Work Life Balance, An Ongoing Struggle | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


So it’s the Friday before my first Triathlon and I’m finally able to breath for a few hours. I’ve been working crazy 70~ hour weeks for the past 4 weeks and I’ve completely neglected my blog and my sisters here in the hood … sorry ladies 🙁

I’ll admit now that my workouts haven’t been perfect the past few weeks … it’s been hard re-motivating myself after being sick and missing my first triathlon. I’m still getting 4 solid workouts in but not nearly the 6 hardcore triathlon specific workouts I was up to before. I felt prepared for the Olympic distance I missed whereas for this Sprint I don’t feel nearly as prepared.

So what do you guys do to stay on track when work or other life events start overtaking your healthy & fitness goals?

I’ve dealt with things like this in the past around the holidays but that’s usually easier by controlling my food and consumption at events I’m going to. As long as I kept the workouts up I was usually good to go with everything else.

With this work speed bump though I may wake up at 5:00 am to get a short workout in on some days or I get up at 6:15 am on others. After I’m up I’m working until 5:30 pm, kids for a few hours, and then working again until 11 or midnight after the kids hit the hay. Repeat this over and over and you can see why it’s really hard to get up for workouts let alone choosing workouts over family, which I haven’t … I’d take kid time over running any day of the week.

Back in late 2007 and early 2008 I completely fell off and failed hard by working too hard for about 8 months. This was before kids so it was easier to look the other way in terms of works impact on life, I was crazy buried though and lost sight of everything else. While I certainly won’t let that happen again that doesn’t lessen the impact of this burst of work demands on my goals.

I’d love to hear what you folks do to keep it real while still keeping up with the ebbs and flows of work demands. While it’s not quite the light and fun topic you’d expect on a Friday I think it’s relevant to a lot of you.

Thanks for sharing!!

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