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Day 183, 26 Mondays to go to my new adventure

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Normally I am completely focused on my weight loss and maintenance journey here in this blog, but today my mind is on my work life. I have been teaching nursing to Associate Degree college students for the past 6 years. The University that hired me had a partnership with a community college and I was a part of that program, to seamlessly educate registered nurses for our needy community, starting them as ADN, registered nurses and providing them a path to continue their education to BSN then MSN. The plan was to begin offering doctoral education in the future. We have been eliminated. As a factor of a disagreement between the community college and the University, the partnership was disolved and our department became part of the Reduction in Force. We are RIFFED they say. So I have this job until May of 2013.
I was ready to leave this stress behind, and kind of pleased to be ready (as opposed to many of my colleagues who are not). I love the students and the students mostly appreciate it, so I have had a lot of positive feedback over the years which has kept me here. I am not sad to go. I am counting the Mondays left that I need to work to complete my contract today, because we had a meeting yesterday. My scale went up a pound this morning! I know from keeping my data, that it is from the stress of hearing the turmoil and sadness of my colleagues, and hearing the latest news. Every meeting brings new bad news it seems, for us and our students.
Luckily I know the stress releases cortisol, which creates an inflammatory response, which causes water retention (and hunger today) and I can plan to fight that with frequent small high protein meals through my next few days while my body is trying to put on some protection from the new stressors. I learned a while back on this trip down how that works. And I learned my body cannot make fat from air and water. It IS calories in minus calories out to a degree, and if I hang in through this next few days I have a nice little loss coming up later this week.
TWENTY SIX to go. Bring It.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BROOKLYN_BORN 10/23/2012 9:07PM

    Work stress is the worst because so much is out of our control.
You said, "my body cannot make fat from air and water" I love that. I'm going to put that quote on my refrigerator.

Hang in there!

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MPLSLINDA 10/23/2012 11:15AM

    I feel your pain. I was laid off last January after two years of unrelenting stress. Prior to those last two years, I'd begun yet another attempt at weight loss and got to within 30 lbs of goal weight (after losing 30-40 lbs). Then a reorg. And a reorg of the reorg. Followed by decisions and meetings and project changes that shot my stress levels through the roof. By the time I was let go, I was more than ready to be gone and done. I left having regained all the lost weight. Stress and overeating are a dangerous combination that I'd never realized before now. Love that you have the personal data and the knowledge to understand what is going on with your scale and are prepared to ward off the effects of these new stressors. Hang in there.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/23/2012 11:11AM

    I've never been clear about the effect of stress myself. It seems that, the more stressed I am, the easier the weight is to keep off, so go figure. Maybe I just relax ALL OVER when I'm not stressed, and eat with more abandon!

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