A Day in the Life

Hi friends! I haven’t done a Day in the Life post in awhile, and I always love reading them on other blogs, so I thought I’d throw one into the mix today. Here’s what I was up to yesterday!

6 a.m. – Wake up, drag self out of bed (after checking my phone and praying my track workout was cancelled due to ice… no luck), pound a piece of Ezekiel toast with nut butter and jam on my way out the door to the track. Check out these icy benches! Brrrr.


6:30 – 7:30 a.m. – Track workout! On the schedule was 800’s at a medium threshold pace, with a minute jog in between. It took me a little while to warm up, but I did 5 of them, starting at around 2 minutes/lap, and ending around 1:45 minutes/lap. The coach told me to work on not slowing down on the second lap (or the second half) of a workout – I kept doing the first lap faster. Good tip! They also told me to go faster after the first round – they could tell I was phoning it in. ;) Having coaches = amazing. If I’d been alone I probably would have either a) not gone, or b) phoned it in big time on pace.

7:40 – 7:50 a.m. – Foam roll/stretch and drink some Organic Fuel that Organic Valley sent me to sample as part of a sponsored campaign I’m doing with them. (The first part was my trip to one of their farms in November!) Matt and I LOVE this stuff – it’s delish and packed with protein, all from organic milk, not powders. Lactose-free, too (because of the lactase enzyme that is added). Matt’s been having it as breakfast and I’ve been having it post-workout on days when I’m ravenous when I get home and need something before a real breakfast. Yesterday, I drank about half of it and saved the rest for another day, since I knew breakfast wasn’t too far away. This stuff also makes an epic coffee creamer alternative, FYI. :) It comes in chocolate as well as vanilla.


7:50 – 8:30 a.m. – Shower, get dressed, do hair/makeup. Sidenote – a lot of you on Instagram have asked how I do my hair, and the secret is this: the greatest curling iron on earth. You’re welcome. Tip: leave about an inch of the end of your hair out of the curling iron to give your hair that beachy/wavy look vs. ringlets.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Make breakfast, eat breakfast while working (bad, I know) at home – responding to emails, reviewing client materials for 10 a.m. meeting, etc. On the menu: my Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal with an egg whisked in before cooking. I added in frozen wild blueberries at the end of cooking, and topped with walnuts for healthy fat/crunch.


9:30 – 9:55 a.m. – Walk to coffee shop for Initial Assessment meeting with a new nutrition counseling AnneTheRD client.

10 – 11 a.m. – Client meeting, plus a small whole milk latte from the coffee shop. (I didn’t make coffee at home – saved it for this!)


11 – 11:30 a.m. – Metro downtown to UberOffices, swing by business bank to deposit some checks on my way in. Snack on some dry roasted almonds packed from home on my walk to the Metro.


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – At UberOffices – write and publish yesterday’s blog post, respond to emails.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch! I meet friends at Protein Bar, one of my fave spots, and have their Southwest Salad, but with tofu instead of chicken to mix it up since I know we’re having leftover Healthier Cashew Chicken for dinner. It was tofu, quinoa, black beans, cheddar, avocado, fresh salsa, and Cholula sauce over salad. YUM! I make it through about 2/3 and feel satisfied (it was massive and very hearty), so I save the rest for an afternoon snack.


1:25 – 3:30 p.m. – Back at the office. Work, with a side of hot green tea to warm me up again! Respond to emails and blog comments, send a follow up to my morning nutrition counseling client, start working on this blog post, do some business accounting, etc. etc.

3:30 p.m. – Snack time! I take a short break down in the kitchen to eat an orange I brought from home. Juicy! Hand washing necessary. Then, I get back to work while I eat the rest of my lunch salad.

I wrote a guest post recently in honor of National Heart Month for the Wild Blueberry blog that was published yesterday, so I spend some time sharing it around on social media. Check it out for why Wild Blueberries are so good for your heart – and for the recipe for these beautiful heart healthy Valentine’s Day themed scones. :)

wild blueberry scones lemon

3:56 p.m. – Documenting this because it’s insane and hasn’t happened for like a year – my email inbox is at zero. OMG! Don’t worry, it only lasted a few seconds. ;)


4 – 6 p.m. – More work! I close my email/social media/all other tabs to focus on writing a “what oils to use when” blog post. Stay tuned – I’ve been meaning to write this for ages! Around 5:30, I had another snack while writing – Mr. Popular half-popped corn kernels from Nourish Snacks (so good).


6 – 6:15 p.m. – Review client materials for evening meeting, then pack up.

6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Metro back to Virginia, walk to coffee shop.

6:45 – 7:45 p.m. – Initial assessment nutrition counseling session at my usual coffee shop with a new AnneTheRD client. I buy an herbal (caffeine free) tea to enjoy during the session (and so they aren’t annoyed I’m using their space for a meeting).

7:45 – 8:05 p.m. – Walk home. Brrr!

8:05 – 9 p.m. – Matt gets home right when I do, yay! Immediately change into sweatpants/sweatshirt and the greatest slippers of all time (if I am home, these are on my feet). Then, we make and eat dinner together! We enjoy some leftover Healthier Cashew Chicken as planned, but get creative and mix it up a little by adding some frozen broccoli to the mix, some garlic chili sauce, and, randomly, two eggs. Matt figured it would be kind of like fried rice. It was good – you couldn’t taste the egg at all!



Delish! Loved his presentation with the decorative Sriracha on the sides of the plate. ;)


9 – 10 p.m. – Relax with Matt, watch TV. I finished watching Dexter earlier this week – SUCH a good series, with the exception of the final episode, which I thought was super lame. So now I’m on to a new show! I decided to start watching Lost, since I know so many people love it. The first episode was really good!

10 – 10:30 p.m. – Read in bed. I’m reading an awesome book right now called The Girl on the Train. If you liked Gone Girl (so epic), you’ll like this one a lot, too. It’s similar in that can’t put it down, totally obsessed, need to see what happens next type quality that really good books have. I love reading in bed before calling it a night – it’s so calming, and helps me to fall asleep!

10:30 p.m. – Lights out!

What were you guys up to yesterday? What’s your typical day like? Today will be totally different from yesterday! I don’t have any client meetings today, but I do have two virtual meetings (a Skype Q&A interview with Jason and an affiliate of our Nutrition For Runners Program this afternoon, and a meeting this evening over Google Hangout with my fellow Run Happy Ambassadors and our friends at Brooks). This morning, I slept in a bit (glorious) since it’s a rest day for me, and now I’m working from home because I need to do some recipe development. I really love that every day is different!


  1. 1

    Up at 6:30 to walk dog on our frozen tundra icy development “grass”. Basically slipped and slided until the poor dog could find a secure spot to do his biz.
    7:00-7:45- cereal and coffee while watching Good Morning America and tossing dog’s toy for some Fetch.
    8am- shower
    8:30 am leave for doctor (hurt shoulder falling of snowmobile)
    9am-10am doc visit (says i might have torn rotator cuff)
    10:15-11:30 commute via bus to work
    11:30-5 work
    5:15-6:15 commute via bus home…get call referral for specialist is ready
    6:30 pick up referral at doctor’s office
    7:00pm walk dog and then grab him and jump in car and head to parent’s house for dinner
    7:15-9:30 dinner and conversation with parents
    9:45-11 watch tv and reply to a blog comment
    11pm asleep

  2. 3

    I’m an assistant director for my college’s health & wellness facility so everyday is pretty crazy around here! It doesn’t quite switch up as much as your day does but there are definitely those days that are longer than others. I do however absolutely love my job, which is nice. :)

  3. 5

    That’s so weird that you mentioned The Girl on the Train! I heard that it was similar to Gone Girl, so I just picked it up at Target yesterday. I’m so excited to start it!

  4. 7

    Mmm dinner looks amazing! As do those scones!

  5. 8

    For the last few weeks I’ve been going to yoga after work and have been getting home late like you do (for me 7:30-8). I also try to go to bed around 10:30…. How do you eat after 8 and decompress by 10:30? I’ve been having a terrible time of it, even though I love going to yoga right after work.

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      The key for me is to not arrive home starved, so I have a smaller dinner. I front load my nutrition a lot – big breakfasts, morning snacks, lunch, multiple afternoon snacks. Dinner is usually my smallest meal of the day, and I make sure to pay attention and stop when I’m just full, nowhere near stuffed.

      • 10

        Since starting a new job and not getting home until 7.30 I’ve found that that works best for me too. I’m more likely to go to bed early that way as if I have a too big meal in the evening I can’t digest it. Also, if I arrive home overhungry I’m more likely to eat rubbish because it’ll be “get my hands on anything I can” as soon as I open the door!

  6. 12

    Sounds like you had a busy, but fun day! All of your food looks relish!

  7. 13

    Sounds like a busy but fun day! Looks like you are enjoying your decision to lease an office. Yay for track workouts and lovely latte coffees. :-)

    • 14

      Yes! I haven’t been using it as much since the weather has been so terrible, and was considering cancelling, but I think I will stick it out – I know I’ll be all over it come spring.

  8. 15

    Wow — your day looks slammed, but in the best way possible! I’m way jealous of your schedule — sounds like you work a lot, but you have a lot of flexibility in when/how you do it. Good for you! Glad the business is going well.

    My typical day involves a lot of driving (I live in the ‘burbs and work in-town), working in an office all day (my work day is pretty varied though, since I work in media relations — always a lot going on!), and then some kind of workout/decompression after work. During the summer I definitely get most of my workouts in before the work day, but it’s so hard in the winter time!

  9. 16

    I totally agree in regards to the run – having a coach in person or virtual helps so much! I have 8 miles tomorrow morning and knowing that Jess will be waiting to see paces holds me accountable! That dinner looks delicious, as do the scones!

  10. 17

    Wow that salad looks yummy! :))) You are inspiring in how much of a go-getter you are when it comes to morning exercise.

    Yesterday was pretty low key. After coming back from a running hiatus of about 2 months, I’ve been back at it for about 2 months, and I’m starting to incorporate speed again, so I had fun doing a semi-faster run than normal (tempo-ish) pace.

  11. 18

    Totally right–it’s fun to see other’s schedule!

    My schedule is super laid back right now. I work from home doing nutrition and weight loss coaching—and everything I do is via phone or skype. So not commuting.

    I spend non-work/blogging time rock climbing with my hubby each day and making awesome food!

    Life is good!!

  12. 20

    This was really fun to read! It interesting to hear about all the different projects you work on all day. Working with a running coach sounds awesome! I always have trouble figuring out what an ideal running pace is for me.

  13. 21

    I didn’t discover Protein Bar until I moved to Chicago, but now that I have I eat there all the time. It’s so good! I usually get the pesto bowl but have them add some marinara sauce as well since I love pesto and marinara together.

    I really liked Lost, but as it went on it wasn’t as great as the first season. Still enjoyable though!

    I am finishing reading “The Little Friend” by the author of The Goldfinch and I have The Girl On The Train on my nightstand to start once I am done!

  14. 24

    I’m a stay at home mom to 4 kids, every day is nuts, every day is different ;)

  15. 25

    It’s so nice to see an RD with so many hats getting to do so many things she enjoys! As for me, I split my day between the mom “me” and the RD “me” on a daily basis and yesterday was packed with both. I met with the school food director in the morning (I am working with him to overhaul the menu and brought him two great new recipes for the March menu). I was able to get a chicken dish into the slow cooker after I ate lunch, so we had a hot meal before dance (my daughter) and hockey (my son) that evening. Looking forward to the leftovers tonight :-)

  16. 27

    One busy ass day! Lots of travelling! Thank god for leftovers when you arrive home at 8pm!

  17. 28

    The curling iron link didn’t work and I was so curious! Also, that Fuel looks AWESOME! I went to the website and it says it’s sold at the Whole Foods I always go to but I’ve never noticed it! I will definitely be looking for it when I go next! I need something I love in my coffee since I quit drinking anything with carrageenan, so I’d love to try that!

  18. 31

    OMG…you have to read Descent next!! It is so so good, along the lines of Gone Girl. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in about 6 hours on a weekend! LOL! I’m going to start The Girl on the Train this weekend.

  19. 33

    What a great day! Very productive/inspirational! And, yes, there’s nothing like a coach! Well done –

  20. 34

    Anne – prepare to get completely lost in “Lost” – I actually just watched from the beginning and finished the series!

  21. 36

    Oooh, I’ll have to check out The Girl on the Train – I loved Gone Girl! Another very Gone Girl-esque book that I got completely sucked into was The Good Girl. Add that one to your list if you haven’t already read it!

  22. 38

    yesterday I was able to work from home, but today I hopped on a plane for business! love reading your daily posts – makes me nostalgic for when I lived in DC. also, highly recommend Protein Bar’s quinoa + chili!

  23. 40

    Anne, do you have certain days when you do housework? or do you and Matt do that together at the weekend? I hate doing housework at the weekend because I rather spend my free time doing something else but then during the week, I am sometimes so busy that I don’t make the time either..

    • 41

      I am lucky that I can tidy up and do laundry during the week on days I’m working from home, and Matt usually tidies his areas on the weekends (I’m nice and fold his laundry for him, though – I use laundry folding as an excuse to watch TV, heh). In terms of deep cleaning, we do treat ourselves to a cleaner every few months – yes, it’s an indulgence, but it’s so worth it for us to not have to spend our only time together cleaning our house, especially since Matt has grad school class all day long on every other Saturday!

  24. 42

    I love reading “Day in the Life” posts, so thanks for sharing! Yesterday was crazy here because our 8 week old seemed like he was waking up every hour starting at 1 am, and when our toddler wakes up at 7 am, he is instantly ready to go off and running. So no rest for the weary! But I know these days go fast and too soon the little one won’t be so little anymore. =)

  25. 43

    This was such a fun post! I love reading Day in the Life recaps to see what others are up to. Yesterday was pretty crazy. I spent the first half of the day teaching a nutrition workshop at a local elementary school, then headed into the office for work for several hours, then went to school for Chemistry class at night (I’m sure you miss those days right? ;) )

    And I’m SO jealous you had Protein Bar for lunch. I had it a few years ago while visiting Chicago and loved the food. They haven’t made their way to Seattle yet, but hopefully they do soon – so good!

  26. 45

    I just finished Girl on the Train. I hated the first half! But, because I bought it, I was going to finish it. The second half was definitely worth it!

  27. 46

    We had a four day weekend due to the snow, so I finally got back to my normal schedule on Wednesday. Woke up early to study, went to class, spinning class, had dinner, and studied for the rest of the evening. That’s what a typical day a la me is usually like.

  28. 47

    I love seeing what is on everyone’s plate! That’s what makes the world go round, right?
    4:30am- wake up and go to gym
    5am-6am- Gym
    6am-6:30am- Prepare breakfast / lunch for myself and my husband
    6:30am-7am- Quiet time for myself! Includes reading / bible study
    7am-7:45- Shower / get ready for the day
    8:15am-6pm- Work..I’m at a desk all day so it can get exhausting. I try to get all my “me” stuff done in the morning! I love reading the news / blogs while I take breaks. It’s such a fun release!
    6pm-9pm: Walk the dog, make dinner, and watch tv with the husband until bed. We’re currently on a Sons of Anarchy kick!

  29. 49

    My day is so boring compared to yours! :-) This is every day M-F for me… but I like routine. Just wish my day included a little less time in the car!

    6:00 – wake up and get ready, prep breakfast and lunch
    7:00/7:15 – leave for work (depending on the site I’m staffing)
    7:00-8:00 – commute, eat breakfast in the car
    8:00-4:30 – work (I’m a medical lab scientist, so thankfully I don’t spend all day at a desk – lots of standing and walking!)
    4:30 – change and head to Crossfit
    5:00-6:00 – Crossfit class, sometimes stay a bit late for skill work (competition team). One day a week, if it’s not too cold, I run 3-4 mi with a coworker instead of going to CF.
    6:00ish-7:00 – commute home
    7:00-10:00 – shower, dinner and hang time with the hubs, chores
    10:00 – usually passed out on the couch while he watches TV… haha!

  30. 50

    I know it’s irrelevant since everyone’s needs are different but since you said dinner is your smallest meal of the day, i’m curious to know wether you finish your plate ? It still looks very decent sized to me :D

  31. 53

    I love posts like this! I need to do one soon. If your fav coffee shop is Northside, then I’m super jealous! I miss that place!!

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