7/13: Friday Faves

This candle:

Bamboo candle

I almost always have a candle burning, and picked that one up at the BX last weekend for $4. It smells clean and lovely. 

Baby’s first hummus. I made Liv a plain hummus for dinner last night (just chickpeas, water, a little oregano and garlic) and she went crazy for it. We’ve got another hummus lover in the house 🙂


After I scooped out Liv’s plain version, I added much more garlic, some salt, cumin, cayenne, tahini and lemon juice for nana and myself.

Red pants:


Totally late to the party on this one, but I’m excited to wear them with a grey stripy tee and my Tom’s flats

Also (kinda) red:

Red velvet

Red velvet macaroons… dehydrating away as I type this.

Bella’s smushy face and her new squirrel toy:

Bell 3

We’re still trying to walk her every night (since it’s too hot during the day). The other night, I went to put Livi to bed and asked the Pilot if he’d mind taking Bell on a short walk. After a few grumbles about putting a pink tank top on for the walk and getting a hole punched in his man card, he took her for a walk around the neighborhood 🙂


with breakfast cookie dough cereal (SO good)

Bfast cookie cereal

and the BOSU.

Bosu tilk

Most of my workouts have been very no frills lately- a jumprope, set of weights and stability ball, blast the music and get it done- but I decided to bust out the BOSU the other night- it’s a great way to challenge your core. For the move pictured above, come into a plank position and tilt the BOSU from side to side for 10-12 reps. Rest and repeat 1-2 more times.

Speaking of BOSUs, I feel like it’s time for a big girl cert:


I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m not super proud of my personal training certification (even though it is the same one Bob Harper started out with). When people ask me which certification I have, I tend to mumble it, and have been wanting to get something more reputable for a while. I’ve been asked to participate in a few training-related opportunities, so I’d like to get another certification to go with it. I’ll probably be doing NASM (let me know if you have it!), even though I do love AFAA (my group fitness cert is through AFAA), because they have the NASM textbook at work and I can study in between teaching classes. 

Your awesome pics:

Thank you so much to those of you who continue to check in with your workouts here on the blog and sending your pics on Facebook and Twitter- I love seeing them. Here are a few from this week:

@sdnil427: Just finished my “Tabata Thursday” workout a day early!


@rundreamcook: In the car on my way home after giving ‘s Schweaty July workout a go this morning!

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@juliag__: Just finished  and now it’s time for a breakfast cookie


Not so faves:

The hole in the wall in our garage. For the record, the car “stop” things do not work very well. There was a hole in the garage when we moved in, and now it’s a little more.. defined.

Photo 2

I’m also pretty sure I scratched my eyeball. When I took my contact out last night, my eye immediately started burning, watering and twitching (so weird!) and has been hurting ever since. I’m wearing my glasses today – my left eye has been tearing up all morning.

But hey, it’s Friday!

I’m excited for the Pilot to be home, hang out with the fam and tackle a few projects around the house.

Hope you have a great weekend! <3

See ya later on the Family page.



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  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 14, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Obviously Liv knows whats up with the hummus 😉

    I actually recently got the NASM cert in April, and learned SO much through it! I highly recommend it– I even have a few study recaps on my blog!

  2. Lisa Langenfeld on July 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I’m studying for my NASM cert right now! I got the book about 2 weeks ago. Best of luck with your studying! 🙂

  3. Moni Meals on July 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Hey Gina! That is great about NASM. I can’t lie, it was challenging and I have many Certifications including ACE under belt. So much to it and by far the most information needed! But that is good.
    (I also have a hard time with tests in general though. 🙂 )
    Best of luck, let me know if you need anything!
    Happy Weekend. 🙂

  4. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife on July 15, 2012 at 2:22 am

    So excited to have come across you!!! I found you via Julie at Pb Fingers and I know I’m going to love reading your blog as much as I adore hers! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      thank you, lauren! so nice to meet you 🙂

  5. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife on July 15, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Ps. My dog has the same squirrel toy. My husband bought her some animal package from Costco. Who doesn’t need stuffed dog toys in bulk?

    • Fitnessista on July 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      hahah i love it!

  6. Ellie on July 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Your husband normally doesn’t walk your dog?? Why is it “un-manly” to share the responsibility?

    • Fitnessista on July 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      he was totally joking- that’s why i included the smiley face. he walks bell often, sometimes with livi in the ergo while i’m at work

  7. Jackie on July 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Gina! In our garage we have an old tire against the wall. It’s great because if you bump into in, no holes and you know you’re car is completely in the garage.

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

      that is a great idea, thank you!

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