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 Hi friends! How’s the day going?? I’m so thrilled that you’re stoked about Winter Shape Up. Anne and I are loving the photos and check-ins, too! Keep up the amazing work, and don’t forget to enter the Vital Proteins and Wild Blueberries giveaways.

This past weekend was so much fun. Pretty much every weekend we’ve been here, we’re like, “That was the BEST Tucson weekend.” We just fill the weekend with activities that are “so Tucson” and then do it again the next weekend. Since we were in San Diego for 2+ years, we forgot what it felt like to live here. Our visits were often packed with all of the people we wanted to see, and while we got small glimpses of our old life, it wasn’t quite the same as having a home to go back to. We also tried to see EVERYONE over the span of a few days, and now that we’re here for a while, we still see family every day, but it’s not the same frantic “we don’t know when we’ll be back” type vibe.

Some of the very Tucson things from the weekend:

Trail Dust Town with the fam

Liv and Anise at sabino

Liv has been wanting to go for a while, and even though it was a chilly night, we bundled up and met everyone out for some rides and sweet treats. Trail Dust Town is a T-town tourist trap, but we still love going, especially now that the girls are into the rides. They have a steakhouse (where ties are not allowed. If you wear one, they cut it off and hang it from the ceiling, along with the thousands of other forbidden ties), Wild West gun show, panning for gold,

I love goooooold

(the water was FREEZING)

trinket shops, and a handful of small rides. Liv loves the mini Ferris Wheel, and P will ride the carousel with an unimpressed look on her face hahaha. 


Our cousins, my aunt and uncle all met us out there, and the girls ran around and had the best time. 

Saturday cycling and Sabino Canyon

Saturday, I met up with my friend Katie for a cycling class at (r)evolve. It was HIGH energy, and someone forgot to turn on the fans, so the mirrors were completely steamed. 


We decided to take the kiddos for a ride on the tram at Sabino Canyon so they could see the entire thing. Liv enjoyed listening to the narration, especially about the different types of cacti, and P bounced in our laps, squealing with excitement. The weather was perfection, and the tram ride was a huge hit.  

Tram ride

On the tram

Saturday night, we had a low-key dinner at home,


(Sunbasket! <— get 3 free meals)

and the Pilot and I watched Girl On the Train. I’d read the book years ago, but forgot some pieces of it. We agreed that you have to work hard to make Emily Blunt look unattractive. The movie was really well done, and was just as intense as the book. Chance of having crazy and slightly horrific dreams after watching it: 99.9765%

Sunday workout and double feature

Sunday am, I went to In-Balance Pilates for the first time to check out their reformer classes. During reformer work, I ride the struggle bus, but afterwards, I always feel amazing. In-Balance is a gem of a studio. I never would have known about it without scouring the internets for reformer classes that weren’t $50+ per class -they’re surprisingly expensive here- and found this little spot. The class was a perfect balance of total body work on the reformer, with the addition of barre work at the ballet barre. I left with shaking legs and feeling a little taller (always a bonus). I’ll definitely be back. 


Sunday afternoon, madre and nana watched the girls while the Pilot and I hit up a Wildcats game. 

Cats game

We were down closer to the court than usual, which made me really happy because I was thisclose to seeing Sean Miller screaming. #sogood

cats game

We got back from the game, enjoyed Beyond Bread with the fam, and then my mom, nana, Alexus and I went to see the touring production of Dirty Dancing

Dirty dancing

I wasn’t sure how the beloved movie of my teenage years would translate to a musical, but it exceeded expectations. The dancing was phenomenal, and the two main singers were goosebumps city. The male singer was like an angel, and the version of “Still of the Night” was my fave from the evening. Needless to say, we all enjoyed the show, and it took everything in my power to resist mambo-ing back to the car.

I carried a watermelon

I stayed up getting last-minute details together for Winter Shape Up, and was ready to start another week with the nuggets and usual routine. Kyle and Meg’s baby will be here ANY DAY NOW. The countdown is officially on.

See you soon with some of my fave healthy salad dressing recipes!



Looking for a workout? Today is Workout #5 from WSU!

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  1. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on January 31, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Looks like you had a great weekend! We went to an Indiana basketball game on Sunday and had the WORST seats haha. It’s still fun for watch your favorite team play though!

    Alos – for some reason, feedly seems to be a day slow in showing new posts. 🙁

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 31, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I want to see Dirty Dancing! That sounds so cool. I’ve wanted to checkout some Pilates places in Phoenix, but they’re all so expensive. Honestly, I have a personal Pilates instructor who’s amazing and it’s only 35 a class. Score!

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on January 31, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Sounds like such a fun weekend!

    I’m LOVING the Winter Shape Up, by the way. I mean… granted, we’re only on day two, but I love seeing what’s to come.

    Actually, on my Insta story where I mentioned the “challenge,” the kitlife girls that I had worked with earlier in the year sent me a message talking about how much they love you. Great minds think alike I guess, ha!

    XO, Jessica

  4. Laura @FitMamaLove on January 31, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Ohhh when I saw your Instagram, I thought you were going to Dirty Dancing at a movie theater, not a play! It’s playing here for special at a movie theater for a limited time, so I’m going with a friend because it’s my favorite movie ever!

  5. Nathaly @Nathycure on January 31, 2017 at 9:15 am

    That dinner looks delicious. It wouldn’t be a low-key one for me haha.

  6. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on January 31, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I’m so glad to hear that Girl on the Train is just as good in movie form! I loved the book. And that Sunbasket meal looks SO good! I have been craving beets & brussel sprouts lately. I made a beet and brussel sprout hash this weekend that was so good.

  7. Crystal on January 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I’m loving all your Tucson posts! I’ll hopefully be taking a trip to Tucson soon–I must visit Sabino Canyon right away

  8. Ashley on January 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Have you written a tucson guide or anything in the past? I’m going to be there by myself all weekend and I’m looking for some cool stuff to do

  9. Julie on January 31, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    OMG I would LOVE to see Dirty Dancing!!! I didn’t realize it was touring… will have to keep a lookout to see if it comes thru my city – we usually get most of them so fingers crossed.

  10. Rachel on January 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    It may just be mine, but my Feedly has been delivering your posts a day late since Friday. I got the WSU post today, and this one hasn’t shown up yet.

  11. Colleen on February 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Dirty Dancing was actually filmed in VA. My husband’s cousin was a teenager then, and she begged her dad to take her to audition as an extra. SHE didn’t end up getting cast, but HE got to be the klutz who steps on Jennifer Gray’s foot in the gazebo dance lesson scene. If you watch the movie, look for the doofy guy, that’s my Uncle Bob!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      no wayyyyyyyyy. stop! i will definitely look for your uncle bob!

  12. Melissa M on February 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

    My good friend and I just saw the touring production in B’ham the other weekend—I had no idea what to expect and I agree—it was SO GOOD. The dancing—OMG! (hot!!)

  13. Priya on February 3, 2017 at 8:27 am

    oh my gosh that steam!! i don;t know how you people do spin classes like that, it’s pretty amazing! xD

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