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4/6/12 10:20 A

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updating this getting ready for the summer and summer holidays....

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THERE IS NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YOU ARE ABLE BUT WILL WITH TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY OF ESCAPE THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.

I COR 10:13


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4/29/11 1:16 P

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I like this, too. We are human beings with various rhythms of life and varied circumstances. emoticon

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Interesting chapter. It reminds me I very much need to get another car key made. I only have one set of keys to my car. It would reduce my stress to get a spare. That is one easy move, not cheap but worth it, to reduce a source of stress and potentially more stress in my life.

Thinking through stressful situations and how to reduce stress makes a whole lot of sense.

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Most of my stress comes from outside sources that I can't control. I have to learn to let go of the fact that I can't control everything in my life, as much as I would like to. This throws a monkey wrench into my plans sometimes--I can't control what I eat because I'm not the one who cooks--and I have to learn to let it be. Beating up on myself doesn't accomplish anything.

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I had this one figured out before I even started my research to find help to lose weight and get healthy. I used to live with a lot of stress and didn't even realize it--it was just my life. Now stress is really not necessary. I have a wonderful life, great husband, am retired and living in a beautiful community, and my life is more than I ever dreamed it could be.

My stress was self imposed. I had a lot of "rules" for myself and if I didn't live up to them, I would get stressed. I also had a lot of activities that "tied me down" and that was stressful. Back in November I started to "just say no". My activities now are nearly all "go if I want to" and I know no one will be inconvenienced if I don't show up. I also started spending time on myself.

One of the great benefits of my weight loss journey is learning things that help me in the rest of my life--like keeping stress out of my life.


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11/20/09 1:34 P

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This is a work in progress for me.
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10/3/09 9:21 P

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1. Solve the Problem.
Fight stress by revisiting the My Priority Chart to reduce your demands or responsibilities and by using the Seven Question Technique to resolve the issues that cause stress.

2. Relax.
Slow, controlled breathing is the simplest way to release the stress that makes your body tense. Kripalu yoga break helps me destress. Breathing and Relaxation or the Guided Relaxation can be found at www.kripalu.org/article/649
Dr. Beck also mentions relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation or guided imagery. I also like doing some yoga, or taking a slow walk to look at the clouds or even watch a sunset.

3. Change Your Mindset.
Stop letting unreasonable rules guide your behavior. Saying "Oh well." helps. The world is not ending so I need to let it go.

Edited by: NANCY- at: 6/1/2010 (21:57)
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12/6/08 11:53 A

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Read this week Dec 6, 08

Relax your self-imposed rules
"insert the word reasonable into your rules"

Relax your rules for others
"change to it's realistic to expect"

I found this advice most useful. Things really change when you move from 'should' to 'reasonable' or 'realistic'. It reduces pressure and gives us more time for fun and happiness. I also think it helps to deal with others who hav their own ideas and feelings.

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You're right! A good way to reduce stress is not to take ourselves too seriously! Good job!

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9/29/08 1:55 P

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Well I am reading this and I have distraction-de-stess techiques from early chapters. I use deep breathing already when stressed.

I find that the best way for me to deal with my special needs little one is be be organized (I was that way before I had him.) He is my younger sweetie. I have 2 other kids. Thinks like placing what he will wear to school the day before, packing lunch the night before, packing his book-bag for school is very helpful. That way I don't have to run like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get ready for school.

Some of the chores cannot be delegated so that is that. I could always use some down time. I see Beck even mentioned sleep. One of my streak goals was to get in bed earlier.

I love those spa music DVDs the music is very relaxing. So I will buy myself a couple. May be even take a cat nap when I am overly stressed or tired. So could some of those.

I think as adults we forget to blow bubbles, swing on the play ground swings, or even do a cartwheel. Hey I can still do them.

Edited by: GODZDESIGN95 at: 9/29/2008 (13:53)
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THERE IS NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YOU ARE ABLE BUT WILL WITH TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY OF ESCAPE THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.

I COR 10:13


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9/23/08 9:26 P

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It must've been a while since anyone's made it this far! Good Job!

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9/23/08 11:32 A

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Just starting I had to dig this post up!!

PAT

THERE IS NO TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YOU ARE ABLE BUT WILL WITH TEMPTATION ALSO MAKE A WAY OF ESCAPE THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.

I COR 10:13


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2/6/08 7:22 P

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That is a blessing!

Welcome! I think this is your first post?! Be sure to stop by the Daily Check-in!

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2/6/08 5:01 P

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Luckily, I don't have much stress in my life, other than my poor old dog who suddenly went deaf.

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1/5/08 10:13 A

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Quoting Dr. Beck:

"Once I take steps to reduce my overall stress, dieting will be easier."

When I notice myself feeling stressed, I'll examine why I'm feeling stressed, and take steps to reduce the stress.

I'm learning that dieting does not have to be stressful. Changing my mindset and practicing my new skills will help me achieve my goals. Being willing to be aware of my behavior, and being willing to practice my new skills is essential to achieving my goals, and reducing stress.

Edited by: MAZZYR at: 1/5/2008 (10:14)
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11/20/07 8:04 P

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I agree with Mom2two that stress management is an evolving awareness because the things that cause one's stress changes.

I'm aware that some stress situations are out of one's control, and I'm aware that I may be the cause of my own stress.

I never thought of dieting as stressful, but I'm learning that it could be without a plan, or preparation or a support system.



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I can see how stress management is a vital part of success in weight loss, happiness and ultimately good health.

I think the author is referring to meditation in step 2. I try to do this daily but do not always remember to. I don't know why it is sometimes hard to do the things we know are good for us. I mean it free, it certainly can't hurt me.

I have learned to relax my definition of a clean house. I regularly take an inventory and cut back on my involvement in things.

I feel like stress management is an evolving awareness because the things that cause me stress change and as I learn how to deal with one area another one may crop up.

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It is very hard to prioritize your time correctly and still keep up with things. Even if dishes and cleaning aren't your high priority because we're taking care of ourselves, they still need to be done eventually.

I've been VERY BUSY lately and when I was home I was tired. So I'm behind in everything! My house is a mess and I desperately need to pay bills. So this morning I slept later than I wanted to and when I got up I had a choice to make. I still had time for exercise, which I know is important, or I had time to get my checkbook in order and take care of some bills. I'll still get a walk in later this evening, so I opted for the bills. I think I'll take 10 minutes for strength training and elliptical too though. That's a decent compromise!

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10/2/07 12:34 A

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I too try to be perfect and now I'm applying it to the weight loss journey. That's a hurdle I believe I'll be better able to handle.
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Thanks be to God, I am achieving my goal!

5 years ago my weight was 292. I've been off and on diets since then until I found SparksPeople.
Now I'm getting back to were "I" want to be, 165#.
I discovered the book "The Beck Diet Solution" by Dr. Beck. Her book, which uses Cognative Therapy, is helping me to adjust my mind to think like a thin person. When I can convince my mind, my body will follow.


 
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That's kool that Sparks and Beck and coinciding! It is important to deal with stress and definitely not to stress about your diet. We aren't perfect people, so we can't be perfect! I know I have been an "all or nothing" type person in the past; but I think I'm starting to let myself not be perfect.

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Hu,
Had a busy weekend so haven't kept up with you. But, as it happened, this morning I had an email from Sparks dealing with Stressing out because of dieting. It, like so many other elements, hit home for me. It seems my expectations are causing me to stress! They say to change my mindset and change my expectations so I'm not putting stress on myself.
This sounds like what Dr. Beck is saying so I printed the article to include in my Beck book for future reading along with Beck.
It seems that Beck is validating Spark or vice versa. Either way it's good.
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Thanks be to God, I am achieving my goal!

5 years ago my weight was 292. I've been off and on diets since then until I found SparksPeople.
Now I'm getting back to were "I" want to be, 165#.
I discovered the book "The Beck Diet Solution" by Dr. Beck. Her book, which uses Cognative Therapy, is helping me to adjust my mind to think like a thin person. When I can convince my mind, my body will follow.


 
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9/30/07 8:56 P

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Three Steps to Lower your Level of Stress

Step 1: Solve the problem.

Step 2: Relax

Step 3: Change your mindset

Feeling healthy is much better than ANY food tastes!!!

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