Game faces + weekly fitness/meal plan

It was fun to see some familiar faces on this morning….

Bball game

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See Kyle, the Pilot and our friend in the Santa hat standing behind #3?

Kyle looks like he’s singing an opera song, but apparently they were all upset because the ref didn’t call a foul right before a Florida player went to score a 3-pointer.

No worries, though, because the Wildcats managed to reign victorious….

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Ball so hard.

Before the guys left for the game, we had an awesome dinner at our friends’ house.

After work, I made a quick salad to take with us:

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(spinach, avocado, red bell pepper, tomato and sundried tomato goat cheese)

balsamic dressing (I’ve been using Emeril’s recipe– simple and flavorful), Malbec for the grownups, avocado for the babies.

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Dinner was a blast. The babies played so cute together- they’re only 4 days apart!- while we all chatted and hung out. Before dinner, I enjoyed an egg nog and So-Co, which, if you’ve never tried it, is ahhhhhhmazing. We had Hungarian food -my first time- and the paprika chicken and noodles were so delicious. Liv loved it, too.

We have some b-ball tickets this season, and since we have 3, we’ll always take someone with us. Last night, it was a boys’ night at the game and the girls all spent the evening together.

I’m surprised with how well Dine-In December has been going. Even though we haven’t been restaurant dining much at all -our checking account is very grateful- we’ve been enjoying quite a few meals at home with friends. It’s been a perfect way to spend time together, while also keeping it low-cost and low-key. Plus, the babies are able to roam more freely, instead of in a high chair the whole time. 

Fitness-wise, it feels so weird be DONE with my half marathon, even though it wasn’t my favorite run. It feels like it was so long ago, and it was only a week ago. I woke up this morning with no plan of what I’m going to do for this week’s workouts, since I don’t have the feeling of “ohhh a race is coming up!” in the back of my brain. It’s kind of nice.

Here’s what I think this week will look like:

Sunday: HIIT and Steady

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: Strength and Tabata

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Teach Zumba

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Easy Cardio and Strength

I’m not sure how it will actually pan out with my teaching schedule, which always makes things more exciting 😉 For example, last week, I took Tuesday totally off and ended up teaching 3 Zumba classes (Wed, Thurs and Sat). I also skipped my second strength session and only got in one day of strength. You do what you gotta do, but this week, if I have the chance to choose between strength and cardio, I’m going to focus on strength. 

Some meal ideas:

Broiled tilapia with mustard chive sauce

Chicken enchiladas

 –Black bean soup

-Smoked salmon cobb

I’m pretty stoked to spend some time this week making Christmas cookies and getting things ready for the next couple of weeks.

What’s on the menu this week? Are you trying any new fitness classes? What’s your favorite holiday cocktail? 🙂

See ya later today <3





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  1. Haha, that’s too funny. I’m hoping to cook up a nice family dinner on Tuesday, since my family is travelling here for the holidays! I’m searching for some good foodie items to bring! And I’m dying to try a new pilates class this week, I forgot how much I miss pilates.

  2. Gotta love dinner parties at home with friends!! We actually do that more than dining out, it’s so much more comfy and you can be as loud as you want without disturbing the table neighbours 🙂 I will have a membership at a new gym soon where they offer ‘TRX-Bootcamp’ class. I definitely want to try that since I love TRX. Your salad looks so good, such a great idea to bring!

  3. Dine-In December is going great for me as well! Thanks for putting on such a perfectly timed challenge. It’s nice seeing those extra few bucks in our account!

    We are having our housewarming/engagement party this upcoming weekend and I am desperately trying to find a good holiday cocktail recipe that I can make large amounts of (that also won’t make a big dent in my wallet). I was thinking of a spike apple cider but every recipe I have found so far seems super complicated with fermenting and yeast!? Help! I’d love

  4. My favorite holiday cocktail is the gin and tonic. It’s actually my favorite cocktail always haha. Also-Christmas sangria. It’s wine, citrus, spices, cranberry all together…yum.

  5. We’re having friends over tonight for dinner and chicken enchiladas are on the menu, with chips and fresh salsa too of course 🙂

  6. My allergies are in overload right now so I’ve had to take a break from fitness for a bit. I can’t breath enough to run or walk outside and fellow gym goers don’t really appreciate my open-mouthed breathing! I’ve been dying to make these cookies one of my cousins made, but I know if I make them I’ll eat them all and that doesn’t fit into my healthy December!!

  7. Are you sure it wasnt paprikash? Its a traditional hungarian meal. The secret is getting real paprika, and not the tasteless stuff they sell in stores.

  8. What Christmas cookies do you make? Can you post a recipe?

    • Fitnessista says:

      i’m not sure what kinds i’m going to make yet for this year! i’ll definitely post the recipes when i make them 🙂

  9. How cool they were on TV! Was the Pilot wearing Livi?

  10. That is pretty awesome

  11. In June is the Annapolis Zooma….great time of year to visit the east coast!!

  12. Ahhh that game killed me, congrats on the win though 🙂

  13. Your salad looks so much better than any salad I make!

    I just signed up for the fitmixer best body boot camp, so until that starts just the usual running workouts for me 🙂

  14. I made that tilapia with mustard chive sauce tonight after seeing it on your post. I was delightfully surprised as I don’t tend to go for creamy type of sauces on my fish or meat. I made it without the chives since I didn’t have any in the house and it still tasted good. I bet it would be good on salmon also.

  15. That’s so great that you can still be social without going out! Now you’ve got some extra money to spend on yourselves for Chrissy 😉

  16. Great seats for the guys – very cool to be on ESPN!!!
    My favorite holiday cocktail is simple – cranberry juice and champagne (I think it’s called a poinsetta or something).

  17. What a great day to be a Wildcat fan, right?? I bet Tucson was buzzing!

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