6/29: Meals and Fitness for the Week

Whew! What an amazing, amazing weekend. I’m in the sky heading back to Tucson, but will have some fun Fitbloggin’ recaps up in addition to my regular posts over the next couple of days. It was my first time in Portland, and from the small glimpse I’ve seen, I’m a fan. The food is OUT OF THIS WORLD and hey, who couldn’t love a city whose slogan emphasizes maintaining weirdness? (“Keep Portland Weird”)

I wish I had some weird photo to insert here, but instead, here’s one of the gorgeous lake:

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In addition to the conference, I was able to explore bits of the city with some old and new friends. We hit up the Saturday farmers market, and it motivated me to make some delicious treats this week. Sadly, I couldn’t take any of the things I wanted to purchase back with me (cheese, eggs, produce), but I couldn’t help but daydream about what it would be like to go with Liv and the Pilot every weekend for our produce and eggs. I’d glance around at the families relaxing on blankets or walking around with picnic baskets

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and thought, “Yep. I could totally get used to this.”

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The market was super crowded, and packed with vendors, overflowing with gorgeous flowers,

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aromatic herbs and produce,

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jarred treats, baked goodies,

food stands,

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and fishโ€ฆ as fresh as you can get. (In Tucson, I’m pretty sure all of our fish has been frozen at one point or another.)

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One thing that stood out to me with everything we ate here: freshhhhhh. Nothing tasted wilted or stale; everything was as vibrant and flavorful as possible. I loved all of the restaurants we tried!

Even though we ate at some incredible places, it will feel nice to make food at home again, using some of the flavors and techniques I enjoyed on this trip.

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

-Chicken and quinoa pilaf with summer veggies

-Blackened salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus

-Grilled watermelon salads

Amazeballs (I’ve missed them!)

-Lots of egg burritos

-New smoothie in a bowl (I’ll post the recipe; it’s an at-home version of something I tried!)

-Chop veggies for salads

-Make more liquid gold dressing


And on the tentative fitness plan (even though my teaching schedule has probably changed quite a bit since I was on vacation for this trip):

Sunday: OFF

Monday: Runday

Tuesday: CrossFit

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Teach DJ dance

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Teach World Beat, Aqua Zumba and Barre

It feels weird to be typing out my meals and fitness again now that Summer Shape Up is over! I’ll be sure to remove the passwords this week so you can easily access the workouts. I wanted to thank you all one last time for making the SSU as fun and amazing as it was- I was honored to be a part of it.

See ya in Tucson with some pics from the dayโ€ฆ I can’t wait to hug my little family.



What’s on the menu for food and fitness this week? Is anyone going for another round of Summer Shape Up? ๐Ÿ™‚

**I still need to pick Yes To giveaway winners, so you can still enter until tonight! xo

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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football on June 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m about to head out for my weekly grocery shopping and now I seriously am craving all that fresh fruit!! My grandmother used to live in SC and we always timed a summer visit around peach season. It was great to be able to pick them up from the little corner fruit stands.

    Those flowers are so beautiful too – and the berries!!

    Ok, probably should go eat some breakfast so I’m not shopping on an empty stomach. Dangerous ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lisa on June 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about Fitbloggin’ it sounds like it was a ton of fun! Have a safe flight home now.
    The farmers market looks beautiful, there’s nothing better than fresh produce!
    I’m hoping this week to get more of my prepping done this weekend and have an actual meal plan, since I tend to slack on planning out my meals;)

  3. Amy on June 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

    That’s the Willamette River at the top, not a lake!

    • Fitnessista on June 30, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      You can tell I see bodies of water often ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Margaret on June 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Doesn’t matter how long I live in Portland, I still think that rivers are suppose to look like the LA river and I marvel at least once a day about how green it is here.

  4. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on June 30, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Those flowers are gorgeous! I love the atmosphere of Farmer’s Markets. They’re just so peaceful and everyone can’t help but be in a great mood! I’ll be going to my local one today as a matter of fact :).

  5. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on June 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Oregon! It sounds like a great place! I love the farmer’s market…everything looks so amazing and those flowers are gorgeous! I plan to go to Zumba this week and hopefully get a run or two in as well.

    Have a safe flight!

  6. catherine c. on June 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m finishing up Week 4 today & probably will do another round of SSU! Keeps me accountable and it’s also easy because I have a great workout already planned! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love all the freshness that the summer season brings!

  7. Kris @ kriswithbliss.com on June 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Oh my! That produce looks so delicious! I’m jealous, as where I’m at for the summer has barely any fresh produce-even in the grocery store! :/ Hope your travels went well!

  8. Laura @ A Girl's Gotta Balance on June 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Gina, thank you so much for creating such a fabulous SSU! It’s just what I needed to jump start my fitness routine and after 4 weeks I definitely feel stronger and I have more energy. I will be starting round 2 tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Amanda on June 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    You’d think in a city the size of San Diego we could get a market like that…absolutely gorgeous and I’m SO jealous! Still working on my fitness plan now that SSU is finito (loved it and thank you for the millionth time!). I’m super goal-oriented and motivated so sticking to a 30/60/90-day program keeps it interesting while helping me to keep everything in check (I have been known to skip rest days and generally over do it otherwise). Definitely going to incorporate your strength circuits into whatever I decide though.

    With the loooong weekend ahead I’ve done some loose meal planning and loads of fruit/veggie prep for quick grab-n-go snacks as I anticipate we’ll be out and about quite a bit with the girls. Lots of salads, Italian pot pies, Tandoori tofu scramble, and a yummy sounding peach & goat Brie pizza w/balsamic are in the mix as is anything we can throw on the grill.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your trip. Enjoy your Sunday!!

  10. Kelly on June 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Portland looks incredible! I’m definitely adding it to my travel wishlist. Do you think it’s comparable to California?

  11. Lindsay on June 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Those berries look incredibleeee! I hope you bought some!

  12. courtstar @ starsystemz on June 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    This week hubby starts his fat burning program so meals are not exciting! Portland looks amazong and I hope to visit one day! LOVE + SHINE courtstar

  13. Tracy on June 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love Portland!

    We’re actually having Chipotle for dinner tonight because we have a busy busy afternoon and I didn’t have time to plan yet. My kids asked for Chipotle…twist my arm!.

  14. Lauren on June 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’m a week behind on summer shapeup so Im looking forward to continuing week 4!! I’ve really been digging my plain old turkey, cheese, and hot sauce pitas lately!!

  15. Lucie@FitSwissChick on June 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I love farmers market!! It’s so nice to biy all the local fresh produce.
    It sounds like you had such a fun trip. Have a safe trip home and enjoy being back home!
    This weekend I made my CoCoa CoCo-Roons and will whip up a batch again tomorrow – they are so good!! http://swissfitchick.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/tuesday-recipes-cocoa-coco-roons/

  16. christina on June 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I just saw your pics on CNC and seriously your hair is amazeballs! So lucky girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Danica @ It's Progression on June 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Seriously jealous of that farmers market…all of those ripe peaches?! YUM!

  18. Lori @ www.ffglobetrotter.com on June 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    My fitness schedule this week…Sunday – Sculpting, Monday – Indoor Cycle, Tuesday – 2 Mat Pilates Classes, Wednesday – Yoga, Thursday – Running, Friday – Rest Day, Saturday – TBD.

  19. Samantha on June 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    A good friend of mine is moving to Portland next year when her husband retires from USMC. They’re so excited! We don’t have much opportunity for farmer’s markets and such stationed here in Japan.

    This week’s workouts will be short and tough…tons of prep to do to leave in a few days for NC for 220 hour Kunga Yoga Teacher Training!

  20. Laura B on June 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    That farmers market produce looks amazing!

    I started SSU round 2 today! I’m so happy with the results from the first round that I’m really looking forward to doing it again.

  21. priya on July 1, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Hey I’ll be in chicago from tuesday to saturday visiting colleges, anyone have any good recommendations on good places to eat??

  22. Casey on July 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Gina,
    That farmers market looks amazing! I will be in Portland this Saturday—what location was that? I tried to look online and it seems like there are a lot of Farmers Markets!

    Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had such a great time at the conference!

  23. Paula on July 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I’m ready to start another round of SSU and see if I’ve improved ๐Ÿ˜‰ I feel stronger so I want to push myself a little bit more (if possible) this time around. Thanks, Gina, these workouts have given me a great starting point, since I never knew how to plan or get a decent workout plan!

  24. Heather @ Housewife Glamour on July 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I didn’t realized you currently teach barre! FUN ๐Ÿ™‚ If I ever make it out to my friend’s in Scottsdale, hopefully I can pop over to your neck of the woods and take one of your many fun classes!

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