Hi my dears! Like I mentioned the other day I was going to share how I stayed on top of things in terms of staying on track with my health journey whilst working. Despite that I felt very busy I still had time to go to the gym as much as I wanted to and didn’t have to stress with cooking food. So I really felt like I was off to a great start!
I know a lot of people struggle with puzzling everything together work, seeing friends, training, cooking healthy meals. It can be really tough but I hope with sharing how my week went I can show you that it is possible. It’s just takes some planning.
On Sunday before I started my job a took a couple of hours in the evening to prep some of my food for the week. I made a veggie chilli and roasted vegetables to have in my salads. I wasn’t sure there would be a microwave at the office so I thought better be safe and make a salad to take with me. Eating cold chilli is not that nice, let’s be honest. When I make salads they have to be hearty with loads of things in, otherwise it doesn’t fill me up. So I roasted loads of different veggies (I like eating them cold, roasting them brings out the flavour) and then mixed the roasted veggies with spinach, some fresh veggies, hummus, seeds and quinoa.
I struggle at times to figure out how much to bring but you figure it out after a while when you’ve brought food to work for a while. I always pack snacks just in case I pack too little. Being hungry is not fun. Lucky thing I brought a salad my first because we actually didn’t have a microwave until today so now we can bring warm food too. I love warm food mainly so I’m thrilled! I never microwave my food at home but sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got. Once last week we went out for lunch with the entire team to Kcal Kitchen as well so there it was easy to choose something nourishing.
My afternoon snack has mainly been chia pudding. My favourite one is this one here. I do prefer the chia pudding with coconut milk. I mainly make it with the Rude Health’s one. One day I brought in Kallo’s buckwheat cakes with peanut butter and banana. A bit more fidgety as you have to make them in the office.
The key really is to make big batches of things. I’m not really fussed eating the same thing a couple of days in a row if it’s tasty so that makes it a lot easier too. After the gym for dinner I would just eat chilli, which saved me having to cook when I’m starving. Another thing I tend to do when I do cook dinner is to always make sure I get leftovers. You never know when they come in handy.
Despite working 9-5, sometimes a little bit longer, I managed to train 7 times last week whilst still having time to spend time with Jamie and seeing friends. One thing I started doing was going to the 6am classes at G5 . That way my workout was out of the day and it left my evenings free. On days I didn’t have anything planned in the evening I went straight to the gym after work (that’s where the dinner I prepped during the weekend got very handy).
You need to just be flexible with when you go and hold yourself accountable, make sure you actually go. Even if you’re feeling tired, just go for a little bit. Usually over half the battle is just getting to the gym. Once you’re there you’re fine! There was one day last week I mentioned to you guys when I just couldn’t be bothered and I did end up leaving the gym earlier than planned but at least I tried 😛 That happens too! And, of course life gets in the way sometimes so if you can’t make a session you’ve planned in, don’t beat yourself up about it.
So that’s how it went down my first week of work, we’ll see how it goes as the weeks go on but I really hope I’ll be able to go as much as I want. It just takes a bit of puzzling to get it together.
Speaking of the gym, it’s soon time for me to head over for my workout. I hope this post was helpful to some of you!