all-new arm burner (video)

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Hope you had an amazing one <3 The next two weeks are going to be so strange, with major holidays smack in the middle of each week. Vacation all around!!! I (jokingly) told the Pilot he should just skip the whole work thing… how can you be productive like that? He just raised an eyebrow at me.

Last night we had our annual cookie-decorating party at the house:

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(Bikini gingerbread man. Necessary)

I made some soup,

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hot cocoa in the slow cooker,

and madre brought over a ton of amazing cookies, and a pot of homemade meat sauce and noodles. 

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(the pot was full, but I snapped the pic after everyone had feasted)

We had a blast here at the house, decorating, drinking egg nog and hanging out.

Today, Livi and I are off for last-minuteto-dos, and a little adventure for our furry friends. There are Humane Societies located in a couple of malls here in Tucson, and Livi and I will usually stop by to say “hi” to them. Last time we were there, I noticed a dog’s sign said, “Sponsored” underneath it. I asked one of the volunteers what that meant, and she explained to me that someone had paid a portion or the full price of adoption for the dog. This way, it’s less of a hit on a caring family or individual’s investment to adopt an animal. Livi and I are going to go sponsor some animals today, hoping that it may encourage someone to adopt a new family member. I wish we could have a house full of dogs, but cannot (womp.womp), so this is a fun way to share some love with animals hoping for a new home. Just thought I’d share the idea in case anyone else was looking for something similar to do. 

Hope that your week is off to a great start!

Enjoy your day and I’ll see you soon <3



Something to do: An all-new arm burner! All you need for this one is a set of dumbbells and some determination πŸ˜‰ Sasha leads this video, and I provide some modifications along the way. As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Feel free to add this in to today’s strength workout, or after some cardio! Enjoy the burn. xo


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  1. I love decorating cookies this time of year! Enjoy your family time and have a very merry Christmas!

  2. I love the idea of sponsoring an animal for adoption, I had no idea you could do that. The cookie party looks like fun.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i didn’t know about it, either!

      • The shelter where I lived in TN did that. Usually people who had fostered those animals at some point (like bottle-fed babies) put up the fee, because if they were sponsored it saved them from being euthanized over someone who wasn’t.

        • Fitnessista says:

          i think that’s exactly it.. and quite a few of the dogs have been there for over 3 months, so those are the ones i wanted to take care of first

  3. SPonsoring animals for adoption is such a sweet, sweet idea!

  4. LOOOOOVE the idea of sponsoring a pet! Such a great way to give back and help another family experience the joy of having an animal running around! πŸ™‚

  5. I love the idea of sponsoring a dog for adoption! We just lost our 8 yr old fur baby in a very unexpected tragic way. πŸ™‚ So this would be a perfect way to honor his memory!

  6. I rocked this

  7. Sorry πŸ™‚ I meant to say, I rocked the arm burner this morning and LOVED it!!

  8. Those cookie pictures with your daughter are so cute!! I love decorating Christmas cookies. Can’t wait to try your arm workout!

  9. I love you top Gina, where did you get it?

  10. What a great idea sponsoring a pet, I think that is wonderful! I just made my first traditional Icelandic cookies LaufabrauΓ° yesterday as well. Decorating was a bit more difficult than the sugar cookies I am use to. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  11. So sweet that you’re going to sponsor some animals! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  12. Where did you get that Ariel Placemat? I’ve been looking for one for my daughter !!

  13. I love the idea of sponsoring an animal! How sweet!

  14. Tried the arm burner yesterday – loved it!

    I made a gingerbread man with a diaper and of course, one with a bikini!

  15. Sponsoring is a great thing to do. My daughter does the same in San Diego, check out Baja Dog Rescue when you get there. The last dog she sponsored was found in a box in the snow, she was so weak she couldn’t even hold her head up and so dehydrated they couldn’t even tell if she was a male or female. Long story short, she fell in love with HER and ended up adopting her and named her YOLO .

  16. Hi Gina! I just wanted to offer some insight into the donation of the pet adoption fee. I considered doing it at one point at our local animal shelter, but the workers there actually suggested that we didn’t because those individuals who can’t afford to pay the fee also can’t typically pay to take good care of the animals. Obviously this may not always be true, but just a thought. Instead, she suggested we give items for the dogs currently there or pay help defray vet costs. Just wanted to share the information since I had never thought about it like that either. Either way, you’re doing a great thing by raising Livy in such a loving and giving household! Blessings to you and your family this season!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i thought of this, too, and totally get where you’re coming from. i think it’s a nice way to offset some of the other costs associated with pet care, and would just give an extra nudge to a family or individual who already wants to, and can afford to take care of a pet.

  17. Love the idea of sponsoring a pet for the holidays! What an awesome tradition to start πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      i think so, too! i’m trying to think of little giving activities liv will understand, and she was really excited for this one πŸ™‚

  18. Ooh, I’ll have to throw in that arm burner this week. Maybe even tomorrow a all by itself. This is definitely a get it in however I can kind of week. After two days of not exercising, I was able to do 5-10 min of burpees rotated I with some strength exercises. It wasn’t much, but it felt good to do something. Hopefully I’ll get back at it the second half of the week, but until them, I won’t worry too much about it and just enjoy!

    We had a cookie and gingerbread house decorating party tonight with our 3-year-olds friends and were decorating our own tomorrow. So fun!

    Merry Christmas!

    • Fitnessista says:

      that sounds like a blast!
      hope you enjoy the arm burner. this weird is definitely a strange one for getting in workouts- you just squeeze it in where you can
      hope you have a merry christmas, too!

  19. What a great idea I’m def going to sponsor a dog!! Thanks for this

  20. perfect workout to do in my room Christmas morning!!

  21. Thanks for the workout! Perfect for burnign off a few cookies πŸ˜‰ Merry Christmas!

  22. Thanks so much for the arm burner! I love your strength videos πŸ™‚

    I love the sponsoring a dog idea…didn’t know you could do this. I’d love to just adopt them all, but this is a great idea, too πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! happy you enjoy them πŸ™‚
      i wish we could adopt more, too. figured it was a nice option instead, and something i’d never heard of

  23. Um…you both are very inspirationally (word? no, ok) fit and toned! That video is up on my to-do list for sure!!

    I love the cookie decorating pictures! You can sense the love of your family!!

  24. Cookie decorating is the best! We are going to be doing that this afternoon at my mom’s house πŸ™‚ I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  25. I enjoyed the arm burner! It did burn!

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