What I Ate Wednesday #146

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Mid-week already? Well then. Happy What I Ate Wednesday. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

I started my new clinical job on Monday, even though I’m technically not done at the other place until the 29th. I’m just doing a few training days in between. It sounded manageable when I agreed to the set-up, but I’m sure in a month, I’ll be able to call  this two-week period of crazy what it is and laugh at myself for biting off more than any sane person would think to take on.

Monday morning had a 7:30 start time. Normally, I like to work out first thing in the morning, but for the sake of my immune system, which was calling out for more sleep, I slept in until 5:30 (gasp) and planned to try out a new-to-me Barre 3 DVD in the afternoon. Though I’ve done the 4:45 wake-up call (my burn unit rotation—good times), Sunday’s scratchy throat/runny nose/headache combo suggested that was probably not the best idea. Glad I listened.

Anyway, here is what I ate on Monday to get me through the madness. Having a nice lunch to look forward to was a huge load of stress off my back—trying to procure a good meal on a first day at any new job is awful. I  was relieved to see that a few of the other RDs also packed their lunches so I didn’t feel like the weird kid. Not that this has ever stopped me from doing things before.

  • Breakfast: Zucchini bread oatmeal with PB—what else? Later, I had some coffee at a Starbucks because I was running early.
  • Lunch: A salad with baby spinach, lentils, brown rice, roasted eggplant and peppers, and caramelized onions; hummus with goat cheese on the side instead of dressing
  • Snacks: Carrot chips during a morning break; yogurt with flax and blueberries when I got home
  • Dinner: Black bean chicken chili and avocado toast
  • Snack: Sliced banana with nonfat ricotta‚yes, again. I’m on a jag.

Do you pack lunch on your first day at a new job or school? What time of day do you like to work out? 

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13 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #146

    A Mother's Pace said:
    January 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I work out first thing in the morning but I don’t get up at 4:45 to do it! 🙂 My alarm is always set for 5:30. Your black bean chicken chili looks delicious!

      Jess responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Haha yeah, I only had to do the 4:45 thing for a few weeks. If I had a good reason maybe I’d do it again, but I’m with you-5:30 is early enough!

    Laura@FitFreshandFunny said:
    January 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I ALWAYS pack a lunch. I’m an afternoon/evening workout maven, it’s just when I’m at my best. Those caramelized onions…I don’t care if I bowl my coworkers over with that breath, they look delicious!

      Jess responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Yes—they were so good! I’m a bit obsessed lately. I feel like the caramelization keeps them form being too onion-y on the breath. At least this is what I keep telling myself…

    Jen@Twenty-Something&Starving said:
    January 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I feel like I’m one of the few people (well, bloggers, I suppose) that prefers working out at night – particularly during the week. I sit at my job all day and I love having a great run or workout to look forward to when I’m all done!

    Also, I want to devour that black bean chicken chili!!

      Jess responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Whatever works for you! I love that idea of looking forward to a nice rush of endorphins after a long day : )

    Julie said:
    January 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I pack lunch every single day! I never did as a kid though – always bought lunch at school.

      Jess responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      I used to wish my school sold lunch. In high school we could buy lunch, but packing it was already a habit. Pros & cons…

    catfoodisgoodforyou said:
    January 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’m an avid lunch packer – but it isn’t always easy as I work on a street with an incredible food market! Mmmm ricotta – you reminded me how much I love it – on shopping list!

      Jess responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Ricotta is one of those foods I will buy week after week until I have to make myself get something else—so good. And so versatile! I did just buy some cottage cheese the other day, just for variety’s sake. Still nothing like some really great ricotta though.

    Kaitlin said:
    January 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I’d love to work out in the morning but lately I’ve found that the gym classes I enjoy are in the evening. Plus there is less stress about working out + showering + getting to work on time

      Jess responded:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Why is that all the good gym classes are in the afternoon and evening? If there was a place near me that did 6 a.m. Zumba I’d be all over that.

    What I Ate Wednesday # 147 « Keeping It Real Food said:
    January 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

    […] realized as I was posting that these are quite similar to last week’s WIAW eats. Whenever I’m starting something new (work wise), I tend to go on autopilot, working […]

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