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Embrace Change and Adjust

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I remember exactly how I felt when I started this blog 7 years ago. I was a new mom on a mission to change my diet. I posted weekly at first and then slowly more and more as I realized how beneficial it was for me to share my success, failures, tips and ideas.

Back then I was working full time as an Assistant Professor and as my site grew so did my passion for blogging. This was never more apparent to me then after "the big crash." Two year of blog posts gone. I mourned as if I lost a child. I was devastated. Broken.

I rebuilt the site furiously while working full time and taking care of Ryan. That’s when I launched GreenLiteBites and got as much of the Roni’s Weigh’s archives back online as I could.

Once, my boss asked me how I found the time teach 5 classes, take care of a little boy and build 2 blogs. I joked and said, "2 boys. You mean 2, right? Have you met my husband?"

He laughed, of course, because if you know my husband you know it’s true, but then I replied with, "Well, what do you do after work? Read a book? Watch TV? I blog. I sit on the couch and blog from the moment my son goes to bed until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Then I wake up and do it all over again."

Obsessed?

Maybe.

OK, ok, probably but I Iove it. I love every aspect of it. The programming, the deign, the photos, the writing, the sharing, the meeting of amazing people from all over the world. I can go on and on. It’s the thing I’d still do if I won the lottery. The activity that seems to fast forward time when I sit down to do a simple 5 minute task. That’s how engrossed I get.

You’d think this post is about blogging but it’s not. It’s just that blogging is what inspired the thought of embracing change.

Change in ourselves.
Change in our loved ones.
Change in our environment.
Change in goals.

I can go on and on because, well, change is ever present and CONSTANT. Isn’t it?

Last night I wanted to post my food journal, photos and some thoughts about my day but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was 10PM. I was watching The Closer with the husband. I just couldn’t start something new at that moment. I was tired. Exhausted.

That’s when it hit me.

I changed.

5 years ago this wouldn’t have been a problem.

I’m older now.

When I think back I can’t comprehend how I did so much. Of course I’m busy now but it’s different. I don’t work outside of the home. Ryan is older. I have another child. I wake up earlier. I workout harder. I conference plan. I travel more.

Things really have changed!

I’m not telling you this because I think I’m going to stop blogging at night. (Although I might. I’m writing this at 4PM while the sitter is here so I can just chill later, cause dude… I’m tired.) I’m writing this because I’ve recognized a pattern of embracing chance and then adjusting in myself.

I’ve been a daily weigher, a weekly weigher, a monthly weigher and non-weigher. It all depends on what I need at the time to motivated me.

I’ve food journaled on paper, in email, on twitter, with pictures, and not at all. Again, depending on what I need, what is working and what slips easily into my life.

I’ve worked out in the evenings, the mornings and, well, not at all. When I embarked on this weight loss journey I didn’t like to work out. Then I changed. Imagine that.

My point is, (I have one, I promise!) do what you need to do with no fear or guilt or baggage. I had a tinge of remorse about not blogging last night until I recognized this is a change I’ve been feeling in myself for some time.

I just need to embrace it and adjust.



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Discussion

There are 15 comments so far.

    Coby

    August 7, 2012

    Wow! Seven years is a long time! It’s exciting to see how bloggers I love change and grow. To me, that means at some point things on the healthiness journey click and the significance of the blog changes. I’m glad you’re embracing the change. :)

    KarenJ

    August 8, 2012

    This couldn’t have come at a better time Roni! I have gone through a lot of changes over the past few years. To be honest, the older I’ve gotten, the scarier some of the changes have been, but nothing stays the same as much as you wish it would. I’ve gone from wanting to be the hard-bodied 40-year-old to a 50 something that just wants to be healthy and feel comfortable in her own skin. I feel your passion for what you do and it makes me feel more confident that I can live my passion and make a living at it. Right now I’m in the process of trying to leave a full-time job for the freedom of my own business, a big change that will require me to do double-duty for a while. I’m out to network this morning before going to my 10-hour-a-day job. Keep inspiring us all to be our best!

    Paula

    August 8, 2012

    Without change there would be no butterflies! Embrace the change. I can only hope I can evolve and change as you have.

    Stephanie

    August 8, 2012

    Hi Roni, long time reader first time commenter, I love this post, definitely rings true to all aspects of life!

    Looking forward to seeing new aspects of your life emerge! Do what you need to do for you, babydoll!

    Mitch

    August 8, 2012

    Priorities change, and it looks like you’ve got your priorities in order. :)

    Stephanie

    August 8, 2012

    Love this post…very true and inspiring. Change is scary, but learning to embrace is can be empowering!

    What a great post! I embrace change as much as I can, but it normally brings something new and exciting, or it can make other things a little easier.

    Mindy

    August 8, 2012

    Great point and great reminder. I have been contemplating this concept for a while now and you remind me that life is organic and change will come when it’s time. I just need to keep plugging away at the things I am passionate about. Thanks, as always, for a thoughtful post. I, for one, am glad you will be getting more sleep and relaxation time :)

    Greg Kuhn

    August 8, 2012

    Roni, I’m glad to read that your posting habits are continually evolving; to everything there is a season, right?

    We love reading your blog, but won’t “go away” if you take time for something other than posting one evening!

    I’ve found that change is usually painful – because I am losing a familiar habit. Familiarity is comfortable even when it’s painful. Change is painful, but only temporarily. In my experience.

    Laura James

    August 8, 2012

    If you never changed we wouldn’t even have this amazing blog to read in the first place!
    Enjoy life.

    Beautiful post. I love change when the change is good:)I have been embracing some healthy changes in my life over the past several years.

    Mary (A Merry Life)

    August 9, 2012

    I already told you on twitter but I loved this post!

    Lori

    August 9, 2012

    Fantastic – exactly what I needed to read. Such a great reminder – that change is ok!

    Thanks for sharing the seven years of your life in this single blog and the situation is completely in conformance with what I am facing right now. Looking forward to adjust to the changes.