Day in the Life

Hi friends! I’ve had some requests for another Day in the Life post, so here you are! This is what I was up to (and what I ate) on Wednesday.

6:30 a.m. – Alarm goes off. Stretch on the floor for a few minutes (been trying to do this every morning, even if it’s brief) before hopping in the shower and getting ready for the day.

7 a.m. – Breakfast. Enjoy some toast (a random paleo bread made with coconut flour that I picked up from Whole Foods, just to mix it up… getting sick of my usual Ezekiel bread) with almond butter and sliced banana and a big glass of water, plus some blueberries.


I also have a few gulps of leftover green juice that I made over the weekend. Cucumber, spinach, and apple – simple and delicious. Try it if you have a juicer!


I only ended up wanting one of the pieces of toast (it was really dense/filling) so I packed up the other one for later, along with some healthy snacks to enjoy later on – almonds, half an avocado, a peach, an unpictured Wild Zora bar (<—affiliate link to the sampler pack I bought awhile ago to try out – they are really delicious), and a couple packets of Celestial Seasonings tea (Lemon Zinger).


I didn’t have time to pack lunch, so lunch out will be a nice treat. :)

7:30 – 7:50 a.m. Walk to a nearby coffee shop to meet an AnnetheRD nutrition client.

7:50 a.m. – AnneTheRD client session. Not ready for a coffee yet, so grab an iced tea to enjoy during the session (so hot out) instead!

8:30 – 9 a.m. – Walk to the metro and commute downtown to the UberOffices. I paused my membership there for the past month and a half because of all the travel I was doing, and was soooo happy to get back to it – Wednesday was the first day back. Being home alone all the time = the worst. I get so lonely and bummed out!

While on the metro, read an interesting article in the Express (the free Washington Post commuter paper) about how DC might start enforcing more strict regulations/rules about who can call themselves a personal trainer.

metro reading

Once off the metro, stop at Pret a Manger and grab an iced whole milk latte. Love that they use organic, grass fed milk there! I also grab one of their spinach and egg cups (2 hard boiled eggs + some raw spinach) to snack on – craving protein.

iced latte walk to work

9:15 – 10 a.m. – Arrive at office, get settled, check in on emails, and publish my blog post for the day (already written). Eat the eggs and spinach and sip on the latte while I work.

10 a.m. – AnnetheRD nutrition client skype call.

11 a.m. – AnnetheRD nutrition client phone call.

11:30 a.m. – Snack on the other piece of toast leftover from the morning while replying to a couple emails.

11:45 a.m. – Walk over to Epic Yoga to take a lunchtime yoga class. Quickly change once there and head into the studio. They have free yoga mats so I didn’t have to bring mine – yay.

12 – 1 p.m. – Yoga! It was absolutely wonderful – so restorative and I loved the instructor – great mix of calming and energizing. Apparently she was only subbing, though – bummer.

epic yoga dc

1 p.m. – Throw clothes back on (no need to shower, and didn’t bring stuff to shower anyway) and walk across the street to Chopt to treat myself to lunch. Taking a longer lunch break than usual since my workday started early!

1:05 – 1:30 p.m. – Enjoy lunch! Get a grain salad bowl with a quinoa/lentil/farro (I think?) mix, plus chickpeas, kale and other greens, cucumber, cabbage, beets, feta, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Plus a big glass of water. Hit. the. Spot! After taking this picture, put my phone away and enjoy the lunch technology free while watching the people walking by outside. :)

chopt grain bowl

1:30 p.m. – Walk back to the office!

1:35 – 6 p.m. – Get caught up on emails, send some client follow ups from the morning, and then close my email and write 3 blog posts (including this one) to be posted later on. Alternate between sitting and standing (you guys know I’m all about the standing desks). Take a quick break about halfway through to have my snacks – the peach, half avocado, and a few of the almonds. Plus a cup of the tea (caffeine free, because I’m apparently old and can’t have caffeine late in the day anymore or it keeps me up). A little while later, just before leaving at 6, I also eat the Wild Zora bar.

6 – 6:45 p.m. – Walk to metro, commute back to Arlington. It takes way longer than usual thanks to metro issues – womp.

6:45 p.m. – Hop off the metro a few stops early and walk to a nearby nail place to treat myself to a pedicure. :) My toenails were a serious hot mess.

7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Pedicure! Read a magazine and relax. Leg massages = the best. And I now have yellow toenails, which makes me smile.

yellow toe nail polish

7:30 p.m. – Matt picks me up on his drive home from work. Yay!

7:35 – 8:30 p.m. – Make and enjoy dinner with Matt! I bought us another round of Blue Apron, and we enjoy some Salmon Burgers (<—recipe) while catching up on the day. Delish!


Meanwhile, Zara creeps on us from across the room. Alllllways watching. Lol!


8:30 – 9 p.m. – Clean up the kitchen. Matt is doing his fantasy football draft with the guys so I take one for the team and clean up. He’s cleaned a couple times recently so it was my turn anyway. :)

9 p.m. – Wash face, brush teeth, etc., then have a phone date with my friend Ashley. She moved out to the west coast recently (sadface) and we’ve been playing phone tag for awhile now. Glad I caught her! Play with Zara while I chat. Gotta wear Zara out before bedtime!

9:40 p.m. – Hop in bed and read – I’ve been making a big effort to ditch the electronics before bedtime because I sleep so much better, and I love reading a real book before bed. Such a nice way to wind down! I just started re-reading Pillars of the Earth (affiliate link), which I originally read back in 2006 and was totally obsessed with. I’ve forgotten enough of it that now I can read it again and enjoy it just as much as the first time! ;)

10:15 p.m. – Lights out! Night, night.

What’s your typical Day in the Life like?

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  1. 1

    What was the yoga teacher’s name? I moved to D.C. a month ago, and so far my yoga experiences in the city have been really disappointing.

    • 2

      Her name is Alexandria. What types of yoga do you like? (aka restorative, intense, otherwise?) I’m happy to provide suggestions for locations/instructors I think you’d like if you share what you’re looking for — and in what area of DC?

      • 3

        Oh thanks, that’s so nice of you! I live in Capitol hill, so anywhere in NE/SE works for me.
        I usually prefer intense vinyasa classes, but right now I am training for a couple of races, so I occasionally go to restorative classes after a long-ish run.
        I’ve just purchased a 5 class pass at NoMa Yoga on Gilt City, and I really really really hope to enjoy it! I’ll let you know how it goes.
        Thanks again!
        Love your blog :)

        • 4

          Ah — unfortunately NE/SE is the area of the city I don’t know as well! The best studios I’ve found in DC are mostly in NW or Georgetown. If you’re willing to travel a little, CorePower Yoga is a great one (they have restorative classes and also a really hard/intense one called Sculpt that incorporates weights). In Dupont, Epica Yoga is good for lower key classes. StudioDC has some great fast and hot flows that will really make you sweat. Those are my main faves. I haven’t heard great reviews of Yoga NoMa (I have friends that live near there and tried it), but maybe it was the instructor they had and not the studio as a whole. Good luck! :)

  2. 7

    Bahaha Zara! The cuteness!

  3. 8

    I heard about the DC stuff but it was in relation to Crossfit there and how the govt was trying to step in and regulate it more. Interesting stuff…

  4. 9

    these are always fun posts, keep ’em coming!

  5. 10

    I had Pillars of the Earth on my “to read” list and somehow it fell off. I’ll have to add it back on Good Reads!

  6. 11

    OMG! Pillars of the Earth for the wiiiiiin! :D Love it!!

  7. 12

    My day in the life is…. pretty boring, id say! Well, I say that, but then remember that I work in a very tumultuous and possibly scary field and area, so maybe it isn’t so boring… I should do a day in the life sometime!

  8. 13

    Love reading day in the life posts…and I love your pedicure!! :)

  9. 14

    I do love that book and think it was back in 2000 that I read it! Time to again!

  10. 15

    Ahh this made me miss pre-baby life! So much freedom and the perfect combination of work time and exercise/relax time! What a great day!

  11. 16

    pillars of the earth is SO GOOD!
    fun post :)

  12. 17

    i feel like you went to bed earlier and woke up later than what you usually say- yay :D (lots of late work nights/early morning classes/runs when you post i guess, haha). and my mom and i just got our annual mani/pedis! we try and do it before school starts, but got it a few weeks late this time.
    that grain salad looks delish! jealous ;)

    • 18

      Yeah, just depends on the day and what workout I’m doing! I try not to do too many insanely early workouts in a row or else it exhausts me!

  13. 19

    I remember you posting a while back about Zara waking you two up early in the morning with meowing at your door, etc and you were looking for suggestions. Did you even find a solution that worked so she didn’t wake you up?

    • 20

      She is still a little disruptive but it’s a lot better. I think it was because it was spring and we had the windows open and the birds woke her up earlier than usual. We’ve had the windows/shades closed all summer and she seems more calm. Wearing her out as much as possible always helps, too!

  14. 21

    I absolutely love these types of posts. I’m obsessed (or maybe creepy) with knowing what other people do with their time. Your life is so interesting and I love that you take time out during the day for yourself. P.S. I REALLY want a standing desk and I NEEEED one! P.S.S. THAT Salmon Burger!!

  15. 23

    Oh man, I love Pillars of the Earth, and everything Ken Follett! Have you read his more recent Century Trilogy yet? Those books are amazing.

  16. 25

    OMG Pillars of the Earth!! Have we talked about this before?? It’s pretty much my favorite book ever and I trained for one of my half marathons while listening to it on audiobook. Also – every time we walked past a cathedral in Europe I was spouting random facts to Fabio about how cathedrals are made. I’m pretty sure he was not as interested. ;)

    • 26

      That’s genius to listen to it while running! SO GOOD — I’m as obsessed round 2 as I was the first time I read it! I can’t believe we haven’t talked about this before, ha.

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