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Cardiac Cats and Pinner Winners

I had a feeling I’d be way too zonked to go to the Wildcats game last night. Thursdays can go one way or the other with my teaching schedule- sometimes they’ll be relaxed and passive classes, and sometimes I’ll get surprised with multiple intense teaches, which ended up being yesterday. I taught buff booty, DJ Dance (LOOOOOVE) and glide, and while it was a blast, I was definitely ready for quality couch time when I got home. The Pilot took my bro and his gf to the game with him, and Liv and I cheered for the wildcats while playing and enjoying dinner together.

Let it be known that Liv can perfectly chant “U of A!!!!” now.

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I’m so proud ๐Ÿ˜‰

We had such a fun night with just the girls, and I was also glad I didn’t end up going because I probably would have had a panic attack in the stands. They’re nicknamed “Cardiac Cats” for a reason, and while Colorado should have won, we used one of our 9 lives and are 13-0 now! Yeeeee hawwwww.

This morning’s bfast:ย 

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2 eggs, 1 egg white, lots of slow cooker shredded chicken, spinach and toast

Thank you so much to all of you who sent in your beautiful Pinterest inspiration boards this week! I loved looking at them and wish you all the best of luck accomplishing your 2013 goals. Keep up the amazing work!

Here are 5 boards I picked at random:ย 



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If you see your board up there, send me an email (fitnessista at gmail dot com, subject “Pinner Winner”) and I’ll get a little surprise in the mail to you today.

This afternoon, Liv and I are going to pick up a gift for a bday party and then taking her one year photos. Insane.

Have a happy Friday!



Something to do:ย 12 days of Fitness: Day 10! Hopefully the daily workouts getting even more exciting as the days go on! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know when you complete it and how it goesโ€ฆ or, even better, tweet me a pic @fitnessista


10 overhead presses

9ย lateral lungesย (each side)

8 bicep curls

7 tricep dips

6 pull-ups (or resistance band rows, or weighted deadlifts)

5ย frog crunches

4ย toe touchesย (each side)

3 mountain climbers (each side)

2 pushups

1-minute plank (can be 6 rounds of 10 seconds up, rest for 3 seconds)

Something to watch: This incredible video. Loved watching a stay-at-home dad’s adventures with his son ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness on January 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, what a great idea with the Pinterest inspiration boards! I’m going to go make mine once my 2 year old is napping! Have fun with the one year photos – so fun!

  2. Abby on January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Yikes! Overhead presses are my kryptonite! For some reason my left is much weaker than my right, I need to try to even it out and work on shoulder strength for sure. Loving the 12 days of fitness, so much fun! Although I will say adding 9 lunges on after lower body weight training yesterday was a little rough haha.

  3. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Love that you and Liv had a relaxing night watching the game! Sometimes it’s better from the couch anway ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      totally agree even though i did miss my nachos last night ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sarabell on January 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Congrats to all the winners… but I especially want to tell Barb, good luck with your adoption process! I hope it goes smoothy and beautifully!!

    • Barb on January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much! It is a long process, planning on it taking some time but we are researching agencies and also saving ALL our money! Did you know it costs over $28k to adopt?? Crazy right?

      God willing, it will happen!!

  5. Barb on January 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you so much! It is a long process, planning on it taking some time but we are researching agencies and also saving ALL our money! Did you know it costs over $28k to adopt?? Crazy right?

    God willing, it will happen!!

    • Barb on January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Sorry, double posted that! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m excited that I won, never have before!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      that is intense. sending lots of love to you <3

    • Sarabell on January 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Holy smokes, no! I knew it was pricey, but I pictured $10kish pricey!

    • Jamie on January 7, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Sending good vibes your way. I’m adopted, and my mom had this needlepoint in our house: “Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single moment that you did not grow under my heart but in it.” I love it, and the other quote you have up on your board. Good luck!

  6. Lucie on January 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Ah, this reminds me I have to start to understand Pinterest. Everytime I open it I feel so irritated and don’t have the patience to find my way through and close it.
    So cute that Liv can chant!! Sounds like the perfect girlsnight you two had.

  7. Naomi on January 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I was a little late to the 12 days of fitness party, so I am only on Day 5. Unfortunately it’s the only strength training I’ve been doing the last few days, but a little is better than nothing. Happy Friday!

  8. Sara @ fitcupcaker on January 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    All of these are good boards. I loved this idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I’ve had so much fun making my board! Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. cassi on January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    What kind of gluten free toast do you find tastes best?

    P.S. I live next a Trader Joes and that story really is the best!! I know you shop there a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • cassi on January 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      apparently I cant type today. i meant next to* and store, not story. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      love tj’s ๐Ÿ™‚
      i really love the food for life chia black rice. it’s amazing! my current fave are the tj’s brown rice tortillas, though ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Cassi on January 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

        Oh ill have to try that one. I just bought the plain food for like rice one. Heavy little stinkers. Didnt try em yet though. Im used to the UDI which is light. I like the brown rice tortillas but i cant wrap things in them. It always cracks on me ๐Ÿ™

  11. Danielle on January 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    How fun! I love all these vision boards! I’m working on my own right now and it’s definitely great motivation to get stuff done!

  12. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on January 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    As much as I love going out to watch sports games, they can definitely take a toll on my nerves. Glad you and Liv had a fabulous evening at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. jin on January 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    yum, the eggs and shredded chicken looks delicious!

    xo, jin

  14. Erin O. on January 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hi! How did you make the shredded chicken? Do you have a recipe?

  15. Diana on January 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I love 12 Days of Fitness! I added it to my current Zumba/running/Jillian Michaels routine.

    Random question: what shoes do you use for Zumba? I haven’t gone since last summer, when I had an awesome pair of Nike. I tried all my running shoes since I started going back and so far none of them feel good. It’s like I’m glued to the floor.

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      i use the zumba brand shoes and really like them, but my faves are the nike huarache dance lows, which were discontinued :/

  16. Janice on January 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Wow, such a thrill to have Gina randomly pick my board! Even cooler though was looking at everyone else’s boards! What an inspirational group this is. Thanks everyone who shared your boards, I’ve repinned and followed and had my own goals and visions expanded!

  17. Kim on January 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    WOW – 1 year pictures already?!
    I’m loving the 12 Days of Fitness (I link you every day!!). I probably won’t tweet you a picture – I’m way old and haven’t gotten into the tweeting/ twitter thing – lame-O, I know!!!!

  18. Shaina on January 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

    OMG so excited! Those are some AMAZING boards up there – Barb, my heart goes out to you!

    So cute that Liv can chant! Tripp learned how to give high 5’s and wave a few days ago and you would think he walked on the moon from my reaction haha.

    • Barb on January 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Katie on January 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Haha as a CU grad, that game caused quite the stir!! Everyone I know is now has now jumped on the basketball bandwagon because they actually win games, and our football team has left a little to be desired the past couple of years ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Alicia @NeverEverBeenSkinny on January 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I love the idea of pinterest boards!!

  21. Leah o on January 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I keep forgetting to check in but I haven’t missed a day of the 12 days yet! Can’t believe it’s already day 12 tomorrow. Thanks Gina !

  22. AmyW on January 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Is there anyway you could post a link to each of the pinterest boards you featured? I would be interested in looking at them. What a great idea!!

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