WSU Warriors

Hiiiiii ๐Ÿ˜€ How are you? Hope youโ€™re having a lovely morning, despite the chocolate and vino hangovers than many of ya might have ๐Ÿ˜‰

I started off my morning with a bowl of breakfast quinoa:




-almond milk


-cinnamon, raw cacao powder, instant decaf espresso

-raw honey


A recent dinner:

Sautรฉed onions, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano


Quinoa pita/tortilla with marinara and goat cheese


Put it all together:


SO good ๐Ÿ™‚

So, as you guys know, Winter Shape Up 2011 has come to an end.


I LOVED reading your success stories and workout re-caps. Mayjah props to everyone who participated and I hope youโ€™re feeling a difference from all of your hard work! Quite a few of you mentioned that you had other spring fitness goals you were working on, too- hope youโ€™ve been ninaja-kicking your goals, too. Youโ€™re all amazing <3

Here are two success stories that I received via email:

From Alicia

I’ve been following the WSU for the past 4 weeks. I still have my last workout scheduled for tomorrow, but I wanted to get my results in to you! My weight has been pretty steady throughout. But, I did see some loss in my measurements!

Waist: -.5" !!!!!!!

Chest: no change

Hips: -1.75

Thigh: -.75"

Arm: -.3"

Even more exciting I have seen my stamina building. I can tackle a full minute of burpees (minus the jump at the top) without giving up! Mountain climbers are still a struggle, but I’m gonna rock them in the next cycle of WSU! Thank you so much for giving me a guide to follow, love the links, I did have to look up a lot of the moves and then create stick figure drawing so I could remember! It was awesome to hear the other girls attacking it as well. I can’t wait to see my end results. I’m so ready for summer already!!!!!!

and from Carolyn <— real-life friend ๐Ÿ™‚

Winter Shape Up was an awesome change to my fitness routine. I enjoyed trying a few new recipes and loved the design of the workouts because they kept me engaged and focused during each one. I supplemented my three weekly workouts with at least one hike and dance trance class. No measurements or weight loss to report-numbers make me compulsive but I can tell I have toned up. My face appears slimmer and the pants that were tight four weeks ago are now fitting great and even starting to get baggy in some areas! I plan to start Ginaโ€™s 12 Week Summer Shape Up (from 2009) next week and I am excited to see the physical changes and strength gains that will bring. Thanks for the great program design G!!


Donโ€™t forget, you can repeat the program if you would like to make it last a little longer ๐Ÿ™‚ (4 more weeks is the perfect amount of time until the sun starts to peak itโ€™s sunny face out)

Iโ€™m off to teach, walk Bell, meet a friend for tea + acupuncture, then to Zuuuuuuumba!

See ya later today! Iโ€™m hoping to make a Gina-fied version of *this recipe* tonight ๐Ÿ˜€



*Still no word yet on where weโ€™ll be stationedโ€ฆ hopefully soon! *fingers crossed*

Something to think:

Everyone Needs This List

  • The most destructive habit – Worry
  • The greatest joy – Giving
  • The greatest loss – The loss of self-respect
  • The most satisfying work – Helping others
  • The ugliest personality trait – Selfishness
  • The most endangered species – Dedicated leaders
  • Our greatest natural resource – Our youth
  • The greatest shot in the arm – Encouragement
  • The greatest problem to overcome – Fear
  • The most effective sleeping pill – Peace of mind
  • The most crippling failure disease – Excuses
  • The most powerful force in life – Love
  • The most dangerous pariah – A gossiper
  • The world`s most incredible computer – The brain
  • The worst thing to be without – Hope
  • The deadliest weapon – The tongue
  • The two most power-filled words – I Can
  • The greatest asset – Faith
  • The most worthless emotion – Self-pity
  • The most beautiful attire – A Smile
  • The most prized possession – Integrity
  • The most contagious spirit โ€“ Enthusiasm


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  1. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on February 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

    My *fingers are crossed* for you too!!! Love that list–so true!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on February 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

    “The most endangered species โ€“ Dedicated leaders”

    This is something I definitely agree with!!! Great list Gina, I loved it!

    I am excited to see how you redo that recipe — I saw it on Bodyrock and was interested, but cottage cheese is a no go for me.

  3. Jill on February 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

    The photo on that recipe link cracks me up… are you gonna get dressed up like that to make the cake? ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha.

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

      hahaha of course. nothing says “banana cake” like a button-up shirt and the girls hanging out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on February 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    โ€ขThe most powerful force in life โ€“ Love

    …LOVE this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Mandy (theamazonprincess) on February 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I hope you learn you’re stationed where you would most like Gina. ๐Ÿ˜€ Delicious looking food as always, and I absolutely love that list. Makes you think. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lindsay @ livinglindsay on February 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Yum – can’t wait to see the Gina version of the banana cake. And I made a similar “pizza” using socca. Is the quinoa pita/tortilla similar in texture to the socca? Just curious ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ashley on February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Loved hearing a real-life success story! How fun to see those results!

  8. Amanda on February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Way to inspire people to reach their goals!! Good stuff;)

  9. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on February 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    i really need to make your quinoa tortilla! thats looks so good with the veg. love the success stories. enjoy your acu treatment ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries on February 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I LOVE this list! I need to keep repeating #1 to myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Katie on February 15, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love the List at the end! Very cool! # 4 is a fave of mine : )

    So great to hear success stories! I know that is so rewarding for you Gina! Thanks for sharing those 2 and thanks to the ladies for letting you share their stories !

    Have a beautiful day! Fingers crossed for you!!! : )

  12. Allison @ Food For Healing on February 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

    *fingers crossed*

    that quinoa pita looks freakin amazing, or amazeballs! lol

    success stories are so refreshing to hear! i love when others achieve their goals.

  13. Ashley on February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

    How do you make breakfast quinoa? Have you mentioned it before or is it just all raw? It looks interesting. I would love to give it a try. I love the list, I think the last one is my favorite!

  14. Allison @ Food For Healing on February 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

    you need an option on your comments part, where we can receive an email if you reply to our comment. I’ve almost missed comments because it doesn’t notify me. ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks!

  15. jen @ taste life on February 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I really do love hearing people’s results!

  16. Chelsa on February 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I completed on Sunday and feel way stronger than I did 4 weeks ago. WSU was a fun time. Thanks again.

  17. Stacy @ Every Little Thing on February 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I got my Master’s at Wayne State University (WSU) and our mascot was the Warriors hahaha

  18. Maryann (The Balanced Bean) on February 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I would love to know how you made the breakfast quinoa tortilla! It looks so good, esp with all those yummy toppings!

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      the post is linked ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Hope you hear soon!!!! Keeping fingers (and toes) crossed!

    Your breakfast quinoa always looks so comforting!

  20. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Great list!!!!
    Fingers crossed on where you’ll be next!

  21. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on February 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    That dinner looks delicious!

  22. Suzanne on February 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Random but….for the “something to think about list” when I saw “most effective sleeping pill” I thought of the south park shake-weight episode? have you seen it? hulu that shizz pronto! hysterical

    Also, I was wondering if you think it’d work to mix quoina/nooch/H2Oooooooooooh together to make those pita/tortilla things? I was thinking you could mix those things with a little garlic, cumin, etc. and you could make nacho cheese doritos basically?

  23. Laura on February 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    You are so positive and uplifting, I think your posts are better then coffee in the morning!

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      wow, thanks girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Amanda (Eating Up) on February 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I LOVE THAT LIST! Thanks for always being an inspiration!

  25. Kate on February 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Yay! I love reading about positive changes in others!

    And what kind of goat cheese is that…? Does it come in individual slices like that?

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      yes it’s sliced goat cheese from trader joes!

  26. Lili on February 15, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Congradualations ladies!
    And that quinoa wrap looks awesome, i know what my dinner is tonight!

  27. Laura on February 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Sorry if you’ve already posted this, but I’m trying to shake things up with my breakfast. How do you make your breakfast quinoa and what are the measurements? Looks delish!

  28. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on February 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    That list is amazing!! And congrats to the two progress stories. Your programs really are so great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Cyndi on February 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Love this, the results awesome, the everyone needs list – powerful – thanks Gina – your a postive force to help me become the best me’s!

  30. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on February 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I am crossing my fingers for a good spot to be stationed. Keep your head up and your positive spirit Gina, its truly contagious! I look forward to reading your blog not only for the positivity, but the sense of real life balance.

  31. Namaste Gurl on February 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I’m on the chickpea flour socca pizza kick- so easy and you can do whatever you want with it!

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      i loved the socca but it was a little too beany for me

  32. lindsay on February 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    i really love that list. In fact, it just might be posted on my refridgerator soon!

  33. LauraJayne on February 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love that list too – it is a good reminder, and we can never be reminded of those things too much!

    As a side note, your detox sounds tough – I could barely make mine two-weeks! Great job! Do you feel like it has made a difference?

  34. Tina on February 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    “The worst worthless emotion- self pity” Very true! I love this list!

  35. Cat on February 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Absolutely love the list!!! “The most effective sleeping pill โ€“ Peace of mind” – so true!

    This might be a silly question, but I can’t seem to find Quinoa flour, but I do have regular quinoa. Do you think I could make my own quinoa flour simply by putting it in the food processor/vita-mix until it’s floury in texture? I’ve done it before with almonds –> almonf flour, so I was just curious.

  36. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    That is such a great list. Congrats to your 2 success stories – they’ve made such great progress! Have a fabulous afternoon Gina!

  37. Dee on February 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    i love the list. everything in it is so poignant.

  38. Ash on February 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Is quinoa flour different from quinoa flakes? Or did you use the flakes to make the tortilla?

  39. ? Reka on February 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Just a quicky note: Dance Trance looks like SOOOO much fun! I wish you lived closer. It’s hard to find good dance instructors in this area. I’ll just pray that the Pilot’s next stop would be Ohio. Yepp. My fingers are crossed Gina. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful day.
    Oh, and the list is great. Thanks for sharing.


  40. AJ on February 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    It cracks me up when I see WSU Warriors become I went to college at Winona State University (WSU) and our Mascot was the Warriors! haha.

  41. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on February 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Girl, your breakfast quinoa looks delicious! How do you make it? From scratchskys every morning or do you put cooked quinoa in your bowl and plop on toppings?

  42. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Wonderful list…and yes, so important to remember those things and thing about them.

    Can’t wait for your healthified version of the cake…I have banana nut muffins I make. I love the flavor of banana bread anything, so I am all ears!

    Where you’ll be stationed? I know you must be on the edge of your seat…hopefully word will come. Soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Conni on February 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    So for the first time in my life, I tried Goat Cheddar. Holy foodgasms that stuff is amazing!!! I didn’t think goat cheese could get any better…I was so wrong.

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      it’s life-changing, fo sho

  44. Annette on February 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Love the list- thanks for sharing!!

  45. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on February 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I always forget about making breakfast quinoa. This may have to happen tomorrow!

    Is cacao powder still a good chocolate flavor? I’ve been meaning to check that out…

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      yes- it’s incredible

  46. Reannan @Hotsauce and Handstands on February 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    absolutely looooove that list!!

  47. Christin@purplebirdblog on February 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Awesome list! And uhhh… wow to the photo accompanying the banana cake recipe link… I totally dress like that when I’m gettin’ my bake on too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on February 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      doesn’t everyone? haha

  48. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Congrats to Alicia and Carolyn! ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. alicia on February 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks Chelsea! I emailed my husband today to tell him I was famous!!!! hahaha. So exciting to see me on Gina’s site!!! Congrats to everyone who did the 4 weeks! I’m gonna rock it again for the next four weeks, with some heavier weights! that list is beautiful! so true.

    • Fitnessista on February 16, 2011 at 12:13 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ congrats on the amazing job!

  50. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] on February 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing that list — love it!!

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