Friday faves

 Hi! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any fun adventures or fitness events? I’m teaching this morning, and then we’re off to the beach with some friends.

Some faves from the week and around the web:

Playing dad’s head like a drum

Drum head

The appetizers at Aroma in La Jolla (this pic is actually from last week):


Obsessed with the Ahi tuna hot plate from Tender Greens:


New skull shirt from the farmer’s market:

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Some thoughts on exercise from Joan Rivers. <3



Updated/functional recipe page! I spent some time over the past couple of weeks re-categorizing the recipes on the blog. Turns out that there were quite a few of them, and I had a lot of fun traveling down memory lane. 😉 Please check out the new recipe sections and let me know if you see anything missing or that needs to be fixed! <3

Wise words from Meryl Streep.

September fitness must-haves.

Dynamic warm-up moves.

Natural pain killers found in your pantry.

Old parenting advice. 

3 ways to increase running cadence for speed.

ABCs of a fighter pilot’s wife.

Tips for people who wear glasses.

Reason #248592 I love the U of A.

A tiny piglet prancing through the grass. I watched it at least 7 times.

I’d love to hear your faves from the week, too! Read, eat, watch or discover anything particularly amazing?

Have a very happy Friday. See ya later today with Fitness fashion Friday <3



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  1. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

    What’s the purple meat thing called in that picture??

    Also, do you mean to share a link to the article in the comment? 🙂 (asking because I don’t want to seem like I’m spamming!)

  2. Brynn on September 5, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I am enjoying the day with my husband! We are having a day date and doing some more prep for the baby.
    My favorite thing from the week is definitely the cooler morning temps. Enjoying the rise and fall of the day.

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

      i’m so excited for you!

  3. Charlsie N on September 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I really liked the article about the natural pain killers. Turmeric and ACV are both really good for arthritis. I take those both every day to help with mine.
    We’re having a prep weekend and clean up weekend.

  4. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on September 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Awww Olivia looks so cute with her little top knot bun! And that tuna hot plate looks INCREDIBLE. I LOVE ahi!

  5. Jillian on September 5, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Love your headband in the photo with the skull tank! Where did you find it???

    Off to boston for a speaking event — bringing my BF so it’s part fun too! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

      friend got it for me in tucson. she ordered them online. i’ll look and see where she got it!

  6. cait @pieceofcait on September 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

    i love that skull shirt!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

      thank you!!

  7. Emily on September 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I love that piglet! He’s been showing up on my Facebook news feed all week, and I still had to click on the link when you posted it lol. My favorite part is right at the end, after he stops, then he goes again and is like “oink oink oink”….AH! So. Cute.

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

      i love him so much!!

  8. Paula on September 5, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I snort-laughed in my office at that Joan Rivers quote. Keeping it classy in academia, here. My favorite thing from this week was the discovery of Mark Manson’s website ( He writes wonderfully and sagely on a lot of psychology, relationship, and general “being an adult” issues. His words are definitely worth a read!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 11:01 am

      i will definitely check it out!

  9. e on September 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Is the skull shirt now a part of your capsule wardrobe? Can you explain more about how that works – I thought it was created to cut back on purchasing random clothing items?

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

      not a part of my capsule-ish wardrobe- i didn’t buy it thinking i could wear it with multiple color jeans, a skirt, a scarf etc. just a lazy $10 shirt to wear around or over my swimsuit to the beach with some jean shorts 🙂 i’ve drastically reduced my random shopping purchases, but the “all or nothing” mentality doesn’t usually turn out well for me

      • e on September 5, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        So you’ve given up on the capsule wardrobe then and won’t be doing further updates?

        • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm

          Not at all! I’m still doing it the way I intended to: a focus on classic staples I can wear often throughout each season.

  10. Monica on September 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

    A business meeting tomorrow (going to be a LONG day) and spending time with my parents on Sunday. 🙂 Nothing too special, hoping it stays nice and cool here over the weekend here in Minneapolis.

    I think the best thing I’ve read this week is this article: It’s an interesting take on female attractiveness and how it corresponds with optimal health – not that I’m any sort of fitness expert. And I’m loving Voyager – book 3 in the Outlander series, but that’s a whole different category. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

      thank you for sharing! i just skimmed through it and am excited to actually read during naptime 🙂

      • Monica on September 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

        Let me know what you think!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

      ahhh i love them!

  11. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie on September 5, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Love the food prep section on your recipe tab! It will most definitely come in handy come Sunday meal prep day!

  12. Tracy on September 5, 2014 at 10:45 am

    That Ahi tuna looks so incredibly good – that’s literally my favorite dish to order at any seafood restaurant! Also, that skull shirt is so cute!

    In terms of faves from the week, my husband recently showed this clip from Family Guy to me… I don’t watch the show, but this definitely cracked me up. If you haven’t seen it, I hope it makes you laugh! Have a great Friday!

  13. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on September 5, 2014 at 10:52 am

    My faves from the week are the Spicy Tempeh Taco Salad I made, but more importantly, spending time with my friend getting ready for her wedding today!

  14. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I tried an aerial class this week and learned to climb fabric and begin to work on acrobatic moves. It was super hard, but so fun to let my body move in new ways suspended above the ground. Loved it!

  15. kristin @ W [H] A T C H on September 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

    have a great time at the beach!

  16. RachelG on September 5, 2014 at 10:56 am
    • RachelG on September 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

      *i mean article*…wow, it really is Friday. 😛

  17. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on September 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Omg I love that piglet! And your skull tee. Super cute!

  18. Laura @SheEatsWell on September 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I love that Meryl Streep quote. Some food for thought for sure…it got me!

  19. mary on September 5, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Regarding straining a green smoothie to make green juice– forget the coffee press idea! The fine sieve was a bit of a pain, too, though do-able. A real juicer might be worth it, if you drink them a lot! I guess you can’t juice a week’s worth at once?

    • mary on September 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I actually just drank it as a smoothie today and preferred it. I’m a big fan of fiber, though. Throwing it out feels like sacrilege!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      that really got into my soul.

  20. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. on September 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Haha great “making friends” video! UofA is the best – you’re making me miss Tucson. Go Wildcats!!

  21. Alex @ True Femme on September 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Haha that Joan Rivers quote just tickles me!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      right?! she’s amazing

  22. Tracy on September 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Have you and your little princess heard there’s going to be a Frozen sequel?

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      no way! i hope it isn’t lame (as most sequels are) haha

  23. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on September 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    That shirt is adorable!

  24. Shelly on September 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    All that food is making me hungry, looks amazing! Love the super cute shirt, what a good find.

  25. Jessie on September 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with PEAS the last several months. I just can’t get enough! A bed of peas drenched in some KerryGold butter with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, and goat cheese …. AHhhmanzing. Can’t STOP!

    Otherwise I’ve been reading a lot, and just discovered that I can checkout magazines from the library on my kindle! Library for another win! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      that sounds glorious!!!
      wow, i had no idea about that!

  26. Amanda on September 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    LOVE the skull shirt! Also, my obsession this week is Orange Theory!!! The closest one to me is about 30 min away, but my YMCA had a shut down week this week, so I first went on Labor Day when I had some extra time and LOVED it. I did my second free session this AM and my last one will be tomorrow. Dude … today was “strength” and I almost barfed on the 15 incline sprints. I’m hooked!!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      ahhhhh that is so awesome! happy you love it too 🙂

  27. Vivian on September 5, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I love the new recipe organization! Great job in revamping the page; the previous version was awesome, but I really like the new look and features. 🙂

  28. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks awesome that you updates the info for all your recipes! There have been so many good ones. Have a great weekend!

  29. Sandra F. on September 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Doing the Shape Diva Dash this weekend with my friends – we are team USA. Can’t wait! And date night with the hubby.

    Wish we had orange theory close to me so I could try it out!

  30. Alycia on September 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I love sugar skulls!

    Best part of my week is that it is Friday night now!

  31. Debbi on September 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Hi, what farmer’s market is that from. I want to ask my daughter to get me one


    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      hillcrest! 🙂

  32. Jen on September 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    hey there–not sure if this is on purpose or if you’re already aware, but when you click on the recipes tab, nothing happens (other than the page reloading). if you hover your mouse over the tab, the categories come up, but there isn’t a central recipes page, at least as far as I can see. maybe that was intentional? just thought i’d mention. thanks for all your hard work on this! there are so. many. recipes. it must have taken forever to sift through and categorize them all!

  33. John @ GymSanta on September 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Spent Saturday hiking around a lake with my girlfriend and our dog. A perfect day!

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