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Day in the Life

Thank you to The Quaker Oats Company for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Hey guys! It’s time for another Day in the Life post – it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done one of these, and I know you guys enjoy seeing how one of my typical workdays looks. Since my previous Day in the Life posts have mostly been on days I was working downtown, today I thought I’d share a day when I worked from home! Here’s what I was up to on a random weekday a few weeks ago. :)

6 a.m. – Alarm goes off! Get up, change into workout clothes, feed and let out the dogs, and make myself a pre-workout snack. Today’s menu is toast with almond butter and some fresh blueberries on top, plus a big glass of water.

pre-workout snack

6:40 a.m. – Out the door! Pick up my workout buddy Chelsea on the way and drive to a studio in Courthouse to take a circuit workout boot camp class. Having workout buddies = the best. So helpful for accountability (and fun)!

MY OTHER RECIPES


7 – 8 a.m. – Get our sweat on! It’s a tough but fun one. At nearly 25 weeks pregnant now I’m definitely slowing down and modifying things more, but I’m proud of myself for still getting out there – workouts do wonders for my mood.

next phase studio workout arlington

8 – 8:15 a.m. – Drive Chelsea back home and then head home myself.

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast! I’m excited because breakfast is already ready and waiting for me – Quaker sent me samples of their new Overnight Oats to try! I prepped it the night before and it took about 30 seconds flat – just add milk (or your fave non-dairy option) up to the noted line, stir, and put in the fridge. That’s it – then it’s ready and waiting for you the next morning!

quaker overnight oats

The new Overnight Oats are made with a hearty blend of oats, fruits, quinoa, flaxseed and nuts, with no artificial flavors or added colors. They come in four flavors:

  • Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven
  • Blueberry Banana & Vanilla Bliss
  • Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection
  • Toasted Coconut & Almond Crunch

quaker overnight oats review

I decided to try the Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven first. It was sooo good – cool, creamy, and hearty rather than mushy. Delicious as is, but I stirred in a little bit of cottage cheese after taking this photo for added creaminess and some salty/sweet flavor combo fun – you guys know I love cottage cheese in my oats. :)

quaker overnight oats review

8:30 – 9 a.m. – Catch up on emails while waiting for my brother to get back from the gym – this was his last day in town so we planned to take the dogs for a walk together before he headed to the airport!

9 – 9:45 a.m. – Take the dogs for a nice long walk with my brother! He brought us back iced lattes from a local coffee shop so I drink mine while we walk. Delish!

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9:45 – 10 a.m. – Quick shower.

10 – 11:30 a.m. – Work time! Catch up on emails, write and publish my blog post for the day.

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – AnneTheRD nutrition client call.

12 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch time! The Overnight Oats and latte held me over nicely for the morning so I didn’t need a snack – but now I’m hungry! I have some leftover shrimp, rice/quinoa mix, and veggie stir fry.

shrimp veggie stir fry

I’m still a little hungry when I finish off the stir fry leftovers, so I make a bowl of plain Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and slivered almonds on top to finish off my meal.

fruit yogurt bowl summer

12:30 – 2 p.m. – Back to work! Finish up some more blog-related emails, write a follow up email to my nutrition client, get started on some upcoming blog posts, etc. I also throw in some laundry and clean up the kitchen a little. Working from home is hard sometimes because you find your household to-do list gets piled on top of your work to-do list – but it’s nice to be able to multitask and get some home things done during the week!

2 – 2:45 p.m. – I’m sooooo tired after my early morning, hard workout, and the long hot walk with my brother. I decide I need a nap if I’m going to be able to focus later, and the dogs are sleeping soundly in the living room, so I go for it. In the first trimester I found myself needing a nap almost every day (I was so fortunate to be able to work from home a ton so naps were an option – mad props to those of you pregnant while in an office, I don’t know how you do it), but now I rarely need naps anymore – but sometimes you just gotta listen to your body!

2:45 – 3 p.m. – Let the dogs outside and make myself a snack. I decide on a fun sampler plate with crackers, guac, hummus, and various veggies! I normally like regular (vs. baby) carrots because I think regular carrots taste better, but we got sent home with some baby carrots leftover from our family beach trip so I am finishing them off.

afternoon snack plate

3 – 5:15 p.m. – More computer work! This was the week before I took a 2 day in-person training course in Motivational Interviewing (a counseling technique I already use in my AnneTheRD private practice with clients) and we were given some pre-lectures to work through beforehand, so I listen to a few of the lectures and take notes. It’s always helpful to refine professional skills – and I get continuing education credits towards maintaining my RD credential so that’s always a good thing too! (If you’re also in private practice and interested in the course, the one I did was through Molly Kellogg. She travels all around to lead them – looks like Boston and Philly are next!)

5:15 p.m. – Head out the door to meet an in-person AnneTheRD client at a coffee shop. I eat a quick snack on my way there – some snack balls made with raw cashews, walnuts, dates, a pinch of salt, and rolled in shredded coconut. I winged it and didn’t measure anything, but if you’re looking for similar recipes, try my Cinnamon Raisin Almond Balls or Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls!

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5:30 – 6 p.m. – Nutrition client meeting at the coffee shop!

6 – 7 p.m. – Fire up my laptop at the coffee shop to write and send my client follow up email, then finish out some more work emails for the day before heading home.

7:15 – 8 p.m. – Matt texts me that he’s going to be home late (around 7:45), so I feed the dogs and then make dinner so it’s ready right when he walks in the door.

asian ground turkey lettuce cups

It’s so nice to be able to eat normally again in the evenings without pregnancy nausea – yay!! On the menu: Thai turkey lettuce cups. We both LOVE lettuce cups, especially Asian-themed ones, and these were really delicious. Refreshing and summery!

thai turkey lettuce cups

8 – 9 p.m. – Matt and I take the dogs out for another nice long walk! We end up in a park and Matt sprints around with them and a tennis ball while I sit on a bench and relax. :) I didn’t have my phone with me and wish I had because the sunset was stunning! Having dogs has definitely upped our walking distance – it’s nice to take a walk together in the evenings vs. just sit on the couch! I’m excited for fall weather, though… totally over this humidity.

Tired doggies = happy owners. :)

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9 – 9:20 p.m. – Get ready for bed, then pack up my work bag, makeup, and an outfit for the next day since I’ll be heading into the city early for a workout and staying for the whole day at my co-working space.

9:20 p.m – Lights out! Matt is still up but I know I need to get lots of rest right now, and I have another early morning awaiting. Goodnight!

What is your typical day in the life like?

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Comments

  1. 1

    The pups are so cute! Those Quaker cups look yummy and good for traveling….but seem to be a bit high in sugar for a regular breakfast at home.

    • 2

      I didn’t think the sugar content was too high, especially since there’s a decent amount of protein (9g) and some fat in the mix to buffer the sugar, too, but to each their own! Definitely cool to keep it as a fun treat/convenience item for travel or really busy days. Whatever works! :) There are actually more grams of sugar total in the hot oatmeal I normally make for myself (since I use 1 whole ripe banana and also add berries), so I’m cool with it. Thanks for reading, and for weighing in! :)

  2. 3
    Jane Lennox says:

    Anne-question for you-I read on the internet that fruit digests better when eaten by itself as first thing in the morning or as a mid day snack. How do you feel about that? Does that apply to certain fruits or all fruits? Just wondering. Thanks-Jane

    • 4

      I’ve always wondered the same thing. My brother told me about this once when I ate a bowl of fruit as dessert right after dinner and it didn’t sit well.

      • 5

        I’ve never heard this before – honestly, the body is very able to digest food at any time of day – but think about what you are craving/what sounds good in that moment! If you want fruit after dinner, enjoy it. :) If it doesn’t sit well, you may just have been too full – or had too much fruit in one sitting.

    • 6

      I’ve never heard that before! I would just eat fruit when you are craving it. :) And pair it with some nuts or something so you have some protein/fat in the mix – more staying power.

  3. 7

    Sugar is the second ingredient for those overnight oats! What a shame. And I am surprised that a product with so much added sugar has so many healthy eating bloggers sponsoring it. Better off using Quaker rolled oats and making your own overnight oats.

    • 8

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lisa! The sugar content was one of the first things I looked at when I was offered the opportunity to try this product, and I didn’t think it was too high, especially since there’s a decent amount of protein (9g) and some fat in the mix to buffer the sugar, too. I calculated the grams of sugar in the oatmeal I normally make for myself (my microwave banana oatmeal with rolled oats, milk, 1 whole ripe banana, berries, cottage cheese, etc.), and it’s actually higher because of all the fruit I add in! So, I’m okay with it, but I totally get that some people are not, and that’s okay too. Thanks for reading, and for weighing in! :)

      • 9

        Thanks for responding to my comment! I went back to read it when I got the email saying there was a reply and realized it sounded a little curt — I didn’t mean it that way, I just typed it fast, so sorry if that came off sounding snotty. I agree that adding your own fruit to oats ups the sugar content, but I guess I felt that fructose was a better addition than the sugar they add. Regardless, I agree that it’s up to us to determine if we want to consume something! I just felt that making overnight oats is a pretty quick deal so this product — and the way it’s sweeping the net — surprises me. Still, I have to admit, the toasted coconut almond sounds tasty :)

        • 10

          No worries! And I totally get where you’re coming from. I’ll just be honest that measuring out stuff for overnight oats sometimes sounds like wayyyy more work than I want to do at like 10 p.m. right before bed. ;) So I’ll keep buying these as a convenient treat for those nights – but of course making your own is always a fun option, too, and it’s definitely nice to be able to control exactly what goes into it! Thanks for your reply! :)

  4. 11

    I always find it so interesting to see other people’s days and how they vary but also how there can be a lot of similarities. My days usually start around 4:30am because I like to get my workout in before leaving for work at 7. I love quiet, easy, and non-rushed mornings so I always make sure there’s time to sit in my chair and enjoy some coffee before rushing on with my day!

  5. 13
    Roadrunner says:

    Very impressive this far into your pregnancy! Kudos!

  6. 15

    I completely agree about the mood boost and exercising. If I don’t get to workout for a couple of days I can immediately tell the difference. Big kudos to you for still getting out there.

    Something I thought of with the dogs – have you changed the microchips (I assume they are microchipped) with your contact information instead of your brothers and the foster family. It’s something I know people sometimes forget to do. It’s wonderful they are getting along so well and with Zara too. Now that it is not as super bright out mine is sleeping in a bit more, hope yours are too.

    • 16

      Thanks Beth! Exercise really does make a huge difference! I did make sure my brother switched out the microchip info to my name before he left Freyja with us – better safe than sorry!

  7. 17

    I keep seeing fresh blueberries on toast, and I need to give it a whirl!

  8. 19

    What a fun day! I’ve seen a few people on Kath’s post and now yours about the sugar content of Quaker overnight oat cups. Yes, they are higher than I believe I would normally make for myself, but I’ve been keeping them on hand. I love the convenience. Really, any oat cup can be overnight, but these are fun. :)

    • 20

      I honestly don’t think the sugar content is that high! It’s actually lower than the homemade oatmeal I usually make for myself because I use 1 whole really ripe banana and also add berries. But, for those that are concerned, definitely keep it as a fun convenience/treat option for busy days! :)

  9. 22

    Looks like a good day. It is awesome you can take a little nap as needed.

  10. 23

    I’m happy you wrote a day in the life post- I’m transitioning to ‘unemployment’ / working from home without being paid, lol, and I’m looking for tips on how to not just do laundry and household chores the whole time and actually get some work done! Amazed how you juggle so much at once!

    • 24

      Working from home is awesome but also really tough in some ways – easy to get sucked into Netflix if you aren’t paying attention ;) You’ll get into the swing of it! It helps to have a set time to do household stuff as you’re getting started – so like every day from x time to x time you do some household stuff, and then the rest of the time is work only. :) Good luck!! xo

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