As I wrap up my last few weeks at my current job, I’ve been shuffling back and forth between two clinics, filling in a few shifts at my old workplace for a couple of my coworkers who were out of town. There have been some long days (and in come cases, nights) spent at work dealing with some difficult cases, and of course the normal stress that comes along with dealing with any job transition. Needless to say, it’s been a challenge to maintain a healthy balance in the food and exercise department but I’m working on it.
Snacks have been fundamental in keeping me fueled since I’ve been on the go so much. A few of my current faves:
dried apple rings from Trader Joe’s
great on their own, but I also love pairing them with almonds for a satisfying afternoon snack
Trader Joe’s edamame hummus + chopped veggies – I recently fell in love with this stuff and have been buying it weekly ever since. I’ve been eating it as a dip, a spread (over salmon burgers), or mixed in with quinoa and black beans. It’s almost a little too addicting.
Did you guys even know this existed? I didn’t. I saw these cute little individual containers when I went to pick up Eddy’s seizure medicine at the grocery store the other night. With just 70 calories and 8 g of sugar, it’s the perfect healthy indulgence for a recovering chocoholic.
Bars, bars bars – I pretty much don’t leave the house without a luna, clif or think thin bar in my bag for a quick, on-the-go snack in a pinch.
There have also been plenty of oatmeal breakfasts and salmon burger dinners:
Quick, easy and nutritious and don’t require too much thought for when I’m rushing to get out the door or just arriving home at 9:00 at night.
Workouts have been happening whenever I can fit them in – the elliptical and I are best buds (I’m still trying to rest my foot but resisting the temptation to run is hard) and I try and squeeze in a quick TIU strength routine when I can. Yoga has been a lifesaver for me as far as stress relief goes (running usually fills that role) and I’ve been fortunate to be able to fit in 2-3 sessions per week. I’ve had a few more rest days than usual – sleep takes precedence over exercise when I’m truly exhausted – but I’m still trying to push myself to go to the gym most mornings even when I don’t feel up for it (as was the case this and most mornings lately) since I know my overall mood and energy levels will benefit.
Overall, I’m feeling pretty decent. I still can’t wait to jump back into a more normal routine full force but I feel good that I’m doing what I can to make it work for now.
Well, that’s it for now – hope you guys are having a great week!
What’s your current food and fitness routine look like? Do you have a structured plan or are you making it work like me?