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"oh these times are hard"

Friday, September 23, 2011

SO I recently moved to a different country (Scotland) to study. I have been going through the huge change of life with moving and leaving many friends behind. I have a friend at my school so that has helped and I know some of the teachers around.

The problems?
Lack of funds in the beginning so eating some not so good foods. I ate ramen for two-three meals when I first got here.
Grease. Everything here is fried. EVERYTHING. people have chips chips and more chips (fries). there is nothing so fattening as fries!
Lack of motivation and space to exercise.
Sedentary studying. mostly what I have been doing is reading and looking on the comp.
Rainy weather doesn't always bring the exercisy feelings on.

Positives? (there are some)
I make my old weekly walking goal each day I walk to and from school. I walk so much with just that basic that I might have to increase my calorie intact. (which brings us back to the food problem)
most people have a healthier active life here with walking, hill walking and biking.

Tonight I was feeling down. It's a friday night and I spent my afternoon reading. I finished my book. But I still felt no happiness in it (to be fair I am probably in a hormone shift). I was going to go home eat dinner and spend the night reading. My house mate said she was going to read and work on prep stuff. We went home made dinner then watched a movie while eating dinner. Despite it being a comedy I still felt a bit down. I pulled out my Jelly beans and ate a few handfulls, I also had a chocolate carmel candy bar. Then my housemate got out the ice cream so of course I had that. When I am down I do look for my happiness in sugar like most people. I felt a little better from the sugar high of course which would end up dumping me possibly even lower than I had been before!

Then when we were both sitting on our computers, she started looking for a song. We found it and it started off a musical fest! Just putting on music and then we started dancing and then we started stretching and I even did a few small exercises!! It was so much fun! She even said that we should do that every day because it felt great! It was a great end to an evening. Music is like food for my soul. I love it!!!! So I got in some strength training exercises and worked on my flexibility (which is nothing! whereas my housemate is super flexable!) It was an awesome evening and now I have to finish off so I can go to bed!

Good night all and God Bless you! Here's hoping you find a blue spot in the cloudy skies and it brings you a smile!

Rachel

P.S. Sometimes I do love the rain!
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  • JENNYMARIEC
    I totally just read that article like ten minutes ago! Gah. I needed to read that like a week ago or two weeks ago would have been great. Yay for healthy snacks! I just realized I need to stock up on some healthy snacks...maybe I'll make a Wal-Mart run later today. Don't you just love it when your friend shows up so you have someone you can blame everything on? ;) I know I do...the emotional eating, bloated stomach, extra weight gain...it's all her fault!
    3244 days ago
  • RACHELYNNJOAN
    I am so with you. my friend started visiting today, which I knew was coming. I just read the editors pick article today something about taming emotional eating. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /wellness_articles.asp?id=693R>
    which won't work all the time. As a girl I know this is is just really hard to get it to be that way. I know that there will be good days and bad days. I do enjoy chips. :) But I have been trying to carry a couple pieces of fruit and veg to school with me. I got a few chuckles when I carried my carrot to uni. So these are on hand and I don't feel the need to go scavenge for a candy bar. I just have sugar in my coffee! lol.

    Keep up the good work. I know you'll do great!!!
    3244 days ago
  • JENNYMARIEC
    I'm glad to hear your night ended on a happy note! Yay for music! It makes everything better. I was totally feeling down today too, so I pumped up my music and attacked my apartment with a mop and vacuum. It felt very good!

    Last week I ate so much junk food it wasn't even funny. I was just craving chocolate and sugar and more chocolate and sugar. And once I started, it was extremely difficult to stop. Then a day or two later, my monthly friend came to visit. Cravings explained, but still it was rough. Now I just feel bloated. I'm going to try to go for a run tomorrow. It's been a little while so I feel your pain. I hope you find something healthier than chips/fries to eat!
    3245 days ago
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