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Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out?

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  • Though I got a 7, I still don't believe that I can lose weight. Have been trying for 60 years. A few times I lost a few pounds, but now am at the highest in my life at 73. When I track my food I am in the range. If I eat only protein I can lose a few, but who can keep that up? And it's not really healthy.
    I'm a bit unreasonable...I just gained .50 lbs and I feel a little freaked. I stayed within my calorie count and exercise program this week...what happened? I'm looking to lose 1 lb per week and have been going strong for six weeks.....ugh....
  • TOTALGYM2264
    Great article helped me see if I was stressing out and if it was going to hurt my goals and success so far.
  • I disagree with # 12 because I don't have a lot of stressful situations in my life. Everyone is NOT equal. Some people stress over everything, and some don't. Some people just don't have a lot of stress. You can't lump everyone together.
  • Great article - made me realise a lot.
    However it's a shame it ends with "and you can start doing that right now! " without expanding.
  • I think that this is the best article I have read regarding healthy and realistic expectations about weight loss. I wish everyone trying to lose weight, AND their doctors, friends, families and critics could read this. It seems like there is so much societal pressure to lose weight without most people understanding what it takes to achieve permanent weight loss and what weight loss does and doesn't accomplish.

    Thank you so much!!!
  • I disagree with #12. We always have stressful situations in our lives. That is what got most of us in the condition we are in. It's handling the stress along with our weight loss that will make us sucessful!
  • Why does the woman in the picture want to lose weight, is she trying to disappear altogether? :-)
    I have lost 43 pounds so far, and it HAS made many areas of my life a lot better. That's why I answered question 6 as TRUE. My answer is not a projection into the future, but it was given with the benefit of hindsight.

    Carrying 43 pounds less has changed my body shape, radically, doing away with my "wheat belly", and giving me a more standard silhouette. As a result, I noticed a radically different, much more positive and respectful attitude towards me from total strangers in stores, hospitals, and on the playground.

    I am now able to run with my grandchildren and actually outrun the younger ones ! At night, I can turn in bed with ease. My backache is gone. My ankles and feet are grateful.

    I am now wearing a Size 12 and am able to shop for clothes in almost any store, instead of looking for a somewhat fashionable Size 18 or 20 in just one or two stores.

    Those are just a few tangible benefits of my weight loss. The entire list is a whole lot longer. So, yes, losing weight has improved many areas of my life, providing enough incentive to stick with what I have learned during this process.
    I agree with every point made in the quiz. Unfortunately when I focus on EVERYTHING I stress so badly that I end up gaining weight. I'm at the end. I've resigned myself to the knowledge that I don't have the willpower to do what needs to be done. When I conquer one facet, another problem arises. Done, stick a fork in me. I'm going out fat and happy, albeit sooner than I could.
    Good article. I know true on 6 is correct for me as with many physical problems weight loss will alleviate much pain making it easier for me to have a more active and normal and healthy life.
  • -BENI-
    Karate kid - you are so right!
    LOL - the woman in the picture looks fabulous. I understand many women worry needlessly about their weight, but it would be nice to have someone a little more representative of people who are struggling.
  • Opened my eyes! Wow!!

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