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October = Change

Sunday, October 13, 2013

For some reason, October ends up being my crossroads month. October's flower is the Calendula (a modern Latin diminutive of calendae, meaning "little calendar", "little clock" or possibly "little weather-glass").

How appropriate, because I feel the ticking of time. The holidays and end of the year loom in the near distant future, and I feel the change of the seasons, even living somewhere that claims none.

I got a small promotion recently, bumping my schedule into longer hours, less food and less down-time. I am overstimulated, working almost 70 hours while understaffed and newly responsible for a whole lot more. I've responded to this by worsening my habits. Fasting doesn't work well for me, because I swing harder in the opposite direction.

So I'm seeking balance, and trying to prevent myself from retreating into isolation, while also reducing my obligations. It's a tricky tightrope.

I hope to get it figured out.
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    I know how it feels to be out of balance. It makes everything so much harder. I hope you are doing well and getting things worked out so you can take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon
    1598 days ago
    Everything falls into place eventually. Fight the good fight. You got this. emoticon emoticon
    1609 days ago
    I hope you do too. I hope you're able to make the time for yourself to find the balance. Don't let anything get in the way of pursuing the version of yourself that you're longing to be. Be ferocious about it. Long hours blow, but idle time has always led to me snacking more - not sure if you're the same, but that might be somewhat of silver lining. Still, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! :-D I love "The Shining" - useless fact about Gregg #1,982.
    1612 days ago
    Finding that balance is not easy, but we manage to find what works best for us. I hope things will improve soon and you will have that peace of mind. Try to stay strong and focused as much as you can. emoticon
    1618 days ago
    You have MADE your circumstances work for you in the past for success, and you can do it again... You can DO this!

    (You know that we're rooting for you!)
    1619 days ago
    emoticon Hang in there!!
    1621 days ago
    I hope you got a big fat raise! 70 hours a week is a LOT to ask of a person.
    1622 days ago
    What I suspect will help you the most will be convenience foods and exercise multitasking. You may not love doing it, but check out your calorie expenditure when you do most of your walking uphill, or as a jog or a run. Whatever you are going to do, make it something that really burns the calories.

    For food, consider healthy foods that take less work to prepare. Bagged salad, canned beans, that sort of thing.
    1622 days ago
    One technique I do: I buy a huge bag of mini apples and bring those as emergency hunger pick ups when I'm at work. I also have some sliced cucumbers with me along with those apples. I also have microwaveable Perdue Chicken strips.

    I don't necessarily eat them all the time everyday, but at least it's something I have in my bag in case I am overloaded with work and I have no time to step out to buy lunch.

    I hope this tip helps.

    Hope you are safe at the job!

    Take care.
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    1622 days ago
    I hope you can figure it out too. You deserve to be looked after properly, even by yourself :)
    1622 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/13/2013 10:34:58 AM
    Ditto, regarding intermittent fasting...for several weeks I tried fasting on Mon. & Tues. but made up for it on other days and the weight remained the same. That all-elusive balance...may we ALL attain it!

    I think the fall feels more like the "new year" to me than January because throughout our childhood this WAS the new academic year and it significantly marked the passing of time...

    1622 days ago
    Good Morning Joce!

    You're right. I feel it too...the holidays (which always stress me out), less daylight and just a few months left until 2014. Yipers cripers! I've been eating mindfully even when I've chosen to stray from good habits, like indulging this weekend for our anniversary, but I need to get exercising! I find my motivation wanes as the mornings gets darker as mornings have proven to be the best time for me to exercise. I enjoy exercising outdoors, but guess I'll have to suck it up and head to the gym. For some reason I drag my heels, but know that if I get there I'll feel good when I leave. Know what I mean? In regards to your work schedule - 70 hrs/wk is too much!!!! Are you getting paid for all those hours??? I want to congratulate you on your promotion, but am concerned you'll have no time to take care of you. DO take care of you!

    Gotta run! SPARKLE & SHINE Wolfkitty!

    Hugs from Ohio,
    1622 days ago
    You can do it!!!!
    1622 days ago
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