Meghan Ritchie

Try On My Shoes: My Afternoon Routine by Meghan Ritchie

My Afternoon Routine

If you want a better picture of how my entire day flows (well, 2/3 of it), read My Morning Routine post first. You can expect My Evening Routine post next. Let’s dive right in!

11:00am | Break For Lunch

I left off on my last post at 11:00am, which is when I usually leave the gym and head out to runerrands. I usually eat in my car while driving around for a couple of reasons: 1) because I like to eat at predictable times, and 2) because I am a busy and usually this is the only time I have to eat.  I know its not the best way to eat lunch but it works for me.

For lunch, I usually eat grilled chicken, with a side of veggies and diced avocado. My  co-workers make fun of me for eating the same thing day after day but I guess I don’t know how else to make a lunch–this is what I’ve always done! And I like it and it always sounds good to me! 🙂

Though I have a flexible schedule and could easily mix up my lunch routine, I am a firm believer in simplifying through repetition. If every day, around 11:00am, I open a meal container and eat my pre-packaged meal, there is no guesswork. No stress. No wasted time. And that’s how I feel about that.

1:30pm | Pre-K Pick Up

By this point, most of my errands are completed and once Nora hops in the car we can head home.  After our bags are put away the two of us will prepare an afternoon snack to tide us over until dinner.  Snacks are usually mixed nuts, cheese sticks, fruit, veggies or popcorn.

Then during the next hour or two I do things around the house – like clean bathrooms, or laundry. Sometimes Nora and I will work on an art project or bake a treat or two.   There are even times where my things to do are on the computer, like yesterday, when I ordered our Shutterfly book and placed an Amazon order of items for our upcoming Spring Break trip to Texas. I try and use this time to do things that will help to keep our home and lives running smoothly.

3:30pm | Prepare Dinner

My oldest gets off the bus around 4:15pm and is usually pretty hungry when he gets home.  So   on a typical day, I’ll pull out the ingredients for dinner at this time, and do simple things like  chop vegetables or marinate the meat. (You know, all the little things that make cooking muchfaster.) If I’m making something time-consuming, like lasagna, or if I’m making something that can simmer for a long time, like soup, I’ll start dinner now. Otherwise, like I said, I’ll prep, and then do a few things around the house before Holden comes home.

There’s my afternoon routine! It’s more varied than my morning routine, but still relatively predictable. My favorite part of the day is the evening, when everyone’s home and we get to spend time together…that’ll all be outlined in my next post!

So, what’s your afternoon look like? 🙂



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Meghan Ritchie

Meghan is a busy mom of two children, Holden 6 and Nora 4. She is the Program Coordinator, a Personal Trainer and Conditioning Coach at Starting Line Health and Fitness. Health and fitness has always been a very important part of her life, and, in the past, to a fault. After struggling with her own health and fitness goals she learned quickly that life is all about balance. Nothing more drove that point home more than her children. She soon learned that it was possible to take care of her growing family and herself. When she took care of herself, she found herself taking better care of her family.

She wants to share her success of raising a family and staying in great shape with those around her. She strives to show families how important it is for parents to be interested in their own wellness. Because through their interest in health and fitness their children can see first hand the importance of fueling and using their bodies in the right way!

Meghan wishes to teach, help and coach people to achieve their fitness goals and improve their lifestyle by finding balance.

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