11/2: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that my friends who turned back the clock enjoyed the extra hour. (In AZ we don’t change the time and I’ve always loved that! When we lived in Georgia, North Carolina, and San Diego I was always confused about Daylight Savings.) Halloween was different than previous years, but Liv said it was her favorite Halloween yet. We still got dressed up, participated in a Trunk or Treat at the girls’ dance studio, and met up with friends for an outdoor get-together. They played Coco on a projector while the kids ran around and we ate pizza and hung out. It was perfect.

Some Halloween pics:

(Liv was Sia and P was a crocodile. P’s best friend was Terri from Crocodile Hunter and it was amazing.)

My original plan was to wear a pumpkin tank and leggings, but the girls were NOT into that idea. Liv said, “Mom, that’s so lame.” haha. So the Pilot and I ended up being Maleficent and the king. The girls ended up wearing the Maleficent headpiece and the king costume the rest of the weekend.

Maleficent and king costume for Halloween. Couples costume ideas

For today’s post, I wanted to share this week’s meal and fitness plan in case you’re planning for the upcoming week or looking for some new ideas. (As always, talk with a doctor before making any fitness change and honor your body!) If you’re looking for more ideas, be sure that you’re signed up for my newsletter here. You’ll get a free 30-day meal and fitness plan when you sign up, and I always send out weekly fitness plans and ideas. Online personal training will be live in the next couple of weeks – I’m going to try and have everything ready by my bday on the 12th-  so I’ll send out a newsletter when it’s live!

Meals and fitness for the week. fitnessista.com

I always map out my workouts each week. Even though I almost always need to shuffle things around, it’s nice to have a general idea of what I want to do. I usually do one total body workout, one upper, one lower (or barre) and a yoga each week. Strength is the emphasis and cardio fills in the gaps, depending on what’s going on that day.

For meals, we usually wing it during the day based on our staples and I’ll plan out dinner each night. My goal this week is to make extra dinner so I can have the leftovers for lunch the following day. P helped me go through some cookbooks and pick the dinner recipes this week. The girls are huge fans of this Disney Princess Cookbook (and they can make many of the recipes themselves with supervision and a little help) so a couple of recipes are from there.

Here’s what the plan looks like!

Meals and fitness for the week:


Workout: Total Body BODYPUMP workout (<— my link gets you 30 days free). Another option: this total body strength and HIIT

Dinner plan: Honey garlic chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and salad


Workout: 45-minute low-impact hike

Dinner plan: Taco Tuesday! We love these burrito bowls with fajita veggies and chicken, black beans, rice cooked in the Instant Pot, guacamole, salsa, and cilantro.


Workout: Upper body

Dinner plan: Sloppy Joe stuffed pitas from Food Babe Kitchen (similar recipe here!) with roasted broccoli


Workout: Hot Yoga (if you’re at home, try this power yoga workout)

Dinner plan: OUT


Workout: 30-minute Peloton ride (if you’re at home, try a BODYATTACK or BODYCOMBAT workout!)

Dinner plan: Beast Quiche from Disney Princess Cookbook (similar recipe here) with a Caesar salad


Workout: Lower body

Dinner plan: Chicken tenders from Disney Princess Cookbook (paleo chicken tenders for me + leftovers for salad the next day), sweet potato fries and lemon garlic green beans

Do you map out your workouts and meals each week or do you wing it? What’s on the menu this week?

Hope you have a happy Monday and I’ll see ya soon!


PS congrats to the winner of the Beautycounter giveaway: Charlotte 🙂 Stay tuned for more regular and sneaky giveaways this holiday season.

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  1. Emily OShea on November 2, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I started doing this bodypump routine from Youtube, the channel is Let’s Move Fitness, the teacher’s name is Lars. The music is awesome and he has great energy.

  2. Melissa Caulfield on November 2, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Loved this post! I map out dinners but lived that you shared your week because it helps me get out of a Rutof cooking the same thing. Also I do an early morning walk for 30-45 minutes most days but need to incorporate some other movement- ( we do ride bikes in the evening)

  3. Valerire on November 5, 2020 at 7:04 am

    I map out my meals the weekend before, but not my workouts. Honestly, I am a total loss on workouts I am a beginner and so confused about working out. I am also a much older than you and need to take it a bit slower. Do you have any workout tips for older, more out of shape people like myself? I don’t see me doing Body attack any time soon.

    • Caitie on November 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      The Balanced Life might be a good place to try. Robin does online, at home pilates work outs. It is a membership based program but I think she has several videos on YouTube. It’s a good work out and most of them are not super intensive. Average work out is about 15-20 minutes with the longer ones also available. If you pay for the membership, she provides a monthly work out calendar and access to an online Facebook community.

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