Friday Faves

Hi! Happy Friday! Hope youโ€™re having a wonderful morning. What are you up to this weekend?

Iโ€™m enjoying an off day from the gym today -legs are sore from teaching back-to-back barre and hot barre last night- and excited for a weekend date night with that certain handsome Pilot ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Date night

Some faves from the week and around the web:

Lies we tell ourselves that keep us from being happy. 

This made me want to hold Bella up in the air like a baby Simba.

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An awesome summer cardio playlist.

Newborn-style photos with a puppy.

Succulents12

Simple exercises that undo the damages of sitting.

Candle love of the week.

Seven stupidest questions people ask about my baby. (Heads up: strong language. I was dying laughing when I got to โ€œPapa Smurfโ€)

Would love to hear your faves from the week, too!

Brunchin

Happy Friday <3

xoxo

Gina

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43 Comments

  1. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on August 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Hahaha…”I don’t understand why she cries. Sometimes, I cry.” I felt that way when I was a nanny, and I can only imagine how real the struggle would be as a parent!

    One of my faves from the week was girl’s night (a lot of moscato was consumed….) and this watermelon-cutting tutorial. Genius! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/31/how-to-cut-watermelon_n_5637639.html

    Enjoy your date night!

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on August 8, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I’m sore today too from a tough weight-room session earlier this week. However, I’m teaching BODYPUMP tonight, teaching BODYATTACK tomorrow and training some clients on Sunday, so no rest for me quite yet. But I’m still looking forward to the weekend, because I’ve got a nice dinner date with my husband on tap for Saturday as well as a play. Have a wonderful day! Enjoy your day off from the gym! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Amanda on August 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I love your date night outfit above. The 7 questions are hilarious!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      i was laughing so hard

  4. kristin on August 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

    the exercises to undo the damage of sitting are so helpful!

  5. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on August 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Have a fabulous date night!! I know you’ll wear something super stylish ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Traci on August 8, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Those little hands! Love your top in the first picture.

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      thank you! i love those little hands too ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Emily on August 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Totally unrelated to this post, but I have a friend who has recently started working out (all group ex: crossfit style bootcamps, cycling, etc). She is following a weight-loss plan and needs a HIIT workout for this week, but her normal cycling class is cancelled. She HATES running, so I was telling her she could do HIIT on the elliptical or spin bike. Do you have any workouts I could give her (besides just 30 sec hard, 30 sec easy)? I looked through the fitness page but was having a little trouble finding ones that could be modified for different cardio equipment. Thanks for all you do!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      thank you for reading! jump rope is another great option. tell her to try distance based intervals. or increase the time each round to get to a 1-minute full sprint and take it back down (equal ratios of time)

  8. Laura @FitMamaLove on August 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Happy weekend! That breakfast looks delicious! Have a fun date night!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      thanks! excited to see you this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Bella! I miss seeing her cute face on the blog! I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      thank you, you too!

  10. Laura @SheEatsWell on August 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    In desperate need of a new Summer playlist yay! I also have been loving Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” for cardio – so good. Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      i have that on my spin playlist and love it!!

  11. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I’m sore today from this this morning leg workout. Strength training and stairclimber is a killer leg and booty combo.

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      yeah it is!

  12. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on August 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Have a fun date night!

    One of my favorites from the week is a bitter sweet…helping a friend get the strength to end a bad relationship. It’s something that needed to happen and was a huge struggle but waking up this morning and seeing a text from her thanking us for helping her get the courage and knowing she’s going to be better for it was so great to hear. It’s always nice to have friends around you to support and who you know will support you too.

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      you are a good friend <3

  13. Lizzie on August 8, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Haha loved that photoset of the couple with the dog baby – cute!

    http://eliphi.blogspot.co.uk/

  14. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on August 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I love Friday rest day & Friday date night — we’re doing the same thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      thank you, have a great one too!

  15. Natalie on August 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Loved the link to the “exercises to undo the damage of sitting” That website and the demonstration pictures cracked me up!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      right? such an awesome site

  16. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on August 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Friday date night is my favorite!

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      me tooooooo

  17. kyla on August 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I just made the slow cooker butter chicken( opted for tofu, used butter and regular milk) and OMG it’s sooooo delicious!!! Definitely a new Friday fave ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      i’m so happy you liked it!

  18. Beth on August 8, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Love your blouse in the first photo! Also, love that last pic with that cute little hand in there sneaking something yummy! Is that Olivia?

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      thank you so much! yes, that is her little hand ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on August 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I just got a blouse from Sitchfix that looks JUST like that blue one you have on!

    Interested in some Orange Theory next week? Text me if you are!

    • joelle (on a pink typewriter) on August 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Ugh – that was supposed to be “Stitchfix.” <-typos drive me nuts ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      we’re twins!
      wah, i’m the injured one now ๐Ÿ™ i should be able to do weights again mid next week, but i’ll be at the IDEA conference. maybe the following week?

      • joelle (on a pink typewriter) on August 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        Oh shoot – I’m sorry, gf. Following week should work though (OT or barre)! Or we could always just grab some coffee and talk about working out instead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        ps. I was considering getting a ticket to the IDEA Conference!

        • Fitnessista on August 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

          doooooo it!!! and yes! i teach spin mon and barre tues if you want to come to one of those

  20. millie on August 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    ooohh.. that candle looks so nice. i’m going to be on the lookout for that one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Masala Girl on August 9, 2014 at 10:29 am

    love that sitting article! whats funny is i do a majority of those exercises already to stretch out most days! ๐Ÿ™‚ good to know im doing it right haha

  22. Allie on August 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Hi, Where do you teach in SD? I would love to try one of your barre classes!

    • Fitnessista on August 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      i teach at a few different studios. let me know if you want to do spin, barre or zumba and i can send you the info!

      • allie on August 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        Yay! Any and all! I have major exercise ADD. I just realized you moved to SD. welcome!! Is there a way to email you?

  23. shaina on August 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I almost peed my pants reading the 7 questions! Your succulent garden looks goooorgeous.

    Favorites from this week: meeting my little girl early Thursday morning <3, a lovely stitch fix box that came in the mail with 5 amazing pieces, and seeing pictures of Tripp having the time of his life with all 4 grandparents and his tio/tia riding a huge ferris wheel and eating all kinds of things I don't normally give him haha

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