My life for the last two weeks has been basically just about work. Take the fact that it is high traffic time at my place of employment – plus add in the part that I am going through it as a newbie having only been in this position for 6 months – creates a recipe for some crazy hours. There were nights when I was still sitting at my desk at 10pm. Most nights 8pm. Add in the fact that I start my work day at 7:30am and you can imagine the attitude problem I had.
I TRIED to keep a positive outlook – but when you are the only one still at work after the offices close at 6 – you become bitter. The only workouts I had been getting were Tuesday and Thursday’s, thanks to the classes I teach at the YMCA, so that was adding to my anger. Exercising is my release. My stress reducer. I NEED it.
I was running an accountability group with some pretty special ladies – and that got thrown out the window. I failed them. Miserably. That didn’t help my stress levels knowing I let them down. I couldn’t even hold myself accountable. How the hell was I going to help them?
Needless to say… the work / life balance was non-existent.
People would tell me to just leave.
“Your work day is over – go home”
“Get done what you can, don’t worry about the rest, come back to it tomorrow”
That simply was/is not an option. Putting it off just creates more.
So, work, I did.
But this week? I am claiming my life back.
Starting this morning.
I set my alarm for 4:50am, brushed my teeth, put on my running shoes and ran the 1.25 miles UP hill to my gym. It felt awesome. (Hey, Red Lipstick and Sneakers — I ran right by your apartment. Want to join me on Wednesday morning?)
My hill. It’s blurry, I get it. I was running, folks!
Once at the gym I got in a quick 25 minute upper body workout with some weights. Hell yes. I felt my strength, focus and determination coming back with each passing rep.
After my weight session, I plugged my ear-buds back in and ran the mostly downhill path back to my house.
It. Was. Awesome
I felt rejuvenated. Alive. Ready to conquer the day.
Once home I even did some quick meal prep.
- Threw in some frozen salmon fillets in the oven
- Started a pot of water to make hard boiled eggs
- Warmed up the skillet to make some egg whites for breakfast
- Put together a salad to go along with my salmon for lunch.
I am taking back my personal time. I can feel it. It’s mine.
I will see to it this week.
Here’s to Work / Life Balance.
Edited to add: My work day ends at 4:30. Today, I left at 6pm. So… I didn’t get out of there on time – BUT this is the earliest in weeks. I call this a success. 🙂