Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Well, I got some very bad news last week, and the combination of that and being on vacation put me right into nearly a week of emotional eating--not huge amounts of food, but comfort food rather than healthy food.
I'm not going to focus on the bad news here, just give the very short version: my ex quit his job, which left our son uninsured and stopped alimony and child support, and didn't tell me for almost a month.
So, our budget just got REALLY tight.
The good news about this is that we can no longer afford to eat in restaurants, and we need all of our food dollars to go for good nutritious food. So right away I am seeing changes, and have already lost several of the pounds I gained from the emotional eating.
We will be okay, and in the process we will be forced into a healthier lifestyle, which I wanted for us anyway but wasn't doing a very good job of enforcing. (At the end of a long day, it has been far too easy for me to cave in to pressure from my 10-year-old to go out to eat instead of cooking supper at home. Not an option now!)
I can't afford a gym membership anymore either (not even the local rec center) so I won't be able to take the water aerobics classes I love, but I can use yoga videos I already own, and the gym at our apartment complex, and there's always walking or riding our bikes. So the tight budget is no excuse for not exercising.
I refuse to let this defeat me. Instead I am turning it into an opportunity. Take that, ex-husband.