Food and Weight: An Ongoing Journey

Keeping the Fridge Door Closed

Posted on: October 31, 2012

As I’ve already said, we got hit by Hurricane Sandy.  Fortunately, I live one block into Zone B, so we didn’t have to evacuate.  On Monday night, however, the tree in front of the house got uprooted, and took three light posts, with power lines attached, down with it:

The house with the tree branches obscuring it is the house across the street…fortunately, being late at night when it came down, no one was hurt.  Even more of a miracle, there wasn’t a car in front of the house (parking spots around here are generally hard to find).  Also fortunate, although the power lines went down, very few of them actually snapped, so I have had light and power, with just a few flickers.  Until last night, that is.

I was working on a post for the knitting blog when the power went down at around 9:05 pm.  Using the roomie’s landline, I made a few calls to let people know what had happened.  The first of those calls was to my ex, who lives about 20 minutes away in Flatbush.  He had been trying to call me to tell me that his power had gone down again, but T-Mobile went down for a bit at the same time as the power, so he couldn’t call me (I have a cell phone, and VOIP, neither of which were working).  We got power back shortly after midnight, and it turned out that Con Edison had shut down electricity in Homecrest, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, and a huge chunk of Flatbush because a transformer had blown, and they wanted to fix it, while preventing further outages from system overloads.

Not knowing this at the time, the roomie and I sat for a few minutes, and discussed what we had in the pantry that we could use, so that we didn’t have to open the doors of the refrigerator or the freezer, so we could keep the stuff inside them as cold as possible.

Of course, keeping the fridge door closed was probably the best way to stay on program for me.  Seriously.  There wasn’t much we could do, during the blackout, though, so I took a much needed nap.

I won’t say it’s been an easy few days, though.  It hasn’t.  Like most people, I have been raised with food as a major comfort mechanism.  (In fact, I think I noted last entry that one of the things I cooked was a large pot of my favorite childhood comfort food – my mother’s split pea soup.)  I have been using my weekly points — something I usually don’t do, preferring to save them for dinners out or for special occasions.

I am not sure if I will gain or lose this week, and frankly, I’m not worried about it.  I am doing my best to not go off course, but — honestly — there are a lot more important things to deal with this week.  The roomie and I are trying to make sure all our financial stuff for the month is in order — no easy task when her credit union’s main office is in lower Manhattan, and my credit union’s main office is out on Long Island.  I have been mostly sticking to program, and am very glad that I’ve been able to keep using eTools to track my food.

As for emotions — I think I’ve experienced them all over the last few days.  And, for the most part, I’ve just sat and experienced them, rather than shoving them down with food.

I’ve also kept busy.  I’ve done some writing, some knitting, a lot of chatting with friends online and making sure that folks I know in real life were safe and out of dangerous areas.    I even got a short walk (around the block) in on Tuesday morning.

I only have one question today:  What do you do to “keep the fridge door closed” during a time of major stress?

See everyone Friday, Lord willing and the water don’t rise again!


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