Wake up slow

After one night of nightmares (which I wrote about), the next night I woke up to a fork in the bed.

Not even joking. Bella took my “lunch fork” out of my work gym bag and brought it into our bed. When I rolled over, I thought my leg was on something wet, which was enough to have me jump up in fear. A fork. Who knew.

Last night was peaceful and lovely- an awesome slumber after a nighttime cardio sesh, date with the creepy foam roller, and set of deadlifts with a barbell. 


I’m really trying to build strength in my back, since it’s been hurting lately. I’m not quite sure if it’s from all the body poppin’ in Zumba, or from picking Liv up all day. Either way, I’m trying to focus on core strength in general.



Dinner last night was made my someone else. We were running errands at La Encantada and decided to eat there since we were both already hungry.

AMAZING Ahi tuna appetizer (with wasabi sauce)

Ahi tuna

and the salad beast of my dreams:

Salad 4

Greens, jicama, strawberries, grilled shrimp and goat cheese with balsamic dressing. Salad love.

It’s a Zumba day over here, so I’m about to load my iPod and get everything together. Two new songs today! Here’s hoping I remember them and don’t end up making something up on the spot. Not that I would ever… 😉

Hope you have a very happy humpday!



Something to do: Check in! What’s on the fitness agenda and menu today? Thank you so much for your awesome feedback on Workout 2 and CONGRATS to some of the ladies who are rocking it out this week: Angela, Caitlin, Madison, Stacy, Beth, Erin, Maria, Mallory, Kate, Shayna, Natalie Rae, Aly and Rachel! 


It’s a much-needed rest day for all the Summer Shape Up girls (and dudes) out there. Here’s a beautiful, rest day kinda song: 

New Family post: Not on schedule


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  1. Lili on June 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I am a little off the schedule, but today I did some TurboJam with the lovely Charlene on DVD, which I got because of your rec’s of her. Thanks Gina!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2012 at 12:45 am

      amazing- love chalene!

  2. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on June 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

    My active recovery today was pushing my bike home from work (uphill the whole way!) because I got a flat tire! And of course I didn’t have a spare…oh well, it was a beautiful day for a walk! Side note: egg puff may be my new fave way to make eggs! So fun! I’m excited to try protein fluff tomorrow…apparently I’m into fluff? Haha.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2012 at 12:44 am

      hahah! love the fluff 🙂

  3. Kristen on June 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

    what types of exercises do you do to strengthen your back? i have a bad lower back and i’m trying to strengthen the muscles back there to see if it helps…

  4. Mandy M on June 21, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I’m off schedule a bit due to an upcoming vacation in which I will be taking my active rest days. Walks with the family, swimming with the kids, tubing the Russian River (maybe?). Anyhow, today I did the week 2 workout again and a 2 mile walk with my daughter. Did the star plank without weights today because I just got a vac in my left arm and it hurts to lift above my head, but it was still plenty hard.

  5. Leah O on June 21, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Today I did some p90x yoga and went on a long walk with my baby! Such a nice rest day

  6. Sara on June 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Heh, at fork in the bed. I have not had that. However, I have had TWO dead mice. That’s lovely, just so lovely. Cats are really gross.

  7. Natalie Rae on June 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Felt weird not to work out- Still fit in a slow walk with the baby 🙂

  8. Melissa on June 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Yum yum salad! Did you get that at Armitage wine bar?

  9. Lauren on June 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Trying to tag along with the SSU! Do you have a post about how to do a proper deadlift? I’ve seen your how to on the sumo deadlift but wanted something on the “classic”. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      i don’t- maybe something i can do in the next couple of weeks?

  10. ArmyPaisley on June 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    LOVE that song! Thank you!!

  11. Charlotte on June 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    That salad looks like an absolute DREAM.

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