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Hi friends! How are you? Hope you’ve had a lovely day <3 Did anyone celebrate Indian Food Wednesday?

This afternoon ended up being pretty chill. I have a thousand things to do, but ended up taking some time to relax with my cousin and take it easy. It was a good choice 🙂

I also talked to the airlines- it looks like Vies won’t be able to ride with me in the cabin and after doing a ton of research, I decided not to fly her as cargo. I know a thousand people have done it with no probs, but given that she’s such a petunia, I don’t think it’s worth it.


The good news is that a friend is moving from Orlando to Phoenix in late December and offered to drive Viesa to Phoenix. I like that option SO much better 🙂

Afternoon snackage:


A messy bowl with 1/2 grilled salmon piece, 1 egg + 2 egg whites, arugula, onion, Garlic Gold, and mustard! Random, but so delicious 🙂

I also packed up a fancy dinner to take to work:


A caprese salad:


with 2 organic tomatoes, organic basil and some Dante cheese- a special cheese purchase from Cowgirl Creamery in San Fran


A tangy and sweet sheep’s cheese- it tastes remarkably like parmesan

cheese (2)

I envisioned I was back at Cowgirl Creamery…


minus the endless goat and sheep cheese options, man to cut a serving for me

cheese man

and blog friends, but you know 🙂

Along with the caprese, I packed up some zucchini pasta with organic marinara, nutritional yeast and fresh basil:



It’s time for me to hear back to work, but I’m super excited because I leave for Valdizzy in the morning! I’m off, so the girls and I are going to celebrate my b-day a night early. Super stoked- I missed them so much!

Have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning with a fun reader’s request 🙂



Something to do: Last week of the Bridal Bootcamp! Hopefully you’ve had a great 3 weeks and have seen some amazing results from the program. This is the final week, but feel free to continue the workouts, increase the weights/intensity if you’re ready, or do your own mish mosh of workouts. Just remember to do them on non-consecutive days and with a doc’s approval.


This week’s workout:

Day 1:

-Warm up 5 min cardio of choice

Superset 1: Bicep curl and tricep dip (15 of each, repeat 3 times)

Superset 2: Step-ups on the right (10), on the left (10), sumo squat and crunch (10), left (10)– repeat 2 times

Cardio blast: 5 min. Start at an easy jog or walking pace with 5-6% incline. Add 1% incline every minute until you have reached 5 min (if you need to take it down before then, do it)

Superset 3: Pushups (12- start in full plank and drop to your knees to finish if you need to), bent-over wide row (15)- repeat 3 times

Superset 4: Stability ball back extension (12-15) and Stability ball crunch (hold a weight at the ends with both hands,keeping your arms close to your ears to make it more challenging- 15)- repeat 3 times

Cardio blast: 5 min sprints. Go for 1 min at an easy pace, 30 seconds at a very challenging pace, alternating for 5 minutes total.

Bent over fly and dumbbell front raise (15 of each)- repeat 3 times

-Cool down (5 minutes), stretch.

Day 2:


1. Warm up- 5 minutes, cardio of choice. Start at a low intensity and bring it up to moderate by the end of the 5 minutes.

2. Downward dog- hold for 30 seconds, breathe deeply and walk your dog by alternating your heels towards the group

3. Step your right foot forward and come into Warrior 1. Keep your back leg super straight and hold for 30 seconds. Pop your back foot up into a crescent and do 15 traditional lunges with your arms still up.

4. Bring both hands to the floor and step back into high plank. Hold for 30 seconds.

5. Push-ups. Do 20 push-ups; when you need to bring your knees to the floor to complete the set, that’s totally cool just keep your booty down and toes in one line.

6. Come all the way down onto your stomach and pilates swim- 1 minute

7. Flip onto your left side and do 20 leg lifts, 10 leg circles to the front and 10 leg circles to the back.

8. Flip onto your back and do 15 frog crunches.

9. Legs come in towards your body- bridge pose, 30 seconds. Calf raises in bridge pose (15). Hip raises (15).

10. Come up to a seated position and all the way through to chaturunga. Hold 20 seconds.

Come up to downward dog and repeat the series on the other side. Repeat the entire series 2-3 times on each side.

Follow up with 30 minutes of hills cardio- start at a moderate incline and then increase it 1% every minute until you can’t take it anymore. Bring it back down and repeat for 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of cooldown.


Day 3:


1. Warm up: 5 minutes, cardio of choice, bringing it from low to moderate intensity (ie, start by walking and then bring it up to a jog by the end of 5 minutes)

2. Plie squat and bicep curl– do 10 squat and curls, then hold the squat position and curl 10 times

3. Bent-over row and tricep kickback (15- I like to do it with both arms at once and feet under my hips, knees slightly bent. Make sure to gaze at the floor to keep your spine straight)

4. Lateral lunge and overhead press (10 on each side)

5. Single leg deadlift (10 on each side)

6. Saxon side bend (10 on each side)

7. Bosu calf raises (or calf raises on a step if you don’t have a Bosu- 15)

8. Push-ups (15- start in full plank position and drop to your knees, keeping your booty down if you need to)

Cardio blast 1: Burpees (1 minute) – repeat circuit #’s 2-8

Cardio blast 2: Suicide runs (run to right, touch the floor and run back to the left) 30 seconds, floor sprints 30 seconds – repeat circuit #’s 2-8

Cardio HIIT: 1 minute easy (walk or easy jog), followed by 30 seconds sprint (or add heavy, heavy resistance)- repeat for 15 minutes total

When you complete the workouts, please leave a comment here with your feedback and how it went!! You know I’m cheering for you 🙂

Happy training <3

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  1. I think Cowgirl Creamery would be my mecca.

  2. That cheese looks glorious 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever had sheep cheese!

    I’m so glad to hear about Viesa taking a car ride instead of flying. I’m glad it will all work out for you guys!

  3. Your pasta looks delish!!! I was wondering where you buy zucchini pasta? I’d love to try it.

  4. Hi Gina!

    Just wondering, what juicer do you use? I checked out the one in your OpenSky store but I definitely can’t afford that as a college student, haha- did you ever try a cheaper one? Preferably one that can do fruit + veg? Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      jack lalanne- i want to say they’re around 100? worth the investment- a juice bar juice is 5-7 dollars each, ya know?

  5. I’m glad things are all working out for Viesa!!!! I also totally adore the picture of you and the pilot. Too cute!

  6. What are you going to do with V until the end of December? Will she just stay in the kitchen away from the other pups? 🙂 Glad you can have her a little longer! Have fun celebrating your birthday!

  7. Ahhh I didn’t realize your birthday was coming up so soon…yay!! Have fun celebrating 🙂

    I’m glad you figured out a good transportation alternative for Viesa. And you get to spend more time with her this way!!

  8. We have the same B-Day! =)

  9. good plan with viesa, glad you could find someone to drive her

  10. Driving is a much safer option! That’s awesome that a friend volunteered to drive her. I’ve never flown with my dog – we either drive with her, or friends will take her for us, but I have heard bad things about pets in the cargo area when the plane has been delayed on the tarmac, etc.

  11. I had some lentil curry for Indian food wednesday! So amazing 🙂

  12. Does curried lentil and rice soup count as Indian food? Cause if so, then YES! I did celebrate! Unknowlingly..but that’s beside the point. 😉

  13. bless your friend’s heart that is making a move and will drive Viessa! That is a stroke of major karmic luck! Must have been all that yoga & meditating to the universe you’ve been doing and things are paying off 🙂

    The wedding pic. Omg you both look so beautiful!!!! And the cake feeding shot…is great!


  14. Love me some spiralized zucchini! I’m so glad that Vies doesn’t have to fly cargo after all! What an amazing friend 🙂

  15. Gina- So glad you found another way to transport the doggy back to AZ! I don’t have pets, but I know they are just as important to you as my little baby is to me:) So happy!

    Also, just wanted to throw it out there that I am loving your bridal bootcamp! I just finished week 1, and will be starting week 2 on Friday. I can already see a huge difference in my arms and I am loving it!! I’m already married so I don’t have a real reason to look good other than I want to feel good about myself. Thanks so much for sharing your workouts! You’re a rich source of valuable info! Thanks!

  16. **saving short cut** 😀 Thanks G!

    Really love the picture of you feeding the pilot cake at your wedding. SO freakin’ adorable!!!

  17. You and the Pilot are always the cutest! And I’m glad you found a good decision for your pupper.

    Also, thank you to the Pilot early for serving our country!!

  18. Happy to hear about the Dog situation!

    Great MEALS… wow!

    Love the wedding pic too. 🙂

    Your bridal boot camp is Brutal!

  19. My Fave part of bridal boot camp is the week two workout !!! It is pretty brutal and leaves me sore every time I do it but I already feel stronger

  20. Is the quality and texture of Jack LaLanne Juicer juice the same as the kind you get from juice places? Like frothy and smooth, if that makes sense? Can it handle things like beets and kale?

  21. I’m so happy to hear that you found an alternative for getting Viesa to AZ…she will definitely be much more pleased with this mode of transportation! Also, this is kind of random but I was wondering if you were still looking into doing personal training at either a club or as freelance on the side.

    P.S. Speaking of great cheeses, if you are into brie, they have a fabulous goat brie at The Fresh Market…that and some sliced green apple is divine in an omelet!

  22. I’m glad you’ve found a better way to transport your doggie! That’s what I call good Karma! 😉
    We celebrated Indian food wednesday last night with tofu chickpea tikka masala, my own creation! I’ll even have some leftovers with rice and mango chutney for lunch today. Yum! I love Indian food and will try to turn it into a weekly habit.
    Have a nice day!

  23. You mentioned a couple of days ago that your goal is to have more readers…trust me there are soooooo many, we’re just lurkers. Why do you think during your giveaways you have 700+ responses? It’s not word or mouth, we all read your blog and love it. Just wanted to let you know =)

  24. Thanks for all these bridal bootcamp workouts! Really loving the mixup to my routine and gonna continue them once a week until my spring wedding 🙂

  25. That cheese looks delicious. I’ve never had sheep’s cheese before…

  26. I’m glad things worked out with finding transportation for Viesa! At least now you get to spend more time with her. 😀

  27. Kristin White says:

    Happy early birthday Gina! Quick question: when you pack up your lunch to-go in plastic tupperware (like that yummy stuff you show above), do you microwave it in that tupperware?? I’ve been doing that for years, but a co-worker recently told me that wasn’t a good idea, and that I should use glass or put the food on a plate! Any thoughts on this?

  28. i want 8 lbs of that cheese now…holy yum!

  29. Great news about Viesa! I like that option better too. What great luck – like it was meant to be.

    Thank you for the Bridal Bootcamp workouts – I am not a bride myself (yet!) but am MOH to one who very much appreciates these workout ideas. 🙂

  30. That cheese looks INSANE!

  31. I am looking forward to doing these workouts this week! Last week before wedding day!

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