Feeling a Little Better Today

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yesterday I was really down and depressed. It was bad...worst I've felt in a long time. Some of it had to do with consuming too much sugar on Easter, but that doesn't account for all of the feeling. I do feel a little better today and I'll take it. Now I have to do some major damage control at work for all the deadlines I've missed in the last month or two. I know it's my own fault and my actions (or inactions) have consequences, but it's scary. My husband lost his job 2.5 years ago and we are surviving on only my income. I make enough money that if I lose this job, it will be hard to find a similar salary elsewhere. I honestly don't know what I would do if I do get fired. :(

A few days ago, my 6 year old daughter was sad that her friend wasn't playing with her. She asked if she could have a piece of candy and I told her no. She said to me, "but mommy, it helps me feel better". She's just 6 and she already feels the emotional relief of eating! I'm so sad that I've passed this terrible habit on to her. I was so taken aback that I just said "I know, but it's not healthy for you"...could have handled it better, but I didn't know what to say. I need to start being healthy for her and my son, if not for me.

I want to start meal planning so that I know what to make for dinner and we're not just having cereal, hot dogs, or mac & cheese all the time. I'm just not that organized. Often times I don't feel like cooking after working full time. I know I need to just do it. I can ask my husband to help me with it, and he would if I tell him exactly what to do and make sure it's not too challenging. All the resources online have meals my family would not eat, so it's discouraging. I can make a list of things we do eat and start there, but it's hard for me.
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    You sound like such a loving, devoted, and strong person, and I wish you and your family the very best as you all face the stresses and challenges life has unfortunately thrown at you. I suspect you'll continue to find the answers you seek to all these problems you've mentioned, and I wish you much strength as you do! All the best.
    2460 days ago
  • KNH771
    Glad to hear that you're feeling a bit better today. For meal prep, I've gotten into batch cooking and freezer meals. I make dinner for the entire week over the weekend and have it pre-portioned, so all I have to do is heat it when I get home for work. That has been really helpful for me in making healthy dinners when I'm tired. Otherwise I don't even do mac & cheese. I end up snacking until I'm full - crackers, chips, whatever is close. Having something I can throw in the oven easily or microwave has really helped.
    2467 days ago
    I'm sorry so much is going on for you to be upset about. I know I've at my job awhile and to go somewhere else and start over the pay would not be the same. I feel down about not being the size I was 2 summer ago but I'm tired of being sick and tired. I started with 10minutes yesterday & that turned into to 30 and last night I did 45minutes more. My problem is when I start I just can't stop.

    Also, I've learned to pick up pre-made meals in bags, batch cook on the weekends. Do some tacos with chicken & steak. My grandson LOVES cheese tacos and they are so easy. Even once you've worked all day. Get your husband to help. Then start small at work, I'm backed up too but I started with clearing of my desk from backlog now I'm almost caught up.

    On your daughter, try to have like Welch's fruit snacks around the kids love them and they won't make you feel guilty giving them to her. Try apples and oranges my son eats the whole bag practically & I don't say a word. Wished I could help you more. Keep your head & be encouraged! Everybody is going through I promise you it's true. .

    God bless,

    2467 days ago
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