weekend things + happy birthday, pilot

Hi friends! Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 


(Loving the pumpkins at the Liberty Station Market. I run up to them joyfully in my Hunter boots, latte in hand. #basicfallobsessedpumpkinlover)

It was a fun and relaxing weekend, filled with delicious food, including this

gluten-free goat cheese and veggie pizza at the LOT:


(though I will say I think corn on pizza is a strange choice haha)

and chicken pho from OB Noodle House.


Workout-wise, it ended up being a pretty busy weekend. I subbed two barre classes and took an Orangetheory class. I was moving a liiiittle slowly after our late night on Saturday, but was so glad I went. Since I was sick with the weird cold-virus-thing last weekend, I hadn’t taken a class for two weeks. It felt so good to be back, and oddly amazing to run. The treadmill sections were short and intense -I dread the longer endurance days- and it was a great mix of moves.

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We also took the girls to the zoo! The Pilot has been a bit under the weather -I thought he was going to miss this one, but sadly, P and I infected him- but was feeling up to getting some fresh air and walking around with us.

Miss p at the zoo

I can’t believe this little noodle is going to be ONE on Wednesday. Someone hold me.

W p at the zoo 2

Liv was so excited to get her face painted,

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P was stoked to play on the hippo statue again,

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and I was ready to faceplant into a giant bag of kettle corn. 


We spent the rest of the weekend catching up on chores and things around the house, enjoyed a double date with friends, and relaxed here at home. I’m still obsessed with Chef’s Table and CAN’T BELIEVE I missed the Hamilton documentary this weekend. I totally forgot about it, but have it queued it up the computer, ready to go when I get some time. If you watched it, please tell me everything. 

Today is the Pilot’s birthday! Last year, we went home after his birthday dinner, enjoyed some dump cake, and I went into labor that night. It’s incredible to see how much things change in a year.

Happy birthday to the love of my life.

At the zoo

I’m so lucky to have him by our side, and these little ladies are so blessed to have him as their daddy. While Livi is at school, P and I are off to play birthday fairies and get supplies so Livi can help me make a dump cake when he gets home. I’m excited to celebrate when he’s off work!

Hope everyone has a happy Monday!

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  1. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on October 24, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Wooo!! Sounds like such a fun birthday weekend!

    Being a new-ish reader, I can’t believe the story of last year’s birthday! My grandmother had my aunt on her birthday, and now I’ve been watching “This is Us”… seems it’s slightly a reoccurring concept, ha!

    Can’t wait to see all of the birthday party details from this week!

    XO, Jessica

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      thank you so much, lovely!
      right? it’s crazy how that happens sometimes. he said it made his birthday really special <3 i'm obsessed with "this is us"

  2. Reenie on October 24, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Happy Birthday Pilot!!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      thank you!

  3. Melissa C on October 24, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Happy Birthday Pilot! Love the zoo pics!-

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 24, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I cannot believe it’s already been one year since P was born. Wow! This year has flown by. Happy birthday wishes to the hubby!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      right?! it went by so quickly. it’s crazy! thank you <3

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 24, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I love that photo of the three of them. And heck yes to kettle corn!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      me too! one of my faves. seriously! the best 🙂

  6. Tati on October 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Did you take the girls apple picking over the weekend? That, along with the pie eating, sounded like fun lol! Also happy birthday to the pilot!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      we didn’t! i was so ready for apple pie! unfortunately since the pilot was under the weather, he wasn’t up for a road trip. hopefully in the next couple of weekends we’ll make it up there!

  7. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats on October 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Oh gosh, now I’m craving pho! Glad you had such a good weekend! Happy Birthday to the Pilot!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      thank you- hope you had a great weekend, too!

  8. Tracy on October 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Happy Birthday to the Pilot! Hope you all have a fun celebration tonight!

    That little P sure is one happy one year old! I’m sure she has her moments but she always seems to have the world’s biggest grin on 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      thank you!
      she is seriously the world’s happiest baby. she’s amazing <3

  9. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on October 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, time really flies! Happy Birthday to the Pilot!

  10. Stephanie W. on October 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Happy birthday, Pilot!!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm


  11. Laura @FitMamaLove on October 24, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Need. Pho. Now. Happy birthday, Pilot!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      it’s SO GOOD 🙂

  12. Melissa C on October 24, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Gina, I’m trying to find a good macro #s to shed some fat. I’m somewhat frustrated that my clean eating, walking and strength training isn’t showing results. I’m missing it somewhere. Can u help point me in the right direction? All the macro calculators are saying different numbers.

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      send me an email! i can help point you in the right direction <3

  13. rachel @ athletic avocado on October 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I love OTF because I know I am guaranteed and great workout every time I go! I do dread the endurance days too because of all the running but I feel great after haha. Happy birthday to your Hubby 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      yes! yes, when it’s over, i feel amazing. beforehand i’m like “NOOOOOOOOO”

  14. Kayla on October 24, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I haven’t watched the Hamilton documentary yet but my boyfriend said I will LOVE it. Can’t wait to finally watch!

    • Fitnessista on October 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      gah! i can’t wait

  15. Annie on October 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Just an FYI, your past couple of posts haven’t shown up in my e-reader (Newsify). There might still be a blog bug left…

    • Fitnessista on October 25, 2016 at 11:54 am

      thank you for letting me know! just sent a support ticket; hopefully they can fix it soon

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