show me your mussels

Hi friends! How are you? Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed the weekend. We ended up staying in V-town, and it was a great weekend. We took Livi out for dinner and a movie, we enjoyed some good workouts, played outside a ton, caught up on house stuff, and went on a date. Wins all around. I’d love to hear what you have going on!

P and I put on our baking pants and made some chocolate chip cookies for the Pilot’s work. Of course, she wore her fairy wings and had a lot of opinions about the ingredients. “No sugar. Just butter, ok?” 

chocolate chip cookies

(She changed her mind when she tasted the dough! She was super proud of the cookies and it was so cute. We used Phoebe’s Grandma’s recipe.)

On the days I don’t teach, I’ll usually get my workouts in the garage. We’ve built up a pretty decent little gym – I would love to add a Water Rower or a treadmill! – and you can totally get in a full workout with the supplies we have. I’m still loving my spin bike, the Peloton app, our Bowflex HVT machine, and the usual barbells and dumbbells. (I’m still trying to figure out how we can hook up the TRX!) I caught a legs and cardio workout AND showered (a miracle) before P woke up from her nap. 

Lifting heavy things then putting them down

I’m putting together a bunch of all-new workouts for you (in addition to the usual blog workouts and plans) and am still trying to figure out how the heck to put it all together. I’d love to do something more exciting than an ebook, like a community website or app, but we all know how I am with technology.

For the first time in quite a while, the Pilot and I took Livi out for dinner and a movie.

Dinner with livi bear

I get a lot of solo time with Miss P (and love hanging out with her), but time with just Liv is more rare. We’ve been wanting to take her to Giulio’s, so that’s where we had an awesome dinner together. We shared dolmades (so good!) and I had a Greek salad with the sea bass. For dessert, we tried the tiramisu which was It was more like a custard than traditional tiramisu. It was amaaaazing.  


After dinner, we headed to the movies to see The Greatest Showman. Liv has been listening to the soundtrack with me in the car for the past few weeks, so she knew all of the songs and had been asking to see it. It probably wasn’t the Pilot’s first choice, but he was a good sport about it and even ended up liking it. I already want to see it again!

Saturday, the weather was sunny and beautiful. We enjoyed brunch at Birdie’s,

Little nuggets

(I’ve been getting two eggs over medium with a side salad and sweet potato tots, and it’s pretty much my fave restaurant meal right now)

Breakfast of champions

and spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside. We got mini trampolines for the girls and they’ve ended up being a huge hit. We’ll take them out on the carport, and they’ll alternate between jumping (with “fancy feet” and turns) and driving each other around the in their power wheels. The Pilot and I enjoyed a pretty hilarious football kick-off and then we all had a handstand contest. 

Dinner was at Salty Snapper. Our grocery stash was pretty low by the end of the week, so we went out a little more than usual. 😉

I decided to walk on the wild side and order the mussels instead of the usual salmon. The broth was nice and spicy, and not overly salted. The girls kept asking for toast soaked in the broth, which is totally the best part. 


I’m glad we enjoyed so much sun on Saturday, because it rained all day on Sunday. It was nice to hang out inside, cook breakfast at home and watch movies in between chores. We did our usual Target and grocery blitz, and the Pilot and I had dinner together at night.

It was a relaxing weekend, and after last week’s insanity, I feel energized to conquer the week. 😉 I’m looking forward to teaching later today and catching The Bachelor later tonight. (SO much drama. So good. Also, I posted this on Instagram but I realized that I’ve taken Krystal’s class a few times when I was a member at Orangetheory in Point Loma. Bananas.)

Hope you have a happy Monday! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog this morning!


Looking for a workout? Try the arm burner from WSU! There’s a video, too. 

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  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on January 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Those sweet potato tots look so good, sounds like a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      thanks girl! hope you’re having a great day so far

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 29, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Nice you were able to get a bunch this weekend after being at home with P’s eye last week.

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      yes, it was nice! thankfully she’s doing so much better

  3. Ryane on January 29, 2018 at 11:32 am

    LOL’d at “phoebe’s grandma’s recipe”!!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      hahah the best 🙂

  4. Lindsey on January 29, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Oh my goodness how does she know to leave out butter at such a young age!?? Do you think maybe she hears that at school or something? I hope you told her that butter is delicious and necessary for growing big and strong 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      she didn’t want to leave out the butter. she wanted to leave out the sugar haha. butter is her favorite food

  5. Lauren on January 29, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    It took me a second, but then I totally cracked up about Phoebe’s grandmother’s chocolate chip cookie recipe! “Nesss-lay Tooo-owse”

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      one of my favorite episodes 🙂

  6. Milania Dela cruz on January 29, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I loooove egggs!!!! Your babies are so cute in that pic!! So awesome that so many people can understand the phoebe’s grandma’s recipe joke! :))

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      thank you so much!
      haha seriously! i’m glad other people are into friends just as much 😉

  7. melissa on January 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    are you still gluten free? (or did I make up that you ever were) if so, when you bake for your family do you make it gluten free? I’m GF but my family is not so always curious about this!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      i eat everything, but i like to eat gluten-free for the most part because i feel way better when i do. when i cook at home, i rotate between regular and gf versions (depending on how much i want to personally eat haha)

  8. Erin on January 29, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Too funny about Phoebe’s grandmother’s recipe- I JUST saw the episode tonight on TV- one of my favorites! Can’t go wrong with Tollhouse..!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 29, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      it’s one of the best ever!

  9. Mama on January 31, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    That is so crazy you took Krystal’s class!! Shes a trip…

    • Fitnessista on January 31, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      i keep wondering if that’s what she’s really like or if they’re coaching her

      • Mama on February 1, 2018 at 8:38 am

        Hmm, interesting..

  10. adrianna on February 3, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    i cannot believe you’ve taken Krystal’s (Crystal’s?) classes! hahaha. that show sucks me in every season. and he kept her around this week…thank goodness for viewers 😉

    • Fitnessista on February 4, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      haha exactly!! it’s so good this season

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