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10 Ways to Make it a FABruary

Anyone else super excited about this month?! We have a getaway planned, some basketball games and oh, maybe we’ll start looking for a place to live in San Diego. We’ll see, haha.

What are you looking forward to this month?

Flower cart

I’m extra stoked because Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and stores are fully stocked with my favorite chocolates. I’m deeply in love with Duplo bars, and already requested a stash upgrade from a certain Pilot. (World Market has them, just FYI.)

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I feel like I tell you guys this every year, but Bella is my special Valentine. She was a Valentine’s gift from the Pilot -he knew I’d been wanting a puppy, and we went to look at a few together- and he brought her over to my apartment, freshly bathed, and wrapped in a T-shirt. This Valentine’s Day is the eighth year we’ve had Bellaboo! She’s just as sassy and fun as the day he brought her home.

With caroline and bell

(Caro claimed Christmas as her holiday)

Here are 10 ways to put some “fab” in your February:


1) Set up a nutrition or hydration goal for the month. I’ve been slacking on the water intake lately, and boy, can I feel it. I’m going back to my Nalgene carrying-around ways for this month! I’d also like to eat more salads. Since it’s been colder, I haven’t been craving them as much as usual. (But, I’ve been crazy for smoothies. It makes no sense.)

2) Make a Valentine’s date, whether it’s with your partner/love, best friend or a relative. Have a fancy night out or order takeout and picnic in the living room. 

3) Watch a sappy love movie! ‘Tis the season. Some of my all-time favorites: Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, Sleepless in Seattle, Dirty Dancing and My Best Friend’s Wedding.

4) Do something special for your furry friends. We’ve been pretty good about daily walks lately, but I know the pups would love a couple of trips to the dog park. I’m making a goal to take them at least twice this month. 

5) Kiss something goodbye. A toxic “friend,” optional tasks that you didn’t want to do in the first place, a habit you’d like to drop, anything. Let go of something that no longer serves you, and don’t be afraid to say “no” a little more often. 

6) Try out something new for your skin. I feel like my skin gets used to the same products, so I like to rotate between a few faves. I can’t let go of my Yes To CC cream, though– it’s my favorite SPF tinted moisturizer. If it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna mess with it πŸ˜‰ 

7) Attend a new local event. In Tucson, we have a ton of fun events that I always seem to forget about or miss entirely. This month, I’m going to check out the Tucson Weekly and put something new on our calendar. It would be a fun family night <3

8) Wear some red! I love red lipstick as a little pop of color, or a super girly pink mani in February. 

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9) Check out some new blogs for inspiration. Some of my favorite blogs have absolutely nothing to do with food or fitness, but they inspire me with their voices and beautiful photography. On the list: Love Taza, Sometimes Sweet, A Cup of Jo, The Daybook and Cupcakes and Cashmere. I also LOVE Hyperbole and a Half and cry tears of joy when it’s updated.

10) Set a new fitness goal. If you’re participating in the Winter Shape Up, you’re already on your way! Take a look at your inspiration board and assess your fitness plan for the month. Make sure to include a balance of strength, cardio and rest.

What goals are you setting this month? Any Feb fitness events?

Fave chocolate? πŸ˜‰

Sending love and healthy wishes to you for an amazing February!



*Toddler DIY Valentines <3

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  1. Amber Schumann on February 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Proud to say that my February has already kicked off to a great start. And I’m gunna have to brag for a minute…

    Yesterday my half marathon training program said “run 8 miles”. Yeah right…I had never ran a step past 6, and that was PRE-baby (translation: the best shape of my life). My nerves were kicked in for days before Sunday came (c’mon…it’s just a training run! why so nervous?! Oh yeah…cause I didn’t want to FAIL). AND I DID IT!!!!!!! With one quick stop at 5mi to pee (damn you, post-baby bladder).

    I felt like I could take on the world.

    “What’s that you say?” challenged The World. “How about a 12:30am wakeup call to a puking toddler….for 6 hours. And then still go to work. Happy Monday. Get that ego in check, Woman!”

    TouchΓ©, touchΓ©….

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      oh nooooooooo. i have to say that’s one of the worst things ever!
      super stoked for your awesome run, though! great job <3 hope your little one feels better soon.

  2. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on February 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I love Fabruary because it’s my bday month! Woo hoo! My favorite chocolate is anything with coconut! I especially love Britt Chocolates…might have to do with the name! πŸ™‚

    My goal this month is to go to bed earlier!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

      happy birthday month to youuuuu πŸ™‚

  3. Becca on February 3, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    My favorite chocolate is the Mint Aero bar!

    In two weeks I’m doing my first duathlon…I’m freaking a bit since my mountain bike and I are not up to par with all the people in sleek tri suits on carbon frame road bikes…but my goal is just to finish…and to have fun!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

      ohh i haven’t tried that!
      exactly– get out there and enjoy it! what an amazing goal!

  4. Mollie K on February 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    What a wonderful list! #5 is so pertinent to me right now-I need to work on saying “no” more and getting out of toxic relationships. I haven’t made it a goal yet-but I love the idea of doing that so I can take small steps to getting there. Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:01 am


  5. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna on February 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    love all of those 10 ideas!! i’ve been slacking in the water department lately (it just started to get a little chillier in SoCal) so i’m probably going to set up a hydration goal.

    happy (fab)ruary!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:01 am

      love it! happy fabruary to you, too πŸ™‚

  6. Elizabeth @ Positive Change on February 3, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    My husband and I will be running in a race on Valentines together! I am super pumped!
    Great list of ideas!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:01 am

      how fun!!

  7. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on February 3, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    My goal this month is to recover from my foot injury and eat more salads! I was going to say eat less sugar, but since I’m injured and it’s February I deserve to eat candy. It’s all about moderation, right?

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:01 am

      hope your foot heals quickly!
      and yes, i agree πŸ™‚

  8. Mariah on February 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Loved these! I especially need to learn how to say “no” more regularly. I might feel bad initially, but it’s way better than saying “yes” and loathing whatever it is that you said yes to!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

      amen to that πŸ™‚

  9. Sarahf on February 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I definitely need to work on hydration, my endless cups of tea are not quite getting the job done, although I do love them! I decided to alternate my drinks at work, so I’m still getting my tea, but I’m having plenty of water too. And increasing my steps by going to the bathroom five million times a day! I’m moving at the end of the month, so my other goal is to take care of myself. All the packing will get done, but if I’m not careful, I will be too frazzled to enjoy my last few weeks here.

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

      same. i think it we start to become more organized, it would feel so crazy

  10. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on February 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    My goal is just to keep pushing forward. This isn’t the easiest time in our lives and I am just trying each day to put us a little closer to our goals than I was the day before πŸ™‚ I think that will be my goal for February.

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

      sending lots of love to you <3

  11. Livi on February 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    pure dark chocolate… nothing better!

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      the best πŸ™‚

  12. Jackie on February 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Love this post! I’m saying goodbye to my bone spur on my foot! I’ve got surgery in a few weeks and I’m excited to get back to running this summer when it’s gone!

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      ahhh! that will be such relief!

  13. Crystal on February 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    My favorite chocolate…Chocolove dark chocolate with cherries and almonds!

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      that sounds AMAZING

  14. char eats greens on February 3, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I so want to do the ‘try something new for your skin’ – but I just need to do more research what that new item shall be!!! I’m excited for February…mainly because I have a week off school and fingers crossed our family travels to Florida to see my hubby’s parents!

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      hmmm. it’s fun to switch up face wash if you haven’t tried something new in a while πŸ™‚
      hope you get your florida vacay! xo

  15. Melissa on February 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    This post was just what I needed! Thanks for writing such an awesome blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      <3 thank you so much for reading!

  16. Alex @ Kenzie Life on February 3, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I love your tips! Any time you post tips, I always find them super helpful! I really need to stay more hydrated, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to do so the last few weeks. My goals for this month include acing my midterms, planning/executing a great presentation for work, finding a really great shade of pink or red in a lip pencil/color, and I think I’m going to kiss guilt goodbye. I’m really working on not feeling guilty/bad when I turn things down (nicely) and prioritize my needs and heaven-forbid, wants. I guess that’s one of the best things about being single–I really don’t need to feel guilty for putting myself first all the time πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      best of luck to you with all your feb goals! πŸ™‚

  17. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on February 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I’m simple, I like Hersheys! haha

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      the kisses are so good!

  18. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I purchased a Barre 3 membership and then have not been the best about using it. My goal for the rest of February is to work out at least 3x a week. I also want to up my makeup game! I feel like I always wear the same looks when I go out. I want to shake things up!

    • Fitnessista on February 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      i got an online pass (only $15 per month), but haven’t been great about using mine, either.
      good luck with your feb goal! have fun trying out new makeup styles too.. it’s always fun to test out new techniques πŸ™‚

  19. Lucie@FitSwissChick on February 4, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Favorite chocolate? Oh that’s hard when living in Switzerland – Ovomaltine Crunchy Sprad acts like crack, but Lindt balls (yeah, balls) or Ragusa is on top of the list too.
    I will go snowboarding more the next few months! I’ve been last weekend and it is such a great whole day workout out in the fresh air with breathtakeing views. I actually grew up with skiing and snowboarding, but kin dof lost it in the last few years. Back at it!

  20. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on February 4, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Thanks for sharing some new-to-me blogs!! I love adding new great reads to the list πŸ™‚

  21. Runner Girl Eats on February 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Great list of ideas to make Feb fab! I especially love the blog links. I am always looking for new blogs to add to the reader πŸ™‚

  22. emma @ be mom strong on February 4, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Great advice… February is usually when people start to feel the BLAHS of winter!

  23. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on February 4, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for the month of suggestions and for sharing some of your new favorite blogs! I (obviously) love finding a good blog to add to my list, though it’s starting to get a bit long…

    We had a Bella (rabbit) who we also called Bellaboo. Too funny. She was white like your Bella. She was a Holland lop and the sweetest thing, always being the mom to our (fixed) male rabbits.

  24. Kara Heckaman on February 4, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I love these FABruary goals.

    I’m going to take on the kiss something goodbye. No more desserts after dinner! Making sure that starts tonight. Thank you for the inspiration.

  25. Jackie on February 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

    February is even more of a fresh start for me than January was. I am starting a new job and I’ve added a new outlook on where my life is headed. I plan to work on myself-physically and emotionally! Including being okay that I plan on being my OWN valentine this year!

  26. Jenny on February 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

    My favorite chocolate is allllllll the chocolate! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

      touche πŸ™‚

  27. Maria on February 4, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I love you list!

    My FABruary goal is eating more veggies! I also have been slacking on salads due to the cold months but I am happy to say I have already this month (ok only day 4 πŸ˜‰ made a large pot of spicy vegetable soup and twice had a smoothie for breakfast with spinach blended in!

  28. Jackie on February 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I love your site. It’s so inspirational in so many ways.

    Could I still begin Winter Shspe Up? I was our of the country when it began but ready to begin this week.

    Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

      thank you for reading!
      of course– you can start at any time πŸ™‚

  29. Tracy on February 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I’m participating in a 30 day yoga challenge at my gym as well as WSU!

    My fave chocolate (currently) is the dark chocolate covered cacao nibs they sell at Trader Joe’s!

  30. Tricia @ Balance In Progress on February 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Trying to drink more water this month. Mmmmm chocolate! My favorite has to be Hazelnut truffles from Godiva.

  31. Kelly on February 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    February will be when I start training for my first 5K. I’m freaking out! I’m a bigger girl with an even bigger chest, but I got that covered now (pun intended)! So glad for February so I can get to the gym and get going on the treadmill. Besides, its the dead of winter up here where I live and what else am I going to do?

    You must be like me and like to have an afternoon coffee and a little sweet! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      yep! i love a little afternoon sweet treat and coffee πŸ™‚

  32. Sam on February 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I live for Hyperbole and a Half updates! you should pick up her new book if you haven’t already. I met her at a book signing recently and she’s just as awesome in person πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      oh, maybe i’ll read that next!

  33. Holly on February 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I love these posts! You have the best ideas … one month I am really going to set a goal and do all of them!!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

      that would be awesome!!

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