Friday faves + WSU Week 1 Love

Ok, so you’ve all KILLED the first week of Winter Shape Up. Thumbs up, high faves and victory dances all around! We have over 500 participants (plus the quiet ones whose numbers remain unknown) and I’m so thrilled that you’ve been enjoying the plan so far. After watching the Wildcats dominate last night (sorry Huskies), I went and took the pics for Week 2 plus a video to demo the moves. It’s going to be a sweaty one 😉

Here are some of your amazing pics from the week:

@EmLenoraTIU: checkin! Just finished WO1 feels good! And eating clean even with a busy day of class

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@molly_dolly11 ‘s beautiful breakfast cookie!

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@moraleskd: day 5 done at 630 this a.m…feel great!

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@theseptembride: Thumbs up for 

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@JTennR: Keeping it clean & eating like a PRO for  with . Mega salad beast for lunch 

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@sdnil427: done with workout #1 of winter shape-up! The warm-up vid was super helpful too! 

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@AmyFerree: Successful  workout day, or definitive proof that is trying to kill me? 🙂

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(Little note: I got quite a few heart rate monitor pics and the average calorie burn seemed to be from the high 400 to high 500 calorie range. Not too shabby for an hour + wicked afterburn for the rest of the day)

These are just a handful of your motivational pics- keep sending them in! @fitnessista

Congrats to Emily (@EmLenoraTIU) who checked in the most this week! You’ll be getting a gorgeous new shrug from my friends Lori and Michelle at Raw Threads.


Enjoy your off day today! How are you spending it? How do you feel after the first week of Winter Shape Up? It’s not too late to join the party. You can jump in at any time, and the plan can also be repeated to make it longer if you like.

Livi is snoozing right now, but when she wakes up we’re off to find a birthday present for her Uncle Kyle.

Happy Birthday to my little bro: I’ve been proud of you since day one.

Baby kyle

He’s one of my best friends, my Wildcat cheering buddy, chef extraordinaire and I can’t believe he’s getting married in 3 months. Just yesterday we were making mud pies in the backyard.. and orange juice, which my poor parents had to drink. (The recipe: 90% sugar, 10% juice, freshly hand-squeezed.)

Hope you all have a very happy Friday!

See ya later tonight with some adventures and also on the Family page.



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  1. erin on February 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    i switched up my rest day from today to yesterday and did my 20 minutes steady on the elliptical and then did 20 minutes of tabata on the treadmill. a nice sweaty mess, til i stepped outside and my sweat went away! i will say the work out 1 is awesomely hard! can’t wait to do the last round tomorrow morning and start week 2 off with a bang!

  2. Mi-an dela Cruz on February 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Gina!!! I’m in ny Long Island and I just went to the lululemon warehouse sale!!!! I sent u a picture!!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I GOT IT. the jealously in my heart! how was it?! i want to see the goods!

      • mi-an dela cruz on February 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        it was amazing!!!!! i’ll send you pics of the goods when i get off!! i was there at 745, it opened at 8 and the line was already crazy long. i wanna go back. lol it runs til sunday so i may go back..hahah. i got 4 pants, 2 tank tops, 1 shirt, jacket for the boy, panties, running hat and gloves for 400! not bad at all!

        • Fitnessista on February 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

          omggggg. yes i can’t wait to see!

  3. Sarah on February 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Did 40 minutes on the bike last night and then foam rolled for what felt like forever. I am SHOCKED at how good my legs feel today! Spent the last ten minutes doing some HIIT while watching a hockey game (which I am certain raised my heart rate even more).
    My office is literally within eyesight of a Lulu store. Not sure how I manage to stay out of there!

  4. Becca on February 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Just got in a killer lower leg workout!

  5. Kristen on February 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Woohoo! Week 1 DONE (almost). I’m excited for next week’s workout.
    Quick question: What are some protein bars that would you recommend?
    I usually snack on yogurt, nuts, ballz, or boiled eggs but I was wanting some bars to add to the mix. They’re nice to have in my diaper bag…er…I mean purse when I’m out and about.

  6. TheSeptemBride on February 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    My picture made it! I’m still sore from that work out but will be following it up with another one today. Can’t wait.

    Seven months until my wedding and I’m hoping to look fabulous through clean eats and working out.
    If any other fitnessista lovers could follow me on twitter (@TheSeptemBride) I’d really appreciate it. I have a lot of trouble relapsing into bad habits and could really use the support and accountability I need to stay on track.

    Thanks Gina for all your help!

  7. Sara @ fitcupcaker on February 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I love those think thin bars even though I havent had then in a while…the chunky peanut butter is my favorite!

  8. Melissa S. on February 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I’m sooo happy that Week 2 is going to have a video to demo the moves. They are sooo helpful to me ! Thanks Gina 🙂

  9. Karen on February 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I switched up my off day so I got up nice and early for a great workout. Can’t wait for week 2 and the video demos which will be very helpful. Have a great weekend!!

  10. Danielle B. on February 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    What model Polar watch do you have? I am in the market to buy one but there are sooo many out there!

  11. Catherine on February 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Ah, ya got me! I’ve been quietly following along with the winter shape up haha. I integrate your workouts with the ZCUT dvd’s ( i just started her dvds this week and i have also been a huge fan of zuzana’s for a while as well). Well now that I’ve been outed expect some tweets from me! thanks for doing this Gina :)!

  12. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on February 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Congrats to everyone doing the winter shape-up!

    That picture of you and your brother is absolutely adorable! Love it.

  13. Tracy on February 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I had to switch up days to meet my yoga schedule, so it was workout #1 for me this morning. Killer! I don’t doubt it’s a calorie burner!!

  14. Lauren on February 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Rested yesterday because I THOUGHT I was getting a snow storm. Got all packed to head to the gym this morning at 6… That storm waited to come overnight! Lovely. Still made the trek and had an awesome bike HIIT and steady state!! Can’t wait to start sweating with next weeks workout!

  15. Lucie on February 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I will have my restday tomorrow and will sleep in 🙂 I did a HIIT class today (GRIT from Les Mills) and steady cardio. Can’t wait for the video to come!! That pic of you and your brother is sososo cute.

  16. Melinda on February 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Lovin the winter shape up! I rocked it all by myself in the group fitness room at the gym bright and early. Love the empowerment I feel by being able to kick my own butt. 🙂
    Just sayin…The Huskies were leading at half time, with a close 57-53 final score… Not what I’d call a domination. 😉 Go Dawgs!

  17. Alyssa on February 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Your blog is so motivational!! I aspire to get there some day! 🙂

  18. kim @ on February 1, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    AH! I made the blog!! How exciting! I am LOVING this winter shape-up..and all of the encouragement!!

  19. Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant on February 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I’m taking a rest day today after a little klutzy foot injury yesterday. Then getting ready for a friend’s birthday party, some home improvements, and Super Bowl party!

  20. Emily Stember on February 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Week one feels so good, everyone is doing so fabulously! Sore muscles are a girl’s best friend and I’m so excited for the Week 2 workout! I think this is the first time in my life I’ve ever won anything! Very exciting, what a beautiful sweater. thank you!

    When we check in via twitter should we tag you and hashtag #wintershapeup or just use the hashtag?

  21. Caitlin on February 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I’m so excited for next week’s workout!!! I had to take a few days off this week for medical reasons, so today I did workout 1 again! Don’t have any weights because I’m visiting my family, so I actually used the bosu ball for a lot of the exercises and it was pretty killer. Finished with a 10 minutes zwow 🙂

  22. Emily @ MainEats on February 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Wow-everyone looks like they are doing a GREAT job!!!

  23. Keri on February 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Is it ok to switch up the days I do the workouts as long as I’m not doing anything back to back? I didn’t get the plan until Sunday night which is my usual rest day anyways. I also took yesterday as a rest day and did WSU + cardio Monday, Wednesday and tomorrow (Saturday). Tuesday and today I just did the cardio you prescribed. Hope this makes sense!

  24. LisaG on February 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Okay you had the same gourgeous hair when you were little! Do your baby/ toddler pictures look like Liv?
    Going to make the Pilot’s turkey burgers this weekend. Does he use breast or thigh meat? or both? TWSS! (Just wondered about the juiciness factor.)

  25. Jay on February 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Great week! Today is rest day, ready for W#1 for tomorrow. Great job everyone! Woohoo!

  26. Jen on February 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Couldn’t get in HIIT & steady yesterday, but I live in LA, so I went to a Physique 57 class for the first time. It was great, but so expensive! Now I’m sad I didn’t win the giveaway, ha.

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      ahhhhh it’s SO GOOD. i would love to have a studio nearby, but yes, the cost is hefty

  27. Kim on February 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Can’t wait to see week 2! I’m enjoying your winter shape-up even though I’m not following it completely! I’m just doing your work-outs with my other training – I know it’s not the same but I always love to add in new stuff!
    Thanks for all of the hard work you put into the plan!!

  28. Lindsay on February 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    My abs and arms are still sore haha. Bring on week 2!

  29. Brittany @ Kitchen::Candid on February 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    That sweater is adorable! Guess it pays to check in!! 🙂

  30. Rose on February 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I was side-lined this week with a nasty head cold. Do you recommend jumping in next week with the Week 2 plan or starting with Week 1 and just being a week behind?

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      start on week 2, and then after week 4, do week 1?

      • Rose on February 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

        Thank you!

  31. Alycia on February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I am one of the quiet ones. 🙂 Loving it so far though!

  32. Julianna on February 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I’ll admit it, I’m one of the silent ones!!! I’ve really been enjoying bumping my routine up a bit. I did the workout and some cardio Monday and Thursday, and I’m looking forward to weights again tomorrow with a longer cardio session. Thank you for putting this all together!

  33. Kendal A on February 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I just finished the first week of WSU and do I feel great! I have never participated in your shape up programs, but I decided I should try it this time around and I am glad I have. The week flew by with having each day planned, and I defiantly feel stronger. I am excited to see what you have in store for us this coming week! Thanks!!

  34. Samantha g on February 2, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Started the day off with power yoga and later today I will finish off with workout #1. What else is there to do on a snowy Saturday afternoon?

  35. Madeline on February 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I switched up the routine and did my HIIT and Steady last night on my bike trainer. Finished up the last work out #1 just now and did three reps (yay)! Feeling stronger everyday!

  36. Bek @ Crave on February 4, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Aw love the pic of you and your bro. And good job everyone doing WSU!

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