Well, it's been a hot minute since I've last updated because things on this end are CRAZY! I was in one of my best friend's weddings (you know bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, wedding...the whole shebang...lots to do when you're a bridesmaid!) and I am entering the home stretch of my nursing degree and it seems like EVERYTHING is due at the same time. No calm before the storm business....this is the storm! Working multiple overnight shifts at the hospital to accrue clinical hours for graduation is the real kicker right now and it has made my workout schedule sporadic to say the least. Contrary to popular opinion, just because you're a Certified CrossFit Trainer, doesn't mean that life doesn't happen sometimes. So I'm taking this opportunity to let you in on how I am handling it so maybe the next time you've got a million things on your plate, you'll be able to handle it just a little bit better.
First off....Nutrition is everything! When you can't train the way you need to train, you have to eat clean and eat right! This becomes extremely difficult when you are stressed out, believe me I know, (I always crave horrible food at the end of my night shift....damn Cortisol!) but it really helps with maintenance.
Secondly, You need to schedule what little workouts you can make into your planner just like any other meeting...you have to make you a priority. Even if you just get in two workouts during a really busy week, you are doing your body a favor!
Third, sleep is just as important as working out...Just ask Robb Wolf. I know, I know....how are you supposed to sleep when you've got all this crazy stuff to do?!?! Believe me...there's more time then you think. How many of us watch an hour or so of TV a night before bed? Spend that time IN bed instead and you'll be able to manage the extra stress better.
Lastly, give yourself a break! This is not an all or nothing lifestyle! This has been the hardest thing for me to accept. When things get crazy, I just feel like such a failure when I don't get all my workouts in...but you know what...it's ok! I will just keep trucking and that's what you need to do. Don't just give up because your life gets off track a bit.
So that's the game plan for now until graduation in December. Not going to lie, I am a little worried about the All-Cities Open. I know I will be going up against some heavy hitters (I'm talking to you CrossFit Central ;-) and all this extra "stuff" is making my training really hard, but I'm going to keep at it as best I can and we'll see what happens!