Acu love, lavender latte, and PiYo lower

Hellooooo. How’s the day going? New Family post up if you’d like to check it out. 

Acu room

Acupuncture this morning was DREAMY. To my local friends: this was an awesome spot. Brent was kind, knowledgable, didn’t hurt me with the needles (this needle-phobe is so thankful) and very affordable. He specializes in pregnant women, and said most of his clients are expecting. His wife is a midwife, so he’s really tuned into this kinda thing. (Also, he doesn’t know I have a blog or am giving him a shout out or anything like that.) He’s the third acupuncturist to tell me to “go eat a steak.” So there’s that. I asked him if he would help out with my allergies -I’m still sneezing no less than 100 times a day, and the poor baby moves around after my violent sneeze like “WTF mom?”- and the baby’s VSD. Anything that’s in my hands, I’m trying to do while remaining as calm and hopeful as I can. During my daily meditation, I envision the tiny hole in her heart closing. 

After acupuncture, I floated on my Zen cloud to Newbreak for a lavender tea almond milk latte and some writing. I’m cranking away on Post Baby Bod and can’t wait to share it with you this fall! (Be sure to get on the newsletter here if you want first dibs!) 

Tea latte

Liv and I went to Sprout’s for a couple of groceries, and then home for soccer in the backyard, and Play Doh and popsicles on the patio.

Popsicles outside

Summer, I love you.

Lunch was one of those quick and simple creations, and a flashback to my college days. When I lived at my dad’s house, I made a quesadilla for lunch EVERY day.

This one had manchego, leftover chicken, guacamole and sriracha. 

Quesadilla  1 of 1 I taught a barre class tonight, and then came home for dinner and PiYo Lower Body. It was such a lovely mix of stretching and strengthening. Chalene is magical, so I’m always looking for techniques she uses to keep her energy strong without being annoying. (<— Always one of my goals as an instructor. I personally don’t like it when I take a class and the instructor’s personality or energy feels artificial.) While I loved the workout, it felt SHORT to me -it was only 20ish minutes- so I’m excited to see how the program progresses. 


Piyo lower

We have a Facebook challenge group going on right now, too, so if you’d like to jump into the PiYo fun with us, let me know!

Hope you have a wonderful night. <3



Stay tuned for a Pilot guest post! 🙂

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  1. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood on July 29, 2015 at 4:14 am

    LOVE quesadillas. I actually just rediscovered my love the other day and I was so happy. Yours looks amazing!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

      such a quick and delicious lunch 🙂

  2. Jeanne Vanderveen on July 29, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Where do u get your Piyo videos from? I would love to try n check out the fb challenge as well. Email me or comment with the info. Ty

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:40 am

      i’ll send you an email now!

  3. on July 29, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Some of the Piyo workouts are definitely short, and I usually supplement and do something else on those days. I can’t wait for your post baby bod series!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

      that’s perfect! i love that they’re short enough that you don’t feel like you need a huge time commitment. you just roll out the mat and go
      happy you’re excited for PBB too! i’m so so excited

  4. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I used acupuncture when I was pregnant too! I used it for nausea. I’m not sure if it helped or the nausea jut went away on its own but I did enjoy lying there.

    I really enjoy the PiYo DVDs but they are all pretty short. I often combine them if I want an entire workout.

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:39 am

      yes- so relaxing!
      good to know! they seem pretty short, but i’m enjoying them so far!

  5. Sagan on July 29, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Love acupuncture! Would be super interested in hearing more about your experiences with it. I get acupuncture for anxiety and it’s really interesting how some of the points just feel SO GOOD. (My body actually sucks in a couple of the needles on my stomach because I’m in such a need for energy work there! My acupuncturist has to tape them down, haha.) I also find it so fascinating that acupuncture is rooted in cell biology. Science for the win!

    And so true about the instructor being authentic – that’s #1 🙂

  6. Marci on July 29, 2015 at 5:24 am

    I have piyo sitting on my tv stand, and after a long day of gym in the morning and then work I cannot bring my self to do it at night! Would love to join the Facebook group!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:37 am

      amazing! i’ll email you the details now 🙂

  7. Brandy H. on July 29, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I love acupuncture! I always feel so loose and free after! I would love in on the PiYo FB challenge! I was the same way when I started, but it does get better!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

      i’ll email you the details right now 🙂

  8. kristin | W [H] A T C H on July 29, 2015 at 6:17 am

    a lavender latte sounds absolutely perfect right now.

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

      it was SO good

  9. Crystal on July 29, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Why are they telling you to eat a steak?

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

      the iron. my last acupuncturist told me i had a blood deficiency too, meaning that my blood is lacking nutrients and beef would help. he said it’s why my hands are so vascular

  10. Amanda on July 29, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Gina are you a fellow BB coach? I had no idea!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

      yep! i don’t really blog much about it -i’m just obsessed with the workouts and shakeo- and very recently started with the challenge groups 🙂

      • Amanda on July 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

        That’s awesome! I’ve been into the workouts for a long time but just recently became obsessed with Shakeo. Life changing!

        • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

          i’m not drinking it while i’m pregnant and CAN’T WAIT to have it again

  11. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 29, 2015 at 8:38 am

    My naturopath started me on acupuncture to help heal my tibia fracture from the car accident. I’ve been trying to envision my bone healing. I have no idea if that really helps or not. It’s hard to focus though because she always places a needle above my thumb joint and it aches so bad! She said this represents pain in the body. I’m really curious if this will help me heal better.

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

      i hope it helps you!! <3

  12. Mary on July 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

    ahhh I want to go get acupuncture!! It’s been a while. I used to go to this AMAZING woman in Hillcrest when I lived in San Diego…. it helps so much!

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:27 am

      it’s so relaxing! where did you go in hillcrest??

  13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 29, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I love Liv’s little watermelon bathing suit! And that you meditate on your daughter’s heart. I think that is so sweet and incredible. <3

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:26 am


  14. Amy on July 29, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I just started PiYO on Monday and I agree the lower body workout did seem really short, I’m following the calendar that came with the DVDs but I think I might add some extras next time to that workout.

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

      yep, i figured it will be perfect for the days i teach barre or spin and just want a little extra

  15. Ashley on July 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I’ve been really interested to try acupuncture, but never really felt like I had severe enough issues to go through with it. Now I definitely feel inspired to try it! I love your reason for relaxing and picturing the baby’s hole closing in meditation. Such a beautiful image. Sending light and love and prayers your way

  16. Crystal on July 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I’m a needle-phobe too, eek! Sometimes it’s good to face your fears in exchange for awesome results 🙂

    Quesadillas are a fave in our house, we actually have that on the menu for dinner tonight! With shrimp, bell peppers, and topped with guacamole. Yummm

  17. Tracy on July 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Ah summer, I love you, too! Why does it go by so quickly?!

    Can you elaborate on the “eat a steak”? Do they think you need more meat? Red specifically? Just curious because I don’t eat meat but sometimes teeter on whether I should go back to meat eating…

    I love your meditation visual! I often do the same while meditating. I think it’s very powerful!

  18. Sylvia on July 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I wasn’t aware that acupuncturist could spot iron deficiencies, interesting! Out of curiosity – do you know of/why the acupuncturist recommended steak over other types of meat? I know that you don’t any eat red meat so I’m curious why they thought you needed that specifically over other sources of iron like chicken, fish, eggs etc.

  19. Sharon H on July 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I would love to join the Piyo Facebook group. Can you send me the link please?

  20. RachelG on July 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    lavender tea almond milk latte??? YES, PLEASE! 🙂

  21. Tera on July 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I just started PiYo this month! I’ve been combining the upper and lower define days with cardio sense they’re so quick. Sweat, buns and strength intervals are more intense! How do you join the challenge group?

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2015 at 12:13 pm

      sent you an invite!!

  22. Robin on July 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I agree on the PiYo workouts being short but just wait for the Sweat and my favorite Drench workouts – they are killer! Enjoy!

  23. Jessie on July 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I had a hole in my heart that was discovered during my mom’s third trimester, and the doctor told her that the chances didn’t look good (she chalks this up to terrible bedside manner). However, it quickly closed up within 24 hours of my birth, and I haven’t had the slightest issue with my heart thus far. Truly hoping everything works out the same for you, as I’m sure it will!!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      amazing!! that is so great to hear. i hope so, too <3

  24. Faye Holloway on July 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I just went to get acupuncture for the first time last week. I had no idea there was so much nutrition to it. I walked in hoping he could help me with my being always cold and left with a new lifestyle. I thought he would just put a needle somewhere and get some good blood flowing, but instead he wants to warm me up from the inside out – no cold drinks or cold food (even salad) which will be really hard, a little red wine at night, lots of cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, beef because those are warm inducing, etc. I don’t know – maybe I’ll keep wearing light sweaters ??

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      amazing. i love that they give you extra things to do

  25. Sasha M on July 30, 2015 at 4:45 am


    I’m intrigued by acupuncture but am such a wimp about needles!
    It’s fascinating that he detected an iron deficiency without drawing blood!
    Dates & spinach helped me up my iron when I was low.

    Totally unrelated, but I watched this video & thought of you & the Pilot:
    (But be warned: keep your tissues handy!)

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      in chinese medicine, they call it blood deficiency, which is different from iron deficiency but can have a lot of the same symptoms. i’ll definitely have a couple of dates today 🙂
      and thank you for the lovely cry haha. that was amazing

  26. Shaun on July 30, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Love PiYo!! I just finished PiYo and it definitely lives up to its name!! I usually do PiYo upper and lower at the same time!

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      oh that’s a great idea!

  27. Maria on July 30, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Have you looked into essential oils for your allergies? My friend is really big into them and I started looking and researching them more. I’m at the point where I’m getting super stuffy at night so I bought a diffuser/humidifier on Amazon along with some essential oil that helps clear up sinuses and stuffiness. I can’t wait to try it out! I’m also researching essential oils that help with L&D and post partum.

  28. Stefanie on July 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Hi Gina! I recently ordered Piyo, but haven’t done it consistently at all. I’d love to join the Facebook challenge group for accountability and motivation. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      just sent you an invite!

  29. LaDonna on July 31, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I’d love to check out the PIYO challenge. Do you have a recipe for the latte?

  30. @musiccaab on August 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Your acupuncture place is in my ‘hood. If you haven’t been yet, take Liv to the Princess Del Cerro Park after grabbing something from the deli at Windmill Farms, which are in the area, too.

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