I’ve been keeping a secret from most of my family and friends. Over 7 months ago I lost my job. It’s been a huge struggle dealing with unemployment. I’ve never been unemployed. I’ve been working since I was 10 years old when I got my first babysitting job, and at 37 years old I cannot find a job. Let me tell you I’ve have countless phone interviews, in-person interviews, flown to various cities, and zero luck.
Until last week…two different recruiting companies contacted me about the same job. I asked both of them to send me the job description and after having phone conversations with both of them I realized it was the same job at the same company. After several more conversations I picked one of the companies to represent me. On Friday, January 30 my resume was submitted to the company. On Wednesday, February 5, the company extended a 4-month contract to hire offer. Oh and did I mention I never interviewed with the company and they wanted me to start on Thursday, February 6!! Today after 7 months of unemployment I went back to work.
I was up half the night freaking out about going back to work after 7 months of unemployment. Traffic was crazy because we had an ice storm 2 days ago and for some reason even though the roads are clear it still causes problems. When I left at 5:00pm I was exhausted. I almost pulled into 2 different fast food restaurants to grab a quick dinner so I could veg-out on the couch the rest of the night. Luckily it was before 6:00pm and the drive thru windows had long lines. I swear my story has a healthy point….
I got home and after an hour of convincing I finally got on the elliptical. First I did a 20 minute program. When that was done I decided I could keep going so did a 30 minute program. When I finished I was at 4.66 miles…I can do 5 more minutes to get to 5 miles. I ended up getting in my 10,000 steps, 5 miles, and 55 very active minutes. And what do you know I felt great and energized enough to fix a healthy dinner.
This was the step I needed to take tonight to remind myself I can do this and work a full-time job. Plus it appeared that everyone brings their lunch to work so hopefully not a lot of temptation to go out to lunch. Sunday I will spend some time planning my week and going to the grocery to make sure I have lots of snacks and healthy options to take with me.
How do you manage work life balance? What tips can you share with me on exercising and healthy eating with your other life obligations?