A Week in the Life Of a Mom-to-Be Account Executive Who Works Out at the Fitler Club
Meet Cassandra Razzi: account executive for Philly-based national broadcasting company Entercom, barre teacher at Tuck Barre and Yoga, and soon-to-be mom.
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Who I am: Cassandra Razzi (@cassmagrass; @CassieAtTheBarre; and @basic_poppy_), 32
Where I live: Point Breeze
What I do: I am the advertising and sales account executive for Entercom, which is one of the largest radio and podcasting companies in the country, headquartered right here in Philadelphia! I sell advertising and manage marketing campaigns for clients throughout the region. I also teach barre for Tuck Barre and Yoga. I mostly teach at the Point Breeze location, but sometimes at our Washington West and West Philly locations as well! I am also in my second trimester of my first pregnancy.
What role healthy living plays in my life: I was a cross country runner in high school and had college scholarships, then fractured my femur. After getting rods put in my femur, I built up my strength and was able to run again and even cheer in college. As I got older, I could really only run one or two half marathons per year, so started scaling back and taking different kinds of classes to get my fitness fix. I really loved barre, so when I found a boutique studio with amazing owners who love dogs as much as I do, I was in! After a few months, I signed up to become a certified barre instructor. I’ve been teaching about two years now and absolutely love it.
Health memberships (and what they cost):
- Tuck Barre and Yoga — free as an instructor
- Fitler Club — $425 per month (family membership)
6 a.m. — Alarm goes off. I usually hit snooze, but on the mornings I get up early, I feel bad waking my husband, so I’m up right away. I have to take my dog Poppy for a walk. She’s slow to use the potty and it’s freezing, but I still give her a carrot (her favorite treat).
6:15 a.m. — After walking and feeding Poppy, I cut up a honey crisp apple into slices and bring with me out the door. We sometimes walk to work (my husband and I work for the same company) but on days when it’s cold and going to snow, I opt out. We only have one parking spot in the garage, so I’m winning today. I drive the two miles to 30th Street Station to park and make my way to the 2400 building with bags in hand for work AND my workout. I’m getting in my workout this morning at Fitler Club.
6:45 a.m. — After walking and finally getting into Filter Club, I’m ready to do some running on the treadmill. I’m not as much of a runner as I used to be, and being pregnant means I do slow short jogs, but I LOVE this Peloton tread! After, I do some barre moves to prepare for tomorrow morning’s class. I try out some new ideas and get my stretch in before going to the locker room to shower and get ready for work.
8:10 a.m. — Fortunately, Fitler club is in the same building as my office, so I go upstairs to start my day. I grab a Juice Doctor and Nosh Bar on my way ($11). Being pregnant means I eat almost every two hours, so I having extra snacks is a must.
8:15 a.m. — Officially time to start my work day! I’m early!
10:27 a.m. — Eat a snack bag of SkinnyPop popcorn from the machine ($1).
12:18 a.m. — Another pre-lunch snack: a clementine I brought from home.
1:30 p.m. — I grab an impossible burger for lunch from Fitler Club, yum. I pretty much only drink water these days, but I want a sparkling water today. ($14)
6 p.m. — Just finishing work, so I head home. I have no energy to cook, but luckily my hubby has pizza and a Caesar salad waiting for me. He’s the best.
9:30 p.m. — Head to bed and attempt to read some of a parenting book. I’m out like a light in no time.
Daily total: $26
5 a.m. — Tuesday is my super early day. Early in pregnancy, this was brutal, but now in my second trimester, I have a little more energy so it’s not horrible. It’s a good day to get up early because it’s also trash day and you never know when they’ll show up, so I wake up and put out trash and recycling. I also have to take Poppy for a walk and give her a carrot. She leaves me to go back to bed with my husband as soon as she eats.
5:45 a.m. — I grab a clementine and walk to the studio in Point Breeze. It’s only two blocks from my house, so not too bad! I set up for my 6:15 a.m. class and all my smiling faces come in. I love this class because it’s become a local group of women who care about each other and ask about our dogs and kids…that’s what motivates me to get up so early! We use our red balls and try some new planking exercises that I barely succeed at. Blame the belly. It’s all about being stronger tomorrow, but for me, it’s about being stronger by this afternoon because I’m subbing at our other studio! After class, I drink an entire water bottle.
7:15 a.m. — Home after class. I dry shampoo and get ready — no time to shower on Tuesdays or I’ll be late for work. I guess my secret is out. I cut up another apple for my pre-breakfast (I’m very serious).
8 a.m. — Head to work with my husband.
8:20 a.m. — At work and preparing for a meeting. I eat a Nature Valley bar from the drawer, which is actually my manger’s snack drawer. He gets us to work harder by feeding us. It’s a great tool, at least for me.
12:15 p.m. — Walk with a co-worker to Res Ipsa Cafe to get a salad ($10.75).
1 p.m. — Lunch didn’t fill me, so I eat a clementine and follow it with a Reese’s thin dark chocolate. These are my favorite treat — they are the perfect ratio of chocolate and peanut butter and I feel satisfied eating just one!
5:30 p.m. — Head to Tuck Barre and Yoga’s Washington West location to sub a class. I’m going to teach the same thing from this morning since it’s two different studios. That makes my life a million times easier. Another full water bottle.
6:30 p.m. — I stopped at Whole Foods because I need something for dinner (it’s my turn to cook). We used to get Sun Basket and took a break due to delivery issues, but I think it’s time we go back, our schedules are so unpredictable and the meal delivery kits were so helpful a few nights per week. Anyway, I decide on blackened salmon and garlic green beans, plus a case of sparkling water. ($23.18)
6:50 p.m. — I’m starving (what else is new) and end up eating before my husband gets home LOL
8 p.m. — I listen to a podcast before I go to bed. I’m taking Callie Kim’s class tomorrow morning. Not much of a yogi, but trying to fake it during this pregnancy because my doctor said it’s good for me and the babe.
Daily total: $33.93
5:45 a.m. — Alarm goes off but I have an emergency work email to attend to, so no yoga for me. Bummed because Callie brought one of her dogs to say hi to me and I missed him (sad face). Duty calls. I get ready for work. Today is a big day for our company because it’s the final day of the 98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids CHOP radiothon. We are raising money for child life services at CHOP, ensuring children at the hospital can be as comfortable as possible while they receive treatment. I grab an apple and rush out.
8:30 a.m. — I’m hungry again, so I grab a bagel from our hub market ($2) before spending the morning in corporate training.
11:30 a.m. — I head out of the office to go meet a client in Delaware. I’m snacking on a bag of Goldfish on the way because I cannot have too many snacks.
12:30 p.m. — Time for lunch! I get a salad with bread on the side. The idea of protein today isn’t making me feel great, so I 86 it. ($28)
1:30 p.m. — On my way back to the office for an afternoon of sales and marketing tasks.
5:30 p.m. — Head home to walk and feed Poppy. Of course, she gets a carrot for her good walk, then dinner. Rob (my husband) teaches a class at Temple on Wednesdays so dinner and the dog are my responsibility. I have to get to CHOP for the final hour of the radiothon. I grab a Reese’s thin for the road and realize there’s only one left in my bag — ahhhh!!
6 p.m. — It’s officially the final hour of radiothon. We answer phones and collect the last of donations. It’s so special what we’re doing, and kids are getting their faces painted and walking around dressed up. It’s amazing this place is right in our backyard. Makes me confident our little one will always be well taken care of if need be.
7:15 p.m. — Leave CHOP and head to The Fresh Grocer. I’ve decided to make breakfast for dinner. We have eggs and bacon at home, but I am craving string cheese, so I need to stop. ($5.82 for the bag)
7:45 p.m. — I get home and start making breakfast for dinner, which is always fun and easy. Now I need protein. Rob shows up just as I’m finishing and we eat dinner together and catch up on our day. He just gave his finals for class, so no more Wednesday dinner duty for me! (He’s the real chef in the family.)
9:30 p.m. — Head to bed. Rob puts a Hulu show on but I am going to fall right to sleep. We have our sales meeting tomorrow and I have a bunch of client meetings, so I need to get up early again. I can’t wait for Friday when I don’t have to get up quite as early!
Daily total: $35.82
6:15 a.m. — Alarm goes off. I snooze. I shouldn’t have done that. I need to rush and take care of the dog before I make French toast sticks for breakfast. Yes. French toast sticks like in a box that you put in the microwave! My dog is jealous and she should be — these are pretty amazing.
8:30 a.m. — Sales meetings are 90 minutes long and I get hungry. So of course, I have a snack. Grabbed an apple, but also a Reese’s thin. They balance out. I go through the entire water bottle during the meeting. I feel like this baby is dehydrating me.
12 p.m. — I head over to Whole Foods to pick up something for lunch. I get a green goddess, arugula, and goat cheese salad, and add some chicken breast for protein. I also get a green tea and raspberries to snack on the rest of the day. ($17.66)
3 p.m. — I was supposed to have a mid-day client video recording, but it got rescheduled for next week. What a waste of doing my hair today!
5 p.m. — Honestly, where did the day go? I head out of work so I can make it to my other job!
5:40 p.m. — I’m home and Poppy is quite happy. Time for her walk (and carrots) and dinner. I change and make my way to the studio. I need to be there at 6:15 p.m. to unlock the door.
6:15 p.m. — Greeting lovely barre friends and talking about how dark it is. We all chat about how hard it can be (especially this time of year) to make the evening classes. Work can be very busy, especially if your business is closing out the quarter or year, plus there’s tons of holiday stuff. Honestly all these ladies are rock stars for being here.
7:15 p.m. — Class is over and I am fully hydrated still! I lock up and head home. Rob has ordered Indian food from Tiffin, which is my very favorite. I get the spicy chicken vindaloo, and think the baby will like spicy food based off how much I eat it!
9 p.m. — I’m exhausted. I drink a bunch of water and take my vitamins and head to bed.
Daily total: $17.66
7 a.m. — Alarm goes off. Yes, 7 o’clock! It’s glorious. I get extra snuggle time with Poppy, who loves snuggling in the morning. We take our walk, she gets her carrots and breakfast. Then I get ready for work and we decide to walk to work because it’s not so bad out today. I love days when I can wear flats and survive the elements and walk two miles to work. Rob needs to drop off his dry cleaning on the way because we have a big gala on Saturday and he needs the tux ready! We stop at Good Karma to grab coffee. I get a banana and a bagel, too. Rob treats me. Such a good hubby.
8:30 a.m. — Fridays at the office can be quite peaceful. Entercom allows employees to work from home if they can, so I typically get a lot done in the morning because I can stay in the zone.
1 p.m. — I’m so hungry. I didn’t even snack yet! I walk to Primo’s because I’m craving a buffalo chicken cutlet. I also grab Rob a sandwich because he is super busy in the office and hasn’t had lunch yet either ($14). I stick with my classic water. I also eat a honey crisp apple because #balance.
5:45 p.m. — Rob and I walk a bit and then call a car from a few blocks away. I was going to go to yoga tonight with Barb at the Point Breeze studio because she’s so relaxing, but some of our friends want to meet at American Sardine Bar later tonight. I’ll just do my own barre class once I get home.
6:30 p.m. — I do a mini barre routine in our guest room (soon to be baby room). It’s not a full workout, but I feel like I did something active.
7:15 p.m. — We meet our friends at Sardine Bar. This has been one of our favorite spots. We got our engagement pictures done here (among other locations) but it’s the absolute BEST at Christmas time. We grab a table upstairs where it looks like Christmas threw up (in a good way!). I get the bang bang broccoli and a sandwich, and chug a bunch of water. Rob pays for my dinner — what a gem. We leave by 9:30 p.m. because I’m ready to snuggle up with Poppy.
9:45 p.m. — Rob puts on It’s a Wonderful Life and we (all 3 of us) fall asleep on the sofas downstairs. What a great week!
Daily total: $14
Money spent: $127.41
Workouts completed: Two
Classes taught: Three
Snacks eaten: Who cares!