1/19: Meals and fitness for the week

This post is on auto-publish because I’m with some friends filming the Winter Shape Up videos! I’m SO excited about this year’s Shape Up. It starts next week (January 27- mark yo’ calendars) and is going to be the best one yet. Anne and I have been hard at work getting everything together, and it will be the first Shape Up with full videos and meal plans, lots of giveaways and a secret Facebook group. Who’s stoked?!

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Hope you’ve been enjoying the weekend so far. My MIL got in Friday night, so we’ve had a blast hanging out with her and taking her to some new Tucson spots. Yesterday we hit up the Desert Museum, which was especially lovely since it’s been so gorgeous lately. (I’m sending sunshine your way, freezing friends who actually get a winter)

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Things are a little unique this week with company and Livi’s birthday party, I’m not planning on prepping a ton of food.Β 

A couple of the usual staples:

-Pick up lots of fruits and veggies to have on hand for snacks and juices

-Make some Paleo bread (oh, and more brownies.)

That’s probably it. Tonight we’re having a BBQ party at the casa, and will probably be restaurant dining the next couple of days πŸ™‚

The tentative fitness plan:

Sunday: Winter Shape Up videos (we’re filming 3 of them, so it’s totally going to be my workout)

Monday: Barre 3

Tuesday: Tempo run

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Strength

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Long run

A few people have asked for an update with my knee situation, and knock on wood, it’s going well so far. I think that letting it fully rest from running for 12 weeks was helpful, and I’m excited for some PT sessions. I’ve been doing easy and shorter runs lately, adding in some walking when I feel like I need it. I feel like it’s a good mix.

Are you planning and prepping for the week?

Hope you have a very happy Sunday! See ya later with some weekend pics <3



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  1. Liv’s shades are KILLIN’ me. So precious! And I’m loving your hat, too!

    Can’t wait for WSU…after 3 years of reading, I’m finally going to take the plunge! πŸ™‚

    Have a great Sunday!

  2. I’m REALLY looking forward to this year’s shape up. I first found you due to last year’s shape up. It made an incredible difference in my body. Thank you. I now need to focus on losing the fat (the muscle is under there!) and I believe it’s going to take a good hard look and change at my eating habits. I think the extra help with the meal plans will really do it for me. I KNOW what I should eat, I just feel like I need more guidance to plan out the week for me and my family. Can’t wait! Thanks for all you do. . . . . it’s much appreciated. J
    PS your Liv is too adorable. I miss those years. . . .

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you so much, jay!! i’m so happy that’s what led you to the blog πŸ™‚ it’s going to be an amazing shape up!

  3. Can’t wait for the shape-up!! I always look forward to it, but especially so this year!!

    Have fun this birthday celebration week!

  4. Looks like you have had a wonderful weekend! Glad you are enjoying some family time! Love Livi’s shades!

    I have a tentative plan for the week workout wise but I need to work on some meal prep!

  5. No meal prep but planned out the week’s meals in list form so I can be on top of things day to day. Excited for this week’s training schedule though, with the first week of my added strength training over, I’m hoping I’ll be a little less sore this coming week and my runs will feel fresher πŸ™‚

  6. Sounds like a great weekend! Glad to hear the knee is holding up well πŸ™‚

  7. Yay for WSU! I am so excited about it, which is saying a lot since I’ve misplaced my workout motivation. I wasn’t able to do the last SSU, so I’m excited to get back to it. I appreciate all of the hard work and time you put into your programs.

  8. Michelle Rae says:

    I would love to hear some of your favorite “touristy” spots! We are going to be travelling to Tucson in March!

  9. yay for WSU! i think you’re amazing for making sure that each year is even better than the last! =)

    hope livi enjoys her birthday party! <3

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you!! i have so much fun putting them together πŸ™‚
      thanks! it’s going to be a great day <3
      hope you had a lovely weekend!

  10. Katie Hood says:

    I’m very excited for WSU! Sounds like this one is going to be the best yet! Thanks for all you do, Gina. It’s very appreciated.

  11. I think I need to finally participate in a Shape Up. I’m getting bored with my usual indoor winter workouts. This could be a nice way to shake things up until warmer weather gets here!!

  12. I am beyond excited for the winter shape up series. I’ve been anxiously awaiting it! I’ve just got back into running outside but I’m ready for some indoor cario challenges since we have another arctic freeze coming our way in Indiana.

    I’m glad to hear your knee is doing well. Hopefully it will keep healing properly.

  13. Thank for the sunshine, I wish we could be outside without jackets here. Someday maybe we will live in a warmer area.

  14. So excited for the shape up! We have a kid free vacation coming up so I’d love to look great.
    Have a great week!

  15. Looks like a great week!

    Here’s my workout recap and meal plan for the week! http://wp.me/p30jaF-24F

  16. Where can we sign up for WSU?

  17. Looking forward to the WSU, will you have an alternative option for those without Facebook?

    • Fitnessista says:

      yes, you’ll be checking in on the blog each day to win giveaways along the way πŸ™‚ Facebook is just another place where we’ll have the links to all the meal plans and videos– you’ll be able to easily find both of these on our blogs

  18. Okay…I tried the brownies and they came out really dry and crumbly. Okay on some almond milk ice cream, but not as yummy as I hoped. I did use 1/2 pb and 1/2 almond butter. Wonder if that had something to do with it?? Are yours coming out dry?

  19. So excited for winter shape-up !! Can’t wait to get started. I loved summer shape-up but I spent so much time trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. excited for the videos!

  20. Sarah Jones says:

    I can NOT get over how cute Livi is. Her ponytail is just…gah. Can’t take it.

  21. I am prepping tomorrow- so happy to have Monday off!

  22. I am so excited! I’ve participated in two of your Summer Shape Ups, but this will be the first WSU! After the Christmas season, it’ll be good to get back on track. Looking forward to the 27th!

  23. I am so excited for the WSU! I think this will be the motivation I need to get back to working out consistently πŸ™‚ Prep wise I made black bean burgers, whole wheat flax bread and quinoa for the week. We are supposed to be another blast of cold tomorrow so I think I will be making pumpkin chicken chili in the crock pot later this week.

  24. Cannot wait for Winter Shape Up!!! Thank you for offering such a great opportunity!

  25. I say this every week but I really need to start doing my own meal prep!

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