Obeying the Dessert Law

Hi guys! Happy Saturday! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend so far 🙂 So glad you liked the Fitness Fashion Friday post!

The last class of the day yesterday was Glutes, Guns and Guts.

For the workshop, we each had to grab a bender ball, Glider discs and a stability ball.


We used each tool to use different ways to target booty, arms and core.

Fun with balls: (heh heh)

glutes guns and guts

I LOVED this class and got a lot of new ideas for my personal training clients. (One is listed at the end of this post)

After the workshop, the pilot picked me up and we met friends for dinner at my fave- Seasons 52.


I started the Friday party with a glass of Riesling:


and we all shared a mushroom appetizer and some edamame with green tea sea salt:


For my entree, I chose the Tuna Niciose with warm vegetable salad and asked for no potatoes. The veggies in this one were lovely: fennel, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, arugula and kalamata olives.


The portion was HUGE and I almost finished it off- I was starvin’ like Marvin after the workshop. Even though dinner was glorious enough to leave me with a goobery smile on my face, the best part was yet to come… DESSERT 😀

I’m pretty sure that going to Seasons 52 and not getting dessert is illegal some states 😉

I rolled with the usual carrot cake:

carrot cake

and the pilot and I split the Baklava:


Ahhhhhhmazing 😀 It was so awesome to see my friend Hayley and her husband. Hayley was my neighbor, pool buddy and vino companion, but since she’s moved to Atlanta I’ve missed her like crazy. It was good to catch up 🙂

Well I’m heading back to the conference and rocking out my new Zumbie wear! 😀

On the schedule for today:

-Bodyjam (my first time taking this one!)

– Restore the Core

-Zumba Toning

-Steptonic and

-Bikini Bootcamp (I might try to change this class… I just found out it’s a water workout)

See ya this afternoon with a re-cap 🙂

Have a wonderful day <3



Today’s tip: Switch up your standard one-leg squat. Standing in front of a stability ball, place one heel on top of the ball and slide it forward slightly. Keeping your shoulders upright and core engaged, sit your booty back and squat making sure your standing knee doesn’t extend past your toe and then come up. Complete 10-12 reps and switch to the other side. Burrrrrrn baby burn 🙂

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  1. Becky on July 31, 2010 at 8:56 am

    It sounds like you’re having a blast !!! I’d love to go to something like that . Thanks for today’s fitness tip- it’s a new one for me and I’m going to give it a try!

  2. Jordana on July 31, 2010 at 9:36 am

    OMG you are in the Buckhead area??? I LOVE Buckhead, such a classy area!

  3. Shawna on July 31, 2010 at 9:46 am

    We are headed up to Buckhead this weekend! I am so making hubby take me to Seasons 52, looks wonderful! This is our first trip to Atlanta any other suggestions on food eats? We’ll have the kiddo’s but thankfully they eat everything we eat. If you get a chance Google “The King of Pops”, he makes his own homemade popsicles! Flavors like Blueberry Lemongrass, Orange Basil, Watermelon Mojito, Mexican Chocolate, Raspberry Lime and much more! I will be hunting him down when we get up there! BTW loved the travel video, you guys are to stinkin’ cute!

  4. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on July 31, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Those leg squats sound tough! I can’t wait to hear about the rest of the workouts. I’m not much of a swimmer but I’m interested in getting in the water more to workout.

    With desserts like that, how can you say no?

  5. Kelly on July 31, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I miss Atlanta…that’s home for the hubby and I. We will have to try Seasons 52 next time we are in-town visiting the family!! It looks amazing!

  6. Emily on July 31, 2010 at 9:54 am

    So cool – I was just at that same restaurant! I went with their shrimp flatbread but had the carrot cake dessert shooter as well. You cannot go wrong with cream cheese frosting. 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your time in Atlanta!

  7. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on July 31, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Those Seasons 52 desserts always look SO good!! I’m dying to try that place!

  8. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on July 31, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Looks like you are having a great time! And that carrot cake dessert looks great!

  9. A Teenage Gourmet on July 31, 2010 at 10:25 am

    That dinner looks so fantastic! I’ve never heard of green tea salt, but I have had lemon salt; it’s amazing!

  10. Meg on July 31, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Sounds amazing! I love playing with balls, especially big ones! Yay! Dinner looks fabulous as usual, I wish they had a Seasons 52 in MD. If only!

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:17 pm


  11. Maria @ a healthier Maria on July 31, 2010 at 10:51 am

    okay I live in Atlanta & had no idea we had a Season’s 52! I’ve seen it online but didn’t realize it was a chain. I shall be going very soon!

  12. Katie @ Healthy Heddleston on July 31, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I like the tip for the one legged squat! Gosh, I miss group fitness classes! Can’t wait until I can afford a gym again 🙂

  13. Exercise and Eat on July 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I think you’re going to LOVE Body Jam!

  14. Kaley on July 31, 2010 at 11:19 am

    So jealous of that tuna. Looks amazing! Weirdly, I’m not a huge dessert person. You deserve it after all those classes, though! I’d be an eating machine!

  15. Tina on July 31, 2010 at 11:21 am

    How are you going to MOVE after this weekend? LOL

    Love Seasons 52. The carrot cake dessert is phenom…and a crime not to eat. Glad you are having so much fun.

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      i have no idea

  16. Laury @ thefitnesdish on July 31, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Ohhhh glad you likes that class! They are offering it at the Thrive conference in Miami, I will def sign up for it! Why have I heard of Seasons 52? I feel like I’ve eaten at one before! Anyways…enjoy the rest of the conference!

  17. Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine on July 31, 2010 at 11:27 am

    What an awesome dinner. I still haven’t been to Seasons 52 even though I live in Atlanta, and my parents live in Florida. fail. I need to convince them to go with me next time I visit!

    Thanks for the single-leg squat suggestion! It’d be perfect to do at home for me, since I have a stability ball. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

  18. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on July 31, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Do you not like water workouts?

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      no i like them but didn’t bring a swimsuit!

  19. Fallon on July 31, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I like the one legged squat tip! You should shows us what it looks like on a quick video 😉

  20. Allison @ Food For Healing on July 31, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    can’t wait to hear about todays stuff. I would love to be doing that! those kind of workouts are so much more FUN, don’t feel like working out

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      exactly- its exercise in disguise 🙂

  21. Jess (Nurse Jess the Blog) on July 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hey there Fitnessista!

    I bought a bender ball after a few too many glasses of wine one night and have yet to take it out of the box!! Any tips for workouts to do with it?


    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      yes! squat holding it in between your knees or crunch with it under the small of your back

  22. Madeline on July 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I can’t wait to try this move! annnd laugh when I fall over in the middle of the gym, haha

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

      be careful!

  23. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on July 31, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Wow I would drop dead on my face after yesterday. You still have another day to go! At least you don’t have to worry about working out 😉

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

      for real!!!

  24. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on July 31, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Wow…crazy amount of workouts! Glad you are enjoying it!

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 31, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try using balls in my workouts, but I’m not sure what to do with them! Perhaps you could do a post on that in the future? 😉

    It sounds like you’re having a fab time! Kudos on still being able to walk after all those classes! I think I would be passed out in bed by now!

  26. tanyaDailyProductReviews on July 31, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    sounds like you’re having fun!

  27. Lisa on July 31, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Those desserts look fab! You deserve 3 or 4 after all that working out you’re doing 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:55 pm

      i seriously wanted to! i didn’t want to scare anyone… but really thought about taking the entire tray for myself. bauahah

  28. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on July 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Do you happen to know if your BodyJam instructor’s name was Mysti? If so, she’s one of the instructors from my gym and a Les Mills national trainer. That would be cool if you took Jam from her, she’s fantastic 🙂

    Those desserts are to DIE for 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      yes it was mysti! and she was FABULOUS

    • Jessica (Fit and Clean) on July 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      YAY! I’m glad you got to experience her class 🙂 She’s one of my fave instructors…always makes me want to go back for MORE! 🙂 🙂

  29. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on July 31, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    That green tea sea salt sounds interesting! Was it good with the edamame?

  30. Hayley on July 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Hayley misses you like crazy, too. We had such a blast with you guys last night! Can’t wait to do it again!

  31. Hayley on July 31, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Hayley misses you like crazy, too. We had such a blast with you guys last night! Can’t wait to do it again!

  32. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on July 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for the new workout move!

    I love, love, LOVE carrot cake served in shot glasses! (I think I had it at P.F. Chang’s recently) Carrot cake is one of my favorite desserts EVER!

    I have a “dessert law” of my own– eat dessert every day! 😉 (but usually it’s a homemade, nutrient-dense one for me, like raw fudge… or a piece of dark chocolate)

  33. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on July 31, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I sooo wish we had a Seasons 52 around me! It looks incredible!

  34. Kelly on July 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Yay! I love new fitness tips. I’ve been doing squats for so long, it’s nice to mix it up a bit. I’ll be sure to try the “ball” version very soon. 🙂

  35. Tamara on August 1, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Could you please tell us more about the bender ball? I want to get one but thought it might be a gimmick….does it get the Gina stamp of approval?

    • Fitnessista on August 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

      yes! i loved it! you can do a lot of cool stuff with it– if you do squats with it in between your knees, it takes the emphasis away from your quads and onto the booty and glutes

  36. Brenda M. on August 1, 2010 at 6:25 am

    You absolutley amaze me! There’s no way I would be able to walk after all of those classes, much less get up an do another! I saw something on another blog and thought of your love of glass straws…http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/ This gal has the glass straws with “art”. You probably have already seen them, but just in case you haven’t I thought I’d share! Hope the rest of your trip is wonderful!

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