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KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
9/24/13 9:59 A

I liked what ARANIE said!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,506
9/23/13 8:45 P

I like to cook something for a few meals and freeze it in individual portions.
Otherwise stir fries and fajita wraps are great fast meals. buy the bags of frozen veggies.
Instead of cold cuts...roast a chicken and have it handy for whatever...salad, healthy fried rice (great recipe on spark), wraps, to throw in with the stir fry, or top a baked potato (just add a little cheese or salsa). I make a couple of baked potatoes and leave them in the fridge also.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (598,020)
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9/23/13 7:07 P

Hey, you seem to be doing pretty well weight wise. What I do to keep from eating so much is use small plates and work out a lot!!!!

ANARIE Posts: 13,205
9/23/13 5:55 P

If you eat too much when you're bored at home, don't be bored at home. Just because you don't have a job, that doesn't mean you have to spend any more time in your house where the food is. Spend your days at the park, at the library, at the community college taking any free classes they offer, or at a hospital answering phones as a volunteer-- whatever it takes to get as far as possible from your kitchen. And as a plus, you'll be networking so you find a new job faster. Nobody gets a job from an ad anymore-- you have to know somebody, and you're not going to meet anybody in your kitchen.

Here's an example. This Saturday, Sept 28, is National Public Lands Day. Go to and look for events near you. You can go out to a park, get in free (and in most cases camp free if you like doing that), and join a bunch of other volunteers cleaning up litter, building trails, planting trees, pulling up weeds, measuring water quality, etc, etc. You'll get exercise, see pretty scenery, breathe fresh air, and meet people who will be impressed by your positive attitude and your get-up-and-go and the fact that you're willing to spend a Saturday helping out instead of looking for help. Heck, it'll even give you an extra entry for your resume. Volunteer work looks good on a resume, and can even be the saving grace if you do otherwise have a gap in your employment history. Think how good you'll look if you can say, "Yes, I was laid off due to a company-wide RIF. Within a week I started volunteer work, and that gave me experience in X, Y, and Z, so I feel that being unemployed actually ended up being a benefit to my skills base."

Of course it doesn't have to be this particular program; I just mentioned it because I happened to know it was coming up soon. I'm sure most of the people you know will have ideas of projects that would be perfect for you.

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (277,906)
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9/23/13 5:36 P

Distraction will be key for you.

Here's an idea. You could treat eating like I treated quitting smoking. I made a list of things to do when I wanted a cigarette. It was a VERY LONG list, starting with something as simple as pick a chore, read a book, go for a walk, take a shower ... all the way to other extremes like go to sleep.

You need to find new things to fill the eating void ... and luckily for you, there are tons of healthy things you can choose from!

Good luck!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,203)
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9/23/13 4:13 P


Through no fault of my own, I found myself laid off last year. It took me 9 months before I finally was offered a contract position.

Because I was on a fixed budget, I found it easy to stay away from the junk. The fact is, while being out of work, I didn't have much of an appetite. However, I knew that I had to eat to maintain my strength as well as my health. Stress can break down a person's body. So, if you're under a lot of stress, now is the most important time to eat right. Nourish your body with the foods you eat.

here's what I've learned from my own experiences, if you eat crap, you'll feel like crap. Thus teh reason to try to avoid the treats when possible. One thing I did every day, when not looking for work, was to take a walk. Didn't matter where. Get out of the house ! The longer you stay in the house, the more depressed you will get. That in turn will cause you to eat more. So, whatever the weather, unless it's a hurricane, make it a point to take a daily walk.

getting out of the house really does help.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
9/23/13 4:05 P

I have often worked from home, but find that I need the discipline of a set schedule.

What works for me is setting up my home as "zones", with my office area being a "no food zone". I would be in the office area during regular working hours, with scheduled breaks in to the other areas of the house. Now, granted, it's nice to be able to do laundry during a work "break", but treating the office area in the house the same as my off-site office made it easier for me to stay productive (and, incidentally, out of the fridge).

You might be able to adapt this idea by setting up a regular schedule for your days, with time in your "office area" set the same as your usual workdays, and set aside for job hunting or classes or whatever else you need to accomplish in that type of setting. By following your usual schedule, your body won't be looking for food at different hours, and you can still do your workouts at the times that you are used to.

If you don't have enough planned to fill that amount of time, then you can plan a daily outing for, say, every afternoon. If you have a store within walking distance, then you might want to only keep one or two days' worth of food in the house, and walk to the store every day to pick up your fresh fruit and veg. You might want to plan a class, or volunteer work for a couple of days each week.

It can be very difficult being home all day when you're not used to it, but if you maintain a regular schedule and have activities planned for most of the days, then it can work out not too badly.

Strong thoughts to you!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,837
9/23/13 12:43 P

Good luck with the job situation.

I used to have problems at home, too, but now, I keep very little excess, snacky food in the house. Instead, I plan out my meals (usually two weeks at a time), and snacks, and only keep those things in the house, for the most part. If it's not there, I'm not likely to go out and get something.

Being home, you also have the opportunity to go workout. If you have a gym membership, take a new class that you haven't been able to work into your schedule; take advantage of non-peak times and empty machines. No gym? Walk/jog, do a video (youtube has plenty for free), etc.

Depending on how busy your job search keeps you, you can also make a list of projects or hobbies that you've been wanting to work on. If you feel like snacking, go do something to keep your hands busy. Need to work on resumes? Go to your local library away from temptation. It'll get you out of the house, and while you're there, you may be able to check out a good workout video or book.

9/23/13 12:10 P

So here's the thing... through no fault of my own, it looks like I am going to be jobless for a few months.

Following graduation in 2010, it took me 8 months to get a job and I packed on 40 pounds emoticon I credit my job greatly for helping me lose it- however, now I am facing Home again!

Some people do better with more time to plan meals, cook, track etc. I am NOT one of those people! I'm definitely an emotional eater too- I eat when I'm sad, when I'm bored, when I'm stressed, when I'm happy... anytime!

Workouts are no issue at all. I love to work out. But, I also love to eat.

Please, if you struggle at home, like I do, any tips you have regarding NOT stuffing your face all day would be greatly appreciated!

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