I read this post by Shannon on Fab Fatties, and my reply was almost a post of its own!
I’m right there with you, Shannon! Except my 3rd kid is my mom. 🙂
It got WAY too crazy there for a while. It was the last few weeks of school right into the first few weeks of summer…Mom was ailing, then hospitalized, then needed extra help post-hospitalization. All too much for me!
I recently re-read a chapter from Martha Beck’s book The Four Day Win. The book is about psychologically preparing yourself to lose the weight and keep it off forever. The chapter I read was specifically about the results of a study where drug-addicted rats were placed into either “rat-trap” (undesirable) settings or “rat-park” (very desirable) settings. The rat-trap rats took the drug-laced sugar water offered them, whereas the rat-park rats avoided it, even suffering through withdrawal symptoms.
Here’s the takeaway: design your life so that it looks more like a park than a trap, and you won’t need the drugs/food to make the pain go away.
That’s what I’ve been working on and thinking about ever since.
Hang in there!