What’s your move goal?

Fitness pick-up lines at their finest. 😉

Hi hi! How’s the day treating you? We’re having a good morning over here. We’ve been making a conscious effort to go to bed earlier, which means I don’t feel like so much of a zombie in the morning. #worthit My goal of waking up before the kiddos may actually become a reality! I’ve never been a morning person (except for when I was forced to), but I’m determined to make it happen. Except for the weekends, of course. 😉 

avocado sourdough toast and eggs

This post is a little bit all over the place, so I thought I’d pop in and share some things from lately.

1) Instant pot coconut chicken curry. This PaleOMG shrimp recipe is a staple around here, and I decided to use it as the inspiration for this Instant Pot chicken curry. This is seriously a dinner game-changer. I saute everything together, add the broth, cook for 15 minutes, add coconut milk, and dinner is served! 

Here’ the breakdown for this fast and furious weeknight dinner:

-Chop the veg: 1 sweet onion, 1 bell pepper, 1 large zucchini, and 2 medium to small sweet potatoes (peel first)

Chopped veg

-Saute in a little olive oil in the instant pot, adding 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon fresh mined ginger, and 2 diced chicken breasts. Season well with salt and pepper

(I also added in a can of the baby corn because the girls love finding bites of it in curries)

Instant pot

-When the chicken is browning, make the broth: 1/3 carton chicken or veggie broth, juice of 1 lime, 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter, 1 heaping tablespoon honey, 1 heaping tablespoon green curry paste, and 2 teaspoons fish sauce)

-Close the Instant pot and set on the stew/meat setting for 15 minutes

-Let the pressure release for about 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure. Stir in a can of coconut milk. 

-Serve on top of jasmine rice with chopped cilantro or basil + lime wedges

weeknight Instant Pot curry

2) The Pilot keeps laughing that we’ve switched places. He’s been eating extremely clean lately… like oatmeal and fresh salads during the day and lots of protein. I’ve been over here living my best life lately. Usually I feel like he’s the one ordering dessert when I’m not really feeling it, and now I’m the one coming home with frosted sugar cookies from the grocery store. I feel like it’s beneficial for eats to ebb and flow depending on how you’re feeling. Sometimes you just need a real cookie, ya know? 

Tollhouse cookies

3) Speaking of cookies, I ordered some Paleo baked goodies and was super excited about them. They were not good. Even Liv wasn’t happy with them, and she usually loves anything sweet. It makes me just want to make something like this or this instead.

4) What’s your move goal?? When I saw my friend Betsy in Las Vegas we were talking about our Apple watches and I’d already hit my 3 circles (move, exercise, and stand) for the day. She was like, “What’s your move goal?” and I was like, “380” and she said, “WHOA! Mine’s 600.” and I was like “WHAAAAAT.” Obviously you should do what works best for you, but I was curious to hear if you had a move goal each day? Do you strive to hit a certain amount or steps, or a move goal on your Apple Watch? 

What's your move goal

5) The girls have worn their Moana and Belle dresses every day this week…and it’s pretty much the cutest ever.

Princesses baking

 6) Off to teach barre! We’re going to do a leg combo similar to this one. Buckle up, quads. 

I’ll have a new workout video up for you in the morning!

Have a happy humpday!



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  1. erin on March 28, 2018 at 9:48 am

    my move goal is 560… the worst is when sunday comes around and it’s rest day… i just rarely ever hit it! I walk the dog twice every day. but because i don’t workout… that move goal doesn’t happen… i don’t feel bad about it!

  2. Nikki on March 28, 2018 at 10:30 am

    My move goal is 400. Every week it suggests I increase it, but I was up at 600 at one point and got super frustrated if I couldn’t meet it. There are just times when I need a rest day or get stuck sitting too much at the office and I just can’t do anything about it. I find I get frustrated and just give up. With a more reasonable goal, it’s more realistic for me to meet it and then sometimes I’m even motivated to do more because I want to double it or whatever. The Apple Watch personal competition struggle is REAL! 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      i totally agree! i like being able to hit it on a consistent basis. it’s motivating, and yes the personal competition struggle is real

  3. Sarah on March 28, 2018 at 10:52 am

    The curry recipe looks so good and I’m definitely going to try it! Looks like a good meal prep option for lunches to take to work. Just want to confirm…there is no curry powder in the curry?

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

      SHOOT lol. Maybe I should have written that down. It’s a tablespoon of green curry paste

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I still strive to get my 10k steps in, but I also realize that some days I’m just doing strength training and that’s not always gonna happen.

  5. Molly on March 28, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    My move goal is 540

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      i’m so fascinated by all of this 🙂

  6. Angie on March 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    My move goal is 600. It was lower and then Apple kept suggesting I change it. I make it almost every day even if it is a day that I only walk the dog. I really like the move goal as opposed to steps so that my 8+ miles of swimming a week count!

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      i totally agree! it makes me feel like i don’t have to swing my arms around on the spin bike 😉 (i totally used to do that with my fit bit)

  7. Ana on March 28, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Gina! Do you have any advice on working out with an injury? I recently broke my ankle and need to find workouts I can do! Thanks you!! <3

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      ahh i’m sorry to hear about your ankle! what did the doc say about it? mat pilates is usually a good choice for injuries <3 i would try that mixed with upper body strength

  8. Laura @FitMamaLove on March 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    That curry looks delicious and perfect for weeknight dinner! Also, those cookies are beautiful!

    My move goal is currently 450. It used to be 500, but on strength-only days, I was struggling to hit it. I try to hit 500 still (and easily get there on cardio days), but it makes me feel better to hit my move goal more consistently, so I’m sticking with 450. I wish there was an option to mark a day as a rest day, so it would quit bugging me when I don’t make it one day. It drives me nuts to have my watch encouraging me to be active in a rest day!

    • Stella on March 28, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      I want the rest day option too! As a type A, it is hard for me to feel like I am not doing enough…and my watch keeps reminding me. Urgh! I feel like I’ve found 400 is a good round number for active and rest days with some long walks on rest days.

      • Stella on March 28, 2018 at 4:43 pm

        Ha! As another Stella I am totally on the same boat! I’m currently at 620 for my move goal (I am 5’10” of course, so I probably burn more calories than most), but I really like meeting my goal every day and wish there were a rest day option too! I suppose we could just go and change the move goal every day…

        • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

          yes, i wish we could say it’s a rest or travel day 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      i feel the same way! i like hitting it consistently, even if it’s low some days. i wish i could tell it that it’s a travel day, too. when i’m sitting on an airplane or in the car, it’s constantly vibrating telling me to move

  9. Emily @ Always Emily H. on March 28, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    My move goal is 500. I love seeing what other people’s are!

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      i like hearing about it, too!

  10. Christianne Warlick on March 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    My first move goal is 300. My second move goal is to double it and hit 600. I usually triple it. Right now I’m at 960 but I won’t change it from 300 because I like my rest day.

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      ohh i like having a double goal. on the days i teach, i burn way more but on strength training and rest days, i obviously don’t. i wish i could tell my watch to chill haha

  11. Kacie on March 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    My move goal is 350! I have a 5 month old baby so I feel pretty awesome when I actually hit it!

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      i feel ya!

  12. Lexi on March 28, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Keep in mind that move goal is also relative to size! I “share” on Apple Watcg with several friends who I also frequently run with, and we will meet first thing in the AM for a run, run together, and all have drastically different move results after bc of our varying sizes. It’s because your calorie burn is based on your height and weight. So my friend who is 5’11” burns way more calories doing the same run than my 5’4” self!

    • Fitnessista on March 28, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      i figured that probably had something to do with it! i also think it’s because i’ve been teaching for so long.. i’m used to working out at higher intensities and being able to talk at the same time, so i don’t burn a ton of calories

  13. Michele on March 29, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I keep mine at 450 because I know I can consistently surpass it without obsessing!

  14. Calry on March 29, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    My move goal is 450. I easily hit it on days I workout. I don’t want a goal so ambitious that I never meet it. I don’t often hit it on rest days, but I far surpass it on workout days so I figure I’m pretty balanced 🙂

  15. Vince on April 2, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    You’re right – the post is a bit all over the place but I love it. I don’t have an Apple Watch but for moving, I try to remember that what I do won’t look the same each day. Sometimes I will do a lot of walking, other times I might do something much more intense physically for a shorter duration.

  16. Amanda on April 3, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I’m still in fitbit world with a few other commenters. 🙂 My goal is 12K per day. Sometime it’s a struggle during the workweek and I get in the sneaky steps where I can. Lunchtime breaks at work are key for both step count and mental sanity! Weekends are much easier and more fun because I have more time for fun walks.

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