Weekend Inspiration + Food Prep

This was the first weekend in about a year that I had to get all of my errands, cleaning and cooking done before the work week starts. Since I quit my job in academic advising last May I've been working as an adjunct instructor. I taught 5-6 classes a term so I was only 'in the classroom' about 20 hours a week. I worked at least that much from home prepping lectures, grading papers and answering the endless string of emails from students - but I always had big chunks of the day where I could do what I please since I taught many night classes. Now that I'm working days again I'm getting back into my old routine. I've always been all-or-nothing. About 2 years ago I was working 30 hours in advising, teaching 3 classes, taking 2 graduate courses, being a TA for 3 undergrad courses and working out 5-6 days a week. I truly am the type of person who thrives under pressure!

Friday night I was exhausted after my first official day on the job. It was incredible. Basically, I'm assisting the Clinical Research Coordinator (she and I constitute the entire research 'team') with various projects looking to test the efficacy of medical devices/treatments being used at our office. The makers of the devices are trying to get them approved through the FDA. I am absolutely blown away with the thought that, even if it's a very small part, I'm helping to get life-saving devices FDA approval! There's going to be a huge learning curve for me though as my background is in research design but very limited on the medical side. Everyone in the office was incredibly nice and there was a very supportive, upbeat vibe. First days are always exhausting though - my face actually hurt from putting on the happy face all day. I totally passed out on the couch at 7:30. #NoShame

Saturday I woke up and was struggling to find motivation to workout. I hopped on facebook and saw the Running Wild crew sharing photos from their team getting ready to compete at a local triathalon. When I thought about how incredible those people would feel after crossing the finish line I got a surge of energy and headed out for a run.

2013-06-01 09.48.15Salem didn't appreciate me sweating all over him post-run.

Sunday I spent most of the day cleaning, shopping and cooking. I love that the first things I look into once I have a secure stream of income again are race registrations, bicycles and training programs. I splurged and finally upgraded my old water bottle which was falling apart and got this thermos. I had one ages ago but the lid broke during a violent fall to the ground. I'm not exaggerating when I say if you put coffee in there in the morning it is still hot at the end of the day. I took it out with me shopping and left it in the car in 90 degree weather and the water stayed cold all day. So worth the money!

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Saturday afternoon I spent 2 hours doing my weekly food prep. Look at this healthy feast!

IMG_6725The Menu this Week:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with PB2

Snack 1: Cottage cheese with pineapple

Lunch: Spa Salad + 2 Hard Boiled Eggs

Snack 2: Annies Snickerdoodle Bunny Cookies

Dinner: Cauliflower and Quinoe Kugel, Lemon Pepper Broccoli & Algerian Carrots

* For the carrots I just steam them and add the cinnamon, cumin, thyme, salt and pepper after. I omit the oil and all the other ingredients. Still super delicious!

Late Night Munchies: Apples and PB2

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Isn't that salad just gorgeous?! I can't wait to be eating it in the hospital cafeteria casually screening the audience for my own McDreamy.

Of course I also spent a ridiculous amount of time with this guy.

IMG_6721Be sure to check in tomorrow as I have a great giveaway lined up!

Let's start the week off on a positive note: What's the #1 thing you are looking forward to this week?