7/28: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi! Happy Sunday <3


This morning I FINALLY got my booty out of bed and ran. I went to Sabino, where many of the small streams were flowing from the recent monsoons. I ran through the water, and am pretty sure my shoes weighed 10 lbs when I was finished ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today’s run was a version of my favorite HIIT and Steady cardio workout: warm up, intervals for 20 minutes, then steady state all the way back. 5 miles done and I got home just as the Pilot was starting to feed Livi her breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

Since my teaching schedule ended up being all over the place last week, I ditched my run and CrossFit and subbed in some yoga to recover. This week I feel motivated to hit it with a bang! (I think I’m just feeling triumphant that I got in a training run for my half)

Here’s what’s on the tentative fitness schedule for this week:

Sunday: Runday 4 miles

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: HIIT and Strength

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: Teach DJ Dance and Zumba

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Teach Zumba and Barre

For my strength and HIIT I’ll probably be doing a repeat of the Monsoon Sweat Workout. It was killer and over before I knew it!

Here’s what’s in our farm box:


Farm box order

The artichokes to go with dinner, the beets and cucumber are for juicing, cantaloupe for snacking, and the bell pepper and lettuce for salad.

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On the menu:

-Juices (green juices and carrot, apple, beet)

Salmon teriyaki with fried rice and veggies


Chicken nuggets (for lunches/snack)

Zucchini pizza (going to make some and freeze!)

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Chicken tortilla soup, calabacitasย and black beans

-Hot bar Thursday ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast cookie dough cerealย 

Apple, sage and chickpea burgers with sweet potato fries and salad

Groceries 4

Are you taking time to plan and prep today? What’s on the menu? What fitness classes are you taking? Feel free to link away! It’s always fun to share ideas with each other.



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  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football on July 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Congrats on getting the week started with a great training run! We’re hosting a family cookout today and the weather is SUPER cold and rainy. Oops! Hopefully everyone will be able to fit inside. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Making burgers, bratwurst, broccoli salad, watermelon, and a zucchini chocolate cake with zucchini from my garden. Should be delicious!

  2. Kyra on July 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Gina! I was wondering if you do anything special to the beets before juicing them? I haven’t had much success with them

    • Fitnessista on July 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      nope! i just wash them well and cut in half

  3. Amy @ www.funfoodiefamily.wordpress.com on July 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm


    Monday-Errands and out to dinnerโ€ฆThe girls have been begging to go to Taco Mac.

    Tuesday- White wine roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy, peas http://funfoodiefamily.com/2013/07/01/white-wine-roasted-chicken/, I will probably do it a bit different this time, because I already have chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken.
    Wednesday- Leftover lasagna from freezer, Bruschetta, salad

    Thursday- Cheese bacon wrapped hotdogs—WHAT??? Yep, gotta try this! Not healthy at all, but totally fun for the kids!

    Friday- Fish and chips…probably do parchment wrapped in oven with Alexia waffle fries and frozen broccoli

    Workouts: Today: Off Run M,W, F T and/or TH- HITT and strength Sat-. ZUMBA!!!

  4. Andrea @ The Fit Scoop on July 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Nice job on the run!
    I’m taking a class called Muscle Up this week (I don’t know if it is available everywhere, but it is a really awesome strength training class). I’m a personal trainer myself, but I like to take a class every week or so to get new ideas and to keep myself from getting stale ๐Ÿ™‚ My other strength workout this week will be this toughie (it really worked up a sweat the last time I did it!): http://www.thefitscoop.com/strength-workout-of-the-week-2/

  5. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on July 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    We have a TON of leftovers from the past couple days so meals are pretty set already. I have a super busy week ahead at work so I’m glad I won’t have to think about cooking too much!

  6. Rebekah on July 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Dinners this week will be my version of a greek salad: lettuce, feta, kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, peperoncinis, dressed with salt, pepper, balsamic, and lemon juice along with grilled balsamic vinaigrette marinated chicken breast. I could seriously eat this every day.

    I also prepped a new recipe for lunch. It is a portobello mushroom wrap. I did Dreena Burton’s creamy hummus recipe, and then a homemade kalamata olive tapinade mixed with red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. All of it will go in a whole wheat wrap with the grilled portobello mushrooms. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m doing green smoothies and hard boiled eggs for breakfast. Bring on the week!!!

  7. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on July 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve made those apple, sage, and chickpea burgers and they are amazing! Add a little more sage though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on July 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Oh, hun! I wish I was in those trails with you! Absolutely beautiful! I am still in Utah until Wednesday and we are actually going for a hike tonight, so I’m looking forward to taking some beautiful pictures of the trails I am on! I’ll be thinking of you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your meals sound great for the week! It’s been foreverrrr since I made cookie dough cereal, so I need to have that soon. I’m not planning any meals since I’m in Utah, but I know tomorrow night is sushi at the Naked Fish ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on July 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Good luck on your training and today sounded like a great way to get it kicked off!!

  10. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on July 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Great job on the run! I always feel super accomplished after a longer(ish) run too.

    No fitness classes on the agenda for the week, but I am doing some shorter runs and Best Body Bootcamp workouts!

    As for my meal plan, your Cookie Dough Cereal (been LOVING it lately!) and oatmeal for breakfasts, salads and sandwiches for lunches, green smoothies for snacks, and a random assortment of some easy and healthy dinners I found on Pinterest.

  11. Kelli @ HungryHobby on July 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Your farm box looks so yummy and exciting, I can’t wait to be able to get one! Same goes for the zucchini pizza, this will be first on my cooking agenda as soon as I get my own kitchen back! I pinned it, saved it, and ziplist clipped it so that I could remember that one!

    As for my plan I’ve got a steady but not crazy workout plan going this week trying to incorporate more running before I officially start training for my first half marathon (women’s running series). Last week I did your sweaty monsoon workout and it was killer! It made me miss AZ a little bit though, monsoon time is one of the best times in AZ for sure! huAs for meals I’ve got quick, easy, with minimal ingredients planned! Oh the life of a student…. he he LOVE your blog!

  12. Jasmine on July 28, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Mmmm calabacitas, reminds me of breakfast at Nanas house. I’ll make some too

  13. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on July 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Loving the workout schedule for your week. I am still dying to try a barre class.

  14. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on July 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Love your farm box! I’m going to try and get a run on the trails this week (first time in a few months!) and a couple of of my favorite yoga classes to go along with my usual iron pumping sesh. Noooooot so sure if I’ll make it 5 miles on my trail run, but I’m aiming for 3ish.

  15. Emily on July 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Shopped today, prep tomorrow! I’ve definitely been eating out or on-the-go more than I’d like as of late and while my physique hasn’t suffered, I’m definitely ready to make a return to the kitchen and get cookin’!! I’ve been craving huge salads in this summer heat and usually just change up the add-ins from lunch to dinner.

    Not the biggest ‘class’ person, but I’ll probably hit up a few Metabolic Effect classes and then my usual Sunday yoga, which hasn’t been in the workout rotation as much as I’d like these last few weeks.

  16. Katie @ Live Half Full on July 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    This week I’m starting half marathon training! I haven’t done one for over two years and I’m ready to get back into running.

    Here’s my meal plan for the week!

  17. Karen Morse on July 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Your zucchini pizza pic looks amazing! Check out this tomato-basil pizza with gluten-free crust that I made a few weeks ago. The secret ingredient in the crust may surprise you ๐Ÿ˜‰


  18. Ashley Smith on July 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

    My favorite part of this post is that Eegee’s cup in the background of the TJ’s loot!! I’m trying to stock up before watermelon is gone ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

      ahhhh we only have less than a week! i think that they might surprise us and extend it. it happens sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ *fingers crossed*

  19. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on July 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Those artichokes look amazing! I have pretty fun workout week planned with Zumba, a bootcamp class and a dance class. I may throw some barre in there for good measure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Robin Vernon on July 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I have started using your idea of weekly meal and workout planning. Had made my life so much easier!!! I know exactly what to shop for, eat healthier and haven’t missed a workout. Thanks for the inspiration!

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