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MOTTSIE Posts: 185
4/30/13 8:43 A

Congrats on your weight loss. Whenever you think 16 lbs isn't much, try carrying a 15-20 lb item around for a few minutes. Once you put it down, you'll realize your acheivement is substantial!

I think added stress tends to change your focus. The added stress consumes my thoughts so I am unable to focus on good health choices.
Exercise definitely helps- clears your mind and feels great.

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4/30/13 4:39 A

How do you cope with stress? What works best for you? I do love to exercise, so that really does help. I'm a pretty calm person but I am also the go-between, encourager, peace keeper. Sometimes I don''t feel stressed but with so much change and many things happening at once, I know it is a real part of my life. Not all of it is "bad" but just major changes and adjustments.

Thanks for the encouragement that I am doing just fine, I think I do put unreasonable expectations on myself. emoticon

ANARIE Posts: 13,124
4/29/13 7:07 P

If you weigh over 300 pounds, then 16 pounds in 10 weeks is on the slow end. If you're under that, then it's pretty fast. Stress can slow you down, but my guess is that you're actually doing just fine. Be sure that you're not putting more stress on yourself by having unreasonable expectations of weight loss.

INNERBEAUTY78 Posts: 217
4/29/13 6:05 P

That explains a lot! I am constantly stressed out. I do exercise, which helps with my stress, but when I'm not exercising I'm stressed out. I've just always been that way. Plus, there's a lot going on in my life right now. I'll have to find more ways to relax or I'll never get this weight off.

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4/29/13 5:24 P

I want to thank everyone for sharing your advice and encouragement. You are helping me to get my head in the right place. Becoming a truly healthy person is so much more than a perfect number on the scale just when I want it. I need to slow down and appreciate where I am right now, which is so much better than where I was 10 weeks ago.

Some of you mentioned sleep. Sleep is one area I really need to improve on. I need to tuck in the night owl (me!) earlier each night. A rested body just makes eating right, exercising, coping with stress and just enjoying life so much better. I know it''s true, now I just need to do it..

I also need to stop comparing my present journey to a healthier lifestyle to my last attempt. I need to apply the positive things I learned the last time to the here and now, and move forward. My pattern of weight loss this time is all over the place, including 3 weeks of no loss. In the past I would have wanted to give up but with all the great help at SP, I've been able to keep on going. Thanks, SP friends, you are awesome!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/29/13 12:45 P

Yes, Yes and Yes. Stress is bad for your health. You certainly need some stress in your life. It is impossible to get away from. Just have to find a way not to let it control you.

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 2,507
4/29/13 10:09 A

I believe it does in multiple ways -- some of us are stress eaters and also its proven that cortisol can cause weight gain.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
4/29/13 10:05 A

Agreed that your sense of proper rate of weight loss may be skewed by what you see on tv (Biggest Loser for instance). In fact, there's a message board post on the Fitness board from someone who weighs in the 160s who wants to lose 2 pounds a week. That's just not a healthy rate of weight loss for someone that size.

Please be patient and realistic with yourself. You did not put the weight on overnight, nor will it come off that quick.

Slow and steady wins the race. Don't think of this as a diet. Think of it as a change of life.

WORDWOMAN7 SparkPoints: (11,240)
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4/29/13 9:47 A

I'd gladly take 1.6 pounds a week! I think that you're doing great!

Best of luck getting through the stressful times and sticking to the SP lifestyle. I agree with others - make sure that you're getting enough sleep!


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4/29/13 8:57 A


"Can Stress Cause Weight Gain?"

NIRERIN Posts: 14,084
4/29/13 7:42 A

while stress can slow your weightloss, i'll agree that 1.6lbs per week is hardly slow and is pretty darn close to ideal. if you never hit that 2lbs per week goal, that's fine, it just means that you weren't big enough to lose 2lbs per week. i think we all get wrapped up in seeing biggest loser numbers and forget a few things. the first should be that most of them can't keep it off after losing so quickly. the second is that when you have a lot to lose you can lose more in a week. my own personal theory is that their "weeks" are a little longer than a 7 day week as well, both to accommodate the shooting schedule and to make the weigh ins more dramatic. plus they're medically supervised and can work out for about half the day, everyday.
also keep in mind that as you lose, you'll be losing less and less each week. the less excess weight you have the closer you have to eat to maintenance and the smaller the deficit that creates. it's not a bad thing, it's just teaching yourself how to eat where you should so that it's easier to maintain.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
4/29/13 7:41 A

oh, definitely stress can impact a lot of things, including weight loss/gain, sleep, and a whole lot of things.

Even sleep/lack thereof can impact your weight loss efforts.
So, if you're to the point of losing sleep, even if you're still eating correctly (the same as before); you may not be losing.

Best wishes on a resolution to your situation.
Mine lasted over eight months (job-related)

BTW - my 'average' weight loss is about 20 pounds PER YEAR.
so - don't be discouraged. People are all different.

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 25,939
4/29/13 6:29 A

Stress CAN slow things down - it can even cause a person to gain.

You have lost 16lb in 10 weeks - that is certainly NOT slow!!! If there is any such thing as an ideal amount of weight-loss per week, yours would be it! A lot of us lose far more slowly. It took me 16 months to lose 50lb - obviously a much slower rate than yours, but guess what???? I am now at my goal after having been overweight for about 30 years. Without those slow, steady losses, I wouldn't have been there. I have also been maintaining for over 2 years! This journey isn't about how fast we get there - in fact, the slow losses are recommended - they are far less likely to go back on.

It's great that you aren't eating your way through stress - all that does is add even more stress to you.

Keep up the good work :-)

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4/29/13 3:14 A

I've been on SP for 10 weeks and I've lost 16 pounds. I'm happy yet I feel like it is so slow! I am making better food choices as I go along, I am within my calorie range, I'm getting good exercise and I am keeping a pretty positive outlook. I keep tweaking things hoping to bump up my weight loss to 2 pounds a week but it's not happening. Does excess stress slow things down? This is one of those "if it rains, it pours" times for our family and it is not something that will go away overnight. One good thing, for once in my life I am not eating my way though a stressful time. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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