Well, these last 3 weeks we have also had this dog....she's been as much stress as the kids being sick.
She does NOT conform to the breed norm in temperment (she's a Newfie who ended up HATING kids, and my husband, and trying to kill my cats), but my husband is returning her to the breeder today, which will also relieve a lot of stress. That poor creature has been living on a leash, tied to me, for 3 weeks because 1) she can't be trusted with the other animals or kids and 2) she's busted out of both the crates I had that could hold her. Not only that, but she's broken the gate we have that provides the cat's with a "safe zone" to hide from the dogs, and she's literally chewed through my bedroom door (she made a hole big enough that a 130lb dog could get through). My bedroom now has a built in pet door for the other animals
I had wanted to get an adult newfie (I have had newfie's before, and known several, they are my breed of choice, but I also have 2 "mutt's" who we adore) to avoid the chaos of puppyhood, and keep stress low, but after the h*ll of the last 3 weeks, and being afraid that one of the kids was going to get hurt by this dog (we tried to return her a week after getting her, but the breeder wouldn't meet us until today), I think puppyhood doesn't look nearly as bad now!! LOL
Oh, I will be so happy when everyone's done their antibiotics, the dog's gone, and no one's sick!! LOL
Until then, instead of going off plan, I will use some dumb bells (and no, I'm not talking about my husband....at least not today) when I feel compelled to "comfort eat".
Chin up, and this too shall pass!! I'm trying to laugh it off, since laughter is the best medicine, and is good for burning calories