Viessy and Me

Hey guys! IT’S THE FREAKIN WEEKEND! Thank goodness, right?? πŸ™‚ Anything fun planned?

Today it’s just me and Viesa.


(She’s smiling so sweetly waiting for her treat.. I got the puppers some new duck and sweet potato treats. They’re obsessed)

*Random trivia: Viesa’s full name is Traviesa. It’s Spanish for β€œtrouble-maker”. Did we curse her? Probably πŸ˜‰


We’re just chillin’ right now and are going to go on a long walk this afternoon- Bella is at the groomer πŸ™‚

I had to wake up SO early this morning to go to work. We’re running a Lifestyle Challenge at the gym and I ran today’s session. Every week, we have a β€œlesson” and a β€œchallenge” for that week, promoting healthy lifestyle changes and mini-goals. The purpose of the challenge is to create healthy habits that can be part of a lifestyle, so that gym members can accomplish their fitness and weight loss goals.

I packed up an apple with mesquite and cinnamon to munch as I got everything ready for the session:


The session went really well- I think everyone is excited πŸ™‚ We checked body fat, took weight and measurements and went over the eating plan, lesson and goal for this week. After that, Jeni and I did a bicep and tricep workout.

I was very excited to come home and dive into a bowl of superfood oat bran:


-1/3 C oat bran

-1 banana

-palm full of goji berries

-1 T maca

-1/2 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-cacao nibs



-almond milk

It hit the spot πŸ˜€

I have some errands to run today, training appointments and am taking a Zumba class from another gym. It’s always fun to take a class every now and again (instead of teach it), so I’m excited πŸ˜€

Have a great day!



Something to read: My review of the Pure Market Express goodies I tried this week. *Click here*

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  1. what a sweet girl! yesterday was a day with me and my puppy keira…it was kinda nice to be just us girls for a while (even though the reason was she had a urinary infection!) it made me feel like a good fur-mommy to take care of her πŸ™‚

  2. Several times I’ve tried Sun Warrior protein powder in my morning oats and breakfast cookies but it always tastes a bit chalky to me. Does anyone else find this? I have the vanilla flavor and generally use one scoop. Does using a half scoop help cut down on the chalky texture?

  3. I love Viesa’s full name! I don’t know if I’d be that creative if we had a doggy. It is so cute. πŸ™‚

  4. So ready for the weekend! πŸ™‚ Made the Sweet Potato Chili last night & let me just say – it was fantabulous, the sweet & spicy & the flavors all together were amazing, took to some friends house & let’s just say this is one of our new favs! Thanks for posting such a great recipe!

    Have a great weekend!! πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Gina! πŸ™‚

    You’ve inspired me to try ZUMBA so I’m trying my first class this weekend πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m a lil nervous not gonna lie, I’m not the most coordinted person I know…lol

    Have a great weekend!

    xoxox, Lauren

  6. I have a Zumba workshop tomorrow, its a 3 hour class that teaches the moves at a slower pace so we don’t feel overwhelmed. I am excited, however I am doing it alone so its a huge bummer at the same time.
    Then sunday we’re out at my parents place for my daddy’s birthday supper.

  7. What a pretty girl! My dog always manages to look that angelic when there are treats involved as well πŸ™‚

    Have a great Friday, Gina!

  8. Never knew that was Viesa’s full name. Whether or not you cursed her, that’s a great dog name!

  9. I’ve always wondered if that’s what it was short for!!! She’s such a cutie πŸ™‚ Happy weekend, friend!

  10. Emilyeatsclean says:

    Love what your puppy’s name stands for….that’s so cute! Also, what is mesquite? Thanks!


  11. Sounds like you have a fun day planned!

  12. Have a great weekend! I am holed up in my apt because of this snow storm! I finally got the Rodney Lee yoga dvd you rec. and I just finished it. Thanks for the reccomendaiton! πŸ™‚

  13. Loving that oatmeal combo girl!!!! Have a great day! xoxo

  14. Viesa is so pretty……Funny about her name! Maybe you did curse her hee hee

  15. Viessy is so pretty. One of our dogs named Sassy has to live up to her name also. Come to think of it our other dog, Phantom, lives up to his too – he’s always hiding under my son’s bunkbed.

  16. Aw, I miss that pup πŸ™‚

  17. happy Friday!! She is too cute, love the name Viesa very much. Looks like a nice breakfast. have a nice weekend!

  18. LOL! Love the translation of Viessa’s name! I think ALL of my dogs should have that name. πŸ™‚


  19. I LOVE your dog’s name! I never knew what it meant!


  20. I just drove by a location that has zumba. Hope to try it out sometimes, I love workouts that are just fun and don’t seem like working out.

  21. What a cute name for a dog! I was wondering where it came from πŸ™‚

  22. i’m totally going to have to remember that traveisa means troublemaker when i’m in spanish class πŸ™‚

  23. Viesa looks like such a sweet dog, but I know how those Shiba’s can be. My brother has one and he has worked diligently with her. She is an absolute sweetheart now. My brother has a 1 year old baby/toddler and the dog love him.

  24. Traviesa? That explains SO much about my ex-boyfriend.

  25. I love having “girl time” with my pup! We’ve had lots of it with my hubby gone lately, so I can totally relate to how you feel when your pilot’s gone! Puppies help, though. πŸ˜‰

  26. Yay, just when I think that us blog readers creepily know practically everything about the Fitnessista household, we learn something new! Nice. Do the pups have middle names? What’s your middle name? My adorable 94 year old Granny always says that her middle name is “go.” She’s fiesty πŸ™‚

  27. Oh, and a question (sorry, they’re endlesss: occasionally when doing weighted core work the blood vessels in my abs will burst. It kinda freaks me out. Thoughts? Gracias.

    • Fitnessista says:

      i have never had that problem..or heard of it. i’ll ask ron and will get back to you πŸ™‚

    • Are you resting the edge weight plate on your abs and maybe it’s bruising your skin? That has happened to me and it took me a while to figure out I was “crunching” it into myself, lol

      • Hey Stacey,
        Good thinkin’, but I’ll have marks in places where the plate doesn’t rest. tres bizzare! But I would be intrigued to learn more about what kinda weighted ab work you do.

  28. That’s such a cute and clever name for Viesa! I love it:)
    I love seeing the creative ways to spice up your oats without adding any extra sugar.

  29. Hi! I wanted to find out what model VitaMix you use. I want to buy one, but am confused as to the many models available. They are so expensive, so I want to make sure that I buy one that does what I want…juices, smoothies, make flour, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks!!!!

  30. hi Gina, i went to a new fitness class tonight it was latino line dancing found it quite hard at 1st but stuck with and by the i really enjoyed it.

  31. Enjoy your girly day with Viesa πŸ˜‰ Ok, now I really need to try Zumba!

  32. Haha, this made me think of one of the dogs from when we were looking at puppies to adopt last night, and one was named ‘Mischief.’ Naming a dog that just seems to be asking for it, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰

  33. i’m so sad the winter shape up is over this week πŸ™ i’m going to hate not having a plan for the gym! will you be sharing the lifestyle challenge?

  34. Viesa is such a beauty!

    That superfood oat bran looks great. So many things I want to try out. As for the mesquite you use, is that just a normal spice you would get at the store?

  35. Yay for the weekend!

    haha fun fact about Viessa’s name…i don’t think you jinxed her πŸ˜‰ I definitely love taking classes instead of teaching them sometimes, it’s so nice to just enjoy it!

  36. Wow, Viesa is so adorable. What a beautiful dog! You must be such a proud mommy. πŸ˜‰

  37. Ive got Glee on my playlist for my Half tomorrow in your honor, sister. πŸ™‚

    -Blogger Boy

  38. I have never tried Oat Bran, I always use steel cut oats. What’s the difference as far as nutritional value? Also, will you be sharing the lifestyle challenge? I would love to read more about it!

    • Fitnessista says:

      hey kara,
      sure, i’ll share the lifestyle challenge! this week it was to do 2 days of cardio (30 minutes) and 3 days of strength training + 15 minutes of cardio; also to drink a gallon of water every day for the week
      oat bran has higher protein that regular oats and a different texture

  39. Awww, Viesa looks precious! Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you.

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