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5/26/15 4:38 P

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I'm just starting week two and have read the articles. I know exercise is an integral part of stress relief. However, I am limited in the kinds of exercise I can do. Ten minutes of walking resulting in more pain, which causes more stress. Exercise may not be the answer for everyone. I am actively trying to seek ways to exercise that won't be as painful. My hubby took my recumbent bicycle up to Arkansas so I can ride it there. (I live in Texas but spend most of my time in Arkansas while hubby is working there.) I'm hoping that will be less stressful on the hips. Also, a hot bath is great for those who can get up and out of the tub. I'm happy with a hot shower, or I go to the thermal baths in Hot Springs. I also like yoga and can do that if I modify. I joined the Y in Hot Springs, and they have both a water exercise class and modified yoga for beginners, so I can do that. I can also do strengthening exercises in a chair, so I do have some options.

One of my favorite suggestions was journaling. I can do that because I love to write. I do some of this on my SparkPeople blog, but I talk about all kinds of topics there--not just stress. I am tracking my stress and how it relates to the arthritic pain. I already turn to the SparkTeams for stress, so that I already do. I distract myself with music--I'm happier doing that than with board games. I also like some online word games that distract me from both pain and stress.

I think I'm surprised that nowhere do I see hypnosis mentioned. I have hypnosis CDs and downloads I listen to when the pain and stress is high and the blood pressure goes up. I highly recommend these. There is noticeable change after listening to the hypnosis tracks.



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4/24/15 11:38 A

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A little behind. Today I did a stupid. Instead of obsessing over the mistake like I would have in the past, I have let it go and am moving forward and not stressing over it. What happens happens and whatever the outcome things will be okay. Will also let this serve as a reminder to slow down and process everything before clicking a button on the computer.

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I try to take a walk when I get stressed.
Take a deep breath and move on.
I have friends and family I can vent to.
If all else fails a cup of tea and a hot bath cures all.

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4/4/15 5:41 A

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Week 2 - I've blogged every day on my Spark Page as a Stress Journal exercise, and will continue with that until the end of the challenge. I've had a lot of helpful and supportive comments from Spark Friends.

I have started a new exercise routine - and including running (that's the sweat it out bit!)

I have tried to use the time I have travelling to and from work on the bus to do more relaxing things - like just Sudoku (play a game) or read a book, rather than shuffle through my work stuff. I have also sometimes just looked out of the window and enjoyed the view.

I'm not doing to well on the having fun stuff, or the spending time with friends......... we all seem to be so busy!

I am feeling that doing nothing is what I need to do more of - by that I mean, sitting quietly and actually taking the time to get beyond the stress and busy-ness, and get in touch with my feelings.

Oh, yes, almost forgot! I've cut right down on caffeine too - have been choosing herbal teas and more water - this has to help, right?

I still feel so sort of weary!

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3/13/15 1:11 P

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Thanks!

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3/13/15 12:55 P

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Keeping a food journal here at SparkPeople. Reading articles about correct eating habits and exercise. I'm still getting use to the idea that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, dealing with depression. The Journal helps. I need motivation to do the exercise...I've read that it has to be in moderation.

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3/7/15 7:17 A

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Week two reflection:
*'Walking away the pounds did help for a while.
*Emailing a leader helped for a while
*Journal brings more stress
*Didn't try playing a board game yet.
*The faster I walked helped for a while
*Need to work on planning something fun
*Haven't tried taking a bath yet!

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3/3/15 1:50 A

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Week 2 reflection:

This is a lot harder than it sounded. There is SOOO much going on in life that is stressful. I've managed to do journaling every day and have been taking time to exercise every day with an extra walk when I feel stressed.
The three minute stress management has been hit or miss. It helps but I still find myself struggling. I've started to grab a glass of herbal tea (unsweetened) when I get stressed so that my hands/mouth/stomach have something to do without adding a bunch of calories. It has also really boosted how much water I get each day!

So.... I keep working at it. Every minute of every day reminding myself that it really isn't as bad as it seems and it will all work out soon enough.

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3/1/15 9:31 A

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My Reflection

This week was particularly stressful. I could not get outside and run, which I think had something to do with my stress management. Some of the tips like reflecting in a journal help somewhat. Taking time for myself on Friday and Saturday helped tremendously as well, so I need to schedule myself in.

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2/25/15 3:24 P

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Week 2 reflection: I really wish could do more exercising but my oxygen keeps dropping into the 80's even when I walk 10ft to bathroom and back.Have a call into my dr. sure hope I don't end up in the hospital. I'm having a hard time with the journaling too. Gotta get off will come back and finish.

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Well, I am here ready to face another work week - I have planned for tomorrow which is less stress for me and the family (smile) - My workouts are complete - My chores are complete - Journaling/Reading/Praying are all complete - Now, I am posting on Spark People - I had a busy day, but STRESS FREE - I have really been relaxed today even though I was busy - Not once did I raise my voice which is a change in itself - I can truly get used to this (SMILE) - I just read all of the articles that Spark People suggested for Week 2 - I will implement some of their suggestions in my daily schedule to help keep me calm! emoticon

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2/15/15 1:26 P

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2/12/15 4:54 P

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Truly, I have really been trying to change for the better, but certain situations, I am struggling with. I pray everyday for more patience and guidance when dealing with other people. This team provides an outlet and offers great suggestions to get back on track - Thanks so much!

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2/11/15 7:28 A

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I can be my own worst enemy... the real battle for stress-balance is between my ears. Learning to live in the present moment, and asking myself what is the "truth" here, then letting go helps me. Pausing, taking a long breath, and saying to myself that "everything passes"... and that I AM loved. God will always love me, regardless of what kind of mess I get myself into. So I can move on. Maybe not immediately, but eventually.
The only control I have is over MY response to the stress. It isn't easy to tell yourself to slow down and THINK... and then DO IT!
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2/10/15 9:11 A

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You're right Pynetree. "Just move" is a good answer. That moving goes a long way to helping when feeling stressed.
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2/10/15 8:26 A

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Barely got 2 hours sleep last night.
$tress, health issues, bear most of the blame.
Really have to make some changes.

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I am dealing with self inflicted stress right now. I have made a plan to work through it and "fix" it but it is going to take more time than I would like. I should have handled things better in the beginning.

I get up and walk when the stress gets bad during the day. If it wakes me up at night, I get on my phone and journal without waking up my husband or upsetting my dogs.

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Well, I get some aspects of my stressors under control and then throw a few others on top. How much can she juggle? I've been here before though so it's not a big deal looking at everything individually. One thing at a time really makes it manageable. And lists!

Now, I'm planning a vacation and will be travelling soon for work. So I'm piling on the load, but I can prioritize and get everything taken care of mainly by writing it down. A Visual to check myself and make sure nothing slips. I needs my vacations!

The changes I've made are sticking to an exercise regimen, employing help when I need it (or before I beg for it), and practicing yoga Saturday mornings. Just using my gym membership instead of wasting it makes me less stressed. Wouldn't even matter if all I did was log in, go to the hot tub, and leave. I did something there. I say that because I workout on lunch breaks at work, and the gym is too far to get to so I'm limited in where and what I can do, but I've found a plan that works, so I want to make sure I can still utilize my gym membership and not waste it: Yoga! Love it!

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2/8/15 12:12 P

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Sending you prayers. What a tough challenge for you.

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I have a situational stress event right now, actually for 1 year now. Taking deep breathes and stopping short before I explode is helping me to stay calm. The situation isn't better, but my handling of it is. Exercising is helping the depression to stay at bay.

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2/3/15 1:31 A

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I manage most stress pretty well, but dealing with my 15 year old step daughter can be pretty challenging. Today was a very mixed day. I did great handling a less than great exam score on a test I took and then I got home...
My husband and I spent 20 minutes searching the house from top to bottom looking for the dog's food bowl. We were crawling on hands and knees with flashlights checking under furniture. Couldn't find it anywhere. Asked my step-daughter to get up so we could check under that part of the couch and what did we find? She had been SITTING ON IT!!!! This isn't a little bowl. There was NO way she didn't know it was there. We told her what we were looking for and asked if she had seen it before we started crawling all over. She told us she had no idea where it was.

Gah!
It is wet and cold out. Couldn't get out to walk. Sat with a cup of hot tea and read a book for a bit. That helped.

(We have full custody of her and she only goes to visit her mother one afternoon a week (or less) so learning how to handle the stress by this sort of thing as we work to teach her not to do this sort of stuff is a big thing.)

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1/7/15 7:59 P

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I like the writing in the journal and working up a sweat techniques for managing stress.

Today it stressed me out when someone was talking to me during my workout. I was still unwinding from work and not ready for conversation yet.

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very realistic way to set goals and manageable as well.... I am going to use BALANCE in my routine as well..... I am myself an "all or nothing" kind of person..... maybe BALANCE will be a much better approach... and moderation, perhaps?? LOL. Have a wonderful day and emoticon

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1/7/15 8:27 A

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I'm very much an all or nothing thinker. Being extremely sick while relighting my SPARK was a blessing in disguise. Not being able to work out, but still losing weight, because of diet changes was eye opening! I love to exercise, but I LOVE to eat, so seeing how important diet is helped me avoid the tendency to work out more and more and more. I just don't have time for that any more. Balance! 2015 will be all about balance for me. Balancing family and work Balancing diet and exercise.
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12/14/14 11:40 P

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Stress does different things to me when it comes to eating, but I definitely know that I turn things on myself pretty quickly. I can be extremely hard on myself and it feels like an automatic response. Need to remember to do reality checks and keep myself in the moment.


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12/7/14 7:50 P

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Tweetie,

Stress also causes me to eat also, and that's one of the reasons I workout so much, as it relieves my stress, and I don't want to binge. I know all to well, eating for comfort, as that's one of the reasons I ended up weighing 388 lbs.! It's just so easy to do that, and I would just nestle down with a comfort food and eat to my hearts content, as I actually did feel so much better. However, the next day or maybe even the same day, I would end up berating myself for doing such a thing, and I had no idea the effect it was having on me. I was a mess!

Stay as close to your routine as possible, as that will help. If you feel like you need something to eat, get your healthy snacks ready ahead of time, as that way you just pick it up and there is no preparation. You've got this! TOGETHER emoticon

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12/7/14 9:40 A

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Stress does cause me me to eat more. When I am too busy at work and now with the holidays, I tend to eat for comfort. I am going to make an effort to continue exercising over the holidays. It is difficult when I get out of the routine.

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12/5/14 10:51 P

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AE,

That's what it's all about! You're a perfect example of what this challenge can do for others. The real key is that EXERCISE is a really good STRESS BUSTER! I'm delighted to read that you feel pretty good, as that's a step in the right direction! Keep up the GREAT work!

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12/5/14 8:02 P

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I think this week helped me to be more mindful of my stress and how I'm dealing with it. I was able to cope better which led to less stress eating and more exercise. I feel pretty good.

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11/11/14 1:29 P

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I love your hamster picture! The Kia commercials are adorable, you can find them on youtube, they have giant "hamsters" in them. You sound like an animal lover. :)

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Well, the affects of the test surgery have worn completely off, and my old lady syndrome is BACK with a VENGANCE!!! I'm having a very hard time walking and the pain today is really crazy! I'm talking to God and my friend Rosemary prayed for me today, and I do feel at peace with the situation, as it's only temporary, until they get the real deal implanted in my body. However, I'm having some stress dealing with the pain. by His Grace, I'll be able to get some kind of a workout in to relieve the stress!

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I'm so glad that I'm able to workout again! That's my stress buster right there. However, I did have to find an alternative way, while I was recuperating from some back surgery, so I got out my address book and started addressing Christmas Cards, so I could get them out on time this year, and may what a change I had, while I was recuperating! A calming peace that I hadn't felt in a long time came over me and it was from Him and only by His Grace! Thanks GOD!!!

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Did some walking and went to the gym. Those things tend to help a bit.

Little by little, step by step, day by day.


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Gonna try these things and report back during the week.

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This week I made a list of things I wanted done and didn't try to do them all in one day. I made time for an extra exercise and tried to forget about all of the things on the list. It is Saturday and there are still a few things I haven't done. They will be there for another day. emoticon

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This past week I've been paying more attention to what is going on in my life that is causing all these stressful feelings. My plan for dealing with it at this time is: journaling the triggers/reactions and focusing on planning something fun in the near future.
I'm still working on the activity motivation - I don't know why it's so hard for me to fully commit to that since I know from previous experience that once I do it will become easier and easier.

I really like SROD42's statement "just push through - either it will go away or it will make its way to the surface so I can deal with it". Thank you for that inspiration.

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I've had a lot of trouble sleeping lately, which often times translates to something being on my mind. Since I don't know why I feel bothered, I'm not sure what steps to take to correct it. It's too the point now that I'm too distracted and cluttered to even meditate or read. So far I've been able to maintain a decent diet and work out regularly (although I've had real bad problems with motivation some days). I was proud that I was able to at least make myself run 3 miles after work yesterday especially because I REALLY didn't want to. I think my goal is to just push through....either it will go away or it will make its way to the surface so I can deal with it.

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I'm praying a lot of my stress will disappearing tomorrow. I've been on workmans comp for the past 6 weeks and I haven't received a check since I got injured so finances have been very stressful. But I go to the doctor tomorrow to hopefully get approved to return to work.
To deal with my stress, I've been concentrating more on making myself happier through:
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And breathing exercises
I know right now I can't change my stress factors but I can change how I deal with it.

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The best stress reducers for me are take a walk or read a book. Or I listen to music and sometimes dance to it. If there was a button to turn off our minds we would be less stressed.

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I agree, the regular exercise is crucial!! I've been pretty good at the other habits that are needed to reduce stress, but exercise always falls to the side when I'm stressed - then I'm totally making everything worse :

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The truth - just adding in exercise has allowed me to feel SO much less stressed. We are about to get really busy at work in a couple of weeks, which will be more stressful, but I feel I will be better prepared with getting back to exercise. I just have to remember that piece when I am tempted to skip workouts.

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I finally took the chance to do - " go fund me .com " for my dentures since no charities help and the labs here claim they can not do it -
email me if you want to help - even a dollar adds up fast .. can't hurt to try , I hate not having dentures and my gums do not touch - can not eat a lot of things or go to free things with friends . do not like asking for money - but no choice , charities wont help



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I began my C25k program today. It is amazing what some quick outdoor jogging/walking can do for stress levels!

I am feeling good!

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feel so much better back on synthroid .. no word from doc.. used what I had on hand ..
been great days lately - got a few lotto tickets and won .. emoticon .. needed it too .. that really helps stress ..
eating better - still procrastinating on exercise - but got a lot done with getting ready for the yardsale .......



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This week wasn't so bad. When ever things got too bad I gave myself a "time out" and spent some time in my room away from the rest of the family. I gave me a chance to regroup, breathe deep, and relax.
I'm not sure how long my mother-in-law will be with us and it isn't that she does anything to bother me. It's just that she is always there. Sitting in the same spot. Not doing anything. It feels like it is more an invasion of personal space.
Time for a deep, calming breath....

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I realized when Week 3 showed up in my email that I hadn't been posting to forums. I am modifying work behavior - reduces most of the drama in my space and helps me focus on the work itself. Besides making work a little more peaceful, I've noticed at least that area of stress has gone down. I've been reading a lot of your posts and have realized just how isolated I've become. I have a long daily commute with just me driving, at hours too odd to call family. Due to being downsized to another city, and a hubby on a different shift who feels neglected if I volunteer anywhere, I don't really know anyone at home. (I moved there from out of state years ago). New work schedules are coming out, so I may lose my weekends off - which will be tough for hubby, but I find I get more done when he's not around. It would almost be a relief. I feel like house is a sty. We had to put one of the older cats to sleep, and it was almost a relief just to have the decision MADE. No more second guessing how she feels. There's more but I feel like I'm funneling into a pity party - which I don't have time for right now. There are steps forward, but I'm thinking more - am I hungry - what really needs to be done NOW - etc. Some introspection can just be a waste of time. Thanks for listening!

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I suffer from BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and have successfully been using mindfulness to overcome intrusive thoughts about food. I also have been using the same technique to deal with intrusive anxious and fearful thoughts. Here is a link to a youtube video by the psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz who developed this technique that is now being used for a variety of conditions including OCD, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders and anxiety disorders. It is long, about a half hour, but it is fascinating and inspiring and he gives some really concrete examples of how to deal with intrusive thoughts.

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I just realized that I had completed week 2. I found some good habits this week that I will take into week 3 tomorrow morning. My Doctors visit this morning was very good. He was impressed with the Sparks program & ask for more information.

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my thyroid meds are not right so makes it hard to do my destress work - called doc today and switched it back to what I was on and adding another - might help - no word so will check site to see if it was called in ...
yesterday was a good day .. today was soo tired did not get in exercise and could not work on art.. tomorrow is quilt guild so hope it is better
at least my BP is getting back to my normal - I lowered meds last week ..



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Week 2 reflections -
I have struggled to keep up my Stress Journal for the last couple of weeks as when I get to the end of the day I just want to go to bed, read my book and find oblivion.

I have a stressful job, and am recovering from cancer treatment, and am often very fatigued. This makes my brain pack up shop and prevents me from being able to handle my life in a balanced manner. This makes me more irritable, and so the cycle continues.

The best method to help myself cope is to:
1. Take regular and extensive exercise
2. To take time out for my head and enjoy the world around me
3. Reduce my working hours (I do work a lot!)

I hope to imlement all of the above in the next week to see how well I can improve my situation.

Here's hoping!

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This morning just went to crap the moment I woke up. My mother is having issues with me moving in with my boyfriend and living my life in another state 8 hours away from her. So she proceeds to send me irritated texts in the morning. This of course brought my mood down before my workout class in the morning, which made me not want to do anything. However, I've learned to talk to people more about it when I'm stressed, so I did. I mentioned it to a boot camp buddy while there and the entire workout she was encouraging me along, telling me to take out my frustration in the exercises. And it definitely worked! Relying on friends is key to me now!

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Stevie Nicks!!!! How awesome!! BEST OF LUCK!!!! emoticon

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well I just got a boost , I just entered to .. design a shawl for Stevie Nicks .. several of us thought of her back when I wrote the pattern .. just never pursued it .. wish me luck.. you can vote if you want
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thank you - it just comes out of no where .. he was killed in may - would have been 33 end of july , we were so close



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My sympathies. emoticon

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According to the BMI chart, i'm much too short! O.O

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I am so, so sorry for your loss

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crying this morning - my sons death is still hard .. I miss him and it hurts



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8/22/14 10:19 A

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This week, I really needed these stress Busting tips! What a week at work this has been, wow! I have used several things that I've learned regarding exercise and particularly de-stressing in 3 minutes. I'm facing a 10 hour or more day today, however, I am looking forward to concentrating on destressing this week through exercise and time with my amazing kids, plus spending some time writing--always a de-stressor for me. I'm also finding that I am turning to food less and less when I am stressed. Score!

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I ended up calling a friend last night, but not for good news. A mutual friend of ours from college (we graduated in 2000) died yesterday. Puts some things into perspective, for sure. This week I will work on reaching out to people. I live a fairly isolated life - I work from home, don't live near any of my close friends, and don't get out much. This is not good for a healthy, productive life. I won't change the work from home gig - I can work in shorts and a ripped up t-shirt if I want (LOL!), but I do need to connect more with my friends.

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The kids starting school on Monday the 18th has really got me stressed out. They have only been going four days and each day they return home with another supply list. I have run to walmart each day after school and spent $50-$70. each time. It is really starting to take a toll on our limited budget and if it doesn't stop soon were going to be eating spaghetti every night for the next month. Not so sure how to relieve stress caused by things I can't control but I find writing my grievances down helps me not to go bat-crazy.

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Talking and reaching out this week is helping

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Had a successful week one so will build from that. In week two I will incorporate the "7 Simple Stress Busters" into my daily regime. The challenge will be how to visualize the "De-Stress in 3 Minutes" technique during a stress event.

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A bit low this week, not sure why. Sinus problems, might be why. Sinus swelling with a broken nose, takes a toll.

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My stress is I'm always tired..my body hurts from arthritis..all over...I can't stay asleep the pain wakes me. At the same time I'm thankful for my job..I guess the pain reminds me..I'm still alive (grin) and every now and again I sleep through the night..

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Week 2 has been interesting. I'm taking some action steps like calling friends and mindful that exercise can be used to reduce stress not just for the intent of weight loss. I'm still writing in the stress journal. It is helping to narrow down specifically what is causing me stress.

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Week two has been challenging. It is helpful tho to realize just how many areas of my life are stress filled, and to think of what parts I can eliminate and what I have to find a way to work thru. Knowing you have a problem is half the battle and all that.


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Suess

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Just started week 2 and feeling fine.

God bless and have a great day.


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week 2 started out good but then I lost my internet and couldn't keep in contact here to relieve my stress. I did ok considering I did have my therapist appt so that helped. Ready for week 3.
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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20-For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your Spirit, which are God's.


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Week 2 was full of ups and downs. Due to the stress I had/have, my stomach was bothering me yesterday and part of Friday. Also, I ate something Friday that I think upset my stomach. I'm feeling a lot better today. I've had challenges yesterday and today with my program. Still, I'm doing well and feeling good about some things.

Ready for Week 3!

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