kale by the swimming pool

The way less exciting rendition of Cake by the Ocean haha.

Kale salad

Hey friends! How was the weekend? I hope it was a glorious mix of relaxation and fun. Ours kicked off with a trip to the Miniature Museum. Liv asked to go back and search for fairies (they have 5 hidden amongst the exhibits), and since it’s a lot of fun and super air-conditioned, I instantly agreed.

Mini museum

(shirt here and slides are here)

We asked madre to meet us there since she’s never been, and she loved it, too.

After the museum, I had a conference call, we had Sunbasket for dinner,


and spent the early evening at the park. After park time, we packed up our swim gear and headed to Uncle E’s.

Pool time w coco

Saturday morning, I headed to the gym for an interval session (HIIT + steady: sprint 40 seconds, walk 20 seconds for 20 minutes, walk at 3.8 for 20 minutes, all with 2% incline), and then made a sad attempt at purchasing school supplies. Amazon is sold out of a lot of things, so I went to Target and was completely overwhelmed. They were really picked over, didn’t have the brands/colors the teachers were asking for, and I ended up leaving with wine and two packs of dry erase markers. Where do I shop for school supplies?? We’re getting down to the wire here. *scared emoji*

I came home and we got ready for a family BBQ. We brought a giant kale salad (in the pic above!), chicken thighs (that Uncle E seasoned with curry flavors), chocolate chip cookies, and vino. Madre brought pizza, nani brought fried chicken and biscuits, and we all had a picnic on the patio in between swimming and relaxing. I had a giant plate of the kale salad, a piece of pizza, and a couple of chicken thighs (+ wine, obvs).


Sunday, we grabbed donuts and coffee at Dunkin,

Donut party

and took them to my mom’s house with the girls in their jammies. They lived their best life with their nanas while I taught a barre class!

It was my first time teaching barre since we’ve been back in Tucson and it felt SO.GOOD. I did a killer glute series that’s in the full-length video I’ll be sharing here on the blog next week, so you’ll get a chance to feel the nice burn. 😉 We all went to church afterwards and grabbed Panera for lunch.

Greek salad w chicken

I’ve been really into their lentil-quinoa bowl but since it’s a thousand degrees, I rolled with the Greek salad + chicken.

Sunday evening was dinner with the crew, Shameless on the couch, and getting things ready for the week. This morning, I’m catching a spin class and looking forward to taking Liv on a mommy-daughter date to Christopher Robin. 

I hope you have a happy Monday and I’ll see ya in the morning with some meal staples now that I’ve been on the macro counting train.



Note about Summer Shape Up: We’re starting a little later this year due to the move/life stuff, so instead of flooding the blog with Summer Shape Up posts (since we’re almost heading into fall!), I’m sending everything via email. Julia designed a gorgeous PDF with all of the meal info and workouts for you. I’ll be emailing it out to Newsletter subscribers THIS FRIDAY and we’ll start the party on Monday! (I’ll also post a link to download here on the blog next Monday.)

Sign up to get all of the SSU info (4 weeks of meals, workouts, and group motivation) this Friday:

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  1. Bonnie on August 6, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Hard to believe it’s time for school already. For school supplies, Walmart is great. If you don’t have one nearby, online could work. Maybe even target online? BTW, we passed through Valdosta on our way to visit family near Atlanta and stopped at Birdie’s for food! So glad we did.

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2018 at 2:20 am

      ahh i’m so glad you went to birdie’s! i miss it <3

  2. Christine Rode on August 6, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Try Staples or Office Max for school supplies.

  3. Brittany Taylor on August 6, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Office Depot has always been so stress free for me with school supplies! Everything is way more organized.
    I did go the Target route this year but only because we went super early so it wasn’t crowded. I was you last year and was like never again!

  4. Kelly @ Bored to Badass on August 6, 2018 at 9:39 am

    “Ended up leaving with wine….”. Omg I died!! LOL

    Your weekends always seem to put mine to SHAME!! Probably because I live in the middle of nowhere and there is literally nothing to do. (insert pouting emoji)

    I need to start experimenting with kale, I’ve never gotten into it, but I’m definitely curious.

    Happy Monday!! 🙂

  5. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on August 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Summe Shape Up! I enjoy them every year.

  6. Stacey on August 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Since we have the Target Red card I went ahead and ordered it all online to have shipped for free 🙂 It came about 2 days later – super simple!! But I only have a 3 year old who doesn’t require much, ha.

  7. Tracy on August 6, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    We’ve always gone to Staples. Do you have that in Tucson? Good luck!

  8. Melissa Caulfield on August 6, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I love Greek salad! We’ve been ordering the m from a little cafe every Friday evening!

  9. Janice OKane on August 6, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    That kale salad looks yummy! Looking forward to SSU!

  10. Kara on August 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Gina-love your blog and have been reading for years! We are considering an anniversary trip to San Diego and wondered if you could give me suggestions of where to stay. I know you love SD! Thanks!

  11. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

    We hit up Walmart last night for my boyfriend’s girls and they had everything they needed. Good luck! Super stressful!

  12. Pooja on August 7, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Hi Gina 🙂 tried signing up for the SSU and your newsletter in general – but never got anything in my mail. Not in my junk mail either. Can u pls help? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 9, 2018 at 12:42 am

      hi! you’ll get everything on friday 🙂 if you’re signed up, you’re good to go!

      • Pooja on August 11, 2018 at 9:27 am

        Hi Gina 🙂 Did not get anything yet 🙁

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