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Adjustments

June 24, 2011

**Note: This post is long overdue.  As in I wrote it weeks ago and am just now posting it, oops.  I think I’ve adjusted quite well since writing this post.**

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Life is all about adjusting to the circumstances isn’t it?

If that’s the case I think I give myself a C- for my ability to adjust.  I think I’ve mentioned the fact that I don’t like change, but it’s inevitable and sometime you just have to deal.

Here are some things I have to “just deal with” now that I’m not a student and have a job that demands working more than 15 hours a week.

I no longer have much free weekend time.

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Initial reactions included:

  • I can’t go to the Farmers’ Market anymore
  • No more weekend Rockies games
  • No time to grocery shop on Sunday
  • Weekend fun is over

Solutions:

  • I can just hit up the FM on Wednesday nights instead, or make it there before work since I sometimes won’t have to go in till later in the day
  • There’s always weekday night games
  • Grocery day will just have to be shifted my day off – it’s okay to start the grocery week on a day other than Sunday 
  • I still have lots of time for fun, it may just not all be during the weekend.

Intuitive eating is out the window, strict eating schedules will now commence.

Okay, maybe not “strict,” but much more planned than usual.  This is due to the fact that I now have breaks at work that are specifically designed for snacking/dinner-ing/lunch-ing.  I can’t eat at any old time, I have to wait for my break. 

This means I need to plan ahead and eat small snacks during my shorter breaks so that by the time my dinner/lunch break rolls around I’m not ravenous and ready to chew my own arm off.  Or worse, all light headed and “I can’t remember if you asked for decaf coffee or not, but here’s your drink” feeling.

Solution:

A) Breaking my meals into smaller portions to eat during breaks

and/or

B) Bringing lots of snack bars/homemade trail mixes to munch on  — you know, things that are easy to eat in a short period of time and don’t get me the label of “the new girl who’s always eating weird things in the break room”

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I think it’s frowned upon in the blog world where everyone seems to have the time to make their own everything to eat pre-made snack bars, but guess what. 

It’s okay to let someone else do the work for you sometimes. <— I’ll be coming back to this in just a minute.

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Having to close several nights a week.

In other words, no cooking of dinners.

This one is such a bummer, I LOVE cooking dinner and was really looking forward to graduating so that I would be home to do so.

Solution:

  • Cook dinner, just earlier in the day.  Then I can pack it to take to work. 
  • Or, I can start cooking lunch.  Lunch deserves some special attention too, right?

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All of which were packed and brought to work.

Oh and remember when I said “It’s okay to let someone else do the work for you sometimes”  This applies to dinner as well.

Turns out Joey’s a pretty messy good cook 🙂

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Grilled Farmers’ Market Sandwiches and kale chips.

And so is my mom.  But I already knew that.

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Nothing says summer like turkey burgers and a salad bar.

And the professionals are pretty good too.

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Greek Salad with shrimp at The Village Tavern.

Temptation at work.

Ummm, yeah that whole unlimited free drinks thing could be potentially dangerous, but it’s all about balance. 

If I want a drink, I make myself one, but I try to keep in mind that there will be PLENTY of opportunities for treats at work, I don’t have to fit them all into one day.

Which leads me to my last topic. 

I need to remember to drink water at work!

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Have I sufficiently bored you with this long post?  And on a Friday no less!  I apologize.  And now I’m off to get my workout on with Lindsay!

How do you deal with change or having to make adjustments to a new schedule?

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2011 5:10 PM

    I hated working at night when I was a waitress. i’d rather be at home making dinner and going to bed early. However, I got through it.. and so will you! 🙂

  2. June 24, 2011 5:50 PM

    I’m not the best at dealing with change either, but I usually find that the anticipation of having to deal with change is a lot worse than actually having to deal with it… I always think things are going to be horrible, and that I’ll never be able to cope, but when it comes time to adjust, I think I manage pretty well 😀 And I’m glad to hear that you’ve been able to adjust too!

    • June 24, 2011 8:35 PM

      Right?! And then you just wonder what you were so worried about.

  3. June 24, 2011 7:16 PM

    I get a little uncomfortable hearing about change at first – but when I just relax and think about it, remember that it’s not the end of the world. So what if I don’t have time to make a long, drawn-out meal? So what if I decide to run at night instead of morning, or even not at all? Etc. Schedules are made to be broken 😛
    And btw…I know I make bars a lot – but if I’m going to rely on one for a snack it’s usually a pre-made one. Nothing wrong with that!

    • June 24, 2011 8:34 PM

      Yessss, pre-made bar approval from the queen of homemade bars is all I need 🙂

  4. June 24, 2011 8:29 PM

    Friend, it was so much fun to get my sweat on with you tonight and chow down on a ridiculous amount of falafels! I know you have the inner strength and spunk (for lack of a better word?) to handle all these new adjustments. In time, you’ll rediscover that comforting sense of routine and balance that we all continually strive for in life. It just takes a bit of time to get through these initial growing pains. Just take it one day at a time, and eventually, things will come together. You’ve got this, Lauren!

    • June 24, 2011 8:34 PM

      I’m SO glad I got to go to Soul Sweat and even more glad that I finally got to meet you!! It was about damn time. Thanks for the words of wisdom and encouragement 🙂

  5. June 24, 2011 9:32 PM

    I’m horrible at change. Especially when things get busy. Planning helps a lot for me when that kind of stuff happens, unfortunately a lot of times plans don’t work out and that leaves me even more stressed but I guess that’s part of life.
    You will totally get through this 🙂

  6. squigglefloey permalink
    June 25, 2011 12:29 AM

    I’m horrible at adjusting as well. I don’t even think I’d pass with a C.
    I think it’s good that you’re doing it though — you’re challenging yourself so that’s definitely something to be proud of. If you were to run away from the situation then that would be different.
    I think you’ll do wonderfully 🙂 It’s better than being bored and unemployed! 😀

  7. June 25, 2011 8:33 AM

    I hate change (adjusting) as well! I used to really be bad at the whole acceptance and moving on thing, but I’m definitely getting better because life is forcing me as well! I love your tips…I think your positive mindset will take you farther than you can imagine! 🙂

  8. June 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    I really just had to pack snacks to keep my tummy satified. I know it must be hard!

  9. June 25, 2011 12:32 PM

    I am a horrible person when it comes to change. I like my little routine and I get shell shocked whenever things aren’t the way I plan them out. In time everything will get better girl, just have faith 🙂

  10. June 27, 2011 8:33 AM

    It’s been 5 years for me, but I can still clearly remember the depression I went through after my college graduation. I literally thought my life was over and I was destined to be boring forever. But let me tell you life after college might be better! Treasure every moment, even when it seems like everything is changing because it’s your chance to figure out what you want to do with your life and make it happen. choices are often endless, it’s not easy (esp if you’re going on 500 interviews) but it’s a new adventure! Good luck and don’t worry things will adjust.

    • June 27, 2011 11:35 AM

      Thanks for that 🙂 I’m feeling much more at ease with my post-graduate life nowadays.

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