Random roadtrip and exciting announcement

Hey guys!


What a weekend 😀

It’s a good thing I told ya I might not be blogging Sunday, because we ended up taking an impromptu roadtrip to Jacksonville to run some errands. The pilot had to pick up a gift for his group commander, and we figured it would be aight to make a day vacation out of it.


On the way down, we munched some amazing raw crackers that Megan made:


(Rosemary crackers and carrot Asian-spiced crackers. Megan makes the BEST raw crackers.. mine are an abomination, so I’m very happy she shares with me)

When we first got into town, we were starving so we stopped at a pizza place for the pilot (who devoured a whole pizza… boys and their metabolisms) and Healthy Way Cafe for me.

I had a beautiful veggie juice with carrots, tomato, celery and cucumber


(Everything at Healthy Way is organic and even the utensils are made out of organic and recycled materials. Pretty sweet, eh?)

And an AWESOME Healthy Way sandwich on Ezekiel with no cheese:


It had tomato, sprouts, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, mushrooms and a red pepper vinaigrette. Love at first bite (Lame phrase, but I’m gonna roll with it haha)

We also make a little stop at the beach!


I made the above sand heart, and mister artsy mc-creative pants pilot made a perfect replica of Bella, laying on her stomach:


Beach bums:


We stopped and bought the gift and then headed to Whole Foods for groceries and dinner.

To my utter dismay (and surprise), the hot bar didn’t have a lot of things I wanted to eat, so I got a little container of greek salad and golden beets


And some brown rice vegetarian sushi:


So good!!! We’re actually driving back in the rain while I type this, but it was such a beautiful day. Here are some of the other foodie highlights from this weekend:

Dinner at Longhorn:


For the first time in forever, I actually couldn’t finish my meal! I had 2 out of 3 shrimp skewers, half of the frozen veggies, and took the 3rd shrimp skewer home along with the sweet potato which I gave to the puppers.


The pilot’s dinner:


(He actually shared a bite of lobster with me this time! Whatta guy)

Shrimp and lobster dip with blue corn and regular tortilla chips:




And my delicious Saturday lunch of tomatoes and cado on romaine hearts:


And a cumin-lime dipping sauce made out of raw cashews, lime juice, cumin, sea salt and pepper


Absolutely delicious:


As far as working out goes, I took it pretty easy this weekend. I did have a full-up cardio/weights sesh on Saturday but took the day off on Sunday. During the week, I do so much teaching (and will be adding two more spin classes each week in July) so the weekend is a perfect time to relax, refresh and get my body ready to teach again.

I promised you guys a special announcement…. so here we go:

Remember when I told you guys about 105degrees academy, the first living foods culinary school in the world?? Well, I’M GOING THERE!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m doing the September session and could not be more excited about it. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done something academically that I’m truly and genuinely interested in, and as you guys know, I’m a huge fan of raw foods and the culinary aspect of the lifestyle. Back in the undergrad days, I majored in finance because I was always good at math. I figured it would be good to have a business background because I do anticipate opening my own business in the near future. However, finance wasn’t something I was crazy in love with—I just did it to do it (if that makes sense). I’m so ready to learn about something I’m truly passionate about.

Attending the academy at 105 degrees is going to be such a great experience and I hope you guys will be excited to read about my time there. It’s a 4-week course and I’ll certainly miss the pilot, puppies and friends here in the V-town, but it’s only 4 weeks and I think it’s going to be INCREDIBLE! 😀 Another bonus: Megan might be doing it, too!! Any bloggies out there planning to go to the academy as well??  Please send me an email if you are! 😀

Well, I’m off to get started on the Monday to-do list, but the Shape Up plan for this week will be posted at 3pm and I’ll see ya tonight after Zumba and training!

Take care,


image Major (mayjah!) congrats to the summer shape up rockstars who got more than 20 points for last week: Brittany, Heather K. and Meghan N.! Wahoooooooo!

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  1. Stacy on June 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    How cool! I'm so jealous!! Will you give us lots of great recipes when you get back??

  2. Lauren @ Team Giles on June 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations!!! Sounds all so excting 🙂

  3. Sarah on June 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity! I'm looking forward to reading all about it!

  4. Nutritious is Delicious on June 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    YAY! That is so awesome girl! I can't wait to hear what all you do! HOW FUN! 😀

    I agree about Next food network star….Jeffrey & Melissa are most definitely in the lead!

  5. Mrs. LC on June 29, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Girl, this is so exciting! You are such an inspiration. I am so happy for you and so proud of you for finding something you are truly passionate about and pursuing it!

    And even more exciting about that business venture with you and Megan – it seems like you two are a force to be reckoned with. 😉

  6. sweetandfit on June 29, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    congrats! this is soooo exciting! it will surely be a life-changing experience. will you still be blogging?

  7. HangryPants on June 30, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Congratulations Gina! That is awesome news! I wonder if you'll open V-town's first raw restaurant!

  8. Katie on June 30, 2009 at 10:11 am

    That is so exciting! I can't wait to read about all the stuff you'll learn!

  9. Andrea of Care to Eat on June 30, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Well, this announcement will certainly please that nasty commenter from a couple of weeks ago!
    Congratulations – your excitement makes us excited too! I have to admit that I'm surprised Oklahoma would have a raw culinary school!

  10. Erin of Care to Eat on June 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    THIS IS SO COOL! I love it! You're going to learn so much!

  11. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on July 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    How exciting – I so wish I could go as well. I cannot wait to follow your culinary journey. You're going to learn so many amazing things!

    Love the cumin-lime dipping sauce, and the Pilot really knows how to work that sand. 🙂

  12. Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) on July 9, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Sounds like the perfect course for you 🙂 I think it would be really interesting, especially from a culinary perspective. Good eats are good eats, whether they are raw, cooked, vegan, or not. It will be great to hear your experiences as you go through the course.

  13. seesaraheat on July 14, 2009 at 11:25 am

    That is awesome, good for you! 🙂

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