Weathering the Storm

Ice StormWell, here we are in Atlanta, two weeks after our last snow storm, and we are awaiting an ice storm of “historic” proportions.  I guess our saving grace this time is that we have had plenty of warnings and time to prepare.  By now, most of us are safe and secure wherever we plan to ride out the storm and we are ready to stay there for the next day or so.

While being trapped inside for an ice storm is not my idea of a good time, I am thankful for all of the advance warning so that I had time to fill my environment with food and equipment that will keep me on track, even if I am off of my regular schedule.

I started on Sunday by cooking enough chicken for the week so that I could have salads for dinner.  I made sure I had lots of fresh veggies on hand to really bulk up those salads and make them satisfying.  Yesterday I shopped for fresh fruits, Almond Milk, and whole grain cereal.  I also have lots of plain Greek yogurt, fat-free cottage cheese, and low-fat cheese sticks on hand.  I have some simple exercise equipment like resistance bands and free weights as well as a few workout DVD’s.  If it’s going to be icy, I don’t want to risk going out to try to walk.  I don’t want to slip and break a leg and we are also being warned of the danger of falling and trees and power lines due to the weight of the ice: best to find a way to be active indoors.  When all else fails, there is what my friend Gail calls “house aerobics.”  Who among us doesn’t have a cleaning project that we are only likely to tackle when we are “trapped” in our house.

Resistance Bands

Notice I did NOT mention anything about chips, frozen dinners, hot dogs, donuts etc…  Believe me, I know how tempting it is to turn to those standard “comfort” foods when the possibility is looming of being trapped in your house for a few days but I urge you to resist!  If you have already brought some of these foods into your environment, I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to get rid of them or make them inaccessible to yourself.  Why?  Your weight loss journey is far too important to allow a day or two to set you back a few weeks or more; regardless of whether you’ve been working at it for two weeks or two years.

Part of the journey is learning how to navigate these situations without too much trouble.  The first step for me is saying no once to the temptation in the grocery store rather than saying no to it hundreds of times once I bring the item in my house.  I know that being housebound is going to make me want to eat.  The trick for me is to have “safe” foods on hand that I can eat and not suffer terrible consequences for or feel terrible guilt about afterwards.  I have plenty of grapes, apples, bananas, pineapple, blueberries, and salad fixings on hand along with the high protein items I mentioned earlier to help me feel full longer.

When circumstances dictate you having to stay in one certain environment for an extended period of time, you want to make sure that environment is going to be as safe as possible for you.  Maybe that means foregoing cookie baking with the family but you can certainly still have fun family time that does not revolve around food.  Michael and I are working on two different puzzles right now.  One is 1000 pieces and the other is 2000 pieces.  What I find is that I get so busy on concentrating on the puzzle, time passes quickly and I don’t really think about food.  If we do eat while working on a puzzle, we snack on apple slices and cheese.

Enjoy your time at home with your family, but continue to make wise choices that are going to help you reach your goals.  Stay strong and have fun!!!

Don't Give Up What You Want Most


  1. Ha, I love the idea of house aerobics! We are setttled in with a few things I baked ahead of time, Greek yougurt, and fresh fruit cut up and stored in clear containers, near the front of the fridge so I see it first. Oh yeah, and card games for us, too. I confess I am still thinking about baking blueberry or banana bread, but if I do I will slice and store it in portions, or make muffins instead of one large pan. Stay safe and warm!

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