Everybody is busy, and most of us are busy beyond capacity whether it is your job, kids, activities, or all of the above. I recently started a new teaching job that has been absolutely killing me in terms of hours. I have to get up at five-thirty in the morning and deal with a forty-five minute commute. After a month on the job, I noticed a few things: I was gaining weight, my sense of timing of when to eat was completely out of whack, and I was too tired to exercise the way I like (running). So I decided to make a few changes.
First, I started making a smoothie for the ride into work to hep curb hunger, and packed a snack for around 9:30-10:00 am to help me get through lunch.
Second, I switched to going for walks after work to decompress and get my cardio in. cause the job is temporary, I know that I can switch back to running in a few months. Finally, I made sure to pace out my eating so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with carb cravings when I got home.
Here is a snapshot of my day today.
Overslept!!!! It was a good dream though:)
6:30 a.m. Smoothie and a cup of coffee (3 servings of fruit: banana, kale, berries, coconut milk, and pineapple)
10:00 Yogurt and an orange (1 serving of fruit)
12:00 Chicken, vegetables, rice and a salad (4 servings of vegetables)
3:00 Snack (I knew I was going for a long walk so I grabbed some nuts from 711)
4:00 Hour and ten minute walk. I walked with an old friend around the city while we caught up and reminisced about old times.
5:30 Home to cook dinner or rather reheat some barbecue for the family.
I fit in a full work day, a good walk, and 8 servings of fruits and vegetables today.