Friday Faves

Hi friends! HAPPY FRIDAY 🙂 Yay for the weekend. Hope you have some fun stuff planned! We have an event for the Pilot’s work, Shrek the musical (tickets were sold out last weekend so we’re going this weekend), and of course, some Wild Adventures time planned if the rain doesn’t stop us. Who knows, maybe I can get the Pilot to come to another yoga class with me??

In standard Friday style, here are some faves from the week and around the web! I love hearing about your faves, too, if you’d like to shout them out in the comments below.

Silly girls

SUMMER SHAPE UP is coming! The fun starts this Monday, bright and early. Newsletter friends will get their full workout calendar and meal ideas for week 1 later today. Be sure to check in on the blog here on Monday for all of the details. I’m always excited to share this fun and FREE 4-week challenge with you all, and it’s a great way to change up your routine and get some group motivation. 

The Fitnessista's Summer Shape Up

(Special thanks to Julia at Luminous Lines for designing the beautiful logo)

A little day trip to Thomasville. I originally had plans with a friend to head to Tallahassee for a little shopping + Orangetheory class, but she sadly had a family emergency. Since I already had a babysitter, my friend Tinkerbell (from the blog days of yore) suggested a trip to Thomasville to explore the boutiques and eat at one of their cute local restaurants. Done and done.

Thomasville is tiny, but it’s packed with original restaurants (many have an emphasis on farm-to-table meats, cheeses, and produce) and cute little shops. I was surprised with everything they had downtown, including antique stores, decor, clothing, and a boutique fitness studio with reformer and barre classes. WHAT. You can bet your booty I’ll be back for a Pilates class; it’s been way too long since I’ve been on a reformer. (I was thinking of buying one to have in our home gym, but not sure if it’s a good idea since it’s one of the few things I don’t teach. Maybe I could stream workouts?)

I subbed a barre class in Valdosta, and then we hit the road and got into Thomasville right at noon. It was the perfect time to share a cheese board and enjoy some lunch at Liam’s.

Cheese board

For my entree, I had the duck and rice bowl which had duck breast, white rice, cilantro, kimchi (YES), and house pickled veggies with a fried egg on top. It was ridiculous. I can’t wait to try and recreate this at home! The egg yolk permeated the rice as almost a dressing, and it was perfect with the rich duck and tangy veggies and kimchi. AHHH.

Duck and rice bowl

After lunch, we strolled around the shops for a couple of hours.



I found a couple of cute things -a casual tee and an off-shoulder rose colored dress- and a new coloring book for the girls. After we had walked for a while, we decided it was time for a coffee + afternoon pick-me-up from Grassroots Coffee.

We shared gluten-free 7-layer bars and a chocolate cookie. 

Afternoon treat

I wasn’t planning on finishing up the bar, but it was gone before I knew it. It reminded me of the grammies my mom makes at Christmas. (Not as good, but still pretty amazing.)

It was a perfect little day trip of exploring, eating, and people-watching. 

Bootay bag

Bootay bag. This is kind of a weird fave, but I signed up for this after seeing it in the Skimmbassadors Facebook group. You get 2 pairs of underwear in a cute little bag each month. After failed bra and underwear shopping with the girls (Liv was running around the racks and I’m pretty sure P put a bralette on her head), I find myself strangely looking forward to this. It’s the little things haha. You can pick which styles you like, and it’s only $12 a month. I was surprised with the quality because the price is so low, and everything they’ve sent has been super cute. (I found a code online: MSABABE for 30% off)

Interesting perspective on a Soul Cycle class

More BODYPUMP workouts! When I don’t feel like motivating myself, I watch the Master Classes from the instructor app and practice the releases. Workout done.


I need this green goddess bowl in my life.

Nordstrom sale early access is here!! This week has been so crazy that I haven’t been able to scope out the deals, but there are always great fall options. I can’t wait to check out the booties, dresses, jeans and sweaters.

An intense workout for the weekend.

Happy happy Friday!



When was the last time you took a little day trip? Where’d you go? Any fun fitness activities going on this weekend?

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  1. Amanda Ryan on July 14, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m dying to get back to Thomasville! We made the mistake of going on a Monday and so many things were closed. I hear Sweet Grass Dairy is a must. Did you check out that adorable little bookstore? So cute.

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      yes! i had that for dinner last time we were there and it was INCREDIBLE. and yes! the bookstore was so cute

  2. Juliette | Namastay Traveling on July 14, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Actually taking a day trip today out to West Virginia! Going to Blackwater Falls park, never been, but excited to see somewhere new! Have a wonderful weekend Gina!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      oh, have an amazing time!! it sounds like a blast 🙂

  3. Christina @ Montessoriish on July 14, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Your day trip sounds so fun! I need to do more of that, there are a couple of cute towns nearby, but we never seem to make it out there.. maybe this weekend!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      yes! it’s fun to take a little daytime getaway

  4. Amy on July 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Are you still doing the capsule wardrobe? I’ve been wondering if that is something you always do or only short term?

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      since we’ve been moving so much over the past 6 months, i haven’t really stuck with it, but am definitely planning on going back to it in the fall. i found that i capsule more around classic pieces but will add in some inexpensive more trendy stuff here and there

  5. Jen on July 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

    YAY Can’t wait for Summer Shape up!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      wahoo! it’s going to be so much fun

  6. Hadley on July 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Sounds like a great day trip! Could you do a brief update/post on your home gym now that you’ve relocated? We’re thinking about putting one in, and aren’t sure where to start! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      of course! it’s still surrounded by boxes, but we’re hoping to finish it up this weekend <3

  7. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on July 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Oh my gosh, I haven’t had a 7-layer bar in forever. Those things are so stinkin’ good!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      the BEST <3

  8. Emily on July 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Do you teach bodypump? I’m working on my certification!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      i’ve been certified for about 2 years, but haven’t taught a regular class since my hand surgery. i still love it, though!

      • Emily on July 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        It’s a hard certification to get – fingers crossed I pass!

        • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

          i had been teaching group fitness for like 7 years when i got my bodypump cert and was still SO nervous about it. it’s an intense one! you can totally do it <3 just make sure to learn everything you need to say in the order they want you to say it. that was tricky for me. (like the timing first, then the bar/body placement, and then any extra alignment or motivational tips.)

          • Emily on July 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

            Oh girl, don’t I know it – I just submitted my fourth video, it’s a painful learning experience 😉 Thanks for the tip!

          • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

            i’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  9. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I need that Bootay Bag in my life! No time to shop unless it’s online these days.

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm


  10. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on July 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I was interested in those Bootay bags, glad to hear they are of good quality. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      yeah, i was surprised! i figured i’d just cancel it if they were flimsy/cheap feeling, but they’re super cute

  11. Chelsea on July 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Jonah’s, right next to Liams, is AMAZING!! Next time you come over to T-ville, check it out, the grouper sandwich is incredible!

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      we were trying to decide between jonah’s and liams. next time, we’ll head there! SO many cute spots to eat.

  12. Juliana on July 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Okay I’m super curious about the booty bag – did you do just undies, or did you try the bralette also?

    • Fitnessista on July 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      i got the bralette the first month, and LOVE it. it’s so pretty and also good quality

  13. Jacquelyn on July 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    SUPER excited to be participating in summer shape up!!!! Cant wait to get my calendar to start planning!

  14. Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe on July 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Girl you need to get a reformer! Life changing to have in your home. There are a few great websites to stream videos from. It’s fun to not always practice classical Pilates and be creative on it!

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      that’s what i was thinking!! ok time to check craigslist 😉

  15. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on July 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Shrek the musical sounds like so much fun. You’ll have to share how you liked it. And that cheese board looks delicious!

  16. Kelly on July 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I could have written that Soul Cycle article myself. As a long time indoor cycle instructor…..the tap backs and the push ups on the bike are just unsafe and provide no extra value. Kudos for production flair though! Thanks for sharing.

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      i couldn’t agree more. and I LIKE boutique cycling studios. i like the vibe, i love the club lights and music, but i don’t like the unsafe moves on the bike. tap backs are the worst.

  17. Hillary on July 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Love this year’s SSU graphic — happy weekending to you & the fam!

  18. Bethany on July 15, 2017 at 12:44 am


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