5:23am: Alarm goes off - I wake up. Think, "why did I sign up for 6am Barry's Bootcamp?" I roll out of bed, put workout clothes on, and head to the kitchen to make coffee. Priorities, people. By a quarter til I am in my car on my way to bootcamp.
Coffee gives me life
7:35 am: Grab my smoothie, hop in my car, and head to the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital. In my PB + J smoothie, peanut butter, unsweetened almond milk, berries, and vanilla rice protein powder. Yum.
8 am: Arrive at the VA Hospital. Since January 2014, I have volunteered here weekly and right now, I come every Tuesday from 8 am to 11:30 am. It is great clinical dietetics experience, and has been an incredibly humbling to work with the veteran population. My responsibilities differ, but today I interviewed newly admitted patients to determine food preferences.
11:45 am: I drive home from the Hospital. Normally, I would head straight to class, however, I have a midterm to take and my teacher decided to administer it online, which was completely unexpected. It is for a Human Resources Management class which I have to take for my program; nothing too exciting, unfortunately.
12:15 to 2pm: I make myself a big lunch of leftover kale salad with raisins, pecans, and a lemon garlic vinaigrette, plus some rotisserie chicken. I. am. starving. And I failed to pack morning snacks, so get this salad needs to get in my belly! I take my online midterm, which honestly feels pretty rushed. I hate timed tests.
2 pm: Begin laundry downstairs because per the embarrassing picture below (somewhere underneath that pile is a hamper), when two people living together are both active, laundry piles up real fast. Then, I walk to go pick up the dry cleaning. Correction, Brent's dry cleaning. He has upcoming travel and is running low on work shirts. I am a good fiancé.
I can't even.
3 pm: I have a phone call with my financial advisor, which sounds fancier than it is. This only happens once to twice a year. I recently took on a second job as an independent contractor (because I am nuts) and wanted to discuss how to properly set aside money for taxes.
Trail Mix (just for the chocolate pretty much) + La Croix - ride or die
3:30 pm - 5 pm: I use this time to multi-task and continue to do laundry while also working on homework for my Community Nutrition Class. My group partners and I are going to be teaching a nutrition education class to a group of seniors in April, so I work on a portion of our research paper for the project. As our audience will be low-income, our class will either focus on healthy, dentition-friendly breakfasts or food access.
5 pm - 7:15pm: I walk over to MD Weight Management, a clinic where I have been volunteering at since 2014. I help Karen, the RD on staff who counsels patients one on one about weight loss, weight maintenance, gastrointestinal disorders, and also leads weekly weight-loss support groups. Occasionally, like tonight, I observe her in action. Karen has been so supportive of my journey, and I love observing her with patients because she is great at integrating scientific research into her talks. Tonight, Karen talked with her group about a study that reiterated the importance of sleep on metabolic health. To summarize, not getting enough sleep means our body produces more endocannabinoids. This process peaks at 2pm in the afternoon and happens throughout the day. More endocannabinoids means more hunger. Think, cannibis and appetite stimulation. Moral of the story, try to stay well-rested (7 to 8 hours sleep) for optimal metabolic health.
The view from the office where I volunteer. Not too shabby, SF March.
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Once I get home, I begin making dinner. I have been wanting to try out Juli Bauer's tortilla recipe (highly recommend all her recipes) from her cookbook I got for Christmas, so I give it a whirl. They turned out great, but I put too much garlic powder in (I didn't think this was possible). I make a quick stir-fry, top it with nutritional yeast, and serve it with my warm, crispy tortillas. It hits the spot and I set out to do some more schoolwork.
Mixing tortillas on the stove because our kitchen is that small
Chicken apple sausage, cauliflower rice, and broccoli stir-fry with 3 mini-tortillas
9:30pm - 10 pm: Brent is home, yay! I need his help for a nutrition lab homework assignment, so I perform a dietary recall with him which means I record everything he ate that day. Maybe not as fun for him as it is for me. Lucky for him, he went to Kokkari for dinner...
10 pm - 11pm: As Brent falls asleep on the couch, I finally put my computer away and turn my brain off with some mindless TV. I am pretty exhausted, and around 11pm, I climb into bed.