Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Making It Work

Good morning!

It's been a crazy week so far. Yesterday was my first day on the new job, which went really well. Even though I met a ton of people, several I'll be working with are out on vacation and I'll meet them over them soon. I tend to be miserable at remembering names, especially when meeting so many new people at once, so I am thankful that each cube and office has the person's name listed!

Me being me, one of the most important things I had to scope out at the office, was the kitchen situation. I was spoiled at my old job as there was an unusually large kitchen - lots of counter space, a table and counter for eating, a big refrigerator and sink, dishwasher, microwave, toaster and toaster oven (granted, they didn't always work, but they were there). The new place has two small kitchens. A sink, microwave, toaster, and fridge in each. I'll definitely be able to bring my lunch and store it in the fridge, but there's no room to assemble anything like I used to. Today I'll pick up a salad at a local restaurant but tonight, I'm going to cook a pot of rice to put together rice bowls that I can fill with veggies, chick peas and other good stuff then just warm up in the microwave. My desk drawer is already stocked with a few Larabars and I'm taking carrots and fruit for snacks. As I make this transition from freshly cooked lunches every day to eating at work, I need to make sure I make healthy choices.

My workout this morning was much better than yesterday; I felt stronger. My cardio consisted of a 1minute walk on the treadmill followed by 3miles jogging (no intervals today), 7 miles on the stationary bike, some strength training and stretching. My workouts are going to be a little shorter now, but it should be offset by being more active throughout the day.

A few random photos from our trip

 Bunker Hill
 somewhere in Massachusettes
 Frog Pond in Boston Commons
Bunker Hill

Do you take your lunch to work or go out? Do you have a go to lunch for the work week?

Sorry I've been MIA when it comes to my blog reading. I'm going to get a little caught up tonight. It's one of those weeks....
workout stats -
3mile jog
7mile bike
3x10 hammer curls
3x10 lateral side arm raise
3x10 weight side bends
foam roller and stretching


Lindsay @ said...

Your new kitchen at work sounds a lot like mine. I bring my lunch everyday, but now I bring it in a lunchbox instead of using the work refrigerator. I got tired of people smashing my lunch.

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

Glad you first day went well!

I take my lunch almost every day (trying to save money). Most days I take leftovers from the previous night's dinner - I figure if I'm already making a healthy meal, why not make it last a little longer? Other days I'll do simple sandwiches and salads, with fresh fruit and/or yogurt on the side.

Having said that, today I was in a rush and just grabbed a random can of three-bean chili. But it's pouring down rain here, so I think it will make for a hearty, appropriate lunch!

Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner said...

Glad the first day went well. It's always so overwhelming. And it takes awhile to get into a good routine. But nice to see you still get your workouts in :)

lindsay said...

it's pretty easy to eat healthy at work as long as you plan ahead! minor detail there ;) at least there's a microwave and fridge - that's all i have at my work but it'll do.

i pretty much pack the same thing every day... yogurt, fruit, cereal, oatmeal, sandwich, carrots, banana... very exciting lol

SueMac said...

Almost always bring my lunch..... I may eat out once a week, but it's usually something fairly healthy like a greek salad from my favorite place close to the school! Sorry, I've been out of touch for a while, I hadn't been running and didn't want to depress myself anymore, but I"m BACK! said...

Your pictures from Boston look great! Good luck with your lunches at work...I also usually pack the same thing everyday.

Anonymous said...

Oh I know the difficulty of packing a fresh healthy lunch! I pack a lunch every day, and without fail there's a luncheon in our small cafeteria area, and people are very pushy with their cakes & stuff. A simple "No thank you" is never enough!
Good luck getting into your new groove with packing lunch. It will come. I think the rice & veggies is a great idea, just don't pack the same thing too often.

Adam said...

Good luck at the new job! I'm actually starting a new job/project on monday so I'm a bit nervous.

Wow! your workout on weds had a little bit of everything! Running, biking. Great job!