Friday Faves

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

I’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 πŸ™‚ 

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.

Bell running  1 of 1

An awesome summer cardio playlist.

Newborn-style photos with a puppy.


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 β€œPapa Smurf”)

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


Happy Friday <3



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  1. 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!

    Enjoy your date night!

  2. 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! πŸ™‚

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

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

  5. Have a fabulous date night!! I know you’ll wear something super stylish πŸ™‚

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

  7. 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 says:

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

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

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. I love Friday rest day & Friday date night — we’re doing the same thing πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend!

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

  16. Friday date night is my favorite!

  17. 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 πŸ™‚

  18. 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?

  19. 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!

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

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

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

    • Fitnessista says:

      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!

      • 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. 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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