[QUOTE=Siobhan;968749]Physical activity, out in nature if at all possible. Hike, run, walk, hang upside down from a tree. Lay in the grass. Swim. Borrow someone's dog. Go out at night and look at the stars. Though they seem impossibly remote, they are as close as our own bodies; we are made of their dust.
Then go to YouTube, call up your favorites and sing as loud as you can.
Stay away from alcohol and carbs. They are depressives. Lotsa protein and fat![/QUOTE]Sounds like a fun date! When are you available this weekend, lol!
@Pam Thank you so much for the pick me up! I'm working hard to get through all of this with a positive attitude- heck even made several sets of plans yesterday and saw many friends. My parents are not usually a viable option but they may have to be an option... May talk to my dad about moving in with him soon... Just won't be overly prepared if mom decides she wants to move back in too (long story that I won't explain but I'm sure you can put 2 and 2 together). Doing my best to apply for at least 1 suitable job a day. Today it was just a temp 2 month position but it's better than nothing. I'll keep looking a bit more today as I do some laundry/pick up a book I've been neglecting. As far as my parents and diet? It's terrible- my dad's a diabetic sugar addict and mom "can't control" her eating. I've tried hard with both just to have no success.
@Judg You make a good point about stress. It's not even so much stress as it is confusion really. I'm not getting anywhere. Heck, even my weight has been a giant plateau this month. Really not helping the situation really. I'll likely put in maybe a 1 lb loss when I weighin on the first sunday of this month... kinda shitty eh? I try to get out with friends when I can- my family isn't always a reliable resource of encouragement and support. I get that my situation isn't the worst and that people have unnecessarily endured much worse but it's the not knowing what to do next that is killing me. I don't know if I can' afford to stay at the place I'm at and I'm not sure what kind of budget I have to find my own place. It'd be easier to gage if I had some form of income to bounce off of.
@Siobhan I'm doing my best to take regular walks and get out. Best I can do at this point especially with the weather getting colder. But I'm getting there. Protein and fat are of course my staples that keep me going :)
Hoping for all the best and really admiring your attitude and the way you are handling this. I can relate to the uncertainty part! And the part where the family is not necessarily a big help, or any help. I don't know you very well, and this forum isn't real life, but I am guessing that you are generally a giver and not a taker, which makes this situation even harder. A lot of people would use this an excuse to screw off, live off family, etc. But you're not doing that, you are taking steps to make things better. Good on ya -
Hey Betorq, I'm working this weekend but free the next -
Ecks, confusion is stressful. Not knowing is stressful. At times like that, we have to be ready to revise our goals if need be. There are physical changes in response to stress that make it much harder to lose weight. Remember that, and congratulate yourself for successfully holding the line. Anything you can lose now is a bonus. You're doing a really great job with your attitude and with your weight, and don't you dare forget it.
Life is like rowing a boat, when the wind is right, and the sea is calm, and you are full of energy, you can choose your own direction. But sometimes the wind is against you, or the current is pulling you one way or another and you have to row like mad and it seems as if you get nowhere, or worse you go backwards. It's times like these that show what you're made of.
The good news is that the wind will die down and the seas will calm, you'll rest on your oars a bit, regain your strength, get your bearings and move forward.
Thanks all :) It's been a long month for sure. I do have an interview tuesday though for a job that I do want so I'm praying that turns out.
Weighin sunday turned out to be unfruitful. It's a palteau month at 248. Shame really. Oh well! I'm hoping if this job interview goes well I'll kick back into burning mode. Not sure if I'll hit goal but I'm thankful that I haven't derailed. :)
Also, sidebar- Overdue food porn. This is from last week :)
Fish in a blanket? Salmon wrapped in bacon topped with a poached egg.
That is gorgeous! You are really good at presentation! And I am sure it is as wonderful as it looks!
Yum! I think I have one of those, oh and DH wants one too! Oh, and now the kids each want one ;) Praying with you that the job interview goes really well! While I know that plateau is not a goal, isn't it kind of comforting that you are at least maintaining despite the stress and unhelpful circumstances? I think a 'well done' is in order! And before you know it the upheavals will be a thing of the past and that fat will be dripping off you again!
That salmon looks wonderful. Good luck tomorrow at your interview. I'll be thinking of you.
Yep, that meal looks good!
A butcher I know says there won't be any bacon on the market here in six months because of the drought. I hope that doesn't happen!
Thinking of you on the job interview tomorrow. Once you get a job, the weight will fall off. Just think of the pre-historical days. You would have gained weight under all the pressure. Maintaining is much better.