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Friday Faves

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Hi hi! Happy Friday! Hope you’re enjoying the morning <3 It’s a beautiful one here (shocker haha) and I’m excited to see what the day brings. Some faves from the week and around the web:

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Passing my BODYPUMP assessment! I’m a real instructor now 😉 This was a huge sigh of relief and I’m excited to explore other Les Mills formats in the future. For now, I’ll just be working on learning the new release, which has “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” on there; it’s pretty awesome. 

Your awesome giveaway entries! Thank you so much to those of who participated in the giveaway fun this week. Congratulations to Molly who won the cookbook giveaway (her comment was, “I love my mom’s old Betty Crocker cookbook. The cover is torn, there are sticky pages, and handwritten notes. Love!”) and I’m waiting to receive the White Plum giveaway info. I’ll update this post as soon as I get it! All winners will be emailed today. Update: Congratulations to Kelster, Angela and Taylee! You will be contacted from White Plum to get your shop credits. Enjoy!

Fall soups. I am on a major soup kick right now, especially because we’ve been enjoying them for lunch during the trails. We had a delightful Greek chicken soup the other day that I can’t wait to recreate: broth, roasted red peppers, zucchini, spinach, chicken, herbs and feta. It was like a little warm thermos of happiness. I’m also excited to make this soupthis soup and this soup again.

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This ombre sweater from Fabletics. I did really well in some aspects of packing, and not so well in the others. Somehow, I only brought one sweater, and it’s this one:

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I wore it with my purple lulu pants yesterday and was 50 shades of purple. You gotta do what you gotta do.

Mr. Bean digitally painted into historical prints. This just makes me so happy, and every time I think of him, it’s the gift wrapping scene in Love Actually. “Now, for the final touch.”

Leonardo DiCaprio’s reminder that ignoring things doesn’t make them disappear.

Disney donuts. We are going after some of these during our next Disney trip.

Teaching daughters about bravery.

Wheel musical impressions. 

An awesome jump rope workout.

Knowing I’ll be back with my two favorites again very soon. I feel very refreshed after this trip, but my heart is aching to see them again. I’m also thankful to the Pilot for taking some leave this week to stay home with noodle so I could enjoy this opportunity.

Beach chairs

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Any faves from the week? I always love to hear about new things you’re enjoying! And DID YOU WATCH SCANDAL?! I tried to stream it on my computer, but no luck. Don’t tell me anything! Haha.

Happy Friday!

xo

G

 

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60 Comments

  1. Cate on September 26, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Glad that you’ve had a wonderful time. What a great picture of Liv at the aquarium – beautiful! I love the new Tabata workout, which I just completed. My quads thank you for the jumping lunges.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

      so happy to hear you liked it!!

  2. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on September 26, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I have got to look into this Mountain Trek place you went! It sounds like an amazing experience!

  3. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on September 26, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Did I watch Scandal? Is that even a question? OF COURSE! But I won’t say a word 😉

    Friday Fave: This 11 year old girl totally rockin’ it to Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda
    http://www.flyheight.com/videos/turnt-up-11-year-old-girl-dance-to-nicki-minaj-anaconda/

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

      so good!!

  4. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 26, 2014 at 7:43 am

    These photos!! Amazing. What a beautiful trip! I love your ombre sweater and it’s fall so 50 shades of purple is 100% appropriate. Huge congrats on passing your Body Pump video! I remember when I passed RPM and like you said, it was a major sense of relief. I found the first 4-5 releases took me quite a while to learn, but over time you get used to the patterns and combinations and it’s a lot easier to ‘chunk’ mentally.
    Right now, one of my faves from this week is this video: http://themetapicture.com/ladies-interactive-mirror/. Just a warning, it might make you teary because it certainly had that effect on me!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I SAW THAT. and yes, totally made me cry.
      good to know that the releases get easier. i had a tough time memorizing the first one!

  5. haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine.com on September 26, 2014 at 7:55 am

    that hike looks INCREDIBLE! absolutely beautiful!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

      it was breathtaking.
      hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Stephanie on September 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations on passing Body Pump!!!!!!!!! That’s so awesome!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

      thank you! i’m really excited 🙂

  7. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 26, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I thought you were already certified, but congrats! You are now even more awesome! 🙂 Pretty please film a workout video?!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

      no, i was half-certified. you have to pass a workshop (which i did) and then send in a video of you teaching a full class and pass that, which takes some time for them to review.

  8. Britt@MyOwnBalance on September 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Oh my gosh I’m saving Scandal for tonight and I’m scared of spoilers! I’m with you…don’t tell me anything!

    Congrats on Bodypump!!

  9. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Scandal was awesome!! And your trip to Canada looks beautiful! Have an amazing rest of your trip!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

      thank you, hope you have a great weekend!

  10. Cassy @ Wine & Dine to the Finish Line on September 26, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Woot! Congrats on passing BodyPump! I hear Les Mills has new “virtual reality” classes coming out that I’m super excited to see!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

      i saw a trailer for it! supposed to be a total workout “experience.” sounds very cool!
      xoxo

  11. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on September 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

    i think i need to start watching Scandal! So happy you’re enjoying your trip love xo

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 10:58 am

      thank you lovely! scandal is so addicting, and so so good

  12. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on September 26, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I love that sweater! I’ve heard about Fabletics, but never looked them up !

  13. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 26, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Congratulations on passing your assessment! I’m launching BODYPUMP 91 tonight and launched BODYATTACK 86 earlier this week. What would be your next program? I don’t know you, but I feel like SH’BAM would be great for you, but a lot of gyms don’t offer it.

  14. Emily on September 26, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Gah! I missed out on the White Plum giveaway! The Rafflecopter widget is always so iffy on my phone, I kept meaning to find a computer so I could enter and it just slipped my mind. Boo. Oh well, better chance next time!

  15. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Love the picture of you and the Boulder! Love the Fabletics sweater too. Isn’t their stuff amazing?

  16. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Yay for lifting heavy things! 🙂 Great pics and love that sweater!

  17. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on September 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Woohoo! Congrats on passing your BP assessment! Isn’t it such a huge relief?!

    Looks like you’ve had an amazing week, but I can understand your excitement to get home to your hubby and sweet Livi. HaPPY Friday!

  18. Alex on September 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I can’t wait to watch Scandal this weekend too!!
    Your trip to BC looks so majestic. That river running through the mountains, I die.
    Congratulations on passing your BodyPump assessment! How exciting! I love strength training, but can get stuck in a rut with the same exercises. BP looks like a (hard) fun and something new I need to try.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      if you love strength training, you will love bodypump! it’s a great workout, and perfect way to switch up the usual strength training routine

  19. Kay on September 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    That Fabletics sweater is so cute.

    I’m doing my first Les Mills class (CXWORX?) next week, and I’m a little nervous. Congrats on passing your assessment though!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      thank you! good luck with your class! you’ll rock it 🙂

  20. Neiry on September 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Livi looks SO big. My goodness…

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      i can’t even handle it. they say it happens quickly… they weren’t lying

  21. Clara on September 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    I am currently a student, so my friday fave is a well deserved weekend!!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      ohhh enjoy!

  22. Tricia on September 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite thing this week is the new pair of running shoes I just got. They are amazing and I get compliments on them all the time! Not to mention they are super comfortable!

  23. Hannah on September 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Oh my gosh – those Mr. Bean pictures!! Those are hysterical!

    (P.S. MELLIE. You’ll know what I mean;)

    • shaina on September 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      haha MELLIE. “…soooo its 1976 down there.”

  24. mary on September 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Are you on sponsored trip?

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Yes, I wrote about it in the first post. I was invited here for a press trip. My travel and accommodations were comped, but I’m not being paid to stay here or write about it

  25. Alicia on September 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    San Diego Donut Bar (the original) has free kiddo donuts that are frequently Disney themed. In case you want to splurge on a donut before your next d-land trip 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I think that needs to happen. Especially after my week without desserts haha

  26. Erin on September 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Scandal was fabulous! Don’t worry, Captain Jake Ballard is still as yummy as before! I also watched How To Get Away With Murder and I’m hooked 🙂 Shonda can do no wrong!

  27. Molly on September 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    First of all, congrats on the certification! Body Pump is one of my favorite classes! Second of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for picking me as the winner of the cookbook giveaway! I am super thrilled!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2014 at 1:18 am

      yay!! i’ll have all your prizes on the way this week!

  28. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on September 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Congrats on passing your LMI certification 🙂 It’s such a relief, isn’t it!

    Pump 91 released at my gym this week and def love that track you mention, as well as the Hey Brother triceps one!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2014 at 1:17 am

      i like that one too!

  29. Lisag on September 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Looks like a gorgeous place to visit & recharge! Just broke down at target & bought the Jack Lalane Power Juicer that ou rave about. Justified since $20.00 off; on saaallee!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2014 at 1:17 am

      wahoo! enjoy!!

  30. Krista on September 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    How do u like your fable tics sweater I’ve been debating ordering it ……did u order your usual top size?

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2014 at 1:15 am

      i usually wear a small or extra small, and the small was just right!

  31. Michelle on September 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Congrats on Bodypump! By the way, made the baked pumpkin breakfast cookies last Sunday, they were fabulous. Only downfall was I left them in the pantry and didn’t freeze the extra so I threw half away:-(
    I am torn as what to do with Scandal. I came late to the Scandal party but watch every episode on Netflix, so now I don’t know if I can handle only watching one episode at a time and have to wait a whole week to see tj next one. I am sure I will watch it, cause every time I pull up the DVR it will be sitting there teasing me!

  32. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on September 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I’m about to try that jump rope workout- sounds awesome!

  33. Tonya on September 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Gina, could you please do a review of Fabletics? Some of the clothes are really cute, but I have found tons of bad reviews online. I don’t want to sign up and get stuck with low quality stuff that’s difficult to return. Thanks for any feedback!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2014 at 1:22 am

      returns are super easy. you just click a box, the shipping label is emailed to you, and as soon as the post office scans it, your replacement size or item is on the way.

      • Tonya on September 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm

        Thanks for that feedback! I may give it a try.

  34. Alana on September 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    So I watched Scandal and–no spoilers!!!–but I don’t know if I like watching it “live” instead of binge-watching it on it on Netflix…one episode is just not enough, haha! I’m also drooling over the Olivia Pope Collection at The Limited; pretty sure I NEED all of it!

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      i didn’t know they had a collection!! whaaaaat?!
      and i agree; it’s kind of torturous to watch one episode at a time

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