Summer Workout Playlist

I wrote this post earlier but somehow missed the critical “press publish” step. Derp. πŸ˜‰

Since I’m off work on Mondays, it always feels like a nice relaxing day, but this week is even more fun because the Pilot took some leave. He has 90-something days, and while he obviously can’t use them all -how dreamy would it be for him to take 3 months off?!- it’s nice to have have random staycation days together.

We’ve done some lingering to-dos around the house (stuff I would never choose to do on my own, like organize the pantry) and had an awesome date night together at Acacia.


This morning, he made breakfast for the fam, and I made some homemade coconut milk creamer since we were out.

Coffee  1 of 1

This means I poured some light coconut milk out of a can into a Mason jar, and added vanilla extract, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Silly easy, and I have no idea why I haven’t done it before. I love store-bought coconut milk creamer, but don’t always love all the ingredients for a daily thing.

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Lunch was an amazing turkey wrap (brown rice tortilla, horseradish sauce, pickles, spinach)

Wrap  1 of 1 2

and an entire batch of kale chips, shared with the Pilot.

Kale chips  1 of 1

We’ll probably spend the rest of the day running errands, have tortilla soup for dinner, and challenge each other with the pull-up bar because we’re lame cool like that. He still beats me but I’m determined to get close πŸ˜‰

I did something out of the ordinary for me the other day: I worked out, on my own, at home. Usually I prefer to workout at a gym or do a DVD for a few reasons: I have minimal equipment (a pull-up bar and a stability ball), and the only chance I have would be naptime, which is when I work on the computer or clean up around the house. If it’s not a teaching day, I’ll work out at night, which isn’t my fave, but a time I can fit it in my schedule. It’s worth it to me to make it work, so I just get in a workout when a get the chance, even if it’s only a shortie.

But last week, Liv surprised me with a 3-hour nap, so after I finished taking care of some things, I decided to get in a little strength.

Here’s what I did:

Superset 1: Pullups and pushups

Superset 2: Lunge and squat jumps

Superset 3: Side plank with knee tuck and mountain climbers

I finished it with a 4-minute plank. I’m not sure what came over me -usually working out at home sounds like the worst thing ever- but this summer playlist may have had something to do with it.

Summer workout playlist

Do you ever work out at home? Here are some of my favorite at-home fitness options.

What’s your favorite local date night spot? I always recommend Cafe Poca Cosa for date nights– it’s the best.

Hope you have a wonderful night <3



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  1. Diana on July 30, 2013 at 12:18 am

    love the playlist!

    those kale chips look delicious. i haven’t made any in a very long time, maybe it’s time to give it another go. πŸ™‚

  2. Olivia on July 30, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Do you keep the coconut creamer in the fridge / does it harden up? I’ve always had difficulties with that and it would be awesome if you have a special trick. Looks delicious! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:23 am

      it’s in the fridge now and seems to be doing ok!

      • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:24 am

        i just realized why. i used the light coconut milk- the full fat one is still in the pantry! works great, though πŸ™‚

        • Kaycee St. Pierre on July 30, 2013 at 7:15 am

          I have found that even if you do use the full fat stuff, if you blend it well with something else (such as vanilla/maple/honey/dates/anything really) it doesn’t solidify in the fridge πŸ™‚ All the extra “particles” must stop the fat from sticking together!

  3. Leslie Wingate on July 30, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Coconut is WAY better than almond in coffee. EWWW.

    • Fitnessista on July 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

      that’s why i used it πŸ˜‰

  4. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on July 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

    #2 & 3 are my current fav workout jams!

  5. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on July 30, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I am easily sold on any and all things coconut related, and that coconut creamer is no different!

  6. Ksenija @ Health Ninja on July 30, 2013 at 1:40 am

    that playlist is perfect! I always search for new workout music since I also tend to use my playlists while taking walks, so they get old pretty soon. thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on July 30, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I love #thatpower and Clarity! They have such a great beat to them :).

    I also usually don’t prefer working out at home since I enjoy making the trip to the gym and having separate “me-time” over there!

  8. Lucie on July 30, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Love Alex Clare!! Well actually, I love the whole playlist.
    When I am in my home in Zurich (I have another one in Basel, Switzerland), I love to work out at home, as it is nicely equipped with a bench and barbell, spinning bike, dumbells, TRX and stability ball. It’s nice if I don’t feel like going to the gym!

  9. Mila on July 30, 2013 at 4:39 am

    You know how sometimes bloggers write “I put cinnamon in my coffee this morning” and inevitably some reader will comment/ask , “can I have the recipe?” Well, I’m sorry to be that person about the coconut creamer, but really – can I have the recipe? The proportions are really throwing me off! To one can of coconut milk you add… 1 TBPS cinnamon?

    **sorry! but it sounds delicious! πŸ™‚

  10. Jodie on July 30, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I like both working out at home and at the gym. I use Rex weights DVDs balls bands jump rope I also have a reformer and exo chair etc

    Please I would love to know which brand coconut milk and brown rice tortillas you use? Thank you

    • Jodie on July 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

      Trx not Rex:)

  11. Brittany on July 30, 2013 at 6:28 am

    You should check out this recipe for coconut milk creamer! It’s pretty awesome

    • Yvonne on July 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Oh! Thank you for linking this! I’m going to try both. Says it stays good for a whole week! I have been using the coconut and almond milk blend but it isn’t strong enough..

  12. Rebecca P. on July 30, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Unless I am doing Group Power or Spin I always workout at home. I have a huge double rack of dumbbells, A Barbell and plates, Stability Ball, etc. I don’t have a lot of room but I have made it work and love my makeshift gym space…which happens to be my room!

  13. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on July 30, 2013 at 8:15 am

    In our old house we had a spare bedroom that I turned into a home gym, complete with elliptical, mirror wall and tv. It was so nice to have a personal gym! Now that we’re in a smaller house I can’t work out at home, but I do miss it sometimes!

  14. Chelsea @ RunChelseaRun on July 30, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Ever since doing the Whole30 I came up with a different way to drink my coffee and now that I’m back to normal healthy eating without all of the restrictions I am still rocking the homemade coffee creamer. It makes the coffee more of a mocha.

    -3 teaspoons of coconut milk from the can
    -2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
    -1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    -spice it up with a little coconut extract, peppermint extract, cinnamon or lately I’ve been adding a pinch of pumpkin pie spice

    So yummy and so much better for you than those store bought creamers with a myriad of different ingredients that are unnecessary. One can of coconut milk lasts me an entire week and weekend so it’s perfect!

  15. Catherine on July 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    For 10 years I strictly worked out at the gym. But, now that we have a nice spot in the basement I have cancelled my gym membership and only work out at home. I have all the basic equipment required (dumbbells, kettlebells, jump rope, etc) and love using my own workout creations, workouts from different iTune apps, DVDs and a few months ago I became a member of fitnessglo (life changing)!!

  16. Kelly on July 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Wow, sounds like that workout playlist is doing wonders for you, I’ll have to give it a try!

  17. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on July 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Your playlist looks a lot like mine right now! I love having the opportunity to take some time off with my husband as well! He’s got a ridiculous amount of leave saved up and we are hoping we can both take some time next week. Sounds like you guys had a really nice day!

  18. Kristin on July 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I enjoy working out at home. I feel like I can do tough workouts and not look like an idiot like I would at the gym. When I go to the gym I either do the stairs or run. But at home I have a ton of great dvds I love. Also I like do follow along with the free you tube videos like the tone it up girls or body rock. Or else I print out workouts that you post and rotate with everything else.

    Thanks for posting the coconut milk creamer recipe. I don’t know why I never thought of using that. I just opened a can the other day & used some in a smoothie. I will totally use the rest for coffee creamer.

    By the way, I made that recipe last night for the no bake cookies you posted. AWESOME! I didn’t have any maple syrup so I used a little honey instead. I almost ate all the batter. Had to force myself to put the spoon down!

  19. Becky on July 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I had your serious cereal this morning for breakfast and loved it ! I added a 1/2 banana smashed up to the “dough”. yummy. How much cinnamon to your creamer? That sounds so good!

  20. queenoffitness on July 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I love working out at home, although I have a membership to our local YM as well. I have a spin bike, BOSU, dumb bells/kettlebells/bands, a jump rope, a reebok step bequeathed from my mom and stability ball in our basement workout area along with a tv/DVD. I enjoy going to the Y to use the treadmills & ellipticals (which are located in front of huge windows there) but honestly my house is my favorite place to exercise. Maybe because I don’t have children but I can blast my music as loud as I want without damaging my ears & have space to move around. I use a combination of body rock, zwow’s (…too bad they aren’t free anymore, sad panda face), and magazine routines from self/fitness/shape. I have a workout binder w/the magazine routines and I have them divided by body part (for instance, legs, arms, total body, etc) so I just flip to that section & pick what i’d like to do on any given day.

  21. Haley on July 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I haven’t made kale chips in a while! I need to bring them back! (:

  22. Emily @ The good era on July 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Such a great idea for coconut creamer! I never thought to do that either and LOVE the so delicious brand but agree about the ingredient list. Thanks!

  23. Julie @ Better Life with Burgers on July 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I love a good at-home workout, but a lot of the time I find that I work harder at a gym (probably because I’m aware that other people might be watching me–how vain I am!). But I think it’s good to mix things up so I don’t get bored with the same routine, even in terms of where we are.

  24. Sarabell on July 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I don’t drink coffee but I always used to like to put flavored creamers in my hot chocolate. Perhaps I’ll make a coconut milk creamer this winter!

  25. Amber on July 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I absolutely DESPISE working out at home. I have dumbells, a stability ball, and even wii fit, and STILL can’t get myself to do it. It just doesn’t feel right–like an ill-fitting outfit, if that makes any sense…it makes me uncomfortable and squirmy. KUDOS TO YOU!

  26. Bella on July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    My few attempts at kale chips NEVER turn out like yours look in that photo. LOL.
    Thanks for that great playlist – I’m going to use it for tomorrow morning’s workout.

  27. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on July 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    so cute that you and the Pilot have pull up comps! I LOVE THAT!

  28. char eats greens on July 31, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I think kale chips are on plate today – figuratively and literally ;). I always do at home workouts just because it’s easier than driving across town to the gym/hubby’s work. BUT, when he does offer to watch our baby while I work out, I’m all for driving there!!

  29. Liz @ LizzieFit on July 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hey Gina,

    How long does your homemade coconut creamer keep in the fridge?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

      i looked around online and a few sources said 1 week

  30. Kathleen on August 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I made some of your creamer…love it!

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