Beach burrito + quick weights circuit

When family comes to visit us in San Diego, we take them on incredible adventures to places they’ve never been before.

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Ok, we’ll take them to the beach, too 😉

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Today was beach day, and the weather was absolute perfection: sunny with a cool breeze. It was also a first for Liv: she went into the ocean! Usually she’ll sprint up to the waves and back, careful not to get her feet wet, but today, she was jumping over little waves and popping the bubbles with her toes. So much fun.

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My little beach burrito:

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I’m having a lot of fun showing nana around our neighborhood. (Madre has already been here and knows what’s nearby.) We had Tiki Port this afternoon after the beach, and I also want to take them to see the sea lions, to OB Noodle House (our current fave dinner spot) and Taverna. It’s also been wonderful just to hang out here at the house and spend time with each other; the best part of all 🙂

This morning, I blasted a quick workout and wrote this morning’s post before starting breakfast for the fam. Here’s a quick weights blitz that I did in the garage:

Quick strength blitz


It only took about 30 minutes, and was the perfect little burn to start the day 🙂 Let me know if you give it a try!

I’m off to enjoy some of the treats they brought:

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(magazine stash and chocolate)

Enjoy the rest of your day!



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  1. Deahi noticed on May 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I noticed the Spanish language magazine. Are you bilingual? If so, hope you are raising Olivia to be as well!!

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      yes, my family speaks spanish. i read books to liv in spanish, but don’t speak it around the house as often as i should. now that mom and nana are here, they’re brushing up on her español 😉

      • Deah on May 21, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        That’s awesome. Bilingual LITERACY is even more critical than spoken proficiency. Way to give her a head start on school, as well as life. As a language teacher, I encourage you to speak (and read) as much Spanish to her as possible!

      • Erin on May 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

        I’m bilingual too but I don’t speak around the house because my fiance only speaks english. I was just thinking the other day that I should just teach him so I can use it regularly (my spanish is getting rusty). Is that selfish? lol

        That’s so great that you are passing it on to Liv! I grew up in a bilingual household and I used to love listening to my mom and nana talk/gossip. My sister refuses to speak spanish or even enbrace our heritage and it makes me sad that my nephew will never know about that so I try to expose him when he comes to visit.

        I also just wanted to say (and this is probably going to sound weird) but I one of the things that I love about this blog (and you!) is that you are such a caring mom that exposes Liv to so many new things. Seeing your adventures makes me smile and reminds me of my wonderful childhood because my mom raised me in a similar manner and I feel so blessed to have had the childhood that I did. 🙂

        • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:12 am

          haha i felt the same way when we lived in valdosta. no one spoke spanish, and it made me miss home even more, so i seriously debated asking the pilot to learn and speak it with me 🙂
          thank you for such a sweet compliment. i’m having so much fun with that little lady, and it reminds me of the fun i used to have with my mom and family, too 🙂

  2. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on May 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    i adore you so much! so happy you’re happy taking your mom and nana around 😀 makes me smile. and your ARMS. yes i can just see a piece in the pic but….hott mama

  3. Jackie on May 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I adore your workouts!!!!!

  4. Livi on May 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    haha that is the cutest burrito I’ve ever seen!!

  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Were you live looks so amazing! I am jealous 🙂

  6. april on May 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    i’m so glad your mom and nana were able to visit! family time is the best, so i’m sure livi is enjoying every moment with her nanas 🙂

    i love the beach pictures (liv is such a cute little beach burrito :)). i’m in southern california, as well, and feel so blessed to live here.

  7. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on May 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    What a cute beach burrito! 😉 I wish I lived near a beach. It would be so nice and relaxing to visit on a beautiful day!

  8. Diana on May 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    That workout looks AWESOME (and a little scary)! I am planning to test it out tomorrow AM before work…hopefully I survive to make it to the office!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

      how’d it go??? 🙂

  9. Angie on May 21, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Oooh you have to take them to Mt Soledad. BEST view of SD, La Jolla, downtown…hands down! Im in town til Sunday let me know if you want me show you up there.
    I still need to hit up Tiki port.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

      email me if you’ll be at tiki port and maybe i can meet you! i’m teaching zumba tonight, too

  10. Lucie@FitSwissChick on May 22, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Oh, the beach is SO beautiful!!! You’re so lucky to live there!
    Magazines and chocolate are one of the best combos, definitely.

  11. Runner Girl Eats on May 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Chocolate and magazines are two of my favorite ways to relax. Enjoy your family time!

  12. Brynn on May 22, 2014 at 6:36 am

    That is so cool that you are bilingual and teaching Livi. I hope to teach my baby-to-be other languages, although I am only semi-fluent in Spanish.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

      it’s fun to expose them to different things, especially because they soak it all in

  13. Katie on May 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

    you have no idea how much I’m loving reading about your SD adventures lately! My sister is trying to move there ASAP (if she can find a teaching job) so we’re going to visit in June, I have never even been to CA before so I’m super excited to go even just for 3 days, haha. This colorado girl needs to go to the BEACH.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

      you will love it here!!

  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Sand Diego looks awesome! I’m so glad you’re enjoying time with your family!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

      thank you! hope you’re having a great week, too!

  15. Michelle on May 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    A couple questions about the workout: are you supposed to do each set three times before moving to the next one? Or, go through the whole circuit and repeat 2 more times? Also, is a full weighted situp done holding one of the weights? Thanks so much–this is a great home workout!

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

      each set three times before the next one. let me know if you try it!

  16. Megan @ TheSkinny-Life on May 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I wasn’t sure if you spoke Spanish, but you must based on the magazines I saw there! I speak Spanish too. I am so jealous of your gorgeous ocean! Although I do love the desert so much too.

    • Fitnessista on May 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

      el desierto y el mar son igualmente diferente y hermosos en el mismo tiempo.

  17. Colleen on May 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

    You post the best workouts! I love that they are always simple, quick, and not-boring at all. I just knocked it out, and it was difficult to wash my hair afterwards from jello arms!

  18. Tracy on May 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    All the cool people hang out at Target, don’t you know? 😉

    I did the strength blitz this morning before yoga. It was a great workout and I had just enough time!

    Liv is so fortunate to learn Spanish!

  19. Nicole on May 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I love the beach pictures and you’re cute little beach burrito 🙂

  20. masala girl on May 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Gina!

    DO you have any leg suggestions instead of the squats? I ran the race for the cure last weekend and tweaked my heel & it is still a little sore, so this workout seems really good for me to do!
    Also, what are full weighted sit ups?


  21. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on May 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    What program do you use to make your workout images? Looks like a great day at the beach. Magazines and chocolate are my essentials too. 🙂

  22. Sandy on May 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Dark chocolate is a guilty pleasure and relaxing with magazines definitely sounds like what I am going to do on my next day off. I also love your quick exercise routines, super easy to follow and adds variation into my routine!

  23. Sara on May 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this workout, I just finished it (barely!). I often get bored with my workouts and always look forward to trying new things, thank you! : )

  24. sandy on May 23, 2014 at 1:12 am

    haha i used to read vanidades a while back! me too enjoying the beach in so cal so great!

  25. Hilary on May 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Can’t wait to try this workout out 🙂

  26. Cassie on May 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I love hanging with my mom. I love living close to her now. 🙂

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