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10/13/13 1:58 A

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10/12/13 1:41 P

ARIA_DAWN,

Welcome back ! I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. take baby steps literally and figuratively by starting with small changes first. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. You need to find better ways to reduce stress that don't involve food. When you feel an urge to run to the kitchen, put on your jacket and take a walk instead. go to the gym and have a vigorous workout to vent your stress. sit and sip a cup of tea. Tea is extremely relaxing. have a bubble bath or take a shower. listen to your favorite music. knit or sew. how about blogging ? writing is a great way to reduce stress.

While many of us have turned to food for comfort, there really are better ways to reduce your stress. have you considered taking a yoga class ? learning to meditate is another great way to reduce your stress.

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10/12/13 10:48 A

Hi everyone,

I found this site a while ago, but I drifted away pretty quickly and was always too shy to post. I made some awesome progress with my weight loss this summer alone, but as the year started up again I completely derailed my progresses. I think maybe the support here might be able to help me get back on track. I have about 150 pounds to loose.

I lost 40 of those pounds this summer while working on an outreach program abroad. I was making great health choices and was really feeling good about everything. Then the summer ended and I started a pretty demanding graduate program. I promised myself that I would stick with my new healthy lifestyle and it lasted about 2 weeks. Then I let the stress of school take over my life. I think it has been about a month since I have even eaten anything remotely healthy. I have finally acknowledged that I am a massive stress eater and I am not quite sure what to do about it.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can reclaim my life and stop stress eating???


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