on the go: adventures of the 13 hour work day

Luckily today went a lot more smoothly than yesterday.  I’ll just attribute it to first-day jitters 😉

I stayed in the city last night to avoid another hefty train ticket (I’ll be buying a monthly pass on Sept. 1 to save some money).  Last night I was ecstatic about not having to make the commute, but this morning I realized it left me feeling like a chicken with its head cut off.  I forgot to pack any food for the day, left my mascara at home, and only brought my work shoes (and while they’re cute, they certainly aren’t made for the 50 minute walk that I had to take to get to the office this morning).  Because of the whole situation I was left to buy all my meals today; so much for saving $$, right? I really have to get it together if I’m going to make this whole living-in-two-places, working-two-jobs, and posting-on-a-daily-blog thing work.

Breakfast ended up being a surprisingly healthy instant oatmeal package at my desk.



Look at the ingredients! (Sorry for the blurriness…I still feel awkward taking pictures at work so I take them as fast as possible haha). Usually when I have to buy a prepackaged breakfast I’m horrified by what I read, but it seems like Quaker has their act together. Paired with coffee and a banana an hour later, it was a decent breakfast. I mean it was no homemade egg sandwich but it got the job done.

Work was a little slower today so I really felt like I had time to get myself together. Staying organized throughout all this has been a challenge.  I’ve been relying on my Mary Poppins purse to carry my entire life, and between my snacks, makeup, extra shirts in case I stay the night, wallet, laptop and chargers, it’s a miracle the thing hasn’t snapped yet. I’ve been psyching myself out by convincing my brain it’s just an extra workout 😉

I left the office for lunch today and dined outside at the ever-fancy Potbelly.


Turkey on wheat with mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle.

It felt so so nice to sit outside, enjoying the sun and solitude.


I have to work at the restaurant tonight so I’m currently blogging from the train on my way home. I was hungry again so I picked up a Jamba Juice smoothie at the station.  As I do so many times, I made the mistake of thinking with my eyes and not my stomach.


 Blogging on the train 🙂Image

Original Mango-a-go-go + soy protein powder. Too big for the “snack” it was supposed to be! See, this is why I need to get back to my kitchen at home and pack my meals/snacks. I need to start saving money, plus I enjoy that kind of food so much more.

Sadly a workout probably isn’t going to happen today, but I’m in the process of organizing my life so that I’ll stay in the city every Wednesday night so I can enjoy “Yoga in the Park” with Megan a la Lululemon. Don’t you just love how they offer free classes like that?

The amount that my life is changing at the moment is insane—and I know it would be so easy to let my health and fitness fall to the wayside. That’s why it takes serious dedication and effort to schedule workouts just like any other commitment.  I still want to workout 5-6 days a week, no exceptions.  Like I’ve said before, I’m a better person when I take care of myself, and fitness is a huge part of this.  Getting that daily sweat in is so important!

I’ll be back tonight with a restaurant review! It’s a good one and if you’re headed to Chicago soon you’ll definitely want to check it out.

I hope you’re enjoying your humpday! If not, go outside and soak up some sun! That never fails to brighten up my day.

it ain’t easy being cheesy

I know, I know…there’s no such thing as too much cheese.

Until you’ve eaten too much cheese.

Between the ice cream, parmesean fries, and deep dish pizza yesterday, my body is in a dairy coma.  I’ve gotten to the point where my body will tell me if I’ve had too much of something and I can realize it’s time to back off.  Well today I decided to limit the dairy for a few days, and while I rarely drink milk, cheese is one of my best friends.  Even though I fully admit there are few things better in the world than digging into a monstrous pizza, it’s just time to cut back.

I started the day with a 6am alarm to head to the gym before my first day of work. I worked from home today, but normally I’ll have to get up at 5am in order to squeeze in my workouts before taking the train to the city. I told you I was going to be busy, but sacrificing a good sweat before I start my day isn’t going to happen! I truly believe I’m a better person when I work out–it just makes me so happy! Anyone who says endorphins don’t exist clearly isn’t doing the right workout.

Long story short, I did a 30 minute interval workout on the stairmaster.  My legs were so tight! I definitely need to stretch/foam roll more because this was next to impossible to finish.  After I powered through I did my standard upper body workout that I’ve talked about before (3 kinds of curls, overhead tricep extensions, shoulder raises) and then finished the workout with 8 Minute Abs.

I came home and quickly drank some chocolate protein powder mixed with almond milk. Starting your day with chocolate is the bomb!  For breakfast I kept my promise to myself by leaving out the cheese in my eggs. Usually I like salt and cheese to give eggs flavor, but today I added so much onion powder, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes that they tasted great without all that added fat and salt.


I made a huge scramble of two eggs and two egg whites mixed with an ungodly amount of vegetables: chopped spinach, green/red/yellow peppers, and onions. Also mixed in were two chopped up veggie sausage patties. Along with my coffee it was a hugeeee and satisfying breakfast that kept me full for a solid four hours (a miracle).

I had the busiest first day of work! I’m so happy because it seems like I’m truly going to be an integral part of the team instead of just a coffee-fetching intern, and it’s very similar to the health communication and social marketing initiative work that I worked on during my last semester of college.  I feel well prepared and ready for my first in-office day tomorrow. The one down side to actual employment is that there’s no way I’m going to be able to cook nearly as much as I have been this summer, but hey, I’ll take employment over that luxury 😉

Lunch was made on a quick break from work. Thank god for the microwave.


Veggie corn dogs and broccoli. I’m glad I’m starting to get back on the broccoli train.  I hopped off it for awhile but it’s great to be back together with the green goodness.

In the middle of my workday the best thing happen: the UPS guy came! Never did I ever think I’d be so excited to see a man in brown short shorts at my door.  He had my SHOES!

Not to sound like a total girl, but don’t you love it when you find a great pair of shoes on sale?



$36 on clearance. Boom. Thanks Sole Society!  This is my favorite website to buy shoes because they’re decently priced AND it’s always free shipping both ways. Can’t beat that!

This called for a snack celebration!


In totally unrelated news, isn’t it depressing when you realize how small 2 tablespoons of peanut butter actually is? Stupid serving sizes. Luckily I firmly believe in blissful ignorance so I scooped away with my big ol’ spoon.  Apples balance it all out, right?

After I finished my work I went to job #2 at the restaurant.  Oh boy it’s going to be a long few months, this whole two jobs thing. Luckily it was absolutely dead so I got home at 9 and was able to sneak in a quick dinner before heading to bed.


Followed by the world’s best popsicle:


Outshine Pomegranate. Buy them!

I’m trying to get a good night’s sleep for my first actual day in the office tomorrow.  I’m planning on going to the early morning spin class at my gym before I catch the train so sleep is definitely necessary.  Hope your Monday was cheery!