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MELMOMOF4 SparkPoints: (7,311)
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4/3/13 10:36 A

I am in the same boat as you are

ALBROOKS03 SparkPoints: (3,727)
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4/3/13 8:47 A

Thanks, you are right. I have notice changes just in the last three weeks. I think I need to hide my scale and just focus on how I feel.

KMRJPR SparkPoints: (69,755)
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4/2/13 6:01 P

Thanks JGirl5799

I have been working out for months now...and making progress. I think my break was probably a much needed break. I think I did ok handling the stress...didn't resort to emotional eating as in years past. The process is a learning process and finding what works for me. And when I struggle, I have learned that reaching out helps me.

So thank you for the wonderful response and words of encouragement!

And the reminder to pray....I so need to be sure to do that more often. I am blessed with so much already and I need to remember to give thanks as well as to pray.

JGIRL5799 Posts: 561
4/2/13 5:42 P

I know how it is to stress out believe me...

Its the gym and work outs that really help relieve them..but yes, the gym can be long and boring sometimes and when I don't feel like going, I don't.. I just channel my work outs to different things like spending time for walks on the rivers, I love hiking so I will hit the trails, I get my canoe out and spend time on the lake.. its good to do different things, just do them and move and keep moving..

Also find something you always wanted to learn but never did.. or a hobby you wanted to get into but never did.. or if you loved a past hobby and quit.. restart..

By occupying time with family and friends and also praying .. I just came to the realization that stress is just a life's stepping stone and a learning experience adventure.. its life to be lived and somewhere we live with fear or some sort of not wanting changes..its wanting to live and see, touch things through your own eyes and not through others explaining how it was or is.. I want to see and do for me now.. Changing bad habits takes a few weeks and 6 weeks to learn a new habit.. its all time and time based never an overnight thing

Just remember this too shall pass and you will make through it.. whats the worse thing that can happen.. worries and stressors are just things that have not happened yet. Its where I found myself hiding from myself and within food..

Breaking that shell felt great! It will be great

Edited by: JGIRL5799 at: 4/2/2013 (17:46)
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4/2/13 5:36 P

Thanks everyone! Coach Nancy,

I work out a lot. My physical therapist/trainer has me working out with him 3 days a week and then an additional 2-3 per week. The goal being 5-6 days of 45 min of cardio and at least 3 days of weight training. So yes, I think it's possible I was over training as I've felt great with this little break I took.

I find a huge stress relief from working out...but when stress gets to be too much or too overwhelming...I find I don't want to work out. This is what I want to overcome. I don't want to sit around and "wallow" in the stress. I want to get out and work out, continue to live healthy and change all the old bad habits.

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4/2/13 5:33 P

Thanks Ciler11..unfortunately my husband cannot work out with me due to an injury. Perhaps down the road he will. But for now, I just try to block out his less than supportive comments.

KMRJPR SparkPoints: (69,755)
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4/2/13 5:32 P

Thank you for the reply. I have the same attitude...I didn't get this way over night and won't fix it over night. I don't worry too much about the scale changing when I know I'm working out regularly and eating well. Usually during that time...I can see/feel changes in my body and how my clothes fit and that helps when the scale won't move.

Remember..the more you work out the more muscle you build and muscle is heavier than fat.

ALBROOKS03 SparkPoints: (3,727)
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4/2/13 2:43 P

I was a little disappointed to step on the scale yesterday and because it was about three pounds heavy than 1 1/2 weeks ago. I am not sure what I did wrong. I have been eating and working out. I couldn't think of one thing I would have done differently. I had just worked out when I weighed almost two weeks ago so maybe my true weight lose was not measured accurately. But I refused to let it get me down. Got to keep going. I didn't gain this overnight and it will not be taken off overnight.

Edited by: ALBROOKS03 at: 4/2/2013 (14:44)
CILER11 Posts: 265
4/2/13 9:52 A

I too find that working out helps me relieve stress. Also I think the message boards are great for getting support. Would your husband be interested in going to the gym with you? My husband and I will try to go together so we can motivate each other. We don't do the same workout or talk, but we're there at the same time.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
4/2/13 9:40 A

Wow, Coach Nancy really said it best. Do make sure you are getting enough of everything (calories, nutrients, etc.) to keep your energy up.

To deal with stress, I don't skip my workouts. I make sure I get them in. It helps me to deal with the stressors in my life. I am VERY lucky in some ways though. I have a husband that, on days when for whatever reason, I don't feel like working out, he encourages me to get it in there. But not in a way where I would feel terrible for skipping it.

Get as much support as you can. Whether from here on SP or friends out there. I'm not saying you can't take time off, but it is good that even if you aren't getting a "workout" in, to be active, in like, go for a walk, play with kids, anything that is active. It might not even count as true fitness, but anything to get your body move will feel better.

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4/2/13 8:53 A


What I have had to tell myself the past 8 plus years is that healthy living is a continuum. A journey I will be on for the rest of my life. I am always going to have to be mindful of the food choices I make and I am always going to have to exercise.

How long have you been working out? Could it be that you were working too hard so that you burned yourself out? Are you eating enough calories and the proper nutrients to support the activity that you do? Are you getting plenty of sleep?

Many people actually find exercise to be a big stress reliever, so you may want to commit to say a 10 minute walk and see how you feel.

Coach Nancy

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4/2/13 6:32 A

It is ok to take a break for a while, we all need these times. Give yourself a little time, then you will be back on track in no time. It is none of anyone elses business how your workout routine is going, don't let negative comments derail you, try to stay focused on the plan that you have developed for yourself. Try to find a workout buddy, they are a great way to unwind and socialize while you work out and you can vent to each other about stresses in your life.

KMRJPR SparkPoints: (69,755)
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4/2/13 1:07 A

I have not really exercised much in the last two weeks. It isn't that I've lost motivation, I think I've lost my energy.

I am still focused on achieving my goals. Unfortunately life has gotten in the way. There's been too much stress, so I let going to the gym slip by. Now my husband thinks I've given up. But I haven't... I needed a "time out".

How does everyone else push aside the stress and how do you ignore comments that are less than supportive?

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