Dreamy dinner + August Weights Workout

Hey hey! Itโ€™s FRIDAY <3 So glad the weekend is finally here! Thank you so much for making me feel better about my drum fear ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s nice to know that many of you would have done the same thing.

I think Iโ€™ve finally gotten the hang of using our new kitchen ๐Ÿ˜€


Dinner last night wasโ€ฆ dreamy ๐Ÿ™‚

All of my favorite things:

Salmon, seasoned with pepper, garlic, Nama Shoyu and brown sugar, pan-seared and baked


[Trader Joeโ€™s has AMAZING fresh salmon- it looked so goodโ€ฆ I just wanted to take it out out the package, cover it in wasabi and eat it]

Twice-baked sweet potatoes โ€“ have been SO excited to try these, and then did not disappoint

We saved Miss Bell some plain baked sweet potato.. she loves her veggies ๐Ÿ˜‰

sweet potato

and zucchini, sautรฉed in olive oil until borderline burned (just how we like it)


It was a lovely meal ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning, I slept in a little since my body is drained from yesterday โ€“feel much better now- and am about to take Bell for a little walk before getting started on ninja-kicking the dayโ€™s to-dos.

See ya later today with a Fashion post on jeans ๐Ÿ™‚



Something to do:

August Weights Workout!!

Is pumping iron more often one of your August goals? Try adding this weights workout into your routine. Itโ€™s full-body, so make sure to complete it on non-consecutive days. Choose a weight thatโ€™s challenging for you- if you can do more than 12 reps of an exercise easily, it may be time to bump it up.

As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes and honor your body and injuries- if it hurts, donโ€™t do it!

1) Warm-up, cardio of choice 5-7 minutes (start with low intensity, bring it up to moderate)

2) Dumbbell lunge to overhead press (3 sets of 10 on each side)

3) Sumo squat and leg raise (3 sets of 10 on each side)

4) Jump squats โ€“ 30 seconds

5) Assisted pull-up (3 sets of 12)

6) Bench push up (3 sets of 12)

7) 1-arm pronated tricep extension (3 sets of 10 on each side)

8) Bench step up โ€“ 30 seconds each leg

9) Double crunch โ€“ 25

10) Superman โ€“ 1 minute

11) Cool down and stretch ๐Ÿ™‚

If you try it, please let me know what you think <3 Happy training!

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  1. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on August 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Trying the weights workout tonight… Can’t wait!

  2. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Looks like an awesome workout Gina! Sumo squats are one of my favourite lower body exercises right now, especially with a kettlebell. I hope you have a lovely Friday!

  3. Sara K on August 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    A dreamy din din indeed :)! Happy Friday!

  4. Jennie @ Designed to be Fit on August 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    This may be a stupid question, but should I do this same workout twice a week, even though they are working the same muscle groups, or should I pair it with another full body workout that works the same areas but in different ways?

    Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2011 at 11:48 am

      you can do it either way! for simplicity, it can be done twice a week and still get amazing results (because of the new combo of moves and exercises), or it you want to switch it up and do different exercises for the second weight sesh of the week, that works too

  5. mi-an on August 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

    gonna do these lay-errrr at the gym!! thanks!

  6. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

    That salmon looks so tasty!

  7. megan on August 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

    bookmarking this page for when im not injured any longer! thanks for the great workouts!

  8. Allison @ Food For Healing on August 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    i could go for a dreamy supper, my meals have been so boring and quick lately. I need something with flavour!

  9. Ali @ Peaches and Football on August 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Mmm those sweet pots do look dreamy. Thanks for the weight ideas – I’ve been meaning to start more lifting!

  10. Holly @ The Runny Egg on August 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Love the weights workout!

    And those twice baked sweet taters look delicious. I need to try those!

  11. Chloe (In Fine Feather) on August 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    That salmon looks amazing! Trader Joe’s is awesome, I love almost everything they carry & I like how I am constantly finding new things to try.

  12. gretchen on August 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Silly question….is this workout designed to be done circuit style, going through the full routine once then repeating twice? Or do you just go in order and do the same exercises for the # of sets listed? It looks pike an awesome workout, and I’m excited to give it a try!

  13. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on August 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    That salmon looks so good! Salmon is my favorite fish and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it!

  14. Shayla @ The Good Life on August 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    What a great weights workout! That’s awesome you’re getting in all that great salmon…I’m sure you know this but I’ve read that salmon is one of the best sources for the baby’s brain development and nervous tissues ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Hillary on August 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Your dinner consisted of all of my favorite things. Now I have a hankering for salmon!

    Thanks for posting the weights workout too—I’ve been REALLY bored with my weights routine lately, so maybe this will switch it up a little!

  16. chelsea on August 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Since I’m a vegetarian I can’t eat the salmon but oh my everything else in this meal looks SOOOO yummy! =D I love cooking my zuchinni in a little olive oil and balsamic. It’s a trick I learned from my mom and it never fails me lol <3

  17. Krystina (Organically Me) on August 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Mmm, salmon and sweet potatoes sound so good right now.

  18. Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) on August 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Goodness gracious, dinner DOES look heavenly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Niki on August 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I’m saving that workout for Monday (arms day!) Tonight, I get to focus on legs! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Salmon and sweet potatoes are my favorite things ever. I planned on making salmon since I have it on hand, but the twice baked sweet potatoes look good enough for me to run back to the store! I ran out two days ago…boo!

  20. Shannon on August 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Gina…great workout!! I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of coconut oil for both overall health and fat burning. I’d love to hear your general thoughts on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Nicole on August 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    That pic of Bella staring up at her bowl is priceless!

  22. Katie on August 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Now I am craving salmon for dinner…….Hmmmmmmm and Im sick, so maybe mike has to make me some ; )

    Love ya girl! Are you going to HLS?! Text me and let me know! xo

  23. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Salmon is my favorite protein to eat! I’m so glad you’re getting the hang of your kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on August 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    That salmon is gorgeous! Your whole dinner looks delish. Yum!

  25. kara on August 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    i had emily’s twice baked sweet potatoes last night for dinner!! and i just celebrated mediterranean food FRIday!

  26. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on August 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve never tried any of Trader Joes fish but I sure will now!

  27. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on August 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    We’re getting used to a new kitchen too…funny how you kind of have to “learn” your kitchen when you move in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Dynamics on August 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I just discovered I can dehydrate sweet potatoes for the puppy. For those who buy those rawhide bones, this is a great alternative. The dogs love them!! I filled the dehydrator for a buck 44 versus a 6oz bag from the pet store that costs 6 bucks.

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      bella loves those! thanks for reminding me ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on August 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Twice baked sweet potatoes? Yum! I think I need to make those a dinner side tonight!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Moni'sMeals on August 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Hey You! It has been awhile…good to be back, I missed so much, haha.

    This meal Looks great!

    Happy Friday.

  31. Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit on August 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    That dinner looks amazing! Love salmon.

  32. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    The marinade for the salmon looks great, Gina. Brown sugar probably helped it caramelize..nice! That’s good to know about TJ’s having good fresh fish. Honestly, I have never looked or tried it but that’s a good tidbit. I bought the Thanksgiving turkey I made for Scott last year from them and he said it was the best turkey he ever had.

    Have a great Friday and weekend!

  33. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather on August 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    That dinner does look dreamy! Salmon is my faaaavorite ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great full body workout!

  34. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on August 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    that dinner looks heavenly!! I am definitely checking out the sweet potato recipe!

    I’m saving this workout, thank you gina!!!

  35. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on August 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Superman is one of my favourite spine strengthening poses ever, we do it all the time in yoga and it is intense. the yoga to the people podcasts make my heartrate shoot through the roof when they lead you through long holds of this pose. phew! ๐Ÿ™‚ mmm…your meal looks absolutely incredible…I wish I had that for dinner…may have to remedy the situation shortly, lol! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xyx

  36. Pam on August 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Your salmon looks so good! Your whole meal looks pretty delish!
    Thanks for the weight training routine, looks challenging and will produce soreness!

  37. Emilie on August 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Delicious looking food and great workout tips!

  38. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on August 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Great weights workout….I love weights and I’m always looking for some more variety!
    Love fresh salmon. Your looks delish!

  39. Bonnie on August 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    That workout looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it out this weekend! Also, I don’t know if you’ve posted this before, but what are your absolute favorite cookbooks? I’m kinda in a menu planning/cooking rut and I need some inspiration. Thanks so much!

  40. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Gina, you read my mind. I’ve been looking for some weights workouts to do! Thanks girl! ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. Sara on August 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I think I will try your weight workout tomorrow! It looks like a tough one! I’m trying so hard to build some muscle.

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      have fun and let me know what you think!

  42. Julie on August 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    My favorite part of this whole post is that your number 8 turned into a smiley face with sunglasses on. I was confused by this for a while thinking you thought that this move was somehow cooler than the other moves. Then I realized that 8 ) is the shortcut for that face….

    Love this workout, can’t wait to do it!!

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      wow- i didn’t even notice that!
      let me know if you try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Ashley@MyFoodFitnessFun on August 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Those twice baked sweet potatoes look AMAZING!! I’ll have to give those a try. From what I see, I’m sure they won’t disappoint!

    That workout looks like a good one too…I’m going to give that one a try too! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Awesome work out!

  45. Leanne on August 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Can you suggest an at home substitution for the assisted pull-up? TIA

    • Hannah on August 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Yes, I would also like a substitution for the assisted pull-up. My gym doesn’t have that machine! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Lacey on August 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Tried it today with a coworker over lunch. Love! ๐Ÿ˜€

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