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3/3/15 1:04 A

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Bloating can occur in women, any time during their cycle, try to avoid salt and salty foods, drink plenty of water and take some fiber like psyllium husk, benefibre, metamucil etc


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3/2/15 7:21 A

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Thank-you! I started probiotics from GMC. They work awesome. I don't need to use the bathroom after a meal unless I forget to take them. However, they have not helped my bloating. Any ideas for that?

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3/2/15 12:41 A

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taking probiotics and fibre can be usefull for IBS
I can give more tips if you wish

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3/1/15 8:24 A

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I have IBS. I bloat a lot. I think it is from stress. I am hoping to find ways to reduce my stress. I feel once I reduce my stress, my bloating will reduce and so will my weight.

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2/23/15 6:24 P

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try to reduce your stress by playing with the kids
teach them chess or play board games
stroke a pet

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2/23/15 3:42 P

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My stress levels have been very high lately. I don't like the me I become when I'm so stressed. I am quick to anger and yelling, which is never a good thing . Not when I'm raising 2 of my grandchildren. Joshua is 10 years old and Holly is 9 years old. So I need to get back to being less stressed out and more fun.

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2/22/15 8:08 P

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When I feel my stress level rising....I try to remove myself from the situation....Also, I have been writing my feelings in a journal so I can handle the issues as they occur....I am truly a work in progress, but I am determined to get more PATIENCE to handle all that come my way!

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2/22/15 7:13 P

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Drinking booze stresses me, as it hinders weightloss
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2/22/15 4:49 P

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After the first week of writing a stress blog entry every day, I have identified certain things that have helped me cope with stress better.

Therefore my goals are:
1) Get up earlier every day. (For me, that time would be about 7am, 7:30am.)
2) Be consistent in writing about my feelings/anxiety.
3) Change my thinking patterns. Be realistic about the time needed, and make sure to prioritize by importance. Not everything is important.
4) Make time for myself. Use methods like reading a good book, meditating, a hot bath, etc.

I know I won't do it all at once, but these are the things I'm going to keep in mind moving forward.

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2/8/15 12:15 P

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My challenge goals are to stay inspired, eat healthy, continue exercise, and work on my peace of mind.

Rekindling my inner spirit


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2/7/15 1:14 P

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After the first week, I realize that my life isn't as stressed as I thought it was... which is a very good thing to learn!
By becoming more aware of the stress I do have, on a daily basis, I can learn to manage it even better.
So my goals to reach by the end of the Challenge are:
1. Be consistent in writing down specific occasions when I sensed my getting "stressed" during the day... By being more faithful to performing the Examen of St. Ignatius of Loyola daily, I can use the knowledge I gain to make changes that can transform my life and grant me more peace within.
2. Begin to discern the difference between "tension" and stress. Noticing what physical affects each has on my body can help me let go of the things I cannot control.
3. Develop an alternative "thought" list to use when the "battle of the mind" starts to cause stress, whether real or imagined.
4. Continue daily exercise... it helps relieve the physical affects of stress/tension.

Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!
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2/3/15 8:19 A

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My challenge goals are to continue exercising, going to yoga Saturday mornings, cooking healthy meals at home which enable me to bring my lunch and exercise during my lunch break, to clean my closets and junk room this year (that's a New Year's resolution for me, too), and to have my husband help me with chores when we get home in the evenings. The last one is the biggest challenge since I set up a system for the others (except cleaning the cluttered rooms from the resolution), but as my motto in life goes, "Working on it!" All of these are areas which cause me stress if not kept up with, so I need to get them in check so I can be a healthy me!

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2/2/15 8:39 P

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Challenge goals are:

1. Write in journal daily to find out how stress impacts my life.
2. Track food & exercise via Spark People.
3. Choose activity or exercise instead of food.

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of those that matter the least ~ Unknown


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2/2/15 1:52 P

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My Week 1, I am setting a goal of beginning to declutter my home. I have realized the MESS causes me STRESS. I just have to overcome my anxiety about THROWING THINGS AWAY. I am not throwing away memories, I am making room for new ones!
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I am planning to use my new SPAT daily to increase my steps walked and miles. Walking relaxes me, so I aim to walk more, to feel less stressed!
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I am also starting an online journal (in my SP blogs) to document my progress toward busting stress!
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I am going to start using a notebook/journal to help me study the Bible and pray more.

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Have fun and no regrets. Make memories and love without fear. Enjoy life because in the end, the journey is the destination.

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer


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2/2/15 7:51 A

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My goals for this challenge

Get my spending under control (the major cause of my stress)
Journal
Meditate
Let go

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2/1/15 11:38 P

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My goals:

Find healthy ways to handle stress rather than keeping it inside or eating.
Take time to sit quietly every day and work on slowing my breathing and heart rate.


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2/1/15 11:21 P

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For this challenge I will be journaling and practicing meditation at least three times a week as a way to release my stress, which I normally keep pent up.

You must nourish:
-the body with healthy food
-the heart with joy, compassion, and love
-the mind with knowledge
-the spirit with equanimity and self-awareness"
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1/28/15 5:27 P

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I had a happy spot when I weighed in this morning.
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1/28/15 1:19 A

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just had a good week on diet shakes : lost 6 kg

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1/27/15 5:13 P

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I'm doing pretty well working on my stress's. It's hard with business and financial matters being so prevalent right now. But I am ok today. And I am grateful for it.
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1/27/15 1:07 P

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Well, over the last 3 weeks, I have completed my 1st weeks goals.
Gee! Maybe I should be stressing over taking 3 weeks to complete my Week #1 goals!

I am making progress on getting more sleep, consistently. Biggest problem to overcome is myself! I do not give tomorrow the respect it deserves. I just stay up, playing on the computer usually, and know that I will, even on a good sleeping night, be awake before 6am. So I have really been trying NOT to go on the computer at night. Try to track my meals right after dinner, then shut it off. Resist the urge to check out friends on FaceBook, look at E-Mail, play Sudoku ~just say NO, to myself. And to be firm about shutting the lights off at 11:00pm.
I'm also making strides in getting back to sleep, when I wake at 2am. No "thought trains", No turning on the laptop, or lights, I just try deep breathing, and not thinking consciously. Sounds strange, but sometimes I can.

So, Now I will try to continue getting a consistent 4 to 5 hours a night, and the occasional 6 - sometimes even 7 hours sleep.
Breathing deep, and even several times a day.
Recognizing and Appreciating the People in my life, who matter.
Stretching mindfully every morning.
Will be working on staying in calorie range, and getting some movement in each day.

Wishing you all Strength & Peace!

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1/26/15 6:34 P

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Goals-

To think more positively
Breathe deep when get stressed and reread and follow the articles about destressing


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1/24/15 4:50 P

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Goals-

To learn to accept the mother/daughter relationship that I have, not the one I would like to have.

To put a cushion between myself and my stress to financial matters.

To accept traits that I cannot change within another.

Rekindling my inner spirit


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1/23/15 7:57 A

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My goals,

1 Since I am back in school exercise more at home (dvds, etc)
2 not to react emotionally
3- stretch more

"The greatest thrill in life is doing what people say you cannot do."


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1/21/15 12:11 A

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My goals are:

*Be able to say no to things that will create unneeded stress.
*Take a daily 15 minutes for myself.
*Reduce the amount of caffeine I consume.

You can do it. You are worth doing it for you.


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1/18/15 5:02 P

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My goals are:
Think before I act
Realize I cannot control everything and don't stress about the things I can't control
To eat Healthy
To get more active
To find things that I enjoy and do them
To be okay with being single
And most of all Be able to love myself no matter what size I am

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1/15/15 7:40 P

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I challenge myself to:
* Be more open with husband
* Not watch as much TV
* Not get down if I don't lose as much as I think I should

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1/13/15 3:11 P

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Set Goals- hmmmm-
1- Strive daily to replace negative thought with positive ones.
2- Get up earlier and get more organized to eliminate unnecessary stress.
3- Get healthier to eliminate worrying about my health emoticon

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1/11/15 2:01 P

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This week and the comments from my family tells me I have a stress problem . I think the best thing to do is deal with one thing at a time and hopefully at the end of the challenge I will have given myself tools to deal with life better.
I am starting with a journal , a calming phrase and deep breaths. Here goes...........

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1/9/15 3:51 P

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To: IMGONNADOIT2013 Wow! That is a lot. It is so hard when there is no family around to help. Glad you found this challenge and are seeking support here and through your local church group. You're not alone! Hang in there!

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1/9/15 3:36 P

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I challenge myself to do something creative once a week. I have found when I am not able to have a creative outlet it really affects me. I will sit down at my piano and/or my sewing machine. I will organize a closet/junk drawer/dresser (yes, this allows me to be creative). I will write poetry again, create songs, grab my camera and shoot more pics, etc. Ahh, I feel happier already! :-)

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1/4/15 5:36 P

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I challenge myself to let go of trying to control my 17 year old's choices about school work.

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1/1/15 6:10 P

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I challege myself to admit that I have a problem handling stress....................
I do admit that I have a problem handling stressful situations and that I need to change the way I respond to stress .
As a first step I joined this group and now I am going to journal three times a week .

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1/1/15 2:54 P

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Challenge Goals:

Write in my journal daily in order to recognize what may lead to stressful eating. Finding out what triggers stress can help to eliminate stressful or binge eating.

Drink 64 ounces of water daily.
Walking on the treadmill at least 4 days a week.
Eliminate excuses.

One day, one meal, one choice, one step to a new me! Go D-Dub!


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1/1/15 2:37 P

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challenge goals-
Write in my private journal each day and consider what is causing stress, whether it is within my circle of influence, if I can change my perspective and find an opportunity, and what actions I can take.

Workout daily for 30-45 minutes.



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1/1/15 12:15 P

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Where to start - I care for my disabled husband who is 49 years old with MS. I work full time as a university professor and love my job but it has it's stresses. We don't have any family nearby to help and sometimes I feel overwhelmed with taking care of my home, husband, and job. I know I need to make time for myself but usually don't. This fall I joined a church group that meet once or twice a month and I am enjoying my time with the members. I am really going to try focusing on the stress busting techniques in the challenge and work on taking care of myself.

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12/31/14 12:06 A

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Hi !!! my main challenge will be to learn how to be more positive and control my anxiety. Since I started SP I have been better but with Christmas my stress is getting back big time. Looking forward to 2015 and new stress-help techniques.

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12/30/14 7:10 P

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Dee,

You're correct, getting enough sleep will make a WORLD of difference, believe me, I know from experience!!!!

Blessings!

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Philippians 4:13
1 Corinthians 10:31
Our job is just to show up and do our best, leaving the outcome to GOD!!!

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12/30/14 5:00 P

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I will have to think about more goals to help me with stress, but my primary goal is to GET ENOUGH SLEEP. I think that will make a huge difference.

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12/30/14 4:48 P

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emoticon Claymact

You got it. Now to join a group or two of like minded folks and put yourself out there. I found the support and studies that enhanced my ability to renew my point of view and focus, and you can, too. I hear ya -- don't put yourself where folks aren't committed like you for a better life.

AND SO IT IS! emoticon happy new year emoticon

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Edited by: PASSIONATETIGER at: 12/30/2014 (16:51)
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I need a reliable income.

I need regular affection and intimacy, regular meaningful conversation about things besides problems.

I need to change the way I view my circumstances.

I can't create the reliable income and I'm the one who wants more intimacy and affection. The only thing I can control is how I look at my situation.

I'm a Health Star. Shine with me.


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My life and job are stressful. Im here to learn tips I can apply to help in both areas.

My job: I am exposed to trauma of my clients and that is something that wears on me. I have to learn how to not take on their stress and make it mine. Dealing with deadlines and staff and coworkers ect is stressful. I work two jobs, so double the stress.

My life: House needs to be more organized and cleaned, Im learning to be a Flylady. Getting married in 2015. Im a mom of a teen. I have family issues that I am learning to live within boundaries. Also how to deal with what is mine to deal with, in these issues.

Im learning in general that eating does not resolve ANY of the issues above listed. It is a long hard journey, but as I get healthy, it is worth it.

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I joined this group to try and do a better job at managing my stress levels. I need to get to the point where work stays at work. I need to learn how to say "no" when people ask me to help out / do such and such, etc. The list goes on and on.

Tiffany - With Godís help all things all possible.


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I am stressing enough to come by here. Wish I could afford the time to type it all out but that would procrastinate the very things I must decide on and then deal with.

I can't live life in a bubble because it's depressing locked inside them! But I also know that stress increases are warning signs to interpret correctly if I'm to remain inside GOOD choices.

After another cupa' java, a shower. After that, key bills out AND a bank trip. After that, investigate flights to Montreal for a tentative trip in 2 weeks! Then meeting up with Scott and his DD's dog-- to discuss dinner with friends tonight-- and the NYD getaway to 4 days of sitting still at a beach house. Sitting still NOW with no options?
That CLUTTER (others know!) must go, is HERE to chip away, and rest and walk and stay centered...at home... or maybe not?

emoticon I want nothing tomorrow night for NYE, and that's the gist of it all... JANUARY, here we come!

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My first goal to get rid of some clutter. I moved into a smaller house and it is so hard to keep it clutter free. The mess causes me stress. I also need to get the other people in my house to help.

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hi I plan this week to organize little by little in all sections of my home.. overwhelmed with so much junk one acummilates..

Edited by: BARBIE66 at: 12/30/2014 (09:48)
Taking one day at a time.
I know that I can do it.


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Vickie,

WAY TO GO, mapping your route and then walking it! That's FANTASTIC!!! I have a problem getting to bed myself. I use to get there at about 2 AM, but I am doing better, as I get there around 11:30 PM. I'm trying and it seems to be working some with me. I haven't done the sleep challenge, so I may just check into that, in the new year!

Keep up the good work, young lady!!!

Blessings!

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emoticon I planned and mapped a 30 min walk last night , then walked it today. Luckily someone does snow shovel the foot bridge at the park! Nice walk. The sidewalks were all cleared and it was not icy. It was a good first step to start a walking routine. I did fine. I enjoyed it and got some fresh air too.

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Blew get to sleep earlier challenge, which would reduce stress a lot , last night. did enjoy aerobics for 15 minutes today. Time for bed, is way past what I thought to do tonight.
someone mentioned routines, yes, schedules. It is very difficult to have one when you do not have one. Period. I used to. Then things changed and it goofs up what needs doing in a timely fashion when you don't.

NO TV is helping in small ways. I limit online stuff a bit more too. Sort of, lol.
Ok, 2am. Time to hide under my blankie .

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RKO,

emoticon Empty calories are a HUGE thing to give up, as I even eat empty calories, on occasion, as I tell myself it will make me feel better, but it never does. I do the same thing, and the story line never changes!

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will also give up empty calories...alcohol for a while

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Kelley,

You've got the right idea! You're using your baby steps to find out how to tweak your eating habits to get what you need, and your baby steps in your walking, as every little bit helps! Keep up the good work!

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