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GOSPELFAN Posts: 262
9/29/12 4:06 P

Pick your battles, and set small goals. When you're starting, or restarting, it helps to have 1 or 2 small goals to focus on each week rather than trying to fix it all at one time. :D

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9/29/12 3:12 P

The worst days on my journey were related to days when I overexercised and depleted my energy! I started eating enough calories, (tracking everything), drinking Smart Water while I'm exercising, and resting until my body caught up to my workouts. I kept doing some short workouts, so I wouldn't become a slug, but now I'm very conscious of eating enough and drinking enough, and not overdoing it! It really feels awful when you work out too much. You lose lots of nutrients and burn muscle, not fat.

Good luck and I hope this helps a little.

LARISSA_NY Posts: 200
9/29/12 12:58 P

Stress will do that, all right. Sometimes there's nothing to do but get your butt in the gym whether you're motivated to or not. You'll complain to yourself the whole way to the gym, but you'll feel better once you get going, and the endorphins will do your stress levels a world of good.

Sometimes I have to sort of bargain with myself and tell myself I can just go to the gym and do one set of lifts, or even do light cardio for half an hour, or just sit around in the locker room web-surfing on my phone, but I have to go. Once I'm there I wind up doing my whole workout, of course, and then I feel better.

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9/29/12 12:34 P

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There are better ways to reduce stress in your life that don't involve food. I know things may be difficult or overwhelming, but turning to food isn't going to make things any better. Here's a great Spark article you might want to read. It has some really good techniques that will help you avoid food when stressed out.

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.

Exercise can also help a person reduce stress too. But, you don't want to over do it. You don't have to kill yourself in the gym to be healthy. All things in moderation. Because you're under stress, now is the most important time to take care of your body. If you eat crap, you're going to feel like crap. That's why you need to do your best to eat wholesome foods that nourish your body.

If you're stressed out, take a walk. have a cup of tea. listing to some of your favorite music. Stay away from the kitchen.

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9/29/12 11:39 A

I've been stressing due to certain events in my life. This is affecting my eating and exercise routine. I'd been doing so well. On Monday I worked out for 2.5 hours straight and felt great! Since Tuesday I lost motivation, I haven't made time to get to the gym and I've been eating "junk". On Wednesday I had 2 pop-tarts. Thursday I had 3 slices of pizza & Friday a 2 entree combo from Panda Express. What's worse is NO GYM DAYS. I need to get over this horrible week! HELP!!!!!!! emoticon

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