8/26: Meals and Fitness for the week

Sweaty and triumphant.

5 miles

It wasn’t the practice 10k I had planned for, but considering I had some odds (aka excuses) working against me, I’m really happy about it.

The Pilot said he’s wake up with Liv so I could go run, and when I woke up, it was 8:30. I figured since it was already late, and my legs were sore from teaching glide yesterday, I’d try to do it tomorrow, even though it would harder with the Pilot at work, considering that I like to sleep until Liv wakes up. This morning, I came downstairs, and the Pilot said if I still wanted to go for my run, he’d take Liv in the jogging stroller and we could make a family trip out of it. That was all the motivation I needed.

It was HILLY, since we ran at Sabino Canyon, but even with all the walk breaks I took, we finished. 5 miles. I feel like 5 hilly miles is close to a flat 10k? Right? Haha.


We had a lot of fun, Liv was happy as a clam in the jogging stroller, and it actually felt good to shake out my sore legs. I told myself I’d cut it short and enjoy walking if they were really hurting, but once I started to run, they were fine.

Here’s what this week’s fitness schedule looks like:

-Sun: Run 5 miles Did it!

-Mon: OFF

-Tues: Weights + HIIT Nope- ended up filming the booty burner and that was it

-Wed: Teach Zumba Did it!

Thur: Weights + Tabata Thursday Nope- MMA training during my lunch break, too tired when I got off work to do anything else

Friday: OFF Got in a PM 15 minute jump rope interval sesh + 15 minutes of weights

Sat: Teach Zumba Did it!

Last week’s ended up changing significantly, so I’ll update this post if my teaching schedule changes or if things shift around. A new treadmill workout will be up in the am, too 🙂


As far as eats go, here are some of the recipes I’ll be making:

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Chili Mango Slushie 

Zucchini sticks with marinara

Kelp noodles with cheezy red pepper sauce

-Chicken stir fry with quinoa

Groceries 2



-Grill chicken breasts

-Make amazeballs

-Cook quinoa

-Chop and roast veggies


So what’s on the menu this week?

I’d love to hear your fitness plans and any new recipes you’ll be trying!

See ya later with some pics from the day!



We have one week left in August! Take a look at your checklist and see what else you can do to finish out an amazing month.

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  1. Lisa on August 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love kelp noodles! Those things are wonderful. Kind of weird at first, but I love ’em now. I’m sticking with the low intensity exercises for right now, while making progress in some hormonal things in my life right now, but I so miss the high intensity! Can’t wait to get back to that. I also really need to try new recipes, I’ve been slacking on that…I have been craving banana bread like crazy though, maybe I’ll make some of that this week:)

  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on August 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Way to go on the five miles! I’m up to three miles now and loving it, I’m hoping I can increase my endurance even more to bust out some more miles. On the fitness agenda today is some pilates to stretch out my sore self after yesterdays run!

  3. Hillary on August 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I love sweet potato black bean chili! I just made some black bean mushroom burgers for lunches this week. Hope they came out ok!

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      whoa that sounds amazing! i’m on a mushroom kick lately- i love the marinated mushrooms from tj’s

  4. Laura @ She Eats Well on August 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration for planning out the workouts. I think it’s a great idea 🙂

  5. Sana on August 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    You brought the hubby on a date with the ex? Tisk Tisk 😉

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      right? and it was his idea, haha

  6. Katie on August 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Yay for the run! 🙂

    My gym is closed this week, so I’ll be doing some circuit/body weight workouts at home early in the morning. My boyfriend and I are traveling to Toronto at the end of the week, so I’ll be doing some hotel room workouts while there.

  7. simi on August 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    How do you cook your quinoa? I need to make batches like that, but it always comes out bland. I just want a simple basic recipe with flavor. Lemon, garlic, sea salt, etc…? can you share your recipe, I couldn’t find it on your page. thanks

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      i just cook it in the rice cooker on the brown rice setting. after it’s cooked, i add garlic, thyme, oregano, sea salt, lemon juice and pepper

      • Heather on August 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        What rice cooker do you have? Ours went kaputz and am looking for a good replacement.

        • Fitnessista on August 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          it was from costco for about $40

  8. Yaara on August 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Could you post your recipe for the kelp noodles with the cheezy red pepper sauce? That sounds deliciously fab! Thanks! And good for you on the 5-miler today!!

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      i will definitely post it when i make it 🙂

      • Amber on August 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

        Yay! I was going to ask the same.

  9. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on August 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I love all the different recipes you’re trying out this week! Can’t wait to see some of them on the blog! I’m dying to know what the chili mango slushie is?!

  10. Sarabell on August 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I did Bountiful Baskets this week for the first time in years (lots of great produce for very low price) and got brussels sprouts in my box. I haven’t tried them since I was a kid so I’m excited to experiment with them and hopefully find something I really like!

  11. Amber on August 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I am meal planning and fitness planning this week for the first time. Thanks for the inspiration! I just recently started back teaching and would like to incorporate a daily multi-vitamin into my regimen. Do you know of any that are any good? GNC’s vitamin section tends to scare me, but I don’t want to get my students’ colds!

  12. Paula on August 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Chili is also on the agenda for this week’s eats but I wasn’t planning on adding sweet potato. That sounds amazing, I may give it a try! Can you share your recipe? As far as workouts go, I have been on a Bar Method kick lately but this week I also want to add some HIIT workouts – Equinox has some amazing classes. Ps. Looking hot and toned! 🙂

  13. Lauren on August 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats on your run!!! That’s awesome 🙂 Meals and work-outs for the week are never really planned…I just go with the flow. Always get my sweat in and eat clean so it works for me 🙂

  14. Laura on August 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Great work pushing through that run! It sounds like a tough one, especially with sore legs.

    Today I tried a new to me recipe for zucchini bread and it smells delicious as its baking http://www.fitsugar.com/Vegan-Chocolate-Cranberry-Zucchini-Bread-Recipe-18785052

    Also, more running on the agenda! Plus a hip hop class and some weights. Have a great week!

  15. Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running on August 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Always the best having company on long runs, ay? This week I am hoping to fit in 2 runs, a body pump class, body attack class and stretching/meditation session ;).

  16. Giselle@ahealthyhappyhome on August 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Good job you for running 5 hilly miles with a stroller! That can be tough! I can’t wait to take a class I took last week for the first time again this week. It’s called PiYo and it’s like yoga on caffeine overload. Sometimes yoga is too slow for me but this was the perfect balance between yoga and pilates and at the perfect pace. So I’m really looking forward to that workout as well as many others for the week!

  17. Julie on August 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Congrats on your great run! Hills SUCK, so great job!

    We’re trying a new recipe tonight that my husband thought up: mozzarella-and-basil-stuffed chicken served with a little marinara over a bed of spinach. I’m excited!

  18. Sarah on August 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    You are looking so amazing!!!! I am inspired to have that quick of a turn around after my babies! The hard work definitely shows.

  19. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy on August 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Congrats on the run! I ran 5 miles today too, as part of my half marathon training plan. My legs were sore, but I got through it!

  20. Brittany on August 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Where do you find your kelp noodles? I’ve been looking all over for them.

    I’m in the process of prepping and planning my week ahead as I type this. 🙂

  21. Natalie on August 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I only had time for a quick elliptical workout, but I squeezed it in. So jealous of your long run!

  22. Alicia on August 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I love your workout schedule! How long have you been doing HIIT? I just tried it out last Wednesday and I can’t wait to go again this Wednesday! Congrats on the 5 miles !

  23. Amanda B. on August 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Mmm, sweet potato black bean chili <3 One of my faves.

    This week I'm (loosely) planning on making: Peachy green smoothies, omelets with onions and peppers, roasted chicken thighs and asparagus, and chickpea curry with rice. Oh and I've been making banana soft serve for dessert 🙂

  24. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on August 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I always find that the days I’m making excuses not to run (especially when it has to do with my legs thinking I can’t do it), is usually when I need it the most to feel better. It’s funny how that works.

  25. Jessica on August 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    After two of your post speaking straight to my heart I have refocused myself on some more narrowed down goals. Rather then trying to crossfit, run, spin, work on flexability and core, ect, I have narrowed down to just running, yoga, and core work. The yoga is more for mental clarity then anything. I am training for a half which is in a little over two months and your post about your run the other day was exactly what I needed to hear.

    As for eats this week, working on that. :). I’m adjusting to the swing shift and packing dinner to go is a bit different for me.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. jodie on August 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Congrats on your run.

    Which brand of kelp noodles do you buy? My workouts this week is mixture of running, hitt/zumba,barre,pilates weights and jump rope etc. Food wise a lot of salads and roasted veges as well this sandwich http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/05/tomato-basil-roasted-pepper-vegan.html
    I have not made Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili in a while, thanks for the reminder.

  27. Cait the Arty Runnerchick on August 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    hey, running is mostly mental…so so long as u decide to believe 10k = 5 miles i say it works…i mean if that doesn’t work we’ll just blame it on mathematics. 😉

    i’ve had kelp noodles, do u like them more than shiritaki ones??

    • Fitnessista on August 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      yeah i like the texture of both, but enjoy kelp a little more 🙂

  28. Mandy M on August 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    WO for this week: Sun: ZWOW 19 Mon: weights Tues: walk or run W: your August wo Th: off Fri: circuit Sat:?
    Eats: breakfasts: protein pancakes, smoothie, muffins and hb eggs, oats, and some chocolate and avocado
    snacks: eggs, pizza toast, trail mix, fruit and cheese, no-bake balls, popovers, HEABs granola bars, blueberry cornbread
    lunches: pasta and sauce with stuffed mushrooms, pita sandwiches, beans and veggies with baguette
    dinners: tofu and chickpea curry, tomato soup with salad and cheese toast, couscous with marinara, feta, and greens, frittata

  29. Lisamarie on August 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hello!! I am a newbie to your blog & have to admit, that I was supposed to run yesterday, & now today, & have now spent much of my weekend on my laptop. Looks like I’ll be running in the dark tonight. I have a few questions.. I know I saw it somewhere on your blog what protein powders you prefer, but now that I’m making my shopping list, can’t find the post. Also on your calendar what was meant by Yoga Challenge? Is it just an extended session? and I guess this goes out to other readers, I’m in Canada(Ottawa), & am looking for good gluten free products, any faves out there?

  30. Colleen on August 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I just found a great meal planning resource — I got a Groupon for a subscription to The Fresh 20 (it’s pretty affordable even w/o the discount.) Basically, it is a meal planning website; every week they post a 20 ingredient shopping list of fresh, unprocessed ingredients, 5 dinner recipes to make from said ingredients, and a prep-ahead checklist that takes about an hour. There are classic, vegetarian, and GF meal plans to subscribe to. It doesn’t do lunch and bf, but those are pretty standard and un-creative most of the time for me, it’s dinner that makes me rack my brain. I’ve only done it for a week, but it seems pretty cool so far!

  31. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on August 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    We’re moving Saturday, so it’s definitely going to be a lot of leftovers and “clean-out-the-fridge” type meals this week. But, I’m going to try fANNEtastic food’s sweet potato and black bean enchiladas – they just sound amazing!

  32. Janice on August 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Weights, cycle, and kickboxing are on the agenda for me (plus a lovely massage)! Meals are prepped and packed for the week, including banana almond butter protein ice cream. Love when I can eat dessert and consider it a healthy meal. Prepping is my number one strategy for a great week.

  33. Averie @ Averie Cooks on August 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Hot, hilly workouts are some of the hardest ever! Bravo to you for getting out there at all in that heat!

  34. Melissa @ The Mister and Mrs. on August 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Hilly 5mi is totally on par with a flat 10K. Nice work!

    Can you or another wise reader point me in the direction of a great quinoa recipe. I am constantly disappointed with my bland quinoa!

  35. Amy Ramos on August 27, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I was a cooking and baking machine:
    -kale and meat sauce with cheese tortellini
    -banana bread
    Egg muffin cups for breakfast
    amazeaballs for pre and post workouts
    everything but the kitchen sink salads with vegan dressing for the week
    hard boiled eggs
    shrimp and black beans for taco Tuesday

    hubby made homemade nacho cheese
    I am beat but I am all set for the week

  36. Meg on August 27, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Gina, I truly love you and your blog so much. Thank you for being so grounded <3 I've been reading your blog the longest out of them all and I can't go without it! Thank you thank you thank you!

  37. Chiropractic Coaches on August 27, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Great line of activities for the week and great food to. I am wondering what rice cooker you have? Does your quinoa always come perfect after cooking them?

  38. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 27, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Nice job on your run! That’s awesome that you made it into a family activity. 🙂

    This week I’m planning on making elk shepherd’s pie, pasta with Swiss chard, a beet salad, and Jamie Oliver’s mushroom risotto!

  39. Kate on August 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I am a blog-aholic, yours being my favorite (by far) and I rarely comment…but I must say I am LOVING these meal and fitness posts. Totally gets me motivated for the week ahead! Thanks so much for sharing such awesome tips — you are so talented and I appreciate what you do each and everyday!

  40. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets on August 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m trying tandoori chicken salad tonight & I can’t wait! This morning before work I prepped the marinate, so the chicken will be soo tasty & moist by the time I get around to cooking it later tonight! Yum yum yum.

  41. Christa on August 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I found a recipe for open face pimento cheese sandwiches in Cooking Light. topped with bacon, tomato, and lettuce! i love Pimento cheese, but it’s an aquired taste for some people. Must be a Southern thang 😉

  42. Leslie W on August 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Gina, thanks for posting your fitness info for the week. From the outside, the fitness blogs may unintentionally make it seem like the blogger is ALWAYS working out, and I can never measure up. This makes it so much more real and attainable. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      thank you, i figured it was worth posting because i really don’t work out that much. it just may seem like it, since it’s a fitness blog and frequent topic 🙂

  43. Meg on August 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I am excited to see your recipes, Gina! They all sound delicioso!

  44. Lizzie on August 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    You look so fit! I swear you are even smaller than you were pre-babe 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      thank you! i weigh the same as i did before, but am hoping my body fat percent is down- will get it checked in a couple of months 🙂

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