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Letting A Load Off

by Courtney on April 17, 2011

How is it that it is now 11:30pm, I am still awake, and I don’t feel the slightest bit tired? Seriously, what’s going on here? Who’s taking over my granny-self?

Hey, whatever the reason, I’ll take advantage of this opportunity to show you what I chowed on today…

As I mentioned earlier, Jay and I were heading out to spend the day with some good friends and family. A little later in the evening, Jay and I went with our friends, Joe & Kate, for dinner at a local place called Swifty’s Pub.

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There’s always plenty of good laughs when the four of us get together…obviously. Smile

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Swifty’s had quite the extensive menu, and the four of us were pretty hungry, so we decided to quickly order some Buffalo Chicken Dip.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a total baby when it comes to spicy foods. After about two attempts at the dip, I threw in the towel…my poor taste buds just couldn’t handle the heat! That doesn’t mean, however, that I didn’t do my fair share of damage with the homemade chips. Winking smile

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Then, dinner came. Can ya check out those sweet potato fries my friends? Tell me that is not one serious pile. A little sandwich with those fries?? Winking smile

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I ordered the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, which was a grilled chicken breast, topped with roasted red peppers, mozzarella cheese, and pesto mayo (which I got on the side, but was quite tasty).

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Tonight’s dinner tasted great going down, but has left me feeling a little blah. I ate probably 95% of what you see above on that plate there…fries and all. In fact, there was not one food that I ate from home today; well, unless we count the few licks of leftover frosting this afternoon…

Ughh, I’m a mess.

I realize that my eating habits as of late have become much more lax. Things like sweet potato fries have been no stranger these days, and unfortunately, not only are my pants starting to feel it, but my body is starting to feel it too. However, these past couple weeks, a lot of it, actually, can be attributed to stress eating.

Many of you have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot more from home during the week days and have asked whether or not I’m on vacation or if I’m still working (you guys sure are observant…I like it). While it’s not something that I want to dwell on here, the fact is, I’m not working. As it turns out, my job loss came sooner than expected, and I am no longer teaching.

It’s been an extremely hard and emotional couple weeks for me, which I’ve tried hard to keep under wraps. I’ve alluded to some “down” moments a few times, but haven’t been quite ready to talk about it. To be honest, it’s been hard. Really hard. I miss my students terribly. I miss the daily routine. I miss a lot.

And how do I cope? I eat. You know how when some people get really stressed out they don’t eat or can’t eat? Yup, well, I’m just the opposite. I go to town. And hey, since I’m being really honest here…

Remember how I gave up sweets after dinner for Lent? Well, that went right out the window the day I got the news that I was losing my job within the next three days. I feel awful about it, but at the time, it was one of the last things on my mind. Sure I didn’t have to tell you guys…who would have known, right? But it would be worse to lie about it, rather than not committing to it at all, you know?

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So, wow. There it is. I guess maybe this is why I’m still up at this late hour? To finally let a load off and fill you guys in on the real deal. I’m not quite sure what’s ahead for me, but I do know that it’s no excuse to keep goin’ balls to the walls with my sweet potato fries…that’s for sure!

I’ve got to get my life in order, figure out where I’m meant to be and what I’m meant to do. There is a plan for me…I know it. There’s a reason I’ve been placed in this situation. Now I just have to figure out why and what to do with it.

And to think…I thought this post was just going to be about a day with good friends and a big ‘ol plate of sweet potato fries. Winking smile

As always, thanks for listening reading, my friends. Smile

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1 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" April 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

Oh girl I totally feel ya! I just posted about emotional eating the other night because it is something I’ve struggled with a lot over the past couple years. I can only imagine how hard it is too no longer be able to do something you love. I’m sure it will get better and I’m sure an opportunity will present itself that you never even imagined! It says a lot about your character that you’ve been able to keep the smile, even during the rough times. And don’t feel bad about 11:30. It’s nearly 1:00 AM and I should be asleep. But of course, I’m up worrying :-) Stay strong- I’m sure something amazing is just around the corner!
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2 Khushboo April 17, 2011 at 1:14 am

I don’t blame you for being down or emotional eating- you’re human after all. Losing a job is not easy at all especially when it’s not expected. The fact that you’ve realised you are comfort eating and aware that something bigger is in store for you is a huge step. Stay strong, it will all make sense eventually. Im sure I’m not alone when I say thanks for still maintaining a positive attitude in your blog and making it enjoyable and light-hearted to read.
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3 Gege April 17, 2011 at 1:35 am

I hardly commet, but am an avid reader ;) but I feel the need to comment. I can just sit here and tell you I am sorry and too stay strong, but I dont have to, because from reading your blog for almost a year now, I know you are so strong. You have such a wonderful personality and everytime I come to your blog, whether I am having a bad day or not, I always leave in a happy smiley mood. You have encouraged me to make a healthier life style for myself, and when I just dont feel like working out, or have had it with my veggies, you always remind me that life is a learning process, we are meant to learn and grow every day, and too never give up! I know you will get through this, and have bigger and better things come your way, people who actually appericiate all that you do and how dedicated to your students you are! You are strong my dear:)

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4 Shayla April 17, 2011 at 1:38 am

Courtney, you’re a very inspiring and honest woman and it’s very commendable of you in telling us the truth in everything you’re going through and we’ll all always be here to “listen” to you :) Losing your job, especially one you really love, is one of the hardest things you’ll go through and though you’ll go through some rough spots like emotional eating, those things will just make you stronger and help you to push through the tough times. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason and eventually everything will come together for you…you have a passion for baking and children, maybe you can make the two come together somehow? Either way, you have a drive and personality that will take you places and you will succeed in the end. Good luck to you, and remember all of us here in the blogosphere are for you :)

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5 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 17, 2011 at 1:39 am

It’s hard to not be doing something you love so much anymore but you are a strong woman and things will only get better from here on in. Everything is a learning experience to make you become a wiser woman with everything that you have in store for you. No one will judge you for emotional eating because we’ve all been there and done that. I love the cute pictures of you all, so much delicious food :)
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6 Shanna April 17, 2011 at 2:11 am

Ahhh brave lovely girl Courtney. Than you for sharing. Whatever you do dont be too hard on yourself. Focus on all the possibilities you have to come ….

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7 Lori J Delgado April 17, 2011 at 3:55 am

Hi Courtney :) I love your blog and follow it daily :) I enjoy reading about you and your days. I am so sorry to hear about your job loss and stress eating! I can relate and spent TOO MANY years following the same pattern. It took many years but I have overcome my overeating and stressed eating. You are in my thoughts. Hang in there girl, something great will come along for you :) Take care.

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8 Emily April 17, 2011 at 7:01 am

Courtney-

I rarely comment, but I just had to after reading such a heartfelt and honest post! I too will be losing my teaching job come June. I am already so sad about this, and my eating habits have definitely been taking a hit-more “snacky” and processed food.

Combined with the fact that I also have NO idea what my next step will be as far as work goes, I feel your pain when it comes to stress eating. I am definitely not the girl who “loses her appetite” when she is stressed! My body is feeling it lately-I don’t feel like myself.

Anyways, I wanted to let you know that you are not alone and I so admire you for sharing your struggles and making ME feel like I am not alone either. This weekend I made an attempt to eat 3 square meals a day and eliminate snacking. Better, but I still have a long way to go.

You are amazing!

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9 Emily @ Relishments April 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

Hi Court! I just wanted to let you know that I totally feel you. 2 years ago when I didn’t get the teaching job I was expecting, I spent my unemployment watching every episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which pretty much just made me more depressed. Last September I ended up unemployed again, but I dealt with it a little better, after I cried non-stop for days. I don’t know if unemployment is harder for people who are teachers, but I do know how hard it is to be away from students and how much we miss them. The only advice I can give is to apply everywhere, be patient, take “temporary” positions (sometimes they end up being permanent) and try to do something constructive with your new free time. You’ll pull through. Every time I’ve been out of work, its been because something even better was waiting for me. If you want to talk more, you know where to find me :)
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10 Rick Mochrie April 17, 2011 at 7:24 am

Court –

You have a huge support system with your great husband and loving family. They will get you throughthis. Everything happens for a reason. The man upstairs will guide you in the right direction.

Maybe you need to sell your cupcakes and cookies at the farmers market? ? ? Just an idea :-)

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11 Sarah May C April 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

Hey Courtney, just wanted to say I hope you won’t be too hard on yourself – what you and I might automatically call ‘stress eating’ might just be your body’s way of saying you’re tired, and sometimes taking a break from routine and what you’re used to is not always such a bad thing. Did you ever see Eat Pray Love? Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea – but I love Julia Roberts – and I loved that book, and film! (my mum too!)

If you know the scenes or chapters about Italy you’ll understand what I mean – just gorgeous, indulgent Italian food – sometimes doing things for the sheer indulgence and the pleasure is good for the soul – who cares if you gain a few pounds? They’ll go again. The important thing is to be happy – the best beauty enhancer is a smile and when you finally feel right within, everything else shines out. After all, a lovely lady like you, will always aim for a healthy lifestyle and find a way to inspire others to do so, so if life takes you somewhere else for a little while it’s okay! Focus on your heart and look after yourself – your eating habits and everything else will fall into place. Personally, I find your body has a way of telling you what it needs (for me, it’s usually more sleep – and I’m trying better to listen!) For what it’s worth, I think you are beautiful and I know your friends and loved ones would think so too whatever changes go on in your life for the short-term – hope that is not too personal and I wish you lots of relaxation and room for you to recover. You’ll get through it ;-)

Best wishes,

Sarah

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12 Loni April 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

Hi Courtney,

I’m another avid reader (started reading about two months ago) who has yet to comment. I am sorry about your job (my mom was just let go herself) but I think that you’ve got a great mindset and outlook on life. There definitely IS a plan for you! I am an emotional eater as well and something that has helped for me is to try to break goals down into smaller pieces. For instance, 40 days of Lent would probably just add MORE stress for me on top of everything else that’s going on, but if I focus on getting through each week or even each night, it makes things a lot easier. Maybe this is something that could help with the stress eating.

I also want to say that you are really an inspiration to me in balancing eating healthy/exercising and baking! Those are my passions as well, which sound a little conflicting – hence making the discovery of your blog even sweeter! Nice to find someone after my own heart :) I always look forward to checking for updates!

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13 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 17, 2011 at 8:21 am

I hate and love those pivotal times in life when you’ve got to figure something huge out. Keep your head up. You’ll figure it all out. One way or another.

In the meantime, I’ll just send positive and happy vibes via your blog. :-D
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14 fsugirl! April 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

Well, I would never be able to tell, seeing as you look absolutely gorgeous in every post! God Bless You Courtney; there is going to be something GREAT around the corner! :D

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15 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 17, 2011 at 8:28 am

Oh Courtney, I am so so sorry! I have never EVER heard of a school releasing a RIF’ed teacher before the end of the school year. Doesn’t that go against your teaching contract? I’m RIF’ed too – still waiting to hear what’s going to happen for work next year.. and you’re right, it is stressful. I don’t necessarily feel stressed, but my body sure does. I hope everything works out for you!
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16 JJ April 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

Hi Chelsey and Courtney,
I was also wondering about being released before the end of the school year? I’m a teacher too, but have been out of the classroom to facilitate 2 grants that will not be renewed, so I am also unemployed as of the end of June. Will there be any teaching jobs where you are? Not too many to apply for in my part of the US! Good luck and hang in there!

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17 Julie @ PBFingers April 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

i thought the same thing, chelsey. it almost seems CRUEL of the school to pull her from a class full of students that know and likely love their teacher in the MIDDLE of the school year. i can’t even imagine! what did they do with your students? were they divided into different classes? that seems so disruptive to their lives. clearly don’t know much about teaching, the confines of education budgets, etc., but to me it seems like your school should really reevaluate things. i feel for you and just KNOW something wonderful is in store for you! keep your head up courtney! :)
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18 Colleen @ Colleen's Better Bites April 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

Hi Courtney
That sucks about your job. Especially to leave without finishing out the year. I’m sure that your students are missing you everyday. Hopefully everything will work out for you. I work for a school district and it’s been so hard on teachers in the last few years. But districts are trying to be creative and people are retiring, so hold strong and I’m sure you will find a position that is a perfect fit. Good luck with everything!!
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19 Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m so sorry to hear about your job. I am sure that it must be terribly difficult, and in my opinion, you have a right to eat for a bit and get a free pass to break your Lent promise. Don’t feel guilty about being sad and depressed. You will absolutely get through it, and who knows…maybe you’ll find something even better! :)
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20 Presley April 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m so sorry to hear that! That just means there is something better out there for you! By the way, I’m also a total stress eater as well. Entire cartons of Cookies and Cream have disappeared because of it.

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21 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

I just came across your blog, and I love it :). I think it’s great that you are getting your feelings on paper (on screen?), maybe it will be somewhat therapeutic? I think all of us emotionally eat at one time or another. I used to feel so guilty doing it, but I know that if I make up for it later in the week with good foods, and exercise, I will be okay. Good luck with your job search. I’m graduating college in three weeks and I don’t have a job lined up, or know exactly what I want to do, so I know how stressful it can be!

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22 amy April 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

Courtney, I’m so sorry, you’ll be in my thoughts. my hubby lost his job 3 days before Thanksgiving. It was horrible. I went into a severe depression and stresss and went back to my eating disorder and lost weight, my hairs still falling out and i overexercised. On the bright side, he now has 2 jobs both of which he loves. He’s doing better than before. he could give up the personal training job but he loves it so much he decided after he got the other job and started to do well to continue to train cause he loves helping people so much. I firmly believe when one door closes a much better, bigger one opens. stay strong and have faith. Your a great person and theres something waiting for u right around the corner, just watch for the signs. maybe ur meant to be a journalist or writer. Your good at it.
Hugs,
Amy

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23 rachel April 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

Awww I’m so sorry. I kind of thought that’s what was going on but you seemed in good spirits so i figured it was like another spring break. I’m such an emotional eater and it’s really so hard to snap out of it.
My boyfriend left for Afghanistan in February and I swear I’ve gained close to 5 pounds because all I’ve wanted to do is eat cookies, mexican food, pizza…pretty much anything fattening. This feeling will pass. I’ll be sending prayers your way! I’m sure your students miss you just as much!

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24 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries April 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hey girlfann – I’m so glad you were able to write about this. It makes you even MORE likable – and I didn’t think that was possible! It’s okay to not write about bubbly things all the time – you’re human! You stress eat – you doesn’t? ;) I think you have a more than legitimate reason to “eat your feelings.” It totally sucks about your job, and I’m so sorry that it turned out the way it did. I think you’re a pretty neat gal, and I’m confident that something great is going to come your way soon!
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25 Olivia April 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

You are so wonderful, Courtney :) I truly believe everything is meant for a reason and you deserve the very best :) Keep up the WONDERFUL blog because us readers really love you!

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26 KDD April 17, 2011 at 10:00 am

Courtney,
When you are down realize all of the people who follow your blog and who you help find a little more meaning or brightness every day. If that isn’t a job worth having idk what it. I’m sorry to hear about your job loss but you radiate positive energy and (great recipes and restaurant suggestions too!) which make many people happier than you probably realize.

Stay positive and remember this too shall pass.

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27 Molly Carter April 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

Courtney, I’m so sorry to hear about your job! The world of education is turning upside down right now with all of the extreme budget cuts. Our teachers are constantly buzzing about major changes that are likely to take place next year. Keep your chin up, girl. We’re always going to need good teachers, so you’ll find an opportunity soon. Take this time to relax and enjoy life…I’m sure you’ll be back to work and up to your eyeballs in grading papers and lesson plans soon!
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28 Molly Carter April 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

Seriously…if you’re interested in moving to Northwest Florida (lovely beaches, great weather), I know of a handful of job openings at my charter school next year…just saying ;)
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29 Julia April 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

Courtney, you will find your way again! I love coming to your blog and it always makes my day to catch up on your posts-your commitment to the things you love to do, such as teaching, blogging, baking (noms!) will pick you up and take you far! The down time is hard, but keep putting yourself out there and being yourself because you obviously are a strong, determined woman, and you know what you deserve! I know exactly what you mean about stress eating, and this halfway transitioning from winter to spring only exacerbates it. But warmth is around the corner and I can only imagine that it will make a lot of us happier to have it around :)
Keep it up, we have your back and we’ll be here cheering you on!

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30 Thetreadmilldiaries April 17, 2011 at 10:21 am

Though it’s tough now, I truly believe that when one door closes it’s because another will soon open. Good luck in finding the right next step for you. I’m sure it’ll all work out.
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31 Whitney April 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

Courtney – I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your job! I have a few friends who are on the verge of losing their teaching position as well. :( Just know you have lots of support and something will come along – I just know it!

Stress eating is something I do, too and have been lately as well. :/ Don’t beat yourself up. Thanks for posting – you look great in your photos and so does Jay, Joe and Kate. :)

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32 Holly April 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

Court I’m soooo soooo sooo sorry to hear this :( At first I was thinking that you were on spring break..but I think you already had it this year.
I can’t believe they treated you so badly. It makes me so mad..how could they just let you go when it is so close to the end of the year. I’m sure that all of your students miss you SO much too.
I know there are so many opportunities are going to come your way. You are such an amazing person! I hope things start falling into place very soon!
On a happier note, your hair looks GORGEOUS in all of those pictures!!! :D
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33 Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner.com April 17, 2011 at 10:46 am

Court, I’m sorry to hear the hard news, and that you’re not feeling so hot lately. I can’t help but think- you are so so incredible, things must look up soon. They must. There’s no way that someone so loving, caring, kind, and talented stays stuck. You will find something you love even more, I just know it :)

Thanks for sharing!
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34 Laura April 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

I am sorry to hear you are out of work. As a teacher, I can’t imagine having to leave my students at this point in the year. It is unfortunately very common in our profession to be shuffled around as budget requires, and it just isn’t right. I hope you are able to find some enjoyment as you move through this and enjoy some time for yourself amongst it all. Wishing you the best of luck!
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35 Kelly April 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hey girl! I did notice about the mid day posts but I didn’t want to say anything or ask until you were ready to share. I figured as much about the job but wanted to wait until you felt comfortable telling us. I am so sorry about losing your job. My heart completely goes out to you. I am so sorry Courtney…I will praying for you! :)
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36 Tina April 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

So sorry to hear that Courtney. I know what you mean about being a stress eater, I am the same way. You are letting it out and that’s a good thing. Like you said there is a reason for this and although it’s tough right now you will see in the end that God has a better plan for you. Hang in there!
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37 Katie H April 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

I love my little routine and I would be devastated to lose it (which very well may be a possibilty in the future). It must be so hard to be forced to leave your students. I’m here if you need to vent. Or if you need to go out for a few drinks and need a DD ;) ((hugs))
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38 Paige April 17, 2011 at 11:45 am

So sorry to hear about this change in your life. I can’t believe that the school let you go before the end of the school year – wouldn’t that be disruptive for the students? It just doesn’t seem to have their best interest in mind. On the up-side, I guess summer vacation came early for you this year! I am SURE you will find another opportunity soon, you’re a strong woman!

As for letting yourself have sweets again – I think God will understand. :)

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39 Alexa @ SimpleEats April 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

First I want to say you are BRAVE for letting all of this out at once! Not because we would judge you, but because it’s a lot you’re going through and to share it probably wasn’t the easiest! I’m so sorry for the loss of your job. I agree with you though, there’s definitely a plan for you out there and I bet it will pop up when you least expect it. I’m a total stress eater too…it happens to the best of us. This is just a bit of a hard spot right now, but you’ll definitely get through it. You have a whole blog world of friends to help you along the way! :)
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40 Lauren April 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

So sorry to hear about your job loss! :( The same thing happened to me last year and I stess ate a lot! It was hard to eat good and workout without a routine. I started my blog because I was so off track from losing my job. I believe everything happens for a reason. I’m sure something wonderful will come along for you!
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41 Casey April 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm

as hard as it may seem to believe this, i actually do know the way you feel. i stress eat everytime i am having a hard day as well. But remember, having dinner out is completely normal, and so is finishing what’d on your plate. Something that I do when I’m upset is punch stuff haha sounds funny but i do. walls are not ideal. BUT couches, beds, punching bags-those are perfect! plus it’s kind of a workout ;)

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42 Danielle April 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Courtney…as hard as this post was to write you should know that it is extremely inspiring! I have been in your shoes this year and it is tough but also exciting…this will give you a chance to try new things and recharge. I work for a temporary staffing agency and would love to help you out. Please let me know if you are interested! You have helped me with healthy eating and fitness and it would be my pleasure to help you! Your wonderful! Keep smiling!

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43 Kimberley April 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Courtney you are so brave for being so open and expressing how you feel. Sometimes it is actually better to get something out because you feel 10 times better in the end, like you are not hiding anything. I just posted on my blog my story about my eating disorder and it was really hard for me to do, but I am glad I got it out there and I truly do feel like a weight was lifted!

You will get back to yourself, everyone goes through rough patches and you just took the first step my admitting it :) Embrace your “time off”. You deserve it girl!
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44 Jillian April 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I don’t comment much, but I am an avid reader and you are such an inspirational, amazing person!!! Good for you for being honest and everyone is allowed to fall of the track every once in a while. Awesome that you recognized it and are ready to do something about it! I’m so sorry about your job loss but I my #1 motto is “EVERYTHING happens for a reason!” You will come out of this even stronger than ever and find something that makes you very happy. Good luck!! Xo

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45 Jordan April 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I can TOTALLY relate with you when it comes to stress eating! Food can be seriously comforting in stressful and upsetting situations, and I find myself eating a lot more when I’m busy or stressed or bummed, too. I think we can all relate! I’m sorry you’re going through such a tough time…but I know you’ll get through it and be stronger after it’s all said and done! I absolutely love your blog and really admire your honesty and everything through all this!
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46 Danica April 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’m really sorry to hear that you’re going through a tough time, and it takes a lot of courage to share those tough things, thank you for being honest…Just remember that everything happens for a reason (even when it doesn’t seem like a good thing), and it’ll all work out. Pray for God’s help and remember that through Him you have endless strength!

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47 Ashley @ Cupcakes & Combat Boots April 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and hoping that things start to turn around for you soon. I admire you honesty, and I can say that I 100% understand where you’re coming from. I have been there, though not because of the exact same situation. And I too am a stress over-eater, unfortunately! Keep your chin up and keep being you!!
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48 Jess@atasteofconfidence April 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I’m so sorry you have been down and stressed. I can relate- and I always eat more, too! You will find a new path and maybe it was meant to be. Keep your chin up!
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49 Jaclyn April 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Courtney I really (along with all your other readers, apparently) really have to commend you for what you are going through and also for being so honest.]

I recently got laid off too, and it is so hard…… and it really just sucks!

I think a lot of us can relate to the stress / boredom of snack eating. You are a smart, beautiful woman, for sure, I bet there is a bigger, better plan out there for you – just like for me – (we) just have to keep telling ourselves that and believing it!!
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50 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Courtney – I did notice that you were posting more often and from home but didn’t want to pry. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us, as I’m sure it was difficult to put into words. I know it probably doesn’t help, but please know that I am thinking about you and praying for something good to come out of this terrible situation. I’m so happy you have Jay and your wonderful parents to lean on during this completely stressful time.
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51 Andrea April 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Your readers are here to support you just like your family and friends. Most of us have been through stressful times and stress eating just happens. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Just enjoy yourself and know that you are capable of getting back on track whenever you’re ready.

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52 jen April 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

So so sorry courtney! I know what its like to stress eat, too. But some days you just have to give in! Things will get better! :-)
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53 Maria@La_Piattini April 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your job- as a fellow teacher I know how hard it can be with budget cuts and whatnot. I hope you’re doing well!

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54 Parita @ myinnershakti April 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

So sorry to hear about this, Courtney. I know you’ll get through it and come out a much stronger person. Just from reading your blog, I can tell that you are very sweet and caring, and because of that good things are around the corner! Just follow your heart and you’ll get where you need to be sooner then you think. :)
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55 Shannon April 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your job. I completely admire your bravery and honesty. I think we’ve all been there…I can totally relate to the stress eating. Don’t beat yourself up about it…when you’re ready to move forward, you will. :)

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56 Brynn April 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through s tough time. Please know how much positivity you bring to others including myself. When I’m feeling down, your blog can turn my mood around. You are strong, passionate and clearly loved by so many friends and family. Good things are all around you, eventhough it might be difficult to see. I have lost my job before and was eight where you are. Use this time to find your happiness, try new things and focus on your loved ones. I know something amazing will come along. Hang in there, we’re all here for you!!
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57 Chelsa April 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I hope you figure things out with the job. Everything happens for a reason and this could be a blessing in disguise. And don’t beat yourself up over sweet potato fries, tomorrow is always a new day to start fresh!!!
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58 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) April 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Wow, I can’t believe they let you go with a couple months remaining in the school year. My mom has been a teacher for 30+ years and I’ve never heard her tell a story like that!

Time to bring your cupcake catering to another level!

Oh, and keep eating those sweet potato fries and desserts after dinner if it makes you feel better. :)
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59 Kristen April 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Im so sorry to hear about your job. That must be incredibly tough, but I know you can pull through! and maybe there is something better right around the corner! I believe everything happens for a reason (although at the time, I usually dont listen to it haha)

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60 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza April 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hang in there girl, my thoughts are with you through this. It’s a huge change and I can imagine is quite difficult. I’m glad you shared though and I hope it made you feel a bit better by doing so.
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61 Karen April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

My prayers go out to you! I can’t imagine what you are going through but I hope you trust that there is a purpose for all of this happening to you.
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62 Beth Tollis April 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Just curious-
How could they let you go in the middle of the year? I am a teacher in Ohio and that doesn’t happen…any chance for a long term sub position?

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63 Courtney April 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm

It got sort of complicated, but unfortunately that’s how it ended up. No signs of any long term sub positions, so we’ll see what happens…

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64 Melissa April 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Just reading this now and so sorry to hear about your job. I can’t believe they laid you off mid-year! I was wondering what was up, but wanted to respect your privacy. I’m glad you’re hanging in there. Don’t be too hard on yourself and take it in stride. With your positivity, I’m sure you are going to come out on the other side of this 100% ok. HUGS!!!
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65 Sarah April 18, 2011 at 7:35 am

IM so sorry to hear about your job! It must be a hard adjustment when you do something you love and then your home all day. Stay strong and you’ll find a job you love again in no time!
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66 Sue April 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your job. I wish I could give you a hug in person. I am also a stress and emotional eater . Some people can’t eat when they’re stressed. I’m the complete opposite. You are such a good person. Something wonderful is just around the corner. I “feel” it.

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67 Karen April 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

So sorry to hear about it Courtney!! Hang in there girl!!

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68 Amy April 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

The only thing I want to say is my mantra that I repeat when going through a tough time….

“If god brings you to it, then he will bring you through it”. I am not an overly religious person but I believe that everything happens for a reason and this brings me comfort when life hands me lemons.
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69 Emily April 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’m such an emotional eater! I think its something that a lot of people struggle with, no matter what weight or body type you are at. I’m so sorry about your job :( I know it will be hard for awhile, especially because you weren’t prepared for it to happen so quickly, but I think in the end, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Enjoy the beautiful weather that’s coming and know you have so many people who genuinely care about you in your life! Hopefully I’ll be seeing you in the next few weeks <3
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70 Sarah Lynn April 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Hey Courtney,

Thanks so much for sharing. I’m really sorry you lost your job. I’ve been unemployed for four months now and can totally relate to the boredom, depression, and stress-eating. I agree with everyone else that’s commented: your blog is amazing. You seem like a great, cheerful, beautiful person. The blog world is better with your words involved. Please keep writing and staying positive.

We’re all rooting for you!

Sincerely,
Sarah
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