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Winter Shape Up! It officially begins this Monday, but here’s the intro post with all of your Shape Up info. This year we have giveaways, full meal plans, and a Facebook group to interact with all of your teammates. Check out the intro post and set yourself up for success this weekend πŸ™‚



New running tights! Cindy recommended CW-X to me, after hearing about my KT-taping before runs. They’re supposed to mimic KT tape by providing joint support, so I decided to give them a whirl. They are AMAZING. I had to do a crazy shimmy to get them on the first time -man, compression is no joke- but once they were on, they were dreamy. I did 8 miles that morning, and wasn’t sore the next day.

Lashfood. After the great eyelash hack job of 2014, I’m trying to mend my damaged stumps so they can grow back longer and healthier. I’ve heard about various lash-growing elixirs, but really wanted to find a natural, cruelty-free option. Lashfood was an easy choice. While I obviously haven’t noticed a different yet, I’ll post about it when/if I do. I like it so far.

Why yoga pants are the only pants worth wearing. Amen.

“Let It Go” in 25 languages. The original (aka non-Demi) version still gives me the chills, but this one is strikingly gorgeous.Β 

White truffle oil. We picked this one up at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago, and it is heavenly in salad dressings. I made one for a family party with pomegranate vinegar, garlic, Dijon, oregano, salt, pepper, a little honey and said oil. It was amaaaaazing.

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8 things to eliminate from your daily routine.

You can’t be everything to everyone, so stop trying.

WhyΒ “Now and Then” was a defining childhood movie.

This little lady. Always a fave, but she’s such a funny thing <3Β 


See ya later today with a new Fashion post!

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  1. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Oh I love some of the links you posted! I hope you have a great Friday – I love the little lady pictures always makes me smile πŸ™‚

  2. Ingrid on January 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I”m so happy to see someone talking about CW-X pants. I saw an ad and showed them to hubby and he got them for me for Christmas. I love them! I wouldn’t want to wear them around the house like my yoga pants (b/c of the compression), but for my bad knees, it’s been a wonderful way to get back into some running. Can’t wait to hear about Lashfood, also. I’ve been wary of the products so far – I mean, these are my EYES! ha!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

      you can mess with anything, but don’t mess with my eyes! i’m the same way. i figured after the hack job, i’ll try anything though haha (except the lasik eye claw)
      and yes, the CW-X pants are incredible!

  3. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Her pigtail braids are too cute!

    And I am obsessed with anything truffle. I love truffle cheese, truffle popcorn. Truffle olive oil sounds delicious!

  4. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on January 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Those running tights sound DREAMY!

    LOVE the photos of the lil lady. She is looking more and more like her mama every day! πŸ˜‰

  5. Ali on January 24, 2014 at 11:19 am
    Some of my students try to get away with “fancy” yoga pants or tights when doing presentations…I just send them this link. I love yoga pants at home or at yoga, but not at work or somewhere when I need to be professional and since I live in a teeny tiny town, I almost always see a student or coworker where ever I go so yoga pants are a no-go.

  6. Erin @ The Almond Eater on January 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for the links. I especially loved ‘Now and Then’ (I mean, how could you not?) and I reeeeally need to try white truffle oil. Every time I go to the store I forget to pick it up. This was just the reminder I needed. Have a great weekend!

  7. JC on January 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    If that lash serum doesn’t work, LiLash is phenomenal! I lost a lot of lashes and had thin stumps remaining after using a cheap eyelash curler for months. I found LiLash after doing some internet research. I had my doubts, but before I even had time to realize it was working, I started getting all kinds of compliments on how long and thick my lashes were. It’s kinda pricey, and you have to order it online, but it definitely works!
    Now if you have any tips on how to make short thick bangs grow out (QUICKLY!!) Please share. πŸ˜‰

  8. mountain girl heidi on January 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I haven’t worn the pants or crops, but CW-X bras are my ALL.TIME.FAVORITE! Moving Comfort, Champion, they’re all epic fails for hard core needs. I’m a 34DD/36D depending on the bra, and I’ve worn the same CW-X bras in 36D for years now. I will never switch. It’s like the bra was made for me. I still have (and still wear for actual use) bras I got in 2008. I wash them in cold with powder, hang dry, and they’re still pretty solid. I run in newer ones, obviously, but it really doesn’t matter. Just my input on CW-X. πŸ™‚

  9. Kylie on January 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I will have to pick up some white truffle oil – I’ve never owned it but it seems pretty versatile…I remember reading about it in your other post! Happy Friday!

  10. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I loved the article 8 things to eliminate from your daily routine. Very reflective. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Emmeline@RunForThePizza on January 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I love those pants! I’ve only worn them post-run for recovery but maybe I should try them out during when my legs are being extra cranky πŸ˜‰

  12. Amber Schumann on January 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Ok, you seriously just made my day with that Now & Then post. I LOVED that movie. And it may or may not have been because Devon Sawa’s pictures were all over my school binder. I had a love/hate relationship with Christina Ricci… I mean, she got to kiss him in TWO different movies (Casper too)?!?!?! That bitch.


  13. Jackie on January 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Never tried white truffle oil! Sounds good!

  14. Megan @ TheSkinny-Life on January 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Loved your links! Especially…the yoga pants one. I would rock my yoga pants everyday if I didn’t have a real office to go to. Ha! And white truffle oil could be my new addiction. I need to pick some up at Sprouts this weekend.

  15. Jacki on January 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I wore CW-X tights for the first time at Imogene last September. I definitely should’ve tried them on before race morning, as I nearly broke my leg trying to get in them. But, they were ridiculously supportive and their unrelenting compression was pretty much like a giant exfoliant on my butt and legs, which were super soft when I took them off πŸ™‚

  16. Michelle @ 3cheaprunners on January 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    oohhh…I would be soooo upset if someone gave me a hack job πŸ™

  17. Abi@AbsofSteel on January 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    haha, the yoga pants thing is so true. I got a really cute pair for christmas and since then I have been calling them pants and wearing them in public way more then I probably should be. I’m not even ashamed, they’re so comfy!

  18. Sado Training on January 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Love truffle oil, Or sometimes you can get some regular truffle oil and mix with coconut oil. Compression around the knees or hips can really make a difference in running or working out in general. Especially in a cold environment where adequate warming up is also necessary. .

  19. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on January 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I have a horrible habit of picking at my eyelashes, so I’m curious to see how you like the Lashfood! TGIF. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to the fashion post!!

  20. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on January 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    mmmmm that dressing sounds amazing

  21. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on January 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Ah! Y’all are so cute! Love that first picture! and that truffle oil looks faaaabulous. I’m a sucker for truffle oil fries and truffle mac & cheese πŸ™‚

  22. Julie on January 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    “Now & Then” was one of my favorite movies in college. I never got to see it as a kid!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      no wayyyy! a classic!

  23. Cindy on January 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    YAY!! I’m so glad you decided to try out the CW-X running tights! They are amazing. You sometimes feel like you need a shoe horn to get them on, but they are so supportive and wonderful. The aren’t the cheapest, but in the end they cost less than a lifetime of KT tape. πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      hahah that’s a good point! that $20 roll of KT doesn’t last very long πŸ˜‰

  24. Mary on January 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Hey Gina! I love your blog!

    Speaking of yoga pants, what do you think about all the controversy surrounding Lulu gear lately?? Never mind that their CEO is apparently not so nice, I’m talking about all the changes in the fabric they use and whatnot. I’m a huge fan of their stuff but I haven’t bought anything new in a while because most of the reviews posted on the website are so negative! Especially the pants reviews, I was really surprised when I went online the other day. I don’t have a convenient Lulu retail location and I’m afraid to order anything lol.

    I know you used to work for them so I just wondered if you had any opinion/insight. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      when i worked there, the quality was extremely high. they first started to have issues with quality complaints a couple of years ago (first with the see-through pants). the CEO stepped down (and the president from TOMs shoes has been hired as the new CEO), and it will be interesting to see the changes that occur this year.
      i don’t shop there as often as i used to, but i do support my friends that work at lulu by attending/promoting events. i still wear lulu clothes, but haven’t purchased any since mr. wilson made those remarks. (i’m happy to shop there again now that he’s gone, but haven’t been in.) all in all, i think it’s truly an amazing company. i loved the orlando team, i’ve become great friends with the tucson lulus, and i believe that they support their employees by paying them well, encouraging them to go after their goals (even if they aren’t within the company), enabling them to take free fitness classes, and they’re flexible with scheduling for those who have families. the people make the company, even though one single person has had the power to create it and taint its reputation on his own.
      as far as the quality goes, since i haven’t bought new stuff recently, i’m not quite sure. do you have a local store? if anything, i’d go there and talk to them before purchasing. they’re usually really good about returning items that have issues with quality. when i worked there, we were told to return anything a customer brought back, no questions asked.

      • Mary on January 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        Thanks for the reply Gina.

        I do have a store in the area, its just not convenient for me to drive out there. But what you’ve suggested is probably best. Make the drive and see the quality for myself, then I’ll know for future online purchases.

  25. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Great links! Happy Friday! πŸ™‚

  26. Karissa on January 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Really enjoyed both “8 things to eliminate” and “you can’t be everything to everybody.” Thanks Gina!

  27. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on January 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Oh, Now and Then! I watched that movie over and over again. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Lashfood. All the chemical packed ones make me so nervous!

    • Fitnessista on January 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      same! i’ll post more when i’ve tried it for a while πŸ™‚
      LOVE now and then!

  28. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on January 25, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I’m drooling over the truffle oil. That (& your salad dressing) maaay just end up in my meal planning for next week.

    Speaking of next week…

    Gahhhh WSU!! So excited!! πŸ™‚ xoxo
    Happy weekend, friend!

  29. Jodie on January 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Nice photos . I have never tried truffle oil before, do you recommend a particular one?
    Also have you tried Indian infused enchiladas ? I tried posting a link to the recipe.

  30. Runner Girl Eats on January 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    That dressing sounds awesome! I need to find some truffle oil asap.

  31. CourtStar @ StarSystemzFitness on January 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Umm truffle olive oil, PASS THAT ONE OVER TO ME HUN! Love it! I can not wait to hear your review of the eyelash grower, mine are literally almost gone due to abuse of eyelash extensions and I have tried other formulas for growing my lashes and they literally would BURN! Hope you have a great weekend Lots of Love C

  32. Kara on January 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Now and Then! I used to watch that movie over and over and over. And listen to the soundtrack repeatedly. I love that article! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I think I need to watch it tomorrow, haha.

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