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How to handle CHANGE - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I want to talk to you today about CHANGE. I've had a MAJOR change in my life (moving to a new state) and it got me to thinking about how we handle "change". Often we allow change to upset our routine to the point that it CAN be detrimental to our journey to Health & Fitness. It might be something as small as a co-worker calling in sick leaving us with more duties for the day or it may be something large like a parent being hospitalized.

Here is the thing. Life happens. There will ALWAYS be something changing (if nothing else the weather). Having a HEALTH routine can be that ANCHOR that keeps us grounded when the seas are changing! Granted, we may have to adapt our plan a bit but rather than abandoning it we just mold it to the current circumstances.

A few examples:

Have to eat from a vending machine at the hospital? See if they have a fruit or sandwich selection in a vending machine. If not go for the crackers, pretzels or bagged popcorn over the candy or cookies. Flip the label and make a note of the calories consumed so you don't overindulge. EAT SLOWLY. The portion will be small for the calories. Drink lots of water (always available at a fountain if not by the bottle).

Stuck at home waiting for a repairman and can't get to the gym? Make a circuit in your own home (stairs, free weights - can use soup or vegetable cans) - marching in place - core work at the kitchen counter and core work on the floor or bed).

Eating out with the boss at a restaurant for lunch? Look for these words on the menu: broiled, baked, broth-based soup, salad, light, fit, healthy and fresh fruit. Avoid these words: breaded, fried, buttered, au gratin, loaded, creamy and a la mode.

Just learn to ADAPT. That's the key! We CAN do this!

PRESS ON!
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KIM22211 4/18/2014 3:02AM

    great advice! Have a wonderful Easter!

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KAREN608 4/17/2014 11:33PM

    So true.

At the hospital in my little town, all they offer is candy & pop in the vending machine. I think they want more customers. Honest. They have been struggling for years now with not enough sick people to support the hospital and staff.

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TREYONE 4/17/2014 7:04PM

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LIVINTODAY 4/17/2014 3:28PM

    Like this a lot! We all have things that we adapt to easily and things that are just very difficult. I've lived in seven states and Puerto Rico -- I truly can't say that any move was difficult - Now kicking words like:
"breaded, fried, buttered, au gratin, loaded, creamy and a la mode", out of my life ---------THAT is difficult!!! Really, for me, learning to be healthy has been far more stressful than any move; maybe even more stressful than having 3 teenagers at once. That may be because I'm fighting myself. I've pretty much succeeded though. Thanks for all the encouragement you continue to give all your friends on Spark.

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KJHOUSTON 4/17/2014 2:24PM

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LYNMEINDERS 4/17/2014 5:40AM

    ADAPT is a very good word and a great key.....
Life so does happen and it is when we can adapt to it that we succeed....woohoo...

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NASFKAB 4/16/2014 11:18PM

  so true thanks

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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2014 7:13PM

    You are so right -- we always have choices, and that means there is always a better choice. Hope you are enjoying your new home!

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COLOR-BLUE 4/16/2014 1:01PM

    Pink,

Thank you so much for the refresher course! I had forgotten some of this, and I'm going through changes daily! I just never know what direction they're coming! I know, being a child of God, it shouldn't matter what comes against me. However, I'm human and flawed, so the initial shock gets me all the time, then God kicks in and the He and the Holy Spirit take care of business. I can just rest then!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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MYTHMYTH 4/16/2014 12:52PM

    We may not like it but change is one thing that we can always count on - so it is best to be prepared for it.

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ROBYN168 4/16/2014 12:23PM

    Simple tips - yet not always thought of!!!! Love it!

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Life is just one adaptation after another!
No good waiting for the perfect opportunity.
We have to do it now!
Best wishes!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 4/16/2014 11:39AM

    It's all true, Suze. I love how you put 'life' into black and white. Thanks for blogging.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 4/16/2014 8:42AM

    Good tips!

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