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A Day In My Life

This post is being made by request, although the questions were actually “what do you eat in a day?”, how do you eat/prep healthy meals on a workday?”. I decided to show my whole routine so people whose typical day mirrors mine can learn new tricks and get a fresh perspective of managing their time to live a holistic life.

On most weekdays, I wake up by 5:00 am, and I write a motivational quote or Bible verse for the week that pops up when my alarm rings, to keep me motivated. My verse for the week is Romans 8 vs 28.

I say a short prayer, drink warm lime water and start cooking.

I have my bathe by 5:50 am, and breakfast by 6:15 am. To keep me energised for the day, I make sure to have a healthy breakfast of carbs, protein, fat, and veggies. This morning I’m having eba (garri) with oha soup, and beef as my main protein. The oha soup is a leftover so I just made the eba while my lunch was cooking.

After eating, I brush/style my hair and apply lipgloss before leaving the house. On most days, I hardly make up because I barely have time to. I leave the house between 6:30 am to 6:40 am and get to work by 7:50 am (sometimes like today, minutes after 8:00 am 😑). It is between this period I check my phone, WhatsApp first.

The other blue bag is my lunch box

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Because I work in a hospital, I sometimes change into a scrub depending on what is happening in the hospital. Today, we have a minor procedure, so I changed into one.

I work till 10:30 am and pause to have snack time. One day, I was with a patient and used 30 mins into my snack time, I was sad. Days like that happen but rarely do. Depending on how hungry I am, I sometimes have my snack by 10:00 am. So between 10:00 am to 11:00 am can be snack time.

I quickly check my phone before going back to work and keep working till its 1:00 pm – lunchtime! I use a stainless steel flask to keep my food warm and it is a healthier option than plastic. I precook the beans the night before and complete it the morning to save time.

Beans, yam and plantain porridge

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My job is a bit demanding as I work and learn at the same time but it gives me time to catch my breath in between tasks. I close by 4 pm, change back and usually out before 4:30 pm.

A screenshot from a video I took, traffic on my way home.

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Luckily for me, the traffic is minimal today, so I get home by 6:05 pm. I wash my hands, peel and start boiling potatoes for dinner before bathing. Afterward, I apply turmeric and aloe vera to my face and neck. I’m trying to care for my skin with this hectic lifestyle, so I maximize every opportunity I have. My hair is even in African threading, got to keep it moisturised and protected. 😉

It is late, I’m tired and want a filling but light dinner that is easy and quick to prepare. I’m usually done eating by 7:00 pm.

On the rare days I get home by or after 7:00 pm especially during rainy season, I get home, eat a veggie salad or take oats, then bathe and skip face masks. For those who are not familiar, I have different hairstyles because I wore a wig to work.

It is 8:50 pm and my main phone is off. I like getting off social media minutes before sleeping. I do last minute prep for the next day. I read my Bible plan, pray and sleep by 9:30 pm.

Hacks

  1. I arrange and iron my clothes for the week on Sundays
  2. I eat leftovers, like the soup for breakfast, and fish sauce for dinner are leftovers from previously cooked food. It is not easy to prep different foods in a day as a busy person.
  3. En route work and going back home is the time I maximise for online activity. The time after dinner and before sleeping is for reading, catching up.
  4. Not all days, are like this. Some days are better and some worse. I try to plan or visualize my food beforehand to avoid resorting to junk. There are healthy roadside snacks, think boiled corn, pear and carrots or cucumber.
  5. Planning your week – goals, food, outfits, to do lists; saves you from a lot of stress and anxiety prone situation.

That is all! Please let me know if this post was helpful or if you have times yourself in the comment section.

Author:

I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

2 thoughts on “A Day In My Life

  1. Wow! Seems like a well structured lifestyle. I didn’t have that option when I lived in Lagos. I wake up by 4:30am, leave the house by 5:30am and I don’t get back in till around 10:00pm (sometimes later). This left me very little time for anything else

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    1. That was how it was for me before, so I looked for a job that is closer to home that gave me more time at the price of a lesser pay. Over time, the lack of rest and stress can push you past your breaking point.

      Even at that, I still recommend healthier food choices to give the body less to worry about.

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