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8/28/13 7:00 P

Thanks for the responses, the encouragement and the understanding. I feel like I'm always complaining, but yes, I need some me time!!

I did take a walk on my breaks today- breaks are short but its better than nothing!

Nobody can help me with my chores at home. I don't get off work until evening and I go to work at 9am. I thought about hiring a housekeeper, but I would have to at least organize enough for them to clean. Its not a total pigsty, but it kind of echoes my inner state- a bit chaotic.

I'm glad to have a week off- hopefully I'll sleep better with some rest and unplugging.

Its a drag that I'm overweight though. I hate running into people who haven't seen you for a while and you see that look in their eyes...

It is what it is and at least I'm making some money. I'm going to take your advice and just break it down into healthy habits I can add. I've already cut out my diet soda pretty much and I walk when I can- on the weekends I get in a couple of 2.5 mile walks.

Food, I'm using as a security blanket, soother, and tranquilizer. I really hope I can get a handle on that.

Thanks again everyone for your support. Its is really nice to have someone care enough to write out suggestions and words of encouragement!

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8/28/13 1:08 P

Ouch, you are in a tough spot. You need some "me" time. I know, easier said than done. Is it at all possible to take short breaks at work, just to get up and walk away for a few minutes? I know its hard, but sometimes there are work things that I look at and think "you can wait five minutes" and I just get up and move. Its more of a stress relief than a boost for weight loss, because I'm sure I don't burn a lot of calories during these breaks. But I need them to keep my mind clear.

Do you have a close friend who can help with the house? Maybe help you get it in order so you only have to maintain the clean instead of starting from scratch? Can you set up automatic bill pay so you don't have to do it every month?

I have sleep issues too with stress. I find having little breaks during the day gives my brain a chance to process everything.

Go and enjoy being with your husband. Unfortunately work will be there whether you worry about it or not. I hope you can push it to the back of your mind and enjoy the time you get to have with him.

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8/28/13 1:05 P


I know things are really strefful right now, but I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not 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 drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved those goals. Then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It doesn't start with "all or nothing". It starts with one small change beacuse one small change CAN change your life !!!

We have all been where you are. We know how frustrating losing can be. that's why you can't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. stop trying to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. You really do just start with some simple changes.

So, let me ask you, what simple things are you ready to do this week ? It's not to late to make some healthy changes. Don't start Monday, start today. Take a short walk at work during your lunch break. Even a 10 minute walk will help restore your well being. Some days, you have to walk away from the job for your own sanity. Drink 2-4 cups of water and try to eat a piece of fruit. That's all you have to do to be a bit more healthy for the day. Every little bit really does make a difference.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 8/28/2013 (13:20)
8/28/13 8:47 A

Ugh. I'm working a lot of overtime and I'm alone since my husband lives in another country (long story). Anyway, I am so frustrated since I've gained instead of lost weight. I don't have a plan. I start something and then quickly get sidetracked. I'm lacking sleep and I'm stressed with the workload at work and then trying to do all that needs to be done (and failing miserably!) at home with bills, chores, etc. No time for friends, family, etc. In short, I am overwhelmed!

I am getting ready to take a week off to go see my husband, but I'm afraid of what I will come back to at work... The stress in interfering with my sleep and I'm really freaking out about gaining even more weight!


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