180 reps workout

Good morning! Hope you’re all enjoying the day so far. I can already tell my blog schedule is going to be a bit erratic over the next couple of days as we get unpacked and settled. Thank you for your understanding <3

We made it!

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Most of our household goods made it, too 😉

Mom, Trevor and Mik came to San Diego with us to help unpack. We spent the morning hanging out at the new place while the movers unloaded the moving truck and put the large furniture pieces together.

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A quick and delicious lunch before Livi’s nap and the unpacking extravaganza.

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(Sashimi salad! Welcome to California, indeed.)

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(Wearing my napkin like a cape; it was a little chilly in the shade)

We’re about halfway through the boxes, and everything is starting to find its place. I am IN LOVE with our San Diego home. There’s a grassy area for Livi and the dogs to run free, a beautiful patio with citrus trees and plants, and the home itself is historic with recent renovations. The best part: we can walk to the beach.

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Before I go, meet the Lion Cat. I sang “Circle of Life” to him before I took his photo.

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Have a great day <3



Something to do:

This morning, I thought I’d share a quick workout I did on base. 180 reps, but the reps FLY BY and you’re left in a pool of sweat. Hope you enjoy 🙂 As always, talk to a doc before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and modify as needed.


For the pushup + spinal balance, you’ll complete one full pushup before coming into plank position. From here, extend one arm out in front of you and the opposite leg. For your next pushup, you’ll come into plank and do the other side. This is an exercise that translates well if you’re modifying, in this case, performing pushups on your knees. You’ll do your modified pushup, then come into a tabletop position before extending one arm and the opposite leg.

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  1. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on April 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Omg I love lion cat! Haha Who’s is he?

    I’m so jealous you can walk to the beach! We definitely cannot do that anywhere in Omaha! ;p

  2. Lora lee on April 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I am so jealous! I do hope you share pictures of your new home and city.
    How lucky to be able to walk to the beach everyday.
    Livi is lucky and the dogs too!

  3. Emma on April 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    When you say heavy squats, I assume you mean squats with a bar/weights? Or have I missed a trick?

  4. Courtney Bentley on April 9, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Amazing workout! I cannot wait to do it tomorrow 🙂 I love SAN DIEGO and am so envious that you now live there. When we move from Thailand, I am unsure of when and where but I hope to live in San Diego at some point in my life. My favorite area is La Jolla and I hope you go and visit the True Foods Kitchen there it is marvelous 🙂

    Lots of Love C

  5. Paula on April 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Liv with those sunnies and the cape!! She looks like such a diva. Hope you settle in quickly!

  6. Lindsey on April 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!! Happy new home to your family! 🙂

  7. Nichole on April 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Welcome to Southern California!!! I am a native, born and raised and I never, ever take it for granted! Can’t wait to follow your adventures and perhaps I will run into one of these days 🙂

  8. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on April 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    That is so awesome that you can walk to the beach!!! How exciting! Makes me want to move somewhere cool 🙂 And thanks for the workout, going to do it this afternoon after work.

  9. Courtney on April 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Glad you made it! Sounds like California is already treating you and your family well 🙂

  10. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I’m so jealous you get to walk on the beach! I can’t wait to see pictures. Happy Settling!

  11. Jackie on April 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Enjoy the new home!

  12. Amber Schumann on April 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Welcome to California. You’ll never want to leave. 🙂

    That cat. I can’t even take it.
    And thanks…now I have that song stuck in my head….

    • Liz @ The Sixth Letter on April 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      I just have to say that I really like your phonetic spelling of that song, because it translates so perfectly in my head.

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2014 at 1:30 am

      your lovely singing cracked me up

  13. Amy on April 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Happy you all arrived safely! Thinking of you during this busy week and big transition!

  14. Chelsea @ TableForOne on April 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful new place to live. I can see why you are so excited!!

  15. Kandi on April 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats on your new home! So jealous you’re within walking distance of the beach..I’m not sure I’d ever leave! Lion Cat is so cute!! And I’m also curious where you got that grey and white striped dress..it’s adorable on you!

  16. Tracy on April 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    You can walk to the beach?? Home of my dreams! I think you’re gonna like this next phase of your life 🙂 Good times ahead for sure!

  17. Nia on April 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations on the move, everyone looks to have settled in well already!

    LOVE the lion cat – he looks fierce but I bet like all cats, he’s a softy really! Will look forward to hearing about how he gets on with Bella and Caro!

  18. Tracy on April 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    If only those darn boxes would unpack themselves!! Haha! Sounds like you have lots of good help though and always more fun with good company!

  19. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on April 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Love the beach pictures! Good luck getting settled in!

  20. Becky @ goodness grapevine on April 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Officially doing my best not to covet your new location! Let’s just say it’s been a hard winter here in Canada. 🙂 All the best with unpacking and settling in! After reading your blog for awhile I know you’ll make this a great new home for your little family.

  21. april on April 9, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    good luck getting unpacked and settled into your new home! i am so jealous that you can WALK to the beach! you’re definitely livin’ the dream 🙂

    the lion cat cracks me up!

  22. Christina on April 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Walk to the beach??? Oh man, jealous!! Who wouldn’t love that! No beaches in Ohio. lol

  23. Pip {Cherries & Chisme} on April 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Congratulations on your new home! It all looks so stunning, and incredible to be so near the beach 🙂 that cat is crazyyy! Where did he come from?

  24. Tasha on April 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Welcome to beautiful San Diego!! I love it here! Are you guys close to Ocean Beach (I was trying to tell from the pics, but it’s hard to tell since we have so many beaches here ;)? Anyways, welcome! You’re going to love it here! 🙂

  25. Emily on April 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    You can walk to the beach? That’s the best house ever! I can’t wait to hear more about the new digs!

  26. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on April 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I am insanely jealous that you can walk to the beach! That is amazing! And Olivia looks so darn adorable in those glasses!

  27. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on April 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Welcome to Cali! 🙂

  28. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on April 9, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Loving the beach photos!!! Can’t wait to see more in the future!! And the workout looks insane and lovely all in one.

  29. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on April 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Gorgeous pictures… so jealous of your beach location! Good luck unpacking! Love the pic of Livi 🙂

  30. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on April 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    My parents totally did the napkin cape for me when I was little! Classic! 🙂

  31. Crystal on April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Omg, that pic of Olivia in the napkin cape is both hilarious and adorable. She looks like a little lady 🙂

    It sounds like you got a primo location–walking distance to the beach, what more could you want! And the lion cat is the cherry on top haha

  32. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on April 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Yay! You made it! I can’t believe you’re so close to the beach! Amazing!
    Good luck with the rest of your unpacking.

  33. Andrea on April 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Jealous about that beach!! That cat is hilarious.

  34. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on April 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    The ocean! So jealous! I am so glad everything is working out smoothly 🙂 XOXO

  35. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    What beautiful views. Welcome to your new home, fellow Californian! 🙂

  36. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    What beautiful views. Welcome to your new home, fellow Californian! 🙂

  37. Traci on April 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Good luck with unpacking and getting settled in 🙂 I must say I am jealous, I absolutely love everything about San Diego. After watching the sun set on the beach in La Jolla, I know I wouldn’t have any trouble living there.

  38. Rachel on April 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    One of my good friends is just opening up an athletic club in San Diego. It is called Baja Body Athletic Club .. .They are doing anti gravity yoga classes and their beach type workouts (they just delivered 50 tons of sand to their club last week. I think you would love it there! They have a facebook page live. My friend’s name is Nicole Graves (her husband Co-owner is Van Graves). . and they have an adorable son around your daughter’s age. I wished I live closer. . .(from Wisconsin). . .All of their offerings look amazing!!!!

    I hope you settle in well!!!!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      no way! i can’t wait to check it out!

  39. Brynn on April 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Livi looks like a total celeb with her cape and sunnies. I’m glad you guys made it safe and sound! Can’t wait for the new adventure!

  40. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on April 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Oh my gosh — those photos of the beach! So jealous!! 🙂

    Hope your unpacking & settling in is going well!

  41. Jessie on April 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    So jealous of your new place! Looks like it will be so lovely :). Best of luck with all the unpacking!

  42. Mia on April 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Welcome to California! I’m so glad you love your new place! Lion cat is amazing too.

  43. Kim on April 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    House tour!

    • Emily on April 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Double vote!

  44. Melodie on April 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    You made it!! How exciting! Welcome to your new home!

  45. Sharon on April 9, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I only had one Gina sighting(in front of the Green Monkey) while you were here in Tucson but I didn’t have the nerve to say Hello. I got pregnant shortly after Livi was born so I read EVERYTHING you posted about workouts while pregnant, eating, making her food, etc. Thanks for doing what you do– you help more people than you’ll probably ever know. Good Luck in San Diego.

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      thank you so much, sharon! (wish you would have said hi, too! i’ll be back often to visit)
      thank you for reading and hope you and your family are doing well <3

  46. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on April 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Love the lion cat! We have a very furry cat and I always joke to my husband about shaving him like that.

    Glad you made it – those views are amazing!

  47. Kristi @ lifesprinkles on April 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    So exciting! Love that you’re close to the beach, too. <3 Enjoy your new home!

  48. milania on April 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    ahhh california!!! and you are by the beach!! amazing!! i have family in sd too. my uncle is in the navy. i love visiting them!!

  49. Lindsay on April 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    My mom has our cat shaved like that when I was in the 4th grade – right when The Lion King came out. Oh my gosh, at the time I basically thought it was the coolest thing ever! He was an orange cat too, ahh I love it. Glad you are loving your new place!!

  50. Traci on April 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Echoing what everyone else is probably saying–sounds perfect, especially the walk to the beach. :]

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