Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Fri-yay! And also happy April Fools. I still check Caitlin’s blog at least a few times a week, and I am extra sad today that she is no longer blogging. She is the QUEEN of April fools’ day jokes. Also, remember when I posted about Quiver Pulse last year? I had to re-read it for a good laugh.

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans? We are laying low around here, and my madre gets in on Sunday. The Pilot goes back to work and she’s going to hang out with us since I’m out of commission for a while. Madre to save the day, as always. 🙂

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves! It’s always fun to spread the word about some of the things I’m loving, and I always love to hear what you’re enjoying too if you’d like to join in the party in the comments section.

Flowers 4

The first one is pretty obvious: getting the surgery out of my life. Thank you again for all of the good vibes, sweet comments, kind emails, and SNAPS! I was blown away by all of your photo/video well-wishes and pep talks. They really made my day. <3

As you guys know, I had a ton of anxiety about it. I’m so happy that it’s over, it went well, and I’m on the mends. I started crying when I woke up in recovery, partially from the sweet relief of the fact that I did indeed wake up from the anesthesia (a weird fear I have), and also because it affirmed how much pain/discomfort I’ve been in for the past 5 months. I woke up and felt completely numb, but also semi-normal. It was amazing. Even though I’m sore and tired (and have to walk in these short shuffle-steps), I already feel much better. Here’s to healing and hopefully feeling like myself again! I’ve spent the last 5 months pretty down and feeling like my body was broken, so I’m very thankful to be closing the page of all of this.  


The Pilot took a few days off work, and has been doing the job of two parents: wrangling the girls, taking care of the pups, doing chores around the house, and cooking.

Fajita salad

(Chicken fajitas last night, which I had atop salad greens with beans and olives)

I hit the man lottery, that’s for sure. 😉

I’ve ventured out of the house once for a quick breakfast at Great Maple.

Great maple

We shared their hot beignets (<— to die for), and I had my favorite avocado toast with egg whites.

Avocado toast

Even though the meal was everything I could wish for, the best part was when P grabbed the Pilot’s plate (no worries, it wasn’t hot) and tried to shove the entire plate of chorizo and eggs into her face. She was like “THIS IS MY CHANCE!” Soon, grasshopper. Soon.

Some more faves from the week and around the web:

So much yes.

Livi’s homemade camera:

Livi goose

Since I’ve been lounging A LOT (which is weird and awesome), I’ve been able to get sucked into a captivating book: Me Before You. I downloaded it forever ago, but am just getting the chance to really dive in. It’s one of those books where you have decide whether you’re going to blast through the pages or savor each one because you don’t want it to end. I can already tell I’m going to bawl my face off when it’s over.

Here’s the movie trailer:



These lounge pants. I’ve been living in them lately and already want another pair. Jogger pants don’t always look great on me since I’m vertically challenged and they’re usually a really baggy cut. These are more fitted than most styles and are super comfy. 

Love yourself, but not too much. 

Making these bars this weekend!

Love the looks of this neutral eyeshadow palette.

A quick pre-run warmup.

Of course he does yoga. 🙂

This avocado magician will make all of your dreams come true. 

High-protein snacks.

Loved this post from my friend Julie about abstainers vs. moderators. I used to be a full-up abstainer, but over time have transitioned to more moderation. I think I’m a mix of both now. 

Great way to change up the usual oats.

Healthy weekday lunch ideas.

Sriracha egg salad. YASS.

The P smile of the day:

Smiles for days 2

Happy Friday, friends!


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  1. I am SO happy you are doing better!

  2. Bethany says:

    I just picked up Me Before You at the library yesterday! I actually had no idea what the story line was, but after watching the travel I’m excited to start the book!!

  3. I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! I hope you continue to heal over the weekend. Get some rest!

    PS. I love Livi’s camera! How creative ; )

  4. I’m so happy you are doing better! Prayers that you heal quickly!

    I MUST read that book! I know I’m going to bawl, but the movie trailer looks fantastic.

    Have a restful, relaxing weekend!

  5. Gina, would you ever consider writing a post about marriage and how you keep your relationship strong? Especially since you got married at a young age (so did I). I know you’ve mentioned things here and there, but I would love to hear more of your thoughts.

    • Fitnessista says:

      hey! sure, even though i don’t really know what i would say haha. tom and i have a very “swoop in and help each other where it’s needed” type of relationship. if you have any ideas of certain things you’d like me to write about in the post, i’d love to hear 🙂

  6. Of COURSE Justin Trudeau does yoga. Why shouldn’t he be even more perfect???

  7. I feel your pain. In did not have the same issue but had surgery in the same general area and then some. It’s been 12 weeks and I am finally feeling somewhat normal.
    Hang in there…..the worst is over.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i’m so sorry to hear you went through something similar and happy you’re feeling somewhat normal again
      hope you have a great weekend, and thank you for the reassuring words <3

  8. Hey Gina. I’m glad you are through the procedure and are on the mend! I’ve been sending prayers from Florida for you and your family. Also wanted to mention if you haven’t heard it yet that Matthew kenney (sp?) was on the rich roll podcast talking about his journey and life and stuff and I know you’re a fan of his. I thought it was a good listen and maybe you’d want to check it out while you’re lying low. Hope you have a good weekend!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i appreciate it so much!
      i heard that he was on the podcast but i hadn’t checked it out yet. i will definitely listen to it this weekend. thank you!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  9. That’s great you’re feeling better! Anesthesia always makes me cry after 😛 Everyone thinks there’s something wrong, but “No, I’m fine!” Haha!

    Joggers or Lounge slouchy pants are my life! I can’t have enough pairs!

    (I totally miss Caitlin!!!)

    • Fitnessista says:

      that’s how i was, too! the nurse was like, “are you ok?!” and i was like, “yes! i’m so happy!” haha

  10. glad you’re on the mend!

  11. So glad you’re on the mend!!… How good are the beignets at Great Maple?! One of my faves 🙂

  12. So glad the surgery went well and I had no doubt you would wake up! You’re in good hands I see! I’m sure you will be back to full life by Monday friend! xoxo

  13. I’m so glad you are on the mend, my friend! Also I TOTALLY just got sucked into that trailer – ahhh!! Must read the book now. Love that the movie has Finnick from the Hunger Games and Daenerys from Game of Thrones!

  14. Gina, so good to hear that you feel better and wow, I bet the last 5 mths have been a lot to deal with. So cool that you’re mom is visiting again! Take care:)

    • Fitnessista says:

      it’s been pretty terrible all around. so happy this part is over!
      hope you have a wonderful weekend <3

  15. So glad you’re feeling better and that the surgery is in the past! I have a fear of anesthesia too, so I totally get that relief feeling when you wake up.

    Me Before You is one of my favorite books. It was beautiful and I can’t wait until the movie comes out! The trailer makes me cry every time! After You was pretty good too, but it took longer for me to get into it and it just doesn’t compare to my love for Me Before You.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista says:

      yes! like i know it’s going to be ok, but it still freaks me out to think that you fall asleep, things happen to you, and you wake up
      i am absolutely loving the book. i don’t want it to end!
      hope you have a great weekend

  16. I’m so glad to hear your surgery is over and that you’re feeling better! Sending you good thoughts for a speedy recovery, and that you’ll be back to feeling 100% soon! <3

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. It’s so good to hear it all went well. <3

  18. I’m so happy that you are doing well after your surgery! I have had surgery in that exact same area, and I understand how it can feel so isolating because it’s something that no one talks about, even though MANY people go through it. I hope your recovery continues to go well and that you keep feeling more and more like yourself each day <3

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much – i really appreciate it
      yes, it’s weird no one talks about it because it’s so common! happy to have the surgery out of my life. sorry to hear you went through something similar, but happy it’s over for you too
      have a great weekend <3

  19. So glad it all went well!!

  20. OMG that movie trailer made me tear up! I can’t imagine reading the book. And I spotted Bates from Downton Abbey– love. And love Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones so I’m totally seeing this movie!

  21. I love the P smiles of the day so much! They make me smile!

  22. Me Before You is one of the best books I’ve read in years (and I read a lot!) You’ll definitely cry, but it’s a good kind of crying. If you like the book, you should check out the sequel…

  23. I was missing Caitlin’s April Fool’s Day post this a.m., too! 🙁

    Glad the surgery is behind you & you’re on the mend! Have a wonderful wknd & a great upcoming week w/ your madre. 🙂

  24. So glad to hear that the surgery went well!! I’ve been struggling with some prolapse issues after having my daughter- they are so not cool.

    • Fitnessista says:

      ughh. i’m so sorry to hear you’re going through that. have you done any pelvic floor physical therapy?
      hope you have a great weekend <3

  25. Keep feeling better!! So happy for you that it’s over, you’re on the road to recovery and feeling good 🙂


  26. Happy Friday! I’m so glad to hear you are recovering well!

  27. Wishing you a quick recovery! xo

  28. I’m so so glad the surgery is over with and you are recovering!! Make sure you take is easy, glad that your momma will be there to help. 🙂 What is cuter, P’s smile or her pj’s???!!

  29. so glad you have this behind you! you know, I’ve been put under 3 times for surgeries and EVERY time I wake up and start crying. I think it’s a pretty common side effect. back in august I had surgery on a broken arm and I went ahead and informed everyone involved that I would probably be crying when I woke in recovery. haha.

    • Fitnessista says:

      hahah glad to know i’m not alone. the nurse was like, “are you ok?” and i was like, “i’m just so happy” hahaha

  30. Jessie R says:

    YAY for a recovery and feeling kind of back to normal! I can only imagine how sad little P was when she couldn’t eat the food off the Pilots plate 🙁 haha, poor girl, soon very soon. Love the first link! And yes, Me Before you is AMAZING, you should read the sequel, but I wouldn’t rush to read it or anything… maybe another JoJo Moyes book, One Plus One and The Girl You Left Behind were both good :).

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha it was so funny! she wanted it so badly. i’m excited for her to finally try it 🙂
      i will definitely check those out next. thank you!!

  31. Happy healing!!
    I love that article of Justin Trudeau, I had to repost it on Facebook. Yoga is definitely for everyone and to be done everywhere, apparently 😉 Ha!

  32. So glad to hear it went well! Thinking of you!

  33. Amanda B. says:

    I’m glad you’re doing well and best wishes for a speedy recovery. It sounds like you have three great caregivers at home!

    I was just thinking about Caitlin this morning and I thought it was a random thing. But maybe it was because it’s April Fools Day and I was just feeling her spirit! She always had great AFD posts!

    Enjoy your weekend, Happy April, and glad you’re on the mend (and don’t moms being there always make healing better!?). 🙂

  34. So glad you’re feeling better! Hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly <3 It's been so fun having you on Snapchat! 🙂

  35. I’m so glad to hear your surgery went well. I hope you are feeling 100% soon. These kiddos sure can do a number on our bodies but they are so worth it :). I’ve never read th Caitlin blog you mentioned. So I clicked on the link and all I could think is Gina better not ever stop blogging. What would I do?!! So my advice is please don’t, ok? -thanks. Ha ha!
    Oh miss P’s smile is so infectious. What a doll! Have a good weekend.

  36. Erika S. says:

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Enjoy the rest while you can!

    I’m starting up my “champagne sunday” brunches with my girlfriends…this week’s theme is “mcmuffins & mimosas”…homemade mcmuffins are awesome!!!

  37. so glad that you “survived” your surgery and will hopefully be back to normal very soon! 🙂

  38. So glad your surgery went well and you are home and on the mend. Looks like you are in good hands. Take it easy, rest. “The P smile’ of the day made me smile! Adorable.

  39. so glad you’re doing better! 🙂 wishing you the best in recovery!
    and I am the SAME way with anesthesia. it scares the bejeezus out of me. i’m freaking out holding my dad’s hand before i go under still haha

  40. Alisha Ness says:

    I’m so glad you’re doing better!

    I loved Me Before You. I sobbed so hard though my boyfriend had to come check on me. lol.

  41. I LOVE JOJO MOYES!!!! You must read After You, the sequel to Me Before You. Me Before You is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time. Ah, so many feelings and deep thoughts! Cannot wait for the movie!

  42. Ashley B. says:

    I have to thank you- I’m eating your latest egg turkey bacon sweet potato casserole & it is DELICIOUS! Thank you for your meal prep posts…making my life a lot easier and healthful 🙂

  43. Hi Gina! I missed commenting on this — but wanted to wish you a quick and easy recovery. 🙂 Thinking about you!

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