Make it Work

Hi guys! It’s [Fashion] FRIDAY!!! Thank goodness, eh? 🙂 What do you have going on this weekend?


Bootcamp last night was SO much fun (we did a LOT of side plank/ push up combos, lunge and knee up + pulse and hold lunges, and SPRINTS!) and then I came home to feast with the Pilot.


I had zucchini pasta with my jazzed-up jar marinara and nutritional yeast,


The Pilot had mozzarella-stuffed organic meatballs


and we both munched roasted asparagus


and herbed goat cheese stuffed mushrooms:


(I’ll post the recipe for ya’ll in a couple of weeks for a Nature’s Pride Foodbuzz festival contest)



I had mushroom cutting issues last night, but I made it work 😀


A giant glass of red seemed to escape the camera’s eye 😉

We ate our dinner with a side of Project Runway (my poor husband, but I love that show)…

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Tim Gunn, why are you so classy?? (Side note: He has a new book out! I might have to pick up a copy for my face)

and then we called it a night 😀

This morning, I went to go teach bootcamp and only TWO people were there- it’s been a slow week with the holiday last Monday. So instead of teaching (I just had the guys that came to do class do some cardio and their own thing for weights), I’m back at the casa, getting ready to tackle the ol’ to-do list.

-Pack Schmack

-Practice Zumba and make the final playlist (the Zumbathon is TOMORROW!!! Ay ay ay!)

-Take clothes to Goodwill and consignment


-Dinner with a group of friends 😀

See ya later today with a Fashion Friday post! Any requests?? I’d like it to be more interactive, like the shoe post. Purses, perhaps?



Something to do: Last chance for Glass Straws! The promo ends tonight 🙂

Something to think:

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.”

Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, October 2002

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on September 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Purses is a good topic – or what about accessories? Jewelry? Hair stuff?

    • Laura J. on September 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

      I second the accessories!

      • Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure on September 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

        Oooh how about new fall trends? I’ve seen lots of wool socks with heals :+)

        PS: I’m really looking forward to the goat cheese recipe!

  2. Jill on September 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I have your sweet potato black bean chili recipe in my slow cooker today…cant wait for dinner, I tried it last year & loved it. Perfect recipe for a fall weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

      YUM! i’ve been hankering for that chili- can’t wait until it cools down a little and i can make some 🙂 enjoy!!

  3. allison @ livingoneday on September 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

    i just bought a bike, so ill be taking it for a nice 9-mile loop around the schuykill river in philly. it’s going to be glorious!

  4. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 10, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I’d love a post about jewelry — most specifically what was in the little wrapped box last week (I think your anniversary gift???) 🙂

    I LOVE Tim Gunn (or “The Gunn” as mu husband calls him) — the show would not be the same without him!

  5. jenna on September 10, 2010 at 9:07 am

    fashionable work out clothes/trends? I always feel so men in my work out clothes.

    re kale chips: this might be a super lame question but is it really safe to leave your oven on for over 12hours? i don’t have a dehydrator and have been dying to make these chips….

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 9:13 am

      i would make them while you’re home just so you can keep an eye on them. the cool thing is that in an oven, they’ll take way less time than they would in a dehydrator

  6. McPinks on September 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I did my bootcamp last night too – LOVES IT!

    Tell me more about this zuchinni pasta?….My tummy doesn’t like regular pasta 🙁

    Jeans – everyone is always on the hunt for the “best” pair.

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

      it’s just plain organic zucchini that i spiralized with the spiralizer- it cuts the zucchini into long “noodle” strands and i just eat it raw 🙂

  7. Erin Hayes on September 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love Tim Gunn, I think he MAKES that show 🙂 I loved how he called out Gretchen the other week…so on point! Who is your fav designer this season?

    I’d like to see a purse/accessory post! Living in NYC I have “big purse” syndrome, as I pretty much carry my life in my purse-not always the most fashionable! haha!

  8. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on September 10, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I vote purses!

    How does one make zucchini pasta?

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

      spiralizer 🙂 it turns zucchini into noodles

  9. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on September 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

    LOVE purses! Maybe post about the fall-trends for purses? I’ve noticed a lot of the over-the-shoulder purses with the chain strap (a la the infamous Chanel bag). And of course, the giant patent leather bag still seems to be a popular one.

    Whatever you end up doing is going to be fab, can’t wait! 🙂

  10. Dana Marie on September 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

    O – the big O – thanks for the Friday Oprah words! Those mushroom caps are cute as a button as are the pooches — have a great weekend

  11. chicfille on September 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

    What’s on your workout playlist? I’m always looking for new tunes!

  12. Tina on September 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

    What an awesome quote!! Those mushrooms look fabulous. Can’t wait for the recipe.

  13. Whitney @ Whitinspired on September 10, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Maybe something like accessories? Like belts? I have a zillion of them b/c everything is very loose fitting. I still haven’t found the perfect brown one to go with a dress I have!

  14. Karyn on September 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

    purses are good. maybe expand that to bags in general? i rarely use smaller bags but can’t really bring myself to think of the big bags as purses hahah

  15. Kristina @ spabettie on September 10, 2010 at 10:29 am

    YES to HANDBAGS !! I’ll interact 🙂

    I love stuffed mushrooms… last ones I made were brie – NOM 🙂

  16. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on September 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I’ll second the accessories suggestion. That, or jackets. Since it’s getting thisclose to the time I have to find a new one.

  17. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on September 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Jewelry is my vote!

  18. Marg on September 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I would love a purses one. I need a new one and trying to narrow it down. I need to catch up on Project Runway.

  19. Chelsea on September 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Those mushrooms look so good. I love mushrooms, as long as they are cooked.

    I agree with the accessories suggestions that are happening!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish) on September 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

    i’m totally down with jewelry! love it!

    and tim gunn is amazing. i love him 🙂

  21. MoniMeals on September 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I need a spiralizer! That is going on the b-day list! Sounds like it was a killer Bootcamp.
    Great quote too.

  22. Jessica@tastyandtrim on September 10, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Herbed goat cheese stuffed mushrooms sound heavenly 🙂 I agree about doing a post on accessories!

  23. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous on September 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

    All of your food looks so delicious, especially those mushrooms. YUM!

  24. Laury @ thefitnessdish on September 10, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I am obsessed with my spiralizer…my noodles don’t seem to get as thin as your though…but they are still good!

  25. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I don’t have a spiralizer, but I do have a mandoline and the shredding blade sort of does the same thing, so I’m rolling with that for now.

    My vote is for purses too! 🙂

  26. Chelsea Anthony on September 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Enjoy your group dinner tonight. We won’t be able to make it, we’re off to Savannah for the weekend! Have a great time. Can’t wait for the mushroom recipe, I can eat those when CJ is away, he hates mushrooms and I love them :). Enjoy your weekend and take it all in, together!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      wish you guys could join us- have so much fun in savannah! it’s so beautiful there <3

  27. Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa on September 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    love the quote! O always has great quotes! Hope your having an awesome fashion friday!

  28. Vicky on September 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Gina I was out of the country with no internet access when you ran the $35 sunwarrior promo… any chance you’ll be running another one anytime soon? My supply is dangerously low 🙁

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      i’m sorry you’re low!! we should run it again within the next couple of months

  29. Lauren on September 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Sounds like a lovely night. Hope your fashion friday is banging!

  30. Evita on September 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you for that incredible quote. I needed to hear that today. Have a great day!!

  31. LisaG on September 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Yea do purses; since you are the queen of purses. Have a great dinner tonight!

  32. Sara on September 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    speaking of purses, katespade is having a pretty sweet sale. 25% off already reduced sale items! i’ve been sitting here staring at my online cart all day, hahaha.

  33. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Oh I can always talk purses. Or perfume. Of anything fashion. Work it girl. Can’t wait to see what you pick!

    And I love that the 2 people that came to your class..that you sent them on their own way to do their own thing. NOTHING WORSE than teaching a yoga class in a gym and having 1 to 3 people show up and it’s like giving a private class to those people (great for them, not so great for the instructor) and it just feels like such a timewaster as the teacher. There have been so many times over the years where I have wanted to do what you did!!!! The next time i am teaching yoga in a gym (which hopefully is far off in future) and that happens, I am totally going to do what you did! I love that 🙂

  34. fittingbackin on September 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    yay – so exciting for your zumbathon!! Love it!

    Heart Project Runway – he’s so fabulously harsh.

    Sucks attendance has been down -hope it picks up again soon!

  35. Kate @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on September 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Oooh a ZUmbathon! Sounds so fun!

    That dinner looks super yummy! I may need to invest in a spiralizer!

  36. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on September 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Mozarella stuffed meatballs?? Oh yummy! I saw that and I was like, I sooo want that! Right now! LOL I’m up for anything for the fashion post…maybe winter coats?? I just bought a fabulous drop waist plaid coat from Victoria’s Secret. I have a coat collection like some people collect shoes! 🙂

  37. Amanda on September 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Oooooo purses!!!

  38. Naomi on September 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm


  39. Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog on September 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What kind of dog is Bella? I’ve been falling in love with her face for awhile, and that pic just melted my heart. I want one!!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      she’s a maltipoo. and the cutest, sassiest little thing i’ve ever met 🙂

  40. Jennifer@ Frost Bites on September 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Haha!! Love Tim Gunn… I did the same thing the next mornig…watch PR in my jammies on my DVR. I Lovvee that show, can’t get enough I’m so glad they extended it to 1 1/2 hours.

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