Friday Faves

Hi friends! How’s it going?? Hope you’re having a happy Friday. I am so.pumped. for the weekend. It’s been an avalanche of celebrations about here (Christmas! New Years! Liv’s birthday!) that I’m definitely ready for a *down* weekend. I’m taking an Orangetheory class with my friend Katie, and we’re going to meander around the farmer’s market. That’s all we have planned, and it’s awesome. (I’m also hoping we can sneak away to see La La Land. I heard it was the best!) I hope you have some fun and relaxing on the agenda, too.

In standard Friday style, here are some faves from the week and around the web. I always love to hear what you’re reading, wearing, watching, laughing at, and eating, if you’d like to share it in the comments section.


subbing TRX

The girl crush on Katy Bowman continues. I’ve been reading her book Alignment Matters for quite a while -it’s 5 years of blog posts!- and finally ordered another book, Diastasis Recti. I’m determined to learn everything I can about postpartum fitness and making my workouts as safe and effective for ALL women, so I’m diving into whatever I can find. It’s funny because I devour her books (which are pretty hilarious for being technical) like they’re a juicy novel. Just.One.More.Page.

core books

I also got that core guide to learn more about core training techniques and strategies, and have also been picking at Radical Medicine to learn about eliminating toxins, nutrition, and health (and to freak myself out a little?). Hi, I’m a sponge.

Jojoba oil. I’ve been using this for a couple of years now, and can’t believe I haven’t really talked much about it on the blog. You guys. Jojoba is the best eye makeup remover, ever. As we all know, my eyes are super sensitive (I was the conjunctivitis queen until I switched to daily contact lenses) and I have to be careful what I use on my eyes. I don’t like to leave makeup on my eyes, but also couldn’t use just anything to take it off. Jojoba oil is the answer. I put a little on a cotton swab, and all of my makeup wipes off easily. Rinse with water, and boom. So inexpensive and a bottle lasts forever.

Trader Joe's Jojoba Oil

(You can get it at natural food stores -I got that bottle at Trader Joe’s!- Amazon and Thrive Market. <— Right now Thrive Market is giving away a container of Orgain protein powder with orders over $59!)

7-day meal plan and shopping list.

This chia pudding looks bomb.

These little candles!

They’re handmade with coconut wax and essential oils. No weird ingredients floating around the air, and they smell beautiful! I just wish they lasted a little longer.

Saw this little guy on our walk yesterday:

road runner

23 ways to eat greens that aren’t salads.

So many good Instant Pot recipes!

Sticking to fitness goals when the gym is crowded.

10 best blogger recipes. (Thank you to Julie for including me! There are so many on here I want to try.)

Cashew Cow. They have vegan cashew ice cream, and it is amaaaazing. 

cashew cow

vegan ice cream

Well, this was the best thing I watched all week. 

Not Vodka water bottles.

Not Vodka Water Bottles

I saw these at a spin class, and then at the yoga studio, and they gave me a good laugh. I love them so much, and adore the different colors and glittery options. The only bummer is that they’re expensive for water bottles, but gotta capitalize on that trendiness I guess. They also give $1 of each bottle purchase to Thirst Project or Code Red (you can choose where to send your dollar on their site).

Last chance to get PBB Advanced FOR FREE when you order the original plan.

PBB Advanced

The intro party is almost over! I put my heart and soul into creating these intense, fun, and effective postpartum fitness plans, and the launch day is Monday! If you order the OG post baby bod plan, you’ll get the newest version + the advanced version for free in your inbox Monday morning. All my mama and expecting friends: claim your copy here. 

Some testimonials from the plan:

“I have no regrets and only good things to say. I know that without this program I would have either jumped into intense workouts too soon, or been overwhelmed by thinking of my own workout and not working out at all. It was great to be responsibly led back into feeling fit. After 12 weeks, I feel stronger and comfortable running.”

“I loved the PBB Plan! I was so ready to start working out again and It was helpful to have a plan to keep me from overdoing it! I was back to my baseline fitness level by the end and had lost 10 lbs!  Thanks Gina! “

“This PBB plan was a life saver for me. When I got the go-ahead to resume exercise I had a plan ready to go- a NECESSITY with a newborn and 16 month old. I loved how it took the thinking out. The simple workouts at the beginning started getting my body and mind back into a groove. The workouts steadily became more challenging, and I was able to adapt them to meet my needs. I loved being able to include my babies in my workouts too! What a perfect example for me to start setting for them from the beginning. The weekly “goals” were also helpful as it sometimes seems we’re not going to accomplish anything (whats a shower, anyways?) those first weeks/months with babies. It really gave me ONE thing to focus on for myself, even if it was just to drink more water, or eat cleaner. I think its hard to feel like we can take a break and do something for ourselves. This was a good way for me to focus on being a healthy version of me, FOR MY KIDS!” 


And last but not least: a blog redesign is on the way! Behind the scenes, I’ve been working hard on PBB, and also collaborating with my awesome web designer on a new site. I am so excited for what he put together, and I think you’re going to love it. Stay tuned for a blog facelift…. 🙂

P and Liv after Liv’s dance class:

P and Liv

Happy Friday, friends. 



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  1. Charlsie N on January 13, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Your pictures of Tucson tug at my heart!! I miss Tucson so much! Can’t wait until the day that we move back to Arizona!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      <3 me too

  2. Jacki Lenners on January 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

    My Not Vodka water bottle is probably my favorite workout accessory.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      which one do you have?!

      • Jacki Lenners on January 17, 2017 at 7:25 am

        The everyday graphite. There is a woman opening a Barre 3 studio in Flagstaff and I’ve been doing some free, pre-opening workouts at her house. I accidentally left my Not Vodka water bottle and yoga mat there over the holidays. It was devastating.

        • Fitnessista on January 17, 2017 at 8:33 pm

          oh noooooo! i saw flagstaff was getting a studio! that is amazing 🙂

          • Jacki on January 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

            And we’re getting an Orangetheory. I may need another job.

  3. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 13, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Happy Friday, Gina! I use almond oil on my face and to take my eye make-up off, and it works great too. Enjoy your low-key weekend! I’ll be teaching BODYPUMP 100 twice and hanging out with friends! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      ohhhh i bet it smells awesome, too!
      i can’t wait to try body pump 100! i have it on my computer and haven’t watched it yet. what’s your fave track?

  4. Liz on January 13, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I am 10 weeks postpartum and start PT next week for diastasis recti. Is PBB accommodating to that condition? My OB warned me not to do any core exercises until I start PR but does your plan address this-like don’t do this move if you have it etc.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      yes! it starts with DR safe core exercises and progresses from there. you could also take the plan to your pt and they can tell you if you need to adjust anything according to your unique needs

  5. Anisha on January 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Aww thanks so much for featuring my “Ways to Eat Greens” roundup!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      no prob! loved it!

  6. Julie on January 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    That last pic of the girls is precious! <3

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      thank you!

  7. Meagan @ My Life as Mrs on January 13, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Hubs and I are going to try and see La La Land this weekend and I hope it’s amazing because it’s been hyped up so much now and I don’t want to be let down. But we all know I love a good musical.

    Oh and jojoba oil= amazing. I love that stuff.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      what did you think?!

      • Meagan @ My Life as Mrs on January 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

        We both really liked it! It’s a very artsy styled movie so it’s understandable why it’s getting the awards attention that it is but it was an enjoyable story. We’ve had a lot of conversations about the ending as well so it was a nice date.

  8. Deanna on January 13, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I just saw the Winter Shape Up is coming Jan 30th, and I’m so happy the release got bumped back a week. I’ve been doing WSU 2016 as part of my New Years goals, and I’ll finish just in time to start the new one. I love how realistic the schedule is and how adaptable. I tried doing PIIT, and after a month I was over it. Same kind of work out 6 days a week for four weeks is apparently not my jam.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      i’m so happy to hear you’re excited about it! can’t wait 🙂

  9. Rachel R on January 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I have the biggest woman crush on Katy Bowman!! I read Move Your DNA, then Diastasis Recti, and I just finished Movement Matters. We cut the legs down on our dining table and sit on floor cushions thanks to her! I think my husband is starting to panic that we are becoming “those weird people” because we’re also vegan…and now we have no chairs to sit on at a dinner party. Haha! She’s just so damn charming and convincing!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      hahaha that is amazing. i will check out move your DNA next 🙂

  10. Lori Geurin on January 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Gina! The hubby and I want to see La La Land too. We tried to last weekend but by the time we got to the theater it was all sold out.

    Wish we had a Cashew Cow here…that ice cream looks amazing!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      did you get to see it?! what did you think?

  11. Mama on January 14, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I’m 4 months ppd with my 3rd and have lost all my baby weight but am left with a 3 finger diastasis recti gap. Started at 3.5 and have only managed to close it a half centimeter in 8 weeks. I’ve been doing Lindsey Brin’s healing exercises every day twice a day along with holds and pulses on my tva but feel discouraged still. So, I’m thinking of getting that Diastasis Recti book next… Thanks for mentioning it.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      it will likely tell you everything you need to know! i haven’t started it yet, but katy bowman is a genius

      • Mama on January 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm


  12. Emily on January 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I would love if you could do a post on your favorite easy healthy salad dressings. I love eating salads for lunch, but I always end up buying dressings because making them seems like an annoying extra step. I know you eat a lot of salads for lunch. Could you share some of your go-to dressings?

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      yes i could definitely do that!!

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