12/31: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi friends! How’s your weekend going? We’re enjoying the time together and getting a lot done around the house. 9 months later, we’re officially moved in! The Pilot unpacked the last boxes in the garage, set up the home gym and cleared out the office. We spent yesterday taking down the Christmas decorations – it was our last day to get it done before heading back to the normal routine – and the house feels so empty. At the same time, everything feels fresh, clean and ready to start 2018. (That rhyming tho.)  Happy New Years Eve!

We capped off the day of packing and cleaning with a little date night: dinner at Giulio’s. 

Dinner at Giulio's

Here I am, Sunday blogging like the good ol’ days. I’ve had some requests to bring back my weekly meal and fitness post, especially since it’s a great way to share some fitness and eats motivation with each other. So I’m going to try it out for a while and if ya like it, it will stay! This is also when I’ll be posting the weekly Winter Shape Up info so you have it before each week begins. (The WSU fun starts January 15!)

gym selfie

I feel like so many of us are back into the meal planning and prepping mojo, especially after a holiday season that tended to revolve around delicious and treats and on-the-fly meals. I’m definitely inspired to get my meal prep pants back on and set us up with healthy eats, especially since the girls are headed back to school, gymnastics, dance, and all that fun stuff. Things get a little more hectic around here! (I’m already mourning the fact that I can no longer wear my pajamas all day.)

Here’s what I have on the menu this week:

Dinner ideas:

Sunday: Dinner in Jax

Monday: Chicken tacos with homemade tortillas, guac, and beans

Tuesday: Sunbasket (use my code to get $35 off! We rotate between Sunbasket and Blue Apron and love them both. I prefer Sunbasket on the weeks I want to eat really clean, and the girls love the meals from the family plan, too.)

Sunbasket chicken w chimmichurri

Wednesday: Sunbasket

Thursday: Coconut shrimp curry with rice and salad

Friday: Out!

Saturday: Homemade pizzas (I’ll do BBQ chicken for everyone else and Caulipower for myself)

Breakfast and lunches:

Protein baked oatmeal (recipe on the way) + side of scrambled eggs

Daily Harvest soups and smoothies (I’ve been loving these so much lately! I’ll just add some protein powder and collagen to the smoothies for a little boost, and on the days I’m frozen, the soups have been warming and hearty.)

Daily harvest smoothie

Salads: grilled chicken, chopped veggies, Primal Kitchen dressing and a sweet potato on the side

Eats-wise, I’m doing something starting this week: No Sugar January. I’ve done this a few times, and it’s an easy way to reset my cravings after a sugar avalanche. Too much sugar zaps my energy, and when I have a ton sugar (usually during the holidays), I find that it becomes a habit instead of something I truly enjoy. (Like cramming a Justin’s peanut butter cup into my mouth as I wait for the water to heat for tea.)

Anyone want to join me? I’m looking forward on focusing on protein, healthy fats, produce and grains for the next month. (I’ll probably take a day off for Liv’s birthday, because cake.)

Here’s what the fitness plan looks like for the week:


Sunday: shopping cardio in Jacksonville. I really get my heart rate up in Nordstrom and Trader Joe’s

Monday: HIIT and legs (testing workouts for a little something new headed your way)

Tuesday: Easy steady state

Wednesday: Upper body + dance cardio (I also teach barre this day)

Thursday: OFF

Friday: today’s Orangetheory workout

Saturday: Easy steady state

For more fitness ideas, there are lots on the fitness page to mix and match.

So tell me, friends: what’s on the menu this week? When you set up your fitness plan, do you have a format you follow or just take it day by day?

Cheers to the end of 2017!



Meal prep posts:

Healthy meal prep for a week

$60, 1 hour, 5 days of daytime eats

Plan and prep: 1 hour of clean eats

$20 daytime snack ideas

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  1. Stephanie Woods on December 31, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I love these posts! For no sugar January are you doing no added sugar or just no sweets? I think I’ll join but I probably wont give up peanut butter or an occasional glass of wine. And my daughter’s birthday is the 14th so I’ll take that day off too.

    Yesterday I focused on eating fairly clean, although I had some fritos with dinner. I’m currently fighting a headache. Most likely sugar withdraws!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      no sweets! wine is sticking around. i need it haha.
      ps why are fritos so good? 😉

  2. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on December 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Happy New Year! I am all about the meal prep this weekend as well, the last couple weeks have been goodie overload.

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      same! so many delicious treats, but ready to get back to *normal*

  3. Nicole Kump on December 31, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Happy New Year to you and the fam! Your hair looks cute in the pic with Peta btw. When I get back to America, I’m going to have to try those meal companies. I have had Blue Apron but not the other one.

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      thank you!! excited for you to come back. are you at the halfway point yet?

      • Nicole Kump on January 1, 2018 at 8:44 am

        Almost! I am excited for that to get here!

  4. Carrie this fit chick on December 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

    No sugar January! I like it! I don’t eat much added sugar, but I will keep it more in mind this month. It’s always good to start the New Year with a bang!

    • Emily on December 31, 2017 at 10:06 am

      I love these posts! It really gives me some ideas for my own meal prep. And I’m loving no sugar January. I was actually just thinking yesterday that I need a little reboot.

      • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

        same! i’m excited to get my cravings back in check

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      yes! i always feel more motivated hearing about everyone else’s goals

  5. Melissa on December 31, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I was wondering about The Daily Harvest soups and smoothies..I’m so glad to see a review from a real person haha I think I need to try these!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      you will LOVE them! they come in handy when i haven’t prepped anything and am hungry. the soups have been surprisingly delicious, too

  6. Leah on December 31, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I’ve got to get back to meal planning. It will help with the grocery budget too. Thanks for the ideas. Ready for the shape up and starting the new year right!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      totally agree. when we don’t plan, we spend so much more (or just go out to eat a ton!)
      hope you have a happy new year!

  7. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on December 31, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I’m looking forward to the Winter Shape Up! I’ve participated in a few of them now and always look forward to it.

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      yay, so excited you’re joining in again!

  8. Tracy on December 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Happy NY Eve!!

    Looking forward to the protein baked oatmeal recipe!

    I love this time of year with the shift in focus to cleaning up and healthy living.

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      happy new years eve to you!
      i feel the same way- it’s energizing and motivating 🙂

  9. Janice O'Kane on December 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Love these posts, they are so motivating. I spent yesterday prepping healthy eats for the week ~ chicken schwarma, oats/flax/chia instant packs, banana almond butter bread, hard boiled eggs, and smoothie packs + lots of fresh cut veggies. I’m ready to put goodies and sugar back in their rightful place instead of treating them as a food group. Also looking forward to Winter Shape Up!

    • Fitnessista on December 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      ahhh i love the sound of everything you made! i think i need to make some banana bread 🙂

  10. Mayacook on January 1, 2018 at 4:42 am

    HAppy new year! 2017 was the year I got hooked on Fitnessista and 2018 won’t change it…all the best for you and your family

    • Fitnessista on January 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      thank you so much, and thank you for reading 🙂 happy new year!

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