Random goals + TABATA THURSDAY!

All I have for ya from yesterday are pictures of my dessert:



(red wine and a “baked” apple with cinnamon- a little butter, cinnamon, chopped apple, microwaved for 2 minutes)

and our Bollywood costume: a gorgeous printed skirt, jingle belt and an anklet. I got to teach Zumba, assist Hip Hop and assist Bollywood- it was a very good day. 


After work, though, my brain was like “step together, shake, hip roll, pop” + “bottle, dinner, bath, rock, bed” = no nighttime post, but I spent some time editing this week’s Tabata video. I switched the format up a little, so I’d love to hear your thoughts/feedback!

I had an hour in the weight room and lots of time to think, which brought me to goals that I have in the back of my mind. I’ve written a little about this before, but my entire life, I’ve just done a lot of things without really focusing on one, so I ended up being being kinda good at many things but not a pro at anything. I took piano lessons, Irish step, singing, art, orchestra, band, theatre, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop… was I good? Sure, and there were some things that were better than others (I did well in choir, but couldn’t even make a sound in band with my flute so I just did the fingers and faked it for an entire year). I’m thankful for the experiences I’ve had, the friends I’ve met (and the sick amount of costumes Liv will be able to use for dress-up), but I’ve noticed that I’m the same way with my current goals: a little all over the place.

There are many ideas and things I’d love to do and they’re all so very different.

Some on the list:

-Open a fitness studio (a specific type but I don’t want anyone in Tucson to steal my idea, haha)

-Finish my MBA

-Become a midwife or doula 

-Write for a magazine

-Get my yoga teacher certification. Not to teach yoga, but just something to do for myself because I know I’d really enjoy it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my next step and what I want to go after next. All in all, I really just want to be a good wife, mom, and friend. There’s not much I can control with our unstable lifestyle -we could pick up and move at a moment’s notice, and Tom will most likely deploy again. A lot of it will depend on where we’re stationed and what happens with the Pilot’s career. It definitely keeps me on my toes- it’s all an exciting adventure.

Do you have any random dreams, especially if time, money and location weren’t an issue? Anyone else like me: a little all over the place? I like to think it keeps me well-rounded.. at least that’s what I tell myself 😉

Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later on the fashion page.



Something to do: Tabata Thursday! We all have 4 minutes to spare. I tried something a little different his week and added the moves in at the beginning, so if you don’t have time to watch the video and do it along with me, you can quickly jot it down.

Traditional Tabata format: 20 seconds hard, 10 seconds easy, 8 rounds = 4 minutes (be sure to warm up before attempting a Tabata workout).

Aug 23 tabata

As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Honor your body and your injuries. For more info on Tabata training, check out this post. 

These moves are high-intensity (and usually high-impact) because the purpose of Tabata is to spike your heart rate up extremely fast. If we did strength training for the rounds, it would certainly count as Tabata-style intervals (because of the timing) but would not classify as a Tabata workout because your heart rate would not get high enough to reap the benefits. The benefit of the types of movements I choose is that they will help build strength and power in addition to the fat-blasting properties of Tabata training. If you need to modify, please do!

Feel free to repeat the video up to 2 more times with adequate rest in between. For even more excitement, mix it up with some of the previous Tabata Thursday videos.

Remember that your heart is a muscle- just like your biceps, triceps, legs, everything else, it needs rest, too. Avoid high intensity interval training on consecutive days and incorporate stretching and flexibility training in your routine.




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  1. Dana on August 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Awesome tabata workout! Thanks for putting it together 🙂 I love your goals as well, I love hearing what others want to accomplish.

  2. Emily on August 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Yes, my career dreams have been on my mind all the time lately. I graduated with my degree in Communications, but right now I’m working part-time and trying to figure out what I want to do in the future. I just need to learn patience!

  3. Rachel on August 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I would love to open a bakery someday 🙂

  4. Lauren on August 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I’d love to become certified to teach Zumba. I don’t have a dance background at all, but it makes me feel great, so I feel like that’s all that really matters! I want to pass that feeling on to others. 🙂

  5. Sarah on August 25, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I’m lucky that I’ve already achieved some of my goals, but now I have to figure out what to do next. If money and time weren’t barriers, I’d go to law school and become a lawyer. Though, I’m still holding on to my dream of becoming an editor.

  6. Bella on August 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Your jump in the still shot of the Tabata video is awesome! Such height!
    I hope you’re able to open some sort of studio someday, because you have so much knowledge to offer. I’ve only been reading your blog for about a month, and I’ve already learned so much! Thank you!

  7. Esther on August 30, 2012 at 5:39 am

    hey Gina
    can you please tell us what application you use for timing the rest & work time?

  8. Kristin on August 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Loved this tabata 🙂 thank you so much!!! u made me squeeze in a workout before dinner!

  9. Hillary on September 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    DID IT. Holy hell. Who knew 4 minutes of work could be this intense?

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      haha! BOOM

  10. linds on September 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    OMG way tougher than I thought it will be. I’ve read your blog for a while but this is the first time I’ve tried one of your workouts… Why did I wait for so long?!?! Love the format of slow instructions plus you doing the workout… Please keep these coming!!!!! Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      i’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

  11. Kimberly on September 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Gina! I just discovered your blog a few days ago…love it!! This post is of particular interest to me because I too have been trying to bring more focus to my goals 🙂 I would like to open a studio one day (yoga by day /art gallery at night), write a book, start a blog, learn Italian, learn to play the gutiar, etc etc…the list goes one and on! LOL

    We have a lot in common…I use to teach HIIT classes and Yoga…also TurboKick and PiYo certified AND I am also a military spouse!! (Army) We are currently stationed in Anchorage, AK. My children are grown (empty nest) and I finally feel like I have some time to focus on myself…I recently enrolled in college to finish my degree in Communication, so that is one goal I am currently working towards!! I understand the instability of military life, but I finally just said I am going to go for it ~ I am in my 40’s so time to get a move on 🙂

    Thanks for providing such an informative and inspirational blog!

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