10 Ways to Make August Awesome

1. Have something to look forward to (for me: Healthy Living Summit! So soon!)- write it down.

2. Create a goal for the month. Going to practice yoga β€œx” amount of times in August? Make a check-off list and keep track! Also, it’s kind of fun and empowering to check things off a list πŸ™‚

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3. Plan a dinner party. Even if you’re never done it before (or haven’t in a year!! yikers – moving all over the place can put a damper on your social life, fo sho), go for it. Plan a simple menu, invite some friends over and you’ll be so glad you did πŸ™‚ We’re in the midst of planning a legendary housewarming party πŸ˜‰


4. Go through your summer clothes and determine which ones you’d like to get rid of before storing the rest for fall and winter. It will make the job of storing your clothes much easier when fall is actually here, and also give you some time to donate or sell via consignment. Whatever you sell, you can use the money for new cold-weather clothes! Or save it. πŸ˜‰


5. Go for a swim! It’s nice to swim (or float on a raft, in my case) when it’s still nice out- take advantage πŸ™‚


6. Pick up a new cookbook to try this month, or borrow one from a friend. It’s an easy way to refresh your eats and try out new methods or ingredients.

7. Sign up for a fitness event with a friend. Right now is a great time to start training for longer spring races (like the Disney Princess Half Marathon!), so it’s a great way to prepare for the event while staying motivated over the holiday season.


8. Scope out some new jeans for fall. Nothing says autumn like a pair of dark, crispy, new denim <3

9. Go out for a girls night πŸ˜€ Movies, dinner/cocktails, Sex and the City marathon, whatever. Girls nights are great for the soul… plus the Pilot is a good sport, but some things he just doesn’t understand.

10. Eat a pizookie. Every time I post a pic of one, my mind is always blown by the amount of people who say they’ve never had a pizookie.

All ya do is:

-Press your favorite cookie dough into the bottom of a deep dish pizza pan or tart pan (I almost always use *this dough*)

-Bake *almost* all the way, so it’s still gooey inside

-Top with ice cream of choice and chocolate chips

-Yell: Pizookie! Pizookie! PIZOOOOOOOOOKIE!

-And eat it, while enjoying the best foodgasm life has to offer πŸ˜‰


How are you going to make August awesome?

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  1. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on August 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    such great ideas! i woke up and thought about #2: practicing yoga β€œx” amount of times

    a dinner party is a great idea too!

  2. Ali @ peachesandfootball.wordpress.com on August 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I am turning 30! EEK! That’s one way I’ll *try* to make it awesome.

    Otherwise I’m with you on making some goals and throwing out / donating old clothes. Time to clear out some closet space!

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      30, flirty and thriving! πŸ™‚

  3. kara nicole on August 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I need to start commenting more because i enjoy reading your blog so, so much! My dad always leaves a note on the kitchen table the first of every month that says “It’s (the current month) 1st, what are you going to change today?” It always motivates me and this post reminded me of that! Happy August!
    Kara πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      i love that idea!

  4. Kate @ Vet in the Saddle on August 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I NEED a pizookie πŸ™‚

  5. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on August 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    PIZOOKIE TIMEEE!! Um love these tips, especially the new jeans one — hear that mom and dad? I need new clothes for cuse. Asap.

  6. Kate on August 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Oooh I LOVE the Pizookie. I recently had BJ’s red velvet Pizookie for the first time. Wow, wow, wow. Yum. Need to develop a recipe so I can make it at home asap!

    I love lists! This is great inspiration. I think I’ll write my own August list!

  7. Hillary on August 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Add me to the list of people who has never had a pizookie—but I think I might fix that soon ; )

    I’m making the most of this month before school starts up again (I’m a teacher)! A little more traveling, a lot more sleeping in and sitting by the pool—you know, the good stuff!

  8. Kris | iheartwellness.com on August 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    What a fab post girl! I do feel sad getting a new pair of denim already…sniff, that means my sunshine is coming to an end here in Vancouver πŸ™


  9. Jessica on August 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Gina. I read your blog all the time, but I hardly ever comment. I guess you could call me a healthy living blogger lurker, or something like that! Ha. Any-hoo, just wanted to say that I love your blog, and that this post was just what I needed today. I’m going through a breakup right now, and I’ve been thinking about fun and positive changes I can make in my life!! Thank you!!!

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      thank you so much for reading!
      hang in there with the breakup… onto bigger and better things πŸ™‚

  10. Amelia on August 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Before I had even read this post, I had made my own August list while waiting in docs office this morning. I share quite a few with you, but have another handful of my own. Another I would like to add to the list is to visit the doctor as little as possible. It bothers me when no one can get to the root of the problem. I wonder if holistic is the way to go?

    I am looking forward to jeans, crisp weather, and apple picking this fall. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      homeopathy works wonders for some people, does nothing for others. it was a great choice for me, but definitely educate yourself and get a few professional opinions before deciding. hope you get it figured out soon!

  11. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on August 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Yes I’m for sure feeling a workout schedule for yoga is in order over here – my hamstrings are so tight it’s frightning!

  12. sarah (sarah learns) on August 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    my august is going to be awesome because…..I’M GETTING MARRIED THIS MONTH!!! πŸ™‚

    i do like your suggestions too! i could use a pair of new jeans…!

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      wow, congrats!!

  13. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on August 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This is such a great post Gina! I’m going to work out more regularly–it just helps my mood!–and plan a road trip for next month. I can’t wait πŸ™‚

  14. Maria@La_Piattini on August 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I need a pizookie in my life immediately!!! hehe

  15. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Pizookie! Pizookie! = I want to yell that right now! Except I have to leave for the airport and have no time to make that. Thanks for the refresher on Pizookie! Pizookie! I had forgotten about those!!

    And love the suggestions for the month…donating, decluttering, and organizing is HUGE for me. I love to stay on top of those projects. Space is at an absolute premium here so getting rid of things we dont use and passing them on to someone who CAN use them is key!

    Can’t wait to read about all the faboosh dinner parties you host coming up πŸ™‚

    Congrats on moving in!!!

  16. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Awesome list! You make many good points, as per usual. I am going to me August awesome by leaving a job that makes me sad, and taking a job I know will make me happy!

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm


  17. Violet on August 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    You probably get this question alot, but is it ok to do all those workouts whilst preggo? Are you afraid sometime cuz of all the moving and bouncing around while zumba-ing?

  18. [New Balance] Nicole on August 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for these goals!! They got me motivated to make some of my own!!

  19. Shannon on August 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I think I would pizookie my pants if I ate one of those! But man, it does look tasty πŸ™‚

    These are all great! There seems to be something about August that gets people re-motivated. My office is all abuzz with summer goals today!

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      pizookie your pants? omg, i’m laughing so hard

    • Kristen, Sweetly on August 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Hahaha! It makes me think of the scene in the Sex and the City movie where they say, “Charlotte Poughkeepsied in her pants.”

  20. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on August 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I’m going to make August awesome by selling at least one painting and get at least one commission from the West End Event I will be participating in. I am an artist and am building up my animal portrait portfolio. It’s also going to be awesome because I get to start on my Day of the Dead series. Oh and two camping trips!

    And pizookie’s are amazing. I never made one at home, but that will have to be fixed πŸ™‚ I also got to declutter the closets and house. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      you will do it! πŸ™‚

  21. Jessica @Baybaybites on August 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    OMG, I’ve never had a pizookie but now that’s all I can think of. πŸ™‚

  22. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on August 1, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I have a few weekend trips I’m definitely looking forward to! Woohoo!

  23. jodie on August 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I have never had a Pizookie but I am going to try it for sure. This month I am going to make time for me as well as plan a girls night, I have not done that in a while. I am hoping to have some friends over for dessert night and games. Clean out my closet and donate.

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      let me know when you try it! it’s life-changing πŸ™‚

  24. Ashley on August 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Love the Pizookie idea…I think it will be my treat for working out consistently for the next three weeks. I already have a dinner party and girl’s night planned. I love this post though. It put me in a good mood and was a great start to my Monday and August. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      yay- i’m so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      and yes, i think you deserve a pizookie πŸ˜‰

  25. Amber L on August 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    My hubby and I are hosting a game night this month! We do this every couple of months with some other couples we are friends with and this time it is our turn to host. Can’t wait! I also plan to go through our clothing (all seasons) to see what we can donate. I’m also going to make August last as long as possible since school starts up next month! I need to add work on my classroom to my list!

  26. Sara Nickel on August 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I love the idea of long range planning for a race in the spring. I’ve always wanted to try a 10k or half-marathon. I think I will be looking at future spring races and alsoooo the dinner party and pizcookie because everyone needs fun in their life!

  27. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on August 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    What an awesome post! I love these ideas! πŸ™‚ I am going to make August awesome by looking forward to getting to see my manfriend on the 26th, creating some goals for the month, cooking dinner with friends next week, and having a girls night tonight actually for The Bachelorette finale!

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    These are all such great ideas! I’m going to make August awesome by going on a camping trip with friends. And I may have to copy some of your ideas too. πŸ™‚

  29. caronae on August 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I have a BIG goal for August: land my first big girl job. I have been working on so many applications and have prepared for interviews and even have my own new apartment. Now…I just need an offer. πŸ™‚

    I have worked so hard for this, and I have a feeling that August is going to turn out well. So that’s my goal. And I am going to take EVERY step necessary to get there.

    Happy August!

  30. Amber @ Chicken and Chocolate on August 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I’m going to make my August awesome by meeting my weightloss goals (SO close!) and then cleaning out my closet of the clothes that no longer fit and taking them to either goodwill (donations) or platos closet (for cash)!


  31. Rebecca on August 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Great ideas to make August awesome. Pizookies are so amazing-I made one the other day after my cookies melted in the oven due to the humidity (not complaining completely!). I’m planning on a couple day trips this month and that’ll make this month a sure winner =)

  32. Melissa on August 2, 2011 at 8:07 am
  33. Kat on August 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Love the ways to make August Awesome. I’m in the process of making a fitness comeback and August is my month. Your post was EXACTLY what I needed. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

      a comback! wahoo! πŸ™‚

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