Pumpkins and Brides

Hey guys! How are you?? Itโ€™s Indian Food Wednesday! I may need some roti in my life again soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

Breakfast this morning looks innocent enough:


but this bowl of oats FILLED ME UP to the max!


This is a good thing, but trying to work out with a giant pumpkin food baby wasnโ€™t happening ๐Ÿ˜‰

The beast:

-1/2 C oats

-1/2 C pumpkin

-1 T almond butter

-almond milk, cinnamon, cloves, gingah and Stevia

-1 scoop Sun Warrior

The plan was to do weights and then cardio, but cardio wasnโ€™t in the cards. I may go back later today or take an off day- we shall see ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of weights and cardio, itโ€™s time for the second week of Bridal Bootcamp workouts!


Thank you so much to those of you who tried last weekโ€™s workout and for all of your awesome feedback- Iโ€™m so, so happy youโ€™re loving it ๐Ÿ™‚cake

(Wedding cake of my dreams- raw chocolate! mmmmm)

Hereโ€™s whatโ€™s going down this week:

-This workout is meant to be done circuit-style, meaning youโ€™ll do 1 set of each exercise and complete all exercises, and then repeat the entire thing 1-2 more times. In between each circuit, youโ€™ll do a cardio blast as indicated.

-As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes and be smart- if it hurts, donโ€™t do it!

-For the initial Bridal Bootcamp post, *click here*

-Do this workout 1-3 times over the next week on non-consecutive days. Week 3 workout will be up next Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Warm up: 5 minutes, cardio of choice, bringing it from low to moderate intensity (ie, start by walking and then bring it up to a jog by the end of 5 minutes)

2. Plie squat and bicep curl– do 10 squat and curls, then hold the squat position and curl 10 times

3. Bent-over row and tricep kickback (15- I like to do it with both arms at once and feet under my hips, knees slightly bent. Make sure to gaze at the floor to keep your spine straight)

4. Lateral lunge and overhead press (10 on each side)

5. Single leg deadlift (10 on each side)

6. Saxon side bend (10 on each side)

7. Bosu calf raises (or calf raises on a step if you donโ€™t have a Bosu- 15)

8. Push-ups (15- start in full plank position and drop to your knees, keeping your booty down if you need to)

Cardio blast 1: Burpees (1 minute) โ€“ repeat circuit #โ€™s 2-8

Cardio blast 2: Suicide runs (run to right, touch the floor and run back to the left) 30 seconds, floor sprints 30 seconds โ€“ repeat circuit #โ€™s 2-8

Cardio HIIT: 1 minute easy (walk or easy jog), followed by 30 seconds sprint (or add heavy, heavy resistance)- repeat for 15 minutes total

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Please use this post to cheer each other on via the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you think of this weekโ€™s sweat sesh and HAVE FUN <3

Happy training,



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  1. Laury @ thefitnessdish on October 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Great workout!!!

    That raw chocolate cake DOES look amazing…O-M-G awd

  2. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Great workout Gina! I did try your bridal bootcamp workout last week and loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for posting these for us to try.

    Your pumpkin oats look soooo filling.

  3. Christina on October 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Super excited for another week of this! I absolutely loved last weeks workouts :O)

    ps. no fair posting cake pictures in a workout post, that’s just brutal :O)

  4. meghan on October 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I came acroos your site few days back. I really love the way you are dealing with different things. I am also in the race to loose 30 pounds. All of a sudden after my high school I graduated with 10 extra pounds in my body and by the time I finished my college graduation I carried 20 and after doing my masters and then job hunt and marriage. At present I am carrying 30 extra pounds in my body and was fighting to loose them from so long. Every day I go to bed with a goal to wake early next morning go to gym and then work and then evening cooking. I fail to do the first plan implement the second one and postpone the third one ending up eating outside sitting lazy at the end of the day to wake up early next morning.
    I am sorry to write a long comment but want tos hare myself and follwing blogs like yours make me get good motivation. Today evening I am going for 3 mile jog and see how things will go..Thanks for all the posts and your great blog.

  5. Nic on October 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks for posting the workout! It’s great to have a fresh routine that I don’t have to think about putting together!

  6. monicanelsonfitness on October 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I think this is a GREAT workout. Well done! I hope to fit it in sometime. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Allison @ Food for Healing on October 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    pumpkin oats would be so perfect right now, i’m hungry and cold from this snow,and that would be so delicious.

    also, i am craving indian food today, its been awhile!

  8. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I want that chocolate cake in my life now!

  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    girl, i’m sweating already reading that workout!

  10. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Omg, that raw chocolate cake looks amazing!!

  11. Jessica@tastyandtrim on October 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Oh gosh that raw chocolate cake looks heavenly – YUM ๐Ÿ™‚ That looks like one heck of a workout!

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    This looks like a great workout! Your oats are also looking very nice today… can’t get enough of pumpkin either! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Great round 2, Gina!

    I love seeing the moves you use, and thanks for having links to things, that’s so helpful to see pictures.

    Raw chocolate wedding cake….ahhh, sounds heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I love the pic of you jumping! Either Pilot has a great trigger finger or your self-timer on your camera loves you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on October 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    What an awesome looking workout. I love circuits with the “blasts” like that. I think they are my absolute favorite style workout. Can’t wait to do things like that again. Soon enough. Just gotta get this baby out of me first. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. kimberley on October 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Gina–

    Do these exercises need to be done with free weights? What if you don’t have access to any…? Any suggestions?

    Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      water bottles or soup cans work perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Dana Marie on October 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

        I use my large cans of Libby’s Pumpkin sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ or for heavier — Laundry detergent jugs

  16. Laurab @ foodsnobstl on October 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks! I really enjoyed the first one and can’t wait to try this one out!

  17. Stefanie on October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Great workout! I love burpees! Because apparently I like to push myself to the max! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Lisa on October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Such a great workout! I love pliometric based workouts, just during the actual thing. Afterwards, when you feel great!

  19. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on October 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the new work out G! Can’t wait to try it… but may have a to wait a day or two bc I am SORE ;P

    Was searching your site for that chocolate mug cake, but could not find it… any chance you might add that to your recipe drop down thingy on the top ? ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Carrie on October 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    That cake sounds and looks so, so good. I would love to go back to my wedding and make everything raw. It would have especially been great since it was a hot summer wedding.

  21. Kruti on October 27, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months & I love it, it’s one of those routine things I do sometime in the morning and sometime before bed ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve never been a fan of oats, but after looking at all the different types and ways you eat oats, I’m motivated to try it.

    Would you be able to tell me how you prepare the oats, cold (raw) or otherwise that you use as a base to your breakfasts (liquid + cookie).

    Keep on bloggin’!

  22. grocery goddess jen on October 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This workout looks awesome! So did last weeks, but I never go to it, but I think I’ll put this on the workout agenda for Friday.

  23. jenna on October 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    yum!!!!!!! that raw cake looks amazing…so amazing i forgot to read the bridal boot camp work out ๐Ÿ˜‰ oops.

  24. fittingbackin on October 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Another great workout! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Dana Marie on October 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Be careful working out at home! My resistor band and leg of my table (that it broke) came flying up and I guess hit my hand http://img.skitch.com/20101027-r3yn4cgmgn12846r63iugkupfd.jpg while doing some inner thigh reps last night
    word from previously unwise lol – ow.

  26. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    That cake has me drooling.

  27. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on October 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I would love a raw chocolate wedding cake! (or since my wedding is already over– perhaps a raw birthday cake instead??) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for posting the workouts! I’m going to try it this week!

  28. Leanne @ Simplicitlee on October 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Can’t wait to try this workout!

    & yum…… that cake looks ahmayzing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Oh geez, I’m kind of wanting to dig my face into the cake. Looks SO good!

  30. meaghan on October 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    when you make your oats – do you heat them? or are they raw too?

    • Fitnessista on October 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      not raw- i cook them on the stove ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. b @ http://nguyenisdinner.blogspot.com/ on October 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Can’t wait to give this workout a try! Your oats look awesome!

  32. Kiran on October 28, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I love your boot camps – does it applies only to brides to be? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I forgot about you attending the foodbuzz during the 5th. Guess you won’t be making it for Diwali dinner? Anyways, roti invitation is always open ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

      no anyone can do them!!
      yes i’m so sad i’ll miss it! i’d still LOVE to make roti when i get back!

      • Kiran on October 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

        We are ON for the mission ๐Ÿ˜€ Buzz me when you are back. Would DM on twitter my contact details…

  33. Caitlin on October 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I did the workout last night and it was great. Thanks, Gina! It was really well designed b/c the circuit style didn’t take all of my energy – I still had some left for the cardio blasts. When I first looked at it, I didn’t think I’d have any juice left, but I did. LOVED IT!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 10:34 am


  34. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Pumpkin oats always fill me up so much! Most breakfasts hold me over for 3 hours, but pumpkin oats keep me full for a good 4 or 5!

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

      and not just satisfied full, STUFFED full! maybe all the fiber??

  35. Daniella on October 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Whoa! I am sweating up a storm writing this right now. Just did this routine at home with some free weights and it was intense! Thanks for posting :):):)

    • Fitnessista on October 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      so awesome!!!

  36. Sandra on May 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Holy Moly those saxon side bends are killer! My wedding is August 3rd, so I’m incorporating this bootcamp into my regular workout schedule right now, and plan to again 4 weeks before the wedding as well. Thanks so much for this Gina, it’s so hard to find strength type circuits posted on the web that are actually from a reliable source.

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