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I'm Not As Good With Change As I'd Hoped!

Monday, April 29, 2013

April is almost over and we made a major move after 30 years in one house last week. My April goals have been mostly met, except for regular exercise! I'm disappointed in myself because I can't seem to adjust to a new schedule, or at least work out while we're getting settled. Every day has brought what seems like a new disaster, challenge, or delay.
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Remodeling issues, a broken air conditioner and just plain too much stuff in a smaller house are keeping me awake at night and contributing to my frustration. On the plus side, I'm tracking food and staying within a reasonable calorie range. Two years ago this much stress would have driven me to comfort food - now it disrupts my sleep and makes me anxious! emoticon

May will be the month for me to organize an exercise schedule I can stick to and try to find better ways to cope while we clean out the old house and fix it up for sale. Traveling 200 miles back and forth between houses brings its own set of challenges - the sooner the old place sells, the better. emoticon

I read somewhere that it takes three years before a new place feels like home. Back to one day at a time...
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CHALLENGER15 5/19/2013 6:34PM

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NORASPAT 5/5/2013 9:43PM

    There is so much uncertainty, you are bound to be stressed but remember to enjoy something together no matter how small. Rome was not built in a day. Do not expect immediate perfection just because it is your dream. Take care together and all will get done eventually.
emoticon Sticking to your tracker as much as you have. I admire your motivation to keep up with your program. HUGS Dear Friend Pat in Maine.
Thanks so very much for posting in my blog. Now I know where you are.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/3/2013 5:35AM

    I think we all place way too much in the way of expectations on ourselves............and are more critical of ourselves than anyone else. I'm sure that this move and all that has led up to it has been very stressful..........VERY!!! All the travel, all the remodeling, the packing, the saying goodbye to the old home............. but you have come through it and stayed strong! I think all the moving and packing has been more exercise than you think it has....................and you've put your priorities where they needed to be. Congratulate that lady in the mirror......................she's done a great job!!!!! emoticon

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FABAT402009 5/1/2013 5:10AM

    emoticon Hoping by the summer you feel more at home, 3 years is just way too long!! Here's to a focused May and a Sold sign in the front of your hold home!!

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PATTYKLAVER 4/30/2013 10:43AM

    Writing down your stresses before you go to bed sounds like a good idea. I am willing to bet that as soon as the old place sells, you will start feeling at home in the new place. It's hard starting new habits. Just take one day at a time and you will get there. Good Luck!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/30/2013 1:29AM

    I suspect you've gotten more exercise than you might give yourself credit for. Running around after all the business needing doing, carrying boxes, filling and unpacking boxes all burn energy.

Wonderful that you're staying in range with your eating and not falling into those hold habits that move in so easily when we're under stress. Way to go.

I believe your fitness routine will fall into place over time. Give yourself some time to settle in.

Hoping your new house does feel like home real soon. I can't believe it'll take 3 years before it feels like home. Take it one day at a time.


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COLUMBINE2 4/29/2013 10:57PM

    You may have gotten more exercise than you're counting! This is when a heart reate monitor is cool......it keeps track of your heart rate & how many calories you burned. And I'll bet you burned a bunch moving out & moving in.

And I admire you beyond words in that you didn't reach for food during all this stress. That's worth a big trophy with YOUR name engraved on it! (in my humble opinion!) emoticon

Keep up the good work, don't give up the progress you've made!! You're doing great!

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LADYJ6942 4/29/2013 8:46PM

    Keep pushing, you'll get it. Downsizing is tough, you think you did enough before the move then the move happens and poof it all seems to have returned. You are a pro at this and will get it down pat before you know. That is a huge NSV in not turning to food, rock on my friend.

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RONI122 4/29/2013 7:59PM

    What I have heard is it only takes 21 days for a new place to feel like home!

You will eventually get your routine going again. Ser smaller goals so not to disappoint yourself. Remember your Warrior team is to give you comfort and support!
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A-STRONGER-ME 4/29/2013 7:00PM

    Let go of the worry and let it fall into place. And I sincerely doubt it will take 3 years.

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FITMOMINNJ 4/29/2013 6:38PM

    Huge changes for you, pat yourself on the back for not going back to your old habits!!That is a huge accomplishment:) emoticon emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 4/29/2013 6:22PM

    Please don't be so hard on yourself. It will settle down and you will settle in soon. Hang in there. Maybe try some deep breathing exercises to help you clear your head when you are trying to sleep.
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IMAGINE_IT 4/29/2013 6:09PM

    I don't think you should be disappointed in yourself...look at all the changes you went through! You may not been able to get the exercise you planned but you continued to track and stayed in Range! You will find a regular routine again once Things around your new Home have settled down! emoticon emoticon

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 4/29/2013 5:00PM

    I know from experience that with a move and the many problems such a move will bring, you think of~ and put yourself last, which is frustrating in itself. Like RED_DEVIL_APRIL pointed out, to make a list in the evening with "things to do" the next day, might alleviate some of your anxieties that keep you awake at night.
Good luck with your new home, and don't expect to be settled by tomorrow. Also, I hope you can sell your previous home soon, to give you some reprieve.
Hang in there!

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BKWERM 4/29/2013 4:59PM

    I agree with Red_Devil_April's suggestion of keeping a To Do List to keep track of your stresses and what needs to be done. I agree that not turning to food is a great accomplishment but taking stress to bed isn't a whole lot better (IMO).

I hope you manage to create some sort of exercise routine and coping mechanism soon.

Take care.

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KALISWALKER 4/29/2013 4:14PM

    I moved a 1.5 yrs ago and it does not feel like home yet. We are doing renovations and there still a lot more to go. Hang in there it will get better.

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TRYNAGAIN194 4/29/2013 4:13PM

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RED_DEVIL_APRIL 4/29/2013 3:54PM

    I have moved a lot over the past 8 years with as many as 5 residences in one year. I learned to sell or donate what I really didn't NEED. Try not to take your stresses to.bed with you. Make a list of what you need to do and put it next to the bed. Tell yourself that list will be waiting in the morning & clear your mind. He helps believe me. emoticon

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