SLIMMERJESSE   282,321
SparkPoints
250,000-299,999 SparkPoints
 
 
SLIMMERJESSE's Recent Blog Entries

Stress, Cortisol and Weight Loss

Friday, August 14, 2009

It seems that I have heard this report several times lately and maybe the Cosmos is trying to give me a message. (smiling) That is, stress produces higher levels of cortisol which inhibits weight loss. My level has been off the charts for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time (longer than I want to admit to myself), and even though I thought I was managing it, not so. I really do feel that this has been a huge impediment to my progress and have to implement a program that combines several things to deal more effectively with stress. It's not something you can just wait to subside as life is seldom like that. At least not my life. (smiling again) Have a great day, sparkfriends. (p.s. I missed the meteor showers on Wednesday night. Did anyone catch the sky show?)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLCB1023 8/14/2009 8:30PM

    I KNOW stress is a problem for me. I have been under a tremendous amount of stress at work for the last 6 months and my weight loss has slowed to a turtle crawl. I try and deal with the stress by exercising the heck out of my body LOL. Walking or working out at the gym make me mellow as a kitten. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RICH530 8/14/2009 3:21PM

    You are right! Stress does not take a vacation is with you in some form all the time!! The trick is to learn how to deal with it. For everyone the answer is different.
It was too cloudy here to see the meteors!! :-(
emoticon Lee

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLMOMX2 8/14/2009 1:14PM

    I can relate to the stress issue. I'm trying to burn my stress with exercise, most of the time. I too missed the sky show. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KLEE46 8/14/2009 11:31AM

    Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts, and I have reached for too many in the past. As a former dietician told me, "You did not get your figure from chewing air."

I have found a few anti stress activities that work for me: meditation and clearing of interfering energies, EFT-emotional freedom techniques take the edge off anxiety (fear of loss in the future), Reiki energy work calms and balances me, a half hour of WATP exercise takes the edge off and the extra oxygen gives me clarity, hypnosis tracks help me in self improvement and relaxed breathing, breath work for calming and centering, special music, tub baths when I could take them, jacuzzis, laughter and play and friends that are good listeners. I know that life works and you will find the perfect solutions for you.

emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/14/2009 11:33:34 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment


Not Getting My Email Notifications of Postings, Goodies, Etc.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Yes, I'm signed up to get them on my page, and have been getting them until yesterday. I feel disconnected and not able to respond to blogs and other things. Anyone else having this problem? Guess I'll give it another day and see what happens. Wishing all my friends a great day. (NOTE: It's working now. Thanks sparkfriends.)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BUGLET- 8/13/2009 6:30PM

    Yesterday I got no spark emails about anything, not just the posts but emails, new member notification, it told me I wasn't a member of a team that I lead so I had to rejoin the team. The whole ball of wax. I know someone else having that yesterday also. It's fixed no.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RICH530 8/13/2009 2:50PM

    Definitely let tech help know! They should be able to help you out! Let us know if you get the problem solved!!
emoticon Lee

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY19 8/13/2009 9:45AM

    I had this problem last summer. Come to find out, Comcast had a block on Spark. I emailed SP tech support, and they and I called Comcast. It got cleared up and then it happened again in late fall. At that point I switched to yahoo mail and haven't had a problem again. Email tech support yourself and bring the problem to their attetion. Also call your internet provider.

Marty



Report Inappropriate Comment
NOCALORIES 8/13/2009 2:38AM

    This needs attention. You are vital and need to be informed. You are a strong contributor to Sparkpeople. It is like the halfback is out of the huddle and doesn't know the play the quarterback has called. We want to win. Let's hope you can get back in the huddle soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DWROBERGE 8/13/2009 12:35AM

    I dfind that I have been getting fewer email daily too. I am at a loss to get this type of question answered easily when problems occur.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Forgiving Myself

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm so kind and caring to others, but not so much to myself. Oh sure, I do nice things for myself, but when it comes to forgiveness for the 3 days of eating rebellion, I have to really work on letting it go. I'm a tough taskmaster and have to learn to be more gentle and patient and get out of my own way. On another topic, I'm not getting notified when there's a blog response or when given a goodie. I've been notified by email prior to today, so not sure what's up.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

H-2-OH 8/13/2009 8:49PM

    We ARE our own worst critic. I don't know why, but we are. It's always something on my mind now when any negative self talk starts. Would I talk to anybody Else that way?!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RICH530 8/12/2009 9:05AM

    We all tend to be harder on ourselfs than on others. Keep those positive thoughs and remember to leave yesterday there and move forward everyday!!! It takes some practice but you can do it!! Every day in a new day!!
emoticon Lee

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICALGAL 8/12/2009 1:56AM

    i had the same thing with me. i stopped expecting myself to live a perfect lifestyle and remembered that i'm going for healthy lifestyle and that i'm only human. also realized i deserved the same compassion and support i give to others and that i'm my own best cheerleader.


on getting notifications on your blogs, etc.

click on edit your page and on the top right hand side make sure the box is checked off for:

Email me when I receive a comment (on my page, a photo, or blog) or SparkGoodie



Report Inappropriate Comment
WANDAC2013 8/12/2009 12:48AM

    I think it is really common for people to forgive others more easily than they forgive themselves. Someone I heard speaking about this once said that it is a form of arrogance. Sounds weird, huh? But, to me it makes sense; by forgiving others but not ourselves, we are putting ourselves higher than others, thinking that we are better than and should always do better than others. That really hit me. Maybe it will help you too. Good luck on your journey!

Report Inappropriate Comment


The Lake Walk & What I Learned from My 3 Days of Crash & Burn

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Okay, so I went on a 3-day eating bender last weekend after being a REAL good girl for 10 months now. It was a turning point where I just wanted to quit everything. And I blogged yesterday about what I learned from failure - including forgiving myself and letting it go. On Sunday, I met a friend I'd not seen for about a month and we were meeting to do a 5-mile walk around the lake. When she got out of her car, she exclaimed, "Look at you... wow! You're so thin!" Now, I'm not where I need/want to be, but her observation helped put everything into perspective as I realized that I needed to just let the days of pigging out go and concentrate how much better I'm feeling than 10 months ago. And that I really don't want to ever be fat again. Of course, I knew I was going to be paying the piper on the scale for this morning's weigh-in. But that's another story for another day - maybe tomorrow. (smiling) Thanks again to all of the great encouragement from my sparkfriends.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAZZYJUDE 8/11/2009 5:26PM

    GREAT blog my dear! Doesn't it just gives you the 'motor' to keep going when someone comments on you? YEAH!! It's ok to 'let down your hair' after 10 months of learning how to eat healthier. This may also be a good 'kick start' in moving forward too!

One day, I will take your offer in walking around that Lake. I haven't done a 5-mile walk all at once. I can do 3.5 miles though!

Keep the focus - you are doing fantastic!
emoticon Jazzy!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDHEART 8/11/2009 10:55AM

    Perspective...........hard to maintain but so important.....that's partly what can lead us into those days of eating. Just went through a few of my own and yes, it's hard to shake it off and move on. Thanks for a good blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICALGAL 8/11/2009 10:34AM

    what's a few lbs compared to 10 months of taking care of yourself. glad you've got a new perspective...sometimes looking outside the box you see the whole picture. keep up the good work and rock on!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


What I Learned from the Past 3 Days of Crash and Burn

Monday, August 10, 2009

Okay, the pity party is over and I have learned as much from these past three days of "failure" as I have from my 9 months since starting a great, healthy eating program. As many of my sparkfriends who responded to my "I'm in trouble" blog reminded me, we're only human and there WILL be bumps in the road. I'd done so well for so long, that I thought I was somehow past the inevitable bumps. Not so. Throughout the 3 days, I also realized that I do not want to be fat again. Never was before this short period of time, and I don't want to be again. It's not healthy, comfortable, or fun. Yes, life WILL happen. It may happen in tidal waves as it's gone for awhile for me, but hey, I've weathered storms aplenty before and I can certainly do it again. I also learned that I really AM way too hard on myself. A very tough taskmaster and have to let up a bit. And not to make myself miserable over the past three days in the face of all the progress I've made. Tomorrow I'll be blogging about the lake walk I took on Sunday and how instrumental that was in turning things back in the right direction. When I got home from that walk, all of the great uplifting blog responses I read really sent me thinking about all of the things I've learned through this mini-storm of bad eating. Thanks to all who reached out - it is so very much appreciated. Oh, and another thing NOT to do during these times is to quit SP, blogging, or tracking. Before I get to the point again where I'm just so sick of it all, I'll just lighten up a bit. Have a fun day.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMYMLE 8/11/2009 11:58PM

    Jesse,
I know there are other people in our cohort who hit the wall like you did, got sick and tired of the tedium of weighing/tracking/making good choices/planning meals, etc. They maybe got tired of getting the exercise they need, or life just overwhelmed them in other ways. The thing that sets you apart is that you didn't give up totally, you kept up with Sparking through the community and blogging. You worked your way through the doldrums and it sounds like you're sails are filling again. And I'm so glad you're learning to lighten up on yourself. Flylady (www.flylady.net) as a friend that says, "If it's not fun, it won't get done." That applies in many areas of life, but certainly if we beat ourselves up for every infraction of a plan or program, and we ignore the progress we've made, what joy will we have? None. Just think of how far you've come! Way to go! Keep sparking!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HICALGAL 8/11/2009 10:31AM

    it's a learning process for all of us. find your groove! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
I-8-2-MUCH 8/10/2009 2:16PM

    We have no choice - we have to eat. The fact that we know how to eat better doesn't make it any easier when we crave something we want. We all trip & fall on this road to health, but we get back up & dust ourselves off & keep going. You weathered the storm, be proud you came through it more determined to succeed. So dont worry if you trip up again because you know how to get back on your feet & thats all that really matters.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKYEFYR 8/10/2009 1:14PM

  Yay! So glad to hear you're pulling yourself out of the dumps. Keep coming back here for motivation and you'll be fine!

Report Inappropriate Comment
S_HANSEN 8/10/2009 7:24AM

    Oh Jesse, I am so happy to read this blog.. I just responded to your other one, and am so happy that you have made the decision to stay on the path of being healthy. We all have our moments of insecurities and doubts that we can make this journey, but you took those doubts and turned them around in your favor! Great job! I am happy that you have come to some sort of peace. Hang in there. I wish you a happy, successful week.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonSondra

Report Inappropriate Comment
FAMILYTRADITION 8/10/2009 1:16AM

    I look forward to hearing about the lake. I'm glad you've learned so much about yourself, I'm even prouder that you are turning things around into positive. I hope this Monday morning brings around a realization that today is your day for a fresh start. Forget yesterday, today is the day you can do something about. Good luck!

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 Last Page