6/7: Friday Faves and Stitch Fix winners

Congratulations to those of you who are finishing week 1 of the Summer Shape Up! Hope you’re already noticing a difference in how you feel and have enjoyed the workouts so far. If you are signed up to my newsletter, you should have received the week 2 info and password early this morning. Thank goodness for Mail Chimp’s scheduled delivery.. I was in snooze city when it went out πŸ˜‰

Usually on Fridays, I can’t wait to check my camera and phone for fave pics from this week. This week was such a blur, I hardly have any. The most notable fun new products: dairy products of the almond and goat variety.


Almond milk  1 of 1

(I totally fell for the cute packaging)

and goat:

Goat cheese  1 of 1

Those goat cheese crumbles were fantastic in the chopped Greek salad I took to work, along with two turkey muffins and cucumber mint-infused water.

Work snacks  1 of 1 4

Also, a hilarious video of Liv ditching her nap. She slept a grand total of 15 minutes (fell asleep in the car and when I put her in the crib, she woke up) before it turned into this:

I was cracking up… what a nut.

How about some of your incredible pics from this past week? Thank you so much for being so diligent about Summer Shape Up check-ins. Keep the steam going throughout the rest of the challenge! I’m loving your comments, tweets and Instagram pics.

Here are a few:

My friend Chelsea after dominating workout 1


(Fun fact: Chelsea and I were in Valdosta together while our hubs were stationed there)

Ashley’s triumphant face:


Emily’s first breakfast cookie!
Emily bfast cookie

Kim’s workout 1 stats, after completing a 3 mile run as her HIIT:

Kim workout1

Jessica, after workout 1:

Jessica workout1



and @PluvK’s blog dog πŸ˜‰

Blog dog

(Those eyes!)

I’m really excited to announce the winners for this week’s Stitch Fix giveaway. There were so many incredible entries– I had so much fun reading all of the comments and watching the videos.

Here are the winners: (keep an eye open for an email from Stitch Fix and myself)

Pinner winner: Chelsea B.

Commenter: Kelly D.

YouTube subscriber:Β Erin

Video winners:Β There were so many good ones, I ended up picking 5 instead of 4….





It was comforting to hear I’m not alone in feeling totally awkward while making videos πŸ˜‰ It always makes me so happy to see pics of all of you, because I feel like we’re friends in real life. It’s fun to be able to put faces (and voices!) to names, so thank you again so much to all of you for keeping me in the loop with what you’re up to. You all make this space as fun and amazing as it is, and I’m so grateful for your positive energy <3

If you didn’t win this particular giveaway, stay tuned for more coming next week!

Enjoy the weekend!



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  1. Veronica Hasty on June 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Rolling up my sleeves. Hopefully I’ll snag the next give away! Haha CONGRATS FELLOW Summer Shape Up ladies!

  2. Stephanie on June 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE that almond milk! My favorites are the “creamy” and the coconut-almond milk blend! So good.

  3. Sara on June 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    THANK YOU, Gina!!

  4. Elena on June 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    YAY!! I’m so excited! Thank you, Gina! I’m def going to wait till after the Summer Shape Up to get some new clothes!!! MOTIVATION!

  5. Bethany on June 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I love these videos!! OK this is just an idea, but… if they wanted to…. maybe some of these ladies would like to do another video when they get their fix?? I guess I’m just rooting for them to find things they like so it’d be fun to see if they do πŸ™‚ Just a thought!

    • Sarah C. on June 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      I second the motion. Another bloggy friend actually requires the winners to post, when they win, so show us the goods πŸ™‚

      • Emily Adams on June 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm


    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Loved this idea! I asked them to in their winner email πŸ™‚

  6. Sarah Candelaria on June 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Congrats Stich Fix Winners!!!

    I am so happy to see that HEATHER (& little Audra) won. I was rooting for her after watching her video! So much so, that I almost didn’t enter the giveaway myself, because I wanted her to win. I didn’t want to take a prize from her. I can’t articulate why, it’s just something about her video tugged at my heartstrings (seeing her with her baby?)….anyway, I’m so very glad she won. I am truly, genuinely happy she won – and I don’t even know her. I’m glad I didn’t win and take the spot from Heather!!! You go girl. You are so darn cute. My Momma’s intuition tells me, you deserve it somehow πŸ˜‰

    ….just had to share my heart!

    • Heather on June 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      I have no words, Sarah. Really. Just blushing over here. Thank you!

  7. Heather on June 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Oh my goodness! Thank you Gina! I forgot to mention on the video that I gained (and then lost) 60 lbs of pregnancy weight (small minor detail, ha), so that’s a lot of change this body has seen in the last year and a half!! Can’t wait to get some new clothes! SO SO excited. Considering I filmed that in one take and no editing, and some of the others were *considerably* more creative than me….I just feel lucky to win. That Stitch Fix rap totally knocked it out of the park, amazing!

    • Brittany on June 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Hey Heather. Your video was one of two that i watched and, even thought I didn’t win, I am so glad you did! Your daughter is ADORABLE!!!! Congratulations! (btw LOVE the name Audra! I think I found the name for my first daughter!)

      • Heather on June 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        Thank you Brittany! I can’t tell you the joy she brings me on a daily basis. And, I felt the same way when I met an Audra over 10 years ago — I loved the name so so much, and luckily my husband likes it too πŸ™‚

        Here’s what Audra thinks of me winning:



  8. Abby A on June 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Congrats Everyone! Love the videos!

  9. Amanda on June 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Super stoked for next week’s plan! And thanks for sending things out so far in advance…it really helps (especially when juggling the schedules of a newborn and toddler). Finished today’s cardio earlier this morning and can’t wait for the last round of the Workout 1 circuit tomorrow. Seriously loving it and super thankful for your efforts putting everything together!!

  10. Danica @ It's Progression on June 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Lucky ducks! πŸ™‚
    That video of Liv is so cute…she’s got the summersault down!

  11. Gretchen on June 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Long time fan – but haven’t posted many comments!
    Have loved your blog for a few years now!


  12. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on June 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Stitchfix is such an awesome giveaway!

  13. Joana on June 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Just watched the videos, sΓ³ happy for everyone that won!

  14. Samantha on June 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    These videos were wonderful! The two teacher ones just killed me. πŸ™‚

    I did more of Saturday’s workout today…but I know my Saturdays well, and if I don’t do W-1 today, it might not happen tomorrow. Loving week one. Feel strong and happy.

  15. Christa @ Edible Balance on June 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I always fall for packaging! how fun were those videos?! Congrats to the winners!

  16. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I’m so excited to watch the winners videos when I get home from work! This was such a fun giveaway. I’m crossing my fingers that I’m the Erin that won as a Youtube subscriber!

  17. Kelsea on June 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    OMG that video is so cute! I have no idea how she can do that – she is so young! Impressive πŸ™‚

  18. Becky @ TheBexFactor.com on June 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hahaha! Go Olivia! That’s cute.

  19. Meika on June 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I loved seeing all the teachers represented on the videos! I really related to Ashley’s plight; when I first started teaching at 22, I chopped off my hair in an attempt to distinguish me from the kids. Now that I’m 27, my confidence/attitude/way I carry myself (and lack of knowledge of the ever-changing vernacular) do plenty of that for me, but I still have to restrain the urge of buying some of the cute things I see the kids wearing!

  20. chelsy on June 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Ahhhhhh I just bought that almond milk yesterday too! It’s soooooo good and the bottle is super cute!

  21. Kristen on June 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Woohoo! Congrats to all the winners!

    Did my cardio this morning. Ready to complete week 1 tomorrow and get week 2 started!
    I’m making a Costco run in the morning so I’ll be stocked up for the remainder of SSU πŸ™‚

  22. Karissa on June 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Gina!!! Thank you so much for all the work you’re putting into SSU!!! I started doing the Asylum with Shaun T a week before SSU started in prep for my wedding in a month (yay!) thinking I could do both- I was SO WRONG lol!! I’m getting all the shape up stuff still and saving ALL the workouts and love the healthy eating advice- my plan is to follow the Asylum up with all your workouts. I know I’m not doing the exact same thing as most of you guys right now :-(, but I love all the stuff you’re passing out and I log on here everyday still and feel like the encouragement extends out this way too. I gotta say, after just under 2 weeks, it’s amazing how fast my body feels stronger!
    And CONGRATS to all the Stitch Fix winners!! Lol a stitch fix rap- love it!! πŸ˜€

  23. char eats greens on June 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    That video of Liv…oh my goodness! Even showed it to my husband. That video is reason enough why we must buy a video monitor! haha

  24. Anna @ Your Healthy Place on June 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Just a note to say: I would totally have fallen for that cute packaging too.

    Good work to everyone participating in the SSU!

  25. Laura on June 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Checking in for today! 45 minute bike outside! I totally pushed at the end and a man going the other direction actually said “nice pace.” It made me feel awesome. I rested on wednesday, but made up for it yesterday. Excited for week 2!

  26. Mary @ Fit and Fed on June 7, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Saw the claim on the Almond Milk and just had to look it up— looks like the Califia Almond Milk has that much calcium because it’s calcium fortified. Not sure which of their flavors you have but these are the ingredients for the their ‘creamy’ variety: β€’ CREAMY: ALMONDMILK (PURIFIED WATER, ALMONDS), ORGANIC SUGAR, NATURAL
    VITAMIN D2).

  27. Lucie@FitSwissChick on June 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    That almond milk has definitely a cute packagibg, I would fall for that too!
    Liv’s video cracks me up πŸ™‚

  28. Beverly Aragon on June 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Aww, loved seeing all the winners’ videos! And, of course, your little gymnast as well πŸ™‚ Included the Barre Burner in today’s workout and ummm, yeah, it burned!

  29. Laura B on June 8, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I’ll have to watch these videos after I’m done nursing my overtired baby! Did 45 min of running today and just about died the last 5 min! Proud of myself for pushing it though!

  30. PluvK on June 8, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Congrats to the winners! I loved seeing my pup on your blog… thank you! My hubs got a kick out of it, too. πŸ™‚ I’m just loving Summer Shape Up!

  31. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on June 8, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Wahoo! Love your summer shape up! so much fun πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing all the motivation from your blog readers so much inspiration to me too! Have an amazing weekend! Love + Shine CourtStar

  32. Beth on June 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I was away for the last few weeks and missed the start of summer shape up. Any chance I can still join?
    Thanks so much & I live your blog!

  33. Paula on June 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Is it to late to start Summer Shape up? I not, I’d love to start!

  34. Kelly on June 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

    So, I didn’t see a password in the newsletter for week 2?

    • Kelly on June 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Neverminddddd just saw it was in the tiny print at the bottom πŸ™‚

  35. Brittany @ kitchen::candid on June 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Congrats ladies!! So excited for your new wardrobes!!

  36. Melissa S on June 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Gina, I just wanted to throw out a general comment that it is so helpful getting the workouts a few days early. I like to wrap my head around what’s coming so I can hit the ground running and not feel behind so anyways thanks for that!

  37. Julie on June 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Nice somersaults, Liv!

  38. Jenn on June 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Oh shoot, what happened to the video? I just re-stumbled upon your blog after a year or so and I was so excited to see big girl Liv!

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