Holla for La Jolla

Hiiiii friends. How’s the day been? Hope you’re having a happy Monday. I taught a fun and sweaty BODYPUMP this am, we went to Liv’s yoga class, ran a couple of errands, and are chilling here during naptime before I head off for spin.

Thank you again to those of you who participated in the Favorite Things giveaways! Here are the week 2 winners:

 “HIIT IT” + holiday goodies: Cassie V. + Christina

Juil flats: Leah O., Natalie

Swooper: Brooke

Tiny Devotions: 

White Plum giveaway ends this week, so you still have time to enter!

(All winners have been emailed. Stay tuned for a HUGE giveaway coming up here for the book launch!)

This past weekend, we spent a lot of time in La Jolla. It’s funny because La Jolla was a comfort spot for me when we first moved here. Since we vacationed there often, I frequently found myself walking around La Jolla and checking out the seals with Liv because it’s what I knew. It’s been fun to take her back to a place that she’s been when she was a tiny baby, and also when I was pregnant with her

L jollaLa jjolla

Since we’ve been here for a while, I find that we go up to La Jolla less and less. It’s not because we don’t love it -it’s one of our favorite spots!- but because we’ve learned of so many new areas of San Diego that we’d had yet to explore.

We had an awesome date night at Whisknladle:


(That would be the devil’s food cake dessert, layered in a Mason jar with caramel, Frangelico, and chocolate ganache. It was boozy and delightful.)

With noodle by the tree:

me and liv by th tree

Sunday morning, we packed up the whole family, including dogs, for a little outing. First, it was a critical life first experience for Liv:


and then walked around the park in La Jolla with the dogs. We figured they could use a little adventure (even though miss Caro had quite the adventure a couple of weeks ago…)


La jolla park

For lunch, we ate at Cody’s, which is an incredible restaurant close to the cove. They have a fresh and seasonal menu, local options, and fantastic house cocktails. Their ceviche is glooooorious.



They’re also very dog-friendly; we ordered some grilled chicken from the dog menu for Bell and Caro and it made their LIFE. We also realized that last week was Bella’s 9th birthday! 

May your night be as happy as Bella’s face in a bowl of chicken.

Bell eating chicken



Workout challenge for this week: add in some sprints after your strength or cardio workout. Just go for 10 minutes, alternating between 30 seconds HARD and 30 seconds fast. It’s an efficient way to burn more calories, and also increase speed and power. Let me know if you do it! <3


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  1. Annalisa on December 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Your photography skills are getting amazing! Great pics!! And Liv is getting soooo big! I’m dreaming of the warm weather!! ha. The giveaways have been awesome and I’ve gotten some really great ideas for gifts from the gift guides.


    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      thank you so much, annalisa! these were all iPhone pics haha 🙂
      so happy you’ve enjoyed the giveaways and gift guides!

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Well I will add La Jolla to my list on my next San Diego visit!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      yessss! hopefully i’ll be here next time, too!

  3. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on December 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    La Jolla looks like a great place. I have only been to California once, and there are so many places/cities I’d like to visit.

  4. Elizabeth on December 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I love Liv’s black and white leggings and her grey boots? Would you mind sharing where they are from?

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      thank you! the leggings are white plum and her boots are from nordstrom rack 🙂

  5. Allison on December 15, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    There is no winner listed for the Tiny Devotions?? I’m guessing its not me…..I didn’t see an email. But I can still hope!
    I ordered some Bombas-can’t wait to try them out!!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

      barb won the tiny devotions giveaway! i emailed her, but forgot to add to the post 🙂
      hope you love the bombas!

  6. Julie on December 16, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Isn’t it insane that there’s still so much sunshine here?! I love seeing all your photos of San Diego!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

      thank you! yes, it’s so amazing!!

  7. Linda @ TheFitty on December 16, 2014 at 3:04 am

    What do you mean by 30 seconds hard and 30 seconds fast? Aren’t they the same?

  8. Alex @ get big, go to work on December 16, 2014 at 3:39 am

    San Diego looks like an amazing little place to live. Your pics are so beautiful and vibrant. I would love to visit the city sometime in the near future!

  9. Missy on December 16, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Beautiful family. 🙂

  10. lucie on December 16, 2014 at 4:37 am

    La Jolla looks beautiful!
    And thanks for the Workout Challenge – I need to go back to those sprints, been so lazy with them lately!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

      i have been, too, but always feel so good when i do them!

  11. Crystal on December 16, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Lol @ Livi’s first Krispy Kreme experience. I like fancy doughnuts and all, but when it comes down to it…Krispy Kreme 4 lyfe

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 10:21 am

      they seriously melt in your mouth! nothing like it 🙂

  12. Erika on December 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

    My hometown!!!

  13. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on December 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Coffee Cup in La Jolla is actually heaven!

  14. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on December 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    That ceviche looks so amazing!!!

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

      it was soooo good 🙂

  15. Arielle on December 16, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Gina!

    I would love to hear from you in a future post: What has been the biggest fitness game-changer for you and changed the way you approach fitness?: Interval Training? Barre? Running? Dance?


    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      hi arielle,
      i’ll do a reader’s request on this tomorrow!! 🙂 xoxo

      • Arielle on December 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm


  16. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on December 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    LOVE La Jolla! It’s been way too long since I’ve made a San Diego trip and my husband and I are just dying to get down there.

    • Fitnessista on December 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      let me know if you do! we can meet up and the kiddos can play 🙂

  17. Milania Dela Cruz on December 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    i love your jeans in that picture! may i ask where you got them??

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