{"feed":"The-Fitnessista","feedTitle":"The Fitnessista","feedLink":"/feed/The-Fitnessista","catTitle":"Fitness","catLink":"/cat/fitness"}

Hi friends! How are ya? The weekend is finally here! Thanks to Daylight Savings, this felt like the longest week ever. It doesn’t help that the girls are going to sleep even later than usual. This is when I drink decaf all day and pretend it’s giving me energy haha. I think we’re going to drop P’s nap and see if it helps. Pray for meeeeeee.

What do you have going on this weekend? I’m looking forward to hanging out with the fam, possibly taking a little trip to Jacksonville for St. Patrick’s Day, and finally unpacking from Vegas. I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party. It’s always fun to share some of the things I’m lovin’ from the week, and hear what you’re enjoying, too. Please shout out your faves in the comments below if you’d like to join in!

March madness was going to be on this list…but my bracket should probably go in the trash can. Always happy and proud to be a Wildcat, but first round?! WHAT.

Next year, Cats. Next year. 

Fashion + beauty:

This floral maxi from Revolve. I love the fix + the ruffled hem. It’s understated, so you can easily dress it up, or wear it with sandals.

Hey hey! The weekend is almost here and I’m ready for it! This week has felt a bit more frantic and crazy than usual, so I’m definitely looking forward to chillin’ with the fam and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Make sure to add this cocktail your St. Paddy’s festivities; it’s our very fave. 

For today, let’s talk about spring since it randomly shot down to 40 degrees again around here. (My friends that were hit with real snow are welcomed to throw their mittens at me.) I’m definitely looking forward to the spring days, taking my workouts outside more often (the dogs are too! I’ve been horrible about walking them lately) and enjoying warmer afternoons. The girls are really into riding their scooters and playing outside, so I love to sit on the patio and watch them. 

Spring Fitness Fashion Faves

I’m also ready to revamp the ol’ spring fitness wardrobe, especially since the collection doesn’t fit the same way after surgery. (<— especially tops)

I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds if you’re looking for some spring fitness gear. It’s an easy way to add a little motivation to your workouts, too! I always work a little harder when I strap on some new sneakers or put on a new...

Hi friends! Happy humpday! Looking for a booty workout? Check out this one; it’s one of my very faves. I hope you’re enjoying the week so far! Anyone else watch This Is Us last night? SO good, but I’m so sad we have to wait a while until returns.

Back in the Swing of Things

We’re definitely back in the swing of life over here after our awesome Vegas vacay. As usual, we jumped back in with both feet, and it feels good to be back in the routine of the girls’ classes and lessons, teaching fitness classes, and catching up on work stuff. It also feels good to eat some home-cooked food! When we travel, I try to stick to one indulgent meal each day and go for my normal eats for the most part, but Vegas is a little different. It was easy for me to make healthy choices for breakfast, but you definitely have to take advantage of all of the fantastic entree and dessert options.  

I was also like, “I can’t wait to eat a vegetable when we get back” but then I looked in our fridge, it was pretty much empty, and I ended up eating coconut milk salted caramel ice cream for lunch. Still in Vegas mode. I was finally able to replenish the fridge last night, and created this little on-the-fly salad with some of the...

Hi friends! How are ya? Thank you so much for your amazing comments on yesterday’s post. I can’t wait to write back to them all later today.

For now, I have a little Vegas recap from the weekend’s adventures. We’re back in the swing of life over here, and despite the time change (I miss AZ haha), I feel energized and rejuvenated after such a fun weekend.  

Where to stay in Las Vegas: Each time we go, we stay somewhere different! The Bellagio has always been my favorite hotel, but I think that the Aria has taken its spot. It’s centrally-located, so it’s really easy to get around, and is extremely new and clean. There are a lot of restaurants, a great gym, beautiful spa, an AWESOME club, shops attached to the hotel and, like Betsy said, you could stay there and not even have to leave. I was also really impressed by the hospitality. Everyone we encountered was extremely...

Hi friends! How’s the week going? We’re back in town after an AMAZING weekend in Vegas! We got to hang out with our friends Betsy and Jeremy, catch some basketball games (Bear Down!) and enjoy the typical adult Disneyland shenanigans. Thank you again to those of you who shared your Vegas recommendations! I’ll be back in the morning with a recap of all of the fun from our trip.

For today on the blog, let’s talk about fitness. (In my mind lately, I say “fitness” like Bruno Mars says “finesse” and then it gets stuck in my head.) Over the past couple of years, I’ve made some pretty significant changes to my personal training routine. When I first started lifting weights (omg…15 years ago), I did a pretty solid strength split. Over time, I got more into circuit training and whole-body workouts and stuck with a combo of the two over time. Since I like taking and teaching group fitness classes, it meant that I was training my entire body more often instead of isolating specific muscle groups. When I discovered BODYPUMP and barre, I started to fall in love with endurance training instead of traditional hypertrophy training. I think there are huge benefits to all of these types (especially depending on your personal goals + what you enjoy), but am now back to more of traditional strength split with 1 day reserved for Orangetheory, barre, or a BODYPUMP full-body workout.

All you need is a wall.

Hey hey friends. How’s the morning going? Did you watch The Bachelor last night? I’m the worst ever and Googled for spoilers a couple of weeks ago, and I was still pacing around the living room with my glass of Syrah and my jaw on the floor. Let’s chat about it in the comments! (SPOILERS will prob be in there if you haven’t watched yet; just don’t click over to the comments.)

For today, let’s talk about barre! It’s one of my all-time favorite workout because I love how versatile it is. It’s always so hard no matter what. I’ve been doing barre since before Liv was born (so prob 7 years now?) and it never feels easier. It always lights my quads on fire in the best way possible.

Here’s a little workout I put together that you can do anywhere! It’s a combo of traditional barre exercises and hit for an awesome burn and sweat. Please let me know if you give it a try. 

Here’s what the workout looks like!

Form cues and tips:

Curtsy lunge with knee raise – Start with one leg forward, and toes...

[aka when your blog titles get a little lame after almost 10 years]

Hellooooo. Happy Monday! How was the weekend? Did you watch the Oscars last night? I always love watching them even though I usually don’t see 90% of the movies that are nominated. I definitely have a new list of things to watch, though! Fave dresses? There were so many incredible ones, but my very faves were Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence.

A little weekend recap:

Friday was Dr. Seuss day at Liv’s school, so she asked if she could be Cindy Lou Who. I had a liiiiittle too much fun doing her hair for the occasion.

It was a good day – I caught a workout and smashed through some work to-dos-

and later that night, we decided to check out a carnival that rolled into town. When you live in a small town, you’re constantly looking for family-friendly adventures, so it’s not always like, “Let’s go play at the mall arcade…again.”

When we saw the flashing lights and Ferris wheel, we had a feeling it would be a hit. 

The girls rode a ton of rides and Liv had a blast jumping on the bungee trampoline contraption,

Hey hey! Happy Sunday! How’s your weekend going? Ours has been pretty lovely. The weather has been gorgeous and we’re getting little glimpses into spring. Flowers are blooming everywhere and we’re spending a lot of time outside before it gets too hot and the gnats take over. Liviin’ it up.

I caught a leg and HIIT workout yesterday, and today is OFF.

The only activity I plan on doing today is reading a book while the girls play outside and a hot bath later tonight. Walking on the wild side. (Random: I never used to be into baths. It made zero sense to me to float around in water that your body is soaking in, when you could just shower and get really clean. How times have changed. Our bath here is AMAZING – it has jets and a light that changes colors – and it’s pretty much the most relaxing thing ever.)

For now, let’s talk about meals and fitness for the week! We have some travel planned later this week, so we didn’t have to plan a ton of dinners.

Here’s what’s on the tentative meal planning menu:

-BBQ chicken, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes

Sunbasket for two meals (I failed and didn’t check the menu in advance so we’re having two salmon meals. The Pilot isn’t going to be super stoked…he doesn’t like salmon that much as it is.)

-Homemade ramen with soft-boiled eggs....

Hi friends! The weekend is heeeeeere. What do you have going on? We don’t have a lot of plans and I’m looking forward to it. It feels like this week has been particularly frantic, so I’m looking forward to getting caught up on some work stuff (so.many.workout.plans) and watching Shameless (I’m officially addicted, which is good because there are so many episodes. I usually only watch The Bachelor and This Is Us during the week, but over the weekend, I look forward to catching a movie or some episodes of Shameless).

The strawberry field is officially open for picking (wahoo) so the girls and I will definitely be making a trip. Never forgot how much P loves picking berries.

(And a reminder to myself to bring extra cash for all of the berries we they eat.)

This week, we said goodbye to some friends at the Pilot’s work as they move onto new adventures. It’s always sad to say, “See ya later,” but fun for the girls because we’ll get to watch the planes land and they get to see their friends. The pilots’ families will spray them down with water and champagne when they get out of the jet. 

Hi friends! Hope you’re enjoying the week. Wednesdays are our craziest day (we have a weekly appointment, P has swim, I teach two classes, and we basically run around all day) but when I crash into bed Wednesday night, I’m always like “I DID IT” and the rest of the week feels like smooth sailing. I thought I’d pop in today and share a 2 1/2 year update for Miss P…since I missed her 2 year birthday post and have some catching up to do here on the blog!  

(She was sick for her 2nd birthday – it was horrible – and there was no way I could write a recap or real birthday post when she needed meds and snuggles. I’m glad she got to celebrate before she came down with an ear infection.)

When people meet P for the first time, they have a hard time believing she’s “only two.” She’s not even 2 1/2 or almost 3…she’s 2. And she talks a LOT. She’s also incredibly tall (off the growth charts!) so many people think she’s 3 or 4. 

She also thinks she’s older.

“P, how old are you?”

“Umm, I...

Hi friends! Happy Fri-YAY! What’s going on this weekend? I’d love to hear what you’re up to. 

We’re still fighting through the post-vacation blur, but have some fun things to look forward to: a date night, taking P back to gymnastics (she’s missed two weeks, and she loves it!), a movie with Livi, and spending time here at home. Maybe I’ll finally unpack our suitcases, too. I’m also excited to catch a yoga class and enjoy brunch somewhere delicious. Should be a simple, low-key and relaxing weekend. I’d love to hear what you have going on!

Now, it’s time for the usual Friday Faves party. This is where I share some favorite reads, finds, wears, and fitness goods form the week; I love to hear what you’ve been loving, too.

(Many above pics were from San Diego! Take me baaaaaaack.)


Spring on the way! I’ve heard a lot of people complaining that...

Hey hey! How are you?  I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend! We’re still on West coast time (which is why my blog schedule has been all over the place), so it’s been a bit of a blur. If you have any tips for recovering jet-lagged kiddos, please send them my way. I’ve been zombie-ing my way through the week, sans makeup, teaching classes, running around with the girls, and making copious trips to the fridge for more of this little creation. 

Meet the latest breakfast obsession:

A soft, chocolaty, baked treat that you can make in advance to last throughout the week. This tasty recipe can be put together in less than 10 minutes (just make sure to soak the oats in advance!) and is packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber. All of these things make it an awesome component to weekly meal prep!

Something else that I love: one bowl, baby. You just dump in all of the ingredients,

stir it up, pour, and bake.

Anything that keeps me from doing 1000x dishes is a friend of mine.

Hey hey! How are you doing this morning? Wednesdays are always a little extra crazy around here – I feel like everyone in the family has appointments and/or activities – so I’m ready to get an imaginary buzz from my decaf coffee and hit the ground running. I’m excited to teach classes later today and, hopefully, sneak in my own arm workout during naptime. After a week and a half off, the girls are back in school and preschool (depending on how P’s doing), so it will be nice to catch up on work for a couple of hours.

I’m popping in to share some more adventures from our amazing San Diego vacation. It was such a special treat to take a trip out there with the fam. The Pilot had a training course, so of course we had to crash the party and catch up with our SD friends. I shared a small recap in Friday Faves, so this post is picking up where that left off!

We spent an afternoon at Belmont Park in Mission, which is undoubtedly the girls’ favorite San Diego spot.

They love riding the rides and playing...

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? We had a rough night last night – Miss P has an ear infection – and are taking it super easy today. Even though I feel awful for P, it is kind of nice to just chill in our pajamas and keep things low-key, especially after getting back from such a long trip.

For today, let’s talk about fitness trends. Each new year, I try to take a little bit of time and assess what I think is happening in the industry. It helps me think of new topics to discuss here on the blog, and also gives me ideas for new Focus On posts. There are trends that come and go, and some formats that undoubtedly stand the test of time. I thought I’d share a little post with my thoughts on the up-and-coming classes for 2018, and the formats that have staying power for packed classes this year. 

Up and coming:

Apps. I feel like apps started to gain traction over the past few years but are now more popular than ever. It’s amazing because there are so many apps for the different types of workouts you like to do. Some of my personal faves are the Peloton app, Sweat by Kayla Itsines and Aaptiv. On the same note, many boutique...

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend. Ours has been surprisingly relaxing, and a lot of fun. The weather has been gorgeous – spring is officially in the air! – so we’ve spent a lot of time outside watching the girls play, taking little adventures (we had some fails I’ll share more about in tomorrow’s post), watching movies, and going out for froyo.

We’re working on getting things ready for the week today, in standard Sunday style. While it’s not exactly fun to be grocery shopping, planning meals, and cleaning up around the house, it makes such a huge difference when Monday morning rolls around. I’m also soooo excited for The Bachelor: The Women Tell All tonight (so much drama otw) and the finale tomorrow. Who do you guys think will win?!

Fitness-wise, I’ve been testing SO MANY NEW WORKOUTS (more details headed your way soon!) which has given me something to look forward to each week. It’s been exciting to implement more strategy into the workout design and also have some pleasantly sore muscles.

Here’s what’s on the tentative fitness plan for the week: (linking to similar workouts or Focus On posts)

Sunday: OFF

Monday: Teach Zumba

Tuesday: Legs + easy cardio

Wednesday: Teach barre, teach Zumba

Thursday: Arms

Friday: OFF (teach yoga)

Saturday: Total body + HIIT

For meals, we’re planning dinner + staples for the upcoming week. For breakfast, I’m going to...

Hey hey! The weekend is heeeeeere. How was the week? Ours has been pretty good, but I feel like something is definitely in the air. The girls and I have been a little *off* this week, and no surprise to anyone, the sleep around here has been scarce. We’re thinking about having the girls share a bedroom. Liv has been waking up afraid at night for quite a while now, and P has decided to start coming out of her bed at random hours, so I was thinking that maybe it’s time to let them sleep in the same room together and maybe it would help. I feel like at this point we have nothing to lose! Please send any tips, and prayers for sanity, my way haha.

What do you have going on this weekend? Livi has a school play (SO cute), and we’re getting ready for our trip to San Diego. I.can’t.wait.

I’d love to hear what you’re up to. Any fun events, date nights, or Valentine’s plans coming up? 

(Everly turned 1 year old yesterday!! I can’t even believe it. Exactly one year ago, I had a super scary flight experience, but it all worked out because I got to meet her the day she was born. While we haven’t been able to see her nearly as much as we’d like, I think we’ll make up for lost time when...

Aka the only way I keep our house from looking like a [total] train wreck.

Hey hey friends! Sorry about the later posting today! The time I’d spend writing a blog post last night was eaten by a spider. All of the panic is up on my IG stories. It a nutshell, I was driving home from Target and I saw a creepy crawly out of the corner of my eye. Turns out, it was an enormous spider! I made it to our driveway and the Pilot came out to take it outside…and it crawled under my passenger seat. It took him quite a while to find and destroy it. RIP spider. (I’m not usually afraid of bugs, but I was FREAKING OUT.) *shudders* Oh Georgia and your enormous insects. 

So today, let’s talk about cleaning! When I mentioned that I follow a cleaning schedule during last week’s post, a few people wanted to know the details. This is something I started doing years ago, because I realized that it’s SO much easier to do small blocks each day than let it pile up to an unsurmountable mess. For the most part, there are chores I do every day no matter what. Then each day also has a focus, and I’ll only working on cleaning that one extra thing each day. The extra thing usually takes 30 minutes or less, and this way our house stays pretty clean for the most part. 

Hi friends! How are you?  I’m loving all of your entries for the Primo Water giveaway! Keep ‘em coming! We love our Primo water and dispenser here at the house – they’re offering free shipping for February. You still have time to enter the huge Lorissa’s Kitchen giveaway here, too. I’ll announce those winners in Friday Faves.

 I hope you’re enjoying the morning. I won’t post any spoilers or anything like that, but I’m FINALLY recovering from watching This Is Us Sunday night. Good; just in time for tonight’s episode. *scared face* If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly, highly recommend it. It’s my favorite show in a long time! Also, we randomly got into watching Shameless this weekend after some friends recommended it. It’s pretty much the opposite of This Is Us in every possible way (especially regarding the dads! Wowww), but hilarious and random. We binge-watched 5 episodes this weekend and stayed up way too late, and realized there are 7 seasons. Looks like we’re in it for the long haul haha.

(Cardigan is here; I wear it all the time)

This weekend ended up being nice and chill. The Pilot and I had...

Hey hey! Happy Monday, and happy Week 4 of Winter Shape Up! Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for an amazing giveaway from Primo Water.

Here’s what we have to look forward to this week:

ALL meal ideas. Mix and match from some of the popular healthy staples from the blog here

Workout #3

Workout #7

Workout #2

and Workout #4

For the full workout plan + all of the Shape Up details, check out the intro post here. A challenge for you if you haven’t participated this year: try out one of the workouts! Workouts 1-4 all have videos to follow along, too.

One more very special “thank you” to our amazing sponsors, who keep the Shape Up FREE + provide some amazing giveaways along the way. 

Sun Basket // Lorissa’s Kitchen // 

Hey hey! Happy Friday! I’m so ready for the weekend. The Pilot flew nights this week, so it will be nice to have him back home when we’re awake. To break up the week and give myself a little something to look forward to, I asked our babysitter if she’d come over while I met up with some friends for girls’ night at Steel Magnolias. There was a cheese board and wine, so it was definitely a great night.

This weekend, I’m excited to take Livi to her school dance (what?), start planning our San Diego trip (there’s so much we want to do and so many faves to revisit!) and catch a yoga class. I’ve been testing out a lot of new workouts lately…and my legs and booty kind of hate me. I’m also looking forward to the Sunday episode of This Is Us, but will likely cry my face off.

I’d love to hear what you have on the agenda this weekend! Any fun events or fitness plans? I’d love to hear what you have going on.

Now it’s time for the usual Friday Faves party! Sharing some of the eats, reads, wears, and finds of the week. If you have any newfound or beloved faves, please share them in the comments below.

Beauty + Fashion:

-Dip powder nail polish. I was chatting with a girl at one of the Pilot’s work events and we quickly found out we had a scary...