I haven’t done one of these posts in a really long time. Last Wednesday was a fun day. Not all my days are this fun, but this was fun so I’d thought I’d share.
I woke up around 5:30 after a solid 8 hours of sleep. Last week I was extra sleepy for some reason and was in bed by 9:30pm most nights – earlier than usual, but it felt soooo good.
Brushed teeth, made coffee and did a devotional before an early morning client at 6:45am. My stomach started to rumble around 6:30 when I usually eat breakfast, but since I knew I didn’t have time to eat before my client, I ate a breakfast cookie (I added chocolate chips to that recipe) from the freezer to hold me over.
Had client session and then ate breakfast. I made some basic pumpkin baked oatmeal to switch things up this week. I halved the sugar in the recipe to fit my tastebuds sweetness level so adjust as you like it. It tastes like a granola bar meets muffin. Topped with butter and eaten with 1/2 banana and a couple scrambled eggs. I had someone ask in the comments of this post what happens to the other half after I had blabbered about how a whole banana and nut butter makes me feel blahhh and like I want to gag or something and how I think it’s a texture thing. Well Nick almost always eats the other half or I just stick the other half in the fridge right inside the peel for later in the day or breakfast the next day. Just in case you were wondering 🙂
Morning is prime real estate for me when I do a lot of my writing and content creation stuff. So after breakfast I added graphics to Thursdays post, scheduled it to post, and then finished up Friday’s post and scheduled that as well. And then I began writing this post. I spent 20 minutes answering email as fast as possible, checked in with social media for 10 minutes and then book marked some jobs stuff that I needed to do. Then I prepped for my 10am client.
Afterward I was hungry so I ate a snack. This has been my favorite go to morning snack as of late. One because it’s satisfying, but two because it holds me over for a couple hours so I’m not eating lunch at 10am.
I wrapped up the client session with a follow up email and then worked for another 45 minutes – edited the webinar I’m hoping to be offering at the end of next month (hopefully!) on bridging clinical nutrition with IE/HAES. Then I checked email for anything urgent and threw on some makeup and decent clothing to head out for the afternoon.
What’s been most helpful for me is checking in on email and social media three times a day only. I find that my knee-jerk reaction is to open up social media or my inbox because that makes me feel like I’m doing something…but really I’m just busying myself, not really being productive. So sticking to a check in 3x a day helps with minimizing distractions.
Today, I had a lunch planned with women who run the Female Athlete Program at Boston’s Children’s Hospital. And old client had connected me with the head physician there so I thought, “Hey, I’m going to email her just to make a connection and hopefully she might email me back.” And then she did and invited me to lunch with the team. So that was such a welcomed, warm surprise! I was meeting them during their lunch break so picked up a black bean and avocado grain bowl at B. Good on my way over and listened to a new audiobook, The Gluten Lie on my walk there. Already it’s so good – highly recommend.
Lunch was awesome and I left feeling so refreshed, excited and energized. I walked back while talking to an RD colleague on the phone. I had originally planned for a 2pm yoga class, but my to do list was way too full for a 90 minute yoga class so I skipped that and instead came home to tackle the list. Checked email briefly and then spent the next few hours doing a bit of research, touching base with a therapist and then doing some job related things – like hassling with the MA Board of Nursing because they are the bane of my existence at the moment. And then I wrapped up the day with a final email check and social media check in. What I’ve also found helpful in transitioning out of work and moving into non-work is doing a final run through of email for the day, checking in one last time with social media, recognize the things I did accomplish that day (there will always be more to do in any job) and then sketch out a loose plan for the next day.
After wrapping up, I ate a snack (the other half of banana + Justin’s version of nutella) and took a break to chill out and laid on the couch with my eyes shut. Then I decided some Barre3 would feel good and get me over the evening slump I was in. Sometimes I know movement will make me more tired. And then other times getting the blood flowing is just what a need. Yesterday was the latter.
Showered my body, threw my hair in a side braid, touched up my makeup and changed clothes. Grabbed an apple and a few carrots to hold me over until dinner and prepped for an evening client session. I really never see evening clients, all my clients are M-W in the morning but this was the only time slot that worked this week so evening it was!
Had client session and then met Marci for dinner at Sofra over in Cambridge. The sky on the drive over was so pretty. The picture I took at this stoplight doesn’t illustrate the beauty that well.
Dinner was great! The food and the company. We realized the restaurant closed at 7pm so thankfully she got there a bit early and ordered quickly – so they brought out the first round on a plate, but everything else was boxed up so this is the only photo I have. Also for me, I find it distracting to snap photos at dinner so I wouldn’t have taken photos of the other stuff anyways 🙂 But it was delicious! Cauliflower with this amazing creamy cashew dressing, chicken wings, a radish and grapefruit salad (I think?) …and then we took the spinach and cheese flatbread + chocolate baklava back to Marci’s place since they were basically kicking us out and finished dinner + chatted.
I’m finding the eating disorder community here in Boston to be SO WELCOMING and helpful in getting connected. People could not be nicer and more encouraging! Not everyday is filled with lunch and dinner outings…actually most days are lunch at home and dinner with Nick at home. I went to bed feeling grateful for this community and for the people I got to spend time with today and excited about the opportunities that might be ahead.