A Day in the Life
I’ve noticed in my thorough perusal of the blogosphere that many bloggers implement “a day in the life” style to their blogging. This is most apparent with HLBs, or Healthy Living Bloggers, who – while I read a handful and enjoy their positive influences and lifestyle – have a tendency to drone on about oatmeal, two-a-days, insane waking hours – and yes, really – their bowel movements.
However, between these now-cliched documentations, there is a lot to learn. I’ve picked up great recipes, deals, how -tos, etc. And I’m often inspired by others’ discipline and motivation. In so, I wondered if this sort of thing would interest my readers.
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You’ll see that some days are much more work-focused, while others might be more the type of thing you’d expect from a nightlife columnist. I spend most Friday nights in, but I can still party ’til 3 a.m. with the best of them (Okay I can try, sometimes).
I’ve started with a typical weekday, something like this morning.
3-4 a.m. Dog/cat wakes me for some need. Seriously, for this alone, I am more prepared for children than one would think.
5:52 a.m. Wake up for good and make coffee. Let dog back out.
6 a.m. Run back to bedroom to shut off two alarms and apologize to husband.
6:05 a.m. Sit down at computer and begin to tackle email, editing, blogging and desk paperwork, including bills.
6:10 a.m. Fetch coffee from kitchen, return to office.
6:30 a.m. Realize I should eat breakfast. Some variety of fruits, yogurt, granola, oatmeal or cereal — Unless we have cake, then I eat cake.
6:47 a.m. Yell at husband to get out of bed.
6:52 a.m. Fetch husband coffee, prepare protein shake, snack (usually just a piece of fruit or granola bar, don’t get excited.)
7:06 a.m. Kiss husband goodbye, firmly tell animals to shut up, and get back to emails, blogging, writing, editing, paying bills.
7:48 a.m. Realize I should be getting in the shower, but high-five myself that it isn’t quite 8 o’clock yet.
7:58 a.m. Finally get in shower after making the bed, then deciding at the last minute to clean something or look up the weather report and choose an outfit.
8:10 a.m. Confirm with WITF-FM that I’m right on time. Do girly things that soften, beautify and otherwise make us smell and look nice.
8:30 a.m. Since it’s summer, high-five myself that I don’t need to/want to blow dry my hair. Take dog out for final morning constitutional.
8:46 a.m. Give dog his “goodbye milkbone,” grab lunch/snacks from fridge, finally get in the damn car, still pretending that this is normal and that I will suddenly warp-speed from Camp Hill to downtown Harrisburg despite a summer-long construction detour.
9:07 a.m. Arrive at desk. Not bad! Spend day working, which entails more writing, editing and social media-ing. When able, I sometimes take a lunch break to check out a new or favorite restaurant. When I know I have long hours or after-work events, I sometimes hit the gym over lunch – 20-30 min of cardio, followed by some yoga-ish stretching. Lately, I’ve been trying to add in some planks and push-ups to challenge myself.
5ish p.m. Clock out, wait for husband to finish up. (We work in the same complex, but not the same office.)
5:15 p.m. Catch up on my Words With Friends games on my phone while waiting.
5:45 p.m. Arrive home! Dog flies out the door, then back in and around the living room until you ask him, “Are you hungry?”
5:46 p.m. Feed dog, unpack any lunch dishes, quickly skim mail, change clothes.
___ It is here that my evening can take drastically different paths. If it’s early in the week, and I’m on deadline for a project that actually pays, I’m more apt to follow the below path. If it’s Wednesday or later, anything can happen. ___
6 p.m. Cook dinner. This summer that means grilling and fresh vegetables.
7 p.m. After cleaning up, send husband to “man cave” for video game QT with brothers/cousin and retreat back to the office (with a glass of wine or beer) for writing, editing, blogging, tweeting, etc.
9:15 p.m. Abandon dreams of writing Great American Novel tonight and decide on some laughs. Call husband up for TV time.
10:30 p.m. Fall asleep on couch.
6 p.m. Meet girlfriends for drinks. Talk a lot. Laugh even more. Relish the good times.
6 a.m. the next day – Hate life post-30.
6 p.m. Head out with husband to new venue or to try something for the column.
9:30 p.m. Return home, fend text from neighbor.
10 p.m. Go drink with neighbor, using the words, “We won’t be too late tonight, we both have stuff in the morning.”
1 a.m. Come home, but sober, even though the commute is just across the street.
6 a.m. next day – Hate life post-30.
When do I work out? Some nights it’s just the dog’s usual evening walk (which is longer than his morning loop) – other times I squeeze in a couple of miles before or after work. On a rare occasion I can make it to one of my gym’s evening classes, which are usually scheduled just a tad too early for me. Lately, I’ve been squeezing in 20-30 min on the Arc or elliptical mid-day (I’m lucky enough to have access to a gym at work). Mostly, I’m a Weekend Warrior. I take Saturday morning classes at my gym – always BodyFlow, sometimes extras like BodyCombat or CX30. Sundays are a run and/or Flow.
I do not have a dedicated time for working out like many do, and sure, it’s a flaw in my system, but I’m not yet willing to get up any earlier — sorry about it. I already stay up too late and lament my lack of sleep. However, I get it in when I can, and I eat really rather healthfully.
What is your day like? Do you have a dedicated exercise time in your schedule, or do you fit it in where you can?