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Do one thing a day

To sweat


do one thing a day that scares you.

Two birds with one stone:


I took a hula hoop class this morning!

Let’s be real here, hula hopping is not my jam. Growing up, I was the kid who would bashfully spin the hoop around my hips and watch in dismay as it spun towards the floor. The only hoops I do well with are of the earring variety Winking smile

Anyway, hula hopping today was a lot of fun! Surprisingly, I managed to hoop a little with minimal awkwardness. Winking smile



Same gluten-free pancakes with peanut butter fluff that I munched the other day. They were just as delish as I remembered them Smile

This afternoon, I went with a work friend to walk around La Encantada and surprise shoppers with complimentary yoga passes.


La Encantada is a BEAUTIFUL outdoor shopping mall. They have a lot of my fave stores (Antro, VS, Tiffany, LV, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel) and are pet-friendly. Double lurve.

Of course, I made a stop at AJs Fine Foods to make eyes at the dessert counter.


Hubba hubba.

Lunch was courtesy of Trader Joes and my madre.


Goat cheese salad

salad (2)

and brown rice California roll


Done and done.

We’re off to a wedding, but I’ll be back later tonight or very early in the morning with a fun re-cap!



What have you done to step outside your comfort zone lately?

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  1. Sana on December 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Humm- I dated someone I had just met. It did not workout but I have no fear 🙂

  2. sassy molassy on December 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    This is one thing I love about the lululemon manifesto even though I don’t push myself at all. Other than marathon running/training, I rarely do things that really scare me. I guess I really like my comfort zone. 🙂

  3. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on December 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I drove to school (45 mins away) in the dark. I know that doesn’t sound SO scary, but i am petrified of driving at night… especially along that stretch of roads, it’s all farmland FULL of tons of deer.

  4. nicole on December 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve taken a hula hoop class before and it’s actually fun! A little goofy but it’s a different ab workout.
    I actually just did some much needed 3 miles of speed work and it was on the treadmill- double score. While it didn’t scare me, it wasn’t something I ever looked forward to but I’m glad I did it.

  5. Alana on December 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I taught my first university class in front of 15 people. Doesn’t sound too intense but considering my intense fear of public speaking, it was a major step outside my comfort zone. Have fun at the wedding!

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on December 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    “hula hopping is not my jam.”—Oh, I love how you put that! So cute 🙂 I used to love it as a kid, I was really good! I tried again in my mid 20s (kinda a drunk dare thing)…and I couldnt get that hoop spinning too well. Not sure if it was the alcohol or the lack of practice or whatever..haha

    Any mall with a LV, Tiffany, W.Sonoma, C & B, Anthro, is a mall I love! There’s one like that about 4 mins from my house in San Diego. It’s dangerous$$ It’s outdoors, too!

    I have stepped outta my comfort zone by deciding to make a blog change. I was wondering if you’re happy with your hosting, site designer, and all that jazz. I know you’re super busy but if you have a second, I was going to email you a couple questions about that kind of stuff.

    Enjoy your weekend, Gina!

  7. Karyn on December 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    hula hoop?! FUN. well i guess tonight i’m going out. not really out the total comfort zone but lately i’ve been feeling like a homebody and i need to push myself to go out and be social

  8. Katie on December 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Hula hooping sounds like fun!!! 🙂

    I actually applied to take continued education classes this winter, working towards getting a certificate that would apply to my job and some of my goals regarding future employment. I wasn’t really good in school (worked my bootay off, rarely slacked, but had a learning disorder and extreme test anxiety which affected my grades unfortunately), and after many nights crying wondering if I can do this, I finally put my big girl panties on and said I’m going to do it! 🙂 I couldn’t be more excited! And incredibly scared at the same time.

  9. Kristina @ spabettie on December 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    oh, you better watch out, you may become addicted to hooping! 😉 I did, a couple years ago. I couldn’t stop. <3

  10. Charliegirl on December 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Like, hula hooping is an actual exercise class?? no way! that’s rad! i just got out of my comfort zone and made miso/seaweed soup for the first time. never had anything of the fermented/seaweed variety before but i *loved* it! 🙂

  11. Christin@purplebirdblog on December 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I made my own hoop earlier this year! I really need to bust it out more often. I used to hoop anytime I was on the phone! 🙂

  12. Allison @ PickyEatingRD on December 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I would say the biggest thing I’ve done outside my comfort zone is to try new foods. I was completely content with eating the same thing day after day. Experimenting with new flavors and textures has been really rewarding!

  13. Jaclyn on December 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Yum Trader Joe’s lunch! Don’t love their sushi, but their salads and go-to quick foods are great!! I’m off to sushi tonight as well, can’t wait – lurve it!!

    So fun handing out free yoga passes – I’m sure they were well received!
    Recently… I started a new relationship, a lil bit scary lol! ;P

  14. Heather (heathers dish) on December 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I’m with you on the hula hooping…I can’t keep it around my hips to save my life!

  15. Moni'sMeals on December 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    yes, hulu hooping is not my jam either but I think it is fantatic you tried it out.

  16. Alicia @ Addsomesprinkles. on December 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I made a trifle today which was kind of out of my zone but the outcome was awesome and gluten free! 🙂 I have a weighted hula hoop but I barely use it cause it bruises the heck out my hip bones.

  17. Suzanne on December 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm


    First of all, I always say that stuff is or is not “the jam”, in the parlance of our times (quick, what movie does “parlance of our times” reference? earlier you gave a shout out to adam sandler’s finer years, and now i’m giving a nod to a fave of mine, savvy?)

    Second, that is awesome that you hula hooped, and it made me think of skip-its! Remember those? Once I finish commenting, I am immediately going to google “skip it on a treadmill” and see if anything comes up 🙂

    Last, but certainly not least, I’m so happy for you that the move went smoothly and that all seems to be working out lovely.

  18. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on December 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Lately, I’ve been trying to really put myself out there when it comes to my acting/modeling career. Sometimes it’s tough to ask people for things, but I’m learning it’s something that’s absolutely necessary in this, and many other, industries. I’m looking forward to making an inspiration board for 2011!

  19. Caitlin on December 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Hey Gina! long time reader 🙂 Yesterday, I took my run to the next level and ran with a backpack! such a fun challenge and super empowering. Have a great weekend!

  20. Evita on December 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Your goat cheese salad looks great. I had one tonight for dinner as well. (I would like to take this moment to thank you for introducing me to goat cheese. I used to be scared of all cheeses. Where has it been all of my life?)

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

      loooooove goat cheese 🙂

  21. Alexi on December 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Evita- is it really good? i’m currently in the “scared to try goat cheese” boat… what would you liken it to?

  22. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I always sucked at hula hooping too. 😛 But I bet it’s a killer ab workout!

    I went for my first winter run and I was scared I would find it too hard to run in the snow, but it ended up being awesome!

  23. Danielle on December 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I have trouble knowing WHAT to do when I am trying to lose weight. There are so many different opinions out there on what the best activity is to lose weight. It’s overwhelming!

  24. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on December 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I love weddings!! I haven’t really done anything outside of my comfort zone for awhile. I used to fly planes a couple of years ago until something scary happened and I quit. I think I was enough out of my comfort zone to keep me good for awhile .:)

  25. Kristina on December 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Love catching up w/your blogs every day! Between Indian food and goat cheese you’ve got me craving everything! Nice job on the hula-I’d be getting a good ab workout laughing so hard.

  26. Jamie on December 19, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Gina-What yoga video podcasts would you recommend? I tried out the YogaDownload videos and loved them. Any others you would recommend?

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

      those are the only good ones i know of… check and see if mbody yoga has any posted- i love that studio 🙂

    • Krystina (Basil & Wine) on December 19, 2010 at 10:26 am

      Hey girl, if you have itunes, just type in “power yoga” or “hatha yoga” or whatever type you fancy and a boat load of podcasts will turn up. If not, I recommend Dave Farmar or Yoga Journal. 🙂

      • Fitnessista on December 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm

        you’re right- dave farmar is AMAZING

  27. Runeatrepeat on December 19, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I’m tragic at hula hoop. Good for you for doing that class!

  28. Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy on December 19, 2010 at 3:15 am

    2 things.
    1 – that hula hoop class looks fun!
    2 – may I ask why you eat gluten free things? I feel like all of a sudden everything is eating gluten free? I don’t understand the trend of the health benefits. Let me know if I’m missing out on something here haha

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

      i’m gluten intolerant and have known for a couple of months. i started to get emails from people when i didn’t label things as gluten-free, so i’ve been labeling them as that

  29. Gosia on December 19, 2010 at 5:29 am

    “To sweat and do one thing a day that scares you.” Does Christmas shopping one week before Christmas count? 😉

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

      haha! i haven’t even started my shopping yet 🙂

      • Gosia on December 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

        you’re one brave woman, let me tell you this 😉 i just got back home from my Christmas shopping aka suicide mission (it’s 6pm in Poland) and i seriously wanted to kill Santa at least 5 times throughout the day 😀

  30. jassy on December 19, 2010 at 7:26 am

    i attended a service from another church…:) it’s scary but it is fine 🙂

  31. Ali on December 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

    That class looks like so much fun! I would love to do a class like that 🙂

  32. Haleigh on December 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Delicious Trader Joe’s lunch! The hula hooping class sounds like a blast 🙂 I always enjoy working out when it’s different and fun!

  33. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on December 19, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Last night I went out with the guy I just started dating and a bunch of his friends to see Black Swan and grab a drink. It was pretty awkward at first because EVERYONE knew each other and I was just the bashful chick in the corner, but it ended up being a bueno night. 🙂

  34. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on December 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Yesterday I went on a run at sunrise in the desert. I have been trying to go later in the day when rattlesnakes aren’t supposedly feeding, but it just gets too hot!

    Kudos on the hula hooping! I was definitely one of those kids that also would watch the hoop fall after a couple of spins.

  35. Alexandrina @ The Cardio Queen on December 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I knew that was La Encantada! I couldn’t remember exactly at first, but then you thankfully mentioned it. That place is awesome!

  36. aj on December 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I’m with some of the other girls…. the daunting task of Christmas shopping scared me, but I got most of it done today! You have often said shopping can count for cardio and judging by my level of exhaustion right now, I’m going to say yes… yes it does. : )

  37. Steph on December 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, a hula hoop class sounds fun!

    Where did you get that great coffee mug??

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

      my nana got it for me- i have no clue where she picked it up

  38. Amanda @ RunningOnCoffee on December 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I have been to TJ’s many times, but have yet to try their to-go lunch options. I need to do that!

    I got a hula hoop with a Lucy order last year, but didn’t think I’d get much use out of it so I sold it. I think a whole class of hula hooping could be VERY tiring!

  39. Dawn (HealthySDLiving) on December 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Hula Hoop class?!?! That sounds fun! I was never a crazy hula ooper but I’d definitely try a class like that!
    Hmmm I don’t know if this is stepping outside but I’m just starting Insanity and a liiiiitle scared about it. lol I took the fit test last night…OY!

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