Happy Monday, and happy almost fall! I’m so excited – I thought I was a summer person but ever since I spent time in Texas, I’m realizing I really am much more of a fall/winter person. I love snuggling up and being cozy with blankets and sweaters and sweatpants, I love hot soup and chili, I love fall-scented candles, I love it all! Fall and winter fashion are superior to the typical tank tops and shorts for summer time, and I love the feeling of running in the crisp fall air (the negative winter temperatures I could do without).
Fall also brings upon itself the start of school, and this year was no different, even in a pandemic (or outbreak…what even is going on now?!). I started the fall semester of my second year at Georgetown a few weeks ago, and it’s definitely kept me busy. I did a poll on my Instagram page last week (make sure you’re following me, @lets_run_a_megathon) asking what you guys wanted to see, and 70 percent of you said you wanted to see what a full day of eating looks like right now! In the midst of busy days, planning is definitely key. I’m also not a chef or a nutritionist, so please take this with a grain of salt (that’s the expression, right?). Each body is different and needs different fuel, so my day of eating may not look like yours and that’s okay!
This is a bit different at the moment, because I’m still living at home with my family. Normally, when I’m on my own, I do a lot more meal prepping (cooking a bunch of chicken, salmon, spaghetti squash, roasted veggies, etc.) on the weekends for dinner. I currently have the luxury of eating my mom’s home-cooked meals, although, I’m sure many of you know I’m definitely a picky eater so many nights I end up making my own adjustments. Today, however, was really different from a “typical” day which is why I wanted to share – to show that sometimes not every day looks the same and that’s okay too!
Although I am picky and tend to eat the same things, some days there is variation. I’ve gotten much better at listening to my body, fueling it properly, stopping when I’m full and giving in to what my body is asking for instead of depriving it. For example, most days, I have protein oatmeal as I typically start my day with a run or a SoulCycle class. Today, however, I went to the gym and lifted in the morning so I wasn’t as hungry when I got back. Some days I have a salty tooth, and some days I have a sweet tooth. Some days I’m ravenous and other days I’m not too hungry. Definitely listen to your body and don’t make any crazy changes without consulting a professional!
Monday, September 21
6:30 a.m.: Wake-up, chug water, take vitamins (check out this post to see what supplements I start my day with)
7 a.m.: Gym time! I wanted to run but it was 39 degrees this morning! I’m looking forward to the cold but definitely not prepared for that yet. At the gym I did a 20-minute elliptical warmup and then lifted a hamstring focused lift (I did this one from Margo Maxwell)
8:15 a.m.: Hot water with lemon and a bowl of fruit, today it was a banana, honey-crisp apple, raspberries and strawberries
9:30 a.m.: Black coffee with a scoop of Vital Proteins collagen, a cinnamon coffee cake Fiber One bar and a ONE Protein Bar (maple donut flavored…stick your protein bars in the microwave, it’s a game changer!)
11 a.m.: Another coffee, this time with a splash of Califia Farms Almond Milk Toffee Flavored creamer and sprinkled cinnamon on top (I never do creamer but every now and then I decide to spice things up a bit)
12:45 p.m.: A bowl of chicken chili, Siete Grain Free Tortilla chips and some leftover roasted veggies, and a Nuun tablet in my water
2:30 p.m.: A chocolate chip cookie Fiber One bar
4 p.m.: Low-fat string cheese and some baby carrots, and more water of course
4:30 p.m.: Celsius Energy Drink (my favorite to get hyped up for a workout!)
5:30 p.m.: 4.2 mile run, nice and easy (seriously…my watch has been updating all day so I didn’t even have that to monitor pace!)
6:30 p.m.: Chocolate milk to refuel while waiting for dinner…I was gonna take Coco for a walk but she puked this afternoon so I GUESS NOT ha
Dinner tonight is going to be pot roast – DEFINITELY not a normal food for me, but mom wants me to get some red meat in, sigh. Personally, I hate the taste of red meat but knowing my history of issues, I know deep down its good for me every once in a while. I’ll probably have a few small pieces alongside a salad, string beans and some roasted sweet potatoes! Dessert is based on how hungry I still am…since I’m signed up for an early morning SoulCycle, I probably will have a small cup of Lesser Evil popcorn with a few squares of Lily’s Dark Chocolate.
Clearly I was craving a lot of protein today! When I start my days lifting, I try to get a bit more protein in than normal so I can refuel my muscles, especially if it’s a leg focused lift. I also drink water throughout the day, today I re-filled my large Hydroflask four times. I always start my days with hot lemon water and a fruit bowl or fruit smoothie, it helps me feel best. I also always end my day with hot tea that has either lemongrass or ginger to help ease digestion into the nighttime. What are some of your favorite things to eat throughout the day? What posts do you want to see next?