Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Finally! I get a few days off.
I have a ton of things to do over the next few days, so I know I'll be plenty busy and getting a lot of exercise. My husband and I are going out to eat for Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to a quiet relaxing dinner. This is the first time we're not doing the big family thing, so I'm not sure if it will feel weird or not. I think I'll get over it in any case.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially my husband who has been very supportive of me in trying to get healthier. Thanks, buddy!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today I have been a little sad. First of all, we have had some turmoil at work and a couple of major reorganizations in the last couple of years which changed my responsibilities entirely. And a short while ago one of my coworkers left for another (better) job. He had been at my current workplace years before I started. Now, another coworker is interviewing for a job and there is a strong possibility that she will leave too.
Change is not that easy for me and while I'm happy for these people, that the job market has improved and that there are good jobs out there again in my field, I am wondering how I will cope with this. Both of these people are friends of mine as well as coworkers. I took a long walk today and did some heavy thinking about it.
I think that one of my fears is that this is a sign that I am getting old. I don't want to be one of those people who talks about the "good old days" and generally gets crabby about anything new. While I am not that crazy about some aspects of my job with the recent changes and I've struggled a little, I have been able to find other outlets at work which DO make me happy. So that's not the problem.
I am fairly adaptable, or at least I always thought I was, but this feels like change overload -- like everything familiar has been turned completely upside down and I can't find my equilibrium. I get a little panicky sometimes. I need more time to adjust, but I'm not going to get it. I have to get used to constant change at work and learn to adapt. I know this, but it's really HARD.
Like so many things that happen in life, I cannot change the external forces; I can only change my response to them. So what I'm trying to do is really appreciate my husband and family more. I am very lucky to have someone to come home to... someone I can depend on when things get shaky everywhere else. I am really a very lucky person all in all. I just need reminders now and then and this seems like an especially appropriate time to really contemplate all of this.
Friday, November 19, 2010
This has been a very long week and I woke up to snow on the ground. Yuck, I'm not ready for this!
However, the day ended very well. I went to a talk by Brian Wansink this afternoon. He wrote Mindless Eating. I loved this book, and he is a very dynamic and funny speaker, so it was great fun as well as informative.
His work is amazing and one of the things he talks about is making small changes that make eating mindless, but in a good way. A lot of ideas are common sense. Like at work, if you have a candy jar, keep it in a place that you have to get up and walk to instead of right on your desk. If bad habits are too convenient, that's what we'll do.
He also talked about the "ripple effect" of making one small change and how it can lead to other small changes that put together can make a huge difference in our lives.
This all makes such sense, I can't believe it's taken me so many years to get it.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Man, this week seems like it's a month long. I can't believe it's only Wednesday. I think the anticipation of a couple of days off from work next week is making it drag.
I'm not sure what we're doing for the holiday. We have a few options, but we do need to go to my parents' house at some point because we have to pick up some furniture they're trying to get rid of. I'm sure it will be a challenge foodwise, but I'm not really scared. I've been really stressed at work, so I would like to just stay home and relax, but don't think that's going to happen.
I have done a progress check on my steps. I've been wearing my pedometer for 13 days and I've walked a lot more than I thought. I've walked 104,730 steps. That's over 52 miles! At this rate, I think I should make my son's house well before Christmas. He better get a room ready!
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