You know you’re desperate when…

You use a coffee stirrer from your hotel room as a makeshift spoon for which to eat almond butter out of the jar


That’s how I roll πŸ˜€

Today has been amazing. I started the day with a nanner and dropped Ashley off at the esthetics show:


After that, I had about 45 minutes to kill so I went to Barnes and Noble –aka β€œBeefcake and Noble” because my friends in college and I used to go there to search for smart and hot guys- jumped on the free WiFi and relished in the fact that I could go wherever I wanted to go. Cause you know in Valdosta, my choices are a little limited πŸ˜‰

Next, I went to a 90-minute yoga class at the Red Pearl Yoga studio.

Check out the wall art!


The view was breathtaking: lake + boats


While the view and atmosphere were glorious, I hate to say the class was a little goobery.


It was COLD. Not heaters whatsoever. Ahem, I can do cold yoga in the hotel room… for much less than $12

-Teach was a little scatterbrained. She was like β€œok…. Triangle. Ok……Half moon. Vinyasa” Blah.


-I got to take class from a real person, instead of a voice coming out of my computer speakers

-I still got a killer workout. We held poses for SO long, my body was definitely challenged, just in a much different way than I was expecting

After yoga, I decided to hit up glorious Heaven on Earth for some lonchi

Vegetarian Chili


So delicious and SPICY! I loved every bite πŸ˜€


(They used cracked wheat to give it a great texture. Brilliant)

And a salad with romaine, olives, bulgar salad, roasted veggies and Goddess Dressing


It’s been wayyyyy too long since I’ve had Goddess dressing. I picked up a huge jar to have at the casa πŸ˜€

Shopping elixir:


I picked up Ashley at the Convention Center and then we did some damage at The Galleria, which a few of you lovely Ft. Lauderdale locals had recommended. You girls know me too well- I was in heaven πŸ˜€ I got some very cute clothes (including a new coat!) and snowman mug 2009. Pics to come πŸ˜€

After our shopping blitz, we came back to the hotel for 45 minutes of cardio. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 25 minutes hill walking on the treaddy. Not too shabby πŸ˜€

We just got back from an amazing dinner and are eating Starbucks dark chocolate and watching TV in our respective beds. Life es bueno.

Something even more bueno?? I get to see a certain someone tomorrow. I’m so nervous/excited!!!

Have a great night and I’ll see you after Bikram before we get on the road back to Valdizzy.

Much love,


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  1. Nicci@NIftyEats on November 7, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I’d do the same for some yummy AB!

  2. Carol on November 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    can i say i looove the color of your nails! what a gorgeous and seasonally appropriate color πŸ˜€

    mmm and that chili looks mighty scrumptious.

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 8, 2009 at 12:18 am

    As a yoga teacher I can say this: some yoga teachers are a little scatterbrained! Well, teachers of everything from physics to yoga to aerobics to you name it can be scatterbrained but I think the incense and om’ing mellows some people to new levels πŸ™‚ But hey, at least you got a class in. I went to a new yoga studio today too! It was the highlight of my week!!!!!! That & my new furniture I had delivered! Anyway sleep good Gina and the chili looked so good too!

  4. Amelia on November 8, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Your WF eats look amazing! Sorry to hear your yoga class was just ehh.

  5. Kailey (SnackFace) on November 8, 2009 at 12:32 am

    I cannot wait to see snowman mug 2009. I live for holiday goods.

    Ya know, I would have just used my finger to get at that almond butter- I know the need!

    Have a fantastic Saturday night/ Sunday!! xoxo πŸ™‚

  6. Kris | on November 8, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Hahaha! Once I was so desperate I used a hotel coffee maker to make hot water for my oatmeal….now that was interesting! LOL

    Great idea – you NEED to do what you NEED to do πŸ™‚

  7. The Voracious Vegan on November 8, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Anything to get almond butter into mah belly! Spoon, coffee stirrer, knife, finger, whatever!

    Yeah, the yoga teacher is absolutely SO important to the feel of the class. Scatterbrained NO! I’ve had teachers like that and it just distracts me and makes ME feel scatterbrained. I need the teacher to be focused, relaxed and calm so I can be focused, relaxed and calm.

  8. Diana on November 8, 2009 at 7:12 am

    That chili and that salad look sooo good! πŸ™‚
    Have a great sunday!

  9. VeggieGirl on November 8, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Spicy chili – oh yes πŸ˜€

    Enjoy your “meeting” tomorrow!!

  10. eatmovelove on November 8, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I know what you mean about studio classes – it’s always a ‘trade-off’ – I hate if you get a ‘not-so-good’ instructor (or at least one you don’t ‘mesh’ with well) or the class is too slow or too focused on just one thing. I always feel like I waste my time. BUT…it’s motivation to do it (versus home) and I always try to think that I’m getting/learning something from it. Trying to find an upside to everything πŸ˜‰

    I’m actually starting Yoga Teacher Training now (and no I am NOT good)…I’m doing it for various reasons – mostly personal. Anyways, check out my blog if you like – I love great new readers πŸ™‚ Add me to your Roll!! Do you mind if I add you??

    Oh and I had to eat a SALAD the other day with a coffee stirrer!!! haha -thank God it was most mostly cut-up veggies…I also used my fingers πŸ˜‰

  11. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on November 8, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Love the almond butter desperation. ha!

    And delicious eats and yoga! It’s been so long since I’ve been to a yoga class too!!
    Can’t wait to see your purchases =)


  12. Errign on November 8, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Looks like a fun weekend so far – minus the yoga in an igloo. πŸ™‚

  13. Lisa on November 8, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Chili looks tasty; I’ve been hoarding some in my freezer. I’ve used the end of my toothbrush to stir my coffee once. Desperation!

  14. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 8, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Yay for tomorrow!! πŸ™‚

  15. Katie on November 8, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Looks like a blast. I miss Whole Foods Hot Bar the one here isn’t very good with almost no selection. I don’t like cold yoga it hurts too much! I like to be pleasantly warm.

    LOL Almond butter addiction needs intervention…. Or not it could be worse right?

  16. Shelby on November 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Mmm, I love me some chili. The spicier the better!

  17. Stephanie on November 8, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Yay for getting to see that certain someone tomorrow πŸ˜‰ So happy for you!

  18. Jenna on November 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

    a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do with pb πŸ™‚

  19. Melissa S. on November 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

    it’s worse when you have to use your finger. πŸ™‚ been there, done that!

    and that chili looks aweseome!

  20. chrysta on November 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Sounds like a fun trip! ahha I’ve totally been there with scrapping the jar with a coffee stir stick. Its tough stuff! I was traveling once and i always take a container of oatmeal to eat since Im not a fan of plane food. And I forgot my spoon! Noo! All the attendant would scrounge up was a some stir sticks. yeah…i had to gather about 4 of them and try to squish them together and scoop. It was interesting. hehe. Anyways The Yoga class sounds fun! That lunch looked awesome too. I hope you have a super day!

  21. Katy @ These Beautiful Feet on November 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    The Galleria!!! I literally used to live walking distance from that mall. So fun! They renovated it in the last couple of years and it’s so much nicer now! Glad you got to check it out. I’m glad yoga went well despite the scatterbrained teacher, that seems a little awkward and hard to flow into each position. Also cold? Yikes! I just start doing hot yoga and I can’t go back now! I love it! At least you got a good work out and let’s face it..Whole Foods makes everything better. That’s the whole foods my mom shops at..she’s heading there at this moment actually! So fun you are in Fort Lauderdale! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Thanks so much for the bfast cookie comment, you’re to thank for many yummy breakfasts to come! πŸ™‚

  22. Jenna on November 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I would totally resort to a coffee stick. No shame!

  23. Paige @ Running Around Normal on November 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Bahaha I love the you resorted to a coffee stirrer! πŸ™‚
    Sorry the yoga class was kinda meh, but sounds like the shopping more than made up for it!

  24. kristi (sweet cheeks) on November 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Mmm..almond butter..and whole foods..I sorta like this post. πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  25. Teresa on November 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    That is much more civilized than what I would have done. Seriously I think I would have just launched my tongue into the jar! Sorry about the bummer yoga- but at least you got some good whole foods grub!

    Ahhh, so exited for you that you FINALLY get to see the Pilot!

  26. Nikka @ neekadeek on November 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    What a great girl’s weekend! You sounds like you are having tons of fun and enjoying lots of different things. Yoga, whole foods and shopping, I can’t think of a better day : )

  27. Erica on November 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    It’s all good, G, at least you didn’t just stick your tongue in the jar…did you?! LOL No shame, I totally would’ve done the same thing! I’ve missed you, lately, I think my google reader was missing some of my fave people, namely YOU! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your visit to civilization…I need one of those myself. And St. Louis for treatments totally does NOT count! Even though I did make the most of them πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, good to “see” you. You remain one of my very favorite people! Now go home and love on that hunky Pilot πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

      awww erica it’s so good to hear from you! i’ve missed you too, my dear <3
      nope i didn't get my tongue stuck in the jar but i wouldn't be surprised πŸ™‚
      i wish you lived closer so we could hang out!!!
      take care, friend πŸ˜€

  28. Missy on November 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    you know you’re desperate when…your husby tells you that you need an AB intervention. I love it so much. WF was my fave, then I actually went for the organic raw stop and shop brand ( not sure if you have that store near you) but it is BY FAR the best over TJ or WF!!!!! I feel ya sister.

  29. Katie on November 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the help on yoga dvds! πŸ™‚

  30. Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) on November 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Your comment about Beefcake and Nobles is so funny to me because I actually did meet my husband at Barnes and Noble! : )

    • Fitnessista on November 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      what?! that’s AMAZING! it’s crazy where you can meet the love of your life. i found mine at bizzle (aka starbucks) and you found yours at beefcake and noble. so cute πŸ˜€

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