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Break-time is over, back to work!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here's some back story to get from where I was to where I am:

From the end of April to the end of August I had managed to do a very good job maintaining the weight that I have lost. Then the minor tragedy struck, and my wife lost her job. We had been struggling with bills before she lost her job, so now we're drowning. Then, on top of that, her boss was able to fight the unemployment and win, so we have nothing coming in from her side. So, September saw us leaking money like the busted pipe in our basement (another fun bill that we couldn't live without). My wife is applying for jobs everywhere and I start applying for part time jobs. We were doing anything to make money come in. I must be the lucky one, because I was hired for 2 part time jobs before she had 2 interviews.

That brings us to the beginning of this week. I'm now working 3 jobs. I haven't been to the gym in almost a week. One of the part time jobs is a pizza place, and they let me eat anything I want while I'm there, and I can even take some home. Although it has been extremely helpful because of the hit we took on the food budget, it's been terrible for my waistline. I may not have a gluten intolerance, but my weight always goes up when my carb amounts do. So, I made a very difficult decision. I refuse to let my hard work go out the window because of the state of my personal economy.

Although it's not a great decision, I was able to open a new credit card. Just thinking about saying that turns my stomach because I despise the idea of going further into debt. But, there's a method to my madness. I am working over 90 hours a week between my 3 jobs, and will be able to pay off the card quickly. This card is going to be my food and gas money card. This morning I was able to stop at the grocery store and pick up my healthy breakfast and snack foods, and then during my lunch break today I will go to the other store for my typical work lunch foods.

So, I went from 173 back up to 191 as of this morning. I refuse to go higher. I will not go back to where I was. The break is over. I'm back to work. Who's with me????
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JERSEYFLOWER 10/25/2011 11:16AM

    My friend, you've got to do what you've got to do. It sounds to me like you are making smart decisions in the face of difficulty. And, looking at the positive, your Spark journey has made you a healthier and stronger provider. You have the energy for three jobs *because* of your hard work. You can do this. Thinking of you...

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WOUBBIE 10/25/2011 9:24AM

    I hope things start looking up for you soon - and I hope that boss experiences a little "downturn" of his or her own!

I always mention to low-carbers that pizza shop food isn't forbidden, just the crust is. When my kids get pizza now I just order a couple extra slices and toss the bread. It's not the most filling part anyway.

Hang in there!

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