Green everything + Killer Cardio Circuit

I’ve mentioned before that I tend to suffer from workout accomplishment amnesia. This means that I’ll run 10 miles and then a week later, on my long run day, I doubt my ability to do more than 3. It shocks me that I was able to do such a long distance the week before.

Anyone else?


Workout Accomplishment Amnesia (WAA, which appropriately sounds like “wahhhhh”) is also common on my teaching days. Since my teaching days are pretty clustered together (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday), by the time Wednesday rolls around again, it’s crazy for me to think about teaching anything, let alone Zumba.

“You mean I have to jump around and remember all of these dances while keeping people hyped up?!”

And yet somehow it happens.

We danced to this song yesterday, and I’m kind of obsessed with it:

(For those at work, the video consists of oiled bodies in skimpy island costumes. If you like reggaeton, maybe just download the song and trust me on this one haha)

When I got home from work, made had my favorite waiting for me.

And a tamale πŸ™‚

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I made a little green juice to go with it.

Green juice pairs perfectly with a green tamale:

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2 stalks of romaine, cucumber, spinach, ginger, lemon and a little Stevia.

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I also made Livi a baby juice with pear, romaine, cucumber and a little lemon. She had a little green mustache from drinking it- the cuteness killed me.

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We went on a family walk, ran an errand, and were pretty tempted to get takeout for dinner. Then, we remembered the plethora of ready-to-eat food waiting at home. There was roasted veggie soup, salad supplies, pasta, eggs, and 4 chicken breasts worth of taco meat that I’d made in the slow cooker over night. A very random and very delicious dinner was served.

I was originally going to make a video to post today, but spent a chunk of the evening organizing some Winter Shape Up stuff instead. It’s going to be a good one, and I’m hoping to partner up with some awesome individuals to make it even more successful. If you have any ideas on things you’d like to see, or the best/easiest way for you to receive and check in with workouts, please let me know (fitnessista at gmail dot com, or you can always Facebook message me, too).

Since there’s no video, here’s a killer cardio circuit- it’s one of my faves when I want a quick, sweaty workout.

Killer cardio circuit

For even more fun, enjoy the 12 days of fitness as the workout exclamation point πŸ™‚

It’s day 9:

















9Β lateral lungesΒ (each side)

8 bicep curls

7 tricep dips

6 pull-ups

5Β frog crunches

4Β toe touchesΒ (each side)

3 mountain climbers (each side)

2 pushups

1-minute plank (can be 6 rounds of 10 seconds up, rest for 3 seconds)

I’ll be doing it with my classes again today- they’re in for a treat.

Have a very happy almost-Friday!

See ya later.



Head’s up: The Zumba Exhilarate set is on promo now via OpenSky if you’ve been wanting to check it out! I love being able to Zumba at home and feel like I’m in a class atmosphere… or a music video πŸ˜‰

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  1. Lucie on January 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Yumm, the tamale looks so good. And you just remined me to start again with the green smoothies – I really love them but most of the time I eat the veggies before they make it to the blender πŸ™‚ Love that Cardio workout, thank you! Will go right off and do it!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

      let me know how you like it! enjoy your day πŸ™‚

  2. vicky on January 3, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Can you make green juices in a vitamix? or do you think it’s better to stick with a juicer? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

      you can, but they’re technically smoothies because the pulp and fiber is still in the drink. this is a popular one:

      • cassi on January 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

        i also have a vitamix and attempted to make a green juice once. i’ve read people using cheesecloth or some other mesh/strainer type product to get some of the pulp/fiber out. wont be as smooth as from a juicer, but it’s an option. does take a little work though. πŸ™‚ i need to experiment again. i tend to add TOO much to my green smoothies and make a mess.

        • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

          that’s a great tip- thank you!

  3. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on January 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

    That tamale looks yummy! Also, green juice- can you make it without cucumber? I’m allergic…

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      of course, try it with pear or green apple

  4. Haley @ The Saucy Apple on January 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Yes, I totally know what you mean about Workout Amnesia! I think it helps to track your workouts and take a peek at your progress every so often. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      i still can never believe i actually did it!

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football on January 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I only had a tamale once at a restaurant and it was cold – almost like they’d just taken it out of the fridge. That somehow didn’t seem right but I’m no tamale expert and never ordered one since. Maybe if I can find someone to make them that really knows how then it would be fun to try again!!

  6. Danielle on January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Love that circuit workout! I just downloaded Limbo for my class too! Can’t wait to get some choreography to it! I feel the same as you about teaching. Sometimes I can be unmotivated about teaching but the second class starts I’m in love with it again! It’s amazing how much a class’s energy can get you going!

    • Lena on January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

      It’s on ZIN TV!!! Go to “Recently added” and it’s there. I started watching it last night, but I couldn’t get over Gina’s drop crotch pants. I have to go back now that I know how great the music is.

      • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        the music is INCREDIBLE. i wasn’t lovin the pants either

  7. Lena on January 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’ve got some serious WAAAAAAAAAAAAA after TWO MONTHS off the gym! Not entirely sure how I even managed to tie my training shoes…

  8. Ashley on January 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Ahh, I thought I was the only one who suffered from WAA! How can 3 miles seem impossible when 13.1 was so easy?? At least, now I have a reason… WAA πŸ˜‰

  9. Gianna on January 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I have you to thank for the incredible playlist I have full of Daddy Yankee! Whenever I am listening to him all of a sudden my pace goes crazy on my runs. Which could be just perfect for the Miami Marathon πŸ™‚

  10. Danica @ It's Progression on January 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I am the exact same way when it comes to running!! I ran 2 half marathons in 2012, something I said for years that I couldn’t do, and as proud as I am they don’t seem real. I’m not even sure that makes any sense but it’s like I don’t feel like there’s any way I did that you know?!

  11. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on January 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I wish my juicer wasn’t is storage 1000 miles away! I may just have to get another one. I miss green juice!

  12. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I love that song! Thanks for sharing! And that tamale looks soo good!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      it was outta control

  13. Beth on January 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I love green juices – nothing refreshes like em! However, though I am not normally a lazy person I loathe cleaning my juicer! Anyone else?

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      me too! i make myself clean the juicer before i can enjoy my juice. it really takes like 3 minutes but i haaaate it

      • Beth on January 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        Good tip! Glad to know I am not the only one πŸ™‚

  14. Stellina @My Yogurt Addiction on January 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I am the same wayyyyyyyyyyy…especially if I haven’t in run in a longggg time (aka now). But at the same time I keep telling myself that if I did before, then I must be able to do it again, right?

  15. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples on January 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    love the song! today i stumbled upon a random Bee Gees station i’d set up on pandora, so i rocked out to Night Fever while i was on the elliptical lol

  16. Brooke @ Being Vivacious on January 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Yup. Workout amnesia!

  17. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on January 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    That song had me dancing in my chair. Thank you for the mid-afternoon pick-me-up πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      no prob- happy you liked it πŸ™‚

  18. Anna @ the Guiltless Life on January 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I wish I was better at jumping rope so that I actually could do it for 10 minutes! But I love cardio circuits so I’ll give the other two a go and add in something else to replace the jump rope!

    I really wish I had a juicer but I keep putting it off because I want to get a Vitamix, which is kind of a 2-in-1 in that sense. But I just can’t quite bring myself to part with the dough…!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      you could sprints on the elliptical or bike instead πŸ™‚

  19. Sara @ fitcupcaker on January 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Your killer cardio circuit def looks like a killer so I am up for the challenge!!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      let me know what you think!

  20. Kayla on January 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I am an avid reader and love your blog. I had a personal training question for you. I have been attending this bootcamp for a while now. I love it. The people I work out with it feels like a family. My only concern is that one of the instructors sometimes gets a little out of hand and i wonder if the extremes he goes to can be more harmful than good? For example on Wednesday he made everyone in the class do 100 burpees, 100 jump squats, 100 pushups, 100 situps, and 100 squat jumps using a band. He then said everyone had to continue to do burpees if they finished early till everyone was done. this is usually a 45 minute class. But is that excessive?

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      i’m sorry but that’s ridiculous. it’s irresponsible on his part and unnecessary.

  21. Alyssa on January 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Just a quick question – I’m a juicing newbie (and have the same juicer as you!) but whatever I do, I can’t get my greens to juice! Any tips for getting them to juice instead of just spitting them into the pulp collector?? Thanks!

  22. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on January 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I’m committing to not drinking alcohol for all of January and am trying to replace it with fresh juices in my juicer! Thanks for the great idea for green juice. So far I’ve been too chicken to try but I think this post is enough to push me over the edge.

    And I love that you call it WAA. I am definitely stealing this and using it!

  23. Christy on January 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Hi! I just hurt my ankle and can’t put too much weight on it. Do you have any ideas for a nice workout to get a nice sweaty workout? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on January 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      do you like swimming??

  24. Nick Goodall on January 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Never heard of WAA before, it interests me that you have it… Only time I’ve ever experienced something like that is when I don’t think I’m able to accomplish something because I feel too tired or whatever, but knowing that I’ve done it before acts as a great self-motivator to keep me going!

    Green juices/smoothies = nom, looks great! I can’t think how long I’ve been doing a similar thing, although in my concoction I use kale, cucumber, avocado, celery and apple juice, I’d recommend you try it, the taste is fantastic, much better than it sounds!

    The cardio looks like a killer, I’m only getting back into cardio recently, had been doing weights alone, but I think I’ll wait a bit before I take it up to your level! πŸ˜‰

    Have a fantastic, diligent year! πŸ™‚

  25. Mi-an dela Cruz on January 4, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Loooooooove that song!, thanks Gina

  26. DePuy Pinnacle Hip on January 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    That really makes me hungry… Yummy..

  27. Miss Molly on January 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I have WAA so bad! I’m a new runner (couch to 5k yo) and I always doubt myself when I get out there, saying “I can’t run for this long”. Even though I meet my goals MOST of the time I still feel this way. It’s the strangest thing! Now that I’ve noticed this kind of thinking I’m trying to reverse it! I can do it! I already have!

  28. Brittany on January 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    How much ginger do you put in? I have attempted to mix it into my juicing and it always comes out to over powering, so any tips you might have are definitely welcome πŸ™‚

    Also that song was amazing!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      start with a small amount (like a coin sized amount). you can always add more, but you can’t take it back!
      i’m glad you liked it

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