meals, fitness and that one thing

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning <3

Me and livi  1 of 1Β 

It’s been a glorious weekend over here! Livi and I had an awesome Friday at the trampoline park with friends,Β 

Little besties

(little best buddies sharing some Pirates Booty)

Nordstrom Rack

Lace shorts


(got those shorts!)

and lunch, and we had Thai for dinner.

I got some photos done yesterday, and after that we went out to Ra for all the sushi + Frost for gelato. Liv had her first (cooked) sushi last night. She loved it! A girl after my own heart, for sure.

Since last week was so busy and the Pilot’s schedule was backwards (gotta love a night week), fitness was a little more interesting to get in. I did a couple of great workouts (including Workout 4 and a Barre3 class), but I’m really excited to get back into yoga and more strength this week. When I skip strength training, I notice a huge difference in how I feel. Lifting heavy things is great Zen time πŸ™‚

Here’s what the fitness schedule looks like for this week:

-Sunday: Yogaaaaaa

-Monday: Teach Zumba

-Tuesday: Strength + HIIT

-Wednesday: OFF

-Thursday: Short run + strength

-Friday: OFF

-Saturday: Long run

About that long run… I may be signed up for a race thing. That’s all I’m going to say about it for now because last time I made a big hoopla about running in an event I fell down the stairs. To say I’m being superstitious would be an understatement. So there’s that πŸ˜‰

As far as the eats go, this is the week for recipe testing extravaganza 2014. My friends are all ready to stop by for the food surplus we’ll have at our house, because as much as we like to eat, there’s no way we’ll be able to finish all the goods. I love being able to share the goodies and also get feedback along the way. If you see me out and about Tucson this week, I’m probably shopping for a missing ingredient and will have random food particles stuck to my yoga pants. Don’t judge me.Β 

Planning and prepping just a couple of things, because I know we’ll have plenty of snacks around:

Chop veggies for salads

Make homemade Caesar dressing

Grain-free granola bars

Paleo bread

Dinner menu:

JalapeΓ±o turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, veggie packs

Chicken, veggie and brown rice cheezy casserole

Salsa verde enchiladas, rice and beans


(Because Mexican food = margarita. Also, did you know yesterday was National Margarita Day?!)

It’s yoga thirty for this girl. Hope you have a very happy Sunday! See ya later today with some weekend pics πŸ™‚ Last chance to enter the Reebok ZQuick giveaway too! Check in on this post (<– link to comment) with today’s workout to enter.Β 



What’s on the menu this week? Are you planning and prepping?Β If you don’t prep for the week, what are you snack staples that you usually enjoy?

Are you superstitious or not so much?Β 

*ps. If you’re trying to figure out a fitness plan now that Winter Shape Up is ending (sad tears here), sign up for my newsletter by clicking the box when you leave a comment. I send emails maybe once a week, but I’ll be back to sending weekly fitness plans this week if you’re looking for ideas! xo

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  1. Girl, are you signed up for a full marathon? πŸ™‚

  2. I sort of figured there was a race in the near future with all those long runs you’ve been doing!! πŸ˜‰ Sneaky, very sneaky…LOL! Well good luck no matter what it is! You’ll be fine!

  3. I’ve noticed a huge boost in my mood when I get in strength training too! I use to rely solely on running as my go-to form of exercise, but since adding in the weights it’s made a huge difference in my mood. Sounds like you’re going to have some fabulous eats this week! I’m planning a new zucchini boat recipe tonight…. I hope they’re tasty.

  4. love those shorts!

  5. I love Nordstrom Rack. Those shorts are so cute.

  6. I’m still bummed I never got around to having a margarita on National Margarita Day. I might just have to dub today National Margarita Day Part Two and go get myself one!

  7. Livi seems to eat anything! Lucky you, my 2 year old niece doesn’t want anything but chicken nuggets.

    • Fitnessista says:

      she’s an awesome eater. it could change at any second, but for now, we’re really thankful! she just wants to eat whatever we’re eating

  8. I never prep and only sometimes plan. I usually just buy staples and figure out the meals as I go along. Fave snacks are nuts, baby carrots, crunchy chickpeas (you need to try these! Got them at whole foods), Greek yogurt and almond butter on apples. And Larabars of course!

    Good luck as you train for your big race! Sending good vibes for no injuries.

  9. Your hair looks so long and pretty! I just went to the produce stand first, then ill plan meals around my goodies πŸ™‚ happy Sunday!

  10. i’m excited to hear about your race plans when you’re ready to announce! i’m always superstitious about races, as well, so i completely understand. good luck with your training!

    very cute shorts! i love finding gems like that at nordstrom rack πŸ™‚

  11. Love Liv’s cheesy smile! So cute :). Such stylish lace shorts as well!

  12. Planning and prepping today too. We’re hunkered down in the MN Tundra, so homemade spaghetti sauce is in the menu this week, along with more roasted chickpeas for salads. Can’t get enough!

  13. Hey Gina, do you have a favourite margarita recipe that you make at home? I’ve tried a couple, but they’re either waaaaay too strong, or they don’t taste like a true margarita. Any suggestions?

  14. I planned for the first time last week. it worked out pretty well. So I tried again this week. We shall see. I tend to only prep if necessary but I do batch cooking to freeze since it’s just me. I plan off what is in my freezer and then go from there!

  15. My husband is traveling πŸ™ this week so easy meals for us! I already made hummus this morning for snacking as well as blended some smoothies to put in the freezer for easy re-blending this week.

    Recipe testing sounds like soooo much fun! Jealous of your tasters πŸ˜‰ I’m very excited for your book to be released!!

    I am very very superstitious! You can never be too careful!

  16. Everyone has been raving about the paleo spaghetti squash pie, so that’s what I’m making this evening. It sounds delicious! I’m extremely superstitious but it could be because my name means witch, lol.

  17. Cute shorts! πŸ™‚

  18. Good luck with the run!

  19. Hey Gina,

    I struggle with running myself – I’ve always wanted to be a runner but can never seem to get good at it. I like your style of training quietly because sometimes I want to sign up for a race with only my own expectations to meet.

    As for food planning we’re making coconut shrimp and chicken in pan sauce from the Cook Smarts website. Plus, Trader Joe’s just opened in Denver because they have awesome things to make from their frozen section. Do you have any TJ’s faves?

  20. ….And those shorts are awesome with the chambray top! Huge win!

  21. cute shorts! and your hair…it’s already so long again! I’m envious. mine has always grown so very slowly. it takes me YEARS (I’m not joking) to get it to your current length.

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you!! totally not my hair haha. extensions! it takes me a while to grow mine out, too, and this in-between awkward stage was driving me crazy.

      • Well duh. Why didn’t I catch that! After I posted my comment I looked back at a recent post and realized you probably had extensions put in for pictures. My hair is probably at your real hair length right now. And for me that is considered Loooooooooong. Since it grows so slow I think I’m just going to chop it off to chin length. I don’t have the patience and after a while I start to feel so plain Jane. Enough about hair though πŸ™‚

  22. Good luck on your run!

  23. love those shorts! so cute! that’s an adorable picture of you and your daughter. I love how she’s cheesing in the photo … so sweet!!

  24. Unfortunately I haven’t had time to prep for this week because we’ve been visiting family and doing wedding prep with them all weekend but I have black bean and turkey burgers in the freezer and some veggies and baked chicken in the fridge for salads. I’m surprisingly not superstitious, although I’m sure I will be for my wedding. Totally understand why you would be superstitious though!

  25. Oh my gosh, Livi’s “cheese” face kills me every time! She’s squinting from smiling so hard! Love it so much hahaha

  26. I made some “Japanese noodle soup” that didn’t turn out so great bc it was supposed to be in a slow cooker for bigtime flavor…but I don’t have a slow cooker and apparently the stove doesn’t have the same flavor-intensifying effects. Plus I made some broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes to be stuffed into chipotle flour tortilllas.

    Yay for your race thing! Here’s hoping you have a great one this time!

    Lastly, thank you so much for WSU! I’m going to go through the workouts again this month. And I just discovered all the new ones you added to your Sage Dance Fitness channel! πŸ™‚

  27. Those shorts are so cute, Gina! And as a fellow sushi addict, I’m happy to hear Livi is on board! πŸ˜‰
    Strength training definitely refreshes me…in a burn-baby-burn kinda way.
    The menu this week will include lots of chicken sandwiches and probably lots of salads since we just bought feta!

  28. Those shorts are AMAZING! LOVE! I am totally superstitious about a lot of things, so I totally understand. Fridge is stocked for the week ahead thanks to a Costco trip on Friday. So sad that the weekend is over. It went by too quickly.

  29. I am not superstitious but my husband is HORRIBLY! He has to do everything exactly the same way when he is coming up on a big race. I have found myself becoming more superstitious since we have been together πŸ™‚

    Looks like you had a great week of workouts! LOVE those shorts!

  30. Love those shorts! Good luck on your long run. What did you have the photos taken for?

  31. Love, love, love the shorts. Nordstrom Rack is the bomb!

  32. Danielle Roseboom says:

    Loved winter shape up!!! great workouts!

  33. Those shorts are adorable! And I love a good margarita. I felt a little like a downer drinking beer, but I still had fun!

    Here’s my workout recap and meal plan for the week!

  34. I must have a pair of those shorts. They’re adorable!

  35. Good luck on your run!

  36. I wanted to thank you for your post the other day about your favorite sports bras! Finding a good sports bra has been like Mission Impossible 3 for me. I ordered the Champion Smoothie bra on Amazon and I’m looking forward to trying it out during my next run:-)

  37. girlfriend, you are the prettiest most gorgeous girl i have ever seen! i just love you so much! have a great week

  38. Love the extensions!

    I made a big pot of soup tonight to take to work for lunches. I also made some flourless banana muffins. Hoping that they’ll be a quick and filling breakfast on the go. I also planned this coming workout week so that I can keep the momentum going from Winter Shape Up!

  39. Man, I missed National Margarita Day? Looks like I’ll have to make up for that one!

  40. I didn’t get to plan because I was out of town all weekend! but I’m using my flight home to meal plan!

  41. Those shorts are so cute!! Also, that paleo bread sounds GOOD πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

  42. National Margarita Day? How could I miss it??
    And yay for racing!! Can’t wait to hear more about it. I will run the Survivalrun (Tough Mudder) in 2 weeks. Eek!
    My current favorite snack are my Light Chufa (or Coconut Flour) Dough Bites – prepped a huge batch this week!

  43. I noticed while doing the WSU that my body really suffered from lack of yoga. So I’m adding 45 minutes to an hour most days of the week back into my schedule. πŸ™‚

  44. i love those shorts!

  45. Looks like a great weekend. I’m in love with those shorts, too freaking cute!!! Meal prep for me included salads, cooking chicken and an egg/veggie scramble. I love meal prepping on Sundays. It just makes me feel better about the week!

  46. Jessica Mason says:

    Love the Winter Shape Up workouts!

  47. Okay, WHERE are Liv’s shoes from?! My daughter requires those!

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