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. Sara on March 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    1. sunshine 🙂
    2. friends, family, boyfriend, doggie
    3. good food, exercise and winning giveaways!

  2. maggie b on March 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    1. my dog boo boo + all animals
    2. the ability to exercise as much as i want
    3. good food!!: nut butter, fruits, veggies, chocolate

  3. karla on March 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    1. spending quality time w/ friends, family & my boyfriend
    2. walking my pug & running with my german shepherd mix
    3. great weather – think san diego (except i live in st louis)

  4. Kere on March 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    What makes me happy?

    1. my husband and our two kids
    2. staying at home with them~the kids
    3. thinking about retirement-with my husband and all we can do and see

    Hope your elixir worked and you are feeling better by morning!

  5. laurie on March 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    1) my angel baby dominic.
    2) my cavalier king charles spaniel
    3) reading a good book late into the night

    • Fitnessista on March 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      ahhh you have a cavalier?!? i’ve been begging the pilot for one, forever 🙂

  6. LindsayK on March 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    1. beautiful weather
    2. friends and family
    3. my health

  7. Lana Wilson on March 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    1) My family!!
    2) A beautiful day with an amazing work and healthy food!!
    3) Relaxing with my boyfriend

  8. Nicole on March 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    1. My Hubby, my momma and my puppy Elle
    2. Running ( and getting better at it every week!)
    3. Cooking new things

    4. Your blog! thanks for all the fun posts!

  9. jen on March 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    1. my amazing husband/best friend
    2. cooking for & then eating with the people i love
    3. barney butter & naturally nutty vanilla almond butter mmmm:-)

  10. Stacy on March 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    1. My family and my boyfriend, Kevin 🙂
    2. My health.
    3. Dancing.

  11. Michelle on March 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I know chances are slim, but here goes!!
    1. My boyfriend, My parents, and My brother
    2. Sleeping in on Saturday and waking up to piping hot oatmeal topped with frozen bananas and blueberries
    3. Getting into DENTAL SCHOOL!!!! Wooohooo!!

  12. Jenn on March 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    1 – My adorable husband
    2 – My kitten
    3 – Weekends!

  13. brittany on March 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve wanted to win these since I started reading your blog!!
    1. my boyfriend! and our furbabies 🙂
    2. vacations!
    3. dessert!! 😉

  14. Jenny on March 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    1. My son Noah
    2. Hubba Brian
    3. Mountains in Montana

  15. Lauren Smith on March 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    1. my God, my family, and friends
    2. trying new and healthy raw recipes
    3. being more adventurous with vegan cooking and baking!!

  16. Adriana on March 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    1. Getting discharged from jury duty
    2.Nourishing my mind and body
    3. The thought of traveling the world one day

  17. Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) on March 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Wow – I have no chance at winning this, since I’m comment # 760ish, but here are my 3 things:

    1) My 11-month-old baby girl
    2) My hubby
    3) Treating my body well, with exercise and nutritious food


  18. Steph on March 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    1. Spending time with boyfriend, family, friends, and students

    2. Cooking good healthy food/eating good healthy food. Good red wine.

    3. Good workouts

  19. Lindsey on March 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Three things that make me happy!
    1- My soon-to-be husband!
    2- drinking coffee and/or chocolate 😀
    3- my sweet little nieces, and of course my family!

    I would lurve some macaroons too, so if I were to win, they would probably make the list 😀

  20. Katie on March 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    There are SO many things that make me happy, I feel very blessed. But, three big ones are:
    1. my Luke (bf)
    2. my family
    3. running

  21. Kathleen on March 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    1) books
    2) my toy chihuahua, Dolce Dior
    3) chocolate
    What a great giveaway, I am so hoping I win!!!

  22. Marie on March 1, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    1- family, pets and friends
    2- Zumba
    3- Kauai

    thanks for a sweet giveaway

  23. Tracy on March 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    1. my hubbie, dog and cat
    2. sunshine and exercising
    3. getting hair hilites

  24. Lita on March 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    775 COMMENTS!!!! People love their macaroons! loool I doubt I’d win coming in dead last. Meh worth a try anyway.

    1. My mommy

    2. Sushi

    3. Kind strangers

  25. katie on March 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Yay for Feb. Being a good month!

    1. New experiences with my hubby

    2.Cuddling with my puppy

    3. Travelling to NashviLle to visit my family

  26. claire! on March 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    1. my COACH (not the purse, the man -you have a pilot, i have a coach!)
    2. red wine and chocolate (its a necessary combo so it counts as 1)
    3. sunshine!

  27. Taylor on March 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    1. My boyfriend/family
    2. A lifestyle of balance!
    3. Getting my hair done!

  28. Showty on March 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I want macaroons!

    1. Jesus
    2. My sweet Hubby and Kids
    3. My bestie!

  29. Amanda on March 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    1. my dogs + family
    2. protein cakes with peanut butter
    3. travel

  30. Joane on March 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    1. Boyfriend, pup, family, and friends
    2. Fresh cookies
    3. Being stress free!

  31. Lea on March 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    1. Family
    2. Rain
    3. French Fries

  32. nadia on March 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    1. maybe not running per se, but the high I get after!
    2. sunshine
    3. macaroons!!

  33. Jennifer on March 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    1) running
    2)cooking and baking

  34. Caroline on March 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    1. running
    2. iced coffees
    3. good company

  35. Melissa on March 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Three things that make me happy:
    1. My awesome husband, who is always good at making me laugh and has finally agreed to drink lactaid instead of milk!

    2. When you know you had a wicked workout because when you finally hit the bed that night, you have that nice ache in your muscles.

    3. A big, delicious salad that I did NOT have to make myself. (Salad always tastes better when someone else does the work)

  36. Christy on March 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    3 things that make me happy:

    1. my tlvbm (who is now my fiance!)
    2. running
    3. eating dark chocolate

    **4. my secret 4th is sleeping in….**

  37. Ashlei on March 1, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    3 things that make me happy:
    1. cooking
    2. my dog
    3. yoga

  38. Saima on March 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    1. my family 2. health 3. helping clients with their speech impediments (am a Speech-Language Pathology masters student….graduating sooooon!! ahhhh)

  39. Brandi B. on March 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    1. My husband and 5 year old son
    2. Taking long walks with my family
    3. A tie between weight lifting and reading for pleasure

  40. Kristina on March 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    1) MACAROONS !

    2) Jason, Basil my dachshund

    3) sushi

  41. Christina on March 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    !. My family
    2. My friends
    3. the outdoors!

  42. Pure2Raw Twins on March 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    My family, being in the kitchen doing some un-baking, and a good glass of wine 😉

  43. Valerie on March 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    1. my boyfriend’s goofiness

    2. oatmeal yumminess

    3. that euphoric feeling after a nice run

  44. s on March 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    carbs, running, family & friends 🙂

  45. bee on March 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    1) napping
    2) knitting
    3) walking

  46. Emily on March 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    1. Family and friends
    2. Traveling
    3. Baking and cooking.

  47. eliza on March 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    1. My family and friends
    2. Having moments that I truly just don’t want to end!
    3. Thinking about marrying my boyfriend 🙂

  48. Carolyn on March 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    1. Wine nights
    2. Running
    3. The ocean

  49. cindy on March 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    1. my beautiful baby boy
    2. sunshine and water
    3. yoga

  50. Melinda H. on March 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    My husband and children!
    My furry little chihuahuas,
    and the beautiful gifts from God every day.


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