Sandie Simply Says

March 30, 2009

Depression and HASAY don’t mix

Filed under: HAYSAY,Italy,Weight Loss — by Sandie @ 5:36 am
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The other day I was gathering information about our move to Italy. The more I looked, the more depressed I got.

I know all the good things about this move: it’ll be a great experience for my kids. Professionally it’ll be a great move as I’m almost guaranteed to get promoted out of it. If we play our cards right, we should come home debt free and with some extra money in the bank.

But as I was sitting and looking at the pictures of the smiling kids at the elementary school, I couldn’t help but think “That’s not my kids’ school.”

As I drive around town here, I get teary thinking of all the things I’ll miss here. And one thing is clear to me, all the good things that will come out of this assignment don’t outweigh the one bad thing: I’ll have to leave what has come to be my home.

What’s funny, is if you’d told me I’d feel this way when we first moved here, I would have laughed at you. Now, 8 years later, I’ve finally found a place I could grow some roots. I’ve lived here longer than anywhere in my adult life. Heck, I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!

I’m sure I’ll whine about this a few more times before we actually leave. And I’m sure once we actually make the move, I’ll be wondering what I was freaking out about. But for now, I’m wallowing in my sorrows over it. And trying hard to get my heart and mind in the right place before we leave.

Oh and I am totally counting this as my HASAY post today. I spent most of my week walking around in a haze of depression. First because we weren’t sure Tony would be joining me in Italy. And then because he WOULD be. And when I get depressed, I eat. And I did exactly that this week. I ate. And I ate. And then I ate some more.

I also made a decision. I’ve decided that the number on the scale is what bothers me. It’s the not being in shape that bothers me. So, my new plan is to commit myself to an exercise program while watching what I eat. We’ll see how that works for me!



  1. Aww, Sandie.. you have so much going on over there. What a hard thing to do, pick up and move to another country when you’ve got roots here. I’m not going to say anything cliche since I’ve never been in that circumstance but I really do hope things turn out well for you in Italy. Of course you’re going to eat when you’re stressed, who wouldn’t? I like your plan on focusing on getting healthy vs the numbers on the scale. Good luck this week (and with everything else!).

    Comment by Casey — March 30, 2009 @ 1:18 pm |Reply

  2. Probably just writing about the depressing thoughts helps. If it’ll make you feel better, I’ll join you in Italy. In fact, I could get a boatload of HASAYers to come with me.

    Comment by Beth — March 30, 2009 @ 5:00 pm |Reply

  3. What’s this? We’re having a HASAY meeting in Italy? I’m in.

    A move that gigantic is overwhelming and depressing even for someone who is used to it. Moving is right up there with divorce and death as far as the big stressers go. So don’t worry about the numbers, like you said, just think about how you feel. I bet a nice sweaty workout (possibly involving punching things) would be helpful.

    Comment by Keely — March 30, 2009 @ 7:58 pm |Reply

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