4/8: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. I’m writing a recap from all of the weekend’s festivities and fun, but in the meantime, I thought I’d pop in and share the upcoming fitness menu.

This week is an exciting one because I’m a full week from the new fitness plans that will be pre-released next Monday. I’m SO so pumped to share them with you. I’ve been working on them and testing them for quite a while, so it’s been quite exciting to see everything come together. There will be limited spots available, so be sure to check in here on the blog (or through my newsletter) to grab a spot. 

This week is alternating lower and upper body splits, in addition to the usual teaching classes. 

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Fitness plan week of April 8:

Sunday: HIIT and Upper body (similar)

Monday: Teach Zumba

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Teach barre, teach Zumba, short lower body workout

Thursday: Upper body + easy steady state

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Lower body + short Spin

Eats-wise, last week I had a small accomplishment: I only had chicken once. I’m not totally cutting it out again or anything like that – I feel like I function better with some animal protein in my life – but it had gotten to the point where I was having it multiple times a day. Too much meat makes me feel a little lethargic/blah, and I also find that when that happens, I’m usually skimping on veggies and fruit. I’m trying to focus a bit more on plant-based proteins, seafood (my fave), eggs, and tempeh. AKA instead of just overloading on chicken, I’m trying to have a bit more of a balance/mix of things. 

Trader Joe's

(We made a serious stop at TJ’s on the way back from Orlando and it was the best ever)

Here’s what’s on the dinner menu this week:

Sunday: Homemade Chipotle bowls using this super easy Mexican rice

Monday: Red lentil pasta + salads

Tuesday: Girls’ night

Wednesday: Aloo Gobi

Thursday: Shrimp Pad Thai

Friday: clean out the fridge/pantry night

Saturday: OUT

For breakfast and lunches, it will be the usual mix of:

Giant egg patties with salad (I put Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing on the salad and egg! We order it from Thrive)

Unsweetened coconut milk yogurt with 1/2 a Perfect Bar and chia seeds

Daily Harvest smoothies (I’ll add collagen and protein powder to them and they’re a perfect quick meal)

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest grain bowls (I’ll either add leftover protein from the night before, beans, egg whites, or tempeh to them)

Superfood snack bites

Veggies with kalamata olive dip

Big chopped salads (I’lll chop everything in advance and add to the bowl, then drizzle with Primal Kitchen dressing and use the pizza cutter to chop everything up)

So, tell me friends: what’s on the menu this week? Any nutrition or fitness goals you’re trying to hit? I’m really trying to focus on hydration. We’ve been hit with a little cold front, which makes me just want to drink tea and decaf coffee all day.

Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today.

xoxo

Gina

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10 Comments

  1. Alaina Burran on April 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I think it’s great how you always incorporate cultural meals! We enjoy doing the same, especially when it involves Asian! Tomorrow, we will be having tempeh larb! It’s such an easy, flavorful dish and you can customize it with any protein you want! Another meat-less entree we do “in-a-pinch” (as I have a 4yo boy and almost 2yo daughter) is pasta (can use alternative…) tossed with hummus and roasted vegetables! Surprisingly delicious!

    As a side note, I love reading your blog and happy to see you’re now back in Valdosta (I’m in Peachtree City)! I don’t post much as free time is scarce, but I check in daily and appreciate all that you share! Thank you!

    Let me know if you ever take a trip to “the bubble” 😉

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      ohhh i love the hummus pasta idea! i think the girls would love it, too
      ahh you’re so close! yes, i definitely will let you know 🙂 thank you so much for checking in so often; i really appreciate it!
      xo

      • Alaina Burran on April 8, 2018 at 6:31 pm

        Don’t thank me! It’s a part of my day and I enjoy it! You’re doing me the justice!

  2. Janice O'Kane on April 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I’m excited to see what you’ve got coming for us! Lately, I’ve been making a batch of quinoa, a batch of roasted veggies, some type of protein, and prepping salad greens and just winging it with different combos, seasonings, and sauces. The same is on tap for this week.

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      i love that combo, too! such a smart way to ensure you’ll get a good mix of nutrients throughout the week

  3. Milania Dela cruz on April 9, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I like the idea of meat protein in my diet but I do realize I’m slumping on veggies as well when I do eat meat. Do you eat beef, pork, lamb? Or mainly just chicken and fish? I’ve stopped eating pork, and now trying to lessen beef. I love fish so much! Just ran the half marathon today!! So ate a lot of my faves Filipino food today!!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      i don’t eat pork or lamb. i’ll have an organic steak every blue moon. how was your half?!

      • Milania Dela cruz on April 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm

        It was soooo fun!!! Weather was amazing, view was stunning!!

  4. Jennifer on April 10, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Yey for switchin up the proteins! When I went vegan I remember everyone saying how I am limited my diet, but man, it is EASY to eat the same things when you eat meat. I see some people eat chicken so much I wonder how they aren’t tired of it. No matter the diet, it is super easy to eat the same thing day after day.

    Have you ever checked out the cookbook Protein Ninja? It is awesome, and I am sure you could use non-plant based proteins (she uses a mix of protein powders in some of the recipes) There are tons of yummy recipes, baked goods (not insanely high in protein), breakfasts, and my favorite dinners. My little guy loves the blackest black bean chili.

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2018 at 9:10 am

      i would see pics of people eating chicken multiple times a day, and it would make me gag a little. i think i just overdid it a bit, so i’m trying to have it maybe once or twice a week max
      i’ll check out that cookbook!

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