Dieting with Obstacles - Burn-out & Loosing weight

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12-29-2009, 02:55 PM
Almost a year ago I was diagnosed with a burn-out.
On the last Sunday of the Christmas Holidays I cried my eyes out just thinking of getting back to work/school. The thought of walking into the school the next morning just made me ill.
I called in sick and went to my GP. She sent me to the psychologist and she diagnosed me. Since then I've been working for 70%. I'll be getting back to 100% in two weeks time.
During the past year I also tried to loose weight, but I found it very difficult. When you're feeling down and your body is functioning minimally, loosing weight is a big challenge.
In this year I have never met anybody who was dealing with the same problem.
Are there any people here who are dealing with a burn-out and want to loose weight? I'd love to hear from you.


three herring
01-27-2010, 07:50 PM
I know how it feels, although I have never sought help for it. My husband and I both lost our jobs at the same time and had to make drastic decisions to save ourselves from financial ruin. We had to sell our home which was so difficult for me and I had to do it alone while husband was in training for another job. My daughter hired me to watch the children to help some money coming in for us, but then she lost her job! I cried and cried, not being able to stop and the whole world seemed to come crashing down around me. I felt so helpless, so vulnerable and I had urges to pull the covers over my head and hide.

Melt downs happen whether there is something that sparks it or nothing at all in particular. It was the right thing to do to go and get help for it.

I also though that dieting would help me, but there is a catch 22 with dieting and having trouble coping. I did something that really helped me, I ate just a bit less by using a bowl that held 2 cups. I allowed anything I wanted in the bowl, but I only ate 3-4 bowls of food a day. This was just to start something, anything, to help myself prepare to diet again. I soon discovered that I felt better eating "just enough" and within a few months I was ready to feel even better. Each person is different, so this is something that worked for me. It's my way to a gentle and nurturing start when life seems overwhelming.