When You are NOT a Morning Person and Just Don’t Have Time

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So I have been preparing this post for a while.  I wanted to address two things as I return to full-time work this month and summer comes to a close.  Here are the two things:

1.  I am NOT a morning person, so my runs/any exercise must be performed AFTER work

2.  When I just don’t’ have a lot of time (due to my crazy schedule) but would like to continue my life as is…

OK, so here goes…

I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON.  “MOST” runners complete their runs before sunrise, and frankly before my eyes have thought to open.  I simply hate the morning and kinda always have.  BUT, I DID sign up for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November, so I need my mileage.  Yesterday was a perfect example of how I altered my workout to fit my physical and mental needs.  I KNEW that I needed mileage.  I had been traveling to Oregon (post coming soon) and needed to get back into my routine.  Well, put it this way: I WAS TIRED and not feeling it after work.  SO, I BARTERED WITH MYSELF; I promised myself that if I committed to 5 miles, I would take it easy on speed, and with that I was able to do my mileage (albeit a bit slower than usual) while keeping myself and body happy.

This treadmill kicked my bum...and won 😉

Right, so the point is: ALTER YOUR WORKOUT.  If IT doesn’t work, YOU won’t work!

So needless to say, I was STARVING when I got home.  This brings me to my next topic:  TIME SAVERS…

I tend to keep healthy QUICK options on hand for dinner.  For instance, last night I made Buitoni whole wheat tortelini (in the refrigerated section) and Perdue baked chicken cutlets.  I also made a cucumber salad consisting of cucumbers and Whole Foods brand balsamic dressing.

For a week-night meal, it was YUM!  Now, what do I do when I decide to invite a bunch of people over for a BBQ but I just don’t have a ton of time!??! It is ALL in the planning.  See for yourself.  First, I always try to plan out cooking times on my white board hanging in the kitchen.  I can also write little notes to myself, as I tend to be forgetful at times 🙂

PS: Dress meant dress fries with Old Bay- yum!

UPDATE:  I have no idea where I was going with the above post, but I just published it anyway 😉 Sorry! 

QUESTION:  How do YOU prepare for company?  (Especially when you don’t have time)

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