Sweat Diaries: The Real Estate Agent Who Does Peloton or Solidcore Every Day
Realtor Danielle Cassidy shares a glimpse inside her life filled with hardcore workouts, iced coffee pick-me-ups, and Trader Joe's grocery runs.
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Who I am: Danielle Cassidy, 40 (@dcassidy), from Kensington
What I do: I’m a realtor with the Center City Team at Berkshire Hathaway.
What role healthy living plays in my life: Getting up and working out is as natural as getting up and brushing my teeth. My morning workouts are my anchor, and the benefits are more than physical. I’ve also made some amazing friends through group fitness.
6 a.m. — Wake up before my 6:30 a.m. alarm. After trying to go back to sleep for 20 minutes, I give up and make coffee that I bring back to bed with me. Once I answer a few emails, I drink a smoothie with vanilla protein powder, powdered peanut butter, almond milk, spinach, and collagen powder. (I just started adding the latter in, although I always forget why it’s good for me.)
7:25 a.m. — Gambled and lost with an Uber Pool ($8.50), and I am late to an 8:10 a.m. Solidcore class. The instructor, Olivia, lets me in anyway and kicks my butt.
9:30 a.m. — Grab Glo Easy, Sip-N-Glo’s new CBD juice ($8), and start heading to my office, making some detours along the way to see a few properties clients have asked about. It’s about a two-mile walk.
1 p.m. — Meet up with my boyfriend, Stephen, for a lunch of tofu banh mi ($8) at Street Side. (I’m a vegetarian.) Then we stop at 7-Eleven to grab La Colombe Triple Draft Latte cans ($2.25 each). The real La Colombe is just around the corner, but I am craving these cans for some reason.
2:30 p.m. — I stop by three properties, each with three flights of stairs, and am cursing Olivia the whole way for already killing my legs this morning.
3:30 p.m. — While working from my home office, I chug my “fruit water,” which is just a tumbler I fill with mint, ginger, apple slices, and whatever else I have around. My other afternoon snack is a coconut peanut butter Perfect Bar.
7 p.m. — Dinner is Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, which I could (and sometimes do) eat every night, and a glass of pinot grigio.
8:15 p.m. — Conference call with clients, and then it’s melatonin and into my bed to watch The Office until I pass out around 9:30 or 10 p.m. I fall asleep to this or Parks and Recreation every night.
Daily total: $26.75
5:30 a.m. — Up before the alarm again, against my will, and decide that, since I’m up, I’ll attempt to get into yoga again. I do a 20-minute “restorative flow” on the Peloton app and make myself coffee to drink in bed. I then eat half a banana and complete a 45-minute Ally Love class on my Peloton bike. I love the community aspect of group fitness, but being able to scream-sing along very badly to every song makes for a very fun workout.
9:30 a.m. — I then make a to-go cup of iced coffee for myself and head to the El ($2.25). I drink iced coffee year-round, even when it’s freezing out.
10 a.m. — Stop at Starbucks for another iced coffee and some string cheese ($4.32 total). Starbucks isn’t my favorite, but its single-serve string cheese is great, and the mobile ordering is just so easy. Apparently, I eat string cheese like a psycho (taking bites instead of peeling), but this is more efficient in my opinion.
10:30 a.m. — Showings with new buyers in Washington Square West. None of the houses fit the bill, but we hit it off, and I have so much fun I don’t realize how hungry I am.
12:45 p.m. — I get to the office and find that my team leader has ordered us pizza, which I happily eat at my desk. More coffee (but office coffee is free!).
5:30 p.m. — I stop home to drop some things off and then Uber ($23 there and back) to Point Breeze to see clients who have become friends. They make me dinner! Pasta, salad, and a lot of wine.
9 p.m. — Get home and take an Epsom salt bath, falling asleep around 11 p.m., which is way past my bedtime.
Daily total: $29.57
6 a.m. — Wake up and respond to an email from the night before, drink two cups of coffee, and make myself a fried egg with Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend.
6:45 a.m. — I Uber Pool to Starbucks in Rittenhouse for an iced coffee with three shots ($5.45), and then I walk over to a Solidcore class, this time with Taylor. Everything hurts.
9:15 a.m. — I love going to Trader Joe’s on weekday mornings, when it’s nice and quiet. I stock up on my life force of bagel spice, tiny cans of iced coffee, kale pesto, veggies, knockoff Pirate’s Booty, and cauliflower gnocchi ($85 overall). I have an irrational fear of them running out of this, so I always grab two or three boxes.
9:45 a.m. — I Uber home with my groceries and applaud myself for immediately cutting up all the veggies into ready-to-eat snack form.
11 a.m. — Do a 20-minute arms and shoulders Peloton workout.
Noon — Showered and dressed, I lock myself in my home office, and work calls and emails take me into the late afternoon.
4:30 p.m. — The snow squall has ended, and I Uber ($30, including earlier Ubers) to Passyunk Square to meet up with my friend Kirsti for happy hour dinner at Birra. They have $5 pizzas, and we each get our own plus a glass of wine for me ($15 total). I take my leftovers home for tomorrow.
7:30 p.m. — Another Epsom salt bath, (thanks, Solidcore), respond to a few emails and texts, then it’s melatonin and into bed to watch TV. I end up getting caught up in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and go for more pizza (oops) around 10:30 p.m.
Daily total: $135.45
6:30 a.m. — Wake up feeling very thirsty, probably from living off of pizza, and chug some warm water with lemon. This is still kind of gross to me, but, like the collagen powder, I know it’s good for me. Then it’s two cups of coffee and a smoothie.
7:15 a.m. — I do a 60-minute Jenn Sherman ’80s-themed ride on the Peloton and then shower and get ready for work.
9:30 a.m. — It’s too cold to leave the house until I absolutely have to, so I work from my home office.
12:30 p.m. — Make myself a salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, olives, and avocado with lemon juice. I also have a Trader Joe’s egg white and chive salad.
2 p.m. — I have to face the cold for a few showings. I Uber to Fairmount and get another mini workout in with rounds of stairs in several houses.
4 p.m. — Grab my standard string cheese and iced coffee ($4.32 total) from Starbucks.
4:30 p.m. — I Uber over to Pennsport for a walkthrough, and then I Uber home ($30 total).
6:30 p.m. — Dinner is cauliflower gnocchi, and I make myself an Army and Navy cocktail with gin, orgeat, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters.
7:30 p.m. — A quick call with my buyers about inspection items.
8 p.m. — Snack on my favorite fake Pirate’s Booty from Trader Joe’s while watching You on TV.
9:30 p.m. — Melatonin and in bed with The Office again.
Daily total: $34.32
6:30 a.m. — Wake up and chug lemon water. I don’t enjoy it any more than I did yesterday but am on a roll now. Two cups of coffee at home, and I am out the door.
7:11 a.m. — Uber Pool (ends up being $13 total for the day) to Rittenhouse for an 8:10 a.m. Solidcore class with Alex. I’ve known her for years and love her but shoot her death stares for the entire 50 minutes.
9:15 a.m. — Start the 1.5-mile walk toward my office, grabbing another CBD juice ($8) from Sip-N-Glo on the way.
10 a.m. — Print out a few things that I need for the weekend and help myself to office coffee. I keep Fridays pretty light if I can because weekends are usually booked up solid with work.
Noon — Stop by my other happy place, Kin Boutique on Pine Street, to pick up a new outfit ($88) for a work event I have coming up.
2 p.m. — Get home, and I am hangry, so I eat another TJ’s egg white and chive salad with bagel salt all over it.
4:30 p.m. — Stephen picks me up, and we head to the liquor store for a wine tasting and to grab a bottle for dinner. We go to Eatalia in Port Richmond, a great little neighborhood BYOB. The specials are all meat and fish, which neither of us eat, so we do our usual and share two pastas and a salad. Stephen pays!
8 p.m. — Back home, and Stephen makes us each a cocktail. Saturdays are early starts for me, so the night consists of Dateline and bed.
Daily total: $109
Money spent: $335.09
Solidcore classes taken: 3
Peloton workouts done: 4
Cups/cans of coffee drank: 15
Uber rides taken: 10
String cheese snacks eaten: 2
Cauliflower gnocchi dinners eaten: 2