Unfortunately, working crazy hours and living at my job this summer has left me without my daily workouts and healthy meals. I used to hit the gym everyday, steam some vegetables, eat fruits, and take down a multi-vitamin and protein shake nearly every day. I thought to myself, great, I was just peaking and seeing massive results, and now it will come to a hault.
I knew that I would be walking around and on my feet fifteen hours a day, so that at least kept hope up for me; it is better than being stranded in a chair in an office all day. I started out attempting to go to the gym before or after work, but that only happened twice since my job requires being up at or before 8am, home sometimes at 12am, and repeating almost daily for four months. The job I work (at an amusement park) requires being able to be in constant motion sometimes even 14hrs a day with just one 30minute break. Talk about some intense cardio & even strengthening.
The rides I started the season off operating definitely required mass amounts of movement nonstop. I switched rides half way through the year, and one of the two kicks my butt hard. For sometimes hours straight, I have to kick, pull, drag, & push heavy boats with my arms/legs. The boats usually are one ton+ each with people in them. Thanks to that ride, and my job, my time away from the gym is actually a good thing. The movements that I am doing are repetitive, but not as repetitive as what I find myself doing at the gym sometimes. I am using all of the muscles in my body, and am working them in different ways everyday.
In honesty, I was actually starting to come to a flat-line with gaining results at the beginning of the summer. I hit a peak at the beginning, of course, since it was new and intense, but started leveling out with gaining results. Thanks to my job, in a matter of just six weeks after switching rides to the grueling boat tugging wars, I noticed a .5in increase in my arms and calves, and an entire inch muscle increase at my thighs. Thanks to the work required from my obliques from pulling the boats, those are looking splendid, too. The best part is that it’s not just bulk, but pure strength in my muscles as well. I can see immense toning and size increase everywhere, and am thrilled.
Now that the season is coming to an end, and I have weekdays available as of right now, I spent my first week off last week dedicated all to fitness, especially since I won’t be getting my daily ass-kicking at work. I am overly proud of myself from last week. Not only did I fulfill my goal of exercising everyday of the week, but I pushed myself to my body’s limit and ran 10miles on a trail. In February of this year, I was struggling to run just a mile. Now, I am jogging constant miles without losing my breath. As strong as my legs are becoming, it was my legs that were screaming for me to stop after 4hours spent on the trail jogging and hiking through the woods along the creek. I never thought I would be able to jog for so long. Throughout the Spring I ran as much as I could around my town, but nothing is like what I accomplished last week; it was a fitness dream come true for me.
In the end, I am happy to say that my job hasn’t kept me from achieving my fitness goals, but has given me a major leap forward. I am going to miss my job only because of the strength and endurance it has given me. I feel as if I am going to struggle to keep up the results, but I have some tricks up my sleeve if a new job gives me the funding for them. I guess I shall see what happens next other than killing myself in the gym with weights and not allowing myself to lose my cardio progress.