3/22: Meals and fitness for the week

Also known as “let’s use up everything in the fridge and pantry before the movers come” πŸ˜‰

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a very happy weekend. It’s the street fair here in Tucson! It’s one of my local faves and I’m excited to take the fam and walk around while eating roasted corn.. It’s always fun to check out goodies from local vendors, hear live music and hang out downtown. I think Liv will love it even more this year; it feels like last time she was such a tiny thing.Β 

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(my beloved Mexican skeletons are everrrrryyywhere, too)

This week for meals and fitness, it’s our last “normal” week. I’m not going to do much planning and prepping, but we’re definitely planning to eat at home as much as possible to use up the pantry goodies. Some random things to use up: coconut milk, canned beans, frozen goodies (lots of berries) and tomato paste. It should be pretty easy to pack up the new food items to bring with us, too. There’s also a little bit of fear in my heart from what will be unearthed from the depths of the freezer….

It’s kind of a weird situation because we’ll be living on base for a couple of nights until we can get into our new place, but I’m pretty stoked to check out all of the new spots!

Dinner ideas:

Burgers, sweet potato fries and salads

Slow cooker teriyaki chicken with roasted veggies

Chicken pad thai

and stuffed chicken with crustless veggie quiche.Β 

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Here’s what the fitness plan looks like:

Sunday: Total body + HIIT

Monday: Yoga and easy cardio

Tuesday: Lower body + HIIT

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: OFF

Friday: Upper body + easy cardio

Saturday: Yoga

Yoga quotes

Are you planning and prepping for the week? What’s on the menu?

Here are some ideas if you’re looking for inspiration:

From the March workout calendarΒ (password is muscles)

Stability ball workout + HIIT

Steady State

WSU Week 1



Some healthy snack ideas for the week:

Superfood snack bites

Buffalo hummus

Maple roasted almonds

Avocado chicken salad

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Have a happy Sunday <3

See ya later tonight with some weekend pics!



Coming up this week on the blog:

All-new total body workout

That hair extension post (if I can make a video)

A vegan banana pudding recipe πŸ™‚




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  1. Jennifer on March 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Best of luck with packing and prepping, good for you for planning workouts despite a disruption in routine on the horizon, a good reminder and motivating. If you’ve got some sriracha at the house you could make Anne’s curry with your coconut milk and a little basil.

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      it will help with my sanity in the upcoming weeks πŸ˜‰
      that’s a wonderful idea! thank you!

  2. Katie on March 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Gina, Love reading your blog and so jealous of you moving to San Diego, my husband and I went there for part of our honeymoon and just loved it. I was wondering how you do your chicken teryaki in slow cooker, I have tried before using store bought sauce (even the low sodium one) and it was wayyy to salty? Thanks, Katie

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      thank you so much for reading!
      i usually make the chicken first in the slow cooker and make the sauce on the stove top. that way, i can decide how salty and sweet to make it πŸ™‚ i shred the chicken and pour the sauce on top about a half hour before we want to eat

  3. Helen Olesen on March 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Gina,

    Best of luck with your upcoming move. I enjoy reading your blog and I live in the Tucson area. I am a new mom and am currently looking for a baby boot camp class. Do you know if there is anything local? My research has only produced a class in Sierra Vista which is too far.


    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      there was a baby boot camp at udall, but the girl isn’t doing it anymore :/

  4. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on March 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Good luck with your move. I’m sure it must be exciting and scary at the same time. I felt that way when I sold my home in Tucson of 10 yrs last year and moved to Phoenix.

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      how do you like it in phx? a friend just found out they’ll be stationed there

      • Megan @ The Skinny-Life on March 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm

        I like Phoenix. It offers more opportunities to experience different things all around. I hate the traffic although Tucson traffic was stupid, but Phoenix is on a L.A. level. I miss the slower pace of Tucson and my friends.

        • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 1:38 am

          i think phoenix definitely has more to offer, but i like the vibe and pace of tucson better

  5. Emily @ The Swallow Flies on March 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I need to make the avocado chicken salad. YUM. Thinking about you with your move!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      let me know if you try it! thank you!

  6. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on March 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Best of luck with getting ready for your move! We will be doing that in a few months and I am already starting to stress about it some πŸ™‚ It’s exciting though!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      it’s stressful and exciting at the same time πŸ™‚

  7. Beth on March 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    can I find the recipes for your dinners anywhere? When do you move? Will you be renting an apartment or looking to buy a house. I would miss Tucson…but San Diego sounds beautiful (although expensive)!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      we move next weekend. we’re renting. i wish we could buy, but it’s $$$$
      i’ll post any new recipes as i make them!

  8. Amanda on March 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Did you find a place on Coronado?! We live in the Otay Ranch/Eastlake area of San Diego and LOVE it. We’ve been here over a year so I think I know my way around pretty well now πŸ™‚ let me know if you’d like some tips or suggestions on anything.. Our daughter is just a few months younger than Liv so I know all the toddler hot spots πŸ˜‰ We are PCSing already in June.. Exactly one month after baby #2 is due to arrive. Nice timing, right? It always is with the military πŸ™‚ good luck!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      not on coronado, but a block away from the beach! πŸ™‚
      and yes, i’ll probably be emailing you for ideas! thank you <3

  9. Jackie on March 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Love the olan!

  10. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on March 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    omg the freezer! there’s always interesting finds in there hahaha

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      there is fear in my heart haha

      • Meg @ A Dash of Meg on March 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        haha let me know if you find anything interesting πŸ˜‰ i always have fun going through my parents freezer when i come home πŸ˜‰ HAHA

        • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

          heh heh i will!

  11. Samantha on March 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Hope the move goes seamlessly! Be grateful it’s only a few nights on base! Our last PCS, to Japan, we were in a hotel in town for 4 weeks and the Navy Lodge another 3 before we were offered housing. Right now on our base, there’s room so if you choose to live in town, no BAH/OHA.

    This week is a lot of make ahead and/or crock pot since my full teaching schedule is back in swing. (18 classes + scouting and working with the track team)

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      i actually like staying on base. it’s close to everything πŸ™‚
      are you still in japan??

      • Samantha on March 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        Indeed. πŸ˜‰ We were due to PCS Nov 2013, but he took an extension here. He’ll be gone to XO school (unaccompanied) in the fall, kids and I will leave for the follow on as soon as orders are cut and housing approves our move (hopefully gone by mid August).

        • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 1:38 am

          wow, that’s going to be exciting to find out where you’ll be next! fingers crossed for you <3

  12. Priya on March 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    hey! are you going to be sharing a recipe for your stuffed chicken & crustless quiche? πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      sure! πŸ™‚

  13. Katie @ Live Half Full on March 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm
  14. Brynn on March 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I had a ‘clean out the fridge’ week last week before vacation. It’s a grab what you can and get creative with your food meal plan πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      that’s what we’ll be doing over here, too! we’ll see how it turns out πŸ˜‰

  15. Emily on March 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Enjoy your last “normal” week, and best if luck in your move! We’re just heading home and I’ve already got my weekly prep list forming in my head. I bought a bunch of veggies at the farmer’s market yesterday so I need to make sure they get cleaned and chopped, or they won’t get eaten!

  16. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Good luck to you with your move. My husband and I relocated from Orlando to San Francisco a year-and-a-half-ago (note the name of my blog “A Lady Goes West”) and moving can be a stressful time. We had some issues with our moving company and car transfer company and spent a lot of time without all of our belongings… so plan for delays! I’m sure it is harder when you have a toddler around as well. As far as food once we arrived in SF: we had no pots and pans and had to eat out every single meal for quite a while – I’ve never craved a home-cooked meal so much since that time.

    My meal prep is small this week. It includes making ahead of time a few breakfasts (overnight oats) and some taco fixings, including chicken and veggies for a couple dinners. Nothing too crazy for now.

    Happy Sunday to you:)

  17. Beth on March 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I seriously, seriously need a delicious vegan pudding recipe in my life!

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 1:39 am

      yay, i think you’ll like this one πŸ˜‰

  18. Sarahf on March 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I just moved, and it was actually pretty smooth, thanks to the amazing moving company! In the end, I packed a few of the things I couldn’t use up, like aluminium foil etc. When I got here, I went to use the saran wrap I’d brought, and there was about an inch left. I’d transported a cardboard roll about 1.000km. Fail! This week, I’m off work until Thursday, so I’ve got a vague meal plan that might change, depending on what happens. Good luck with the move!

  19. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on March 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Two yoga classes in one week! How fun for you! Good luck with the move! It’s definitely more crazy with a little one, but that’s great that you’re having help with it.

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 1:38 am

      if i could, i would do yoga every day for the next two weeks haha

  20. Yaara Leve on March 24, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Can you share the full I body and HIIT routine you did today? Thanks! And those burgers look amaze! Are those lentil/veggie patties?

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 1:34 am

      yep, a similar one will be up tomorrow!

  21. Cara's Healthy Cravings on March 24, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Sounds like you have lots of fruit smoothies to consume in the near future!!

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 11:38 am

      YES we do πŸ˜‰

  22. Livi on March 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I love the workout calendar! Such great inspiration for my workouts this month. Thanks!

  23. Cristal on March 24, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi Gina! I was just wondering if you ever take a week off from fitness to rest? Do you think this is beneficial or necessary?

    • Fitnessista on March 24, 2014 at 11:38 am

      i definitely think it’s beneficial to take at least a week off. i like to take two weeks off at least once a year to decondition slightly and let the body rest. it will usually let you know when you need to take some time off

  24. Amy www.funfoodiefamily.com on March 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    That avocado chicken salad looks amazing!

    Some of my eats for the week- pot roast, pork scallopini, veggie lasagna, grilled chicken with roasted potatoes, and beef stroganoff

    Workouts- gym- HIIT routines, pilates, your “My Biscuits are Burning” elliptical workout, walking my pooch =)

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