Thanks for joining me for a special lifestyle post: My Day in Meals + Last Week’s Workouts!
Last week was a doozy! Each day, I went to work for the whole afternoon after working on the blog all morning. By the time I got home from work at six/six-thirty each day, the only things I wanted to do were sit/read/eat/sleep. Luckily, my morning routine keeps me in line and helps me get stuff done before I have to leave for work around noon. I thought I’d share a peek into my routine today, as well as some of my workouts and meals.
This is a new type of post on the blog. As per my friends’ requests, I decided to do a “What I Ate In A Day”-style post. Instead of sharing everything I ate, I’m sharing each meal I had and a list of my go-to snacks. I’ll go through the day and explain times, activities, and why I ate what I did. I’m also sharing my weekly workouts — thus, “My Day in Meals + Last Week’s Workouts!”
I try to follow an outline for my morning routine called “Miracle Morning,” but I’ve adjusted it to fit my needs. The Miracle Morning incorporates “SAVERS,” which is an acronym for Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading, and Scribbling/Scribing (writing). Since I already work out first thing in the morning, I decided to incorporate the first three (S, A, and V) into my other activities. For example, nobody else is awake when I get up to work out, so that’s my “Silence.” I write my affirmations when I do my “Scribbling.” While I’m working out, I try to “Visualize” how my day will turn out. Every morning, I take an hour or so to read (“Reading”) and write (“Affirmations” and “Scribbling”) while I eat breakfast.
This is what I ate for breakfast one day last week.
I ate this meal after my morning run, which was a 40-minute speed workout. I work out very early in the morning, so I finished making breakfast by 8 AM. Pictured here are two sweet potato fritters, a fried egg, spinach, and coffee with almond creamer. I made the fritters by mixing spiralized sweet potatoes (which I pre-cooked in the microwave) with one egg, salt, and pepper. One fritter was savory, with a fried egg and fresh rosemary. The other was sweet, with butter and a little maple syrup. To get my greens in, I ate some raw spinach on the side.
Since I tolerate dairy fairly well, I drink my coffee with heavy cream or half-and-half most of the time. However, my mom grabbed a carton of Silk’s new almond creamer (the caramel almond variety) for me a week or two ago, and I was very excited to try it. It’s sweet, but a couple teaspoons in my coffee gave me the perfect amount of sweetness. I drink coffee almost every morning, but I rarely drink more than one cup. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I drank more than one serving. The coffee maker I use produces pretty heavily caffeinated coffee, and I can’t drink any more without getting jittery.
I worked on recipes for the blog all morning. I usually don’t snack in the morning, but I couldn’t resist eating the beet chips that I made. (Look for the recipe in two weeks!) After my blog work was done, I ate a quick lunch at noon before heading off to work.
I ate half a Persian cucumber, a nectarine, some red bell pepper, two of my plantain sliders (recipe coming next week!), and two sweet potato cakes from Michelle Tam‘s cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo. This meal kept me full until I got home in the evening, six hours later.
My dinner (which I ate at 7 PM) consisted of salad, another plantain slider (don’t judge me, they’re so good! I can’t wait to share the recipe with you guys!), and beef borscht. I had two bowls of borscht, which amounted to a LOT of beets for the day. Normally, I don’t eat many beets (I used to think they tasted like dirt), but I have to say that they’re worth eating more often! The beet chips that I made were excellent, so I might even make another batch this week. I’m even more exited for that recipe than I am for the plantain sliders! Both of them have a little twist that makes them special.
My snacks for the day included beet chips and walnuts with sea salt. After dinner, I had a cup of chai from Trader Joe’s with heavy cream and honey.
I took these photos on a Tuesday, a day I typically don’t eat dessert. In my family, we have designated “Dessert Nights,” and Tuesday is not one of them. Maybe next time, I’ll share My Day in Meals + Last Week’s Workouts on a day when I eat dessert!
Now for last week’s workouts!
Monday: At-home workout
- 10 bench presses
- 20 frog jumps
- 10 situps
- 10 pushups
- 20 supermans
Plus 3 sets of 10 lateral raises
I also rode my bike to and from work, which made for an easy 40-minute ride.
Tuesday: Speed Run
I ran a 4-5-ish mile loop (I don’t know the actual distance) fartlek-style: three minutes jogging, two minutes jogging faster (okay, much faster — a sustained sprint).
Wednesday: At-home workout
- HIIT burpees: 4 minutes of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off
- HIIT bicycle crunches: 4 minutes of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off
- 100 jumping jacks (fast)
- Then four rounds of
- 25 curls
- 25 kettle bell swings
- 10 deadlifts
Thursday: Medium-length run
I ran at a moderate pace for 45 minutes.
Friday: Swimming workout
- 200 M warmup (breaststroke)
- 4×50 freestyle on 1:30
- 4×50 flutter kick with kick board on 1:20
- 500 M endurance swim (breaststroke)
- 6×50 sprints: backstroke for 25 M, freestyle for 25 M
- 200 M cooldown
I was a swimmer many years ago, but I am a runner now. This workout was my first strenuous swim in a long time, so I made it fairly easy.
Saturday: Long run
I ran at a moderate pace for 75-80 minutes.
On most days, I did a 5-10 minute yoga flow that I developed for myself. I’m hoping to make a time-lapse video of this flow and share it soon!
Thanks for joining me for My Day in Meals + Last Week’s Workouts! If you like this style of post, let me know in the comments down below so I can keep doing them!