Hello! I hope you are having a great Hump Day so far.
Scott and I were up late celebrating after a wedding rehearsal and dinner with our dear friends last night. I actually woke up early with plans to share this post several hours ago, but that was before I realized that I left my laptop at work.
Roadie and I went for a little ride this morning (we might have also stopped for bagels and coffee on the way home), and then I spent the next few hours fighting with my Wi-Fi connection to recognize my laptop. It’s been an interesting battle with the Internet Gods.
The good news is that I might have found a loophole and we’re on! I don’t have a lot of time to keep rambling, so let’s dive into a What I Ate Wednesday type of post today.
This time, I picked to cover a day where I packed and ate every meal and snack (with the exception of dessert at home) at work. Since I’m usually in and out of the gym all day, I don’t usually have to think too much ahead on the meal prep front, so I thought it would be fun to mix things up. Enjoy!
What I Ate
My week kicked off on a busy note on Monday with a 14-hour shift at the gym starting at 6 a.m. I don’t normally have that many appointments in one day, but I’m covering for my co-worker this week. It’s been crazy, but a nice change of pace, too.
When I know I am going to have a long day ahead with a before sunset start, I almost always prep overnight oats to make sure I have a solid breakfast that morning. They’re so easy to make, and Julie has a great recipe (with variations) to follow.
I used a single serving of Chobani Blueberry Greek yogurt, raw oats, vanilla almond milk, lots of chia seeds, and a handful of fresh blackberries to add even more substance. Overnight oats don’t always look appealing, so I’m sticking to sharing a small picture. Just trust me when I say that they’re awesome for a speedy meal prep idea and quite delicious!
I finally got my coffee on a quick break before my 8 a.m. appointment, and I enjoyed a honey crisp apple and stick of Sargento cheese while it brewed. Two hours later, I was reaching for my container of veggies and hummus (leftover from lunch the day before).
We joined some friends for lunch at our new favorite fresh and quick Mediterranean restaurant – 2941 Street Food – and I was thankful to have enough saved for another whole meal the next day. Their bowl entrées are huge and come with a giant pita!
I ordered the grain rice with grilled and marinated chicken with a side of pickles and cucumber salad with tomatoes and olives. It’s a fantastic dish and combo that I would love to recreate at home!
I didn’t have a full break until my hour off around 1 p.m, so I ate the salad and then heated up the meal you see above (on a paper plate so I could use the microwave) then with a can of Lemon LaCroix sparkling water. (<- newest addiction)
We ended up having an ice storm in the afternoon (hello winter!), so one of my clients canceled. I didn’t mind the extra hour break, and used it to catch up on blog work.
I had another couple of appointments, and then my last hour break at 5 p.m. Scott mentioned wanting to come in for a workout, so I used him as motivation to put together a strength circuit and worked out with him.
I quickly scarfed a Special K protein bar before he got there (pictured below) and then had about five minutes to heat up and eat dinner when we finished. We had ham and mashed potatoes left over from the weekend, and I was so thankful that I packed a hearty dinner!
I finished teaching group classes around 7:45 p.m., closed up, and was on my way home by 8. All I could think about was taking a hot bath to unwind from the long day and making a nice cup of hot chocolate (with peppermint marshmallows) before bed. Yum!
I spent about an hour or so catching up with Scott and then turned in as soon as I finished drafting my blog post for the next day.
Thanks for checking in, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
Questions of the Day
• Do you enjoy heating up leftovers? (I know they aren’t for everyone)
• What are some of your best meal prepping tips?
You can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” category on the right hand sidebar.
Please note: What I Ate Wednesday features an entire day of my unfiltered eats. In no way do I change what I eat just for the sake of documenting it. While I try to be mindful with portions, I don’t count calories. I do, however, take into account how much activity I am going to be doing that day, and I plan my meals and snacks accordingly.