Top 20 posts and pages of 2016

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you’re enjoying the morning. My Zumba class yesterday went surprisingly well -they saw there was a sub and stayed the whole time, so I call that a win- and we spent the rest of the day catching up on errands and getting ready for the next week. We picked up some basketball tickets (YES), chased P around (she’s the reason baby-proofing exists haha) and I’m also starting to prep for Liv’s birthday party. I can’t believe she’ll be 5!!

For today, I thought I’d share my top posts and pages from 2016 as we wrap up the year. 

The Family page

This is where I share most of my musings on motherhood, + funny things that Liv says. I haven’t updated as much as I’d like this past year -I think I was mostly trying to keep my head above water with the reflux stuff, and there was a lot of things I didn’t really feel like writing about and reliving- but I will definitely include more family page posts in the new year. 

1 Month of Baby Food, 1 hour, $20- Round 2

My baby food posts continue to be my top posts When I created them, I had no idea that they would be shared so many times across various platforms, and I’m so thankful to those who have said they found them helpful and enjoyed the recipes. 

My PiYo review

This is where I break down the PiYo workout and what I thought from a fitness instructor (who was pregnant at the time) perspective. I love Chalene and the PiYo workouts, and found it to be a fun and unique low-impact workout.

1 Month of Baby Food, 1 hour, $20

This is the classic baby food post! I wanted to make baby food that was healthy, inexpensive and delicious, and was excited to put everything together into a post. I’m so happy that other families enjoyed the recipes and method to make a lot of food easily and on the cheap.

Sustainable Seafood with Blue Apron

Maybe it was the salmon model pictures of the Pilot that made this post do so well?

Fitness page

I love the new Fitness page -it makes everything so much easier to navigate!- and it makes my heart happy that you use it as a resource for your workouts. 

Potty Training Tips from Two Nanas

This is from the one time mom and nana potty-trained Liv in 24 hours. Maybe they’ll fly out to Georgia and help me with P when the time comes?

Baked Breakfast Cookie

These are a delicious and portable breakfast option. I need to make a batch for Liv!

The Best Pasta Salad You Will Ever Have In Your Life

The title says it all. This is a recipe from my Uncle Eric, and it’s a crowdpleaser for parties and events. The flavors are SO delicious and it’s a breeze to put together.

Zucchini Pasta Salad with Creamy Cashew Sauce

This is a raw vegan recipe that is awesome during the summer. 

Pregnancy Supplements + Why I didn’t drink Shakeology while pregnant

This was a common question during pregnancy, and I’m glad I decided to wait until P was born to bring back my beloved Shakeology habit. 

About page

This was a good reminder to update this one haha.

Focus On: Orangetheory Fitness

YAY, my favorite group fitness workout! I love Orangetheory, and have been taking classes for 2 1/2 years now. This breaks down the popular workout and what you can expect in a class.

When Things Come Full Circle

This is the post where I announced that we’ll be moving to Valdosta (BACK to Valdosta) in the spring. 

The Original Breakfast Cookie

The classic never dies. This remains a favorite in our house, 8 years after I made it for the first time. It got a shiny update with a video, too!

Sweet Potato, Turkey Bacon, and Egg Casserole

This is a savory breakfast recipe, with a sweet potato layer, creamy goat cheese, egg and turkey bacon. It’s packed with protein, and great to make in advance for breakfasts during the week.

DIY Bath Bombs

These are a DIY version of my fave Lush bath bombs. They smell beautiful, and really pop and fizz in the tub!

Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I LOVE these bars, and made at least 10 batches this past fall. (They go quickly.) If you haven’t tried them yet, you need to do it! They have no added flour, and very little sugar, but they’re soft, chocolate-y and so so good.

Morning Detox Drink

This is the drink I enjoy almost every morning. It warms me up, wakes me up, and provides anti-inflammatory and health benefits.

The Best Workout Tights

A roundup of my fave workout tights, from various budgets.


Was there a post on the blog that stood out to you this past year? Any special requests or anything you’d like to see in 2017?



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  1. claire on December 29, 2016 at 6:49 am

    How old was Livi when she was potty trained? Just read the post and there are lots of great ideas.

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      she was 2 1/2. it was incredible.

  2. Camee on December 29, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I loved your butternut squash lasagna recipe and all the barre workouts 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      so happy to hear- thank you <3

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 29, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I need that breakfast cookie! I adore all of your posts. They’re so relatable and reasonable for busy people!

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      thank you, friend- i appreciate it!

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 29, 2016 at 8:33 am

    So much diverse content, Gina! Love it all! You know I love your fitness/diet posts the best, especially when you do a WIAW! 🙂

  5. Katie on December 29, 2016 at 9:10 am

    That picture of You & Your Hubby is seriously one of the best “love” photos. You can see it in both of you!

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      thank you so much <3

  6. Katie on December 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Tried reading your love story at starbucks.. but the link doesn’t work!! 🙁

    • Fitnessista on December 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      yeah i had to mark it as private – i can email it to you!

      • Katie on December 30, 2016 at 5:08 am

        Yay! Perfect! I’m a huge lover of Starbucks so I’d love to hear the story 🙂

  7. Jen on December 30, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Love all of your posts- looking forward to reading more and following along in 2017! Happy New Year 🙂

  8. Tanya on December 30, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Those flourless pumpkin bars are truly to die for! I, too, have made like 4-5 batches. They go fast!

  9. Taylor on December 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Loved seeing the 2016 posts! Happy New Year to you and your precious family!!

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