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Dealing with Change on the Comeback Trail

Monday, June 05, 2017

So every time I experience a change in my life, i gain weight! emoticon Argh!@#%% If you're healthy lifestyle habits remain unfazed by change, well, let us in on your secret! emoticon

My change is that I'm changing jobs. New job, new learning curve. emoticon I remember when i just got my other job, I gained weight because of the stress, my schedule of eating was off, there was travel involved, no time to get to the gym, I'm exhausted and the list goes on. And on...and on. I realize I need a list of non-negotiables but the best laid plans often go awry, or: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".

The job starts in 2 weeks, so I can strategize now and learn from my mistakes as I go along and not make the same mistakes again. I really don't want to mess up my healthy lifestyle.

How do you handle change and not get unhealthy in the process? Do you have a list of non-negotiables? emoticon emoticon
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    My non-negotiables:
    -track everything that goes in my mouth every day
    -no food from a drive-through ever again in my life

    Those are my only two, and on the worst days since I started getting healthy I have held to the drive-through one. If I want fast food I can have it; but must go into the place, not the drive-through.

    The tracking is more recent (end of March I think is when I joined Spark in my search for a better electronic food diary), but I have not failed to log my food every day since, whether I went over or under calories or if I was horrified at what I ate.

    I know you can do this new job thing and stay healthy ... you can do this.
    1466 days ago
    While work is important to your survival, YOU are the priority. So, my priorities--non-negotiables--are my exercise time each day--but I realize some days time belongs to someone/something else--but you could walk at work, at the office; I plan my meals when I have some time so even on busy days I can have healthy meals; reflection time--I journal so I can track patterns, successes, not-so-successes.
    You need to decide what you MUST have each day/week. We're on the same journey but we do it in different ways. You must decide what you need to do to move forward on the journey--what steps you need to take.
    I wish you much success, and figuring this out will take some try/redo work but stick with it and don't give up. Keep focused on your goal.
    1467 days ago
    My advice is simple. You already want to do well in your mind and that's where it all begins. Don't stop tracking your food, water, etc. Stay positive. You can do this! For me, I do my best to eat healthy foods, but if a not so good one goes in my mouth it still gets tracked and I stay within calorie range. Also, from past mistakes I know I will track the rest of my life otherwise the weight creeps back on. You know these things. You just need to tell yourself you can do this and you can!
    Congrats on your new job. Relax and Enjoy it.
    God bless you!
    1468 days ago
    I'm sorry you are going through such difficult times!

    For me, the Beck Diet Solution (pink) book was very helpful.
    I have my priority list, with Essentials (non-negotiables), Highly Desirable and Desirable (Day 8 Create Time and Energy, and Day 37 Reduce Stress)

    In 2014 I faced audits and inspections, lots of preparations and 19 days away from home in 6 weeks.
    I wrote a short term priority list, and let go everything else.
    *inspections - dealt with other tasks only if I was alerted to emergencies
    *eating well - plan meals the night before and stick to that plan. period.
    *exercise every day
    *go to bed early
    no household chores, no cooking for family, no social obligations, no other projects
    Family survived, my other tasks waited, I felt in control and quite stress-free, and did not gain any weight.

    You may find this approach helpful.
    1468 days ago
  • ANGELINA1105
    As far as exercise...you can find lots of home exercise workouts on youtube. They are great for days that you can't get to the gym. Plus they vary in length from 7min on up so you can always pick one that you will have time to finish.
    1468 days ago
  • ANGELINA1105
    I'm just starting out but a few things I am trying are meal prep for the entire week or at least for work days. This includes 3 meals & 2-3 snack per day. It makes it easier to stay on track with healthy eating & not skipping meals
    1468 days ago
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