I know I’ve mentioned how much I enjoy my job and working with incredible people. It’s such a gift! Some days aren’t easy, but there are days in which I truly get to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s so gratifying to help students have a fresh start or avoid issues that could have led to big problems down the road even though the latter isn’t part of my job description. It’s a gift.
One incredible perk of building and maintaining relationships with my colleagues and students is that I get to indulge in delicious treats on a regular basis. One student brought me beautifully decorated sugar cookies, one advisor kindly shares a variety of chocolates when we meet in her office, and one of our program directors brings in doughnuts on a regular basis. Everyone in my office loves sweets, and we’re all generous with them. We do potluck lunches together pretty regularly, and I’ve been gifted with lattes like never before. I love it, but I have to be careful.
It’s so easy to eat empty calories, and while I enjoy the sugar-laden generosity of my co-workers and students, I don’t want to gain weight. I weigh exactly 7 pounds more now than when I started my job in January, so over the last few weeks I’ve made some small adjustments that will (hopefully) lead to good results.
- I increased my vegetable intake. I’ve been making salads with spinach, fruit, and chicken instead of romaine, which makes them more appealing to me. I’ve also been eating Nourish Bowls, which delicious and super easy and healthy.
- I eat breakfast daily. Most people seem to agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I don’t like food until the afternoon. I’ve found that I can handle a boiled egg and fresh veggies, so I’ve been doing that. Sometimes I have oatmeal instead, which is okay too.
- I stopped drinking wine. I’ve never been a big drinker, but it was pretty common for me to have a glass of wine at the end of the day. I stopped drinking it, at least for now, and I’ve already seen a difference. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with drinking; I just don’t see a need for it either.
These things may not seem significant, but doing them helps me feel more in control. Losing weight hasn’t been a priority in the last year, but I know I’ll always have to make the choice to pursue or not pursue being healthy. I’m focusing on it more than I have been, and I think it’s time to make some solid strides.
Do you find that making small changes leads to big results? If so, will you share something you’ve done to make a positive change in your health?