I'd like to talk for a minute about this phenomenon wherein your body, in your hour of greatest need, turns against you. It doesn't matter how many hundreds of crunches you do, how many gallons of sweat your you lose in spin class, or how many freaking salads you have for dinner. If you are under considerable stress and you are a lady, your body goes into Arctic crisis mode and decides to horde fat around your core like you're a baby seal trapped on an iceberg.
God, it's maddening! Doesn't my body understand that on top of the stress of leaving my job, starting a new super scary one in which I have like, 100 times more responsibility, moving to a new city, draining my bank account to sign a lease on a new apartment, and leaving my boyfriend behind (more on that in a minute), the absolute LAST thing I need is to also feel fat?
This stress gut, I am not into it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy, in a way, because I am now also stressed about having it. What's further upsetting is that I don't imagine my stress ending any time soon. Once the move is done, I will have to actually, you know, make a lab? I get heart palpitations just thinking about it. Thank god, at least, for the maxi dress.
Speaking of the heart, mine is also very sad because J is going to stay in New York for the immediate future, until he gets a job in NJC. After much back and forth, we decided that this was the responsible thing to do--in J's field in this economy, it's pretty much crazy to quit your job when you don't have another lined up. If he moved now to NJC with me, we'd be broke and he'd be miserable and bored, and I think it would be worse on our relationship than living apart will be.
J has found a lovely long-stay hotel in which to bide his time--just like Eloise, except for the part about the hotel being the Plaza. At first I was all, live in a hotel, are you crazy?!! But when you think about it:
1. No broker fee
2. No security deposit
3. No lease = leave as soon as he gets a job
4. No utilities
And all of a sudden, this is clearly the perfect solution! Maximum flexibility, minimum financial commitment. And with any luck, he'll be in NJC before I know it.