Spring back

I wouldn’t even be able to articulate the joy in my heart when I looked at my phone this morning and saw that it was 8:42. Almost 9am!!! I heard Liv stir on the baby monitor, came downstairs to let the dogs out, put her milk in the warmer, started the coffee maker, and saw the oven clock:


Arizona doesn’t participate in the Daylight Savings party- my iPhone hasn’t received the memo to keep the clock the same. Waking up thinking you slept in until 8:45 is almost as good as the real thing 😉

Some of yesterday’s adventures:

I went back to work for some Zumba


the Pilot and Liv met me at Whole Foods afterwards for a juice and hot bar snack

Hot bar

then we went to the park for the rest of the afternoon.


I think we all could have watched the ducks for a few hours- what a funny group of quackers. Fearless, too- they came right up to us! Liv loved it.


She could also run around to stretch her little legs out after a fairly long drive.


After we had dinner and lovebug went to bed, it was date night.

We decided to check out North, entirely rebranded with a new vibe and menu. It used to be one of our fave spots, but had become a little lackluster over time. That’s definitely changed- the next menu is fantastic and I really liked the comparably low-key atmosphere.





and this beautiful cocktail with Skyy, ginger, vanilla and prosecco.


Since I work Saturdays, I’ll sometimes feel like I miss a lot of the weekend. I’m not complaining because I love my job and am fortunate to have one I enjoy, but when I teach all day Saturday, the Pilot and I really only get one full day (Sunday) together each week. I love that they have their own daddy-daughter day, but I can’t help but feel like I miss out on family time.

Time is really what you make of it….I only had a few hours after the time I got off and Liv went to bed, and we had so much fun as a little family, on a Saturday 🙂

This morning, we have a couple of little things to do around the house, and maybe we’ll actually go to a birthday party at the right house and the right time. With this morning’s clock event though, there’s no telling.

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!


Something to talk about: Any Daylight Savings snafus? I’ll never forget the year that the Disney Princess Half was on a Daylight Savings morning- I was so horrified that I’d sleep in and miss the race.

Time to plan and prep! A friendly reminded to plan your healthy eats and fitness for the week. It’s so much easier to make good choices when you’ve taken time to set yourself up for success. If you need help with your fitness plan, check out the March workout calendar!

Here’s what’s on the menu in our house:


BBQ salmon, zucchini and baked sweet potatoes

Slow cooker Mediterranean chicken with brown rice

 Sweet potato chipotle soup with avocado and salad

Quinoa pizza casserole with roasted veggies


Prep ahead:

-Chicken crust pizzas

-Quinoa bites and muffins

-Chop fruits and veggies

-Steam eggs

-Make amazeballs

-Wash and chop salad greens

-Paleo bread



(tentative, depending on my teaching schedule)

Sunday: Steady state cardio

Monday: HIIT and Strength

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Teach Zumba and Barre

Thursday: OFF

Friday: HIIT and strength

Saturday: Easy cardio



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  1. Miranda @ Miranda Runs on March 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    What a fun Saturday! Those eats look delicious. By the way, I love your amazeballs! Sosososo good. I always have a stash with me 😉 I feel bad for you Arizonians not having Daylight Savings- it seems like it makes things so difficult. PS- Liv is adorable!

  2. Brittany on March 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I hate having to spring forward BUT I’m really looking forward to the extra light at night!

    Have a lovely Sunday Gina.

  3. Jessica @ Prayers and Apples on March 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    That drink def looks fun 😉 ..and I think I’m going to try the quinoa casserole! 🙂

  4. Alicia @Bakeaholic on March 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    weird!! Didn’t know it was ‘optional’ to spring forward haha! Woke up thinking I slept in! And then realized my cell phone had already ‘sprung forward’ so much for thinking I slept in!

  5. Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby on March 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm


    I think once you have kids you like the “Spring Back” more than the “Fall forward” – I was so happy to see 8:30am on my iPhone this morning 🙂

  6. Allison @ Train Eat Repeat on March 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    i love being in Saskatchewan and not having to worry about changing the clocks, my phone is set to not automatically change, but the bedroom clock changes but i know not to pay attention to that one. So we’re good here! Although the feeling of sleeping in would be a pretty great thing!

  7. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on March 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I know how you feel about missing time on the weekend. It’s hard when you’re working and everyone else is off. Sundays are a long work day for me so I make sure I see my family on sat.

  8. Anne on March 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I always get so confused changing flights in Arizona! I never have any idea how long my layover actually is haha!

  9. Kim on March 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    You always have a good story!
    I always forget AZ doesn’t participate in daylight savings. (Hawaii doesn’t either.)

  10. Ali @ Peaches and Football on March 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I’d “just” gotten to enjoy the light in the mornings when I drive to work and now I’ll have to wait a few more weeks until it returns. But, it’s exciting because it’s a sure sign Spring is coming soon. Absolutely cannot wait!

    You’re right – time is what you make of it. I think too often we squander hours trying to make the most of minutes. I would do well to remember to make more of it all.

  11. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on March 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    The only dailight savings time snafu I’ve ever had is one year we totally forgot about the time change and showed up for Sunday school an hour early. It was our week to bring breakfast so we had everything ready and set up and were like “where is everyone?”

  12. Mia on March 10, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Yeah, DST…so I completely FORGOT about it last night. Set my alarm on my phone and alarm clock last night for this morning because I had to wake up early (catered a bridal shower brunch). I got a shower, went to my kitchen to make coffee, looked at the time and was like, “Why the heck is it 5:45am?! Why did I get up an EXTRA EXTRA hour early?” Ran upstairs and told my husband I was a moron and now I had another extra hour to prep. Ha, was I sorely disappointed when I looked at my phone and it actually WAS the right time of 6:45! I can’t believe I forgot it. Now I’m exhausted!

    Your eats look yummy for the week. My weekend was so busy I didn’t even make it to the store, so I’m guessing this will be a ‘clean out the freezer week’ eating kind of week. I only wish I had ingredients for amazeballs in the house. 🙁

  13. Veterinarianess on March 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    No snafus, but we were terrified because we had a flight this morning! I think we took ridiculous precautions to ensure we’d be at the airport on time.

  14. Danica @ It's Progression on March 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    That outfit is super cute!!

  15. Colleen on March 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Hi, really enjoy your blog, I just started reading 🙂 Your daylight savings time story reminds me of an incident I had a few years ago when I was studying in Europe. I was traveling with a friend and we had to get up at about 4:45 to catch a train from Paris to Dusseldorf. Our professors had warned us that daylight savings time was that weekend. The morning of our train, we got up extra early and waited in a subway station crowded with (what I remember to be) frighteningly loud and gigantic drunk kids. After waiting for over an hour, we realized that we had really just woken up at 3:45…Daylight savings wasn’t until the following night! At least we caught our train, but it was a pretty exhausting day for sure!

  16. PluvK on March 11, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Hawai`i doesn’t participate in DST (thank goodness!), so I totally forget that it even happens. Well, my computer forgot the message, so when I woke up and checked the time (yeah, I don’t have an alarm clock), we figured we were too late for church. It wasn’t until I looked at my phone that I realized what had happened! Oh well, we’ll be in the front pew next week! 🙂

  17. Kathleen@newversionofme on March 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    You are right. Time is what you make of it. I work 3 long days a 1 short and they are very hard for me. I really miss my little guys and feel like I am missing precious time. I need to appreciate the time I do have and make the best of it! It’s hard though…

  18. Manny"the health nut" on March 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    My partner and I just finished Dr Oz’s 3 day detox cleanse and so am watering at the mouth already. Good ideas, gonna try the amazeballs thanks!

  19. erin on January 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    CUTE shoes!! Do you have fave shoes (brand/style) you wear for different activities? Zumba vs. running vs. HIIT, etc?

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      i switch around for zumba -right now wearing zumba sneaks from zumba.com- and for running i’ve been wearing the one cushion from reebok

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