Friday Faves

Hi! Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had amazing week so far <3 I’m not sure what we’re up to yet today, but I think we’ll get into some adventures. The day started off early with an Orangetheory class and a wonderful breakfast with the fam.

Some faves from the week and around the web: 

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This cute pumpkin from Old Town:


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Speaking of pumpkin… ’tis the season for this:

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This Tumblr is everything. (Thank you to Katy for introducing me!)

 My flavored kombucha how-to was featured on FitSugar! Excited to have been included on one of my favorite websites.

Pushup mistakes you may not know you’re making.

Tips for layering. I’m a giant fail at this, so I especially loved these ideas. Looks like I won’t be needing them for a while; we’re getting hit with another heat wave this weekend.

 A tiny, less expensive GoPro.

An interesting article about the militarization of fitness. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this one, and especially love where the author noted that “exhaustion is not a status symbol.”

Life quote


Taken 3 is happening?!

Teas! I’ve been drinking different flavored herbal teas -since there was no wine at my trip last week, I enjoyed herbal tea at night- and picked up some new flavors to try. I really love the Egyptian Licorice and Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut Yogi Teas.

This lip tint. It’s the perfect size to stash in your purse and I love the color. 

33 hilarious Friends quotes that will always be there for you.

I’d love to hear some of your faves from the week! Hope you have a wonderful Friday <3



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  1. Friday Fave – She is pretty awesome:

    Have a great weekend!

  2. If you’re loving teas, try trader joes fall harvest! It is my absolute fav, tastes like fall in a cup

  3. All of your talk about Orange Theory, has me super excited to try it out. My husband and I live in southern Florida for the winter and our home there has an Orange Theory like 5 minutes away, right in the Whole Foods plaza. As soon as we get there I am signing up!!!

  4. Yay congrats on the FitSugar feature! My fave thing that happened this week was winning your giveaway (thanks so much again!) but I’m also loving the layering lesson link – definitely need those tips! This week one of my fave foods has been butternut squash. Sweet or savoury, I’ll never turn it down. Happy Friday, Gina!

  5. Love the layering tips!!! I wish I could start layering, too…I just heard on the news that Naples is getting a cold front this weekend…and by cold front they meant 82 degrees high instead of 90.

  6. I LOVED the article you linked to about the militarization of fitness. This trend can make it hard to find joy in working out when you feel like you have to follow a certain regiment based on what others deem as a “good” workout. Thanks for the reminder that exercise doesn’t fit into a perfect little box! 🙂

  7. I saw the article about military fitness earlier this week! Very interesting! I’m usually under the mentality of working out hard and then allowing myself to relax the rest of the day but I really want to incorporate more gentle exercise as well.

  8. Egyptian Licorice tea is so magical. I had a friend bring back the real deal from her work in Dubai a few years ago and couldn’t find it locally until recently. The flavor is so comforting!

  9. I read that article on the militarization of fitness earlier this week and thought it was totally spot-on. I know so many people who talk over and over about how tired they are because they got up at 4 am and haven’t stopped since, and they say this like we should be jealous of how hard they work.
    Craziness! Exhaustion is not cool and it will not get you anywhere later in life. I loved the line “too much yang, not enough yin”. Give me more yin in my life! I’m all about finding the “middle ground”.

  10. We watched Taken every single time we see that it is on TV. Same for the second one. For some reason we can’t get enough of them.

  11. Congrats on Fitsugar, I need to check that out. With Chicago coming, the last thing I need is a stomach upset while running around with thousands of people watching, especially as the elites are sent off first!!! I need to build up my good bacteria this week, but making it is scary….maybe your post will take some of the unknown away!

    Definitely agree about the exhaustion as a status symbol, and that post makes a lot of good points. I know i push myself too far sometimes, and I have been trying to get away from this, but my body is also used to it after years of training at this level. I can see how it would be dangerous for someone not used to it. Interesting to think about this, I hadn’t really considered it before.

  12. I’ve been loving butter pecan flavored coffee! I got it in bulk off of Amazon!

  13. ok, so i hope this doesn’t sound crazy, but one of my friends goes to orangetheory in point loma… and i think maybe some of the same classes as you 🙂 she recently moved to san diego, and is totally awesome… i feel like you guys would be friends! (She is tall and blonde and totally fit, and a kick ass mamma… like you! And she would probably be really embarrassed if she saw this! LOL!)

  14. Happy Friday! I’m loving John Legends “You and I” song. So sweet.

  15. You just made my morning with the Taken 3 trailer!

  16. Oooh, I read that article about militarization of fitness earlier this week. Got a whole post planned around it for next week, but my basic thought was “AMEN.” I’m all about pushing hard, and I think there is so much good that comes from a more military-type mindset (discipline, structure, putting a greater good ahead of yourself), but when it comes to personal fitness it’s just unnecessary. If anything, I think it takes AWAY from the benefits of fitness for most folks because it makes training so stressful.

    Hope the whole fam is feeling better…have a great weekend! xo

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! hope you have a great weekend, too!
      i totally agree. if your workout is causing adrenal fatigue, overtraining and stressing you out, you’re not going to get the benefits you’re looking for anyway!

  17. I had a piece on FitSugar a couple weeks ago too and it was the most amazing feeling! Congratulations to you too! What’s one of my favorites this week? Your e-book — in fact it made my list:

  18. My favorite thing this week is my baby learning to fall asleep by herself and sleeping through the night! I am a happy mom ☺

  19. mmmmm that Egyptian Licorice tea is so so good! I wish we could have a tea date 😀

  20. Happy Friday! 🙂 Since you like Yogi tea’s Egyptian Licorice tea, if you’re also a mint fan, I highly recommend their Egyptian Licorice Mint flavor. I also LOVE their Soothing Caramel Bedtime tea!

  21. I loved the article on the militarization of fitness. I used to train really hard. Then I suffered a TBI, and it changed everything. It’s been four years, and I physically can’t handle working out as vigorously as I did, and I still struggle with any type of jump training, but I may be in better health than I have been my entire life (minus the lingering effects of a TBI) because I’ve been forced to slow down quite dramatically. I have to get good sleep or I can’t function; I have to eat well or lingering aches and pains flare up really bad; my fitness regime is much gentler because I’ve learned to listen to my body, and learned how to use it effectively, thanks to several years in physical therapy.

    I can’t run a marathon right now, but that’s okay because health isn’t just about the ability to perform exercise.

    Also, exhaustion isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; just ask the parents of a newborn…

  22. Congrats on FitSugar lady! You deserve it.

  23. Ok, first off, CONGRATS on the kombucha post!! It’s because it was an awesome post ;). Love me some Yogi teas! I also love the Canadian company, David’s Tea, and I’ve been drinking a lot of it lately (just stocked up last weekend, but always need more haha – tea hog!). I just heard about that Taken 3 movie and was like, whaaaaaaat?!?! I enjoyed the second one (despite it getting not as rave reviews as I think it actually deserved), so I’d be interested in seeing the third. Happy weekend!! Hope it’s a great one!!

  24. I miss Friends! Look forward to reading those quotes. Have a great Friday!

  25. I am loving these 7 natural mood boosters this week!!

  26. Love the Dalai Lama quote…

    I really like the Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut, too. Another good one is Coconut Chai by Zhena:
    It’s not herbal but still so good. Strong flavor!

    Have a great weekend!

  27. I love, love that tiny buddha and zen garden! I want one on my desk! But then again, I might be too tempted to make sand swirls than actually work. I just bought some pumpkin Noosa at Target today because I’ve heard rave reviews and I’m so excited to try it! Also loving Vanilla Spice Perfect Energy tea from Yogi. It’s the perfect fall flavor (or at least an alternative to pumpkin and apple cinnamon) and it gives me a little boost of energy 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  28. As I’m getting closer to my marathon (next week!) I wish I would’ve incorporated some OT classes into my schedule. Favorites from the week: This article about how to talk to your daughter about her body. Bookmarked it so that I can look at it from time to time.

  29. Do you have a shoe that you like for Orange Theory classes? I’m finding that my running shoes are a little too cushy for the strength portion of class, but I’d still like something with a little cushion for running. What do you use? Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i wear my running shoes (reebok one cushion). i’ve tried my cross trainers before, but found that they weren’t supportive enough for the running portion

      • I tried to reebok crossfit sprints but they weren’t comfortable for me. Maybe I’ll check out the reebok one cushions. Thanks Gina!!

  30. Great roundup! I’m curious about Taken 3. One of our twins is named after Liam Neeson. It’s a cool name and the other two movies were good. I just don’t know where they can take a third one?

  31. I think the article on the militarization of fitness is really relevant to my life right now and not only applicable to fitness. I just finished my first 7 weeks of my first semester of my doctoral program and feel so inadequate as compared to those around me in the program (I’m also 32, they’re 26-27). A few people constantly talk about how they are going to be done in 3 years and they ran x number of marathons during their program. I’m struggling to just get in a few walks a week and keep stress at bay and get enough sleep. I’ve been really sick the last few weeks and I realized that we don’t all need to be hard core all the time. It’s just not worth it. I think it’s time many of us sit back and think about what is important to us.

  32. Yaara Leve says:

    I love that Tahitian Spice Yogi tea. Been drinking it for years now! It’s great with a little vanilla creme stevia and almond milk. Yum!! Those markets that you’ve been going to look amaze! I love sweet little flea markets with fun trinkets and stuff. Reminds me of the east village in NYC.
    Also–could you do a fashion fitness post sometime soon? I really liked them–you gave me fashion idea inspirations.
    Have a great weekend!

  33. I am loving tea lately! I guess it is the chill in the air? I just love a hot mug in the afternoon or before bed. Plus, I know it’s a lot better for me than an afternoon cup of coffee!

  34. I’m going to have to try the Egyptian licorice tea, it sounds so good! My current fav is Winter Dream from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – it’s amazing!

  35. Nice roundup! So many things to check out now 🙂

    One of my favourites from this week was a new discovery – Spotify! It just came to Canada this past week and it is way too much fun to have a Netflix of music at my fingertips, haha.

  36. I always love your friday fave posts! That friends quite article is awesome. If you really like tea, you should check out a place called David’s tea. I am not sute if they have one in San diego but their teas are pretty awesome! A little pricey though. Congrats on getting your kombucha article getting featured 🙂

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