9/11: Meals and Fitness for the Week

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. We’ve gotten a lot accomplished, both around the house and with our respective work stuff (the Pilot is getting his Master’s and I had some deadlines for tomorrow) and spending time as a family.

Last week was a huge miss on the dinners front. Since we got back from our Tucson trip Monday night and Liv started school Tuesday, I never had time to make a full grocery trip. Usually it was a quick 10-minute stop on the way somewhere to grab the bare essentials. (Which, if you follow me on Snapchat, included wine and plantain chips haha.) I think we only had one home-cooked meal? Then it was Rancho’s, Postmates, Pizza, and Liv had hot lunch at school twice. Needless to say, we’re back in the swing of things and I’m excited to get a full week’s of groceries and actually plan for the dinners.

Since we were takeout monsters last week (aka dinners weren’t worth writing about), here’s what I did for fitness:

Barre workout this week

(RBF = resting barre face)

Sunday: OFF (in Tucson)

Monday: OFF (Travel day)

Tuesday: AM Squatember workout, PM teach barre

Wednesday: Teach spin

Thursday: AM upper body workout (testing PBB advanced), PM teach hot barre

Friday: Orangetheory

Saturday: 30 minutes of BODYPUMP from the new release (I think it launches in October? I have no clue since I haven’t taught in so long. Love having the new tracks to practice, though)

What I liked about it:

-I feel like it was a pretty nice mix of strength and cardio considering our roadtrip and transition back to school and into our usual routine

– I loved (and kind of hated haha) doing the Squatember workout again. Each time I find that it’s easier to work through the moves, and I can feel myself getting stronger. 

What could have been better:

-Usually I wouldn’t work the same muscle groups in a row (Thursday and Friday). I feel like it’s a little tricky to plan with OTF because you never know what exercises you’ll be doing. I feel like we always do triceps and legs, but it’s not enough to fully fatigue those muscles, so consecutive days is really NBD. I do wish they had set muscle group splits for each day.

-I really want to get back into a solid yoga practice, but haven’t been able to make it a priority. I’ve also been wanting to make it back to a CORE40 class! My hand is way stronger, so I think I could make it through, but with my teaching schedule + Orangethoeory, it might be overkill. I feel like I could make time for yoga at home, but I just need to do it.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:


Breakfast cookies

Egg in a nest

Protein oatmeal

Eggs in a basket basket with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts


Grilled chicken salad with sweet potato

Brittany’s Mediterranean Lentil Salad (I’ll share the recipe this week!)

Sriracha Tuna salad (going to copy the Trader Joe’s one)

Fig tree salad for lunch


Protein smoothies

Almond butter and fruit

Protein yogurt

Yogurt protein bowl


Chicken Fajita Roll-ups with brown rice

Slow cooker Thai peanut chicken 

Spicy shrimp with cauliflower mash (and potatoes for the 1/2 of our family who despises cauli) and garlicky kale

Honey garlic salmon with roasted veggies 


Turkey meatballs with pasta (and zucchini noodles)

Date night! (on date nights, we’ll either order Pizza Port for Livi and our babysitter or make mac n’ cheese with broccoli; her two faves)

So, tell me friends: what’s on the menu this week? Are you trying any new fitness classes or workouts?

Here’s the Squatember workout if you want to give it a whirl. 😉



Remembering those who were affected by the tragic events of 9/11. You are in my heart and prayers, today and always. 

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  1. Bron on September 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Hahaha Barre face. My Booty Barre instructor always reminds us to smile. Mostly we groan back 🙂

  2. Courtney Bentley on September 11, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Its incredible how you fit in all of this in! This is dedication at its finest! xo C

  3. Tanya on September 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I did the Squatember workout yesterday (forgot to snap a pic, but will later this week when I do it again). My legs are killing me today! It was so awesome and I really feel like I got a great leg day workout. Thanks, Gina!

  4. Erika S. on September 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Oh…I did the Squatember workout last week (couldn’t get thru the entire workout due to time) and was sore the next day…definitely loved it!

    I think this week I’ll try to make crispy oven baked chicken tenders…shrimp skewers…and salad…I haven’t been motivated to cook lately so trying to keep it quick and easy is key. Also, I’ve been obsessed with pickles so I made a batch at home…fingers crossed they are amazing.

    Although I’m not ready for fall, I’m kinda excited about crockpot cooking.

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