Roon winners + My Manifesto

Hey friends! IT’S FRIDAY 🙂 Happy weekend to ya.


I still can’t believe the redonkulously awesome amount of roon entries. It wouldn’t be right to pick just one winner, so I picked two 😀

Congrats to:




Send me your addresses to fitnessista at gmail dot com (+ any foodie likes/dislikes/nutrition prefs) – I’ll make your roons this weekend and will get your goodie packs together.

Thank you SO much to all of you for entering! <3 Expect more roon giveaways in the future fo sho 🙂

At lululemon, we have a manifesto:

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These powerful quotes are a great way to initiate conversations with guests and serve as friendly tips and reminders for a happy, healthy life.

When I put the call out for reader’s request ideas the other day, someone suggested that I do a top 10 list of my favorite health/fitness tips. I decided to take it a little more general and do my top 10 list for everything and anything – almost like my own manifesto 🙂

1. A salad beast a day keeps the munchies and boredom away. Salad beasts are my all-time favorite lunch or dinner. There’s a thousand different combinations out there, and an easy way to get a ton of nutrients. A properly balanced salad beast will keep you full and satisfied for quite a while.


2. Get a pet – they make life richer and more fulfilling.


3. Splurge on classic, save on trendy. I like to think of my clothes in “cost per wear” – if it’s something that I’m going to wear over and over, it’s worth the extra dinero, instead of a trendy top or dress that I’ll wear once or twice. Workout clothes count, too. If I’m in athletic clothes every day, you can bet your luon-covered booty I’ll be making sure it’s quality stuff 🙂


4. Move everyday. It can be intimidating to begin a fitness program because many people believe they need to go balls to the wall everyday to make it count. So. Not. True. Just MOVE everyday – it will add up and I promise you’ll feel a difference in your energy levels and jeans size. There’s no need to go crazy with the exercise if you’re combining it with healthy eats.


5. Make time. As a busy bee myself, I know how it feels to have a schedule that’s bursting out of the seams. However, when it comes to friends, my husband and family, I make time. My friends know that if they need me, I’ll be there in a second, and the Pilot knows that I’m down for a random date or movie night anytime. At the end of my life, I’m going to look back at all of the fun I’ve had and be thankful, not at how much I worked.

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6. Get yo juice on. Having a daily juice does wonders for my skin and is an easy way to get fruit and veggie servings. Oh, and it tastes foodgasmical.


7. Devote yourself to a regular yoga practice. You’ll stretch, focus, prevent injury and learn valuable lessons that are applicable to everyday life. Yogi falls. Yogi gets back up. Yogi transforms into a stronger person. 🙂


8. Treat everyone you meet like they have 24 hours left to live. Kindness goes a loooooong way.

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9. Get what you want out of life- obstacles just make the ride more exciting. Have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, declare your goals, draw on others for support and GO for it.


10. Dating a loser jerk? Dump him, ASAP. I promise that there’s someone out there who will treat you like a queen.

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Before I met the Pilot, I was in a two-year relationship with a crazy person, who harassed and verbally abused me. When I finally broke ties with him, I thought my life was over. I was heartbroken and had little self worth – it was a very bad summer. Two months later, I met the Pilot at Starbucks! Everything happens for a reason <3

What tips or quotes would you include in your manifesto??

I can’t wait to read them 😀

Enjoy your morning and I’ll see ya later today!



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  1. sandy on February 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    thanks for the manifesto! i so needed to hear some of those today!

  2. Runeatrepeat on February 5, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I love your #10. Totally agree 🙂

  3. Len on February 5, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Im an avid reader of your blog but rarely comment. After reading this post, I felt compelled to say something. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your inspiration. In a sea of blogs, its very easy to get lost and feel like you arent good enough or working hard enough after reading about how someone runs 10 miles day etc etc. You just showed me its not about how hard you work or how long you work out. Its about loving and most importantly being happy and appreciating what your body can do for you. I lost that after reading so many blogs. I guess thats why I keep coming back to yours. your energy is contagious. Thanks again!

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

      wow – thanks so much, len <3
      i totally know what you mean about getting caught in a comparison trap. it happens to all of us, fo sho.
      thank you for reading and for saying hi 🙂

  4. Rachel on February 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I think I saw this all the time but this is one of my favorite posts of yours. I love how positive you are all the time. You seriously brighten my day EVERY DAY and I look forward to reading your blog every morning. Thanks for being awesome! 🙂

    Oh and #10 could not be more true. I went through the same thing and leaving was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      <3 <3

  5. Lauren on February 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    OMG, please do a post on you meeting the pilot at Starbucks! I would love to read about your fairy tale and live vicariously through you 🙂

  6. Shirley @ gfe on February 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Fantastic list, Gina–love it! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂


    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      thank you shirley! miss you and hope you’re doing well <3

  7. Mary (A Merry Life) on February 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    LOVE this post.

  8. Rebecca on February 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve been readding your blog for about a year and a half, after looking for motivation to lose weight while being in the military. This post is now my favorite. This past year was a hard one for me, and I’m looking to to make this year my best, and this post is such an inspiriation. I will be following all of your tips, they’re awesome. Thank you SO much!

    • Fitnessista on February 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      thanks girl and thank you so much for your service to our country <3

  9. VegMommy on February 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and I want to say thank you. You’ve really inspired me to get healthy again, and have given me great ideas (and recipes!) on how to do so.

    Numbers 5, 8, and 9 on this post are especially fantastic, and just what I need to remember during the extremely stressful and draining time I’ve having.

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2011 at 1:15 am

      thank you so much for saying hi and for such a sweet comment. keep taking amazing care of yourself <3

  10. Leslie on February 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Love your manifesto. Very refreshing to read and inspiring! I love that your blog has a little bit of everything! 🙂

  11. jami on February 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

    i absolutley LOVE this post!!! thank you for inspiring me day after day! you’re an amazing person even though i only know you through your blog. you truly do inspire me to do more than i would i my own. thank you so much for your time, your energy, and your spirit!

    • Fitnessista on February 6, 2011 at 10:28 am


  12. Sam on February 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Gina!

    As others have said, I’ve been a lurker for a long time but have NEVER commented! Shame on me! You are an inspiration to me every day, and you don’t even know it. I graduated from college a year ago and live at home but work in downtown Chicago, so my commute is an hour+ there and back, a total of 3 hours. I use the Instapaper app for my iPad and save your blog posts so I can read them offline during my commute. You are so full of positive energy and you MAKE MY DAY! So thank you. 🙂

    I love your manifestos and I agree with them – one of my favorites is “80% of success in life is just showing up” AND a great zen saying “the obstacle is the path” 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

      hey sam,
      thanks so much for saying hi and for reading!! <3
      blog reading is perfect for commutes 🙂 can't wait to check out yours!

  13. Linda on February 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Get your juice on girl!! That’s right!!
    Yes to salad, yes to pets, yes to moving your body, yes to taking time for yourself!! I think if everyone could dedicate themselves to just ONE of these things, the world would be a much better place!


  14. joanna on February 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I love number 10. I need to follow that advice.

  15. Tracy on February 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I just saw this post and have to tell you, it’s amazing! I agree with lots of commenters that it’s my favorite post you’ve done. Thank you for spreading your positivity!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

      thank you! <3

  16. Kate on February 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Love this post!

    Especially love #10. Could not agree more. Have you heard that little story (I’m sure its been passed around in a forward email a million times) about the little girl who had a strand of fake pearls that she loved so much? Each night her daddy would ask her to give them to him and she would say no because she loved them so much. And then finally, tearfully, she gave them to him and he gave her a beautiful strand of real pearls in exchange. That’s kind of how I view my love life. I thought I had what I wanted but then I finally gave it up – because I knew I NEEDED to, not because I wanted to. And then a few months later (after A LOT of painful days but also a lot of self reflection and growing in my faith)God brought someone 500% better into my life.

  17. Katie G. on February 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Great post!
    I always say “Think positive” and “Smile!”- it’s amazing how when you smile at people you pass, they smile back and somehow your energy rubs off on them (or visa versa). What’s the point of walking around with a frown on your face? If you’re feeling down, it’s hard to do, but just smiling makes you kind of feel better, if only for a moment.

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