Thursday, January 10, 2013
Changes bring opportunities along with the anxiety of the unknown. I like the volunteer work I do for a small non-profit arts group. But the last year the work took a lot more time than I wanted to give because some of the older (I mean over 78 but very lively and bright) members decided to make changes in their lives. Some moved closer to their children, several had health issues which slowed them down and a few decided to scale back their commitments. There were not enough new volunteers to cover the hours and several of us just stepped up. Then the director (of six years) decided to move to a new job at the end of 2012. A new director was hired and I just wasn’t sure I wanted to adjust to a new person. I was anxious about changes and even after all these years, if she would want me to stay.
The beginning was a little awkward for all of us, a few people left but I stayed. Now after a month of working with her, I find that I like her style. It is important to let go of “the way we have always done it” and embrace new. The reorganization of tasks will make it easier on those of us who are there and she has some good ideas on how to make the operations work better. So the anxiety has gone away and I am glad I stayed.
This made me think of how change is important when dealing with health issues and nutrition. Making changes is hard but you just have to stick with it. Eating low fat cheese instead of full fat, reducing the amount of meat I eat each day by adding in legumes, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables each day and writing down what I eat have all helped me to change to a lower weight. It wasn’t easy because “that’s not the way I like it” but I am feeling better and looking better.
The holidays were difficult because of the parties and celebrations and the flu but I logged in everyday, even if I didn’t record the food I ate. I gained a few pounds but I am confident that they will go away. This is a change in my approach to weight gain which is good change.