I equal parts dreaded and couldn’t wait for this day to come – I’m no longer working on the shift roster and starting Monday I go back to normal hours! No more 11 hour days, woo hoo!
Don’t get me wrong – there were major perks to working the shift roster. More money, blocks of time off, extra holiday leave accrued… but there were some definite downsides too. Exhaustion, sleep patterns all kinds of screwed up, missing time and missing family events… I don’t remember most of 2016, with some obvious exceptions.
But the thing I’m most excited for, funnily enough, is having a set schedule again. Sure, it’s 5 days a week, 8 hours a day – 38 hours a week, but it’s set. It’s not 44 or 55 hours in a week and the cramming in housework, groceries, errands in the days you have off and then wondering where your R&R time went – because you didn’t really get that much in the end. (Ahh, adult life.)
I can clean my house on a normal schedule. I don’t see the dishes piling up because I wake up, go to work, come home, go to bed four or five days in a row. I can properly meal plan now instead of trying to figure out what in the heck to cook when I get home at 8pm at night and I need to go to bed no later than 10:30 to get a decent night’s sleep (and I need a decent night sleep…!) No more relying on pills to keep me asleep during the day when my natural circadian rhythms keep wanting me to be up and moving around no later than noon.
I can focus on myself a bit more now too. Working shifts was horrible for taking proper care of myself. I tried, gods know I really did try but when you’re working 11 hours overnight, and you’re alone, sometimes the boredom snacking would take over and it’s not always carrots and hummus, let me tell you. I can exercise regularly, even look at taking some exercise classes (KONGA™ was stupidly fun! I need to find some up near Forrestfield on Tuesday or Fridays, or weekends).
I can raid again with my guild. I can play WoW and enjoy it! I don’t have the spurts of activity followed by the whole “oh man I can’t even be bothered right now because I’m so damned tired” mentality.
In the case of taking care of myself I’m finally working out my diet. It was horrible some days, I’d get to work and forget to bring anything to eat or I wouldn’t properly plan or didn’t get to the store on time and I’d be frantic for something that was healthy and then the snack urges would hit later. For breakfasts I’m focusing on smoothies because I can drink them rather than spend the time eating. I might interspace it with real food to break it up some, but my first batch for next week will be Spinach, Mango, Pineapple, Coconut Milk and Banana. I’ll be portioning all the ingredients into baggies and freezing them for an easy pull out and go J Quite excited about that.
Lunch, I’ve already started planning as well. I’m looking at doing Mexican Tofu bowls. I’m stealing the idea from the Chicken Burrito bowl lunch prep I’ve been seeing around but instead of chicken I’m subbing in some crispy fried seasoned tofu. Tofu, peppers, onions, black beans, corn, salsa, and either brown rice or quinoa for the base. J Really excited about that.
Dinner will be whatever I start to think about… I’ll be cutting down on our portions and improving on the veggie intake. I’m sure you noticed that there’s a bit of a theme in my personal food… while we’re not going full on vegetarian or vegan (dinner will include meat, but at a reduced amount) we are wanting to reduce the amount of meat that we consume. Eventually, we want to try being Vegetarian/Vegan for a month but it was too hard to plan it at the beginning of January when everything was going crazy for us. Maybe we’ll try it in March… give me a month to get my bearings back and being on a ‘normal’ schedule.
Ahhhh. So many plans going forward. I’m really excited about this!