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


  1. You are handling the work situation extremely well, Jeanette! YAY you!

    Congrats on finding an artist you truly love. So cool when that happens!

  2. You are doing well with your work hours - sleep patterns etc
    Glad you found a painting you really liked - colours in it look good.

    Hope the remainder of the week goes well

    All the best Jan

  3. That painting is just beautiful! And yay on handling the work schedule! It's hard to do, I know...


  4. Between June and October each year I work anywhere from 400 to 1000 hours of overtime fighting fire. It's tough to keep a healthy routine going! But it definitely helps me power through it.

  5. Hi Jeannette, Well, you are too busy to do "it all" but honestly, I've found that when I missed workouts here and there, it didn't have much impact at all. It's missing a bunch for a few weeks that's the problem. You enjoy working out, so I have no doubt that you will be back at it asap, according to your schedule. Your food sounds well-planned. Sweet potatoes are a go-to food. Fruit fits into a purse. 10 pushups, here and there, add up, which may be something you could slip in between everything you're doing. :-)

  6. I hear you on the long days but it sounds like youre handling it all great. That painting is beautiful!