Life during Quarantine is weird and strangely difficult. We are all going through it and in different ways. Find a way to help get yourself through it as well as possible.
Maybe it is changing your routine.
Finding consistent movement and healthy eating.
Maybe it is just learning to embrace the situation and just roll with it.
Either way, I hope you find this inspirational and motivating. And maybe it will give you a nugget of hope and companionship while also learning what may help you to thrive.
Pre-Workout Morning Routine
During these stay-at-home orders I have been dedicated to still wake up at about 6:30am every morning. Keeping the same sleeping schedule is important to your body and mind. Sleep help regulates everything from recovery to heart rate.
After waking up at 6:00, making the bed, brushing my teeth, changing my clothes and gathering the laundry to do, I make my way to the kitchen and start my metabolism.
For years I have been drinking BSN Syntha-6 Protein powders first thing in the morning.
– Having a protein shake is hydrating, you mix the powder with water.
– It gives you easy calories to digest to get your metabolism started for the day so you can start burning calories.
– It gives me energy to power through my workout.
– And it also helps satisfy me so I don’t snack on my kids pancakes.
I have also added a scoop of Amazing Grass Superfood into my daily morning routine. It helps to hydrate and alkalize your body.
Did you know your body is usually the most acidic in the morning? Causing your body to work harder to eliminate the extra acid.
I feel like the Amazing Grass Superfood helps balance my body and I am able to start the day on the right foot.
Gotta have that double espresso shot in the morning to really get me ready for my workout!
Workout # 1: 8 – 9:30 AM
Before the stay-at-home orders began I would do house work, answer emails, do some general work. Now I get to my workout first. I learned that there is so much negative and bad feelings swarming around and I need to get my mind right so I can more easily combat all the negative in the world.
I start with a warm up of running on the treadmill and some dynamic stretches.
Once it starts warming up here I am looking forward to running outside.
After I am all warmed up my workouts change daily and consists the use of everything from dumbbells or barbells and plyometrics box and cable pulldown machines. I LOVE mixing up my workouts. Keeping my body guessing and challenging myself all the time!
In this video I did the Workout Of The Day from Street Parking. I love their programming and support. The Street Parking community is fantastic and there is a modification or scale for everything they program.
Breakfast: 10:30 AM
Eggs and Veggies! Eggs and Veggies! My favorite breakfast!
I have been eating eggs and veggies every day for years. Sometimes I will add leftover grilled veggies, leftover meats, nutritional yeast, turmeric powder, or yellow mustard. The options are endless.
I found myself snacking WAY TOO MUCH. So I re-introduced a bowl of oatmeal and fruit along with the eggs to combat that bad habit. And it works. I haven’t felt like I needed to snack throughout the day because my breakfast is so much more filling.
Use rolled oats in water, add some cinnamon, and top with some fruit and it will help satisfy you all morning!
I try to drink at least 100 ounces of water. Staying home all the time it has been much easier to drink all the water and stay hydrated. And I am not worried about not finding a restroom.
If you don’t already have one, you should grab a water bottle with the volume written on the side so you can keep track of how much water you drink.
- If you stay hydrated your skin starts to look smooth and glowy.
- You don’t feel tired or sluggish as much in the middle of the afternoon.
- And it helps to keep you full.
- Most of the time we associate being hungry with actually being thirsty. So the next time you feel like you need a snack, first drink a glass or two of water and wait a few minutes. That snack craving may just vanish!
Be Productive: Part # 1
After a workout, shower, breakfast, and some chores now I work. In this case I was working on editing workout videos which you can find on workouts.chelseysue.com
And I also try to get my kid to do some school work. It is never long or tedious and I don’t force him to do anything. If he does want to, then I am there for him 100%. Most of the time I will ask if he wants to and he will come back around later asking to do something.
It has been super fun pretending to be a teacher. Home schooling is definitely not my bag of tea but the kid and I have had some fun, including making a Keyboard Letters shooting game for him.
I made him a large poster of a keyboard with Uppercase and Lowercase letters and put it on the wall. We then got all the NERF guns out and as I would call out a random letter, he would have to find it then get to shoot it. Helping him to learn to recognize his letters and also keep him active and doing one of his favorite past times right now.. shooting everything.
With all this sitting around, editing videos, doing school work, ect. I find that I am sitting way more then I was when I was running my kid around everywhere. To combat that, my Fitbit Charge 3 tells me when I haven’t moved enough in a hour.
After it alerts my of my inactivity, I get to a good pausing area of whatever I am doing and then go walk around for a few minutes. Sometimes it turns into a fun little workout when my kid gets involved and runs around with me. We will play tag or race around the kitchen. Sometimes I take the opportunity to clean or sweep the floors. It is a good break from sitting. Add in some stretching and play with your dog and it turns into a whole body and mind adjustments for the next hour.
Workout # 2: 1 – 2 PM
Not being able to run my kid around, leave the house and have fun, or go to work, I found that there is just way too much sitting around for me and not nearly enough activity.
I found myself feeling bad frequently and my mental health began to suffer. So I started to add in a second workout. Usually something pretty quick but it is something to get me moving and to help me clear my head. And it helps my kid to also burn off some extra energy.
I have been adding in the extra session a couple times a week on top of recording workout videos. And only doing it when I am not too sore or I don’t feel like I have to force myself. If I don’t want to workout, then I don’t. This is about working to feel my best. So if my best means to take a day off, then that is what I do!
Lunch: 2:30 PM
I love eating!
So my lunch is almost ALWAYS Tuna. I love tuna!
I mix up a can albacore tuna with 2.5 ounces of plain non-fat greek yogurt and bam – delicious!
Here I ate it with a seedless mini cucumber. Sometimes I will top a salad with it or eat it on a piece of bread. And sometimes just plain as is, with a fork. (That is also my kids favorite way to eat tuna!)
Keep drinking that water!
Be Productive: Part # 2
Learning to break up your day to work for you is super helpful in staying productive.
Every time you switch tasks you feel more refreshed and ready to work hard and concentrate. You can actually get more done working in short bursts then sitting in the same spot and trying to grind it out.
So after workout # 2 and lunch I continue working on my projects, house work, play and read with my kid.
Really looking forward to warm days so we can do all of this outside!
Sun, fresh air, vitamin D, birds, trees.. all helpful in keeping a positive mindset and your body healthy!
Did I mention I love food?
This night I didn’t have a plan.
I had a protein and a bunch of veggies but had no idea what I was going to do with them.
I decided I wanted to have some potatoes too.
Then I felt a pull to use my Ninja Deluxe Foodi.
I love this piece of equipment. I would gift it to every newly wed if I could. It makes meals easy and sometimes quicker, especially when you need to cook a frozen piece of meat! The ways to use this machine is endless. You can:
- Pressure Cook
- Air Fry
- Slow Cook/Yogurt
I chopped potatoes, seasoned them with my favorite spices. Cut up some sausage and put it all in the Foodi to cook for a while. During the cooking time I chopped and shredded the rest of the veggies I wanted to use.
Did you know the easiest way to shred brussels sprouts is to use your food processor?
Just clean and cut the brussels, insert the shredder blade or slicer blade into the food processor and cut those little tiny cabbages into beautiful shreds.
After the potatoes and the sausage cooked for a while I added in the rest of the veggies to finish cooking.
This meal ended up being really good and great on the macros!
6 Servings came to about
10 grams Fat
23 grams Carbs
22 grams Protein
Dinner Time: 5 PM
We had a side Salad and dinner was complete!
Post Dinner Family Time
After dinner we clean up the dishes. My husband and I treat ourselves to a peppermint patty!
Anything with chocolate and mint is just amazing!
Then we play with the kid.
When the weather is nice we go for a walk down the road and the kid will ride his bike. Or we play soccer in the garage. This night we got into a NERF gun war.
Anything we need to do to keep him active.
We will eventually do the bedtime routine. Then my husband and I will watch a show or two to decompress and enjoy each others company. We will also have one more meal usually consisting of another BSN Syntha-6 Protein shake. Then head off to bed and repeat the next day.
Quarantine will be over eventually and then we can get back to our normal busy lives. Returning to the schedules and activities that run our days.
But for now we need to learn to do what is best for us now, in the moment.
Do what we feel we need to do to stay upbeat and healthy.
To let go of what we can’t control and focus on what we can.
And to learn to enjoy what we have in front of us and to be grateful for all that we have available.
I hope this video brings you motivation and inspiration.
Keep moving forward.
Keep trying your best.
Find what works for you!