It snowed the prettiest snow here yesterday. Like the kind where it just flurries a bit, but nothing sticks and the roads don’t end up sloppy. That made me happy. Next time I’ll actually take a photo.
I work 11-11 and have a 75 minute commute home so I’m in bed around 12:45am-ish and sleep till almost 8am. So when I’m not working it’s hard to get on an earlier sleep schedule…so I’ve been in bed around 11:30 or 12am and then up around 7ish. I ideally would love to be in bed around 10pm and up a little before 6am but that is not happening in this season of life. I got over it. And now I’m a wannabe night owl.
I’m on a pancake roll lately, so after a couple cups of coffee and a 7:30am client call I made pumpkin pancakes topped with almond butter, banana and maple syrup. My go-to is cutting this recipe in half for one serving and using 1/3 instead of 1/2 cup of milk and adding in about 1/4 cup pumpkin. So perfectly fluffy. But don’t just follow me — there are times I’ve eaten the entire recipe. Do what feels good and is satisfying to you.
Yesterday though, I needed to add something to the pancakes because breakfast held me for only a couple hours. Eggs or more almond butter next time! Days I’m not working, I go to my favorite coffee shop a block away, Jax, order a coffee with half and half and study there for 3-4 hours until lunchtime. Lately, there has been a girl there studying for her LSAT and she is on the grind with her study game. I actually try to sit by her because I feed off her intense focus and it helps me get in a groove too. Creepy? Maybe. But it works.
If I don’t do this first thing, I get distracted with Nutshell and clients and wedding planning and life and focus becomes impossible. And I always turn off my phone. An hour into studying I munched on this Rx Bar…this flavor was amazing! The sea salt made this bar. I love Larabars, but I do love the extra chewiness of Rx bars.
After studying, I headed to the gym for a quick 1 mile run + 30 minute weight circuit and then came home to shower and make lunch.
But I was starving, so I first drank a smoothie. 1 cup almond milk + 1/2 scoop Vega Sport protein, 1 frozen banana, frozen spinach and ice.
And then you guys, I wish I could say my lunches have been pretty and put together since I eat lunch at home 3-4 days a week when I’m not in clinic…but they are not. Whatever. I need some meal inspiration for lunch because lately I am so not excited about lunch. Help.
Fried eggs sounded good, so I sautéed kale and frozen green beans in olive oil with garlic salt, added a ton of hot sauce and then ate a bunch of veggie chips on the side.
After doing blog/business things like answering emails, writing a partnership post and having a Nutshell client call I snacked on granola before I biked down to counseling at 5pm.
Counseling you are worth every penny. I got done around 6pm and talked to a friend while I walked down to Nick’s apartment.
Dinner was leftover chicken soup from Sunday night along with roasted cauliflower and two fried eggs with avocado that Nick added after I snapped this photo. A hodge podge of leftovers that satisfied.
I stayed and hung out for a bit before Nick walked me to the train and I headed back up to my apartment.
And then I read and did a few things on the computer while eating ice cream from the carton. And then crashed into bed.
This week I was reminded that life is sweet, yet uncertain and short. So don’t worry about the small things today and squeeze the ones you love a bit tighter.
Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co. says
I love RX Bars! I just did a lunch and learn and passed one around… one of the participants scoffed at it because it had 23 grams of carbs (from blueberries) and 210 calories. It opened a whole discussion about carbs and calories 🙂
Lori Geurin says
I’ve never tried RX Bars but have to now. Your chicken soup looks yummy – I love leftover soup, even if I’m the only one in our home who eats it! Do you happen to have a recipe? 🙂
By the way, I love that you’re focused on nutrition instead of constricting calories. You actually EAT real food. Our young girls need more healthy examples like you! Keep up the great work!
ice cream from the carton is the best 🙂 that flavor rx was good! Also those pancakes look amazing. I need some asap! have a great day robyn 🙂
Amber @ Madden Wellness Counseling says
I love your attitude about your 12 hour days. I think it’s great that you see this as a “season of life.” Sometimes stressful times come and go and the best thing you can do is hold on for the ride and KNOW things will calm down soon. I’m also happy to see you still taking time out of every day for YOU! P.S. I’m studying for the NCMHCE right now and it has literally TAKEN OVER my life! Ahhhhh!
Katie @ Live Half Full says
I totally agree with you on the season approach- it makes things much more bearable! I approach my busy season at work that way and it helps a ton.
Sara | wheyproteinindia says
Amazing read for me…I would love to try RX Bars it looks so good & healthy. I totally agree with you about life it is sweet, yet uncertain and short. We have to kick out all the odds to live it happy, better & healthy. Thanks for sharing and making others life to get a bit of happiness with you. 🙂
Yes try Rx bars!!
Casey the College Celiac says
I LOVE your “season of life” approach. I definitely need to adopt that mindset right now. I just graduated college and am working my first job while I wait to hear back from grad school. The suspense is killing me…but I’m trying to focus on enjoying the present.
Robyn i was just curious – do you usually opt for the slow churned because its a bit healthier to eat everyday? I am starting to go toward ice cream each night which is so fun but noticed you do slow churn and wanted to check to see! also, can you perhaps think about doing a post related to anti anxiety medication (ie Lexapro) and ed/body image recovery and if it is something you would recommend to supplement treatment/ if you have tried and if it works?