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No Time

Friday, June 20, 2014

I hate to make excuses but I am really struggling to create a schedule that gives me time to make healthy food and get as much exercise as I'd like. Maybe I can get some suggestions from others. I'm currently working 40-50 hour weeks and while that may improve some it isn't that promising. My usual day goes a little like this:
5-6am - alarm goes off at 5 and I get up somewhere closer to 6am since I can't say I'm that keen to actually get up
Shower and off to ride horse by 645ish
730 - finish ride
730-830 - eat breakfast, do dishes, grab lunch
830-5pm - work - some days I'm really busy and some days I do very little, it varies a lot, I try to make time for lunch but it doesn't always happen until 2-3pm
5pm - snack
530-630pm - fitness class
630pm - dinner & tv/paying bills/emailing/editing photos
830-9pm bed

I'm still having time to do fitness class Monday-Thursday and some Saturday mornings and I am riding my horse 3-4 days a week but I'm having trouble fitting in time to run, shop for healthy foods, and cook. I also work Saturday morning 9-anytime between 12 and 2pm. So really I only get 1 and 1/2 days off each week. I also am doing horse dental work on the side so next Saturday I'll be spending my whole afternoon doing that.

I have tried running after fitness class but I'm usually really hungry. I have been thinking of bringing weights to work to keep out the back but I'm not sure how often I'd get to use them. I also don't want to be too sweaty and gross at work.

I know I'm working too much but I work on a percentage only and I'm competing against another clinic in a small town. And the people who own that clinic are kind of awful. They enjoy telling people that our clinic has packed up and left town since prior to me being here full-time (which started in Jan) the clinic was only staffed 1-2 days a week. I really don't enjoy working so much but I need the clinic to get to a point where it breaks even. The only reason I've taken this job is so that my husband can get contract work in a mine, my job provides rent free accommodation which up here rent can be $1000/week. Hopefully that contract work can become permanent making my income less important.

I am having trained and qualified nurses starting in the next week so I'm hoping this will help take some pressure off. I just cannot figure out how to make the time to eat healthy regularly without giving up all of my time vegging out in the evenings. I think without that time I'd struggle as I'm fairly constantly stressed by work.

I know I probably need to make health more of a priority than work but I can't quite see how that is an option at the moment. I also would probably be better off not having my horse to care for but she also provides a good release.

I have been doing batch cooking but even that can be a challenge here. Being so remote we sometimes fail to have basic items like chicken breast or fresh veggies. I just get so frustrated because I know how to do this but it just isn't happening. Today was awful in terms of food, breakfast was a bowl of not that healthy cereal and a coffee, lunch was a dare iced coffee milk as I had no lunch food at home to bring with me and if I leave the clinic for lunch it means I have to lock up which I hate to do in case I get business through the doors. Dinner was takeaway burger and fries and some wine. I could have done better for dinner but right before I left work, 30min after close, I xrayed a case I had in hospital and found what appears to be an invasive tumour of the skull. I've now spent this evening dreading the fact I will have to tell the owners the bad news when the get back from being overseas. This is after I emailed them to tell the bloodwork looked good today. And since I ran out of time to get stuff ready for the markets today I have to get into work super early tomorrow to get stuff ready.

Anyway I'm just complaining now. I really do need to find someway to balance this. I just have no idea how.
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  • FIT4MEIN2013
    I make my breakfast and lunch for the next day while I cook/clean up dinner. I have go-to meals that I use. Breakfast is ALWAYS an egg and high fiber English muffin. I will cook my egg when cooking dinner and it is cool enough to package while I wash dishes. I make my coffees for the next day so they can chill over night (to drink iced after the gym. I also keep healthy soups, packages of tuna, crackers and meal bars in my office so that there is no excuse to eat garbage. Hope these tips help some!
    899 days ago
    Too much! emoticon
    899 days ago
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