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Walking has been the thing for me in relieving stress. I have a small country road next to the house or go to the park to walk. Either place has nice trees and birds singing their beautiful music. So stop and smell the roses and listen to the music. Also if you can afford it the resperate that is advertised on the sparkpeople site has helped me. I just started using it but I can already tell the difference in helping me to relax.
Don't keep your intentions of eating healthfully &/or exercising a secret. Let your family &friends know. You may find a workout buddy! Someone who was keeping their intentions a secret until you let your cat out of the bag!
For weight loss using the Spark tools for recipes, the recipe calculator, and then being able to track anything and everything that went into my mouth helped me develop an entirely new lifestyle so that I did not think of dieting but I wanted what was healthier! It was also a help to know that because of my work schedule that I could make Spark work within my busy schedule! However, when I retired the whole website, team and friends were there for me to continue learning!
Knowing what foods and/or situations can set you up for a binge is helpful. Make a list of those things and come up with a strategy that will enable you to head off the next attack. Having a great defense in place will make your journey easier and easier.
I love running so it's more like I am rewarding myself with a treat when I fit in my runs. On days I work I wake up at 4 am and run 3 miles on the treadmill and on days I have off I take my long runs outside anywhere from 5-10 miles. It also helps motivation to work towards a goal such as a 5k/10k or 1/2 marathon which I am currently training for.