11/18: Meals and Fitness for the week

Last night, I decided to take the new kicks out for a spin. I think it’s because I got my Zumba class covered yesterday- all of this Saturday energy was bottled up 😉 Wednesday’s class was fun enough to last for two, though. My fave moment? A guest came up to me afterwards and told me and said, “I bet you have a lot of fun when you go out. I want to go clubbing with YOU!” My latest nights lately have involved wild trips to Tarjay, but yes, mama does enjoy a bumpin dance floor haha.


The workout:

-15 minutes elliptical while reading “O” magazine

-25 minutes of strength:

3 rounds superset: tricep pressdowns (12) and lat pulldowns (12)

3 rounds circuit: kettlebell swings (15), kettbell squat and press (12), bench V-ups (20)

3 rounds superset: deadlift (12), chest press (10)

40 minutes of sweat and triumph.


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

Sunday: Runday? I’m not sure if I’ll be able to run since the Pilot is out with the guys; Zumbathon (teaching 2 songs, so I’m not going to count it as a workout)

Monday: Runday if I don’t go today, or OFF

Tuesday: HIIT and December workout test 

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Turkey Trot 5k

Friday: Active recovery = Black Friday shopping

Saturday: Teach Zumba


Farm box

Prepping and planning:

This week’s priority is to prep as much as possible, especially since my kitchen slump of last week’s lead to either being hungry, or eating things that weren’t very satisfying (like cereal and Halloween candy). 

-Roast veggies

-Make sure salad supplies are ready to go

-Steam eggs


-Grocery shop: salad greens, protein, fruit, almond milk, eggs, salsa, dinner stuff for Monday, Tuesday and Friday (thinking of doing buffalo chicken lettuce wraps, turkey lentil loaf with mashed potatoes and 3 A’s pizza), pick up farm box (which has squash, tomatoes, apples, kale and pumpkin this week)


Turkey 2

Thanksgiving recipes:

Lunch/dinner is at my uncle’s, but dessert party at our house.

Here’s what I’ll likely make for the feast:

Homemade pumpkin pie

-Pecan pie (which will be made by Costco)

Cranberry pear crisp with ice cream

Slow cooker hot cocoa

GF brownies, just because I’ve been hankering for them 

Brownies and crisp can be made in advance (probably will do that Monday night and freeze), the cocoa will be simmering away the day of, and pumpkin pie the night before


Is anyone else planning and prepping for the week today? What’s on the menu? Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?

Liv and I are off to get crepes- see ya later today <3



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  1. Brooke (beinvivacious.blogspot.com) on November 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The turkey in the last photo is adorable. I love it!

  2. Emily @ Have Your Cake And on November 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I’m making a pan or two of baklava for Thanksgiving 🙂 I desperately need to go grocery shopping though!!

  3. Katheryn on November 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year. 25 people! I’m making two turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, two different vegetable sides, 2 pies and a a cake. Guests are bringing the rest. Hope I survive!

  4. Anne on November 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I love, love, love, my salsa, what kinds do you buy?

  5. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on November 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I love how Black Friday shopping counts as active recovery – I’m Canadian so we obviously don’t get it, but it always looks pretty damn intense.

  6. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on November 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Gluten brownies sound perfect!! I’m working on black friday at lulu this year and think I might need to take an active recovery day after it!

  7. Ashley on November 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I was hoping your link for hot chocolate was from How Sweet Eats! It looks sooo amazing!

  8. Mer on November 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    How’d you like your new kicks?

  9. jodie on November 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    HI Gina,

    can you recommend a good GF brown bread? Also, which brand of brown rice bread do you eat?


  10. Kristen on November 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Oh mylanta (Full House, holla!) I totally forgot about those brownies! I must make them asap….and some of that hot chocolate on the side? Why, yes please!

    I’m running an 8K Turkey Trot. I even bought orange knee socks and supplies to make a turkey hat. I’m sure I’ll look like a goober…er…gobbler. haha

  11. Brittany on November 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving week lady!

  12. Bek @ Crave on November 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Woohoo Dessert party! It’s always fun cooking sweets 😉 Too bad we don’t do Thanksgiving over here 😉

  13. Sarah M. on November 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I’m grabbing the boyfriend and heading to my mom’s house, which is about 200 miles away. I’m always in charge of the turkey, so I’m roasting the bird, plus making stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a chocolate pecan pie. My family is making the rest, including my grandma’s well-loved corn pudding.

  14. Danielle on November 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    That workout sounds like it was a good one. What does your December workout test consist of?

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      testing the workout before i post it- i like to make sure it’s sweaty, that it flows well and makes sense

  15. Bri on November 19, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I am so excited to have stumbled across your blog! I think I found it from Pinterest last night. I am totally trying to get on a health kick right now after having baby #3, so I am really looking forward to checking out all your past posts as I get time.

    We are celebrating Thanksgiving at a friend’s this year. We just moved this past summer, which involves us being away from family. This will be the first holiday away from them, but we have so much to be thankful for this year.

  16. Theresa on November 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I did this workout today…my quads were burning! not sure if it was the squat and press or what, but AWESOME workout. I too did 40 minutes of pure sweaty treadmill time! Thanks for the good one!

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