Get the good stuff going

This is a sponsored post from Blue Diamond Almonds. Sponsored posts are a rarity around here, as I only accept product reviews and sponsored posts from brands I’m truly passionate about. Even though I was compensated to write this post, as always all opinions are my own.


I’m always a little groggy in the morning. When I hear little babbles on the baby monitor, even though I halfway want to cover my head with the pillow and escape back to dreamland, I can’t wait to walk into the nursery and see that sweet little girl. I put my contacts in, brush my teeth, splash water on my face, and then walk into nursery singing the “Good morning” song to Oliv. She’s crouched in her crib, waiting for me, with a huge smile on her face – the kind of pure joy smile, too young to feel least bit self-conscious of how wide her mouth is opened. I hope she never loses that, but even if she goes through that phase where you only smile with your mouth closed (all of my middle school pictures are like this), I know I’ll never forget it.

Liv and caterpillar

Sometimes I don’t really feel like teaching fitness. I’ll be having a tired day, be too full from lunch, sick of my playlist, or just not really in the mood. I’ll walk into the full class, and most of my blah feeling will melt away, and by the end of the warm-up, after seeing the smiling faces around me, they’re gone. When I’m finished teaching, soaked in sweat, and chatting with the guests, I don’t remember why I didn’t feel like teaching in the first place.

I always feel the same way after a great workout. Even if I was doubtful when I parked my car at the gym, I feel like a million bucks on the drive home.

End of workout

My husband works a lot. He’s gone a lot. I miss him… a lot. Because he’s not here all the time, I never take him for granted. I feel like we’re always in the honeymoon phase, because we never know exactly how long he’ll be around until he leaves again, and the homecoming feeling when he returns… well, there’s nothing like it.


I enjoy every moment I have with him and there’s nothing more amazing than seeing a dad and his daughter, totally in love.

Tom and liv

A glass of wine on the patio together after she’s asleep? The good stuff.

Ceviche and wine

I’m a strong believer in being thankful, even on the tougher days. One of my favorite quotes:

?”Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

What’s something that you’re thankful for right now? How do you get your “good” going?



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  1. Danielle on August 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    This is the most beautiful post of yours I’ve read. Your family is a pure and real example of true love and joy. Bless you all. 🙂

  2. Bonnie on August 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Such a sweet post 🙂 On a totally unrelated note: What is that yummy looking meal in the last pic? Looks wonderful!

    • Fitnessista on August 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      thank you! ceviche 🙂

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I’m thankful to be here in Aruba with my family! Thanks for a beautiful post, Gina! And yes, with all the changes at FB, the sponsored posts are probably going to be a reality for many of us – you did a lovely job! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      thank you, friend! you’re exactly right about that. i’m still going to be as picky about the companies, but the quantity is likely going to go up for all of us

    • Meagan on August 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Sorry to “eavesdrop,” ha- but I’m curious to know what changes you guys are talking about and how it will affect your blogs in terms of sponsored posts. And I agree with Averie- this was a great post, Gina.

  4. Dani @ RunFitMama on August 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I love this post and your honesty. I have the same sentiments often- as the wife of a chef, my husband works long hours, late nights and holidays. It makes the time we are together that much more special.

  5. Juliene on August 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I think when times are hard it’s really easy to forget to be thankful that life is still great. I try and remember that each day is a blessing. Currently I am so thankful for an amazing family who supports me while my hubby is out of town for work. It’s hard to be a momma all on your own when you are used to the support so I am grateful.

  6. Elle on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Such a sweet post :). I agree with you on the working thing – I’m working as a nurse at my local nursing home. I’ll spend all dreading going to work, but when I get to work and see all of my super sweet patients and I’m happy to be there.

  7. C on August 10, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this – as the girlfriend of a Navy flight student, I understand your sentiments completely. It helps every so often to remind yourself to be thankful for what you have, even when its not always easy. Lots of love to you, the Pilot, and Liv! She is such a cutie.

  8. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on August 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    what a beautiful post! I love this:) thanks for sharing!

  9. Jess on August 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

    So amazing the love you all share. What a lovely family!!!

  10. Kelly on August 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I love this post, particularly the first paragraph.

    I am thankful for good friends/good food and good wine (is it obvious that I just got back from a delicious meal with friends?)

  11. Claire on August 11, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Beautiful post, Gina. I’m sure it’s rough sometimes to be away from your husband for so long; I admire you for your strength and positive attitude about it! I totally agree, sometimes just getting to the gym, parking the car and actually GOING is the first step towards re-motivating yourself to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself.

    Love the post, great job!


  12. Brigid on August 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Goosebumps. What a great way to start my morning! Thanks, Gina! 🙂

  13. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on August 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Such a beautiful post Gina!!!! There really is nothing better than a smile!!! This is great reminder of that!

  14. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 11, 2012 at 8:20 am

    This is so sweet! And that picture of Liv and the Pilot? Adorable! You should get that one framed for your house!

    Right now I’m grateful for my relationship with my family – I love that we’re so close and connected!

  15. Leslie W on August 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    If that girl smiles any bigger, she’s going to swallow her own little head. She’s not a happy girl, is she? 😉

  16. Juls @ The Wife Thing on August 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

    She is absolutely precious! You can tell a beautiful little personality is forming!

  17. Lisa on August 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    This post was so beautiful! You can tell how passionate you are both about your daughter! Love, love this.
    I adore how close my family and I are, and I wouldn’t trade that closeness for the world.

  18. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) on August 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    LOVE that quote.

  19. Beverly Aragon on August 11, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I remember you posting that quote (and some other Brian Tracy links) before, and I just love it. I used to have it written down in my day planner. MUST write in again!

  20. Melissa on August 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I’m thankful for my fiance and can’t wait to start our family- hope that I’m as lucky as you are in that department! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm


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