Some things I've noticed
Monday, March 09, 2015
Lately I've noticed some small improvements on my journey and elsewhere in my life. They've kind of snuck up on me and, each time, I've stopped to wonder at the timing.
For example, I work with a really difficult co-worker who tries my patience and doesn't seem to improve even when she asks what she could do to "get better." I talked about my troubles with a friend and he suggested I just change my approach to her behavior; since I can't change how she acts, I should change how I react. During my walk that evening, I simply asked the world to let me learn the lesson this person was placed in my life to teach me. I worked with her the following day and I wasn't nearly as irritated by her actions as normal. Imagine my surprise when, several days later, I found out she decided to leave the company starting immediately. Lesson learned and work is now a much improved environment. (BTW, I wasn't the only employee who had difficulties with her.)
My last blog was about my disappointment in those I asked for recommendations to get into graduate school. I've talked to two of three and both have assured me that they have sent the required forms in. (School shows one received so far.) The third one is in the wind and the school has given me a small extension on the due date so I can track it down or get someone else to do it. If I don't hear by today, I have someone else that will do it for me. While I cried (A LOT) about it, it's out of my hands and I realize I can't make it happen if it's not supposed to. Perhaps a postponement would be beneficial.
During the recent bad weather here, I was "stranded" at my in-laws for several days. While they are trying to improve their eating habits, the lack of fresh fruit and veggies surprised me. I spent three days craving fruit and a salad. Crazy,right? At the same time, I noticed I no longer crave sweet tea. I'm happy with fresh-brewed tea and adding my own sweetener. When did that happen? Now I'm not saying all sweet cravings are gone (I still love cookies), they are much less insistent and are satisfied by natural sweets.
I think I'm actually learning what works for me on this journey to better health and I'm seeing the rewards. I look at the numbers on the scale and see that I am really good at maintaining. My sweet tooth has been tamed and I can actually eat only 2-3 cookies instead of the whole box/bag. I move around more while waiting for public transportation yet I know I could do more. Now, I'm ready to move those numbers lower and notice even more rewards.