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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.
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    Girrrrrl, you do have some stress going on... but you've found a connection between food and stress.. and now, you CAN control it.. I believe that.. cuz we will always have stress of one sort or another.. always... thinking of you..

    1804 days ago
    Finding a good outlet my help with the stress. Sorry about your doggy maybe you can talk to the vet about a payment schedule, I have had to do that a few times. Glad you did a course correction before gaining back all you lost that's Awesome.

    1807 days ago
    I hope everything works out for you soon and that the stress goes away. I knit when I am stressed. My hands are busy and I get something out of it.
    1807 days ago
    At least you put on the brakes before you went over the cliff!


    Slow down and back it up!
    1807 days ago
    I am in the same boat as you! I have been bad every weekend for the past three weeks! This morning I got on the scale to see a gain of FIVE pounds. I wasn't mad at myself though, because I've known all along what I'm doing and considering I've done this for almost a month, I'm glad it's "only" five pounds. I'm disappointed in myself, don't get me wrong, but beating myself up is not going to get me going in the right direction.

    Hang in there. I am stress eating too and it's just making me feel worse! What a cute dog you have...hopefully you'll be able to get settled and get him taken care of soon!

    1807 days ago
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    It's awesome that you are able to assess the situation and make a plan to tackle it. You are going to have set backs, bad days, bad weeks even. Like you said though, most important is you are taking notice and not letting it get the best of you. I have a terrible problem with stress eating too. I haven't been able to completely get it under control but I have been changing what I choose to eat which makes a big difference. Binge eating watermelon is way better than cookies emoticon

    I hope you have a good week and just take all these changes a day at a time. It will all come together soon!
    1807 days ago
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