Friday Faves

Hi friends. Happy Friday! I hope you’re having a lovely week. The Pilot was gone most of the week, but thankfully, he’s back today. I’m looking forward to hanging out this weekend, filming new videos for Fit Revolution (<— my link gets you 14 days free and the code GINAHARNEY for 10% off your first month), and getting everything ready to send out for the Home Workout Warrior challenge TOMORROW. Join today so you can everything in your inbox tomorrow afternoon!

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Exciting news: we have a new little member of the family.

Meet Cookie, the hairless guinea pig.

Lollipop suddenly passed away last weekend, which was devastating. (The girls and I all cried and poor Liv was the first to discover it, since the guineas live in her room.) We knew we wanted to get Donut a friend since guineas are social animals and like to have a buddy. The Humane Society didn’t have any available guinea pigs, so we knew exactly what to do.

Whenever I take the girls with me to Petco, we always stop to look at the animals. Over the past few months, we’ve noticed the hairless guinea pig, who was so strange-looking but in a cute way, and she would happily popcorn (jump with joy!) when she would see us. P has been obsessed ever since.

So Monday, we brought her home. We currently have a divider in the habitat so they can get used to each other slowly, but they both seem to love each other. They sniff each other’s faces and popcorn around. It’s by far, the happiest we’ve ever seen Donut. And Cookie is just the dang sweetest thing ever. She has the cutest little temperament and LOVES hay and really enjoys when we pet her little head. She’s precious.

Now if she could live longer than 2 years, that would be cool. I don’t think my heart can handle any more.

Now 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. Please share something you’re loving in the comments section below.

Read, watch, listen:

Atomic Habits. My current goal is to read or listen to at least one book per week. I know it won’t be sustainable all year (with Liv’s virtual learning schedule, launches, the Pilot being gone, life, etc), but when it makes sense, I try to go to bed early and read for a bit, or listen to Audible while I’m folding laundry, cleaning or cooking. I’m currently listening to Atomic Habits and am really enjoying it so far.

In Atomic Habits, the author James Clear explains that our small habits throughout the day can propel us to the type of person we want to be. (For example, instead of having a goal like, “I want to run a marathon,” you create habits to make yourself a RUNNER, so that you still feel motivated to run and enjoy it as a part of life, even after the marathon is over.) Everything about our lives and results are shaped by our habits; good or not-so-great. He gives tips for creating beneficial habits and strategies to eliminate the ones that don’t serve us. I’m only halfway through, but absolutely recommend it so far.

Speaking of habits, this week’s podcast episode discusses the impact of sugar on our lives. While I’ll never give it up cold turkey (I need to live mmm k?), it’s inspired me to cut back my sugar intake a bit this week and go for fresh fruit instead.

This is so real:

Soul was such an unexpected treat. I wasn’t sure if I would be into it, but it was heartwarming with a beautiful message and wonderful music. It provoked a lot of deep questions from the girls, many of which I didn’t know the answers to, but it gave us a lot to talk about.

Fitness + good eats:

Check out this fun dance sculpt video!

Lower body strength circuits class.

Tips for balancing running, strength training, and yoga.

Can’t wait to try these crunchy roll bowls.

Tips to beat treadmill boredom.

We LOVE homemade falafel bowls.

Fashion + beauty:

I’m thinking I might like these Beyond Yoga leggings more than the lululemon Aligns.

I got a spray tan at home this past week for some upcoming pics and I have to say, it was quite a mood booster. I’ve felt pretty blah lately and go many days without wearing a bra or makeup lol. Even though I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, it feels nice to have a bit of a tan. If you’re looking to replicate this at home, try these tanning drops. They smell great and are made with safer ingredients.

Happy Friday, friends!


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  1. Laura on January 15, 2021 at 8:25 am

    I read Atomic Habits in December and really enjoyed it! I’ve implemented several tactics from the book and although it’s only been a few weeks, I really do feel like they are becoming part of my normal routine. There are some visual aids in the book that I found useful. Since you’re listening to it as an audio book, I recommend visiting his website. There are a lot of resources there, too.

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2021 at 10:36 am

      i’ll definitely check it out- thank you!

    • Jill on January 15, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      I agree, his website and his 3-2-1 e-newsletter are great. Atomic Habits was one of the best books I read in 2020!

  2. Elly on January 15, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Cookie literally made my day. I love her. Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2021 at 10:34 am

      i wish you could see her in real life! she’s so funny and so, so sweet. hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  3. Josie on January 15, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Welcome Cookie! I feel like she needs to closet of guinea pig clothes, haha

    I hear you on feeling better with a little tan. Years and years ago when I occasionally went to a tanning bed, I loved the warmth of it and having a little color was such a mood booster for me. For the tanning drops, do you add them to the whole bottle or just to the amount your planning on using each time?

    • Fitnessista on January 15, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      hahah she would probably like that!
      i used to love going to tanning beds because the warmth felt SO GOOD. thankfully, the sauna blanket does the same thing for me now 🙂 for the drops, i just put a decent amount regular lotion in my hand and then add 5 drops of the tanning drops. i mix it and then apply. (i usually have to do it a few times to get my whole body) i’ve also used it on my face

  4. Kelly on January 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I *sobbed* at the end of Soul! I cry at the end of just about every Disney/Pixar movie, but the existential nature of this one was just too much. That said, I absolutely loved it, and we’ve already watched it twice!

    Thanks for the tip on the tanning drops! I hate the stickiness and smell of most self-tanner lotions, so I will give this a try.

  5. Anne on January 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    I need new exercise pants. I can’t wait for this high waist phase to be over. Anyone without washboard abs gets somewhat of a muffin top bulge, and now I’m early pregnant so anything pressing on my belly I absolutely hate. Will we ever have low rise pants again?? Do you prefer that style, or more to cover your scar?

    And congrats on the new pet!

  6. Jessie R on January 15, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Cookie is too cute! I had a guinea pig when I was a kid, named it Ashley (so 90s haha). I think it is always good to have a goal for reading. I’m a big reader and last year I decided to focus on reading books released in 2020, it was a great way to read books I wouldn’t have picked out on my own before, so many new genres I discovered that I really liked.

    Also, funny that you mention tanning drops! I just got mine out of the cabinet because I’m winter white and over it 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  7. Crystal on January 15, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Okay, Cookie is adorable!! I hope we get to see more pics of them. Guinea pigs are great pets.

  8. Julie on January 18, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    What a cutie!!! Congrats on the new addition 🙂

    Totally agree with the beyond yoga leggings being amazing… I find that they are more durable than the aligns too.

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