3/30: Meals and fitness for the week

Morning! How’s your weekend going?

Ours has actually been kind of *normal*, which is especially nice considering the fact that we’re in for a wild and crazy next couple of weeks. The movers came on Friday, packed up half the house and left it livable for us to enjoy this weekend before they come back. Everything will be done on Monday, we’ll spend the week on base, and head to San Diego next weekend! Things ended up getting pushed back with our new place, so we’ll get the keys this coming weekend. I’m so excited about it! I’m actually kind of looking forward to staying on base since it’s close to everything. It will be like a mini vacation before the unpacking begins 🙂

Packing up

(Livi aka Princess Elsa, helping me to pack up the things we’ll need for the next week and a half) 

Since I won’t have access to my usual kitchen tools and goodies this week, meals are going to be on the extra simple side. We’ll be able to cook there since our room has a kitchen and a grill outside. I’m also glad that the pups will be able to stay with us on base, too.

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(Bella is a moving pro, but she’s about to teach Caro the ways)

Here are some menu ideas for the week, but I’m sure more restaurant meals will sneak in there. Friends and family want to meet up this week before we go, so food is usually involved. 

Enchiladas, rice and beans (<– new recipe otw)

Burger night with black bean burgers, jalapeño burgers, sweet potato fries, broccoli

Pizza (homemade with a mix of toppings), salad

Snacks that I’ll make tonight to bring with us:


-Paleo bread

-Grocery stop for yogurt, eggs, breakfast/lunch stuff and produce

Here’s what the fitness plan looks like:

Sunday: Lower body and HIIT

Monday: Upper body + hills

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Yoga

Friday: Total body circuit

Saturday: Teach Zumba (one more before we go!)

Are you planning and prepping this week? Cooked any awesome hotel meals, or usually stick to takeout when you’re at a hotel?

Watching b-ball today?


Cats lost last night, but they had an amazing season, especially considering that we lost one of our best players to injury early in the season. I’m excited to see how they do next year.

Have a happy Sunday <3 See ya later today with some weekend pics!


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  1. janetha on March 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    ha I just got done planning the menu for the week and have both pizza and enchiladas on there. Also–chicken pot pie & spaghetti. Boring, but it works. Have a great week! xo

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      boring is better sometimes! thank you, lovely! you too 🙂

  2. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on March 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    We got a dehydrator so I’m planning on making lots of dried fruits and my own cereals! SO excited!

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      ohhh! happy new dehydrator to you!

  3. Emily @ The Swallow Flies on March 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve been thinking about you with this move! I’m glad things are still “normal” and that you’ll get a mini-vacay of sorts prior to the actual move.

    I think it’s SO hard to eat healthfully or “cook” in a hotel-type environment. Generally, I bring fruits and nut butters, but other than that, it’s restaurant meals for me. I need to get better on that front…

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      same. i LOVE going out to eat, but since we’re already spending a lot moving, i think we should reign it back a little this week

  4. Lindsay on March 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    We just spent a week in the Navy Lodge last month before moving into our new house, and I found the Italian Wonderpot (Pinterest!) was quite easy to make in our kitchenette. Good luck with your move!!

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      i’ve made it! thank you for reminding me. such a simple and delicious meal!

  5. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on March 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Good luck with the moving! Liv looks so cute all dressed up. I bet I’m just as obsessed with Frozen as she is haha 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      i think we all are! why is it so good?!

  6. Katie @ Live Half Full on March 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve never cooked a meal in a hotel- I would love to hear about it if you do!

    Here’s my plan for the week:

  7. april on March 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    good luck with the big move! i love san diego and cannot wait to read about your adventures while living there. 🙂

    i’ve never really cooked in a hotel room before, but i always pack some sort of prepped food (overnight oats) and plenty of healthy snacks (fruit, nuts, larabars, etc).

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      i think as long as we stock up on produce and good snacks, it will be fine. i could live off egg burritos for everything else 😉

  8. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on March 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    did you find anything crazy in the freezer? 😉

    so happy the move seems to be going well so far, love! i just moved out of my apartment today! love the feeling of being done that

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      i haven’t looked yet! pray for me haha

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on March 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I know how it feels with the move. We are moving in two months and I am already busy trying to get some details planned out, a new job and so much more! Good luck!!

  10. Helen on March 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Sending happy moving thoughts your way! I know how stressful it can be. While watching the game last night I felt bad watching the wildcats lose since I know you’re a big fan! I only felt kind of bad, though, since I’m a Wisconsin alum. 🙂 they played a good game!

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      heh heh, i forgive you. and yes, it was a great game

  11. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Go Florida Gators!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      i think they’ll be in the championship for sure

  12. Beth on March 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    what is your favorite amazeball recipe? How exciting moving to San Diego!! What kind of dog is the white one? I’m assuming the other dog is a cavalier?

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      the classic chocolate chip 🙂 she’s a maltipoo and yes, the other one is a cavalier

  13. Britt on March 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Gina. Out of curiosity, are you on base often? Could you do a post about what it’s like living on a military base? I’m a civilian who would personally not enlist but am fascinated by the lifestyle.

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      i’ve never lived on base, so i have no idea what it’s really like!

  14. Beth on March 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    oh, where is your paleo bread recipe? Thanks, Gina!

  15. Alex @ Kenzie Life on March 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Best of luck with your move! I’m sure it’s an emotional time but I hope that everything goes smoothly and that San Diego treats you well 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      thank you, lovely! xo

  16. Colleen on March 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I remember seeing this article on NPR about cooking with a coffee maker! Basically you use the reservoir to boil things, the coffee basket like a steamer, and the carafe to poach or bake on the hot plate. Next time I’m staying in a hotel, I’m totally trying it!

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      that is amazing!!!

  17. Livi on March 30, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Good luck with the big move!

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      thank you!

  18. Jess on March 30, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Good luck with the moving! I hope you barely need to think about cooking and spend your last week enjoying meals wih friends and family!

  19. Kaitlin on March 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    We spent 91 days in a hotel room during a TDY en route. We had a 4qt crock pot and a small fridge to call our kitchen. I was surprised at how many healthy meals I was able to prepare with such limited resources. Mexican inspired dishes were my favorite because they use so many fresh ingredients and required only a few things to be cooked. Getting to a house with a kitchen was definitely a huge excitement after those 3 months!

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      love that you had a crockpot! i should have thought to leave ours out, but it’s been packed already

  20. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on March 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I lived in a hotel for 2 weeks before moving into my house once. It was a mostly microwaveable soups, oatmeal and sandwiches during those weeks with a few take-outs mixed in between. What I want to know is what did you find in your fridge or freezer? Anything scary?

    • Fitnessista on March 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      i haven’t emptied it yet! happening tomorrow… and i am afraid haha

  21. Michelle on March 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thought of you last night while watching the bball game. Knew you would be sad but I was pulling for the Badgers, grew up in Iowa so I am a Hawkeye through and through but I had to stay true to the Big Ten.
    I always kind of enjoy those few days between when the movers are done and when you head out to the new place, last chance to go to your fav restaurants and kind of relax before having to get settled in the new place. How did Livi handle the movers taking all your stuff away. Last time we moved I was pregnant so I haven’t moved with kids but it always freaked my dog out.

  22. Masala Girl on March 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    cannot waiiit for the enchilada recipe! i usually just bring snacks and go out to eat when i stay at hotels, since I am on vacation at those times! i would think crockpot meals (but i see youve already packed it :/) or already frozen meals you made & can bring with you in a cooler! good luck with the move 🙂

  23. Cara's Healthy Cravings on March 31, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Have fun with your week and enjoy your time with your family, all the other stuff will fall into place!

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