Hi guys! Thank you again for all of the lovely birthday wishes. It brightened my day so much! <3

It was a perfect low-key day over here, spent with my little fam.

Me and liv27

Liv and I had an awesome breakfast, and then it was time to clean up the post-Tucson explosion (why is unpacking the worst??). After that, we went to walk around the mall 

Dat mall

and indulged in some guilty pleasures.

Disney store for her,

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and allthecandles for yours truly.


I couldn’t believe that Michael Buble Christmas was playing when we walked into Bath and Body Works. I thought my inner Grinch would be angry that it’s not even Thanksgiving, but in real life: it made me scary happy. 

Since we were at the mall, and True Food is right there and everything, we ended up there for lunch. πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately it wasn’t the best dining experience -Livi loved her pizza but our server forgot two thirds of my meal haha- it was fun to sit on the patio with my favorite girl.


Dinner more than made up for it, because this happened afterwards.


The Pilot and Liv went to Whole Foods while I was teaching Zumba and picked up a beautiful cake!! Chocolate with salted caramel ganache; it tasted just as good as it sounds. We enjoyed our nightly glass of red, and it was a wonderful end to a great day.


Caramel cake

Since I couldn’t virtually share my cake with you all, I made you a Dirty Thirty workout instead. (Almost as good as cake! Right? Riiiiiight? Heh heh.) This one is an awesome combo of strength and cardio, and you guessed it: 30 reps before moving onto the next exercise. Since each exercise has a higher amount of reps, this workout encourages muscular endurance. I recommend lighter weights than usual and as always, take breaks and modify as needed. Check with a doc before making any fitness changes.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Dirty thirty workout



Fave birthday dessert? πŸ™‚

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  1. Looks like a great 30th! Never heard of True Food. Is it an all-natural chain?

  2. Glad you had a great birthday! That cake…your hubby did good!!!

  3. What a lovely birthday! Your cake sounds phenomenal. I love strawberry cake or ice cream cake, yum!!

  4. That cake sounds like heaven! Love the workout too I might have to just try it out tomorrow!

  5. Dairy Queen cake and German Chocolate cake. Don’t make me choose. ; )
    Welcome to the 30 Club!

  6. Oh goodness – that looks like a dream cake! Happy birthday! 30 looks good on you πŸ™‚

  7. What a fun birthday! i love all those candles!! oh candle season is my fav!

  8. That cake looks delicious! I think I’m going to try this workout when I get home tonight πŸ™‚

  9. Livi is adorable. Sounds like you two had a great day. I totally feel you on the candle obsession. I need an intervention haha.

  10. Feliz Cumpleanos!!! πŸ™‚ Sounds like you had a perfect day! It’s always a great birthday when you’re surrounded by your loves!

  11. I feel like Liv’s hair/shirt combo in the picture of you guys blowing out the candles is very Meg-esq from her old fashion posts. I instantly thought “Top Knot!”. lol. If you guys have Marshall’s out there they have AMAZING candle selections and are super cheap.

    I can’t wait to do this workout tomorrow morning! <3

    • Fitnessista says:

      i told tom i couldn’t even handle her in that outfit. she had skinny jeans and her kitty cat mary janes on, too. too much.
      i will have to look and see if we have a marshall’s here!
      let me know how the workout goes πŸ™‚

      • Just did it. It’s insane and I look like I jumped right out of the shower. lol! I’m really glad that you put the burpees at the beginning. If they’d been later I would have been thinking about them the whole time. πŸ˜‰

  12. What a lovey birthday! My favorite birthday cake is anything chocolate.

  13. Sounds like you had a fun birthday! My favorite birthday dessert is one I don’t have to make. When I was in college, I made stuff for all of my friends’ birthdays, but no one ever reciprocated, so having someone get me a cake, or make me a cake, is always high on that list.

  14. Happy birthday! Looks like such a lovely day! 30 is great!

    If my baby were actually on time you guys would have shared a birthday but no luck! πŸ™‚

  15. Happy birthday!!! 30s are the new 20s πŸ˜‰

  16. My favorite birthday treat is Steve’s non-diary ice cream! It’s the best! πŸ™‚

  17. Happy birthday!

  18. Happy Birthday! That workout is too cute! It sounds like you enjoyed your day.

  19. Happy Birthday!! So glad you had such a wonderful day!

  20. Gorgeous birthday pics!!! Looks so fun!
    Awesome workout too–easy to remember:)

  21. That cake!!! Looks like you had a fun bday celebration! My favorite birthday dessert is ice cream cake – combines my love for chocolate cake and ice cream! πŸ™‚

  22. Looks like you had a great and relaxed day! I think my favorite birthday dessert would either be cheesecake or carrot cake.

  23. Happy birthday! My favorite cake has to be pecan cake with cinnamon gelato. SO GOOD.

  24. THE BURPEES! I am such a wimp when it comes to those guys. My university is too gym to really do them anywhere, but I think I am going to have to teach myself a lesson when I go home this December. πŸ˜‰

  25. So glad you enjoyed your birthday! That cake looks yummy. I like any kind of dessert with cream cheese frosting of course!

  26. Ice cream cake of any kind is my favourite! I have a summer bday in Ontario when July is actually ice cream month. Your cake looks amazing and sounds like your day was great!

  27. Haha I completely relate about the Christmas music– it’s like I want to hate it, but then it just makes me grin like a goofball! Can’t help it. I love the holidays!

    Always, Anita

  28. That True Foods salad is everything! True Foods in one of the things I miss most about living in Scottsdale. You are so lucky to have moved to a location that still has Sam Fox haha!

  29. 30 burpees, 30 squats, then jumping squats?! girl, youre tryin to kill me! haha.

  30. Sounds like a lovely birthday πŸ™‚

    Can I still do 30 of each exercise even though I’m older than 30?? Haha! Sounds like a great workout!

    Cake of course!! And ice cream is a must!

  31. Great quick workout!
    (Omg…the Disney store was the best! I loved going in there as a kid!)

  32. I will pass on the cake and take ALL of the ice cream. Cookies n creme, preferably πŸ™‚

    Looks like you had a great day!

  33. Happy birthday!

  34. That cake though!!! I do have to say I didn’t have that much fun when I turned 30….I kind of hid from the world until I realized I didn’t actually care!!

  35. I’m so glad you had such an amazing birthday! That cake sounds phenomenal!

  36. What a fun birthday…I’ll have to stop at whole foods for that cake, I mean, holy yum!

  37. Looks like a tasty cake. Happy birthday!

    I’m going to try your workout this weekend.

  38. I love true foods!! Happy birthday girl!

  39. I’ll have to try this workout at the end of the plank challenge!

  40. Glad you had a great birthday!

  41. I LOVE the kale salad from True Foods and it sucks they messed up your order. Damn!

    I’m glad you had a wonderful birthday with your beautiful little family. πŸ™‚

  42. Happy Belated Birthday, Gina! I’m sorry I missed it but it looks like you had an amazing time with your beautiful family…. and some delicious salmon and cake too! πŸ™‚

  43. Looks like such a good day! Glad you had a good birthday. Chocolate cake would be my pick for sure!

  44. Happy Birthday!! It looks like a perfect day!

  45. Happy belated birthday! Love the workout – I’ll definitely be trying it!

  46. Happy Belated Birthday!! I can’t wait to try that workout tomorrow morning, thanks for posting it!

  47. Looks like it was a fun birthday celebration!

  48. Happy Belated! I just turned 30 too!!!

  49. Went for a nice long walk today and came home and did this! Love it and adding it to my week πŸ™‚ Doing Winter Shape Up again too and on Week 2!

  50. Can i ask which exercises you would use the weights for?

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