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Day 370 - Finding Your New Normal

Saturday, December 05, 2015

One of the things I've discovered along this journey is that what was "normal" shifts over time. This can happen in either direction. It can be normal to overeat, not exercise, spend all your leisure time on the sofa watching TV, or it can be eating healthy, exercising every day, and feeling great about yourself and how you look and how your clothes fit.

My new normal is exhilarating and fun. I don't even think twice about putting on pants with a 32-inch waist and worry about how I'll look in them. (I had to find a 40-waist pant in September 2014 for my niece's wedding because I had nothing to wear, literally!) I don't worry about what I eat, because I know that I am making healthy choices, so an occasional
"goodie" doesn't disrupt my cycle or my maintenance process. I am so confident that I'm in this for the long haul that I can now enjoy every day, savoring delicious (but healthy food) and celebrating the me that I've become.

I've been spending a lot of time coaching my team that "this is the way we've always done it" will not be acceptable from now on. Whatever was normal back then, as far as course scheduling, or curriculum management, or advertising, will probably be changing as we figure out our new normal as a campus under a different college. Change can be exciting, as long as we embrace it and celebrate the opportunity to do something new.

This journey has taught me to embrace change. I no longer think of myself as the fat kid who was always awkward and couldn't find any clothes that fit right or felt good. Now I'm the guy who gets complimented for his fashion sense and feels amazing every day.

I encourage you to envision YOUR new normal - what do you look like? how do you feel? If you're not there yet, then make that your goal to reach that point. You will get there. Suddenly the new normal is just....NORMAL.

Whatever your new normal is, I will celebrate with you when it becomes "just plain" normal.

Keep Sparking, friends!
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    one of the advisors that I work with is a very 'country' sounding guy (really strong southern accent, but not the Gone With The Wind type of accent). He always says, "The only person who likes change is a wet baby".

    I'm always working on my 'new normal'. I'm sure it is a lifetime evolution.

    SPARK ON emoticon
    1916 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Great Blog, Steve!

    My normal has been with me for some time. Long enough that you would think it would just be second nature and usually it is, but not always.

    Last March when winter clothes went on sale I ordered 6 very nice warm sweaters. They arrived and I admired then through the clear packaging and put them away for the next winter season. The cold weather arrived and I got out one of the new sweaters. I took it out of the wrapping and thought what is this it's huge! I grabbed the others and they were huge too.

    Far too much time had passed to return them and the mistake was mine. Sometimes old habits come back to haunt us. Fear not, the story has a happy ending. I donated them and some larger ladies will have nice new sweaters to keep them warm.

    I have decided that I will celebrate my normal by adding some "not my size items" to any future shopping sprees emoticon
    1917 days ago
    Love your post, love the positive uplifting attitude. I too have a new "normal", and the more time passes with my new "normal", the less effort it takes. It's just what I do. That being said, I do need to appreciate all the healthy changes I have made. Thanks for the reminder. --Pam
    1917 days ago
    My new normal is caring every single day about what I eat, the exercise I do, and being as kind to myself as I can be.

    SO different from a year ago.

    None of the clothes I wore a year ago are even in the house anymore. It is a great feeling!!

    Size 32 pants are a great achievement!!

    Spark on my friend.
    1917 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Thank you Steve... Great blog. Cheers!
    1917 days ago
    P.S. I saved the quote to read everyday! emoticon emoticon
    1917 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Great post! I had an "aha" moment after reading this. I'm a huge advocate of change at work and can often be heard quoting "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've got." - Dr. Phil
    I need to put that same energy into my own progress. I've had too many setbacks this past few months and have been struggling, but I'm not giving up!
    Another favorite quote - "When you're green you're growing, and when you're ripe, you rot." Ray Kroc
    Change is good!
    1917 days ago
    I do visualize a new me...and I hold onto that change so I don't ever lose sight and give up, no matter how has hard or impossible it seems! I am so impressed how your change just took you over and how so many things fell into place with your actions backing them up every step of the way...it's a true inspiration, Steve!
    Change is scary! But when we look back and realize it's now our new normal we can understand it's necessary and embracing it makes it easier...
    1917 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I used to hate change and especially in the workplace..It happens about every other week there, but now I just go with it.

    1917 days ago
    Nothing in my life stays the same, so I have a new normal every few days. It keeps me on my tippy toes, alert and always ready for some sort of change. It sure does keep my world interesting Steve! So, here's to new normals... May they always be easy for us to adjust to newness...hugs dear friend!
    1917 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Soon I will be 5 to six pounds more normal. Now that's a thought... Even smaller jeans ??? Maybe.
    1917 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Well my friend, I am not known for being normal , so this is my golden opportunity. It's normal for me now to wear smaller sizes . There ... I'm normal.🙄
    1917 days ago
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