1/20: Meals and fitness for the week

Happy Sunday! After an insane week, in a house full of sickies, the contrast of a particularly glorious weekend has been delightful.

Lots of time spent with my little sidekick, whose hair is officially long for pigtails


(can we just take a moment? I can’t even handle it)

and goes crazy for green juice.

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The girl at Whole Foods got a kick out of the fact that as soon as she handed me the juice, the tiny lady wrapped up in the BabyHawk immediately started saying “Agua? Agua?”

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By the time I finished telling her that it was juice, not water, she had already finished off a good third of it. The apple doesn’t fall far, that’s for sure 😉

Speaking of Whole Foods….

Heya, hot bar.

Hot bar

I still can’t believe we finally have a REAL one in Tucson!

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My purse has been shuddering in fear since it opened, but it’s pretty amazing to be able to go in and get a quick, healthy meal. The above photo was a large piece of turkey meatloaf, stuffed grape leaves, potato salad, greens and a potato Indian dish, shared with Liv.

A trip to Costco for staples:

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(do you think anyone will notice?)

a date night at home, consisting of wine, Taken 2, and a box of tissues for our sniffles,
and lots and lots of ZUMBA!

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A friend from work organized a Master Class and ZIN Jam session with the incredible Eric Aglia, and I was so excited to see that my work schedule allowed me to go. For the master class, we danced for an hour and a half, and during the Jam session we learned choreography for 5 new songs. I feel like I’ve kind of been in a Zumba rut lately, since I’m not able to take classes outside of work (where I’m usually the one teaching or team-teaching). I always love to see other choreography and song ideas, so this was a great refresher for me.

Here’s what’s on the fitness and meal schedule for the week:

Sunday: Runday with a friend- 5 miles

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: HIIT and weights

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Teach Buff Booty and Glide

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Weights (maybe some easy cardio)


Some meal ideas:

-New quinoa muffins (recipe to come!)

-Greens and garlic stuffed salmon, baked sweet potatos

Kale frittata with millet crust

Cashew butternut squash risotto

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

-Make Amazeballs

-Chop veggies

Steam eggs

-For Liv: homemade applesauce, pancakes and some type of protein (not sure what yet)

So tell me, friends: what are you up to this week? Any new classes? New recipes? I always love to hear what you’re up to.

Has anyone else been in a plateau and needing a refresher? Don’t forget that Winter Shape Up starts NEXT WEEK (the 28th!)- mark your calendars!

For now, I’m off to make lots of Elmo cupcakes.

Hope you have a very happy Sunday!


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  1. Emma S. on January 20, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I’ve been stuck in a fitness and motivation rut recently – think it might be due to the fact I know I have an endurance event next week (training for which has included sitting in ice baths) and it’s decided to snow here in the UK – going. to. freeze!

    Counting the days until the Winter Shape-Up – going to kick this funk into touch! Until then, the adorable polka dots and pigtails will cheer me up! x

  2. Janice on January 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Workouts for me this week are weights, zumba, spin class and if I can make it a restorative yoga class. Meals are prepped and ready, lots of salads, turkey meatballs and veggies with marinara sauce, smoothies with lots more veggies snuck in, grilled salmon and grilled steak.

    Liv’s pigtails = cutest ever!

    Here’s to a great week!

  3. Jackie on January 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    The pigtails are too cute. She is adorable and the way you write about her is so sweet. You can tell you are a wonderful mom 🙂

  4. Julie on January 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, Liv’s pigtails are adorable!!! Thanks for the inspiration to get my meals planned and prepped – I definitely need to do some grocery shopping!

  5. Chelsa on January 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Liv’s velour suit is too cute.

  6. Molly@This Life Is Sparkling on January 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have “WSU” on my calendar for the 28th. I.cannot.wait 😉

  7. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on January 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I can’t wait for the winter shape up! I’m starting my triathlon training that week (upcoming goal: 4 sprint tris and finish with an Olympic in early September) so I think it’ll be a great way to help kick my butt into high gear and make sure I keep up with weight training so I don’t get injured. Bring it on!

  8. Christina D on January 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Pigtails AND polka dots??? I just died from all the cuteness 😀

  9. Lucie@fitswisschick on January 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    You and Liv just give such an adorable Mom-daughter-couple!
    I prepped meals only for Monday and Tuesday since I will be in Spain from Wednesday on, woot!!! Great healthy food and workout accessibilities there too (like the beach!!) . I did TRX Bootcamp class and GRIT from Les Mills this week – rocks and will be part of my routine now.

  10. Jackie on January 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I haven’t done much in the way of planning so far this month because I was in the middle of a move, but it is time for me to suck it up and plan plan plan away!

  11. Kim on January 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I’m so happy to be running again that I feel like I have busted out of all ruts (for the time being!).

    Those little pigtails are so cute!!! (I only have boys so I have to get the cuteness factor from other people’s pictures.)

    Sounds like you had a fun time with the Zumba – I still haven’t tried (afraid I just don’t have that kind of rhythm).

  12. Jacqueline on January 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    This post may just have theeee cutest photos ever!! <3

  13. Danielle on January 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Oh can’t wait for you winter shape up! You always have such great workout ideas. Olivia’s pigtails are too cute. What a sweetie. I love that you are including your meal prep now. I always get such great ideas. Can’t wait for the quinoa muffin recipe. I am planning on making your perfect protein pancakes for the week this week!

  14. Katie D. on January 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    We did an 80’s zumba night Friday and our instructor debuted 4 new songs! We did Hero (80s love song), Thunderstruck, theme from Footloose and Ice Ice Baby. I loved them all!

  15. Amelia on January 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    The risotto recipe sounds amazing! I plan to make some kind of butternut squash/coconut milk/curry soup this week. I made another batch of the delicious paleo bread on Friday night too. This time I made my own cashew butter in my cuisinart and it was SO smooth, even more than Artisana!

    Other eats include: hard boiled eggs, turkey meatloaf muffins, shrimp, salmon, roasted sweet potatoes, chard wraps, spinach & arugula salads, maple mustard Brussels sprouts, and prob some sushi at some point!

    Usual heavy lifting schedule this week with some HIIT and a few walks sprinkled in 🙂 . Enjoy your Sunday!

  16. Haily Foytik on January 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    tell me about your purse…..

  17. Katie @ running4cupcakes on January 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Yeah!!!! Winter shape up- already on my calendar!!!!

  18. Anne on January 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I’m starting Piloxing to cross-train with running!

  19. Laura B on January 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Love the pigtails! Too cute! Planning my meals for the week today too. Got the new Bon Apetit magazine with some great looking one pot meals I’m going to try, like warm shrimp escarole salad. These days with a newborn and toddler, it’s all about quick and easy!

  20. Kim on January 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I am a new reader and a new mom to a 2 week old and that is how I came across it in my frantic “breastfeeding tips” google search. I have been reading new and old posts daily while I pump. So thank you for keeping me sane during these crazy weeks. I am really enjoying it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

      thank you so much, kim! good luck with all the pumping. it sucks (literally) but you’re doing such an awesome thing for your beeb 🙂

  21. kalli on January 20, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    i LOVE that oliv loves green juice! and her pigtails? adorable!

  22. Pam on January 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Love the pigtails, super cute!
    So cool she loves green juice too!!

  23. Alissa on January 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I have been meal planning for the past three weeks and plan to continue this! It helps so much! My big goal for this week is to go and explore my new gym! We just moved and I stopped by today to get info all about it. They have a tour of the gym on Th. that I want to take, but before that I want to go to a couple of their classes 🙂 Can’t wait for Winter Shape up next week!

  24. Leslie W on January 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    CUTENESS OVERLOAD with the pigtails! LOL Beyond cute!

  25. Erin O. on January 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I love prepping and was inspired by you:)


    Your little girls pigtails are so cute:)

  26. Elizabeth on January 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    cute pictues, glad everyone is feeling better! What is your favorite green juice combo from Whole foods? i got one a while ago and did not like the flavor, i think it was too much cucumber. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on January 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      green apple, spinach, parsley and lemon 🙂

  27. kari on January 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Livi is so precious and Im glad you all are feeling better. Im planning to make sure i train this week before my nine days work week coming up

  28. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on January 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I’m in Vegas for the week so I’m enjoying a week of good eats and gorgeous sights! Livi is soo adorable in her pigtails, ohmygoodness. <3

  29. Rori on January 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Olivia is precious. Is she tall (percentage wise)? In that pic of you holding her she just looks so long! But maybe it’s just because she has grown up so much…

    • Fitnessista on January 21, 2013 at 12:09 am

      she’s in the 95th percentile- she’s very tall!

  30. Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate on January 21, 2013 at 12:05 am

    The Whole Foods hot bar always draws me in for the same reason. So convenient and delicious yet all good, healthy options!

  31. Kelly @ My love affair with running on January 21, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Wholefoods… Come to Australia please!

  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I’m excited for Winter Shape Up – I need something to spice up my workout routine!

    I’m living off a bunch of leftovers this week because I made butternut squash risotto and leek & potato soup this weekend! I have some leftover leeks, so I think I might make a leek and goat cheese frittata at some point too.

  33. Mallory on January 21, 2013 at 7:51 am

    No new fitness things here… I’m a crossfit junkie! But I have a few new recipes I’m trying. I tested one on my co workers this morning (bacon chocolate chip cookies) and they were a HUGE success. I’m going to make homemade salsa and hummus for snacks and I’ve discovered the dehydrator so I’m making a ton of dehydrated snacks!

  34. Coco on January 21, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Holy adorable… Pigtails are the best!

  35. Amanda Lee on January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I can’t handle the pigtails.. adorableness coming from that photo. 🙂

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