11/10: Meals and fitness for the week

Good morning! Happy Sunday πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve had an amazing weekend so far. The Pilot is running 20 miles (20! What?!) and Liv and I are enjoying a lazy morning together. We had an impromptu fiesta here at the house last night, so we slept in and it was gloooooorious. I’m not sure what we’ll do today–  the farmer’s market and the park are always good options.


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On the plan: getting meal ideas and groceries together, and planting these beautiful succulents my nana brought over from my great-grandmother’s house.

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Fingers crossed that I don’t kill them.

Here’s what I’m thinking for this week:

Salmon with olive and anchovy tapenade, roasted asparagus (<– I might try my favorite green bean method with the asparagus)

Slow cooker honey garlic chicken, mashed root veggies

Nicoise salads with lemon vinaigrette

BBQ chicken drumsticks, sweet potato fries, kale chips

Plan and prep:

Paleo bread

Baked breakfast cookies

Chop fruits and veggies

Make fruit leather in the dehydrator

Berry chia pancakes

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Here’s what’s on the tentative fitness plan:

Sunday: OFF. I may go for a short run to see how my knee is feeling, since it looks like it will be 18 years until my MRI referral goes through

Monday: Strength and Yoga

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Dance cardio

Thursday: Shockwave

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Yoga

What’s on your meal and fitness plan? Any new recipes or classes?

If you’re looking for ideas, be sure to check out the Knockout November calendar!

See ya later with some weekend pics.



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  1. Bridget S on November 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Is there a recipe for the honey garlic chicken? It sounds great, and I love to use my slow cooker for easy weeknights. I am sure my husband would enjoy it too.

  2. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on November 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Looks like you’ve had some delicious food and great workouts for the week!

    Honey garlic chicken sounds YUMMY! I agree I would love this recipe!

  3. Christine @ BookishlyB on November 10, 2013 at 11:53 am

    The theme of my meal plan this week (and next) is cheap and easy, since I’m psychologically and financially gearing up for hosting 22 people for Thanksgiving this year!

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

    If you have the honey garlic chicken recipe I would love that as well!

  5. Jackie on November 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The succulents are pretty!!

  6. Canuck4 on November 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Just curious, have you thought about seeing a physiotherapist for your knee injury? They are also trained to diagnose AND treat injuries like this. They may have you feeling better before you even get your MRI results. If it is the meniscus, they can sometimes heal conservatively with PT treatment.

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      i’d love to see ANY doctor right now, but am going through the military medical runaround. still waiting for a referral :/
      if they give me an option, i’ll definitely look into that!

  7. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on November 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Nothing better than a free weekend day — I love when my schedule is open enough to just do whatever comes to mind & playing the day by ear!

    Happy Sunday!

  8. Katie @ Live Half Full on November 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Those succulents are beautiful!

    For workouts this week my plan is to go back to morning workouts this week, the darkness of daylight’s savings is killing me!

    Here’s my meal plan for the week!

  9. Jillian on November 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Any chance your bracelet in the last pic is a recent purchase? I love it!

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      thank you! olivia has good taste πŸ™‚ it was my christmas gift from her last year.

  10. Tamara on November 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Meals sound delish this week Gina!

    I tried a new roasted asparagus recipe that I am in love with in case you are keen – olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper and sprinkle with parmesan cheese – and roast in the oven for 15 mins yum.

  11. Amy on November 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    If your meniscus might be torn you should definitely not be going on even a short run- you will definitely regret it in the long run. Take it easy.

  12. She Rocks Fitness on November 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I actually prepped a chocolate protein chia pudding with cherries to have after my early morning workout tomorrow. Interested to see how it tastes and hoping it is as good as it looks. πŸ™‚ Such simple ingredients and should be the perfect way to start my busy day.

  13. Danica @ It's Progression on November 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Our gym now has Shockwave classes, but I didn’t know they were rowing. I thought they were intense circuit workouts? Or does it have both??

    • Fitnessista on November 10, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      circuit workouts that are based on rowing times– you can’t rotate from the current station until everyone has met their distance. SO fun

  14. melissa on November 11, 2013 at 2:52 am


    Your blog is one of, if not my favorite blog. But the way you have handled this knee injury is really starting to turn me off of it. You are fitness instructor and blogger, and I don’t think you are setting a good example. Trying to run on a possible torn meniscus just because you can’t see a doctor soon? And having such a long wait to see the doctor because you didn’t go earlier when you should have? (again, setting a bad example)

    Also, I’m not in a military family, but I can imagine how much you are badmouthing the system to be very offensive to those that are… and also to all of the other readers who may not be fortunate enough to have any health care at all.

    I still love you and the blog, but I hope you take my comment into account. You seem to be a lot more defensive lately, and that is not how bloggers succeed. Best wishes on your knee.


  15. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on November 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Looks like a good week ahead. I’m still needing to make your BBQ kale chips!! I have everything I need, so I should jot it down for this week!

  16. Tracey on November 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I made your Baked Breakfast Cookies and they were delicious. πŸ™‚

  17. Lexy on November 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Hi! Is this comment all I have to do to do get the password for the Knockout November workout? Plus subscribe to the newsletter, of course. Love your blog, by the way, keep being amazing! xx

  18. George Godin on November 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Love those succulents! For this week, my plan for this week’s workout is to go go to gym every morning, monday to friday only.

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