Off Track

Storm Kind

I’ve felt really off track about a lot of things this week both with little things and big things. There’s been a lot of noise in my head these last few days – rambling thoughts if you will.

Little things

What is it about road trips that makes you feel like it’s OK to adopt a diet that consists purely of junk food and fast food? And why do Cheetos taste so good?? Partially it’s due to the limited choices available on the road – fast food and convenience stores and more fast food – but that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t have found a supermarket along the way and stock up on some healthier snacks and fruit. Actually, we did but those damn Cheetos…

I’ve also realized (again) that I am a stress eater. With Hurricane Sandy, so much of this week has been stressful and I’ve been turning to food to try to make it go away versus listening to what my body really needs.

Being stuck in a car for two days makes it really hard to workout. I’m finishing off Week Two of Best Body Bootcamp (BBB) but have only been able to complete three of my five workouts this week which is extremely frustrating. I want to workout but I’m exhausted, physically and mentally.

Speaking of BBB, I love it. The workouts are challenging and I love the way that Tina has structured them. I’m convinced that she’s trying to kill us with the first superset of each workout. There were two moves in particular that nearly slayed me – the Scorpion and Surrender Squats. They look deceptively simple…


Big things

I can’t quite wrap my head around the havoc that Super Storm Sandy caused in my city. The power outages I can picture and imagine. But the total decimation of communities along the coast and in Staten Island?

The devastating images of coastal communities, many of which are cut off and are not receiving the same amount of attention or aid as other more prominent communities, makes my heart hurt. It hurts to see the boardwalk at Rockaway completely decimated – an incredible community that I was just beginning to get to know and where I had the privilege of paddling out over the past year.

My neighborhood was extremely lucky during the storm. But I feel like we’re living in this weird bubble right now where people are trying to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I know that I am, mostly for the sake of my kids who have been out of school all week. Halloween went off as usual, minus our annual neighborhood parade. Regardless, the streets were bustling. But it’s a bizarre juxtaposition when about a mile away, it’s a completely different world where life has been altered forever.

At the same time, I’ve witnessed so much rudeness and hostility over the last few days, particularly in the aftermath of an enormous event and at a time when our communities need to come together. It makes my heart heavy and somewhat disappointed.


How you can help

For those of you looking to HELP, DONATE or VOLUNTEER, here is a Facebook page that’s aggregating information about volunteer and donation needs for Sandy relief efforts.

  • Please consider donating to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.Brooklyn Community Foundation – a great local philanthropic organization – will administer the fund which will respond to the immediate and long-term impacts of Sandy and serve as a flexible source of grant funding to local nonprofits for the rebuilding efforts. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 year, local organizations are often the ones that are best suited to help meet the specific community’s needs. 100% of every donation will be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn.
  • Alternatively, Waves for Water is coordinating a full-fledged relief initiative focus on the coastal communities on the East Coast, particularly in New York and New Jersey.



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  1. says

    One of my favorite yoga teachers said in regard to the hurricane that we get nasty due to wanting things to get back to “normal” versus accepting “what is.” This made me slow down a bit in my head and let go of not being able to work or blog and accept the 2 hour gas lines, at least for now. I am falling into a new normal but it will shift as life shifts. Thank you for posting relief organizations. Heartbreaking devastation. xo

    • admin says

      So so so true – “normal” versus “what is”. It’s a lot – mentally, emotionally, physically. I too hope that once the media moves on, that people don’t forget.

    • admin says

      Yes, I realize that it’s a bit like survivor’s guilt, no? Why did our neighborhood get through the storm OK and others didn’t. It seems odd and unfair. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and understanding. I appreciate it.

  2. says

    I think acknowledging the stess and figuring out the root(s) of it can go a long way to handling it in a more healthy way. I’ve been surprised at how even distant tragedies can get to me, especially when piled on my own daily stresses. Reaching out for support and figuring out how to help others is a great way to start — and then stop buying Cheetos! (I have the same issue with Cheeze-Its — maybe it’s the orange food coloring)
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    • admin says

      I know. I’m not allowed to have Cheetos in the house. I seriously only get them when I’m in the car or something (which is very rare). I think you are right that it’s the layering of the different levels of stress on top of each other that’s gotten to be too much to a certain extent. I’ve acknowledged it so hoping that I will begin to handle it in a more healthy way.

  3. says

    Thanks for the great resources for offering help to Sandy victims. We should all do what we can to help.

    I’m sorry you’ve had a rough week. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ll get back on track. Sometimes when your regular workouts just aren’t achievable, try taking a walk. It will help clear your head, give you some exercise, and help relieve some stress.
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    • admin says

      Thanks Debbie. I appreciate your thoughts. The walks definitely helped. Just felt good to move which is what I needed more than anything.

  4. says

    I would think it’s normal to feel “off” in times like this!! You will get back into your groove soon! I hope your community continues to recover from the shock of Sandy!!
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  5. says

    Oh, Christine- I’m sorry. I feel so out of the loop- being so far away, it’s hard to keep these events in the forefront of my mind. I have to keep reminding myself that yes, it really happened! Rudeness and hostility at a time like this is absolutely disheartening. And I am a stress eater as well… I don’t know if I’ll ever fully be able to “fix” that. Traveling can definitely make you feel all out of whack, too.
    Thank you for sharing those links…. I’ll try to help spread the word!
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    • admin says

      The stress eating drives me crazy sometimes largely because I’m acutely aware that I’m doing it and yet, I continue to do it!! Maybe I just need to move somewhere where I can lie on the beach all day and have no stress? 😉

  6. says

    It feels so surreal to see all the photos from the other side of the atlantic. I hope everything will be back to normal soon. Love the blog by the way!

    • admin says

      Thanks you and thank you for stopping by. Yes, I’m starting to feel more normal this week. I guess that’s what a return to school/work will do to you!!

  7. says

    I hope you aren’t beating yourself up for stress eating and being off course while traveling. it is one of those things that is sometimes just out of our control, and you are adapting the best you can. As for cheetos, hell, sometimes you just NEED those. Not WANT, need. Just saying :-) ((hug)) (have fun with Tina’s workouts! so awesome!)
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    • admin says

      haha. So true and I’m not beating myself up over the stress eating because I have accepted the fact that I am helpless and cannot fight the power of the Cheeto. But seriously, what I didn’t necessarily like was the using the road trip and travel as an excuse to eat junk rather than just saying, “I want that bag of Cheetos so I’m going to have them,” if that makes sense.

      Tina’s workouts are really great. I’m loving it!


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