Photos by Stevie Dee Photography

Moto Jacket – Parker (similar color) | Cami – The Kooples | Shorts – Pistola | Boots –YSL | Sunglasses – Illesteva

Here we go again! It’s finally my favorite season but of course the weather hasn’t gotten the memo. That’s SoCal for ya. Of course I’m pulling out  my favorite moto jacket and YSL ankle boots for those few hours in the morning and evening when the temperature drops.

I guess the positive might be that we get to have two to three outfit changes throughout the day? Honestly, I already do that no matter what season. That’s just a result of having two to three workouts day. The good news is I have mastered the art of athleisure/street style wear. More on that later.

xo

gina marie

Everyone has been asking me about my ab routine. As most of you know, I do a variety of workouts that all support abdominal strength, however I do have a few favorite ab exercises that together, will make your ab muscles shake. I’m talking muscle failing point (and thats what we want!!)

Peep the workout and examples below:

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Try the circuit 2-3 times and you’ll totally burnout your abdominal muscles

Just remember: Abs are made in the kitchen just as much as they are made in the gym. I’m sure you’ve seen this little graphic circulating on instagram:)

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ALSO, do they take reservations in said kitchen?

 

xo

gina marie

 

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Let’s talk about fitness. The plain and simple definition of fitness is the condition of being physically fit and healthy. But one thing I have learned on my fitness journey is, although the majority of the focus in fitness is exercising your body, fitness is just as much, if not more, an exercise of the mind.

The funny thing is, in almost every aspect of my life I struggled with over thinking, hyper focusing, overreacting, and altogether stressing out over anything and everything that comes my way. I really struggle with exercising my mind in a positive way. Fitness, however, is the exception.

You CANNOT have a successful workout if you do not exercise your mind and body together. Think about when you are doing a super challenging workout and you struggle to finish the reps or hold a position. Those last few seconds, when you are pushing yourself past your limit, require a strong mind. You face a great mental challenge. Phrases like “I can’t” or “this is too heavy” “too much work” “I won’t make it” begin to bombard your mind. You must begin to rid yourself of these thoughts and replace them with positive alternatives. It’s like that quote everyone refers to “If you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right.” Alternative phrases to adopt, especially in the fitness world, are things like “I can do anything for 45 seconds” “I can hang” “Lose the excuses, find the results.” Enter my personal favorite mantra:

MIND OVER MATTER

I know,  I know. You have all heard this before, nothing special right? That’s what I used to think until I heard it phrased a little differently.

MIND OVER MATTER; IF YOU DON’T MIND, THAT SHIT DON’T MATTER.

I never truly heard this phrase until I heard it this way. Think about  it. You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control how you react and how you let it affect you. Think about everyone’s favorite day: leg day. You have finished all of your reps for a crazy leg and glute blasting workout. The final challenge is to hold a squat for 1 minute. Your first thought might be “Shit I’ve already done over 100 variations of squats…NO THANKS.” Then when you start to hold the squat and that 20 second mark hits you really start to feel the pain. This is where my mantra comes in handy. Mind over matter. I always talk it out to myself. If you don’t mind that shit don’t matter. If you tell yourself that you don’t mind, that pain that you feel, that struggle you are having won’t be the focus. It won’t matter. Trust me.

Talk it out the next time you feel like you can’t hang.

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Photos by Stevie Dee Photography

Sports BraLeggings, & Cap (obsessed with this cap guys) – Reckless Girls

 

When you love snacks as much as me, and I mean LOVE, you have to do two things:

  1. Practice self-control (moderation is SOMETIMES my friend)
  2. Live an active lifestyle

So basically, I rely on number 2 most of the time. But hey, there is always room for improvement right?

Fitness is just as much mental strength as it is physical (but more on that in a later post.)

Here are some of my favorite fitness quotes and affirmations that keep me going. Nope. I’m not talking about “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”…because food is freaking amazing lets be real… If any of the quotes below resonate with you, repeat them to yourself in the mornings or while you’re holding that squat at the gym;)

 

You have a choice, you can throw in the towl, or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.

 

Remember why you started.

 

Stop letting food be the boss of you.

 

Three months from now you will thank yourself.

 

Don’t let fear paralyze you. Let it MOTIVATE you.

 

Fall in love with the process and the results will come.

In honor of Young & Reckless and the Reckless Girls Activewear line:

Long live the RECKLESS and the BRAVE.

 

Fitness is not about being better than someone else, its about being better than you used to be.

 

Similar to the above, and my personal favorite:

I will beat her. I will train harder. I will eat cleaner. I know her weakness. I know her strengths. I have lost to her before, but not this time. She is going down. I have the advantage because I know her well. She is the OLD ME.

 

 

xo

gina marie

 

Shop more Reckless Girls Activewear here.

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Photos by Stevie Dee Photography

Dress – Cleobella | Sunglasses – Dior | Bag – Salvatore Ferragamo (black) | Shoes – Dolce Vita

This dress is perfection. You know those summer days that start as a brunch, then turn into a day party and all of a sudden you are having a night on the town? I feel like this happens at least once a week durning the summer months.

This dress was MADE for those types of days. It’s a simple sheath dress with gorgeous details, from embroidery and netted cutouts to the perfect deep arm revealing the summer side-boob. It’s a great find.

 

xo

gina marie