Sweet Saturday

Helloooooo! Happy weekend to ya 😀 Hope you’re having a great morning!

Jacksonville was a blasty! If you can believe it, I actually didn’t go there to shop. [Feel free to pass out in shock, haha] As you guys know, I have a couple of side things I’ve been working on FOREVER, one of which I’ve just been conjuring in my brain and hadn’t sat down to get started. The thing is, it’s really hard for me to focus here. I forget that Valdosta has a university, because there are no coffee shops or decent places to study. Our only Bizzle is off the freeway and is a little on the shady side. So the pilot drove me two hours so I could park myself at Beefcake and Noble for the day and WORK. What a guy, right?? And I only bought one thing 😉

We made a stop at heaven on earth for dinner.

heaven on earth

*sigh* It’s just so beautiful 😀

I loaded up my container with salad, hummus, hearts of palm, carrots, sesame green beans and mushrooms (which were GROSS), chili marinated broccoli (which was delicious), squash, brown rice, coconut adobo black beans and two plantains.



While I was getting some groceries and hot bar, an employee found the pilot to let him know they were having a wine and beer tasting in the cafe. I think he appreciates Whole Foods a little more now 😉

We stopped at Meara’s to pick up Bella and ended up staying for a glass of vino with Meara and her pilot. Came back to the casa, crashed out and slept in. So nice 😀

Bfast was a lovely bfast cookie I put in the fridge last night.


1/2 cup multigrain oats, 2 T raw cacao, a smashed banana, splash of almond milk, Stevia, cinnamon, sea salt and 1 T almond butter, all on a snoman plate 😀

I spent the morning baking vegan superfood cookies (with goji berries and cacao—recipe to come):


The bummer is that the new flour I bought is a dud. I got a giant bag of Vitaspelt White spelt flour –I don’t care for white flour at all, but thought it would be the same thing as using regular spelt flour with a lighter texture- and it was not a smart move. The cookies are dense, flat, salty and disgusting. Note to self: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Good thing the macaroons I put in the dehydrator yesterday came out well 😀



I’m about to take some cacao ones over to my friends at the health food store and the juice bar 😀


The plan for the rest of the day is to:

-Put out Christmas decorations!

-Long run (10 miles… I don’t know why, but I’ve been so nervous about long runs. So nervous. It just feels like every time I go out there, I get really discouraged and don’t want to do it. But I feel SO GOOD when it’s over!!!! The pilot gave me a pep talk last night, so I’m going to really try and conquer that run today. It’s just funny because I could Zumba, spin, yoga or lift weights all day but running is a totally different thing)

And I’m outttttt 😀

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Something to think: “The hardest part is getting started” That’s going to be today’s mantra for the beastly long run. Once I’m in my running gear and out there, that’s half the battle.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I am putting up Christmas decorations today too! It is so exciting, isn’t it?!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

      YES!! christmas decorations make me so happy! 😀

  2. Lyss on November 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    i love that plate! where’s it from? and what a good quote. words were never more true!

  3. VeggieGirl on November 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    **just now regaining consciousness after reading there was no shopping in Jacksonville**

    Kudos on the productivity!! And yep, Christmas decorations are going up around here as well 🙂

  4. Sana on November 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Good luck on your long run! You can do it:)!

  5. Katie on November 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    I love your blog!!! Whole Foods is my heaven too!!! lol! I always say that!!! Have a great weekend!!!!

  6. Georgia on November 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I’m jealous of your long runs.. I’ve been nervous about all exercise since school has started up!!

    Tangent: How did you get confidence up to be an aerobics instructor..I think it would be so fun but I’m scared! And I’m a teacher and in front of people all the time… But I seem to think aerobics instructors are “superhuman”….

    ahh! Help!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm

      hey georgia,
      i taught dance for 5 years, so the teaching part came pretty naturally, even though i definitely got nervous at first because it was way different than teaching a dance class. just go for it! once you start, you’ll be hooked 😀

  7. Julie on November 14, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Can I just say that you have the most positive attitude ever?!? I’ve been getting back in the “be healthy” routine ever since my husband left for his all expense paid vacation to Afghanistan. It’s been hard but reading your blog has been incredibly encouraging for me. Good luck on your run today!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      hey julie!
      my pilot has taking that “vacation” twice 🙁 no fun! but take it as a chance to take the best care of yourself that you can– i always look forward to how healthy i can eat (no ice cream bully around! haha) and working out while he’s gone.. makes me feel so much better.
      hang in there!!

  8. Shelby on November 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Mmm, I love the b-fast cookie. Delish as always!
    And those macaroonies…so good!

    You’re putting up Christmas decorations already?! My mom has a rule that we can’t put any up until after thanksgiving.

  9. laura dishes on November 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I can’t wait until I go to the local juice place and see your macaroons! I like to think that will show up here in due time…

    I haven’t even thought about Christmas decorations yet- do you follow the retail decorating schedule?! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

      me too, girl! i’m working on it 😉
      haha i kind of do follow the retail decorating schedule.. the sooner i can break out my snowman stuff and decorations, the better!

  10. Paola on November 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Oh dear, I totally adore your blog, but… it’s sooooo early for Xmas decorations!!!! I must admit I bought some new baubles and stuff just today because everywhere it’s already full of decorations, but I can’t imagine to put them on before December! (to be exact, Dec 7th, the day where in Milan we celebrate both the patron saint of the town – so it’s a holiday, yay! – and the opening of the new season at the La Scala opera house… and all the “true” milanese put up their trees and everything else!)
    Anyway, I’m curious to see what your decorations will look like, so I’m hoping you’ll post about them to give us glance!

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2009 at 12:14 am

      haha yes it is very early for christmas decorations. i just love them so much 😀
      you’re in MILAN????? me = jealous
      i’ll definitely post pics after we get everything up!
      thank you for saying hi 🙂

      • Paola on November 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm

        Oh yes… I am writing from the Old Continent! Quite new to the blog world, but enjoying yours very much!
        Ciao! 😉

  11. Ermi ~ aka ~ Ermelinda on November 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Gina,
    Whole Foods = Whole Heaven 😀
    Its like being a kid again – in a candy store…even the candles from there are great!!
    You really deserve a lot of credit, I have no clue how you do all the things that you do…and you manage the blog and above all, you always respond to everyone so quickly. That’s awesome 😀 Kudos girl!!!
    OOohh running…so intimidating for me also. Right when I had started to overcome my fear (last yr) and had started to try it – I developed some back issues. Luckily I have learned to control stress levels-somewhat, which would trigger my spasms 🙁 I really need to get back into it…soon!
    Again, kudos to all your hard work and DEDICATION!!! 😉

  12. Marissa on November 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Hope your run goes good! You can do it!

  13. Jenna on November 14, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    aww the pilot is so nice he brought you! glad you had a great time.
    christmas decorations before thanksgiving gina! i have to wait until the day after thanksgiving!!

  14. rhodeygirl on November 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Where’s my shipment of these macaroons huh?!?!?! 😉

    Congrats on the 10 miler!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm

      send me your address, silly girl – i’d be happy to send you some 😀

  15. Melissa on November 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Hi! I am a new reader that stumbled across your blog. What fun you are! I will keep on reading for sure!

  16. Liz on November 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Good luck on your run! I’m sure it will go fine 🙂

    And just so you know, your breakfast cookies are GENIUS. I have one every morning and absolutely love them! I even love making them, it’s so weird, haha.

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 7:18 pm

      hahah making them is almost as amazing as eating them 😀
      i’m so glad you’re a fan!

  17. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on November 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I love christmas decorations! I need to make more breakfast cookies… it’s been too long!!


  18. K on November 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Sorry about the dud bag of flour! All of your creations look miiiiighty tasty 🙂

    Glad you got some work accomplished AND slept in! Both of those are tricky things to do!

  19. Jenny on November 14, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    true story: my family still has some Christmas decorations up from last year. Are we nuts or what?

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm

      nuts? how about AWESOME??? 😀

  20. Katie on November 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I wish we could put up Xmas Decorations, but we’re having Thanksgiving here and it just seems weird to have them up before!

    What a guy that Pilot is! Does he have a younger brother 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

      haha i’m rocking the thanksgivng/christmas theme right now 🙂
      sadly, no he doesn’t have any brothers. waste of excellent genes right there

  21. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on November 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    You can do it Gina!

    That picture of Whole Foods actually is pretty gorgeous, esp with the Christmas stocking hanging on the light post! 🙂

  22. *Andrea* on November 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    good quote! it applies to so many challenges, physical and mental 🙂 whole foods is definitely like heaven 😉 love that salad bar + free samples. gl on your run. you can do it!!!

  23. Heather on November 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Great looking Whole Foods, that one. There are two within walking distance here in Center City Philly but one’s totally ghetto. More space devoted to corn chips — yes, CORN CHIPS — than to the entire bulk goods section. The other one is a lot better but yours looks sweeeet!

  24. One Healthy Apple on November 15, 2009 at 2:07 am

    I love Whole Foods and was so sad when we could only buy non-perishable stuff there this afternoon- oh well!

    I’ve been channeling you through protein cookies and taking my first zumba classes!

    Hope the run went well 🙂

  25. Tamzin on November 15, 2009 at 7:32 am

    That breakfast cookie looks so scrummy! x

  26. Stacy(Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) on November 15, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Good luck on the long run. I always freak out when I think about the number of miles I am running so I try to not think about it and just start running. You can totally rock all 10 miles!

  27. Paige @ Running Around Normal on November 15, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Good luck on your run!! You will do wonderfully!

  28. Light Delight with TouTou on November 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I hope your long run goes well! You are a pro!

  29. Kelly on November 15, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I run 8-10 miles a day, and let me tell you, it is a mental exercise every time I do it! I just have to tell myself that I can do it, and I will do it! It does feel SO good afterwards to have set a goal and achieved it! When I get tired running, I remind myself I am lucky that I am healthy enough to be able to run. It works!

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