{Video post} Not a costume

Halloween ended up being a fun whirlwind over here:

Teaching Zumba

doc appt

back to the casa to leave out candy for trick-or-treaters


dinner with madre and nana


[Twist my arm, eh?]

followed by some shopping…

A lovely day indeed 🙂

Remember last week when I said night weeks are over? Apparently it was a joke on me because the Pilot had a late night Halloween flight. I was glad that he flew instead of one of the pilots who has kids, and I just used the evening to hang out with the fam. For the holiday, many of my friends were with their husbands taking their new babies and young kids trick-or-treating (didn’t want to third-wheel it), while my other friends were out clubbing, so mom, nana and I enjoyed a girl’s night.

Breakfast of champions:


Egg and sliced goat cheese quesadilla with salsa

Snacks packed up to-go:


Organic GIANT grapes, an apple, and leftover sweet potato and black bean chili.

I ended up eating the fruit, but not the chili since I forgot it at the madre’s.

Conveniently, Whole Foods is on the way home and is often my post doc appt treat:

hot bar2

Chicken, miso-almond slaw, lentil and chickpea salad, chicken and a spaghetti squash pile topped with marinara. It’s funny because since we have Trader Joe’s and Sunflower Market here, I don’t go to Whole Foods nearly as much as I used to. Our bank account enjoys this greatly.

Throughout the day I also enjoyed a few mini Almond Joy’s and a Reese’s PB cup 🙂

So I was a little nervous about teaching Zumba at the high school yesterday. One of my friends who teaches choir at the school asked me to do a 5 or so dances during lunch after a flash mob that they had planned, and that they’d have a speaker set up in the dance room and one outside, so the kids at lunch could hear the music. I was nervous because high schoolers can be a tough crowd- they’re either shy, “too cool,” or will have a LOT of fun and get into it (which is the dream situation). When I taught dance back in the day, my high school hip hop girls were some of my favorites to teach. Today reminded me exactly why.

I have to give major props to the girls in the front, who came in yelling “Zumba!! ZUMBA!!!!” – their energy was fantastic.  No one had seen the dances before, or ever taken Zumba and they picked it up like pros! I was so impressed at grateful to everyone for participating.

Of course things have been dialed down a little bit (I like to get a little crazy out there), but here are a couple of videos of me teaching Zumba with a 31-week baby belly:

My fave dance right now:

A classic (just a snippet since it’s not my choreography):

Feel free to dance along!

The best part was when students came up to me afterwards to ask if my belly was a Halloween costume. They thought I was *dressed up* 🙂

About to hop on a fun Skype conference call- I’ll be sure to post the deets (and a giveaway) tonight!

See ya later with a Family post <3



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  1. Su on November 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I LOVE the smile on your face while dancing : )

  2. chrissy on November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    instructors with dance background are the best at zumba!! especially if they enjoy it as much as you do! i’ve seen quite a few pregnant fitness group instructors or class participants, no biggie. i figure if they’re shaking it must not be hurting them or the baby. although, i must admit that those last few weeks i say to myself “what, she didn’t have it yet??” LOL

  3. Kim on November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    So impressed with your baby rocking zumba skills. I was a dancer for most of my life and recently tried my first Zumba class. I was definitely the white girl who could not loosen up and shake her booty. I felt so defeated and embarrassed I haven’t been back yet! 🙁

  4. kara on November 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    look at you & baby shake it up! that looks awesome. i wish i could take your zumba class!!

  5. Lola on November 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I sooo want to take one of your classes. It looks like a blast 🙂

    • jennifer on November 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

      ME TOO LOLA!!!

  6. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats on November 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    those videos remind me of how much I enjoyed zumba! I used to love it but the last time I went to a class I had a teacher that made me really uncomfortable, so I didn’t go to the class at my gym again. I need to go back (new teacher now!).

  7. Kathleen on November 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Holy shit! You can move girl. That baby is going to be an amazing dancer.

  8. Lauren on November 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    That is so awesome! Those girls were having a great time right along with you! You rocked it : )

  9. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig on November 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    It will be awesome when you can show these videos to your baby girl 🙂

  10. Mallory on November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Can you move to NYC??? I want you to be my instructor, you are rockin it out in ways I only dream of being able to Zumba 🙂

  11. Natasha on November 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    YOU BLEEEPIN”…BLEEP ROCK MOMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE – I adore you Gina…Pilot – You are so proud I know it!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love you guys – this is what havin a baby – and lovin your wife is about!! Livin; life!

  12. laura t. on November 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    damn gina, if thats what you’re like when you’re “dialed down” i wonder what its like when you’re going full force! thats so impressive, you did great!

  13. Electra @ vanillabeanlean.com on November 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. YOU. ROCK. WOMAN!!!!! I LOOOOVE the baby belly zumba!! HOW FUN!!!! 🙂

  14. Gina on November 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    You are so BAD ASS! I’ve never taken a Zumba class, but I would love to take a class by you; your energy is awesome! Funfact: at night when I need a break from studying, I look up one of your videos to dance along to 🙂

  15. Kalynn on November 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve been doing Zumba for about a year now, and these videos totally make me wish I had a reason to make the trip fro TX to AZ and take one of your classes! It’s awesome that the students were so receptive to hop in and join you! Looks like y’all had a ton of fun!

  16. jodie on November 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Fantastic!!! I love Zumba. Your love for Zumba is so obvious by your high energy and smile. Enjoyed the videos, made me want to dance. Have a good evening.

  17. Necia on November 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Everyone is looking like they are having a blasty. Ive never seen a pregnant woman move as you do! Kudos to you! Props to the pilot for his videography skills on a FLIP. Ive never seen better footage aken with that tiny camera. I may have o buy one for myself.

  18. MareBare on November 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

    OMGoodness! That is the cutest thing ever! Look at you go baby and everything. Now I have no excuse….lol.

  19. Carolyn on November 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Wow Gina! You and baby Fitnessista are slaying those Zumba moves. Baby isn’t even born yet and I know she dances with more coordination than I do. These videos made me miss your DT class so much!! I may not ever be mistaken for a dancer but I sure had fun trying thanks to your energy and passion for it.

  20. Allison on November 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I might have just died! I am seriously SO impressed 🙂 I clearly have NO excusing half a**ing any future workouts!

  21. Emma on November 2, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Yay I love to see your Zumba videos! I don’t have proper internet at my house right now (just one of those dongle things) but when I get it (which should be shortly!) you bet I put these on and Zumba along for a workout! Thanks Gina 😀

  22. Lindsay on November 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

    OMG! YOU ARE THE CUTEST PREGNANT LADY EVER!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could take your Zumba class!!!!!! (Does it count if I stood in front of my computer and shook it??)

  23. Jenn on November 2, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Wow Gina you rock! Your class looks like a lot of fun.

  24. allison @ thesundayflog on November 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    eeeeeee. i am OBSESSED with these videos. girl you can shake it!! i would hate myself in that class because you would be kicking my butt with a watermelon strapped to you. amazing!! =)

  25. Monica on November 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

    OMG, are you the cutest thing with your Zumba baby belly??!! The Zumba folks should hire you for a Zumba pregnancy DVD!!

  26. Carrie on November 2, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Okay, YOU ARE AMAZING… when the Nugette is begging to start dance class at 24 months make sure you remember this!!! AWESOME!!

    You are such a great dancer…and reggaeton while pregnant…no wonder the kids were impressed. Thanks for sharing!!!

  27. Suzanne on November 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Sorry – delayed comment here. I didn’t get a chance to watch the Zumba videos until just now.

    You are such an awesome Zumba instructor! I love Zumba, but I’m too self conscious to take a class, because it takes me a while to follow the moves. I get them eventually – but after looking like a doofus for a little bit. 🙂
    Your class looks fun – I’d definitely take it. Too bad I’m all the way in Jersey.

    Rocking the Zumba with the baby bump. Go Gina! <3

    I have a random question/request: Do you know how to Samba? It's the one dance that I can't do! I've tried so many times, but I get tripped up with the coordination of hips and shake-age! It would be awesome if you could post an instructional video. 😉

  28. suki on November 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    loved the zumba videos! you and baby have got the moves! 😛 i am all uncoordinated.

  29. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on November 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Girlfran got some sweet moves! I wish we could team teach sometime–that would be the funnest class of my life. Shake on, baby momma. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      that would be AMAZING 🙂

  30. Holly on November 3, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I love how the girls yell “She’s Pregnant! She’s Pregnant!!!” (at 0:10-0:12) Hilarious

    • Fitnessista on November 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

      those girls were HILARIOUS

  31. Meaghan on November 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I LOVE the videos! I wish I could take a Zumba class with you – you make it look SO fun!

  32. Elizabeth on November 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    OMG, I am dying seeing you in that tank — I have that one and wear it when I’ve had a few too many treat days in a row and the bellay is a bit poochay. I’m definitely going to keep it in case I ever need it to surround a baby bellay.

    I just wanted to commend you Gina on all of your dedication to staying fit and eating well for the baby. You are such an example to the women who read your bloggy (and the women you come into contact with — hello high school girls!) that YOU make the choice to have a strong, fit pregnancy and while treats are fine, there’s no reason to live off of junk during your pregnancy.

    This is a big deal, I’ve seen a lot of women give up on being fit because they were afraid to be active while pregnant for fear it might hurt their baby. I always wonder how their little muscles are going to push if they’ve been napping for 9 months. Anyways, you get 2 gold stars in my book for being such a great example. I love you!

    Mush mush.

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      haha it used to be my tank for that, too! it used to be super baggy and now, it fits me like a regular tank 😉
      thank you so much for such a sweet comment for the compliments! i’ve definitely had more junk/treats than usual, but for the most part am trying to stick to my usual routine
      love you friend!

  33. Caitlin on November 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Firstly, you look AMAZING. Secondly, I’m moving to Tucson so I can always take your classes! How fun!

    • Fitnessista on November 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      thank you!!! when do you get here??

  34. Lauren on November 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    not sure if you’ve mentioned this already, but what’s the name of the second song? i can’t get it out of my head! 🙂

  35. lindsay on December 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Omg so good. Preggo’s and bustin a move! Made me lol it’s so awesome. Little girl has got to have a love for dance when she’s older

  36. Brendali on December 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I just saw this and I cannot stop smiling!!!! You look amazing and it is soooo awesome to watch you dance!!!!

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