WSU Re-cap + a Giveaway

Hi guys! Happy Monday!

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(Yes, “relevant” is spelled incorrectly… still funny, though)

Did ya’ll say “rabbit” three times when you got out of bed?? My nana said that it’s good luck to do that on the first of the month, and in my quarter century of life, I haven’t remembered to do it one time. Hahah.

I can’t believe the Winter Shape Up is over!!!!

For those of you who weren’t able to join in the Shape Up fun, here are all of the workouts:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6


Here’s what some Fitnessistas had to say about the program:

I loved participating in your Shape-Up! I’ve always tried to do strength training, but I generally get bored and frustrated by my lack of results pretty quickly. I’m a cardio queen, and while I know strength training is important, I’ve never been able to stick to it until now! I followed your plan for all six weeks, and I love how strong it made me feel. By the time the supersets and week 1 repeat came around, I was amazed at the fact that the weights really did feel lighter! What I liked most about the plan was that it was all fairly simple moves that didn’t require a ton of machines or equipment. I’m intimidated by the macho dudes at the gym, so I loved that I could do all your moves on a mat with just a few items! I’ve started to see some muscle definition in my arms that I never had before, and I feel great! I plan to start the shape-up from the beginning again this week, doing the intermediate/advanced moves instead of the beginner ones. You’ve got me on a kick 🙂


Thanks so much for the shape up! I looooove your blog and my mom and I have been anxiously waiting for the new shapeup to shake up our winter workouts. Today was my first day of working out in the morning, before work and I feel so energized and wonderful after doing the circuit!


I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and recently began to use the Winter Shape-up workouts you created.  I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to make these up for your readers, and tell you how much I’ve been enjoying doing them!  I work out regularly, but never really know what to do in the form of weight training.  I know that I need to change things up all the time to see results, but I just didn’t really know what to change to!  I’ve been doing your workouts for the past few weeks, and I think it was just what I needed to get over the "hump" of plateau.  I really appreciate you taking the time to put together these workouts (and posting all of the videos that go along with the exercises).


my name is Maren and I am a senior at the UCSB in Santa Barbara California. After the holidays I was looking to really spice up my workout routine and winter shape up came just in time! I originally started doing it myself- but as soon as my friends found out and saw my results they were eager to join! The group I now workout with ranges from 3-5 girls and we take over that campus gym like nobody”s business! One guy even asked us what we were training for since apparently we look like pros- thanks to u! This workout routine has brought my friends and I all closer together and has been such a good stress reliever! Can’t wait to try the supersets today- the girls are gonna love em!


Pretty good stuff 😀

I really hope that everyone had fun and saw some awesome results from the program! I’m proud of you and please don’t let the fact that the Shape Up has ended stump your progress. Keep it up, yo! I promise to have more workouts coming your way… one within the next couple of posts, actually 🙂


Giveaway Time!

So in one of my last Finance classes at the U of A (a grad-level investments class), every week that our portofolio beat the market, teach brought us bagels. It made us all really stoked…especially since it was a 3 hour class.

I’m swapping out bagels for ‘roons….



Remember when I had a giveaway to say thank you for making January the best month in Fitnessista history??

Well February blew January away 😀

So I’m going to continue the tradition and giveaway a batch of macaroons (super-roons, chocolate almond butter or blonde) to a lucky Fitnessista reader (and whatever other goodies I decide to throw in there).

All you have to do?

Leave a comment and tell me three things that make you happy.

I’ll go first:

1. My pilot, puppies, friends and familia

2. Zumba

3. Breakfast cookies

*Winner will be chosen tonight at midnight EST

I’m off to do a 20-minute yoga podcast, then head to work.

See ya this afternoon <3



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  1. Ariela on March 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    1. Doing crossword puzzles with my boyfriend (just an excuse to get close and stay together for hours).

    2. Hearing my mom’s voice when she calls me from my hometown.

    3. When my Pilates students come up to me after class and talk to me about what they liked about the class and their personal fitness/lifestyle goals.

    Thanks for the chance at a really SWEET giveaway!

  2. Teresa on March 1, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    1: getting to read fun books
    2: running
    3: friends and family

  3. Melissa on March 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    1. Trying new healthy recipes and actually liking them.
    2. Making someone else feel special.
    3. Spending quality time with my boyfriend and enjoying all the fun activities we both love.

  4. esther on March 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    1. spending time with family and friends
    2. listening and creating music
    3. trying out new raw/vegan recipes~!

  5. Marissa on March 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Friends & family, vacations, red wine… ahhh. 🙂

  6. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on March 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Aw, you’re so generous! 😀 Three things that make me happy are…

    1. Spending good, quality time with the love of my life
    2. The blogging community
    3. Accomplishing new distances as I become a “runner girl” 😉

    Now bring on those goodies! Hehe

  7. Jean on March 1, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    This is tough, but I want some of those ‘roons so I’m putting my thinking cap on…
    1. My Tom & Suze (Nephew & niece)
    2. My Chasers & Braders (the kitty-boys)
    3. Music
    (okay, it wasn’t a hard as I thought! :-))

  8. Jaymi on March 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    3 things that make me happy~
    1. My Kids
    2. Running (when my hip isn’t hurting)
    3. Reading really cool, informative blogs…like fitnessista!!!


  9. Sarah on March 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    1. Spending time with my family and friends
    2. Spinning/Running
    3. Trying new things – including many of the recipes on your blog (vegan banana fro yo/bfast cookies changed my life) 🙂

  10. Yeaaahtoast on March 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    3 things:
    ~ My cat, a.k.a. my best friend
    ~ My boyfriend, who’s already been with me “for better or for worse”
    ~ My family, their rich heritage reminds me that I have a true self

  11. April on March 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    1. The smell after it rains
    2. Fresh baked snickerdoodles
    3. driving anywhere on a nice spring afternoon

  12. Nicole on March 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    My 3 Things:

    1. Running with my love
    2. Having a drink on a nice porch with the sunshine
    3. Been woke up by puppy kisses from my fur baby in the morning!

  13. Ashley V on March 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    1. My puppy, lily, and my family.
    2. Cooking delicious recipes.
    3. Vino…..(yep it’s true)

  14. valerie on March 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    first sip of coffee in the morning
    running outside

    the list is endless but you said 3…

  15. Linda on March 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Coconut Rum, New Clothes, and my family

  16. LaRae on March 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

    My Family and Friends, a good workout, and some vino!

  17. MareBare on March 2, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Boyfriend, puppy, pb&j cinnamon raisin bagels 🙂

  18. Danielle on March 2, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Pajamas, running, and coffee!

  19. Casey on March 2, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Congrats on Fitnessista’s success! It is certainly deserving 🙂

    The three things that make me happy:

    1. Passion for my career
    2. Friends and family
    3. Fresh air

  20. Nicole T. on March 2, 2010 at 2:02 am

    My husband and dog are a given, but otherwise:

    1. Grocery shopping – doesn’t get old!
    2. Laughing with friends.
    3. Being busy doing “fun” things.

  21. Lili on March 2, 2010 at 2:13 am

    1. Netflix
    2. Dancing to music
    3. Puppies (all, but mine especially ;-D )

  22. Alisha on March 2, 2010 at 2:33 am

    1. music
    2. grocery shopping
    3. hanging with friends

  23. Maureen on March 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

    1. My heart & soul (my boyfriend and 20 month old daughter)
    2. Cooking and baking healthy food for my family
    3. Running

  24. Caroline on March 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Sad I missed the give away 🙁 I think part of the amusement in LOLcat type pictures is supposed to be in the incorrect spelling.

  25. Seana on March 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Fitnessista – I love your blog, all of your workout recommendations look great. I’m having trouble accessing Week 5 and 6 of the winter shape up. The link seems to take me back to Week 1 and 4. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Fitnessista on March 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      sorry i should have explained that! week 5 is a repeat of week 1 and week 6 is a repeat of week 4

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