I hope everyone had a blessed week! I personally had a very busy week (as usual), which at this time of my life it is my job that keeps me the busiest, which is SO rewarding. So, I have to say that every bit of ‘hard work’ is worth it (especially when I keep my focus on working for the Lord!) :)
This week I worked a 12 hour shift and a few 8 hour shifts. And let me tell you…I have to get pretty creative with my workouts and meal planning when I work a 12 hour shift! However, I must say that it’s proof that you can still eat healthy/exercise no matter how busy/long your days are…It just takes a little extra planning!
So, how do I do it you may ask!?! Well…I always take a few minutes somwhere in the beginning of my week to plan my workouts and pack my meals for the week. I always take (at least) 2 rest days a week, so I try to plan my workouts on the days that I’m not working, and/or on the days that I only work 8 hour shifts. I also take about 30 minutes somewhere in the beginning of my week to pack my lunches and snacks for the week! (I discussed this in more detail in my Healthy Lunches To Go video post!)
Yesterday I worked an 8 hour shift, so here I will show what a ‘normal’ 8 hour work day looks like for me!
I started my day around 8 am with my favorite breakfast, which was my usual Peanut Butter Protein Shake and some coffee! After spending time relaxing and doing some things around the house, I headed off to the gym around 11:45 for a great total body workout using weights.
I got home around 1:00 and was starving after my workout, so I had some Protein Packed Peanut Butter Pancakes. These were the perfect balance of protein/carbs to refuel my muscles after my workout!
After getting ready, I was off to work around 2:20. I had a Think Thin Protein Bar on my way. I always like to have a protein rich snack on my way to work, because I honestly don’t know what time I will get a dinner break. After all, babies don’t wait to be born just because your hungry! :)
For my dinner I packed a wonderfully filling Greek Chicken Salad! I find that salads with some type of veggies and protein are perfect when I work because they are delicious and keep me full until the end of my shift, which is at 11:30 pm.
I love Greek salads because they have some of my favorite flavor combinations!
On this salad I used feta cheese, red onion, grape tomatoes…
Beets, sliced olives, honey roasted almonds…
And sliced bell peppers!
And some chicken for protein, of course!
I usually cook the chicken in whatever dressing I’m using for the salad. In this case it was a low calorie balsamic!
I always make a few salads at a time for my work week, which I do by separating the lettuce and toppings into different tupperware containers. This helps the lettuce from getting wilted and soggy!
I also pack the dressing and something to add ‘crunch’ to my salad in some mini tupperware containers!
When I drive home, I almost always have a ziplock bag of baby carrots or fruit on hand just in case I’m feeling hungry, but don’t want to eat something heavy. This is important because I know I will be going to bed the minute I get home, (which is around 12-12:30 pm!) :)
And…That’s what my ‘usual’ 8 hour workday looks like! The 12 hour shift days are a bit different, so those will be discussed on another Daily Dish Post! :)
Now…On to the Winner of the Dashing Dish 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!!! First, I want to thank everyone who took the time to enter and left all kinds of wonderful comments and words of encouragement! They really do mean so much to me!
I am pleased to announce that the WINNER of the Dashing Dish Giveaway is Holly Sedlak@ savedmyskin.com! Congrats Holly and thank you for the wonderful entry!!! And to all of my lovely readers that took their time to submit an entry, thank you again so very much! Stay tuned for many more giveaways to come! :)