I’m not going to lie. The past 4 weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. A good whirlwind, but a whirlwind.
Working in higher education, the start of the fall semester is fast paced and a little hectic. I’ve worked really long hours these past few weeks, working late and on weekends, and as a result, I haven’t been all that consistent with my workouts or meal prep. I haven’t fallen off the wagon by any means, but I’m ready to get back on track and to regain control of my life and schedule.
The first thing I did to regain control was to plan out my workouts for the week ahead. I signed up for 2 Orange Theory classes, one today and one on Wednesday, and then created a running plan for the week. I don’t have any races planned for the month of October, but with 3 races on my calendar for November, I want to get back to running consistently. The weather is looking spotty this week, so worst case scenario, I’ll run at the gym.
Next I ran to the grocery store and farmers market Saturday to buy some healthy foods. As we’ll pick up our CSA vegetable and meat box on Tuesday, I just picked up a few odds and ends to pull it all together. I bought apples, bananas, shredded cheese, milk, eggs, brown rice, tortillas, and canned tuna.
Next, I prepared some healthy foods for the week ahead. I’ve really been enjoying my life without tracking or scheduling out meals, but it’s really helpful having healthy foods on hand. Yesterday I sautéed some kale and cooked down some peppers and onions, both from last week’s CSA box. I then prepared 4 servings of brown rice and cooked up a bag of Seven Spoons Quinoa Vegetable Biryani, which I’ve had in my freezer for a few months now. Each of these foods will help with meal creation, especially as I throw healthy meals together. I’d like to make a Crockpot pork roast this week too, so that’ll turn into leftovers for a few days.
The last thing I did to regain control was to make the decision to cut out bad habits that have crept back in. These past few weeks I’ve been to Starbucks one too many times for a soy chai, I’ve forgotten to pack a lunch more days than I’d like to admit, and I’ve struggled to make dinners after a long day. I really haven’t eaten out that much, but the meals I’ve thrown together on a whim haven’t been all that balanced or packed with veggies. I’ve eaten oatmeal with almond butter for lunch for too many days and I’m just eager to get back on track. Maybe this was actually the first step towards regaining control, but I think it’s a step I have to think about regularly. It’s just too easy to skip breakfast when I’m in a rush or to grab a chai when I hit the afternoon slup. I’ve just gotten into a bad groove and routine, but it’s time to turn things around and to get back on track.
This morning I went to Orange Theory and then made a healthy breakfast before hitting the road. I also packed my lunch and have a good sense of what I’d like to make my family for dinner tonight. I usually wait until I’m home to make dinner. It’s nice being able to make what you’re actually hungry for. Sometimes a salad is what I need and sometimes I really need a turkey burger.
One day at a time and one day closer to regaining control.