Happy Halloweekend

Hey everyone! Happy Friday and Halloweekend <3 We have a squadron costume (I just wrote Christmas?) party tomorrow night and still have to figure out our costumes. We have a few ideas narrowed down, so we’ll see what happens… Sunday is a pumpkin carving party at our place with cider and pumpkin pie, so it should be a fun weekend :)  What are you up to?

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Last night, since the Pilot was working late, I took Bell for a walk and then my stepdad Bella-sat while madre and I went to a show:show

Two of her good friends own a restaurant/club called Colors, and they often have live entertainment. [Last time I was there, we saw our first drag queen show together] The food is AMAZING and they had it decked out for Halloween.


I had a fresh and glorious salad beast, enjoyed the music and company, then called it a night.

This morning, I started the day off with a total body weights workout, using quite a few compound exercises (<—two for the price of one)

Warm-up 5 minutes, elliptical
Bent-over row, tricep kickback combo 3 sets of 12
Lunge and bicep curl (R), lunge and overhead press (L) 3 sets of 12 on each side
Stability ball push-up 3 sets of 15
Step-ups with medicine ball raise 3 sets of 15
Spinal balance with pulsing leg lift 3 sets of 20 on each side
Weighted squat into a calf raise 3 sets of 15
Cool down, stretch  


ice cream 

Protein ice cream! [Nothing like ice cream for breakfast when the weather is finally cooling down]

ice cream (2)

It was supposed to be a smoothie, but I got a little overzealous with the fruit:

-1/2 C Dark Chocolate almond milk

-3/4 C regular almond milk

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-1 C-ish frozen mixed berries

-1/2 t spirulina

-1/2 frozen banana

I’m off to a doc appt, and then to lunch for my Tata’s birthday <3

Enjoy your Friday and I’ll see ya later with a fashion post!



Something to do: October is almost over! How many Schweaty October workouts did you crank out this month? There’s definitely time for one more if you’d like to give it a try. The November workout will be up Tuesday <3

-I never like asking you guys to vote for things, but I’ve been nominated for an award that means a lot to me: the Shape Blogger Awards. Thank you so much for all of your support and to those of you who have voted so far- the little blog has been in the lead up until today! Voting ends tonight, so if you’d like to take a second to click on my behalf, I would appreciate it so much <3 Thank you, as always, for virtually hanging out with me every day- I’m very fortunate to *know* all of you <3


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  1. Jackie @ Baking Charms on October 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Voted! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      thank you! <3

  2. Destini on October 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I voted once or twice 🙂 How are you finding pushups now that your well into 30 weeks of your pregnancy? That must be like an extra couple lb weights on you. You will be all ready to carry around that lil’girl 🙂

    I am getting really excited for you.

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      thank you, destini!
      it’s getting a little more challenging, for sure- i have to do them with a stability ball under my legs or my belly would touch the floor 😉

  3. maria @ a life to Bragg about on October 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Clicked for ya! I’ve never even heard of the other blogs!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      thank you friend!

  4. RachelG on October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I found a BANG workout from an old post and did it yesterday morning…holy inner thighs, batman (clock lunges=new love/hate mat exercise)!! what an amazeballs way to start the day. 🙂

  5. Shelly on October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve voted quite a few times, hope you win!!

  6. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on October 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Have you thought about starting to taper how much attention you give bella to prepare her for bambina? I know it sounds awful, and a bit like abandoning your first born, but it does help. Also? You have a tiny dog (comparatively to my akita) I really think you could color coordinate wardrobes for next halloween for the three of you.

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      i don’t think i’m going to taper attention to her- she’s not very needy. she’s sleeping in her dog bed right now 😉 we’ll try to treat her the same as we always have (let her chill with us on the couch, give her treats after taking her out, pet and cuddle her, etc), but i think she’ll adapt well with the changes. i give her a lot of credit since she’s moved 5 times with me

  7. Heather on October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I voted for you this week, Gina! You’re amazing and bring us so much joy and great information every day. You deserve it!

    The boyfriend and I are going costume shopping for a party we’re attending tomorrow and can not wait! We’re a little late but better late than never right?!

  8. Sarabell on October 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I had a smoothie-turned ice cream breakfast this morning too, ha ha!

  9. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats on your nomination Gina! I’m off to vote now. Have fun at the squadron party tomorrow! 🙂

  10. Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life on October 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I just voted for you! It looks like you are now back in the lead! Yay, you so deserve it! I love doing workouts with combo moves! I like hitting two muscle groups with one exercise, plus it is a time saver! Have a great doctor appointment!

  11. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on October 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Are you planning on incorporating your belly into any of your costumes? I have no idea what that would look like, but it would be cute 🙂

  12. Lindsay Loves Veggies on October 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Last year, my friend was about 8 months pregnant on Halloween. She ended up decorating her belly into a jack-o-lantern! It was adorable!

  13. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me on October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    ahhh I want to know what your costume is going to be. I’m in dire straights. I have a party tonight and have no good ideas!

  14. Meg on October 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I OBVIOUSLY voted for you girl 🙂 I HAVE to seeing as how I read every post of yours. If would be a crime if I didn’t vote 😉

  15. Megan W. on October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I voted! It’s the least i could do for the entertainment, inspiration, laughter and ideas you give me 2-3 times a day during the boring work week. I love the pics of bellaboo the most!

  16. kathleen @ the daily crumb on October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    just voted 🙂 love your blog!

    i can’t wait to see your costume! we were at a halloween party last night and someone was dressed as the crazy chicago lady who ran the marathon pregnant and gave birth right after!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      hahah i love that idea!

  17. Bee on October 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Just voted! I’m sure you’ll win it 🙂 love the blog!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      thank you, bee!

  18. Amanda on October 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Just voted. Good luck! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      thank you!

  19. Melissa @ Hot Chokolate Girl on October 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t have any big Halloween plans. It’s a big weekend at the gym though, so I will be partying in the mornings there 🙂

    Congrats on the nomination! I am going to vote right now.

  20. Gina B. on October 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Voted! Love your fitness and recipe advice, and now your family news. I’m right on the cusp of thinking about, possibly, maybe (haha, ok not right on the cusp!) starting a family. Seeing and reading all about your pregnancy has informed me a lot 🙂 It also is getting me excited for when hub and I are ready!

  21. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on October 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’ve totally caught myself humming Christmas carols lately!! Eeek.. But have a great time at the party!

  22. Heather on October 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I voted for you 🙂 ALSO I’m taking my first Zumba class tomorrow – reading your blog got me so excited about it and my new gym has it so I’m giving it a shot!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      i hope you love it!

  23. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Voted! You totally deserve it!

    Also I love those compound exercise ideas! They’re perfect for when I’m in a rush… which seems to be all the time lately! 😛

  24. Allison on October 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    last night i baked a pumpkin pie, so i think tonight will be pizza, pie, pumpkin carving and eating pumpkin seeds. woohoo!
    missed out carving pumpkins last year because the whole city sold out of pumpkins, there was not a single one around a few days before halloween which is crazy.

  25. Mary on October 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I voted a last week, I really hope you win!

  26. Chelsa on October 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I read you blog and have for a long time now. Anyone can tell that you put lots of love and devotion into this blog. I voted for you as several times. You deserve to win 🙂

  27. Kiah on October 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Hey, lady, congrats on the nomination! I’ll head on over and give ya a vote?
    Do you guys dress up Bella for Halloween? We saw a stegosaurus doggie outfit that we’re dying to get for our dog Salsa…it’s the cutest one I’ve seen so far 🙂

  28. Sarah on October 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Do you think you could do a shout out to help send some readers my way? My blog is new and some what lonely haha.

  29. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Glad you and your mama had a fun night out!

    Cute cat pic. LOL

  30. Laury @ thefitnessdish on October 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I voted a while ago!

    Of course you are in the lead!! I think congrats are in order but will wait for the official announcement!!!!

    Love that lolz Halloween cat!

    • Fitnessista on October 29, 2011 at 2:04 am

      thank you, friend!

  31. katelyn on October 29, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I’m pretty sure we have a WINNER!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

      🙂 !!

  32. Carrie on October 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Yeah I concur with Katelyn! At 25.8% I concur !!!! TIME FOR MOCKTAILS… 🙂 !!!!!

    • Fitnessista on October 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

      whoo hoo!! thank you so much for voting, friends <3 mocktail and roon party, my place 🙂

      • Carrie on October 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        Yaaaaaayyy! 😉

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