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!