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LADYSTARWIND
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4/6/13 12:20 P

Loriviola,
I've been thinking of you as I've seen some of your posts. You're really getting it on several fronts lately, aren't you?! No wonder you had some *anxiety* last week!

It was some years ago that I did similar meetings about my Mom. It puts us in a whole different role --and I'm not sure there is a way to prepare ourselves mentally for that role. You just do the best you can with the information you have at the time. Even knowing you helped make good decisions though doesn't begin to touch the personal and emotional aspects of the situation.... I found some solace in an online grief support group. Really that is what I was doing--starting the grief process as my Mom's life changes made my life change....

Hope these next weeks look better for you!! Take care,
patti



JILLWOLVERINE
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4/5/13 4:23 P

I don't eat from stress (anymore) but I do stress out SO BAD that my body will just cling to the fat. Only losing 4lbs in 5 months had me on the verge of a nervous breakdown last month and I was crying every day, which obviously isn't any good for me. Lately I have been trying to challenge myself to keep my stress under control, too, and it is difficult. When I feel it building I have been trying to just take a minute or two time out, close my eyes, and take deep breaths until I feel a little better.



ARCHIMEDESII
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4/5/13 1:35 P

LORIVIOLA,

Don't beat yourself up because you ate some malted balls during those meetings. Eating a little more than you wanted doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one. As I tell all new members and anyone else who will listen to me,"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.

So, if you eat at least 6 servings of veggies today and if you get some exercise, you haven't ruined your day.

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the POSITIVE things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect.





BETHS60
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4/5/13 8:53 A

You are going through a lot of stress right now. And your body is going to want to prepare for upcoming stress by storing fat. For them to put a bowl of malted milk balls in front of you for two hours is really too much!

However, you haven't thrown everything out the window. You just had a difficult 2 hours. Even if you ate 1 malted milk ball every 5 minutes, you only added 240 calories. I know it seems like a lot in the course of a day, but I'm going to bet that you didn't really eat that many. And it is totally recoverable. A little extra exercise and a little tweaking the meal plan for the rest of the day (or the next couple of days) and you will be fine.

Don't beat yourself up. These things happen.



LORIVIOLA
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4/4/13 10:27 P

i started out the day eating fairly well, treated myself to a hair color appt (even though it wasnt glamorous - it was at a local tech school because i cant afford anywhere else), and then had to go to my mom's to hear about services that are available to her. it was a good meeting, i'm glad i was there,,,,, but, it stressed me out and i ate bunches of malted milk balls during the 2 hour meeting.

it's awfully hard to take good care of myself while trying to also take good care of my mom.

i know about all the right things to do, keep alternate plans available to combat overeating etc, but, when the anxiety hit, all of that went right out the window.

sigh.




 
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