good advice on the matter :/

  17. NySoonerGirl on September 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I love packing lists! They don’t always save me from forgetting things though. I once forgot underwear…. How was that not on my list?! Again, have a safe/fun trip, OKC is a great city!

  18. Shari B. (FitFeat) on September 1, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    OMG YES!! I totally have to have a list when I pack. I’m going on a road trip in two weeks with my mom and grandma and I think I started making my list of what to take over a month ago (and of course I seem to add more every day!) First I jot it down on paper, then type it. Talk about Type A, right? 🙂 I’m already trying to imagine 11 days without my own stocked kitchen: no fancy blender for my green smoothies, no fridge loaded with veggies, eek! It’ll be a challenge but I’m still going to love every minute!

    I can’t wait to hear about all the fun stuff from 105 Degrees! You’re gonna be an awesome raw chef! 🙂

  19. Roselyn on September 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I always overpack…what I typically do is take out a 1/3 of what I pack and I’m good to go. Now that I’ve got 2 kids to pack for, I end up overpacking for them and underpacking for me. 😛 Oh and I would totally have a purse section too. 😉

  20. Angharad (Eating for England) on September 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I always make big-ass lists like your one when I’m packing! Feels good to cross things off and I always forget something when I don’t!
    Love the road trip essentials! I’ll take granola bars and fruit but I’m never as organized as that – kudos!

  21. Edna on September 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I always write a packing list but then I love lists! I don’t just have them for packing I have them for everything! Yours looks really comprehensive!

  22. Low on September 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Haha, that looks exactly like my packing lists, and my trips are usually only for the weekend!

  23. Ashley on September 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Lol, you’re way ahead of me, my packing plan is “how much can I throw in the suitcase and still close it?”

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on lowering carbohydrates for weight loss? Do you think you lose weight faster on a low carb diet, and if so how low should one go, or is it not necessary?

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:39 pm

      hey ashley,
      i weighed in my thoughts on carbs in tonight’s post, just for you 😀

  24. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    When I went away for a month to Costa Rica to get my yoga teacher certification I was in a triplefold bind: first it was hot as hades, I was in the rainforest! Second there were no washing machines…for a month. Yes, please imagine that. Third, we were doing yoga in the outdoor humid heat 8 hours a day, needless to say, we sweat our kahunas off. For the trip, I brought so many workout clothes and wished I would have brought more. I brought like 15 pairs of pants, I figured I could wear each pair for 48 hrs. Not ideal but yeah, had to. I carefully checked and rechecked and organized my bags. Packing for a month, esp if you’re going outta the country where you can’t just pop over to Rite Aid or CVS or Target for whatever is huge. Girl, if you really need it, you can buy it. I would seriously pack less than more. You won’t use 75% of what you bring. The clothes? You’re in a uniform. Nuff said. All the other things like purses and shoes, I’m a girly girl for sure. And I love a nice pink Chanel bag….but honestly, I would go with the less is more mentality. I take a month long trip every year and every year I pare down and down and always still have more than I need. And again you’re in the US, you can buy it if you really need it. That’s my take but to each her packin’ own 🙂 Most of all, have a fantabulous amazing time and savor it!!!!!

  25. Michelle-pure2raw on September 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Hey girl,
    Haha your list looks similar to mine, and I actually hope to get the luggage out tonight:) I cannot believe it is getting closer!!! I am so excited to meet you! Have a safe drive.

  26. Pam (Highway to Health) on September 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I don’t blame you for avoiding packing.. Thanks for the tip!

    Have a safe trip!

  27. Tay on September 1, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I always make a list! I love crossing things off. And I’ve forgotten things so many times when I pack, it’s an absolute must!!

  28. Traci on September 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Hey! Just wanted to say hi from OKC. I’ve only recently discovered your blog and have to say that I have found it MOST inspirational. I’ve been working my way to a more nutrient-dense, plant-based diet for the past few years and reading about your gradual yet effective changes encourages me to continue making progress with my own diet (and exercise!). Your positive energy is absolutely infectious and I’m so happy to have found your blog!

    I’m really looking forward to the opening of 105degrees as OKC is not exactly a mecca of health food options. Please post if you can do a meet up with some of your OKC fans. I’ll be there!

    Thanks for being an inspiration!!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm

      hi traci!
      thanks so much for reading my little blog and for saying hi 😀
      we’ll definitely do a meet-up when i’m in okc.. i was thinking of maybe having dinner at the restaurant one night??
      best of luck with your healthy eating endeavors.. you know i’m cheering you on!

      • Traci on September 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

        If you have a dinner at the restaurant for “fans”, please let me know! (Does my e-mail show up for you?)

        I can’t wait until the restaurant opens. Just a few more weeks! As a matter of fact, I’ll probably be eating there quite a bit. It’s not too far from our part of town and it’s down the street from my daughter’s school. And there are not a lot of healthy options around here, at least not compared to Houston, where I’m from.

        Have a safe trip!


        • Fitnessista on September 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

          hey traci!
          yup, i have your email! i’ll definitely announce when we’ll be having a meet up and send out an email to those who are interested. please say hi if you come into the restaurant! 😀

  29. Jenny on September 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    i am le queen of lists! make sure you don’t forget your camerahhh or you will have some very unhappy fitnessista fans 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm

      hahah oops! added to the list… charger too 😀

  30. Cady on September 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve been reading for a long while now, but never commented until now. It’s so nice to be able to read about someone’s own daily journey towards healthy living, and it helps keep me motivated with my own!

    While you’re in OK, don’t forget to take a night to go to Tulsa. It’s a bit of a drive, but Tulsa is such a great city and such a nice change from OKC. You obviously have a few OK readers, so just shout if you need some tips from locals!

    I know you’ll be missing your pups, and I’m not sure if OKC does anything like this, but Tulsa has a program called Jog the Dogs in which volunteers have the opportunity to take shelter dogs out on their mile-long trail. It’s a schedule-it-yourself thing and it’s so nice! Just thought the combination of doggies and fitness would give you some ideas about what to do during your stay here in OK.

    Good luck in school and I hope you enjoy the City!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm

      hey cady- thank you so much for the info! the jog the dogs program sounds like something i would LOVE to do. i’ll check it out fo sho

  31. Paige @ Running Around Normal on September 1, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    haha I love that purses is its own category. Classic 😀

  32. Emily on September 2, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Good luck with the packing! I’ve had the opportunity to travel a lot and one of the things that ALWAYS prevents me from overpacking is the knowledge that this new place I’m going? There are stores there too. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something because I know that I can pick it up there.

    I look forward to reading about your schooling adventures!

  33. Shelby on September 2, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I ALWAYS make packing lists! I thought it was just me being obsessive haha.

  34. Heather on September 2, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Haaaaaaaaa!! Too funny about the garlic overkill. I have yet to experience garlic overkill, but my husband would probably beg to differ. He can smell it through my skin for 2 days after I’ve eaten it-cuz i tend not to limit myself very well. Ooops! 😉
    The soup LOOKED good though. Better luck next time!

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