hello and happy wednesday! i hope you all are having a great week!
stopping by to share a little what i ate wednesday post, monday style! mondays are by far my busiest day of the week class-wise, so i thought i’d take you all through what i eat to stay fueled and energized throughout the day. hopefully you’ll get some ideas for quick meals or snacks to include in your daily eats!
i figured since i haven’t done this in a long time, i’d take you through a little day in the life as a nursing student as well. we’re getting down to the last month of the semester, and it’s pretty much so insane that i can’t even look at my calendar for the rest of the month. one day at a time, folks!
6:20am: first alarm goes off, but i’m so tired that i snooze it until 6:40, and then proceed to be rushed the rest of the morning… story of my life!
6:40-7:20 am: the first thing i do after getting up is brush my teeth, wash my face, put in contacts, and then head to the kitchen to make some coffee & breakfast. i went to starbucks the previous night to study and forgot it was buy one get one free on the holiday drinks so i brought an extra gingerbread latte home to enjoy this morning! they’re a little sweet for my liking so i made a cup of freshly brewed coffee to mix it with and make it a little stronger. i pour half of the mixture into a tumbler and drink half while i’m cooking breakfast.
for breakfast i start making my usual- spinach and feta omelet, uncured turkey bacon, and some toast. i typically make the omelet and turkey bacon every day since i love it and it’s easy, and will switch up the carb source depending on my mood.
after eating rather quickly, i put together my lunch with food i packed the night before, get dressed, swipe on some mascara, and head out the door to get to class.
(side note: i’m ridiculously happy that i get to wear pants and boots and longsleeves now that it’s colder. i also got to break out a vest that i’ve had for forever and my lululemon vinyasa scarf- aka the best scarf ever)
7:25-8:00 am: walk/take the shuttle to class. i have a bit of a longer commute than i used to at ucla, and overall it takes about 30-35 minutes door to door to get to the nursing school. i actually walk to a parking deck, hop on a shuttle, and then get off and walk to the nursing school. at first i was upset that i didn’t get a parking pass because getting to and from school takes up a decent chunk of time (when in reality it’s about a 5-7 minute drive from my place). but, it helps me stay active and get my steps in so it’s not too bad!
8:00-11:00 am: pathophysiology lecture. our lecture is 3 hours which is pretty long, but i always enjoy this class because it makes so much sense to me and i love this kind of science. we’re learning about all the alterations of the respiratory system today, and it’s definitely information overload! during lecture i sip on the coffee that i brought with me. during the two breaks we get i always go outside and walk around to make sure that i stay awake!
11:00am – 12pm: eat lunch outside with some friends and then i head inside to grab some (free!) hot water for my tumbler and to work on this post. i packed my lunch last night, which is brown rice, pinto beans, cooked ground beef & onion, a hefty scoop of salsa, mexican style vegetables, and a sprinkle of cheddar.
after i head inside i make some tea with the hot water i got – these two teas are so good together, and the chai has a little caffeine for a boost- and eat these little biscotti my mom sent me in a care package.
12-3pm: health promotion and foundations lecture. we ended up only having 1 hour of health promotion lecture, which was a panel with veterans, and it was really eye opening and interesting. in between classes i end up snagging a free piece of pizza for a snack instead of eating the yogurt that i brought (honoring cravings yall!). i worked on an online test in the little break between classes and then had my perioperative lecture for foundations. we also ended up getting out of that class early – it’s normally 2-4pm – so i raced home to try to make it to an earlier CrossFit class. on the way home i ate an apple that i brought for snacks!
3:10-3:40pm: commute back home, change into workout clothes, and head to CrossFit. i was literally running out the door to make the 4pm class!
5-6:15pm: CrossFit. i mixed up some unflavored BCAAs, l-glutamine (both of which you can get at weslap.com and use the code FOSTER for 10% off!), and some lemonade sweetened with stevia to drink during class. we did a really hard workout that was basically two metcons- it was a 7 minute emom of 3 full clean and jerks each minute, and then we did the “nasty girls” workout after. i subbed 2:1 pull-ups for muscle ups and was dead by the end! after class i spent some time working on my kipping pull-ups before heading out the door to go home.
6:30-7:30pm: i make it home and mix up a protein shake with cinnamon swirl whey protein from slap with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk. then i hop in the shower, change into pajamas, and light a candle in my room to cheer me up. candles are just the best!
8pm-9:30pm: i reheat some homemade pizza for dinner that i made last weekend. i just get premade whole wheat crust (this one was from target) and add sauce (i did half red sauce half pesto), shredded cheese, sliced fresh green bellpepper, and applegate pepperoni. the applegate pepperoni is just the best and it doesn’t have any nitrates or nitrites added- totally worth the extra $. i had my pizza with a simple salad of spinach, carrots, feta, and balsalmic.
while i eat dinner i study for my health assessment checkoff that was on tuesday and my exam that was today (wednesday).
9:30pm: i’m already hungry again, so i make an evening snack to have before bed. i had a chocolate almond cluster that was in a package my mom sent me, a piece of dave’s killer bread with sunbutter, and the siggi’s yogurt that i had left over from my packed lunch today.
9:45-10:15pm: nightly wind down. i try to stretch, foam roll, or meditate each night before bed. i also use my favorite destress essential oil, turn down my lights, talk to taylor, and just try to relax before i get in bed in an effort to get a better night’s sleep.
10:20pm: lights out!
i hope you enjoyed a little peek into my life lately! as you can see i eat a lot of food to fuel my day and my workouts- i like showing full days of eating to try to be an example that eating less is not necessarily healthy. and this is what works for me and my body!
and with that, i’m signing off! i just finished an exam this morning and will be working on a project and going to class later this afternoon. happy hump day! we’re almost there!