4/14: April Week 3 Workout Plan

Is April really halfway over? I can’t believe that next month Kyle and Meg are getting married. The time flew by and I can’t wait to celebrate two people I love so much- it’s going to be a blast. Liv and I have been practicing her dance moves (get this: she can shake her shoulders), so we’re ready for the dance floor.

Along with the upcoming wedding, half marathon training (I want to blow my PR out of the water), and upcoming vacations, I also have a lot of goals for the summer into fall. How are your goals going? Have you taken some steps on your list to making it an Amazing April?

If you’re looking for workout inspiration this week, here’s a sample workout guide:

(as always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes. Feel free to adjust to accommodate your personal needs and schedule!)

Sunday: Long run day or cardio day

Monday: Monday Bang Workout

Tuesday: Active recovery

Wednesday: Jump rope strength circuit

Jump rope superset

Thursday: Easy cardio

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Β HIIT + 2-4-6-8-10 Workout

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Here’s what my fitness plan is looking like:

Sunday: Teach Zumba Party (an hour dance party!!) + back and biceps beforehand (20 min)

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: Long run day (5 miles)

Wednesday: Teach Zumba, teach Barre (I’ve been counting it as legs day since it kills my quads and booty)

Thursday: OFF (no intense teaching classes on the schedule as of now)

Friday: active recovery

Saturday: Teach World Beat + weight circuit if I feel up to it

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(It was so fun dancing with Kath in class a couple of weeks ago!)

For teaching, I never know what to expect, and lately I’ve had lots of good surprises (like extra Zumba or dance classes thrown in there). I’ll teach as many dance classes as they’ll let me, since I love it so much. At the same time, I’ve been more mindful of my eats and getting in extra fuel. It’s easy to skimp on the veggies for sake of needing extra calories for the higher activity, so this week I’ll be sure to have a lot of salad supplies on hand. I’m really loving the protein, greens, cheese, nut and dried fruit combo lately.

Some meal ideas for the week:

Plan and prep:


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Quinoa trail mix muffins

Roasted chicken breast

Salad in a jar

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Dinner ideas:

3 A’s pizza

Quinoa casserole

Chicken cacciatore (so easy for work days)

I’m only putting 3 real dinners on the plan for this week because I have some groceries left over from last week (shrimp, zucchini,salad stuff) that can be made into quick dinners depending on what we’re feeling. Food goal for the week: one restaurant meal- that’s it! Let’s stick to it πŸ™‚

What’s on your food and fitness plan for the week? Any new recipes or classes on the agenda? Take an hour today to plan and prep. Later this week when things are hectic, you’ll be so glad you did it!



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  1. Miranda @ Miranda Runs on April 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Oooh man that amazeball picture looks so delicious. They’re definitely one of my favorite snacks! My half marathon training starts tomorrow. Ahh! I’m excited! πŸ™‚

  2. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on April 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration! I took on the challenge of limiting paper towels for the month from you and it has helped so much! I’ve been washing more towels but I like that I’m saving money and saving paper πŸ™‚

  3. Emily @ The Swallow Flies on April 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I’m trying several new recipes — lots of seafood this week. πŸ™‚ I’m not starting a new class, but this is the week marathon-training (with my high school students) officially begins again. Eeeeeeeeee!

  4. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on April 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Your amaze balls always look so delicious. I tried making them without a food processor and they come out very yummy, still taste good though πŸ™‚

  5. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin on April 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I’m making amazeballs today! I think peanut butter and jelly ones πŸ™‚ This week I am planning on just squeezing in workouts when I can, hopefully outside in the fresh air because I have a lot of studying to do for a test!

  6. kt h on April 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    That salad in a jar link is brilliant! I use mason jars for everything; it never occurred to me to make a to-go salad in one. That’s what I will be doing for lunches this week. Dinners will be salmon, as we have a lot to get through before fishing season starts again.

    Thank you for sharing your fitness plan. My workouts will be Jillian, yoga, and beautiful spring skiing.

  7. Lucie@FitSwissChick on April 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Love your amazeballs!!
    I just took a whole restweek and can not wait to get back into workout routine tomorrow. The week felt great!
    I am doing the Whole30 challenge currently and so far it goes very well – obsessed by giant prawns and coconut butter πŸ™‚

  8. Holli on April 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I thought you were training for a half marathon…? I don’t see any other runs on here besides the long one.

  9. Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body on April 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Just plotted out all of my workouts but I always have a hard time meal planning ahead of time. I’m such a moody eater. If I’m not feeling it I won’t eat it… I’m such a brat.

  10. Kendyl on April 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve made my fitness and meal plan of the week. I’m trying hard this week to meet all my workout and cooking goals- I work full-time and go to school full time so I sometimes miss workouts or get takeout! Planning everything out definitely helps that though! I’ll have to try your chicken cacciatore recipe this week πŸ™‚



  11. Angela on April 14, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Just watched your how-to on curling your hair. This was so helpful!! Thanks!

  12. Mary on April 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Really trying to be conscious of what I’m eating this week to make sure I have enough fuel to build muscle.

  13. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 15, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I don’t have a set fitness plan for the week, but I am planning on trying CrossFit on Thursday for the first time! I’m almost positive Friday will be a rest day haha.

    For meals I’m making black bean quesadillas, salmon + herb roasted potatoes + grilled peppers, leftover meatballs and pasta, and a rice and tofu bowl.

  14. lisa on April 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I tried the Monday Bang workout after my 3.25 mile tempo run this morning. Feeling great!

    • Fitnessista on April 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      whoo hoo!

  15. CATHY on April 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Going to try for 3 days of CrossFit and one day of running. I prepped chicken salad with greek yogurt and crasins for easy lunches. I also made a meatloaf yesterday and there’s leftovers of that so that will be an easy dinner one night. Other then that we’re having pork chops with mushroom sauce, brown rice and green beans tonight, Leftovers tomorrow, chicken in the crock pot Wednesday and either BFD or Tortellini on Thursday. πŸ™‚

  16. www.gamesebooks.com on June 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Yet another option is to try and sum up what I have learned over the years going through the yo-yo dieting no energy cycle again and again.
    This means that the drastic weight loss.

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