What Even is a Work/Life Balance?
My Journey Journal Week 10
Hello there! It’s time for another update to My Journey Journal. This week has, once again, been a crazy one. But sometimes, the craziest most stressful weeks bring the best results. I strongly believe that this is the case for this week, but it isn’t over yet! This past week has entirely thrown my work/life balance way out of wack, and I am paying a toll for it. Let’s look at that a little bit:
Losing My Appetite
If you told me a few months ago that later on in this journey, I would be struggling to eat 1200 calories in a day, I would have laughed at you. But honestly, that has been the case this week. Heck, there have been nights this week that I have struggled to hit 1000 calories for the day. It’s scary, and I don’t want to put my body into starvation mode, but that’s been where I’m at lately.
I know it’s mostly from stress and not wanting to stop working ever, but it is taking such a harsh toll on my mind and body that it needs to become my top priority here soon. I’m coming up with a plan for fixing this, but if you have any advice for increasing appetite or making time for yourself, I would love to hear it.
Working Out at Home
While food hasn’t been my priority, I have managed to keep up with working out. Mainly by doing them at home. They’ve worked out (ha!) pretty well so far, and every day, I wake up feeling sore, so I know that they’re doing something.
I’m currently following the Blogilates Beginner Calendar, and I absolutely love it so far! I’m halfway through week two right now. Those ABC Abs are a total killer.
If you are interested in working out at home, I made a list of my favorite beginner workout videos for you to try. Let me know what you think of them!
Fixing My Work/Life Balance
Alright, so I told you my major pain points and how they’re affecting me. Now here’s my plan to fix them.
Talk to people and get some help
Honestly, this is the first time that I have ever been this open and real about my struggle with weight loss. Usually, I keep my issues to myself and then slowly spiral out of it without anyone knowing what’s really happening in my head. But this time I’m trying everything.
Last night, and for the first time ever, I asked my personal trainer for help. I told him I was struggling and didn’t know how to fix my problems. This morning, he responded with tons of advice and encouragement. Now, for the first time in weeks, I feel like I can do this again. That I have just enough fight in me to keep going.
The people you surround yourself with are (and should be) your biggest cheerleaders.
Plan my meals for the day
Organization is the key to success. Usually, I’m an over-organizer. I have so many lists and schedules and plans, it scares even me. But I’ve never managed to get this organized with my food intake.
So, I’m going to plan out my meals next week. I’ll make them all on Sunday and heat them up when it’s time for them. Then finally, I’ll be sure I’m putting in my body exactly what I want in there.
Start exercising in the morning
Lately, my exercises have been happening at night. Usually I’ll head to the gym at around 5ish and do my at-home workout at almost 10pm. Afterwards, instead of feeling good about the workouts, I’m just exhausted and ready to lay down for the rest of the night. I don’t want that to be how I feel after I work out.
So, I’m going to start heading to the gym in the mornings before I start working, then after work is done for the day, I’ll do the beginner’s calendar. Hopefully that puts the spark right back into my workouts.
Set a hard deadline for when I’m done working for the day
Setting boundaries in general, has been something that I have massively struggled with. There have been so many days recently where I have worked for 14 hours –and still have more to do. This is unhealthy and I need to tone down how much I’m working. My goal for next week is to only spend 8 hours a day working directly with clients, and 2 hours a day working on the back-end of my business. Fingers crossed that that works out.
Make a solid and manageable morning and night-time routine
Again, organization is my thing! If I can get on a schedule, I can stick to it indefinitely. I just need to make one that works for me. Once I figure out my ultimate morning and night routines, I’ll be sure to post them for everyone else struggling with being overwhelmed in their lives right now.
Alright, that’s it for this week’s My Journey Journal. How do you handle your work/life balance? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to know when the next blog post is, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter too!