What I Ate And Did On Monday

Rather than just show you my food from Monday, I thought I would also talk about my schedule on a typical weekday. I am always hesitant to write posts like this but when others do it I find it really interesting to hear about how they spend their day. Over the past year I have been forced to make changes in my routine due to starting a different job and moving to a new house (with a  longer commute). I don’t think I ever realized how much time I saved by leaving for work at 8:00 and getting home at 4:15! Gone are the days when I can attend a yoga class after work. However, with a little adjusting I guess I have managed to figured out ways to get it all done. It’s all about adjusting, adapting, and accepting, right?

What I Ate and Did on Monday

Monday started with a 4:30am alarm and coffee. I got dressed in my running clothes, then read some blogs, added my post to the link-up, and checked my spam comments. I usually find about 1-2 “real” comments a day that get stuck in there. (If you think you commented and it looks like it disappeared, that’s usually what happened).


At 5:15 I started my workout. I did my core work and a warm-up, and then headed out for my run. 


When I got back I had about 10 minutes to foam roll, during which time I scrolled through instagram and posted the above picture. 

At 6:30 I heated up my sweet potato and bacon frittata while making another cup of coffee to bring with me to work. I ate breakfast in about 2 minutes and then headed upstairs to shower and get ready. 


By 7:10 I was dressed and ready to go. Rob and I leave together (I drive him to the train) so some mornings if I am ready a few minutes before him I’ll read a few more blogs. 


I parked at work at 7:40, excited that there was no traffic! I saw my coworker in the garage and walked the two blocks to my office with her. 

Morning snacks were a protein granola bar and an apple.

granola bar


I had a long meeting in the morning, and then ate lunch (salad and leftover pizza) before leaving at about 1:15  to go to a meeting downtown. This is somewhat unusual, although I do have off-site meetings quite often.




The good news was I got to leave around 4:15 whereas I many days I am at my office until closer to 5. I ate this LARA bar on my drive home.


I arrived home just before 5:00 and marinated steak for dinner that night. I also made my lunch for the next day. 

Around 5:20 Rob texted me that he had boarded the train so I went to pick him up. When we get back I made dinner (this ginger, beef, mushroom and kale stir fry) and we ate around 6:30. 

stir fry

After cleaning up, I  poured myself a glass of wine and headed to the couch to read blogs and reply to comments. By the time I was done it was around 8:15, and decided it was time for one of these brownies. As soon I saw these on Michele’s instagram last week I knew I wanted to make them, and they did not disappoint!




I put away my laptop and tried to “unplug” for the rest of the night but end up scrolling through my phone. Headed to bed at 9:00 wondering if there would be a snow day the next day! (I ended up working from home- luckily the snow did not end up being as bad as expected!)

What time do you usually wake up and go to bed?

Have you ever had to make changes to your schedule? Is it tough for you to adjust?

Have you tried any good snacks/desserts lately?


Thanks to Laura and Jenn!





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47 thoughts on “What I Ate And Did On Monday

  1. The brownies look so good! I wanted to try making them too! I am so done with my computer at night – I try to put it away around dinner time and now try not to look at my phone either past 7, and sometimes, even earlier! So long as my son is home, I don’t need to hear from anyone. I need the break from technology because I am on it all day long.
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  2. I absolutely love these day in the life posts! They are so fascinating. I can’t believe how early you get up though. WHEW. I’m also dying to try one of those brownies… hmm…. it’s 2:30am and I’m up coughing, so I don’t think I can make a batch of brownies quite yet. A fistful of chocolate chips will have to do. But I want to make them tomorrow!
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  3. I am nosy about people’s days and eating habits so I love posts like this!!! Dang you get up early. I don’t know, any time with a 4 in front of it seems soooo much earlier than a time with a 5 in front of it!I get up at 5:30-5:45 depending on my workout. Lately, I ave been in bed between 8-8:30 and I read until I fall asleep. It is very relaxing. I love it that you don’t disappoint on your blog title- whnever you recap your food for the day there is ALWAYS a glass of wine in there! :) I prefer my wine before dinner. After dinner there is a dessert for me 99% of the time. Last night I had 3 huge cookies! Oh I also have a post like this one in my draft folder. :)

    • I used to be so scared of waiting up at a time with a 4 in front of it! You are right, there is something about it that makes 4:59 so much worse than 5:00! But once I started doing it I realized it wasn’t so bad. Now sometimes I naturally wake up that early. Which is not a good thing on the weekends…

  4. I really enjoy the day in the life posts. It’s interesting to see what other people’s routines look like. I definitely have it pretty good because my commute is so short, so I leave my apartment at 8:35 to walk to work and I’m generally home by 5:30-6. I don’t know how you wake up at 4:30!!
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  5. Woohoo so glad you liked the brownies. They disappeared so quickly here I’ll need to make them again. Sometimes I’m amazed at how much I do before the day actually begins (which in my head is when the kids are up and getting ready for school) so I guess I’m glad to see other people who have the same stuff going on. I have much respect for 4:30 – lately I’ve been dragging myself out at 5:30 and not getting blog stuff done early.
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted…WIAW Super Bowl Sunday and When Paleo Has to GoMy Profile

  6. I don’t work far from home, and do work 7-ish to 4-ish. I’ll get home around 4:30 or a little later, then hit either my living room for strength training, or the fitness room for the treadmill. If the weather’s nice, I might try to run outside, but my neighborhood isn’t exactly flat, with most of the sidewalk at angles. This Saturday I’ll be outside and trying to keep to flat ground.
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  7. I would love to say I go to bed at 9:30pm and wake up at 6:30am since I really need my full 8 hours and it takes me awhile to fall asleep. But lately it’s been more like staying up til 10:30-11 and waking up by 5:30/6, if I’m lucky. Need to get myself to stick to good habits even when the people around me aren’t!
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  8. I usually am in bed my 10:00 and my alarm goes off a little after 5:30. However, I probably don’t actually get out of bed until like 5:45. It was hard when I worked at a school that started earlier, but I adjusted to waking up at 5:00 to get my workout in. I haven’t had any new desserts lately, but I am craving Cold Stone like no other!
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  9. i like these kinds of posts too, sometimes it seems like bloggers have all the time in the world to workout and post but its nice to see “behind the curtain” :) I used to have a similar schedule, but now that i work downtown theres an extra 3 hours worth of commuting i didnt have before. its tough to adjust but its the norm now…wish it wasnt though…i will never love my commute but i dont think anyone really does.

  10. Oooh that beef and mushroom stir fry looks delicious! I made coconut oil whole wheat pastry flour chocolate chip cookies from a Gimme Some Oven recipe and they were insanely delicious.
    I like getting to see this peek into your life! You get so much done so early! I usually wake up at 5-5:30am and go to bed at 9:30-10pm.
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  11. Love day in the life posts, especially when combined with WIAW! Your eats look super yummy and the red wine/brownie combo is ON POINT…yum!!!

    I feel ya on the 4:30am wake up call. I have to get up at 4am on the days I workout before work…ugh!!! I’m more than ready for bed by the time 9-9:30pm rolls around.

    I had to adjust my schedule when we moved and my commute went from 15 minutes to over an hour…boo! I don’t do well with changes to my schedule but such is life so I’ve learned to be more flexible…kind of 😉

  12. I just posted my WIAW as a “what I ate and did” as well! I love reading other people’s “day in the life” so thank you. I am always astounded by how early some people get up in the morning – I find getting up at 7am hard! On the other hand, I am regularly working so that I don’t get home in the evening until 9 or later so can’t really get to bed any earlier than 10. So my day begins at 7 (or 8 if I have a lie-in) and ends between 10 and 11. I had a few huge changes to my routine in the last year as I moved country to Madrid, Spain, where they do everything very differently – later to wake up, later to go to bed, later to eat, really long lunch breaks… I actually loved it!

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