Neglecting the snooze button

Good morning! Hope your day is off to a great start <3 Do quite a few of ya have the day off work today? The Pilot does, and I love having him around for an extra day.

I’ve been having a rough time getting in morning workouts lately –which is when I have the most energy- and today, I dragged my booty to the gym instead of hitting the snooze button. It felt so good to workout early, instead of trying to schedule in an afternoon workout, and I was glad to get in an early am sweat.

Here’s what I did:

Legs Day!

-20 minutes elliptical [based on the music- sprinted during the chorus of fast songs, hill climbs on the slower songs]

-Step ups: 3 sets of 15 on each side

-Cable deadlift: 3 sets of 12

-Weighted plie squats w/ pulses: 3 sets of 15, 3 sets of 15 pulses in between

-*This* playground ball squat move: 3 sets of 15, 3 sets of 15 ball squeezes

-Single-leg calf raises: 3 sets of 15 on each side

-Lateral lunges: 3 sets of 12 on each side

-Cool down [10 minutes of walking on the revolving apparatus of death]. Stretch.

Post-workout snack –I munched a Larabar before the gym- was a chai latte with almond milk, cinnamon and honey:


Eggs and toast:


It was weird to make breakfast and not have any fruit or greens to add to the mix. Definitely overdue for a grocery shop, so I planned out our meals and can pick up some supplies while I’m out and about today.


Off to seize the day! See ya later with a Fashion post update- it’s been a while 😉



Columbus Day Shopping Heads Up: [I’m not affiliated with any of these organizations – just like to shop and spread the word on awesome deals]

-If you love World Market as much as I do, today is the last day to get 25% off EVERYTHING if you’re an Explorer member. Also, when you sign up via their website, they sent you a 10% off coupon, too.

-My twinnie friends are offering free shipping on all orders placed today

-Coupon code: FRIENDS2011 (expires today) gets 25% off at Tory Burch –Reva flats are excluded, though

-Off 5th (one of my all-time fave stores) is having a huge sale- discounts on everything and 40% off denim. Off to get the Pilot a new pair of jeans…

Post Navigation:


  1. Sara K on October 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love that you plan your meals for the week- I need to do that to know exactly what groceries to buy instead of relying on impulse (and thus wasting a lot of stuff). And Columbus day has sales? wow, have I been living on mars? Thanks for the World Market heads up- I love their stuff (particularly the ethnic food section!)

  2. Lindsey on October 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Yumm, that chai latte sounds good! I might have to go make myself one now 🙂

  3. Anna @ On Anna's Plate on October 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Morning workouts are SO much more effective for me…even though it can be hard to not sleep in 🙂 Hope you have a great day!

  4. Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life on October 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Love your workout!

    I totally have to meal plan like you did, I just haven’t done it yet for the week! I love how easy it makes weekly meals feel!

  5. Kate on October 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    yum the quinoa cakes sound great cant wait to see them!

  6. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love doing my workouts in the morning too because then I don’t have to plan the rest of my day around it!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    J.Crew is also offering an extra 30% off their clearance today! Happy Columbus Day to all! 😀

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

      what?! thank you!

  8. Courtney on October 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I love meal planning!! It makes my week so much nicer and its easier to stick to healthy options. Just out of curiosity what are these quinoa cakes you have on your meal plan? Recipe please 🙂 I have recently become obsessed with quinoa and am always trying to find new ways to incorporate it!!!

  9. Lindsey on October 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    i enjoy the fact that “goat cheese” made the grocery list twice. You can never have enough!

  10. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on October 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the sales tips!! Too bad I’m still sitting in my sweatpants soaking up this whole day off thing. 😉

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      that sounds like a glorious way to spend the day 🙂

  11. kara on October 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    hmmm, i have a few questions. i know sometimes you take dinner leftovers for lunch. does the pilot do that too? i’ve just found that i really like semi-planning out my week’s meals, but i also really want to make different things almost everyday and since i’m only cooking for myself, it gets a little ridiculous.. but i also don’t want to continue eating the same food for lunch and dinner for multiple days. so i’ve been trying to do 2-3 unique meals a (work)week and only eating leftovers once or twice, but i still feel like this is sort of a waste. i’ve been thinking about freezing half of some of the recipes, but i feel like i wouldn’t go back to it as readily as i’d hope/think. any tips??
    on the same note, do you guys really drink enough milk to finish chocolate, almond, and regular all before they go bad?? that’s another thing i’m struggling with now.. finishing milk before i have to throw out the sour end of it.

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      the good news is that the pilot usually eats enough for 2-3 people, so we have very few leftovers. either he’ll take them to work for lunch -like if we grill chicken, he’ll make a chicken sandwich- or i’ll repurpose them the next day for my lunch (usually turn it into an omelet or egg scramble)
      as far as freezing goes, i think that’s a great idea. or make meals that you can change the leftovers. a lot of things work well in egg scrambles, as sandwiches, tacos, burritos, find a new way to eat it and it won’t feel as redundant.
      and yes, we drink a lot of milk over here. i go through a big thing of almond milk each week, the pilot snacks on cereal and milk, and he takes the individual packs of chocolate milk with his lunch, which don’t go bad for a long time.

  12. kathleen @ the daily crumb on October 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    i definitely do NOT have the day off. bummer 🙁

    eats for the week look fantastic!

  13. Michaela on October 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    looking forward to the update 🙂

  14. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Your meals sound crazy good. 🙂

  15. Katie @ Plates and Paste on October 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    If anyone likes the Gap they’re having an awesome sale…was just their Friday and got $225 worth of clothes for $100!

  16. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on October 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Glad you got the workout in and done. SUCH a great feeling to have that checked off the list for the rest of the day, isn’t it!

    Online discount codes…my credit card better watch out 🙂

  17. Amy on October 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Gina, your weekend sounded so good………………..getting out on a road trip to find some treats, even better………! Your nursery will be so cute………………..
    Thanks for sharing your meal planning…….it inspired me to make a quiche and it turned out so well! Now I have leftovers……………….:)

  18. Laura J. on October 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I’m making a similar quiche tonight and was thinking of doing your autumn salad on the side 🙂

  19. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on October 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you plan your meals for the week – I might start trying that myself…maybe save some money on groceries? 🙂 Love getting in an early mornign sweat session too – it’s definitely when I have the most energy, too, rather than evenings. In the evenings I like to hang out at home with my boyfriend, make dinner, have fun together…your legs session looked wicked! Have a lovely day! <3 xyx

  20. Ali on October 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I am for sure in love with a.m workouts. I feel like it so perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the day. And you are right, it is awesome not to have to try to plan it into your day, especially if you tend to have days that do not always go as planned! It is also awesome because then your evenings are free for whatever comes up!

  21. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on October 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    SO excited for the fashion post!! Can’t wait to work out at the gym tonight! I haven’t busted my booty in the gym in a while!

  22. Amanda on October 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I feel you on the morning workout thing, I always do it on weekdays so it’s become a habit. But the initial wake up call certainly doesn’t get easier – I felt like DEATH this morning. But what gets me up and putting on my shoes is how GREAT it feels afterwards, and I love feeling that delicious ‘afterburn’ all day!

  23. Jacqueline on October 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    How do you make your Chai lattes?

  24. Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on October 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I used to be SO good about not snoozing because I had a crappy alarm that would only snooze 2 times and then stop. Found that one out the hard way haha. My husband is SUCH a snoozer! He is a bad influence on me haha.

  25. blossjoss on October 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    nut butter fries??!!

  26. Laura @ Backstage Balance on October 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    40% off designer denim? Sounds like you had a great day!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.