Inspiration time

To cap off an incredible weekend of festivities,

Christmas Eve dinner at my dadoo’s house

Christmas brunch at our house

we all took naps and relaxed yesterday afternoon –I watched Christmas Story twice. Once with my eyes open, and once with them closed- and then went over to my mom’s house for Christmas dinner and gifts.


Per usual, dinner at my madre’s was a comfort food extravaganza- she and my nana are amazing cooks. Lasagna, stuffed baked potatoes, green bean casserole, chicken meatballs, brown rice pasta, tilapia with marinara, appetizers and treats galore.

My plate:


(She even saved a little green bean casserole in a dish without the crunchies on top)

+ copious amounts of trail mix and chocolate-covered almonds

We listened to Mexican music, played with my bro’s Xbox Kinect –the Pilot IS the fruit ninja- and little Bella happily hopped from lap to lap. She was very confused when we got home after midnight, as she usually puts herself to bed around 10pm, and instantly crashed out. It was a very full and happy weekend <3


Now that we’re all slowing getting back in the swing of things, I thought it would be a good time to put the call out for inspiration boards. As you guys know, every year I make an inspiration board to hang in my closet, which serves as a visual reminder of what I’d like to accomplish in the new year. Pinterest is awesome and everything, but there’s something to be said about physically making the board and having it in a place where you’ll see it every day. I truly believe that if we’re constantly reminded of our goals, we’ll be more mindful to make little steps along the way to accomplish them.

inspiration board

I always love posting your inspiration boards, too, so if you’d like a little arts and crafts project this week, please send me a photo of your completed inspiration board by this Saturday, December 31 (fitnessista at gmail dot com, subject: inspiration board).

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I’m off to Zumba –my arms are a little sore from Fruit Ninja, haha- and then to see which day-after-Christmas sales haven’t been too horribly picked over 😉

Have a wonderful day!

See ya later with a Family post <3



Inspiration for the inspiration board: Here’s last year’s, two years ago, and 15 health tips for the new year

Have you ever made an inspiration board? If not, give it a try! I can’t wait to see the ones you send in <3

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  1. Ali on December 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Yay! I love inspiration board time of year! It is always so awesome to see yours and also to see all your readers boards! Fantastic! <3

  2. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on December 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I always love seeing your inspiration board! Gets me motivated to set my own goals!

  3. Sonia the Mexigarian on December 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I’m planning on doing an inspiration board. Hopefully to be completed before Jan 1. lol. 😀

    Quick question. I was wondering what kind of Mexican music you were listening to or could recommend some. My mother doesn’t play that much around the house, and I figured you would know some good ones 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      we were listening to a lot of traditional stuff last night, but i really love eydie gorme y los ponchos for chilling around the house 🙂 (piel canela is my fave)

  4. Army Amy* on December 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I used to be the queen of collages! I made them all the time, but I never thought about making an inspiration board. Cool idea!*

  5. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on December 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I started my inspiration board a week ago! But I will not be home to finish it by New Year’s! POO! Can’t WAIT for New Year’s goals though!!! My number one goal is to be Zumba certified!! (:

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      i’m so excited for you! who’s leading the training?

  6. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hey Gina! Yep, I LOVE making my inspiration boards (it’s one of my favourite times of year!) and as soon as I get back from Italy on the 29th I’ll be getting the scissors and glue out! I’ll be sure to send you a photo and am going to post about it on the first Monday in January. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s – all of them inspire me!

  7. Kimberly on December 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I have been browsing my fitness magazines the past week and thinking “ooh! you are going on the inspiration board — oh , and you!” 🙂 haha – I look forward to making them and pinning them in my office!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      i’d love to see a pic or link when you post it!

  8. Lindsay on December 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    unrelated to this lovely post of yours….. have you ever posted about books you liked and read during your pregnancy? any recommendations?

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I agree what you said about Pinterest and it being awesome (biggest time suck AND online happy place all in one) but yes….having something real and tangible rather than just online is highly motivating.

    Thanks for the inspiration board reminder.

  10. Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun on December 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Haha I watch movies with my eyes closed all the time! And then re-watch them later 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      glad i’m not the only one 😉

  11. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on December 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    So funny you just posted about inspiration boards because I was just in the lululemon outlet by me today looking at all their inspiration boards by the dressing rooms and thinking how I should really make one this year! Maybe that will actually happen this week 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      doooo it 🙂

  12. Julia on December 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Too funny. I took a look at the one from two years before…
    I am so glad that one of the blurred items will come true very,
    very soon!

    Gina,thanks for doing what you do and making this blog so special.

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      it had a couple of year delay to it, but we’re finally there 🙂 i’m so excited.
      thank YOU so much for reading <3

  13. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I made one two years ago, but never got around to it last year. Maybe that explains why I didn’t accomplish many of my goals for 2011, haha. 😉 I definitely want to make one for 2012!

  14. SpaceySteph on December 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Awesome, I hate the crunchies on the top of green bean casserole. My mom always put some aside in a small dish for me, too. Awesome moms are awesome!

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      amen to that 🙂

  15. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I haven’t made one yet, but I have the materials on hand to make one this year. Time to get cracking.

    • Fitnessista on December 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      yay, i can’t wait to see it!

  16. Nicole on December 26, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I have an inspiration board but I keep it in my office. I think I’ll make a new one over the course of this next week and put it in my closet too. What a perfect place to always see it and remind yourself of your goals! Thank you for the idea!

  17. Caroline on December 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I just went through a break up and am going to make an inspiration board! Thanks for the idea. Definitely will keep me positive around the holidays!

  18. Virginia on December 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Gina, I just wanted to let you know I LOVE your blog and have been checking in daily ever since I found out about a month ago that I’m pregnant with my first child!!! I am beyond excited and love following your progress for tips on staying healthy and fit- I hope I look as great as you do! 🙂
    Thanks for all you do and God bless your family <3

    • Fitnessista on December 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      thank you for reading and congratulations to you!! what wonderful news <3
      take care and keep me updated on yourself and the little one!

  19. Lauren on December 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Gina, This will be the first year making an inspiration board and I’m really excited about it. I’ve had a lot of fun going through magazines trying to find things that represent my goals for the year. I was wondering where you found the sparkly paper you used? Is it just regular like scrapbook paper from a craft store? Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on December 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      i think target? it’s just regular scrapbook paper 🙂

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