Hi 🙂 Thank you so much for all of the amazing enthusiasm for this year’s Summer Shape Up! (Fashionably late to the party? Check out the intro post if you’d like to join in!) So many of you have done the first workout already and I’m glad to hear it was as challenging and fun for you as it was for me. Hopefully those biscuits were burning 😉 Don’t forget to check in at the end of this post when you complete your first circuit workout and HIIT for today.

Sunday afternoon, we decided to hit up the very picturesque Agua Caliente park to take Oliv to see the ducks.

Agua caliente2

Agua Caliente is an oasis in the middle of the desert. It’s funny because while you’re driving there it’s cactus, brown, dried-up desert and then BOOM: greenery, trees and water. I love the fact that the lake is filled with ducks and little turtles who like to poke their heads out of the water and look around.

Agua caliente

It was Liv’s first time seeing ducks in real life (she’s only seen pics in her books and had to listen to me try to “quack.” Poor girl) and she was fascinated.


Of course, I was ready to make a quick escape the second a duck started looking scrappy… I had a traumatic run-in with a goose when I was about 3. 

Liv and the ducks

There were so many families at the park enjoying the day, BBQing and picnicking. We’re going to try and have a breakfast picnic one of these upcoming weekends.

As far as eats go, summer eats are in full swing since it’s a thousand degrees here.

Lots of smoothies, fruit

Fruit salad

Salad beasts,


(that one had greens, turkey, lentils, brown rice bread “croutons,” tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and Meyer-lemon olive oil)

made a batch of banana-almond muffins to crumble on breakfast cookie cereal or smear with almond butter


and continue to cover everything in Cholula, which really has no season 😉


The Pilot snuck that photo of me yesterday: 100% immersed in my turkey wrap and the fact that I had to drizzle Cholula in after every bite.

I hit up a spin class yesterday afternoon and it KILLED me. The new watts/RPM bikes that we have at work are really effective… and make me feel like a slacker. I think about the days that I used to teach spin and then immediately teach Zumba afterwards and am hoping to get my cardio endurance back to that level over the next few months. Right now I could do one or the other, but both in a row would be a little cray. 

Here’s one of the songs the instructor played yesterday- I love it. Perfect for heavy climbs or hills:

This morning, Liv and I are off to get some bday goodies for the madre- her birthday was yesterday but she was out of town.

Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya tonight with a recipe <3



Something to talk about: Are there any animals you’re afraid of? I’m definitely afraid of German Shepherds since one bit me in the face when I was little, and my poor brother Trev was afraid of rabbits growing up – one bit his finger. If you asked him what sound a rabbit made, he would say “RAWR!!!” and stick his finger out. Very sad then, kinda funny now.

Also, please let me know if you have any new workout song loves! Since many of us will be hitting (HIITing) the gym today, a killer playlist always helps.

Something to do:

Check in

Did you do the first circuit workout + HIIT? How’d your eating go today? Leave a comment to check in so we can cheer each other on! Not doing the Shape Up? Check in anyway! I love to hear what you’re up to.

Shout outs to some of the amazing ladies who rocked it out yesterday: Joyce Fu, Lili, Mischa, Rachel C, Erin, Lindsay, Raya, Rebecca and Natalie! 

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  1. Jayme Riley on June 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    WO #1 + 20 minutes of HIIT done. Loved having a plan while at the gym and managed to watch the Thunder game on the elliptical 🙂 Got most of my veggies and fruits in– water was lacking, though. Tomorrow will be better.

  2. Tiffany on June 13, 2012 at 12:33 am

    This was great! I’m in Scotland and did the WO yesterday morning – completed WO#1 circuit 3 times through then managed 20 minutes of HIIT. Perfect mix of things! I am just returning from quite a long illness/absence so this was lovely to mix things up a bit for some inspiration
    Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on June 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

      that is so wonderful to here! way to bring it back with a bang- so glad you’re feeling better <3

  3. Ann @ Running With Chopstix on June 13, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Did 3 rounds of WO #1 with modified pushups in round 2 and some in round 3. Didn’t have access to a gym tonight so I did a ZWOW video for 5 minutes before collapsing. Definitely need to keep on pushing through!

  4. Ana on June 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Did WO #1 and HIIT on Tuesday – loved it and gave me the energy to have a super productive day and evening.

  5. Athena @ Fitness & Feta on June 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I actually adapted WO#1 and taught it in my Circuit Training class last night! We didn’t have enough steps for all, so instead of the step up + knee lift I modified to a lunge + knee lift instead. We did the circuit twice through and in between I threw in some cardio Tabata work. It was awesome! Thanks for the inspiring ideas for a great class!

  6. Irene on June 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I did an hour of full body pilates on Monday, so I didn’t try the circuit yet, but I wanted to participate so I still did 20 minutes of HIIT intervals (running) and really gave it all I had! I was exhausted afterward! Thanks for the inspiration! I also got in my water and my 5 fruits and veggies <- might be the toughest part of the whole program for me!

  7. Katie @ running4cupcakes on June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Did workout 1 last night with 20 mins HIIT and I was a sweaty mess! Looking forward to the next one already. 🙂 Thanks Gina this is the perfect challenge for me after having a baby 2 months ago. 🙂

  8. Smoothies and salads, oh my! Those are summer staples in my home too – such great eats for when the weather is hot. I also love that there is so much fiber-boosting potential in each. Keep up the great work. I’m enjoying all your inspiring ideas, food or otherwise!

  9. Lacey on June 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    The Costco here in Minnesota sell a two pack of the big Cholula bottles – we got through both in about a month. I’m totally addicted (although my hubby prefers Tapatio)!

    p.s. WO #1 was awesome yesterday morning. Looking forward to walking out some of the muscle soreness today for my steady state. 🙂

  10. Michelle on June 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Did it! and it kicked my booty

  11. Kat on June 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I’m fashionably late 😉 but plan to start tomorrow morning!

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