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Rough couple of days

Friday, January 18, 2013

I have been insanely busy at work. As in, I usually get home at 5 and maybe work another 1/2 hr in the evening. I have been getting home at 6 and then putting in another 4-5 hours after the kids are asleep. Last night, when I sent out my last email at 11:10 PM, I thought about whether to take a walk and decided my health and sanity would be better if I stayed home.

But then tonight wasn't any better. At 11:00, I had a lot left to do but was losing focus. And I couldn't just go to sleep because I had to wait until I got a spreadsheet from a colleague. So I put on my sneakers and went for a solitary walk. It was late, I was tired, and i only walked at about a 3 MPH pace. But I did 40 minutes with occasional bursts of jogging and mostly brisk walking.

And though I am sure I will regret it when the kids drag me out of bed at 5:30 tomorrow, I am glad I did. One skipped workout is okay if circumstances require, but do it too often and the habit is gone.

These were okay days eating wise. Not great, not terrible. Because I've been getting home from work later than usual, I have been walking in the door ravenous to cranky kids. I scoop up one or two, sit down at the table, and scarf down all the scraps from everyone's dinner plates. Then I do bedtime stuff (because that's how late I get home) and then eat dinner properly. Because I am coming in and attacking the food, I have no real idea how much I'm eating. It is healthy food -- salmon and veggies one night, chicken legs cooked with brown rice and veggies the next -- but I've gained at least half my weight by overeating healthy food. It's a good thing I am not tracking my food this month because I honestly don't know if I ate 1 cup of brown rice or 3.

The worst part is there is a delicious pot of veggie soup in the fridge that I haven't made a dent on because I am too hungry to warm it up (and too laden with grumpy kids to eat soup).
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    Hope you were able to get in some rest this weekend. Keep it up, and hopefully this week will be less busy!
    1888 days ago
    Thank you all for encouragement!

    Mama2Boys -- I usually schedule myself so I am at work the minimum possible number of hours. I eat lunch at my desk every day when I do not have a lunch meeting. I do get up every once in a while and walk around the office, but it's not a long nor an intense walk. And because of how my day works, adding an extra 10 minutes morning or afternoon by parking further from the train, etc., would just push other things further out. Besides meaning I would be walking in uncomfortable work shoes... So I prefer to leave it for the evening. I'm not usually working quite so many hours as this past week, though I suspect next week may be similar.

    I did bring a pair of sneakers to work so that if I do get another stretch of time where I just need to read something static I can print it out and go down to the gym again, but again -- not this week!
    1888 days ago
  • *MAMA*2*BOYS*
    WOW! I am completely impressed by your dedication! Very few people would be able to even handle what you're dealing with, let alone making such an effort to eat better and exercise! So first of all, emoticon !

    Definitely don't beat yourself up for missing a workout! And remember that getting enough sleep is very important, as well!

    Is there anyway you can fit in activity during your work day? During lunch, on breaks, walking the "long" way, parking in the furthest available spot in the parking lot, etc. That way you get in some exercise without having to stay up super late to do so.

    Just emoticon , and remember emoticon !
    1888 days ago
    HAng in there and keep up the good attitude.
    1890 days ago
  • SAKS20111
    long hrs! hang in there! maybe bring the veggie soup to work and nuke it up at work?

    I normally dont bring "soup" to work, cause its a hassle. But, i made this amazing veggie lentil soup that I havent had a chance to eat this wk because of work schedule. So, I decided to bring it to work for lunch. just making sure it seals up really tight.... who wants to deal with leaky situation at work... :-)
    1890 days ago
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