Friday Faves

 Helloooooo. Happy Friday to ya! What’s going on this weekend? It rained all night last night (YASS) so if it’s not pouring, you can find me at the pool later with my Friday margarita. I’m looking forward to some adventures with P while Livs is at school, putting the finishing touches on the formal living room (I completely revamped it!), and hanging out with the fam.

New chairs

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(Anniversary roses from my love)

Today is the last day to snag a pair of these Four Athletics x Fitnessista leggings. I hope you love them as much as I do! The fabric is really beautiful, the high waist is flattering, and they have this unique mandala design on the thigh. They’re different without being over the top, ya know? The sizing is very similar to lululemon (I’m wearing a 6 in these pics.) Click here to get a pair for yourself or for a friend!

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It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I love hearing about your faves, too, so please share something you’re lovin’ in the comments section below.

Fashion + beauty:

The Sephora sale is here! Some of staples: this blueberry cleanser, this toner (I currently use Countertime essence instead, but still love this one!), this lash primer (this stuff is bomb and makes lashes appear much longer when you use it before mascara), this palette (I use it every day), and this beloved Moroccan Oil

Countertime samples

My team had an awesome month at Beautycounter – thank you so much to everyone who ordered during the sale! – and as a gift, I received this super gorgeous Apolis tote bag, plus some samples of the new Countertime line. I’ll be giving away the samples of IG stories later today, so be sure to follow over there! If you’d like to join my Clean Beauty email list where I send out special offers + gifts with purchase, you can sign up here:

Fitness + good eats:

If you haven’t tried the street taco kit from Costco, you’re missing out. It makes such an awesome easy dinner. I’ll usually cook some beans and Instant Pot rice to serve along with them, and usually have enough fixings leftover for lunch the next day.

Costco tacos

(If we’re out of the tortillas, I’ll use Siete ones from the freezer.)

This baked oatmeal looks amazing.

15-minute HIIT circuit workout.

Try this quick and intense arm burner!

Fitnessista Upper Body Blast Blog Post

These waffles are my fave right now! I’ve found them at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers. They’re amazing with almond butter and fruit on top.

Best waffles 

Read, watch, listen:

My latest post for WebMD with the fitness mistakes I see most often.

Latest podcast episode here (plus a full transcript here). We’re chatting about chiropractic, functional medicine, and gut health.

I’m reading this book about gallbladder health right now, which isn’t the most exciting topic, but after my ultrasound this week, I’m trying to be proactive about what I’m eating/drinking/doing. I have to have another ultrasound in 6 months, and if some polyps have grown, they want to take it out. So please cross your fingers for me that these things go away or stay the same size. 

Self care is not an indulgence. It’s a discipline.

On being a great aunt.

Here’s what you can do to help the rainforest.

Just because it’s funny:

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Happy Friday!



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  1. Mandy on August 23, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    That self care article didn’t go the direction I thought it was going to but I found it very interesting. I think it can be a mixture of regular self care and indulgent self care. Thanks for the read.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      yeah i think you’re right, but still a good read 🙂 hope you have a great day!

  2. Erin on August 23, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Liver Rescue by Anthony William also talks about gallbladder health, I would highly recommend!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      i’ll order it now- thank you!

  3. Wendy Heath on August 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Omg- just got out of the hospital after a 3 night stay with SEVERE right upper abdominal pain and they did every test, including HIDA scan and an MRI and found nothing. And I swear it’s biliary system pain. I may have to get that book! So sorry you’re going through it too, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      omg i’m so sorry you had to deal with that! i hope they find out what’s going on.

  4. Bekah on August 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Happy Friday!! Just finished that 15 minute HIIT workout you linked to from Pumps&Iron. OH MY. The wax on mountain climber! That was a good quick workout. I also just made your Turkey Bacon egg muffins recipe. My husband is heading out on a work trip for a while so it was perfect timing. Something else to be stocked in my fridge/freezer! 😉 Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      yay, so glad you liked the workout and the egg muffins! i’m going to make another batch this weekend <3
      have a great day!

  5. Patty P on August 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I love a good self-depreciating military meme not involved in the military myself (anymore-dad is retired air force, holler!), but I’m in a distance education program and during the semester breaks we all joke around and I enjoy the times they are less serious about military life. I know it can be rough!

  6. Jenny on August 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Regarding gallbladder issues this is a very helpful website – – useful information regarding supplements, foods to add and foods to avoid, and symptoms.
    Also if you have pain coming on and need immediate help try a few tablespoons of ACV in water – it should reduce the symptoms quickly.

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2019 at 12:02 am

      thank you so much! i’ve been scouring and reading everything i can

  7. Suzanne on September 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Love the living room chair! Where did you find it?

    • Fitnessista on September 9, 2019 at 12:26 am


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