A Day in the Life

It’s been a while since I did a Day in the Life post, so let’s toss one in the mix, shall we? Here’s what I was up to yesterday. :)

5:52 a.m. – Alarm goes off (the extra 2 minutes makes the difference, I swear). Get up, change into running clothes.

6:05 a.m. – Eat a snack (a waffle with a smear of almond butter + about 4 oz of water mixed with Vega Pre-Workout Energizer – love that stuff).

6:20 a.m. – Out the door!

6:30 – 7:45 a.m. – Track workout! I do about a half mile warm up jog and some stretches/strides before we officially kick off around 6:40.

track workout washington lee high school

The coaches had us do 1200’s (3 laps around the track, or 3/4 mile) with 2 minutes rest in between each. I do 5 of them and then do a cool down jog.

7:55 a.m. – Arrive back home. Use my foam roller for a bit and stretch out, then hop in the shower. Eat a banana and an almond butter Perfect Bar (these are super hearty/more satisfying than other smaller bars so a decent breakfast on the go) while getting ready because I don’t have time to make anything complicated.

fast portable breakfast

8:45 a.m. – Out the door!

9 – 9:40 a.m.AnneTheRD nutrition counseling client session in person at a coffee shop nearby. I enjoy a large whole milk iced latte during the session – delicious. Also – love that it was nice enough to have our session outside!

meeting nutrition clients at a coffee shop

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Walk to the metro, commute into the city, walk to my co-shared office.

10:20 – 10:55 a.m. – Check in on emails and finish up/publish my blog post for the day (“how to make chicken more interesting”).

11 – 11:30 a.m. – Hop into a call room for an AnneTheRD nutrition client call.

11:35 – 11:55 a.m. – Early lunch! Hungry so I decide to dig in a little earlier than usual. I don’t have time to make it outside before my noon call and I don’t like eating lunch in front of my computer (a real break is important!), so I eat in our office’s kitchen while relaxing. On the menu: a smorgasbord of leftover chicken, veggies, black beans, and sweet potatoes that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Yum! Plus a couple carrots (in the corner of the pic).

easy office packed lunch

12 – 12:30 p.m. – Snag a conference room and hop on a group call for the Cabot Fit Team! One of this year’s team members, Brianne, unfortunately broke her foot a couple days ago, and Cabot asked me if I’d like to join the trip last minute to take her place. I’m sad about the reason I’m getting this opportunity (I hope you heal up quickly, Brianne!), but honored that Cabot thought of me and looking forward to joining the group! It looks like Matt is going to have to work a lot this weekend anyway so after some debate I figured – why not?! So, I’ll be heading to Vermont this weekend to run the Middlebury Maple Run half marathon with the Cabot Fit Team!



The race is supposed to be hilly but really scenic. My track coaches were surprisingly into the idea since my training base is still solid from my spring races – so long as I promised to take it easy on pace and treat it as a casual long training run vs. a race. Deal. :) I’m going to take a lot of pictures, enjoy the views, and try to stay positive on all the hills! Will any of you guys be out there?! The rest of the team is doing Friday morning to Monday morning but I have a lot of work stuff going on so Cabot was fine with me doing Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Should be a fun quick trip!

12:30 – 1:55 p.m. – Back to my computer! Reply to emails and blog comments, send out client follow up emails from my two morning sessions, and start this blog post. Snack on some hummus and crackers and an orange while I work because I’m still hungry and it’s important to honor your hunger, even if you have just eaten lunch and you think you should be full. :) #intuitiveeating

easy portable office snacks

2 – 2:30 p.m. – Meeting at a coffee shop across the street – networking with the founders of a new D.C. area food/nutrition start up that were interested in working with a dietitian. I have too much on my plate right now/don’t think I’d be quite the right fit, so I refer them to a friend. :)

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Walking break with some iced green tea from the coffee shop! Today has been so busy it feels nice to take a breather and do a bit of walking meditation while enjoying the sights around Dupont Circle. Love walking around in these neighborhoods – so much to see!

why you should take an afternoon walk

3 – 6 p.m. – Back at the office and hunkered down! Tackle email inbox. Do some business accounting. Work on our Joyful Eating, Nourished Life program (editing our welcome packet draft, drafting introductory emails, working on the website payment page (launching next week!), etc.). Update AnnetheRD website with some new testimonials. Check in on and reply to blog comments.

joyful eating nourished life

Also take a couple breaks to chat with coshared office buddies that walk by to say hi, and snack on some almonds and dried tart cherries around 4:30. :)

6 – 6:45 p.m. – Walk to metro, take metro, walk home. Even though it takes awhile I enjoy this time – nice to decompress and reset after work. It would probably be faster to just drive downtown but I’d rather take longer and be able to walk/be calm! I listen to the Psychology of Eating podcast while I’m commuting – love that one.

7 p.m. – Dinner time! I’m on my own tonight because Matt is at a work event, so I decide to enjoy my dinner with a side of Netflix. ;) I’m only two episodes away from finishing out the whole series of One Tree Hill – soooo good! It’s taken me ages to watch my way through it all – worth it. Also, please note the lovely decorative foam rollers next to the TV. ;) #runner

easy healthy weeknight dinner

On the menu: leftovers! We had dinner at my aunt and uncle’s on Monday night and my aunt sent me home with a delicious piece of leftover baked salmon. I serve it atop some 90 second brown rice with a side of fresh green beans (the microwave steam in a bag kind – no shame) and some feta – because feta makes everything more awesome. (In case you’re wondering, the feta is a bit pink because it was leftover from the beet salad I brought with us Monday night! I ate the remaining beets before putting the feta in the bowl, heh.) So good. Topped with some lemon juice and pepper!

salmon feta dinner

8:15 p.m. – Yay, Matt is home! Turn TV off – One Tree Hill will have to wait for another day! :)

8:30 – 9:10 p.m. – It’s a beautiful, warm evening so Matt and I decide to take a little stroll to catch up on our days. Love walking at night – so peaceful.

9:10 p.m. – Quick shower! Feeling gross from walking around in the heat all day.

9:20 p.m. – Play with Zara – gotta wear her out before bedtime or she’ll be crazy all night! Her new favorite toy is a piece of yellow string – so random but she LOVES it.

zara the cat

9:40 p.m. – Settle in on the couch with Matt to watch Game of Thrones! I missed it on Sunday because I fell asleep while reading my book at 9:45 – oops. (We have to wait to watch it until 10 EST when the show is over because we have no cable – we use HBO Go.) Matt had already watched it but was down to watch it again with me. So good!

I’m hungry again (we usually don’t eat dinner until 8:30, so 7 felt early especially with the walk) so I snack on a bowl of fresh strawberries, granola, and plain whole milk Greek yogurt while we watch. Matt steals some. :)

10:45 p.m. – Face plant into bed and fall asleep immediately! So tired. Thankfully I know that Wednesday is a rest day from exercise so I’ll be able to sleep in until 7 a.m. – gotta get my 8 hours! :) Goodnight!

What does your day in the life look like? Mine changes quite a bit based on how many client meetings/calls I have, and whether I’m at home or downtown (I generally work from home 2 days a week and downtown 3 days), but it’s usually a big variety of stuff and no day is ever exactly the same which I really like!

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  1. 1
    Sean McClintock says

    Ok, so this cracked me up: “It would probably be faster to just drive downtown…..”

    When I lived there in the early 90s, I was in Woodbridge the first year. My commute was an insane 1 hour, even in the HOV lane (back then, the HOV lane was only a dedicated, separate lane from Shirlington north). I then moved to Ft Myer and had an easy commute to the Pentagon out the back gate. When I moved to Falls Church, my commute was 12 miles and still took me 45 minutes! Unfortunately, I was a poor soldier and couldn’t afford the metro. I look back at those times with such great memories though!

    I know things have changed drastically since I was there last though. Hopefully the traffic has eased….if only slightly! :)

    • 2

      We’re really close to the city (Arlington) so it would probably only be about 20 to 30 minutes driving with traffic, but I’d rather walk and metro and not stress out/have road rage. :) It’s also super expensive to park downtown – even more expensive than metro!

      • 3
        Sean McClintock says

        I understand. I worked directly for an Asst Sec of Defense so I was issued a parking pass at at the Pentagon. I got really lucky!

        If I worked there in this day and age though, I’d either run to work or bike since they have full shower facilities. I could just kick myself that I was an unhealthy smoker back then.

        • 4

          Free parking is the best! I really wish my coshared office had showers because I’d LOVE to run or bike to work on occasion – or just run from work during the day and be able to come back, shower, and be presentable again!

  2. 5

    I use HBO Go as well to watch Game of Thrones and we can usually start it like 5 minutes after the show actually starts on TV- this week we got it started at 9:15. I don’t know if it will work all the time for you, but just a heads up (I can never stay up super late on work nights!). I loved the first episode- hope this season is awesome! :)

  3. 6
    Catherine Cormier says

    Love “day in the life” posts because I’m secretly nosy and like seeing how other people spend their days.

    Our days are pretty similar. Mine is wake up at 6:00 for a morning workout, 30 minute commute to work, sit at a computer all day (but I go for a 30 – 45 min walk during lunch now that the weather is nice), commute home, supper, relax with a bit of tv & reading , lights out by 10:30 and repeat the next day!

    I do have the luxury of working from home once (or twice) a week and I always like those days because I can sleep in a bit since I don’t have a commute and I always complete lots of work since there are no distractions or people stopping by my desk to ask questions.

    • 7

      I love the mix of working from home and in an office – I feel really lucky to have the option to mix it up! I don’t like working from home 100% because I get really lonely, but it’s awesome once or twice a week.

  4. 8

    Weird that you have to wait until after the show airs to see it. We have HBO Now (the online only one, no cable) and it’s available there as soon as it airs, so 9pm Eastern.

  5. 12

    So excited to have you join the Cabot Fit Team again this year- especially since I’m pretty sure it was your blog that introduced me to the fact there was a team. Sounds like a super busy day- I’m impressed you stayed up that late- I’m usually falling asleep by 10pm.

  6. 14

    One Tree Hill is one of my favorite shows!! I watched the entire series last year and was seriously so sad when it was all over. Looks like you had a crazy day! Hope you have a little time to relax this weekend before and after your race :)

  7. 16

    Love these kind of posts! I really want to do one, just have to remember to do it, lol! I am always jealous of your coffee dates and out to lunch posts. the town I work in has a Mcdonalds and a Subway. Gross.

    Love that you have to wear Zara out, we have one cat and a dog and I feel like that with our dog Jazz. Maci the cat likes to be outside during the day so she’s usually pretty good. However this morning she thought it would be hilarious to wake me at 4:30. Ugh.

    • 17

      Zara loooooves waking us up at 5 a.m. It’s like clockwork – ugh! Especially in spring when the birds are noisy and get her keyed up.

  8. 18

    I ran the Middlebury half in 2013 (my parents actually own a house along the course), and I loved it. The hills are totally manageable. Now I am sorry I am not running it this year! Enjoy the is beautiful there :)

  9. 20

    I love reading “Day in the Life” posts, so thanks for sharing! My weekdays are pretty standard–I leave the house by 7:30 for work, usually take a 5:30pm workout class or go for a run after work, eat dinner, then wind down with TV or reading.

  10. 21

    Just started GoT (I know, #behindthetimes) but OMG I’m obsessed now. I’m in the middle of Season 2 (we started it sunday). Love it!

    The black bean, sweet potato, veggie mix looks yummy!

  11. 23

    Haha I totally agree the extra two minutes makes a difference! I remember in high school my alarm was set to 6:17 instead of 6:15, and I tried convincing my parents it really helped.

  12. 26
    Roadrunner says

    Wow, what a productive, impressive day. Kudos! Inspirational!

  13. 27

    I love your day in the life posts, thanks for sharing!

  14. 29

    The days just fly by. Always trying to fit too much into the day! Austin traffic is staggering so listening to Podcasts while stuck in traffic helps. xo Lauren

  15. 31

    The Middlebury Maple was my first half marathon back when I was in college there! It’s a beautiful course. Hilly, but the landscape makes up for that! Enjoy!

  16. 33

    What’s your favorite semi healthy processed snack?

    • 34

      Any of the ones I usually write about – Larabars, KIND bars, Perfect Bars, Clif Kit Organic Bars, Kashi bars, roasted chickpeas, hummus w/ crackers, etc! :)

  17. 35

    I dove head first into One Tree Hill while I was on maternity leave. The last episode hit me right in the feels- possibly just hormones? But I thought it was a really sweet finale.

    I really enjoy day in the life posts. It’s fun to see how other people prioritize everything that has to be done in a day.

    • 36

      I just have the final episode left – ahhh I’m sure I’m going to be teary. They always know how to pull the heart strings!

  18. 37

    I always enjoy reading these! I loved one tree hill! So emotional haha–its been so long since ive watched it perhaps its time for a re-watch!

  19. 39

    So glad you’re joining everyone in VT this weekend. Take it easy and enjoy!

  20. 41

    good luck (!!) on the surprise marathon this weekend! :) i visited vermont (quickly) when looking at colleges (Burlington, looking at UV), and LOVED it! it’s so pretty!

    and wow, another busy day!! my favorite part is that you said even though you didn’t have time to eat outside like usual, you simply went to the break room. i eat in my room all the time, even though i have an apartment, and need to get out more! thank you :)

    i also noticed you ate dinner earlier than usual haha. night snacks + tv ftw! good night :) i do that + tea with chopped or a comedy show when i have time :)

    • 42

      Burlington is gorgeous – love that area! Excited for the trip. :) And yes – so important to take a lunch break, even if it’s brief!

  21. 43

    Glad to see Game of Thrones in there, wooot! Way to go, Matt, doing re-watch the same week, a dedicated fan ;) I salute you!


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