A Change Would Do You Good

I’ve been humming the chorus (or is it a refrain? I forget) of this Sheryl Crowe song all morning. Lots of folks talking about change this morning. Change…and hope, and those lyrics jumped in my brain and won’t get out. It doesn’t matter that the lyrics of the song itself have nothing whatsoever to do with the grand changes most folks are talking about today. I’m just singin’ it because I want to.

Personally, I’m in favor of change. I don’t always handle it so well, but I usually benefit from it. Somehow. (Finding that ‘somehow’ is kinda tricky, at times, but it’s there if I look hard enough.) It may seem simpleminded, but I do believe that something wonderful will happen every single day.

The super-lovely DC asked a question in the comments section of yesterday’s post about how I’m managing the change from losing weight to maintaining my weight. My first thought? “Very well so far, thank you.” But I don’t think that’s what she meant. :)

The truth is that so far I’m not managing anything. I’m continuing to mostly do what I’ve been doing for the past 18 months. Since I built my “plan” around foods that I like and exercise I enjoy, it’s been fairly easy to stay steady.

For three whole weeks. Something tells me it’s not always going to be that easy. :)

I’m in a period of transition, of learning how to live healthy, and I don’t have an official strategy outlined. The good news is that with the holidays approaching, I shouldn’t have the problem of continuing to lose weight. If I eat and exercise at my current levels, with the additional measured holiday treats from time to time, I should stay pretty steady. And if I don’t? That’s all part of the learning process. (Be on notice that you will all hear about the successes as well as the slips and slides.)

There’s a great parable I’ve used at work on the change of the caterpillar to a butterfly. The focus is on the stage in between, referred to as “a yellow, sticky, gooey mess.” I feel like that’s where I was, but I’m slowly (by design) emerging from that state.

Now, all I have to do is learn how to fly. :)


That’s kind of how I’m feeling today about the world around me, too. We’re on our way OUT of the yellow, sticky, gooey mess phase. and working together, we will all spread our wings and fly!