Time Management

Well today was considerably busier than the last two. I had to work at not one but both of my part-time jobs so I had to plan my time accordingly.

Since I am not a morning person, I prepped both breakfast and lunch last night. It gets me out the door much faster. Breakfast was a bowl of oats with light soy milk and blueberries. Oh and coffee. Always coffee.

breakfast

Lunch was decent enough. Honestly I didn’t think far enough ahead when buying groceries and factoring in the whole vegan thing for the end of the week. I made due with what I had considering I didn’t have any leftovers (not that I would have been able to eat that anyway considering we had chicken!). I threw together a spinach and carrot salad with tahini dressing, a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a dish of sliced up mango for “dessert.”

lunch

I managed to get out of job #1 a little bit earlier than I usually leave and made it home with just over an hour before I had to be at job #2. So what did I do with that time? I squeezed in my workout for the day of course! 40 minutes on the elliptical since it’s cross-training day. Now that’s time management right there! Going to work out after I leave job #2 at 8pm is no fun because I’m usually really hungry for dinner by then. Plus when I work out that late, it pushes dinner back towards 9:30ish and I don’t like eating a big meal that late either. So it was wonderful to get it done “early.”

I brought my post-workout refuel to work with me and scarfed it down. My baggie of cheerios and walnuts did not wait to take a picture. But I did snap one of my very sad banana. It wanted to be eaten yesterday but that didn’t happen and ended up ripening rather quickly.

banana

Dinner tonight was courtesy of my friend, the crockpot. Another meal prepared the night before; I threw in mixings for a 3 beans chili, turned it on this morning, and let it do its thing. I really am a fan of the crockpot and should use it more often I think. When I got home from work, I quickly microwaved a baked potato and dumped some chili over it plus half an avocado. Delicious and comforting on another cold evening. (Good news though – I heard it’s going to start warming up next week!)

dinner

All in all, I think vegan day 1 didn’t go so bad. I’ve just got to continue to plan ahead and get creative. I perused some of the recipes on www.ohsheglows.com because I have heard only rave reviews about Angela’s creations. She even has a new cookbook out that I may just have to go out and get!

It’s also just dawned on me that yesterday marked 2 months until the half-marathon. Eek! I’m so excited and nervous at the same time. I just have to remember to stick to my training plan and I should be fine. Right?

 

Are you a fan of the crockpot?

Do you prep meals the night before or just go with it when the time comes?

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