The Blog Grew Up

Hi friends! How are you? Some of you have seen it already, but welcome to the new blog design! I’ll hope you’ll find it more fun to look at and easier to use 🙂 The “Fashion” and “Fun” pages should be up by the end of the week, so stay tuned for those too 🙂

I can’t even thank my web wizard enough for his hard work into making the blog facelift so gorg. His name is Cody Smith, he is a rock star, and he managed to create the blog design exactly as I envisioned it. He also dealt with quite a few snafus that popped up along the way –tons of data to transfer to a new host, corrupt files, etc- and I am so very grateful to him. <3 You can follow him on Twitter, check out his portfolio, and hit him up if you’d like some design work done. He’s offered a generous 15% discount to my readers, too 🙂 He is extremely pleasant to work with and ridiculously knowledgeable with WordPress and design. I really can’t say enough good things about him.

This blog makeover made me even more excited for the year to come.. lots of adventures on the horizon 😉

So this morning, I took the most beautiful yoga class at work:


It was a 90-minute power class, which was extra-appreciated since the only Baptiste studio is in the middle of nowheres-ville. We did all of my favorite poses (handstands, crow, dancer, standing splits) and I was a very content yoga noodle at the end.

Afterwards, I had the standard:

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I’m not sick of these yet, but I’m sorry if you’re sick of seeing pictures of them 😉 They’re just SO good. To make the protein muffin even more exciting, I stuffed it with 3 squares of sea salt dark chocolate halfway through cooking.


Oh yeah.

I was planning of afternoon acupuncture, but since they couldn’t get me an appointment until tomorrow, I went to get shoes for work instead. My old Zumba shoes are killing me and my Asics have seen their better days, so I hit up the Nike outlet.

PURPLE Zumba shoes:


and weight room/regular teaching shoes:

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Both for $70! Amazing. In between shoe-picking, I grabbed a Venti iced passion tea and a thing of cashews from Starbucks. I’ve been obsessed with the passion teas lately- that means summer is officially on the way.

I’m off to get to work on those Fitness and Fun pages, and also creating a fun cardio workout to post in the morning 🙂

Enjoy your night and I’ll see ya laterrrr <3



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  1. Nicole @ Fresh & Fit on May 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Love the new look. Your Zumba Shoes match your blog!

  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love the new design Gina!

  3. Amber L on May 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I love the new blog!!! I especially love the font. It is definitely the font type I choose when choosing fonts haha. The picture on the side is great! You look fantastic in it!!

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  4. Stephanie on May 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Awesome layout. It def was worth the wait all weekend 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      you’re a sweetheart- i’m glad you like it!

  5. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on May 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Your new layout looks gorgeous, just like you! 🙂 xoxo

  6. Krystina (Organically Me) on May 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Luuuurve the pic of you in the background. 😀

  7. Jenn on May 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I love the new design and your purple zumba shoes!! 😀

  8. Ashley K on May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    The new design is spectacular, he did a great job and your vision is beautiful!!

  9. Jess@atasteofconfidence on May 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Love the new look, you look great in the picture!

  10. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) on May 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Love the new blog look, it’s so cute and classy 😀 You look so badass holding the dumbbell 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      hahah thank you!

  11. rebecca lustig on May 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    obsessed with the iced passion teas. they are my sure sign of warmth and happiness. but perhaps I’m more obsessed with the new layout! the picture of you to the left is encouragin me to grab some weights haha

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      <3 thank you- i'm so happy you like the layout!!

  12. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on May 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Hey Gena,
    It’s one of the prettiest blogs out there! I love it!!!! 🙂

  13. sarah (sarah learns) on May 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    love love love the new design! it looks great gina!

  14. Barb on May 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Love the update on the blog!!! It looks amazing!!! Congrats!!!! 🙂

  15. Paige on May 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Loving the new blog design! Anndddd your arm looks way buff in that picture on the left sidebar. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm


  16. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    i’ve already told you how much i love this new design, but i just need to say it again! LOVE

    those purple shoes are wicked awesome, i want pink ones like that when i teach (one day, maybe next year)

  17. Sarah @TheExPat Bride on May 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Love the new layout Gina! It fits you and your blog really well 🙂

  18. megan @ the oatmeal diaries on May 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Awesome new layout! 🙂

  19. Chai Latté on May 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    So cute!! I think the “About” should say “Four-One-One” Just to go with the F’s! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      oh i like that idea!

  20. Lori Z on May 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Looks great!

  21. Tamara on May 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Those purple Nikes are awesome! They don’t even look like gym shoes!

  22. Katheryn on May 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Love the new blog look!

    The purple shoes are sweet!

  23. Kelsey on May 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    looks fab : )

  24. Jess on May 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Just when I though I couldn’t love your blog more…it looks awesome!!!

  25. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on May 2, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    The new design is awesome!! Congrats 🙂

  26. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on May 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Great new look!!! It is so sleek!

  27. lindsay on May 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    beautiful girl! Love the design and the vision!

  28. Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks on May 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    LOVE the new layout! Cody Smith did a fantastic job.

    also, your purple sneaks are pretty rockin’! they look so fun 🙂

  29. Chantal on May 2, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Definitely shnazzy (and more much user-friendly!) Can’t wait to see the finished product! Awesome work from the both of you 🙂

  30. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on May 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful, Gina!

    Just gorgeous.. you have got to be so proud!!

    I like how you put your FB banner on the top, horizontally. It’s different and unique and sets you apart 🙂 Very cool! I didnt even know that was a layout option.

    Enjoy this gorgeous new site and thanks for working so hard to make it come together so beautifully 🙂

  31. diana@mymarblerye on May 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    omg. it’s gorgeous!! Just like you!! Congrats!

  32. Sarah Elizabeth on May 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Love the new layout!! 🙂

  33. Kailey (SnackFace) on May 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I’m in love with the new look! Yeeee! So chic and clean! And sexy. Had to say it. 😉 xo!

  34. Pam on May 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    LOVE the new blog design! Looks so professional!! 🙂

  35. Julie (Food & Other Things) on May 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Love the new layout and love the shoes you got as well!

  36. MC on May 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Love the redesign! Very cool look. I’ve been looking around for website designers. Will have to check out Cody’s site!

  37. Tammy on May 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Your new layout is BEAUTIFUL! Just like you! Thank you for being such an inspirational and motivational blogger 🙂 AND I love your style. Totally looking forward to fashion posts!

  38. Beth- Give a girl the right shoes on May 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Wooooo, awesome design!!

  39. candice on May 2, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Love the makeover and your shoes!!!

  40. Kilee on May 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Gina, the new design is beautiful! Your vision for the blog is perfect and I love the little icons on the page buttons are super cute. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for this year. I hope that you and the pilot get to spend some more time together, close on the house and keep doing what you love. Take care, Kilee

  41. Mac on May 3, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Great new look! Love your new weight room shoes as well 🙂

  42. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 3, 2011 at 12:44 am

    it’s perfectly you – love the new design!

  43. lauren @ sassy molassy on May 3, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Yes, the new layout and design looks great. And of course I love that you kept the whole pink thing going. New workout shoes are the best gift we can give our bodies (well that and a rest day here and there when we need it). 🙂

  44. kt on May 3, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Look at your muscles over there <—— ! I'm enjoying all the pink and look forward to exploring the new pages. So fun. 🙂

  45. vicky on May 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I have the same nike zoom sisters 🙂

  46. ellalinea on May 3, 2011 at 1:48 am

    love love love the new design!!

  47. Emily on May 3, 2011 at 2:33 am

    love the new design! especially looking forward to the fashion page now 🙂

  48. nicole on May 3, 2011 at 2:52 am

    LOVE the new design! It looks so much cleaner and professional- not that I’m trying to hate on the old one, just saying I love your improvements 🙂
    Cute shoes as well.

  49. J.A on May 3, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Love the design. Easy to read and a great read.

  50. Anne on May 3, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Think pink baby – I love the new design 🙂

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