Quite a year

I can’t believe 2011 went by so fast. As much as I loved it, I’m definitely excited for what 2012 will bring…


Here’s a list of some of my favorite 2011 moments:

Fun stuff

-The usual dinner parties, a housewarming party, Christmas brunch at our house

Date nights

-Random adventures

-Lots of Sabino Canyon hikes

-Spending lots of time with the fam, which has been especially wonderful after being away for so long


Favorite recipes of 2011

Black bean and quinoa burgers

Cookie butter

Bfast cookie dough cereal

My favorite smoothie



Additions to the blog

-Monthly goals and fun things to do

Focus On posts

-Workout quickies, cardio, ab, arm and leg burners

Schweaty monthly workouts + playlists

-Blogging on the Family page

us (2)


San Diego




Los Angeles


Workout stuff

-Lots of Dance Trance

-I fell in love with BodyRock, and added it into the TurboFire, weights and yoga rotation- switching things up always keeps it exciting

-and started teaching Zumba again



-We found out we were assigned to Tucson

-The Pilot came back from his third deployment (this is one of my favorite posts ever)

-Had to finish up work in Valdosta until he met me here

-We bought our first house (!)

-I started teaching at a destination health resort and love working there

-We found out we had a little one on the way… and we’ll finally get to meet her any day now <3


Quite a bit will be happening in the next year, and while we’ll have a lot of fun things going on over here, I also have some very exciting things in store for the blog, which I’ll talk about next week in my inspiration board post. <—don’t forget to send yours in, if you’d like!

Life is certainly an exciting adventure. I’m always thankful to have you guys hanging out with us along the way- you’re the best part about this little blog. <3 2012 is going to be a good one!

Enjoy your last couple of days of the “old” year 🙂

See ya later today!



Last year’s re-cap

What was your favorite moment of 2011? What are you most looking forward to in 2012?

My favorite moment was jumping into the Pilot’s arms when he got home from deployment- it’s the best feeling in the world.

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  1. Stacie on December 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Fave moments of 2011:
    1) getting married and moving across the country
    2) teaching spin classes at our local gym
    3) being featured in PEOPLE magazine again! (issue on stands now!)

  2. Sarah on December 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    My favorite moment was the birth of my baby boy in June. Best day of my life as well! I’m looking forward to watching him grow and change in 2012.

  3. Amy on December 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’m thankful for finding your blog in 2011! Can’t wait to be apart of the ride in 2012. 🙂

  4. Kristen on December 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I’m so happy for you! You did have an amazing 2011 and 2012 is going to be even better with your little one 🙂 Can you believe that at some point in the the next two weeks she will be in your arms!!!

    I am looking forward to holding my own little guy in a couple of months! I want this year to be full of good health, fun memories, and lots of baby kisses!!!

  5. Kris | iheartwellness.com on December 30, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Ahhhhh beautiful post, love!! My fave part of 2011 was getting myself back on my feet again! We went through a hard time over here with work, finances, stress and finally we have a business we ran with and help others daily and….sigh….now we have the freedom we’ve always wanted and the sweet income too. I was bad even up to 8 months ago, so I’m VERY blessed right now to have found myself and my passion!

    PLUS I got my Life Coach Certificate! WOOO HOOO!!

    Ramble, Ramble….that’s what I do 😉 LOL


  6. Laurel on December 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    My fav moment of 2011 was hiking to the top of a volcano in St. Kitts and getting to look down at the rainforest with my lovely boyfriend… so cool!

    I’m looking forward to moving in with my boyfriend and running another marathon in 2012 🙂

  7. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie on December 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    2011 Highlights: Starting a blog & getting back together with my highschool boyfriend
    2012 Hopes: Buy a house in Sonoma & working towards getting my writing published

  8. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on December 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    You’ve had such a life changing, amazing year! Here’s to a great 2012!!!

  9. Shelley @ MileHighHealthy on December 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    My husband returned home from a 6.5 month deployment in July and it was the best feeling! I was so nervous/happy/excited and it was definitely one of the best moments of the year! The 15 minute drive to the airport felt like it took an eternity!! I can’t imagine having to do that 3 times, once is enough for me.

  10. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    You had quite the year, especially with the little one on the way. My favorite moment was going to Barcelona on whim, and I’m just looking forward to whatever 2012 has to throw at me. It’s going to be a good year!

  11. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on December 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Aw I love this post!!! I love looking back and reflecting! 🙂 2012 will be AMAZING. I’m so excited!

  12. Angela @ MyPinkyToes on December 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Your favorite moment is hard to beat! I just watched that video for the first time on here and it brought tears to my eyes!!!
    Choosing my favorite moment this year is easy…it was running my very first marathon. So far in my life that feeling of crossing the finish line is unbeatable!!!

  13. Stacey on December 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Happy almost New Year Gina!! That last picture of you and Tom is incredible, your baby is going to be gorgeous!!! Wishing you nothing but happiness, health and a speedy delivery! Love the blog, so happy I stumbled upon it – Thanks for sharing your wisdom, wit and healthy hints! ox

  14. Ali on December 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Wow! You really have had an amazing year! It has been awesome to read along! I wish you all the best for this 2012 girl! <3 My favourite moment of the last year was all the times My Baby Sister and My Love and I were just sitting at home all together laughing about something. The simple things are always the best.

  15. Liz @ Southern Charm on December 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    What a great year for you!!

    I have no idea what 2012 has in store for me, but I can’t wait!!

    But I’d love to get back to my comfortable weight … and meet the man of my dreams.

    2012 can totally handle that!

  16. Julia on December 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Wow,Gina,seriously!! What an amazing year for you!
    I loved the monthly goal lists,the focus-on posts and most of all the
    Family page…;-)

    Persoally, 2011 was a rough year for me,so I try to take it easy next year…
    if you consider a half-marathon and graduating easy…:-)

  17. Ilana on December 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Gina, I’ve loved being able to follow you through this incredible year of your life. You’re such a phenomenal woman and your strength inspires me so much. I’m sending you all the blessings of goodness and love in the world. May you experience more radiance in 2012 than ever before.

    On a compleeeeteeelyyy unrelated note, I have to ask about teaching at the resort situation (I’m looking at my future career options and considering where to next) – do you get regulars coming to class or is it entirely dependent on who’s visiting the resort at the time? I can imagine the difference has an impact on how classes need to be taught… Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts (you know, when you’re not busy)!
    xo Happy New Year!!

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      thank you, ilana! i’m so very lucky to know you 🙂
      as far as teaching goes, we have many homeowners that live on resort property and attend classes. so i’d say about 80% are guests, the rest are homeowners (the regulars). i have to pretty much teach every class as if i’d never seen the participants before and making it easier to follow, depending on the level of the class. the good news is that for all classes we use a mic so we can cue steps and form the entire time.
      hope this helps a little bit 🙂

  18. Ali on December 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Ok so first off, I totally went back and read your “back form third deployment” post and I definitely got a few tears! You guys are the cutest couple on the planet, seriously. Your love for one another is just BEAMING and it’s incredibly refreshing to see!

    One of my favorite moments of 2011 was finally achieving one of my biggest dreams after 2 years of VERY hard work. I auditioned (and was chosen) to be in a fitness DVD for the company I teach classes through. I filmed it back in August, and it was just released this past month. It’s a huge accomplishment and the experience was one in a million. It wasn’t about being on film, it was about all the instructors who will receive this DVD and {hopefully} be inspired to grow as instructors because after all, them growing, means they then plant the seed into their participants lives. This dream showed me that I truly can achieve ANYTHING I set my mind to. Passion and dedication are a powerful combination. I had a wonderful support system encouraging me along the way. Every time I questioned my abilities they were there to pick me up and remind me of the finish line. The beauty of achieving dreams? Creating new ones, bigger ones. It’s what makes life so beautiful, reaching for the stars only to see ourselves one day succeed. And when we do, the feeling of accomplishment is so truly priceless.

    Otherwise, stumbling upon your blog has been a wonderful highlight this year. I feel like we’d be great friends (I mean we’re both instructors, how could we not be :)? Thank you for being real, for saying it like it is, for your sense of humor, for showing us that true love (even though it’s hard work) DOES exist and it’s worth every second of waiting, and mostly for just being YOU. You come across to REAL through your blog and it’s what draws me to read every post. I don’t feel like I’m reading a fairytale, I know I’m going to learn and grow from your advice and even form your experiences. Thanks for being YOU Gina!

    Blessing to you both this year, 2012 is going to be a GREAT ONE. I can’t wait to find out the name of that little angel inside your belly 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      thank you so much for reading!
      and yes, i agree that we’d be friends 🙂
      can you say the name of the dvd? i’d love to check it out!

      • Ali on December 31, 2011 at 1:16 am

        Unfortunately the DVD can only be purchased by certified instructors through Body Training Systems, but here is a link to the “teaser” trailer on youtube 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Gs-9yaIX8

  19. chelsea on December 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    2011 sure has been a life changing year for you! I’m so jealous of how much you were capable of traveling this year! I need to get out more often!

  20. Tina on December 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Going on my first date in 6 years. While it didn’t work out in the scheme of things, it’s nice to know the last relationship didn’t leave me completely shattered, and unwilling to try again.

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      that’s fantastic- you can’t hit a home run if you’re not in the game 😉

  21. Julie on December 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    2011 was so exciting for you! I’m crossing my fingers for myself for 2012. I had a big move this summer – all the way across the country. I can’t wait to hear more about your house, life in Tuscon, and see how life changes with the little miss!

  22. Iowamom on December 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Cute baby’s room! 2011….ran my second marathon, got two horses (kids are thrilled), and everyone is happy and healthy. Some not so great things happened too but it’s old news. Onto 2012!

  23. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Wow, this has been a HUGE year for you Gina!!! Congratulations on everything – 2011 was quite a life changer!! In 2011, I’m most proud of finishing my Fitness Instructor Specialist and Nutrition & Wellness Specialist Certifications, and for 2012, I’m most excited about becoming a certified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Lots of work, but I’m pumped!!

  24. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on December 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Great recap of your year, Gina.

    You have had such a big and busy year…with the best yet to come (any day now!)

    My year…also accomplished a lot, traveled, photography workshops, blogging, cooking, and most of all, being a mommy was the best part of it all 🙂

    Happy 2012!!


  25. Jennifer on December 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for your amazing blog, Gina! You’re inspiring me toward starting my blog in time for the New Year. Look out for Vegan PCOS Goddess! 🙂

  26. Sara on December 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I’m just working up a similar post on my blog. It’s been an incredible and outrageous year over here. The highlights?
    – Spent 6 weeks in Europe with my niece <3
    – Finished my university degree (Health Science), after 9 years of part-time study and two changes of major
    – Survived the second, third and tenth most vicious earthquakes ever recorded with sanity intact (?).
    I have a very good feeling about 2012. It's going to be a fantastic year (and, fingers crossed, very little in the way of quakes)…

    • Fitnessista on December 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      sounds like an amazing year! the earthquakes sound horrifying, though
      and yes, 2012 is going to be a good one 🙂

  27. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Wow this has been such a big year for you! And 2012 will only be better once the little one arrives! 😀

    I can’t think of any big moments in my life in 2011… it was just a mixture of lot of little good things. But I’m looking forward to graduating in 2012!

  28. Jenn on December 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I can’t wait to jump in my hubby’s arms when he returns from deployment!

  29. Allison on December 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    So many touching moments, looks like it was a great year and potentially even better year to come! The highlight of my year was graduating from college and getting a job teaching special ed in my hometown!

  30. Karlee @ BringingBackBalance on December 31, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Ahh I can’t decide on my favourite moment of 2011! I loved the whole darn year! If I had to I would have to say the day I was able to begin exercising after a 2 month hiatus due to a concussion.

  31. Joy on December 31, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Best part of 2011 is hands down talking to my sister again after 3 years of not speaking!

    2012? Ahhh now that’s the year I recover

  32. Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) on December 31, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’m happy for you and Tom! It seems like everything has really come together for you this year. I’m wishing you the best as you await the arrival of your little one! <3

  33. Silvia @skinny jeans food on December 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Hey,….. you are either very busy or in LAABAH! Anyways, happy new year to you and your family!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      hahah no labah yet 😉 happy new year!

  34. Nicole on December 31, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I believe I’ve only commented once before but now seems the time to tell you I truly believe your blog had a big part in transforming my life in 2011. In the past year, I’ve lost 50 lbs., started a great job in exercise physiology, reignited my passion for yoga, fallen in love, and been the happiest I’ve felt in a very long time. Thank you, thank you!! Happy new year, can’t wait for 2012.

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      sounds like you have had an AMAZING year. i have a feeling 2012 will be even better- just keep doing what you’re doing! i’m proud of you for taking steps for your health and happiness <3
      have a very happy new year!

  35. Brett Marie on January 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Fave moments:
    1) Saying “I do”
    2) Moving to Germany

  36. Tabi on January 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    The best year of my life so far. Highlight, by far, was that I reunited with my ex guy (after 3 years apart) who I’ve learned is most definitely the love of my life – I feel so ridiculously blessed <3. This year, I finally graduate from veterinary medicine after 9 years of university! Already in love with 2012 🙂 Sooo looking forward to another year of your blog Gina! Thanks for spreading your loveliness to all your readers! xx

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