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Monday in the Life: Saved by the Crock Pot

4:50 a.m. – wake up 5 minutes before my alarm is set to go off. I love this. I feel a million times better when I wake up naturally.

5 a.m. – get out of bed and let Zoey out of her crate. We cuddle and hang out while I make some tea. Sullie is like, “I’ll just stay in bed but thanks mom.”

5:30 a.m. – train clients at Metro. I train three of my girlfriends every Monday at 5:30 a.m. and it’s a fun way to start the week. They work so hard so I get to be super creative and tough with my workouts. Today we did a little field trip for some intense hill repeats and then did a stability ball/dumbbell circuit that I will post here soon.

6:45 a.m. – home. I could ether get my blog done or walk the girls. I decided an early morning walk was just what I needed to kick off my week. I listened to a Podcast and we walked a little over two miles. It was so nice to be outside with the sunrise.


7:30 a.m. – home from walk and make a green smoothie. Today’s mix was frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, frozen figs, plain greek yogurt, cashew milk, peanut butter, spinach and Premier Protein Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder. Topped with my favorite Peanut Butter Chia Seed Granola.

8:15 a.m. – teach hot yoga at Y2

10 a.m. – after I’ve cleaned up and showered I hit the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner and the week.

10:30 a.m. – home and camp out in front of computer working on things for the studio for two hours. Lots of back-end stuff for our website and client management software.

12:30 p.m. – lunch! Starving.


I made a wrap with dijon, honey, deli chicken, avocado, spinach, mushrooms and a mix of cheddar and horseradish cheddar. Grapes on the side and dipped the wrap in a honey mustard greek yogurt mix. Check out my wrap tutorial in this post. I snacked on Pop Chips while I made this and had a dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Trader Joe’s after.

1 p.m. – more computer work for studio, laundry, clean house, prep dinner


Zoey will not leave my side whenever I’m working from home. Love this girl.

3 p.m. – back to the studio for weekly management team meeting.

4:20 p.m. – take a hot class from a teacher who is teaching her last class at the studio after 4.5 years and I cry tears. We did teacher training together back in the day.

6 p.m. – work on the computer for the studio at the studio after showering after practice. I worked on updating our cafe menus.

7:15 p.m. – teach my last class of the day at the studio. I love helping people start their weeks on a positive note!


8:45 p.m. – get home from class to the smell of Chicken Tikka Masala cooking in the crock pot. I have deemed Mondays all about the crock pot because it’s such a long day for me. It’s so amazing to come home from such a long day and have dinner ready. I put a pot of rice on to cook while I shower and wind down.


9:15 p.m. – sit down to eat. Dinner is so amazing and I will be sharing all of my crock pot Monday recipes with y’all!

9:30 – start blogging while my fiance cleans kitchen (and as always…delivers me chocolate). In an ideal world I get the blog stuff done during the day but there is so much to be done for my role at the studio as marketing director that blogging has been pushed to evenings lately. I’d rather be relaxing and disconnecting from technology but all of that will come soon.

10:30 p.m. – publish blog post and watch episodes of Madame Secretary.

11 p.m. – bed to read and get ready for tomorrow!

Mondays are the longest day of the week for me but I don’t mind it now that I’ve totally reworked my schedule. I owe you guys a post on my new schedule and how I reprioritized to sleep more, work less and save my sanity. While finding “balance” is a complete constant work in progress, I love what I have going right now.

How do you start your Mondays?

Do you crock pot often?

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  • Rajul | Charlotte Veggie September 21, 2015, 10:46 pm

    I love to use my slow cooker especially for chana masala and refried beans! I write down all of my soups that turn out well in it too so I that I have a handy list to refer to. I felt like I was doing after school activities everyday so I consolidated our schedule too- we have a couple of long crazy days but so worth it for the slower ones as a result.

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles September 22, 2015, 5:02 am

    I don’t own a crock pot but keep thinking maybe I should get one!

  • She Rocks Fitness September 22, 2015, 8:18 am

    I cannot wait to start using my crock pot again…I need some new inspiring recipes and can’t see what you are going to share with us!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 22, 2015, 8:29 am

    Oh I need some new crock pot recipes! Please share!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt September 22, 2015, 9:25 am

    I Crock Pot all the time! I used to do it even more when I worked at an office. I suggest it to people who can’t seem to find time to cook.
    PS– I had a quick stopover in Charlotte the over day and I found the acai food truck. OMG. I’m obsessed. I don’t think any trip to Charlotte will be complete without finding him.

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows September 22, 2015, 9:51 am

    On Mondays, my work day starts at 5:45am so I usually throw on my clothes, brush my teeth, feed and walk my dog and I’m out the door! I will typically grab an iced coffee on the way or make my own cold brew. I plan on breaking out the crock pot this week to make honey sesame chicken!

  • Carli September 22, 2015, 11:42 am

    wow you go girl, the most exhausting part of this day in my opinion is the 3 showers lol – I always dread having to do that process more than once a day!

    • Jennifer DeCurtins September 22, 2015, 2:12 pm

      ugh, i know! the showers are kind of annoying but i’m so gross after being in a 100 degree room with my sweat and other people’s that i have to shower every time!

  • Linda September 22, 2015, 11:47 am

    I would love to hear about the podcasts that you enjoy. I’m always looking for new ones.

  • Mattie @ Comfy & Confident September 22, 2015, 12:20 pm

    Wow! That is a busy day. It’s so great that you can come home during the day though. That would make me feel a little less busy and like I can still maintain a clean house and eat good meals!

  • Sarah September 22, 2015, 2:03 pm

    I think I counted three showers? 🙂

    Don’t crock pot often enough. When I do, I always think: this is so nice, I should do this more. And then I don’t and the cycle repeats. I’m not a morning person and having to pull everything together so early is daunting. I didn’t see where in your day you threw everything into the crock pot? Sometimes this takes longer than you’d think.

    • Jennifer DeCurtins September 22, 2015, 2:11 pm

      Yes, three showers. The life of a hot yoga teacher! It’s sweaty! 🙂 But I’m so gross after teaching/practicing that I can’t not shower.

      I here you on getting in the crock pot cycle. It does require prep. What if you did it all the night before? You could probably prep almost everything and then pull it out of the fridge in the am.

      I prepped mine in that 1-3 window before my meeting. Since we weren’t eating until about 9 p.m., it was okay for me to start in the afternoon.

  • Ashley September 23, 2015, 10:23 am

    This is just what I needed to see and hear! My days have gotten so out of control and long with training, teaching, and going back to school! Blogging and the other fun stuff has taken a back seat – I’d love to see how you’ve reworked your schedule!! Love seeing all of your stuff, Jen!

  • Cassie September 26, 2015, 3:01 pm

    The crock pot must be a miracle worker! It made a delicious curry for you 😀

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