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Hoping for the best

Monday, September 30, 2013

I work for the government. The government may shut down tomorrow. I may get furloughed. I don't do well with uncertainty. However, I've told myself that I will be "okay" if that happens, to make the best of it, and to take it as an opportunity to be productive. Focus on more exercise. Get things done around the apartment. And, depending on how long it lasts, FINALLY open my Etsy jewelry shop that my friends and family have been pestering me to start selling my stuff.

That, in combination with the fact that the last two weeks I have had only 4 on track eating days and only 3 days of exercise, has left me stressed and feeling really indifferent about everything. Talk about a giant nosedive after my good paleo starting streak. Its not even about paleo right now, even though that is my new healthy eating standard, it is about staying on track and eating healthy in general. Which hasn't been the case. I feel like the government shutdown blew up overnight so I can't blame it on being stressed about that. I've just made some really poor decisions the last couple weeks.

Two weeks ago, I was recovering from that bike ride that left my knees incapacitated. I basically took that whole week off from exercising, justifying it as resting my body. But then I should have focused on my nutrition, that didn't happen either. I was just craving things and I knew I was having that cheat day on Friday (girls night) so I kind of threw in the towel. I also felt like I was fighting off something, a cold and I was very headache-y that just made me want comfort food. I overdid it girls night so that weekend wreaked havoc on my eating. Ugh.
This past week I had 2 days of eating on track, although two additional days one was over by some and one was actually under (wasn't trying, just happened) so hopefully it actually averaged out to 4 days on track. 3 exercising, which I still took it easier and low impact for my knees. Saturday was Oktoberfest which was a lot of fun but soooo not even remotely healthy. But, I discovered a new drink to love (womp womp): Woodchuck's hard cider in the fall flavor. Tastes like apples in cinnamon. Seriously. omg. emoticon
Yesterday we had what's becoming a regular thing, Sunday dinner with some friends at a local restaurant that serves a big family style sunday night dinner. So yeah, delicious, good for my social life, but the weekend was a total binge eating wash.

Whatever happens tomorrow will mark not only a new month but also new opportunities; I will either be able to continue work per usual in which case life will go on and I will continue to stay on track as much as possible until the 11th(I have friends coming into town that weekend so per usual, touristy things and dining out will take precedence). Or, I will find myself with more time on my hands for who knows how long but I will embrace it to make an effort to jumpstart more fitness and productivity into my life. emoticon Only time will tell at this point...


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATGETTINGFIT 10/2/2013 8:19PM

    GL, hon. My dad is civil service. He's considered mission essential because he is a dispatcher for 911 calls, so he has his job. But he won't get paid until the shutdown is over.

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KELLYFIT123 10/1/2013 11:19AM

    My bf works for the govt too. What a terrible situation, it makes me so angry. Try not to wallow in the misery. Focus on your etsy shop, and do good things for your body! One key to a happy life, I think, is turning lemons into lemonade.

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LIALEEPANTHER 10/1/2013 3:49AM

    This situation amazes me... make the most of your time off is what I say!

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    I'm crossing my fingers for you especially since I'm commenting after the official shut down was announced! I hope no matter, you have a great few days off to focus on you!

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GINAV2 9/30/2013 8:32PM

    Oh man, really wishing the best for you. This whole thing has me all worked up and my job isn't even directly affected. Sending happy thoughts your way - bet of luck with coping during these stressful times!

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BONOLICIOUS2 9/30/2013 4:38PM

    Ugh, this is what ticks me off - the actual people that are "fixing this" aren't the people that may lack jobs come tomorrow. No political statement, just saying - YOU have the voice of someone directly affected and that is a very scary prospect you are facing. Try to cut yourself some slack because this is definitely a stressful and scary time. I know you'll get right back on track when you have some order and certainty in your life. Good luck!!!!!!!

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EMMY_DUCKIE149 9/30/2013 2:03PM

    You and me, darlin'! Whatever detours come our way, we can do it. Focus. Stay positive. Try not to get overwhelmed with uncertainty and fears and stress and... whoops. Focus. Positive. Got it.


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RAINEMARIE214 9/30/2013 1:05PM

    Not looking forward to the potential government shut down. Being in the military, I'll still be forced to go to work, and just not get paid for it. I think in that situation I'd rather just stay home and focus on other things. But I know its good for anyone - military or civilian and furloughs really are just no the answer. Hopefully the government can figure it out!

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FITWITHIN 9/30/2013 12:10PM

    Best for the best for you and the country. The government need to get it together. Congratulations on Etsy Jewelry Shop!

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