These days life is as busy as ever but I still wouldn’t change it for a thing. I find that I spend a lot of my time reflecting on how different my life is in DC versus Little Rock. It’s night and day really. In the (good) chaos of long work days, fun dates, and balancing the day to day responsibilities that come with independence, I often reflect on what might have been had I never made the move on the off chance that I would get the job I was interviewing for.
Almost 8 months later, here I am living the life I dreamed about for so many months while toiling away at two minimum wage jobs in Arkansas. When I originally began to craft this post I couldn’t help but think about how mundane it may look to post what my day to day life is like during the work week. But the thing is, it’s anything but mundane as it is the life I have built for myself and that in itself is pretty amazing.
Longwinded introduction aside, the work week was pretty solid. I felt like I finally found some balance and managed to squeeze in 3 (!) workouts and some pretty healthy foods.
Most mornings began with a 6am wake-up call and a mental struggle to will myself out of bed.
(I completed a walk/run workout from Runner’s World magazine.)
After the schweatness occurs I begin the mad dash to get ready, feed myself, and make the 8:25 AM metro. Breakfasts are uniform.
(1/3 cup oats bran, 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/4 cup water, 1 banana, cinnamon, stevia, and a sprinkle of cacao nibs)
From exactly 9AM-11AM I can be found at my desk drinking coffee and multitasking like a champ. At 11AM, I break for food.
My snack is usually a salad with egg whites and hummus. It’s the perfect portion to hold me over until lunch at 1PM. I use the remainder of the morning hours to capitalize on my productivity as it usually wanes in the afternoon hours.
Lunch is a toss-up. If I had a productive Sunday, I usually prepare meals to get me to Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays are usually packed the night before or spent at Chop’t (I have a problem.)
Clearly a Thursday lunch: Amy’s Lentil Vegetable soup with nuked broccoli, chickpeas, and nutritional yeast.
Each workday I aim to spend half of my lunch break eating and the other half walking around the city. I find it is a nice break to walk around and explore the city a bit while either catching up with friends and family or listening to my music. Stepping away from my computer is also a great stress reliever as I find myself more ‘tuned in’ all the time.
After lunch it is a fight to maintain high levels of productivity. Some days are certainly better than others but overall I was pretty successful this week. I attribute this to my favorite afternoon snack of the moment that helps keep me energized and full without weighing me down.
Dry roasted chickpeas.
Oh man, it is going to be a sad day when I polish off the bag. I thought they looked like an interesting find when we were in NYC last weekend and now I am kicking myself for not buying 1000 more bags. Does anyone know how I can make these or where I can buy more?
Focus Jenn, focus… Work ends, I commute home (my least favorite part of the day), and I am reunited with my roommate by 6:45PM. I am usually pretty hungry by this point so I rely on old standbys for dinner.
Kale, beans, and sweet potato.
Black bean burger, spinach, hummus.
By the time I eat, clean up, and do whatever else it is that I do that takes up all of my free time I am usually exhausted and get ready for bed. Like I said at the beginning of the post, it may seem mundane but it’s all mine and I love it. I think I am finally finding my groove.
Oh and as for Weight Watchers…well you guys know I was in NYC last weekend so I clearly didn’t track. After consulting with Smutha Mutha, I decided to not go to my weigh in. Bad numbers really mess with my head and I knew it wasn’t going to be good. So I am regrouping, taking each day at a time, and will be there next week no matter what.
Question: What is your favorite snack to eat at the office?