Ninja kicks + your pics

– Weekly Mexican feast with my favorite people. We dined at Blanco, I had the usual shrimp tacos, and the server also brought out two new salsas + guacamole. Be still, my chip and salsa loving heart.

Salsa and guac

-Took the new pantalones for a test drive,

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and a big flowery headband for my little love.

Me and liv 4

I’ve always been a huge fan of little girl accessories -all baby girl stuff, really- but the headbands keep well-intentioned strangers from coming up to say “what a cute little boy!” It last happened when Liv was wearing a blue dress. I never correct them, but little girls wear blue too, mmm k?

-Another reason for going to La Encantada last night: to stop by the Humane Society. We’re still casually looking for a friend for Bell- an easygoing dog, so we won’t have to worry about dominance issues.Β I think we may have found a sweet girl who needs a home. Bell is meeting her later today.

-MMA? I took an MMA training for work yesterday and I still can’t decide how I feel about it. The instructor who trained us is insanely awesome, but I’m going to need to practice a lot more before I start teaching. The good news is that we have a ton of freedom to design our own classes -they won’t be called MMA, but they’re martial arts-inspired- but I really want to make mine legit instead of a TurboFire/Insanity hybrid that my brain keeps wanting to do. I’m always excited for an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone.

-THE BLOG REVAMP. We’ve been working on it since I was pregnant, so it’s been a long and slow process with everything going on. I spent yesterday categorizing the Family posts so they’re easier to navigate and the new site should be much more user-friendly. I really hope you love it as much as I doΒ <3Β 

-Your pics! Thank you so much to those of you who have sent me your recipe and sweaty workout pics this week. I love seeing them, retweeting them and feeding off your incredible energy and motivation. (Please send me a tweet @fitnessista, leave a comment or shoot me an Instgram when you complete a workout or try a new recipe!)

Here are some of this week’s:

-@RachelGoeman made stuffed chicken for her in-laws πŸ™‚Β 

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-@Jennis158 rocked out the booty burner then followed it with a bike rideΒ 

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-@pbfingers gorgeous sock bunΒ 


@melissaswanson5 ‘s fig salad! Now I want another one…Β 


-@cooperla did the Triple Threat cardio workout and sent in this awesome sweaty pic

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-@Stephs_Miles after celebrating Tabata Thursday!


Anything fun planned this weekend? Fitness events on the agenda? I’d love to be able to make it to a Sunday yoga class!

Hope you have a happy Friday and I’ll see ya later today with a twist on a favorite recipe.



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  1. So looking forward to the new blog layout! When is it gonna launch? Cant wait to see if you get a new doggy! What kind is this one that Bell is meeting today? I’m sitting here with my doggy. They are fabulous!

    • Fitnessista says:

      it’s a maltese, which is perfect because bell is a maltipoo πŸ™‚
      hopefully it will be up monday!

  2. Our engagement party is Sunday at my parents house and I fully intend to get a pre family overload yoga class in at my old studio. πŸ™‚

    Just never give Liv a bowl cut. I know it was the early 90s but I’m still bitter about it. Lol.

    • TOTALLY agree with you on the bowl cut!!!!!!! My little cousin got one and she looks like the little dutch boy! I love her to death but it is just strange!

    • Fitnessista says:

      hahaha! don’t worry, i won’t πŸ™‚
      happy engagement party!!

      • Thank you! Ended up being too busy for yoga but did have time to go for a walk/jog with the dude here: If you’re ever in Somerset County New Jersey you must go! It’s wonderful for nature lovers & great for a walk with little ones in strollers. πŸ™‚

  3. A few other wives and I are competing in an impromptu triathlon on base tomorrow… 100yd swim, 9 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run… Should be a good time!

  4. I’ll be playing volleyball all day tomorrow with friends, yay for fitness that doesn’t feel like work! Can’t wait to hear about the possible new doggie and see the new layout! Love the pants too! And I can’t believe people could even think for a second that Livi is a boy with those big doe eyes! She’s beautiful.

  5. Hi Gina!
    I have been following your blog for over a year now. I can’t tell you how much you have inspired me. So much so that this morning I woke, went to my local YMCA and signed up to begin my fitness training certificate! I am so excited! I was wanted some of your advice. I am interested in both group and personal training but can only choose one for now. Which one do you think I should start my fitness training journey in? Any advice would be amazing!
    Have an amazing day!



    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much for reading, johanna and for your comment!
      it really depends on what you prefer. i like the energy of group fit more, but you can make more money training.

  6. Can’t wait to see the new blog layout!

  7. I’m so excited to see the new bog layout! I know it’s gonna look awesome! And I hope Bella likes the new puppy!

  8. Ick, I’ve been designing my design website as well as my training website for over a year and they are finally almost done! Next time I’m totally paying someone to do it, but since i’m uber picky of course i had to do it myself:/

    Love the patterned pants, especially the length! Since I’m only 5’2 its near impossible to find that length!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i can’t believe you’re designing your own- that’s amazing. i get so nervous when i make one small change- i’m afraid i’m going to break my website

  9. i’ll be heading to a friends cabin for 2 nights, can’t wait! i’m just practicing the sock bun now, I figured it would be good for a 2 day, no shower trip :)… bringing my running gear along, I figure i’ll hit up a jog in the morning to do a little exploring, I love that about running, you can do it anywhere

  10. Love Liv’s headband and good luck with the doggie meetup/doggie playdate later on πŸ™‚

  11. I love those cropped pants! The design is so cute and they’re a great length.

  12. I love the pants!! I swear I just saw them in a magazine.. are they from J. Crew?

  13. Definitely love those pants! I love brights and patterns – so much fun.

  14. I love those pants, super cute…Im heading over to H&M after work for the big labor day sale πŸ™‚ super excited.
    A new pup sounds fun…my baby is 10 months, he is a dachshund/maltese!

  15. The salsa pics make me hungry for it! Speaking of salsa do you ever make homemade? or does your mom or nana make a homemade version? I don’t man pico de gallo but a good salsa recipe? I have always wanted to ask and just never did.

    • Fitnessista says:

      my aunt makes the BEST salsa, but when i make it at home, i use the pioneer woman’s recipe with double jalapeΓ±o. it’s perfection

  16. hey i know that sock bun! πŸ˜‰

  17. Love her hairband. She looks so pretty πŸ™‚ I have a boy, he’s three and pretty much since birth I’ve had regular compliments on how pretty my daughter is πŸ˜‰ I still haven’t cut his hair so he has these wild blonde curls and big blue eyes, long lashes so (I think) he is pretty in a slightly girly way I guess, however he’s almost always dressed in very boyish clothes. I think it confuses people!

  18. Love the pants! Too funny that you got the “cute baby boy” comment when she was wearing a blue DRESS! My daughter was pretty much bald for her 1st 2 yrs & I despised pink frilly dresses so I got used to hearing “what a cute little boy”. I just smiled & thanked them. πŸ™‚

  19. I don’t know what I love more: your pants or livi’s headband?! Those flower headbands are my favorite! They’re absolutely adorable! I love the site just the way it is but can’t wait to see the blog revamp either!!

  20. Gina, do you ever find yourself going through random phases of unexplainable increased hunger? The past few days I have just been so hungry all of the time…I have started doing more tabata/interval style workouts so I’m thinking that could be a cause but didn’t think it would affect me that much. I remember your post about making sure your not screwing up your metabolism by not eating enough for your exercise levels, so I’m trying to figure out the balance!

    Ps Livi is one of the prettiest babies I’ve ever seen! Soooo precious

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank yoU! she is so amazing πŸ™‚
      and yes, which is why i wear a heart rate monitor when i workout. some days i burn a lot more calories than others, so i adjust my eats accordingly

  21. Christina W says:

    Hello, where do you get her headbands? Love this one, super cute.

  22. Good luck with your MMA stuff, sounds like a lot of fun! It is nice you can put your own twist on it too πŸ™‚ Excited to see your new blog layout as I love what you have already! Love and Shine CourtStar

  23. Love the new pantZ Gina :]

  24. You did great with the pants. They look really good with that top and flats… and I for sure love the little accessory your holding. She goes perfectly with any outfit πŸ˜‰

    I just did HIIT, hump day booty burner, and one of your arm workouts!!! I love/hate you right now haha

    P.S. The arm workout I did was on the same post as your peppermint patty drink (dark chocolate almond milk!!!!!!) and I got even more excited for fall.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you!! and really, it doesn’t matter what i’m wearing.. everyone is looking at liv anyway πŸ™‚
      way to rock out those workouts! i’m about to hit up the gym, so you’re motivating me!
      and thank you for reminding me about that drink. hurry up, fall!

  25. I love those pants! I honestly wasn’t sure how I felt about printed pants until I saw them on you – now I’m a fan!

  26. SITE UPDATES!? AHHHHH how exciting! And a new friend for Bella!? Oh my πŸ™‚ Even more exciting!

  27. You are definitely rocking those pants – they look great on you!! And Liv just gets prettier every day – so precious πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the new site design – I like the current look, but I’m excited to see the changes you’ve made. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Gina!

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