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Friday, September 13, 2013

I am really struggling here guys. I come back to SP and have a good day or week, then go off and binge. I am depressed, stressed, apathetic. I thought fall would bring a routine with school and I would be able to use that to my advantage, but it has just brought more stress. I feel like I have let go and I can't grab back on.
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SIMPLYAMY 9/27/2013 7:25PM

    Oh I am with you girlfriend! Exactly! I thought "I can't wait until the kids go to school so I can catch my breath and get back to our happy routine"...but it has been how many weeks and I still feel like I am drowning!
I have honestly found a "back to basics" approach is helping a whole lot. I have committed to myself to do only 10 minutes of exercise a day...and just track my food. I also signed up for spark coach and that has really been helping me stay focused.
You know what? I realized that walking the dog meets my 10 minute commitment, and I usually walk her 2-3 times a day. Then I think, well, I can do another 10 minutes with a video...and usually end up doing 15-30 more minutes that way. And tracking my food has helped me to stay in control because I hate seeing that red number that says I went over my limit! Another back to basics thing I am doing is just committing to eating one fruit and one veggie a day. That's it...but I find that I usually do more with that too...and every day I get a little more endurance to keep on keepin' on.
I know this comment comes late and you are already out of your funk, but I just wanted you to know that you aren't the only one who saw her summer fly by hoping for a "normal" fall season only to find herself with no interest in catching the wagon again...much less jumping back on! ;-)

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/15/2013 12:03AM

    Amy, I'm sorry you are struggling right now. You've worked so hard though, I know you aren't ready to throw in the towel now. You've done a great job. Hang in there, I know you can do this!!
I agree with you on thinking that the start of school would help to get back on schedule...that's what I thought too, but so far, it sure hasn't happened! Right now things just seem rather chaotic, but I know it will pass. I know I'm not ready to give up on me just yet.
You can do it...
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KIMBERLY_Y 9/14/2013 9:20AM

    Amy,
You can do this. This has happened before and you are strong woman. You can get to the Y this morning and walk/run, like you always do, and take it one day at a time. You love Saturdays and I know you can do it! So glad I saw this blog this morning. I think this time of year is depressing because we are feeling the exhausting effects of not having enough time with our girls because of school and work. Plus the added responsibility of packing lunches for the kids, making meals for the family after a full day of work. It is absolute chaos in my house and I have been on an emotional roller coaster this week. Working full-time makes it even harder. I know how you feel.
Don't commit to being perfect. Commit to what you can do today and do it! I know you can.
Kim

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MALEXANDER4 9/14/2013 4:17AM

    I can so understand. Don't give up totally on yourself. You will just start to resent yourself and then the fall will come even worse. Just start back slowly, plan, and breathe. this isn't a race and you know you can do this.

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CAKAROO 9/13/2013 7:47PM

    don't give up! emoticon

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BEBOP4ME 9/13/2013 6:38PM

    I would suggest beginning anew at each meal. That way, you can't say 'oh well, already went off the diet this morning so it does't matter what I eat at lunch'.

Also and perhaps more importantly, look at what your plan is and decide if it is something yiu can live with or is it too restrictive. I struggled the first 6 1/2 months this year just like you did. Changing my plan to something I can really live with long term is what got me going again.

Last, reach out like you did with this blog. You haven't given up if you are still reaching out for help. You can do it!

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BAMAROSE 9/13/2013 4:02PM

  I am having the same issues. It's so hard to deal with, no advice except to hang in there. emoticon

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CAN_DO73 9/13/2013 2:30PM

    Great that you reached out here, maybe you're not so apathetic afterall? :) It's tough, and I think we've all gone through (or continue to go through) that ebb and flow. My advice is to continue to log on and enter your calories, support another SP member and exercise, even if you don't feel like it.. just push forward despite the stress and lack of desire. If we relied on wanting to eat within our calories and wanting to workout, no one would ever get thin, right? emoticon

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JAZZYGF 9/13/2013 10:27AM

    Keep going
check in daily it helps to see your calories and then get support from all of us emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 9/13/2013 10:20AM

    Not quite sure what to say but keep on trying. Find one small thing to tackle and make it a habit for 6 wks and then tackle something else. You can do this just gotta take baby steps.

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