meals, fitness and that one thing

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning <3

Me and livi  1 of 1 

It’s been a glorious weekend over here! Livi and I had an awesome Friday at the trampoline park with friends, 

Little besties

(little best buddies sharing some Pirates Booty)

Nordstrom Rack

Lace shorts


(got those shorts!)

and lunch, and we had Thai for dinner.

I got some photos done yesterday, and after that we went out to Ra for all the sushi + Frost for gelato. Liv had her first (cooked) sushi last night. She loved it! A girl after my own heart, for sure.

Since last week was so busy and the Pilot’s schedule was backwards (gotta love a night week), fitness was a little more interesting to get in. I did a couple of great workouts (including Workout 4 and a Barre3 class), but I’m really excited to get back into yoga and more strength this week. When I skip strength training, I notice a huge difference in how I feel. Lifting heavy things is great Zen time 🙂

Here’s what the fitness schedule looks like for this week:

-Sunday: Yogaaaaaa

-Monday: Teach Zumba

-Tuesday: Strength + HIIT

-Wednesday: OFF

-Thursday: Short run + strength

-Friday: OFF

-Saturday: Long run

About that long run… I may be signed up for a race thing. That’s all I’m going to say about it for now because last time I made a big hoopla about running in an event I fell down the stairs. To say I’m being superstitious would be an understatement. So there’s that 😉

As far as the eats go, this is the week for recipe testing extravaganza 2014. My friends are all ready to stop by for the food surplus we’ll have at our house, because as much as we like to eat, there’s no way we’ll be able to finish all the goods. I love being able to share the goodies and also get feedback along the way. If you see me out and about Tucson this week, I’m probably shopping for a missing ingredient and will have random food particles stuck to my yoga pants. Don’t judge me. 

Planning and prepping just a couple of things, because I know we’ll have plenty of snacks around:

Chop veggies for salads

Make homemade Caesar dressing

Grain-free granola bars

Paleo bread

Dinner menu:

Jalapeño turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, veggie packs

Chicken, veggie and brown rice cheezy casserole

Salsa verde enchiladas, rice and beans


(Because Mexican food = margarita. Also, did you know yesterday was National Margarita Day?!)

It’s yoga thirty for this girl. Hope you have a very happy Sunday! See ya later today with some weekend pics 🙂 Last chance to enter the Reebok ZQuick giveaway too! Check in on this post (<– link to comment) with today’s workout to enter. 



What’s on the menu this week? Are you planning and prepping? If you don’t prep for the week, what are you snack staples that you usually enjoy?

Are you superstitious or not so much? 

*ps. If you’re trying to figure out a fitness plan now that Winter Shape Up is ending (sad tears here), sign up for my newsletter by clicking the box when you leave a comment. I send emails maybe once a week, but I’ll be back to sending weekly fitness plans this week if you’re looking for ideas! xo

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  1. Laura @ Backstage Balance on February 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Girl, are you signed up for a full marathon? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      um NEVER haha.

      • Laura @ Backstage Balance on February 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        Ah come on – you are totally the marathon personality type! You’d love it 🙂

      • Becca on February 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

        That’s my philosophy on marathons, too. Half marathons for the win!

        • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm

          everything about a marathon sounds terrible to me haha

  2. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on February 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I sort of figured there was a race in the near future with all those long runs you’ve been doing!! 😉 Sneaky, very sneaky…LOL! Well good luck no matter what it is! You’ll be fine!

  3. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl on February 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve noticed a huge boost in my mood when I get in strength training too! I use to rely solely on running as my go-to form of exercise, but since adding in the weights it’s made a huge difference in my mood. Sounds like you’re going to have some fabulous eats this week! I’m planning a new zucchini boat recipe tonight…. I hope they’re tasty.

  4. Erin on February 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    love those shorts!

  5. Amanda on February 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I love Nordstrom Rack. Those shorts are so cute.

  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on February 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I’m still bummed I never got around to having a margarita on National Margarita Day. I might just have to dub today National Margarita Day Part Two and go get myself one!

  7. Taylee @ twist me fit on February 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Livi seems to eat anything! Lucky you, my 2 year old niece doesn’t want anything but chicken nuggets.

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      she’s an awesome eater. it could change at any second, but for now, we’re really thankful! she just wants to eat whatever we’re eating

  8. Laura B at FitMamaLove on February 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I never prep and only sometimes plan. I usually just buy staples and figure out the meals as I go along. Fave snacks are nuts, baby carrots, crunchy chickpeas (you need to try these! Got them at whole foods), Greek yogurt and almond butter on apples. And Larabars of course!

    Good luck as you train for your big race! Sending good vibes for no injuries.

  9. Lindsey on February 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Your hair looks so long and pretty! I just went to the produce stand first, then ill plan meals around my goodies 🙂 happy Sunday!

  10. april on February 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    i’m excited to hear about your race plans when you’re ready to announce! i’m always superstitious about races, as well, so i completely understand. good luck with your training!

    very cute shorts! i love finding gems like that at nordstrom rack 🙂

  11. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on February 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Love Liv’s cheesy smile! So cute :). Such stylish lace shorts as well!

  12. Laura on February 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Planning and prepping today too. We’re hunkered down in the MN Tundra, so homemade spaghetti sauce is in the menu this week, along with more roasted chickpeas for salads. Can’t get enough!

  13. Amanda on February 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Hey Gina, do you have a favourite margarita recipe that you make at home? I’ve tried a couple, but they’re either waaaaay too strong, or they don’t taste like a true margarita. Any suggestions?

    • Jackie@Yankee Girl, Southern World on February 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      my favorite recipe is just tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, shaken with ice. It’s simple and not too bad for you!

      • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

        same: tequila, lime juice, triple sec, ice. SO good 🙂

        • Amanda on February 24, 2014 at 12:21 am

          Awesome, thanks! I’ll give it a try.

  14. Jackie@Yankee Girl, Southern World on February 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I planned for the first time last week. it worked out pretty well. So I tried again this week. We shall see. I tend to only prep if necessary but I do batch cooking to freeze since it’s just me. I plan off what is in my freezer and then go from there!

  15. Tracy on February 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    My husband is traveling 🙁 this week so easy meals for us! I already made hummus this morning for snacking as well as blended some smoothies to put in the freezer for easy re-blending this week.

    Recipe testing sounds like soooo much fun! Jealous of your tasters 😉 I’m very excited for your book to be released!!

    I am very very superstitious! You can never be too careful!

  16. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on February 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Everyone has been raving about the paleo spaghetti squash pie, so that’s what I’m making this evening. It sounds delicious! I’m extremely superstitious but it could be because my name means witch, lol.

  17. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on February 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Cute shorts! 🙂

  18. Jackie on February 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Good luck with the run!

  19. Faye on February 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Gina,

    I struggle with running myself – I’ve always wanted to be a runner but can never seem to get good at it. I like your style of training quietly because sometimes I want to sign up for a race with only my own expectations to meet.

    As for food planning we’re making coconut shrimp and chicken in pan sauce from the Cook Smarts website. Plus, Trader Joe’s just opened in Denver because they have awesome things to make from their frozen section. Do you have any TJ’s faves?

  20. Emily on February 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    ….And those shorts are awesome with the chambray top! Huge win!

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      thank you!!

  21. Melodie on February 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    cute shorts! and your hair…it’s already so long again! I’m envious. mine has always grown so very slowly. it takes me YEARS (I’m not joking) to get it to your current length.

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      thank you!! totally not my hair haha. extensions! it takes me a while to grow mine out, too, and this in-between awkward stage was driving me crazy.

      • Melodie on February 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        Well duh. Why didn’t I catch that! After I posted my comment I looked back at a recent post and realized you probably had extensions put in for pictures. My hair is probably at your real hair length right now. And for me that is considered Loooooooooong. Since it grows so slow I think I’m just going to chop it off to chin length. I don’t have the patience and after a while I start to feel so plain Jane. Enough about hair though 🙂

  22. Chrissy R on February 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Good luck on your run!

  23. Mari on February 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    love those shorts! so cute! that’s an adorable picture of you and your daughter. I love how she’s cheesing in the photo … so sweet!!

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      she has the best cheeser smile 🙂

  24. Katy on February 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Unfortunately I haven’t had time to prep for this week because we’ve been visiting family and doing wedding prep with them all weekend but I have black bean and turkey burgers in the freezer and some veggies and baked chicken in the fridge for salads. I’m surprisingly not superstitious, although I’m sure I will be for my wedding. Totally understand why you would be superstitious though!

  25. Caitlin on February 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, Livi’s “cheese” face kills me every time! She’s squinting from smiling so hard! Love it so much hahaha

  26. Becca on February 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I made some “Japanese noodle soup” that didn’t turn out so great bc it was supposed to be in a slow cooker for bigtime flavor…but I don’t have a slow cooker and apparently the stove doesn’t have the same flavor-intensifying effects. Plus I made some broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes to be stuffed into chipotle flour tortilllas.

    Yay for your race thing! Here’s hoping you have a great one this time!

    Lastly, thank you so much for WSU! I’m going to go through the workouts again this month. And I just discovered all the new ones you added to your Sage Dance Fitness channel! 🙂

  27. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on February 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Those shorts are so cute, Gina! And as a fellow sushi addict, I’m happy to hear Livi is on board! 😉
    Strength training definitely refreshes me…in a burn-baby-burn kinda way.
    The menu this week will include lots of chicken sandwiches and probably lots of salads since we just bought feta!

  28. She Rocks Fitness on February 23, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Those shorts are AMAZING! LOVE! I am totally superstitious about a lot of things, so I totally understand. Fridge is stocked for the week ahead thanks to a Costco trip on Friday. So sad that the weekend is over. It went by too quickly.

  29. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on February 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I am not superstitious but my husband is HORRIBLY! He has to do everything exactly the same way when he is coming up on a big race. I have found myself becoming more superstitious since we have been together 🙂

    Looks like you had a great week of workouts! LOVE those shorts!

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      thank you! hope you had a great weekend, too <3

  30. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on February 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Love those shorts! Good luck on your long run. What did you have the photos taken for?

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      the book. cover photo + 50 exercise photos!

  31. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on February 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Love, love, love the shorts. Nordstrom Rack is the bomb!

  32. Danielle Roseboom on February 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Loved winter shape up!!! great workouts!

  33. Katie @ Live Half Full on February 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Those shorts are adorable! And I love a good margarita. I felt a little like a downer drinking beer, but I still had fun!

    Here’s my workout recap and meal plan for the week!

  34. Laura @ Live, Run, Sparkle on February 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    I must have a pair of those shorts. They’re adorable!

  35. Donna on February 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Good luck on your run!

  36. Kristen @ Vitamin K Girl on February 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I wanted to thank you for your post the other day about your favorite sports bras! Finding a good sports bra has been like Mission Impossible 3 for me. I ordered the Champion Smoothie bra on Amazon and I’m looking forward to trying it out during my next run:-)

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      awesome! i hope it’s a fave for you, too!!

  37. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on February 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    girlfriend, you are the prettiest most gorgeous girl i have ever seen! i just love you so much! have a great week

  38. Katie Hood on February 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Love the extensions!

    I made a big pot of soup tonight to take to work for lunches. I also made some flourless banana muffins. Hoping that they’ll be a quick and filling breakfast on the go. I also planned this coming workout week so that I can keep the momentum going from Winter Shape Up!

  39. Jay on February 24, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Man, I missed National Margarita Day? Looks like I’ll have to make up for that one!

  40. Livi on February 24, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I didn’t get to plan because I was out of town all weekend! but I’m using my flight home to meal plan!

  41. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Those shorts are so cute!! Also, that paleo bread sounds GOOD 🙂 Have a great week!

  42. Lucie@FitSwissChick on February 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

    National Margarita Day? How could I miss it??
    And yay for racing!! Can’t wait to hear more about it. I will run the Survivalrun (Tough Mudder) in 2 weeks. Eek!
    My current favorite snack are my Light Chufa (or Coconut Flour) Dough Bites – prepped a huge batch this week!

  43. Cassie Vaughn on February 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I noticed while doing the WSU that my body really suffered from lack of yoga. So I’m adding 45 minutes to an hour most days of the week back into my schedule. 🙂

  44. neurosciency on February 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    i love those shorts!

  45. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on February 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Looks like a great weekend. I’m in love with those shorts, too freaking cute!!! Meal prep for me included salads, cooking chicken and an egg/veggie scramble. I love meal prepping on Sundays. It just makes me feel better about the week!

  46. Jessica Mason on February 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Love the Winter Shape Up workouts!

  47. Ashley on February 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Okay, WHERE are Liv’s shoes from?! My daughter requires those!

    • Fitnessista on February 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm
      best little shoes EVER

      • Ashley on February 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

        Aww darn I don’t see any that look like the ones she’s wearing! Bummer. Guess it means I need to stalk the website in case they have more!!

        • Fitnessista on February 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm

          they were a winter color. the spring ones are so pretty though!! make sure to follow them on instagram. they post deals sometimes!

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