Meals, fitness and Fitbit

Hiiii πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

After reading your suggestions and doing some research, I ordered a FitBit Flex. (It was marked down to $89 on Amazon and with Prime shipping, I got it the next day!) I reallyΒ loved the design of the Jawbone up, but had heard issues of them breaking, so I decided to go with the Flex, which is smaller than the Force.

I’ll write a full review after I’ve used it for a while, but so far, I love it!

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It wireless syncs to my phone, tracks steps, activity level -which I feel is skewed since I talk with wild hand gestures- and looks kind of nerdy with real clothes πŸ˜‰


(The Pilot is making that face because I came downstairs wearing almost the exact same outfit. Twinsies! He went upstairs and changed, haha.)

It’s funny how something so small can add a kick of motivation. I find myself walking around a little bit more during the day, and have been surprised to see how many steps I take on the days I don’t work out and am home with Liv. πŸ™‚

I’ve loved your beautiful inspiration boards for the New Year <3

A little collage with some faves:

Inspiration collaga

There are full links to all of the inspiration boards on this post! It would be a fun Sunday activity if you haven’t made your own yet πŸ™‚

Here’s what’s on the fitness plan over here this week:

SUNDAY: Run and strength




THURSDAY: HIIT and Strength

FRIDAY: Easy spin



Yoga mats

Some dinner and prep ideas:

Sweet Paleo breakfast bread

Thin mint protein fudge

Make smoothie packs

Italian Wonderpot

Teriyaki salmon with sriracha sauce, brown rice, broccoli

Chicken stew with butternut squash and quinoa (<– it was so good last time, I have to make it again!)


Are you planning and prepping today? What’s on the menu?? Last time you felt inspired to kick up or change your fitness routine, or get in more activity during the day?

See you tonight with some weekend pics!



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  1. Kirsten on January 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I have the same FitBit (got it in November) and absolutely love it. I was very active before but I am more so now. I look forward to reading your review of it. Happy stepping!

  2. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on January 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I’ve been impressed that my flex doesn’t seem to pick up my crazy arm flailing like I thought it might. You can adjust the setting of how sensitive it is which I think probably helps.

    In other news, no wonder I’m so tired all the time, I wake up on average 20x/night!

    P.S. you can get a hot pink wrist band for the flex on their website. I am really lusting for it πŸ˜‰

    • Lisag on January 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      I got the pink one for Christmas. Haven’t tried it out yet!!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      ahhh! checking it out now πŸ™‚ love the teal one, too

  3. The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) on January 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    i’ve been eyeing the up and the nike fuelband in rosegold! i would be so pooped if i had your workout schedule lol. i’m lucky to do it 2-3x a week which i guess is better than nothing. i used to be much more muscular when i was doing pure barre but now that i’ve stopped, i’ve lost a bit of weight *cries* bye muscles! i’m hoping my schedule slows down a little so i can get back into a fitness routine before i head to the beach in feb!

    on the menu: pork tenderloin, lots of red wine, headcheese & lots of pickled things & smoked trout. i’m feeling like a french girl this week i guess haha. my husband is thrilled since he’s a total carnivore and i’m sick of chicken, fish and beef right now.

  4. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on January 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Love your twin outfits πŸ™‚

    I’m excited to hear what you think of the Fitbit — I’ve been thinking of getting one as well. Hope you like it!

  5. Kaitlin on January 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve been thinking about getting a Fit Bit or an UP but need to do some further research and save up a bit. πŸ™‚ Spending some time getting ready for the week with food and inspiration sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon activity. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Kailey on January 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The twinsies pic of you and the Pilot is so cute! πŸ™‚

    I have a show coming up at the end of the month, so that’s definitely been extra motivation to amp up the usual routine! Finally got a treadmill too, which helps a ton (especially with obnoxious amounts of snow and ice here in Michigan-outdoor runs are dwindling for now)

  7. Paige on January 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I have the Fit Bit Force and I love it. I got in mid November and it definitely was eye opening to see how very little I moved on days I was in all day meetings and didn’t get a work out in. I am more likely to walk over to my co-worker’s desk now, or make several trips around the office just to get more steps in.

    Have you added your friends in Fit Bit? That is probably the best motivator for me, I am always trying to keep up with my friends on who gets the most steps for the running 7 day total. There have been several nights that I talked myself into walking on the treadmill just a little bit longer to catch up to someone!

  8. mary on January 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Even if it counts gestures as ‘steps’ it’s not that big a deal. The main point is to see your overall activity levels across time and to try to increase them. I think most of us gesture about the same amount from day to day so it’s not going to be a big factor to your trends. Though if you walk with a stroller a lot, pay attention to see if it ignores that. Some said theirs does, some say it doesn’t. I wear the torso-clip models. I had that same gray Flex for a day but I didn’t like how it looked and it didn’t synch with my phone so I exchanged it. But I’m a big Fitbit fan.

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      i totally agree. that’s the best part about fitness trackers or heart rate monitors. while they may not be totally accurate, it gives great insight into improvements and patterns.

  9. David Prochaska on January 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve heard SO many good things about FitBit. I’m definitely looking forward to your review about it. I liked the motivations pics too!!

  10. Kara on January 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I’m interested to see how the fitbit flex is. I may need to upgrade from my fitbit one. πŸ™‚

    I’m making your berry chai pancakes, quinoa muffins, and some BBQ chicken bean wraps for lunch. It’s a perfected at for prepping food since we already have 8″ on the ground in Indiana and should be getting another 4″.

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      sounds like an amazing week of eats!! πŸ™‚
      sending warm wishes to you!

  11. anisa on January 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    oooh love the sound of a fitbit i’ve been doing some research the last few days and am dying to get my hands on a fitbit force once it comes out here

  12. Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift on January 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Working on my inspiration board later this morning! πŸ™‚ I’m planning to have a Pinterest one and a physical one that I can hang in my closet so that I see it every day.

    Haha, love the twinning! The couple that twins together…clearly has great taste!
    Happy Sunday! xo

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      i like having a physical one, too, but haven’t had time to put one together. have fun making yours!
      have a happy sunday πŸ™‚

  13. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I have been wanting to try a tracker for quite some time now but it hasn’t been in the budget yet! Hopefully one of these days I will find one that I can try out!

    No prepping here yet. Probably later this evening though I will start getting my plan together for the week πŸ™‚

  14. jennifer on January 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    My husband got me the fitbit flex for Christmas. I’ve been”testing” it for a bit over 2 weeks.
    I do like it. It’s helpful to keep you on track with calories in vs. Out based on your weight loss goals and how active you’ve been throughout the day. Plus, the sleep tracker is pretty awesome. I’m a nerd for fitness gadgets so, I think it’s cool. I haven’t used the friend tracking part yet though (none of my other peeps have it). I will say that when I run, the distance is short but there is an option to imnput your running strides length (??). Overall, nifty gadget. Insightful, too.

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      the sleep tracker was what i was most excited about! i sleep enough, but haven’t been having quality sleep. the first night, i was restless 22 times! i also love checking out new fitness gadgets πŸ™‚ glad to know you’ve been happy with your so far!

  15. Livi on January 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I’m getting the fitbit flex and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      i’ve really liked it so far!

  16. Jennifer on January 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I got a FitBit Flex for Christmas and I thought the same thing about the skewed step count. I fidget constantly! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm


  17. Jessa on January 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I love my fitbit. I got it in november & love ti!!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      awesome- loving it so far, too!

  18. Marianne @ Living with Greater Purpose on January 5, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the link for the paleo bread. It looks delicious!
    I’ve looked into getting a fitness tracker. I look forward to the full review.

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      i just made it! haven’t tried it yet, but it looks awesome πŸ™‚

  19. Shira on January 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Haha my boyfriend and I accidentally dress as twins all the time.. It’s the funniest thing πŸ™‚ He wouldn’t even notice tho if I didn’t point it out!! And when I do he’s just like well OK do I need to change or something?? Does not care lol.. I see a future of matching track suits.. yikes.

    How nerdy does it look?? I work in a restaurant p/t and have always been interested in see how many steps I take in a work day.. wondering if I could get away with it!
    Does it have calories in/out and stuff too?

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      hahah! that’s kind of what happened to us. i pointed it out and started laughing, and he said one of us had to change πŸ˜‰
      it’s not super nerdy, but definitely more obvious than a bracelet. you can track your food intake, too

  20. Anna @ On Anna's Plate on January 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I just got the fitbit yesterday!! Still getting used to it– I’m glad it’s long-sleeves season; not sure I’ll be able to pull it off with a summer dress. πŸ™‚

    Are you using it to track your meals as well, or just your activity?

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      yeah, it would definitely be interesting with a pretty dress πŸ˜‰
      no, just activity level

  21. Ashley @ Broc Blog on January 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Maybe since my fridge is completely empty (I was gone for 10 days) Ill turn over a new leaf and start planning my meals…

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      it helps a ton! the weeks i don’t plan or prep are the ones where we end up going out a ton

  22. Bonnie on January 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Interested to see how you like the FitBit. Also, I can’t tell you how much your weekly food ad fitness schedule has helped me. Don’t stop!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      i’m so glad you’ve found it helpful! xoxo

  23. Jyl on January 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I got the fitbit force and even wheni was (vigorously) blow drying my hair it didn’t state thati took one step. I am impressed with its accuracy.

    Also, I once read that when you are very in love with you’re significant other, you subconsciously will throw on an outfit that matches theirs. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      hahah wow! i’m a believer πŸ˜‰

  24. Diana @sosmallsostrong on January 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I cannot tell you how many times my boyfriend and I have had that outfit problem!! We like the same colors and he hates it! lol Taking a challenge this week with food. Clearing out my fridge and pantry. Prepping will be interesting this week! πŸ™‚

  25. katie on January 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I got the Flex for Christmas, and I love it. Probably a little too much, I think my work productivity is down due to the number of times I refresh my dashboard in a day! πŸ™‚

    I don’t think it does a great job at tracking calories burned during circuit training-type workouts, but I seem to get lots of (extra) credit for folding laundry, so I figure it all evens out in the end!

    I’m with you – I have to plan the week’s meals. Otherwise, we’d spend a fortune ordering dinner every night (and the kids would always get school lunch!). Looking forward to adding a few of your favorite recipes to my rotation!

  26. Stacey K. on January 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I got a FitBit for Xmas from my fiancΓ© and I got one for him. We are both obsessed and I find myself wanting to be more active as I check my steps all day. It is interesting to see how less active I am on days when I am just hanging at the house lol. It makes me want to get up and move! I can’t wait to read your review!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      it makes me want to be more active, too. i love it so far πŸ™‚
      i think it’s awesome you got them for each other!

  27. Emily on January 5, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I’m really looking forward to your review of the fitbit flex! I’m considering which of these to get for my boyfriend for his birthday this month and your opinion is definitely a go to for me. If you could post a few thoughts as the week goes by or reply when you have
    A better idea that would be awesome πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      definitely- i’ll have it up next week πŸ™‚

  28. Kate @ Coffee with Kate on January 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t wait to read your review on the FitBit Flex … sounds like the best option on the market. I’m curious how it reads weight lifting though. If you remember, could you do a simple review on that too?

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      sure, i definitely will!

  29. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on January 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I did a little prep today. We’re supposed to be getting some crazy cold weather tomorrow (highs in the negatives) so I made a big pot of butternut squash soup. I also cut up peppers and celery for quick and easy snacks.

  30. Elena on January 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I just made the sweet paleo breakfast bread. OMG so good! I’m looking forward to your review on the Fit Bit… I hope to get one soon!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      i made it, too! can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  31. Amy @ Love 'N' Camo on January 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I just got a Fitbit too! I am having problems with my “active minutes” though. After doing Solibeat for 45 minutes, it said I only had 4 active minutes, and we know that isn’t correct! πŸ˜‰ Danced my booty off!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      i thought that was interesting, too! every day when we go for our walk, it doesn’t count it as “active minutes”
      you can go into the app and manually log them, though

  32. C. on January 5, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I’ve been wondering about the Fitbit, very interested to read your review! Happy weekend:)

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      thank you! i’ll probably have it up next week πŸ™‚ happy weekend to you!

  33. Bri on January 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    His face… HILARIOUS! I was wondering what it was all about until I read on! πŸ™‚ Did you match on purpose or was that total accidental? Too cute!

    And, can’t wait to hear your review on the FitBit. I have been looking at those for awhile now.

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      no, it was totally accidental! hilarious
      i will post a thorough review when i get to know it a little better πŸ™‚

  34. Susan on January 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I have the Fitbit Ultra and it started to crack so I bought the Fitbit Force. I had to return it with in a few days because I didn’t like the band on my wrist 24/7.

    I exchanged it for the Fitbit One and I love it! You should post your Fitbit info so that your followers can compete against you! Ha!

    Enjoy your Fitbit!

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      hahah! πŸ™‚
      have heard amazing things about fitbit one!
      hope you have a great night <3

  35. Lucie@FitSwissChick on January 6, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I had a Jawbone band for e few months which I loved! Unfortunately it broke only after a short time. I loved that it tracked sleep as well, was really interesting to follow that!
    I’m back at work which means a lot of cycling back and forth happening additional to my workouts. I don’t complain!

  36. Megan on January 6, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I am excited to hear your review of the Fitbit. I have been thinking about getting one but haven’t taken the plunge yet.

    I prepped in the crockpot over night and made a big beef stew that I’ll eat for lunches this week. I also made a big egg bake for breakfast through Thursday!

  37. Jeana on January 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Hello! πŸ™‚

    I have been following Gina’s blog for a good two years and I am going to reach out to her readers and see if anyone is interested in starting an email accontablility group? I struggle to work out and eat healthy and I would love to have a group or even one person to help me along. πŸ™‚

    If interested please email me!

  38. Cassie on January 6, 2014 at 9:18 am

    My husband also changes if we end up in similar clothes! Haha.

  39. Brooke on January 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would love to hear how your wonderpot turns out and ideas on how to make it more healthy

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      ohhh maybe i’ll play with some recipes πŸ™‚

  40. Britt on January 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

    My cousin has the Fit Bit and she loves it! I think it is pretty cool too! I would love to get one some day.

    Totally agree with you on the hand gestures! I’m a fellow Latina and I talk the same way! #latinaproblemos

    • Fitnessista on January 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

      haha totally. we can’t help it πŸ™‚

      • Britt on January 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

        No ma’am! My mom has had people come up to her and start signing. They think she knows sign language! Nope! She’s just Latina!

        • Fitnessista on January 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

          hahah i love it!

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