Cute Shirts for a Cause

Hey guys! Happy Monday! Hope your day is off to a great start 🙂

Here’s what went down this weekend if you’re catching up on the bloggy world:

Insanity Week 4 Re-cap and Dump Cake Recipe

A picture of little Gina and a Mother’s Day tribute

Homemade Clif Bar Recipe + Packing shenanigans

Last night, the pilot and I had a low-key all-American feast of burgers and fries.

burgers and fries

Salad with strawberries, balsamic, spinach, and honey goat cheese


And vegan black bean burgers with sweet potato fries

burger and fries

The pilot had his on a bun:


and LOVED it- he said it tasted like tasty bean dip.

I had mine nekkid:

burgers and fries

A perfect meal 😀

This morning is going to be a frenzy- I’m going to do the recovery workout for Insanity, take Vieserton to the kennel, hit up the library for some books, cash some paychecks, go to an appt and get on the road!

So for now, I bring you some very cute shirts for a cause 🙂


This is from Katherine, an incredible strong woman from my homeland (AZ represent!) who is walking 60 miles to help fight cancer. Pretty amazing stuff.


This year I wanted to accomplish something. Something important. Something bigger than myself. On Friday, April 23rd I took on an incredible challenge and signed up to walk sixty miles in three days! I am 40 years-old, never been an athlete, what was I thinking? Why am I walking? I am walking because I am a woman and as simple as it sounds – because I can. Not only is there the huge challenged of walking sixty miles, but there is the challenge of raising $2,300 to walk. I have joined a great group of women “Hugs 4 Jugs” and will be walking in San Diego November 19-21, 2010. To share my store I started a personal blog documenting my journey and to keep friends and family updated – Please stop by and follow my progress!

I live in sunny and HOT Arizona with my wonderful fire-fighting husband and two kids (Meghan and Matt). I am also a huge Cavalier lover and enjoy outdoor time with my pups Avery and Mazie. As a family we enjoy vacationing at the Sand Dunes, talk about relaxing! With turning 40 last year I took great interest in my health by working out more, training to run a 5K and cutting meat out of my diet. I have lost close to 30 lbs. over the last couple of years and still find maintain a daily struggle, but through the internet I have found so many wonderful websites to keep me inspired. Gina’s Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie – A HUGE favorite of mine!! I share recipes, my workout adventures and more on my fitness blog.

In order to walk in the 3-Day walk I need to raise $2,300 to help fight breast cancer. Gina has stepped up to support my fundraising efforts by creating a t-shirt design for Fitnessista. Please visit my store to purchase Gina’s design or one of the many other designs available. I am so thankful for the all of the support and stories shared from those I have never met. There are many different designs available along with several different styles of shirts and accessories for purchase. All proceeds will go directly to my fundraising donations for the Susan G. Koman for the Cure walk. With your help I will walk sixty miles in three days!

Here is the shirt that she designed for us Fitnessistas:


SO cute and I can’t wait to buy one 😀

It’s available in her store (under Fitnessista on the left) for $22.99 and ALL of the proceeds from the T-shirt sales go to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

It’s interesting because the first race I ever ran was the Race for the Cure 5k. I was with my friend Mikaela, junior year in college, and we thought it would be a fun Saturday thing to do. Being surrounded by cancer survivors and supporters inspired me so much. I couldn’t help but tear up a little when they played “I Run for Hope” as the race was starting… it was very emotional, very humbling and definitely a race that I will never forget, even though I have no clue and didn’t care what my finishing time was. I’m so happy to help Katherine get the word out about her fundraising efforts.

Well I’m off to get ready- see you later today from HOTLANTA 🙂 Yeahhhhhh!



Today’s tip: Take things up a notch. During your next weight training sesh, add in some weight for each of your exercises, especially if you’ve been doing the same weight for quite some time. If it’s a cardio day, add in some sprinting surges at the end of your workout. Remember *change creates change*

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on May 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

    The shirts are so cute! Great idea for a great cause.

  2. Jessica on May 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Hey Gina,

    How did you make your sweet potato fries? They looks so good. I feel like whenever I make mine they are either way underdone and mushy (still delicious obviously) or overly browned (aka burned) and not very tasty. It looks like you managed to make them crisp but not overdone!



    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2010 at 10:02 am

      i took the bag of frozen alexia brand chipotle sweet potato fries, cut it open, spread them on a baking sheet and baked for 35 minutes at 350. i didn’t feel like making them and cutting potatoes last night 🙂

  3. Jenny on May 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I love your spin on burgers and fries! And those cute shirts aren’t helping my shopping addiction:)

  4. Kate @ Soupasana on May 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Hey, Gina.

    Love your take on sweet potato fries. 🙂 I think it’s so cool that there are all these healthy time saving options out there now.


  5. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on May 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

    That shirt is awesome! I still have yet to make homemade veggie or blackbean burgers but I will this week!

  6. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

    That shirt is so cute and for such a good cause!

  7. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Those shirts are SO cute. I’ve always wanted to do Race for the Cure, but by the time I found out when it was, it was too late 🙁

  8. Diana on May 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Cute t-shirts! 🙂
    Black bean burgers are soooooo good 😀

  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    “change creates change” is exactly what i needed to hear this morning. i’ve been struggling all weekend with issues related to disordered eating, and therefore haven’t taken the initiative to change. but that’s the only thing that can do it! thank you 🙂

  10. Karissa @ CardioFoodie on May 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

    My hubby and I ate the exact same meal for dinner last night, everything. I also made my fries from the bag

  11. Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on May 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I love these shirts!! And I love that they are for a good cause!

    Have fun on your trip!!

  12. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Very inspiring!! And cute shirts, to boot!

  13. Kilee on May 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

    What a great idea! Thanks for the daily inspirations. Have a great day and lots of fun traveling!

  14. allison @ livingoneday on May 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    yum dinner looks great! my salad yesterday was spinach, strawberries, slivered almonds, and goat cheese!! soooo good. have so so so much fun in the bahamas! relax and enjoy it girl, youve earned it!

  15. Katherine on May 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Gina –

    Thank you so much for your support this morning and sharing my cause with your readers. With your help and the help of your wonderful readers I am getting that much closer to raising the $2300 I need to walk in November! Thank you again!! 🙂


  16. Ashley on May 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    So jealous of your vacay! Will you be blogging while you’re away?

  17. Jessica on May 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Ahh I think that I may have suggested over twitter that you two do a burger + fries night 🙂
    So glad you enjoyed it! Looks ahhmazing –especially the strawbs salad and fries!

  18. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on May 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    That’s a great fund-raising idea. I love “burger” and “fries” nights. Last night we made fries, too. Jessica, I get my crispy by flipping them halfway though. They tend to brown on the bottom but stay soft on the top so doing this crisps them evenly.

  19. Paige (Running Around Normal) on May 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Love that design!! What an awesome idea. Great for you guys for teaming up a fundraiser:)

  20. breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 on May 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Mmm…sweet potato fries. Yummy! And those shirts are too cute!

  21. Emily @ The Front Burner Blog on May 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Yay, love that you liked the black bean burgers! We eat them like 3 nights a week. 🙂

  22. on May 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    good job on the shirts. super adorable!

  23. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    those shirts are so cute! safe travels and thanks for the awesome tip today!

  24. Alicia Plascencia on May 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I just bought a sweatshirt! It was so cute, I couldn’t resist. Of course I didn’t really neeeeeeed it, but its for a very good cause! Can’t wait to get it in the mail. 🙂

  25. Katherine on May 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    what a great cause and a great idea for a fundraiser! you’re sweet to support another blogger’s journey

  26. Andrea (Sweet N Green) on May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Did you say honey goat cheese?! Why have I never heard of that..I must try it! That shirt is adorable, too!

  27. Erica on May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I get all mushy at the Komen events, too…obvi 😉 Last year when all us survivors were having our celebration time, we were all dancing and on stage they were singing “I Will Survive.” It was a blast but it was just almost too much for my emotions to take! [in a good way 😉 ] It’s a very special thang I’m so proud to be a part of.

    I just ordered 2 of your t-shirts, too! I LOVE them!! Cutest.thing.ev-ah. Have a GREAT trip! We are hitting Vegas for our 15th wedding anniversary next week…can’t hardly wait!

  28. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on May 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love “burgers” and “fries”!

    The shirts are SO cute!!


  29. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    those shirt are such a good idea, and so cute!

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