Git It Girl

Morning friends! <3


The winner of the cool racerback, macaroons and whatever else I decide to throw in there is:


Erin! Congrats girl! Send me your info (fitnessista at gmail dot com + tank size and fave color) so I can get your goodies on the way

Thank you SO much to those of you who entered the macaroon and tank giveaway– it was a record-breaker! It’s been way too long since I’ve done a giveaway, so I’ll be doing more in the future fo sho.

I’ve read every single one of your suggestions and am really excited for what the next year will bring on the bloggy:


(hope you can read my chicken scratch)

Dinner last night was the tamales to my heart:


When my mom told me she had fresh tamales, I was in the car driving to her house, faster than you can say “git it girl”.

They were ahhhhhhhmazing.

This morning, I munched a tiny apple and am on my way to dance before work. B-fast, snacks and lunch are packed up 🙂


See ya later today!



Winter Shape Up begins Jan 17th!!!

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  1. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on December 23, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Congrats to the winner — I am super jealous!!!

    We are having tamales for lunch at work today! One my coworkers’ wives made them for us. I can’t wait to eat one!

    Have a great holiday Gina!

  2. Jess on December 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Yay Winter Shape Up!!! I haven’t done any of your winter/summer shape ups before but I’m looking forward to a fun new workout to get me out of my boring treadmill and weights routine!!

  3. Katie on December 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Congrats to Erin!!

    Thank you for hosting an awesome giveaway too!

    Have a great day!

  4. Amy M on December 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I am most excited about the shop at walmart (lower budget shopping).

    Our grocery budget is $300-400 a month for Dh and I. I can’t afford too many specialty items.

  5. VeggieGirl on December 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations to Erin!!

  6. Christin@purplebirdblog on December 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Oh man, fresh tamales are the BEST! I love having a Hispanic roommate because her mom hooks it UP!

  7. Allison @ Food For Healing on December 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    darnit, i wish i could have won 🙁 lol

    Merry Christmas! i look forward to everything with you in 2011

  8. Rhea on December 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    that little apple is too cute! we got tons of fruit baskets from clients at work and i plan on ransacking them for juicing specimens 😉

  9. Alexandrina @ The Cardio Queen on December 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Those look delicious! Green corn? ah…haven’t had some tamales in forever! Tucson really does have the best Mexican food, no joke!

  10. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on December 23, 2010 at 10:20 am

    SO excited for winter shape up and pilot!!!

  11. Stefanie on December 23, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Congrats Erin, how fun!

    Those tamales look ridiculously good! And it looks like 2011 has a lot of great things in store. 🙂

  12. Caree @ Fit-Mama! on December 23, 2010 at 10:30 am


    And CONGRATS to the winner!!

  13. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on December 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

    So bummed I missed the giveaway- I was running around all day yesterday and wasn’t able to check my blogs.. Ah well, can’t wait for the next one! And what lies ahead for 2011 🙂

  14. Michelle on December 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

    SO psyched for the start of winter shape up! I am there day 1 ready for ya! and a Merry Christmas to you and your family, but especially your pilot – he is in our thoughts always – you must be so proud 🙂 XOXOXO

  15. Steph on December 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I have never eaten a tamale but your enthusiasm for them makes me want to try one the first chance I get! And I am excited for your winter shape up. 🙂

  16. Hotchick on December 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Omg, you’d be a millionaire if you sold those macaroons! Are you ever planning on selling??!?

  17. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on December 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Yum, I love tamales! My aunt sends some from Texas every year and they rock my Christmas.

  18. Kristina @ Life as Kristina on December 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Those tamales look so good-too bad you couldn’t do a tamale give away-ha! Have a great day!

  19. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on December 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Yayyyy so excited for another winter shape up!! I did it last year and lurved it. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for the bloggy!

  20. Joanna@drizzle of sunshine on December 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Congrats to the winner!! And thanks to you Gina for offering this up!!
    Love your blog list ideas and can’t wait to see what the new year holds for the Finessista!

  21. Dee on December 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Lucky girl! I can’t wait for more giveaways! Especially if the prize is macaroons! Yay for another pilot guest post! And yay for videos & fashion fridays! 😀

  22. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on December 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Winter shape up….sounds fun.
    Pilot guestie, cool.

    You taking a breather and coming up for air and enjoying the holidays back in AZ = THE BEST! Enjoy and you deserve it!

    Congrats to Erin, lucky girl 🙂

  23. Heather (Heather's Dish) on December 23, 2010 at 11:57 am

    i had fresh tamales the other day and almost died…it’s been WAY too long…and i’m now on a mission to learn how to make them myself!

  24. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Congrats to Erin – that giveaway was amazing!! I love your cactus photo at the beginning of the post – looks like your new home is gorgeous!

  25. Ashley on December 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love all the blog suggestions and ideas..I especially can’t wait to see the WSU, budget friendly shopping tips, and of course your amazing recipes!!

  26. nicole on December 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Tamales are so good! My grandma makes them every year.

  27. lindsay on December 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    christmas tamales are the best. I’m sure your moms are even better! So happy that you are home and happy!

  28. Namaste Gurl on December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    You should really elaborate on what kind of tamales those are….. 🙂

  29. jackie on December 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    tamale tutorial blog post?? yum my family is making them tomorrow 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      for sure!

  30. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on December 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m super excited for everything to come in 2011 (that sounds weird) especially the January Shape Up!! Have a Merry Christmas!

  31. Kyla on December 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Your posts have become increasingly more positive since you came back to AZ. It’s so good to see you are in a happy place because it really shines through on the blog! Have a wonderful day!

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm

      thank you! i am a THOUSAND times happier here 🙂

  32. Jen on December 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Tamales are SO freaking good, I can only imagine how awesome homemade ones would be, enjoy!!!


  33. Jen on December 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Gina, I am a huge fan of yours, but please don’t do a shop at Wal-Mart anything. Wal-Mart is such a horrible company and they sell very few items made in America. I have not shopped there in well over 10 years because of my hatred for the company and its values. Please, instead, do a focus on normal grocery stores, talk about the dirty dozen, talk about how typical grocery store brands are name brands with a different wrapper. Talk about comparing sales ads and making notes of when certain items are on sale/how often they go on sale. Please please please don’t have anything to do with Wal-Mart.

  34. ezzie on December 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    LOVEE tamales! And I’m excited about the Walmart thing as well~! I don’t have a Whole Foods or even a Trader Joe’s near where I live, so a lot of my food does come from places like Walmart or Target. I’m actually surprised at how much more organic and wholesome foods they carry nowadays! I guess you just have to know how to avoid the processed stuff and stick with foods you can pronounce 🙂

  35. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on December 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I had tamales for Macayos and they were soooo good! I’m taking my sister sometime this next week and getting some more tamales 😀

  36. Holly D on December 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Yeay! I see yoga & abs in that chicken scratch!!! Two of my FAVES!!!!!!! Ooh, and monthly playlists would be a GREAT addition to the blog!

  37. Stephanie on December 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Would you be able to share your mom’s recipe for tamales by any chance? I’m dying to make some (just bought a steamer and corn husks!) but want to find a good version to try that doesn’t require lard, and I figured that since you don’t eat meat these would be perfect 🙂

  38. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Yay I can’t wait for winter shape up! I’ve been totally slacking on weights lately, so that’s exactly what I need!

  39. Amber L on December 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    lol that picture of you holding the tiny apple cracks me up. I’m not really sure why! I can’t wait for the winter shape up! Also, I’m excited to see your posts on babies in the future! When will the pilot be home?

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      i wish i could say, but cannot post that info on here

      • Amber L on December 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

        ohhhh I should have realized that duh! Sorry. I hope it will go fast for you. :] Merry Christmas!!

  40. kt on December 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    How fun! My hubby just ate 50 cent tamales here in Mexico the other night. I am so excited to see more raw recipes in 2011. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      50 cent tamales?! that’s amazing

  41. Katie- Microwavin Maven on December 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Those tamels look ridic. How do you make them!?

  42. Courtney (greeneyedrunner) on December 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Congratulations Erin! I’m sure you’ll rock that tank 🙂

    I know what you mean about the last minute Christmas, I haven’t even realized that it’s the 23rd!

  43. Runeatrepeat on December 24, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Just polished off some tamales at my Mom’s 🙂
    Feliz Navidad!

  44. Kayla on December 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Ah! I love Bond, too, but I never thought of them as workout music. Thanks!

    Merry Christmas!

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