So, here marks the end of the first week of living with a more “normal” work schedule…and I have to admit, I loved it. I will still be working at Whole Foods some weekends (kind of odd to say – but I guess I now have two jobs? Who woulda thunk?) I felt like I wasn’t absolutely ready to leave behind my team in Whole Body, so I didn’t. I really do love my new job so far, though, it’s definitely going to be a whirlwind of an adventure and the days fly by pretty quickly cause I feel like I always have something to work on – which ROCKS!
This first week I experimented with getting into the swing of a new routine and I’ve learned quite a few things about managing my time (and sanity.)
1) Waking up at 5am is a lot easer when you have a preworkout. I joined the #5amworkoutclub (join us via instagram if you’re in!) I’ve been playing around with a few preworkouts and right now, I get the best results from BSN N.O. Explode. It keeps me focused like woah, wakes me up and most importantly – I don’t crash at all. My mornings have been super smooth regardless of my new wake up call.
Side note: I’ve been able to make quite a bit of progress lately – I’ve been experimenting with not only my preworkout supplements, but my post supps and diet as well.
I recently put this picture on my Instagram for my own motivation and to keep myself accountable, so you may have already seen it, but for those who haven’t, here you go. As strange as it is to realize that ALL of the pictures are definitely me, it makes me feel like my dedication has paid off, and will continue to do so…
The photos on the LEFT side are me about 2 years ago, the two photos on the RIGHT side are me more recently. Progress, never perfection
I can honestly say I am happy with my body and have learned so much about self respect through lifting.
2) Pre-brewing coffee the night before and letting it cool for a post-workout drink is probably one of the most genius ideas ever. I mean, as moronic as it is to admit, I never thought of brewing my coffee the night before so I could have it over ice in the morning. Duh. My post-workout concoction currently consists of iced coffee, protein powder and coconut milk – seriously, try it. The thought of eating breakfast anytime before 7 or 8am makes me want to vom, but liquids are good to go (literally & figuratively!) I’ll have a more substantial breakfast later at work.
Perfect Food Bars have been really good as a breakfast/snack after my post-workout shake since they’re pretty substantial and balanced with a lot of healthy fats, carbs and protein. Carob chip is my current fave
3) Pandora children’s lullaby station and baths with relaxing essential oils. Enough said.
4) Traffic sucks, but blasting “Blurred Lines” or “Titanium” and casting sing-a-longs make it a little easier. Sike, it still sucks. Getting off at 5:30 = prime traffic time. We do have a gym in our facility at work, so some evenings I may stay a little late and let traffic die down while getting my gym sesh in at that time.
5) I LOVE that I have more time to spend with people.
6) Meal prepping = key. Protein bars = also key.
7) Appreciating the blessing that this job has been so far for me and my life. I’ve been doing a lot of praying lately and really trying to reveal myself to God and let him guide me in the right direction. At times this is extremely hard, testing and nerve-wracking and sometimes brings me to tears, but I know that I need to follow His path, not my own. I currently have a lot to think about and consider that’s not work-related at all, but that’s for another post at another time.
If you’ve started a new job recently, I’d love to hear a few of your realizations!
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