Project: Unexpected Weight Loss

I haven’t reported on my weight loss goals since I re-pledged to lose 30 pounds by May 2009. Did I ever post about that? I can’t remember. Anyway, I lost 30 pounds in 2008 and pledged to lose 30 pounds in 2009 as well. More specifically, I wanted to lose 30 pounds by Memorial Day weekend, which is when I was planning on attending my cousin’s wedding in the Outer Banks.

I think I officially started back up with the diet on January 7, the day before I got laid off from work. So, in the past eight days I have lost….wait for it….nine pounds. NINE pounds!

It’s a combination of things, really. First, I’m back to limiting my calories. I’ve been pretty faithful about eating only 1300 calories a day. This is mainly due in part because now that I’m home, I’m constantly doing things (laundry, cleaning the house, taking/picking up the kids from school/daycare, searching for new employment online, running errands). I’m just not HOME and haven’t been sitting down to eat lunch until about 2 p.m. every day. Add in to that, by being home I’m much more active than I was sitting at my desk at work. I rarely sit still. I think the combination of more general activity and watching the calories has been all that my body needed to kick back into gear. I’m obviously very happy about that.

Of course, I also know the underlying issue, and that is a general anxiety and worry about my family’s future. Sadness and depression lead me to food. Anxiety and worry make me jittery. Isn’t that interesting? I never knew that, because I’m normally so laid back and easygoing that I’ve never really dealt with serious anxiety and worry like I have over the past seven days. And I’ve dealt with a LOT of anxiety and worry over the past seven days.

So I know at some point that will all level off. Either I’ll find another job (I’ve met with one recruiter and sent off about 6-7 resumes on my own), or we’ll settle into a nice routine with me being a stay-at-home mom until the fall when CB starts kindergarten and I can get work part-time during school hours.

My next doctor appointment for the medical study is on the 27th. I’m curious to see how much more weight I’m able to lose before then. At least 3-5 more pounds given the recent rate of loss. Won’t they be pleased when I come in that morning and show a 12- or 15-pound loss to make up for the miscellaneous gains here and there that I’ve had over the past 6-7 months?

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