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10/26/12 2:10 P

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Perhaps part of the problem is that your goals are too ambitious and you're setting yourself up for failure as a result. Start with some simple changes first. Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality, if the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Set some simple goals for the week to get started. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to eat 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

This doesn't have to be "all or nothing". One small change CAN change your life !! So, why not start by creating a few simple goals. Nothing too ambitious, do be practical as well as realistic.

As far as stress, I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. Find other ways to reduce your stress that don't involve food. Try talking a daily walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. Get some fresh air. If it's cold outside, put on a fleece top and wear some gloves.

The universe doesn't stop when it gets cold out. You still have to go to work. You still have to take the kids to school if you have kids. You still have to go to school if you're working on your degree. Stuff has to get done. we're not bears, we don't get to hibernate. it would be nice, but it's not happening.

One thing you might do is read this Spark article on emotional eating and stress. you'll find it helpful.

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10/26/12 10:46 A

Exercise can usually pull me out of a funk.

I definitely know where you're comin' from! It is so frustrating when our weaker selves take over our bodies! Exercise has been my go-to medicine. It might sound too simple or elementary, but it helps my head go to a better place.

Spark On!

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10/25/12 11:24 P

i see from your SparkPage that you previously lost a lot of weight following a low carb plan, but subsequently gained again. One of the things about following this type of plan is that you either feel deprived, or bored, so it really isn't easy to stick with it. The weight gain is a result of that.

I suggest that you start this off again with baby steps, changing only one or two things to start with, and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. This applies to nutrition AND exercise. You are gradually UNlearning the old habits which is what has gotten you to this point, as you equally gradually learn the healthier alternatives. This is also merely a healthy lifestyle - it isn't about deprivation or starvation. I allow myself whatever I want every couple weeks - yesterday I ate chocolate biscuits (very yummy) but they put me over my upper calorie range by 400 cal's. Today is another day and I am eating well and well within target.

Where it comes to exercise in the cold weather - there is plenty of exercise you can do in your own home. I get the bulk of mine by walking - putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. Some times I can get a 1/2 hr walk in, and I generally get at least 3 walks in in a week doing just that. If you got a gym ball you could sit on it while you watch TV. Just sitting burns calories because it takes energy to maintain your balance. Of course, once you are on it, there is a HUGE temptation to bounce up and down or roll around on it. That burns even more. There are lots of ways you can get around this :-)

Whatever the stress is, I hope that you are able to deal with it appropriately because it can and does impact on how we live the rest of our lives. If need be, find someone to talk with about it - I dare say you have heard the expression "A problem shared is a problem halved" - it really IS true!

Take care,

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10/25/12 10:44 P

I've been having trouble sticking to a healthy eating plan and willing myself to exercise in this cold weather. I've been stressed out due to a problem I'm working on solving. I've been eating too many carbs and sweets, especially cookies.

I feel so discouraged and want to give up, but I know that's not good. Please advise me how I can get out of this slump and feel better again. Thank you.

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