Monday, November 12, 2012
I have something to confess that may be an important key for many people out there...
After spending a few years being completely miserable and being in an emotionally abusive relationship with someone, I can come out and say that stress can definitely have an impact on your weight-related goals.
I exercised daily, ate pretty well, not all the time, but hey... better than most people can say and I never dropped a pound. If anything, I just kept gaining weight every once in a while. I was sick all the time, and I'm someone that just doesn't get sick usually. I was so stressed out my cortisol levels were highly elevated in my blood tests, my skin was constantly breaking out, I was getting rashes-- my body was falling apart.
This summer, I got rid of my excuses and got rid of the man that made me have anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and that made cry on an almost daily basis. The result? I've lost almost 20 pounds since then. And I've dropped a dress size effortlessly. I have no idea where this came from, but the pounds are melting off and I'm not even trying. I'm running less than I usually do, I don't do that much strength training... and it's not muscle loss, I look more toned than I ever have! I guess I'm thankful for the friends and family that stood by me regardless of how many times I kept going back into that relationship thinking things would change.. they saw me walk into a train wreck every time and most of them stood by me. Others were not so patient and I can't say I blame them. If your relationship is making you more miserable than happy, it's time to ask yourself some hard questions and see what you're willing to do about it. Your health will thank you.