Party mode

Purple shoes for Zumba


(see the blanket of pollen on the ground? Not so fun)

this button on the Pilot’s new wheels


(I got scary excited when I saw it. The button transfers the balance to the back part of the SUV, perfection for tailgaiting)

and a tamale. Party in my mouth.

lunch (2)

Our family tamale guy stopped by my nana’s house with fresh green corn tamales last night. She brought some over today… so, so good with my salad beast and kombucha. Reason #14,576 why I love living in Tucson: fresh tamales all the time. (When we lived away, my nana and mom were so sweet to ship them to us often. A little piece of home in the FedEx box)

More eats:

bfast and fruit

Bowl of fruit, uber Larabar (Apple turnover- it was good, but my least fave of the 3 I’ve tried so far. As of now, the rankings go: nut #1, cherry #2 and apple #3), 2 eggs, banana almond muffin + the random things I ate at work (including an entire pack of deli meat, chips and homemade salsa)

I’m toast from today. Pool class, Zumba, and drumming, so it was a high-energy and fun afternoon. I’m about to dry my hair and meet up with the girls because Jeni just got into town! SO so excited to see her. I might cry of happiness.

Hope you’re enjoying your Thursday! Any fun plans for the long weekend? We’re having some friends over for a playdate tomorrow afternoon, dinner out with everyone tomorrow night and a BBQ on Sunday.

Hope you have a great night <3



Thank you so much to everyone who entered the foam roller giveaway! congrats to the lucky winner:


Please send me your info (fitnessista at gmail dot com) so I can forward it to the foam roller fairy. Everyone else, stay tuned for another awesome giveaway… in the very near future 😉 That’s all I’m sayin’.

Something to think:



“When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float”

Zen proverb

Today’s tip: Take out a tennis ball and roll the bottom of your feet, applying as little or as much pressure as you need. I did this before leaving work and could feet all of the tiny knots that were hidden in there!

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  1. Sana on May 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Have fun with the girls!

  2. Emily on May 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    cute shoes!

  3. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on May 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I am loving the UBER bars too! Just bought a pack of the nut roll flavor…definitely my fave too! So sweet and salty!

  4. Lindsey on May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    What kinda of car did the pilot end up getting? I’m in the market for a new SUV!

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      A new 4runner- we absolutely love it

      • Amanda G. on May 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

        I second this! We got the new body style in 2010 – 2 full years later we still have so much fun driving it!! It’s a great family car, and the trunk is perfect for our 2 (very large) dogs. The gas mileage is not terrible compared to what you might expect from such a huge vehicle.

  5. JennP on May 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Did he get a 4Runner?? My hubby has the ‘Party Mode’ button 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Yes! 🙂

      • Fitnessista on May 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm


        • Brittany on May 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          I sometimes wish that this was facebook because I would totally ‘like’ your comment Gina!

        • JennP on May 25, 2012 at 10:47 am


  6. Brittany on May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I love tamales!!!!!!!!! Extra spicy! how hot do you like em? I always say that they are a piece of heaven wrapped in a dried corn husk! I wish I was able to get them at more then one restaurant in my area!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    That pool is so gorgeous, the place you work for sounds amazing!! I love that the pilots car has a party feature, that is so cool!

  8. Abby @ Change of Pace on May 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    That pool photo is pure peace.
    I love the party mode button; what a fun feature!

  9. Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep on May 24, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I want a party button. Jeaaaaal.

  10. Nicole on May 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    They have everything in cars now!

  11. Amy Perkins on May 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    So I’m reading through your comments about the ‘Party Mode’ button and see you just got a 4 Runner. Well, we got a new 4Runner in October and I thought to myself that is weird, we have the Limited Edition and no Party Mode button. Go out to the garage and lo and behold I found that button…lol! I’ve been too preoccupied with figuring out the navigation, back up camera and touch screen stereo system that I didn’t even see this…ha ha. Thanks for the new discovery 7 months post new car purchase;)

  12. Allie@LiveLaughEat on May 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I LOVED the banana bread Uber. It’s the only one I tried though. Also, I totally scarf the entire pack of deli meat. Glad I’m not the only one.

  13. Shelley on May 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    4Runners are the best! My husband has a used ’01 4-runner, & we’ve NEVER had a problem w/it (we’ve had it 3 years), & we LOVE it!

  14. Abby on May 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    We have a lady who sells tamales out of her car on the side of the road here (sounds super sketchy I know but they’re amazing), she’s never in the same place so its always super exciting when you find her haha I always think of her when you post tamales

  15. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

    there’s a party mode button? Oh where was this when I was 21? 🙂

  16. Courtney B on May 25, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I tried that exact same kind of kombucha two days ago! Not gonna lie I was a little scared… seeing all that yeast in the bottom but I kept saying… Gina drinks it all the time, is haaas to be good.
    And it was amazing! Thank you for introducing me to it!

  17. Ashley on May 25, 2012 at 1:12 am

    love love love tamales!!!!

  18. Jess on May 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Love love love the purple shoes!!!

  19. Shaina Anderson on May 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

    My pilot has a 4runner and they’re freaking awesome!

  20. Catalina @ Cake with Love on May 25, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I love, love your purple shoes!!

  21. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on May 25, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Yes! Party button = I would buy that car!

  22. Danielle on May 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Love the shoes! I am obsessed with new sneakers 🙂 I love seeing you eats too! They’re always so well balanced and give me some inspiration for my own day! Have fun this weekend!

  23. Kristen on May 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Can I just say how much I love that you have a tamale guy? How does one find a tamale guy? I feel like I need to visit Tucson for the sole purpose of eating myself into a Mexican food coma.

  24. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on May 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

    That’s my fave Kombucha!
    Also… everyone needs a Party Button. That is too funny/amazing!

  25. Kristen on May 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I have recently discovered tamales. Oh my word! Boy, have I been missing out. Texture in food is just as important to me as taste. And authentic tamales have the best texture and obviously taste amazing!

    Random: How do you have a drink and breastfeed? I want a margarita SO BAD!! I just read all sorts of “how to’s”- Information overload. I just need a simple answer and I totally trust your judgement.

    • Fitnessista on May 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      my midwives told me one drink is nbd- check w your doc

  26. Annette @ FitnessPerks on May 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I am exhausted from teaching so much this week too!! 1 more class (Zumba) to go today! I can do this 🙂 P.s. love the party button!!

  27. Ginger on May 25, 2012 at 11:23 am

    what a great quote.

    I have never enjoyed exercise and follow your blog with curiosity (plus we’re both sort of “natural” mamas). I find you so inspiring, esp to be so young and have accomplished so much!

    So, yesterday I watched that YouTube Zumba video you posted and decided that actually looks like fun. So I ordered the DVDs from Amazon 🙂

  28. Liz @ Southern Charm on May 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I. Want. That. Button. Now.!! Haha.

    Great tip too! I’ve never done that before. Interested to see if I have any knots 🙂

  29. Lisa @ Wealth O' Health on May 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Love your purple Zumba shoes!! That Party Button is too funny!

  30. Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy on May 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I have massive jealousy issues towards your purple zumba shoes!

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