Fave posts:

Pilot comes home

Tips for redeployment

Anniversary posts

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

A love story

You know he’s deployed when…

What the heck is “healthy?”


-Breaking up with running

The proof is in the pudding

The sweetest sound

-The birth story part 1 and part 2

Home as a family



When I stopped taking birth control to practice Fertility Awareness Method (a good choice for us now, but BC was a great choice for me while I was in college and not married)

Graduating from 105degrees

-When good friends of ours adopted Vies

I started eating chicken again (much to Bella’s delight)

Driving across the country with my madre and two pups

Buying our first house

We’re expecting!

Meet the love of our life

Reader’s Requests:

Fave salsas and hot sauces

Getting more out of your cardio routine

-Options for newbies

Mistakes you may be making

-“Om” at home

Accomplishing workout goals

Finding a gym buddy

Gym class etiquette

Quinoa uses

When to break up with your trainer

At-home workout options

Why I prefer goat dairy

Fit and healthy in college

Finding motivation

High Intensity Interval Training

What’s the deal with gluten?

Kitchen Essentials

Weights 101

Smoothies vs. Juices

Getting into group ex

Fave protein powder uses

Those are a few of my faves, but there are a lot more here.

Focus On posts:


South Beach

Tone It Up

Weight Watchers


Bikram yoga

Body Pump

Bodyrock (since Zuzana left I’m no longer an advocate for Bodyrock workouts, but instead recommend her ZWOW workouts)


Core Fusion


Half Marathon training


Medicine balls

Physique 57



Resistance bands

Rest days


Stability balls


The scary cable pulley thing

Step aerobics

Tabata Training




YouTube Fitness


Family posts:

7 months old

6 months

5 Months

4 Months

3 Months

2 Months

1st trimester workouts

2nd trimester workouts

3rd trimester workouts

Baby food recipes

Baby smoothie recipes

Dear pregnant self

DIY: Nursery name letters

New mom must-haves

Our baby registry

Pregnancy workout swap-outs

What I learned about cloth diapers and the great diaper debacle


  1. Carie on May 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    That sounds like fun 😉

  2. kelly on May 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hmmm….. 🙂

  3. Katrijn on July 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

    When does the fun begin?

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

      eep! i keep forgetting about this page hahah. hopefully next week when i have internet again, i can get it put together

  4. Stacey on July 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This isn’t fun related really, but I was just wondering if there was a way to subscribe to your blog? Since I’ve just recently come across I’m having a hoot reading the archives instead of actually doing work at work – it’d be awesome if I got a notice when your new ones go up. If not I’ll just continue to check at my leisure but I thought I’d ask. 🙂

  5. maria on August 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog and LOVE it. Have you ever thought about setting up something like a formspring page so people could ask you questions?

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      i did it for a while last year, maybe i’ll start it up again 🙂

  6. Lissi on August 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Hi Gina-
    This is random, but since you teach zumba and said you love to dance. Would you give some tips on dancing? Sounds ridiculous, but I have no sense of rhythm and would love some tips on how to dance at bars, weddings, keep the beat,etc. Thought maybe it could be a fun post?!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      that is a fun idea- thank you! 🙂

      • Brittany on September 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

        Along with Lissi’s idea…I would love to watch one of your Zumba classes since that seems to be a big love in your life. I do not know if you are allowed to film any while you are at work, but there are always fun Zumba dances on YouTube and I was wondering if you would post one!

        • Fitnessista on September 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

          sure, it’s been forever since i’ve updated my youtube page 🙂

  7. Melinda on September 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Hello! Love your blog!!!! keep up the good work! If you don’t mind my asking how did you lose 40 pounds? What foods did you focus on? What foods did you stay away from? I am struggling and was just wondering if you could offer any advice. Thanks!!!

  8. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    SOO excited for the fun to begin! (:

  9. Nichole on September 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I was wondering if you have ever done or will consider doing a post on your favorite things, such as home appliances, (like what dehydrator you use) or what blender etc?

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      ohh that’s a great idea for a post!

  10. Megan on January 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Hey, I wasn’t sure how to contact you, and this seemed like a good spot to do it… My Hubs and I will be visiting Arizona in early spring (specifically the Phoenix and Sedona areas) and I was just wondering if you had any suggestions for things we should/places we should visit (on a modest budget) while in the great state. We’re from Indiana and have never been so we’re REALLY excited! THANKS!

  11. Nikki on January 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Is this link broken?

  12. Ali on May 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Wow! So awesome! Such a great idea and amazing resource.

  13. Catalina @ Cake with Love on May 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I love your Focus On post, do you plan on writing some soon? I would love to see one about protein and the importance of meeting the daily needs while working out! Thanks!

  14. Jess on June 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Gina! I was wondering if it’d be possible for you to make some sort of “Books” sections on this page. I know you read a lot of great books and would love easy access to your posts on some of the books you’ve read. Thanks!

  15. Melissa on November 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Great site! I’d be happy to send you the Dance w/Julianne DVDs (and others). Please get in touch!

  16. Jenny H on July 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Hey! I just found your blog! I love it! 🙂 Is there a way to subscribe?


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