Stress and setbacks
Monday, July 08, 2013
I just got back to Tulsa last night after two weeks in Texas. I got on the scale this morning and discovered I had gained 3 pounds. This was not entirely unexpected considering I have pretty much been off the low carb eating for the last week. Pizza, garlic rolls, hamburgers, french fries, snow cones, even CHEESECAKE!
I realized I needed to take stock and try to understand my behavior pattern, and I have come to the conclusion that I am stress eating.
We are in the process of moving back to Texas and are really struggling to find a place to live. I wanted to have the kids settled before school starts and we are quickly running out of time. Additionally, my husband never came to Oklahoma with us (he was supposed to follow but never found a good job here), so we will be living together full time for the first time in 2 years. He's not always easy to live with and I'm feeling some stress around that situation and the adjustment period that I know will be coming. And finally, I found out last week that my beloved dog Lucy, 10 1/2 years old, needs surgery for a bad knee. I can't afford the surgery right now and I hate to see her discomfort and know that it's my fault that she isn't getting more relief. Here's my sweet girl:
Hopefully, now that I've identified what is going on I can find more productive and healthy ways to manage my stress level. I never slacked off on the exercise, but it may be time to up the level some. The good news in all of this is that in the past, I would have just ignored the fact that I was gaining weight until I'd put back every pound I'd lost. This time, I am nipping it in the bud, not pretending it isn't happening. I can do this.