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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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1/7/15 1:44 P

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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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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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11/10/14 10:19 P

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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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11/3/14 11:08 P

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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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11/2/14 9:12 P

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Gonna try these things and report back during the week.

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


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11/2/14 12:20 P

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Instead of worrying about things, I just do them!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13



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11/2/14 5:14 A

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Call me Elsa: making "let it go" my continuous mantra...

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11/1/14 1:04 P

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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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11/1/14 11:37 A

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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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10/28/14 12:26 P

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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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10/12/14 1:33 P

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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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10/4/14 11:14 P

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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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Reflections: Week 2
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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Been eating more than my recommended allotment from Spark, but most days I burn more with exercise than I eat, so I haven't gained any weight. Was having troubles (along with many other S people) with my water and fruit/vegetable trackers and tech help wasn't able to give me solutions so I was very frustrated. Then the problem disappeared and I was Flyin' High! Made Spark People my home page and that also has given me lots of joy. Everything I use is so handy!

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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 -
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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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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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8/19/14 8:57 A

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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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KILASREDROSE15 SparkPoints: (2,526)
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8/18/14 9:26 P

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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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8/18/14 7:59 P

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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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8/9/14 12:00 A

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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

Change is coming!
--Dawn--
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8/3/14 11:01 A

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Just started week 2 and feeling fine.

God bless and have a great day.


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8/1/14 1:12 P

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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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1Corinthians 6:19-20
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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7/20/14 1:59 P

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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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