Schmear it with AB

Hiiiiiiii guys 🙂 How’s your Friday going?? Hope it’s been bueno- I’ve been a busy bee today 😀

This morning, I woke up before the sun to meet my Lifestyle Challenge group.

Munched a nanner on the way:


Today we talked about Exercise Myths and why they’re false, including:

1. Restricting calories is the way to lose fat (Quite the contrary, it elicits an “I’m starving!!!” response and causes the body to hold onto fat, in case it needs it for the winter. Your body is an engine that needs FUEL to do its thang!)

2. Crunches will give you a six pack (Nope. That’s why Joe, who does 500 crunches a day and doesn’t eat well or do cardio doesn’t have a six pack. You need a combo of healthy eats, cardio and minimal toning work for lovely abbies)

3. You can make fat cells disappear (While you can reduce the size of fat cells, they never actually go away)

4. All you really need to focus on is cardio (It’s all about balance. The best fitness plans combine resistance training, cardio, flexibility and REST. I really consider rest to be the most important- at least one day a week should be for active recovery to refresh, let your muscles repair and prevent overtraining)

I seriously love meeting with my group – they ask awesome questions and we have a blasty. Then my friend Tracy (another trainer) kicked their booties in a bootcamp-style workout. I hopped on the elliptical and read Oprah 🙂

After work, I took the pilot some pancakes (and traded him for a Larabar that he had in his flight bag, haha) and then came back to the casa to answer emails.

I may have had a roon:


What makes a ridiculously delicious macaroon even better? An almond butter hat 🙂

Next, I hit up “The Barrel” to get a book on CD for the drive to Orlando.


(I couldn’t help but think of my “izzle”-quoting, fitness-teaching, soulmate blog boy buddy)

It’s not Edward and Bella, but it will have to do 😉

the host 

Any good?

I also picked up this little beauty, per your recommendations.

the help

I’m so excited to read it!

Since I was, umm, in the area… I had to get a smoothie from my favorite place 😀


Tropical Superfood with extra spinach.


The pilot is home early from work (yeahhhhh!) so we’re going to walk these funny little things.


Peeeeeeace 🙂



Today’s tip: As pool weather is quickly approaching, remember to slather on some SPF if you’re going to be poolside and re-apply as necessary. I wear at least SPF 30 on a daily basis, but when I’m at the pool, it’s SPF 70. Show your skin some lurve <3

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  1. Lauren on April 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for clearing up those exercise myths. My personal trainer says that crunches are actually BAD for your body, because it causes the spinal disks to pop out and if you do them over a long period of time, you cause long term damage to your back. Have you heard anything like this? Do you find crunches to be effective?

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Brittany on April 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I just finished reading The Help for my book club. I think you’ll really enjoy it!! Let me know what you think when you finish.

    Happy weekend Gina!

  3. Tyler Ramey on April 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    OMG, my heart lept when I saw that Cracker Barrel sign. You should have went in for some oatmeal!!! <3 <3

    "Do you love me??? Could you learrrrrrrn to love meh?!?!?!"

    (Old Greg quote for those of you in the dark.)

  4. Hannah on April 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Gena I have a question about spirulina!

    Is it a pretty good source of iron? I saw the stats online but I’m not sure if it’s good compared to other sources.

    If you take it in the powder form in smoothies (i.e. banana spinach green monsters) can you taste it? Is it like a sea vegetable taste?

    Thanks girl!

    • Fitnessista on April 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      it’s a great source of iron and no, if you don’t use too much, you can’t taste it 🙂

      • Hannah on April 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

        Great thanks! I’ll have to try it at my nearest Whole Foods!

  5. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Those are great exercise myths!

    And almond butter…. so. good. on anything!! =D


  6. Katheryn on April 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I read The Host a year ago and loved it. Shall I say more than the Twilight series?

  7. Kris | on April 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Show your skin some love is right! What are your views on tanning, etc? Do you know of a good natural self tanner? I love the look of a tanned bod, but don’t want the wrinkles!!


    • Fitnessista on April 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

      back in the day, i used the jergen’s natural glow– it works really well. also, if you can find it, they sell a spray tan that’s made out of hemp (and smells delicious) at most beauty supply stores. it’s expensive, but it’s AMAZING

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