Valdizzy Noshes

Hiiiiii πŸ˜€ How are you?? Thanks so much for your amazing discussion and comments on my β€œWhat shaped your eating style?” post. As always, I loved reading your responses. There are still quite a few that I’ll be writing back to over the next day or so- thanks for being patient with me while I’ve been Pilot snuggling and hopping on random internet for the past few days πŸ™‚

So we’re still in Valdosta.

tom tea

We were *supposed* to get on a flight ballz early this morning, but the Pilot still has some work to finish up here before he leaves on Tucson vacay with me, so we got a later flight. It’s funny how nice it’s felt to be back in Valdizzy… for 48 hours πŸ˜‰

I’ve been able to enjoy being here with my buddy –a welcomed change since I was usually here alone when we lived here- see my V-town friends, and enjoy the Valdosta restaurant treasures.

Most notably:

LOTS of smoothies and juices from the Main Squeeze


(Vega Smoothie Infusion, blueberries, banana and spinach)

and lunch at Bleu Pub with a very good friend.

with lisa

That’s Tinkerbell! (<— the blog nickname I gave her)

I’ve mentioned her about a thousand times before and used to train this lovely lady when I lived here. The Pilot and I got to enjoy a lunch date with Tinkerbell yesterday, and it was perfection πŸ™‚

Sweet potato fries:


(Crunchy, salty foodgasms)



house-made vegan black bean burger:


and the Pilot decided to order a fried Oreo.


It was like a donut swallowed an Oreo.

oreo (2)

(Sorry for the blur!)

Of course, I had to try a bite and it was surprisingly pretty good! If I’m going to have dessert, I usually want something gooey and chocolaty instead of fried, though πŸ˜‰ OR a pizookie πŸ˜€

Well we’re off to enjoy our last afternoon here and am hoping to visit Jeni and her baby one more time. He is the sweetest, tiniest, cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you this afternoon!



Cranium’s UP! Luon for a Cause is in TWO DAYS! Please send me your pics and descriptions of gently-loved or new lululemon merch that you’d like to donate for an excellent cause. I’ll also be including a macaroon raffle in the mix, and all of my donated items will come with 6 macaroons πŸ™‚ It’s going to be a blasty πŸ˜€

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on March 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve had a fried oreo before… they are crazy!

  2. allison @ thesundayflog on March 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    i WISH i had lululemon, gently used enough to donate. haha. still waiting to get my first piece πŸ™‚ glad you are enjoying pilot snuggling time. the best thing in the world is to have your buddy back!

  3. Jackie @ Baking Charms on March 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    So happy to hear you are enjoying some time with the Pilot in Valdosta! I am amazed by all the stuff that they fry down here in the south… I haven’t tried any (yet!) but I’m thinking one bite couldn’t hurt πŸ™‚

  4. Marla on March 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Gina! I absolutely love your aviator sunglasses in this post! They look slightly bigger than the typical aviator. Do you know what brand/style # they are? If you get a chance, just let me know! If not, no biggie – enjoy the time with your hubby!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Those would be the target 19.99 variety- I lost my other pair and bought these last week. Love them so far!

  5. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) on March 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    WOAH a fried Oreo?! I’ve heard of fried Mars bars, but never Oreos!! Not quite sure what to make of that!! πŸ˜›

    And your sunglasses are SO COOL I seriously WANT them!! πŸ˜€

    • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on March 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Oh my gosh, last summer I was at a county fair nearby and they were deep frying EVERYTHING…Oreos, Twinkies, Reese’s PB Cups, Snickers, Brownies…
      It was kind of outrageous! :-O

  6. Katie on March 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    ok I saw your tweet about the fried oreo, it looks good! I really am not a fried girl though, the fried oreo reminds me of when I go to fairs, they have stand with all kinds of fried stuff like that!

    Well tinkerbell is a beautiful friend, so great you got to meet up with her, you got to meet up with very great friends on your trip! I bet Jenny’s baby is adorable!!!!! Hope she is doing well too! I know how the no sleep is when having a baby, it can be rough, but all worth it!

    Have a safe flight back you guys! xoxo <3

  7. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    glad you guys are having a good time together, i can feel your good vibes and the happiness through your blog since the pilot is back. i’m lovin it!

    you should make chocolate chip oreos, not deepfried, basically an oreo with chocolate chip cookie down wrapped around it and baked. Amazing! and then send me some k πŸ˜›

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      That sounds out of control

  8. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on March 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Being back with your best friend is so amazing! Hope you get lots of quality time <3 Must…find…sweet potato fries…now. πŸ˜‰

  9. Ashley @ Feeding Ashley on March 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I love fried oreos, but if you eat too many they sit a bit too heavy in the belly.

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      I hear ya- a bite was good enough for me

  10. Lisa on March 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I had a bite of a fried twinkie once. I’d never eat a twinkie on it’s own (well, if someone paid me I would!)…but that thing was ah-mazing! I imagine the fried oreo may fall into the same category for me!

    Glad you’re having fun and getting in your pilot snuggles!

  11. lindsey on March 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    for such a small town, Valdosta has a ton of cool places! I wish we had a juice bar here πŸ™

  12. Sana on March 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    The only lulu I own is my tata tamer and my tatas certainly do need to be tamed!

    Have a safe flight home πŸ™‚

  13. Laura @ prettylittlewords on March 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    omgz fried oreo?! hah! I think I would have tried it too simply out of pure curiosity!

  14. mi-an on March 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    you’re wearing the aura jacket?? how is it?? i’m so jelly!!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Yes! Love it so far πŸ™‚

  15. Jamie on March 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve never had a fried oreo, ahh that looks so good!! Cheers to spending some qt with the pilot, I’m glad he is home safe!! Your video with him made me cry!!

  16. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on March 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’m with ya – I like gooey and chocolatey. Of course, I’d never turn down a bite or two of a fried oreo πŸ˜‰

  17. jenna on March 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    you look and sound so happy!! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you have had a blissful weekend/week! Take care and have a safe flight home!

  18. Heather (heathers dish) on March 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Y’all look positively radiant!

  19. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on March 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Can’t wait for Luon For A Cause!! I have a ton of their recent items (as in, within the past year) but I always see people with tops in designs that aren’t available any more. Hoping for some good finds!

  20. Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude on March 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’m so glad you’re having an amazing time with the hubby!!! πŸ™‚

  21. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on March 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Fried Oreos! They sell them at the Braves stadium. I ate one and had to promise myself I’d never have another – it was like crack. That and fried twinkies. Talk about food with no redeeming qualities… πŸ™‚

  22. Emma on March 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’d love to be able to know how to make sweet potato fries like that! They look delicious, for some reason I’ve never been able to make a good batch!

  23. LisaG on March 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I told you my friend makes fried honey buns. Aren’t they already fried, so I guess they are refried!?

  24. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    So glad you had time with Tinkerbell, hopefully Jeni and her son one more time, and just seeing and being with all the old people and places in your life. Fun! But now you get to go back to AZ and have fun there too πŸ™‚

    The fried oreo…wow! I have seen cookies that have a whole oreo stuffed and baked inside of them, but never an actual oreo that’s been fried. I think I need to try that one day in my lifetime. A bucket list food πŸ™‚

    Safe travels, Gina!

  25. Whitney on March 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I agree. Gooey and chocolatey over fried! I’ve overdone it on dessert lately…I’ll be taking a brier hiatus πŸ™‚

  26. Erika on March 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hi I’m responding to a couple posts ago about what changed your eating habits.

    First I started training for my first half marathon & see my body change from working so hard I didn’t want to fill it with junk. I read Jillian Michael s book how to fuel your metabolism + her cookbook which I LOVED…then I think what REALLY changed for me was reading Robb Wolf’s Paleo Soloution. I now strive to eat clean but definitely am NOT always perfect…I have my indulgences. I’m training for my 2nd half marathon on May 1st in Orange County, Cali. And have high hopes to beat my first time, I have a BUSY schedule with working full time + a commute to & from, I’m a single Mom to a 3 year old little boy. But you should know, I, like so many of your readers get so many food ideas from your blog & love it. So thank you πŸ™‚ Sometimes I get in a rut & make the same things over & over & over & so your blog helps with that…and I’ve got my Mom & sister avidly reading & trying recipes too. Not to mention I love your personal take on things & think you’re a cute as ever gal. LONG comment sorry lol

  27. Meghan on March 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I wonder if there’s a way to health-ify the much-loved fried oreo? It might be one of those things that’s just enjoyed as is, like cheese. Try to take the fat out of cheese and you’re left with emptiness of both the stomach and emotional varieties. Gina I love your blog so much, was wondering if you’d be open to doing a link exchange?

  28. suki on March 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Ooooh, a fried Oreo? I’m not sure if I could handle that, though I’ve tried fried Twinkies once. πŸ™‚ You look noticeably happier since Pilot’s been back. Not to say you didn’t look happy before, but yeah!

  29. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on March 22, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I tried a fried oreo during the fair over the summer and I agree–it’s totally like an oreo wrapped in a sugar donut! It was good but one bite was more than enough to satisfy! πŸ™‚

  30. NOLAGirl718 on March 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I had a fried oreo – once. It was amazing. I hope I am never faced with such a decision again.

    I just found your blog and have been devouring old posts. Somewhere you give a shpiel on how to develop your own fitness routine – could you direct me to that or re-post? I’d love to reference it…

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Welcome to the little blog πŸ™‚
      It’s called readers request how to create a workout plan- I’d google for ya but am on my phone
      Hope this helps a little!

  31. ashley on March 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I actually seeked out a fried orea at the Del Mar Fair last year just to try a bite and I was disappointed. I agree, something chocolately, melty or creamy (mm…frozen yogurt) is typically much more delicious.

    Oh Exception: Fried Banana w/Ice Cream @ Teppanyaki restaurants is DELISH.

  32. marli on March 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    you make me want to be a better blogger… and girlfriend. thank you!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      What an amazing comPliment- thank you!

  33. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on March 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Those sweet potato fries look perfect!

    I have never had or seen a fried Oreo. I’m so intrigued. I want to try it. The description alone sounds mouthwatering.

  34. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on March 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    That oreo looks incredible πŸ™‚

    I had deep fried Reese’s PB cups at the MN State Fair last year – those were amazing!

  35. Dorry on March 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I just bought the very same lululemon jacket! Obsessed with the huge hood and reversible stripe. I just started working at lulu in Dallas. πŸ™‚

  36. Caree @ Fit-Mama on March 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I bet you are just loving your time with the pilot!!! you two are so cute.

    And a fried oreo is definitely a yummy treat!!

  37. Emma (Namaste Everyday) on March 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    you are always such an inspiration to me, living apart from your love and it just fills me with joy to see you two together!

  38. kristi (sweet cheeks) on March 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I’m so happy you are able to enjoy time with the hubby! You two are so adorable. <3
    P.S. I want those FRIES!!!

  39. ilovefetacheese on March 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    love your aura jacket πŸ˜€ you always get all the lululemon goodies first! πŸ˜€

  40. Lindsey on March 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I meant to comment the other day, but am so happy your pilot is back, safe and sound. Your video was an amazing! You are such an inspiration, and really make me cherish getting to spend time every day with my boyfriend.

  41. Amber L on March 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love looking at all your pics since the Pilot has been home. You are glowing!!! Glad you had fun visiting! Can’t wait to read about all of your adventures to come!

  42. Ruth on March 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    After following your ups and downs and deployments since last summer I am stoked for you that the Pilot is home.AndI am so going to make those sweet potato fries….. πŸ™‚

  43. Christena on March 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I just watched your “Pilot Comes Home” video and I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes. I’m so very glad he’s home safely. I’m so appreciative of him and all of the men and women in the military and totally impressed, humbled, and grateful for the tremendous sacrifices they (and their families!) make for this country.

  44. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on March 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I need to back and read all the comments from the other post now that there’s a lot of them! Thanks for reminding me. THose sweet potato fries look so so good – I could live off of them!

  45. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on March 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I’m amazed at the things people think to fry. At a fair last year, I saw deep fried butter! What the!?!

  46. stephanie on March 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    It was so nice to finally see Tinkerbell! You two are lovely and your hair looks gorgeous!!! Is it easier to keep it smooth with the keratin treatments? My hair is cut fairly similarly and is just as long…now that the spring humidity is setting in I always look frizzy. Do the treatments help that?

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      thanks girl!
      actually, it helped but not as i thought it would with the humidity. it was still quite frizzy!

  47. Ashley on March 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Is it weird that I’m so excited for you + the Pilot to be reunited? It gives me warm fuzzies inside…hehehe

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      aww thanks friend πŸ™‚

  48. Doc (The Healthy PhD) on March 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    At least you had all that food to keep you happy while you waited. Looks amazing…except for the fried oreo. My fiance loves stuff like that. I’m not really into the ‘fried’ thing…

  49. Sara @ Baking and Wine on March 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Oh man. There was this sushi place in Anchorage that gave tempura fried oreos for dessert. They were insane. It made the oreo a little bit softer and gooier, but the tempura batter was so light and crunchy. Mmm.

  50. Brittany on March 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Your Pilot reunion posts make me SO happy! I imagine you’re the happiest girl in the world!! πŸ™‚ The side-by-side pics above are way too cute.

    I recently got the same Lulu hoodie you’re sportin’ here; the hood is so fun! In your experience, does it stretch out because of the cotton? I sized up 2 sizes to have it be roomy, but now I’m worried it will expand into a potato sack since it’s big to begin with! Your expert Lulu advice is always appreciated πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      all clothes are pre-shrunk and also won’t bag out or stretch- how they fit now is how they’ll always fit πŸ™‚

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