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Adapting to change

Saturday, October 12, 2013

This last week has been a tough one for me. This was the week when the University set down their expectations for Phd students and I spent a lot of time getting to know my (much younger) fellow students and getting to grips with what achieving a Phd will actually mean!

More than the workload, I began to realise that my usual training schedule was going to need to change, too. I have always gone jogging in the evening, and, although I didn't realise it, seen it as something to look forward to at the end of the day. My college timetable is not going to allow for that. As most of my scheduled lectures are at the end of the day, it is going to make more sense to jog in the mornings. For some reason, this has really upset me.

Added to that, I have not been able to set aside time for lunch. I find myself travelling at what was my 'old' lunchtime and have just been fitting in some food wherever I can find the time. Argh!

My old routine is not fitting into this new life!! emoticon

Things need to change.

There is no point trying to do things the way that I used to, because I can already see that it will lead to failure, disappointment and a return to bad habits. I can see that if I want to keep up with my running and healthier lifestyle, I'm going to need to adapt, and, like I needed to when I first started Sparkpeople, this is going to need a little bit of planning.

So, here goes:

emoticon Jogging needs to be done first thing in the morning. Instead of it being something I look forward to at the end of the day, I need to see it as a way to start off my day well.

emoticon I can still pack myself a sandwich everyday. That way I know that I've prepared for lunch, and, over time, I'll find a regular time to enjoy my lunch.

emoticon Start waking up and going to bed at the same time everyday. This may help in feeling like I have some sort of routine.

emoticon Plan my studying the way I started exercising - with just ten minutes everyday. Set myself smaller, realistic tasks. It may seem too small at the moment, but it will grow and in time I'll be able to keep up with the academic conversations in class.

emoticon Keep monitoring my exercise and my calories, just to make sure I'm keeping stable in that area (Being part of the 5% challenge always helps with this). I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm just making sure no bad habits are creeping in without me noticing.

emoticon Work on my attitude and perspective. Just for now, try to see not only the frustrating, negative side of change, but look for the potential in living differently.

This is a start. It is interesting to see how I like to try and fit my old routines into new environments. I think this is the first time that I've realised I can't do that. It is a tough realisation, but I think it may be the key to not gaining an extra ten pounds of frustration. It is also interesting to notice how my main frustration is over when to eat a sandwich and having to change the time I go jogging!! Those things are easily resolved.


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SPARKLED146 10/13/2013 12:59PM

    Having a plan is a good way to start adapting to a new routine. It's like a syllabus for your day! Best wishes on your studies!
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ANATASHIKI 10/12/2013 3:26PM

    you just need a good plan . i hate waking up in the morning but i love running that time , it makes me feel more energized all day. I never have time for lunch , that is my regular routine. unless you call 5 pm or later lunch. I pack my food and take it with me. studying will go faster when you will practice and get used to it. and don't be so frustrated , you didn't imagine you won't sacrifice anything , did you? :P

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CYCLINGSANDY 10/12/2013 2:58PM

    I hate running in the am too, so I have not adjusted to that change. You don't seem to have a choice now that you are back in school. You have the will, so will find the way too. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 10/12/2013 2:52PM

    I understand how upset you feel about moving your evening runs to morning - I feel the same when I -very rarely - have to move my morning runs to evening.
But all my evening runs in the dark were quite enjoyable.
I hope you will like morning runs too.
Winter mornings are beautiful, because the sky is always dark blue before the sun comes up, even if it turns into grey later.
Good luck to the adjustments, your plan sounds very good.

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YIWEN39 10/12/2013 1:09PM

    Great plan! Attitude is half the battle emoticon

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MLH148 10/12/2013 8:12AM

    Good plan! Look for some healthy savory muffin recipes for lunch if you have to eat on the run. Browse sparkrecipes for other good lunches. Good luck! What is your area of study?

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KELLIEBEAN 10/12/2013 7:00AM

    I can't say enough good things about your attitude. You are making changes in your routine to make your new life work. That is so huge!

I especially like point number 4 about studying 10 minutes a day to start out. I am a HUGE believer in baby steps to develop life-long habits!

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MOBYCARP 10/12/2013 6:48AM

    "Start waking up and going to bed at the same time everyday. This may help in feeling like I have some sort of routine. "

Particularly for us natural evening people, enforcing a consistent bedtime discipline is key to being able to get up early. And getting up early while also getting enough sleep is key to being able to run in the morning, before other activities start.

You've got your head on straight, and you've got a good plan. Now all you need to do is implement it!

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JOANNA202 10/12/2013 6:35AM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan there. I always find it surprising what needs to be overhauled when one thing in life changes. And of course you know you have the tools and resources ready right here for doing that, because you've done it all before.

Can I suggest finding something new to put in your evenings to look forward to? It sounds like you won't have a lot of time but I'm sure you'll miss that from jogging in the morning (and if it were I'd end up substituting sugar-rich foods instead!) Even if it's just 10 minutes of meditation or reading time for yourself, it'll be great to bookend your day with 'you' things.

Best of luck starting the PhD!

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