I apologize for not having a regular blogging schedule right now. Not only am I adjusting to my new work hours, but my computer also decided to stop working so I am sharing Andy’s. Luckily he is really good with computers so I hope to get it fixed soon so that I can blog more reguarly like I previously did.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, I started a new job at a store called the Vitamin Shoppe. I work full time, 40 hours a week (which is great!) on what’s called a “rotation schedule”. Since I am in retail, we’re open 7 days a week. To make it fair to all managers, we have a rotating schedule so that we can all have a weekend off every few weeks instead of having a fixed schedule (like 8-5pm Monday-Friday). Basically, my schedule changes weekly. It’s actually not so bad and I like that I get random days off during the week sometimes. I always get at least one weekend day off each week as well. This weekend I work Saturday but I am off Sunday.
Yesterday was my first closing shift, which is from 1-9:30pm. I’m definitely a morning person, so working later is an adjustment. I did, however, enjoy having the morning to myself, spending time with my dogs, and being able to work out, blog, and have lunch at home. So far I am enjoying the job and I love looking at all the products we have, there are so many! I also enjoy the employee discount and I am still deciding on which multivitamin to get, as I am all out!
Since I worked the closing shift yesterday, I was able to eat lunch at home. I finally used up the rest of the cookout food from the weekend and enjoyed a chicken sausage on a bed of fresh lettuce and slice onions, with broccoli and apple salad and fruit salad
Last night I brought my dinner to work with me. I packed a turkey sandwich (turkey, bread, lettuce, tomato, onion, laughing cow blue cheese wedge, mustard), fruit salad, a mocha flavored yogurt from Trador Joes, and a Hershey’s Kiss.
I was hungry after work, around 9:45pm and had quite the odd pairing of food: spicy hummus with pita chips, a string cheese, and a small bowl of Puffins cereal with almond milk. My belly was happy 🙂
Living with Andy
Along with my new job, I am also adjusting to living with Andy. So far, I am loving it! We have a lot of fun together and it’s nice to come home and have someone to talk to about the day. I was living by myself for the past year, and while I can be quite the loner, it did get a little too lonely from time to time. Another perk to living with Andy is that we both love ice cream. Andy was nice enough to get us blizzards the other night because I am about to start that ‘time of the month’ and I couldn’t stop thinking of blizzards!
Andy got the pecan cluster blizzard (which was amazing and I actually liked it better than mine!) and I got my typical oreo and reese cup blizzard. We polished these off with no problem! 🙂
Becoming a Domestic Goddess
I’ve also become quite the domestic goddess. If you would have asked me years ago if I would enjoy cleaning and straightening the house and cooking dinner and packing lunches, I would have laughed and said ‘no way’! However, my thoughts have changed and I actually enjoy doing these simple things. Funny how things change as you get older. I also love watching the news and HGTV, two more things I would have laughed at in my younger years. Now I look forward to it! House Hunters has become my go-to show! I can’t get enough of it! I can’t say all of my habits have changed though. I still love trashy TV like Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives, and The Real World (Is it just me, or is the cast starting to look like children? Or perhaps it’s me getting older? ;))
Today I wanted to talk about exercise guilt. I admit it, I sometimes suffer from it. That feeling you get when you miss a workout, either because you are too tired, over exercised, too lazy, or just not feelin’ the gym that day.
Today I am having one of those days where the gym is not appealing to me. I’m also feeling overly tired. Excuses? Sure. But what I have learned over the past year or so is that it’s OK to feel this way and it’s even more OK to act on it. I am not going to the gym today.
In the past I have felt it was necessary to get in 5+ workouts a week or else I was a failing at my healthy lifestyle. I also thought I had to work out as intensly as possible or it was pointless to even attempt to workout. A few years ago, HIIT (high intensity interval training) was my exercise of choice. While this form of workout can be beneficial, it is not something to do numerous times per week. It’s exhausting and taxing on the body. I did this form of exercise a lot more than I should have and I would wonder why I was so exhausted throughout the week. I thought exercise gave you more energy? Why am I more tired than my friends who don’t go to the gym? Because they’re not beating themselves up!
While on vacation the other week, I didn’t do that much activity. In fact, the week before that I didn’t do ANY exercise (not even walking) because I was so busy with my move and honestly, just wanted a week off. Most people use their vacation as time off from the gym and may even ramp up their workouts before they wear their bathing suits on the beach. Not me. I took a full 7 days off before my vacation. Once on vacation I did get a few days of activity, but not much. Nothing overly taxing. I walked on the beach with my mom and rode my bike a couple of times through town. Activities that I once thought of as “pointless” and not intense enough to count as exercise.
I’m not sure when the realization hit that just walking is in fact exercise. Not speed walking. Just plain walking. Even if my heart rate doesn’t even reach 120, it’s still activity. Just because my heart rate is not in the 170s or 180s doesn’t mean it’s pointless or that I am ‘failing’ at my healthy lifestyle. In fact, I now think the opposite. I’m more healthy now because of it. I recognize the signs of exhaustion and know that it’s ok to take a day off, even if it’s a Thursday and I’ve only worked out a couple of times this week so far. So be it.
This morning I am going to enjoy a nice walk with my dogs outside. And call it a workout 🙂
Do you or have you suffered from exercise guilt? What do you do about it?
Do you still workout even if you are exhausted?