A day in the life

A day in the life

I’ve received a number of reader requests to do a post on my daily eats and general life. Can you believe in the time I’ve been blogging I’ve never done one of these posts? I guess I just didn’t want to bore you guys, but it seems you’re a curious bunch!

I also want to pre-empt this post by saying you will see everything I eat in a single day (I don’t get the point of bloggers who do these types of posts but then say it’s not everything they eat?!) BUT that doesn’t mean that you should try to copy it. I write nutrition programs for more than 40 people, and not one program is the same. Everyone needs different amounts and types of food, so it’s important to find someone who will work with you to figure that out.

Moving on… I typically wake up at around 7.30am on a weekday. After years of getting up before 6am, my new schedule is heaven. In the next 90 minutes I eat breakfast, read blogs, possibly work on my own blog and reply to any emails that have come up overnight.

I have the same breakfast every single day: eggs and 2/3 cup of oats. I never get sick of it!

This may or may not have bacon in too!

I will also cook all my food for the day while I do this. I’m a multi tasker 😉 I usually have to take a LOT of food with me, so it’s no easy feat. I used to do two big food preps a week, but now I prefer to do it daily.

Three meals, two shakes, fruit, BCAAs and water!

I then head off to the gym and train for about an hour, including warm up and stretching. I sip branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) throughout my workout.

I have a whey protein shake with creatine immediately post workout and then shower at the gym.

Once I’ve put my (clean) workout clothes back on, I take the train to work and eat my full post workout meal on the 25 minute ride. I get some weird looks heffing down sweet potato while reading Flex magazine!

I forgot to take a picture of my post workout meal (seriously, I don’t know how some of you bloggers remember to take photos of every single thing you eat!) but it’s generally something like this – only I have steak instead of salmon, and fruit instead of vegetables. Ha.

I typically arrive at work between 11am and 12pm. I spend the first half hour doing boring tasks like making sure the studio is clean and putting away equipment. I then spend the next hour or so doing a variety of daily jobs including dealing with enquiries from potential clients, handling personal training applications and interviewing trainers, making sure all the business invoices are paid, checking client and PT  rental payments, monitoring our security system to make sure everyone is booking in to the studio correctly, organising our banking and updating our tax file. I also deal with our marketing, which includes updating our social media pages, controlling our advertising and writing a blog on behalf of the studio.

Then it’s usually time to eat again! For simplicity’s sake, I generally eat the same meal three times a day. I always have a protein and vegetable, but the carbohydrate and fat varies depending on which meal it is. At the moment, I’m dieting so I’m only having carbohydrates pre and post workout.

Chicken and green beans....blergh

If I’m feeling adventurous (and willing to spend almost an hour’s wage on it!) I will walk the five minutes to Whole Foods and get a brown box stuffed to the brim.

Yes, I will eat this in one sitting!

By now, it’s around 2pm so I will usually take an hour to deal with personal emails. Most of my clients come in some time in the afternoon. I know I’m very, very lucky as a personal trainer that I don’t work early mornings or weekends. I only have one client who does evenings, so my working days are generally 11am-4pm. At the moment, I’m averaging two clients per day which is the perfect amount for me.

After training clients, I do another quick clean of the studio and then finish off any administrative tasks in the office. I will also eat again! Unless I’m training my evening client, I will try to leave before I have to face peak hour trains!

More chicken and beans! This is an old pic - I'm having peanut butter instead of sweet potato at the moment.

I generally get home at around 5.30-6pm, where I work on programs for an hour or two. I then make dinner for myself and Rob, and eat on my own while catching up on more blogs. Then I work on programs and emails until about 8.30pm – I’ve been trying to , but it’s just not happening!

For dinner I usually make a big salad, stir fry or curry.

Salad with chicken, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, sundried tomatoes and almonds

Taco salad!

If I’m carb backloading I’ll have something like this. I wasn’t kidding when I said I eat a lot!

Wholemeal pasta with chicken and a vegetable-based sauce

I then have about an hour to myself before Rob gets home from work, where I normally watch a DVD on my laptop (we don’t have a TV) or I will read in bed. I may also indulge in a couple of squares of the best chocolate in the world. Seriously, if you haven’t had this you must – immediately!

When Rob gets home I try to give him my undivided attention, as the hour before bed is the only time we get to spend together during the week. We’re generally asleep by 11pm most nights.

Before bed I have my nightly snack of casein protein powder, greek yoghurt and peanut butter. YUM.

On the days where I work in the evenings, I will have a casein shake at around 7pm and then eat a normal dinner with Rob at 10pm. The evening shake is mostly out of laziness.

So that’s my life in a nutshell! Did you find this interesting?

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