Friday Faves

Hi friends! HAPPY FRI-YAY! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments on this morning’s tattoo post. I’m so happy so many of you like the design, too. I love love loveeeeeee it. It’s a lot less sore today, and continuing to heal well. That fact does not make me think I want another one. One tattoo, and we’re done here haha.

Time to start the weekly Friday Faves party! It’s always fun to share what I’m reading, wearing, eating and loving each week, and I always enjoy hearing about your faves, too. Please shout them out in the comments if you’d like to join in!

W miss p

A major one for this week: we officially started venturing into solids with miss P. During her pediatrician appointment on Monday, I mentioned that she’s been trying to eat our food off the table. She’ll grab a plate with both hands and try to bring it to her mouth, and is notorious for making a quick dash at my morning egg burrito tortilla. The ped said to offer it to her if she seems interested, since she’s 5 1/2 months and a bigger baby. I made her some pureed gluten-free oats with steamed apple.

Oats for miss p

(Here’s a baby food post and another one! I’ll be creating some new ones, too.)

She LOVES it. She only has a handful of bites as a snack in between her second bottle and nap, but is really starting to get the hang of it. She’ll face dive into the spoon, mouth wide open. It’s the best. I’m going to offer foods very slowly since she’s MSPI, just to make sure she doesn’t react to anything. I’m already wondering if the apple is a little too acidic, so I’m going to tone it down in the oats for next week. Next, we’re going to do sweet potato!

Eating oats

Skype with Brittany! I ran a sneaky Post Baby Bod giveaway, and Brittany won a copy of the plan plus a free Skype training consultation with me. I had so much fun chatting with her, and was able to talk about her goals, current routine, and do some movement assessment. I sent her a weekly custom workout plan based on our talk and her movement assessment. It was so much fun, and I’m hoping to do more of these in the future on a limited basis. 

Skype with brittany

(so beautiful!)

These wedges. I’ve been wanting a pair of Valentinos for a long time, but always balked at the price. Many of the heeled styles just don’t seem realistic for my life -even though they are so pretty for date nights and special occasions- but I love how these wedges are casual enough for more regular wear. Plus, I love wedges! It’s nice to have some extra height without tottering around like a baby giraffe.

This candle! Rewind candles are still my #1 candle love (which says a lot). I’ve been burning the Rose, and it smells heavenly. These candles are fragrant without being overbearing and last so much longer than many of the other brands I’ve tried. 

An amazing post from my friend Julie. Loved all of the insightful and honest comments, too! Fellow mamas, check it out.

Saffron. Betsy introduced me to this (she knows all the good spots in SD) and I’m obsessed. It’s super healthy Thai food. This is the “brain food” which was kale, chicken and sweet potato with spices like ginger and turmeric. I could eat this for lunch every day!


Speaking of lunch, we’ve had lots of kale salads lately. The almond butter dressing in this post is my jam.

Kale salad

(This kale Caesar looks bomb dot com)

The add-on workout!

A good reminder to stop comparing and do what you love.

Liv and I made some awesome blueberry muffins the other day. I wish I would have written down the recipe because they were on the fly and ended up SO good. 

Muffins w liv

YES!! So excited for my friend Anne and this program on intuitive eating. 

An awesome collection of high-intensity workouts.

Special thanks to my friends at Paul Mitchell for the goodies. I’m a huge fan of their products (love that they are cruelty-free and do not contain parabens) — the lemon sage scent smells gorgeous. 

Paul mitchell

The Pilot is home! He was gone this week for work, so it was amazing having madre here since I was still recovering. We miss her already! Always happy to have our favorite guy home. <3


Not really a fave: you guys won’t believe this (or maybe you will), but it looks like another surgery is in the near future. This is for my thumb. Since I accidentally cut it with the steak knife a year and a half ago -word to the word: use a spatula, NOT A KNIFE to get bread out of a pan- it has been numb and hurting. If I touch the scar, pain shoots down my hand, and the numbness has not improved. When it first happened, a few doctors passed me around and said it would get better, but it’s remained the same. I figured I’d see a neurologist because I wanted to ask if the pain would remain the same or get worse over time. He took one look at it, knew exactly where the numbness and pain was located, and said he could absolutely fix it. Apparently since the nerve was completely severed, it’s trying to grow back together and bundling in the process, which is where the pain is coming from. He can put nerves in the gap so they have somewhere to grow. Pretty incredible, right? Since I can’t work out anyway, we’re just going to get it over with. I’m excited to be able to hold a dumbbell normally again! (Right now, I have to usually “claw” them with my left hand since pressure on the spot causes pain.) This is all I’ll probably write about this until after it’s over because I don’t want the blog to transform into Gina’s year of random medical blah haha.

This interview with my favorite chef.

Happy happy Friday!



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  1. Kristen on April 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve been looking for a cute pair of espadrille wedges too, and loved the ones you chose–until I saw the price. Nearly $1000?!? Geeez. I could NEVER love a shoe that much.

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      right?! it blows my mind when i see girls with multiple pairs. i mean if you can do it, go for it, but that’s WAY more than i usually pay for shoes. if i get a pair, it will be one pair, and i’ll wear them forever haha

      • Julia on April 9, 2016 at 6:20 am

        Gina, I totally had sticker shock when I saw that price, but if ya’ll can do it… because it’d be a nice reward for Gina’s medical year of blah, maybe? I hope the thumb repair goes well, and good job being proactive about all this.

        • Fitnessista on April 9, 2016 at 9:32 am

          thank you, friend. i mentioned them to tom a while ago and he said to go for it with everything that’s been going on. material things aren’t the answer… but they sure can make you feel better sometimes 😉

          • Julia on April 9, 2016 at 1:42 pm

            Absolutely true. I have some Le Creuset pieces in my kitchen that agree with you. 😉

      • Grace on April 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

        You won’t! I made the horrible mistake of splurging on rope espadrilles…that material just doesn’t stand the test of time. They ended up looking frayed, dingy and ratty after two seasons of regular wear. Sadly do not recommend 🙁

        • Fitnessista on April 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm

          no way! wow, good to know

  2. Katie @ Live Half Full on April 8, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I would love to hear more about baby food making! So far I’ve been using half and half homemade and the organic pouches.

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      i love making baby food so i’ll definitely post more about it! xoxo

  3. Debbie on April 8, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Little one’s first food venture is always so exciting. My girl’s first food was broccoli and I was terrified haha. Glad it went well.

  4. Elysha on April 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Gina! Completely off topic from this post but I saw one your posts about Olivia being in dance and you should get her on the ice especially while you’re living in SD! I was a figure skater for 10 years and can’t recommend it enough. Plus there are multiple rinks in the SD area and she’s the perfect age! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2016 at 9:33 am

      that is a great idea! it would definitely be a fun thing to do before we move, too

  5. Jess on April 9, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Wow I hope everything goes well with surgery on your hand. Awesome you found someone who could solve the problem. Don’t feel bad about talking about it, it makes you seem normal (which of course you are). Love your tattoo and P is getting so big and cute! Glad she is coping well with solids!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2016 at 9:33 am

      yeah it was so crazy. i had zero intention of talking to him about operating (i just wanted to see if it would be hurting worse and dangling there when i’m old) and he was like “when do you want to get this fixed?” it’s pretty incredible since so many other doctors told me to essentially deal with it. it’s just a thumb, but man, it’s been bothering me for a long time
      hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Christina on April 9, 2016 at 9:11 am

    good luck with your surgery! i think its interesting if you write about it and how you recover from it. i love that you talk about real issues and events in your life!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

      thank you! the good news is that the surgery said recovery should be fairly easy since it’s not muscular, it’s just nerve related. he’s going to put graft nerves where they’re severed and i’ll wear a split on my hand for a couple of weeks and then it comes off and i can use it again NBD. so hopefully that’s the case! i’m actually really excited. he said it should be “easy” compared to the surgery i just went through, and it will be so cool to have feeling (and no pain!) in my thumb again

  7. Jane on April 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I need to try that salad dressing! And I’m sorry about your thumb 🙁

    Gina, is it ok if I ask you a question about your dogs? I just adopted my second. She has a slight physical disibility (well…she’s missing a leg) and is a little fearful. I seem to recall reading you had some fear issues with your second girl, the cavalier? So you usually walk your little white fluffy girl alone.

    How does that work? Is the little Cavalier jealous that she’d left home or is it ok? I just feel so guilty but I know the new girlie can’t keep up with my crazy boy and that she’s going to have to stay home alone for our long walks. I know she’ll be happier but…you know. I’m human and have mom guilt ha! Any advice?

  8. Meagan Leanne on April 9, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Ah I’m sorry about the surgery! My dad severed a nerve in his finger probably close to 10 years ago and had lost sensation in his thumb because of it and had some associated pain. He had surgery done and I’m pretty sure it’s either fully or close to completely normal after his nerve reattachment. I hope this at least a little assuring!

  9. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on April 9, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Surgery AGAIN?! You poor thing! But if you’re already on a required break from working out, now should be the best time. Plus, you don’t want to be in pain, of course!

  10. Emily A on April 10, 2016 at 11:17 am


    Sorry about the surgery! and your thumb.

    Would be interesting to hear from you about the recovery. I like how to share your real life stories.

    Keep up the good work!


  11. Kade on March 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Sorry about your thumb.. I’m happy it wasn’t muscular and is going to be a easy recovery. About a year ago I broke my arm and it took most of the feeling out my fingers from the damage. It took quite a while, but after a while I’ve got most of my feeling back. I hope your recovery was excellent as well. I just stumbled upon this blog, and am happy i did, i am definitely going to be a new reader! Thank you for sharing your post.

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