12/4: Weekly fitness + healthy meal plan

Hi friends! How’s your weekend going? I hope you’re having a great one! We met up with some friends in Old Town for family dinner (+ Friday night margaritas) and spent Saturday playing and getting some work done around here.

I thought I’d share my workouts from last week + our meal plan for this week since we’re planning and prepping. I’d love to hear what’s on the menu for you, too!

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Here’s what last week looked like on the fitness front:

Sunday: OFF (traveling from Tucson back to San Diego)

Monday: Taught Spin

Tuesday: 15 minutes of upper body (P ditched her nap so I took her to the gym for a quick blitz before Kids Club closed), and taught hot barre

Wednesday: Taught Spin (my last class at the club!)

Thursday: Taught Cardio Barre, short booty-lifting workout, + took the pups for a long walk

Friday: Spin instructor training on the new TechnoGym bikes (they are AMAZE); probably 30 minutes of hard work

Saturday: OFF

Barre slay

What I liked about it:

I liked that I got in a solid mix of cardio movement because I thrive off the sweaty endorphins. It’s a little bit of a hectic time right now, but when I’ve taken time to sweat each day, I feel so much better. I also had a nice mix of cardio intensities (3 hard days, 1 day off from cardio, 1 super easy day) which is a beneficial way to train. I also liked that I bumped up Spin a little this past week since it was my last time teaching it until we move. (I still have one more week teaching barre.)

I also didn’t get in my weekly Orangetheory workout, so I’m taking two this week. Wahoo!

What I could have done differently:

I didn’t get in very many of my own strength workouts. Usually I’m able to sneak in something at home, or hit up the gym and take P to Kids Club, but the week was too crazy. It’s NBD, and I know I’ll be able to make it more of a priority when I get some deadlines cranked out. I also didn’t get in any yoga or flexibility, so I’d love to take a hot yoga class or Pilates on the reformer this week. Since my teaching schedule is way down, I’ll take a couple of new San Diego classes before we head out! If you know I haven’t been to an awesome studio or class yet, please let me know!

We’re planning and prepping our meals for the week, and here’s something I’m excited about: experimenting with the Instant Pot. I bought one through an awesome Cyber Monday deal and finally worked up the courage to give it a whirl. 

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We usually plan 5 dinners at home and 2 nights of takeout. 

Here are the 2 Instant Pot meals for the week:

Paleo chicken soup (we had this last night and it was great!)

Honey teriyaki drumsticks with rice and broccoli

Other weeknight dinners:

Vegan gf power bowls (probably on a night the Pilot is working late haha)

Shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas, guacamole and black beans

Turkey burgers with sweet potato fries and salad


So tell me, friends: what’s on the menu this week? What’s something you loved about last week’s workouts? What’s your all-time fave kitchen appliance?

I’m trying to decide what we’ll take with us on our temporary move to Tucson. I’m thinking the Instant Pot and the travel-sized Vitamix will do the trick.

Have a happy Sunday and I’ll see ya tomorrow with an insane holiday treat recipe.



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  1. Chelsea Anthony on December 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    We’ve gotten almost 6 inches of rain her in San Antion since Friday, so besides braving the rain to Get our Christmas tree, we’ve stayed in and tries to burn Piper energy haha.
    I actually have TWO fitnessista recipes on my meal plan this week– stuffed butternut squash bowls & slow cooker Greek chicken soup! I also have healthy sloppy joes over sweet potatoes and left over taco soup on the menu.

  2. Samantha on December 4, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Oh I would love to try the Instant Pot (Christmas hint to the husband, maybe!). I’ll be trying a couple of your recipes – they look so good while being so healthy and guilt free at the same time.

  3. SAN on December 5, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I love it! Great plan 🙂

  4. Karlie on December 5, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Making veggie burgers and sweet potato fries! I am in YTT right now so it’s all yoga all the time right now. Which is perfect for this chilly Michigan weather.

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

      how’s YTT going?!

  5. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on December 5, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I am DETERMINED to stay on track this December so I meal planned for the whole month! Since my blog is mostly recipes I would say that is a business and personal win! Lot’s of easy dinners under 15 minutes!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

      wow, that is amazing!!

  6. Kelsey Graf on December 5, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Tonight I’m trying portobello steaks with avocado chimmucuri (here: http://minimalistbaker.com/portobello-steaks-avocado-chimichurri/) so I’m excited to see how that goes! Otherwise our fridge is looking kind of sad right now, so a trip to the grocery store is in order.

    I liked the variety of my workouts last week in terms of type and intensity… I did a run, spin, barre, pilates, and bodypump. A little bit of everything!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

      how did the portobello steaks turn out?! that recipe looks amazing
      hope you had a wonderful weekend <3

      • Kelsey Graf on December 6, 2016 at 6:10 am

        They were pretty good! Hubby-approved, which isn’t always easy with vegan recipes 😉 A little strong on the garlic (3 cloves in the marinade for the mushrooms and 3 in the avocado chimmichuri), but we paired it with some sweet potatoes and it was definitely satisfying!

        • Fitnessista on December 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

          good to know!! i’ll save it to make later! xoxo

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 5, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I think staying on the meal prep game is easier actually when life is busy because it gives you that motivation to do it & stick to it! I’m doing a bunch of three ingredient meals to make it easier too!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

      3 ingredient meals are lifesavers

  8. Taylor on December 5, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I love my kitchen aid blender. It is a really nice magnetic one (someone bought it for us last year when we got married) and it makes smoothies soo smooth and so fast!! Loving butternut squash soup right now.. it just hits the spot in the cold weather.

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

      yes, love butternut soup too!

  9. Laura O'Dell on December 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

    You are going to love your InstaPot! I have had mine for about a year and use it for everything!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

      i’m excited to try more recipes!!

  10. Heather on December 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    What?!! Cooked chicken in 15 minutes? Did it work? That sounds…like bliss. Not quite as good as chocolate bliss, but…I am running incredibly late and need a healthy meal on the table stat bliss!

    • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

      by the time the pot actually preheated it was like 30 minutes, but still. it cooked a WHOLE CHICKEN in 30 minutes. i also made broth broth last night in 2 hours and usually it takes overnight in the slow cooker

      • Fitnessista on December 5, 2016 at 11:58 am

        also worth mentioning that the chicken wasn’t just cooked, it was falling off the bones.

        • Heather on December 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

          And it goes on the Wish List!

  11. Jen on December 7, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Everything I have tried in the instant pot has been delicious, but it still intimidates me! I really need to just use it more!!

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