Balancing Act

We’ve all been told many times how important it is to have balance in our lives. This is easier said than done for sure. I have been in a real quandary lately. I recently was promoted at my job. Along with added responsibility came extra hours in the office. This was not unexpected, but it got to the point where I was unable to get to the gym for over a month. At first, I took it in stride because I kept thinking I’d have time the following week. Then one week turned into two, two into three, etc. Everyone kept telling me not to work such long hours, but I’m the one who puts food on my table, and I’m the one who has deadlines to meet. I’m sure I was able to sustain the long days and weeks because my workouts have given me stamina. By the same token, I did not want to deplete my strength and possibly make myself sick. I also know that working out helps to keep me mentally strong, which helps with the stress factors at work. I was really torn between doing what was best for the job and what was best for me physically. I still don’t have a good solution for times like these. What I do know is that working out has become an essential part of me, so I am striving to achieve a better balance between working and working out. There are only so many hours in the day and only a certain number of things can be accomplished in a twenty-four hour period. I made the best decision I could under the circumstances. I was able to get to the gym twice this week and it felt great to be back, even though my abs were killing me just by my breathing. I don’t know what I’ll do when this situation occurs again, but my gym bag is always packed and ready so I’ll have “no excuses, only success.”