Schweaty August Cardio Workout

Heyyyyy! And yayyyyy for the weekend 😀 I’ve got a Schweaty August Cardio Workout for you in the form of hilly treadmill intervals! If you’re ready for it, scroll down. Otherwise, some things from lately.

I’m pretty sure you could figure it out from last night’s post, but I was dead tired. All I wanted to do was lay on the couch and let my brain and body rest, so cooking was pretty much out of the picture. Since I cooked every night this week, the Pilot offered to pick up some dinner at Renee’s Organic Oven- my fave 😀

He ordered a pizza for himself, and the combo foodgasms are made of (for meeeeee):Renee's Organic Oven

Veggies (artichokes, onion, tomato, squash, basil) cooked in marinara with goat cheese + a slice of Udi’s bread

and I have no idea how this gluten-free carrot cake made it into the order.

me chowing down on gluten-free carrot cake

But I was all over it 😉

He had a boy’s night and went to Sakura with some of the other pilots, while I stayed at home in my jammies, read baby books and watched “How to lose a guy in 10 days” for the twelve thousandth time in my life. I’ve been  trying to read Bossypants and can’t get into it.

Bossypants Source

I loved the first couple of chapters, but am at a point where I’m losing interest. Trying to decide if I want to call it quits and start something new, or make myself finish it.

Bfast this morning was more like a snack, since we have our last ultrasound appointment and will prob grab some bfast after.


Brown rice toast with a little PB, half a banana and cinnamon

We’re off to the doc’s- see ya later today <3

 cloudy view



Here’s that Schweaty August Cardio Workout! This one is a combo of rolling hills and speed intervals, to get your booty burning and blast a lot of calories in 30 minutes. As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes and modify the workout as necessary to suit your fitness level and preferences.

You can use an elliptical, spin bike or treadmill for this one:

[I designed the workout with a treadmill, but if you’re using a spin bike or elliptical use the incline as guidelines of how to increase each minute for the rolling hills, and for sprinting, make sure to have some resistance on there, too]

If you walk, shoot for a quick pace like 4.0mph. Make sure your sprints are as fast as you can go and that steady state at the end should be a pretty quick pace.

At the end, you’ll want to fully cool down, so it’s fine if it takes more than three minutes. Go for as long as you need to!

Hilly Treadmill Workout

Some playlist ideas:

-“Let It Rain Over Me” Pitbull ft Marc Anthony

-“Beautiful People” Chris Brown ft Benny Benassi

-“Marry the Night” Lady Gaga

-“Do What You Want” Evanescense

-“In the Dark” DEV

-“Stereo Hearts” Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine

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  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Good luck with the ultrasound today, Gina!
    & I’m sure the baby bump loved that gluten-free carrot cake too 😉

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

      he did! he was dancing around after i ate it 🙂

  2. Len on August 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Cant wait to try this workout! Oh and thanks for the song suggestions. awesome as always

  3. Beth (well ill be) on August 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Your to go order looks so good, but also seems so simple. Have you ever tried to make it at home? This workout looks amazing. I love that it’s intervals of sprints AND hills, it’d be hard to get bored during this!

  4. cathyk on August 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Don’t make yourself finish the book!! Life is too short for that!! 🙂
    Good luck at your appointment!

  5. Nicole on August 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I love the look on your face holding that carrot cake! Haha! I would be smiling like that too 😉

  6. rachel@theperseverancediaries on August 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    That dinner looks phenomenal! yum anything swimming in marinara sauce rocks 🙂

  7. Andrea on August 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Yum! That dinner looks delicious, and like goat cheese heaven 😉 hope the doc appointment goes good. Enjoy your weekend!

  8. Sara K on August 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Like half my playlist is Dev…Fireball is another good song 🙂
    Yeah when I can’t get into the book I usually end up putting it down, just can’t waste my time “trying” to get into it

  9. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Haha I love the mischievious look on your face as you’re holding the carrot cake. Looks yummy!

  10. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh on August 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Have fun at your ultra sound today!! So exciting when you get to see your little peanut move around! Makes it all feel so real 🙂
    And thanks for posting this august workout! I was just looking for something to do before I head to the gym!

  11. Chelsea @ Chelsea's Health on August 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for the workout! I can’t wait to try it this weekend.

  12. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on August 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

    That veggie bowl looks delicious!

    Good luck with the ultrasound! 😀

  13. Carrie on August 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    “Bossypants” does have a couple lull chapters in the middle, but I still read it and laughed like a maniac. It picks up again when she starts talking about her career and fame.

  14. Allison @ Food For Healing on August 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

    i LOVE how to lose a guy in 10 days, i’ve watched it a millions times and could watch it a million more. Might have to watch it this weekend while the bf is away!

  15. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on August 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I am definitely liking this workout.

    Right now I so want pizza. Just reading the word pizza has me craving it. haha!

  16. Carly on August 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I absolutely love your posts, especially your work outs! This summer is the first time in my life I have worked out and enjoyed it.
    I’ve lost 15 lbs!! I give your workouts a lot of credit for helping me change it up and never get bored!
    Thank you!

    p.s. that food looks very yummy!

  17. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Good luck with the ultrasound Gina! I love How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and might just watch it tonight now that you mention it. This weekend I’m celebrating my birthday so I’m pretty excited about that!

  18. Malia on August 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I did the same thing with the book – got half way through and decided I wasn’t interested anymore.

  19. Ashley on August 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Love the evil look on your face with that cake….”stay away!! all mine!!” Have a great weekend girl. 🙂

  20. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on August 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Make yourself finish Bossy Pants!! It really is a great book. I might love it so much because I’m from Chicago, though. I’ve actually been to/seen a lot of the places she refers to!

  21. Sarah C. on August 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Some tracks we love…..seem they might fit your taste

    Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love

    Yolanda Be Cool – We No Speak Americano

    Madcon – Glow

    Que Sera – Wax Tailor

  22. Teri on August 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I can’t believe you can’t get into Bossypants! I was hooked, and Tina Fey is hilarious. I think you’ll like it…keep reading! =)

  23. kara on August 12, 2011 at 11:54 am

    ohh dinner looks phenomenal. the sauce is making me want pasta though.. pasta for lunch is definitely a big fat NO.
    LOVE “stereo hearts”!!! ever since they played a lil preview of it a few months ago on The Voice, i’ve been obsessed! i’m sort of worried now that i’m hearing it on the radio though… hope i don’t get sick of it!
    enjoy the ultrasound!! =)

  24. Emma on August 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I loved Bossypants! Which part has you losing interest? I just love everything that Tina Fey does, so maybe that’s why I thought it was so amazing 🙂

  25. Katie on August 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

    The baby must of wanted that carrot cake ; )

    Happy Weekend girl! xoxo <3

  26. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on August 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I love that Pit/Marc Anthony song! Makes me want to work out AGAIN!

  27. The Teenage Taste on August 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Good luck at the Ultrasound today, Gina! 😀
    That Cardio Workout looks killer! You always have sweatiest workouts!

  28. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather on August 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Hope all goes perfect today at the doc appt! Looooove sweaty workouts like that. Looks great!

  29. Chloe (In Fine Feather) on August 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Oh man, that dinner looks AMAZING! What a nice Pilot you have 🙂

  30. Juliet @ irun2eat! on August 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Really excited to do this cardio workout! And for your next family post (re: twitter) :). It is so fun to follow your pregnancy journey until I embark on my own! Also, I am currently downloading some of the playlist songs you suggested above. I’m sure they will help on those sprints.

  31. Alyssa on August 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it!! I am getting so many great food ideas – especially the snacks! This is now one of my daily reads. 🙂

  32. Hillary on August 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I need to give that workout a shot—my cardio has been seriously lagging lately!

  33. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on August 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Ultrasounds must be so exciting! 🙂

  34. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on August 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love that Marc Anthony + Pitbull song. Gets mah booty shakin!!! Also I want that bowl of deliciousness + cake. I am actually really diggin the goat cheese. Wooooo workouts!!

  35. Linzi @ Beyond Destination 26.2 on August 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve just started reading Bossy Pants too, and was also having a hard time getting into it. I love her humor, though it was tough to read after just finishing The Help. Because The Help was just sooooo goood!

  36. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    It is always so strange when things like the gluten free carrot cake happen, isn’t it? Happy doctoring!

  37. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on August 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Some nights it’s just so good to relax and chill with a book and self-snuggle time! So glad you had such a delicious meal – that carrot cake looks divine! Hope the ultrasound appointment went swimmingly! <3 xyx

  38. Jocelyn on August 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    mmm that meal with the goatcheese looks delish! Goat cheese makes everything better 😀 Just wanted to say..I havent read in awhile..kinda took a break from the bloggie world – and just came back to your blog and realized you are preggers lol!! Congratz exciting 🙂

  39. Jessica on August 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Good luck today! If you stop reading the book, at least skip ahead and read the chapter of the letter she wrote to her daughter… it’s funny slash will make you tear up at the end 🙂

    • Heather on August 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

      exactly what i was going to tell her. that prayer is hysterical, and being a mom of a little girl, it is so right on! 🙂

      • Fitnessista on August 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

        k, i’ll at least skip and read that part 🙂

  40. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Books….if I happen across one that’s a dud or that I am not into, I scrap it! Time is too precious to be anything other than totally in love with a book for me.

    And I am glad that carrot cake found it’s way into your life…I wish some would find it’s way like that into mine! 🙂

  41. Kiah on August 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the new workout! I am in definite need of changing things up, and a little Lady Gaga never hurt those hill sprints (-:

  42. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on August 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Good luck at the doctor!!!

    When cake makes its way into your life, just don’t question it 🙂

  43. Kate on August 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I just finished bossypants, it def hit a low note in the middle, but there were parts that I legit laughed out loud at in the end. Have you read Chelsea Handler’s books? I can’t put them down!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      i’ve read all of them- she’s hilarious!

  44. shana on August 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I thought the book was pretty boring in the beginning chapters. Try skipping to the chapter titled something like “Amazing, perfect, not like that” in which she talks about doing photoshoots. Made me laugh so hard.

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      ok, good to know!

  45. Ashley on August 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I love bossypants! I just finished reading it a while ago, but a few chapters were super boring so I just had to skip them.

  46. Jessica @Baybaybites on August 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Oh bummer! I have to read that book for my book club next month. I didn’t really care for the book we read this month either. I used to read books until the end even when I didn’t like them but I don’t do that anymore. Why waste my time when there are so many other good books out there? And I can always try to read it again another time. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood then.

  47. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Haha I love your face in that picture with the carrot cake. You look so mischievous! 😉

  48. kaila @ healthy helper! on August 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Love this workout! Can’t wait to try it out!!!

  49. sara @ the foodie diaries on August 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    First of all, CONGRATS on your little girl 🙂 I’m so happy for you and the pilot!!! <3 And I found the same problem with Tina Fey's book. I loved the beginning, but now I've kind of fallen out of interest with it. I'll keep trying if you do 😉

  50. Kaye on August 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Those veggies look bomb! I didn’t try to read Bossypants, though I think I would have powered through it. I DID, however, listen to the audiobook, read by Tina Fey herself, and it was AMAZING! Like a three hour long stand up marathon! 😀

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