Outdoor Sweat Sesh

Hi guys! How are you?? It’s Indian Food Wednesday! I’ve REALLY been slacking in the Indian food department lately… time to bring it back, yo. 😉

So glad you liked the yoga post! Yoga is amazing because it doesn’t matter what kind of shape you’re in- it challenges everyone! 🙂 Definitely give it a whirl if you don’t already practice regularly <3

Last night was pretty amazing- it started off with a bootcamp workout with the lovely Meghann.


When she put out the call for strength training help, I was more than happy to set up a workout with her. Strength training is my bread and buttah, but I was looking forward to getting out of the gym for a workout.

We met at Lake Eola, which served as the track for our bootcamp sesh 🙂


Here’s an almond shell version of what we did:

-Jog half way around- walking lunges (2 minutes)

-Jog then squats- squat pulses and holding squats

-Jog then push-ups, frog crunches and tricep dips

-Jog then core fusion legs, calf raises

-Jog then tricep push-ups, leg lifts

-Plie squats, burpees, side crunches, leg extensions

-Cool down and stretch

While we worked out, I made sure to avoid the wild ducks and geese… they were HUGE! And scary.


Bootcamp such a blasty- gabbing with Meghann the whole time made it fly by 🙂 Can’t wait to do it again!


After bootcamp, I went to Dance Trance with my lulu friend Sarah, Katy and my cousin- it was a double doozy kinda night… and it was awesome <3

I spent some time chatting with the Pilot, who was so kind to send me a picture.


Pilot, I love you more than anything in the world, but the deployment mustache has to go. So creepy, haha.

This morning, I just drank a smoothie:


-1.5 C almond milk

-1 frozen banana

-1 packet Vega smoothie infusion (I’m out of Sun Warrior, so Vega is my second choice- love all of the nutrients they add to it)

-1/2 C pumpkin

-nutmeg, cinnamon and Stevia

cacao nibs for garnish

smoothie (2)

Perfect pre-yoga snack- practicing on a super full belly es no bueno 😉

Have a lovely morning <3



Something to think: I’m listening to “A New Earth” right now on CD, since I’ve been driving so much lately. I love it so far, and this part which I heard last night really spoke to me:

Do you want peace or drama?

You want peace. There is no one who does not want peace. Yet there is something else in you that wants the drama, wants the conflict. You may not be able to feel it at this moment. You may have to wait for a situation or even just a thought that triggers a reaction in you: someone accusing you of this or that, not acknowledging you, encroaching on your territory, questioning the way you do things, an argument about money…
Can you then feel the enormous surge of force moving through you, the fear, perhaps being masked by anger or hostility? Can you hear your own voice becoming harsh or shrill, or louder and a few octaves lower?
Can you be aware of your mind racing to defend its position, justify, attack, blame? In other words, can you awaken at that moment of unconsciousness?
Can you feel that there is something in you that is at war, something that feels threatened and wants to survive at all cost, that needs the drama in order to assert its identity as the victorious character within that theatrical production?
Can you feel there is something in you that would rather be right than at peace?

– A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Something to do: Meet me back here later today for Bridal Bootcamp 2010! 🙂

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  1. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

    That’s a great “Something to think” – I drive a lot and I love listening to audiobooks so I might have to get this one. Your bootcamp scenery looks so gorgeous.. you’re lucky to have such great weather! It’s getting fairly chilly up here in Ontario these days so my outdoor workouts are few and far between. Have a great day Gina! 🙂

  2. Sharelle @ essential-ingredient on October 20, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Hi Gina!
    I’m Sharelle & have been reading your blog for a while. 🙂 You seem so awesome. I wish i could work out with you! lol
    Yeah, hopefully the pilot shaves that off because he does look like a stage five creeper….hehe.
    Thanks so much for the yoga post. I have been practicing for a while, but you gave some good pointers.
    I’m excited for Bridal Bootcamp..even though I’m not about to be a bride anytime soon.


  3. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Yes, that mustache is no bueno!

  4. Heather on October 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Outdoor workouts with friends are the best!

    Also, I shared your moustache pain. My boyfriend participates in Moustache March with his friends and it’s…not so fun. Major creep status. To show my love and support (or as I like to call it – mockery), I bought him a batch of moustache band-aids from Urban Outfitters. [;

  5. Paige @ Running Around Normal on October 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like a fun bootcamp session! And even better with a friend! 🙂
    Sounds pretty hardcore with the cardio and strength – nice!

    Love that last message. I always pray that I will react less:)

  6. Emily on October 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

    hahahaha. Your stache comment is hilarious.

  7. Joslyn (missfitbliss) on October 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

    That looks like a great outdoor session! I love seeing the palm trees in the background. I lived in Orlando for a hot minute and was always finding an excuse to workout at Lake Eola so it’s great to see it again.

    And the full belly before yoga is yuckmo. Last night I practiced with one bite too many and felt it the whole time!

  8. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Haha! Love the deployment ‘stache!

    To be honest I really need to think about the quote from A New Earth — most of the time I feel like I don’t want peace or drama — I want to be left alone. I get so exhausted from drama and conflict that I do whatever I can to avoid it. But maybe in a way I am creating more conflict and drama by avoiding the issues? I’m just thinking out loud, I’m not really looking for an answer here!

  9. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 20, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Sounds like a fun outdoor workout!

  10. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on October 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Ooh, what great scenery to workout in front of!

  11. Michelle C on October 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Omg. Does the pilot participate in mustache march? My ex is a pilot and I swear, mustache March was like the highlight of his year!

    Also, come to Boston and run a bootcamp! 🙂

  12. VeggieGirl on October 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Great fun with Meghann!

    Here’s to peace and less drama!

  13. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on October 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I already read Meghann’s post, and I must say, I wish I lived in Orlando- you seem like such a fun trainer!! Hope you have a great day!!

  14. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on October 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I’m with you: ixnay on the ustachemay.

  15. Amanda (Eating Up) on October 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I love that quote at the end about questioning whether you want peace or drama. I go with peace all the time!

  16. Alexis {Mission: Ambition} on October 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    My dad was in the Air Force and would always grow ridiculous deployment facial hair as well!

    Your bootcamp with Meghann looks pretty awesome – Lake Eola is such a beautiful area to workout in 🙂

  17. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I really wish I lived closer…i’d hire you to work my booty into shape! I need all the help and encouragement I can get.
    Love the quote, but really…Pilot’s mustache has GOTTA go!

  18. Vee on October 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I don’t know why but “Danger Zone” popped in my head lol the mustache is very Top Gun- esq

  19. Cyndi @ Weightless Life on October 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love working out outside. Accept it’s getting pretty cold here lately, and that can make it tough to get motivated.

  20. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on October 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I love fun workouts outside! looks so great! and thats the afflack duck! i have one who hangs out with all the chickens, guinea hens and other ducks.. her name is dolly hahah shes adorable 🙂

  21. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on October 20, 2010 at 10:33 am

    LOL! The husband looks good! My husband grows a beard randomly and it drives me nuts.

    I wish I could have you workout with me! I need some serious help with strength training.

  22. Meghann on October 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Yay!! So much fun!!

    I’m glad you posted what we did because I was having a hard time remembering! 🙂

  23. Leanne @ Simplicitlee on October 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’m going to try to keep that thought “I want peace” in my mind as I go through my day… reading that quote instantly gave me a feeling of calm.

    I have the book “a new earth” but previously when I tried to read it, i wasn’t ready to let the message sink in, and I don’t think I got past 100 pages before giving up. I hope to try and read it again when I have some time!

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      i couldn’t read it either- listening to it is much easier

  24. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on October 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I definitely prefer peace now, but for a long time did try to create drama in life. I don’t know why. A peaceful life is so much more fulfilling.

    What a fun workout! I would love to workout with you.

  25. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather on October 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I love outdoor bootcamps like that. Its so much fun to take it outdoors.

  26. Alyson on October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I am currently a Vega Smoothie Infusion lover however my bag is almost empty and I want to give Sun Warrior a try! I am from Canada, do you know where I could get my hands on some? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      does amazon ship to canada? i know opensky doesnt yet

  27. Shanna, Like Banana on October 20, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Gotta agree..lose the ‘stache 😉

  28. Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life on October 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Looks like a fun workout! I love working out outside whenever possible! It makes it much more enjoyable! : )

  29. Laury @ thefitnessdish on October 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Awesome bootcamp workout! Pilots mustache does need to go, LOL….poor guy

  30. lindsey on October 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    lol! my husband grows the most grotesque mustache during finals prep. i loathe november!

    Thought of you this morning when I was preparing my food. Such a fitnessista-ish food day! egg puff with hot sauce for breakfast, kamut puffs and blueberries for snack and spicy shrimp and broccoli over spinach for lunch. I feel so much better when I eat like this!

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      that sounds like my dream day of food 🙂

  31. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    As much as I love it inside the gym, I think taking the same type of workout outside would be a really nice way to mix it up

  32. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    haha, that moustache thing is too funny. When I saw the picture I was like…something is off. lol

  33. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    * mustache. Apparently I can’t spell…

  34. Brittany on October 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    What a fun outdoor workout!!

    I agree with the Pilot’s mustache – Isaac once cut off this bread and left the mustache to be funny. I was like ohhh no way are you keeping that thing!! 😉

  35. Dani @ Dani Does It on October 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Sounds like a great outdoor workout! I may have to steal this for days I don’t feel like going to the gym 🙂 I also loved your post on getting started on yoga. I’ve only done yoga at the gym but I recently scored a 2 weeks unlimited yoga pass on Yipit.com. Those daily coupon websites always have great yoga deals too!!

  36. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle —Omg so my new tattoo half sleeve, took about 15+ hours. My tattoo artist has been reading A New Earth and so have I and we spent many hours talking about it all. About life, about the World and people in general, where we see the overall consciousness of people and the Universe in the next few years or decades. Will people want things like peace, not drama, in our lifetime? Will they want love, not fear? That type of stuff. Great discussion we had and I wish I could have taped it…and I had a needle buzzing on my arm for 15 hrs in the background 🙂

    Have a super day, Gina!


  37. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    i’m with you – deployment stache is not his best look 🙂 y’all are still the cutest though!

  38. Kayla on October 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I can’t wait for your bridal bootcamp! I’m a bride, and I need a bootcamp! Haha.

    My fiance is always bugging me to let him grow a crustache, but I always have to tell him no because it’s creepy. I can sympathize. The pilot looks much sexier without it. 😉

    Happy Wednesday!

  39. Allison @ Food for Healing on October 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    The pilots ‘stache must go!

  40. mi-an dela cruz on October 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    yea dude, your pilot looks like a 70’s porn star!!! alert him to shave it asap.

  41. Andrea of Care to Eat on October 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Does anybody actually SAY they want drama? I think everybody says they want peace, but then they go out (whether they realize it or not) and attract or stir up drama. I’ll never understand that.
    I think the ‘stache is sexy in a very funny/ridiculous way.

  42. Jessica on October 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    oh myyy i need that book! today I had a conflict for the first time in FOREVER and I cannot let go of the anger! I don’t have time to proofread/edit my roommate’s 5 page essay and she told me to F off and that I was a bad friend! I teach full time plus go to school plus grade papers all night long but she only thinks about herself and it’s so upsetting to me. Ahh, sorry to unload… I might just have to order that book on amazon now… as my 6th graders tell me, “save the drama for yo mama” lol

  43. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 20, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    That workout sounds way more fun than just busting it out at the gym!

    Haha that’s so funny about the ‘stache. I can’t think of a single guy who can successfully rock one. It’s just a universally unflattering look! 😛

  44. The Pilot's 'Stache on October 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Haters! Haha…sorry, it’s just a deployment thing. I usually get sick of it after a while. Watch out, my next guest post might be “Great Mustaches of History.” Love you, hon 😉

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2010 at 8:55 am


  45. Bess @ Bess Be Fit on October 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I think I’m going to try that workout today! Looks like a tough one…thanks!

  46. Ann Liu on October 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Where did you get the audiobook at? I have a long commute to school every day and that sounds like such a great book to listen to! I loved the excerpt!

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      the library! thanks for reminding me i need to take it back! haha

  47. Krista on October 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Hey Gina! I just showed my fam the Pilot’s plane. They all thought it was way cool. I figured Noah would dig the shark, but he zeroed in on the big gun instead. Funny b/c I never even noticed it! LOL

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