- I am an assistant manager at McDonald's
- I work 45 hour weeks
- Sometimes I only have 8 hour shifts between shifts (it's nothing for me to work 4-1am, followed by 10am-7pm, then 4am-1pm)
- I do not have set days off
- Sometimes I work up to 8 days in a row
- When I do have more than 12 hours between shifts, I like to spend it with loved ones because I don't get to see them when my work schedule is stacked
- When I get out of work I am exhausted (I wore a pedometer and I walk up to 14000 steps in a 9 hour shift)
- I only get 1, 20-minute break because I am salaried
This is my situation now due to the current economy. I graduated from college magna cum laude with a double major in Psychology and English Literature and a minor in Gender Studies. I also too a few classes in Economics, but not quite enough for a minor, but here I am working at McDonald's again. Times are tough and entry-level social work pays less than my McDonald's salary. Grad school would be great, but I've already spent so much money on my education...so much that I pay a budget crippling $732/mo. for student loans. It's no wonder crime and robberies are on the rise even in simple, small communities like the one I live in now.
Now that I have justified my occupation to you, I can continue on after one request. When or if you go into a fast food restaurant, please treat the workers with respect. Many of the managers and crew are college educated (or on the track to higher education). I can't tell you how many times I get treated like a low-class, white trash, idiot. I lost count a long time ago.
Back to Exercise!
What did the other members have to say to me? They all concurred that I need to make time for myself. My loved ones are important, but so am I! Some suggested walking while eating on my break. I am not a fan of that. I need down time at work. Others said that I should do something active during commercials if I am watching TV with people, like jumping jacks, running in place, push-ups, or crunches.
Those are some of their ideas. Please share any ideas you might have for me by commenting on this post below. Thank you!