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Gym and Meal Plans for Full-Time Workers

My New Gym Schedule (Now that I Work Full-Time)
Weekdays: Gym after work at least 2-3 times a week, no matter how late I get off.

Weekends: Gym both days first thing in the morning. No excuses.

Plain and simple. =]
I'll be bringing my gym bag with me to work every day, so I could just shower at the gym and crawl straight into bed if I want to. 

My Meal Plan
Breakfast: Protein and complex carbs (ie. 4 egg whites and 1/2 whole wheat toast w/peanut butter)
Snack: Fruit (Packed)
Lunch: Protein (80%) and complex carbs (20%) (ie. chicken and whole wheat pasta)(Packed)
Snack: String cheese (Packed)
Pre-workout Meal: Protein (80%) and complex carbs (20%) (ie. 1/2 turkey sandwich) (Packed)
Post-workout Meal: Protein shake or cottage cheese and salad

[The 80:20 protein to complex carb ratio depends on what you want. The popular female body building diet ratio is 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat. But, that is if you are going to be hitting the gym hardcore every day. Research shows that females are more successful at reaching their goal weight through a low carb, high protein diet.]

I've also been packing my lunch every day to work instead of eating out. Of course there are perks to going out and eating with your coworkers and eating a freshly cooked meal, but you can save the calories and your cash by bringing your own lunch sack everyday. Even though my senior on the project has been eating out for lunch, I just bring my lunch with me and join him for lunch. One thing that sucks about working at the client site is that you can't always expect a communal refrigerator you can store your food in or a microwave to heat your food with. At my current location, I need to pack meals that will last me a good while without having to be refrigerated. So, I can't bring things like yogurt or even salads. =/ 

People complain that they don't have the time to cook and prepare their meals, but you can definitely pack really easy meals that take no time at all. Last year during my internship, I would prepare my meals every night before I went to bed so I wouldn't have to worry about making time to pack my lunch in the morning. But even that could get pretty time consuming. My roommate suggested that I prepare a week's worth of food on Sunday and just portion them out. So, you could cook a whole box of pasta, 5-6 chicken breasts, boil some eggs, and whatever else you desire on Sunday... and then just sack your lunches every night for the following day. So easy. =] Ya, it may suck eating the same lunch every day, but it will save you a lot of time! And your body will thank you! Besides, HALLOWEEN is coming up! Costumess!!

Enough of that. Here are some pictures that were taken this past weekend:

@ Boiling Crawfish (Boiling Crab wannabe)
Sam and our 3lbs of crawfish!
@ Bourbon & Branch. <3 the decor!! It's themed after the secret bars during the alcohol prohibition days.
@ the Golden Fields Horse Race. The horses were beautiful!!
Being a dork.
Our winning ticket!!
Me with some of my coworkers.
Picture of the high rises from the Bay bridge.

Till' next time. =]

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  • LOVE this!

    Wow 2-3x during the week is pretty good! I am going to start this soon too since work is easier and it'l be after my test.

    What do you eat your pasta/chicken with to make it taste good? is it like grilled chicken and do you have any sauce w/ it? do you keep it separate and then microwave it togther hwen it's time?

    October 6, 2010 at 7:16 PM

  • I use marinara sauce and season it to my taste. Sometimes I add some curry to my marinara sauce for extra flavor. So good! I store the sauce and pasta separately in the fridge, and put it together in a plastic container for lunch and then microwave it when it's time to eat.

    October 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM

  • Your makeup always look amazing, you must do a tutorial or something so we can copy how you do your eye makeup :). There are some really good home exercise DVDs that you can use if you get lazy going to the gym. My faves are P90X and America's Biggest Loser- Kickboxing. Let me know if you want to download P90X and I'll send you the link. I just discovered that Nordstrom sells a lot of good sports bra, you should try them out.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:20 AM

  • I've tried downloading P90X before from thepiratebay, but it never worked!! =[ How did you like P90X? I usually like going out and exercising instead of staying at home, but that could definitely come around handy when I'm travelling.

    And thanks for the sports bra info!! So pricey for a sports bra!!! I'm so used to paying less than $10 for my sports bras from Target, Walmart, and Old Navy. Lol. Maybe it's time I invest some money into nice work out clothes.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:56 PM


    pw to access both post: iwillexercise

    Well, I gave to 3 of my friends and they all like it so far. Yeah, sports bra are expensive but saggy boobs are irreversible. Never bought them before so I don't know if they are any better than the cheaper ones.

    October 7, 2010 at 9:32 PM

  • Dang girl! You are so disciplined. I recently tried to cut out meat which I did sucessfully for two months! It felt great! Have you tried drinking aloe vera juice? The unsweetened kind? I really noticed a change in my digestive can buy it at traders :)

    p.s. You and Sam are adore! I know what it's like to do long distance so I hear ya!:( It's worth it!

    October 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM

  • Roxy: Aw, thank you!! A fellow long distance-r?? I would love to hear how you're handling it or handled it?

    I've tried fresh, unsweetened aloe vera juice. Wow, it was disgusting and slimey! My mom forced me to drink it when I was younger. Haha. Is the Trader Joes aloe vera juice not slimey? Maybe I'll give it a try.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM

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