8/19: Meals and Fitness for the week

Hey guys! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Thank you so much for all of the sweet anniversary wishes. We’ve been enjoying a lovely staycation as a family, and had a great night out last night.


I’ve got a Family post going up this afternoon and will have lots of pics of the day to share, but in the meantime, here’s my tentative list of meal ideas and fitness for the week.


Shrimp spring rolls with spicy almond butter sauce (since I didn’t make the spring rolls last week and have shrimp in the freezer)

Dinner with Lisa

Spinach and mushroom crustless quiche

Dinner with the girls after the dance show

Pizza on the grill


Grocery List:

Berries, fruit, bananas

Salad greens (3)

Deli meat

Chicken (4)

Goat cheese



Pizza ingredients (BBQ chicken with cilantro and red onions)



Brown rice tortillas

Salad beast ingredients- whatever looks good

Chicken breats

Prep ahead:

Grill chicken for salads and wraps


Quinoa and lentil mix

Lunge and lift


Sunday: OFF

Monday: 6 mile run with Rhina Instead: 30 minutes on Stairmaster

Tuesday: Jump rope strength circuit –Meg and I tested it out yesterday and it will be up tomorrow- nice and SWEATY 🙂 Instead: 15 minutes of strength circuit, followed by 45 min hip hop class

Wednesday: Teach Zumba

Thursday: OFF (dance show night!) Instead: Took a 45 min bootcamp class

Friday: Jump rope strength circuit Instead: OFF

Sat: Teach Zumba Instead: teach Glide + 20 min HIIT


So tell me, friends: what’s on the menu this week? Remember, planning leads to success! Take a few minutes to write down ideas for the week and prep whatever you can in advance- chop, grill, boil, whatever will make this week easier for you.




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  1. Julia on August 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Nom nom nom, now I am hungry. Looks delish!
    I recently had quinoa for the first time! Definitely will prep some ahead next week. I’ll be having lots of time as I will hand in my bachelor’s thesis tomorrow….Aaaaah. Yeah!

  2. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on August 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Looks like some good eats are in store for this week! I love making pizza on the grill! SO much more energy efficient then turning on the oven!

  3. Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda) on August 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve had spring rolls on the brain too. Think I need to plan those for next week since I’m pretty set for this week.

  4. Michaela on August 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    love these posts!
    I also really appreciate your FB “friendly reminders”, will go and prepare my salad beast ingredients 🙂
    Hope you have a lovely week!

  5. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance on August 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I just finished prepping my salad beast lunches for the week. Next up, I need to make some almond butter, energy bites and quinoa. I need to be better about planning dinners, so I’m going to make a list of ideas right now. Way to get me motivated! Thx!

  6. katie moran on August 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    goooo Popchips!!!! My Uncle Keith is the CEO! Thanks for the support!!

    • Fitnessista on August 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      i LOVE popchips. a little too much.

      • katie moran on August 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        me too!! ( and im not just saying that) they just announced a bunch of new tortilla chip flavors, not sure when they will be available!

  7. Hillary on August 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Just bought Popchips for the first time today. Yum.

    I’m making a chicken and vegetable curry that should last me at least a few days. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out!

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Glad you guys had a great night out. Staycation as a family and then going out – sounds like a nice, low-ish key way to spend an anniversary. Congrats again on your 5 yrs!

  9. Quinn on August 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Made whole wheat banana muffins last night, have this : http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/04/slow-cooker-pulled-pork.html in the slow cooker and cut/cleaned all the fruit I got from Costco yesterday!


  10. Liz on August 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Making turkey chipotle meatloaf tonight to take for a baby meal + enough for us for dinner and lunches; green curry with chickpeas and farmers market veggies for mid week, and lots of eggs, salads, fruit, nuts, and Greek yogurt in between. Workouts are on the calendar as well!

  11. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on August 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    So far, for the week I’ve got salmon burgers and lasagna on the meal plan – we’re leaving for the weekend so I won’t plan out too much.

    Question – do you plan your menus around what you feel like, or do you take sales/deals into account?

  12. Amy Ramos on August 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    We are drowning in zucchini so most of our meals will be surrounded by that. We plan to have steak tacos, shrimp, asparagus and gnocchi, honey garlic chicken and teriyaki pork chops.

  13. Jessica on August 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Those shrimp spring rolls sound fabulous! There’s a cauliflower mac n cheese recipe I want to try out this week, and I think I want to attempt making my own sushi!

  14. Kim on August 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    We’ve been trying to grill chicken at the start of the week and use it for lunches and such throughout, but I have been trying to figure out how long the chicken will keep in the fridge. Any thoughts? We marinate the chicken in Italian dressing and fajita seasoning. I’ve seen some sites that say you have less time to eat it when there is sauce or gravy on it. Thanks for your thoughts!

  15. Yaara on August 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Can you recommend a good jump rope for a short person? I’m 4’11’. Yes–I’m a shorty. I feel like every jump rope I’ve tried is too long for me and my feet get caught in it–or I’m just a bad jump roper–lol. When I do ZWOWs or Bodyrock type workouts I do the imaginary thing or use 1-pound dumbells. But I’d like to start actually jump roping. What do you use? Thanks! 🙂

  16. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on August 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Your grocery list sounds so similar to mine! I just finished cooking up some meat to have on hand for the week, roasting carrots, and made PaleOMG Paleo Chicken “Nuggets”.

  17. chrissy on August 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    do you practice your zumba classes? how much time does the ‘trying out’ time amount to? i’m always curious since i see my instructors at the gym practicing quite a bit, but they have multiple classes a day a few times a week. i always think to myself, ‘yeah, if i worked out 17 hours a week i’d look like that too!’ lol me = hater

    • Fitnessista on August 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      practicing for zumba for me means choreographing in my brain as i listen to music and drive haha

  18. Amy on August 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Love pop chips! yum yum

  19. aleesha on August 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Just roasted some eggplant for the week and baked some Turkey Bacon, Trader Joes Brand (I bake it ahead of time, and then put it in the freezer, and take some out as needed, works really good.) I think I will roast some carrots and onion next, they are lingering in the refrigerator, so I may as well put them to use!

  20. Jessica on August 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    I hard boiled eggs, cut up pineapple, cooked some bacon, and planned meals for a few weeks.

    As for fitness plans for the week, I have one distance run, one short run, two crossfit sessions and some additional weight lifting planned. One of my goals this week is to work on my warm up routein as its kinda non existent right now.

  21. Mandy M on August 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    My kids love that bbq chicken pizza.
    WO this week include your august wo, yoga, a couple runs, a zwow, a couple days of weights, and two days of rest!
    Eats – breakfasts: smoothies, cereal, scrambled eggs with veg and goat cheese, and some HEAB muffins.
    snacks: smoothies, choc coffee snack cake, larabar, hb eggs, fruit, amazeballs, yoghurt, and trail mix
    lunches: lentil quinoa salad, carrot beet burgers, salad with burger and veg, gazpacho
    dinners: tacos with guac, curry and socca, southwest mac and cheese, miso tofu with snap peas

  22. katie on August 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

    i dont know why i dont say this more often but i appreciate your blog so much!
    your meal ideas help me every week along w/ your workouts and i diiiieee laughing at all the random things you talk about (like the TMI page)
    ok anyway, just had to get that out! thanks! 🙂

  23. Ksenija on August 20, 2012 at 5:39 am

    So not organized this week – happens when I spend sunday at my boyfriends. But plan is to prepare some vegan burger patties and freeze them, also some gluten-free grains and baking (I want to see if gluten might have something to do with recent stomach or head aches of mine), dried fruit and nut bars and I aimed to try thedivadish’s frozen banana pb cookie ice cream for a while as well as the avocado ice cream recipe from thepuretwins – so this might be a quite ice creamy week, just appropriate with these 100 degrees out there.

  24. Eva @ Committed2Nutrition on August 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Zumba question! did you get ZIN 40?!! Thoughts?!!

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

      i didn’t love it :/ you?

  25. Brigid on August 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    These posts are so helpful! I just wanted to say thanks again for making them a regular thing.

  26. Amy@healthyhungryhappy.com on August 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    ive got to start prepping meals ahead of time!

  27. Lauren T on August 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I made a big batch of Iowa Girl Eat’s summer veggie pasta skillet for the week, and it’s really good! Have a great week!

  28. Briana Culmo on August 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love the weekly meals/fitness posts! It gives me great ideas for when I plan my week! Thank you!

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