You had me at “hippie”

Helloooooo blogettes (and blog-udes? Haha) 😀 HAPPY SUNDAY! Hope you’re chillaxin’ it up on this lovely day.

We’re enjoying ours from the car:


And I’m rocking my new shirt from 105degrees:


(They had a lot of cute ones including: smooth(ie) operator, cool food(ie), and “I’m rich.. in enzymes”)

We’re on the road AGAIN (and sing that song every time we get into the car for a road trip – it’s kind of a joke because we travel so often). We bid adieu to the wonderful Okie (thank you Okie, you were good to me) and started our drive to Little Rock where we’ll be staying the night.

Just crossed into Arkansas:


Before leaving Okie, we had one last meal at 105degrees with the Pure2Raw girls.


I’m going to miss them so much! Thank you for being my workout buddy and hotel neighbor, Michelle 😀

I started with a carrot, apple and beet juice


And had the granola parfait (raspberry almond granola layered with coconut yogurt)


I love how they plated the parfait instead of serving it traditional bowl-style.

The pilot got the raspberry beignets


And my favorite blueberry pancakes, which he claimed were like banana-flax fruit roll-ups 😉


Such a delicious meal 😀 The best part was when Kelly, the pastry genius I worked for brought out two pecan tarts for the pilot and I and a dish of my favorite truffles to take on the road.


Dessert with bfast? Um, yes please 😀 They were amazing.

After our glorious meal, we stopped by the health food store to get some food necessities for the trip, packed up my mess of a hotel-casa, and got on the road.

His and Hers kombucha:


The pilot had Schlotsky’s, I munched an apple:


And a salad from Chipotle (aka Chipoddle), with lettuce, a little black beans, pico, and guac.


For the first time in the history of Gina, I couldn’t finish the whole thing. It was ahhhhmazin’ though 😀

So we’re stopping in Little Rock to stay with the MIL for the night and are hitting up a place called Vino’s for dinner. I browsed the menu on the crackberry and was less than surprised to see a lack of anything I’d want to eat, save for the red vino of course. The pilot said it should be easy finding me some foodie since it’s in “a total hippie area”. I totally beamed and said, “You had me at ‘hippie’”. I think it should be ok, I never seem to have a problem finding food I’d like to munch 😉

Have a great night!

Much love,


Today’s tip: On days like today has been for me where I didn’t have time to hit the gym (but wanted to!), I always try to do some “moves” at home before bed. My favorites are planks, push ups (or wall push-ups), calf raises on a step, chair tricep dips, lunges, wall squats, and frog crunches. The pilot is used to my hotel or in-law workout antics.. before we go to bed and are just chilling in the room, I’ll do a quick room workout before crashing out. This way, even if I don’t have time for a traditional workout and am stuck in the car all day, it feels good to get moving just a little bit. Remember, everything counts 😀

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  1. Stephanie on October 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I love today’s tip!! Such a great idea, everything def does count 🙂 Hope you have a good time at din!

  2. Tiffany on October 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Vino’s is about as far from healthy as you can get, lol. Its where a lot of the younger crowd goes on weekends for live music and good (yet bad for you) pizza. Loca Luna and Capi’s are good places to eat where the menu and chefs are extra waistline friendly.

  3. Jenna on October 4, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I was reading your post and was thinking, I need to tell her how good that dish looks, but, then I was saying it about EVERY photo you had. Lol.

    Good tip! It is something so simple, but something I often don’t do. On my ‘days off’ from the gym, I usually find I am ubber lazy. But, I need to give myself SOME credit, I do have a 15 minute walk to work 🙂

  4. angieinatlanta on October 4, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Mmmm…I love beignets and the pilot’s look incredible!

  5. VeggieGirl on October 4, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Aww, love that photo of you and The Pilot 😀

    Have fun at the MIL’s!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 4, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    The granola looks so yummy!

  7. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I remember the first time I couldn’t finish my Chipotz! It’s a rare occurrence, and I’m taken by every time haha 🙂

  8. Jenna on October 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    great lookin’ breaky gina!

  9. Rebecca on October 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Love the shirt!! I’m so behind on google reader!! Congrats on graduating!

  10. Melissa S. on October 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    you’re too cute! and i finally had chipotle for the first time last weekend and got the same exact thing! i was actually thinking of you and miss GC when i ordered my meal. 🙂

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 4, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Love the tshirt! And the blueberry flax fruit roll up pancakes 🙂

  12. Jolene ( on October 5, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Delicious looking eats today! Yumm!

  13. Mary on October 5, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Seeing those kombucha bottles reminds me– If anyone wants to make it at home don’t bother using GT’s recommended scoby source, on the GT Kombucha web site. I ‘ordered’ and then emailed her again over a month ago and never did hear a thing back. I ordered from elsewhere and have been making it for weeks, but it’s not as good as GT’s (yet!)

    (New reader here… What is Valdizzy? Or should I just wait and see? lol)

  14. Shelby on October 5, 2009 at 7:57 am

    That picture of you and the pilot is just adorable!

    What a fabulous breakfast! And yummy chipotle for lunch!

  15. K on October 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Those shirt slogans are cute! I’ve never had Chipoddle but it always looks so good – look at that guac! Yum!

    Love the tip, it’s so true! I don’t belong to a gym at the moment because as soon as I return to my university I’ll have access to that gym so doing push ups/planks/dips/etc. is my way of strength training.

  16. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on October 5, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Wow all of that food looks amazing!

  17. rhodeygirl on October 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I’ve been catching up via iPhone and just finally got back on my Mac! Congratulations and great menu girl! You rock!

    Have a safe trip!

  18. rhodeygirl on October 5, 2009 at 9:31 am

    P.S. Random question… while I know our bodies need less protein than the USDA recommends, how is your muscle mass after a month of raw/mostly vegan eating? Do you feel like you lost any mass or were you able to maintain it with your eats + workouts? I have been eating a highly vegetarian diet for about a year now and noticed an initial loss of muscle mass that is slowly coming back with super pumped workouts and by adding in a high protein meal once a week.

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2009 at 12:58 am

      hey girl,
      to my total amazement, my body fat actually went down while i was at school. i decided to stop worrying about macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein) in foods and just looking at the food itself as a whole instead of breaking it into parts. it’s funny because it goes against everything i’ve ever learned about eating and nutrition and has actually worked the best. crazy.

  19. Lindsay on October 5, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Wow all that food looks great!

  20. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on October 5, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Wow, I’ve just finished catching up on the last of your posts from 105Degrees, and it is just seriously so incredible, what you’ve gotten to do and all the things you’ve learned. Not to mention the original recipes you created! I’m happy to be a distance taste-tester, will let you know when I do. 🙂

    If you’re back in GA, welcome home! If not…happy truckin’ I guess. 😛

  21. carolinebee on October 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Sounds like a lovely end to your adventure!!! Congrats on your new fancy title!

  22. Colleen on October 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I would like to ease into making/drinking veggie juices like you do but dont really know where to start. I like vegetables, and I have a blender. Do you have any easy or yummy combinations that you started out making?

  23. Katie on October 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    What a great send-off meal! The parfait looks like art on that plate.

    I’m about to do some at-home “moves”, too… I just couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym today!

  24. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 5, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe how fast the last month has gone! Congrats on all you accomplished and have a nice trip home!!

  25. Cara (Cara Craves...) on October 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I am sure you will miss all the yummy food from the restaurant!
    Now you will just have to recreate it all at home

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

      that’s the goal, otherwise i’d go through some wicked withdrawals 😀

  26. Katie on October 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I love Chipotle! It always seems more like “real” food if I’m going the fast food route. I really appreciated your reminder that exercise is always cumulative! It’s easy to think if I only have 10 minutes there’s no point.

  27. cassandra on October 5, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Hey Gina,
    I am so excited that you got to meet all those fabulous raw foodies! I read your blog everyday and this makes me feel like I met them too?!?
    I just had chipotle for the first time on sunday and I must say delish!
    I love your way of fitting in the fitness anywhere anytime! I sould take your advice!
    thanks for the great blog, I just started a new one of my own…check it out!


    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2009 at 12:51 am

      happy first chipotle- glad you enjoyed it!!
      i’ll definitely be stopping by your blog 😀

  28. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on October 6, 2009 at 12:15 am

    You guys are such a cute couple!
    And LOL I used to play the Buck Cherry version of “On the Road Again” every time I took a road trip… used to be quite often up until a couple years ago. I thought I was the only nerd who listened to or sung that each time, haha!

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2009 at 12:51 am

      haha anytime you need a fellow nerd, just stop by the ol’ bloggy 😀

  29. MizFit on October 6, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Good gosh you two are so freakin cute.

    Today is a sitting day for me (need to write for work) I shall do some isometric ab contractions in my office chair and think of you 🙂

  30. Stephanie on October 6, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations on your graduation! You did so great! Your dessert sounds amazing!!

  31. Angharad (Eating for England) on October 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Chipoddle!!! YUM girl. Seriously yum. Gosh it is so good. I might want that for dinner. Gaaaahhh.
    It looks *almost* as good as your raw foodies. Jk. Nothing could look that gorgeous!

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