8/12: Meals and Fitness for the week

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.

I thought it would be fun to start sharing meals and fitness plans for the week, so we could all get some ideas and motivation from each other. I like to prep on Sunday, so during the weeks’ craziness, it’s easy to grab things from the fridge to eat quickly or take with me. Over the past couple of years, I stopped posting most of my food as it’s become redundant and probably boring to see every day. (I eat a LOT of egg burritos.) I also wanted to get away from feeling like I always have to make something exciting, because most of the time, meals are fast and furious around here. Lately I’ve been focusing more on fitness and the new-to-me products and fun recipes. Β 

I usually stick to the usual staples and keep the same things in our grocery rotation, in addition to whatever we need for specific recipes. I usually only plan dinners for 4 nights or so, because often the Pilot will fly or work late and I’ll have something easy here at home.

Here’s what we have going on for this week:Β 


-Chicken and zucchini pasta with goat cheese

-Coconut shrimp curry and brown rice

-Cucumber and avocado spring rolls with chili sauce

-Almond butter banana fudgesicles

-Kale, chickpeas, chicken sausage and egg

Shrimp 5

Prepping ahead:


-Baby food


-Grilled chicken breasts


Grocery list:



-Salad (kale and other)

-Salad veggies (tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, cucumber, whatever looks good)


-Apples, pears, bananas


-Maple syrup

-Almond butter

-Frozen peas, broccoli and sprimp

-Coconut milk (2)

-Chickpeas (2)

-Chicken breasts (4)

-Chicken sausage

-Frozen fruit

-Chocolate and vino


Fitness plan:

-Sunday: 6 miles

-Monday: OFF

-Tuesday: 20 minutes of weights + 20 minutes of HIIT

-Wednesday: teach Zumba

-Thursday: 20 minutes of weights + 20 minutes of HIIT

-Friday: OFF

-Saturday: teach Zumba

Supine weights

So there ya go! I’d love to hear what you have on the menu and planned for the week!

If you’d like this to become a regular thing on the blog, please let me know what you think <3



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  1. Laura Boyea on August 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Great post! I am in marathon training now, so 1 easy short run, 1 tempo, 1 longer, and 1 longest! Plus zumba and hip hop πŸ˜‰
    Eats will be simple this week but I start teaching in 1 week so next Sunday I will be going to town prepping meals! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Beverly Aragon on August 12, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this! Yes, please keep this going as a regular feature. πŸ™‚

  3. Amelia on August 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    As always, I enjoy your posts. πŸ™‚ My shopping list is very similar, give or take what I need to replenish in the house that week. I just prepped a ton for this week since my dietetic internship just started and my schedule needs to be flexible.
    I have my fridge divided into sections: meals at home, grab n go lunches, fruit, veg, and nut butters. Yes, nut butters (6 jars in my fridge) have their own section. πŸ˜‰ Veg this week include: jicama, cucumbers, carrots (roasted & raw), sliced bell peppers, cauliflower, arugula, mixed greens, and spinach. Fruit: pineapple, watermelon, peaches, Asian pear, grapes, and bananas. For meals at home I have prepped a lot of roasted veggies so all we have to do is cook our protein. Other easy grab items are hard boiled eggs, nuts, pickles, & stuffed grape leaves. That covers most of my ‘go to’ items for the week. I have plenty ‘back up’ items in our freezer just in case like TJ’s frozen cheese-less pizza, salmon burgers, veggies, etc. Plenty pop chips/ seaweed snacks, bread, cereal in the cupboard.

    Quick question: Do you still teach other classes or only Zumba? Or is that just your schedule for this week and it changes weekly? πŸ™‚ Have a great night!

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      i can’t believe i haven’t had jicama all summer! you just reminded me πŸ™‚
      love pop chips, too.
      i teach/assist about 18 classes a week, but zumba is the only one i count as a workout. i teach a lot of stretch classes, treadmill/strength classes (where i just instruct over the mic or show 1-2 of the moves), and water classes, so zumba is my only really intense one where i’m moving the entire time. my schedule changes week by week, and day by day depending on whether someone is sick or there are schedule changes. definitely keeps us on our toes!

      • Amelia on August 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Wow! That is a lot of classes! I bet you wish you had more Zumba though and less of the others. πŸ™‚

  4. Kali on August 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I love this post! Keep it πŸ™‚

  5. sweetheath on August 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    yes! love this post…looking forward to seeing more like this. Great inspiration.

  6. Suzanne on August 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Love this idea! πŸ™‚

    One random question: I know you like to cook your quinoa ahead of time. How long does it last in the fridge?

    Here’s what’s on our menu for the week so far:
    Halibut with Orange-Avocado Salsa
    Kale, Avocado, Spicy Miso Tempeh
    Spicy Potato and Black Bean Burritos (Oh She Glows recipe)

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

      it usually lasts about 5 days or so

      • Suzanne on August 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

        thank you!

  7. Michelle on August 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Love this so much! Please keep doing this on Sundays! Also, can you link to the recipes if you have them typed (hoping for the shrimp curry one in particular!)

    Thank you!!!

  8. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on August 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Love the meal and fitness plans! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  9. Vaz on August 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Hey, mami. Do you have any good reggaeton recommendations for workouts? My current selection is woefully inadequate- about a hundred years old, and I just joined a new gym (again…sigh ;), so I want some new music. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2012 at 12:06 am

      oh my goodness:
      mi alma se muere
      una mano lava la otra

      hope this helps a little!

      • Vaz on August 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

        THANK YOU! <3

  10. Mario on August 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Those meals look very tasty, I’m also replacing some of my brown rice meals with Quinoa. Thanks for sharing the recipes πŸ™‚

  11. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I love this idea! That chicken and zucchini pasta sounds like it’s going to be delicious. πŸ˜€

    I’m not making any kind of meal plan for this week because I’m going to Boston on Wednesday for HLS, so I’m just going to wing it for meals today and tomorrow. Are you going to HLS this year??

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

      no- are you??

  12. Kimberly on August 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Nice! I always plan my workouts for the week and try to do the food prep thing on Sundays but sometimes I am a slacker and end up waiting until Monday to do it. My grocery lists consist of a lot of fruit (frozen for shakes and fresh for snacks), salad ingredients (try to change it up to avoid boredom), chicken, eggs, greek yogurt, almond milk, and ingredients for a couple of recipes I want to make that week. I just cook for me, so leftovers are the norm but are great for lunch the next day.

    My workout schedule this week:
    Monday – run 30-40min, foam roller stretching
    Tuesday – HIIT and yoga
    Wednesday – warmup and run hill repeats 30min, foam roller stretching
    Thursday – volleyball (on a team in a league)
    Friday – Physique 57 dvd
    Saturday – Off
    Sunday – run 5 miles, foam roller stretching

    I am signed up for a half marathon so I will be running a bit more than usual, but it definitely helps to plan the week in advance. I always write it in my calender on Sunday and mark it off once I do it. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the post and motivation!

  13. Nicole on August 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Love this post, thanks for sharing! I’m really bad about making a plan for the week, so I love seeing yours as inspiration! Could you share your zucchini and chicken recipe? I have some zucchini that a friend gave me that I want to use up, and that sounds like it could be delish. Thanks!

  14. Irene on August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Gina, I can’t believe the blog just keeps getting better and better, even when you’ve though you’ve got a little one now! I love this feature. A friend was just telling me about how to make peanut butter banana fudgciles – I think I’m going to suprise my husband with them one night this week. He’s going to go crazy:)

  15. Katie on August 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What brand of gluten free wraps do you use?

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      trader joe’s brown rice tortillas

  16. Elizabeth M. on August 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Love love love love this post! I found it inspiring and it helped me make my plan for the week.

    And almond butter banana fudgesicles?! Oh. Em. gee

  17. Brigid on August 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Yes! I find this kind of post really helpful. Keep ’em coming, if you’re inclined. πŸ™‚

    My fitness schedule for the week looks like this:

    Monday — 30-minute run/walk and abs
    Tuesday — 20-minute yoga podcast and arms/legs/butt
    Wednesday — 30-minute run/walk
    Thursday — 30-minute run/walk and abs
    Friday — Rest
    Saturday — Either a 30-minute run/walk or two 20-minute yoga podcast, plus arms/legs/butt
    Sunday — Active rest (I walk to and from the farmer’s market, which is a little over a mile)

    My meal plan is terribly repetitive this week, but I’m really excited about it. I posted it on my blog yesterday (http://veggingoutblog.com/2012/08/12/meal-planning-for-august-13-17/).

  18. linds on August 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love this post! i get so bored and run out of ideas!

  19. Amanda B. on August 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love this! It helps me envision how my own plan should look. My goal is to work out a plan every week, so I’d love to see more of these as “inspiration” (aka a reminder to make my own plan, lol).

  20. Jill on August 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I really like this post. I’d love to see the recipe for your meals as well – or at least a brief description if it’s just the kind of thing you throw together.

  21. Sarah W. on August 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. πŸ™‚

    Yes, please…love this type of post! It really helps me with ideas for meal planning and healthier eating.

    This summer I started menu planning just so I didn’t have to worry about dinner when I got home from work and it has just made things so much easier for me!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      thank you so much for saying hi! i think you guys convinced me to keep doing them for a while πŸ™‚

  22. britt on August 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    i really love that you are doing this! sometimes i get stuck with both meal and fitness planning and this helps me to mix things up a little. thanks πŸ˜‰

  23. Laura S on August 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    What’s mirepoix? Never heard of it!
    I love the colourful shorts you’re wearing in the pic of you doing weights on the exercise ball, by the way – where are they from?
    For the past month or 2 I’ve been buying bean sprouts for salads! They’re those deliciously crunchy white bean thingies that are always in those store-bought Asian salads, but for some reason no one (including myself) seems to buy them? At least from the people I know! They’re not amazingly nutritious or anything, but there’s definitely nothing bad in them, they’re not a lot of calories, they’re very cheap, at least here, and they make salads MUCH easier to reach for because of the added crunch.
    I’ve also been buying sweet potatoes! They’re an EXCELLENT side dish, healthier than regular potatoes (and yummier – I don’t actually like regular potatoes that much), you can just rinse them, put them in the oven with nothing on for an hour, cut a slit in them once they’re cooked to cool off, and eat them! Or you can slice them in advance, drizzle a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper on them, use saffron water instead of regular water for taste, and cook them in a pyrex for an hour. Or make then Mexican style! (Here: http://www.glowkitchen.com/2012/07/mexican-stuffed-sweet-potato/ ) I seriously love sweet potatoes, yay :).

    Sorry for the long comment – I’ve been a bit of a lurker, but I love your blog! And this was a really useful post, I definitely wouldn’t mind more of them :).
    – Laura

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      thank you! they’re form lululemon
      mirepoix is a mix of chopped celery, onion and carrots. i use it for soup, but buy the mirepoix pre made since it’s cheaper than buying the carrots, celery and onion.

  24. Cherbear on August 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I vote yes on more posts like this one! Also, could you please post the chicken and zucchini recipe when you have a chance? Thanks!

  25. Jessica on August 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Yes!!! I like this post because I get to see your fitness plan for the week and your meals….I love your blog!!

  26. Mandy M on August 14, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Yes I would love this to become a regular feature for you. Love the inspiration. And I love that your meals are “fast and furious” because that’s how it is over here as well. Don’t know if you also plan ahead your breakfasts/snacks but that would be helpful as well. And maybe links to the recipes if possible (and if there is one)? Thanks

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