Friday Faves

Hi friends! Happy happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any fun plans or fitness events coming up? It’s the Rock N’ Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon this weekend, so we’re going to be there cheering on some friends and Livi’s preschool teacher, who is running the full! I’m teaching Zumba (pray for me), having *family dinner* over at our house with Jess and her family, and headed over to friends’ for dinner tonight. Hope you all have a very happy weekend!

Pizza on the ocean

Double downdog

Stability ball workout

W dad

It’s time to start the weekly Friday Faves party, where I share some favorite food, finds and fitness stuff from the week. I always enjoying hearing what you’re loving if you’d like to play along in the comments section.

This fun purple bike seat! I got it to make things a little more comfortable for my return to teaching spin, and am so happy I did it. Bike seats are hard, yo. Also, an hour is a long time to ride a bike! (Real cyclists everywhere tip their heads back and laugh.) This comfy gel seat is amazing and it makes me wish I would have picked one up sooner. I also love that it’s colored (but not in an obnoxious way) so it’s not easy to forget and leave behind. If you’re a spin fanatic, I highly recommend it.

Bike seat

Medjool dates

Dates and pb

Medjool dates are back. I went cold turkey on refined sugar this week. It was one too many nights of vegan cookie dough and eating to survive while the Pilot was gone on and off for 3 weeks, and I was feeling pretty lethargic. My skin isn’t looking its brightest and happiest, either. It’s not really hard for me to give up refined sugar since I still have plenty of the naturally sweet stuff, like dates, fruits, honey and maple syrup in my life. (Also, if you have raw brownies, everything is good in the world.) Dates with almond butter are a great circa 2010 pre-workout snack, so I’ve brought them back. They give me energy to teach and taste wonderful, even though they don’t photograph so well. 

Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere is going to be at Fashion Valley today, and I love her clothing collection. I’ve been reading her blog for years so I think it would be so cool to say hello in person.

This KEEP Collective bracelet. (<— Michele’s party/link had expired so Jen made one for me) I always love personalized jewelry (with charms, kiddos’ initials, birthstones and such) on other people, but had yet to find a style that really called to me. Enter KEEP Collective. My friend Michele hosted a party on Facebook, and as soon as my friends’ orders started arriving and I saw how sleek and unique they looked, I decided to give it a try. This is a mesh band with a protective eye, Mrs. H, Liv and P’s birthstones, and an arrow (pointing up, because my mantra this past challenging year has been “upswing”). I love how personalized it is and that I can add to it later if I’d like. They make awesome gifts, too!

Keep collectively

NEW EMOJIS. I’ve been waiting for a salad emoji. 😉

Take a dance break. I may have done this at least 4 times.

How cool are these star gladiators?! Also really into off the shoulder tops and dresses right now, like this dress, this dress and this dress.

Tips for crushing your next megaformer workout.

I need these cookies in my life.

Another reason to love Kristen Bell.

In case you want to Netflix and paint happy little trees.

An at-home HIIT workout and a great total body workout.

On the PBB blog: when to start core training after childbirth.

Why sometimes you should tear up a script and start a new one.

And now, the P smile of the day.

P smile

Happy Friday!



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  1. Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! on June 3, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I just made my first KEEP order of a pendant with an engagement ring key on it! I’m going to add the “mrs” after October! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

      ahhh that is so cute!

  2. Sara @ Oats & Rows on June 3, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Can’t wait for the new emojis! It’s about time they had an avocado one and a taco one! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

      right?! FINALLY

  3. RachelG on June 3, 2016 at 7:14 am

    First of all, omg P is SOOOO cute! She is the pilot’s mini me! 🙂 Secondly, the picture of the pizza makes me a little sad. We tried but just could not find real pizza in California. I know I’m a total east coast snob here but NY/NJ/New Haven, CT pizza >everywhere else. 😉

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

      right? after coming back from italy, i don’t think of pizza as “pizza.” it’s just dough with sauce and cheese on it. which i mean, anytime you put bread with sauce and cheese it’s pretty good. 😉 you’re right though- NY pizza >>>>

  4. Heather @Fitncookies on June 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Oh my Miss P looks like your husband!! Love those pictures of her with him. So sweet!

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 9:59 am

      she totally does! thank you <3

  5. Theresa C on June 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

    In regards to the uncomfortable bike seats…I did an ironman last year and trained 6 months for it. I was too cheap to invest in a more comfortable yet light weight bike seat, so just put up with the one that came with my mid-range road bike. I complained to my coach how much my lady bits hurt after every ride, and she said “you will eventually develop Iron Crotch”….LOLOL! Well, I would say she was about 75% correct, but it’s still the #1 thing I complain about from ironman training. That purple seat cover looks incredible and like a cloud.

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 9:59 am

      i’m still chuckling about “iron crotch”

  6. Taylor on June 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I am obsessed with dates!! I like to make date balls and bars, but I really do love them plain or with almond or peanut butter. They are the perfect snack for a sweet tooth! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 9:59 am

      yes, i love date balls and bars too!
      hope you have a great weekend <3

  7. Jessie Reeves on June 3, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Cute bracelet and OH my goodness, P is too cute :). Liv is quite the yogi too! YAY for new emjois, it’s about time!! I’ve got a bachelorette party on the books this weekend, so I’m excited 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      ahhhh have so much fun!

  8. Tracy on June 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Love dates & nut butter! Eaten at least once a day here! Also dried figs are so yum, too!

    Little Miss P (aka mini Tom) is getting so big!


  9. Julia @ Drops of Jules on June 3, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I think it’s wonderful you’re supporting Liv’s preschool teacher! It should be a good weekend for the marathon- hopefully not too hot!

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      thank you! yes, it’s supposed to be warm this weekend so fingers crossed it’s still nice weather for them

  10. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I absolutely love your Keep Bracelet. What an awesome idea. Very cool.

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      thank you!!! i love it too 🙂

  11. Amy S on June 3, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I second that about the KEEP bracelet! I’ve been browsing the KEEP website now – I’d love to have one too, they seem so fun 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      it’s so easy to get sucked into the website! i want to get them as gifts for everyone now

  12. Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes on June 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I have a gel bike seat too and swear by it! I know people make fun of them but it makes all the difference for me!

  13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 3, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Penelope is such a cutie!

  14. LeeAnn on June 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I totally giggled at your bike seat. My husband is riding/racing 136 miles tomorrow 😉 on a hard seat. Tehehehe. The most I have done is 102 miles. That’s why there is padding in the shorts 😉

  15. Katherine @ Katherine Lynn Fitness on June 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    You’ll do great teaching Zumba! I wish I could attend a class in person!

  16. Haley Tuthill on June 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Gina! My friend and I took your classes in GA at Moody. We’ve been stationed at every base together. pretty nuts! Crazy that we’re at another base together! I will have to come to one of your classes here! Just want to say hello 🙂

  17. Robin Morehouse on June 6, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Loved the link to Tearing up the Script- what an amazing post- we all need to remember that our negative voice is not helping us! Thanks for the link!

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

      so happy you enjoyed it as much as i did!

  18. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on June 6, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I always get Medjool dates from Costco and dry them out some in my dehydrator bc I hate squishy dates. Then I slather them in homemade pumpkin spice almond butter and have them with my tea. Every. day. It’s a problem haha

    • Fitnessista on June 6, 2016 at 10:20 am

      i LOVE squishy dates! hahaha
      Great idea to dehydrate them though

  19. Jodie on June 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Love medjool dates. I think I may have to go cold turkey on sugar this week. I need to get back into barre as well.

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