Saturday, January 16, 2010


Wow, I didn't realize it's been almost 2 weeks since I've posted anything! My new job blocks all blog-related websites (along with 15 million other website categories), so I haven't been able to update this during the day. In the evenings, I've been getting home after 10 pm and have been so exhausted, I just check email and head to bed. So that brings me to the topic I want to discuss today ... schedules!

Everyone who competes has experienced the restrictions of a tight schedule. Trying to successfully juggle everything in life and making everyone important to you happy can be a difficult task!

My day begins at 6 am when my alarm goes off. Fifteen minutes later, I actually drag my tired, sore body out of bed and get ready for work. My boyfriend has been graciously driving me to the Metro station every morning at 6:45 am so I save money on parking (he's such a sweetie!!). I ride the Metro for an hour, changing trains once, and get to work around 8 am.

I work 8 straight hours without a "lunch" break because I don't necessarily eat "lunch." I eat Meal 2 around lunchtime, but don't stop working while I eat. Normally, I'd be able to leave at 4 pm; however, I've been making up some hours I missed while I was home for Christmas, so I've been staying an extra 1-2 hours each night.

The days I put in 2 extra hours, I leave work at 6 pm, ride the Metro for an hour, and meet Jerry at the Metro stop near the gym at 7 pm. If he's working at the gym that night, he gets someone to cover the front desk for 15 min while he picks me up, and then goes back to sitting at the desk when we get there. I'm usually starving by the time we get to the gym, so I heat up my chicken or steak and take a few bites of a pickle, then change clothes to start my training.

He gives me instructions for each exercise and will sometimes come spot me for heavier sets. (The gym is very laid back and doesn't require him to be behind the desk at all times.) I train for about 45 min, then grab my book and hit the cardio deck. I do 60 min of cardio, sometimes varying the machines for 30 min each. If the gym is really slow, Jerry stands by me and chats with me to keep me company and to distract me from the grueling nature of the evil treadmill or recumbent bike.

By the time I've finished my workout and cardio, it's about 9-9:15 pm. Since the gym closes at 10 pm, and I need to bring Jerry home, I either stay at the gym and eat another meal or go home to pick out my clothes for the next day, then go back to get him.

He drops me off at my place, then heads over to his place to let his dogs out before heading back over to my place. By the time I shower, check my email, get everything ready for the next day, and finally crawl into bed, it's about 11:30 pm.

And it all starts again the next day.

I have no idea how I'd balance having a family and doing contest prep. There's barely any time for my relationship, which is frustrating and sad. We do everything we can to spend time together, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. I'm lucky to have such an understanding and supportive boyfriend who's involved in the industry and knows how time consuming prep can be.

As far as my meal times are concerned, I'm trying something different for the first time this year. The past few years, I've eaten on a schedule - every 3 hours. This year, I eat when I'm hungry. So I eat about every 3 - 4 hours. And let me tell ya - it seems much less stressful! I'm not so concerned about eating a meal during a meeting, or having to wait until I'm off the Metro. I've been eating at roughly the same times, though, and it works out quite well.

Meal 1 - 8:15 am
Meal 2 - 12 noon
Meal 3 - 3:30 pm
Meal 4 - 7 pm
Meal 5 - 11 pm

We took progress pictures this weekend, so I'll post those tomorrow. I might just be brave enough to post a back shot. We'll see!

Time to turn in. Legs and cardio tomorrow! I want to hit it hard and have lots of energy. Let's put today's carbs to work!

1 comment:

  1. Great blog Kari! You're an animal!! You look great, and obviously work very hard. We'll be routing you on from Oregon! :-)