2/8: Friday Faves

-Yoga. I always love yoga, but it’s even more delicious after a bit of a hiatus. Hot power yoga is my absolute favorite, but I *thought* all of the classes here were 90 minutes and far away. Not the case at all! Kyle and Meg introduced me to a studio downtown, $4 seriously hot yoga, an incredible instructor and practice is 60 minutes. I think it’s going to have to become a regular thing- this studio was like my Yoga Room meets Orlando Power Yoga.

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-Valentine’s day. Anyone else really in the Valentine’s mood this year? Those Hallmark commercials get to me every.single.time (waterworks extravaganza) and I’m excited to make Valentine’s cards with Liv and plan a fun dinner date with the Pilot.

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-Impromptu dinner parties. We invited some friends over tonight for dinner, cocktails and dessert. Livi will also have a little friend here- should be a blast 🙂

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-Ocho bars. By the time I got my phone out to snap a pic for you, all that was left was a wrapper. I have no idea what happened to it.

-Livi’s unwavering love of all things Elmo. Give that girl a baby doll, something Elmo-related and a book, and she’s a very happy kid. I had to finally start telling her that Elmo goes to sleep in my phone (we have the “Call Elmo” app for emergency mode- usually when we’re waiting in an awful long line for something and she gets antsy), but she started to say, “El muh? El muh? EL MUH?!” every time we would hang up with him. Now it’s “Shhhh..Elmo’s sleeping. Let’s say ‘goodnight’ for his nap” and she gently pats the phone.

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-When the time clicks over to the next day, my top search results are always a good time:


-Facials, one of the most underrated spa treatments. One of the [many awesome] perks about working at a resort is that we have instant access to fitness classes, lectures, spa treatments and services. If we have an open hour in our schedule, we can go work out, chill in the locker room (I’ve taken a nap before) or see if there’s an opening for a spa treatment. I treated myself to a facial last week and it was glooooooorious.

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-Speaking of spa treatments, how about a little spa treat for one of you? My friends at Canyon Ranch offered a lucky Winter Shape Up participant an incredible gift basket with all of the things you need for a Canyon Ranch-inspired day at home:

-an inspiration journal

-comfy robe and slippers (the robes are to diiieeeeee for)

-DVD (with my beautiful friend Heather on the cover- she’s amazing)

Nourish cookbook (<– Affiliate link; thank you for supporting the blog!), which is one of my all-time faves


How to enter:

Check in for the Winter Shape Up! How’s your recovery day going? Let me know what you’re up to, or leave a comment with your favorite workout mantra. We can look them over tomorrow before hitting workout 2 and the ab burner for the last time before heading into week 3!



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  1. Melanie on February 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I always tell myself how great I will fell when I’ve finished my workout!

  2. Michelle on February 9, 2013 at 4:06 am

    These aren’t mantras but ways that I trick myself to push through tough workouts. I always tell myself if I feel like I’m slacking during my workout, that I’m spending this time working out, so I might as well give it all I’ve got because the time is passing regardless, so I should just make the most of it. Also, sometimes I’ll pretend that I’m auditioning to be in the workout video of whatever workout I’m doing that day and that a camera is recording me and people are watching to see if I’m good enough to be in the video, and that usually helps me push through when I don’t think I can do anymore. It also helps me make sure that my form is good.

  3. Sarah on February 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My favorite mantra is during spinning class when the instructor yells out “Yes you can!” because she knows we’re all thinking to ourselves that we can’t push it any harder!

  4. Lisa Langenfeld on February 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    My hubby and I recently discovered OCHO bars at whole foods… OMG. amazing!! And they are made in a town just 3 miles from where we live!! Love love love them! Coconut and PB are my fav… but the mocha is also amazing. Yummm! 🙂

  5. Crystal on February 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I usually like to take a nice long slow walk with the hubby on my rest days. And now that the weather is getting slightly less freezing here in southern illinois, it’s a nice way for us to talk and enjoy each other’s company 🙂

  6. kristina on February 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Yoga is on the agenda today. I love stretching out after a hard week of workouts. My muscles are screaming at me today- workout 2 kicked my butt this week! Yowzas!

  7. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on February 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    $4 for a yoga class?! Wow, I’m jealous. I’ve never had a facial, I always see them on Groupon/Livingsocial, maybe I need to splurge!

    Today isn’t a rest day for me… I’m trying to find the motivation to brave the cold and get to the gym. Maybe I’ll just grab some weights and hit it in my living room 🙂

  8. Priscilla on February 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Would you mind shooting me a quick email of how you track search engine terms.

    • Fitnessista on February 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      i do it through wordpress, but since you have a blogspot blog, i’d install analytics

  9. Andie on February 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I got a membership to Core Power Yoga instead of the gym and so many of the classes are 60 minutes and a perfect blend of hot and power yoga! If you get the chance to head to one of the studios you should!!

  10. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on February 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Livi is too cute! I love that she loves Elmo.

  11. Katie @ Pop Culture Cuisine on February 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    We didn’t even know our 16 m.o. daughter knew who Elmo was until my mom showed that app to her, now we have all had to download it and every time she sees our phones she just says Elmo incessantly…it was really cute at first, but now oh man haha

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