Restaurant rut + meals/fitness

Sunday, you’re looking pretty niiiiiiiiice this morning.

Fam walk

(I slept for 10 hours last night and am in a great mood, haha)

I’m starting this post while the Pilot is on his 16-miler run -just thinking about that distance turns my stomach- and Liv is still snoozing. I’m pretty excited because I wasn’t running roadkill yesterday with my group. I did eight miles with them and didn’t start to feel my knee until the end. My original plan was to run eight with the group and then do four on my own, since my plan called for 12 miles. When we finished the eight, one of my running friends offered to do the extra four with me so I wouldn’t be alone. (Awesome friend, huh?) Buuuuuut I didn’t want to risk anything since I was starting to feel it and still had classes to teach. This morning, my knee feels pretty good so (knock on wood) I’m still on the mends from my fall.

I talked to one the exercise physiologists, and he had a great idea for me: use the water treadmill for one of my runs this week. We have a few of them at work, and this way I’d be able to run (and get my body through the running motion) without the joint impact. Is it sad that I’m trying to figure out a way to watch a movie or listen to music while I’m in there? Being on a treadmill for so long without distraction seems like torture.


(I need a magazine, killer playlist, movie, something)

So this week, the water treadmill will probably be checked out -even if I only last a little while- along with the usual suspects.

Sunday: OFF

Monday: Water run + yoga/core

Tuesday: Strength

Wednesday: Teach Zumba, maybe track practice if I feel up to it

Thursday: Teach DJ, teach Zumba

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Taper run + teach Aqua Zumba (off the afternoon classes for a wedding. It’s Livi’s first time as a flower girl)

This past week, we’ve fallen back into our restaurant rut ways. While I was in Boston, I dined out, the Pilot and Livi went out with the fam each night to eat, and then I came back without a plan, little groceries or a will to cook.

I had amazing pho for lunch yesterday:


and the best pizza for dinner:

Vero amore pizza

(The Pilot wouldn’t let me share with him and made me get my own)

We came across Vero Amore restaurant while looking for legit Italian pizza online. It’s the real deal. The owners studied pizza-making in Napoli and the restaurant is certified by the Napoli Pizza Association. They import all of their ingredients and cook the pizzas in a wood fire grill. It’s mind-blowing. We went last weekend, and last night, took the fam with us. My uncle discovered they will crack an egg in the middle of your pizza, so that’s happening next time πŸ˜‰

Even though I’ve been enjoying restaurant dining -we love going out to eat so much- it’s time to get back on the cooking bandwagon. We can make delicious things here at home, and it’s an easy way to save some $$, especially before the upcoming holidays and a potential move.

Here are some of the things on the menu this week:

-BBQ shredded chicken, sweet potato salad, kale chips

-Slow cooker Thai chicken with basmati rice

-Buffalo chicken chili and cornbread

-Quiche and roasted veggies

Plan and prep:

Make Paleo granola bars (we went through another batch last week, and everyone loves them)

Pumpkin amazeballs

Paleo bread

How often do you go out to eat? Any awesome new recipes you’ve tried lately? What’s on the fitness plan?

Take a few minutes to set yourself up for success this week πŸ™‚ See ya later with some pics from the weekend!



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  1. Katie@Pop Culture Cuisine on October 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    We have a local pizza place that is also certified by the Napoli Pizza Assoc. which is amazing considering how small a town we live in, but it is A-MAH-ZING! I have went to Italy almost 10 years ago and haven’t had anything close to as authentic since. So yummy!

  2. Bess on October 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    whoa–a water treadmill? what does it look like? would it be possible to post a picture on your instagram or something? i’m so curious!

    thanks for setting a great example about not over-training yourself and listening to your body. i definitely over-trained for a half marathon over a year ago…which led me to being unable to run it πŸ˜› it’s hard sometimes to listen to what our bodies are telling us. thanks for the reminder!

  3. Livi on October 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I try not to go out to more than 1 time a week- otherwise I start spending way too much!

  4. Colleen on October 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Have you tried grilling pizza? It makes it taste so high class and special, we haven’t ordered or gone out for pizza in almost two years! I actually just started a little blog, mostly for friends and family, but I did a post this last week on the most amazing pizza ever that I made on the grill:

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football on October 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Wow – a water treadmill? I’ve never even heard of such a thing. Do you have a picture of it? How does that even work with the moving parts?

    If I were the pilot, I’d want my own pizza too! πŸ™‚ Good luck to him on his 16 miler and kudos on the great 8 miles you did as well!

  6. Jess on October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hi! When I was prego i could only run in the pool and I would do it for like 90 minutes. I used a regular ipod and just wrapped the cord around my bun and tucked the ipod into my bun. 7 months and it never got wet! There are pics on my blog if you are interested πŸ˜‰

  7. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on October 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I NEED to move to Arizona and go to your gym. Water treadmill!? I am currently injured with a stress fracture in my femur and just recently started cross training. I have been aqua jogging my butt off but I would KILL to have a water treadmill – to me that sounds like heaven!

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  8. Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician on October 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    That pizza looks soooo good! I’ve never had pho, I really want to try it!
    I am trying your polenta fries and super excited about those!

  9. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on October 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Yay for tons of sleep πŸ™‚ OMG, that pho and pizza both look amazing. Great job planning out some meals… thanks for the reminder. I’ll be putting together our meal plan this afternoon!

  10. C. on October 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Gorgeous pizza! We try to only eat out on the weekends, usually Friday and Saturday nights. We also loove dining out. There are so many good places to try, it’s hard to resist.

  11. Lucie@FitSwissChick on October 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I’ve never heard of a water treadmill, sounds genius!
    And 10 hours of sleep is just BLISS.
    I am planning to relive my eggwhite buckwheat porridge, which I used to do so often months back but totally forgotten! It’s so delicious!
    This morning I went to a Outdoor Bootcamp class at the lake, we did circuit with tons of fun equiment, such a great start of Sunday!

  12. Paige@FitNotFad on October 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Definitely need to try that restaurant!! I’m not a huge pizza person but that pie up there looks fantastic. I’ve never heard of a water treadmill before….put Netflix on your phone and watch a movie or TV show! That’s what I used to do while spinning or stairmastering at the gym. Kills time quick!

  13. Leigh @ beach and back runner on October 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve never seen a water treadmill before. Thai slow cooker chicken sounds amazing and might end up on my list this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  14. Katie @ Live Half Full on October 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, your weekend meals looked amazing!

    Here’s my meal plan for the week:

  15. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    We try to limit eating out to one dinner a week (usually Friday or Saturday), and maybe one lunch if the opportunity arises. Helps us to not go overboard with money, and also gives us something to look forward to — those dinners out are our weekly date night, so it makes it a bit more special than if it was just another meal out that week.

    Have a great Sunday!

  16. Gretchen on October 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    My husband and I don’t eat out often because we’re generally too busy making amazing meals at home! I kind of like keeping eating out as a treat/novelty- it makes it more special when we actually do go to a restaurant.

    What recipe do you use for sweet potato salad?

  17. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on October 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    On the workout front, this week I’m planning on doing a Jillian Michaels dvd, and some yoga.

  18. Christine @ BookishlyB on October 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    We go out to eat twice a week tops- we get something fast and super cheap Friday night (sometimes Panera, sometimes Taco Bell- I know, blasphemous to admit on a HL blog) and then do something a bit nicer together or with friends on Saturdays. My “eating out” budget is no more than $30/week (we keep separate accounts, so my husband can spend whatever the heck he wants), which is manageable.

  19. Julie on October 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I eat out once a week maybe. I like to eat out on Sundays for lunch and today I was going to, but there were so many options (in LA) and they were all packed. I ended up going home to eat.

  20. Shari on October 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    We eat out about once per week. I like to try new things when ever we do eat out and try to pick places that make things that I don’t think I can duplicate at home.
    How do you make the slow cooker Thai Chicken?

  21. Jenni on October 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I go out to eat with friends and family occasionally, but I get takeout for myself ALL THE TIME. It’s always from the same vegan restaurant, and I get the same meal every time. The worst part is that I could basically make most of the components at home if I really wanted to. I go for their amazing sauces! The people in there know me now. One of the women who works there often keeps trying to get me to try something different. I always agree at the time, but then get the exact same thing the next time I go in (which usually means the very next day)!

  22. Holly on October 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I hope you’re planning to share some of those recipes! Sweet potato salad? Intriguing! Crockpot recipe? Please share! πŸ™‚

    Happy Sunday!

  23. brittney on October 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Dat pizza. Dang.

  24. Suzanne on October 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    If you have an iPhone you can get a Lifeproof case. They have a bright orange one that is waterproof and floats, or another version that is waterproof to 6′ for up to an hour. I have the fre and it’s awesome. I’m not sure if they make them for other phones.

  25. Andrea @ The Fit Scoop on October 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the underwater treadmill – they look so cool!
    We eat out at a restaurant about once a week – though technically more if you count using the salad bar at the grocery store to make a quick lunch – it saves me time from having to cut up the all the veggies myself!

  26. Amie on October 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Recipes for buffalo chicken chili and slow cooker Thai chicken?? Please??

  27. NeverEverBeenSkinny (@Alicia_Orozco) on October 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I hope the water treadmill goes well. Maybe you can get a water proof case for your music? Or play it on some speakers outside of the water edge?

    We try to eat out only on the weekends. But it doesn’t always happen.

  28. Ali on October 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    YES YES YES pick me:) I tried a new recipe this week from pinterest and it is BOMB.CO, you will not be sorry if you make this…. Sweet potato and quinoa chili. I added chicken to it and omitted some of the beans since my sis and bro-in-law aren’t huge fans, it was fabulous. Only thing missing was a side of cornbread…speaking of which, do you have a link for the recipe you’re using this week?

    Here’s the recipe:

    Also, this is an awesome freezer meal. I doubled the batch and we had this last week for dinner and pulled it out for this week too, LOVE!

  29. Debbie @Happy, Healthy, Fit and Fine on October 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Water treadmill, is that like fluid running? I’ve heard running underwater is such a great workout. It’s something people with knee problems can do easier than regular running, have fun!

  30. Shaina Anderson on October 20, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I also came home from our trip this weekend without a plan or groceries. Womp wooooomp. We try not to eat out very often but tomorrow might be a takeout night. Normally Tripp and I get WF hotbar and picnic for Daddy’s softball game on Sunday nights as a treat, but he wasn’t feeling quite up to it after the half ironman yesterday haha, so no hotbar tonight.

    Can you link the recipe for the buffalo chicken chili?! That sounds amazing! I normally do my meal planning Tuesday nights and shop on Wednesdays because Sprouts has double sales so I’ll just have to make do with what’s in the house for 2 days, nbd. I’m creative. πŸ™‚

  31. GiGi Eats Celebrities on October 21, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I have been going out to lunch SO MUCH LATELY. I don’t mind going out to lunch, but I am not a huge fan of going out to dinner. There is something about being comfortable in my own home and cooking that makes me feel good! That being said, I do need to start CURBING my lunches out now… They ADD UP, that’s for sure. However, I totally couldn’t resist CHICKEN SHAWARMA today! LOL! It’s my favorite, and pretty much ALL I GO OUT FOR… That or Whole Foods πŸ˜‰

  32. Tahlia on October 21, 2013 at 2:40 am

    First time commenter (long time lurker)
    Great post about looking after your body and listening to it. I should implement that more often into my workout schedule, especially if I’m not really feeling it that day.
    I think I go out to eat once a month or less. I really enjoy cooking so I prefer trying a new recepie at home than eating put. I save $$ that way πŸ™‚

  33. Danielle on October 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

    How do you make your thai chicken?

  34. Kristen on October 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Would LOVE your crock pot Thai chicken recipe. πŸ™‚

  35. Reenie on October 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    That is the cutest picture of you walking Bella (?) and Caroline riding with Liv….. so cute!!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      thank you!! yep, that’s bell πŸ™‚

  36. Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries on October 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hahaha! My husband also tells me to order my own food!

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