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Monday, October 01, 2018

]Stress, happens to all of us at one time or another, it has many triggers.
• The death of a loved one.
• Divorce.
• Loss of a job.
• Financial obligations.
• Getting married.
• Moving to a new home.
• Chronic illness or injury.
• Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)
*excerpt from google

It affects your body, your thoughts and feelings and your behavior. It is widely accepted that stress contributes to many health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Physical symptoms of stress include:
• Low energy.
• Headaches.
• Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
• Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
• Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
• Insomnia.
• Frequent colds and infections.
• Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.
*excerpt from google

I share this because for the last 5-6 weeks – a casual look at my weight loss or lack thereof would indicate I am on a plateau. I am not a plateau, I am STRESSED! I have experienced headaches, upset stomach, and insomnia, feelings of doom and an emptiness in the pit of my churning stomach. Which often leads me to the refrigerator or the kitchen seeking something to eat, something that will make that feeling go away! My worst time is in the evening. I can’t count how many times I have stood in front of the fridge – waiting for something to change! I get that feeling in the pit of my stomach and I try water, then flavored water. Somehow, warm and comforting foods seem to call me. My only victory is the fact that I have not given in and piled on the lbs.

I have come this far in my weight loss(50lbs), and I refuse to gain it back. BUT, I have not lost any either. So, I have been consistent or better with my exercise, which I believe has helped with the stress level. Also helping with the stress is this site – and its supportive members…. I thank you. There are some amazing and inspiring people here.

What I realized when looking at my numbers is:
• My stress is of a financial nature, and is not likely to resolve it self today or tomorrow.
• Realistically – I can look at another six months, before anything settles. (pfft – a season in my life – not that long!)
• Since it is not going away, I need to put on my “happy pants” and adjust my attitude.
• I know this too shall pass.
• I have also decided “No more plateau” I have 40 lbs to go to my goal weight. I would like to have that done by February.
• Someone once told me the best way to help yourself when you are in a funk, is to help others. I believe that to be true, I will work towards this.
• Counting, measuring and recording are all things I can control
• I realize that I choose how I react to circumstances and events, and the more calmly I walk this path, the less stressful it is.

Clarity is a wonderful thing, sometimes writing it down – helps. Thank you for allowing me to share. "Discipline is just choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST.
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    Great share--you DID just help another person....ME.....I am dealing with some stress too right now, and "found" myself in your written words. I love the "choosing" how to react.....this is where I am focusing my energy right now. emoticon
    1026 days ago
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    Thank you so much for sharing...very wise words. Best wishes and continued success.
    1029 days ago
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    Way to talk it through with yourself.
    1029 days ago
    Add cut-up veges for a snack, and pray about your situation.
    1030 days ago
    Stay encouraged my friend!!
    1030 days ago
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    This too shall pass is the mantra for these times. Be kind to yourself, but not with food.

    One thing to keep in mind is if you can handle the stress eating and keep going on your healthy journey when all this and the kitchen sink is being thrown at you, you've just increased your chance of maintaining by a thousandfold.
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    1030 days ago
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