Fellas, I'm failing. Hard. Well, not that hard, but hard.
Here's the deal. A year ago, my then-fiancee and I had a nice rigid schedule. I work 5pm-5am overnights, so I'd come home and get to bed by 6, and she's a night-owl as well so she'd have just gone to bed a few hours before I get home, we'd sleep till 11, get up to the alarm, take her daughter to pre-school at noon, and then we're up and have the next 3 hours to do whatever - run errands and such, but most days we'd find some time to devote an hour or so to the gym, or walking, or biking. It was good. By 3, we're picking up kids from school, and by 4:30 I need to be out the door for work.
This year, her daughter is in kindergarten and goes to school all day, goes early in the morning like her brothers do. I work the same hours, my now-wife follows the same schedule, but we have the chance to get a little bit more sleep (which is imperative to health too) so rather than being up at 11 every day, the alarm is set for noon, sometimes 12:30, sometimes 1. By the time we get up, get out of bed (which isn't always easy
), and get some lunch, there's not a lot of time left in there for workout stuff. And there are always errands to do. Granted, we've been extra busy in the last few months, with her divorce, then us getting married, now we're buying a house... there's rarely a day that some kind of business doesn't need to be attended to. Even when you think you're coming out of the woods, something else comes along. Not that I'm complaining because we're advancing our lives and doing some cool grownup financial stability shit, but the time for doing workoutey stuff just isn't there. Working the 12 hour shifts is the main culprit, but I really don't want to leave a job that I have almost 11 years of seniority in just for the schedule.
So, with that all said, I've also not really been eating as well as I used to. We're busy, we're on the go, and I don't really get time to prepare and cook meals during the week, so it's usually sandwiches at Subway or Casey's, random stuff on the go, and that's the kind of stuff I completely cut out of my diet back when I lost a bunch of weight. The good news is, I haven't gained that much weight back (still between 250 and 260), but the body fat and muscle mass numbers on my home scale are back to almost where they were when I weighed well over 300. My size hasn't changed TOO much, but I can tell in the last few weeks those clothes are feeling a little tighter again.
Maybe we need to go back to getting up at 11 and devoting more time to workouts? I could sneak in my yoga sessions in the early mornings between getting home from work and going to bed, but I really prefer doing those after waking up as a way to get the juices flowing for the day rather than doing it and then trying to go to bed. On the plus side, with buying this house, we'll be moving to the town where I work (only like 12 miles away), so that'll save me a little bit of time AND I can start bike commuting to work. The new house is only about a mile from where I work, but a couple miles each day is better than the nothing I've done all winter. And... bigger house, more space, the kids will all have their own rooms and can stop taking over the living room and maybe we can do more yoga there. There's a fitness place in the new town, not as big as the gym we used to go to and doesn't have a track or a court, just stationary bikes / treadmills and weights, but maybe I can get in on that action. Or just hope all the "running errands" stuff settles down once we've closed on the house and get moved, and there's no more divorce/wedding stuff to do. But then we also have a baby on the way, due in August, so here comes that ride too (again, not complaining in the slightest, I'm SUPER excited to be a dad for the first time!).
The moral of the story... hell, I don't know, I'm just rambling. It was so much easier to devote time to fitness, workouts, healthy eating, etc. when I was single, but... I was also single, and that sucks. Life is good! Life is amazing! It just takes some finagling and prioritizing to make sure there's still some focus on that health. And I have work to do in that respect.