8/4: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi friends! Happy Sunday.

Another day hitting the snooze button, yet another day of cranking out a training run! I laid in bed debating whether I wanted to get dressed and run, and quickly realized I had a few things in my favor:

1) It was early, so if I went, I could be back before the family was awake.

2) It was cloudy, so even though it would be hot and humid, at least I wouldn’t have the sun beating down on me.


I knew if I didn’t do it then, I’d be stuck on the treadmill later because it would be too hot, so headed to Sabino Canyon where I tackled 7.4 miles: all the way up, and all the way down.


Sabino is a fantastic training spot because it covers a decent distance and variety of inclines. It’s extremely steep on the way up -I had to walk when I got towards the top- and there are nice downhills on the way back.

During my run, I saw families of deer, lush desert greenery, and while there was water, I didn’t have to run through any of it like I did last week. It was nice to finish sans soggy shoes πŸ˜‰ While my cardio endurance is definitely there for my half marathon, it’s a matter of getting my body used to the mode of running again. I feel (hope!) it will bounce back fairly quickly; muscle memory is an amazing thing.

I’m back at the house, about to have breakfast with the fam and then set off on the day’s adventures.

I’m not planning a ton of meals and fitness for this week because I’ll be at the IDEA convention in LA. It’s my first time and am so thankful to my sponsors, Reebok and IDEA, for the opportunity to attend. I’m so excited to take amazing classes, lectures, and meet some of my fitness idols, like Chalene Johnson and Shaun T. I also can’t wait for Wednesday night’s Physique 57 event. Thank you so much to those of you who signed up! We can enjoy the fiery quad frenzy together. Spots filled up quickly, but we have a waiting list going if you’re interested.

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Here are some snacks and meals planned:


-Chocolate chip cookies

-Zucchini pizzaΒ 

-BBQ salmon, sweet potato chips, zucchini

-Shish kebabs and brown rice (so easy and delicious)

-Chef Kyle, Chef Eric and Pilot BBQ party at our house. I’ll be supplying the ice cream and brownie volcano πŸ™‚

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Fitness plan:

Sunday: RUNDAY. Done!

Monday: Strength, no cardio

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Physique 57

Thursday: IDEA classes

Friday: IDEA classes

Saturday: IDEA classes


If you’re looking for ideas to plan your week, be sure to check out the August Calendar! I had a blast making it and love the feedback, tweets and pics so far! Keep ’em coming.

Hope you have a very happy Sunday! See ya later with weekend pics.



What’s on the menu? What classes are you taking? Dinner/snack ideas??

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  1. Jackie on August 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds like a fun week ahead! I’m about to start week 2 of the summer shape up!

  2. Lady on August 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hello; I sign up for the August work out but have not receive yet πŸ™ thanks so much for your blog is amazing and I really love it!

  3. Brooke@DenaultStudios on August 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I love the idea of BBQ salmon! I might have to try that myself

  4. lucie on August 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    That IDEA convention sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to hear more about it.
    Isn’t running in the morning the best? I absolutely love it.
    I started to split up my strength sessions, which is great, it gives me shorter sessions in the gym and I can challenge the specific muscle group more.
    I will also whip up another badge of my Healthy Fudge Brownies!! They’re so fudgey and proteinpacked.

  5. april on August 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    congrats on tackling your run this morning! i prefer running in the morning because then you can spend the rest of the day relaxing, instead of having it looming over your head.

    i’m on the wait list for your physique 57 event and i’m crossing my fingers! have a fun and safe trip πŸ™‚

  6. Becca @ familyfaithfitness on August 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I’m a little jealous your run is done for the day, but I also realize I don’t have the heat factor OR the distance!!!! I finally ran 3.1 without stopping Friday evening, so that is the goal for today! πŸ˜€
    Have fun at the IDEA conference!

  7. Amy @ www.funfoodiefamily.wordpress.com on August 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Can’t wait to see and hear all about your conference! Sounds fun! Back to school week here in Georgia, so trying to keep it simple for dinner.

    Sunday- Oven baked crunchy fish, salad, and waffle fries

    Monday-Bacon Wrapped cheesy hot dogs, baked beans, broccoli

    Tuesday- Chicken Teriyaki and rice

    Wednesday- Leftover lasagna from the freezer

    Thursday- Leftover Chicken Caccitore from the freezer http://funfoodiefamily.com/2013/07/25/chicken-cacciatore/

    Friday- Date Night!

    Going to try and run a few days, take a Zumba and spin class, and maybe break out my Shaun T. DVD’S =)

  8. Jamie on August 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    How do I sign up to get a password for the August workout calendar? I’m jut starting to get back on the exercise bandwagon after having baby #2 a couple of months ago, and your workouts were so helpful for getting back in shape after baby #1!

    • Gretchen on August 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      She said a couple of posts ago that the password is kalechips πŸ™‚

      • Jamie on August 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        Thank you!!

  9. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on August 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Congrats on your run!! What beautiful scenery you had! I went on a run this morning and with no pace goal I just ran and enjoyed the beauty of the day. I wish every day could be this simple!

  10. Lisa on August 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Such a beautiful scene on your run.
    Can’t wait to hear more about the convention. It sounds like it will be a busy but fun week for you!

  11. Sara on August 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I am going to the IDEA conference also. i have no idea how I missed your Physique 57 event!!! I am super bummed as I am getting certified in Barre in a few weeks and will start teaching it. I am on the waitlist and I really hope that i can get in!! Maybe I’ll see you around the conference!

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      please say hi if you do!!

  12. Karissa on August 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous place to run. Oh meeting Shaun T, that’ll be SO awesome!!

  13. Alyssa on August 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I will be at the Physique 57 event! I am so so excited πŸ™‚ see you there and maybe even at IDEA! I wish I had the $ to buy a conference pass, but I will be touring the booths at the Expo on Saturday πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      awesome!! see you soon πŸ™‚

  14. Amie on August 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Gina u love your plates. Where did u get them?

    • Fitnessista on August 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm


  15. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on August 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    OH my. A brownie volcano? That sounds quite wonderful!

  16. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on August 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Way to go on your run! Wish I was going to IDEA! I’m sure you will have a blast!

  17. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on August 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    The IDEA festival sounds amazing! I would love to attend someday! And what a beautiful place you have to run! I’d love scenery like that!

  18. Carley @ Optimistic Health on August 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Shish kebabs are always a good idea! Haven’t had them in a long time!

  19. caroline on August 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Have a great time at IDEA! I am packing up for it right now! πŸ™‚ Maybe I will see you there, I am six months preggo and big as a house this time around (its number 3), and am hard to miss.

    Be sure to print off your session handouts at home if you can, it makes it much easier.

  20. char eats greens on August 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I can’t wait until my hip flexor is in a little better shape to track a long run again. I have a half coming up next month, but my flexor has gone off on me. Physio said that it’s on the worse side of things, so I need to reeeeeally commit to foam rolling!!! Eek!

  21. Debbie Martindale on August 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

    AHH! I’m officially very jealous that you are going to IDEA! Are you planning on going to the glow in the dark Turbo workout on Friday? That one is SOOO much fun!! Wish I could go!

  22. Katie @ Live Half Full on August 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    This week, I don’t have any classes planned but I do have a few run dates and gym dates! Plus, a 10k on Saturday! My longest race this year so far!

    Here’s my meal plan for the week: http://www.livehalffullblog.com/2013/08/05/meal-plan-84-810/

  23. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on August 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Chalene Johnson. Omg. So jeals! Give us a full rundown!!! And have an amazing time at IDEA πŸ™‚

  24. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on August 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    That convention sounds like so much fun, have an amazing time and be sure to write about it!

  25. jasmine on August 10, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Gina, just curious, how much time do you usually spend on strength training? and do you usually focus on upper/lower/core or do you just go for total body? I usually do upper body once a week and lower body once a week but i’m worried that it may not be enough… what are your thoughts on that?

    • Fitnessista on August 11, 2013 at 12:21 am

      i think 3x per week is the magic number, but realistically, i’m lucky to get in 1-2 strength sessions each week. since i don’t do a lot, when i do, it’s usually whole body and in a circuit so i’m not wasting any time by resting. i like to be done in less than 40 minutes.

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