The Big Manzana Part 1

Hey everyone! TGIAF! Any big plans for the weekend?

By the time this posts, we should be getting into shenanigans in NY with Megan and her pilot 😀

Right now, I’m doing a little sky blogging:


After the hectic night, we got into Hotlanta pretty late and crashed out. I’m glad I didn’t end up canceling my aerobics classes since the pilot got off late anyway, and they were so much fun!

After a HORRIBLE few hours of sleep –Viesa was crying all night because she wanted to go see everyone- we got up and headed to the airport.

I had a banana and an Americano from Bizzle and chilled with the pilot while we waited for our flight:


From Atlanta to Charlotte was pretty uneventful –the pilot napped while I read Everyday Raw and Ani’s Raw Foods Desserts– and when we got to Charlotte we had 10 minutes to get to the gate before they locked the doors. We made it— hopefully our luggage can say the same :/

I also had a Larabar:


and a fruit leather:


So it’s almost 2:30 right now and the only substantial thing I’ve eaten is fruit. Don’t you fret though, I’ll more than make up for it when we get there 😀

So since we’re entering vacay mode, I’m going to give you some of my favorite tips for eating well and keeping your fitness up while you’re away from home.

Some of these I’ve shared already, but figured they could use a repeat:

  • Be a work-out early bird. We travel fairly often and I would hate to miss out on any of the fun because I’m stuck at the gym. Usually I’ll hit up the hotel gym or take a class while everyone else is still asleep. When I get back, they’re just waking up and I’m energized and ready to start the day.

    If you don’t have time to work out (or you’re exhausted/don’t feel well), don’t worry about it. You’re on vacation! Make up for it with extra walking and making healthy food choices (remember, what we look like is 80% nutrition, 10% genetics and 10% working out)

    Pack LOTS of snacks and a few empty water bottles to fill up and carry around with you. Not only does this save money, but also prevents random unhealthy snacking throughout the day.

    While dining out, make every effort to have you food prepared as healthfully as possible. Grilled, baked or roasted foods (without added butter) are great and always get a leafy and veggie-filled salad or broth-based soup to go with your meal. Since you ARE on vacation, indulgences are totally necessary but I try to limit them to things I would otherwise not be able to have. For example, a frozen dessert that was store-bought and sat in the restaurant’s fridge/freezer all day is TOTALLY not worth it.. while a fresh-made treat (that I’ll never have again) definitely deserves a few bites.

    Take the time to explore some of the outdoor attractions wherever you’re visiting— this will guarantee extra calorie burn while sight-seeing.


    Most importantly, if you fall off the wagon, get right back on. No need to beat yourself up about a super rich and indulgent meal or a couple of sedentary days. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not going to make a difference— whether or not you had an awesome time is all that matters 😀


    (The classic “mad face”)

    I’ll see you soon with a re-cap of our first day.. and dinner at Pure Food and Wine 😀





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  1. Erica on May 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I hope you get a nap in on the plane! Frank always keeps us up when we’re sleeping somewhere new/different! Love the mad faces- you guys are too cute. Have fun in NY!

  2. Pearl on May 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    such an adorable couple! have a great time! i like that photo of the man sleeping right next to your mad faces.

  3. iowagirleats on May 21, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Ahhhh – New York – such a beautiful site! Have a BLAST!

  4. Krista on May 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Great airplane views!!! Hope you 2 have a blast!

  5. ashley (sweetandnatural) on May 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Welcome!!! 🙂

  6. ttfn300 on May 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    love your made faces 🙂 have a great trip!!!!!

  7. Elizabeth on May 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Haha, you guys are too cute together.

  8. CaSaundraLeigh on May 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    So jealous of your trip–I have always wanted to visit NY! I am sure your blog will give me a great “virtual” trip. You and your pilot deserve it =) Have fun

  9. K from ksgoodeats on May 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Ahhh have a blast!!

  10. Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Can you please tell me where I can find your recipe for the raw macaroons?? I checked everywhere and could not find it. Thanks!

  11. Bec on May 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I was a little freaked when I read the pilot was napping but then I realized that you meant `your pilot“ lol

  12. Emily on May 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I hope you have an amazing time in NYC! Your tips for sticking to your routine while away are great! I always love getting my workouts in early and then feel great about just letting loose! 🙂

  13. eatingbirdfood on May 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    You all are going to have a blast. I can’t wait to hear all about the trip.

    Love all your travel tips- totally matches my take on staying healthy while vacationing.

    I love that you point out that our body looks the way it does from 10% exercise, 10% genetics and 80% WHAT WE EAT. This word of advice from you keeps me focused on healthy and clean eats- especially while I’m not able to work out as much as usual.

  14. Brandi on May 21, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    have a safe rest of your trip! great travel tips. i can’t wait to see pics of NY!

  15. Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Awesome vacation tips, especially the one about early morning work outs.

  16. jenngirl on May 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    THanks for such awesome reminders/tips for vacationing, my favorite is being the early bird gym-goer, such a great plan, especially when everyone you’re with is sleeping in anyways! 🙂

    Have a great trip!!

  17. Erin of Care to Eat on May 21, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    1) You look so cute in your mad face! I think for it to be truly mad, you’d bare your teeth or something 🙂
    2) I love that you’re so lovin’ raw!

  18. Annie D. on May 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Have fun!!! I’m having that Larabar tomorrow!

  19. Menden on May 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    These are great tips! Hope yall have a really fun weekend 🙂

  20. Diana on May 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm


    Great tips – I am still working on that kind of discipline!

  21. just me on May 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    have a blast on your vaca!!! can’t wait to hear about it later!!!

  22. melissa on May 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    have fun! can’t wait to meet you!

  23. Christina on May 21, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’m going to attempt to workout early before everyone wakes up when I go on vacation in a few weeks. Sounds like a great idea!

    Have a great time in NY!!!!

  24. Joelle on May 21, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Hey Gina- I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but have never commented.. just wanted to say that I love your travel tips, and let me know if you need the name of a great Bikram yoga studio in NYC (I go to grad school in the city)!

  25. brookesballbuster on May 22, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hey-oh you’re on your way!! You are in for a treat:)

  26. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on May 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

    NEW YORK!!! You are going to have so much fun and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  27. lovelo on May 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Your picture flying over the city made me miss it!!
    Have tons of fun.
    Lalo cafe the one in “you’ve got mail” is cute on the upper west side.

    lincoln center is a great part of the ciy with a giant whole foods…and of course..union square. and central park!

    Have fun!!

  28. SuzanneRN from Holistic Health Nut on May 22, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Welcome chica! Don’t forget… Babycakes Bakery!!!!!!

  29. Sarah (lovINmytummy) on May 22, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Are you mad b/c that guy’s snoring?

    Have SO much fun!!! I know you will!

  30. Megan on May 22, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Have fun! Be safe, and buy lots and lots of goodies. 🙂

  31. nicolerawawake on May 22, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I am so excited for you! I can’t wait for my first trip to Pure Food and Wine when I got to New York in August!! I am so excited = )

  32. RhodeyGirl/Sabrina on May 22, 2009 at 8:23 am

    aw have so much fun!!!!!!!

    cute mad faces, as usual!

  33. Christina MINDFUL LIVING on May 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

    your advice is great! so simple yet so true. its that kind of advice that everyone knows but always loses sight of!

  34. Leanne on May 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to NY, I hope you have a great time!

  35. havefaith4ever on May 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

    You two are absolutely adorable! Larabars wooo! Have fun girl! It already looks beautiful.
    <3 jess

    P.S Thank you for the tips!!

  36. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on May 22, 2009 at 9:46 am

    ahhhh NYC! Greatest place on earth! Have so much fun!

  37. Evelyn Fisher on May 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I hope your first day was super fun. Looking forward to reading your adventures from the rest of your trip.

  38. Gillian on May 22, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Great travel tips! Larabars are the best airplane treat I’ve found, I sometimes pack a panda black licorice as well! Have a great trip!

  39. Shannon (The Daily Balance) on May 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    YAY! Can’t wait for more recaps 😉

  40. finsmom on May 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Great tips 🙂 Thanks!

  41. FitFoodie on May 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Good tips! Have a great time in NYC 🙂 I love it there!

  42. Danielle on May 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Hope your having an absolute blast in the city! Enjoy Pure Food and Wine!!! 🙂

  43. raspberryclover on May 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I’m headed on a spontaneous vacation TOMORROW, and I’m sooo glad I read your post tonight before I left! You point out all the things that I know are true but have such a hard time remembering (like how an amazing dessert on vacation should just be enjoyed)! Thanks fitnessista. 🙂

  44. HangryPants on May 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Aw have a wonderful time! I am sorry I couldn’t come to lunch today. Boo work!

  45. HangryPants on May 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Aw have a wonderful time! I am sorry I couldn’t come to lunch today. Boo work!

  46. Kristen's Raw on May 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Love the tips! You make me wanna go workout right now! 🙂


  47. brenna on May 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the travel suggestions! We are going on vaca next week and I will definitely keep them in mind!

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