5/6: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! How was the weekend? Don’t forget to enter the sneaky giveaway post; I’ll announce the winner later tonight.

We’ve had a great weekend over here: sleeping in, catching up on work, watching a bit of Shameless at night, and a fun baby shower with friends.

Look at these cuties at one of the kids’ tables outside:


Bella also got a haircut! We finally found a groomer in town that we love (it only took a year!) and she did such an incredible job.

Bella boo

The weather was dreamy yesterday, so while the girls played outside, I dragged my Fit Tower out of the garage and did a Physique 57 On Demand workout in the sun.

Al fresco workout

(Even though it looks like a peaceful workout pic, please know there were copious ants and at one point, P came over to take a drink of my water bottle and spilled pretty much 48 oz all over both of us. But, I got it done and it crushed my legs.)

Today, we’re hanging out and getting ready for the week’s adventures.

Here’s what the tentative meal plan is looking like:

Sunday: OUT

Monday: Ina Garten’s Meatloaf (I’ll prob have tempeh instead) with cauliflower rice and green beans

Tuesday: Harney Cobb

Wednesday: Instant Pot salmon with quinoa stir fry

Thursday: Lemon-garlic shrimp with gluten-free pasta and salad (I’ve had the ingredients for this one for like two weeks now but have yet to make it)

Friday: OUT

Saturday: Homemade pizza and roasted veggies

Eats-wise, this past week has been a bit of a sugar avalanche. Usually when I have desserts/sugar, it’s something that I really want, and it only tends to happen once or twice a week. It was also appropriate timing that I was PMS-ing and a little stressed out. I had a Mickey Mouse rice crispy at Disney, a slice of Chocoflan and sopapilla cheesecake at girls’ night,


(I used this recipe and it came out pretty well!)

macaroons and chocolate marble cake at the baby shower,


and also bought a bag of the highly-addictive chocolate amaretto pecans at Liv’s field trip to a local farm last week. I’ve eaten most of the bag haha.

This week I’m looking forward to finding a bit more of a balance and hopefully a bit more vegetables in my life.

Here’s what I’ll be prepping for the week:

Jalapeño chicken popper salad for easy lunches (I’ll also do the usual Fab Four smoothies and Daily Harvest)

Chocolate protein oatmeal bake

Chop some veggies and make artichoke dip (love it for a quick snack!)

Vegan artichoke dip

Sunday: OFF

Monday: HIIT + Upper body (from Lean Machine plan)

Tuesday: Easy steady state

Wednesday: Lower body + Core (testing a workout for Home Workout Warrior)

Thursday: OFF

Friday: Total body + HIIT (from Lean Machine)

Saturday: 5k… 

I signed up for a 5k on Saturday and it’s my first 5k in years! I haven’t trained for it (besides some treadmill intervals), but I’ve had the itch to run a bit again, and figured I can eek out 3 miles. If I need to walk a bit, it’s NBD. I haven’t really ran much at all since my surgery last year, so I figured this low-key race may be a run way to get back in to it. 

So, tell me, friends: what’s on the menu this week? Are you trying any new workouts? Shout it out or link it up in the comments!

Happy Sunday!


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  1. Anamaria Delgado on May 6, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Bella looks beautiful! Good job for persisting on finding the perfect place 😉

  2. Kiki on May 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Great post, Gina! Good luck on your 5K!

    (may also try your artichoke dip recipe!)

    – Kiki

  3. Christabel on May 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Do you use tempeh in the meatloaf instead of beef? Or are you going to eat that instead of meatloaf? I’d love to hear how you use it in the recipe if that’s the case!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      no but now you have the wheels turning! i wonder how tempeh meatloaf would taste… if i do a veg version, i usually use lentils

  4. Alicia W. on May 7, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    It’s been a while since I’ve read your posts, Gina — I got super crazy busy and have put healthy eating/fitness/reading your amazing blog on the back burner, whoops! I’m so glad I’ve found my way back! I’ve missed your incredible positivity, happiness, and motivation! Thank you for being such a bright star! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      thank you so much, and thank you for coming back here! 🙂 so glad to see you again.

  5. Rhonda @ Change In Seconds on May 7, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    The artichoke dip looks so delicious!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      it’s so good and so easy!

  6. The Curious Frugal on May 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I have been working a lot the last couple of weeks so I’m craving foods I don’t have to make myself! Sushi is definitely on the menu this week. I will get back to cooking soon!

  7. Reghan on May 8, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I need to try that chocolate oatmeal bake!
    Good luck with your 5K! I’m signed up for one in June and one in July. Running is tough for me but 5K is my fav distance 🙂

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