Hey friends! How has your Friday been? Up to anything fun this weekend?

I just saw Lion King in 3D with a couple of friends. It’s funny because when I saw the commercial that it was re-released, I was like “Ohhh! I want to go see it!” And then today after making plans, I was doubting it. Did I really want to sit in a theatre for an animated movie?

Yes, actually, I did.


[The kissing cheetah bracelet was coincidental, but so appropriate haha]

It was awesome, especially in 3D. It brought back many memories of my intense childhood crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas 😉 The Pilot was jealous that the girls went to see it while he was at work- I said I’d see it again with him.

Some other events from the day:


-Gym (just did some light cardio since I teach two intense classes tomorrow)

-Picked my little bro up from school

-A salad beast dreams are made of


Of course, anything covered in a blanket of goat gouda is a win, but this combo was pretty mind-blowing:

veg (2)

Roasted butternut squash and local orange tomatoes with sea salt and pepper (at 375 for about 40 minutes)

+ kale, wilted in lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and cayenne

beast (2)

Topped with goat gouda.. the end of this week’s block [in all fairness, Bella ate some of it, too]. The salad beast combo reminded me of fall, even though I ate it on the patio in 103* weather.


We’re off to grab some dinner and see where the night takes us.

Have a lovely evening!



Something to do:

Ferocious Arm workout! [As always, check with a doc before making any exercise changes]

-Pull-ups or assisted pull-ups (12-15)

-Bench chest fly (10-12)

-Plie squat deadlifts with a barbell (hold a plie squat and do your deadlift from there- 10-12)

-Barbell bicep curls

-Tricep dips (15)

Side laying lateral raise (10 on each side)

-Push-ups (as many as you can do in 1 minute)

*Repeat this circuit 1-2 more times for a full arm workout, and combine with this Schweaty Elliptical Workout if you’d like to add in some cardio 🙂

Let me know if you try it! <3

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  1. emma on September 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Gina! Awww….I went to see The Lion King on the West End stage in London (ahem….twice) and as The Circle of Life song came on ro open the show, I burst into tears……and no I’m not pregnant 🙂 It was just so beautiful…hugs to you and bump :=)

  2. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on September 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Your salad beast looks DELISHHHH!! Mmmm. Picking up the ingredients for it tomorrow after I see the Lion King!(:

  3. kathleen @ the daily crumb on September 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    i’m so happy butternut squash is coming back in season! it is a staple in my fall/winter diet.

    love that you saw lion king! i’m begging the hubby to take me 🙂

  4. Amanda @ the beauty notebooks on September 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I made roasted butternut squash for the first time today, and it was simply amazing. There is something special about roasted vegetables — I could eat them all day! Wish I could see The Lion King in 3D, but it’s not playing in the UK. It was the first movie my twin brother and I saw in theaters! So happy you decided to see it 🙂

  5. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on September 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you SO much for reminding me about Lion King 3D and how much I want to see it. It slipped my mind. and I would have been devastated if I missed it! 🙂

  6. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on September 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love lion king! Definitely my fave disney movie EVER!!!!!

  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Oh JTT <3 You will always be my first love

  8. Jenn on September 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I want to see that movie again. It’s been years. Do you work during the day though?

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      I do blog stuff and teach at the resort only wed thurs sat.

  9. Halley on September 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Ooh love the arms workout! <3 What weight range do you recommend for the dead-lifts?

  10. Emma on September 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hahaha my gf also had a super intense childhood crush on Jonathon Taylor Thomas, which I found out about after finding clear folders full of magazine cutouts…that she kept 😛

  11. Leslie Wingate on September 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    That has to be one of the purdiest bowls of food ever!

  12. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on September 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    That last pic of you…adorable!!!

    Roasted butternut squash and local orange tomatoes + the kale and cayenne….oh that sounds fabulous.

    Nothing like a “cool fall day”, for you, eh? 🙂

  13. Sana on September 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    103 degrees???? jeez!

  14. Kilee on September 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Sounds like another fab day! Your salad reminded me that I need to take advantage of fall’s amazing veggies. I hope that you guys have a fun evening 🙂

  15. Allison @ Food for Healing on September 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    3D movies are so awesome and roasted butternut squash is ah-mazing!

  16. Heather on September 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Wow! Totally forgot that JTT did the voice of Simba. Thanks for that friendly reminder!

    Your salad beast looks totally epic and delicious. (:

    Stay lovely,

  17. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on September 24, 2011 at 12:17 am

    I love the Lion King, such a fantastic movie. I can watch classic Disney movies again and again. The newer ones… not so much

    103F degrees! Whoa. It’s like Antarctica here in NY compared to that and I thought it was a little warm at 70 F degrees, lol.

    Happy Fall!!

  18. Christine @ BookishlyB on September 24, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I had completely forgotten about JTT ad his shaggy little bowl cut!

  19. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I love the Lion King! Timmon and Pumba were my favourite. 😀

    I can’t believe how hot it is there! I’ve had to put on a COAT a few times this week!

  20. Sam on September 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Wow I love what you did with that salad…I bet it tastes fantastico!!! Roasted tomatoes are just SO good, and roasted squash too. WINNING MEAL! I hope you enjoyed lion king…sounds fun! I have a friend who is obsessed with musicals and HE went when they were here in town.

  21. Hillary on September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

    1. I need to get on the butternut squash bandwagon. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin are my jam, so I don’t know why I haven’t made this yet!

    2. Will be doing this arm workout today. Psyched.

  22. Erika - The Teenage Taste on September 24, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Haha! Love the Lion King – was the 3D really good? I feel like it would be so much better in 3D!
    Have a great weekend! 😀

  23. Amber L on September 24, 2011 at 9:07 am

    aaa the Lion King is my FAVORITE animated movie ever!!! I’m hoping to see it in 3D before it goes out of the theater!
    I’m jealous that you have warm weather (even if it is 103!) It is so dreary and damp in Jersey 🙁

  24. Anna @ On Anna's Plate on September 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Awww, I want to see the Lion King– I think it will make me cry!! We saw the musical in NY a few years ago, and my sister and I were both sobbing during the opening number. I don’t know why, but something about it is very emotional. Well, she was also pregnant, so there’s that 🙂

  25. Sara K on September 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I thought those squashes were mango at first! Looks tasty though and that is one feroshhh arm workout!

  26. Natasha Brown on September 24, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    J’adore the bracelet…you look stunning (as per usual!) I can’t wait to see the Lion King again – I love it!

    Is that a play area in your yard?! How perfect for you and little Nugette!

  27. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on September 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my gosh, JTT! Haha my best friend used to love him! I was more a Leo DiCaprio kinda girl at that age. 😉

  28. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on September 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hopefully you get some of the cool weather we’ve had lately…70-80 degrees has been to die for!!!

  29. Irene on September 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Gina, just wanted to let you know I was inspired by your “solo spin sessions” on the workouts page to try one myself and it was awesome! I’ve had a tough time making it to the cycle classes at my gym lately and I think this is going to help fill the void! I’d love it if you did another one some time! So much fun. I really worked it because I knew I could stop if I couldn’t make it the full hour – my heart was coming out of my chest:)

  30. Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas on September 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    The salad beast sounds delicious! I might have to make it myself…:)

  31. Moni'sMeals on September 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    This meal looks fantastic!

    I totally am on board for The Lion King too, and….

    Foot Loose too! woohoo!

  32. Maria@La_Piattini on September 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My friend is going to see Lion King tonight! I told her to let me know how it is, I’ve never really done the 3-D thang but I’d try it. I also def had a JTT crush- I remember cutting out pics of him from Seventeen magazine hahah

  33. T on September 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hello from Canada,

    I found your blog a few months ago through searching for vegetarian recipes & have been reading every day since but never commented. I have to say it is fantastic, its the first time Ive found someone who eats very close to how i eat. Anyway, your roasted squash salad looked so good, i made it today and it is fantastic. ive also had your oats (but i eat them raw) and some other recipes and have yet to be disappointed. Keep on blogging you are so inspiring to a person like me who generally doesn’t like to cook!



    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      thanks so much for saying hi- nice to *meet* you!
      so glad you’re enjoying the recipes and thank you for reading 🙂
      hope to see you around more often 😉

  34. Nancy on September 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Butternut Squash is my favorite veg at this time of year. It’s so comforting

  35. Lindsay Loves Veggies on September 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I used to kiss my JTT poster. Yeah, I was a crazed little 8 year old. 🙂
    I have a tiny tv with a built in VCR in my bedroom, so I get to catch up on my old Disney movies pretty frequently while I go to sleep.

  36. Dominique on September 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    That salad beast looks amazing! I’d love to create it but I left my goat cheese at the BF’s–boo. I also don’t have any butternut squash and the car is at the dealer’s so….my salad beast will have to wait. OMG I’m watching a commercial for The Lion King on Blu-Ray right now. How funny is that?! I was in love with that movie too…it made me cry!

  37. Sarah S on September 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

    great arm workout! your post yesterday morning came at a perfect time. i hurt my knee this week but committed to working out with my husband saturday afternoon. when i saw your arm workout, it called my name! it took me about 45 minutes total (i added a set of back and side extensions to the routine just for fun) and i made sure to use challenging weights… i’m definitely sore this morning!

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      yeahhhhhh! hope your knee heals quickly <3

  38. Heather on September 25, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I am suuuper jealous of your 103* weather. It’s pushing 60* here and I just got back from a run at the lakefront…it was like the Arctic.

    I love your salad beast. Butternut squash just got put on my shopping list 🙂

  39. Aneida on September 26, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Hi Gina! Just wondering where you purchased the bowls you put your salad beasts in. I’m on the hunt for a big salad bowl that’s not too deep and not too shallow. This one looks perfect!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      the white ones are from bed, bath and beyond and the one with the handles is from kohls

  40. Andrea P on September 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Ha, I did the exact same thing. I got so excited when I saw previews and then the day of I was like..do I really want to spend the money seeing it in the theatre? Glad I did, LOVED it. and I love your kissing cheetah bracelet! I have one that is of kissing frogs and it is my fav 🙂

    That salad looks delish! I just bought some butternut squash, definitely gonna try that out!

  41. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    So glad you enjoyed Lion King! It was so good! And that salad looks amazing!

  42. Laura on September 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I was so desperately in love with JTT too 🙂 Though the Lion King came a little early for me to love him then. It was Home Improvement that did me in 🙂

  43. Katherine Miller on October 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    going to try this arm workout tomorrow am, so excited!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2011 at 12:13 am

      we can be sore together 🙂

  44. Maria Makes Muffins on October 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I absolutely LOVE this workout and it’s my go-to upper body workout routine!

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