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RUNCHOOSE
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4/18/13 7:32 P

I agree with Postremo, the previous poster, that it's best not to have snacky foods in the house. That said, I do keep a bag of unsalted sunflower seeds for when I do want to snack. They aren't super healthy but for some reason I do not get the urge to eat the whole bag like I do with chips or candy. Good for you, OP, for all the working out you do on a daily basis! That's hard and I'm working on that part....



POSTREMO
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1/15/13 6:53 P

I spent a lot of time at home and have a tendency to get snacky, especially when I'm sitting in front of my computer. Which is most days. The only thing that's really worked for me in terms of limiting the snacks is just not having it in my house in the first place. If there is a bag of chips in my house I will eat it. So now the only snacks I have on hand are almonds and hummus. The other thing that's been helpful for me is using the sparkpeople meal plans because when I want a snack they tell me what I should be eating. Even if the SP meal plans don't work for you, just mapping out what I'm going to eat that day helps me stay in control by planning out healthy, portion-controlled snacks



YOJULEZ
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1/15/13 5:41 P

Can you look on http://www.meetup.com/ to find some Mommy groups in your area or something like that? That way it'll keep you busy and you can bring your baby also. I know there's a ton of them in my area, along with other groups that have lots of different "themes" (fitness, hiking, cooking, eating, reading, etc etc etc)



CHELSEAAPINA
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1/15/13 5:30 P

Thanks for all of the great suggestions! But I should mention that my ability to get out of the house is limited because I have an infant and the weather conditions aren't the best for walking with a four month old.



NYXWOLFWALKER
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1/15/13 4:24 P

Well you would always spend more time job hunting or working out - at one point when I was unemployed for a long stretch of time (close to two years) I went to the gym every days (7 days a week) and I'd spend from 2 to 6 hours in a day at the gym weight lifting and doing cardio on top of taking my dog for a walk and sending out resume's (i'd spend a good 4 hours plus going though job boards).

I'm almost back to doing that again, only its with my hubby (we're both unemployed atm him going since 2009 and me since december of last year) and instead of hitting the gym its talking long walks with him with our resume's and handing his in at all the shops we pass along our walk (his background is in retail) if we see something that fits my deal (graphic/web/photography) I'll go in and see what's possible. Needless to say we can clock in 10km in a day of walking just doing this so makes for a good cal burn, but often leaves me not getting in the calories for the day (as in I end up getting under 1200 because of the burn and what I can eat).

Anyhow, best advice I can give is to go walking in an area that might have employment op's and choose a different area each week or the like depending on what area you are looking for employment in this might or might not work (as said for my hubby it hold promise for me not so much).



SNOWJESTER
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1/15/13 4:23 P

I'm in the same situation. I can only workout for so long before boredom and exhaustion set in. I go to the gym and am going to a yoga class tonight. I know, joining a gym may not be practical for the unemployed. I try to get out of the house and walk my dog a few times during the day, read, blog, anything to distract myself. Maybe pick up a new skill like crochet, or drawing or meditation? For me, the long walks with my dog are the best distraction so maybe go for a walk (if it's not freezing where you are) next time you're tempted to snack.


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SOCAL_LEE
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1/15/13 4:20 P

Is there a way you can kill two birds with one stone and volunteer at an organization where you can keep your job skills up? That would give you something to do, get you out of the house, and give you something to put on your resume and tell interviewers about when they ask what you've been doing for the past couple of months. It might also help with networking. Your local chapter of United Way, or maybe your place of worship if you attend one, can help you connect with a nonprofit that needs volunteers. Even if you don't find a place where you can use your specific job skills, volunteering at a school, food pantry, library, after school tutoring program, etc. will give purpose to your life so you don't feel like your day is "completely empty". It's rough to be out of work for an extended period of time; I hope you find paid work soon. Good luck!



CHELSEAAPINA
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1/15/13 4:06 P

I've been unemployed for 2 months now and I have A LOT of free time. I usually wake up at 10 AM, have breakfast (usually oatmeal and coffee), and then workout for 60-90 minutes six days a week. Afterwards, I'll job search for a couple of hours. When that's over my day is completely empty. Since I have nothing to do I just spend the rest of my time snacking. I hate having 70% of my calories being used for meaningless snacks but I don't know what to do to stop it! Any suggestions on how to stay out of the kitchen during this time?



 
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