Let’s add another piece to the puzzle of this tough and seemingly never ending struggle, shall we?
I’ve mentioned on here that I recently switched jobs. While I’m infinitely happier in my current situation, the financial transition has been a bit difficult. Like many other kids my age, with student loans, credit cards and a rotten economy, I’ve been kind of living paycheck to paycheck with little to no savings to fall back on. So when I switched jobs, and had to go month without a paycheck, things got a bit bleak (to say the least).
To combat this issue, appease my parentals, and avoid similar situations in the future, I quickly found a part-time job to supplement my income. Like most, the pay sucks and it’s nothing glamorous or exciting. And I don’t want to do it for a number of reasons (see below). But it’s extra money. So…
My problem is this: I’m still struggling with how to balance my new lifestyle with my day-to-day life. If a friend calls and wants to do happy hour after work, what do I do? How do I not gorge myself on cheap appetizers and summery cocktails, now that I don’t eat that way or drink alcohol? When do I get my evening workout in?
If I’m now taking on an optional part time job of 15-30 hours per week, in addition to my 40+ hours per week real job, when am I going to get my workouts in? If at least three days per week I’m working from 8am until 11pm at night, with literally no breaks, how will I prep my lunch for the next day? How will I get up at 5:30am to get my run in?
Right now I have a completely adequate amount of time to do exactly what I need to. With no interruptions. But when I start adding real world situations into my life, I sometimes find myself slipping (not working out, making poor-ish food choices, imbibing with a cocktail or a soda).
want to need to focus on me and my issues. Every day I need to get in two cardio sessions and a weight/circuit session. I need to plan and prep my meals. I need to get 7-8 hours of sleep. These have to be non-negotiables at this point. Weight loss and getting healthy needs to be my second full-time job, my number priority above all else.
I’m not sure how to sort all of this out. I don’t know how to fix myself, nurture my relationships, and work two exhausting (and kind of but not really necessary) jobs. Is it possible to do it all? I don’t know…I don’t think so. Knowing me, though, the first thing to suffer will be my health. I’ll start to turning to convenience food over healthful options. I won’t work out because I’m too tired, not getting enough sleep, and can’t find time.
What do I do? Does anyone have any suggestions or answers for me?? 🙂 How do you find balance in your life?