I am just over 30 days into my new job in the jungle of Retail. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my new job! I can’t be more excited about my future with the company and being “groomed” for something better. After spending a lot of time as an employed citizen, I am thrilled to be where I am.
I have been in the retail sector since I started working when I was 18, almost 8 years ago. But never have I been in retail while fighting to my health. It’s hard! I never thought I would be challenged like I have been.
Some of the challenges I am currently battling:
- I am used to eating 3-4 meals approx 400 calories each at a regular time.
- Instead, I am eating meals at what I consider an “Off” time.
- Most days I only eat 2 full meals, some days I still get 3.
- Sometimes I don’t get home and eat dinner until 9 or 10pm. If I am even in the mood to cook and eat.
- Having time for a snack is just as hard as drinking enough water!
- I have no clue what my calorie intake is.
Retail certainly has it’s pitfalls!
Let me give you a visual aid of my schedule for the next 2 weeks so you can better understand my schedule and my PRE SCHEDULED meal times.
I eat my first meal before getting ready and going to work in the morning. Then sometimes I don’t eat again until between 3 and 5pm. That’s not lunch! It’s dinner! By the time I get home and get settled again I feel like I am eating a midnight snack. I could always do something quick and on the go, but it wouldn’t be a healthy choice!
Keeping up with work and drinking enough water is tough! I am on the go with customers all the time, and the boss doesn’t like it when I carry around my water bottle. 😦 So I chug when I can, but it’s not enough.
We don’t even want to talk about me counting calories, because that he not happened in a long while! I would say it’s been about 5-6 weeks since I last counted. I stopped counting before I landed this job. Now it’s not even a thought in my head. However, I do control what I eat at work. I bought a lunch box and most days I do myself a full lunch with the just the right amount of fruit, veggies and protein! (One day I will remember to take a picture)
On the bight side, and there is a bright side to my struggles, I have been active enough at work to help me maintain my current weight. Not gaining, but not losing either. I have decided I am OK with that. At least until I figure out a plan to balance my meals out again. Of course, once my foot is healed I will need to add workouts into that plan too. It’s a balancing act and I just have to take it one day at a time.
One day at a time as I learn to survive in the jungle that is Retail.