I am not a military mom, but had a husband serve in the Navy for 20 years. The daily fear is real, that's for sure and that doesn't help someone who want to lose weight.
As a person whose husband was in the thick of things (he was in port when the Marine barracks in Hyfah blew up, his ship had planes shot down by Quadafi, they went to clean up the mess with Idi Amin, etc,) not a day goes by when they are away from you that you don't miss and worry about them. I can only say that you just can't let food replace anything in your life.
One salvation for me was a hobby. I am a knitter and it keeps my hands busy so I can't eat. I also take on complicated projects when I really don't want to think about something else. This works great, actually. If I am doing a knitting project where I have to count stitches, change yarns, etc, I can only think about what I am doing and not about what is worrying me.
If nothing else, find a household job needing doing that would need your full attention and tackle it. If you work, take on something that keeps your mind totally occupied with it.
My children lived the Navy life and when he would leave for a deployment we would make a paper chain of colored construction paper,one for each day he would be gone. We would then cut one off everyday. When my dh and I were going to Las Vegas for the first time and so excited, we sat down like two children and did this together then like kids, cut off a link everyday. We booked a year in advance so his office was strung all over with chain. It was actually fun to do and with every link, it became a day closer. As silly as it seems, it is a way to stay connected with your son. Even send him pictures of how your progress is coming along. I am sure he will get a kick out of it.
Good luck to you and all you military wives and moms who have loved ones going overseas.
Last edited by gma22; 03-19-2009 at 07:24 AM.