that weird kale girl

Hi! Happy Monday! How was the weekend? Any fun adventures? 

Tiny dancer

(Hanging out with my favorite little ballerina)

Friday afternoon, Liv and I had a lunch date with Whitney and Wynston. True Foods is always the answer.

Kale salmon happiness

(I get the same thing 99.97% of the time: kale salad, add salmon, sweet potato hash.)

Later that night, we went over to a friend’s house for dinner. She had planned to grill some chicken, burgers, and sweet potatoes (she knew we were on our little detox, I was spared the awkwardness of telling her about it) and asked me to bring a salad. I made this awesome kale salad since it tastes better after sitting for a little while (instead of wilting to soggy city like most dressed salads), and love the creamy savory dressing.

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I didn’t want to be “that weird kale girl,” so I also brought a pan of brownies.

Brownie batter

(Boxed mix. We fancy.)

Saturday morning was a training session, Zumba, Liv’s ballet class, and hanging out at the house. Saturday night, we decided to grill a glorious dinner: scallops, roasted garlic potatoes and house salad with vegan Ranch dressing. Quite an amazing feast! I originally planned to wrap the scallops in bacon for the Pilot, but since I couldn’t find the skewers, I made bacon on the side. 

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Yesterday, we surprised Liv by taking her to see Fancy Nancy: the Musical. She looooves the Fancy Nancy books, and a Twitter friend let me know that the musical was coming to Casa del Prado at Balboa. It was so cute! The Balboa Junior Theatre is extremely family-friendly: they allow snacks, waters, and it was a sold-out crowd of families. The kids who performed were so talented and the show was the perfect length at one hour. Youth theatre productions have a special place in my heart, since they were a huge part of my childhood and high school life (I was a musical theatre major before I switched to Finance). I was excited to take Liv to the show, and she absolutely adored it. We will definitely be back to check out future productions!

W fancy nancy cast

Spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Balboa:

Walking around balboa

exploring the art exhibits, listening to live music, and riding the historic carousel. I had no idea they did this, but they hang a wooden lever down and riders can grab rings from the lever. If you get an iron ring, you throw it at a stuffed animal to knock it down; if you get a brass ring, you get a free ride. 

Carousel ring

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday. 😉

Ice cream at balboa

Hope you had a great weekend, too! Time to get ready for BODYPUMP. See ya later today!



What hobbies did you do as a kiddo? Is it something you still do and enjoy today? What’s on the workout plan for today? Don’t forget that Winter Shape Up starts in exactly one week!

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  1. Tamara @ A Side Of Dessert on January 19, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Livi is such a cutie! The first picture of you two is absolutely adorable! I’m glad you had a nice weekend with your family. Happy Monday Gina 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      thank you! happy monday to you! 🙂

  2. LInda @ The Fitty on January 19, 2015 at 4:34 am

    You were a music theatre major?! Oh my goodness–I’m applying to major in music theatre! Which university do you suggest for the states, and have you heard of Sheridan College here in Canada? I have so many questions for you.

  3. Michele @ paleorunningmomma on January 19, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Kale, salmon and sweet potato hash would have me every time as well. Some of my favorite foods right there!

  4. Elle on January 19, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I can relate! I usually make a boxed dessert (love Immaculate Baking Company) as well when I take something to a party/cookout so I’m not the weird healthy girl…

  5. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on January 19, 2015 at 4:55 am

    The kale, salmon and sweet potato hash lunch sounds amazing. I used to love dance like Liv! Then it was horses, gymnastics, etc. I was all over the place! By training session did you mean you are training or working with clients one one one? Have a great Monday!

  6. Brynn on January 19, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I love seeing all of your adventures! This weekend we took a day trip to Frankenmuth, which has the world’s largest Christmas store! It was an experience to say the least!

  7. Mary Beth on January 19, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I loved singing and dancing when I was a kid. I was all over it. And then I became a speech therapist. Lol. I still sing some. I was in a community Bach choir for a few years and I sing in church some.

    And I am sooooo excited for winter shape up! I’ve been on the sidelines the last couple years but this time I’m all in.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      that’s awesome you still do it. i only sing when i’m goofy around the disney music with liv 😉
      so happy you’re joining in the shape up fun, too!

  8. Sharon T on January 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Congrats on your detox. My conditioning class is cancelled with MLK day, so I’m doing my Body Pump video at home today. Do you have a recipe for your kale salad?

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      i think i linked to it in the post!

  9. Amanda @ on January 19, 2015 at 5:30 am

    All your eats look amazing! I know all about being “the weird kale girl” when eating out with other people in a public setting 😉

    As a kid I think my hobbies were just getting dirty and getting into things. As a Mommy to 3 now, it’s more like “cleaning dirty messes” my own get into.

  10. pripriya on January 19, 2015 at 5:37 am

    SO EXCITED FOR SHAPE UP! Its my first day back to school. is that not perfect or what?!
    And, Can I ask why you switched from musical theter to finance?

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      happy first day back!
      my mom and i had a long talk about the reality of getting a job with musical theatre, so i switched to something that was “safer” (which is funny because i don’t use my degree in a traditional sense at all). finance was an easy choice because i was a math nerd

  11. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on January 19, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I took dance as a kid and I did it for 13 years. I don’t dance anymore, but I do like barre workouts and zumba, which are kind of similar. I miss it sometimes though!

  12. Jess on January 19, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I love Balboa park! That show sounds awesome I saw one a few years ago, the kids were amazing! I never knew about that carousel thing with the levers. We will be in SD this summer for a few weeks so I’ll have to take my girls to balboa.
    Ps she is such a cute ballerina!

  13. Erin on January 19, 2015 at 5:56 am

    I love Olivia’s baller outfit! Too cute! I was a ballerina when I was little and continued dancing for 20 years. I still go to barre and Zumba to keep my dancing feet wet. I still love to throw on music and choreograph when I feel the need. Today in trying Orange Theory Fitness for the first time.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      what did you think?!

      • Erin on January 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        It was crazy awesome!! I loved the class and it flew by. The whole atmosphere was incredible. It’s a new studio in my area so the class times are a little limited, but I might sign up for a month when better times pop up.

        • Erin on January 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm

          I also by accident drove half way home before I realized I was still wearing the heart monitor. Then I had to run back and embarrassingly drop it off. That wasn’t embarrassing at all lol

          • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

            derp! hahah! i’m sure it was NBD. so so happy to hear you liked it!!

  14. Amanda @ Slimplify Life on January 19, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Sounds like the perfect little weekend! As a kid I loved being able to ride my bike to the end of the street by myself. My first liberty as a child! Now kids are motor scootering to the end of the street…what is happening?!?!

  15. Alexandria @ Al2getherfit on January 19, 2015 at 6:33 am

    That Kale girl! 😉 I have encouraged an addiction to massaged kale salad with my sister-in-law and recently sent a kale salad to a friend who had a baby, and I have been asked numerous times in the past week about the kale salad recipe. I get “hey, you make that kale salad right?…can you email me the recipe?” I guess that’s a good thing to be “known” for.

  16. cait @pieceofcait on January 19, 2015 at 6:41 am

    im deff that kale girl too.. BUT ALWAYS bring a sweet treat too!!! 🙂 looks like a fun weekend of adventures!

  17. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on January 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Love kale salad! I could eat a ton of it. The good thing is that my kids feel the same way! Livi’s ballerina shirt is so cute! My daughter would love it.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      thank you! tom’s mom got it for her at old navy 🙂

  18. Joelle @ on a pink typewriter on January 19, 2015 at 7:17 am

    How fun! I’ve never been to a play in Balboa Park!

    Where are you teaching Pump? I want to pop in!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      same spot as spin! let me know if you ever want to take a class!

  19. Lizzie @ The Magic Tree on January 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I’m always worried about being the kale girl too! Bringing a sweat treat is a great way to combat the side eyes. haha

  20. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on January 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

    True Foods is always the best. I get their quinoa burger with the kale salad and sweet potato hash. It’s divine! I had someone else in Phx say they’ve only ever had bad things there. I couldn’t believe it! I was a dancer for 15 yrs-ballet, tap and jazz. Choreographed all my cheerleading routunes through high school. Now I can’t even Zumba without feeling like I’m bouncing around like weirdo. I’ve lost all coordination.

  21. April on January 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

    at least you weren’t wearing your “kale yeah” shirt! if so, then you’d really be that weird kale girl. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      hahah that would be overkill 😉

  22. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on January 19, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Oh man, you have me drooling over those scallops! Such a perfect meal! So glad you had such a lovely weekend with the fam 🙂

  23. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on January 19, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Your weekend meals look so delicious! I wish we had a True Food in San Francisco! I laughed at you bringing the brownies – that it totally something I’d do because I always get teased for being the healthy one!

    Happy Monday 🙂
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  24. Elana on January 19, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Sounds like you guys had a fun weekend! I remember 6th grade musical theater and it was so much fun! I used to dance and do gymnastics as a little kid also. I had real plans to ice skate/compete in gymnastics during the olympics one day. Today I am going on a hike and probably will catch a yoga class later.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      6th grade musical theatre was the best 🙂 xoxo

  25. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on January 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Ohhh fun!! I was in a few plays and the band as a kid as well, which was really neat. I think that’s why I’ve always enjoyed seeing all sorts of productions, from ballets to operas to symphony. There’s just something about live performance! Happy Monday! 🙂

  26. Alex @ True Femme on January 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

    First of all, you are so gorgeous and so is Livi. You both look beautiful in every picture! It was fun to see your Instagram pics at Balboa park. I went to San Diego for the first time last March with one of my aunts on a girl’s trip and we had a great afternoon in Balboa. Sounds like a fun weekend!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      thank you so much, lovely friend! hope you’re enjoying the day!

  27. Sandra F. on January 19, 2015 at 10:18 am

    As a kid, I loved the beach and our summer vacations at the cape. Best memories. Today I did the bike at home and a quick HIIT. Can’t wait for WSU!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      wahoo! so glad you’re joining in 🙂

  28. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on January 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    What a fun weekend! I love carousels that do the brass ring game. I grew up going to the Jersey Shore in the summer and that was always a favorite.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      i didn’t even know that was a thing!

  29. Tracy on January 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I loved taking my kids to youth theater when they were younger! Such great memories!

    Psyched for the WSU!!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      so glad you’re joining in the fun 🙂

  30. Jessica on January 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I’m afraid I am doomed to always be that weird kale girl, but I have learned brownies are a vital addition. 😛

  31. Cassie Vaughn on January 20, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I often feel like that weird kale girl. Oh well. I’m hoping to get some yoga in today.

  32. Julie on January 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I’m confused… your detox allows bacon??? Sign me up! 😉 (Those scallops look amazing!)

    • Fitnessista on January 20, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      yeah i got the pilot some organic bacon and some turkey bacon for me. we’re chicken-ed out a bit

  33. haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on January 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Fancy Nancy the Musical? that is just about the cutest thing I have ever heard!

    • Fitnessista on January 20, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      it was so cute!

      • @musiccaab on January 22, 2015 at 11:06 am

        Yay! So glad you liked the show!

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