GPE + Monday Ab Burner

Hiiiii friends! How are ya? Hope youโ€™re having a great night <3

My day was full of GPE:





(productivity smoothie with quinoa milk, avocado, banana, blueberry and Sun Warrior)

and eegeeโ€™s ๐Ÿ™‚

photo (93)

(outfit deets are *here*)

I walked on the indoor track for an hour with a magazine [side rant: Iโ€™m not a fan of dudes commenting to me as they run by: โ€œhow do you read while youโ€™re walking?โ€ โ€œwow a woman who can do two things at once! Iโ€™m impressedโ€ <โ€”I wanted to punch this jacka**. Um, hello, women are pros at multitasking. I digressโ€ฆ.], and watched the cardio circuit class going on below, since the track is above the basketball court. They BLAST punk music and at least 40 people were down there rocking it out. I love observing this class because it gives me a ton of new ideas for my classes ๐Ÿ™‚

Some eats:

GF toast with banana and peanut butter


(always a scrumptious classic)

and egg scramble with fresh pico de gallo that nana brought over and a teff tortilla ๐Ÿ™‚

egg whites

+ a blueberry Larabar that I was SO excited about โ€“I may have bought 15 of them because it was my first time seeing this flavor in Tucson and itโ€™s my fave- plus some chips that I wrote about on the Family page ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Pilot and I ran a couple of errands when he got home, and weโ€™re about to munch dinner and take Bella for a walk.

See ya in the morning! <3



Something to do: Moan-day Ab Burner! I LOVE ab burners: a quick series of ab exercises to make your abbies beg for mercy. A couple of tips: try this ab burner every other day for this entire week. Youโ€™ll definitely feel a lovely burn ๐Ÿ™‚ Always check with a doc before making any fitness changes and be sure to stretch.

And remember, you can tone away by working out your abs, but the best way youโ€™ll be able to see them is with a great cardio routine paired with healthy eats.


Moan-day Ab Burner

-50 sit-ups

-25 crunches

-25 reverse crunches

-15 bicycle crunches on each side

-30 second plank

-20 side-to-side hip drops

Let me know if you try it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Kayla (kiki85) on July 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Well I gotta say I’m impressed by the walking and reading. I’m a little afraid to try it, I’m a bit klutzy. But I would have wanted to punch that guy too.
    I really want to try those larabars.
    And what’s on your nails? It’s really pretty.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      thanks! it’s essie lilacacious ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Meghan N on July 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        I was just going to ask that, so pretty! Also love the ab burner…I am going to do it tomorrow!

  2. mi-an on July 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    love that dress! and i love how you posted a link to the outfit! x

    • mi-an on July 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      p.s. already gymed it this morning but i will do that ab buster tom!

  3. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Amanda @ the beauty notebooks on July 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Blueberry Larabar is next on my list of things to try! I am in need of a good ab workout, so thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚

    btw my coastie is heading to Tucson tomorrow for a few days, and I told him I am so, very jealous because I wish I could meet you!

  5. Laury @ thefitnessdish on July 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I get dizzy when I walk and read, or ploy into someone so I am impressed. Doubly impressed being preggo, walking and readin! Oh, and men say the dumbest things. Seriously. I would be totally annoyed as well.

    Great ab burner! I am craving that burn again!

  6. April on July 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    OOPS! I replied to your other post from today haha…

    I did the ab workout, Gina! I meant to do abs today at the gym but then did zumba after I ran so I was ready to get outta there. So thank you for the motivation! I love how you actually give your readers ideas so often!

  7. Dorry on July 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    When you run out of blueberry larabars, and if you can’t find anymore, I’ll send you a case from Dallas! We can have a blogger swap – larabars for roons. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I just bought a bloob larabar today too! They don’t have them in my hometown but while I’m in Boston I’ve been seeing them EVERYWHERE!!!!

  9. Maria on July 11, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Ugh, boys at gym. I usually concentrate on my music and don’t make eye contact.

    I love ab burners! I would do 10 minutes of core work after boxing and it was always the hardest part of my workout. Who knew crunches could get you out of breath so quickly?

  10. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Ok those guys sound super annoying! I so wish our gym had a walking track. It is too hot to walk outside!

  11. Casey on July 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Guys can be ridiculous.

    Your blog rocks my world, Gina. Seriously. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Kassi on July 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Hi Gina!

    I was feeling a bit in a slump today after a lot of yard work last week. When I saw your workout, I decided to give it a shot. It was awesome. I can still feel it in my abs. Thank you for the motivation ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on July 12, 2011 at 12:39 am

    quinoa milk!? awesome!!

    how big is your indoor track? that’s a lotta laps, missy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Sarah on July 12, 2011 at 12:48 am

    One of my favorite ab workouts in the Itty Bitty Bikini workout from Tone It Up!, but like all my favorite workouts, they can get old….fast. I can’t wait to try this one (even though I’m not the best with sit-ups, haha)!

  15. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I love to walk and read too! I do it on my way to work. That guy was clearly just envious of your intelligence. Boys are smelly.

  16. Jane on July 12, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Oooh that ab workout looks delicious. Is that weird to call it delicious? Something about making my abs burn is just so satisfying… Yum yum.

  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

    It’s awesome that you are dedicated to your fitness during your pregnancy. I walked as much as possible (couldnt run) and did yoga (gentle and basic) when I was pregnant and truly I attribute those two things to helping me have a great birth AND a great post partum period. You will thank yourself so much about 6-9 mos from now that you’re remaining active ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Walking and reading is probably something that I would fall on my face doing, but that guy was just overtly rude!
    & thanks for the ab burner ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 12, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Sounds like a really really fun day ๐Ÿ˜€ I just had walnut butter and banana on gluten-free toast…you’re right, the nut-butter-nana combo is classic! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the outfit you’re wearing, it’s beautiful! xyx

  20. Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama on July 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Uh I don’t think I could read and walk at the same time. Unless of course, injuries and risk to others didn’t count as a possibility!

    And holy mother lover, I cannot wait to do the Ab burner!!!! Looks like its gonna hurt like a fool but I like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. vicky on July 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Blueberry lara is the best!!! replaced coconut creme pie as my fave… yum-o

  22. Meredith on July 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Just did the Ab workout…phew! My abbie’s are a-burning for sure! Quick question: I never seem to see sit-ups in my fitness magazines anymore…they seem to focus on crunches mostly. What’s the benefit of doing sit-ups along with crunches? (I need some motivation to get me through those dang sit-ups! They are so hard for me!! It helps if I can think of all the good they’re doing!) Thanks, Gina! I LOVE your blog. I got my sister to stop by here a few weeks ago, and now she’s hooked, too!

  23. Hillary on July 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I have had FOUR different guys at my gym comment on my ability to run and read a magazine on the treadmill. One of them was like, “Did you train yourself to do that?!” Um. No? Haha!

  24. BrittFit on July 12, 2011 at 8:08 am

    pb+banana toast. simply perfect combo right???

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 12, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I’m so confused by that guy’s comment about women not being able to multitask. He obviously doesn’t spend much time around women! ๐Ÿ˜›

  26. Jojo on July 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Did the ab burner this morning…no better way to spend a couple of minutes before I start my day!

  27. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on July 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I wrote this down and totally plan to do it at the gym today!

  28. Carolyn on July 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Love blueberry Larabars and this ab workout! Thanks so much!!

  29. Jen on July 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love the blueberry muffin Larabars! And I agree…women are the best at multitasking. It’s like, our specialty. If anything, men are the gender with the one-track minds!

  30. Jenny on July 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Gina, I have never heard of quinoa milk! What is it? What are the nutitional benefits? I have been trying to get off of dairy because of the hormones and have been trying to stick to almond milk only, but some other options would be awesome!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

      it has slightly more protein than almond milk, but is also soy and dairy free like almond ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Marlee on July 12, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I just did the ab workout! Love! Thanks for posting!

  32. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on July 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I love a good ab burner! This looks great Gina!

  33. Chelsa on July 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Some guys a real jerks! Although I don’t think I could read while walking the track, it’s cool that you can. Anyhow thanks for giving me something to read while I drink my coffee every morning. I love your blog! Not many of my friends are into fitness is healthy eating and this blog makes me feel like I have a connection with someone who loves all of the same things that I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Nicole @ Giraffelegs on July 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    oh those ab excercises look killer, I can’t wait to try!! Also, I always love your nail colors and patterns, keep it up; def one of the highlights of my day!!

  35. Jess on July 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Gina! I tried your ab burner and really liked it! I was utterly DYING by the time I got to the side to side planks and really liked that they were a change of pace. I’m excited to try your next mini-workout!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm


  36. Babs on July 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I would have laughed, kept reading/walking and then tripped him on the next lap. Look FOUR things at once. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      i love it

  37. britt on July 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    love the ab burner! will definitely be trying this tonight after i get my little guy to sleep. he’s napping now but i’m way too tired ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Sarah on July 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    boy, that ab burner did me some good! for some unknown reason, i have been avoiding abs in my workouts lately! BAD ๐Ÿ™

  39. Erin on July 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    This post inspired me to go for a 4km run then do your ab-burner. Thanks! I couldn’t even come close to doing the plank hip-drops though.. hahah

  40. Nicole on July 13, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Sweaty and abs are sore! Happy hump day! Hope you will be doing a butt burner? Arms? Legs? ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Natalie on July 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hi Gina,

    Just wondering… what’s the difference between a crunch and a sit up?

    • Fitnessista on July 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      in a crunch, you just lift your shoulders off the floor. sit-ups, you come all the way up

  42. Natalie S. on July 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Umm…. WHAT?! I usually don’t leave pissy comments — and this one is NOT directed at you of course ๐Ÿ™‚ — but what the f%#k was that guy thinking when he said “wow a woman who can multitask”?!??! I would have chewed. his. ass. out. Ugh. What a jerk! Grrrr.

    • Fitnessista on July 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      seriously. i was fuming.

  43. Melissa on July 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I can’t wait to try this ab burner, thanks girl! I didn’t know they made quinoa milk! How do you like it? And I love your dress, you’re gorgeous as always ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      let me know what you think! LOVED the quinoa milk ๐Ÿ™‚
      thank you <3

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