So today was off to a rough start. I woke up on time and was ready to take on the day and then… my terrible toilet clogged and overflowed and I had to take care of that ordeal. I was especially stressed because I’m expecting AirBNB guests later today and wanted to leave everything all perfect for them (I have a 5 star cleanliness rating after all). Ughhhh life why must you happen? I hurried to make my breakfast and lunch for the day, as well as clean some dishes from the night before that I had left over out of laziness. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to wash my dishes from this morning, for which I apologized profusely to my guest and promised I would do them as soon as I returned home at 9pm. I was of course late to work, but luckily my coworker had gotten there early and set everything up. Phewwww.

For breakfast I made a strawberry banana smoothie. I used 1/2ish cup of frozen strawberries, one banana, 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup of iced green tea that I had prepared the night before and refrigerated overnight, two dates, and a teaspoon of flax-seeds. Easy enough and not disgusting looking, as well as full of 10 grams of protein!

Mmmmm strawberry banana and pretty!
Mmmmm strawberry banana and pretty!

My mid-morning snack was apples and caramel, just like the other day. Nom.

For lunch I packed a chickpea salad sandwich. Yes, ANOTHER vegetarian sandwich without fake meat! Nestled between two slices of whole wheat bread was one half of a combination of a can of chickpeas, a whole avocado (full of the good kind of fat) and cilantro with just a dash of salt and pepper, along with some fresh baby spinach leaves. I also enjoyed seltzer water and carrots, all for a total of 21 grams of protein.

I'm realizing a lot of the things I eat don't look all that cute.
I’m realizing that a lot of the things I eat don’t look all that cute.

I got off work at 12:30 and headed straight to the gym to do a light work out of 15 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the bicycle for a total of 45 minutes. I only had until 2pm when my next class started, so I hurried to dry off my sweaty self (gross) and changed back into my regular clothes for class. Yes, I changed back because I do not like wearing my workout clothes outside of the gym. Yes, they are comfy, and yes, it’s convenient, but it’s also gross and smelly and in my opinion just shows that you don’t care what you look (or smell) like. I like to think I have some semblance of daily fashion style and like to keep it that way.

After receiving bad news about my paycheck -VCU made a mistake back in November and will be cutting my next paycheck by $383  😦 – and after my class ended at 3:15 I spent my 45 min break between class and work at Alchemy Café, a super-hipstery café on campus, sipping on a cappuccino while reading Don Quijote. I feel so European sitting there in front of the window and people watching; it takes me back to my happy place (Paris, duh) and relaxes me no matter what I have going on. Then I sadly rejoined the real world went to work at 4.

Seriously magical.
Seriously magical.

While at work I ate my meal of chili and corn muffins again for a total of 33 grams of protein, and snacked on almonds for another 6 grams of protein.

After a rough day I headed home at 9 to see my fiancé, who had put away the dry dishes and washed the dirty ones, fed my cat her wet food (which he absolutely cannot stand), and had MADE ME CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES WITH TWO GLASSES ALREADY SET OUR FOR MILK. Best. Fiancé. Ever. I had two cookies and a glass of milk while watching the season 4 finale of Lost before greeting my guests, showing them around a bit, and heading to bed.

That’s a wrap at 81 grams of protein!

Chickpea Salad Recipe