There are times when life happens and the plans you have made go down the drain and you are left with broken promises, heartache and unfulfilled wishes. That has been my life over the last few months as life has taken it’s toll on my body, my dreams and the promises I made to myself and those who follow me on this blog and via my podcasts.
So what has life handed me you may ask? Lots of work, too much sitting on my butt and too much eating the wrong things with too little exercise. Oh, and then there’s the trip to the emergency room for high blood pressure and chest pains. You see, where I work, I am the director of IT, a small IT shop that is the IT heart and soul of a company that manages six restaurant chains. And when I say a small shop I mean small. Two help desk members, two infrastructure members, two point of sale specialists and me. Oh, and what do I do? A little of everything to be honest. Officially I not only manage IT, but I am responsible for all of our data, our applications used, websites and all planning and project management. To say I wear many hats is an understatement. Over the last few months, we have rolled out a new point of sale to 40 stores in less than two months after a month’s work of building and testing it, on boarded two new restaurant concepts that use a totally different point of sale system, rolled out three new websites and am currently building a brand new intranet site as well as building a new ticketing system.
My workload for five months straight had me working 80 to 100 hours a week, averaging 16 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Needless to say I did not exercise very much, nor did I eat very well. Too much coffee, not enough water ever day, seven days a week for five months. Then when things did slow down for me, I was still working six days a week for another two months, although my hours per day slowed to only eight to ten. Still I wasn’t exercising, eating right and then I started drinking whiskey every night.
Fast forward to today.
I’m still extremely busy at work, but I have been able to slow down to the normal 40 to 45 hours a week with weekends off (well, mostly off anyway). Now I have to look at getting back on track to getting healthy, losing weight and most of all, share this journey with you. Currently I’ve gained weight to where I am at 310 pounds and have gone up a pants size. I have very little energy at the moment and although I have stopped the drinking, that still calls to me at times when work gets rough and I’d like something to take off the edge when I get home. But that is a crutch I’d rather not rely on, and add to the fact that alcoholism runs in my family, that’s a chance I’d rather not take. So what do I plan on doing? That’s the next post for me to write, but I do have a plan to get back on track, to get back to healthier choices and to start back on this journey that got sidetracked. I’ll share that plan with you shortly.
As for now, take a look at the image above this post. It’s a Japanese proverb and as it states, “Fall down seven times, get back up eight”. Now, take that along with Proverbs 24:16 and you now see my attitude. No pity party, no excuses. It’s time to get back to work again. This time the work is me.
Till next time, stay happy and healthy!