“Burn it to earn it” circuit

 Morning, friends! Happy Monday. Hope you had a lovely weekend <3

I went to the track for a running workout, but the lights were out and it was totally dark. Since I have yet to invest on a headlight, I came home for a little Barre3 online workout instead.

Barre3 2

It was fun to do something new -I used their free 15-day trial– and while I don’t “get” all of the moves yet, I still got in a great workout. 

Protein yogurt makes a comeback:

Protein yogurt

(1 container of goat Greek yogurt, 1/2 scoop of protein powder (I’ve been using Raw Fit this time and really like it) and cinnamon in a waning sun butter jar)

While I was getting in my quick workout, I had two chefs in the kitchen…

Chef livi

Livi, who eventually transitioned from her play kitchen to the real kitchen to help the Pilot make dinner.

We had grilled BBQ chicken drumsticks, baked sweet potatoes and green beans. It was amaaaaazing. Why does food always tastes better when someone else makes it? πŸ˜‰

This post is going to be a quick one since I’m off to the eye doc. Guess I’m not destined for eyelash extensions:


A good friend, who always has gorgeous extensions, convinced me to give them another try. I went to a new place and while I loved the tech -no pain at all and she did a great job- my left eye has been red for almost 48 hours. It’s been glasses city for this girl….which are attached around the back of my head with a rubber band because they’re stretched out haha. (Don’t tell anyone.)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day <3



Something to do: This functional workout circuit! It’s one of my favorites when I’m short on time. Warm up, and then complete as many rounds as possible within 15 minutes, using good form (<– don’t let form sacrifice for the sake of completing more rounds. Work quickly, but efficiently.). As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. 

Burn it to earn it

Let me know if you give it a try! 

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  1. Erica { EricaDHouse.com } on January 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

    That protein yogurt sounds delicious!

  2. Sanaz@Run for Cake on January 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about the extensions not working out. It definitely isn’t worth the eye irritation!
    Thanks for the workout! I am always looking for new workout ideas. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

      thank you! have a great day <3

  3. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on January 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I lovvvve the idea of eyelash extensions, but I just a) couldn’t deal with the upkeep and b) couldn’t justify the price. They look great, though!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

      i’ve gotten two amazing deals, which may be why i’ve had less than great experiences haha

  4. David Prochaska on January 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I like that circuit. Not enough people do burpees so I really like it when workouts incorporate burpees. It covers chest, legs, back, and some cardio with the burpees and jumping squats. This will be one of my go to workouts when I’m pressed for time! πŸ™‚

  5. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on January 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Sorry about the eyelashes! Yours do look gorgeous right now, though. Hopefully the redness goes away soon!

    Great circuit πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

      thank you! i hope so too :/

  6. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on January 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I just had some “protein yogurt” the other day for a snack with some salted almonds thrown in, and it was the BEST snack! I totally go in phases with yogurt, and I think I’m back on the yogurt train for awhile. πŸ˜‰

    Good luck with your eye doctor appt! Eye problems are the worst!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

      that sounds AMAZING πŸ™‚

  7. Megan on January 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Eeek I hope your eye feels better!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

      thank you!

  8. Emily on January 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Gina, I have a question. I saw recently a Living Social deal for a Barre3 DVD workout program. Would you recommend it? (Here’s the link: https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/852636-barre-workout-dvd-package-core-ball?index=1) I don’t have access to any type of barre/ballet facilities, but have heard the programs are awesome. Thanks for your input and I hope your eye is better!! Going to the eye doctor is probably my least favorite thing ever!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

      i’ve only tried one live class (in an instructor’s garage) and one of the online workouts, so i’m not sure how the dvds are. i really love what i’ve tried so far, though!
      i just looked at the link and think it’s an awesome deal. usually studio classes are $$$$ and you’d get to try quite a few new options at home. if anything, you could do one of the online workouts for free (using the 15 day trial) and decide from there if you want to get the living social deal πŸ™‚

      • Emily on January 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        Thanks for your comments.

  9. Heather @fitncookies on January 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Oh no! Hoping you get rid of the red eye today at the Drs.. thanks for the workout! It looks awesome!

  10. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I have always wanted to try Barre I may have to look up this website!

    Good luck at the eye Dr! I hope they are able to figure out what is bothering you πŸ™‚

  11. Caitlyn@BareBalance on January 6, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I LOVE barre3. I have been reading up on it over the past year and a half and have finally bought five of their take home DVDs, as well as a playground ball. How do you feel about it compared to Physique 57!?


  12. Captain Competition on January 6, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Great circuit, burpees suck, guess that is why that are so good for you.

  13. Traci on January 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Your daughter’s chef hat: AMAZING. I want one…!

  14. Bonnie on January 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Which Barre 3 workout did you do? Thinking about doing the free trial. Thanks!

  15. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Oh no! I hope your eye feels better! I used to get red eyes when I wore contacts as a teenager. Thankfully my eyes eventually adjusted. Do you think something got in your eye or the eyelashes are rubbing agaisnt your eye?

  16. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 6, 2014 at 11:51 am

    That play kitchen looks amazing!! I wish mine looked like that when I was a kid.

  17. Brynn on January 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I also started my day with barre toning and protein yogurt! Great minds think alike!
    Also pinning this workout for another day. With this winter weather I have been doing workouts at home since I am trapped inside!

  18. Carrie on January 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    You definitely don’t want to mess up your eyes. Not worth it. They look nice, though. I heard someone say once that you need to take really good care of your feet and your eyes. Makes sense.

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      totally agree πŸ™ that’s why i got a doc appt asap. usually i drag my feet with medical stuff (for myself) but not with eyes.

  19. Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline on January 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your eye.

  20. Teena on January 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Just finished your workout and loved it!! Am over 50 so taking it a slower to see how my body responds:). I completed two full sets in 15. Thanks for the workout!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      awesome job!!!

  21. Becky @ Life Outside The BOX on January 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Good luck with your eye, I hope everything is OK. I’ve been wanting to give the eyelash extensions a try but it’s so pricey!!

  22. Jennie on January 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    What brand is the greek goats yogurt? I would like to try it for my daughter. Right now I give her regular goats yogurts from WFS but assume the greek has more protein?

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      it’s capretta. yes, it has significantly more protein πŸ™‚

  23. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on January 6, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I tried the Barre3 too but I didn’t love the classes. Some were better than others but overall I thought the pace was a bit slow and I found it hard to motivate myself to do them. I do, however, love online workouts in general because they are so convenient!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      i love online workouts, too. agree- i think p57 is more challenging

  24. Julie on January 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I had the same breakfast!

    I’m going to have to try that circuit!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm


  25. Shaina Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    ooh I’ll try that circuit tomorrow since its a lift day! Today was incline sprints on the treadmill and a squat routine. I’m doing a squat challenge this month with a friend that lives in VA. Supposedly I’ll be able to do 200 in a row by day 30….we’ll see haha. That doesn’t take into account the fact that I’m putting weight ON instead of dropping it like she is. πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      whooaaaa. i’ll live vicariously through you. haha

  26. Cassie on January 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Hope they get your eyes back in shape! I hate when my eyes hurt!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      thank you! me too, it’s the worse

  27. Maria on January 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    The eyebrow threading place by my house was offering a deal on lash extensions for NYE. I was going to get them but I decided against it πŸ™‚ I think I’ll just stick to my stick on eyelashes when the occasion calls for them πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      ughhhh i wish i would have done the same. they look great, but i’m not really stoked about the eye thing. not worth it

  28. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Liv is too cute in her chef outfit πŸ™‚

    Hope your eye gets better soon!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      i love her little chef outfit!
      thank you πŸ™‚

  29. Danica @ It's Progression on January 6, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    This workout looks awesome! I plan to try it later this week!

  30. Livi on January 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    looks like an awesome circuit!! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      let me know if you do! πŸ™‚

  31. katie on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Ooooohhh… I like this circuit workout. This might be exactly what I need! I’m currently trying to figure out how to keep my exercise mojo going during our vacation to cold states!


    • Fitnessista on January 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      let me know if you give it a try!

  32. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on January 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    That looks like a fun home workout!
    I’ll be putting it in my workout notebook to try sometime.

  33. Annalisa on January 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    It just did the circuit, it kicked my booty. I made it thru three times with 2 minutes to spare but that was all I had. I am really getting into working out at home to save money so thanks for all of the great workouts.

  34. Sheila on January 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hey Gina!

    Thanks for the circuit workout. I am just getting back into the gym routine and this was a perfect end to my upper body weights day. (also it was hard, hahahah)


  35. Jacki on March 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    this was a tough one! The burpees straight to squats, then squat jumps>>Woooo! Did 5 rounds in 15 mins with a 20 sec break thrown in there. This is def a keeper πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on March 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

      amazing job!!! happy you liked it πŸ™‚

  36. Natalie on July 16, 2015 at 4:30 am

    4.5 rounds! Killer!

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