V-day in J-ville

Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day 😀 Mine was glorious, and definitely a little different than last year’s when the pilot was deployed and I had 15 girlfriends over for a party 😉

The pilot and I dropped off Viesa at the kennel and Bella at funny quote lady’s house, then got on the road to Jacksonville.



Of course, we stayed at our favorite resort: One Ocean (if you ever stay in Jacksonville, check it out… it’s amazing)


Check out the VIEW!


*Le sigh* I just want to live here.




The powder room:


After we checked in, we hit up the hotel gym (the pilot did abs and chest while I did 40 minutes on the elliptical) and then we got ready for dinner.

It feels nice to wear “real” clothes 😉


Best part:


My seksi date:

pilot (3)

Hubba hubba.

We had reservations for the 5-course Valentine’s Dinner at the hotel restaurant and oh my stars, it did not disappoint.

First we had a tomato and sage jelly with pesto to get our palates ready for the fiesta to come:


Love the little heart! So cute.

Bread (I had the wheatiest one in the basket) and champagne:


Corn pudding, fried oysters and onion:

corn pudding

Foie gras with a crouton-thingy (sorry for being so technical with my descriptions, haha):

foie gras

(The pilot ate mine and I just had the crouton and garnish)

Champagne foam with mango sorbet and strawberries to cleanse the palate:


The main course: lobster, egg souffle, caviar and portobello mushroom


And dessert, chocolate and white chocolate ganache heart sandwich, strawberry foam and chocolate mousse


It was repulsive 😉

dessert (2)

Oh, and every single course was paired with wine.Yes, it was that kind of night. And yes, I had had dairy and white flour, which I usually only have every purple moon (not because I *can’t* but because I prefer whole grain and sans dairy when I have a choice)… well last night’s moon happened to be purple, so I rolled with and loved every single bite. It’s not very often that I get to have a swanky wanky dinner with my pilot 😀

And if that weren’t enough, they brought little cookies with our bill:


Did I mention that I want to live here??

We went back up to the room and on our way we played a little game called “run ahead and strike a pose”

pilot (2)


We’re really cool 😀 Hahaha.

We went swimming:


And out dancing… and it was a wonderful, lovely night 😀

I’m off to Bikram yoga, then hitting up Whole Foods before we get back on the road to Valdizzy.

See ya later tonight!


Something to do: Winter Shape Up ladies (and dudes!), this week we’ll be repeating Week 1 of the challenge. Try to use heavier weights this week (if you’re able to- be smart), or a little higher intensity (think higher squat jumps, stronger burpees), than we did the first week. We have 2 weeks left– I hope you’re all seeing amazing results so far! Happy training 😀

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on February 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

    You are so lucky to live so close to water! So beautiful. Seems like you guys had a blast. 🙂 That meal is incredible!!

  2. Yvonne on February 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I live 5 minutes from One Ocean 🙂 They have a very yummy cucumber martini! Where did you go for yoga?? There is a yoga studio very close to where you are staying that I go to “Bikram Yoga Jacksonville”. Rob is a great teacher and has a 930 AM class, hmmn??? There is a organic store right by your hotel called Turtle Island Natural Foods. I haven’t been yet but I hear they make their own wine and have crazy flavors! I hope you get to try it!
    xoxo Jax girl 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

      yes, i went to bikram yoga jax- rob is amazing! i’ve taken class from him quite a few times, but he was gone today 🙁 next time. you’ll have to meet me for a class next time we’re in town!
      a place that makes their own wine? i’m all over that

      • Yvonne on February 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

        I would love to! Next time I will pay closer attention to Jacksonville posts! Drive safe!

  3. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

    So lovely!

    Lol– as I was “getting ready” last night, ie, putting on my sweats AGAIN, I told my husband, “I feel like I haven’t worn REAL clothes in a week!!” Bleh– I’m ready for this snowstorm stuff to be over! I need real clothing in my life!!!! 🙂

  4. Jamie on February 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

    oh man oh man what a fun night!! Love the dancing picture!

  5. Anna on February 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Such a fierce outift. I am glad you had such an amazing night 🙂

  6. Samantha on February 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    love your shoes!!!

  7. islandgirleats on February 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

    The hotel looks beautiful. What a nice treat you guys had!

  8. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on February 15, 2010 at 9:10 am

    What a fun, special celebration. That looks like an incredible resort and meal! 😀

  9. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on February 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    What a romantic night with the hubz! That’s some classy food right there 🙂 Have a great time stocking up at WF’s and drive safely!

  10. kt F on February 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I love your style! You always look so classy. I’m also a fan of “run ahead and strike a pose,” which I also tend to play at hotels. Weird lol!

  11. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    What a gorgeous night! The shoes… le sigh… love! Happy V-Day friend!

  12. Karyn on February 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

    omg that looks like such an amazing night! i love the “run and make a pose” game. me and my friends do it too 🙂

  13. Brooke on February 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Looks like such a fun and romantic night and I LOVE your outfit!!!!!

  14. skinnyrunner on February 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    wow, what an amazing dinner! and hotel too. can i move in too?

  15. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

    What a fun night!! Looks like you two had a great time =D


  16. Katie on February 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Looks like you had a fabulous Valentine’s!!

  17. Laura J. on February 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

    What a fun Valentine’s!! 🙂
    Love your outfit! So cute!

  18. kalli@fitandfortysomething on February 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Beautiful room! What a view! Glad you had a great time…..

  19. campinggirl on February 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Your V Day meal looks incredible!! Your shoes make me jealous, it is far too cold in Ottawa to wear anything other than boots and hikers 🙂

  20. Paige (Running Around Normal) on February 15, 2010 at 10:32 am

    What an amazing Valentine’s Day! SO cute you both got so gussied up for it 😀

  21. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on February 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I wish I could have spent valentines by the ocean! THat looks wonderful and you both look great!

    ps. I LOVE those shoes 🙂

  22. Christie (http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/) on February 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I was so excited to see the post title- I LOVE JAX! I lived there for a few years, and there’s nothing better than being right by the ocean, especially with your love! So calming 🙂

    Oh and love, love, love the heels- rock em’ girl! I didn’t like this style when they first came out, but they’ve definitely grown on me. Love those one! Very cute and look comfortable too… are they?

    Hope you two enjoyed your special JAX visit 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

      yes, they’re super comfy! comfy enough to run amok and dance in 🙂

  23. Amie on February 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

    What a fun night! Glad you had fun 🙂

  24. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on February 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

    What a beautiful hotel! Love the shoes!! 😀

  25. lindsay on February 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    This looks like a seriously perfect night 🙂 All the food sounds awesome and who doesnt love swimming and dancing?!

  26. Christie @ Honoring Health on February 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    What a lovely evening. I am glad you had such a wonderful valentines day!

  27. Jenn @ Livewellfit on February 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    What a fabulous night! I love how honest you are that you ate dairy and white flour and who knows what else…but it was incredible food, incredible company and as long as your mind was happy- it was a perfect evening. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2010 at 11:07 am

      ahaha “who knows what else”
      seriously. i have no idea 😉
      and i ate it, it was glorious, and i’m still alive 😉

  28. Run Sarah on February 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

    What a gorgeous resort – both you and the pilot look smashing!

  29. RhodeyGirl on February 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    WOW! What an amazing night!!!! Sounds like a blast!

    I love playing the “run ahead and strike a pose” game haha! Especially after some vino!

  30. Jenna on February 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I really wish I lived somewhere near the ocean. I am in desparate need of a tropical getaway after this long and dragging winter!

    You too look smokin’, looks like the evening was a wonderful success. And holy yum on all of those eats too. I don’t think you could have asked for a better Valentines Day. 🙂

  31. Emilyeatsclean on February 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

    What a delicious looking meal…..all 18 courses of it! 🙂 Glad you all had a fun V-Day!

    -emily http://www.emilyeatsclean.wordpress.com

  32. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

    wow, what a great foodie night! i love y’alls game, i might steal it next i’m on a date with my sweetie 🙂

  33. Nicole, RD on February 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What a fun date night! I’m using the schedule you made for “Embracing Balance” to get my arms in shape!!

  34. Jess - The Domestic Vegan on February 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Aw, I love this post! What a great vacay! You & your hubby are adorable.

    That room is AWESOME! Love your outfit, too. 🙂

  35. Gena on February 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    OK, first things first: I loved reading about how you and the hubs met. What a sweet, lovely story! Second, what a wonderful celebration! You look so, so stunning in your dress, G.

  36. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on February 15, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Sounds like an amazing Vday!!! GORGEOUS dress!

  37. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on February 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day! Your outfit is so cute too.

  38. Mama Pea on February 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Experiences are so much more important sometimes than rules about food. I’m so glad you guys had a great time and that you were able to enjoy it all! And those are some HOT shoes!!!

  39. Melissa on February 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    First let me preface by saying I’m SO not a girly girly that’s into fashion but those SHOES are hot!! : ) Perfect for a Valentine’s date!

  40. Catherine on February 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic Valentine’s Day!! Love all the little palette cleansers during your meal too – I absolutely love when restaurants do that!

  41. Talia on February 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Gina!
    Happy Valentines Day! I love your pics…looks like a blast! I have a random question that I wanted to get your thoughts on…over the weekend I saw an infomercial on TV about the “insanity workout” I wanted to know if you heard of it and what your thoughts are on a workout program like that? Im very interested in it but it looks pretty intense!!! Thanks!!


  42. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on February 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    LOVE the outfit!!! 🙂 Where’s it from??

  43. Susan on February 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Wow the resort looks fabulous, lucky you, glad you had a great time. Loving your shoes, I’ll have to steal them off you.

  44. Suzanne on February 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    That bed looks so ahhmazing. You looked pretty smashing too my dear!

  45. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on February 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    your v-day looks amazing! that hotel is to die for!

  46. Tyler Ramey on February 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Ok, I spend 99% of the time just being completely jealous of you, sister. 😀 When do I get to find MY pilot?!?!?!?!

    Food looked amazing as always!!!

    Off to teach High School yoga….

    -Blogger Boy

  47. Nicole on February 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    What a great Valentines Day! I’ll have to check out that hotel next time we’re there, it looked very classy and clean!

  48. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on February 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    You looked stunning! Looks like you two had an awesome Valentine’s Day!

  49. Pure2raw twins on February 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Jacksonville beaches are so beautiful! Glad you had a great Valentines!! xoxo

  50. K on February 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    You and the Pilot look hot! Glad you guys enjoyed your dinner! I love the ‘game’ – haha, how fun 🙂

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