Day in the Life

I was asked last week to describe a typical day in the (eating) life.  Please keep in my mind, I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, dietician, or online nutrition coach. I am just me, a person who likes to eat relatively well and tends to blow their budget on eating at restaurants.

I decided to record everything last Monday.  I don’t usually count calories, but I’m generally aware of an estimate of how many I’ve eaten.  I know if I’ve eaten 1500 and am starving or ate 2500 and feel fine.  It works for me.  Since being injured, I also know I’ve put on between 3-5 pounds.  I haven’t weighed myself, but my guess is I weigh somewhere between 130-135.

Breakfast (5:15-5:30 am):

I enjoy waffles for breakfast.  I utilize my waffle maker every morning. I’ve had the same breakfast for a long time, and I know it works for me. I eat the same breakfast whether I’m running, working out, racing or whatever.   I’m normally in the minority, but I am hungry when I wake up.

Waffle (500ish calories):
(easy recipe)
2/3 cup flour
1/2ish cup milk
1 egg
baking powder

You can add whatever else you want in it.  I’ve added blueberries, pumpkin, chocolate chips and even cocoa powder.  It’s a basic ingredient list.

This is a plain waffle
This is a plain waffle


I normally catch up on work, emails, and everything and head out for a run between 6:30-7.  I like to eat before I run and never have an upset stomach during my runs.

On Monday, I ran 4 miles.  My run was uneventful and boring. It felt okay, and my ankle felt good, so I have no complaints.  In fact, my ankle has felt completely injury free since too. 

After my run, I ate a cup of Greek Yogurt and had coffee. I’m currently enjoying Fage or Chobani.  I choose whichever is cheaper at the grocery store.  I don’t normally drink coffee before a run but like to get Starbucks or Wawa afterwords…Monday was unusual for me and was my first iced coffee in about two years.  I don’t know why I was craving one, but I was.  That alone deserves a photo. starbucks

After showering and getting ready, it’s time to begin the actual day.  The meat of my day is always interesting and no two days are the same.  Sometimes I’ll work in the store of Running Co; sometimes I’ll work at home, and still other times I’m on base doing things.  My google calendar has become my best friend to keep me on track and not missing anything. I have my phone and computer synched up.

Last Monday, I wasn’t in the store, but I had a couple of meetings as well as something to take care of on base.  When I left my house around 9:30 am, I wasn’t home until around 4 pm.  I try to pack my lunch, so I don’t end up spend a lot of unnecessary money along the way.  Plus going out with friends is much more enjoyable than eating on the road.

By 11, I’m hungry.  I had a roast beef sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and mustard. I also had a few carrots and a peach. It was boring but good.  I tend to each more frequently and often when I’m out or in the store.  When I’m at home, I’ll just eat lunch and move on.

Roast Beef sandwich on wheat
Roast Beef sandwich on wheat

By 2, I was hungry again and ate another (exactly the same) sandwich.  A sandwich isn’t really a full meal, but it’s not a snack either.  I just consider it two lunches.

I got home around 4 and my husband, and I decided the night before we wanted steak.  I try and have red meat once or twice a week, and steak is by far my favorite red meat.

We usually do something simple like grill it and have a salad and potato.  That is one of my favorite homecooked meal.  It’s easy, fast and delicious.  We aren’t fancy, and our meals normally take 30 minutes at the very most to prepare.  I do the vegetable and potato cooking (which is not cooking at all) and my husband grills. I’ve also been drinking a cup of milk with dinner to keep getting calcium.  This evening we had asparagus too.

dinner steak

Lately, I’ve been doing core and strength at night.  I dedicate about 30 minutes to it after dinner.  I catch up on TV, get more core in and then relax.  From 6-9, I do that, relax and sometimes get work done.  If anyone needs a new Netflix show, I have loved “Army Wifes”.  A lot of social media happens at night, so sometimes I’m online for things like that too.

I’ve been making smoothies with a milk base, protein powder and whatever else I can find in the house.  Sometimes cocoa powder, sometimes fruit, it depends on what I’m craving. On Monday, I added milk, a scoop of protein powder, a half cup of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Protein Smoothie

I’ve stopped eating a lot of sweets and dessert every single night.  We tend to go out for dessert.  Do I enjoy cookies and cake?  Of course, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have them every single day.  I used to crave sweets almost every evening but about two years ago I stopped having as much sugar and artificial sweeteners and no longer crave them.  I always add a Truvia or sugar to my coffee.  Thinking out loud, I used to dump boatloads in…no wonder I craved sugars.  

In summary, I’m a fairly boring person when it comes to life and food.  I eat what I get on sale and try to eat healthy.  Just like running, a day of good (or bad) eating doesn’t determine your health.  Consistency does… 

Questions for you:

What is your favorite food?

What are some good lunch ideas?  I definitely need help in that department.

17 thoughts on “Day in the Life”

  1. Looks pretty healthy to me! Nice job. I’m mostly impressed that you use your waffle maker daily, I probably would too if ours wasn’t such a hassle to clean, ha. For lunchs in the summer I make salads 90% of the time. They are in a huge serving bowl though filled with veggies, protein, seeds, and some form of carbs like bread or croutons.

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles to make it to a “normal” lunch time! I’m also at a loss in the lunch department though, so not much help there. I usually just do either a ham and turkey sandwich or leftovers.

  3. For lunches try big salads with your favorite toppings – could be tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, shaved almonds or seeds, cheese, salsa, etc – then you can top it with a protein or veggie such as chicken, tuna or avocado. I make a salad every night for work the next day and it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes.

  4. I used to eat salads for dinner but I’ve been eating them for lunch lately instead and making some sort of chicken and pasta for dinner. It works! I snack a lot too though… always hungry. I really would like to work on reducing my sugar consumption and eating more *real* foods but it’s so hard at first!

  5. I’m so impressed you use your waffle maker so often. I LOVE waffles, but hate to clean the waffle maker, so it’s a special occasion only sort of deal.

    Lunch. Well, I work in an office, so we have a fridge & microwave. But I love burrito bowls, rice, protein, sauteed peppers, onions & corn + salsa. It’s easy to heat up. I also like salads, but, if I feel like a salad won’t be enough I bring a tortilla or wrap & use that to make a salad wrap + eat the rest of my salad on the side. Usually lunch for me is similar to what I would have for dinner since I prep most food on the weekend.

  6. that waffle looks perfect and is now making me craveee waffles. I eat the same thing almost everyday because I’m a wicked creature of habit. I’ll change it up every now and then, but it’s so easy to just know exactly how long everything will take me to prepare and make. and I always know I’ll like it haha. such a picky eater over here.

  7. I also struggle with lunches. I work from home but I typically eat while I’m working so a lot of times I will buy bagged salads from Costco and eat off of those during the week, along with a protein. I really like the salmon burgers at Costco because you can heat them up quickly and eat them, either as a burger or with a salad. When I go out, I like to get wraps. Publix here has really good wraps they make at the deli counter and I like those.

    Your waffle looks delicious and makes me want to pull out my waffle maker!

  8. Lunches are tough right? I have to make tons of food at night because my husband HAS to have leftovers (so high maintenance) since the only option on base is Subway and I need lunch at work too. My favorite meals that translate into good leftovers are loaded veggie enchiladas, veggie chili (the protein fills me up) and spaghetti squash pad thai iwth chicken or tofu (which we’re making tonight!). Sometimes relying on leftovers is hard though…I made tuna casserole on Sunday and my husband was working evenings, so I had TC for Sunday dinner, Monday Lunch, Monday Dinner and Tuesday lunch….bleh. TC didn’t sound so good after that.

  9. Okay I’ve never even thought about getting a waffle maker before but I think you may have convinced me. I love waffles but rarely have them. And for lunches I usually eat leftovers from dinner the night before. I’m boring when it comes to lunch haha.

  10. I’m really bad. My favorite food is pizza, and I eat it a lot! I also do have dessert every night. I know I shouldn’t, and I’m (sort of) trying to cut down on sugar. As far as lunch goes, I’m a vegetarian, so I have some raw veggies, like carrots or bell pepper, then I’ll have a sandwich with veggies and cheese or a cheese quesadilla or leftovers from the night before. I love cheese!

  11. I wish I could help you in the lunch department, but I’m currently on smoothies and ABJ sandwiches, sooooo clearly I need help myself 😆 And I know what ou mean about the sugar and desserts. I’ve always had a huge sweet tooth, but I’ve definitely found that the older I got, the less I craved the really rich and sugary things. Once in a while for sure, but not every day like I used to.

  12. I loved this. You are such a rockstar. I cannot give you enough kudos for being healthy in your approach to injury, healing and proper food consumption.


  13. Any day of eating that includes 2 sandwiches and steak for dinner is a solid day in my book : ) Sandwiches are my favorite and now I want one for dinner!!!! Thanks 😉 Oh how I miss wawa SOO much! I wish there was one in Vermont.

    My favorite food is lobster. Or mac & cheese. Lobster mac & cheese!

    I like to meal prep my lunches for the week. I’ve been making mini turkey burgers and steamed broc/green beans a lot. Another good idea is ‘naked’ chicken fajitas bowls -> chicken, onions, peppers and a side of rice w/ some salsa & guac!

  14. Lunch for me are always salads. I just have a big tupperware box that I throw in loads of veg and salad bits and then a tin of tuna and some cheese or olives. I’ll also eat popcorn as well for some tasty carbs.
    I always wake up hungry. I can’t function without food in the morning. When people say they don’t have time for breakfast I literally don’t understand what they mean – I would rather get up earlier or not shower than miss breakfast.

  15. I wish that I didn’t hate cleaning my waffle maker. I’d probably have waffles more often! I usually eat breakfast first thing in the morning unless I have an early morning workout.
    I also try to eat read meat at least once a week. I find my iron levels stay normal much easier that way.

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