I Don’t Know How People Do It

Hi everyone!

For starters, I want to apologize for being a bit absent from the blog world and twitter these past couple of days…and I will be for part of today as well. As I said in my last post, I have been completing some fieldwork for school and I’ve been doing full-time days at a nearby hospital.

All I have to say is: I don’t know how people do it! I’ve never really had a full-time real job and these past few days have given me a glimpse into that world. I’ve had to be at the hospital around 7:30am and to make sure I get there on time I’ve had to leave at 6:45am. Thus, a morning workout hasn’t happened. I’ve been getting done or home around 4pm. So I have been able to workout in the evenings, but then after getting things done, catching up with people, and eating dinner I’m so tired that the last thing I’ve had time to do is get on the computer.


Seriously, how do people do it all? How do they blog, let alone read and comment on a bunch of other blogs, find time to exercise, get enough sleep, prepare and pack healthy food, get things done around the house, and not to mention fit in a social life when they have a full-time job? I feel like there is no time for living!

I know that I would get used to it after a while and establish a routine, but still. At this point, I can’t fathom it and it sort of scares me for when I stop going to school and start going in the field full-time. But, I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there haha. Anyhoo….sorry for complaining!

Last night was super special. I got to meet the amazing Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean. Part of the reason she’s awesome is because her name is Lindsay and it’s spelled with an “a” hehe ;). But really, she is such a genuinely nice person and it was great to meet her face to face!

I’m so excited that the two of us planned to get together. Lindsay is such a funny and down-to-earth girl and she is incredibly easy to get along with. I absolutely love reading her blog and have always enjoyed her charismatic, sweet, funny, and kind personality that shines through in her posts. Well, all I have to say is that she is all of those things in real life and is someone who you just want to be friends with!


So I have a question for you all. My hips have been hurting really bad the past couple of days. And I’m not just talking about them being sore. Whenever I move certain ways I get shooting pains in my hip bone area. It almost feels like the bones are grinding on one another and something is being pinched. I don’t quite know how to describe it except to say that whenever I feel this sensation it is extremely unpleasant. Do you have any idea what it could be? I haven’t done anything different with exercise or with anything else.

Let me know if you have any thoughts!

I hope you all have an awesome Thursday :). I’ll be catching up with you all this evening after my workday! Don’t forget to get your FLOW posts ready for tomorrow.

About In Sweetness and In Health

I'm Lindsay! I'm a 23 year-old graduate student in occupational therapy. I love all things health and fitness related and this blog will document my life as I learn to really love myself, try to stop worrying so much about my body, and truly take advantage of all the sweet things that life offers us.

Posted on March 15, 2012, in About Me, Bloggers, Health, Life, Mind. Bookmark the permalink. 52 Comments.

  1. That’s awesome that you got to meet Lindsay!! Very cool!

    I have no advice on the hip, except for saying that you might want to go to the doctor’s office. That doesn’t sound very good! :/

    Yes, balancing everything can be very difficult. That’s why I cut back so much on my online time … it was just too challenging to balance! But now I have wayyy too much time on my hands, so I can read any blog I want haha! šŸ˜‰

  2. Sometimes I wonder how I do it, especially as I continue to get more and more busy. Sadly I feel my time management is getting worse as time goes on. Ah!

    Totally agree, Lindsay of Lean Green Bean rocks. We were able to meet at Arnold. Hope to meet you someday too! =)

  3. I could not agree more… I feel like I have zero time as it is and my schedule is quite flexible and allows me for time right now. Not sure what will happen to blogging when I enter the real world, but I am taking advantage of any time I have for now!

    That is so lovely you were able to meet her! She does sound like a great person, and I love her blog šŸ™‚

    Gahh the hip thing sounds painful and pretty intense… I would suggest the doctors, just to get it figured out faster!

  4. I know what you mean, I feel like I only have time to blog because I’m single and go to college for a living, but I have no clue how people with families and jobs have time! And your bloggy meetup sounds like it was super fun! šŸ˜€

    Hope your hip pain gets resolved ASAP, that blows šŸ˜¦

  5. i always feel like there is not enough time in the day! ah! i cant even imagine having kids AND working full time! right now the working full time thing is enough! haha. in terms of your hip… girl, go get that checked out. better to be safe than sorry!

    • Oh my gosh…I can’t even imagine adding in kids with everything else right now haha. Thank goodness I am planning on waiting a while!

  6. And think about the crazy people who do ALL of that AND have kids. They must be super heroes… šŸ™‚

  7. I totally agree girl! I have been working full time for almost 2 years now and I still struggle with fitting it all in! My husband does a great job at talking through my schedule with me and always reminds me to prioritize what’s most important to me. I may have a list of ten things I want to do, but I may only have time for five. I then choose the top things I don’t want to ignore and save the rest for another day. It takes time, but it helps! You will do great, no worries! šŸ™‚

    • That is so great that he helps to remind you to prioritize! I really like the list idea too…I’ll have to remember that one šŸ™‚

  8. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Gah, it sounds like you’ve been one busy lady! To be honest, if I’m having trouble finding time to blog often with a full time STUDENT career, I have no clue how I’ll do it with a full time occupational career! Oh well, more reason to blog now, right? 8)

    Are you going to be working full time for the rest of the semester?

    • Haha yes I have been! And I totally understand how the student career takes up so much time too! Today was my last day of full-time right now- it was just for some observation type stuff. Starting in July I’ll be basically full-time all the time (or at least during the week).

  9. Something usually has to give. I write my blog, but don’t get to read or comment on as many as I’d like. Or, I spend a lot of time working on the blog one weekend so I have time during the week for other things. “Real life” is a wake-up call for sure! šŸ™‚

    I’m jealous you got to meet Lindsay! I feel like she and I are already good friends, and I can’t wait to be her roommate at the Blend Retreat in May!

  10. awwwww it was so good meeting you too!!! i felt like we clicked instantly! can’t wait for you to move back here soon!!!!! as for your hip, no ideas, but i’ve been having problems with mine and stretching has reeeeealllly helped. you could also be out of alignment. if you’re into chiropractors you could look into that. they’ve worked wonders for me before!

  11. Hmm I’ve never really experienced anything like that with my hips – just soreness after some long runs. I think I’d say get it checked out by a doctor.

    I have to say that in the transition from being a student to working full time, getting used to a full schedule was the absolute hardest part, and in the beginning I really didn’t enjoy that aspect of it. I would constantly yearn to be back in college where I didn’t start class until 9 and then was sometimes done at 2, or at least had some breaks in my day. BUT, you do get used to it. It’s still no where near as great as college life (especially when you have a job that requires working at home in the evenings and on the weekend too! Although I’ll be honest… I don’t do as much as most teachers do), but after a while the routine becomes kind of nice.

  12. i definitely think the transition to a full time job is challenging at first, but like you said, you’ll get a routine going and be good to go! šŸ˜‰ and for me, i noticed there was a lot less social events when i got out of college and got married because i didn’t live with my friends, and there weren’t a bunch of us all living within 5 minutes of each other. that being said, there wasn’t quite as much pressure to hang out with friends every single night.

  13. It’s hard going into the “real ” world. But right now the best time for me to fit in a workout is in the morning before work. I actually am at the gym at 5:30 though it will start opening at 5am so I’m excited for that. I do fit in some social stuff after work but I mostly do that on the weekends. I blog sometimes before I go to bed but sometimes it gets pushed to the next day or so. You will figure out what is best for you! As for your hips you just might need to stretch, that’s what I usually need when mine hurt. Good Luck!!

  14. Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry

    I hear ya. It is tricky. I had to scale my blogging back this year because of just being SO busy at work. And as much as I love reading and commenting on other blogs, sometimes I just can’t, or I won’t have time to do my own blog ever. Priorities. I too used to apologize for being absent from blogging, but now I don’t bother. Life happens. Blogging is secondary. And all the other bloggers are probably grateful to have one less post to read that day šŸ™‚

    I hope your hip feels better! I have no advice sadly šŸ˜¦

  15. Maybe your hip is out of alignment and you need to have it sort of popped back in…? Do you have any chiropractor friends that could check you out? Hopefully it might just resolves itself in a few days if it is an alignment thing.

  16. It is definitely challenging to find a balance! This is the first year that I feel like I’ve finally started to get the hang of it, but it’s my fourth year out of school…The best advice I can give is make a schedule and plan ahead (workouts, meals, etc.). Little things really do add up!

  17. Oh I’m so jealous you got to meet Lindsay – she’s awesome!!

    As for the juggling act — I promise, once you get into the flow of things, you’ll figure out the right balancing act for you. It’ll mean compromises – perhaps less blog commenting/reading for a bit until you get yourself organized in your new schedule. Don’t worry though – we’ll still follow along with you, too, that should be the last thing you think about right now. Focus on finding that balance, you got this!!

    As for the hip thing – hmm, it sounds worse than just a tight hip flexor. How long has this been going on?

  18. It’s definitely tough to get into a routine, but I’m sure you’ll find a good balance. šŸ™‚ It is hard, though!

    So sorry to hear about your hip! I have no idea what it might be, but I’d definitely try some pigeon poses to stretch it out. They’re the best! Hope your pain eases up ASAP!

  19. Oh I completely understand! I work two part time jobs while going to school and I hear of people working full time and going to school full time, I have a hard enough time as it is, I don’t know how people do work, school, blogs, workouts, and so much more! There really is not enough time in the day! haha Hope you are enjoying your fieldwork though! šŸ™‚

  20. Nescett @ bananaoats

    Just wait till you have kids. It gets so much worse. šŸ™‚

  21. So cool that you got to meet Lindsay–it’s always great to ‘meet’ people in real life šŸ™‚

    Working full-time and doing everything else is a challenge, but it’s all about balance–some time on some stuff more than others depending on the week. I too have been quite absent lately! hah.

    For the hip: it might be inflamed. It could be a tendon problem. It could be a bone problem. And it could be a muscle problem…..I would say that from the way you described it sounds like it is more a joint or bone issue <—there could be inflammation, bursitis, or the hip is out of alignment. If it continues, go check with a doc!

    • Yea, let’s hope it doesn’t continue so I won’t have to go get it checked out! And yes, it is always great to actually meet the person behind the blog. I would love to meet you someday!

  22. Ha, welcome to my world. You learn how to prioritize and learning quality is better than quantity is most cases. Good luck it will come together.

    I actually work as a physical therapist, and it’s really hard to figure out what’s going on online. But, I would follow your symptoms the next couple of days taking note, does it hurt standing more than sitting, or going up stairs? And, if the pain is not decreasing I would make an appointment with your MD. Hopefully they will refer you to a PT! You can email me if you want to chat in more detail.

    • You’re a pt? I’m going to be an OT! I guess I usually feel the shooting pains when I’m standing and I either rotate or step a certain way- but it’s not always the same rotation or stepping motion that causes it. I also feel somewhat sore when walking and going up stairs. And finally, if I feel my hip when I’m walking you can feel it sort of popping…if that makes sense!

      • Congrats on your career choice (not that bloggging isn’t one either, wink) but I’m sure you will love being an OT! Ok, back to the hip. When you say sharp pain is it a burning? Do you have any numbness and tingling in your lower legs or feet? Or, is the sharp pain down the side of your upper legs? I need to rule out the back. You say it is both hips? are they both the same intensity? Do you ever have groin type pain? I have a idea what maybe going on, but I have lots more questions first haha. You can send me an e-mail at berryhappybodies.com. Talk soon

      • sorry still waking up (I blame it on being a Friday) that’s the blog site. My actual e-mail is berryhappybodies@gmail.com.

  23. That’s so awesome that you got to meet Lindsay – I’m jealous! šŸ˜€

    I know what you mean about getting into the real world – I feel spoiled as a student who has the luxury of working out in the middle of the day. I guess I better not get used to it because I’ll have to enter the real world soon enough. šŸ˜› I seriously admire anyone who works a full time job, works out, cooks, and still has time for friends and blogging… I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it all!

  24. I agree! I’ve been crazy busy this week & have as well been MIA from the blogging world. After a long day, all I want to do is come home and crash rather than opening up my computer to post/read! Kudos to all the people that can manage that!

  25. don’t ever apologize linz. You are out there living life and doing what you love. Blogging is a great way to communicate and share those passions but we don’t have to there 24/7 on it. Ya know? I think its important to let ourselves be okay with that. Love you wonderful woman!

  26. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction

    Full time jobs are roughhhhhhhhh! But once you develop a schedule you’ll be ok, promise! Don’t know what’s up with your hips, try stretching a few times a day and see if that helps!

  27. hey lindsay, never commented before but your hip pain sounds like something i’m experiencing right now too. i’ve been going to a physical therapist for 3 weeks now. i started with a similar pinching/nerve-type feeling of pain in my left hip as well as soreness in my left knee. i was assessed as having weak hips and gluteus muscles, as well as some anatomical issues with my femur being slanted inward. so at pt they’re having me to do hip and glute strengthening exercises. however, unfortunately this is making the hip pain worse. my pt says that my symptoms are sounding more and more like something called “femoroacetabular hip impingement”. you may want to look it up online and see if your symptoms are in line with that. if so, it doesn’t look like there’s great treatment besides surgery if it gets bad enough. my next steps after pt will be asking for a referral to see an orthopedist hip specialist in order to get an mri and formally diagnose it. just thought i’d share this info with you. good luck with your pain, i hope it’s not the same thing though!

  28. I have my FLOW ready for tomorrow girlfriend šŸ˜€ XOXOXOXO

    And so cool! So happy you got to meet Lindsay! How far are you two from each other!?

  29. I feel the same way — there are not enough hours in the day! I had 14 hour days between working out and work before I left my full time job. I’m studying now for something completely different and working part time, yet I still feel overwhelmed! It’s just life, I guess! Unless you’re rich, that is! lol

    I had surgery on both of my hips due to a labral tear. Basically, the ball and socket don’t fit together correctly because of a bone spur and after lots of running (and sports in high school), it caused tears in the cartilage from all the friction. It caused fluid filled sacks to form which I had drained but eventually they found the tears. I’m not sure if it could be anything similar to that — but maybe go get an MRI and see if there’s anything going on in there!

    • Oh wow that sounds really intense! I bet you had a long recovery for that too. I’m glad I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed. Good luck with everything!

  30. In order to balance everything — full-time teaching, blogging, exercise, family, etc. — I always make a “to do” list for each & every day. I absolutely need to see everything that has to get done, or else I’ll be running around all day feeling so unorganized! It definitely gets easier once you can establish a pretty regular schedule.

  31. I am SO glad you touched on this subject of “how does everyone do it?” because I literally don’t know! I am *fairly* new to the blogging thing, and work full time and work out. Like you said, by the time I get home after 8 hours of staring at a computer screen – the LAST thing I want to do it stare at it more! But at the same time, I love blogging, love reading other blogs and connecting, love learning and sharing….

    So for now, I do what I can when I can. Anything else will make it feel like MORE work and that is not the point, is it?

    Thanks for your honesty!

    • No that is definitely not the point! I’m glad you’re finding a way to do it that works for you and allows you to still enjoy it šŸ™‚

  32. Lindsay, I was so glad to read this! I’ve often wondered how so many bloggers seem to have piles of time for blogging and reading blogs; for me, it always feels like a huge investment! I enjoy it, so it’s worth it, but I just do not have the capacity to be so involved in it every single day.

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