A Day In The Life Of CTER…..In Pictures

Today is normally reserved for The Athlete’s Plate but I decided to postpone it by one week to present to you this great idea.

Recently JM over at Caution: Redhead Running posted a day in her life.  I commented on it and she said that I should do one as well. Not one to back down from challenges I decided to make Monday the day I took photos of a day of my life.  Monday also happened to be the day that I swam 3,500 yards or 2 miles and managed to do it in 1 hour and 5 minutes.  This was a breakthrough day in my training and I am now very happy to have captured this day in pictures.

But before  we get to the photos I want to thank Beth over at Shut Up and Run for posting about the Fitbloggers Conference.  As soon as I was done reading I sent in my application for a partial scholarship and within an hour I had a reply email that I had been awarded the partial scholarship.  So I will be going to Boulder, Colorado in June to attend this great event and I couldn’t be happier.  There will be photos and videos from the conference for sure.

So without further delay here is my day in pictures:

Wake Up and Time to have breakfast #1


Breakfast #1 - Ezekial Sesame Bread Toasted, 1/2 banana sliced on top of chocolate peanut butter with 8oz of coffee and 16oz of water


Gym #1 for a 3500 yard swim done in.....


....1 hour 5 minutes equated to 1 hour 18 minutes for 2.4 miles


Back Home for Breakfast #2 of Granola, Greek Yogurt, 1/2 sliced banana, blueberries, blackberries, 8oz decaf, 8oz oj, 16oz water


Gym #2 for strength and core after dropping Chico off at school & wishing my wife a great day


After a morning of sales calls, quotes and lead generation it's lunch time of polenta, tamarind tempeh and sweet potatoes.


Afternoon snack of homemade fig bars.


After an afternoon of follow-up calls, putting out fires it's time to go home and this is the temp. Windows are rolled down as I drive down Hwy 183


Stopped at grocery store to pick up Ezekiel English Muffins for dinner and walked out with more than that. Typical.

Dinner of a quinoa burger with arugula and tomato on Ezekiel English Muffin. Side of roasted sweet potato fries and a spinach/black bean salad with Karen at the dinner table.


Play with my dog Ginga (pronounced Ginger with a NY accent) for a bit before reading blogs.


Dessert of Date/Fig/Walnut Bread topped with Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chips with tea


A little more playing with Ginga and watching TV with Karen from 9-10p when it is time for bed.



What does your day typically look like?

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  1. Kovas says:

    Up, run or bike.
    Coffee and breakfast.
    Train to work.
    Work, blog, socialize.
    Train home.
    Dinner with the family.
    Read, TV, family time.
    Early to bed.

    I’d say 75-80% of my days are like this.
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  2. Morgan says:

    Yay!!! Love it!!! Also, extremely jealous of your temps! I was hoping you’d do a whole day of your eats too so thanks for that. I can’t believe you get up so early to start your day! That is even earlier than I imagined.

    P.S. Is it weird that I had a dream last night and you were there trying to teach me to swim although looking at your picture the person in my dream didn’t really look like you but it was you because I kept calling you the Athlete’s Plate?!!? LOL! Also, for the record, you weren’t a very good swim teacher. You need to work on that. :) LOL! Happy St. Patty’s Day!
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    • Jason says:

      LOL….weird….NO WAY why would that be weird. I am going to go get my swimming teaching certificate especially now that I can swim 2 miles straight.

  3. Marlene says:

    I wanted to capture a day in photos this week too but have not gotten around to that yet – thanks for teh reminder!

    So fun to see your day in photos… and it looks like it was a great day! Congrats on the awesome 2 mile swim!!
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  4. You get up at 3:50?! Crazy

    Congrats on the partial scholarship! and awesome swim :D

    This is a cool idea, I might have to try it : )
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    • Jason says:

      I get up at 3am actually and remembered that I wanted to do the day in pictures. That was a little late. I get up at 3am and eat that first breakfast then fall back asleep for about an hour. In that hour my body is processing my carbs and caffeine and getting me ready to fire out of the gates when the training starts.

      • Morgan says:

        You get up at 3 am?!?!? Every day? I used to get up that early for long runs on Saturday when I lived in Florida but that was it. 3 am… wow… and I thought my mind was blown at 3:40!
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        • Jason says:

          I do but for very rational reasons. It takes about 45-60 minutes for your body to process both carbs and coffee to be ready to fire when you need them. I get up at 3am, have that small breakfast and then fall asleep on the couch for 30-40 minutes and then get up and workout at 5am.

  5. jennifer says:

    Date/fig/walnut bread? Yum!! Recipe please :-) (also, have been meaning to ask, if you have a great energy bar recipe I’d love it. Getting tired of paying $$ for clif bars!)
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  6. Nice day! That swim time is incredible!!
    I may have to steal this post and do it on my blog too! :)
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  7. Craig says:

    Thats a long day my friend. Meals look insane (yummmmmmy) . Fantastic swim !

  8. emz says:

    ohhhhh man. My day does not look like yours [esp not the food]. Oh how I wish it did though.

  9. Heather says:

    Jason, those homemade fig bars look really good! are you willing to share the recipe? Congrats on the partial scholarship, that conference looks like it’s going to be awesome!!
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  10. MissZippy says:

    I just have to say–damn you get up early! 4:30 is my limit. Do you not want to take a nap in the afternoon??? Thanks for the peak into your day. Oh, and I relate to the coming home with more than you planned trip to the store–every time I go into Trader Joe’s, it’s far more expensive than I thought it would be!
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    • Jason says:

      I honestly don’t feel the need to take a nap midday. That usually only happens on Saturday or Sunday after a grueling training session, otherwise I am good to go. I think it goes to clean healthy eating because when I wasn’t so focused on my nutrition I would go through those swings of needing a nap.

      And I actually used to take a nap in my office in NY during lunch. 30 minute power nap and I felt great but I think that was sugar high and low crashes.

  11. what a fun post!
    dude, totally coming to live with you for a while-those eats look amazing! I might even give up meat for a bit LOL! Plus, we get up around the same time (except the time diff)!!
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  12. caroline says:

    7 am up and get kids ready for school: breakfast, packing lunches ect
    for me very light breakfast, small bowl of creals, cafe au lait, water.
    9 am: run outside or gym depending if they youngest has school or not.
    12 lunch for youngest.
    1 pm lunch for me
    2:30 pick up Will.
    3:15 to 4:30 homework
    5 to 6:30 soccer or basketball
    6:30 dinner
    7:30 shower and bedtime for boys
    8:15 to 10 tv
    10-11 read
    sleep and repeat!!!
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  13. Scott says:

    So you goto to the gym twice before work starts??!!??

    -Wake up 5:45
    -first workout in, fasted state
    -Read blogs and work on blogging at work, so does everyone else, you should join us
    -lunch – veggie style, yep trying to earn your brownie points
    -read more blogs, I mean work
    -eat dinner
    -main workout
    -DVR time
    -In bed sometime between 9-10p, read about endurance sports till I am sleepy

    • Jason says:

      I was able to on that day but typically it is one time. But I also do work from home most days so I can get a 2nd workout in depending on what the schedule calls for.

  14. Jess @ THIR says:

    Wow, what a good idea.
    I am tempted to do this tomorrow!!
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  15. Jessica says:

    I love this! I think you’ve inspired me :) Your food looks amazing…the homemade meals throughout the day is what I’m really aspiring to. Thanks for sharing this.
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  16. lindsay says:

    you get up early. i’m working on that though! i made some pretty bodacious banana oatmeal cookies last night. yum yum. i figured that makes them fairly healthy cookies and i exercised self control (aka didn’t eat all of them last night) :)

    anyway. sometimes i think its’ crazy that our lives are sleep-workout-eat-work-eat/workout-sleep repeat. you know? but then again, what else would i do anyway — during the week at least.
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  17. Matthew Beal says:

    Nice Mac Book Pro
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