No. 2

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Name: Lauren
Age-ish: Months to 30
City: New York City
Day: eCommerce Marketing
Night: Daughter, Sister, Girlfriend, wannabe interior decorator

Morning Ritual

Wake up - Regardless of whether I wake up at 5:30 or 7:30, I somehow arrive at work at the same time.  I work out no more than two mornings a week. I get out of bed and weigh myself almost daily. I’m a nerd who has tracked my weight since 2012 in the Lose It app, even if it’s not the healthiest habit.  I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and PCOS, so my metabolism is that of someone twice my age.  Weighing myself makes me feel more in control. I take my thyroid medicine as quickly as possible since I can’t eat for 30 minutes after taking it.  

Get ready - I shower and dry my hair with a refurbished Dyson (the only way to buy one!).  I scroll mindlessly on Instagram while doing it. I could finish in half the time if I just focused.  I then do simple makeup. My skin is rather pale and I have a lot of redness, so I never leave home without sunscreen.  I quickly cover the red spots and fill in my eyebrows which are so blonde they are invisible. I do this everyday and yet, I still have to redo my eyebrows 2-3 times to get them right.  I then get dressed for work in black jeans / black top. Coworkers will comment if I’m wearing color (for me, gray = color), so I’ve become more set in my ways to avoid that form of attention.

Breakfast- I eat breakfast somewhere in between doing my hair and getting dressed.  I try to eat a low carb/high fiber diet (my version of the F-Factor diet) as I’m somewhat insulin resistant.  I eat 2/3 cup of Fiber One mixed with a scoop of collagen powder, a handful of chopped strawberries (ok, it’s 6 strawberries), and unsweetened Ripple, a pea protein milk.  I switched from Califia almond milk about a year ago because my “roommate” is allergic to nuts. If Ripple is out of stock, it’s 2 eggs with high fiber GG crackers. GGs are one step up from cardboard, but they get the job done.  I generously mist my bird-of-paradise tree, and I’m off.

Commute Ritual

Though I prefer walking, I take the subway except for the 4 perfect weeks of spring and 4 perfect weeks of fall.  If I walk, I go through Union Square & Madison Square Park and talk to my mom on the phone. She puts me in a great mood before my day.  If I’m taking the subway, it’s the 6 train with hopes of hitting the perfect transfer to the 4 / 5, which rarely happens. I play Sudoku whenever I’m on the subway.  

Daytime Ritual

I am in meetings ~80% of the day.  While it’s fun to work in teams, it makes it tough to think long-term if I’m only focused on today’s topics of conversation & email catch up in between.  I try to consolidate my free time into blocks as much as possible. I’m still working on that. I hate feeling like my to-do list is running me vs. I’m running my to-do list.

Lunch Ritual

I’m not a fan of batch meal prep, so I make an extra portion of dinner most nights and bring it for lunch the next day.  As long as I bring lunch to work 3x/week, that’s good enough for me. I tend to eat at my desk and find myself scarfing down food so I can get back to work as quickly as possible.  I wish I went outside for even a walk around the block! I’ve been lucky to spend my career at food & bev companies and unlimited Bubly with lunch is a fun perk.

Dinner Ritual

I arrive home ravenous.  I don’t change, just wash my hands and start cooking.  I prep the produce and my boyfriend preps the protein since I don’t like cutting raw meat.  Our building recently started a composting program, so we collect our scraps in a compost bin.  On weeknights, we religiously rotate through 6 dinners: roasted chicken, chicken kebabs, chicken stir fry, chicken tacos, shrimp tacos, and sauteed shrimp… all with veggies.  Yes, that’s a lot of chicken dinners. Bell & Evans Air Chilled Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast is our most important grocery buy; I’m convinced it’s the best-tasting brand. If we’re desperate, Katie’s Best from FreshDirect will do.  My favorite recipe of all-time is the NY Times chicken fajitas, but it’s generally a weekend dinner because it’s a bit more complex.  While I stick to protein + veggies and a small portion of carbs, I cannot resist something sweet after dinner.  Lily’s dark chocolate made with stevia or Lindt 85% dark chocolate and strawberries is my go-to. I drink water at home from a LARQ bottle to reduce my reliance on single-use plastic.  It feels strange to set the table properly and then use a water bottle, but I’m getting used to it.

Night Ritual

After dinner, I wrap up work on the couch and scroll on my phone while halfheartedly paying attention to whatever’s on TV.  I share my listings on Poshmark as part of my ongoing quest to declutter my closet. I then try to follow my Heyday-prescribed skincare routine of cleanser, toner, oil, serum, moisturizer.  If I have a blemish forming, I sleep with a Mighty Patch. I swear by them.  I get in bed by 10:30 or 11.

Weekend Ritual

I love the freedom of waking up on Saturdays without an alarm, though I’m usually up before 7:30.  I lounge for an hour or so and then we walk to the Union Square Greenmarket. I check out every vendor, but I almost always buy the same things: mushrooms, kimchi, radishes, and bok choy.  I admire flowers and inevitably talk myself out of them. On the walk home, we stop at CVS for my weekly coupon run on Lindt bars or toiletries. I get a rush from CVS Extracare savings. Throughout the weekend, I try to get as much walking in as possible (an empty Lafayette on a sunny Sunday morning is NYC at its best!), take a class at Flybarre or New York Pilates, and see at least one movie. In warm weather, I walk around wrapped in a “sunscarf” to make sure my shoulders and chest do not get any sun exposure. I don’t care how ridiculous it looks.  Sunday evening, I get a manicure while listening to the “Diet Starts Tomorrow” podcast from Betches.  I have been wearing the same nail color for years: Essie Fairy Tailor, it’s nearly invisible.  I have brittle nails, so I like a color that hides flaws.  Getting a manicure and cooking a healthy dinner (+ Monday lunch) feels like I’m tying a neat bow on my weekend.  Plus, I can’t forget to FaceTime with my niece. Those cheeks!!

Ritual Fail

Whenever I’m traveling for work, I let it all go.  Low carb / working out / bedtime / structured day… gone!  Not the healthiest for someone who travels frequently. The only thing that remains is my all black wardrobe for packing ease.

High Brow

I see almost one movie per week at Soho House.  Watching a movie in a small, comfortable environment feels so decadent and has ruined other theaters for me.

Low Brow

The amount of joy that fall foliage brings me is *almost* embarrassing.  I shamelessly plan my year around seeing fall leaves and those fleeting days of crisp leather jacket weather.  The best part is that it’s free! #fallsohard

Weekly Ask

I’m turning 30 in about a month and despite having decades to plan, I still can’t decide how to celebrate with friends in NYC. Looking for something original that’s not too costly.  Any suggestions? Message me @TheWeeklyRitual.

Repeat Purchases

Image Skincare Moisturizer SPF 50 | Lindt 85% Dark Chocolate | Bell & Evans Chicken Breast | 100% Compostable Bags | Ripple Unsweetened Milk | GG Scandinavian Fiber Crispbread | Fiber One Cereal, Bran | Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides | Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | Naturopathica Serum | Rusk Thickr Hair Mist | Ursa Major Face Wipes | Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap, Lavender | Mighty Patch Absorbing Pimple Patch | Raw Rev Glo Bars

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