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Ice Storms Cause Weight Gain

Just as I hit the Publish button on the last post, the power went out. It was shortly before midnight, and it had been freezing rain for several hours. Such outages being rather common in my neck of the NH woods, I fully expected it’d be back on before morning. I called PSNH (Public Service of NH) to report it and agreed to be called in the wee hours, if need be.

Alas, this was no simple lights out. This was a major ice storm, and the severity was obvious in those dark hours as I listened and ducked as trees and limbs fell all around the house and on the car. New Hampshire in particular was hit the hardest of the Northeast states. Hundreds of thousands were without power and heat for days.

I was among them. Six NIGHTS in total. The first two, I roughed it in the house, as the ambient heat gradually left the building. Finally, I gave in and called around to find a hotel room. I was lucky as most were booked full for at least a hundred mile radius. I got in touch with a Days Inn about thirty minutes away that had just got their power back on. They were frantically trying to get the computers back up and asked that I call back in an hour. When I did, they were sold out. That is, until I reminded them of my prior contact. Yes, there was a room, after all.

I spent the next night there as well. A great group of folks at the desk who really understood the situation. They also had a continental breakfast (I didn’t make any waffles, but the apples, oranges, and coffee were nice) and wireless internet, allowing me to catch up on two days worth of email.

The day of the fifth night without power and heat was an unusually warm one. Indeed, I had the windows and doors open to get the inside temperature up to the 55 degrees Fahrenheit to which it climbed outside. I once again opted to camp out, this time in the car. I set a travel alarm to go off every two to three hours, at which point, I’d heat up the car for a while.

The next morning, not finding the sleep to be all that restful anyway, I headed into town before 6 AM. As soon as McDonald’s opened their doors, I was inside grabbing a large coffee. I’d been doing so well at reducing my intake (again), but I lived off the stuff (and more, as you’ll soon read) during the outage. It was then I discovered another jewel in the golden arches. Besides their now good coffee, they also offer wireless internet at $3 for 2 hours. Who knew?!

On the sixth and final night, it was back to the Inn. The next morning, I stayed right up to checkout time so I could get some work done on the computer and to wait out a new storm which was busy laying down a few slippery inches of snow. Good choice. The driving was terrible, but upon arriving home, I was happy to find power had been restored maybe a half hour earlier (the phone was still charging and the heater was busy trying to bring things back up to room temperature).

I’d survived (and so had my pipes; I let the house heat up before running any water). Indeed, I’d apparently more than survived, as evidenced by the readout on the scale this morning! I’m packing an extra four pounds. :(

Here’s how an ice storm the likes of this one, which was granted State Of Emergency status, can lead to weight gain:

  1. eating everything in the fridge before it goes bad

  2. not using plates by eating a whole can of beans at each meal
  3. craving for sugary foods and fats (for me,
    this meant nut butter-stuffed medjhool dates)
  4. lack of exercise
  5. not being able to use the kitchen scale
  6. not being willing to use the bathroom scale (too cold)
  7. not using nutrition software (though I did jot things down)
  8. lack of sleep
  9. stress
  10. boredom

The quality of my food choices didn’t suffer much, but the quantity was definitely not restricted. Greens were a little lacking. Instead, I had lots of canned (no salt added) beans, kimchi (purchased at the grocery store, almost a jar a day), no salt added tomato sauce, carrots, bananas, nutlettes, apples, oranges, dates, nut butters, and coffee.

Now, it’s time to buckle down and get back to CRON and exercise!

4 Responses to “Ice Storms Cause Weight Gain”

  1. Don't feel lonely says:

    Well, Erin, don’t feel like you are the only one it’s ever happened

    I’m packing about 7 extra’s and it’s proving harder to get back
    than I had anticipated.

    I HAVE to get serious and quit eating food my children leave.
    (It’s so hard to toss when one is frugal.)

  2. Amy says:

    What an ordeal & interuptus. Glad you have power restored. I didn’t know McDonald’s had that wireless service.

  3. Erin says:

    Thank you both for your kind words! It was pretty crazy, and it’s been a long time since I’ve had a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. The best thing that came out of it all was learning of Mickey D’s wireless. :)

  4. Diane says:

    snow, ice storms and holidays…….perfect combination to pack on a few extra seasonal pounds.

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