As a student and almost full-time banker, I need to run a tight ship. I’m currently taking 18 credits (8 classes), working 30-35 hours a week, traveling 1 weekend a month to Virginia to be with my fiancé, and planning a wedding! It’s safe to say that I’m most always busy, running from one thing to the next.
On top of all that, I love to stay active. Currently, I’m training for a half marathon and hitting the gym for about 8 hours a week for strength training.
My Typical Day
My alarm goes off at 6:00 am. I wake up, make breakfast, pack my 4-5 meals for the day and head out on a run or to Anytime Fitness in Austin, TX.
I’m in class from 8:00 am – 12:00pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).
Then, I head to work for a 6 hour shift at the bank.
After work, I head home to study, get my bags packed for the next day, and other odds and ends that need to be taken care of.
I’m usually away from my house for 12+ hours a day so meal prepping on Saturday and Sundays has been key in making the best choices in what I consume daily. Snacks are also essential when I’m on-the-go. Some of my favorites are rice cakes & peanut butter, quest bars, and protein shakes.
My Favorite Meals
Lately, I have increased my carb intake to lots of brown rice, sweet potatoes, and white rice. I eat a balanced meal of 93-99% lean ground turkey, chicken, and beef. Regular chicken breasts, lots of vegetables, and salads. My go to breakfast is 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites, 2 mushrooms, and 1/2 of spinach. YUM!
My Workout Schedule
I focus on one main body part per day. Currently my schedule looks like this.
- Monday – Leg day with focus on quads and glutes
- Tuesday - Back
- Wednesday – Rest
- Thursday - Leg day again with a focus on quads, hamstrings, and calves
- Friday – Chest
- Saturday – Arms and Shoulders – triceps, biceps, and shoulders (super sets)
- Sunday – Yoga and Martial arts strength and conditioning class
Usually, I do 3-4 sets of 12-15. I lift heavy and have contributed this to my lean body shape.
I am very busy but I am always in bed by 10:00 pm unless I have a deadline or huge test to prepare for. I have found that my body needs a full 8-9 hours of sleep to be fully rested and able to take my long, busy days.
Making the Commitment
This lifestyle isn’t ‘easy’ and it took me awhile to figure out what works best for me and my schedule. I’ve been on this journey for 2 years now.
I love this lifestyle, and for me, working out in the morning works best. If I waited until the evening after I had already been up for 12 hours, I know I wouldn’t give it my full effort. Working out in the morning also allows me to bring the positivity throughout my whole day. If I have already worked out, why would I go stop at a fast food place and ruin the hard work I put in?