Fitness, winners and dinners

Hi friends! Hope you’ve enjoying a wonderful weekend! We’ve been laying low which has been glorious after a busy week, and I’ve been hard at work on book edits. I’m excited to have everything turned in, and just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your support with the book journey. I’m so, so stoked for you to read it, and hope you have as much fun reading it as I had putting it together ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Congratulations to the Barre3 giveaway winners:

Unnamed 7


Amanda S.

and Julia!

All winners have been emailed. Stay tuned for more fun giveaways this week ๐Ÿ™‚

I figured I would change up this week’s meals and fitness and post what I DID last week. Usually when I post my plan for the week it ends up changing, so I thought I’d post what I actually completed and how I split up strength and cardio. Let me know what format your prefer!

Here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:

Sunday: 6 mile run

Monday: BodyPump

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Zumba

Thursday: Orange Theory

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Barre3

With the exception of the run, it’s been refreshing to take classes and depend on other people for motivation ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve also enjoyed observing other instructors -it’s how I learn tips to communicate and motivate during classes- and switching things up a little. I also haven’t told you guys about my Zumba audition yet. It was CRAZY. I got to the studio, expecting to do a couple of songs for the owner, and she had me teach during the class! I was definitely a little nervous, but loved the energy of the class and chose some of my favorite power songs. I’m hoping I’ll get to start teaching soon! I miss it.ย 

This week, I’m determined to get some real dinners on the table. As much as I’ve enjoyed our 7pm “What are we having for dinner?” “Let’s get hot bar!” kinda nights, I’d like to have some dinners prepped + snacks on hand.

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ย apple pie smoothie

Here’s what I’m thinking:

Plan and prep:

-Stock up on veggies for salads, chop in advance

-Pick up fruit for snacks

-Make amazeballs

-Make smoothie packs

-Make grain-free granola bars


-Spring risotto (recipe to come)

Turkey quinoa meatballs with roasted veggies and pasta

Stuffed cabbage rolls

Fish tacos with homemade salsa and black beans


Are you planning and prepping for the week? What are you making?ย 

Set one fitness or healthy eating goal for the week and write it down in a place where you’ll see it.

Here are some ideas:

-Get in cardio most days this week

-Aim for 2-3 strength sessions

-Drink at least 96 oz of water

-Protein and produce in every meal/snack

-Your magic number of sleep each night (I need 8 hours or I walk around like a caffeine-hunting zombie all the day)

-Take a new class

-Do something to lift yourself up each day. Think of the things you accomplished that made you proud, show kindness to yourself, or just take a few minutes for something you enjoy.

Happy Sunday!

See ya later with some weekend pics.



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  1. Tracy on April 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I’m so excited to read your book!!! Good luck with the edits!

    I’m hoping to do a 3rd strength session instead of my usual 2 while keeping up my yoga practice. I’ve also been taking time to meditate which takes a lot of discipline for me!

    Getting enough sleep is another battle I take on daily!

  2. Livi on April 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I love having goals for the week!! My goal- keep it healthy this week as Im studying for finals!

  3. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on April 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I wish I could try more group classes. The only ones I can do are early morning like cycle because I work until 6 during the week. I wish more places offered them in the morning and I don’t want to drive all the way over to Scottsdale to find one. I did my prepping last night. I made homemade salsa and plantain chips with mahi & black lentils. My spin on cinco de mayo!

  4. Katie @ Live Half Full on April 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I’m actually feeling really burnt out with meal planning this week, so I just stocked up on some proteins and produce and I’m challenging myself to be creative!
    Here’s what I bought:

  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on April 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    That is so exciting about your book! Good luck with the edits! Sounds like a wonderful weekend and a great plan for the week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on April 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more about the book! Great job!
    We usually plan 2-3 specific meals a week, then wing it for the other days depending on what we’re in the mood for. The ground turkey, for example might become meatballs, enchiladas, or burgers.
    My goal for the week is to just deal with the crazy schedule I have coming up. My work day is starting (and ending) 1.5 hours later than usual due to week-long training. This will totally throw off my usual schedule of coming home, working out, making dinner, and studying. Thinking I’ll still get up and get to work at the same time as usual, but spend that extra 1.5 hour of the morning studying. May try to sneak in a workout or two in the morning as well, but I’m not much for working out in the morning. Oh, and the husband and mother-in-law’s birthday. Crazy week!

  7. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on April 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t wait for your book! How exciting!

    My goal is to go to more group exercise classes. I love doing cardio and lifting but I need to try my classes. Right now I enjoy hot yoga and spin but I wouldn’t mind trying some new stuff!

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      thank you, polly!
      hope you find a new class you love ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Carrie Wright on April 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    You should check out Iowa Girl Eats. She just posted a Turkey Burger recipe that looks amazing.

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      thank you for linking! looks wonderful!

  9. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I’m hoping to do some prep tonight and also do at least one workout for myself outside of all the group fitness classes I teach.

    Where did you get that mason jar with the straw in the lid? So cute!

  10. april on April 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    congrats on finishing your book edits! i am definitely looking forward to reading your book ๐Ÿ™‚

    i don’t usually set goals for the week, but i think it’s something that would be beneficial. i love the idea of doing something to lift myself up each day (thanks for the suggestion!)… and i completely agree, i absolutely require a full 8 hours of sleep in order to function!

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      thank you so much!!
      same. anything less than that, and it’s just not the same ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Verhanika on April 27, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love these weekly posts! They always help with recipe inspiration. I’m not ashamed to admit that 50% of the recipes I make originated as a Fitnessista recipe or are from a link posted in one of your weekly food and fitness posts.

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      i’m so happy you enjoy them ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Ali on April 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Question for you – how do you keep up your mileage/speed in running with once a week? I’d love to run less often and incorporate additional days of cross training (right now, I run 4x’s a week, cross train 2, off one) while being able to build distance or speed. I am not a natural runner so it’s difficult for me. Any suggestions would be so helpful!

    • Fitnessista on April 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      with orange theory, i run twice a week. any more than that and my knee gets angry (and i get sick of running haha). i’m not a hardcore runner by any means, but i think that it really depends on your goals. if getting faster and building mileage is your goal, i think running 3-4 times a week is a great way to accomplish that! if you want to switch things up, you could probably nix one running day and do something else instead. make sure that you have a variety in intensities and can incorporate strength and flexibility in your routine, too

      • Ali on April 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

        Thank you! I’ve been thinking of taking running down to 3 times a week (every other day) to give my knees a rest and I think I’ll try it this week!

  13. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on April 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I love taking classes, too! i still want to try a Barre class – I might have to find one of those online ones! I’m planning and prepping per usual. My goal for this week is no post-dinner snacking!!

  14. Diana on April 29, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I’m so terrible at running! I get tired and out of breathe way to quick. Almost as soon as I start. Then I get toes side cramps which are so painful. Do you ever get those? Do you know how to avoid them? Any running tips would be appreciated!

    • Fitnessista on April 29, 2014 at 12:40 am

      what kind of shoes are you wearing? shoes make all the difference in the world!

      • Diana on April 29, 2014 at 12:45 am

        They are nike and say 5.0 on the side. Not sure if that helps at all :/ do you recommend any shoes?

        • Fitnessista on April 29, 2014 at 1:15 am

          i would definitely hit up a running store and get your stride analyzed. you may pronate/supinate or need some arch support. they’ll be able to help you out!

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