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Day in the Life Thursday + Costco Trip

5:38 a.m. – alarm goes off to teach my 6 a.m. hot yoga class. I was thrilled to wake up and discover that I’d slept through the night without waking up one single time. Note, my late wake up time is thanks to living 3 minutes from the studio. Win, win for early classes!


6 a.m. teach hot class. I share the story of the 86-year old who started practicing yoga (at the age of 86!) to alleviate back pain due to scoliosis, a herniated disc and osteoporosis. It fires us all up to have a great day and get grounded in…1) it’s never too late to start and b) the possibility of putting yourself back together again.


7:30 a.m. – home after class to shower, make breakfast, vacuum and tidy up, answer yoga studio emails and work on this morning’s Spiced Zucchini, Carrot and Banana Bread recipe.

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9:45 a.m. – back at the studio to teach a non-heated power flow class along with a beautiful new yogi who is mentoring with me to start teaching at the studio. She does a great job on the portion of class she teaches! We have a short feedback session after.

11:15 a.m. – finish the blog post I started earlier and publish. Update Instagram accounts I manage. Respond to blog comments.

12:30 p.m. – audition class for a new teacher (we haven’t onboarded new teachers in a really long time and have several in the works right now). She does such a wonderful job and I can’t wait to see her future as a teacher at Y2!


2 p.m. – grab lunch at Namastay Kitchen with Tanner to catch up on life and business. I have our remix salad add the beet burger.


And one or two of his chicken tenders. They are housemade, gluten-free and so yum!

3 p.m. – back home to do a little bit of computer work

4:30 p.m. – trip to Costco


I needed to stock up on some non-perishable and staple stuff so I got bananas (need to freeze some for smoothies), almonds, walnuts, chia seeds (best deal EVER at Costco!), Premier Protein (from August 4-August 23, Premier Protein’s 18-pack shakes are discounted $5 off of retail price in Costco stores), olive oil, toothpaste, a new memory card, plastic baggies, chicken stock and almond butter.

6 p.m. – Metro to workout. It’s my first strength gym workout of the week. I’ve been so busy with work, cutting back on personal training and not meeting with my trainer lately so it’s been HARD to make it to the gym! I really didn’t feel like working out and had a headache all day today but the workout truly cured all of it. I felt about 1,000x better leaving the gym.

7:10 p.m. – leave Metro and head home. Call my grandmother on the way home and catch up with her.

7:30 p.m. –  home, prep dinner, call my mom, fold (so much) laundry, feed dogs, straighten up


9 p.m. – eat dinner while watching Olympics

9:30 p.m. start on this post while watching Olympics

10:25 p.m. publish post. After this I will watch a little more of the Olympics with Tanner, prep coffee and breakfast for tomorrow morning and then head to bed to read for a few minutes before I pass out. I have clients at 6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. tomorrow and then teach yoga at 9:30 a.m. I’ll get my own workout in between clients. Friday is now the only day I am training.

Speaking of Tanner and crazy long days, we have a mountain getaway coming up soon and I am counting down the days until we can both just relax and chill together. <3

The end!

Tell me about your Thursday. 

Did you cook? 

Did you workout? How did it feel?

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Alyssa Wilen August 11, 2016, 10:51 pm

    That’s my friend Lauren on the Crest packaging! It’s so cool to see that I’m so proud of her I had to just say that 🙂

    • 2
      Alicia August 12, 2016, 7:19 am

      I don’t know either of you, but that is SO cool!!

  • 3
    Julie August 11, 2016, 10:54 pm

    My Thursdays are jammed packed! I teach RPM, BodyFlow in the morning and BodyPump at night. In the middle, I deal with two little girls: make sure they’re fed, napped and happy. Then cooking on Thursdays usually calls for popping something into the oven that i previously prepped. Tonight was a bbq meatloaf. Luckily, I have zero commitments on my schedule for Friday 😃

  • 4
    Dana star August 11, 2016, 10:58 pm

    I always appreciate your posts.. The time you take out every day to share your world, with your readers.
    I enjoyed the benefits of your 6 AM class, worked a full day and then spent time with family and ate a BLT… Summer is good!

  • 5
    Danielle August 12, 2016, 12:10 am

    Sounds like a busy but fulfilling day! I leave on vacation tomorrow so no cooking for me today – just eating lots of leftovers. Got in a tough strength and conditioning workout this morning and just finished 7 very easy recovery miles outside.

  • 6
    Alicia August 12, 2016, 7:23 am

    Hi Jen,

    Still just loving your blog. I’m a nutrition professor at a community college in NY. Most of my students are nursing majors and I recommend your blog for its balanced approach. I notice that your Costco haul all the nuts aren’t organic. I’m not at all hyper about buying organics (I recommend EWG clean 15, dirty dozen to students, for example), but with nuts I do prefer organic. Just curious where you stand 😊

    I read a lot of blogs in my line of work and yours is in the top 3 for its accessibility!!! Awesome job!

  • 7
    Julie Running in a Skirt August 12, 2016, 8:31 am

    That looks like my Sams buggy! We don’t have Costco in Asheville. Hope you enjoy your time in the mountains!

  • 8
    Arthi August 12, 2016, 4:15 pm

    Wow! Busy day!

    My Thursday was filled with puppies. I work from home now and then and ended up watching two of my friend’s dogs (in addition to having my own) yesterday. After that experience, I don’t know if I’d be able to handle more than one pup full-time!

  • 9
    Jenny August 12, 2016, 8:24 pm

    Those chicken tenders look amazing. As a gluten free eater I would love to know what is in the breading. The beet burger looks good too. I love all of your food and dog pics.

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