“I prepare for my new life as an adult like some people prepare for the apocalypse. The first day or two of my plans usually goes okay.” ― Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half I love Allie Brosh. I’ve used this quote before but this week, two days before the Inauguration of a President of the United States I not only disagree with (I could live with that and have with numerous elections when my candidate didn’t win) but who out and out terrifies me…this is a first terror response to an election in my 71 years , so, folks, the apocalypse comes to my mind. So, my challenge is how to live with the apocalypse as I have no control over this situation. Nor, do you have to agree with my view to understand that regardless of politics, all of us face these circumstances in life when something happens that terrifies us, instills fear, fears we have no direct control over, anxieties that ebb and flow and can often destabilize diets and other goals we have for ourselves. Think, medical apocalypse, personal apocalypse: divorce, death of a child. You know what I mean. When your safety and well being is challenged by external forces, you are vulnerable. People respond to feelings of vulnerability differently. Initially, for example, I lose my appetite. But, after a week or 10 days, it reappears. My challenge is to manage the return. At the WW meeting yesterday I saw a woman I hadn’t seen in a long time. Last year, she had finally reached her goal after an 8 year battle back and forth and had even gone down 10 pounds below goal but as November dawned, her eating blossomed as well. She is back up to goal weight and worried about her eating patterns. She thought it had to do with the election results and as I saw my weight go to the highest in 8 years, it is a discussion I’ve had in several corners. But, the bigger picture is that even if you are delighted with the results of the election, chances are in your life you have experienced moments, days, weeks, months, maybe years of anxiety and fear and have developed ways to cope with it.