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10/26/17 7:03 P

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Wow, ArchimedesII, LadyStarWind, Hawkthree, your answers are amazing, thank you!! Sorry I was sick in bed with a cold for a few days and after I went back to work I just went to sleep immediately every night instead of opening my computer at home!

ArchimedesII, love the boxing idea and your other comments are really helpful too! Your fast response to my panic button message meant so much to me!!

LadyStarWind, your idea of doing something positive, instead of not getting overwhelmed trying to not do a negative -- that will be incredibly helpful for me, thank you!!

Hawkthree, what you wrote is so true and understanding. I so agree with everything you wrote. This may not be the same as what you meant, but my work problem worried me enough that I started seeing a counselor for it. I figured, I'm really failing on my own, it's now (past) time to get a professional involved, since I am privileged to have that available to me. In retrospect I shouldn't have kept trying and failing for so long on my own, but better late than never hopefully!!

Thanks again to you all, you have been a huge help to me and I hope this all helps other people reading this!!!

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10/21/17 9:10 A

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If only we could be transported to a remote island while we focus on losing weight!

Alas, the rest of life keeps pressing in upon us. We're pregnant, we're stressed buying a house, helping a disabled adult, dealing with work issues ... and so on. Eating becomes a feel good bit in an ocean of crapola.

During the bad (and sometimes really awful times), I go back to things that help with relaxing -- reading at night, taking soaking baths, doing 2 healthy things.

And sometimes, I see a doctor when the stress gets really bad.

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10/19/17 12:28 A

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The times I've gotten to the point of not caring about losing weight...and we almost all get there(!)...what helped me most was that self-bargaining: "OK...so don't lose weight right now...but...are you at least willing to eat 3 healthy meals a day?"

It seems that finding something positive TO DO helps reset my Journey's goal. When I'm stressed, I can't find the control for "Negative" things: don't eat this, don't choose that, deprive yourself of this food...etc, etc Its like one more Negative is going to overwhelm me!! But I can find one positive action to take. And then one more... all in due time...
Good Luck finding your 're-set" button!!
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10/18/17 6:44 P



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GREEN_TREES,

I've had my fair share of knee issues as well as emotional eating. One thing I do to help me reduce stress is take boxing lessons. I find hitting the heavy bag really helps to reduce my stress. A lot of women have taken up boxing or another martial art. What's really nice, boxing has been easy on my knees. You'll have to be careful (modify) squat jumps or burpees, but it's a great total body workout. Haven't had any problems with my knees as long as I am mindful of what I can and can't do.

Keep in mind that if you go off track now and then, it's not the end of the world. You just get back into routine.



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10/18/17 5:01 P

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Thank you ArchimedesII (hope I capitalized right!) This was so amazingly helpful! I have even told people the exact same thing myself, about a weight fluctuation, but under the circumstances that didn't cross my mind as applying to me!

Everything you wrote was so, so true. Yes I will figure out some different venting (and reward/bribe) outlets that are not food or exercise related, since when my latest exercise escape valve was not as available, with my knee pain, I slightly lost it.

Thanks again you're a star. I hope this exchange helps someone else who searches for "anger" and "venting" like I did in the last day or 2 here, before I posted. If in doubt, go ahead and post, it's so helpful to get a reply! I will try to give back on these boards more as I get more experience over time.

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10/18/17 2:06 P



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GREEN_TREES,

Even if you ate an entire cheesecake last week, it's doubtful that you gained one pound of fat. What you're experiencing is nothing more than a water weight fluctuation. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

If you were to weigh yourself every day, you've probably noticed some days you're UP and some days you're DOWN. this is a normal fluctuation cycle. so, don't panic, this will pass in a few days. My weight can vary as much as 3-4 pounds in a day just because of a shift in my water weight.

What to do ? First off, if you are under some unusual work stress, you need to find ways to vent your stress that don't involve food. When I'm stressed out, I like taking a long walk. Walking is not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. If you don't want to walk, hit the gym for a good workout. If you don't want to go to the gym, sit and sip a cup of tea. Listen to your favorite songs, scream into a pillow.

If you eat out because you're stressed out, you will beat yourself up later. So, what are some things you think you could do that would help you reduce your stress ? Doing those things will help you get back your mojo.

And do keep in mind, you're not a machine who can eat right 24/7. You're a normal human being, with normal human emotions. In short, there will be days you're not perfect... and that's okay. As long as something like this doesn't happen every day, you'll be fine.

You don't have to be perfect to lose weight or be healthy. But you do have to care about yourself. if you don't care, then it will be a challenge to get back on track.

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10/18/17 10:45 A

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Hi Sparkers,
Maybe I’m just venting. I’m slowly increasing my exercise back up following knee pain that was clearly due to increasing my volume/intensity of exercise much faster than is safe (loved those endorphins!). The slow increase and changing to no-impact seems to going great with improving the knee pain!
I have gotten angry about 1 work issue since last week and even though I just bulldozed through it and it’s mostly over now, my interest in losing weight seems to have plummeted to zero since then. I’m still tracking in hopes that I don’t gain much but I’ve gone up by a pound already. I know I’m going to regret “not caring” later, and it’s not out of control (I’m too poor and also too experienced to want to eat junk, except for a couple of pieces of cake since then, and those were my bribe to myself for just getting stuff done that I loathe doing).
Just wondering if anyone knows how to short circuit being angry manifesting as “eff it, who cares if I lose weight now” because I’d actually like to. My motivation to make the effort to eat at a lose-weight calorie total rather than a hopefully-not-gain weight total is just zero though.
Any response will be much appreciated. Also please try to be kind, I’m a bit scared of what the response to this may be, I’d never post it somewhere not as nice as here!! Thanks!!!

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