There has been a lot of discussion in our area about whether or not it pays to buy flood insurance if you’re not required to. We actually did a bit of investigating and found that it probably isn’t worth it for us. There are so many requirements that have to be met before water in your house is called “flooding” that it’s nearly impossible to meet those requirements.
Besides, our family room didn’t actually flood. What we had was seepage. Seepage is defined as a slow trickle that works its way in. Basically, the water table got so full from the torrential rains we’d had for a week, there was no where else for this water to go. So it seeped in.
The issue with seepage is that just like a flood; it can eventually cover large areas and ruin everything in its path. It spreads; it just spreads slowly but surely. And if you can’t find where that trickle is, it’s impossible to stop. When I first found the water, it was only about 2/3 of the way across the room. We couldn’t figure out where it was coming from so we used the wet vacs to try to dry the carpet. But, it was steady and determined and by Thursday morning we had an actual little lake across our family room carpet.
So it goes with our weight loss journeys. When I have a big unexplained jump in my weight, I compare that to a flood. It happens fast and is unexpected – nothing I can do to control it. The rest? Well that’s just out and out seepage.
All those extras, you know? Eating 20 crackers instead of the 17 that is the portion; having 1 ½ glasses of wine; 1 extra slice of bacon on the BLT; free styling with the block of cheese instead of measuring out a portion, etc. etc. You get the idea. They creep up slowly but in the end, the damage is the same as a flood because they end up covering a large area. The next thing you know, you have to buy new carpet.
I chose to weigh in today because I need to know what has been going on and where to go from here. A couple weeks ago I had that sudden jump in weight – my personal flood – and I wrote this post about the trials and tribulations of the thyroid. This weigh in? Well I’m up – but only by a pound. That’s seepage. Totally seepage. Only occasional food tracking. Too many extra bites over the last couple weeks. Not enough exercise. It all adds up to seepage. Yes, I’ve been under some very stressful circumstances, but the fact remains, if I don’t control the seepage, I end up all wet.
It’s just a number, but a number I needed to see so that I’ll pull out the wet vac and put it right where the slow leak is; get the seepage under control before there's too much damage.