New Normal

Happy 25th Birthday, Meghann!!  😀


With everything that has been going on in my life, I have really put healthy eating and exercise on the back burner.  I have been living off of take-out and junk food. Perfect example of an un-healthy living blogger. (However, my superbowl burger was quite delicious if I do say so myself.)


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My energy levels have been going down and my weight is going up. I feel really sluggish and I know that I need to get moving! With my knee still bothering me, I haven’t run in two weeks! I know that I need to go see a doctor. In the meantime, I haven’t really bothered to come up with some new sort of exercise to do. This is so unlike me!


It’s time for me to get into a new routine.


It was one of my Goals for 2010 to make exercise fun. And I quote:

3. Make exercising fun: Confession: I actually don’t really enjoy exercising. SHOCK!!! Yes, I love running, but to me it doesn’t really feel like exercise, it’s more of a hobby to me. I want to take some time to learn to enjoy other activities. For instance…

  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Trail Running
  • Strength training
  • Tennis
  • kayaking?

I have plenty of options to choose from, and probably many more that I still haven’t thought of!


Now that I have a set work and school schedule, I’m trying to figure out where exercise will fit in. I’m not sure if I have time before (in the early morning) or if I should wait until the afternoon/evening.


When do you fit in exercise?



This morning I woke up way too late to think about exercising. I made a quick blueberry bagel with Peanut butter




…and my obligatory Monday morning cup of Joe.




I also am currently snacking on a banana while attempting to study for my steel design exam write this blog post!




Off to study!


❤ MegaNerd


40 Responses

  1. You’ve got a really good attitude to getting back on the healthy living bandwagon, good on you! But at the same time, considering all the *crap* you’ve had to deal with the past few weeks, you deserved to indulge/rest/do exactly whatever the heck you wanted for 2 weeks!
    I always exercise 1st thing before breakfast – every morning is up, quick snack, exercise, leisurly breakfast. It totally sets me up for the day and puts me in a good mood 🙂
    Have fun revising…I know that feeling, I’m doing it now too!

  2. My schedule is crazy seeing as I am a Full Time (8-5) Working Mom & Wife so it is hard to fit in exercise as well for me but I have managed through the years…….currently I only work out “3” times a week so that I have enough time for work, my family, chores & friends if I am lucky! I hit the gym after work on Tuesday & Thursdays and do about an hour & 1/2 to 2+ hours of weight training & cardio (aka running) and then a do a fast or long run on Saturday morning!

    We all have our set backs, espically when life has thrown some curve balls at us and some hit us in the head but you will get back on track so don’t get down about it!

  3. My schedule is also very hectic. I work a full time job and I am taking 6 credits in a master’s degree program (8 credits = full time). I also live with my boyfriend and have a puppy. Add *trying* to keep in touch with friends and family and you have one packed schedule.

    Luckily, I have a gym at work that I use during my lunch break. They have great classes (spin, step aerobics, strength training) that keep me from getting bored. I also occasionally hop on the elliptical or dreadmill. I also take yoga classes when I have time (HA!) at a nearby studio (usually 1x on the weekends and much more when I have breaks from school).

  4. I have to be at work at 7am. So I get up anywhere between 3:30-4:00 to run (depending on the length of the run). The other morning I squeezed in a 12 miler before work! The morning is the only time I can fit it in. Afternoons are too hectic and too many things can “come up”. I get it over with in the AM and just make sure to crash early the night before! I love it! 🙂

  5. Don’t even worry about it, Megan. It’s been two and half weeks since my breakup and I’ve honestly let a few things fall by the wayside… Like school… While I do feel guilty about it, breaking up is pretty traumatic and I know I will get back into the swing of things as soon as I am ready – and you will, too! As far as fitting in a workout goes, I really just do it whenever I possibly can. Sometimes that means mornings (usually not) and other times it means afternoons/evenings. I’m still in college too so I completely understand having a crazy schedule!

  6. I try to fit exercise in whenever I can. I find when I try to plan for the week, that is when things get a bit hay wire! I just plan each day as they come, or maybe the day before.

    Given the choice I would prefer to exercise in the morning, but sometimes it is more tempting to sleep in a bit more!

  7. You will figure everything out! Your human and sometimes we struggle to have a “normal” schedule when we have a lot of hard things going on. I exercise during my lunch break A LOT lately. Something is better than nothing.

  8. Everyone hits stressful/emotional/busy times in their life when healthy habits tend to fall by the way side. Ever since I graduated college, moved out, and started working … I have tried to look at the week ahead and figure out which 5 of the 7 days are most doable for me to fit in exercise. I prefer to sleep in and work out after work, so I usually do that! I have gained a new appreciation for classes at my gym (currently obsessed with spinning), because all you have to do is get there on time, and the hour is planned for you – music, motivation, etc! If I know I have plans after work, I will get up an hour early and do one of my Jillian DVDs (either Burn Fat, Boost Metabolism or No More Trouble Zones). And I really think that healthy eating follows exercise, because you won’t want to undo your hard work!

  9. I am trying to figure out a better schedule for myself as well, I usually try to fit exercise in early in the morning or during my lunch break, but that definitely doesn’t give me as much time as I would like!

  10. Sometimes you just need a break. While exercise can be good for emotions, it also isn’t a first priority at times. Do whatever you can and what makes you feel good.
    I try to get my workout (which is hot yoga because I’m obsessed) done in the morning. It leaves me energized and ready for the day and I also know that I have the rest of the day ahead of me.
    Be good to you 🙂

  11. Swimming is GREAT once you get into it. The fact that you literally cannot talk, read, listen to music, or engage with people around you is boring at first, but then becomes really zen. Also, great if you have knee trouble and want to give your joints a break!!

  12. Sometimes it’s good to take a break girl! You have had a rough week!! I have a crazy school schedule too so I find I fit my exercise in best in the EARLY morning, like 5am. I don’t love getting up that early, but I love the feeling of having my workout/run accomplished so early in the morning!! I do my longer runs on the weekend when I have more time but I am usually able to fit in 30-60 minute runs/workouts before class on the weekdays.

  13. I always exercise first thing in the morning. I feel like it gives me energy and there is less excuse that I won’t do it later! Plus starting my day knowing that my workout is already done for the day is a GREAT feeling!!

  14. girl its okay! you will get it back! i LOVE kayaking-you should def try it! GREAT upper and core workout!

  15. We can’t all be perfect all the time, and going through a major break-up will definitely mix up your schedule and habits, especially with a such a busy life! I was lucky in my break-up that the rest of my life still remained the same (didn’t live with him…he lived an hour away so I only saw him on weekends anyway…although I’ve worked the only weekend we’ve been broken up so this coming weekend will be quite telling with Valentine’s Day and such…). I didn’t have to reset a routine or move or anything. You’ll figure it out, it just takes time. Healthy living can be a roller coaster ride, as with anything, and it’s okay if we’re not at the top of our game all the time!

    I have a weird schedule in that I work 3-11pm, so I workout in the mid-morning, usually. I know many people who feel better getting up super early and getting their workout in, or other people need the afternoon break. I say try both and see which one you like better.

  16. A new schedule can definitely hinder an exercise plan! I used to go every day after work, but I really enjoy doing it before work more. Now that I’ve changed my hours to coming in a little later in the morning, I can be an a.m. exerciser once again 😀

  17. It’s DEFINITELY hard to find a balance and we all slip up sometimes. The most important thing is to realize that healthy eating hasn’t become a priority and to change that. Since you seem to be really busy, it’s a matter of finding quick on-the-go meals that are also healthy. That was always my biggest problem in college and I lived off a lot of Slimfast shakes for breakfast (terrible 10am sugar crash) and convenience store sushi for lunch. Ew. 😉

  18. I deal with this struggle all the time. I mainly work out in the evenings after I get off work. I have to be in at work at 8 am everyday and since my gym does not open till 5:30 it makes it hard to fit in my workout, shower, and be on the road by 7. I wish so badly I could do it in the morning but typically the only time I have is in the evening.

  19. I think you are doing well, all things considering. Like others have said, you deserved some time to take it easy and not worry about exercise and eating. I mean, sometimes you have to do what you have to do right? But I think it will help you to get this part of your life back to normal and make you feel better! 🙂
    I exercise (when I’m not injured…) in the morning before school/work. Otherwise, I’m too tired by the end of the day.

  20. I think you’re doing a great job adjusting to your new normal. It’s hard to go through a breakup, start a new job, and move without having some sort of deviation from your eating and exercise habits.
    My advice is to start of slowly – maybe try a new sport like swimming once a week and see how you like it! Make it fun – like that awesome trampoline workout that Meghann does and you’ll get back in the groove super quickly. Good luck!

  21. I have the same problem you do. I work long hours, and I can’t seem to get myself up in the morning to work out. And if I did get up and go to the Y, I’m terrified of the hard-core 5’oclockers and what they might say if I take “their” machine. So I’m a night-time runner during the week. I either run outside (in a well-lit area) or go to the gym, no matter what time I get off of work. It’s a goal of mine to become one of those hard-core 5’oclockers I mentioned before 🙂

    Looking forward to see how you figure it all out.

  22. I don’t like to exercise either!!! Running is all that I really enjoy doing.. but I’m working hard to change that!

  23. I am in the same boat with the lack of exercising and not so healthy eating. I have 2 stress fractures so exercise has really been put on hold right now. You have a lot going on in your life and really shouldn’t stress about it. You are usually incredibly active and healthy. Sometimes we go through these down times, but trust me, in time things will get better.

  24. I wish i could work out in the mornibg, but i like my sleep too much. I try to exercise right after work because the gym is closer to work than my house.

  25. Maybe your body needed a little time off! I find that when I’m working and going to classes, the morning is easiest. I have no excuses when my alarm goes off at seven, whereas if I wait until the evening, I most likely won’t head to the gym. Maybe try some fun exercise classes?

  26. i get my workouts in first thing otherwise school work and projects that pop up and i get wrapped up in would just push running out of my life.

    hope the knee thing gets worked out. get thee to a doctor!

  27. Try not to be too hard on yourself. It has been a whirlwind few weeks and I know that you will get back on track in no time 🙂
    When things get crazy I try and fit in my workouts first thing in the morning. THen, no matter how busy my day gets or how low my energy levels drop, I have still done some exercise for the day!

  28. Life is hectic! I get up at 5 to be at work by 7. My workouts are scheduled for after work. It’s not too difficult in the summer, because the sun is up until 9pm, but in the winter, I end up running in the dark a lot — which keeps me off the trails and on the roads that are well-lit.

    When it gets really busy, I just have to slow myself down and make time for working out. It’s not an option and it’s necessary for my physical and mental health! 🙂

  29. I really like to fit in my workout first thing in the morning. If I wait until after a full day of classes I am usually too mentally exhausted and just forget it.

  30. I work out in the afternoons although I would love to workout in the mornings.
    I am so tired by afternoon! good luck!

  31. If I have to leave the house before 9 a.m., I work out late in the day. If I have the will power to get up at 6 or earlier I’ll go in the morning. If I have it on my to-do list at a certian time, it’s more likely that I’ll actually do it.

  32. My schedule is crazy and I am at the hospital 60-90 hours per week. I have started breaking up my exercise, which is weird, but works. In the morning, I do 20-30 minutes of a yoga podcast. I justify it because getting up 15 minutes early (and tightening my AM schedule) isnt a big deal versus the hour I’d need to run. Then in the afternoon I usually do 20-45 minutes of exercise (run, elliptical, strength, etc). I also find because I do tons of studying at home, breaking up my workout is easier because I’d probably have a 20-30 min slacking break in there anyway…if that makes sense!

  33. Hey Megan 🙂 I just have a quick question for ya. What program/website do you use to plan out your workout and running schedule for like, that month? I’ve been trying to write out all of my running schedule but it isn’t cutting it! thanks!

  34. I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon too, but I’m getting back into the swing of things! Good luck, you know how to do this. Your homework, on the other hand, yeesh. Scary! Haha.

  35. We all have our ruts. Exercise is supposed to make you feel good, not stress you out. You’ve been so busy AND you’re injured! Of course you needed some time off. Just start incorporating healthy meals again, and before you know it you’ll be hitting the gym for fun non-running (let that knee heal!) workouts. I feel your pain…I have a stress fracture and am out for 8 weeks. It’s the worst, but we’ll get through it.

  36. I also go to school and work at the same time, and I can’t bring myself to wake up at 5 or 5:30am to workout. I’ve been trying to fit it in in the afternoons between work and school, and some days I have more time than others, but some is better than none, right? 🙂 Good luck on your exam!

  37. I’m right there with you with the exercise wagon. Ever since the marathon I have not felt the same.

    I’m can’t decide if its all the events that happened right afterwards for awhile or if I am just experiencing exercise burn out.

    Good luck with everything though I’m sure it will all turn out!

  38. I have to be at my full time job at 7 AM, take a bio lab after I get off work on Wednesdays, work through my lunches and stay late on Mondays to make up time taken out for the bio lecture class… It’s busy! I managed to schedule my class/work make up time around my (half mary) training plan. I run Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun as soon as I get home (during the week) but I’m terrible about doing any sort of other exercise. I’m too busy trying to get caught up in class-related reading! Good luck, chickadee!

  39. I have followed several food blogs and really love yours…but what I love the most is that you are a civil engineer. So am I!!! I actually took steel design last semester. I am a senior at University of Michigan specializing in Structural Engineering. I have my senior design (capstone) project this semester and just beginning to study for the FE exam. It’s so great to see that there are other fun, female civil engineers out there 🙂

  40. I hate admitting it, but I like when other people say that sometimes they too have to push healthy eating/exercising to the back burner. Nice to know other people struggle too! My usual plan to get through busy weeks includes making a big pot of something on Sunday (risotto, soup, turkey chili, etc) that I can take to work or just heat up for dinner during the week. Exercising is a bit more difficult at times, but I try to do more intensive workouts on weekends when I have more time and just fit in 30-45 minute gym trips during the week.

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