Pre-SSU plan

Hello! How’s the day going? We were greeted this morning with a bright red strawberry from our little garden. 

Strawberry time

Livi and shared it and it was tart! Maybe we picked it too early?

Mom and nana are still here, and we’re having a blast with them. Every time they visit I try to convince them to stay forever. 

Yesterday afternoon, we made a trip to the Birch Aquarium, which is a fun sightseeing (but not over-the-top touristy) spot.

Liv at aquarium

They have rooms with breathtaking aquariums featuring local sea life, an outdoor tide pool, shark feeding, and water play area for the kiddos.


My absolute favorite: the leafy seadragons. The gracefully float in the water, and each time, it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the many exquisite creatures who live on this earth.

Leafy seadragon


Since we’re into June, many of you have asked me “what’s next?” after all of you crushed the May workout plan. Summer Shape Up is what we have to look forward to in June!! It starts Monday, June 15, and will be packed with a variety of workouts, meal ideas, giveaways, and group support. I’m so excited about it!

I’ve been running Summer Shape Up since the early early blog days, and I’m always excited to see how it grows and changes each year. I was fortunate that my friend Anne came on board over a year ago for the meal plans and grocery lists, as she’s a Registered Dietitian with fantastic (fannetastic! I can’t help myself) insight and recipes. She is traveling quite a bit this summer, so she will be back for the Winter Shape Up! I still wanted to make it available for you all this year, so I’m rolling with it myself (and will still include meal ideas and new recipes for ya). Also, Summer Shape Up is FREE and always will be. 

If you’re looking for something to do until SSU starts, sign up for my newsletter below:

You will get a 30-day cheat sheet with workouts and meals that you can mix and match until the fun begins. (If you’re a newsletter subscriber, I will resend the link to you later today! You will also get the SSU plans on Friday each week; they’ll be posted on the blog Monday of each week. If you’re a planner like yours truly, this will make sure you have the weekly plan with plenty of time to figure out your workout and meal schedule.)

Huge congrats to the winner of the May workout challenge, picked randomly from your awesome check-ins:

Erin M!

She will be getting a new lulu tank top, a fitness goodie box (I’ll pick up some fun stuff at the farmer’s market this weekend), and a signed copy of “HIIT It!”

Next week, I’ll post everything you need to set yourself up for a successful Shape Up, and also the link to our private Facebook group if you’d like to join in the fun.

Hope you have a wonderful morning! It’s breakfast time over here, but I’ll see ya later today with the latest Stitch Fix.



Thank you to Women’s Running for sharing my Art of Moderation post!

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  1. amber conger on June 2, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Yay! Love the SSU! Can’t wait

  2. Crystal on June 2, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Yay a cant wait! Did you have a Pre-SSU plan to do until it starts?

    • Crystal on June 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Whoops just re-read! Thank you!

      • Fitnessista on June 2, 2015 at 10:12 am


  3. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on June 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

    You are making me crave strawberries! Looking forward to the new shape up.

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on June 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

    That pic of you and Liv! Scary haha! Glad you get to see your family as often as you do. Mine still lives in WI and not easy to see but my Mom spending the winter in AZ with me so we get our time but I often wish it was sprinkled throughout the year.

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

      haha! yes, we’re very lucky we get to see them often. i miss them too much (and i think liv misses them even more than i do)

  5. Nicole on June 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Can’t wait for SSU and love the Cheat Sheet idea!

  6. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I love aquariums! My dad always took me to them growing up so they’re extra special now that we live far apart. They make me think of him.

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

      aww love that so much 🙂

  7. Cindy on June 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I love the Birch Aquarium. Looking forward to the Summer Shape Up plan!

  8. Talia on June 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hi! The longer the strawberry is connected to the stem, the more “sweet” they will become because (scientific explanation haha) of the sucrose being transported from the phloem to the piece of fruit. Also another helpful hint is their smell, they actually smell “sweeter” as they ripen more 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2015 at 10:11 am

      ohhh good to know. so don’t pull them off the second they turn red? 🙂

  9. Tracy on June 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I always look forward to your shape ups! Can’t wait to join in again!

  10. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hi Gina! Have you ever been to the Monterey Aquarium? It’s a good one too! 🙂

  11. Liesl @Fitnessinthekitchen on June 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Yay, can’t wait for the SSU to come out!! New workouts, and I for one am super excited that you are doing the meal plans, and nutrition ideas for this one! 🙂

  12. Alexandria on June 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Total side note but just wanted to say thanks for the recommendation on the Posh Podcast. I’ve been listening to it at work and it’s like BOOM productivity!!! The beat keeps me goin’. 🙂 I loooove it! Thank ya!!

  13. Alex @ True Femme on June 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I love aquariums 🙂 I definitely need some new meal ideas for summer because all of a sudden it got HOT in Colorado and I’m moving to Philly in 2 weeks so the weather won’t be any cooler there! I’m craving something cool and refreshing!

  14. Chelsea ( on June 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Cant wait to join in on SSU for the first time!!

  15. Jennifer on June 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I handpick strawberries from my CSA, and I found that usually the first berries are more tart than the later ones. Also I find that they need to be pretty much a deep red as well to get that super sweet taste. Once you get it down you’ll find store bought berries watery.

    Gonna give the shape up a try this summer. I’m closing on a house soon and focusing on a specific workout plan somehow makes things less stressful.

  16. erin m. on June 2, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Oh wow! I’m so excited to win the May giveaway!!! Should I email you?

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      yay!! yes!!! fitnessista at gmail dot com and i’ll get your goodies on the way!

  17. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me on June 2, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I have never seen leafy sea dragons! Those are the coolest. I love reading about your trips around San Diego. They are giving me some ideas for when I return in August!

  18. Katie O on June 3, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I’m so excited for SSU!!! It will lead nicely into my half marathon training for my first half. 0.0 <– little birdie is a little scared, haha

  19. Cayla on June 3, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Hi Gina! Did you already send the link for the pre-SSU plan to the your newsletter subscribers? I haven’t seen it in my mailbox. Thanks!!

    • Lindsay on June 3, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I was wondering the same thing! I haven’t received one either.

      • Fitnessista on June 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm

        aghhh i’m sorry about that- thank you for the reminder

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      sending to you now!

      • Cayla on June 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

        Thank you! Can’t wait to start Shape Up!

        • Lindsay on June 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

          Got it. Thanks Gina!

      • Jenny McDaniel on June 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        I haven’t gotten mine yet either

  20. Melissa on June 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Gina, I haven’t received the pre-ssu plan yet, would you be able to resend it? Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      let me know if you haven’t received it by 7am tomorrow. i wanted to include something else with it, so it’s all in the queue ready to be sent in the am

      • Nikki S on June 4, 2015 at 6:25 am

        I haven’t received it yet, I’ll check my email again later today.

      • Jenny McDaniel on June 4, 2015 at 7:08 am

        Still havent gotten it.

        • Jenny McDaniel on June 4, 2015 at 7:09 am

          Ahh It literally came thru as soon as I commented! 😉

      • Melissa on June 4, 2015 at 7:17 am

        Thanks Gina! Got mine!

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