day in the life

Day in the Life

Friday Friday Friday!

I work long hours during the week with my (newish) schedule so that every other Friday I have the day off. The alternate Fridays I do work, it’s a shorter day! YAY!

Day in the Life

5:35am – Alarm goes off. I lay there for a minute hating life because I am SO not a morning person. (The perfect work schedule for me would be, like 9-4, with my sleeping until 8am!) Then up to shower. Weigh in – 166. Thankfully didn’t gain any weight over the holidays with Christmas cookies, being sick and taking prednisone! YAY!

6:00am – Get Logan up and dressed and in his highchair. Michael makes us breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage, salsa and hot sauce, plus a big glass of EmergenC (doing everything I can to stay healthy!). Around 400 calories total. We eat and get ready to go.

6:25am – After several trips to load all the crap into the car, I drive to daycare. The new daycare is great and it’s nice that it’s pretty convenient for the commute.

6:40am – Drop Logan off at daycare, make funny faces in the window and then drive to work in traffic!

7:05am – Park in my parking place and depending on how late I am, run to the bus stop, take the bus across the river to work.

7:15am – Start working. Make my coffee (I should probably start making my coffee at home…) Since having a kid I’ve become a 2 coffee a day person often! I spend the next few hours working, working, working. I spend a lot of time walking back and forth from my desk to the printer for stuff. So I get a LOT of steps in. Here’s an example:

Quite a bit, huh? 3 of those miles was my run, but basically I walk several miles a day just around the office.

10:30am – Mid-morning snack before working out. Today it’s a small gala apple and a slice of Tillamook cheddar cheese. Around 150 calories.Β 

11:00am – Time to work out! If I want to use the gym at work during my lunch hour, I have to go kind of early. On certain days there are yoga classes and they don’t allow you to workout at the same time, so I stagger my lunch to avoid the class. I also go at odd times to avoid crowds in the gym (especially this time of year!).

This day, I run 3 miles on the treadmill in 43 minutes. Not a great run. It’s the second run I’ve done since being sick and taking a few weeks off. It was rough and my heart rate was pretty high the entire time and I had to take a lot of walking breaks just to get my heart rate normal.

11:45am – Finish workout. Foam roll and stretch. Quick shower and dry my hair.

12:15pm – Back to my desk. I heat up lunch, or make a salad, and eat at my desk while I go through emails I missed during my lunchbreak. This day is a salad with leftover steak.

2:30pm – Small snack. Salami. 80 calories. I take a quick break at work and finish reading my book (Mitch Rapp #9).

4:00pm – OFF WORK! YAY! WEEKEND! Bus back to my car, drive home. Play with Logan. Check out the video on my Instagram of Logan when I got home πŸ™‚

5:30pm – Dinner and bath time for Logan! Maya came to visit Logan while he was in the bath. πŸ™‚

7:00pm – Bedtime for the little Booger. We do the bedtime routine and Michael fixes us dinner. I open a bottle of wine and immediately change into my PJs. Exciting Friday night, huh? πŸ˜‰

I really liked this wine. I got it at a discount store and went in blind and was happily surprised it was a good bottle! It smelled very sweet and floral but was not sweet to taste. It was very dry and crisp, like a Sauvignon Blanc.

Dinner was a grilled pork tenderloin, seasoned with lemon pepper, sauteed Brussels Sprouts with bacon (I LOVE Brussels sprouts and could eat them every day) and some fresh mozzarella cheese. Dinner was delicious! And around 700 calories. Dessert was a small piece of chocolate fudge, handmade by a friend. Yum!

8:00pm – We usually watch a movie on Friday nights (last Friday we watched “Get Out”! SO GOOD! Watch it!) but this night we decided to just hang out and talk for awhile. It was nice!

I’m not going to post when we went to bed because it’s embarrassingly early. But yeah, I started a new book and will let you know how it is!

A Day in the Life…

“Looks like you’re not doing slow carbs anymore? How did it work for you? For a while? Not at all? I’m just considering trying it. It’s an approach to eating I think I could live with – especially if I have the cheat day they recommend in the 4-hour body. I’ve tried lots of things that don’t make much diff to my weight but never gone fructose-free. I thought what the heck maybe that’s worth a try.Β Love your blog. “

Thanks for the email! No, I’m not really doing the Slow Carb Diet anymore. Honestly it did not work for me. I did it for a few weeks but did not see any weight loss or body changes. In fact, I gained about a pound or two. Michael, on the other hand, dropped a lot of weight doing the diet. He lost about 25 pounds and looked great. He felt great, too. I think this diet canΒ work but it’s an individual thing. It just didn’t work for me.

That being said, we still do a lot of the components from the Slow Carb Diet. For example, we eat the breakfast, we’ve added more beans to our daily diet (which works great) and we’ve reduced our carb intake. Instead of having lots of carby foods with dinner (potatoes, rice, bread, etc) we skip that and have a protein with a salad and a veggie as a side dish for dinner. It’s much more satisfying and I feel healthier eating that way.

Here is a standard day, including foods, now:

6:oo a.m – Alarm goes off. Some days I bounce out of bed, other days I fall back asleep and groan and moan about getting up. I shower, dress, eat breakfast with Michael.

–>Our breakfast is the Slow Carb breakfast because it worked really well. It was fairly low in calories but really filling and kept me satisfied for hours. Our breakfast is scrambled eggs with beans and turkey sausage or bacon. Lots of protein!Β 

7:10 a.m. – Drive to work. If I’m biking to work the schedule is different.

7:25 a.m – Park car and walk about 1.5 miles to work. If it’s raining I will skip the walk.

8:00 a.m. – At work I make my 1 cup of coffee in a French Press coffeemaker. I store my coffee creamer at work. It’s saved me a ton of time, money and calories making my own coffee.

10:30 a.m. – I eat a snack on my break. This varies day to day and depends greatly on the season or what I am training for.

–>The usual is some kind of fruit: apples, oranges, cherries, grapes, plums, etc. Or I will have some cottage cheese.

1:00 p.m. – I eat lunch and go for a walk during my lunch break.

–>Lunch varies. It could be leftovers, soup, salads, sometimes sandwiches but not often.Β 

3:30 p.m. – Try to avoid snacking on candy from the Candy Room at work!

4:00 p.m. – I eat a snack if I’m on my way to the gym after work, or biking home. Again, the food I eat for a snack varies on what I have, what I’m craving and what I’m training for.

–>Sometimes it’s cottage cheese, greek yogurt, or hummus and carrots, other times it might be an English Muffin with butter. It all depends.

5:30 p.m. – If it’s a gym or swim day, I work out.

7:00 p.m. – Eat dinner with Michael at home.

–>Our standard dinner now is a protein (pork chop, steak, salmon, shrimp or chicken) with a salad and steamed veggies on the side.Β 

So in some ways we are still doing some of the Slow Carb Diet but I just could not give up fruit or dairy from my diet. Basically, there are a lot of different programs that you can do to start to lose weight and there are several that will work. You just have to choose which one works for you.

QUESTION: Have you tried the Slow Carb Diet? What were your thoughts? Do you still do it?