Roll With the Changes

Terri’s View: For the first time in 6 years, I have a job besides taking care of my 2 children. I took a temporary position with the census bureau for some extra income. Little did I know at the time it would not be extra income, but the only income as 2 days before I started, my husband’s company folded with no notice.

Terri’s View: For the first time in 6 years, I have a job besides taking care of my 2 children. I took a temporary position with the census bureau for some extra income. Little did I know at the time it would not be extra income, but the only income as 2 days before I started, my husband’s company folded with no notice.

You never know what life is going to throw at you. You are in your routine and all is fine one day, and the next day a one-income family turns into a no-income family. Now as I have said in previous blog, things have to be kept in perspective. I tell myself it’s not an illness or sudden accident; it’s a job. He can get another one – and soon I hope. Everything happens for a reason and things will work out in the end, again, better sooner than later. 


Now being an emotional eater like many of you, this kind of stress can easily turn to unwanted pounds. I have to work even harder to stay the course as this is a very stressful time for us. On the first day my husband broke the news to me, I was about to head to the gym. I was in no condition to work out as I was understandably upset after the bombshell. After an hour or so when things sunk in, I had a ton of nervous energy which could have led to mindless snacking. But instead, I became a cleaning machine. I emptied my kids closets, cleaned the bathrooms, magic erased everything in sight and found some dust bunnies that would have normally lay dormant for years to come. I didn’t want to stop because that would have given my brain time to think about the day's events.

The following day was Saturday, which is normally a cleaning day for me. But since I had transformed into Mrs. Clean the day before and skipped the gym, I decided to head for a workout. Ed came as well, as neither one of us wanted to use our stress as an excuse not to work out or to eat poorly. I had an extra hard workout and ran on the treadmill for 4 miles and felt invigorated afterwards.

On Monday I started the training for the new job which was going to be 9-5 and totally disrupt my stay-at-home-mom schedule and my morning gym routine. Monday is normally a gym day and since I could not make it, after dinner I put my 2 kids with a combined weight of 85 pounds into the double stroller and walked/jogged the hills in my neighborhood.

Then the following day, I took them to the nursery at the gym in the evening and my daughter was so happy to see a classmate there. My point is that even though my schedule has changed, I need to roll with those changes. If I cannot stick to my usual routine due to work, I still need to find the time to get my activity in. I had planned ahead with my work week and packed my lunch every day so I would not be scrambling looking for healthy options and wasting my lunch break. I packed almonds and apple slices to snack on during class time, as I did not want to get home famished only to overeat due to poor planning.

Ed is also staying on course and not using his stress as an excuse to overdo it, and sticking with his workout schedule. It was just 2 blogs ago we discussed stress and how it can reek havoc on your intentions. Now is the true test for my husband and I to practice what we preach and to hopefully know that this is only a small speed bump on the road of life. 

Ed’s view: Nothing says stress like unemployment. It’s a time when it is easy to say “I need to eat this” or “I don’t want to do a workout,” but the truth of the matter is that since changing my lifestyle, this part of my life is more important than ever. It helps me feel in control of my situation and it keeps me positive.

Like with anything, you need to be positive. When the scale shows a number that you were not expecting; you need to keep positive. You find yourself home more than you expected; make sure you can stay away from temptations; even too much of a good thing could be bad. Some food items while good for you, i.e. almonds, have a lot of calories. Snack good – mindless eating bad. Make sure you keep this in mind.

I would also say that while looking for a new company, some of the interview questions are about accomplishments that I have attained. I can say losing weight is one that I can place on my list. Companies, while looking for your professional achievements, will also be interested in your personal achievements as well. Keep this in mind if you are in the same position as me.

It is no fun being unemployed, and the stress level is higher than normal. But you need to stay positive, you need to keep motivated and you need to make sure you continue on the course you have taken to be a better you.

Sometimes life will deal you lemons; you got to take those lemons and make lemonade, with no sugar of course. Until next time, good luck.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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