10/14: Meals and Fitness for the week

As this post goes up, I should be running 8 miles with my friend Rhina.


We’re taking a new route, and I’m excited for a change of scenery while enjoying great conversation-running buddies make all the difference in the world. Thankfully, quite a few friends are runners and they’re all patient with slower runners like myself. 


As far as eats and fitness go, I’m having one of those weeks where I feel really invigorated and ready to go after it. Some of you may agree with me that motivation tends to waver, especially without new fitness goals or recipe inspiration- I feel like it’s an “on” week. A lot of has to do with the fact that I’m doing long runs consistently, and since I only have one run day each week, I look forward to it. Sometimes Liv and the Pilot are with me and we’ll take turns pushing the jogging stroller, or I’m with a friend. It’s been a really great way for me to train since too much running burns me out quickly. Hopefully training this way will enable me to be successful with my next half marathon. 

Juice 3

I was also in a little bit of an eating rut, even though posting weekly plans helped me to jump out of our usual rotation. By signing up for a weekly farm box, I’m even more excited to play around with new recipes and ingredients, especially since everything is so fresh. I had the BEST salad yesterday using the rest of the romaine- I can’t wait to get this week’s produce.

Here’s what this week’s tentative fitness and meal plan looks like:

Sunday: Runday- 8  miles

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: Weights and HIIT (jump rope intervals)

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: OFF

Friday: Weights and HIIT (1-1 ratio)

Saturday: Teach Zumba 


Recipes and prep:

More amazeballs (testing out a new flavor today!)

-Spaghetti squash with pumpkin sage sauce and goat cheese

-Carrot, apple, beat, ginger juices

-New kale chips (past versions: cheezy, sour cream and cool ranch)

Steamed eggs

Pumpkin cheesecake for one

-Warm fall salad

Copycat Panera black bean soup


So what’s on the fitness agenda for the week? Are you trying out any new recipes? Any virtual running buddies out there?

For more ideas on planning your workouts for the rest of the month, check out the October Calendar. Also, stay tuned for a new HallowLEAN workout this week!



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  1. China on October 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I’ve been looking for a copycat recipe for Panera’s black bean soup for 2 years! I’m so excited. 🙂

    • China on October 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Also, do you have ratios for the pumpkin sage sauce? I see the ingredient list in the other post, but no amounts. I can’t wait to try it with spaghetti squash — awesome dinner idea.

  2. Emily @ Have Your Cake And on October 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Do you have a post about your Garmin watch? I’m in the market for one and yours looks like a good size!

  3. Ashley on October 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m in the middle of training for a half marathon, with a few smaller races in between. Lately it has been a real struggle to stay motivated, and I could certainly handle a virtual running buddy!

    Like Emily, I too am looking for a Garmin, and I’m wondering how you’ve been finding the model you have.

  4. Allison on October 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Do you like your juicer? I am thinking about getting one…..we have a vitamix (which I love and make smoothies all the time!!) but am debating if a juicer is worth it. Anyone have an thoughts on this??

    • Colleen on October 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      If you use it, it is worth it! I love fresh juice as a great way to get some raw veggies in when it’s too cold to enjoy salads, and as an antioxidant kick when I feel like I’m starting to get sick.
      Buying lots of juice veggies can get expensive
      It’s sort of a pain to clean
      It takes up a lot of storage/counterspace
      I feel kind of bad throwing the pulp away

      If you have the budget, the time, and the kitchen appliance storage space, they’re great!

      • Allison on October 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        Thanks, Colleen! Good points, and sort if what I was thinking too. I was looking at a juice cleanse from Sujajuice.com and for 5 days it is $270, plus shipping! So I thought just buying a juicer and making my own would be more economical. Thanks again!

        • Fitnessista on October 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

          colleen makes awesome points and i agree with all of them.
          i LOVE my juicer, but it’s a pain to clean. you can save the pulp if you like to make raw crackers or muffins- it’s also great for compost.

  5. Danielle on October 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I made a pumpkin cheesecake pie for the ladies at a thrift shop I volunteer for this past week. Being as they are all German, pumpkin baked goods are not as popular. They loved it! Would love to try your recipe for one though. As my husband and I DO NOT need an entire pie lying around 🙂

    I ran my first 10k in 3 years today! I am also a ‘slow’ runner, finishing in 1hr 16min. 4 minutes slower than the previous 10k. I will chalk it up to being older 🙂 Hoping to keep up the long distance running as well!


  6. Robyn (GirlonRaw) on October 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I know what you mean about ‘on’ weeks. But at 29 weeks pregnant I feel it’s more of an ‘on’ day or ‘off’ day. And usually they take turns. Yesterday I could take on the world with a spin class that I wish didn’t end and today I’m struggling to get off the couch! That juice looks pretty inviting though, think I’ll go make one!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Seeing both your juicer and your kale chips reminds me that it’s been wayyyyyy toooo long since I’ve dusted off my juicer or dehydrator. Thanks for the inspiration to get crackin’ on those! 🙂

  8. Julie on October 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Oh I just bought and got all the “spaghetti” from a spaghetti squash. I’ll have to try your recipe! Can’t wait to see new amazeballs!

    • Julie on October 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I can’t seem to find that pumpkin sage recipe!

      • Fitnessista on October 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        I never have enough left to store 😉

  9. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on October 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Spaghetti squash with pumpkin sage sauce sounds amazing! I get stuck in a fitness rut every once in a while too and it definitely helps to experiment with some new foods, flavors, and recipes!

  10. Beth on October 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Totally with you on motivation varying sometimes. But starting last week, I’ve gotten back on the fitness/healthy eating train and I’m loving it! Although I don’t have any big training goals right now, using the October calendar has helped me focus on what I want to do for the month. Thanks so much for putting it together!

  11. Luvena on October 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Gina

    I would love to see how you do your jump rope HITT routine. I have been doing a lot of jump rope training and LOVE IT!!!!

  12. Kathleen on October 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    How do you store your kale chips to keep them fresh?

  13. Kathleen on October 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    How do you store your kale chips to keep them fresh?

  14. Stacy on October 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    This week I made 2 new recipes. The first one is Pumpkin Ginger Soup that I made for my husband since he loves all that is pumpkin: http://recipes.prevention.com/Recipe/PumpkinGingerSoup.aspx and I also made Fall Harvest Couscous that has butternut squash in it: http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Fall-Harvest-Couscous-Recipezaar

    I will have lunch for all week! Very excited. I normally eat steamed veggies for lunch and I think that this will be a nice change. I have several races coming up in November so I am trying to keep my eats high quality.

    Sunday: HIIT and abs
    Monday: run 7
    Tuesday: Spininng, weights
    Wed: Run 4
    Friday: weights
    Sat: off
    Sunday: Color Run in Nashville 5K

  15. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    That pumpkin sage sauce looks so good! Especially with that ravioli from your original post. I bet it’ll be awesome on spaghetti squash too. 😀

    This week I’m making my dad’s recipe for coq au vin – he used to make it when I was a kid and I’ve been craving it lately!

  16. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Seeing your measuring glass full of carrot juice makes me crave fresh juice of my own. My parents always used to make it for me while I was growing up, but I completely fell out of the habit once I got older. I blame an unwillingness to deal with all the mess 😆

  17. Sara on October 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    It’s gonna be a yoga week around here. The sun is just beginning to make an appearance and it feels like a time to reflect on what I plan to achieve over summer. It’s a yoga and goal-setting kind of week, interspersed with a hella lot of exam study.

  18. Paula on October 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    You inspired me to get my juicer out! I haven’t juiced in a while but the thought of ginger anything made my mouth water. Hope your 8 miler was a blast 🙂

  19. Jess on October 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Running with a friend makes long runs so much better!!! I haven’t had a running buddy for ages!!

  20. Beks on October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Starting week 3 of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit plan, and this morning’s leg workout kicked my booty! I was worried with the last two leg workouts, I hadn’t felt like I’d even worked them out. Today I could definitely feel my hamstrings and glutes working.

    Also tried your method of steaming eggs instead of boiling them, and I am a convert! It’s fantastic!

  21. Meghan on October 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love your HIIT post, because I am always interested in trying new high intensity work outs! But I have one question. In the one to one HIIT work out, it says to do 800 meters at 90% then 800 meters at a light jog, but it also says to do them for the same amount of time. 800 meters at 90% would obviously take less time than running 800 meters at a lighter pace. So my question is, should I be basing this on time or distance, since it is not possible to do both? Thanks so much for your help, I love your blog, especially your work out ideas!

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

      you base it off time- so if it takes you 2 minutes to do 800 m, you recover for 3 minutes.
      hope you enjoy!!

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