Filling the Void

When I started my journey to wellness over a year ago I was unemployed. What I missed the most about my job was the socialization, this was a major part of my life that was taken away from me. I tried to fill the void with food. Food not only filled my void for socialization it also became my comfort as I spent month after month looking for employment with no success. Food was in charge and was the only thing that made me feel better. Or so I thought.

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When I started my journey to wellness over a year ago I was unemployed. What I missed the most about my job was the socialization, this was a major part of my life that was taken away from me. I tried to fill the void with food. Food not only filled my void for socialization it also became my comfort as I spent month after month looking for employment with no success. Food was in charge and was the only thing that made me feel better. Or so I thought.  

As a mom, I always tell my children that sometimes we need to make the best out of a not-so-great situation. I finally took my own advice in June and started to spend a few days a week volunteering. I wish I had done it sooner! I have been happier ever since making this decision. You’re probably wondering how this contributes to weight loss. This is how it worked for me: by spending a few days a week out of my home I am forced to plan my meals. 

I plan my meals for the following week on a Thursday and go food shopping for the items that I need on Friday. I put my food menu on my refrigerator so I know exactly what I am going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There is no time to think about eating something that is not on program. I spend Saturday cooking my meals for the week. I always make doubles batches of dinners and freeze the extra to be used the following week. My freezer is filled with labeled freezer bags of dinners. Snacks are also very important so I always pack my snacks in my handbag and always keep an emergency snack in my glove compartment.

Volunteering helps keep me in check and accountable. Why not try Volunteering? It is not only good for your soul but also good for your health!

Blog written by Maria Osnowitz
I am 54 years old, married, and the mother of two grown children. I have been unemployed since June of 2009, and since then have...