Nice things

-My friend Katie saving me at work yesterday. When I first started (a little over a year ago), I quickly learned that since our schedules change throughout the day, we need to be prepared for anything. Weight room, teaching, Zumba and pool all have different outfits/shoes.

Well, I *thought* pool was my last class yesterday, went to sign my schedule, clock out and saw that I had 2 minutes to be in the weight room. I wasn’t even about to tell my boss I didn’t bring my weight room outfit with me- I just scurried to the locker room as quickly as possible, hoping I’d be able to find something feasible in my gym bag. After horrible visions of cleaning the treadmills and offering water in my resort baseball cap, swimsuit, swim shorts and Crocs (and obviously getting in trouble), my friend Katie had an extra outfit ready to go. With borrowed sneakers and Katie’s outfit, everything was ok. I will have every outfit with me at all times from now on. All aboard the Fail Boat.

-Hummingbird nests.


There’s a nest just like that in the tree outside the spin room. I saw the two tiny eggs inside and the nest is the cutest thing- like a tiny teacup. I’d never seen hummingbird nests until recently, and now we have one in the tall tree outside our house, too.Β 

-Seeing Liv learn and do funny new things every day. Her latest things are “dance!” and she wiggles around on her back, from side to side, with the happiest smile on her face, and now when I hold her, she pats my back. I can’t tell if she’s trying to “burp” me or if it’s like a “good game, mom” kinda pat πŸ˜‰


(my Instagram is ginanott if you’d like to follow the feed)

-Bella’s puppy paws. I don’t even need to explain this one.


This article that’s been floating around Facebook. It brought me a lot of warm fuzzies last night- thought I’d share it.


-Restaurant copycat meals that end up being better than the original.

Burrito bowl

The Pilot grilled up some chicken, seasoned with oregano, chili powder, paprika, hot sauce and melted butter

Chicken 2

Β and I set out the ingredients to make out own Chipotle (chippodle)-style meals.

Burrito making

The Pilot made a huge burrito, and I enjoyed a giant salad beast with greens, Wholly Guacamole (can’t get enough), salsa, brown rice, lentils, green chili goat cheese and chicken. It was so good, and I was proud of us for making a quick meal instead of picking up takeout.Β 

Tabata Thursday! I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the short workout video! If you haven’t tried it yet, maybe give it a whirl before bed? I definitely plan on posting more of these in the future -especially with your awesome feedback- and will have the video up earlier next time. I had some uploading problems, but will be sure to plan better and make sure it’s up by the am for next week.

Two very exciting features:

Thank you again so much to those of you who voted inΒ Fitness Magazine’s Fitterati Blog Awards. I’m so honored to be in great company, and word on the street is that we’re in this month’s issue of Fitness Magazine. I can’t wait to see it!

I’m also very fortunate to have been included in SharecareNow’s top 10 online fitness influencers. My heart stopped for a second to see my name on the same list as Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, along with my good friend Cassey.Β 



Exciting stuff <3

Hope you have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning with Summer Shape Up shout outs (pics!!) and a giveaway tomorrow afternoon.



Something to talk about:Β Any work fails lately? Something nice from your day?

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  1. jenny on June 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    wow! congratulations for being included in top online fitness influencers list!

  2. Laury on June 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Stop it! How weird..I JUST read the photo article and am hysterically crying right now! A few of my friends posted it on facebook. Aghh! Could look at pics like that all day though!

    OMG!! How amazing to be on a list with Bob and Jillian! Huge congrats to you! You deserve it!!!!! I’m so excited for you! Yey!!!!

    Liv looks like she’s getting SO big from that instagram!!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      thank you, friend. she is growing way too fast!

  3. Krystina (Krystina Yogini) on June 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    CONGRATS, GIRL! That’s a huge honor.

    Men rescuing a sheep and kittens! My entire day is made.

  4. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on June 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! That’s such an honor! You totally deserve it:) and on another note — i love puppy paws too:) haha and your salad looks bomb!

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on June 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Congrats on making that list!!! That is so awesome to be right up there with Jillian and Bob!!!

  6. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Congrats on the award girly!! That’s a big deal and you deserve it!

    And thank goodness for friends to the rescue, I’m glad you could borrow an outfit for work. I always worry I’ll be unprepared for something at work and the one time I don’t worry is when I’m unprepared. I hate how that works. ;p

  7. Julie on June 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    You’re beating out Bob!

  8. Jess on June 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Wow top ten! You go girl!!!

  9. Christie on June 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    New-to-your-blog reader here, for like the past two weeks, and I can totally see why you’d be on the same list as all of those other greats! Congrats!!!

  10. Abby on June 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Congrats on the magazine mentions! So exciting! Was just reading that article (and of course it made me cry) when my husband came in the room, asked what in the world was wrong with me, so I showed it to him and I swear I saw a tear on his cheek before he left the room haha

  11. Lisa on June 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Congratulations Gina! That is truly inspirational and amazing news! What an awesome announcement! That chicken dish looks superb!! Thanks for the article, its beautiful to see there are selfless people out there, just cried a little too. I can be such a baby.

  12. Jessica on June 22, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Wow that’s amazing Gina!! Congrats!!

  13. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on June 22, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I just read online that there is going to be a Chipotle opening in Vancouver! It’ll be the only city in Canada to have it outside of Toronto. I’ve never had it, but reading about it on your blog all the time has made me very, very excited for it to come here πŸ™‚

  14. Andrea on June 22, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I think I would pee a little if I made it on to a list one spot HIGHER than Bob Harper. Get it girrrrl!!

  15. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 22, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Congrats Gina, amazing press and awards and you deserve it!! So happy for you!

    And the outfit sna-foo at work…you’re a new mom. The fact that you even get to work on time is a miracle most days I bet πŸ™‚

  16. @pluvk on June 22, 2012 at 2:04 am

    This was a wonderful post… I think it’s important that we find pleasure in the nice things. πŸ™‚ And I agree… Bella’s paws are definitely self-explanatory! CUTE! Congratulations on making such an inspirational list. But you deserve it! I’m loving the sumer shape up and all the vids, workouts, and meal plans. πŸ™‚

  17. Sara on June 22, 2012 at 2:32 am

    My faith in humanity is restored. However, I was just gifted The Fifty Shades Trilogy. Is it going to destroy my faith in humanity again? Haha. Thanks for the heads up. I have heard both you and another friend refer to it as ’50 shades of lame’, so I’m wondering what I’m letting myself in for.

    Congratulations on all your amazing awards, winnings, magazine photo shoots, it’s all going on!

  18. Catherine on June 22, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Wow!! Hooray!!! I am so excited to see you getting recognized for all the amazing hard work you put into this blog – the amazing thing is your incredible discipline. It’s like every time I have a Fitnessista craving – which is a few times a day – you have a new, well-thought-out and well-written post up. Good practical advice about fitness and food, fun other stuff, and the perfect amount of personal information. You’re the coolest blogger ever.

  19. Sam @ Fit for My Fork on June 22, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Congrats Gina! I’m off to have my faith in humanity restored… I’m worried I’ll be all red and puffy eyed for work though!

  20. Eucalya on June 22, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Congratulations on making that list! (and Liv is sooo cute as always). I’m following you on Instagram now πŸ˜€ xxx Nadja

  21. Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running on June 22, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Bright coloured parrots feeding from my hand on my balcony this morning πŸ™‚
    Super way to start the day!

  22. Eucalya on June 22, 2012 at 5:35 am

    oh and I just read the article! It almost brought tears in my eyes! All of these stories/pictures are wonderful!!! xxx Nadja

  23. bri @ In Love & Words on June 22, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I LOVE puppy paws πŸ™‚

  24. Anna @ Ray Bans and Travel Plans on June 22, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations! You deserve it! I just bought some Wholly Guacamole yesterday. It was my first time buying guacamole, it kind of feels wrong to me. But avocados die a slow death at my house sometimes, so I figured this would be better.

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Congrats on both counts Gina! You’ve earned it for putting so much into this blog over the past few years!

    Your Chipotle style salad looks delicious – I’d eat that over a Chipotle meal any day. πŸ˜‰

  26. Rebecca on June 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

    That salad beast looks super yummy πŸ™‚

    Congrats on the articles, that is fantastic!

  27. erin on June 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

    following you on instagram (zlie17). that faith in humanity really got me choked up. and yay for being on the list — you really do deserve it! yours and cassey’s work outs are the 2 that i do follow!

  28. Melissa (Better Fit) on June 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Wow Gina, congratulations!!! Those are incredible achievements- and you deserve every one!

  29. Nic on June 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

    wow! That is HUGE!! Congratulations! Well-deserved πŸ˜‰

  30. Nicole on June 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition!

    I did a “fake” Chipotle dinner last night too. I grilled salmon and made a “bowl” with my favorite Chipotle ingredients. LOVE.

  31. Lauren on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

    WOWWWWW!!!!! THAT’S SOOOO EXICITING!!!! I’m def not surprised though πŸ˜‰

  32. Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves on June 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Oh puppy paws are about the cutest thing ever. Especially when they are grinch-like and extra furry.

  33. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on June 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Congratulations on being included in Sharecare Now’s top 10 online fitness influences, Gina! That is such a huge accomplishment, and especially exciting to be included with other very successful and inspiring people. Great job!!

  34. Liz @ Southern Charm on June 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

    WOW!! Congrats Gina on all the recognition!! I think you totally deserve it, but it’s even better to see everyone else does too πŸ™‚

    ANd work fails … ugh. We’ve had a huge closing (I’m an attorney) and I’m in charge of drafting the documents and such – well I finished on set and worked on another after I received the corrections from the first … and made the SAME mistakes. My head is just not here sometimes πŸ™

  35. Mary on June 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations on all the shoutouts it is very much deserved- you are awesome!! Loved your “at home” chipoodle bowls (I call it that too :)) Making them at home is one of my favorite go-to meals if I am running behind and I find that mine always taste better too πŸ™‚

  36. Ginger on June 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Thank you for sharing that amazing set of photos. I will do something special for someone else today to share the love.

  37. Umapuma on June 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I am not surprised to hear you are a top influencer, you have changed my life a little for the better! I have tried some healthier foods and am loosely following the Summer Shapeup. I miss about 2-3 workouts a week, so I have not felt I could “check in” but I’m still doing the others. I had never tried HIIT before, it kicks my arse!!

  38. Lizzie on June 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    A couple things:

    A) Every photo of Liv is just adorable, but for some reason, that one is my fave! I can’t believe she’s already sucking her thumb. I feel like you just had her πŸ™‚

    B) Congrats on BOTH accolades, woman! So many great things are ahead of you.

  39. Carrie R. on June 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! How wonderful to be on that list!!!

    You definitely helped me lose!!! Sixty five lbs and i’m not done…you have been a huge influence on my healthier lifestyle!!!

    Again, congrats!!! πŸ˜€

  40. Stefanie on June 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    THAT IS SO AWESOME THAT YOU ARE IN BOTH THOSE ARTICLES! πŸ™‚ Wow what an accomplishment! πŸ™‚ You should be very proud! πŸ™‚

  41. Katie on June 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    How awesome Gina! What a big thing for you for sure, right there with Bob Harper and other amazing peeps! You should be proud!

    Hope you, Tom, Livi, and Bella have a great weekend! <3

  42. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero on June 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Congrats. Not just on the same list as Bob….above Bob. Great job!

  43. Jen on June 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    You’re higher up the list than Bob Harper! Awesome.

  44. Jenna on June 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    The photos of people rescuing stranded animals in that article are making me cry so hard right now! My cats are looking at me like “… what’s wrong with you, lady?”

    • Fitnessista on June 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      i cried so hard, too. the last set of photos, i was thinking “it’s like BELL!!!”

  45. kelly on June 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Congratulations!! I wished we lived in the same city. I would love to have you as my trainer.

  46. Lindsay @ prettylittleparadise on June 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    congratulations!! what an honor to be on a list w bob!! that’s huge and you totally deserve it!!! and how much do you love puppy paws?? so sweet <3

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