Monday, January 11, 2010

More Thoughts on Change

A few days ago, I wrote about some of the exercise and eating changes that I have made over the years. I wrote about the fact that changes are best made slowly so that you can adjust to them.

Well, guess what, life is full of surprises, and you can’t always plan for change. I have been a mother for 18 years, and I know that with children comes continuous change: change in their sleeping schedule, new activities, school, classes, friends… So many times over the years I have thought that just when we are comfortable with a schedule, it changes…

And that’s exactly what’s happening right now with the toddler. We are making some changes to his schedule and his activities (and therefore our schedules), and I don’t like them. In fact, I was quite upset over the weekend until I calmed down a bit and realized that it’s all going to work out. And if it doesn’t work out on the first try, we'll work on it until we find a solution that will work for all of us.

One of the changes in the toddler’s schedule makes it more difficult for me to work out at the gym. After complaining and whining talking about it with hubby, I actually did something about it and got my DVDs and weights out. Plus, I signed up for Cindy’s 30 Day Core Challenge. It’s based on Pilates, and I’m very excited as I haven’t done Pilates in quite some time. The challenge starts today, so if you are looking to work on your core a bit, why don’t you join?

Questions: Are there/have there been any changes in your life that you are not too happy about? If so, how do/did you handle them?
 
Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for being so honest! I hope things work out soon and that you are able to get into a routine you enjoy!

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  2. There are many changes in life that I am not often happy with, I eventually get around to adapting and shifting to make things happen. I've gotten comfortable with change, and now surprises do not phase me as much. For me it helps to write things out, after a page or two, or ten - if it's really bad - I have better clarity.

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  3. I guess the big change for me was finishing grad school and getting a job. In grad school things happened on my schedule and now things happen based on the fact that I work 7-5. It definatly was an adjustment.

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  4. ahh change in life can be so hard! I know I dont do well with change. I am a creature of habit and when something is out of my normal routine it throws me off completely! I am so happy how honest you are!! the way I deal with change is to think about all the positive things that I have going on in my life and what THIS change can do for me and my future! just keep looking at the glass as half full!

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  5. oh jeez Andrea, this is the story of my LIFE. Things always happen at the most in opportune time and mess up what ever goals I had going on . it seems rarely too I was able to escape it . I have learned (albeit reluctantly and slowly) to accept what I cannot change and change what I CAN change (even if it's just my attitude). I spent many years unhappy because life just didn't become what I had hoped.

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are doing the core challenge with me and glad too it helped at a time where getting to the gym is tough. It's one of the perks of Pilates. it's go anywhere!
    Happy Monday

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  6. That's wonderful that you didn't completely let change stop you from doing what you want to do. Sometimes change is for the best, even if we don't recognize that right away. It often pushes you in a good direction. Haven't tried that pilates program, but maybe you'll find that you love it...meaning change was a plus!

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  7. Probably the most difficult time when Hannah was little was when she was in Kindergarten - 1/2 days of school, I always had to find someone to carpool her since I worked downtown - the babysister couldn't pick her up and there were times I'd get a call that no one picked her up!

    Hang in there - it will work out somehow! :D

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  8. Changes? Yes I encounter a big one when we moved recently to the beach area...and the commute was just insane, but we found a solution and I am happy with the change which comes with lots and lots of new experiences :-)

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  9. There have been changes I've made in my life of course the first thing that comes out of my mouth is all the whining and crying about they it's happening. Let's just say there was a lot fo "Boohoo"s going around. I know that it won't get me anywhere. Eventually, I just end up sucking it up and go with it. In the end, the change is actually something I've come to appreciate.

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  10. i agree.. having kids definitely throw you off schedule a little bit..

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  11. Changes. My middle name. I am not loving living in AZ. I thought that owning a home would be the end all-be all. But it's not. I miss San Diego, my friends, my old life. And it's hard!

    As for you with kids and sleep...it's always something, isn't it. HANG In there MAMA, i can totally relate!
    xoxo

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  12. I can sort of feel your pain, as things come up quite often that make me change my schedule, even just for the day....and I get annoyed. I don't have a child, therefore it's good to know I can handle change now, as it will get more difficult when I have children.
    For now, a change that I have had to make has to do with my exercise routine. Simple put, I have to use the apartment complex now for ALL of my exercise, since I am not longer a student with access to the NICE gym. It's hard, but I have to deal with it! I need to be more creative with my workouts...

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  13. I have definitely had to deal with changes that I was initially not very happy about. Luckily, I'm usually pretty adaptable and find the bright side of the situation. The 30 Day challenge seems like a great way to make light of your situation and keep motivated!

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  14. I think going to 4-10's will be challenging. Getting a puppy is very challenging, too. As much as I want to plop down after dinner and enjoy an hour of peace, I never get it because she's very high-energy and demanding of attention. It can be trying, but it definitely forces me to time manage really well so that I can get everything in every day!

    Good luck with the changes, Andrea! It can be difficult to lose "me" time, so I think that what you're experiencing is totally normal and justified!

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  15. I figure that our ONLY option is to deal with what life throws at us. Even if we don't like it, we can figure out a way around it. We just need to be creative and negotiate a little!

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  16. Thankfully not too many changes right now, but I hate having to make changes. I like a very rigid schedule.

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  17. They say that change is always good. 'Course, you sometimes just want to kill people who say that. Hah. But there is truth in that adage. Change may not be easy, but it definitely makes us stronger, wiser, more adaptable, and heck, it makes life more interesting, too.

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  18. I don't have a lot of change going on, just a lot of stuff to do and not a lot of time to do it. School, work, studying for my insurance license, blahhh! Hope it works out for the best!!

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  19. Schedules get complicated before the kids get to the full-day school; we went through several set of schedule changes for sure. Hope everything works out in your schedule!

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  20. There's been a lot of change for me at work lately and it's been hard. I just rely heavily on my support system and talk it out as much as possible. Or write it out in angry little bullets. I've found some of these documents and see it was just my initial reaction and now that time has passed and I have more perspective, I usually see that I was very focused on the bad parts of change, rather than the potential opportunities.

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