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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Even good things can be stressful and impact weight.

Best laid plans often go awry. Reminds me of that adage: "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is".

Anyone else notice that air travel is extraordinarily incompetent? Not one flight went as scheduled. One flight was delayed over 10 hours. Another had to go back for more gas (2 hours). A third had to wait for an hour after landing for a gate (at midnight, no less), and then they just parked it away from the terminal and made us walk. Unbelievable. No apology, no reparation, no accountability.

I thought I was going to a family reunion of sorts, instead I had a 'working' vacation. Seems that somehow my 90 yr old mother missed paying her insurance on time which the Insurer considered a 'lapse'. They then required an inspection and demanded a list of remedies, repairs, and certifications before they will insure her home again (my folks have had the same agent/company for almost 60 years). Thus I spent my time fixing the roof, discovering that my Dad had patched over a large rotten section (he promised me 20 years ago that he had replaced the rotten boards - uh, nope). Replaced damaged clapboards, added an unnecessary railing to a small deck my DH and I built a few years ago, and scraped the chipped and peeling paint in preparation for repainting (the last time the upper story got painted was 10 years ago during another 'vacation' of mine). I didn't have time to really visit with anyone or just hang out with my mother all that much, which was originally my main goal due to not knowing how many more chances I will have with her (she is declining).

The heat and humidity squelched my appetite and it was a challenge to hydrate to try to keep up with the sweat dripping off. I kept to 2 modest meals a day and wouldn't have been at all surprised if I had dropped 10# over the course of 10 days. Imagine my surprise to have the scale register a 6# gain. Arrrggghhh. It has to be related to stress.

Home now; I have already dropped a couple of those unwanted additions. I can resume my normal eating of garden veggies and lean protein (still 2 meals a day), and more structured fitness activities. I know I was physically very active while working on my Mom's place but it is harder to estimate and tally, and I wasn't going to stop what I was doing to check my heart rate. I am sure it was more than usual as I am sore and exhausted, but I will bounce back. I did come home with renewed determination to clear the crap from my own place; I want spaciousness in my environment and my life. I don't want to be stifled and crushed by 'stuff' and it's upkeep and maintenance. Now to see if I can actually make it happen. I know, I know; priorities.

Get your priorities sorted Spark People! Find ways to hit multiple targets with one action or activity (eg social + active)! You are worth it!

Peace and Care

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    Hope the stress lets up and you can get back to more normal. Shame about your vacation, but you are a good daughter.
    44 days ago
    Disappointing not to relax. Awfully frustrating, probably. You are impressively handy and a good daughter. I hope you find some moments of relaxation upon your return. emoticon
    45 days ago
    Oh my. That air travel sounds like a nightmare. I've been on trips full of delays and other glitches, too, when it was hard to reach my destination with spirits intact. I have to say I admire you for helping your parents so much. Painting, repairing, probably helping to find documents. Very good of you!

    It's puzzling about the weight gain, but it sounds like you've already turned it around and are heading in the right direction.
    46 days ago
    Sorry your vacation wasn't more restful (I always hate it when I need a vacation after my vacation), though I'm sure your parents very much appreciated your efforts. So sorry about the 6# cortisol backlash. Well said on priorities!
    47 days ago
    emoticon so nice of you to take care of your parents sorry you had to work hard
    47 days ago
    47 days ago
    I am exhausted just reading this. I am so sorry your "vacation" turned out this way. Your mother was so fortunate to have you and your husband helping so much. I cannot imagine repairing a roof, let alone the other stuff. I'm impressed with your many talents! I am completely baffled about the weight gain?! You probably burned double what you ate! My only thought is maybe you had so few calories it slowed your metabolism down? Was the food you ate more salty than usual? Maybe the exercise from the repairs caused you to temporarily retain water or release glycogen? Wishing you rest, relaxation and peace!!!
    47 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2019 6:41:40 PM
    You can do it!
    47 days ago
    Wow. Sorry you had a real working vacation. It's not easy when that happens unexpectedly. **SIGH**

    47 days ago
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