It’s no secret that running a Bed and Breakfast hotel is a time-consuming job. Things have been moving at a lightning pace since Jan and I took over this place (see my post about trying to have a part-time job through this process).
I can’t believe we haven’t written a blog post since September 28th! It’s both disappointing but part of the harsh reality of the lives we’ve created. Don’t worry, we are working on hiring the right people to make this a lifestyle that works for us.
This post is going to talk about the progress we’ve made in giving us more free time. About six months ago, Jan and I realized that our health was suffering. That will happen when you work 16 hour days with no breaks. I hit a breaking point and realized we needed to make space for exercise.
It started off slow for us, but we soon realized the benefits. We instantly felt less stressed and we were overall both happier.
We decided that we would leave the hotel one hour earlier every day. No, we didn’t decide to workout late at night, but the extra hour put us to bed earlier. The earlier sleep time allowed us to wake up one hour earlier and start our workouts.
I’ve always enjoyed jogging (when I had the time) and started with some light jogs. I used to be able to run about three or four miles without a problem, but I knew that was too ambitious at first.
I decided that I would stay committed to 30 minutes, but allowed myself to walk when needed. The first runs were done at a slow pace. I would jog about half the time; the other half I would walk. The key factor is that I did not overdue it, which has allowed me to continue the workouts for weeks.
Fun tip: I started using a cool exercise tool called Map My Run (mapmyrun.com). It opens up a map of your residence area. From there, you can draw a map of where you intend to run; it’s the perfect way to measure how far you are going.
Jan will admit that her transition into an exercise program wasn’t as smooth as mine. While we won’t go into detail, Jan has always struggled with her energy levels and recovery. It’s a testament to her mental toughness that she is able to work these long days with me at the hotel.
Jan decided that she would need something to jolt her into a workout mode. Her first thought was coffee. It seemed logical, but it turns out we drink too much for it to make a difference. Jan would wake up and drink a cup of coffee hoping that it would push her to exercise; that didn’t happen as she was only able to workout for five minutes (elliptical machine).
Jan was determined to make exercise a part of her day. She started searching and stumbled upon protein powder. At first, she was hesitant because they were targeted to male gym-goers looking to get buff.
It wasn’t until she stumbled upon protein powder specifically designed for women that she pulled the trigger. She found the Jay Robb brand. The great part is that the protein powder formula is designed for women; there are no ingredients that promote bulking up.
It’s hard to state the impact the protein powder had for Jan. I remember it clearly: She woke up and mixed her first protein powder drink. After about five minutes, Jan was full of energy! It also helped her on recovery days. Protein powder for women is formulated to aide is muscle recovery.
She was able to complete a 30 minute session and has never looked back. I’m so proud of her (and me too).
It’s been a full 90 days since we started the workout routine. I’m happy to say that we have both been able to stick with the plan. Again, we’re leaving the hotel one hour earlier. This allows us to wake up one hour earlier and complete our workout.
While I was able to workout without supplements, Jan has been using protein powder designed for women only. She has been able to exercise for 30 minutes straight (for 90 days!).
We are looking for new ways to reduce our hours. I was able to find the time to write this blog post (that’s a positive sign). The biggest thing we can do is let go of every aspect of the business. We are both guilty of not letting other people help us.
The business is solid enough where we could hire another employee (part-time). The problem is that we are not experienced as managers. We fear that we will be unable to trust them (yes, we are the micro-managing types).
We hope to be back on the blog soon. Thanks for tuning it!