Oh my ganache

Valentine’s Day was filled with many beautiful things:

flowers, a tiny lovebug on the move with pigtails and an Elmo heart shirt, a great day at work, a night with my loves,

oh, and a giant chocolate cake topped with 2 inches of chocolate ganache.


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In the past 48 hours I’ve taught 7 fitness classes. My body is crying “uncle!” (some weeks are easier than others and it happened to be an intense week) and to make up for the supreme calorie burning, I enjoyed cake in between almost every class. It was tough, but I had to do it 😉

We had an incredible 4-course Valentine’s Day dinner with Liv at The Abbey. I was wondering how it would go, since V-day dinner crowds are no joke, but we had an awesome table in the bar area and Liv enjoyed all 4 courses with us like a champ. Her favorite? The vegetarian chili and cornbread. We sat next to another family, whose little girl in a sparkly red dress happily exclaimed, “I love CAPERS!” during her meal (capers! I didn’t try capers until I was at least 23). We chatted, enjoyed some wine and the company of little Liv who sat on the bench seat with me, or in her high chair, taking bites from each of our meals.

After such a decadent and delicious feast (bread pudding with chocolate, berries and creme anglaise to top it off), we came home, put on jammies and promptly crashed out before the U of A basketball game was over (which I’m glad I missed). Keepin’ the romance alive. I slept 10 hours last night- Happy Valentine’s to meeeeee 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying your Friday so far <3

See ya later today with some faves and our last giveaway of week 3! Congrats to the scarf and Zuzana DVD winners:

Brittany: Bodyrock was always so crazy. I like an intense cardio but I always felt like was sacrificing form for speed.

Tiffany:  Ab burner this morning was killer. I love Hills so I am excited to do them before my favorite Zumba class tonight. I have never done any Zuzana workouts before I will have to check out the online ones.

(Send me an email to fitnessista at gmail dot com and we’ll get your prizes on the way!)



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  1. Lisa on February 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Awe, your photos are absolutely beautiful of your family! You can see the love.
    Holy moly, that heart cake with the chocolate ganache is like my dream Valentine date;)

  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on February 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I love all these photos! So glad you had such a happy Valentine’s Day! This is going to sound so strange but have you seen the Big Bang Theory? In the picture where you have glasses you look like the brunette version of Bernadette!

  3. Erica { EricaDHouse.com } on February 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Her pigtails are just to much!!

  4. Ashley on February 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Liv’s pigtails are so sweet!

  5. lucie on February 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    oh wow, that sounds like such a wonderful valentines day!!! we do not celebrate valentines day here in switzerland which is a bit sad. so i just read all the valentines posts to get a bit of it too 🙂 i absolutely adore the pic of you and liv, full of emotions!!!
    this morning i did a run and HIIT in the parc which was BURIED in snow. WIntershapeup in it’s full form, colors and temperature 🙂

  6. kim@hungryhealthygirl on February 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds like an absolutely perfect V-day to me!!

  7. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life on February 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    OMG Liv’s pigtails just made my day! hahahaha so adorable!

  8. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health on February 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    That cake sounds awesome. Congrats on 7 classes! You’re a machine!

  9. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on February 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Liv’s pig tails are soooo cute.

  10. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Aaww, these pictures are too cute!! And that cake looks DELICIOUS!

  11. Erin @ Axell's Kitchen on February 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Those pig tails are just precious! I think I would totally teach that many classes if it meant I could eat that much cake (;

  12. Caitlin on February 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Livi makes me melt! She looks so incredibly precious!

  13. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian on February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    It looks like you had a great Valentine’s day and that cake sounds way too delicious! I hope you can have a nice restful day or two after teaching so many classes!

  14. Amy on February 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Back when I used to train and teach group fitness I taught 3-7 classes a day. I loved it. I used to always say, only half jokingly, that I would love to teach 8 step aerobics classes a day. Oh how I miss teaching group classes. I don’t miss the massive amount of food I had to force myself to eat though to keep up the energy for that kind of activity several days a week.

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      it’s tragic, really 😉

  15. Brooke @ Being Vivacious on February 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Liv’s pig tails are killing me!! she is too cute

  16. Brooke @ Running In Heels on February 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Chocolate ganache? I’m dying.

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      it’s my favorite things ever!

      • barbara on February 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        what is the recipe for the ganache?

  17. Jay on February 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Yum chocolate ganache. AND those pigtails are too much! I have a little boy so I enjoy seeing your little one in all her cute girly glory. 🙂

  18. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on February 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    omg i could handle cake between teaching classes (that is once i am teaching) haha

  19. Kim on February 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Love the picture of Liv standing and eyeing Elmo on the floor. Does she do the cute toe-walking?? I love those early walking days!!!

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      she walks normally, but dances and claps on her toes haha

  20. Candice on February 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    PIGGIES!!!! Love them! So cute!

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      i can’t even handle them!

  21. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples on February 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Sounds like a great Valentine’s Day! ? 7 classes in 48 hours?! You deserve cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner! lol 🙂

  22. Mary Anne on February 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Sounds like a great and super busy day! I wanted to let you know I made the breakfast cookies….WOW! They were awesome…….I loved ’em and my boys did too.

  23. Emily @ Main-Eats on February 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Looks like a beautiful, sweet day! Hope your body gets some rest-you deserve it! That cake looks super yummy-I sure wish I had some.

  24. Brittany @ Kitchen::Candid on February 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Oh My Gosh! I can’t believe I won! I never win anything! 🙂 Thank you Gina! I’m emailing you now!
    Oh and that cake looks to die for….I’m pretty sure I need to hit the gym just from looking at it!

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      whoo hoo! congrats 🙂

  25. britt on February 15, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    we find out in 3 weeks if we are having a boy or girl and i was leaning more toward boy but after seeing these pics of liv, i’m kind of hoping girl! of course, i will be thrilled no matter what. 🙂 happy belated valentine’s day!

  26. Sara @ fitcupcaker on February 15, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    what a cute pic of you and your babe!

  27. Bek @ Crave on February 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    What a fab V Day! Good, you deserve every piece of that cake 🙂

  28. Laura B on February 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I find it amazing all the foods my kids will be exposed to before they’re 2, that I never tried until I was at least a teenager, if not older (kiwi, mango, cilantro, sushi, hominy, farro, to name a few). I love introducing my son to such a wide variety of foods at such a young age. I wonder if it’s just because we live in such a diverse area now or if tastes across the country as a whole have just expanded.

    The little girl and the capers reminds me of my 2.5 year old. He lives everything olive and capers fall in that category. He takes after his mama! 🙂

  29. Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate on February 16, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Chocolate cake is definitely necessary fuel between classes! I’m glad you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. 🙂

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