9/18: Meals and Fitness for the Week

Hi friends! Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. <3 I’m popping in with a quick post because P and Liv’s BFFs (who are the exact same age as them!) are coming over to play for a while. For a few hours, we’ll have 4 kids in the house haha.

Last week, we crushed it on meal planning and cooking at home. Even on a night where I was so tired from teaching and takeout would have been easier, we rallied and made dinner at home since all of the ingredients were here waiting. I’m excited to keep up the momentum and do the same thing this week.

Here’s what last week’s fitness schedule looked like + our meal plan for the upcoming week:

Meal plan and schedule

Workouts from last week

Sunday: Orangetheory

Monday: Teach Spin

Tuesday: Upper body workout (20 minutes) + teach barre

Wednesday: Teach Spin

Thursday: Teach hot barre

Ready to teach barre with my pink barre socks

Friday: Lower body workout (a mix of the latest BODYPUMP release + some 21dayfix lower fix)

Saturday: Jazzercise!! (I’ll have a post up all about it tomorrow)

What I liked about it:

I feel like it was a good mix of workouts. I like doing barre, OTF and Spin each week in addition to my own thing. I mentioned before that I want to get yoga back in there but it’s just a matter of finding a time that will fit, or missing that week’s OTF to do yoga instead, which I might do this week. I think it definitely included some great variety. 

What could have been better:

Last week, I didn’t have the energy or mojo to get in very many of my own strength workouts. I didn’t get in Squatember, and usually took a walk with P in the stroller instead of taking her to Kids Club at the gym to get in a short strength workout. She usually doesn’t mind at all being in gym childcare, but she’s cried a couple of times when I’ve dropped her off. I always tell them if she keeps crying to come and get me; it’s not worth it to me, and I can always work out at home. Good news is that when I took her on Tuesday, she didn’t cry at all.

Also, I didn’t really get an official off day which is a fail on my part. Since some days were easier (Jazzercise was easy cardio and on Thursday, I coached most of class), it was NBD, but usually I like to have at least one full off day each week.

As usual, we’re getting our Sunday Trader Joe’s list together and prepping as much as possible. We did really well with the plan last week, and I have to give a huge shout out to these chicken fajita rolls. I was not expecting them to be as awesome as they were. The chicken was super tender and they were so easy to make.

Meal Plan for the Week

Here are the eats we have planned for the upcoming week.


Baked breakfast cookies

 Green chile breakfast casserole

Egg scramble with oats

Pumpkin protein oats


Big salads with tuna or chicken and sweet potato

Avocado toast and salad

Protein smoothie (with goat whey, Shakeology, banana, frozen berries, cocoa powder, almond butter, almond milk, and ice)


Turkey lentil loaf (and muffins for P!) with roasted potatoes

Liv’s favorite soup

Pan-seared salmon with Mediterranean salsa fresca and cauliflower rice (or brown rice)

Mustard herb crusted chicken breast with salads

Garlic shrimp with roasted veggies and sweet potatoes

OUT: Tender Greens night

Tender greens dinner

OUT: Camping 🙂


Flourless pumpkin bars (can’t stop, won’t stop)

Homemade hummus with veggies

Egg scramble

Chicken and cauliflower rice bowls

So, tell me friends: are you planning and prepping for the week? 

What’s on the menu? Any new fitness classes?



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  1. masala girl on September 18, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Exciting news: I’m going to become a group fitness instructor! My school has a program where we learn in a small group through ACE, then shadow the class(es) we want to teach (& get specific certifications for TRX, Yoga, SPin, etc). SOO my plan for this week is 3 GF classes (kettlebell, total body tone + we’ll see) + 2x squatember 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      ahh that is awesome! ACE is a great cert, too.
      so excited for you!!

  2. Cassie on September 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Hey friend! I also will resort to cooking dinner if I know I’ve picked out something quick, everything is thawed, and I have everything else is on hand. If that’s the case, I actually prefer to cook so that hubs can come home on time instead of picking up takeout and give this mama a break! Haha. Just the usual workouts for me. 2 to 3 Mike walks with the little plus 20 minutes or so of yoga. Nothing too intense but I’m finally back in ALL my pre pregnancy clothes so something must be working. Happy week!

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      that’s amazing. and i totally hear ya on the dinners, but it can be tricky sometimes haha.
      hope you have a great week <3

  3. Katie @ Live Half Full on September 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Things totally fell into place for us too! After ten months of parenthood we finally made all of our meals at home. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      haha i’m so glad it finally happened. with two, especially when tom is working late, i feel like there’s no way. it will definitely keep getting easier as P gets older!

  4. Erica on September 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Ahh where are you teaching Hot Barre????? How do you like it compared to pure barre etc.

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      it’s the same as regular barre but we heat the studio to 90 degrees

      • Erica on September 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm

        This sounds amazing. Where can I come take it? Also, what do you like best: cardiobarre, pure barre, or barre 3?

  5. Melissa C on September 19, 2016 at 7:24 am

    We try to cook at home alot, but usually go out to eat at least once or twice on the weekend. Sometimes we pick up pho soup with grilled shrimp and I add some extra veggies at home, but when we go to eat Mexican food I always feel like I take ten steps backward on my losing weight goal b/c I never how to order ” healthy” if I order fajitas I feel like the veggies r covered in oil- any helpful suggestions? I do great all week, then feel like I’m back to square 1 on Monday. It’s a vicious cycle and in ready to make progress.

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      i think you should order what you really want and enjoy it! i used to ALWAYS get fajitas, and would find that i didn’t even enjoy them as much, and often they are covered in oil. i think you should make it worth your while and then you’re motivated to make cleaner choices throughout the week with that to look forward to. i like to do like 80/20. so that 20 is usually enchiladas with rice and beans when we get mexican 🙂
      hope this helps a little <3

      • Melissa C on September 20, 2016 at 5:18 am

        It most certainly does help. Thank you for taking the time to respond. 🙂 much appreciated

  6. Karen on September 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Meal planning and some prep got done yesterday. I even prepped some craft projects for my little one. I’m planning on taking a new level Pilates class. I’m a little nervous to move out of the beginner level – but I love the reformer so much!

  7. TheDimpledRunner on September 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Goat whey for your protein shake? I haven’t read anything on that type! Is it safe for pregnancy?

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      i would ask your doc to be sure, but i would use it during pregnancy

  8. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Hot barre is intriguing! Have you told us more about that yet?

    • Fitnessista on September 19, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      it’s the same as regular barre! just heated to 90 degrees

  9. Keaton Taylor on September 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Came upon your blog looking for specific recipes for a client’s meal prep and found some very interesting suggestions here! I think I’ll have to try to the flourless pumpkin bars myself 🙂

    Appreciate the honest take on being tired but pushing through and doing proper meal prep anyway.

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