Every Little Bit Counts!

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Thank you SO much for your support on my new schedule.  I woke up feeling a little tired, and it was great to read such kind messages in my inbox.

 

To answer some follow-up questions:

 

  • No, I do not entirely support the Husband while he is in medical school (although I wish I could because he works really hard).  My income is the bulk of our income, but he also works part-time as an office manager of his parents’ clinic. 
  • Yes, the Husband is definitely stepping up and helping me with the chores and dogs.  That used to be my territory, but now he’s going to handle it for a lot of the week.  Last night, he went grocery shopping for me. šŸ™‚ I love that man!
  • Yes, my full-time job is from home.  I’m an urban planner and have worked for the same company for three years.  That definitely makes this new schedule easier to handle.
  • Yes, you will get to see TONS of time management tips on the blog.  Last night’s dinner was pretty lame, but I have a bunch of healthy and transportable meal ideas to share with you!

 

Every Little Bit Counts!

 

As I mentioned, it’s going to be difficult to do cardio exercise from Monday to Thursday (unless we buy that elliptical machine I’ve been eyeing!).  So, I decided to do a little strength training this AM before breakfast.  Because after all — every little bit counts!

 

Here’s what I did… it only took me 10 minutes!

 

  • 30 push-ups
  • 10 decline push-ups
  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 20 reverse crunches
  • 20 leg lift with V-crunches (10 each leg)

 

Blueberry Waffles

 

I dreamt of this breakfast!

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Using Hodgson’s Mills InstaBake mix, I made two blueberry waffles.  I topped them with a glob of Vanilla Chobani.  Holy YUM!

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I normally just have 1 waffle, but I made these a little thinner than usual.  Plus, I was sups hungry from the lame dinner last night!

 

Plus a side of grapes — I couldn’t fit these in my belly after the waffles, so I’m saving them for later in the morning.

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And coffee, AKA liquid crack.

 

Off to seize the day!  Stay tuned for my afternoon post, in which I’ll answer the latest burning question I’ve been getting…. Have I gone vegetarian after reading Skinny Bitch?

{ 29 comments }

 

  • Meg May 12, 2009, 3:50 am

    Yummy waffles. Can’t wait to see the time management tips!

  • sarah May 12, 2009, 3:53 am

    an elliptical at home would be a great asset — i think you deserve it with all the work you’ll be doing! maybe it could be a reward after a few weeks of juggling the crazy schedule?

  • Peanuts & Crackerjacks May 12, 2009, 3:54 am

    Good luck with your new schedule!! I work full time now, full time grad school and have a part time job 4 days a week!! Time management is SOOOO important!! Also, I HAVE to exercise first thing in the morning or it doesnt happen!!

    Do you have a “lunch break” when you work at home?

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) May 12, 2009, 4:06 am

    Good luck with the new schedule. Just take it one day at a time! You’ll do great!

  • Megan May 12, 2009, 4:16 am

    omg, the suspense will kill me!!! yay for veg!

    I love your title, i was really needed that “every little bit counts” today. I havent had the energy to do hardcore workouts so I just lay around instead, thinking that light exercise is useless. NOT TRUE!

    also, i mentioned you in my last post– i had a very caitlin-esque meal for dinner šŸ™‚

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) May 12, 2009, 4:34 am

    Those waffles look delish!

  • teacherwoman May 12, 2009, 4:37 am

    Mmm waffles!

    Have a great day, Caitlin!

  • Jordan May 12, 2009, 4:38 am

    I second the elliptical. Just don’t settle for a cheap one. That’s one place you want to splurge a little.

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) May 12, 2009, 4:46 am

    Good luck with your new schedule! I will definitely be looking out for those time management tips! šŸ™‚
    Have a good morning!

  • Weight and Meditate May 12, 2009, 5:01 am

    Thanks for answering the questions, that was all very interesting!

  • Brandi May 12, 2009, 5:42 am

    great job on the quick morning workout – something is always better than nothing!

    For the past 2 years, I’ve been working full time (8-5) plus part time with WW and until December of last year, I was also in grad school part time.

    You can do it!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina May 12, 2009, 5:42 am

    wowowow Caitlin! crazy work schedule, but you can totally do it! if you don’t mind a tip (which I am sure you already know):

    Prep as much as you can on Sundays!!! On Sundays or Mondays I do my grocery shopping and prep all my food for the week (even dinner many times), do all laundry, clean the house, etc etc etc.

    I work from 7-6 at the office most days and then work another 2 hours at home (while also reading blogs, cooking, etc) so I can relate in a way.

    You can totally do this!!! Best of luck!!!!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina May 12, 2009, 5:43 am

    ok so i just reread your new work schedule. um yeah, a LITTLE more insane than mine hahaha!

    but i still think you are going to be just fine!

  • Meg C. May 12, 2009, 5:45 am

    Caitlin- good luck with your new schedule! I hope you are not too stressed with the extra work hours. Take care of yourself and don’t be afraid to take a blog hiatus if you need to!

  • BethAnn Caputo May 12, 2009, 5:45 am

    Hi Caitlin…where do you get your instabake? I’ve been looking for it everywhere and can’t find it

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 12, 2009, 5:47 am

    thanks for the tips, guys!

    bethann – i get it at the grocery store in the organic section. i know you can order it off their website, too!

  • Betsy May 12, 2009, 6:06 am

    I know someone that went vegetarian after reading that book (going on 2 years!), so I’m curious to see what you say.

  • K from ksgoodeats May 12, 2009, 6:12 am

    Those waffles sound delicious! It’s been way too long since I’ve had blueberries!!

  • iowagirleats May 12, 2009, 6:31 am

    Wow – good luck with your schedule!! You seem like the kind of person that can handle a big load like that – you’ll be great šŸ˜€ Loving those waffles! I usually don’t like “stuff” in my waffles, but I always make an exception for blueberries šŸ˜‰

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) May 12, 2009, 6:51 am

    I can’t wait to see the time management tips! I definitely need that.

  • Christina May 12, 2009, 7:01 am

    Good luck with the new schedule, you’ll do fine!

    I’m excited for the time management tips, I know I’ll have to put them to use sooner or later.

  • Matt May 12, 2009, 7:08 am

    Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate, but you gotta do what you gotta do right?

    Have a good one!

  • elliebelle May 12, 2009, 7:18 am

    Good luck with your new job! I’m sure you will do great. As far as the elliptical goes, I purchased one last fall and while I don’t use it as often as I should, I do really like it, and it was worth the money. I bought mine from Nordic Track.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 12, 2009, 7:28 am

    waffles look divine!!

    I look forward to the comments on time management! I have a few myself if you make the post interactive šŸ™‚

  • Quinn May 12, 2009, 7:32 am

    It does count! You get your work outs in where you can!

    And in response to last night – I was the queen of the part time job. In high school I was a camp counselor by day and ice cream scooper by night. College I would babysit up to five families a day between classes, and even overnights. My first job out of college I supplemented with a bartending job at an Irish pub. Now that I don’t have a side job, or a wedding to plan, it’s become quite difficult to sit still!

  • Victoria May 12, 2009, 7:39 am

    Pretty great use of 10 minutes! I convinced the husband to buy an elliptical 2 years ago before we joined a gym, and I still use it probably at least twice a week. Nothing beats the convenience of having it in your home (and watching tv!).

  • happinessawaits May 12, 2009, 7:41 am

    o0o0o, the suspense!

    Happiness Awaits

  • runsarah May 12, 2009, 7:48 am

    You and your husbands schedule sounds a lot like me & my fiances, as I am student. It can be tough sometimes for us to find a balance.

    I bought an elliptical for $100 off craigslist and it is awesome!! Way cheaper than a gym membership and great for multitasking.

  • Bec May 12, 2009, 9:18 am

    Love the waffles!

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