Free Flywheel Classes and Dessert Every Night: A Week in the Life of a Wellness Influencer
Erin Morrissey is the wellness blogger behind Erin Lives Whole.
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Who I am: Erin Morrissey (@erinliveswhole), 25
What I do: Work as a marketing specialist for a software company and a wellness blogger at Erin Lives Whole
What role health and fitness plays in my life: “I used to think exercise was a chore, I never really ate healthy or focused on what I was putting into my body until I got to college and realized it was probably a good idea for me to work out and try to counteract all the late-night pizza, but then I fell in love with it. I picked up running and started paying attention to what foods made me feel good, what didn’t, and how I could still live a life with both of those in it. I’m a huge believer in not restricting anything. I work out five to six days a week, but I don’t stress if I can’t. To me, health is a marathon, not a sprint — it’s a lifestyle and sometimes life doesn’t always go as planned.”
Health memberships: $55 per month for four classes at Freehouse Fitness; 12 classes per month at Flywheel (I’m an ambassador so I ride for free); $35 per month for ClassPass (about five classes per month)
6:20 a.m. — Alarm goes off, I get up immediately. I’ve never been a snoozer. Quickly brush my teeth and grab my water bottle and I’m out the door. I drive over to my Monday morning workout at Unite Fitness using credits left on my ClassPass.
7 a.m. — Workout begins, I choose the bike for cardio. You can also do treadmill, but I’m nursing a nagging hip injury that doesn’t do well with impact. Halfway through, we switch to the floor for a weight circuit.
8 a.m. — I’m out the door to head home and shower. I work from home on Monday so am in less of a time crunch. I flip on the coffee maker and hop in the shower.
8:30 a.m. — I pour my coffee in a mug, add in coconut milk creamer (currently using Califia Farms), a scoop of collagen, and a little Stevia.
8:45 a.m. — Breakfast time. It’s a little chilly out, so I’m craving my all-time favorite breakfast: oats, banana, coconut flakes, and nut butter.
9 a.m. — I log onto my work computer and post on my Erin Lives Whole Instagram account. It’s a Monday, so I typically share a recipe with my followers. Today it’s Peanut Butter Krispie Quinoa Bars. I get hungry just looking at it.
9:30 a.m. — I spend the next 20 minutes engaging with the Instagram community, answering comments, and then finally get to my day-job work.
12 p.m. — I break for lunch. I’ve had two cups of coffee, and my breakfast is still holding me over, so I decide to use this time to whip up a recipe. I make a four-ingredient almond butter freezer fudge.
12:20 p.m. — I realize I don’t have too many groceries and will need to make a trip tonight. For lunch, I fry up an egg, roast a few mini potatoes, slice an avocado, and throw it on a bed of spinach. I top it with my maple tahini dressing that I put on everything.
1 p.m. — I haven’t drunk much water, so I chug about half of my Healthy Human water bottle.
1:45 p.m. — Sweet tooth is calling, and it’s time to test the freezer fudge. It was a definite win.
4 p.m. — I need fresh air, so I always make it a priority to take a little walk when working from home — one loop around Headhouse Square before wrapping up my work day.
5 p.m. — I run to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods to pick up a few things to help me make it through the week. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tempeh (my favorite form of protein even though I am not vegetarian or vegan), white bean hummus, almond butter, bananas, and two Perfect bars ($24).
6:30 p.m. — I’m making a tempeh scramble with roasted veggies and quinoa, plus tons of Sriracha because I’m #addicted.
8 p.m. — I grab an apple from the fridge. I’m seriously addicted to Honeycrisp and eat one every day, I also grab one of my Peanut Butter Krispie Bars. They are amazing. I eat dessert every single night, no questions asked. Even on weekends if I’m going out, I still eat it. I can’t imagine a life without dessert! I make so many healthy treats that my freezer is always stocked, so that definitely helps.
8:30 p.m. — A few episodes of Real Housewives and a little blog work to wind down the night.
9:15 p.m. — Brush teeth, wash face, pack my bag for tomorrow, and hop in bed.
10 p.m. — Lights out.
Daily total: $24
5:40 a.m. — Alarm goes off, and I’m up. Brush teeth and head out the door to Flywheel. I try to go at least twice a week.
6 a.m. — I head into class right on time.
6:50 a.m. — I hit my PR today! It was a rocking class and I was drenched in sweat, per usual with Flywheel. I run out the door to head home to shower and make breakfast.
7:15 a.m. — I toast a slice of Whole Foods Seeduction bread (my fave), and throw sliced avocado and a turmeric poached egg on top. I take this toast to go.
8:30 a.m. — I post a picture of my breakfast on my walk to work, spend the next few minutes on the ‘gram, then get set up at my desk. In the office kitchen, I make a medium roast coffee and load it up with collagen and Stevia.
9 a.m. — Head down in work.
12:30 p.m. — My company offers free lunch every day, nice perk, eh? They have a pizza station, pasta station, carving station, global gardens, huge salad bar, soups, etc. I basically get the same thing every day: a loaded chicken salad with grains from the global section. Today they have a special farro and lentil Mediterranean blend, so I threw that on top.
1:30 p.m. — Back up to my desk to finish out the work day.
4 p.m. — That afternoon hunger hits. I have a Perfect Bar and a piece of chocolate that my colleague brought back from India.
5 p.m. — I leave work and head to a work happy hour. I grab a glass of rosé ($11).
7 p.m. — I get home, pack my bag for Wednesday, heat up leftover tempeh scramble from last night, grab three pieces of the freezer fudge I made, and call it a night by 9:30 p.m.
Daily total: $11
5:30 a.m. — Up and at it again. I always work out in the morning because if I don’t do it then, I’ve found I will make every excuse in the book not to go later. I wake up starving (still riding that post-Flywheel PR hanger) and grab a half banana topped with peanut butter.
6:10 a.m. — High Flyer class at Freehouse Fitness studio. I’m a Wednesday regular in this class, and I LOVE it. You’d be surprised at how sweaty you can get in 50 minutes on the mini-trampolines (rebounders) used in this class.
7 a.m. — I head home to shower and eat.
7:30 a.m. — I have time to make a “pretty” breakfast before work, so I whip up stovetop oatmeal cooked with water and coconut milk powder and topped with dairy-free chocolate hazelnut spread, the other half of my banana, and chocolate chia seeds. YUM. I photograph it, then throw it into tupperware to eat in the car #reallife.
8:30 a.m. — At work, I immediately head to the coffee machine and make my usual coffee, collagen, and Stevia mix.
12 p.m. — My team is going out for lunch at the First Watch Cafe, which is next door to our office. We’re celebrating a colleague’s last day! I order the Tri-Athlete — an egg white omelette with roasted veggies, homemade salsa, fresh whole wheat bread, and fresh fruit. I eat every single thing on my plate.
1 p.m. — Back to work.
4 p.m. — Day is cut short for another happy hour for the colleague who is leaving. At Firepoint Grill, I order a glass of rosé ($11).
7:30 p.m. — At home, I heat up some frozen curry that I had in the freezer and throw it over a bed of cauliflower rice. I always pat myself on the back when I remember I have some of my meal preps I created for the blog in my freezer. By the end of the day, I like easy!
8:30 p.m. — I eat an apple and two squares of my almond-butter fudge, plus some pretzels and peanut butter cause true life, pretzels are my favorite food while watching Southern Charm.
8:45 p.m. — I get another burst of energy and decide I want to make cookies for the blog. I quickly throw together a recipe for Oat Flour PB Cup cookies. People always ask me how I come up with ideas for recipes, but there’s no explaining what goes on in this brain. These just came to me and I had to try.
9:30 p.m. — I try one. The cookies are perfection — which NEVER happens on a first try. I typically make things three times before sharing the recipe, so I’m pumped and glad I wrote down the exact measurements.
10 p.m. — Brush teeth and bed time.
Daily total: $11
6:20 a.m. — Alarm sounds, and I’m glad I decided to “sleep in” — this week is catching up to me.
7 a.m. — My office has a great gym with lots of equipment (and a sauna!). I decide to try running. I haven’t been able to run in six months due to a hip issue, but I’ve been getting treatment that is supposed to help. I do one mile completely pain free! I hop on the elliptical and multitask while catching up on Instagram. I barely break a sweat, but my body is a little tired so I listen.
8 a.m. — Shower, get ready, post on Instagram, and head up to my desk, with a stop at the coffee maker. I also heat up a pack of oatmeal at my desk and throw in a spoonful of peanut butter. I also slice up a banana and put some granola on top for crunch. Easy desk breakfast, done.
12:30 p.m. — My mom actually works at the same place I do. We take our lunch outside and have a little date. I get a chicken salad again, loaded with so much stuff.
1:30 p.m. — I grab a raspberry lime seltzer water from our community fridge. Back to work.
3 p.m. — I leave work early to pick up a document from a doctor’s office.
4 p.m. — I stop at a farmer’s market, where I find the cheapest produce and have a field day. I get limes, tomatoes, peppers, jalapeños, strawberries, apples, bananas, cilantro, four containers of dates, and avocado ($28.31). I swear by finding little produce places!
5 p.m. — I get home, boil a pot of water for pasta and start baking. I’ve been craving dark chocolate brownies…so that means one thing. I get to work making a version of paleo brownies.
5:20 p.m. — Pasta is done, and I whip up a mac and “cheese” sauce for it. It’s vegan and made from cashews, nutritional yeast, and some seasoning. It is heavenly and I make it at least once a week.
7 p.m. — Brownies are done, and they actually turn out really darn good for a first time. I’m having luck this week! I eat one alongside an apple. The rest of my night is spent on the couch, catching up on blog work, writing a post for next week, and watching trashy TV.
Daily total: $28.31
6:20 a.m. — I wake up naturally before my alarm and get outta bed. I’m headed to Flywheel; it’s one of my favorite ways to kick off a weekend.
7 a.m. — Ryan kicks our butts in an extra-sweaty class. After, I head home to shower.
8:30 a.m. — I forgo coffee since I’m off work today and I’m headed home to my parent’s house later, where the coffee is better. I take pictures of the brownies I made, make myself oatmeal with peanut butter, banana, and coconut, pack up my stuff, and head out.
10 a.m. — My golden retriever greets me at my parent’s house. We head out for a walk around the block before I answer some blog-related emails.
12:30 p.m. — My stomach is grumbling, so I open my parent’s fridge and find some leftover salmon from dinner last night. Score. I throw it over a bed of greens, add avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes, and dress it with balsamic vinegar.
1:30 p.m. — I’m still answering emails, catching up on my Instagram comments and DMs. I always try my best to answer every single one, I’ve found its a great way for me to stay connected to my audience.
2 p.m. — I realized I never had coffee. GASP. I heat up a cup from the pot and add a little half and half because that’s what my parents have.
2:30 p.m. — My boyfriend is staying with us this weekend, so I run out to Whole Foods to grab Siete tortilla chips, steaks, and chicken for the grill tonight. I also grab a bottle of tequila for margaritas because it is (almost) Cinco de Mayo! My mom covers the cost of this trip.
4 p.m. — I prep a marinade for the steaks and chicken and get everything else chopped up and ready for the grill.
5 p.m. — Happy hour time! Margaritas, snacks, and diving into dinner. We have a pint of ice cream to split between the four of us for dessert.
10 p.m. — In bed and ready for the weekend!
Daily total: $0
Money spent: $74.31
Workouts done: 5
Cups of coffee: 6
Baking sessions: 3
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