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LIVE_N_LEARN1 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/21/12 8:19 P

Thats how its gunna go if you make it a lifestyle..

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7/20/12 7:17 P

Thank you so much for your uplifting response; I am going to work very hard on put the stress relief where it belongs and that won't be on me. If I have issues again I will definitely write about; the comments really boosted me.

WRITINGBLUEHAWK SparkPoints: (20,360)
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7/20/12 4:34 P

Waiting for our weight to drop is sometimes like watching paint dry or ice melting. It's just a doggone slow process and there's nothing we can do to speed it up no matter how much we wish we could.

I understand how difficult it can be to stay focused when you are stressed. Assuming you're taking steps to handle what's stressing you out, all I can say is plan for how you will handle stress without using food. Maybe you'll call a friend, or take a bubble bath or exercise.

If things are especially mind-numbing, focus on small changes you can make until your life settles down. Maybe you drink a diet soda instead of a regular soda or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Most of all, you have to believe in yourself and believe that you have what it takes to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Keep that spark going because one day, it will turn into a flame and, then, NOTHING will get in your way. Best wishes!

Edited by: WRITINGBLUEHAWK at: 7/20/2012 (16:34)
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7/20/12 10:35 A

awesome response, thank you. My kids are older 12 and 14....preteens. I am going to read the article, self talk myself into getting up and moving when stressed, and I might carry 5 lbs of sugar in a back pack to remind myself how much fat can weigh.

SASSIE7S Posts: 225
7/19/12 5:31 P

I keep falling off. The longest I was not doing what I suprose to be doing is a year. I keep saying I n eed to do it and usually last a few days then next I know I stop duo to me feeling sad and not wanted. I suprose to be less then 200 pounds already last year but I keep falling off and I usually gain then lose then gain it back and gain little more on top of that lol. I am not even sure what to do. At the moment I back at it. Just saw how much I weigh and said I lost close to 4 pounds. Think it is cause of the weather and all I been doing is drinking nothing but water. I try to dodge fast food store's where I am at, but it is so hard. Its like it is calling my name for some odd reason, but I keep moving. Only problem I am having is tring to dodge soda. Other then that tring my best on getting back on the right track. Am not working out at all but I usually go outside 30 to 45 minutes everyday to walk around and thats is about it then I am back in. Hopefully I can get there somehow lol.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
7/19/12 5:11 P

I can sympathize with the process feeling slow and frustrating. It might not necessarily be low self esteem, though. You mention eating when you are stressed - there are many reasons that could be happening and not all of them come from low self esteem!

There are lots of ways to approach becoming less can approach the issue from an emotional & mental standpoint, which is the perspective of this article here:

You can also sometimes find organizational ways around that, I mean figure out what is stressing you out and try to make it less stressful. For example, if you need more time to yourself, maybe you know another mom who is willing to trade off afternoons watching the kids; or maybe you know a young person who needs work that you would trust to babysit your kids for a while.

Good luck!

MARLENA_8 Posts: 15
7/19/12 4:24 P

I was just off the wagon and after about a week or so of this, I feel motivated to do the right things today. I guess we will continue to deal with these moments and hopefully it will get easier the more ingrained this becomes.

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7/19/12 2:30 P

I understand completely. I fall off all the time. Right now I'm on, but who knows how long that will last? I just saw today that according to my plan I should weigh 23# less than I do right now. And I know that I'm the only one responsible. We can ALL do this. It'll just take time and patience, and a willingness to get back up and try again if we fall. emoticon

VARSWIFE Posts: 529
7/19/12 2:26 P

You are not alone and I don't think it's low self esteem. I'm in the same boat. Just keep trying. if you fall off the wagon just dust yourself off and get back on it again. Our lives are so demanding that we are constantly being drained of our energy. But once you get over the hump (well into a healthy lifestyle) you will see your energy level and motivation improve. It does get easier.

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7/19/12 1:59 P

I guess it is due to low self esteem; I can't target anything else. I don't understand why I allow the stress of raising a family impact how I take care of myself. Instead of walking or working out when I am stressed I eat. I am working on it but the process is slow and frustrating.

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