Scary Claus + Black Friday Frenzy Workout

It was a glorious Black Friday <3

Everyone enjoyed the day according to their leisure…

I shopped, got in a workout (posted at the end), a long nap and started putting up Christmas decorations

garland ornaments

[Glass hurricanes and bowls + different sizes of ornaments = chic, inexpensive holiday decorations]

ornaments (2)

The Pilot watched football, cleaned the office (painters will be here tomorrow!) and assembled furniture


and Bella ate, napped, and spent the day stinky and naked.


She prefers her neck rubs sans collar, and we (I) keep fighting taking her to the groomer… She looks so defiant and sassy when she’s a little shaggy.


We decided to make her day and take her with us to Lowe’s, where we were greeted by Scary Claus.

scary claus scary claus2

For only $129, you can purchase an animated creeper to have in your house or yard.

Eats today included lots of leftovers- my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast


smothered in Whole Foods mushroom gravy

Quinoa salad on top of greens, with more mashed sweet potatoes


It’s dinnertime over here, and the Pilot just brought the tree in from the garage.


It’s been in storage for two years- I’m excited to see it again 🙂

Have a lovely night and I’ll see ya in the morning!



Workout Quickie:


Sneak in this superset workout next time you’re short on strength training time. In 30 minutes, you’ll get a killer total body workout:

[As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes]

1.) Warm-up- cardio of choice, 5 minutes

2.) Superset 1: Bent-over row/tricep kickback, walking lunge and bicep curl (alternate between the two exercises, with no rest in between to complete 3 sets of 15 of each. For example, 15 row/kickbacks, 15 walking lunges with bicep curls, 15 row/kickbacks, 15 more lunges/curls, etc)

3.) Jumping lunges (1 minute)

4.) Superset 2: Plie squat/upward row, bent-over fly (3 sets of 15, each)

5.) Mountain climbers (1 minutes)

6.) Superset 3: Push-ups, squat/squat pulses (3 sets of 15 push-ups, immediately followed by 15 squats with 15 squat pulses)

7.) Cool down and stretch

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  1. Sana on November 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    🙂 I like that Bella is sassy! A girl after my own heart 🙂

  2. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List on November 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    SO glad it’s finally the day after Thanksgiving…I can now embrace Christmas openly!! Currently listening to TSO!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      LOVE them! great workout music, too 🙂

  3. Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT on November 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Holy moly – that is one seriously creeper Santa!

    So excited you’re setting up your tree this year! We’re hoping to get ours this weekend, too.

  4. Lindsay@LivingLindsay on November 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Oh my gosh – holy Creeper Santa! That would freak me out everytime I walked by 🙂

  5. Sable@SquatLikeALady on November 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    You are too adorable in that pic with the creepy Santa 🙂 Bet you’re glad to see that tree again! My husband just got discharged from the AF a few months ago — this is the first Christmas we’re spending together in years and I cannot wait 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      so glad you get to spend it together <3 having them home right now is the best thing ever

  6. Christine @ BookishlyB on November 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I’m not pregnant, nor do I have kids, but that crib with the built in changing table seems really great. Note to self… 😉

  7. Amy on November 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    You are right on top of all things holiday and pre-baby Gina…………..nice!

    I did a little online shopping and got over to Bath & Body Works…………the gingerbread wallflowers are delish to smell……….so much so that I had to get more, they’re 5.00 per pack of two today!!

    Oh and thanks for talking me into trying goat cheese, I never really have……………until Trader Joe’s, I bought an herb covered log…………..it’s really good!!!!

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      what?! ahh i knew i should have gone there!
      so glad you like the goat cheese 🙂 welcome to the obsession

      • Amy on November 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

        ha, you can still buy them, online…….:)

        • Fitnessista on November 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm

          ok, here i go… 🙂

  8. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    So excited you’re getting to spend the holidays with your pilot!! Your house is looking gorgeous decorated for the holidays! And I love bella shaggy, she does look sassy!

  9. Brooke @ sweats & sweets on November 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Creeper Santa shouldn’t be allowed in anyone’s yard, ehh. And I’m begging my husband to get our tree out, I’m dying to decorate for Christmas.

    & Bella must have the life to be shaggy and naked 😉

  10. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Ok, that Santa is just creepy. Not cool. I’m lucky we just have menorahs and latkes 🙂

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on November 26, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Glad you’re getting your tree dusted off from a two year storage break.

    And the nursery is looking adorable! I’d love to curl up in there….love all the pink 🙂

    Have a great nite!

  12. char @ char on a mission on November 26, 2011 at 8:43 am

    That workout sounds like a good one!!!! That santa is totally a creeper! Who would honestly pay to have that thing in their house?!?! Just rent a horror movie lol

  13. Chelsa on November 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for the workout. I needed something new, fun and minimal equipment used because I’m on vacation. Your Xmas decor looks great, I’m glad you made it out alive from black Friday shopping!

  14. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love how your house is all Christmasified now. It looks so festive! 😀

    Love the quickie workout! I wasn’t planning on working out today, but I may try to squeeze it in!

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      if you do, let me know what you think!

  15. katie on November 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

    We had basically the same day – no joke, trip to Lowes and all!

    And btw, last night my husband said, “Hey is the Fitnessista still pregnant?” Haha – he cracks me up! Never knew he paid that much attention 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      awww i love it!
      not for too much longer 😉

  16. Allison on November 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    your house looks beautiful! and the babys room looks so amazing!
    i love decorating for christmas, i’ll soon be putting up my decorations (i always wait until december) but i wont be having a tree this year..

  17. Srdjan - Bloom to Fit on November 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    The Quinoa salad looks awesome! And what happened to real trees?? You’re going to miss out on the evergreen smell 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      i can’t let the pilot read this. he’s been begging for a real tree, but i won that battle since i’m the one who cleans the house 😉

  18. Orla on November 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I bought that exact tree last night!!! Target, right? It’s super pretty- you have excellent taste in trees 😉

  19. Maggie on November 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Gina! I’m new to your blog- a friend recommended it to me because I’m pregnant too and still trying to stay fit, etc. If you don’t mind me asking, where is that awesome crib/changing table from? Thanks!

    • Maggie on November 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Hey again Gina! I don’t mean to bug you- just wondering where that awesome crib is from. My hubbie and I are starting to shop for nursery furniture soon. Thanks!

      • Fitnessista on November 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

        ahh! i’m glad you commented again- i knew there was a question i didn’t get back to. here’s the link: http://www.fao.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3331892
        if you get it at babie’s r us, you can use a 20% coupon (what we did)
        happy nursery shopping!

        • Maggie on November 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

          Thanks so much!

  20. RachelG on November 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I can’t wait to get out of my Thanksgiving food coma with Zumba and this workout tomorrow! 🙂

  21. Hillary on November 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Holy crap, Gina. I just did this workout and, halfway through, I turned to my boyfriend and said “Wow. Gina’s not messing around!” His response? “Who’s Gina?” Haha! Long story short, I loved it!

    • Fitnessista on November 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      haha! i love it 🙂
      so glad you enjoyed the workout!

  22. Brooke on November 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Is it comfortable to do jump lunges when you are pregnant?

    • Fitnessista on November 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Haha no. I did alternating right and left lunges instead

  23. Lauren @ Short Circuit Workout on May 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I stumbled upon your short circuit. I will definately use this circuit in one of my short circuits as well as break it down for beginners! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      sounds great! if you post the workout, please link to the source <3

  24. Abby on November 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Looking for a quickie strength workout on the blog and this was exactly what I needed! Really a tough workout if you limit your breaks between moves. I paired it with a Tabata Thursday… er…. Tuesday blitz!

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm


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