Before and After

Heyyyyyy 😀 How are ya?? I’m bueno over here- today has been oozing of productivity (taxes done!!) and full of befores and afters.





Bella needed that haircut!

To make her feel special too, Viesa got her nails trimmed and a paisley bandana 😉



bfast cookie

Bfast cookie! With chocolate chips, goji berries and maca


fast cookie

It was kind of tasty 😉 My friend (who did our taxes) liked her bfast cookie, too. She’s allergic to banana, so I used organic plain yogurt and extra Stevia.



Operation “Get my skin back” is in full effect 🙂


juice (2)

Cullen juice!

Come here Edward….

edward  (Source)

Heh heh 😉

Well I’m off to pick up my rental car from being fixed, hit up some weights and then train clients.

Hope you’re having a great day <3



Something to talk about: The “fluff” in women’s magazines:


Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE women’s fitness magazines and celeb gossip, but the amount of fluff you have to skip through is kind of ridiculous. Fitness Mags are full of advertisements for diet pills and fat burning supplements, which I find contradictory when you’re trying to educate readers on how to get healthy. “Here’s how to lose weight the right way… oh, wait, just take this pill instead.” Doesn’t make any sense, but on the other hand, they have to pay the bills somehow and fruits and veggies don’t have very fierce advertising campaigns. Some of the info in magazines is 100% garbage, too, (“Get a 6-pack in 2 weeks!”) so you really have to take everything with a huge grain of sea salt. Anyone else feel the same way?? Which magazines do you read every month? I always get Runners World (even though running and I are seeing other people right now), Women’s Health (Lea Michele is in this month’s!), SELF and Glamour. I’ll occasionally buy Oxygen and Fitness, too 🙂

PS. How stoked is everyone for Sex and the City 2?!? AHHHHHHH

Zumba song of the day: “Alejandro” by Lady Gaga (perfect for a cool down)

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  1. I really need to take my puppers to the groomer, too! Poor baby is looking a little scruffy.

  2. I feel the same way about women’s magazines. They have pretty much the same content year after year with a few updates, new products or fashion advice. They’re always offering some way to look fab in 30 days and sometimes the advertisements completely go against the articles. It’s annoying, but I must admit I still enjoying reading them while doing cardio. 🙂 Right now I subscribe to Self, Real Simple, Health and Shape.

  3. Hi: First time commenting with this burning question… what kind of sports bra(s) do you recommend? I am a “big” girl and can’t seem to find a supportive, seperating the boobs type of bra that doesn’t make me look like I have a big tube in the front!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      my favorite one is a victoria’s secret shock absorber one and they don’t sell them anymore :/ haven’t found anything as good since but i heard the lululemon tata tamer bra is excellent

  4. Brittany says:

    Gina, when you juice- do you cut up all your veggies and fruit or do you just throw them in whole (stems etc & all)? I just bought a juicer and I am confused on how to do it!

  5. Christine says:

    I’m a magazine junkie so I get a lot of them: US Weekly, In Touch, OK!, Self, Fitness, Shape, Oxygen, Women’s Health, Allure, InStyle, and uhh some others :X oops!

    my best friend and I already bought our tickets to see SATC2 saturday! yay 🙂 so excited.

    btw yours is the only one left out of my favourite blogs that hasn’t turned into one big ad for an opensky shop :/ I’m REALLY annoyed with all my old favourite blogs to read because every entry is a way to incorporate either all the free stuff they’re given, a sneaky way to hint at items they’d like to be sent to them for free, or advertisement for things they want you to buy in their opensky shop or elsewhere. sigh. thanks for keeping yours, well, yours 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      thanks so much christine- that means A LOT to me, because i really try to keep my blog from becoming a blog-mercial <3 you guys are #1 and it's no fun without you, so i'm going to keep doing my thang and trying to keep ya'll from getting turned off with too much open sky, promos and freebie reviews

    • I completely agree with Christine. I don’t think the other girls “sold out,” but you are definitely seem more interested in keeping your readers happy than trying to turn a profit. It’s the implied begging for free products that rubs me the wrong way, the, “I would love to try products X, Y, and Z, but boooo, I don’t have the money!” Five minutes later, hello product!

  6. I am so hurting from day 2 of summer shape up, tough but felt great when I was done!

    Did that juice have 4 carrots, an apple, a beet, and kale? Did you add any stevia or almond milk to it?

    • Fitnessista says:

      awesome- glad you had a good workout!
      yup, i only used half the beet, though. it was wonderful 🙂

  7. I hate how contradictory it is too, but regardless, I’m a huge junkie. I subscribe to Marie Claire, Glamour, Lucky, and Allure, plus I think I’m asking for runner’s world and women’s health for my birthday. And I’m SO ready for SATC to open too! I love that Aidan’s going to be in it, I was always hoping they would end up together…boy do I ever hate Mr. Big!

  8. I have subscribed to Fitness for years and I remember a few years back seeing an influx of fluff. At first I was upset because they cut out alot of the good stuff for these ads, but now I just look past them and dig down for the meat and bones of the magazine. Actually I just found your blog today on their website..hehe. Glad I found this, I’m really enjoying it, keep up the good work 🙂

  9. This post was adorable.

    I CAN’T WAIT FOR SATC2!! But I have no one to go with because I haven’t made any female friends in O-town yet. 🙁

  10. Your puppies are just the cutest!! I still haven’t tried one of the breakfast cookies, even though I’ve been saying I was going to forever. I need to do that ASAP.

  11. That’s always been one of my pet peeves with fitness/health magazines. I never understood why they pushed the healthy eating and exercising routine as the best way to get and maintain results, but then advirtised diet pills. That’s soooo frustrating!!!

  12. I’m loving the Summer Shape Up so far! Do you think you can you post a link to this week’s workouts at the end of your posts? It’s easier to navigate 😀

  13. I used to get them all, now I only get Women’s Health (I won a subscription). The funny thing is everyone told me about all the supplements I would have to buy to compete…which are what makes up all those ads in those mags. And I havent ever taken a single supplement. And I use maybe 1 scoop of Sun Warrior, per week! And so all that whey protein and supp’s and 6-pack in 2 weeks….not for me 🙂 There are no shortcuts, hard work: eat clean, lift, rest, repeat. Anything else is just Fluff, for sure 🙂

  14. Your pupper Bella looks exactly like a dog I used to have named Coco. Even the before and after pics look just like he did. It is uncanny 🙂

    And I agree about the fluff and needless garbage in lots of fitness magazines. Sometimes it really makes me reconsider buying the magazine. I mean, how can a magazine that promotes good health also include diet pills? It’s annoying sometimes, but if I like the magazine otherwise, I try to overlook it.

  15. Not a fitness mag, and I don’t even subscribe to it, but Cosmopolitan recently included a page of cut-out shapes for shaving lady areas. THAT was hands down the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen in a magazine.

  16. i’m excited for satc2=)

  17. You know, I really need to start juicing. That looks sooooo yum!

    Those fitness mags drive me crayyyzeeee! I hate when they push pills and those ‘get slim quick’ 800 calorie diets. YIKES. Why can’t people just lose weight the healthy way? The world has gotten too impatient. Microwave mentality- it’ll fry your brain.

  18. My opinion about the Diet pills is that it doesn’t work for Everyone but they did for ME because I couldn’t loss any weight at all no matter what I did for a WHOLE YEAR. I changed my food plan, worked out everythingso I decided to try them, prescribed by my doctor which they helped me get started, I haven’t lost a ton of weight because I choose not to be depended on them. I’m happy with the progress since taking them

  19. Hi I’m kinda new here, I love your blog!
    I love magazines especially when I’m doing cardio. Muscle and Fitness Hers is my favorite, they have great workouts in there. I like Oxygen too but sometimes it feels like they are just trying to sell Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating books. I don’t care too much about the ads, like you said they have to pay their bills. I also like Cooking Light and Instyle!

  20. I work in the magazine industry, so the ads don’t bother me. It’s the only thing that pays the bills and allows the magazine to come out each month. (Money from subscriptions isn’t usually enough to mean anything. The reason they care about subscription is that more readers means more advertisers will want to advertise in the magazine.) I also feel like while there are some pretty dumb ads, people are smart enough to know that the magazine’s editors don’t endorse those things.

  21. I feel the same way about the magazines- “10 snack foods that help you lose weight”- what the heck?

    Also- it annoys me Kim Kardashian is on the cover of June Shape magazine. Doesn’t she promote diet pills? Maybe her pills and the 10 snacks I’ll get my “6 pack abs in 2 weeks!”

  22. Kristie S says:

    I always read my subscriptions to Oxygen, Runner’s World, Clean Eating and if I get around to it Self, & Fitness. But I do wish there was more information and less fluff!

  23. I hardly notice the ‘fluff’ in the magazines. I think I’ll start paying more attention.
    I can’t wait for the movie! Going next week!

  24. i really dont understand why oxygen magazines whre they stress healthy lifestyle and working out etc have diet pills on every other page? I never really understood that! i do realize that maybe some fitness competitors use supplements, but so many diet pills on every page its unneccesary and furthermore sends the wrong message!!

    this ‘core cardio and balance’ during my recovery week is hardly recovery haha, I am feeling it! those shouder burners and hip flexor burners are BANANAS!!!

  25. I subscribe to Oxygen, Women’s Health, and Muscle & Fitness Hers (because I focus on strength training a lot).
    I agree with you on the ads, though — Oxygen and Muscle & Fitness are full of fat burner/supplement ads and it drives me nuts! Why don’t they promote things like vega products instead?!

  26. I totally agree with you about the fluff in magazines – I feel the same why about Jillian Michaels! I had so much respect for her until she started coming out with diet pills and detox juices. So sad. I do enjoy your reviews on products though and I don’t see that as selling out, just as being informative because I always like to know what someone ELSE thinks about something before I waste my money on it and it sucks lol

    Magazine-wise, I get runner’s world, shape, fitness, women’s health, glamour and lucky! (I’m a bit of a mag addict ha)

  27. I don’t buy many Women’s magazines anymore. Occasionally I will flip through Women’s Health, but a lot of the traditional women’s marketed mags (Cosmo, Glamour, People etc) have pretty lame fitness and nutrition advice that seems to be rehashed. I get much better, more sound advice from blogs like yours and other fitness/nutrition professionals I follow 🙂

  28. A friend just gave me a juicer. I just juiced my first time. haha I used apple, lemon, ginger, kale, romaine. It tastes spicy and so delicious! I had to tell someone…:)

  29. Do you cook and or peel the beet before you add it to your juice? I’m pretty sure yours is raw, but I want to make sure before I try it for myself 😉


  30. Ahh I LOVE Gaga’s Alejando song!! It’s a new fave 🙂
    And I love that picture of mr. edward cullen himself–just finished reading Eclipse and i’ve become the biggest twilight nerd evahh!
    Also so glad you brought up the whole women’s mag deal….I get so sick of the fluff but I also love reading them regardless! I just know what to NOT pay attention to, so it works out! 😉

    Anddd lastly, the bfast cookie looks amazing! Speaking of, I think I may have to go grab myself some chocolate right now….

  31. That tune is totally amazing, and I’m not really into that kind of music! I enjoy listening to it!

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