Workout Ideas for the Temporally-Challenged, aka How to Have a Great Workout, Fast!

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Paleo To-Go

No recipe tonight. When I started following a paleo diet, I was so concerned about how I would manage eating this way while at school, commuting to and from school, or with my busy schedule. It is so easy to let a busy schedule get in the way of your exercise schedule or your diet.

My average week looks like this:

Monday- No school, but I read or research from 7am-4pm then go to RC Crossfit, come home, shower, make dinner, eat/clean/do dishes, go to bed between 9-10 pm.

Tuesday: Wake up at 5:30 am to get to the train station before the 6:50am train takes off. I prefer to be early for all my obligations! I hate being rushed. I like to get to my classroom by 8:30am so I can set up everything leisurely, work out any IT mishaps, and just feel generally composed before class begins at 9:30. Class ends at 10:50, I have a short break to eat lunch or a snack, followed by my office hours. From 2pm-5pm I have class, then I go to LA Union Station. On a good day I can make the 5:32 train. On all other days, I’ll be on the 6:05 train before making it home between 7:30pm and 8pm. If I’m hungry I’ll eat dinner, if not, I go straight to bed.

Wednesday: I wake up at 5:15am so I can be at RC Crossfit before 6am. I do my workout, come home, eat, shower, pack my lunch, read or rest, then go to the train station to take the 10:21 train. Once I get to LA, I read or eat my lunch before my class starts at 2pm. Like on Tuesdays, I have class until 5pm then get home around 8pm. Generally, I’m exhausted and go straight to bed.

I love Thursdays! They’re my short days. I get up at 5:30, like on Tuesdays, then just teach my class. I’m always home by 2pm or 3pm. I read, then go to RC Crossfit, come home, shower, make dinner, eat/clean/do dishes/pack Friday’s lunch, then go to bed.

Friday: I get to sleep in until 6am!! I drive on Fridays. I leave at 7am (at the latest), then read/prep until I have to teach my 10am class. I have a break from 11-1pm so I can eat or read, then I teach from 1pm-2pm. I run to my car and try to get out of LA as quickly as possible! I generally get back in time to go straight to the 4:30pm class at RC Crossfit. Then I go home, shower, cook/clean/dishes, etc.

This actually isn’t that extensive. I do study, plan lessons, and spend time with my boyfriend within the work week. I also, however, try to stay on top of my schedule. When I’m making my dinner, I’m prepping the next day’s meals.

Some essentials for surviving paleo on a busy schedule:
-A schedule! Sounds crazy, but you need to schedule everything and follow it! I had to write my crossfit time into my schedule as time when I will not make other obligations. I’ve gotten better at not having to take 2-3 weeks off crossfit because of some paper or project. Every now and then I may have to take a day off (particularly the day before a paper or grades are due), but I’m no longer having to take 2-3 week long absences.

-Paleo snack essentials: Monday-Friday my lunches, or other on-the-go meals, are not that exciting. However, my food is my fuel. As long as I am satisfied or not hungry, I function well, don’t feel weighed down by bad food, and don’t care too much that I’m eating the same thing I had the night before.

Tuesday’s and Fridays I generally eat leftovers that I reheat, or salads since they’re easy to put together. Since I have longer breaks those two days, I generally eat actual meals. On Wednesdays, since I’m commuting and have class, I just generally pack snack foods to munch on when I feel hungry. Thursdays, I either eat snack foods (like Wednesdays), or I buy a paleo lunch somewhere.

What do I mean by paleo munchies/snack foods?
-Fresh berries (blueberries and strawberries are my favorites)
-Hard boiled eggs (2-3 depending on how long my day is; I cook a fresh batch every other night)
-Celery sticks and almond butter
-Carrot sticks and avocado or guacamole
-Leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken (I don’t mind eating it cold)
-Dried coconut
-Lots of water!! Stay hydrated.

Now, I’m not a nutritionist or paleo expert, but eating this stuff keeps me well within the paleo parameters, while keeping me thoroughly satisfied.

How do you do paleo in your busy schedule?


Update, and a Look into the future!!!

I know it’s been a few days. I’ve been busy with school, but expect a post (this afternoon or tomorrow) for paleo cupcakes!!!

I’m already excited. I’ve been dying to make these, but wanted to wait until the final weigh-in for our paleo challenge.

Final weigh-in results? Lost 16 lbs and my body fat went down by about 2%. I also took off 1:43 from our pre-paleo challenge assessment wod. I feel lighter, more energized and just generally healthier.

So I’m going to tease you guys and make you wait for the recipe, but I promise they’ll be delicious.



Get a head start on the recipe. Put a can of coconut milk on the fridge!!