Positive: More Time With Family
Just as all other areas of life has been derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, so has my attempt at weight loss and I imagine I am not alone in that. I took off work a few days last week for what was supposed to be our spring break family vacation to Las Vegas. Instead we stayed home, cooked a lot of meals together, played family games, watched movies, took naps…you know, all the things you do when quarantined. (Silver lining of all of this is the precious time spent with family when we are “forced” to be together so much!)
Keep Yourself Committed to Exersice
I made the conscious decision to do the best I could with my meals but also to go ahead and eat what I felt like eating and try not to worry too much about it. I also committed to exercising every day that I was off work. Each day my daughter and I picked a different place to go and walk – well I walked and she ran – but it was the accountability I needed to keep moving. I am sure I am not alone in saying that this is a really stressful time right now.
Give Yourself A Little Extra
and Support Local Business
While I was off, I was finding that the more I tried to follow my 5 MR plan the more anxious and emotional I was becoming. This is not surprising considering my history with using food as my emotional regulator. The difference I felt this time was the isolation. I was already feeling isolated in my job, with my family and friends that I can’t go and see, and then even with my immediate family when they sat down to a meal together. I knew that for me, it was more than just what was on the plate. It was about putting the meal together as a family and sharing that meal. It may seem like an excuse to eat, but I don’t really think it was. I think it was an attempt at connecting on any level I could. Now that I am back to work, the need is not there. I am back on my 5 MR (sometimes 6 if I am really wanting something extra) and I am completely fine with that.
I guess my point in sharing this is, we are going through something completely out of our control right now, and if your need to control food is rearing its head, it’s ok. Give yourself some space to take care of yourself not just physically, but emotionally too. Don’t be hard on yourself right now if you end up having something (or somethings) off plan. You will get to a better place and we will end up on track again. Even if you gain a little, looking at the bigger picture, it really is ok. I am up 3 if that helps anyone, and I know that I will get it right back off. It goes without saying, Betsy has been incredible making adjustments so that we can still purchase our MRs without jeopardizing ourselves or her staff. Take advantage of that! Just knowing that I am going to pick up some products (even though I have plenty, I am purchasing more to support this local small business!!!!) gives me some sense of normalcy and it gives me back some control over my health. So be kind to yourself. We are going through something unimaginable right now, but this won’t last forever. Stay safe and healthy friends, and know you are not alone.