Friday, August 28, 2009

Chores and Stress Eating!

After having a wonderful day on Wednesday, it ended with a bang or rather an argument with my husband concerning his son who moved in with us a couple of weeks ago. While I'm not a neat freak, I do like things clean and tidy which seems to be impossible with a three year old and working three, yes, three part time jobs. Enter a 20 year old step-son, who leaves dirty socks, t-shirts, shorts, games, empty soda cans and candy boxes in my living room. On top of that, the yard isn't mowed and the dishes in the sink are overflowing; both chores that my son and husband are avoiding. I tell them, "If you get up from eating and go do the dishes immediately, it takes about 15 minutes." They ignore me. We used Chore Buster to divvy up the chores and since I do all the cooking in the house, I only have to clean the kitchen once or twice a week. Personally, I'm all about deadlines, but neither of the men in my house are. I feel like chores should be completed ASAP and not be put off. "Do what you have to, so you can do what you want to do." is my motto. Anyway, it has been determined that if I have a problem with my stepson, I am to complain about it to my husband and let him handle it. Any suggestions on how you handle chores in your house would be deeply appreciated!

So, with all the stress at home, I have been stress eating. Today is day 3 in my week and I have 16 flex points left for the week. I'm going to have to behave myself this week. I have got to get back on schedule. Tonight we are having dinner at church which normally throws my week off. I need to learn to stay in my points when eating other people's cooking. Anyone else struggle with this?

Update! The yard appears to have been mowed!


  1. Stress eating is a hard one. I know first hand! I hope that you will get all the chores, etc. worked out. That must be tough!

    When I was under a lot of stress and trying to make good choices, I sometimes had to just get out of the house!

  2. Thanks Diane! It is tough! It has been a busy week too, so I'm just waiting for next week and maybe a break!

  3. I love that you have a kitteh named Mouse....that cracks me up!!

  4. I cant help much on the chores.
    But regarding stress eating I can give you a tip or two. Try expressing out to a close friend of yours. Let your mouth do the talking instead of swallowing. Try chewing on gum. It helps me relax all the time.

  5. Hi Lori--thanks for reading my blog. I hear you girl--chores and stress eating is where I'm at today! I wish I had a helpful teenage girl who lived here (Ha! Just kidding--sort of)I like Diane's advice about getting out of the house when stress eating pops up. I am going to have to find something else to do. Blessings--Bonnie