7/20: Friday Faves

-A killer interval workout with Meggie

Meg and me

We went for a little run, did some BodyRock-esque intervals (50 seconds on, 10 seconds rest) of single leg jump squat,, jump forward and back burpees, core domination, side lunges, repeat 3 times, and then some upper arm strength training.

The end.

End of workout

-Hopefully today will be my last day wearing glasses for a while. The week went by fairly quickly, and despite the throbbing headache I had for a few days and the difficulty of teaching with them on, it wasn’t as horrible as I imagined. I kind of stopped wearing makeup this past week, wore my hair up a lot and just kind of rolled with it. It will be nice to wear my real rx and be able to see again ๐Ÿ˜‰

-Turkey! Yesterday at work, we didn’t have power for 3 hours. The gym was pitch black, but the hardcore gymmies were going after it in the dark on the bikes and ellipticals, and all of the classes still went. In the weight room, there was nothing we could really do but wait it out (I did teach an aerobics class without music, and it was a little interesting, but we still had a lot of fun), so I just talked to everyone and learned a random thing (holler to Shelly) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next time someone goes it for a “pound,” surprise ’em with a turkey.


-This lovely award for Fitness Magazine. Thank you again so much to everyone who voted in their Fitterati awards <3


(The Pilot put it in the office amidst his awards and plaques)

They also sent some fun goodies, including this word combination lock, making it fairly easy to break into my gym locker- my word is already in there.


-Livi’s dress arrived for Kyle and Meg’s wedding. No words.

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-Your amazing pics! Thank you so much for checking in with your workouts (so happy to hear you’re enjoying the Schweaty July Workout and Tabata Thursdays!) and tweeting your clean-eating foodie pics.ย 

Here are a couple of the gems:

Shelby’s (@milesandmanis) workout goals for the week


@lisalately ‘s beautifulย breakfast cookie

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Emma, who won the Larabar giveaway during the week of giveaways, sent me this pic with her goodies! She lives in England, so I shipped them out hoping they’d make it there ok- was so happy to see that they did!

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-Roons! I’ve been pretty roon crazy since I started the blog, and decided to finally share a recipe variation. Hope you love them!

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Today’s workout jam:ย My friends at OpenSky made a Spotify playlist featuring all of my current faves! Check it out here, if you’d like <3

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  1. Amanda on July 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I think you look great in glasses ๐Ÿ™‚ Glasses need more love! Also, that dress is beyond adorable! I can’t wait to see pics of her in it.

  2. Brittany on July 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Can I ask what awards the pilot has won? If you prefer it be kept private no worries.

  3. Sana on July 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I can’t wait to see the dress on the baby!

  4. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    That dress is so so adorable! And congrats on your award, even though it was announced a while ago. That’s some nice looking hardware you’ve got (both the one in the office AND the lock!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Haha that turkey thing is kind of hilarious, mainly because someone took the time to think it up.. sounds like a guy thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Jess on July 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Gina, I just have a quick question for you. I’ve heard you say before that you don’t love the bodyrock workouts now that Zuzana doesn’t do them anymore. I was just curious to why not – if it’s just a personal preference or if it’s because the workouts are poorly construsted or unsafe, etc. If so, do you think the ZWOW workouts are better? Thanks so much! Btw, I cannot wait to see Liv in that dress. She’s going to look too perfect! Xoxo

  7. Alice H on July 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    If you make a peace sign you can surprise someone with a snail! (It’s my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Love love love the spotify playlist! Thanks for the info!

  9. Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep on July 20, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I like the glasses – but nearly everything gives me a headache so I completely understand not wanting to wear them.

  10. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on July 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    HAHA the “surprise turkey” is hilarious!! Thanks for sharing and putting a smile on my face ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats again on the award – that’s awesome that you got a trophy, too. Wow I can’t believe we actually get a roon recipe variation – woooo!!! Very exciting day!

  11. Yaara Leve on July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    2 things! I LOooove that the Pilot put your award amid his plaques and trophies–! What an amazing man you have!
    That dress-loove!!
    Ps: just wanted to also share my latest obsessions–Katy Perry’s new song “I’m awake” and zucchini noodles–omg!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    the wedding apparel. omg. no words. PRICELESS!!

    and your gun show…nice work on those arms, mama ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on July 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    what a great post! those macaroons look fabulous! and how cute is Livi’s dress?!

  14. Lisa on July 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    That is the cutesttttt dress I have ever, ever seen! Oh my!
    Congrats again on your award! Super exciting:)
    And thanks for the shout on the breakfast cookie, it was tasty!

  15. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on July 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Liv’s dress is the cutest!!! Yay for no glasses again soon! and congrats on the fitness magazine award! So very much deserved!!!!

  16. Abby on July 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Olivia’s dress is adorable! And your arms are looking ripped in that photo! Get it girl!

  17. Negar M on July 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Cute baby dress!

    The glasses are not all bad, I bet if you had the right prescription, this past week would have been a lot better!

    I’m happy you put the macaroon recipe online, I bet your fans will buy your books regardless (sometimes you buy something just to support)

  18. Laury on July 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Stop it with that dress!!!!!! OMG! My brother is getting married next summer. I can not take the cuteness of flower girl dresses. Liv is going to be edible!

  19. Jess on July 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    You are looking so toned and slim!! Awesome! Livi’s dress is stunning!

  20. Laura @ LauraLikesDesign on July 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Ah, I totally know the feeling of wearing glasses. I went through a period of dry eyes and was forced to wear my glasses–I never feel like myself in them!

  21. chrissy on July 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    you guys have some great trophies! olivia’s dress! i can’t stop thinking baby bikini top and that bottom is making me hardcore drool! i’ll take a skirt with that detailing in a 4P:)

  22. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on July 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I have no words to describe the cuteness of that dress!

  23. Dawn on July 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    OMG! Thank you for sharing a roons recipe!! So excited to get my backside out to buy ingredients!!

  24. Emily on July 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I love that you still kept teaching during the power outage! That’s some serious dedication.
    And that dress…I have no words for how adorable it is. I love it! <3

  25. Kim@hungryhealthygirl.com on July 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Congrats again on the award. That is so exciting and very well deserved!

  26. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

    That workout sounds awesome! I’ve taken the week off working out because my knee/hip are bothering me, and I’m seriously dying to get back into the exercise game! I hope my physiotherapist gives me the green light after my appointment on Tuesday!

    Congrats again on the award – that’s so exciting that they sent you an official plaque! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Kate on July 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Totally creeping, but I see that the Pilot’s nickname from one of his awards is “Peta”…..love to hear the background on this one:)

  28. Nichole on July 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Where did you get that dress? It’s adorable!!

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      hautelook! thank you, i can’t wait to see her wear it

  29. Sarah on July 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Why all the glasses hate? I have to wear them for reading, computer stuff, and driving, and because my job is mostly computer work…I wear mine a lot. It’s not a big deal – just update your prescription and frames every 1 to 2 years at a place like Lenscrafters, and you’re set! Your frames are super cute, so you have nothing to worry about!

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      thank you! i love my frames, and have no prob with glasses in general. if mine were the right rx, it would have been nbd. they gave me awful headaches and since i usually wear them before bed, i felt like i should go to bed.. all day. it was just a weird feeling.

  30. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on July 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Congrats on the award! How fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Courtney on July 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks for posting the roon recipe!!!! I always want want a recipe when you post about them!!!

  32. Melissa (Better Fit) on July 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats on the award!

    That dress is too cute.

    Sounds like you did a great workout- you’re looking fantastic!!

  33. Sarabell on July 23, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Oh perfect! I was going to ask for the red velvet macaroon recipe to reward me for making it to the current date of your blog!

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