Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I am curious about stress-induced weight gain. Supposedly people gain weight when they’re really stressed, but I’ve never observed that to be the case for myself (if anything, I could always count on dropping a few pounds around finals week in school from all the stress/no time for anything but paper writing!). Well, in the last two weeks, I’ve taken on a ton more responsibility at my job, and I’ve been incredibly stressed from all the coordination of tasks, fitting into other people’s work systems, and generally figuring my position out. I have been pretty good about food intake (except for Monday…did well all day but had a gigantic piece of lemon torte for dinner), not so good about exercise (worked out a lot on weekends, but haven’t made time on weekdays)…and tomorrow is my bi-weekly weigh in, so I’m curious if I’ll have lost weight (which I doubt), maintained weight (fingers crossed here), or gained weight (probably the case) over the last two weeks. I’ve never really paid attention to how stress affects me before, so I’m viewing the last fortnight as a bit of an experiment…we’ll see how I did.
To revisit the theme of an earlier entry, my willpower has been ultra-focused lately when it comes to food…maybe it’s a side effect of having to suddenly be very focused at work and it just carries over into the evenings (which is when my willpower was at its worst!)…or maybe it’s because I made a conscious effort to pay attention to what I’m doing when my mind wanders (by the by, there was a very interesting article about mind-wandering on yahoo yesterday…)…speaking of mind-wandering…anyhow, I’ve been much better at that.
Update on the stress thing: I didn't gain or lose!!! (well, I suppose it'd be better if I'd lost, but I'm thrilled just to have not gained anything)....