Vacation, Work, family and belonging

or –  “Mental Bullshit

Tomorrow the family and I pile into the car and head for Michigan for a few days of visiting.  Some would call it vacation, but those are only the people who have never gotten into the car to drive 12 hours with two children under the age of five, so we forgive them their ignorance and explain that the real vacation begins upon return, when I have another full week off to spend at home, playing with my kids and spending quality time with my wife.

Almost as important to your health as sleep, exercise and a healthy diet is family and belonging to a community.  As I’ve worked harder on this new project at work, I’ve had to be a lot farther away from my family.  Even though my time away is about the same (only a couple of hours difference, really), the stress of travel and that extra distance adds a psychic weight multiplier that makes the stress feel disproportionate to the reality.

Couple this with leaving my CrossFit family behind to travel to Florida for work, and I’ve felt several things slip.  My exercise levels have dropped significantly and my sleep lately has been suffering because of it.

It took a long time to finally feel like I was “fitting in” with the CrossFit Minnesota community (not that the people were a problem, but because I was disconnected from many of the activities, I felt welcome in the gym, but disconnected from the ‘community’ aspect at times…it’s hard to describe) and with the stress of my current role and the stress it puts on my family, the task of reintegrating to a new CrossFit community is daunting.

Interestingly enough, my diet is still pretty darn tight.  I owe my steady weight to that alone, and I don’t think it’s going to hold out much longer.

So, as I said…Mental Bullshit. 

I ordered a ton of Paleo-Road food from Steve’s Club and Amazon this week, and Sara is busy at home prepping food from our CSA, etc. for storage and to bring with us.  She really is a Hero this week.  It’s her Birthday today and she has been getting the family ready to travel single-handedly this week (hug your wives, gentlemen, they are the heroes).

I tried to get us into the Residence Inn while staying in Michigan, but they were booked solid (even with a platinum Override, I couldn’t get a room for all the nights we are going to be there) so that is going to limit a few of our food options.  The good news is, that because we’ll have family around, we’ll have access to kitchens while we’re on the road, so it’s not AS inconvenient as my current travel situation (mini-fridge and access to an old, poorly maintained gas grill).

All this being said (whined?), it will be nice to have some time away from the office to recharge and rethink my current trajectory.  It will be nice to spend some quality time with my wife, my children and the rest of my Michigan family and hopefully I can come back with a new focus, a happier wife and kids and a trucker tan.

We are driving, of course…

About cacharbe

Software Engineer, ALM Specialist, Professional Improviser, Lv 1 Certified CrossFit trainer. I eat Paleo and coach others in being successful eating whole, unprocessed, nutritious foods.
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