6/26: Meals and fitness

Hi friends! Nice to see ya on a Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Weโ€™re here relaxing in Palm Springs, and having a wonderful time. Just stopping in with a quick post with our meals and my fitness plan for the week. I used to post this each week on Sundays, and have had a few requests to bring it back. Iโ€™m just testing it out for a little while to see if you enjoy it, and if so, I can definitely keep doing it. I love reading posts like this to get ideas for our meal plans.


Hereโ€™s what the week is looking like:

Sunday: OFF

Monday: Lower body + teach Spin

Tuesday: Upper body + teach Cardio Barre

Wednesday: Teach Spin

Thursday: Lower body + teach Cardio Barre

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Orangetheory 


Since Iโ€™ve been working to get back my strength and focus on lifting heavier weights, Iโ€™m doing strength in addition to my teaching schedule. The good news is that with barre, I can actively teach as much as Iโ€™d like. Usually Iโ€™ll just demo the moves and walk around to correct form, and do the entire floor series. This week I will likely do a little more because itโ€™s my first week teaching Cardio Barre, which is an amped up version of our usual barre format. Iโ€™m really excited about it.. and a little scared. Barre is already challenging, so this is going to be intense.

As far as meals go, we usually just stick with the staples for breakfasts, lunches and snacks, and plan *real* dinners.

Hereโ€™s what weโ€™ll be enjoying this week:



Breakfast cookie (so easy, so good)

Banana-egg pancakes

Egg burritos

cookies and ballz



Steamed eggs

hummus and veg

Protein yogurt



Wraps or big salads -usually something quick I can eat with one hand ๐Ÿ˜‰



Spicy salmon tacos

Chili marmalade chicken with roasted veggies and brown rice

Slow cooker chicken marsala with zucchini noodles (regular pasta for Liv) 

Turkey and goat cheese stuffed shells (Iโ€™ll post the recipe if it turns out well!) and salad

Coconut curry shrimp with brown rice and veggies

OUT (Tender Greens. YAS)

OUT: Date night ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you meal planning for the week? Whatโ€™s on the menu?

Do you have workouts set up, or are you going to wing it?



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  1. Emily on June 26, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I have been a pretty silent reader for a couple years now. I always loved these posts…it gives some good inspiration when I’m in a slump. Also so happy you can go back to orangetheory. Definitely my fav workout ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      thank you so much for reading and for saying hi!
      and YAY for OTF ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jacquelyn on June 26, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Yaye Yaye Yaye!!!! I was SOOOO excited to see this back on the blog!!! Thank you Gina! I just prepped three batches of overnight oats. That is my favorite breakfast staple for the summer, with cut up strawberries from the farmers market! We do the same here, staples for breakfast, lunch and our snakes and then plan real dinners. This week so far I have turkey meatloaf, the Italian Wonderpot with added chicken for protein, and grilled burgers! Happy Sunday!!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      thank you, lovely!
      LOVE overnight oats right now, too! that wonder pot is one of our faves ๐Ÿ™‚ love the idea to add chicken

  3. Melissa C on June 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Just wanted to say Hello! Summer is in full swing here in New Orleans! Love you, Love your blog!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      hi! thank you so much for reading <3 hope you're enjoying the summer! i would LOVE to make it to new orleans one of these days

  4. Sam @ Barrister's Beet on June 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    More intense version of barre?! Oy vey!! Lol

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      right?! pray for meeeee

  5. melodie on June 26, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    One of your last meal prep posts you did a greek salad. My husband and i put that salad on repeat for like 3 months! I’m still not stick of it. But right now we’re on a spinach, stawberry, pecan, parmesan (with grilled chicken) salad. I love getting meal ideas from posts like these. Thank you!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      i’m so happy you like it, too! that’s one of the standbys over here ๐Ÿ™‚
      that salad sounds AMAZING. i might have to do that one this week!

  6. Kelly on June 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Meal and fitness planning is a great help to make your week feel smooth.
    Marmalade chicken sounds delish by 3/4c marmalade!? Are you going the whole hog, or reducing it down?

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      so true! i always feel like i kind of have a handle on life when i meal plan
      i’ll probably reduce it. that’s a ton of sugar! maybe 1/3 cup-ish and see how it looks?

  7. Linda @ The Fitty on June 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I would attend one of your cardio Barre classes! I love Barre (i like dance) and I also love cardio. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      same! i think the new format will be a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Allison on June 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I love these posts! Thanks for bringing them back. Am I the only one who tried to find the salmon taco recipe and got “what no one tells you about having a 2nd baby”??? I’d love the recipe!

  9. Rikki on June 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Love the menu posts! I’m working on eating clean so I like to see fresh ideas!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      thank you! me too – it’s always nice to get new inspiration

  10. Rebecca@defensesoap on June 27, 2016 at 12:49 am

    It’s really important to eat healthy with workout to have good health. I really like the menu. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Andreya on June 27, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Hi Gina! I’m pretty new to this blog, so forgive me if I say this pretty late, but the Amazeballs are truly amazeballs! And the steamed eggs also gave me a few good ideas to prepare eggs in the morning. Thanks so much for this post! I’m getting pretty tired of scrambled eggs and veggie omelets every day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Sara S on June 27, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I always liked these posts ๐Ÿ™‚ This gives me some meal inspiration! I am starting with a new routine tomorrow to really try to increase my strength…more heavy lifting and less cardio

  13. Erin on June 27, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Hi! Was wondering how you amped up Barre?? Did you get a special training for that! Love your blog long time follower!

    • Fitnessista on June 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

      we did. one of the instructors at our studio ran a training. it’s going to be bananas haha

  14. Amy S on June 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Ooh yay I love reading weekly workout/meal plan posts! My workout plan for the week is…Monday – Gym (bike and upper body); Tuesday – Run; Wednesday – Ballet Thursday – OFF Friday – Run; Saturday – Ballet; Sunday – OFF! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 27, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      that is so awesome you do ballet!

      • Amy S on June 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

        Thank you! It is SOOO much fun and a great workout, too!

  15. Jennifer on June 27, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Please please please can you post these every week again?! really helps me keep my meal planning on track! SO appreciate it!!

    • Fitnessista on June 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm


      • Jennifer on June 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

        Do you have a list of snack and pantry staples you recommend somewhere?

        • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

          no but i could totally put one together! there’s one in the book but i could give it a little update

          • Jennifer on June 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

            That would be awesome!

  16. Bethany on June 27, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    This is my first week back to work since having our LO and Ive been loving the Breakfast cookie dough cereal recipe from way back =)

    • Fitnessista on June 27, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      yay, i’ve been eating it a lot lately too! it’s so easy ๐Ÿ™‚ congrats on your new LO!

  17. Van on June 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Gina! Love that you are bringing back posts like this! The real life and real eats posts are always the best.

    Quick question: I am wondering what your take is on fruit/sugar is for weight/fat loss? When you were trying to lose weight did you limit your fruit intake? I like to have a couple of bananas a day (usually in smoothies, overnight oats or for a pre workout snack) but I have a couple workout friends who say I shouldn’t be having any so I just feel confused!

    • Fitnessista on June 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      i think fruit is great for fat and weight loss! i just say try not to do too much of anything.

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