Does the current economy make you break your diet?

September 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

We all know that these are challenging economic times for our country.  We’ve read about it in the papers that report our nation’s banks are struggling; some of them have been taken over by the government in order to remain functioning.  We’ve seen it in the increasing number of foreclosed homes in our neighborhoods.  I personally have three friends who’ve been laid off and are having trouble finding work.  One of them has a young son to care for.

I’m generally a positive, optimistic person.  I’ve always believed that, whatever the obstacle, I could overcome it if I just put my mind to it.  I still believe that, but I am prone to worrying, especially at night.  And, when I worry, I have a tendency to eat to calm my nerves.  For me, eating works better than any pill could.  It soothes and relaxes me, and it’s reliable.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to keep my eating in check, even with all the turmoil out there.  After all, other than trying to spend and save prudently, there’s not much I can do about what may or may not come; if I can’t prevent it, why stew over it and cause myself to overeat in the process?  It’s tough, though, when I can’t sleep, and I know that chowing down will give me much needed rest.  That’s one of the reasons I only stock low-calorie, healthy foods in the house and avoid keeping junk food around.  I can’t binge on bad food I don’t have.  

I’ve also been trying other ways to calm down at night.  I have a book with a small booklight by the bedside so I can read for a few minutes to get my mind off whatever’s troubling me.  Using a small booklight, rather than turning on my higher wattage bedside lamp or the TV, keeps me from waking up too much and making the problem worse.

My BF and I have been listening to positive nighttime affirmations before we go to sleep, which also helps.  He’s out of town this week, so I played the affirmation for myself last night.  It helped, although I still woke up an hour earlier than I needed to, fretting. 

Exercise also helps by boosting my mood and helping me sleep more soundly when I do sleep.

So far, except for a brief period a few years ago, none of life’s circumstances have derailed my lifestyle change.  That’s one of the things I’m most proud of, although I’m always aware that it could happen.  But, when I start worrying about it, I remind myself of how I’ve stayed on track during several personal challenges.  If I was able to do it then, there’s no reason I can’t do it now.

Maintainence is the hardest part of weight loss because life will always throw us curves.  No matter what happens, though, there’s nearly always something healthy we can do to get it through – something that’s better for us than cheese fries and the remote control.  We just have to be open to coping in different and better ways.  It’s hard at first, but in the long run, it’s worth it.

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