Glamour…and so much pain

Hey hey hey! How’s your night going? Mine has been glorious, but got even better when I found out that the lovely Sarah, of Glamour’s health and fitness blog, Vitamin G featured my lunge and lift video on her blog today!!! WAHOO! This is the second time I’ve been feature on Vitamin G and I’m so stoked and honored… Glamour is by far one of my favorite magazines 😀

Now that I’ve discussed the “glamour” portion of the title, onto the PAIN…

I can’t move.

Well, I can, but I hurt. So much. My aching back. My biceps. My abs. My life.

That’s what happens when this guy trains you:

ron (source)

That’s my buddy Ron, and he killed me today.

We did back and biceps and he definitely taught me some new weightlifting tricks. We talked a lot about nutrition and weight lifting and it’s really cool to hear about things from a bodybuilding perspective, particularly how they do certain exercises to make muscles “pop” and grow. We also did 4 sets of every exercise and I’m used to 3. That will do it, let me tell you.

Next time, I get to train him. Payback??? You know it. >:) Muahaha

Tonight, all I wanted was lasagna.


oh, and wine 😉


Cooking is so much more fun with a glass of red in hand. I’m convinced it makes the food taste better 😉

I made the filling out of onion, garlic, zucchini, squash, mushroom, spinach, sea salt, pepper, basil, oregano and olive oil.


Used these amazing noodles:


and made my secret-for-now goat cheese ricotta

goat ricotta

And layered all of the ingredients together, along with some goat jack cheese and this sauce






With a side salad, it was an amazing meal.


I lurrrrve these new placemats, napkins and napkin rings from the familia= my dad, stepmom and little bros included them in our Christmas package 😀

dinner (2)

Every bite was a glorious foodgasm. I’m off to put jammies on read, and fall into a delightful carb-induced slumber 😀

Have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning with a 2009 re-cap 😀



Today’s tip (courtesy of Ron): Reps 1-9 don’t really do a lot for ya- they’re the same as actions you would do in everyday life, like reaching into the dishwasher, bending down and picking things up, etc. Reps from 10 on are the ones where you’re really tearing down the muscle and enabling change to happen– make them challenging and make them count.

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  1. Rachel on December 30, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Great tip! And the lasagna looks delicious. I

  2. Brittany on December 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Congrats on the post!! xoxo

  3. Brittany on December 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    PS I think I need Ron to train me! 🙂

  4. Sana on December 30, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I will be using that tip for sure 🙂 Love your foodgasmic dinner 🙂

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Ron is a hottie!! 🙂

  6. ashleigh on December 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Congrats on being on again!! I agree that is such a great magazine, def one of my favorites. I can’t believe Ron trained you and you survived- he is freaking ripped! The veggie lasagna looks so yummy, as all of your meals do! have a great night.

  7. Danielle (Coffee Run) on December 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Omg no wonder your sore 😯 lol
    Congrats on the Glamour blog feature!

  8. Marisa (Loser for Life) on December 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Mmm…gotta try to find some goat jack cheese! Sounds awesome!

    Congrats on the Glamour blog post and thanks for the great weight training tip! I’ll definitely remember that next time I’m at the gym.

  9. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on December 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I love the placemats, too!

    Congrats on Glamour =]

  10. Sara on December 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Congrats on the Glamour shoutout!
    Mmmm mmm mmm nothing like some good ol lasagne and wine after a hard day’s work. Looks delicious (as all your noshes always do ;D)

  11. Leah on December 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Those are the best gluten-free noodles! We use them for everything!

  12. Teri on December 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Would you do a video with some of the new moves you learned? I want something to kick my butt! (Or back. Or legs. Or biceps. Or whatever. 😉

    And congrats on the Glamour appearance – that’s awesome!:)

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

      hey teri! none of the moves were really new to me- it’s just the way he put them together. it was killer 😀 i’ll definitely use a similar tactic for the winter shape up
      next workout video is a killer quad and bicep combo move 😀

  13. Whit on December 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Wow and wow is all I can say. I think I would be scared of your buddy there if he were to try to train me. I would probably run and hide or something extra cool like that.

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

      hahah i was scared of him at first, too. he’s HUGE and superbuff, but way laid back and nice 😀

  14. Katie on December 30, 2009 at 10:03 pm
  15. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 30, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Holy Lasagna! That’s good to know about reps 10 and on…even though I trained for a while, I’d never heard that!

  16. Lisa on December 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Love your blog Gina…I am addicted, and I so agree with you about the red vino…have you tried organic biodynamic? I am having a glass right now! Frey makes a delicious melot! I love knowing the care that went into making this wine!

  17. Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me on December 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    wow that tip was really interesting and great to know! i’ve upped my reps from 12 to 15 so hopefully i look like him soon! LOL jk 😉

  18. Carolyn on December 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Glamour is one of my favorites, too…along with Marie Claire because they always have good, serious reporting.

  19. Gena on December 30, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Congrats, pretty girl! I love Sarah, and love Vitamin G 🙂

  20. dotsie on December 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    SO to clarify, Ron recommended reps of 10+?

    I am totally de-lurking-I read your blog everyday and love it! And I also love Glamour magazine–it’s definitely my favorite!

  21. Nicole on December 31, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I totally understand the rep 10 on thing… I tried that today!! OWwwwch.

  22. Susan on December 31, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Ron is hot!!! You can tell him to come out to Ireland and train me!! Too funny.

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 8:43 am

      lol. yes, he’s a good-looking guy 😀

  23. La on December 31, 2009 at 4:53 am

    that lasagna looks balllllinnnn… my mouth is watering!

  24. MizFit on December 31, 2009 at 6:27 am


    I so agree with his tips and so would love for him to train me.


  25. Paige (Running Around Normal) on December 31, 2009 at 7:53 am

    That’s so awesome you were on yet again! Love the lunge and lift move:)
    Sounds like you had a sweet session with Ron! It’s nice to get others’ perspectives!
    That lasagna looks amazing!Although I wish the secret ricotta recipe weren’t so secret;)

  26. Stefania on December 31, 2009 at 8:18 am

    That is a beautiful looking lasagna.
    My eyes were playing tricks on me. In one of your pics you have the wine cork in the background. I thought it was a cigarette! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 8:42 am

      hahah lol. i would never.

  27. Julie Arangio on December 31, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I have made lasagna with the Tinkyada noodles and it has come out amazing. I make a goat cheese “ricotta” filling, by mixing in the food processor: 1 large log of herbed goat cheese, 1/2 can of cannellini beans, 1 egg, garlic, oregano, sea salt, pepper, and shredded pecorino romano (this is sheep’s milk cheese). It’s even better than a real ricotta filling. Cannellini beans are my secret ingredient for a lot of recipes!!! I am hankering for some right now…..and it’s only 8:30 am here!

    • Julie on December 31, 2009 at 5:35 pm

      BTW: My husband is Italian and very picky about Italian food, and he LOVES this lasagna.

  28. Lisa on December 31, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I could eat that lasagna for breakfast, yum! I tried the bbq sauce you used the other day on a salmon burger last night and it was tasty too. Good luck w/ your blood test today, uugh.

  29. Stephanie on December 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Fitnessista, I might just be your number one fan! But don’t worry about getting your blood drawn! I had to have my blood drawn literally for the first time ever last month and I was horrified. I didn’t watch and asked for a butterfly needle and it wasn’t bad at all, I PROMISE you! I was a little sore afterwards for several hours, (I have no idea why) but the needle part was a breeze 🙂 I even had to have it taken again a week later. Didn’t hurt either time! Just think about being tough. Good luck, Happy New Year, and thanks for having such an awesome blog!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 11:28 am

      thank you so much! good to know, so maybe i wont be such a chicken next time 😀

  30. JessicaR on December 31, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Okay, I am totally confused now! I usually lift heavy weights in the 6-8 rep range because that is where I see the most progress. When I have done lighter weights, higher reps, I see very little progress. Does Ron lift heavy weights with higher reps? My boyfriend does that and I think he is nuts, but maybe I should try it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 11:28 am

      yep, heavy weights with higher reps. always more than 10. we did 4 sets of 15 and it killlllled

  31. Nikki on December 31, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I have to tell you, I tried “Marys Crack” and it is the BEST addition to my salad w/Goddess dressing.. THANKS for the awesome tips =) Happy NY!! PS Congrats on the Glamour post, woo hoo!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

      mary’s crack is GLORIOUS on salad’s w goddess dressing 😀

  32. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on December 31, 2009 at 10:30 am

    looks so good! I need a training session to kick my butt into shape 😉

  33. Lindsey512 on December 31, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I’m with Dotsie, wondering if Ron recommended high reps. I have always heard one should do sets of under 10 reps where the last few are very challenging, when one wants to build muscle?

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

      nope, he said to always do more than 10 reps. he did 15 with me

  34. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 31, 2009 at 11:10 am

    The lasagna looks so yummy! Bummer you’re so sore but it’s a good sore… right?? 🙂 I hope you get good payback!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

      yeah it’s a good sore. but sheesh, haha

  35. Sally on December 31, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Gina, just wanted to let you know I made the vegan cookie recipe you posted the other day and oh my goodness were they ever delicious! I have to be honest I had a few doubts about achieving baked tastiness without eggs, milk, or butter…but its official I’m a total believer. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      whoo hoo! i’m so so happy to hear you liked them 😀

  36. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on December 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats on Glamour (again)! Amazing. 🙂 And how cool that you got to train with Ron. Safe to say it looks like he knows a thing or two about body building. 😉 Happy recovering! (And New Year!)

  37. Jessica on December 31, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Ginaaa!! Did you watch THE game?! I saw your twitter update…..

    And oh boy! You really trained with HIM!??! I would be SO intimidated to train with that guy, but i’m sure you held your own 🙂

    The lasagna looks amazing! And veryy similar to how my mom likes to make it–she uses cottage cheese though! Interesting right!? XOXO

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2009 at 3:19 pm

      hey girl,
      i saw pieces of the game 🙁
      my mom totally uses cottage cheese, too! 😀

  38. Jessica on December 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Oh! And Congrats on getting another Glamour shoutout! I love Vitamin G!!

  39. Betty on December 31, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Lasagna looks amazing! All I need are the noodles and I’m set. I’ll make it tomorrow for lunch.

  40. Shari B. on December 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Congrats on the Vitamin G appearance! That’s awesome! Have a Happy New Year!!

  41. Jenna on December 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Loveee lasagna! Yours looks so good with all those yummy veggies!

  42. Jenny on December 31, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Drinking wine while cooking is just about the best thing I can think of. It’s just so soothing! That lasagna looks yummy too 🙂

  43. MizFit on January 1, 2010 at 6:25 am

    and this shall be the year we meet in person!

    Ill know this week I think…

  44. Krista on January 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Great lasagna, Gina! Are those noodles the type that need to be pre cooked or can you just use them right away?

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

      you need to pre-cook them. i undercooked them by about 2 minutes and let them cook the rest of the way in the oven.. they came out perfectly al dente 😀

  45. Alice on January 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Oh coooool. I have been going between fear and excitement about my coming year in America, and your posts are always so positive and exciting. For example, trivial though it might sound, I can’t wait to get to the US and try all the amazing products you guys get over there – all the bloggers talking about Mary’s Crack and Goddess Dressing and Maranatha. I mean Sydney is great. Produce if fresh and plentiful, and it’s always warm enough to run and swim. I will miss that madly, but I am fired up.

    FIRED UP! Happy New Year.

  46. Amy B on January 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Oh I am going to make that lasagna soon FOR SURE! The filling looks awesomely fantastic…

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