Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maintaining health while working extended hours

Well, my mood is holding out pretty well despite the overtime hours at work! I'm not AS high energy/bubbly as I was on Monday, but hey - it's "hump day," right? Give me a break ;)

I'm leaving the house around 6:30 in the morning and not getting back till after 6 PM... and I am trying to fit in my schoolwork, so I will admit to letting my usual stretching/yoga practice slide a little bit this week. I've also let my push-ups slide, too (I've been trying to get in a set or two of pushups everyday for a couple of weeks now to maintain my arm/core strength!).

I'm giving myself the night off from the dissertation tonight, though, because we are getting together with friends to watch Survivor. I plan to get in a yoga practice before I head over to my friend's house, though. Cannot underestimate the benefits of mindful movement!

I am hitting 10,000 steps per day for the past week, which is great. I get an extra break at work when I do overtime, so throwing on the extra 15 minute walk really helps me hit that goal.

Food is going well, too - Chris is helping a ton by getting dinners ready (and leftovers that easily turn into lunch the next day). If he wasn't around this week, I think I would have had to make a huge veggie-filled chili in the crockpot, roasted 4-5 sweet potatoes, and just live off of that for the week. But I'm glad I'm getting more variety than that!

Sleep is a little less than usual, too, because of the early wake up. 

So, yeah, it's not been easy to be as healthy as when I am working my normal schedule. And some things are slipping to the wayside as I have to prioritize other things. Since this is just for this week, I'm okay with that. If this was for a prolonged period of time, I would need to do some serious life organizing to make sure I got in purposeful exercise (not just walking) and went to bed earlier.

Right now my priorities are:

- getting at least 6 hours of sleep (ideally 7-8.. but 6 is necessary for immediate sanity)
- staying hydrated
- making sure I don't have to rely on outside-the-house food purchases even though I am gone for 12 hours a day!
- take my vitamins and make sure my food is well-rounded nutritious for the day
- making sure I have enough energy to get schoolwork done when I come home!

My weight is the same as its been for a few weeks now - no updates there!

Just looking forward to this week being over AND the nice paycheck from this week :)

We have a little bit in the budget every month for small house-hold goods purchases. This month we decided to get a little art for our bedroom. I found a new-to-me artist that I absolutely LOVE: Franz Marc who is a German expressionist painter and has some really great, bright, abstract nature pieces that I think are really awesome.

I found this painting in a print (Deer in Woods II, 1914) and ordered it:


There are actually several other pieces of his I love, it's really fun to explore an artist I hadn't seen before, look through his works, and get inspired :) I never really was into expressionism as a style, so  I don't know a ton about it or the art the was created during that time. It was nice to spend a little while looking into it online.

Just wanted to share a little beauty with you today :)

Take care of yourselves today <3

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