Farewell, Fred

Breakfast was one of the ordinary staples over here. 

Oats w coffee

It was fun to do something a little different after bfast- we met up with Michele and Levi for a baby class.

I’ll write a more thorough post about it on the Family page, but it was basically the cutest thing ever. We sang songs, they hung jumparoos and swings for the kids to play in, we blew bubbles and chilled in the ball pit (after joking with the owner, he gave me the downlow on how often they’re cleaned). 

Me and liv




An egg with the new Cholula of my dreams: chipotle

Hot sauce


I also roasted up a huge batch of veggies to enjoy over the next couple of days:


tomatoes, onion, fennel, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, artichokes + chickpeas, seasoned with oregano, garlic, sea salt and pepper


In sad news, Fred the fish is no more. I always do his “dinner” while I rock Livi to sleep, and tonight when I leaned over to feed him, my heart dropped as I saw him. Rest in peace, Fred. You lived with us for almost two months, which is like 80 years in carnie goldfish time. 

As my friend Isabelle would say, he went from a fish energy to another energy.

I’m off to get in some HIIT and weights, then call it a night <3

Hope you’re having a great day.



Something to think:

Source: imgspark.com via Damian on Pinterest

**I loved reading your love/hate stories about 50 Shades of Grey. I’m going to keep reading it until I make it at least a third of the way through and make my decision from there. Hunger Games is already waiting for me on the Kindle 🙂

**Taking it easy on workout photo posts this week to get everything ready for Summer Shape Up 2012! Please let me know if you have any requests <3




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  1. Rachel on June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Aww. Rest in peace. Fish.

    Hunger Games! LOVE them All. Love love love, and I’m 35. The first movie was a 1 compared to the 10 I give all three books (the 2nd being my favorite). I can’t bring myself to do the 50 Shades thing, I’m too old to kill any more brain cells with what I’ve heard (from the auther herself) to be really bad soft-porn. But sometimes it’s nice to know what everyone is talking about for sure.

  2. Em on June 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Did you bake these (veggies) and for how long/what temp? I’d love to do this, but not so sure on methods! I’m “THAT” girl who needs like “Step1 -3” spelled out for her. Thank you so much!

  3. Sana on June 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Awww you and Livi look sooo cutee 🙂

  4. Crystal on June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    How often did he say they cleaned the ball pit?

    • Kelsey on June 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      ditto to this question! i will also say that i work at a daycare and while we tell people the foam blocks/slides are cleaned twice a week we are lucky if it is once a week…so his answer may not have really been accurate! 🙂

  5. Felicia on June 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Hi! Just found your blog today, really enjoyed it! I just started my own blog, hopefully you can check it out and let me know what you think! feliciasfitnessjourney.blogspot.com
    Fitness Felicia

  6. Lindsay @ The Skipping Pixie on June 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm


  7. Stacey on June 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I just finished the last hunger games and absolutely loved them!!!!

  8. Jess on June 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Lovely picture of you and Livi! The carnie fish did well to make it 2 months!

  9. Sarah on June 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Gina! Love the picture of you and Livi! So cute 😀

    I would love some lower ab/love handle workouts in Summer-Shape-Up! Also, arm exercises, need to get rid of that tricep jiggle 😛

    Thanks! Your Shape-Ups rock!!! <3

    • Paije on June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

      I second the ab/love handle workouts! I just had a baby almost 3 months ago and my belly is JIGGLY!

      I can’t wait to start the summer shapeup!

  10. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on June 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    So sad…but I am sure fred will be the first in a long line of fishy friends to come 😉 You are going to LOVE the hunger games!! I can’t believe you’ve been able to go this long without reading it…I caved when the movie came out LOL.

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I love that picture of you and Livi!! How adorable! I can’t wait to read more about the whole experience!

  12. Heather S on June 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I see Livi is rocking the old man hair just like my little lady who just turned 5 months yesterday . It’s sp funny and cute 🙂

  13. Julie on June 6, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I attempted to read 50 Shades of Grey and get to the good parts(?). I have Mockingjay to finish too.

  14. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on June 6, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I love that pic of you and Livi…adorable! and those veggies look yummers! thanks for sharing!

  15. Laura Ann on June 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Totally random question – how are you liking your bangs? They look SO GOOD on you! I’m considering a similar cut to yours, but after so many years being “bangsless”, I’m worried they’ll bother me.

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Great pic of you two and RIP to Fred.

    Those batch-cooking style veggies look great!

  17. Shelley on June 6, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Bye, Fred. Sniff, sniff.

    When I was younger, all my fish used to die. I could never figure out why, but now that I’m grown (am I?), I’m convinced that it’s because I used to take them out of their bowl with my hands, and then “pet” them while they flipped around in my hand…and then put them back in their bowl!

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      this made me laugh so hard

  18. Amanda on June 6, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I had a goldfish that lived 10 years- but he lived in a big pond outside. They just need lots of space most people don’t have lol. I’m surprised Fred lived so long he had spirit!

  19. Kristin on June 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

    My fish is also Fred the Fish! Surprisingly, he is still alive! We got him in January and there has been two occasions that we have gone away for at least 5 days and forgotten to give him the 7 day tablet and we came back and he was still swimming around… the little beta doesn’t wanna give up!

  20. Stacy Seratt on June 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, but I finished the Hunger Games yesterday afternoon. I called my husband to tell him I was heading to the book store to snag the other two. He said “You can’t wait until you go this weekend?” I couldn’t wait THAT long! I will have book two read by Saturday!!!

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Aww RIP Fred! My goldfish always used to die on my so quickly too – one of them even jumped out of the tank and my dad came home to find him fried on the radiator! 😛

  22. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on June 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

    So sad about Fred! I always had a goldfish as a child and never understood why they didn’t live very long 🙁 I can’t wait to see what you come up with for summer shape up! No requests for it! I’m sure it will be awesome as usual 🙂 I always make a batch of roasted veggies for the week but I’ve never tried fennel in them, sounds really good. I’m going to have to try that next week!

  23. Emily on June 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I LOVE that chipotle Cholula! There’s a salad of yours I make all the time (greens, avocado, kidney beans, kalamata olives, sweet peppers, cucumber, garlic, cumin, s&p, lime juice) that I add a sprinkle of the Cholula on top of… Perfect little kick!

  24. lindsay @ prettylittleparadise on June 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

    the hunger games is amazing– the first one is definitely the best, though!! i havent read 50 shades of grey, but, like you i am weary about it because of all the hype— i’ll probably just watch the movie when it comes out 😉 olivia is gorgeous, she is a mini you! her eyes are the prettiest lil things i’ve ever seen!! oh, and, adios fred 🙁

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      thank you, her little (big) eyes are so amazing 🙂

  25. Laura @ My Pink Thumb on June 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Can’t wait for your summer shape up!

  26. Irene on June 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    OMG, look at those eyes! Livi just gets more adorable everyday. We killed so many fish during my childhood – I think I’m done with fish.

  27. Catalina @ Cake with Love on June 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    That pictures of you and Liv is gorgeous, you have to frame it!

  28. Katie on June 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Aww, I’m sorry to hear about Fred! But like you said that’s forever in goldfish years so he had a nice, long life! 🙂 If you’re considering another fish then i’d recommend a Beta / Siamese Fighting Fish — we got one for our daughter after our goldfish died and so far (knock on wood) we’ve had it for 7 months and he’s still going strong.

    At the risk of sounding like a weirdo, can you please tell me how you got the artichokes for your veggie mix? Like did you cut up an actual artichoke or were they the jarred kind? I see both types in the store and loooove them at restaurants, but have no clue how to do it myself.

    Thank you! 🙂

    P.S. Your daughter gets cuter and cuter in every pic — she’s just too precious!

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      i used canned. the pilot is the artichoke pro over here 🙂
      thank you! <3

  29. Katie on June 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    i would love to see a BUTT workout in summer shape up! mine is in need of some help! 🙂

  30. Karen on June 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Poor little fishy! I can’t keep fish alive fir longer than 2-4 months!
    You are going to love Hunger Games!!
    Could you please have back and shoulder exercises for summer shape up 😉

  31. Susan (Health Screening Advocate) on June 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

    RIP Fred!

    Got to say, that breakfast looks incredible.. If it wasn’t 4 O’clock in the afternoon I would definitely be whipping some porridge up!

    – Susan

  32. Alysia @ Slim Sanity on June 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I need to remember to throw chickpeas in my veggie mixes!

  33. Brandi on June 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I just love your posts. you have a great blend of everything from meals to workouts to everyday life. I have started a new life journey recently and have made a website to let it all out on. Your site has been my inspiration. check it out if you have time.
    www. eatloveplank.com

    thanks for being you!

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      thank you so much, brandi! happy new blog- can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  34. Menden on June 6, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Aw, poor Fred. I had a carnie fish in college named Jerry that lived for 3 years, go figure!

    Livi’s big brown eyes are so gorgeous I can’t even stand it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      thank you- i love them so much 🙂

  35. Shayna on June 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

    We won a goldsfish at a carnival when I was little and she lived for, like, 8 years! Her name was Wilma (Fred? Wilma? Weird.) and she turned out to be a fancytail and grew to be the size of a ping pong ball. She was the fattest fish I ever saw. I didn’t even know fish could BE fat. Big-boned, maybe?

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      hahah! that was like my childhood goldfish, fiona 🙂

  36. Liz @ Southern Charm on June 6, 2012 at 11:55 am

    RIP Fred! You lived a very long and loving life!

    And I LOVE the quote at the end of this post. I’m going through a rough time right now, and it’s exactly what I needed to hear! I need to make the best of what I have 🙂

  37. Cat @ Breakfast to Bed on June 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Have you tried chipotle tabasco? I like to mix it with green cholula. I have problems.

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      NO! i need to, but i usually don’t love tabasco

  38. Natalie on June 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I’m waiting patiently for Summer Shape Up! I need help with core exercises please!

  39. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on June 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Aw that baby class sounds adorable, can’t wait to hear more about it! And sorry to hear about Fred! I got a goldfish at the fair as a kid and despite putting him in a clean water and a new bowl, he didn’t last through the night 🙁 I was devastated! On other notes- I didn’t know you could roast artichoke hearts? I need to try it! How long do you roast that mix for and what temp?

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      about 40 min at 375 😉

  40. Maddy on June 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Livi is a gorgeous baby!

    I haven’t made roasted veggies in a long time. Did you use olive oil or some other oil? If so, how much? What temperature did you cook them at and for how long? Were the artichokes fresh, from a jar or frozen? I am embarrassed to admit I have never worked with fresh artichokes before, but I’m sure I could look up on the net what to cut and where.

  41. Jess on June 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    You don’t roast your veggies with olive oil? My roasted veggies have been coming out a little on the soggy side lately, but I was always under the impression that they needed oil in order to not burn. I may have to try this, very cautiously, later!

    • Jess on June 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Oh and if you can hit the shoulders big time in this shape up, I’d really appreciate it! I’m really trying to get that “toned” line on my arms for summah. Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      i usually do, but last night, i had about 5 minutes to get them in the oven and spaced it haha

  42. Jane on June 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    That baby is too cute!!! She looks so grown up….it happens so fast.

  43. Catherine Penrod on June 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    My favorite healthy snack hands down is sliced bell peppers and dipping them in hummus.

  44. Melissa (Better Fit) on June 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Oh no! Goodbye Fred! 🙁

  45. Amanda on June 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I have a request for the Summer Shape Up! My problem areas are my love handles (they are so embarrassing), so maybe you can add a workout or something in there to target those areas?! Thanks, Gina!! 🙂

  46. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on June 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Aw – poor Fred!

    I’m debating reading 50 Shades.. I could use a mindless read, though, and this sounds like one haha.

  47. Cherbear on June 7, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Ooh! I’m gonna go out and buy some Cholula now!

  48. Dakota on June 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I would love to see some upper-arm, back and chest blasters – – all these cute summery tops are perfect for featuring those areas! I am probably not the only one who isn’t *quite* ready!

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