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Trouble staying positive.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I have felt so lost for the past few days, I'm proud of my progress but I still feel like crap... I mean maybe it's because I have my period and am stressed from trying to plan my wedding... But I am really getting tired of it. I hate the snow, I want to take a walk but my feet get too cold and I lost my Gym membership a while back. It is just frustrating to me, I went to therapy yesterday and she was commending me on the great job I've done with changing my family's lifestyle but I still felt down. I really want a pint of Ben and Jerry's right about now.... I am sure it's just the period /depression because I certainly don't need ice cream (especially since my lactose issue is getting worse.)

Is anyone else out there having trouble staying positive?
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ITSADENA 1/31/2012 1:16PM

    I'm a little late on this, but I hope to offer a helping hand. I completely understand where you're coming on this. I feel like perpetual stress and "lost-ness" is part of what got me where I am in the first place. Some days I feel like I am making progress, and then other days I feel like I'm not making as much progress as I want. so what's the point in trying so hard all the time. It's really hard to get out of bed some days, and that's understandable. The most important thing is to keep having faith in yourself, and to not let the negativity overcome you.

Keeping active has been scientifically proven as a way to help improve your mood. It releases endorphins which are essentially mood-boosters. The hardest past is getting active when you need it emotionally the most. Try walking at your local mall (but avoid the Food Court, as it tends to be a major source of temptation). This gives you a chance to walk like you want, without the need to pay for somewhere to go, and to avoid the cold. If your schedule allows, some malls are open in the morning before the stores open so you can walk around (a lot of seniors in my area do this), or go at the end of the day near closing time. This will help you avoid crowds and keep a steady rhythm. Or, as crazy at this may sound, walk in circles or in place in your home. Turn on some music, and pump your arms. This will give you a chance to get your heart pumping, but again avoiding cost and the cold.

Above all, what I have found most important, is to keep moving. ESPECIALLY when you want to the least. If you let yourself fall off the bandwagon, it's usually pretty hard to pick back up and get back into it again. As surprising as it may seem, exercise alone can lift your mood. Try to take deep breaths and relax. If you ABSOLUTELY feel the need to compensate with food. Instead of buying a whole pint of Ben&Jerry's, some stores offer a single size that comes with its own spoon, or buy a low-calorie healthier alternative like a fruit bar.

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YOGAANDBIKE 1/20/2012 12:00PM

    Ask your doctor about SAD--Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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DREAMSOFBIKINIS 1/20/2012 8:27AM

    Don't give up! I repeat this when I feel like throwing everything in "Nothing tastes better than success!" Keep up the good work! Results will come :)

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