New Job, New Routine

As you can probably tell from my last post, on a professional and personal level, my life is going great. Today marks the start of week two at my new job, and it honestly feels almost too good to be true because it’s going so well. I’m sure part of that has to do with the honeymoon phase of it being new, but being in the education field feels so good, and the organization truly values work/life balance and its very evident.

That said, I’ve been in a really rough place healthy-living wise. I thrive on routine and do best when I have a plan of action in place, and for the last few weeks I haven’t had that at all. Between leaving my last job, taking a little over a week off, traveling a bunch, and starting a new job, everything has just felt up in the air. I’ve been slacking majorly on the exercise front and have been eating like crap, too.

When I was thinking about how hectic things have been lately, I realized that last week I ate every single meal out, with the exception of breakfast on Monday morning. I normally eat 2-3 meals out a week at most, so that is really out of the ordinary for me. That said, I did try to focus on eating healthy breakfast and lunches most days, but dinners were all over the place and usually involved (too much) booze. I also didn’t focus on eating fruits and veggies enough since I wasn’t bringing food with me, and it’s time for that to change.

With the new job, I do have a gym in the lobby with showers and locker rooms, which is something I’ve never had before so will take a little getting used to. I get an hour for lunch most days, so if I have too much going on before or after work, I should be able to workout over lunch. I’m actually thinking about getting a second pair of sneakers that I can leave at my office, so I have less to bring with me if I’m going to use that gym.

Along with establishing a workout routine, I have to get back into menu planning and stocking up my desk with healthy options. Since my birthday is Friday, my office sent me a fruit basket!

Birthday Basket

It has pears and oranges, so that’s a good start. Minus the chocolate. And the cheese. Winking smile

I went grocery shopping yesterday to stock up my kitchen, and here’s what I came up with for a meal plan this week:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Greek Yogurt w/Berries + Uncle Sam’s Cereal Salad w/leftover chicken + super simple tzatziki Soft boiled eggs w/toasted English muffin
Tuesday English Muffin w/Cottage Cheese, Banana Salad w/leftover chicken + tzatziki Chickpea Burgers w/Watermelon + Feta Salad
Wednesday Greek Yogurt w/fruit + granola Leftover Chickpea burgers and watermelon salad Soba Noodles + Peanut Sauce w/Tofu
Thursday Oatmeal w/pb + banana Leftover Soba Noodles + Peanut Sauce w/Tofu Out
Friday English Muffin w/cottage cheese + berries Leftover Chickpea burgers and watermelon salad Birthday happy hour!


It feels so good to have a plan in place!

This week I vow to:

  • Bring my breakfast and lunch to work every single day.
  • Workout at least 3 times Monday – Friday.
  • Drink at least 64 oz. of water during the work day.

What’s one goal you have for this week?

12 Comments on New Job, New Routine

  1. Lauren
    July 2, 2012 at 10:32 am (8 years ago)

    My goal this week is to eat at least one fresh veggie salad every day. When I was at my old job, working late nights, my routine was making a yummy salad at night when I got home. I got so used to making them, that I would actually crave my salad during my shift, and couldn’t wait to get home and make it! New schedule, and my diet has been falling apart as well. I vow this week to get back on track! Glad your new job is going well!!

  2. Mr. Eat
    July 2, 2012 at 11:55 am (8 years ago)

    Yeah Beth,
    I am so proud of you and congrats on the new job. I just went to the store and got some chickpea’s, watermelon and Feta and going to make a salad since your dinner tomorrow night sounds so good!

    Are you really going to be eating Soba noobles on the 4th of July? I think America wants you to eat some BBQ!

    • Beth
      July 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm (8 years ago)

      haha! I TOTALLY forgot it was the 4th of July until I got to work today. That may change… 😉

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    July 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm (8 years ago)

    My goal is to put a little extra effort into my workout for wednesday. I have a low key holiday planned (aka not doing anything!) and hope it will help make up for all the days I’ve had shortened exercise or eating out that may have had one or two more drinks than normal…

    • Beth
      July 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm (8 years ago)

      Not doing anything is always so awesome because then you actually get to RELAX, especially since we have to go to work the next day!

  4. corrie anne
    July 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm (8 years ago)

    That’s SO exciting that your office has a gym. Sweet. My goal for the month actually is to log my nutrition. I’m kind of excited.

  5. Deanna @
    July 4, 2012 at 9:07 am (8 years ago)

    Glad to see you blogging again! Congrats on the new job, but don’t put so much pressure on yourself. It takes time to adjust, and you’ve now realize that you need to start getting yourself on a routine, and it looks like you’re starting to do that. You’ll get it back in no time, I’m sure. That’s so cool about having a gym where you work! Good idea bringing the sneakers to work…constant reminder that you have to exercise. Also, I wish I could eat as healthy as you! I mean, I do for the most part…but I just can’t handle to tofu, and never had chickpea burgers. Maybe when I had the tofu, it just wasn’t made right because I know others who love it. I struggle with the water intake as well…it’s just boring to me…LOL!

  6. robin
    July 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Do you ever eat beef?

  7. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    July 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm (8 years ago)

    I quit my job back in June and have been traveling and going out more ever since- and my eating has been CRAP. It’s really hard to get onto a good eating routine when there’s no consistency! But you’ll get there (and so will I, hopefully!).

  8. Deb
    July 6, 2012 at 12:38 am (8 years ago)

    I didn’t do much of anything last month. This month is going to have to be better. I set some goals and will be working towards meeting them over the next few weeks. I’ve been doing better on food, but lousy on exercise. Maybe one day I’ll get them both down!


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