24 Days of Thanks


1.) For my husband, who makes me swoon and feel so very lucky every single day,


2.) the sweet baby growing in my belly,

3.) my family,


4.) my Bella and


5.) for friends. The ones who live all over the world, and still manage to make me feel like they’re close by, and the Tucson friends I’ve been reunited with.

6.) For being in Tucson again. Being surrounded by mountains is so comforting, and surrounded by family and friends is even better.


7.) For the ability to do what I love: writing this little blog and teaching fitness. I’m always mindful of how blessed I am to have a work in general, let alone jobs that don’t feel like jobs because I enjoy them so much. I’m very fortunate to use my passions and interact with incredible people on a daily basis <3

8.) To live in a free country, with brave men and women all over the world fighting to protect that freedom. Sending love and prayers to those who are separated from loved ones on this holiday due to deployments or other circumstances.

9.) For the comforts in life that can be easily overlooked: a fridge full of food, financial stability, a sturdy house, safety and health. Thinking about these things, even on the worst day, quickly puts it all into perspective.

10.) For Zumba. Of all the cardio in the land, you will always be my #1.zumba

11.) For goat cheese.

12.) For Sabino Canyon: it’s picturesque views, serenity (“serenity now!”) and memories of picnics with my nana when I was little.

13.) For yoga. Nothing has challenged me, physically and mentally, in the way yoga has. It taught me how to de-stress and live in the moment, and also helped decrease anxiety in my life.

14.) For Viesa’s new family. They take such wonderful care of her, spoil her, love her like crazy, and it makes my heart so happy to see her with them. Bonus: we still get to see her and kiss her furry face often.

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15.) For the Michael Buble Christmas CD. ‘Tis the season for holiday crooners… his voice is like buttah.

16.) For Black Friday. 😉

17.) For the ability to connect with friends and family through social media – it’s been especially helpful since we move so often.

18.) For the midwives who have taken care of the baby and me for the past 34 weeks. They’re so patient and knowledgeable, and I’m very grateful to be blessed with their care.

19.) For my amazing coworkers. They teach me so much, and I always go home feeling like I learned something new. They really are the best instructors in the world and I’m honored to be a part of their team.

20.) For Sunday mornings.

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21.) My Snoogle pillow. The Pilot calls it “The Barrier.” I call it a freaking lifesaver.

22.) For the Farmer’s Market. I look forward to it every week, even if it’s just a quick stop to buy eggs.

23.) For our big comfy bed.

24.) For Tarte eyeliner. I look dead without it.

And last, but certainly not least

25.) for the blog community and all of you. Thank you so much for hanging out with me over here <3 I’ve met so many amazing people through this little blog, and I look forward to writing it every day.

Hope everyone who is celebrating today enjoys a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!



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  1. Dana on November 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Yay, I love playing the Thankful Game! Playing it from Thailand today 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  2. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too Gina! This is a wonderful list, and even though it’s not technically Thanksgiving here in Canada, I’ve definitely been thinking about my own list of things I’m thankful for. I hope you, the Pilot, Bella, and the mini Fitnessista inside of you have a wonderful day!

  3. Andrea on November 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    We are thankful for you too!

  4. paulie on November 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    i agree with number 11 🙂

  5. Kristen on November 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    11 had me laughing. I also am thankful for goat cheese!! & bloggers like you who work so hard for us 🙂 Love reading your blog, making your recipes, and doing your workouts!

  6. Magda on November 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I’m from outside US and we don’t have Thanksgiving or any similar holiday, but I really love the idea – to stop, be with your family and count your blessings. I think everyone should do it at least from time to time. Have a very happy Thanksgiving 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      i agree!
      thank you, hope you have a wonderful day <3

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 24, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Gina!! What a wonderful list of blessings you have! I am thankful to your blog for providing me with fitness and wellness facts and making me strive to live a healthier life each and every day! 🙂

  8. Julia on November 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sounds like a great holiday, unfortunately no such thing in Germany…:-(

    I am definitely thankful for having found your blog about two years ago (Which, now that I think about it, sounds soooo long ago. I didn’t even realize…). You’ve inspired and taught me that it’s definitely worth to fight for your dreams and find your passion in life. And although I am still very unsure about what the future holds for me (after having finished my studies next year), I am certain to find the “right” path.
    Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      you’ll figure it all out! just do what makes you happy, and the rest will fall into place <3
      thank you so much for reading!

  9. Brittany on November 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I love your list of things to be thankful for! I am certainly thankful for the blogging community as well and my ability to share my passion with others in this way. I hope you and Tom have a wonderful thanksgiving!

  10. kristen @ verbs and vignettes on November 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

    this is a beautiful list! thanks (a-ha) for sharing it, and for being part of the blogging community i am so excited to get back into.

  11. mi-an d. on November 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

    have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

  12. Rachel on November 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

    What a lovely post & that first picture of you two is soo beautiful <3

    Thanksgiving is already over here in Canada, but i'm definitely always trying to remember everyday to be thankful 🙂

  13. Jolie on November 24, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I am also thankful for Fitnessista which provides a good balance to my day. Thank you Gina and happy thanksgiving!

  14. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 24, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend 🙂 I’m thankful for having you in my life!!

  15. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair on November 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!! I’m Canadian so our Thanksgiving was back in October but it’s been fun reading everyone’s thankful posts!! Glad you have so much to be thankful for 🙂

  16. Raewyn on November 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Lovely list, Gina. Thank you for sharing. I’m so thankful for you and your blog! You constantly inspire me with your positivity and “diem some carpe”-attitude. Thank you, thank you, Gina. I love your blog – and look forward to reading it for many years! 🙂 <3

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      thank you so much, raewyn!

  17. Mandy on November 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! I didn’t have a snoogle pillow during pregnancy, but I had a HUGE blanket that I kinda built like a pregnancy pillow – with support in front and back and between legs. It acquired the nickname “The Fortress” in our household. 😀

  18. Kristin on November 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I am thankful for this blog. It makes me grin every day!

  19. annie on November 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    thanks for your inspiration!

    p.s. what is the name of the dish pattern in #20?? i LOVE it!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      it’s from world market 🙂

  20. Chelsa on November 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I love this post! You have so much to be thankful for this year. I hope you have a perfect day with your family 🙂

  21. Ali on November 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Aww girl, I LOVE this! It is really all about the people in our lives that make everything worth it, isn’t it? I know I could have everything in this world, but if it weren’t for the people, those that are physically around me, and those in the cyber community, that none of it would really matter. I heart you and your blog girl!!

  22. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on November 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love that goat cheese got its own number ;).

  23. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List on November 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Quite a list of blessings!! Happy Thanksgiving, Gina!

  24. Mary on November 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and all the blog readers out there!

  25. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Many wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving and fabulous holiday season for you and Pilot and the growing Little Miss who will be here, soon!

    Beautiful post, Gina. And I look forward to tuning in with what’s going on with you and your life every day. Thank you for your friendship and for sharing your life with us all 🙂

  26. Michele on November 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    it always blows my mind that you call it “the little blog” when you’re my go-to for amazing workouts, sweet stories, and inspiration on so many levels 🙂 I’m thankful that I stumbled upon this blog!! Happy thanksgiving to you + the family 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      thank you, michelle!
      hope you had a very happy thanksgiving <3

  27. Juliane @ C'est moi à Paris on November 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I am thankful for your blog!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      i am thankful for you reading my little blog <3

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Haha I love how goat cheese made the list. So true! 😀 Happy Thanksgiving Gina. I hope it’s fantastic for you!

  29. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on November 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    AWEEE my fave tgivs post of the day! Meowmeow. I’m happy for you. Happy tgivssss chica!

  30. Elena @ Hayahelwa on November 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Gina! Thank you and your blog for always being here and brings a smile on my face =)

    Hope, you are doing great, only few weeks to go! :-)))

  31. Leslie Wingate on November 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Wonderful list, girl! I look 3 months pregnant and still have 2 more Thanksgiving meals to go…one on Fri and Sat. Not pregnant at all but look it! 😉

  32. Emily on November 25, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Great list! Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. Lisa O on November 25, 2011 at 2:47 am

    While I’m another non-Thanksgiving follower being an Aussie, I’d still like to use the opportunity to thank you for sharing so much knowledge, positivity and fun with us on your blog! While I have loved your blog for a few years now, it became extra special to me when you announced your pregnancy one week after we found out we were having a baby. I have got so much out of it and have found it such a comfort and wonderful guide. Thank you so much. xx

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      thank you so much for reading, lisa!
      i’m so excited for you!!!! please let me know when you’re little bundle of joy is here 🙂

  34. Darian Hatcher on November 25, 2011 at 4:02 am

    WE should always be thankful that God gave us good health and for all the blessings he gave unto us.. We should always keep healthy and live life to the fullest. Nice reading your post Fitnessista

  35. Shannon (Healthiful Balance) on November 25, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Aww this was so sweet 🙂
    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  36. Amanda on November 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I enjoyed reading this list of things you’re thankful for, especially number 9. It can be so easy to lose sight and take those things for granted.

    Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

  37. Heather S on November 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    My husband calls my snoogle that too! I joked that I don’t know if I will ever be able to sleep without it again, even post-pregnancy and he said that it was going to magically disappear after our little girl is born!

  38. Lara on November 26, 2011 at 1:22 am

    So sweet <3 Glad you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. Question: do you think that even the most hopelessly uncoordinated people can do Zumba with a little practice? I am curious to take a class but I have ZERO rhythm or coordination…

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      YES! zumba is just for fun- it’s not about being the perfect dancer. i think you’d love it

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