Ninja kicks + your pics

– Weekly Mexican feast with my favorite people. We dined at Blanco, I had the usual shrimp tacos, and the server also brought out two new salsas + guacamole. Be still, my chip and salsa loving heart.

Salsa and guac

-Took the new pantalones for a test drive,

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and a big flowery headband for my little love.

Me and liv 4

I’ve always been a huge fan of little girl accessories -all baby girl stuff, really- but the headbands keep well-intentioned strangers from coming up to say “what a cute little boy!” It last happened when Liv was wearing a blue dress. I never correct them, but little girls wear blue too, mmm k?

-Another reason for going to La Encantada last night: to stop by the Humane Society. We’re still casually looking for a friend for Bell- an easygoing dog, so we won’t have to worry about dominance issues. I think we may have found a sweet girl who needs a home. Bell is meeting her later today.

-MMA? I took an MMA training for work yesterday and I still can’t decide how I feel about it. The instructor who trained us is insanely awesome, but I’m going to need to practice a lot more before I start teaching. The good news is that we have a ton of freedom to design our own classes -they won’t be called MMA, but they’re martial arts-inspired- but I really want to make mine legit instead of a TurboFire/Insanity hybrid that my brain keeps wanting to do. I’m always excited for an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone.

-THE BLOG REVAMP. We’ve been working on it since I was pregnant, so it’s been a long and slow process with everything going on. I spent yesterday categorizing the Family posts so they’re easier to navigate and the new site should be much more user-friendly. I really hope you love it as much as I do <3 

-Your pics! Thank you so much to those of you who have sent me your recipe and sweaty workout pics this week. I love seeing them, retweeting them and feeding off your incredible energy and motivation. (Please send me a tweet @fitnessista, leave a comment or shoot me an Instgram when you complete a workout or try a new recipe!)

Here are some of this week’s:

-@RachelGoeman made stuffed chicken for her in-laws 🙂 

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-@Jennis158 rocked out the booty burner then followed it with a bike ride 

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-@pbfingers gorgeous sock bun 


@melissaswanson5 ‘s fig salad! Now I want another one… 


-@cooperla did the Triple Threat cardio workout and sent in this awesome sweaty pic

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-@Stephs_Miles after celebrating Tabata Thursday!


Anything fun planned this weekend? Fitness events on the agenda? I’d love to be able to make it to a Sunday yoga class!

Hope you have a happy Friday and I’ll see ya later today with a twist on a favorite recipe.



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  1. Brittany on August 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    So looking forward to the new blog layout! When is it gonna launch? Cant wait to see if you get a new doggy! What kind is this one that Bell is meeting today? I’m sitting here with my doggy. They are fabulous!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      it’s a maltese, which is perfect because bell is a maltipoo 🙂
      hopefully it will be up monday!

  2. RachelG on August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Our engagement party is Sunday at my parents house and I fully intend to get a pre family overload yoga class in at my old studio. 🙂

    Just never give Liv a bowl cut. I know it was the early 90s but I’m still bitter about it. Lol.

    • Brittany on August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      TOTALLY agree with you on the bowl cut!!!!!!! My little cousin got one and she looks like the little dutch boy! I love her to death but it is just strange!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      hahaha! don’t worry, i won’t 🙂
      happy engagement party!!

      • RachelG on September 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Thank you! Ended up being too busy for yoga but did have time to go for a walk/jog with the dude here: If you’re ever in Somerset County New Jersey you must go! It’s wonderful for nature lovers & great for a walk with little ones in strollers. 🙂

  3. Amanda on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    A few other wives and I are competing in an impromptu triathlon on base tomorrow… 100yd swim, 9 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run… Should be a good time!

  4. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on August 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’ll be playing volleyball all day tomorrow with friends, yay for fitness that doesn’t feel like work! Can’t wait to hear about the possible new doggie and see the new layout! Love the pants too! And I can’t believe people could even think for a second that Livi is a boy with those big doe eyes! She’s beautiful.

  5. Johanna on August 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Gina!
    I have been following your blog for over a year now. I can’t tell you how much you have inspired me. So much so that this morning I woke, went to my local YMCA and signed up to begin my fitness training certificate! I am so excited! I was wanted some of your advice. I am interested in both group and personal training but can only choose one for now. Which one do you think I should start my fitness training journey in? Any advice would be amazing!
    Have an amazing day!



    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      thank you so much for reading, johanna and for your comment!
      it really depends on what you prefer. i like the energy of group fit more, but you can make more money training.

  6. Kate on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Can’t wait to see the new blog layout!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I’m so excited to see the new bog layout! I know it’s gonna look awesome! And I hope Bella likes the new puppy!

  8. Allison on August 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Ick, I’ve been designing my design website as well as my training website for over a year and they are finally almost done! Next time I’m totally paying someone to do it, but since i’m uber picky of course i had to do it myself:/

    Love the patterned pants, especially the length! Since I’m only 5’2 its near impossible to find that length!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      i can’t believe you’re designing your own- that’s amazing. i get so nervous when i make one small change- i’m afraid i’m going to break my website

  9. Simone on August 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    i’ll be heading to a friends cabin for 2 nights, can’t wait! i’m just practicing the sock bun now, I figured it would be good for a 2 day, no shower trip :)… bringing my running gear along, I figure i’ll hit up a jog in the morning to do a little exploring, I love that about running, you can do it anywhere

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Love Liv’s headband and good luck with the doggie meetup/doggie playdate later on 🙂

  11. Sheri on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I love those cropped pants! The design is so cute and they’re a great length.

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I love the pants!! I swear I just saw them in a magazine.. are they from J. Crew?

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm


  13. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on August 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Definitely love those pants! I love brights and patterns – so much fun.

  14. Staci on August 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love those pants, super cute…Im heading over to H&M after work for the big labor day sale 🙂 super excited.
    A new pup sounds fun…my baby is 10 months, he is a dachshund/maltese!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      hm has awesome stuff right now!

  15. Michelle on August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The salsa pics make me hungry for it! Speaking of salsa do you ever make homemade? or does your mom or nana make a homemade version? I don’t man pico de gallo but a good salsa recipe? I have always wanted to ask and just never did.

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      my aunt makes the BEST salsa, but when i make it at home, i use the pioneer woman’s recipe with double jalapeño. it’s perfection

  16. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on August 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    hey i know that sock bun! 😉

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      🙂 <3

  17. Debbie on August 31, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Love her hairband. She looks so pretty 🙂 I have a boy, he’s three and pretty much since birth I’ve had regular compliments on how pretty my daughter is 😉 I still haven’t cut his hair so he has these wild blonde curls and big blue eyes, long lashes so (I think) he is pretty in a slightly girly way I guess, however he’s almost always dressed in very boyish clothes. I think it confuses people!

  18. Julie on August 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Love the pants! Too funny that you got the “cute baby boy” comment when she was wearing a blue DRESS! My daughter was pretty much bald for her 1st 2 yrs & I despised pink frilly dresses so I got used to hearing “what a cute little boy”. I just smiled & thanked them. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      haha that’s all you can do. they mean well, so it doesn’t matter

  19. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on August 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t know what I love more: your pants or livi’s headband?! Those flower headbands are my favorite! They’re absolutely adorable! I love the site just the way it is but can’t wait to see the blog revamp either!!

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      thank you! i can’t wait to have it up!

  20. Caitlin on August 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Gina, do you ever find yourself going through random phases of unexplainable increased hunger? The past few days I have just been so hungry all of the time…I have started doing more tabata/interval style workouts so I’m thinking that could be a cause but didn’t think it would affect me that much. I remember your post about making sure your not screwing up your metabolism by not eating enough for your exercise levels, so I’m trying to figure out the balance!

    Ps Livi is one of the prettiest babies I’ve ever seen! Soooo precious

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      thank yoU! she is so amazing 🙂
      and yes, which is why i wear a heart rate monitor when i workout. some days i burn a lot more calories than others, so i adjust my eats accordingly

  21. Christina W on August 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hello, where do you get her headbands? Love this one, super cute.

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      that one is from target- they have great headbands!

  22. CourtStar @ StarSystemz on August 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Good luck with your MMA stuff, sounds like a lot of fun! It is nice you can put your own twist on it too 🙂 Excited to see your new blog layout as I love what you have already! Love and Shine CourtStar

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      thank you! i can’t wait to get the new design up- i’ve been ready for change for a while!

  23. jaclyn on August 31, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Love the new pantZ Gina :]

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      thank yoU!

  24. Kristen on August 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    You did great with the pants. They look really good with that top and flats… and I for sure love the little accessory your holding. She goes perfectly with any outfit 😉

    I just did HIIT, hump day booty burner, and one of your arm workouts!!! I love/hate you right now haha

    P.S. The arm workout I did was on the same post as your peppermint patty drink (dark chocolate almond milk!!!!!!) and I got even more excited for fall.

    • Fitnessista on August 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      thank you!! and really, it doesn’t matter what i’m wearing.. everyone is looking at liv anyway 🙂
      way to rock out those workouts! i’m about to hit up the gym, so you’re motivating me!
      and thank you for reminding me about that drink. hurry up, fall!

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I love those pants! I honestly wasn’t sure how I felt about printed pants until I saw them on you – now I’m a fan!

  26. Meg on September 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    SITE UPDATES!? AHHHHH how exciting! And a new friend for Bella!? Oh my 🙂 Even more exciting!

  27. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on September 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    You are definitely rocking those pants – they look great on you!! And Liv just gets prettier every day – so precious 🙂 Can’t wait to see the new site design – I like the current look, but I’m excited to see the changes you’ve made. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Gina!

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