Eat. Live. Be. for a Better 2011: I Loathe Change

by Cate on May 23, 2011

How’s that for a positive title, eh?  Anyone who knows me will tell you that it’s true. I *hate* change. Abhor it.  With a passion.  It took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to make the change from cassingles to CDs.  From VHS tapes to DVDs.  From my favorite cell phone to my can’t-live-without-it BlackBerry.  To move.  To cut my hair.  To cut in bangs.  You name the change, and I have likely fought it, kicking and screaming all the way.  It’s just part of my DNA.  I make no apologies for it, it’s how I’m wired. That being said, I am the first to admit that once I have made the change, I am undoubtedly happier for it.  I also hating reading manuals too, and usually just learn intuitively, but that’s another post entirely.

So this week’s topic for our Eat. Live. Be. crew is change, and how important it is to meeting your goals.  Can you tell I am *so* not the person to answer this one for you?  But, I have certainly said it before, when it comes to fitness and health goals, change is absolutely, positively important.  A downright must. As much as I hate it, I love meeting my goals successfully more, so have incorporated change, albeit a bit slowly sometimes, throughout the course of Cate Version 2.0.  Your body gets in a rut.  It’s just life.  I was taking five Zumba classes a week, minimum, and I was doing it for so long that my body got used to it and no longer dropped weight because of it.  It had just become part of my “normal routine,” which was sucky on a multitude of levels.  So I dropped one or two of those classes and augmented the others with walking and kettlebell.  Once my ankle heals, jogging is being thrown into the mix.

The same goes for food.  A co-worker and I were talking about this last week, and how important change is to our diets as well.  We all tend to get in the same rut of rotating amongst a handful of “good” choices for snacks and meals, and while the food items are still solid, healthy choices, your body no longer continues to respond to it in the same way.  To combat being in a rut (and embracing change), I started by making a list of about 40 snacks and now make a bigger effort to rotate through them, so that each day, each week, my body is being fueled by something good, but something different.

I am not the poster child for change. FAR FROM IT.  But eventually, when I come around, I do realize it is good.  Most of the time.  And important.  For us to move forward.  Whether it’s in work, diet, fitness regimes or even relationships.  Change, although hard to swallow, can be its own just reward.  So says the person who is awaiting a new BlackBerry to, um, replace her current BlackBerry.  Never said I was an early adopter!

To see what the rest of the ELB crew thinks about change, and whether or not it’s important, go check ’em out:

Project 365
May 23, 2011

If it's Monday...
Remember the movie Groundhog Day? Hated it, but that seems to have become my life lately. Last Monday, I got a call from Nick’s school. He had a fever and sore throat. Picked him up and went straight to the doctor. Diagnosis: strep throat. Today, got a call from Nick’s school. Fever, sore throat. Back to doctor. Strep. Continued? Again? I don’t know, but different meds this time. I am only hoping that our Groundhog Day scenario doesn’t continue until tomorrow because Tuesday morning would be when I managed to miss three steps outside and sprain my left ankle. Lord help me.

Getting In on the Act
Of course not to be outdone by her brother, she made me take pictures of her at the doctor’s office too. Ya, I don’t know what happened to her face, but that’s the way she looked when she came back from her Dad’s house last night. Must have been a rough weekend, because she certainly looks a little worse for the wear. She asked me when the scratches were going to go away. Apparently she was worried about looking her best. Go figure. ‘Cause, you know, she has a boyfriend

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Casey May 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I think you’ve made incredible changes! Look at how you have thrived while losing weight and enduring lots of changes in life in general. Proud of you, Cate 2.0!


Joanne May 24, 2011 at 5:53 am

I am so averse to change as well! I’ve eaten the same breakfast almost every morning for four years. No lie. but working on letting go a little and letting change into my life is definitely something I’m trying! Love that you’re going to start jogging!


Sarah Caron May 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

For someone who hates change, you’ve made quite a few really awesome and positive changes over the past few years. And, as you said, you are better off and happier for it. You know, all that change has you looking incredible these days :)


Ramona May 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

I can relate to that being sick. Been fighting a chest cold for 3 weeks now.


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