Originally posted on June 16, 2015 at www.theconfidentcanuck.com
PART 7 – MAINTAINING BALANCE
I’ve been employed full-time since I was 18 years old. Thrust into the working force initially at 16 years old, I then decided out of high school to take a year (or two) off and jump into full-time employment until I figured out what to do. It’s a classic case of making too much money to want to go back into school without the guarantee of a career on the other end.
So for the last decade now, I have worked predominantly in sales (media and medical) which can be a tough industry to cut your teeth. I love it. I'm good at it. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, where I am challenged constantly and I can hone in on my interpersonal skills while continually learning.
Moreover, I am very active socially with my external hobbies on the peripheral. Various writing gigs and projects, socializing with friends and hosting events, running my non-profit chapter, and participating in organized sports are some of my ongoing undertakings. What's more, I was married in September, 2014 so by all intents and purposes – I’m still a newlywed.
Pair this heavy “life” load with 1-2 workouts per day lasting an hour a piece at minimum, constant meal prep and grocery shopping, sacrificing social gatherings to avoid food temptations and alcohol, and meticulously counting everything going in (and out) of my body and it’s hard not to become overwhelmed.
I became encapsulated in my own little fitness bubble and found it hard, at times, to relate to those who did not understand what I was going through. I felt guilty for not being able to join my husband for a nice dinner, or saying no to a treat made by a friend. These restrictions combined with my incessant calculating of macros became consuming.
A few times – I had to step back and re-evaluate my su