making adjustments and moving forward
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
So yeah, I'm suddenly back after a few month's hiatus. It's been difficult: working full time to take care of my child and keep her out of daycare. It's just her and me so I rely heavily on my family for help watching her. Besides, I want her surrounded by people who love her and know her, not some lady who owns a daycare and is responsible for the well-being of several kids at once.
So since going back and forth to work I had been doing a lot of driving to keep Hazel out of daycare. I would leave my house and drive about and hour to my mom's house to drop her off, then drive back about an hour and fifteen minutes in the direction I came to get to work. This had me doing all the unhealthy habits I had been trying so hard to break: eating out constantly, not being active apart from waiting tables (who has time for that when you're spending 3+ hours a day commuting?), and eating junk. I really needed to do something.
About a month ago I transferred to a different restaurant and now I'm getting settled into a new apartment somewhat between my mom's house and my restaurant cutting my travel time to work down to under an hour. Plus I'm closer to more YMCA locations which have longer childcare hours than what I'm used to. It makes things so much easier for me and I'm actually looking at my schedule to plan out how I'm going to make time to exercise.
Other cool things about where I am right now that help me get back on track:
Larger break room at my restaurant with a microwave. This means either packing a lunch or going to the Target across the street and grabbing an Amy's frozen entree. Less money spent and easier to keep eating healthy.
At the end of the month registry opens up for classes at the Y for Hazel's swimming lessons! I'm starting her on the healthy habits young. I'm making her a vegetarian like me (no sense in making different food for each of us) and she's starting on solid food so any helpful hints (or articles) on starting a veggie baby on solids would be great. I'm also getting her active now with her swimming lessons and am looking forward to getting her involved at the Y.