Need a little support here AGAIN!! I guess I need to vent :)

By granniesophie Latest Reply 2011-01-05 16:06:56 -0600
Started 2010-12-30 15:27:08 -0600

I am trying to figure out how to fit going to the gym into my day-don't know when I can do this-need some advice!
Here's my day- get up at 3:30AM to start my day, take care of dogs and get me ready-leave for work at 5:30,one hour commute one way, work until 4:30, usually no breaks or lunch break. I actually eat breakfast and lunch at my desk. Get home at 5:30 after one hour commute, if no one causes a wreck that will slow traffic down, make dinner and am in bed by 7:30-this is Mon-Fri and May-Oct its Mon-Sat.

Was thinking I could go to gym on the way home-would then put me home at 6:30, so-gobble something for dinner and go immediately to bed!
Can't go to gym before work-need to be there by 6:30. I really want to get formal excersise, I can't do it by myself-

Can someone tell me how I can make this work? Seems to me that despite my best intentions, this will actually kill me!

Am thinking I can make this work if I give up something, like maybe, dinner??

Any suggestions? My work/life balance sucks, as you can see-so there's no way to fix that. MY boss freaks if I take a sick day during season, and vacation days are absolutely out!! If I have to go to one of the properties to do some work, he really freaks-cause there's no one else to do the work!
I even take my phone in the bathrooom with me :)

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granniesophie 2011-01-02 06:09:26 -0600 Report

I do appreciate all the advice.
I am going to try the weights and stretch band thing at work, and walking maybe around the parking garage a little, weights I can do one handed and work with the other. It's not easy, the HR queen and her minions are constantly sneaking around ready to rat you out for violations! And those would be violations! (Especially the exersice ball!)
As for the gym, the dr says I must go, so I will figure it out somehow-at least 30 minutes 5 times a day, says he! (He lives on base, 2 minutes from the clinic so he doesn't have time issues!) Don't have a CDE-but thats a whole nother issue.

And, I don't have time for a stroke, trust me, they'd bring my laptop to me and I'd have to work the best I could while recovering-I've worked from a hospital bed before!
And housecleaning is also out-I just don't have time-I could write a novel in the dust! It's my own house, and I spend little time in it-I'm so proud-
So, thanks for the helpful advice-I will try some from my cube at work, but bottom line is-gotta go to the gym to make everyone happy-so I'll figure it out :)

kdroberts 2011-01-04 13:32:22 -0600 Report

If it get really bad, diabetes is covered under the amended americans with disabilities act and you have a lot of legal rights, especially relating to reasonable accommodations in the work place, which cannot be overridden by company policy.

jayabee52 2011-01-05 16:06:56 -0600 Report

You might want to discuss your rights with a lawyer who is up to speed on the amended ADA. Sometimes just knowing your rights can be helpful.

CaliKo 2011-01-04 12:30:34 -0600 Report

I'm thinking the HR queen and her minions should be okay with a lunch hour in the middle of a 10-hour work day. Or they shouldn't be in HR. If you have a gym close by you could get in a 30-minute workout and still have 10 minutes to eat. And lets discuss those morning and afternoon breaks, you need to get up and stretch and walk around a bit, maybe a snack. Intelligent companies (and employees in power) realize that healthy employees are an asset and should be treated as such. You remind me of a corporation I used to work for where my admin would proudly paper her cube in the "Non-Compliant" notices my group would get from various groups, like "consistent office environment" (that was my personal fav). Good luck and take care of yourself, you only get one life. (PS in no way is this offered as career advice. I know all working situations are not ideal.)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-01-01 19:21:36 -0600 Report

Hi! You really do have a life balance issue going on. Wow, you are busy. kdroberts made a great suggestion in terms of seeeing what you can do at your desk or at home. You might be able to do some exercise around dinner time. There are a lot of ways to stay active that don't necessarily require stopping at the gym. You might also want to consult a CDE to see you can get some ideas about how to build more activity into your life. Certainly, I would recommend having a conversation with your physician before you begin any kind of an exercise routine, just to double check on any risks to consider and advice on how to get started (those of us over 50 have to be careful about that). At least you know that you need to stay active and are motivated to do something about it. That's definitely a good starting point. Please keep us posted.

kdroberts 2010-12-31 08:32:22 -0600 Report

We actually had a presentation at work on a similar subject. What the trainer said was that most beneficial exercises you do at the gym can be done at your desk or close by. All you really need are some hand weights (a couple of lb is enough), a stretch band and some instruction. If you do some stretches, some reps on the weights, use the band on your legs, some push ups against a wall, etc a few times a day and put in 5-10 mins of walking around a couple of times a day, you get a good workout. A couple of people at work started using an exercise ball instead of a chair snd said it really helped their balance, back, posture and core.

pat3 2010-12-31 02:01:38 -0600 Report

From one Granny to another, I would say your schedule is packed. I suggest when you are loading the dishes, do a little hip swing, do a little dance when you push the vacuum, do some squats now and then, and find some isometric's you might work in.

I used to go to the gym nightly to swim, but I retired, sold my home and moved here 12 years ago, and no gym nearby. Now I have to be creative, as the gym is not 5 minutes away anymore! lol I jiggle heels while sitting, all types of things to keep moving a bit.

I think if you think of what you can do, like buy some weights to lift while watching TV, etc. you will be happy to forget about the gym until your schedule is better. Forget the phone in the bathroom. If your boss is that concerned, he could pop over and do what needs done himself.
Hugs, Pat

jayabee52 2010-12-30 18:40:42 -0600 Report

Oh gee, Sonya, you kinda sound like me before I was disabled. (3 ministrokes threw off my ability to balance properly. As a CNA I needed to be strong and balanced to transfer patients from bed to wheelchair, ect) With that schedule I pray you don't stroke out.

Is there a way you could get a different job where your boss isn't so demanding?
I know, it's scary to look for another job right now. Or could you move where the commute isn't so much?

Or could you convince your boss to hire an assistant for you? someone you could train so that when you leave (for sick days, vacation days, disability or even for a different job [I wouldn't tell him about that] someone would know what was going on and it wouldn't all fall on the boss.

I would not recommend skipping dinner. You need some unhurried time to yourself. And eating in a rush is not good, because often those kind of meals are generally not diabetic friendly.

Are there ways you could fit some walking into your workday? Buy a pedometer and see how many steps you take during the day, and seek to increase it.

I am run out of ideas, but sometimes something will come to me out of the blue, and if something does, I will share it with you.

Blessings to you and yours


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