What I Ate Wednesday: A Day in the Life…

You know those posts where people take you through their whole day? I love those. So, that’s what’s happening.

Recently, I’ve been trying to get back on track with my fitness goals, including eating mostly clean, working out regularly, and practicing self-care. Although no longer have a “job” has made some of this easier, it’s also made some aspects a bit more difficult. Last Tuesday was a perfect example of how I manage this difficult balance…

Morning

Wake up at 6:15am, time for coffee, my multivitamin, and a quick scan of the news. Then 15 minutes of meditation with the app I’ve been using lately (and loving) to get myself back on track.

By 6:45, I’m ready for breakfast – Vital Farms eggs with spinach and avocado on an Ezekiel English muffin – and planning my day. I like to spend a few minutes each morning listing my important tasks and planning out how my full day will go (this is particularly helpful when I have multiple clients and/or meetings throughout the day!). Then I quickly put together lunch for Josh – leftovers from last night’s lunch, plus snacks. I just bought us these two-tiered lunch boxes, and we both love them!

Around 7:15, I’m out the door into the rainy day, with the rest of my coffee in my to-go cup. Sneak in a little light, theoretical reading on the subway to my first client of the day.

Late Morning

Since my Tuesday morning client is near Union Square, I like to take the opportunity to visit Trader Joe’s when it isn’t a complete nightmare. Who knew that the best time to shop for reasonably priced deliciousness is on Tuesday at 10am!? I got home around 10am, just in time to get ready for a workout and eat a quick snack. A pumpkin protein muffin did the trick, and then it was off to Pure Barre for a much needed LTB session.

When I got home around 12pm, I jumped right in the shower. My post-shower routine is quick and easy, including a spritz of rosewater on my face, a full body spray of moisturizer, and a smear of Glossier Priming Moisturizer.

Afternoon

After a shower and a little tidy-ing up around the apartment, it’s time for lunch. Like Josh, I’m digging into leftovers – Cauliflower Stir-Fried Rice from dinner last night. Delicious. I ended the meal with a few Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Stars from TJs. And then a few more.

Finally, around 1:30pm, it’s time for me to sit down and do some work. Today, I’m focused on analyzing data, and writing up the subsequent results, for my dissertation. Tedious AF.

Around 4pm, I grab a snack of popcorn and Health-Ade kombucha. I have two tutoring appointments in the evening, and I am not looking forward to going back out in the rain. I do some quick dinner prep before heading out, knowing that Josh will finish it up before I get home.

Evening

After two tutoring clients and shuttling myself all over town, I’m back home and in sweats around 9:30pm. Zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs and marinara sauce makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. I had some red wine alongside, and finished off with some ice cream (surprise, surprise). Josh and I watched Jeopardy, and finally started Atlanta. Around 11:30pm, before heading to bed, I threw together lunch of Josh and myself for the next day – Kale Salad with apples, tempeh, and cranberries; plus pumpkin protein muffins and some blackberries, and carrots with hummus for a couple mid-day snacks. Bo was not into it, apparently.

So, that was my day! What do ya think!?

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

This week, I’m down in DC at a conference. So, while I’m taking notes, freshening my lipstick, and stressing out over meeting people all day, why don’t you take a few minutes to take a look at a few of my favorite things from this week?

Favorite Read

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I started listening to this as an audio book last week, and so far, it is absolutely beautiful. Extremely well written, richly detailed, and a pleasure to listen to. Although I love listening to books, I am always hesitant about which ones I will choose. I find it is a very particular type of book that is suited to audio. I took a chance on this one, and it was well worth it.

Favorite Time-Saver

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Josh and I tried this two weeks ago, and while we only adhered to about 1/3 of it, I was extremely happy with the time-saving, tasty suggestions. We have our own stir fry recipe that Josh has down to a science, and I neither of us can stand salmon, so we knew that these things would be off the menu for us immediately. But overall – highly recommend!

Favorite Kicks

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Last weekend was Air Max Day (29 years since the release of the original Nike Air Max), and these are pretty sweet.

Favorite Recipe

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Last weekend, I found myself looking for a good guide for slow-cooker black beans. I use black beans CONSTANTLY at home – for burrito bowls, enchiladas, as a side dish, etc. Some recipes (especially “quick-and-easy” recipes) call for beans straight from the can to the plate, and I absolutely hate that. But I also don’t have time to cook up black beans as often as I use them. So, I found a few recipes (here [and pictured above], here, and here), with the intention of making them on a Sunday and keeping them for use throughout the week. They are all fairly similar. I’m planning on trying them all out over the next few weeks, and I’ll report back with my suggestions.

What were some of your favorite things this week?

Friday Favorites

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I wanted to share some of my favorite things from around the internet with you today. Here we go! (Links are in the photos)

Favorite Look

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If you didn’t know about my obsession with Madewell, then… now you know. I’m loving this easy, layered look for fall. And i’m looking forward to putting my hat collection into heavy rotation with the cooler temperatures on the way.

Favorite Dish

This Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Martha Stewart is a super lightened up version of the traditional enchilada, and it’s so good. The last time we got tomatillos in our CSA, I made this, and it was a big hit. Can’t wait to make it again!

 Favorite Beauty

Now that I’m 29 and old, I need to start thinking about my skin more than I have. We’ve all heard that using a daily eye cream will help prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the long run, and I love this article on the subject and the suggestions they’ve made.

Favorite Sweet

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These baked doughnuts look so good, and seem like the perfect treat for a fall morning. Just like the ones we get from the cider mill in Michigan, except way less fattening!

Favorite Photos

If you’re looking for a smile, please visit this page with 19 amazingly adorable dog photos. I’m dying.

Happy Friday!

What I Ate Wednesday – CSA Week 7

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Josh and I have really gotten into the swing of using our CSA over the past few weeks. We have been getting so many beautiful vegetables, and now fruits too!

This week, our loot included lettuce, eggplant, summer squash, fennel, cilantro, peaches, sugar plums, and cucumber! Below are some of the dinners we’ve been eating.

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Spicy Rainbow Chard with Ginger over Rice Noodles

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Red Rice with Roasted Squash, Fennel, and Beets

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Bulgur Wheat Salad with Eggplant and Tomato

Friday Favorites: Mindful Body

I mentioned on Wednesday that in one month, one of my best friends will be getting married. I am honored to say that I get to share this special occasion with the beautiful couple up close and personal, as part of the bridal party.

Being a bridesmaid is usually bittersweet. It’s a lot of work and involves a lot of time and money, but it pays off when you get to be a part of your friend’s special day. For me, the experience has been only sweet. Except that now, I have to show up to a huge wedding in a back-less, sleeve-less dress in just under a month.

Recently, I’ve become a lot more self-conscious about my body. This probably has to do with the fact that I’ve noticed a change in how my body responds, which is likely related to the fact that I am getting older. It also likely has to do with the fact that a lot of my friends are getting married and going HAM on their fitness goals. But whatever the reason, I don’t feel as confident as I could about wearing this gorgeous gown next month. So, I’ve started paying more attention to my body: what I put into it and how I use it. Below is a list of my favorite means of facilitating this process.

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MyFitnessPal – I am really late to the party on this app, but I have to tell you that it is a life changer. I normally eat pretty healthy, but it wasn’t until I started using this app that I realized what I was really putting into my body. For me, the biggest culprit is sugar. It’s helpful to know how much you are really consuming, even if you don’t care about the calorie count. Plus, you get a bigger calorie allowance when you workout!

Knock Knock What To Eat Notepad – I have been using these pads for a long time, but they are especially helpful when I have MyFitnessPal watching. Using this, I can plan my dinners for the week. Posting it up on the fridge holds me accountable, so that I am less likely to break down and order in.

Headspace – This may not seem like a useful app for a body post. However, when I meditate, I am more mindful throughout the day, which means that I am more aware of when I am hungry and when I’m not hungry. I am also more mindful of the choices I make, like choosing a salad over a sandwich, for example.

Today is Mine Notepad – This notepad is great for quickly planning your day, including meals. Best of all, it has a spot to check off your water intake, which is something I really struggle with. Josh likes to yell at me about this. I’m working on it.

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What do you do to be more mindful in your body?

Home Reorganization: The Fridge

My weekends always start out the same way. Whether I get up early or late, have plans or a ton of work to do, I always take an hour or so to enjoy my first cup of coffee, browse the interwebs, and get in my weekly planning. I make a to-do list for the weekend, as well as one for the week ahead. I make a weekly dinner menu, printing recipes and writing out a grocery list as I go. I even make sure that I have workouts planned for at least 3 days of the upcoming week, and take care to write them into my planner in colored ink.

This weekend, I came across this blog post with a list of suggestions of things to do on Sunday evenings to ensure that you start your week off right. I loved it, and immediately sent it to Josh, who thought it was pretty great too. And then I noticed this woman’s fridge, and I almost died. Unbelievably immaculate. I needed to recreate that immediately. So I did. Continue reading

What I Ate Wednesday – CSA Round 2

I can now proudly say that Josh and I have gotten a handle on the whole CSA situation. We are into Week 4 and going strong. IMG_0138The past few weeks have been VERY lettuce heavy. And as much as I love a good salad, we haven’t been able to eat everything. I guess we need more friends to come over for dinner. Do you like salad? Come over for dinner!!

I have been making some pretty creative (if I do say so myself) dishes, and I’ve been pretty good at planning smart and cooking every night. Except when I got sick and I forced Josh to feed me soup and pasta in bed while I watched 87 episodes of Law and Order. Whatever.

Some of the dishes were easy to come up with. Obviously lettuce = salad. Frisee lettuce = frisee salad. Beets? Well, Josh hates beets (or so he says), so I roasted them and they came out looking like potatoes, and he devoured them. Trickery FTW. (That means “for the win,” Mom, Poppa, Nanny, and other assorted 55+ readers)

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Josh and I are now obsessed with Bok Choy and will put it in anything/everything. These are sesame soba noodles with raw Bok Choy.

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I also made a yummy (but very messy) Summer Squash Quesadilla, which Josh practically married on the spot. He was too excited to take a picture.

But then there were some stumpers. Like Garlic Scapes. What the f are those? I had to do some reading on these, but in the end, I settled on a Garlic Scape Pesto on Whole Wheat Pasta. Worth it.

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This week, we are experimenting with some Kohlrabi, Escarole, and White Kale. I’ll keep you posted…