How I Prep For Work
Hitting the gym before work and bringing my breakfast, lunch, and snack with me each day means one thing: PREP WORK. Each day when I get home from work, I immediately start getting things organized for the next day. I make and pack my meals, pick out my outfit, and lay out my gym clothes. It definitely takes a little bit of effort, but I’m used to the routine now. To me it is totally worth it since it allows me to start my day with sweaty “me” time and eat meals that make me feel great.
Here’s how I do it:
My gym bag has some permanent residents: my magazines, shower flip flops, and a plastic bag containing shampoo, lotion, a razor, and hair products.
At the beginning of each week I put in my makeup bag, hair straightener, and hair brush. I actually only shower at the gym during the week, so it’s not a problem to keep these things in my gym bag.
Then after I pick out my outfit for the next day, I top the bag off with my shoes and undergarments. All set!
My clothes for the next day get hung on a hanger in my closet for easy grabbage in the morning. I generally choose my outfit at the same time that I’m changing out of my work clothes from the current day. I’m already naked, so I might as well start trying stuff on.
The final clothing step is laying out my gym clothes on my dresser. This way I don’t have to think at 6am.
The food part of my preparation usually happens when I’m making dinner. If something is simmering or in the microwave I have time to throw some raw oats and chia seeds into a container, pack up some veggies and hummus for a snack, and grab an apple and a banana. My lunch is usually leftovers from dinner so I put those into tupperware when I’m finished cooking. Then it all goes into my nerdy lunchbox.
In the morning I stick two ice packs (that I keep in my freezer) into the bottom of the lunchbox and it keeps my food cold all day. No need for the mini fridge at work!
I’ve gotten this routine down to a science and it really only takes about 1o to 15 minutes each night. Once I’m prepped for the next day I feel like I can finally crash on the couch and enjoy the night. It definitely requires some forethought, but being able to get in some sweaty me-time before work and knowing that I have healthy meals to eat is very much worth it to me.
- Do you do any prep-work to get ready for the next day?