The best of 2012

Happy old year! Hope you’re spending the last of 2012 with those you love and have something fun planned tonight πŸ™‚

I’ll meet you back here next year with an inspiration board challenge, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my favorite posts and moments from 2012!

Baby food 8

Top posts according to traffic:

1 month of baby food, 1 hour, $20 (my most-visited and pinned post of all time! Thank you so much to those of you who have helped spread the word)

The perfect protein pancake

Original breakfast cookie (went in and changed the pics a few months ago, since the old grainy ones were horrendous)

1 month of baby food, 1 hour, $20- round 2


Summer Shape Up 2012

B-fast cookie cereal

Focus On: Tracy Anderson

Focus On: The Tone It Up plan


Pumpkin Amazeballs

Livi is here!

The birth story part 1 and 2

My post-delivery body

Me and liv 5

Some of my favorite posts/recipes from 2012:

Livi’s birth, birth story (parts 1 and 2), coming home from the hospital

Liv playing peekaboo

All of her monthly updates

Adopting Caroline

Dogs  1 of 1 3

What I’ve Learned in 4 Years

Pilot becomes Dad (I always love when the Pilot guest posts)

With dad  1 of 1

Confessions of a personal trainer

9 months on, 9 months off

Best research-based HIIT methods


Turkey lentil loaf (this is a staple now)

Cranberry avocado salad (another new staple)

Quinoa trail mix muffins

Muffins 2

Jump rope HIIT workout

Tucson Half Marathon Re-cap


I have so many fun things planned and in store for 2013- including Winter Shape Up! Hope you’re as excited as I am.


What’s one of your favorite posts from 2012 (it can be from any blog, including your own)? Anything you’d like to see here in 2013? As always, I love to hear and appreciate your feedback.

See ya in the new year!



If you’re out partying tonight, here’s my mama hen advice to please be safe <3 Make a plan to get home safely before you go out and know what options are available for you if you find yourself without a ride. Don’t forget to stash a few coconut waters for tomorrow, too πŸ˜‰


It’s Day 6 of 12 days of Fitness!Β 

6 pullups (at home? Do 6 deadlifts or resistance band rows instead)

5Β frog crunches

4Β toe touchesΒ (each side)

3 mountain climbers (each side)

2 pushups

1-minute plank (can be 6 rounds of 10 seconds up, rest for 3 seconds)

Leave a comment here when you’ve finished! πŸ™‚Β 

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  1. Katie @ running4cupcakes on December 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Yeah Winter Shape Up!!! So excited already. I really loved your baby food posts. πŸ™‚

  2. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on December 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I’m glad you had such a great year, Gina! My 2012 was kind of a stinker, but I’m excited for all that 2013 has in store! PS. Looking forward to your winter shape-up! πŸ™‚

  3. Mandy M on December 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Happy New Year to you and the family! Crazy to think last year I was stalking your blog to see when that baby would come.
    You are always an inspiration!
    Any idea when I should put the WSU on my calander?

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      i’m thinking about jan 28th πŸ™‚

  4. Paige @ Running Around Normal on December 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Caroline is such a sweet heart.
    I always think it’s so interesting to see which are the most-visited posts from bloggers!

  5. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on December 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Excited for the Winter Shape Up! Happy New Year to you and your family, Gina!

  6. Laura on December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    What a wonderful year! My favorite post of my own was about running the Chicago Marathon πŸ™‚

    Have a fun night with your loved ones!

  7. Rachel C on December 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    My favorite post was Summer Shape Up 2012 (I’m counting the whole series as one post.). It’s what turned me from an occasional Fitnessista reader into a die hard, everyday, cry when I miss a post reader. Haha! It also helped me get back on board with my training. I had been slacking for several months and having a 4 weeks goal/guideline really helped me. And the workouts kicked my butt!! I am super excited about Winter Shape Up and hope it will jump start my goal of dropping the 10 pounds that I “picked up” during 2012.

  8. Elizabeth M. on December 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Happy new year Gina!! You’re the only blog I’ve kept reading through the years, I just love it! I absolutely love your HIIT workouts and recipes my husband just told me one of his resolutions is to eat less meat, so I will be browsing your recipes often!!

  9. Lucie@fitswisschick on December 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Younare such a beautiful couple!! I am excite for the Winter Shape Up! Thank you also for posting the fave posts, I need to browse though them this week!! Happy New Year’s night!!

  10. Jackie on December 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    My favorite post of mine was :
    I talked about stepping out my comfort zone this past December.

    I love reading your blog in general. You have great recipes, pictures, and stories.

    Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  11. Brooke @ Running In Heels on December 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for rounding all of these up for us!! I found a few of my favorite posts of yours in here!

  12. Kristin on December 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Gina, I love your blog so much! I love how you always keep it real. you keep me inspired so I wanted to say thank you! You are doing an awesome job!!

  13. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I loved your early Livi days posts Gina! And I’m totally going to check out the ‘new’ old breakfast cookie. I have been re-photographing a lot of recipes on my blog and while the old photos were hideous, isn’t it nice to see how far we’ve come?! πŸ™‚ Happy new year to you, Livi and the Pilot!

  14. Amelia on December 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I completed the 12days of Christmas workout last night, except I did the entire thing through twice after a proper warm up, then followed it up with 3 rounds of 25kettlebell swings, 25 push ups, 25 pull ups. I then garnished the whole workout with your ab burner. Holy moly, it was insanity! πŸ™‚

  15. @pluvk on December 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Winter Shape Up! Your Summer Shape Up were some of my favorite posts this year! Happy New Year!

  16. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on December 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I’m so excited for Winter Shape Up! Have a great New Year’s<3

  17. Sara @ fitcupcaker on December 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I am def going to try some of your recipes in the new year!!

  18. Leah O on December 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Love this post! Some of my favorite posts are always the holiday gift guides, such great gift ideas! Day 6 of the 12 days done! The pull ups were so hard, Im definitely going to be sore tomorrow!

  19. Deanna - Coach Calorie on December 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Looks like you had a banner year, congratulations! Looking forward to checking out your recipes.

  20. Averie @ Averie Cooks on December 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Happy 2013 to you and your family, Gina! It’s been a pleasure watching you guys blossom as a happy family this year and thanks for sharing so much of your family life with us all and all the sweet photos!

  21. Christine @ BookishlyB on December 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    My favorite post was the one I just did today…

    I’d love to see some juicing recipes this year and maybe a post on how you’ve changed emotionally/mentally since becoming a mom. I also always love play list suggestions!

    Happy new year!

  22. Nichole on December 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I’m so thankful for your blog and all of the fabulous fitness and clean eats you have brought us in 2012. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2013 πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  23. Molly on December 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Your breakfast cookie cereal changed my life. Seriously. I was so skeptical….then I made it. And ate it. And loved it. Repeat, repeat, repeat!

    For 2013….I’d like to see more meal ideas. I always get in a food rut and eat the same things over and over.

    Happy New Year!

  24. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 1, 2013 at 2:14 am

    2012 was an amazing year for you. Here’s hoping 2013 is even better!

  25. Bek @ Crave on January 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

    It’s been a great year!

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