Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans or Super Bowl festivities on the horizon? Iโ€™m not a huge football plan -college basketball is my favorite sport- but I always look forward to the food. Itโ€™s going to be allthewineandpizza on Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In standard Friday fashion, here are some of the things Iโ€™m loving this week. As always, I love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout โ€˜em out in the comments section!

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-All of your incredible Winter Shape Up check-ins. The photos have been amazing, and our Facebook group is packed with inspirational and supportive women all over the world. Iโ€™m so thankful for the opportunity to experience it with you all! Iโ€™m thrilled to hear youโ€™re enjoying the workouts and meal plans. Check out all of the info here, and donโ€™t forget to check in for Week 1 for the next couple of days. (You donโ€™t have to be participating to enter the giveaways.) Iโ€™ll be sending the week 2 plan out later today, and the giveaway winner for Week 1 will be up Monday am.

-Speaking of giveaways, HOLY ENTRIES for this one. Iโ€™m stoked that you were as excited about it as I am! I canโ€™t wait to put together the goodie package for the lucky winner. Huge congratulations to:

 Melissa V.

Congratulations to the CORE40 winner:


(All winners have been emailed)

-9 different protein pancakes to power you through the morning.

-The Living Room. This is a quaint little spot in Point Loma (weโ€™ve been for a morning date once), and they have a fantastic breakfast menu, a glorious pastry case, and almond milk for the coffee drinks. 

The living room

SCANDAL. Can we just talk about it for a second? Did you think it was lame, or did you love it? I, of course, went crazy and was on the edge of the couch sweating for the entire hour, while the Pilot was lounging and accurately predicting the entire plot line. Team Jake or Team Fitz? I go back and forth, but am currently team Fitz.

-Suja Glow juice. Iโ€™ve been on a huge kick lately and think it may be my favorite store-bought juice flavor ever. So refreshing (not too โ€œgreenโ€) and Liv loves it too.

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-On the topic of juices, Jimmy Kimmel the prankster strikes again. โ€œIt tastes like the rainbow.”

What happened when Jennifer Aniston stopped exercising for the movie โ€œCake.โ€ (Loved this, because working out is a huge sanity saver for me, too.)

THESE SHOES, but alas, I need a sneaker intervention.

Thank you so much to my friends at POPSUGAR for featuring this drop set circuit!

Drop set circuit

The sweetest little braids.

Dorothy braids

Team Johnny. This made me cry. What a great man, with a great heart. 

9 stretches to help progress into the splits.

Have a very happy Friday!



Pssst. Soli Beat is on SUPER SALE this weekend for $4.99. Get in a killer hour-long dance cardio workout, for the same cost as a medium latte. Sasha and I are changing over our inventory, and wanted to streamline a bit. Get yours before theyโ€™re gone!

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  1. Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert on January 30, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I’ll be catching up on Scandal this weekend! So I’m quite excited for that ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh the braids..they get me every time! There is nothing cuter! Enjoy your weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alexa on January 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Me too! so thank you for not ruining anything about Scandal ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ash Bear on January 30, 2015 at 4:19 am

    I really want to try Suja after seeing you feature it! Also, those pigtail braids, i die! So cute!

  3. Linda @ TheFitty on January 30, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Hey Gina, could you talk a little bit more about your experience with musical theatre? I remember you mentioned you switched majors before and since im going into that field, and passionate about fitness, I wanted to see what things were like for you.

  4. Cara's Healthy Cravings on January 30, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I had no idea Scandal came back on! Ahh! I will have to watch it tonight.
    Friday night: Scandal, wine and pizza, couldn’t really get better ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 30, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I’m excited for the super bowl too, but there won’t be any wine or pizza for me! Sunday will be Day 28 of my Whole30, so I’m making a rocking Paleo feast. Wings, plantain nachos, baba ganoush, and some deviled eggs. I’m thinking I’m going to grab some juice and kombucha so I can have some special beverages as well!

  6. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on January 30, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Does that mean your cleanse is done Sunday? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I totally agree with you and Jennifer Aniston-I went crazy when I was injured and was not allowed to do anything! Even going a few days without a workout because of a crazy schedule can make me feel yucky. It’s a sanity saver, for sure!
    Thanks for sharing the split link! I’ve been wanting to get better flexibility through my hips. I’ll have to try this out!
    Go PATS!!!

  7. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I love your necklace in that juice picture! So pretty! Thanks for the how to do the splits article! I’ve always wanted to do the splits but even at my most flexible, I can’t do them! Definitely going to try these stretches. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on January 30, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I just had to quickly scroll over your Scandal update because I haven’t watched it yet!

    Have an awesome weekend! SD should pay you because all your beach pics and cute coffee shops make me want to move there ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Brynn on January 30, 2015 at 5:05 am

    The braids, Scandal and Glow – yes! I’m always team Jake but Vermont sure looks nice!

  10. Michele @ paleorunningmomma on January 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Love those gorgeous braids!

  11. Kirtley @ The Gist of Fit on January 30, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Total fan of braids when I was a kid! Spent hours figuring out how to do the weirdest combos hah:) it helped that I also had a horse to practice on!
    Have a fun weekendd!

  12. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on January 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Love Suja!! The story behind the company is so awesome too, and how it started out in San Diego by two yoga lovers. They were just voted #2 most promising company in America by Forbes!!

    Also, the braids are SOOO cute, I have been trying to teach my bf to french braid my hair (not going over well) guess I better hit the You Tube tutorials!

    Latest Post: Hurdles to Eating Clean: 3 Easy Ways to Beat Them for Good

  13. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 30, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I guess the cleanse is over! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy all your fun treats on Sunday. I am not really a Super Bowl personal – I’m just in it for the snacks. Have a great weekend!

  14. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on January 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

    ohhhhh the braids! love them! and scandal! you’re the second person to talk about it within 24 hours – something i need to check into!

  15. Kristin on January 30, 2015 at 6:29 am

    So I read you blog all the site all the time and love the information there, but those video ads are so terrible. I’m in the middle or reading and they will go off and interrupt everything. Is there a way to make an agreement with the ad program on your website so that videos are not allowed?

  16. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Fitz x10000! Last nights episode was crazy. I can’t wait to see next weeks episode to see what’s going on in the outside world!

  17. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on January 30, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I love that view at the beach – it’s so pretty! The french braids are pretty cute.

  18. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on January 30, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Adorable braids! I’m horrible at doing hair. Enjoy all the wine on Sunday! I’m not a big football fan either, but I will be spending super bowl sunday doing the same thing. Thank goodness for the wine and food. That’s where it’s at!

  19. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on January 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Ugh. That story about Johnny has all the feels. So much ‘Murica…love it!

  20. Nicole on January 30, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I love Suja Glow! Definitely my favorite store bought juice too. I think it’s the mint ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on January 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I was on the edge of my seat the entire time watching Scandal last night too! Haha, and Cody was the same way as the Pilot. Too funny. I told Cody that it didn’t even feel like I was watching Scandal – it was so different!! But still so good.

    Happy Friday!! xo

  22. Fancy on January 30, 2015 at 7:26 am

    THANK YOU for writing Scandal: before actually writing ABOUT the show! It’s waiting for me on my dvr and I can’t wait to watch! I can’t tell u how many times things have been spoiled for me about various shows when bloggers just throw random spoilers in the middle of their post without warning. The way you did it today was awesome, I saw that heading and just scrolled past that tiny part of your post. Thank you Gina! Wish other bloggers would do this…Xo!

  23. Michelle on January 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Run to your nearest Costco I found that flavor of green Suja in a giant 7 serving bottle…all for $8. I actually squealed in Costco and my husband had to pretend he wasn’t embarrassed with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Becca on January 30, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Ok so scandal I’m totally #TEAMJAKE Seriously, WAY less baggage and not married ๐Ÿ˜€

    My hubby was much like yours, relaxing looking at me with the sideways eye the whole time. I went between on the edge of my seat to, what are her people doing to find her!?!?!? hahaha

    Can’t WAIT for next week… I feel like the blonde chic has something to do with it!!!!

  25. Liv @ Healthy Liv on January 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Love that Scandal’s back (but I haven’t gotten to watch the season premiere yet!)

    I’m team Jake because Fitz drives me bonkers most of the time. I can’t figure either one of them out fully, though!

  26. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I can’t say I’m that excited about the Super Bowl. It’s 3 blocks from my house. It’s going to be insane!

  27. Chelsea @ TableForOne on January 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I love Fridays and getting to read these blog posts. I am heading on a little weekend getaway and cannot wait. Also, I love when I find cute little shops to work and study like the Living Room. We need more of them here!

  28. Christine on January 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Hi Gina! I entered the CORE40 giveaway and it says that a Christine won, but I didn’t receive an email. Obviously, there are a lot of Christine’s (haha), but I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t me (my email has been funky lately)…

  29. Trisha on January 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

    OHHHHH SCANDAL! I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole hour! I’m definitely Team Jake. I can’t stand Fitz! Plus, he’s super easy on the eyes, which is a huge perk ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      i think they’re both super hot haha

  30. Melissa VanSlambrouck on January 30, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hi Gina! I entered your lucky reader giveaway for some of your fave things last week. I saw today that “Melissa V.” won – wasn’t sure if it was possibly me?! I didn’t see any emails about it, and obs there are many other Melissas out there, but just thought that I’d check! Thanks again!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      that is YOUUUUU ๐Ÿ™‚ check your email! xoxo

  31. Erika S. on January 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Ahhh…I totally forgot Scandal was on and had to drive out of town but was able to watch it later (although w/o my traditional CB Camille glass filled w/red). Totally Team Jake (although I switch)…I need a “Jake” in my life running naked on the streets of DC! Overall, wasn’t thrilled w/the episode.

    I’m addicted to Popeye’s fried chicken right now but put myself on probation (only 1x/month)…having chicken on Sunday…!!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      hahah yes, that was nice to watch, indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Tracy on January 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Ahhh Scandal! I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet but I’m team Jake all the way!!

    Loved the Jennifer Aniston article. So true for me. Working out is so much more than what it appears on the surface!

    Cute braids! Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      amen to that! hope you have a great weekend, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Charuta on January 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

    This is exactly not an intervention but u can save some bucks and get really cool ones at . I just got the minty ones from Puma..sorry phone let me link.

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      GAHHHH. ok happening. haha

  34. Kathy on January 30, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I had a rough week. Then my favorite band put out this new video and it made me smile. So this is one of my Friday Faves. I think it will do the same for you even if you have not had a rough week ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope so! Enjoy:

  35. Lauren on January 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Just heard your shoutout on posh podcast!

    • Fitnessista on January 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      it made my whole day!!! SO AWESOME ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Erin on January 30, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Scandal was insane! I was so freaked out for the entire hour. I am always team Captain Jake Ballard. 6 days left until Scandal Thursday <3<3<3

    • Britt on January 31, 2015 at 5:58 am

      I don’t watch scandal any more (lost interest in season 3) but I was always team jake!

  37. Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner on January 31, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Livi’s braids are tooooo cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m super excited for my first Super Bowl ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Britt on January 31, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I’m a boston gal so we are in full Super Bowl mode right now! Having some people over and having wings and beer. Best Super Bowl food! And cake from the bakery I work at. Can’t wait!!
    Any other Bostonians out there?!

  39. Stephanie on January 31, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Go Seahawks!!!

  40. Lisa G on February 1, 2015 at 7:21 am

    My favorites are celebrating my daughter’s 18th birthday!
    Still enjoying reading your book; have your blackbean sweet potato chili in the crockpot for the Super Bowl!

  41. Gina on February 1, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Just purchased SoliBeat! So excited! Thanks for putting it on sale

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      so awesome! hope you love it!

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