12/22: Meals and fitness for the week

1) Dance around the Christmas tree.

2) Eat all the cookies.

The end πŸ˜‰

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Christmas festivities, you’ve done us right this year. The actual holiday isn’t even here yet and I feel like it’s been an amazing run, especially considering the fact that we lost an entire week due to a late Thanksgiving. It’s also hard to believe that our little baby will be TWO in a few weeks!! Sniff.

Since I probably won’t be making a ton of *real* dinners this week (but enjoying tamales and feasts with the fam), I thought I’d share what we’ll be having for Christmas brunch at our house.

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Fruit plate

Overnight cinnamon rolls

Mushroom and spinach crustless quiche

Breakfast sweet potatos

Sweet and spicy bacon (a recipe from my friend Jeni– the Pilot goes ccrrraazzzyyy for it)

+ lots of mimosas, hot cocoa in the slow cooker and egg nog.

I’m really excited to have the fam over this year, especially since we’ll be Tucson visitors next holiday season πŸ™‚

Also on the plan this week: my favorite veggie soup with crusty bread and salad for dinner tonight,

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(the only photos I had of the soup were from baby meals. It’s an amazing recipe to take over to a friend’s house)

and BBQ chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries tomorrow.

For the fitness plan, it will probably be low key, but here’s what I’m thinking:

Sunday: Filming more YouTube workouts with Sasha + (hopefully) Winter Shape Up Week 1 <—definitely counting these as my workout

Monday: Dance cardioΒ 

Tuesday: Early yoga

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: Strength and HIIT

Friday: Short spin

Saturday: Yoga


This post is going to be a short one since I’m off to meet Sash, but please let me know if you have any requests for our channel! We’re both moving in the next couple of months, so we want to have a surplus of awesome videos ready to go, and we have some fun plans for when we’re apart too.

Hope you have a happy Sunday!

What are your fitness plans this week? What’s on the menu??





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  1. april on December 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    roasted veggie soup sounds so perfect & comforting for the holiday season πŸ™‚

    i hope you, the pilot, and livi have a wonderful christmas with your family! <3

  2. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on December 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Mhmm cinnamon rolls scream christmas for my family as well! Yours look delicious :D. Beautiful tree, by the way!

  3. Alanna Roberts on December 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love your blog I relate a lot to it! Your meals are practical especially to make with a toddler (I have an 18month old) and your exercises are helpful too! My husband is in the army so your blog makes me laugh at times with the military spouse life situations. Thanks for the extra time you up in to give us meal and exercise ideas!

  4. Livi on December 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I need to make those overnight cinnamon rolls!!

  5. Bonnie on December 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Hope you have a great start to your week! Some video requests: favorite body weight circuits, favorite HIIT workouts, favorite yoga practices, favorite go-to workouts when time is short. Thanks!!!

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

      awesome, thank you!
      would you want to see any of these in vlog form??

      • Bonnie on December 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        Yeah! That would be a fun switch-up!!

  6. Sanaz@runforcake.com on December 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Great workout plan for the week! I need to make this soup. Looks delish! Can’t wait for the video. I’m always looking for new fun workouts.

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

      hope you have a great week!

  7. Karissa on December 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Ha ha ha your food and workouts for the week up top made me smile! πŸ˜‰
    This weekend was my baking weekend! AAAAANNND I may or may not have really enjoyed indulging in samples. Tonight was my first real healthy meal of the weekend, i.e., one containing veggies.
    Gotta love Christmas! πŸ˜€
    Video requests: Gonna second Bonnie with HIIT and maybe even yoga!

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

      hey, quality control πŸ˜‰ we did it too haha.
      thank you for the ideas! we did a tabata video with some fun hiit drills

  8. Carla on December 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Have a merry Christmas! Your brunch sounds wonderful.

    Pilates and running for me! We’re not celebrating Christmas yet so no plans. But I did make a nice organic chicken and couscous tonight that should last a couple days. All it needs is some veggies.

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

      that sounds lovely! have a wonderful week <3

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on December 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    The week my fitness is to fit in as much as I can. We are out of town so I have to improvise some but am looking forward to getting in some great workouts and exercise with family during this awesome time!

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

      it’s nice to get in family workouts, and just take it easy πŸ™‚

  10. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on December 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Ooh, this week is going to be so tricky with workouts. I would normally workout tomorrow morning, but I’m going to hit the stores bright and early to finish my Christmas shopping. Not to mention I still have to wrap presents! Aaah, being a procrastinator is awesome, lol. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

      same. but, “if you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute” πŸ˜‰

  11. Wendy A on December 23, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Okay recipe for sweet and spicy bacon? Please…

  12. Faye Holloway on December 23, 2013 at 2:37 am

    What are the yummy brownie things?

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:44 am

      the pic with the fruit and zest? i made some of the elana’s pantry fruitcake

  13. Lucie@FitSwissChick on December 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I did the Arm Burner this morning and loved it! Would be fantastic to have an ab burner and a booty burner to go with it!

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

      so glad you liked it! we filmed a core workout and a leg burner yesterday πŸ™‚

  14. Cassie on December 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I always love your barre workouts! I have also been eating .all. the cookies. Happy holidays!

  15. Katie on December 23, 2013 at 11:44 am

    is there a slow cooker hot chocolate recipe you use? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

      i just used the organic instant packs from trader joe’s, and used a little less than 6 oz of almond milk per pack. set the slow cooker on low, added a little cinnamon, and it was AMAZING- rich and creamy!

  16. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on December 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I’m hoping to get at least 5 workouts in – a little TurboFire and also my Bootcamp/Crossfit classes. That bacon sounds amazing! Christmas morning, we’re having an egg casserole, perhaps sweet potato tots, some fruit and bloody marys!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      sounds glorious!

  17. Julie on December 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    My fitness this week is kettlebells, yoga, and dancing!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      sounds lovely!

  18. Claire on December 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Merry Christmas Gina! I hope you have fun dancing around eating all the cookies, and tamales to your heart’s desire! I know I will be doing the same πŸ™‚ My fitness will entail being pregnant, and trying to stay awake until 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Fingers crossed! Haha! <3

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      ahah! good luck to you πŸ™‚ rub the belly for me! xo

  19. Kelly on December 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    You are making me hungry with all the food pics! I hope that Sasha is moving to San Diego too, then you too can still do your awesome videos!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      she’s actually moving to australia! we have some fun things planned while we’re apart, though, and will have a ton of videos uploaded and ready to publish

  20. Michele on December 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I did Zumba toning this morning. I had no idea the entire class would be with hand weights. My arms were on fire! I will have to check out your arm burner…but not today! πŸ˜‰ What are those things that look like brownies but with lighter icing and chocolate chips on top? Merry Christmas to you and your family! πŸ™‚

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