Happy, happy, birthday, blog

4 amazing years πŸ™‚

Breakfast cookie

And just in the past year-ish:

-Starting to teach at the health resort


-Lots of fun blog events (like the Gatorade party and HLS!)


-Getting pregnant


-Buying and decorating our first house


-Our babymoon in San Diego


Livi’s birth

Me and liv

-Lots of adventures, shopping, traveling, Zumba, amazing food, reuniting with some of my Valdosta friends and longtime friends here in Tucson, enjoying having the Pilot home,


spending time with the fam, blog events, new recipes, workouts, and work stuff

When the Pilot first told me to “get a hobby” and I started the blog 4 years ago, I was a new military wife, a new personal trainer (which had nothing to do with my degree, but had everything to do with what I enjoy) and was living on the opposite side of the country from my family and lifelong friends.Β 

Starting the blog ended up being a great decision, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the experiences it’s brought me, the friends I’ve made, and how it’s grown and changed over the years. As a little thank-you for hanging out with me this entire time, I thought it would be fun to put together a “favorite things” style of giveaways for my blogiversary week.

Breakfast cookie2

I contacted some of my all-time favorite companies and here’s who will be joining in the fun:

Five Bamboo




Home Goods

Physique 57


Tiny Devotions

+ a last day giveaway from Bella and Livi πŸ˜‰Β 

[Note: I wasn’t compensated in any way to have these companies participate in the blogiversary giveaway, but was given some items for review. Each one will be indicated in the respective giveaway post, and as always, all opinions are my own. If it sucks, I’m happy to tell you about it, but in this case, these are all companies that I truly admire and am so happy to spread the word about their amazing products]

In addition to my regular posts this week, there will be at least one giveaway post each day from now through Sunday. I don’t want to clog up your Facebook/Twitter feeds announcing all of the giveaways, and the giveaways will begin and end fairly quickly. I’ll edit the post to say “ENDED” in the title so you know if it’s no longer going on, and will announce the winner of each giveaway in the following giveaway post.Β 

I’m lucky to *know* each and every one of you- thank you for reading <3

Here’s to another amazing year!



Head’s up:Β Summer Shape Up 2012 starts 1 week from today! Buckle up… 


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  1. Stacey on June 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Blog B-day! I love reading your posts and look forward to so many more!

  2. Ellie@Fit for the Soul on June 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    omahgoodness, those pics of you and baby and you and husband are sooooo precious! I can’t stand it….haha! happy 4 years to you and fitnessista!

  3. Nicole on June 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Happy Birthday Fitnessista!

  4. Pam on June 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Love love love your blog!
    Happy Birthday!
    Continue to inspire!

  5. Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition on June 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    What a special year it’s been. Your blog is such an inspiration- I’ve been a fan for years

    Thank you


  6. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Awww congratulations on 4 amazing years Gina! I’ve ‘known’ you for 2 of them and it’s been an absolute pleasure! Here’s to many more to come!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Happy blog birthday!! Thanks for sharing your story with us! My first one is a few months away and I’m so excited! This year seems like it has been an amazing one for you.

  8. gina g on June 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Happy blog birthday to you Gina! I’ve been reading from almost the very beginning and it has truly been (and I’m SURE always will be) one of my very favorite blogs. πŸ™‚

  9. Samantha on June 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Happy birthday fitnessista! I’ve so enjoyed getting to “know” you these past four years! You are at the top of my daily rotation of blogs πŸ™‚ here’s to another year! Xoxo

  10. alicia on June 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    We should be thanking you with gifts Gina! I love reading your blog. I’ve learned so much from you; even on things that you do not practice, you share with us and let us make up our own opinion. I love the feeling that you give, like hey these are things I enjoy, you might too, and if not no biggie. Love seeing your blog and family grow. Here’s to four more years!

  11. katie on June 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Happy bday blog! Been reading since the beginning πŸ™‚

  12. Tara on June 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Birthday blog! Here’s to many more years of fun, fitness, and family! <3

  13. Laury on June 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Happy 4th birthday to “The Fitnessista!”

    I’m excited for those giveaways!

  14. Lizzie on June 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Yay! Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been a reader since early 2009 πŸ™‚

  15. Sam @ Fit for My Fork on June 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I love your blog and so much has happened this year – I bet it’s been your busiest yet! Here’s to another awesome year for the Fitnessista!

  16. Julia on June 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Oh my goodness. It must have been so much work to line up these giveaways. Happy Blogiversary!

  17. Amanda on June 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been reading your blog since ’09 – Meghann from mealsandmiles “introduced” me to you!

  18. Brittany on June 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I just wanted to take this special time to thank you, because of this blog I have discovered so many inspiring fitness routines and ideas that not only have I become a better person but my teaching has become better because of you and this blog. Thanks for everything and enlightening the fitness world about how enjoyable fitness and healthy living can be!

  19. Christina on June 4, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Happy blogiversary!!

  20. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on June 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog! Can’t believe it’s been four years already! I’ve been loving your blog from the start! Keep up the amazing work…you are truly inspiring πŸ™‚

  21. pluvk on June 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Happy 4 years to the Fitnessista! I’m a new reader to your blog, and I’ve loved every minute of it. Here’s to four more years!

  22. Jessica on June 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    That pic of you on the pilot’s back makes my heart melt every time. You guys are the cutest couple, and Livi is so gorgeous! I have enjoyed reading every blog post since I found your blog several years ago. And I love it even more now that you are a mom. I have three daughters (5, 3, 1) and it is so fun to see you go through all the joys of parenting.

  23. Lisa on June 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Happy birthday to your bloggy! How exciting that its been 4 years! You’ve gone through such an incredible and awesome journey!

  24. Chelsa on June 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I love that you put a candle in your breakfast cookie!

  25. Kate on June 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! You are an inspiration and I really appreciate all of the thought you put into your posts. I hope you celebrate all of your dedication!!!

  26. ash on June 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Happy four year! Love that photo of you and Liv!

  27. Sunny Hubler on June 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Yay:D Happy four years and a huge congrats!

  28. Allison V. on June 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats! I live in a pair of jean shorts, Rainbow sandals, and Target long tank tops in the summer!

  29. Lauren T on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Congrats on 4 years! I have really enjoyed (and will continue to enjoy) reading your blog!

  30. Catherine Penrod on June 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Hmmm my favorite summer staple would be a tie between my sunglasses and my orange flipflops. It seriously doesnt feel like summer if I don’t need those two items. Plus, you can never have too many flipflops or sunglasses, its amazing..

  31. Laura @ Backstage Balance on June 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Happy Blog-iversary and congrats on 4 years of blogging, Gina! It feels like it was just yesterday that I started reading your blog, my how the time flies πŸ™‚

  32. Maren on June 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    It’s so amazing that you’ve stuck with blogging after 4 years! I’m sure it’s a part of your life now and can you even imagine what it would be like without it?! Love reading your blog! Love the family posts even though I don’t have kids of my own…that picture of Liv smiling at you is absolutely priceless! True love right there <3

    Here's to many more years! πŸ™‚

  33. Amanda on June 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I’m glad you made the blog, also! I always check your blog on the regular – at least 2x per day. I feel like you’re a friend! Happy birthday, blog! πŸ™‚

  34. CampingGirl on June 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

  35. Holly on June 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Happy Birthday!! What an AMAZING past year it has been for you!! πŸ˜€ Looking forward to seeing what this year brings for you & your family!

  36. Michelle on June 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Wow I can’t believe its been four years! I have been following your blog for prob about 4 years now πŸ™‚ Long time follower. I just started my own blog. I don’t know if it will be successful or if anyone will read it but I just like being able to write after my little girl goes to bed at night or first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee. Its just a good way to sort all my thoughts out! I really enjoy reading your blog and even though I don’t know you in real life I like how you share bits and pieces of your life and adorable pictures of your daughter! Your honesty is amazing and you always have something interesting to talk about! Happy bloga-versary!

  37. Ali on June 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    HAPPY Blogaverary!!

  38. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Congrats on 4 years Gina! I’ve loved following along for the last 2.5 years – you’re always an inspiration. πŸ™‚

  39. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on June 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    YAY – happy blog birthday!! I have loved following your blog for the past few years.. As a (formerly) Air Force girlfriend, you always offered hope and encouragement during the long deployments and confusing transitions.. I really can’t even explain how much I appreciate your blog!

  40. Laura J. on June 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Congrats on 4 years!! I’ve been reading since pretty much the beginning and your blog has stayed one of my faves since day 1 πŸ™‚ And today’s my birthday too! haha fun stuff!

  41. kari on June 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Congratulations Gina on your blog and i truly enjoy reading you everyday and learning a lot from you! thank you!

  42. andrea on June 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  43. Meggan on June 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Congrats on 4 years! Your blog is a breath of fresh air.

  44. CoutStar on June 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    What a beautiful 4 years! I am new to your blog but I love it! You have such a passion and I admire you!

  45. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on June 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for all your posts over 4 years! You are truly an inspiration and I love reading all that you share with us!

  46. Julie on June 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Congrats on 4 fantastic years! Can’t wait for summer shape up!

  47. nicole on June 5, 2012 at 12:21 am

    congratulations on four years! i look forward to reading your blog every day…so glad i found it two years ago πŸ™‚

  48. Pittles on June 5, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Happy blogiversary! Long time blog-stalker, first time commenter…I just decided to join the blogging world…I don’t know if I’ll make it 4 years like you, though =)

  49. Sam on June 5, 2012 at 3:10 am

    This is one of only three blogs i read daily. Thank you for your wisdom and heart πŸ™‚

  50. Willemijn @ Eat Run Travel on June 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! Mine is only a year old!

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