5/31: Friday Faves

-All of the Summer Shape Up excitement! Thank you so much to those of you who signed up <3The first email went out very early this morning, giving you plenty of time to plan and get ready for MONDAY. I went in and tried to leave comments for a few people who said it wasn’t working. Sometimes it fixed it, others not. If you did not get the email, please send me one (fitnessista at gmail dot com) so I can either email you the password or get you in the system.


(thank you so much to Beth @_seoul for donating her graphic design skills for that! I’ll be sending her some roons as a thank you.)

I’ll be doing most of the Shape Up along with you (when my teaching schedule allows it), and definitely following the meal ideas. Be sure to check in Monday am for your first workout and our first SSU giveaway! It’s a good one.

-Calle Tepa.

Calle tepa

(I love the manchegos, Spanish rice, black beans and margarita)

We went out for Mexican food and ‘ritas after Anna‘s service yesterday- she would have approved πŸ™‚ Her service was beautiful and absolutely packed; a testament to the type of person she was and is. Thank you for all of your kind words about her passing <3 It’s been a sad week, but I’m happy she’s no longer suffering.

-Groupons. I went for about 2 years without buying a Groupon, and then bam!Β They’ve had all of my favorite things lately. I picked one for up yoga, The Abbey and acupuncture within a week.

-Turkey jerky. I’m on a serious turkey jerky kick right now.. it’s such an easy, portable snack. It just makes me laugh when Liv asks for a bite, because the peppered stuff is kind of spicy! She likes it.

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-Swimming with Liv. This summer, I’d like to take her swimming at least once a week. Since we don’t have a pool, it always takes extra planning/packing and little bit of a drive to go for a swim. It’s totally worth it to see her kicking in the water with her little sun hat.


-Fresh berries.

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Today, Oliv and I are hanging out


(more finger painting, reading books and playing in her new princess castle)

and heading to a squadron event this afternoon.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!



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  1. Peggy on May 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I’m excited about SSU! I’m going to be traveling in Europe all summer and doing lots of hotel room workouts, so this will be perfect! I think I missed something, though–is there somewhere I should have signed up? When I click on the Summer Shape Up link in this post, it requires a password. I’d love to join, but non-techy me can’t figure out how!

    Thanks so much for doing this πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      leave another comment and click the box to sign up for the newsletter. i’ll send the password again!

      • melissa on May 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        Can I sign up too? I’ll join the newsletter! THanks

      • Peggy on May 31, 2013 at 7:19 pm


  2. Lisa on May 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    So excited for the shape up. Especially since after surgery, I’ve had to take 3 weeks off exercise and I need to get back in the normal schedule I was used to before that.
    Awe, that’s so great Liv is swimming, she’s so adorable in her little hat.
    And I’m also loving fresh berries, I’m SO happy they’ve returned!

  3. Sarah on May 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I’m really excited about summer shape up. I just recently quit my gym membership to save money (for my upcoming wedding!) and am so thankful for some at-home workouts. What weight do you recommend for the dumbbells? I need to purchase some and I’d love any recommendations you have!

  4. Bailey on May 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I’m loving the beautiful weather, the ability to swim, and the fact that school is almost over!!

    P. S. today is national macaroon day!

  5. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on May 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’m loving being here in AZ with family this week! I always miss them so much, and it’s been so fun to see them interact with our little Hunter. Hopefully someday we can be back here with them!

  6. Erin on May 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Please sign me up!

  7. Melissa on May 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I hope it’s not too late to sign up:) I’d love to join in.

  8. Dee on May 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Can’t wait to start, but I didn’t receive the password. Could you sign me up again?

  9. Shanna on May 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Can’t wait to start! πŸ™‚

  10. Megan on May 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I didnt receive an email, can you sign me up? Also I have a question, I do CrossFit 3 nights a week, can I incorporate this in with it?

  11. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on May 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I am so excited about fresh berries- that’s the worst part of winter (besides the cold weather) is the only fruit that’s available is apples and oranges.

    Have a great time swimming and finger painting! Sounds like fun activities for you and Liv πŸ™‚

  12. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on May 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Can’t wait to get started with Summer Shape Up! I love having structure in my workouts so I really appreciate you putting it together :).

    Love Liv and her hat!

  13. Ryah on May 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Is it too late to sign up? And how do I sign up?

  14. Ali @ Peaches and Football on May 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Super excited about the summer shape up. It’s exactly what I need right now!

    Also jealous of Liv’s princess castle. I think I would have loved one at her age!! πŸ™‚

  15. Meggan on May 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m super excited to do my first Fitnessista Shape Up!! I’ll be grocery shopping ovre the weekend.

    Will you be making videos of the workouts or just the printouts?

    Liv is such a happy baby!

  16. Jenni on May 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I’m loving fruit this week! This morning I had the most amazing bowl of chopped apple, pear, and blueberries. So good. Spring and summer have the best fruit!

  17. Natalie @ Will Jog For Food on May 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I am definitely loving cherries!! I stocked up on them at the farmers market yesterday πŸ™‚

  18. Laura on May 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    So let me get this straight…your friend passed away and you decided to post it in a blog along w look at my new video Zumba! You post what looks like a high school pic w her… How good of a friend was she if you don’t have any pics from the last ten yr. which is also a pic from high school showing that you were never overweight . Thought u didn’t have any pics from high school to show. Pic also shows you totally have implants. Then you instagram your post funeral meal and hash tag your friend who passed away. All of this is so tacky and wrong.

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      that’s a lot of fired-up nitpicking in one comment.

      • Liz on May 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        I wouldn’t call it fired up. I call it truthful. Truth hurts. No nitpicking, she stated facts. That YOU posted on your blog. You post your meal after the funeral, drink margaritas, and hash tag your dead friend. Not even remotely appropriate. And I speak from experience. Her funeral wasn’t about you so let it go and enjoy your Mexican food. This was all very, very obvious attention seeking.

    • Amanda Lee on May 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      People can be so quick to judge.
      -I have High School friends that I meet up with and talk to but we don’t take photos of those times. We forget, we’re too caught up in actually catching up!
      -High School bodies vs. Real women bodies are totally different. I never had boobs in HS, but I gained THREE cup sizes at the end of college. I’ve fluctuated in weight but haven’t lost any in the chest. Seriously, -25lbs not an inch in the chest. I’m still trying to figure out if this is good or bad. My point: Everyone’s body is different. PS. Whether someone’s chest is natural is no ones business but theirs. She’s not commenting on it, so why are you?
      -She’s celebrating her friend. What could be wrong with that?

      Usually I just leave these comments alone but this is ridiculous. My condolences on your loss Gina.

      Being a woman is hard enough, let’s be nice to one another.

      • Liz on May 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        Spare us on the gender issues. Any of us can be attention seeking narcissists.

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      that picture was from freshman year of high school: 13 years ago. my body has changed a lot in that time frame (first i gained a lot of weight, you can see some before photos in my weight loss post, and then lost it.. and um, had a baby since then). i didn’t post any recent pics because that was when we first started hanging out, just to celebrate that we’ve been friends and she’s been a part of my life for a long time. and by the way, checking out and making assessments about my boobs isn’t creepy at all.
      anna would have wanted me to continue my life, and not wallow in sadness of her passing. i cried a lot this week, but i also tried to honor her life by doing some of the things that make me happy when i’m sad, like dancing and having a great meal with people i love. the hashtag was hers. she always had a positive “annatude,” even throughout the most challenging times.

      • Jay on June 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

        I’m sorry for your loss Gina. Please don’t feel you have to justify yourself. You are a positive, helpful individual. I, for one, am grateful for all of the great information you provide your readers. I hate to give people like this any attention but this just made me angry. Keep up the great work!

  19. Anna on May 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Hey Gina,

    I’m really excited to join the SSU this year. I’ve been reading your blog through a few of them, but this is the first I’m available for. Quick Question. I’ve been practicing yoga 2-3x/week, and I’d like to keep up with that through these four weeks. Any recommendations about which days you would add that in? I tend to do hot powerful flow classes, so they’re pretty good cardio work for me, but I’d also be willing to go to more “slow flow” classes, if that will fit better. πŸ™‚

  20. Christine on May 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Yaayy!! Excited for Summer Shape Up! Hope it’s not too late to sign up!!

  21. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on May 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I’m loving the abundance of fresh berries right now! Seriously amazing. And I’m loving that I’m going home for my mom’s birthday this weekend πŸ˜€

  22. Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate on May 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Super excited for Summer Shape Up! The workout looks awesome! I cant wait to get some cherries at the farmers market this weekend πŸ™‚

  23. Monica on May 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm


  24. Lauren on May 31, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’m really looking forward to trying your Summer Shape Up! Thank you so much for all your work putting it together!

  25. Shaina Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I’m loving relaxing at home with my little man this week after a crazy vacay in Maui and then birthday craziness/family visiting last week. All good things, but its nice to get back on our routine and slow down a little.

  26. Tracy on May 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I’m loving my husband <3 Tomorrow is our 22nd wedding anniversary πŸ™‚

    • Shaina Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Happy Anniversary!!

  27. NF on May 31, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    How do you sign up?

  28. Angie on May 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Please sign me up!!

  29. Angie on May 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Please sign me up!

  30. Kelsey on May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Question for you – what kind of finger paint do you use with Oliv?

  31. lauren alysse on May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    i love turkey jerkey! the trader joe kind is my favorite. πŸ™‚

  32. Christine on May 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Can you sign me up? I’d love to do the Summer Shape Up!

  33. Jennie Hendrix on May 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Can you please send me the summer shape up? I have a 2 year old and just had a baby 6 weeks ago and am ready to get back in shape! I’ve been reading your blog for a while- thank you!

  34. Kirsten on May 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Too late to sign up? πŸ™‚ If I check the sign up box will I get a password?

  35. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on May 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    If I just signed up 1 minute ago, will I still get the email from this morning? πŸ™‚

  36. april on May 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    i’m loving the abundance of fresh berries right now (and fruit in general!). i can’t get enough of blueberries, raspberries, and cherries this week.

    i also bought a groupon for a yoga 15-class package this week. it’ll be my first time trying yoga at a studio. so excited! πŸ™‚

  37. Alicia on May 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Having margaritas tonight! Will be thinking of the good people in my life while doing so. Hope your weekend brings you smiles πŸ™‚

  38. Ashlye on May 31, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I also hope it isn’t too late to sign up! I’d love to join as well!

  39. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on May 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I’m loving this hot weather this week! Feels like summer πŸ™‚

  40. Jen on May 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Yay SSU2k13!

  41. Ashley Connell on May 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I want to get in on SSU!!!

  42. Abbie on May 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Please sign me up for the summer shape-up!

  43. Ashley on May 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I would love to sign up for summer shape up!!

  44. Rachael on May 31, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I’d love to sign up!

  45. Paige on May 31, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I thought I signed up for SSU…were we to get a password via email? Maybe my registration didn’t work? Can I still sign up? Thank you~

  46. Kristine on May 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I am so excited for the summer shape up πŸ™‚

  47. Shannon on May 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    I’d love to sign up for the summer shape up as well!

  48. Laura on May 31, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Hi, please sign me up for SSU if its not too late! I’ve been stalking your blog for ages but have never commented before! Love the mix of fitness, yummy and healthy foods and snippets of your family life!

  49. Denise on May 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I would like to sign up as well. I’m sorry I didn’t do this earlier. Thank you!

  50. Vicky on May 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Gina, I don’t think i successfully signed up for the summer shape up, can you resend me the password? Thanks! -Vicky-

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