Spring 2014 workout playlist

Hi friends <3

I finally took my first studio yoga class since we’ve moved here, and I’m pretty sure it’s one of my new yoga hOMes. Many readers have recommended Happy-U Namaste in Ocean Beach, and I knew that I wanted to give it a try. It’s right across the street from my beloved Tiki port, and while waiting for my acai bowl, I’ll see quite a few people walking in and out of the studio with yoga mats strapped to their backs. I decided to finally give it a whirl, and LOVED it. I took one of their mixed level vinyasa classes, and was blown away by by the beautiful space. From the outside, it’s very hard to tell what the studio looks like. Inside, it’s like a tranquil, clean and inviting oasis. It’s beautifully furnished -with bountiful buddhas- and new wood floors. They also had a yellow lab chilin’ in the lobby, which was instant bonus points for me 😉 Our instructor was fantastic, and just like one of my favorite Tucson instructors, she sang during savasana. I had to give myself the “don’t cry” pep talk.

After class:

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Noodle is feeling better but still wants to be held a lot. I’ll take it <3

Speaking of noodles, dinner was courtesy of the Italian wonderpot. It’s ridiculously fast to put together, and the final result tastes like it took hours to put together. It’s definitely become one of my go-to family meals:

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(The sauce reduces and the noodles soak it up as they cook.. and it is glorious)

It’s been nice to change up my workouts and try new studios, even though I still enjoy my solo sweat seshes. I had a lovely 8-mile run along the beach, and I didn’t even remember to turn on my music until I hit the turnaround point and was heading back. I spruced up the ol’ playlist a little, and thought I’d share it for those of you looking for new songs or have races on the horizon.

Hope you enjoy!

Spring2014 workout playlist


How long until you found your yoga home? Any crazy yoga stories? I’ll never forget my first Valdosta yoga class. The instructor was like, “Here you can do triangle. Or sit on the floor and do a forward fold. Or make a butterfly.” What? PS If you’re in Tucson please take a class at Session Yoga for me. I miss it!

Favorite summer workout song?? 🙂

Today I’m teaching two Zumba classes and have two interviews (barre and personal training) this week. Fingers crossed <3

Have an amazing day and I’ll see ya later today with a healthy new breakfast recipe.



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  1. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on May 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I love doing hot yoga and I had to try out a few different studios before I found one that I decided to stick with. I’m also picky with who my instructors are. If they’re not willing to help me fix my form when they see me struggling, then I probably won’t see that instructor again. I cash out a lot of money for hot yoga so I think I have the right to be picky with who I go to!

    Good luck with your interviews this week! How exciting!

  2. RachelG on May 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    That wonderpot recipe sounds amazing!!

    I tried a couple yoga studios when I first moved but I just didn’t vibe with them, especially since I LOVED my old spots. I then found the place that I continue to go to 2 years later and at which I did my teacher training. I think I knew it was my “hOMe” when I saw that the folks taking and teaching the classes were genuinely good people. Sure some were super bendy yoginis who could grace the cover of Yoga Journal doing a headstand, but the culture of the studio did/does not emphasize how you look, what you’re wearing, or competition. I think that is a very important for any kind of studio to have.

    Good luck on your interviews!! 🙂

  3. Corina on May 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for sharing your playlist! I’ve been looking for some new workout songs and these will be perrrrfect.

  4. Jessie on May 13, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Good Luck on the interviews! You’ll do great!! You are such an inspiration to all of us on the web and in real life!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      <3 <3 <3

  5. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I like the idea in yoga that the instructor is there to make suggestions rather than tell you what to do, since yoga practice is so personal but triangle versus forward fold versus butterfly is kind of strange!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      i totally agree. none of the poses she suggested had anything to do with the other ones though!

  6. Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat on May 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Great list! I am obsessed with the Tiesto remix of All of Me. Also currently loving Tiesto “Red Lights” and Pitbull’s “Wild Wild Love”. Nothing like some good tunes to boost that energy level during the workout.

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      it isn’t a workout for me until pit bull has played haha

  7. Danielle on May 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    That pasta looks delic. What do you serve it with?:)

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      wine 😉

  8. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on May 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    That meal looks so good! Gotta love a one-pot dish!
    Hope Liv continues to feel better.

  9. Robin on May 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    So, so glad you liked Happy U. The BEST people there (and dogs).

  10. Jackie on May 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I’m still looking for a new yoga home!

  11. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on May 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you for the playlist! So glad you found a yoga home. Sounds like a great studio.

  12. Tracy on May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Yay for finding a yoga studio!!! Great news for you…I’d be lost without yoga.

    Have fun teaching Zumba and best of luck with your 2 interviews! You’ll rock them, I’m sure 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      thank you, friend! yes, so true. it’s amazing what one class did for me! definitely need it as a regular part of my life

  13. Livi on May 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I love that All of Me remix!! This is an awesome playlist!

  14. Lauren on May 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Have you ever made that meal with gluten free pasta. I’ve made it with regular pasta and love it but I’ve been fearful to try a gluten free pasta b/c they don’t always cook the same.

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      i have… it definitely doesn’t have the same texture

  15. Addison on May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Finding a yoga home is so hard! When I first moved and was trying out new studios, I went to class where the instructor came over to adjust my downward dog (I usually LOVE the adjustments). But I couldn’t feel anything differently in what she was trying to do. She then used me as an example to the whole class of how “not” to do downward dog, though I still don’t know what the right way she was going for was. I haven’t gone back there since.

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      that made me cringe so hard

  16. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on May 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    My favorite songs right now are on the new Shakira album! I love her 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      my #1 girl crush, forever and ever

  17. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Good luck on the interviews! I will be starting that soon and it is always so nerve racking!

  18. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I really wish I could be a yogi. It just feels too slow and weird for me. Believe me, I’m a wanna be though! I’m just a mover and shaker kinda girl! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      you need to try vinyasa! you move through the poses instead of holding them forever

  19. Elana on May 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I once took a Kundalini class at a yoga studio here in San Diego that is also a bar/tea house!? The class was so nutty and I felt uncomfortable the whole time with people talking and carrying on in the front and the instructor yelling commands at me! For Savasana she used a VERY loud gong over and over and over again, which might have been the loudest most uncomfortable 5 (but it felt like FOREVER!) minutes of my life. I kept praying it would be over so I could leave. I kept wondering if it would be rude for me to get up and walk out except there was only like 5 people in the class. Oh it was the worst! Not relaxing at all! I will have to try the place in OB, I have never been there 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      interesting!!! and the gong thing made me laugh so hard

  20. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Turn Down For What came on as I was lifting earlier — such a great song to workout to!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      that’s my jam haha

  21. Hayley@healthyregardshayley on May 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I am loving Problem by Ariana Grande! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoJ8s90NLc4

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      love that one, too!

  22. Mary Ann on May 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Oh man, I had to go ahead and make a mini batch of Italian Wonderpot for lunch. I’ve had it Pinned forever! I used whole wheat spaghetti (reduced the cook time), added in sliced, browned chicken sausage and used a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies for lots of heat!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      that sounds outta control amazing

  23. Alex @ Kenzie Life on May 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I hate to say that I have almost given up on finding a yoga home in Colorado, though I haven’t tried any in the hippie city I live in now. I had a great studio in Philly that was the first one I ever went to and it was amazing. The price was right, the atmosphere was sophisticated but calming and not pretentious, and they had great spirituality and mind-body type classes taught there as well. However, they went bankrupt and closed down a week after I moved to Colorado. I’m not a fan of Core Power type classes and the handful of studios I did try I wasn’t a fan of (in one, people from the street could stop and watch you through the window, which is just weird to me). I want to start looking again though! I miss it!

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      you would think colorado would be a haven for yoga studios! doesn’t dave farmar teach out there? (not sure what part of colorado!) hope you can find a new yoga home soon

      • Alex @ Kenzie Life on May 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        That’s what I thought! I just recently moved to Boulder so there must be some good ones around here (admittedly I haven’t tried any in Boulder proper). All the ones I tried were ridiculously expensive (more so than the ones I saw on the East Coast!). Thank you, me too! Have a good one, Gina!

        • Samantha on May 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

          Amy Ippoliti is based out of Boulder and she’s one if the worlds nest. Have you tried her studio, 90 monkeys?

          • Samantha on May 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

            Sorry, *one of the worlds best

  24. Tracy on May 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Yay #2! Body Pump!!!!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      haha! i LOVE that song, even though just hearing it makes my chest hurt

  25. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on May 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    That pic of you & Liv cuddling is so sweet!

  26. Amanda on May 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Bastille is my new favorite group! I’ve been soaking them up on Pandora:)

  27. kristina on May 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I love reading about your workouts and i cant wait to use some of those songs in my spin class next week.

    I also did your treadmill workout today that you posted recently…ouch! that was killer!
    thanks for being awesome!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2014 at 1:50 am


  28. Melissa on May 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Is the recipe for that dish above somewhere? Would love to make it!

  29. Pip {Cherries & Chisme} on May 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Wow that’s a post yoga glow if I’ve ever seen one! Love that 🙂 I chose CrossFit over yoga as I couldn’t afford to do both 🙁 but my old yoga studio which I loved has just moved away this week so I guess it sort of worked out… When I have a job that actually pays me my dream workouts would be CrossFit, yoga and a couple of runs each week 🙂 only a year of postgrad to get through first!

    Good luck in your interviews!!

  30. Deanna on May 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I tried your HIIT the Hill Workout the other day (for some reason, I can’t find the post to comment there). For the last 10 minutes of 30 Hard: 30 Recovery, is it OK to recover by stepping to the side of the treadmill? It feels cumbersome to keep increasing/decreasing the speed every 30 seconds. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

      i start to increase or decrease about 5 seconds before the official interval starts. i think it works well that way and you can keep moving the whole time. hope this helps a little

  31. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on May 16, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Livi look so big with you holding her like that! I never listen to music when I workout. Weird, I know!

  32. Annie B on May 16, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    My most “intriguing” yoga experience was in a study in San Luis Obispo during college. The instructor was a young guy, wearing cutoff denim shorts, a flannel, and a hipster beanie and talked like a beach bro. The woman behind me realllly relaxed…. and released countless umm… “highly audible gas movements” throughout the class. Needless to say, it wasn’t a very zen experience, but definitely a memorable one! 🙂

  33. Hilary on May 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I plan to make the wonder pot tonight! Yum! But when I went to the recipe link it had the ingredients but no cooking instructions. Looks like you just throw it all in the pot but how long does it take? Bring it to a boil then simmer? Covered/uncovered? The link to the full recipe was spam 🙁

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