Hey guys, I searched high and low on this, and am really looking for some viable tips, tricks, and solutions...
I have been working in restaurants for about 10 years now. Started in high school as a dish, moved quickly up through prep, super-stared on the line in a variety of places in a variety of positions. I have worked for corporations, I have been in fine dining, and stayed loyal to my original diner job for years as a second source of income, and to demonstrate dependability on my resume. Recently, I found a career prospect that made me feel stable enough to part ways with the diner. I have quickly worked my way up through the ranks, and have stepped off the line into management. I still cover shifts on the line, and depending on the strength of the crew on that day, have to step in to help to keep them from going under.
In any case, 10 years has taken its toll thus far, and I am really looking for any tips and tricks to get back into shape outside of the life-consuming work week this career gives you. I am in my late 20s, but feel more like 50. Flat feet, carpel tunnel, tendonitis in my dominant hand, overweight enough, cant keep a sleep cycle, and I don't know what its like to not have circles under my eyes... the usual :) I am lucky enough to have a chiropractor as a friend, so at least my back is not completely shot.
I know all the things I am supposed to do; 30 min cardio daily; some weight training; eat less more often, every 2-3 hours; veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains; 9 hours of sleep. HOWEVER, we all know the back breaking work this is, breaks are not always an option, and remembering to eat at all during the day is hilarious. When you do remember, proper eats are rarely available, and outside of the many hours dedicated to the workplace, its rough to lift a finger to keep the house in order, let alone find time for fitness, and sleep is that thing you do when your phone is off and you miss their phone calls calling you back in, lol :D
I feel that this is a huge issue facing a lot of people in the industry, and no one really touches on it too much. Any tips, tricks, or advice to help incorporate more healthy habits that wont kill me? :)