catch me outside

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a happy Monday. I’d love to hear about your weekend! Ours was filled with fun events, but I didn’t end up taking a ton of pictures. It was nice to enjoy some extra time unplugging, and I was in the pool for about 70% of the weekend, so there ya go. I just realized almost this entire blog post consists of my hand holding different types of food. At least it’s good stuff? lol.

We met up with friends for margaritas and swimming on Friday night, and then on Saturday, I headed to an early Orangetheory class. We had plans for the entire day, so it felt nice to check the workout box before the day officially began.


After class, Liv went to her friend’s house to swim, while I took P to a playdate for her school. It was a very cute set-up; all of the kids from class were there, their parents, and even their teachers. We were asked to bring a dish to share, so I made these rice crispy treats which are always a huge hit. 

Rice crispies

After the playdate, I picked up Liv, and then we headed to Reid Park for the Cystic Fibrosis walk. Originally the kiddos were going to walk with us, but in the end, P’s friend’s dad watched them all play on the playground while the ladies did our strenuous 3k walk, chatting the whole time. After the walk, the Pilot met us at the park and we headed to Oregano’s for dinner. We haven’t had Oregano’s in forever, and I’d forgotten how much I love the Oregano’s favorite salad. Plus, it’s the size of my head!! It’s one of those salads you can eat for 20 years and it doesn’t look like you’ve made a dent in it.

Oreganos salad

I stayed up way too late reading Radium Girls and had some seriously crazy dreams. It still blows my mind that this actually happened, and while I feel heartbroken that these girls had to encounter horrible health problems, I feel thankful to them for standing up to a safer workplace environment. Needless to say, reading it before bed makes for some pretty bizarre dream situations.

Sunday was crepes at the market – we met the fam there and some friends –


followed by a ride on the Peloton, and the rest of the afternoon in the pool. 

Pool w p rose

(Quick pic during a fruit and mini corn dog break)

For lunch, I enjoyed a Daily Harvest smoothie. They use ingredients I don’t usually have at home, and the flavor combos are amazing. I love their soups and bowls, but the smoothies and overnight oats are my very fave. Here’s my referral link if you’d like to try it out! You get 3 free cups. I’ll usually add protein powder and/or collagen to amp up the protein content. 

Smoothie break

Dinner was one of the ol’ go-tos: grilled chicken, sweet potato with nut butter, and lemon and garlic asparagus. It’s one of those meals I know I can make in about 20 minutes (I love using the Instant Pot for the sweet potatoes! Just add a couple inches of water, place them in the little metal basket thing, and set on manual for 20 minutes) and the girls love it.

After dinner, the Pilot took over the bedtime routine while I met up with madre to see Cats. I love all of the classic musicals that came to Tucson this year – this was the last show of the season – and hadn’t seen Cats since middle school. Please don’t throw anything at me, but it’s not my fave musical ever. The dancing is incredible and “Memory” was one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest home runs, but it’s slow moving and a lot of the lyrics are…nonsense. (I’m totally yay for art and not everything needs to be spelled out for me, but I feel like some of this one was a bit of a reach. I also know I’m in the minority here because it was one of the longest-running shows on Broadway!) The cast members each do their own makeup, so it’s fun to see how they design their cat faces. 🙂 


This week, I have quite a few meetings on the agenda (something fun is coming, friends), and the usual activities with the girls mixed in with work stuff. I’m not teaching any classes this week, so I’m looking forward to trying out some new online classes, meeting up with a friend for barre, and my standard strength workouts.

I hope you have a happy Monday and I’ll see ya soon! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.



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  1. Jill on May 6, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I completely agree with you about Cats – I didn’t like it at all! GREAT music, but the play itself was meh. Sounds like a great weekend for you!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      that makes me feel better. the music is great but it’s sooooo slow
      hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Amanda on May 6, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Hi Gina! I just got a peloton and I’m so excited to incorporate it into my workout schedule. I have a 7 month old and I work full-time, so I’m leaving the gym and will have the peloton and a 4x a month Orangetheory membership. Do you have any tips on how best to utilize the peloton, along with some strength/yoga, and Orangetheory to ensure I’m getting a good balance? I really love strength training and have some weights at home, so I want to make sure I’m not just only doing cardio now! Have you tried any of the strength or yoga workouts on peloton digital? Thanks in advance!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      OYESSES happy peloton to you! it’s hard because you’ll want to do it almost everyday so you have to consciously make an effort to strength train. you’ll love the bootcamp and strength workouts on the app, and the yoga is great, too. i would do 2-3 days of peloton alternated with 2-3 days of strength (one is orangetheory). i usually do 2 peloton days, 1 orangetheory, 2 strength workouts (one might be barre) and 2 rest days.

  3. Aubrey on May 6, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Oregano’s favorite salad is my favorite Tucson salad! Looks like a great weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      i definitely need to have it more often than once a year. it was SO good 🙂

  4. Brittany on May 6, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Agree 100% on Cats!! Memories is absolutely insane and, with the right voice, can be earth shattering. Other then that, the whole cats walking around thing kind of gives me nightmares!!
    That salad looks amazing!!! What’s in it? I love never ending salads!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      totally agree. thankfully, the actress who played grizabella was incredible, but the rest of it was pretty much a bunch of nonsense and people rolling around in cat costumes haha
      the salad is romaine, chicken, onions, sundried tomatoes, roasted red bell pepper, pine nuts, raisins and feta

  5. Anna on May 6, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Looks like a fun weekend! You’re definitely not the only one who isn’t a fan of Cats! Most theatre performers have a disdain for it because it has a loose plot and nonsensical music. I was in a production a few years ago and LOVED being in it! Being an adult dressed as a cat, rolling around and dancing nonstop for 2 hours to silly songs? So fun! But no one really wants to watch that

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      so glad to hear i’m not alone! i love pretty much all musicals so it was weird for me to NOT enjoy this one. i could totally see how it would be fun to perform in it, but watching is another story 😉 during the “what’s in a name? what’s in a name?” part of the intro i was thinking, they probably really have to hype themselves up to get through some of these scenes haha

  6. Kristen on May 6, 2019 at 11:07 am

    I’m a huge Broadway nerd and I HATE “Cats.” You are not alone!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      that makes me feel better haha!

  7. Abigail Smith on May 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I love how you manage to fit workouts into almost every day even when you are super busy! Very inspiring.=)

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      it’s the only thing that keeps me sane through the chaos 😉

  8. Meagan Brackeen on May 6, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    I am so happy/grateful that you did the CF Great Strides walk! My daughter has CF and I actually know the mom and twins who where the Ambassadors at the Tuscon walk! They are incredible people. It looks like you had wonderful weather for it- bonus! xo

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      yes, the weather was perfection. sending lots of love to you and your sweet daughter! one of my friends is involved with the CF foundation here in tucson so i’m looking forward to attending more events <3

  9. Amber on May 6, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    You’re not alone on cats not being your favorite! It’s not my favorite either. Glad you enjoyed your weekend! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      i’m so glad it’s not just me

  10. Courtney on May 6, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Love oreganos and the start of pool season in AZ!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      the best!

  11. Deanna on May 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Have you seen the episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt where Titus finds out the truth about Cats? I’ve never seen it, but it’s not on my list of shows I have an interest in.

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      no but i need to look for it!

      • Katie on May 7, 2019 at 9:45 am

        Haha I was going to say the same thing!! I love ALW, but Cats isn’t my favorite. The Kimmy Schmidt episode about it is pretty hilarious 🙂

  12. Elizabeth on May 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Lol. Cats was the first broadway musical I saw when I was like 7 or 8 and I was like, wtf is this!? It’s basically an opera since there is no dialogue.

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      i thought about taking liv since we had another ticket and am so glad i didn’t hahah

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