The Place to Be

Hi guys! Hope that everyone had a fabulous restful Sunday and that those of you who celebrated had a beautiful Easter <3

We started the morning off with church and then got ready for the beach.

Even though I had just had bfast, I made a giant smoothie (brown rice protein, almond milk, frozen strawberries, banana, maca and chia seeds) before leaving and packed up the superfluous smoothie in a Bizzle mug to sip on at the beach :


(Check out my cousin’s awesome GIANT foam roller in the background. Lurve)

We also stopped at Bizzle on the way, so I grabbed a short soy Earl Grey Tea latte


(It made me laugh that it said GTL on the cup. Gym, tan, laundry anyone?)

Apparently, Cocoa Beach was the place to be on Easter day. The beach was bumpin’!


I love people-watching at the beach. A lot of fun stuff was going on, too, like a wedding, and baptisms in the ocean.


Funny birds:


We laid in the sun for a while (with SPF, of course) and then came home to save the puppers.

Even though I ended Lent for me a couple of weeks ago –giving up sweets was too rough- I’m still partaking in the treat feast I had planned all along.

A vegan chocolate chip cookie the size of my head:


Plentiful dark chocolate eggs, and later on I’ll be making those shakes I told ya’ll about (vanilla vodka, Bailey’s and espresso gelato. Oh yes).

First, we’re gonna grab some dinner 🙂

Have a great night!



Meet me back here in the morning for a post about stress and info on the spiralizer giveaway!

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  1. Sagan on April 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    That cookie looks awesome. All cookies should be the size of a person’s head 😀

    Your smoothie sounds delicious and the beach looks lovely; that’s so cool that you saw a baptism in the ocean! Looking forward to hearing about those shakes. Drool.

  2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on April 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Seriously, I am so glad you brought sweets back into your life. The sight of that cookie is glorious. I love how happy Orlando makes you 🙂

  3. Linda on April 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    cocoa beach is beautiful, I went there last summer, take surfing lessons they will kick your butt. what a workout

  4. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Ooo spiralizer, how i dream about having one someday! 🙁

  5. Lauren @ eater not a runner on April 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Wow that cookie looks like the perfect sweet treat!

  6. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Mmmm…enjoy your return to sweets! Beautiful beach pics! Hope you had a great Easter, Gina!

  7. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Happy Easter! I gave up my lent a couple days early too because I was on vacation! Enjoy your week 🙂

  8. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on April 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Easter at the beach….how fun!!! That cookie looks super yum!


  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    wow, what a fabulous easter! i’d love to spend my easter on the beach 🙂 so glad you can eat sweets again…and even more glad that i can eat meat (if i want!) again!

  10. Samantha on April 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    the beach looks so nice!!

  11. mal on April 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    i was in cocoa beach just a few weeks ago! wish i were there now! happy easter : )

  12. Melissa (Veggie Bites) on April 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    i love tea lattes with soy– try vanilla rooibos, but don’t leave the bag in too long because it gets suuuupppeer sweet!

  13. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on April 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Mmm jealous of your cookie AND the beach!

  14. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds like the perfect Easter day! I’m glad you’re enjoying your sweet guilt free 🙂

  15. Maya on April 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not religious but I would love to baptize my child in the ocena just for the symbolism of it! Such a beautiful concept.

  16. Kilee on April 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    It looks like you guys had an awsome Easter. Have a great time tonight and enjoy your yummy cocktail. Can’t wait for the new posts coming up!

  17. Jenny on April 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Um, baptisms in the beach… very interesting! I’m lovin that cookie:) Aren’t you glad Lent’s over??:)

  18. Katherine on April 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Do you find that your starbucks holder is actually really small in terms of volume? mine have always seemed that way…

  19. *Andrea* on April 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    haha love GTL. and jerz guids;)

    what a perfect day: chocolate chip cookies, smoothies and the beach! so jealous

  20. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on April 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    GTL = hilarious!!! So glad you pointed that out… Love the Jersey Shore! hahaha

  21. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on April 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Ahhh so envious of you at the BEACH!

  22. Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES on April 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    love cocoa beach whenever im in orlando! glad you got yo cookie fix 🙂

  23. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on April 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    soooo jealous you get to be at the beach!!! Have fun!!!

  24. Sam- Brown Eyes, Blue Skies on April 4, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Did you bring your Vitamix to Orlando or are you using a different blender while there?

    I’m debating whether or not to buy one (want one really bad but they are SOOOO expensive!!!) and I just spent the last two hours reading reviews and watching demo videos on youtube. I know you’ve talked about yours before and how much you love it…but would you mind doing a video about it?? Are there any other blenders that you would recommend for someone who isn’t able to part with $500 at the moment? Also, did you get the additional canister for making flours and nut butters or do you use the same one as your smoothie canister? It seems like that makes the price jump quite a bit. Any advice would be super appreciated!

    Anyone else out there have a bad ass blender?!?

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 8:45 am

      i brought the vitamix with me – i almost always travel with it 🙂
      this is the one i use: and ‘ll ask the pilot to make a video with me sometime (he’s the camera man haha)
      and no, i use the same canister for everything and haven’t had any probs with it
      i wish i had another blender suggestion for you, but i’ve been using the vitamix for about 2 years and won’t go back to a regular ol blender after being spoiled by this one 🙂

      • Sam- Brown Eyes, Blue Skies on April 7, 2010 at 12:05 am

        Thanks so much! I have been going back and forth between the Vitamix 5200 and the Blendtec…I think I’m gonna go with the Vita. If I get it at Bed Bath and Beyond, I can use my 20% off coupon which will save $100. Makes it a little easier to part with the moolah! 🙂

  25. Suzanne on April 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    whoa, I must have missed the post where you talked about those shakes! vanilla vodka, bailey’s, and espresso gelato?!?! That sounds so good! Happy Easter! (I like to refer to the holiday as “Jesus…the Original Zombie Day”….but my mum thinks that a tad irreverent.)

  26. Kelly on April 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day! I honest can’t wait to see/hear about these Bailey’s shakes…I have been thinking about it way too much!! haha I just had an Earl Grey Tea Latte today as well…they are soo delicious!

  27. Hanna on April 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    That cookie looks soooo good! Could you post the recipe?

  28. Mandiee on April 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

    loved ones&&the beach&&a vegan cookie? what a perfect way to spend Easter! but i can’t get my mind off of that cookie. ohh myy. that vegan cookie is insane. there is definitely nothing wrong with something so good, nothing wrong with it at all.

    have a lovely day!

  29. Roro on April 5, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I wish you doing zumba tomorrow..I needed a pump up before school starts again Tuesday..any how I wanted to know if you had any tips for us bargain gals who want to start eating healthy without breaking the bank 🙂 I’m starting your summer shape up this week yayyy!!

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 8:41 am

      hey girl,
      wish i were doing zumba today, too 🙁 i miss you guys- i hope i have a class still when i get back!
      i’d say buy what you can at walmart (they have a lot of organic stuff!!) and then try one new thing a week from the organic aisle at publix- that way, you won’t go too crazy at once 🙂 another one is to shop online! amazon, natural zing and earth shift all have great prices!

  30. highonhealthy on April 5, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Ah! What an amazing looking cookie! That is the picture of love.. seriously. And that shake sounds like it’ll be interesting and full of deliciousness.

    Happy Easter. 🙂

  31. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 5, 2010 at 1:00 am

    GTL bay-bay!!! 😉

    Actually, does Gym (spray) Tan, laundry count too???

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

      hahah i think so ! 🙂

  32. Run Sarah on April 5, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Beach and cookie both look awesome 😉 Happy Easter Gina!

  33. Kim @ Eat and Be on April 5, 2010 at 3:35 am

    beach on the Easter looks awesome! The cookie looks quite stellar too. Could you share the recipe?

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

      i bought them at whole foods in the bakery section 🙂

  34. Becca on April 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I guess I didn’t realize when I began reading (a couple weeks ago) that you had given up your sweets for Lent- I thought you were just superdisciplined (which you ARE) and didn’t need sweets. It kinda makes me feel better this way though- ha ha. Smoothie idea sounds off-the-wall incredible! Can’t wait for it!

    Have a great Monday, girl 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

      hi becca!
      hahah no way… i have a sweet tooth the size of china 🙂

  35. Jen on April 5, 2010 at 6:54 am

    GTL: LOL!! Love it!!! Your Easter at the beach looks awesome!!!!

  36. LisaG on April 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Sounds like you’re having a blast. Love the beach!

  37. Melissa S. on April 5, 2010 at 8:14 am

    ohhh! beach is so beautiful! i seriously need to get my butt to one soon!

  38. Jessica on April 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

    GTL! LOL! So funny. I’d have laughed so hard if that was on my latte.

  39. Shelly on April 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

    So speaking of foam rollers could you (or have you already) do a post on exactly how to use them? I just bought one b/c a massage therapist said it would really help my IT bands, which are, apparently, tight as all get out (which explains why my knees tend to get sore)- I feel like I don’t currently have a problem, but that there is a good potential for an injury to that area if I leave it as it is, if that makes sense. But I’m not very experience with a foam roller- I’ve used one in Pilates once and that’s it. Any advice on how to use it for my legs would be SO helpful. 🙂

  40. Christina on April 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

    What a beautiful beach! I had no idea they did baptisms in the ocean. Cool!

  41. Catherine on April 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Oh man, I am totally searching Whole Foods tomorrow for one of those vegan mammoth cookies!!!

    Can’t wait to hear about the spiralizer giveaway! 🙂

  42. Katie on April 5, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    GTL in Starbucks lingo means Green Tea Latte! They must have mislabeled it? Green tea lattes are one of my FAVORITE drinks!

    • Fitnessista on April 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

      i need to try one, they sound amazing! it actually said “egtl” but i took the pic so the “e” didn’t show 😉

  43. The Healthy Apple on April 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    What a beautiful beach…and your chocolate chiper looks fabulous…yummy!

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