T-Town Vacay Part Cinco

Hey everyone! Hope your day is going well 😀 We’re on the road back to Valdosta (car blogging again) and had such a wonderful time in Tucson. I told the familia that they have to come visit us next time 😉 We shall see….

After madre’s delicious feast, my nana brought out her famous Bundt cake. She made a strawberry one and piled it with fresh berries and vanilla ice cream. Even though I was stuffed beyond imagination, I had to have a couple of bite’s off the pilot’s plate because nana’s cakes are amazing.


How could you say no to that??!

Monday morning, the pilot and I woke up extra early and picked up my little bro to go to Sabino Canyon.

I can’t go to Tucson without visiting Sabino.. it’s probably one of my favorite places and the views are exquisite


Little bro and the pilot:


We even saw a family of deer!!!

This is the baby:


The canyon:


We walked 4 beautiful and insanely hot miles. I prefer to run the canyon, but we were so tired (and it was SO HOT!) that we just walked. It was a lovely morning 😀

Last trip to Sabino Cayon: here

After Sabino Canyon, the family went to The Delicious Egg for breakfast while I went to the dentist to get my teeth scraped and prodded. Lucky me 😉 We did some last-minute shopping, packed, said our good-byes to my great grandparents.

For lunch, I made an awesome salad beast at the madre’s with organic romaine, tomato, avocado, grilled peppers and onions, raw Mexican flax crackers, lime juice, garlic and sea salt.


It was pretty much amazing.

We took naps since our flight into JAX was a red-eye –it left at 11:15pm from Phoenix- then got on the road to the airport. On the way there, we went to a Tucson carnivore hot spot: Guero Canelo. Guero Canelo is famous for their hot dogs, which are wrapped in bacon and topped with cheese, beans, guacamole, salsa, whatever you like.

It was the pilot’s first time:


He loved it! We also dared my brother to eat an entire super hot jalapeno pepper with the seeds and he did it. When I asked him how his stomach was later on, he responded “do you ask Mohammed Ali how his hands are after a fight?” Hahaha.

Since there wasn’t anything I wanted for dinner at Guero Canelo (besides the hot salsa I ate straight up and some grilled jalapenos), we stopped at Chipotle for my dinner.

I got my usual vegetarian burrito bowl with lettuce instead of rice and had been wanting to get double guacamole GC style. When I asked the girl for double guacamole, she looked at me like I was insane, and then overzealously plopped a mountain of guacamole onto my burrito bowl.


It was a little much, but of course I managed 😉


It’s been about 14 hours since I devoured that, and I still feel full, acidic and bloated. Gorgeous. It was delicious though.

I’m so glad we got to spend a long weekend at home. I miss my family and friends like crazy while we’re in V-town and have to make periodic trips to see everyone so the homesickness doesn’t get outta hand. Like you guys said, I’m extremely fortunate to have a family that supports my healthy lifestyle. Even though I eat very differently than most of them, they always have food I can eat (the madre and nana stocked up on Ezekiel, almond butter, Larabars, salad, fruits, veggies and Spry gum before I got there!) and no one gives me a hard time when I want to take an aerobics class or go for a run. I’m a lucky girl 😀

We’re a little zombie-like after the red eye flight, but after a nap and a workout I should be back to my normal. I’m hoping to return to my irregular scheduled blogging by tonight 😀
Have a great day, bloggies!

Much love,


*******GLAMOROUS NEWS!!!!!! Along with 12 fellow (and amazing) bloggies, one of my tips has been used in a Glamour.com article called 13 Easy Ways to Save 200 Calories a Day! Check out Slide #7 😀

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  1. Frannie on August 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    "Full, acidic, and bloated"

    What a fantastic description of how I feel sometimes – especially after a fruit binge!

  2. Laura W on August 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Sabino Canyon is so pretty! That pic of your little bro & Pilot is so cute… makes me laugh b/c I call my brother "lil bro" as well, but I'm pretty sure he's as tall as me now!

    Your pups are probably thrilled to have you home!

  3. TavoLini on August 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Bravo!! Have a safe trip 🙂

  4. Kristen @ Simply Savor on August 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Congrats on your Glamour debut! I'm going to have to try that when I go see Julie and Julia this week…thanks for the tip! 🙂

  5. brandi on August 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Sabino is beautiful! glad you had a good time visiting 🙂

  6. Emily on August 11, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I'm so glad that you had a nice weekend with your family. I am the same way – definitely need to make regular trips to see them. 🙂

  7. Runkellyrun on August 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I recently ran across you blog and love, love, LOVE it! I am really inspired and encouraged by your level of fitness and nutrition. As someone who also lost quite a bit of weight, it is great to see someone who keeps things in balance (I tend to have trouble with this!). I also have my own pilot at home:), so I can relate to that as well! We are based on the ND tundra though (bleh), so I am actually envious that you are in V-town! I have to drive 8 hours to get to a Whole Foods or TJs! Anyway, thank you for sharing your tips and your stories!

  8. Erin on August 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Glad you had fun with the family. I go through withdrawal if I don't get to see my family regularly too!

  9. christina- MINDFUL LIVING on August 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    im glad you commented on how your family views your "healthy lifestyle" because while reading you recap I was wondering if they were giving you a hard time for going to chipotle instead or not eating the entire cake your grandmom make, etc. that would irk me very much if my family made a fuss about stuff like that. im glad yours are cool with it and even go out of their to make you feel more at home by making you specialy prepared food and stocking up on essentails. your family rocks

  10. Erica on August 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    So glad to hear you had a nie trip! The Bundt cake looks so yummy! Love all the fresh fruit.

    Sabino is GORGEOUS! Love the dessert.

    Love the double guac- so yummy!

    Congrats on making glamour! That is super exciting!!

  11. Ashley Lauren on August 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    The deer are so neat! Your brother's comment cracked me up 🙂

  12. Jessica on August 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    That canyon is beautiful! I love it!

    That's so great that your family is supportive of how you eat!

  13. shelby on August 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I went to Chipotle on Saturday and the guy making my salad looked at me the same way! He was like MORE guac?! Yes sir!

  14. Adriana on August 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    OK, but HOW do you manage to sneak in said popcorn to the movies? I find even a small bag is pretty noticeable.

  15. vegetarianontherun on August 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I have been loving the AZ weekend, being a Zonie myself. Sooooooo jeal that you got to go home!

  16. buffmuffy on August 11, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    salad beast looks heavenly! i love the guac at qdoba, but not so much at chipotle – it is oniony!

  17. ElleMigliore on August 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Hi there!!
    I'm curious. I'm very health conscious, like yourself. As I'm sure you've experienced, people can be very judgmental of that lifestyle due to their own insecurities or whatever it is. When you started dating the pilot, how did you address the subject of your healthy eating habits since guys obviously aren't as concerned with this as we are?


  18. Caitlin on August 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    love your tip!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    The raw Mexican flax crackers look awesome. I take it they're not Mary's Crack and not homemade in a dehydrator (unless you really planned ahead and brought some with)…brand/info please! Great job on getting your tip published in Glamour, that's big girl! And the hike looks lovely, too.

  20. Sana on August 11, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    CHIPOTLE is AMAZING!!!!!! Usually I feel full for two days :)!

  21. Lauren on August 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    That's great that you have such a loving and supportive family. I am sure you miss them like crazy but it must be so nice to visit them whenever you can.

    Congrats on the Glamour post. That's awesome girl. You should be so proud.

    Hope you have a great week.

  22. Jenna on August 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    congrats on the glamour mag!! and btw i absolutely love your white VS shirt you always wear, i wanted to buy it awhile ago but they were all gone!

  23. Paige@ Running Around Normal on August 11, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Glad you had a great time. Sabino looks gorge!

  24. *Andrea* on August 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    woahhh congrats on the glamour article!!!! that's fabulous, just like you 🙂 i've been reading your blog for so long and have picked up great ideas here. you're funny and gorgeous, a true glamour girl 😀

  25. jessinNYC on August 11, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Congrats on your glamourousness. (wow that's a long word. 😉

  26. Allie on August 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    mmmmm chipotle (although i gotta say that i love a good hot dog)!

    loved the tip about the popcorn- i never thought to make it sweet.

  27. Emily on August 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Congrats on the Glamour piece!! Very exciting!

  28. Kailey (SnackFace) on August 12, 2009 at 1:32 am

    The walk looks gorgeous! And oh my goodness, I love that guacy salad! So delicious!!!

    HUGE congrats to being featured in the glamour.com feature! That's awesome!

    Hope settling back in isn't too painful. I know leaving home can be tough. Have a lovely night/morning!

  29. glidingcalm on August 12, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Thanks for the shout out, mama cita!! I wuv you!!!!!!!! 🙂

  30. Emily Eats on August 12, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Congratulations on the Glamour piece!

    I was in Tucson last month and adored Sabino also. I remember sitting there thinking I don't know of another city I've visited with such natural beauty surrounding it. Stunning 🙂

    You are so lucky having a family that supports your choices, and I also note that you do the same for the Pilot! It's a good way to be.

    Have a great day!

  31. Rosey Rebecca on August 12, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Yay for the Glamour tip! Glad you had a great trip with your family!

  32. Gena (Choosing Raw) on August 12, 2009 at 7:35 am

    So cool about Glamour!!! Congrats on the shout, girl 🙂

  33. Fitnessista on August 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

    adriana- i just put it in one of my tote purses

  34. The Healthy Apple on August 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I love your Tuscan-style meal..very delish…
    Congrats on Glamour Magazine…


    The Healthy Apple

  35. Lainie on August 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Congrats on the glamour article Gina!!!! That is awesome!!!

    Oh, and I'm obsessed – we're talking SERIOUS OBSESSION! – with chipotle guacamole. I think it's hard to beat!

  36. My Sensei on August 12, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hey congrats on the Glamour.com article! Such fun news 🙂

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