It has been a pretty crazy week for me. It has also been a not so great in terms of the gym and dieting. I had a couple of bad days of eating mixed in with not making it to the gym during the week and that is a recipe for disaster in the long run. Luckily I have righted the ship and will be heading to the gym after work today. I haven’t had a chance to weigh or measure myself so I am not sure how this week will have affected my ultimate goal, but hopefully it won’t set me back too much. Always remember that a couple of bad days doesn’t mean you have to go into a food coma and just give up. As long as you snap out of it quick and get back on track it shouldn’t cause a huge step backwards. Sometimes dieting and lifestyle changes have to be an 80/20 balance where you allow yourself some leeway. There are 7 days in a week. If 6 of them are spent living a healthy lifestyle, 1 day or 1 meal won’t completely counteract everything else you have done throughout the week.
Some great news this week, my job was nice enough to work out a schedule change which will allow me to start going to the gym during the day. They extended my lunch slightly (I have to make up the time by coming in a little earlier) which will allow me to go to the 12:30 class at NorthEast Crossfit. This will be great as I can get my workout in and it opens up my nights which in turn allows me more time with my wife and son. Also, I won’t have to sneak into empty offices or the stairwells to get in small workouts during the day.
I have been making it a point to read to my son every night. His evenings are pretty busy after he wakes up from his nap, but I make sure to read with him and we play our nightly game before he goes to sleep. Having my weeknights free will be huge because my weekends are now filled up as I decided I had too much free time and picked up a 4th job (just kidding about the free time, but being an adult is expensive, bills suck).
I have also made it a point to be more attentive to my wife. I know because I am often tired by the end of the day when I get home that sometimes I forget to kiss her when I come in, or hug her hello, or even say thank you for the things she does. I have tried to correct these faults. I also had a bad habit of getting annoyed with her at times when she wanted to talk to me, but I was watching a tv show or reading something. I wouldn’t give her my full attention. This wasn’t fair to her and I have made sure to change that about myself. I make sure to try and talk to her every night. Even if it is about something stupid/silly. Often our stupid/silly conversations lead to a fun one, or into another conversation which ends up making it an enjoyable night. I don’t have a ton of free time or time to spend with my family so I have to make the most of what I have.
I am now a bartender on Saturdays and Sundays at Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in the Ridge Hill Mall. It’s a cute family style restaurant. The hourly pay is pretty nice and I didn’t do too bad on my first night with tips. Unfortunately this means less time with my son, but the extra cash will help with paying the bills and also saving money to eventually move into a bigger place. Feel free to stop in for a drink. It’s a little pricey there, but I promise to buy a round and the drinks will be damn tasty.
Lessons learned this past week: 1) stop being a moron about giving in to temptation; 2) get your ass to the gym more consistently; 3) don’t let your exhaustion control your emotions and mood; and last but not least 4) don’t eat yellow snow. Okay so I didn’t just learn that last one. It was taught to me many moons ago.