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Day in the Life 7.22.15

5:55 a.m. – Alarm goes off and I do a quick scan of email and social as I try to get my eyes open. I give myself 5 minutes in bed before I have to get up and get moving.

6 a.m. – Get out of bed and start getting ready for the gym. I eat a handful of cherries, brush my teeth, get dressed, give the puppies some attention and then head out.

6:30 a.m. – train my first client. She threw me a curve ball by asking if we could do a gentle stretching focused workout instead of something high intensity. She’s going through a stressful time at work and was feeling tight and tense. I completely changed her workout on the fly. This happens ALL.THE.TIME.

7:30 a.m. – meet a videographer at the gym who I’ve been working with on the #DesignCharlotte project. He wants to get some B-Roll of me training and of the gym.

7:40 a.m. – second client arrives a little late but we get moving and have a great session! She shared with me that she’s lost 7 INCHES since we started working together. Which is pretty incredible given that she’s very petite and only 5′ 1″.

8:30 a.m. – head home for breakfast and operation Christmas in July. I made a green smoothie and french press coffee. This morning’s smoothie was so super awesome.


Strawberry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen fig
2 cups baby spinach
1/2 scoop Vanilla Premier Protein Powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Premier Protein just sent me their Vanilla Protein Powder to test and I am obsessed. I’ve been using it in my smoothies every morning. The texture is perfect and the taste is great. I hate gritty and artificially sweet protein powders. This one is neither! One scoop has 30 grams of protein, 180 calories and 3 grams of sugar.

9:30 a.m. – launch Christmas in July for Y2 Yoga.


I have been working on this promotion for three days and it went live today! We are offering some incredible deals for “Christmas in July.” You can get all the details in our newsletter.

Launching a new marketing promotion includes…
– Sending out an eblast to our email subscribers
– Creating graphics to support the promotion (Facebook covers, Instagram pictures, email newsletter images, etc)
– Setting everything up to be sold on the back end
– Staff communications
– And more!!! (For this promotion it included finding a fake Christmas tree, ornaments, lights, playing Christmas music in the studio, costumes and more.)

10-11 a.m. – Peanut Butter Runner emails

11-noon – baking projects


I made chocolate chip cookie dough.


And homemade Honey Almond and Coconut Granola. I’m going to visit family and friends at the beach this weekend and I can’t go empty handed! 🙂

Noon-12:45 – Clean. Unload dishwasher, clean kitchen, vacuum up two canisters of dog hair from around the house (we JUST vacuumed two days ago), make bed, fold clothes and prep dinner in slow cooker.

1 p.m. – leave for studio

1:15 p.m. – meeting with another management team member at the studio about a new initiative we just lauched

1:45 p.m. – audition a new teacher


My friend Joe auditioned to teach at the studio. It was a really sweet moment for so many reasons and it went so well.

3 p.m. – head home for a late lunch


I made a snack plate similar to this one minus watermelon, plus apples and ate some granola.

4 p.m. – shower and paint toes (trying to save money…no pedicures for this girl!) and work on social media for the studio

5 p.m. – make a new playlist on Spotify for class tonight

5:35 p.m. – leave for studio. I have to leave early when I’m teaching 6 p.m.’s due to rush hour traffic.

6 p.m. – teach hot yoga at Y2. This was one of “those classes” where everything magically feels perfect. Teaching felt so easy, my friend Joe assisted and my playlist was on point!

7 p.m. – clean room, chat with students and shower. Chat with staff and clients as I’m leaving studio.

8 p.m. – arrive home

8:15 p.m. – drop Sullie off with her dad since I’m out of town this weekend

8:30 p.m. – prep dinner. I rarely do slow cooker dinners so it was such a treat tonight


We had salsa chicken over zucchini noodles. I love this dinner and it’s crazy simple. You can get the recipe in this post.

9 p.m. – Bake cookies from dough I made and chilled earlier…and eat a lot of cookie dough

9:45 p.m. – Sit down on couch and start blog

10:30 p.m. – publish blog and then eat two cookies

11 p.m. – bed where I will read a book for probably all about 5 pages before falling asleep.

Next up? Teaching at 6 a.m. on Thursday, two personal training clients, teaching again and then the beach!

What was your “day in the life” like? How often do you do slow cooker meals?

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West July 22, 2015, 11:46 pm

    Your days sounds similar to mine, in that I’m at the gym in the morning and evening and try to fit blogging and everything else in the mid part of the day. It’s not easy to do! Great eats, Jen! I wish I could take your yoga class. I do yoga at home and miss the studio vibe!

  • Cassie Tran July 23, 2015, 12:15 am

    Whew, you’re a busy woman! I love the dedication and the happiness you find in this extremely packed

  • Summer @ Sedentary Superwoman July 23, 2015, 12:59 am

    You are one busy lady! My days have been much more restful lately. I love Alton Brown’s “The Chewy.” I’ve made it with coconut oil, too, and it turned out pretty well.

  • Kristen July 23, 2015, 3:09 am

    That is a crazy day- you are amazing!

  • Emily @ My Healthyish Life July 23, 2015, 7:55 am

    Love reading these types of posts. You have such a full and what seems like enriching day. Can only hope for that one day! I need to invest in a slow cooker before next semester.

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves July 23, 2015, 8:07 am

    Busy woman! The slow cooker is a life saver, and I’m using ours today to make some boneless ribs!

    • Jen July 23, 2015, 10:27 pm


  • Samantha July 23, 2015, 8:08 am

    I love reading about the days of people in different professions! It sounds like you have a very fulfilling day and love what you do!

    Blue Eyed Adventurer

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt July 23, 2015, 8:42 am

    Such a busy day! I’m doing my own toes right now too to save some money. I’m about ready to cave though and go get them done!

  • Mk July 23, 2015, 10:32 am

    I finally took one of your yoga classes tonight. Can’t believe it took me this long to do so! It was amazing. Can’t wait to come back to your class.

    • Jen July 23, 2015, 10:44 am

      Thank you! That means so much to me! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 <3

  • Katie @ Live Half Full July 23, 2015, 12:32 pm

    That snack plate looks so amazing to me right now- you just inspired this preggo lady’s work lunches next week!

    • Jen July 23, 2015, 10:25 pm

      Ha! Glad to hear it!

  • Lydia July 23, 2015, 1:11 pm

    Two canisters of dog hair–that sounds like my life with my Golden. Besides vacuuming frequently, do you have any other tips or tricks for dealing with the constant shedding? I know you typically don’t allow the dogs on your furniture. How do you keep them off? Any tips would be appreciated because I’m about to move to a new place with a new couch that I want to keep clean!

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows July 23, 2015, 5:04 pm

    And I thought my days were jam-packed! 🙂 …in my opinion, busy days are the best days, though. I haven’t made a slow cooker meal since the winter, but I’ve been meaning to make a white bean, zucchini, and tomato soup. It’s just been too hot in CLT for soup!

    • Jen July 23, 2015, 10:24 pm

      I agree and that sounds delicious!

  • Danielle Luhmann July 24, 2015, 12:39 am

    Your day is so inspiring. .makes me want to be a better more productive person.

  • Jill July 24, 2015, 9:30 am

    Jen, a while back you posted a workout called the Running 500 that I do about once a wee.! Do you have any other similar workouts to share or ones you’ve blogged about in the past you could point me to? I love how that one was a mix of cardio and strength and the fact that I can do it almost anywhere. Sometimes the ones that you have to time or use a stopwatch for are daunting for me, so I love this one. Would love to start doing another one like that, and yours are the best! Thanks!

  • elizabeth July 29, 2015, 2:17 pm

    Thanks for recommending the pp protein powder, it makes a smoothie so thick and creamy and doesn’t have a bad taste. I only used half a serving for my smoothie. I prefer a vegan powder, but cannot find one that doesn’t make my smoothie taste bad and usually prefer my smoothies without anyway. Glad I tried the premier protein.

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