By Gina Burriesci 

Today’s blog is a guest post from member Gina Burriesci. 

You may have noticed Gina’s name all over the board these days, as well as her very noticeable leaning and change of body composition over the course of the last few months.  So much so that it piqued our interest and we had to ask her just what the hell was going on.  Did she make any changes?  Was she trying harder?  Nutritional strategies?

Of late, she has accomplished the following. 

  • She is down ten pounds
  • She is down two pants sizes
  • Level 4 Barbell Club
  • Swings the 106# kettlebell for reps 


So, was there some magic formula she was suddenly following?

Nope.  Just eating more clean foods.  Paying attention to what goes on her plate and applying razor sharp focus to her training.  Two easy items that when paired together work wonders.

Here’s a snapshot of her daily diet.

In summary, I eat a lot more and drink less a lot less alcohol and sugar.  As far as my training, I hit the Daily Challenge classes 3-5 times a week and Julianne’s yoga classes 1-2 times a week.  Before class I have been looking up the workouts, videos and articles to study form as I’ve lately been obsessed with becoming a better me.

Here’s what my food intake for today looks like.  I trained in the 7 am class today as I do most days.

  • 3 omega-3 enriched organic eggs fried in coconut oil.
  • 2 sweet potato pancakes.
  • 24 oz. smoothie  with unsweetened coconut milk, spinach, kale, organic berries and banana.
  • Apple and almond butter
  • Salmon and steamed seasonal veggies.
  • Carrots and hummus
  • Mashed Taro with beef stew and butternut squash.
  • Veggie smoothie.
  • Lunch at Whole Foods.


As far as my overall focus I would say that 85% of the time I eat cage-free, grass fed meat, wild caught fish and organic fruits and veggies, but really I just eat a lot more than I ever have.  I really try to focus on the quality of my food and try to consume VERY little sugar and alcohol. I stay away from processed crap!   And I drink a LOT of water.

I feel stronger and a lot more energetic and I know the increased food intake must be related.  I haven’t been on the scale in three months but just checked for this experiment and I am down ten pounds (137 lbs to 127 lbs.) Crazy! I am also down two pants sizes, my arms are getting leaner and I have a four pack!

Woot woot Christmas Abbott abs here I come 🙂

So, as you can see there is no slash and burn diet going on with Gina.  She is eating, getting plenty of colorful foods and staying away from bad things such as processed foods.  She frequently lifts heavy on days that call for it and pushes herself on days that don’t.

If you eat this clean and train with challenging weights, the results much like what Gina is experiencing.  It’s all about focus and commitment.

So, if you are stuck on any type of plateau at all, be it weight loss or strength, ask yourself.

“How’s my diet?”



Gina has been a member of Performance360 for two years.

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