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Monday, May 07, 2012

As in...this is trying my patience and resilience.
And as in...but I'm still trying.

No, my food choices have not the best. I haven't been able to get enough water in me. I can't seem to find a second to breathe, let alone get a workout in. And my body aches like I just ran a marathon (I'm guessing).

The last day I had off was last Sunday. I have literally worked every day in May. And it's getting really difficult to stay on track as I try to adjust.

Let's just get right to it. I haven't done the best job at keeping up with it. But I've been taking mental notes and trying to figure out how I'm going to adjust and make this work.

I'm learning that some of my expectations are unrealistic.
And some of them...well, I just have to figure out how to make it work.
This seems like a huge adjustment period all around, but I have faith that I will get used to it eventually. (Or, at least, I hope I do each and every day.)

Last Monday through Thursday I worked my regular desk job.
And then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each I put in 8 hours at the store.
And it was the first of the month, so anyone who has worked in a grocery store can tell you that we've been completely swamped. I was supposed to train in the front office (customer service desk) on Saturday, but we were so busy all dang day that I ended up training for no more than about 30 minutes and the rest of the time I spent at a register ringing people up.
I have a newfound respect for grocery store cashiers, I can tell you that.

Last night I pulled the late shift and was the very last person on the front end to leave...at midnight. *bangs head on desk* Thank goodness I didn't have to be at work today until 8:30am and I got to sleep in a tiny bit.

I do have a feeling that there are going to be no more early morning (as in 4am) wake up calls for workouts. I'm going to have to switch to evening workouts again, I'm pretty sure.

As for food... Well, I work in a grocery store...you'd think it'd be pretty easy to find something to eat there. But there's not really anywhere to prepare anything. Plus, we only get 30 minutes to buy food, cook food, and eat food. So that doesn't really leave very much time. A sandwich from the deli and a side of carrots and hummus works, and I've bought a few protein bars and am basically living off of G2 while at the store. Adjustments need to be made and I really need to work on getting used to all the standing around so that I can focus on me for those 30 minutes and what my body really needs in that time.

Did I mention that I don't have a single day off this week? Tomorrow the state is off for election day, but I'm pulling a shift at the store. Wednesday through Friday I'll be at my "normal" job, and then Saturday I've pulled another shift. The only good thing I can say is that they're not both 8-hour shifts. 5 hours tomorrow and 5.5 on Saturday. And then who knows...our schedule for next week will be out on Friday.

So, yeah...I'm struggling a bit. I was at 305 on Sunday, but I can't say if that's a true read or not. 1) I haven't been getting all my water in. 2) I've been on my feet more than ever this weekend. 3) I'm stressed beyond all belief. 4) My body, and my mind, are both confused as to what the hell is going on.

I do know that I haven't had a fresh homecooked meal in 2 weeks. And it's killing me. I MUST find time to cook...but I'm going to have to be quick about it to fit it all in. So I'll be on the hunt for quick and healthy recipes.

Trying ....
we'll see how it goes.

BTW - If you see my sanity, could you let it know I need it back? Thanks!
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  • SUGIRL06
    I think you should tape those side-by-side progress pictures to your scale so that you stop getting on it. Just sayin'...
    3284 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2012 2:35:47 PM
  • DRB13_1
    emoticon Hang in there! Orientations take a lot of time, the routine will settle down by the end of the month (you'll breathe before then, though!)
    Sounds like you are trying to make healthy choices for lunch - don't forget about batch cooking since it's been two weeks since a home cooked meal. Chili with beans is one of my favorites.
    Best wishes at both jobs and thinking of you...
    3284 days ago
    Sounds exhausting! But I agree - use the crockpot & make meals a head of time & freeze them. This has been my best 2 "secrets" for when my family get busy.....
    3285 days ago
    Some great suggestions here so I will just say emoticon
    also what LOWFATFOODIE said...you DO need a day off now and then...it's OK to say "no" once in a while!
    3285 days ago
    I also recommend using a crock pot to make some of your meals. They're awesome, especially if you can get one with a timer, because it'll switch to warm once your meal is done cooking for the period of time you put in. You can make a lot of food and freeze individual portions. To save time in the morning, mix all your ingredients the night before in a bowl, then put it in the crock pot before you leave in the morning.
    3285 days ago
    I live with a similar schedule. I work full time and I'm a full time student too. I try freezer meals whenever I get a breather I prepare what I need then it's in the freezer and ready when I am. It's a way to cook once and get several meals for later. Almost like cheating but better!
    3285 days ago
    You can't work forever without taking a break. Think about NOT taking an extra shift one of the days you have off from your "real job". If you don't to a break soon, your body (and mind) will start to shut down on its own and you won't have a choice-- you'll be unproductive, get sick, and useless to everyone.
    Please don't throw away your health for money.
    3285 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Great suggestions below! I know it's tough, but you'll adjust, and if not, then it's time to do only what you can manage and know you gave it a good shot. Hugs.
    3285 days ago
  • BOB240
    Sanity - is for the weak.... :)
    3285 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7009225
    I say crockpot too. A friend of mine sent me this link a while ago. You might want to check it out...in all that free time you have, it's 30 days of Paleo friendly crockpot recipes. I haven't tried any yet, but will be.
    Hang in there. You are doing just fine. Adjusting takes time and you are making note of what is needed.
    3285 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    Oh, E, I'm sorry...That sounds so stressful! Bring the crockpot back into rotation - that way, you can have a nice, fresh, home-cooked meal waiting for you when you get home.
    3285 days ago
  • BOB240
    Good to see you back....

    Shops are hard to work in.

    1] You're probably accumulating a lot of NEAT while working. Easily 500 - 100 calories. If you work harder you'll burn more and your boss will love you This is as good as cardio

    2] I think it's packed lunch time. Not so common in the States but in Europe people take control of their lunch by using a lunch box. It's also fast and cheap (soup/ tuna helps )

    3] Throw in a protein drink (cheaper than bars and sweeter). If I've got a busy set of meetings I tend to use these as I can drink them in the corridor in twenty seconds.

    4] Breakfast... Oats+ skimmed milk. This keeps you together. Hits macros.

    5] Gym. Bust it down to pure strength. 5x5 on leg presses, bench, bentover rows and deadlifts no more. Done in 45 minutes - less. Only 3 times a week. Hits all major muscles.

    Above is not a plan for life but gets you through tricky bits WITH constant improvement
    3285 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/7/2012 9:33:01 AM
    Take care of yourself the best that you can! emoticon
    3285 days ago
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