It has been five years since I handed in my notice to my full-time office job to start down this weird and wonderful road to where I am sitting now. Am I happy I made the change? Heck yeah. Being a fitness professional has done more for me than I ever thought it would, but there are still things that need to be figured out.
Back then my goal was to teach 10 classes/week. Within the first year I was teaching 13 or 14 classes/week, and last year I reached my highest when I was teaching an insane 19 classes/week.
It was killing me. So I tried to cut back.
Last fall I was teaching 17/week.
In January I managed to get it down to 15/week and swore I wouldn’t go any higher than that again – and I haven’t.
But you know what?
It’s still too much.
I went back to work last week after my vacation and was exhausted 24 hours into it. I’m tired of wandering around being exhausted all of the time. Certainly having fibromyalgia doesn’t help that, but neither does exercising 4 times/day. Exercise helps my condition, but it doesn’t make it go away. I still struggle daily with exhaustion, joint/muscle pain and other symptoms. If I didn’t workout daily those symptoms would be worse, but if I cut back to 2 or at the most 3 classes/day I’m pretty certain the symptoms I have would decrease even more.
It’s a delicate balance between being active and over training and right now I’m leaning towards the over training. When you teach two classes and then have to come home and sleep for 5 hours because you’re exhausted something is wrong.
It’s too much.
I need to cut back.
Here I am five years later trying to figure out how to get DOWN to 10 classes/week and still make enough income to cover all my business costs (rent, insurance, licenses, etc.) and my own personal expenses.
There are a few classes I can give up but haven’t. Those that I am emotionally attached to but take up a large portion of my time and don’t pay as much as my other classes.
The time has come to cut them.
I hate to do it, but I need to.
I need to think about myself.
Cutting these 3 classes will give me back nearly 7 hours/week when I factor in the time it takes me to travel and the time I am there teaching.
With those 7 hours I will have more time to focus on blogging as a second line of income instead of just an after thought. I will be able to blog more and (hopefully) become a better blogger in the process.
With those 7 hours I will be able to spend more time at home with J, that guy I married. Go figure, I still like him after all these years and want to spend time with him.
With those seven hours away from home I will be less fatigued and will be a better instructor for the classes that I am still teaching.
With those seven hours I may finally be able to strike the balance I’ve been looking for…