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What to do?

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I've written here many times about setbacks, fresh starts, what works, what are my triggers. For months, I feel like I've been in a not so great place on many different parts of my life.

I just got back from vacation. And for some reason, I don't feel as refreshed as I usually do after I get back from time away. Part of that might be I wasn't away long enough. Part of it might also be that I got back home just in time for Hurricane Sandy moving thru my area. Luckily, my immediate neighborhood was not impacted by the storm but many around me were not so lucky. Some colleagues at work have lost everything. Many don't have power and won't have it for many more days to come. Transportation systems are still far from normal. But even before this devastation, I was sad and having trouble dealing.

Yes, I can focus on the positive, but even that takes energy. My sole comforts lately seem to be food and tv. Not a healthy combination, I know. And the scale shows. I've regained 10 of the 17 pounds I lost earlier this year.

Not sure how I will pull myself out of this funk. But one thing is for sure. The more I dwell on the funk, the harder it will be to pull myself out.

So, what if...what if, I write the slate clean and just start from right now to treat myself well. Be good to myself with good food, focus on the tasks at hand, perhaps even walk home (instead of dealing with slow, limited transportation)?
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HAPPYWALKER 11/2/2012 8:40AM

    I'm glad your neighborhood was spared, but from the footage on tv, it's still got to affect you psychologically because you're all "family" there.

I also know how you feel because I have been in the exact same place (of course! you and I being twins and all with the same birthday!).

I think you have the right approach. It has to start mentally before you take action, and I believe the actions have to be gradual and progressive. I am starting with just adding more and more fresh veggies, hoping they will fill me up and crowd out the bad stuff. I am going to walk the dogs daily for 1 1/2 miles and build from t here.

Each little step, when done every day, will bring us closer to living the life we want. I'm right here with you, cheering you on!



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TRAVELGRRL 11/1/2012 2:21PM

    We ALL go through these periods, so don't feel badly. BUT -- you DO care otherwise you wouldn't have blogged. You are not helping anyone, and certainly not yourself, by gaining the weight back. What works for me is to go back to the nuts and bolts. One glass of water, one walk, one good choice after another. Take care and keep Sparking...that's important too!

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SNOWBETTE 11/1/2012 12:00PM

    On day at a time, emoticon , I struggle as well and thinking of food as the reward just doesnt work for me. I try to find things outside of the kitchen to reward myself with. Yesterday was a new (expensive) candle that is my favorite scent! The smell always make me calm and happy. Try it-

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CREEKLADY1 11/1/2012 11:44AM

  Don't use food as a reward...to me it makes me worse...think of something else you love to reward yourself with. Good luck to you!

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