Organic Living (on a Budget!)

Clean eating and do-it-yourself tips from a newly married couple's persepective

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(Not) A Lazy Sunday

Good morning! I had a late start to the morning, but this girl is on fire! LOL I’ve cleaned the kitchen and living room already, and have big plans to work on a powerpoint and handouts for my team’s business training this Tuesday night (I have my own business educating and empowering young women and moms to improve their health and finances with doTERRA Essential Oils, and a huge part of that is mentoring/training my team of other product consultants). Right now I’m enjoying a plain latte with skim milk…mmm!



On a totally unrelated note, my 42 days to fitness are halfway gone! I can’t believe it. I’m so ready to finish this semester and get aboard our cruise ship! Just another 21 days to wait! 

My workouts have been going really well. I need to keep changing up the reps/sets to prevent a plateau. Yesterday my sister and I did 30-12-8-30 (reps) for biceps, triceps, and shoulders, and my arms were burning! They were exhausted by the end. Here’s the workout we did:

30-12-8-30 reps, increasing weight until you get back to 30 reps, then go light again:

Hammer bicep curls w/cable

Skull crushers on ball w/barbell

One arm lateral raises w/cable 


AMRAP (as many reps as possible) 1 minute:

Barbell bicep curls

Tricep press w/cable

Shoulder press w/cable


My diet, on the other hand, still needs some work. I’ve been better than before, but not perfect by any means. I see more salads in my future…it’s only 21 days, right? I can do this 😉 Here are some of my meals/snacks from last week, my new (short!) hair cut, and a wild onion that was left alone for too long in the dark…











TTYL! ❤ Gina


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Information overload + thoughts from the week

This weekend has been packed with studying, reading for personal development, and learning. My brain is exhausted! When I get to the point where I don’t know if I remember anything I’ve read, I know it’s time to take a break (and get out my Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils for focus/mental burnout and memory!).

This week has been such a learning experience for me–from my classes at USF to learning new skills at work to learning more about myself during my daily personal development/reflection time. I’ve had so many things go wrong yet so many go right over the past seven days! I feel as if I’m a different person than I was when I woke up last Sunday morning and began the week! I’m so glad for the chance I’ve had this weekend to rest and reflect on everything. And I’ve had time to re-focus on my fitness goals for my cruise in December and put together a killer workout plan for the upcoming week! 

When I took the course to become a Certified Personal Trainer last December, my instructor taught our class to create short, intense, effective workouts for our clients and to vary the intensity and type of workout every day of the week. High Intensity Interval Training is THE buzzword in the fitness industry today, and while it’s not always possible to implement this type of workout for my clients (because of deconditioning, injury, or other physical limitations), I love to incorporate HIIT into my weekly routine. I’m super excited about the return of plyometrics day as well!

S: Off

M: Biceps, triceps, shoulders + cardio (30 mins, tempo)

T: Plyometrics + abs

W: Off

R: Legs

F: Yoga + abs 

S: Back, chest + cardio (20 mins, sprints)