Monday, June 27, 2011

the stress is great within me

make that tacos, and that's been me
This week I've learned that a good positive attitude, and being really optimistic, only takes you so far - and only lasts for so long. Being fully immersed in the job-hunt is stressing me out! And as I have learned - I have some opportunities for improvement where my dealings with stress are concerned! When I'm feeling stressed out, I hoover anything filled with fat and salt. A deep-fat-fryer becomes my best friend. I guess something about the sound of my arteries clogging relaxes me? I also learned earlier this year, as an added bonus, my hair falls out! Awesome! Nothing hotter than a greasy, bloated, bald lady - am I right fellas?!?!

So the good news is that I was able to identify last week that I was in my stress-spiral, and tried to yank myself out of it. I stocked the pantry with healthy-ish vittles, and tried my best to be strong! I have learned (see also: been reminded of) a couple of things:
  1. I LOVE grapefruit. Cut it in half, with a packet of faux-sweetener, and go to town. Delicious.
  2. Plums are yummy. That is all.
  3. Crystal Light might actually be saving me from having complete organ shut-down
  4. When you stop eating a lot of salt, and simultaneously go back to the gym - your pancakes come back at full-force!
  5. Job hunting is like dating. You wait by the phone (or computer) wondering if they'll call (or email). You wonder if you said the right thing. You wonder if they'll like you. 
And although I can totally identify what is going on - I still can't stop myself from wanting to eat crap. Just last night I had to have a REALLY stern talk with myself. It was almost 9pm. I wasn't hungry. But I still wanted to go get tacos. Why? I have no damn idea. But I totally got the win.

I guess I was just feeling stress about the job hunt. But maybe I need to get some perspective. I have been hard at it for like two weeks. A number of the jobs I applied for didn't even close until last Friday. I have moments of extreme positivity, where I'm sure there is someone out there that is going to realize what a fantastic employee I will be, and how much value I will bring to their company. Then I have the lows - which is also tied to my need for immediate gratification - when I don't understand why I haven't heard from them within 24 hours of sending in my resume. I just need to take a chill pill, and trust that something fantastic is coming my way.

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I am not a person who is typically content to "drink" their calories. I want to actually eat. I need the satisfaction of chewing. But in the summer, post-workout, I am OK with a protein shake to hold me over for dinner. Here is the recipe for the protein shake I'm in love with! It uses powdered peanut butter!! The whole thing is only 260 calories - and it really does fill you up!
  • 1 heaping scoop of (VegaMixx??) protein powder (I am using vanilla, because they didn't have chocolate - and it is still delicious) = 100 calories
  • 2 Tbls powdered peanut butter = 45 calories (SERIOUSLY!)
  • 1/2 sliced banana = 55 calories
  • 1 cup almond milk = 60 calories
  • ice cubes/water = 0 calories
I use my Magic Bullet, and it is ready in less than 1 minute. Instant gratification is my friend.

UPDATE!! BOOK NEWS!! I guess they are going to reprint in paperback later this year - so it will be available in stores like Barnes & Noble around January 1st! That's pretty damn exciting!!

Do you notice you eat more based on certain emotions? How do you control it?


  1. Right on...I am a total emotional eater! If I am happy, sad, stressed, mad, does not matter--I eat. Are you doing the math? That would be all the time except when sleeping. When someone figures out how to stop this insanity PLEASE fill me in(so I stop filling up!)

  2. I'm exactly the same way with the stress eating. For me, it's the chocolate that is my downfall, though fried calamari will work in a pinch.

    I actually don't fight it anymore--I just find foods that aren't as bad, and I stress eat with those. Right now I'm having a dark chocolate raspberry weight watchers ice cream bar after a stress-filled day with my two year old and newborn.

    That protein shake sounds pretty good, too. I love peanut butter.


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