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A Day In The Life: My Fitness, Food, and Supplement Routine


A group of my fitness blogger friends decided to do Day in the Life posts today. I get a lot of questions about my routine. My Paleo eats, how much I work out, what supplements I take, how I fit in my blogging/freelance/work...stuff like that. I thought joining and doing a day in my life post would be fun and a great way to answer all of those questions at once!

This was yesterday (Tuesday 1/20). It was a pretty average day for me.



4:30 AM My alarm on my phone goes off. I get up, get dressed in my workout clothes, and take my pre-workout (it says to take it 30-60 minutes before your workout, I shoot for 30). This is a new supp for me and I'm still just taking 1 to see how it goes. I also take my Acetyl L-Carnitine because the bottle says to take it on an empty stomach. 
Sometimes I hit snooze until 5, but I'm trying hard not to do that. A lot of people say to sleep in your workout clothes to save time, but that doesn't work for me. What does work for me is to have my workout clothes, water, supps, and workout set out the night before. No thinking required!


4:30ish to 5 AM I read. I pray. I meditate. I ponder what I'm grateful for. I journal. I get centered. and get myself right for the day ahead. I call this my morning quiet time. It's a must for me.
Also, had coffee with 2 Tablespoons of half & half. I go back and forth with dairy. Right now I'm doing a little.

5 AM Workout. Most days my workouts are 20 to 30 minutes. Occassionally 45. I have one yoga DVD that is an hour. I save that for weekends. Generally, I either run or do a workout DVD. In the dark, cold Colorado winter it's been a whole lot of workout DVDs lately. Today was Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred Workout 2. I'm working on a review of that.

5:30 Post-workout. If my workout gets shuffled to later in the day I make a frozen smoothie post-workout. However, if everything goes as planned like today I just have some almond milk with a scoop of whey protein or some BCAA Powder.


5:35ish Work. I used to try to slip work in all throughout the day. What I found was 1. I was working constantly and 2. I wasn't able to focus. Also, I didn't like how my attention was split from my kids, homeschool time, etc. Now, I plan focused chunks of times for work. 
I take advantage of the time before everyone wakes up and have a marathon work session. I use this hour to check in on social media, read emails, respond to emails, and work on whatever posts or freelance content I need to. Sometimes I listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I'm working.

6:30 Hubby time. We like to have coffee together every morning if we can. It's just time to chat, talk about what needs done for the day, and just be us sans kids.

7 AM Kids get up. I shower while hubby makes breakfast. People often ask me how I do all that I do. My answer: my amazing husband.



7:30 Breakfast and supplements. Today it was an omelet sprinkled with chili powder and topped with salsa. Normally I would have berries or something with this, but I need to get to the store and fresh stuff goes first around here! Salsa was a vegetable today. With breakfast I take CLA, Plant-Based Omega-3, CoQ-10, and Vitamin D.


8 AM Outside Chores. Unless the weather is bad or just too cold we do our outside chores and take the goats for a walk as a family. Today there were a few extra shenanigans because we weren't sure how the weather would hold up the rest of the day.








The cats go too. They can never be left out.
9 AM Inside chores. (Normally these start at 8:30, but you know, extra shenanigans) The boys do things like unload the dishwasher and vaccum the living room. I clean up the kitchen, swap laundry, etc. Baby O likes to help too. She loves to unload things. The dryer, the dishwasher silverware tray, our entire DVD collection onto the living room floor. Things like that...

9:30 Homeschool. We usually shoot for 9 or 9:30 to get our homeschool day started. Some days it's 10. As long as we get at least 4 hours (not counting PE time) in I'm pretty relaxed about the schedule.


10 AM Coffee. I'm trying to cut back on the calories I put in my coffee, so this cup was black. Two things: 1. I'm loving Peet's Major Dickason's and Donut Shop Dark lately and 2. yellow cups make me happy.


11:30 (or noonish) Lunch. The kids take a lunch break and we go outside for about 30 minutes. Then they play video games for the first time of the day. Depending what I have that's pressing, sometimes I do about 30 minutes of work. Today got cold/snowy and it was video games only. 
I had a big salad with chicken, apples, and baby tomatoes topped with some EVOO and apple cider vinegar. 

1 PM Back to homeschool. If everything goes as planned we're done with school by 2, but because we got a late start today (and the kids took a longer lunch break) we weren't done until 3.

I love my fitness tracker. It lets me know when we've been sitting too long! We get up and dance around the kitchen or march around the house singing "The watch says move! Everybody move, the watch says move!" Ya, silly, but that's how we roll.
3 PM More work. The kids are free to play and I try to get an hour or two of work in here. I check in on social media again. Read blogs. Write. Edit posts, work on images in Canva or PicMonkey, or respond to emails. Some days I work on recipes and food pics. Baby O seems more intent on interupting this lately. She wants me to play Duplo's with her. Read to her. Take her outside. Today was more interuption than work. I do what I can. I've shuffled a lot of my important work to Sundays when hubby is here to occupy the kidlets. 
I take my L-Carnitine again here. Oh, and, more coffee...


3:30 Snack. I generally have a snack somewhere between 2 and 4. Today it was raw mixed nuts (peanut-free mix). I have to measure nuts so I don't get carried away with portions.

5 PM Hubby comes home about now. We talk and download from our days and I start dinner.



6 PM Dinner. Today it was Paleo Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. Also, with dinner I take my CLA and Co-Q 10 again.

6:30 Family time. We play Legos, board games, or a game on our Wii U. If it's still nice we go outside. It's just chill-out family time.

8 PM I put Baby O to bed and do a few clean-up chores. Then I read (OK, and sometimes shove a little more work in, though I'm trying to not.) while hubby and the boys watch a show on Netflix.

8:45 I make my to-do list for the next day, set out my workout gear, and have a cup of tea.


9 PM Hubby puts the boys to bed (and usually reads to them). Yes, he's amazing. Sometimes I stay up another hour and do some chores or read, but lately I crash by 9! Sleep is my friend.

That is a pretty typical day for winter. We definitely have more margins this time of year. In spring/summer it's a lot different because there is much more outside work to be done with our little farm here.

I'm big on routine, but not necessarily schedule. Pretty much these things happen in about that order most days, just not a specific time every day. Also, we go with the flow. Some days we oversleep or life just happens. We adjust.

My food is pretty similar most days. 3 Paleo-friendly meals, a snack (sometimes 2), and a post-workout. My fitness and supplements have been this way for a couple of months. The pre-workout is new. I am liking it, it will probably stay in my routine. I'm getting ready to change my fitness up a bit though (stay tuned...).

Did you do a day in the life post? I'd love to read it! Link up below.


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