Howdy, friends! It’s time for the next featured post in October’s Healthy Living Tuesdays series,“A Day in the Life.”
One of the things I love most about our HLT series is the open-invitation to participate. Here’s how you can play along: Write a post on your own blog under this theme this month, and when the last Tuesday of October rolls around , we’ll host a link up. Participating is a great challenge: How will you make your post stand out in a community of bloggers writing under the same theme? Plus, the link up at the end of the month is an awesome way to promote your greatest content!
Between now & then, we’ll be showing off some of our members own posts on the subject manner – so, be sure to come back and visit each week to get a taste of how others are tackling the topic themselves. It’s a great way to find new bloggers to read and get to know your fellow HLB Members. [If you’re interested in writing for future Healthy Living Tuesday featured posts, drop us an email email@example.com.]
Hi, I’m Whitney and you can learn more about me over at Whit Likes Fit where I share my life. For the most part, you’ll find things like my daily workouts, dinner recipes and weekend activities. But I’m not going to lie, the occasional trip to my favorite bar or a story about the 2 bowls of ice cream I ate the night before might make the cut.
I also happen to work full-time at a pretty demanding job, which means making time to stay healthy and fit definitely requires a commitment. And lots of planning.
I think it’s pretty accurate to say that I have a plan every day. A plan for what time I’m getting up, what meetings I have at work, when I’m working out and what food I’m eating. Seems pretty normal right? Most people have plans.
Except mine tend to look exactly the same. Every day.
For breakfast I have 1 egg + 2 egg whites, spinach, peppers and Frank’s Hot Sauce.
And a smoothie.
My lunch (which is always eaten at my desk) is typically some sort of black bean, corn, chicken, sweet potato concoction which I make and prep every Sunday.
Also on Sundays, I make our dinner plans and grocery lists. I typically take the first pass, run it by my husband and make tweaks from there. Once I have our meals and recipes figured out I create a grocery list – obviously making sure I capture all our ingredients along with any other weekly food needs. And then I go to the grocery store.
By the way, going back to why all my lunches are eaten at my desk… I’m fortunate to have easy access to a gym close to work and I go there every day at lunchtime. I do a variety of things including Pilates reformer classes, Zumba, Body Sculpt, Spinning, free weights, and your typical cardio machines. Yes, it sucks to get ready twice, and yes, I tend to look like a disheveled mess during all my afternoon meetings but I’d take some runny mascara and limp hair over having to give up quality time with my husband later on.
When I get home from work, the first priority is our dog Chance and his walk. My husband is usually on point for this while I start dinner but sometimes, if we’re not totally starving, we go on a walk together. I love this except when it rains.
After the dog walk, we eat dinner. We definitely have some staples that make it into the rotation every week – spicy shrimp penne pasta, honey mustard chicken with quinoa, stir-fry, burrito/burrito bowls…and then I always try to bring in at least once new recipe a week. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes not so much.
And after dinner, as part of my nightly “get ready for the day tasks” I pack my gym bag. Every. Single. Night. Even if I don’t think I’m going to have time for a workout I bring my gym bag and I even plan the outfits out based on what workout I plan on doing (can’t wear shorty shorts in Pilates haha).
So there you go. A quick look into my life and all my routines and plans. Some people might look at this and think, “how boring” and I’ll give you that. Having such a repetitive routine is hard for some people but it works for me. It’s tough to balance a full-time job, a husband, a dog and a healthy life but it’s possible. You can do it. You just need to find the right routine that works for you. Good luck!