3/14: Meals, fitness, running shoe love

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! How’s the weekend been going? We’ve had an amazing one so far! Lots of relaxing, time outside, and time with friends.



(Someone has the hang of her scooter!)

So I failed a little bit with our meal plan for last week. I thought our Blue Apron delivery was coming, so I figured that would be a bulk of our dinners, and then I realized that it’s for THIS week. Derp. It ended up working out for the best, though, because we ended up going out to eat almost every night with our friends who were in town. 😉 The restaurants here are so good, and I love that we’re always discovering new faves. I’ve had some requests to put together a post of my favorite spots in San Diego, so I’ll be working on that. I’ll have to divide it by area; there are a lot of awesome options.

Here’s what the week is looking like for fitness:

Sunday: easy run (3 miles or so). I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather or what, but running has felt awesome lately. Also, after being on the hunt for new shoes for a while, I finally found a pair I love! I ordered the Brooks PureFlows, and the soles are too hard for me; they felt clunky and stiff on my feet while I ran. (I ordered them because they’re the shoes Janae uses, and I was hoping they would make me fast like her? My plan failed.) That week, I received a package from New Balance with their new fresh foam shoes. Obsessed. They give me enough support -especially with my Superfeet inserts– and they feel so light and comfy. 

Monday: Teach BODYPUMP + teach Spin

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Barre + teach Spin

Thursday: Orangetheory + screaming/jumping while watching the Wildcats game

Friday: Active recovery (We’re surprising Liv with a Disney trip -happy she can’t read this haha- so it will involve lots of walking)

Saturday: Teach Zumba + quick strength blitz (maybe play on the TRX for 15 min before class)


Snacks and prep:

-Roasted chicken (this is my fave recipe, and the leftovers are SO good on salads and wraps)

-More lemon Paleo bread because we’ve demolished the last two batches

-Make salad dressing (basil-lemon from the book)

Grain-free granola for the next item:

ACAI BOWLS. Since the weather has warmed up, we’ve been eating these like crazy. I’m also back aboard the homemade green juice train


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Green chile egg casserole (will post the recipe!) with rice and refried beans

Copycat True Foods dinner: grilled salmon kale salad with sweet potato hash

St. Patrick’s Day feast

Blue Apron dinners 🙂

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Are you planning and prepping for the week? What’s on the menu? Any fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities?

Have a wonderful day! 



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  1. Crystal on March 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Sounds like a good weekend! It’s also warming up here in the Midwest, hooray! I think I might pretend I’m back in college and actually go out Tuesday night for some green beer, haha. Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      that sounds awesome! thank you! hope you have a great night <3

  2. Faye Holloway on March 15, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Do you ever get anxious about a really hard workout you have? I have this strange cycle where I dread orange theory the night before class and then after class I love it and sign up again. I wish I could get to a point where i don’t dread how hard it’s going to be because it kind of adds a lot of unnecessary stress…

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      i used to get really anxious before long runs. so anxious that i couldn’t sleep! i found that it was the early wakeup that was bothering me more than anything. so now, i run on my own time, and don’t run at 5am anymore. it was driving me crazy!
      for OTF, i do get nervous, but it’s only right before class. it’s also because i really want to get a treadmill first and get that part over with haha

  3. Taca @ A Side Of Dessert on March 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Those acai bowls look amazing! Disney should be so fun for the little girl. She always seems like she has a blast! Have a great Sunday evening!

  4. Rachel on March 15, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    If you perfect a copy-cat recipe for True Foods Kale Salad LET ME KNOW!! That salad (plus salmon plus sweet potato hash) is my all time favourite meal! But I live in Utah and there is no True Foods here, and I have tried soo many times to replicate their awesomeness and I just can’t 🙁

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      i definitely will! it’s the best

  5. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola on March 15, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The last time I was fitted for running shoes, the store recommended a pair of Brooks and a pair of New Balances. I went with the Brooks since they were the same ones I’ve always worn (the adrenalines) but the New Balances seemed really comfy. I’m actually going to buy a new pair soon and I’m thinking of branching out and trying a new brand. The thought seems scary, though! Hope you enjoy your new shoes 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      i’m always scared to try a new brand, too. i used to wear the adrenalines, but it was after i fell down the stairs and hurt my knee… so i always equated the shoes with knee pain, even though i know they didn’t cause it

  6. Katie @ Live Half Full on March 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I’m making corned beef on Tuesday!

    Here’s the rest of my meal and workouts planned for the week:

  7. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on March 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend! I’m going to a St. Patrick’s Day Zumba class that involves glow in the dark dancing! I can’t wait!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      FUN 🙂

  8. Erin on March 15, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I’m back on the green juice train, too. I took a few days vacation from the juicer and my body hated me for it. It’s crazy how much the green juice does for my immune system and skin. I always love my skin after a few great green juice have happened.

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      it’s crazy how much of a difference it makes! i feel so energized and great when i drink it

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Gina! I think I’ll wear some green when I teach BODYPUMP on Tuesday evening! 🙂 Have a great night!

  10. Karina @ fitsickle on March 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Would LOVE to hear your San Diego suggestions! Planning a trip there this summer and need some ideas. I’m afraid I’ll love it there and never leave though… 🙂 Have a great night!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      that’s the problem.. it sucks you in 😉

  11. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on March 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I still need to try acai bowls! I’ve got to get on that!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      ahhh you will love it!

  12. Leah on March 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I love the little scooter pic! I wish it was shorts and tank weather here! Liv will love a surprise disney trip. Hoping we can take our kids soon a they’ve never been. Do you have a special way of telling her?
    What’s the roast chicken recipe you like? I don’t see it linked. Thanks! Have a great week!

  13. Brittany on March 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Excited to read your post on favorite spots to eat in San Diego… I have barely been out to eat since I moved here and need spots to take my family when they visit! Today I tried Naked Cafe on Rosecrans & Midway and it was super delish. Have you been there yet?

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      i’ve only had tea from there! (liv’s yoga studio is next door) we need to go back!

  14. CARLA on March 16, 2015 at 2:52 am

    my girl used to try and go so fast she’d get what I called CrAzY LeG!!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      hahah already seeing a bit of that!

  15. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on March 16, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I didn’t get to plan too much this week, but I prepped some veggies, chicken, and defrosted leftovers, so here’s hoping it gets me through the week!

  16. Char on March 16, 2015 at 7:45 am

    I would totally think like that too- Janae wears these shoes and she’s fast, so I’ll buy them and be fast, too!! I just got a pair of Brooks for the first time and I’m loving them so far. I went to the store and had them assess how I run which I really wanted to do before I bought another pair of running shoes based on like alone. I have a feeling I’ll be eating out a lot this week (I’m switching you places) because I’m back home with fam for the week and well…eating out is super good, like you said 😉

  17. Stella G on March 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I can’t wait for the San Diego recommendation post- we’re planning a trip there in the next month!

  18. Tracy on March 16, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Can’t wait for the green chile egg casserole….sounds delicious!

    Good luck to your Wildcats! I’m a Kansas Jayhawk and we’re a #2 seed also 🙂 Love this time of year!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      THE BEST! you have an awesome team, too! final four thoughts for both of us 😉

  19. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on March 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I just got fitted for new shoes last week and I thought I would be leaving in my 4th pair of Brooks, but it turned out that my feet liked Asics better. I almost got the Brooks out of loyalty, but at the end of the day it’s about what feels best on my feet and when I run. So far so good!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      what asics did you get? i wore asics for years and loved them until they changed to the 2000-series

      • Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on March 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        I got the Gel DS Trainer 20. So far they are working out great!

        • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:36 pm

          so awesome! happy you found a shoe that’s working for you 🙂 xo

  20. Grace on March 19, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Yay so excited for a homemade acai bowl recipe! I tried one for the first time when I was in San Diego last week (from the Juice Crafters in Little Italy, per your recommendation in a post a couple weeks ago). I LOVED IT. Of course, they haven’t really become popular over here in Virginia yet, so I am really excited to make my own. I hope it tastes just as good 🙂

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