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7/8/16 6:25 P

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Hello ELAINEANNE1,

I have found that it is very difficult to lose weight when I am highly stressed. High levels of cortisol from ongoing stress can interfere with the body's ability to release weight even if you are being diligent with your food choices. I'm not sure what your day-to-day time constraints are, but find some space and time for you to take a deep breath and do something to relieve some of your stress. I know this is easier said than done, but it is important.

As for your GP, do tell her what you're taking or no longer taking. The only way a doctor can be a good partner in your health care team is if she knows all the relevant information about your health. If you don't feel comfortable discussing honestly with her, then perhaps consider a different GP. Also, a GP may be able to help you with suggestions for stress reduction.

As for feeling like giving up, I can understand because I've been there, too. Instead of focusing on losing weight, consider focusing on eating healthfully to get adequate nutrients and not eat too much that will stress your body. When stressed, your body needs nutritious foods more than ever to stay well. Eating well is an act of self-care. Even if you don't lose weight (or do so slowly) because of the heightened stress, your body will still be in a better position to deal with the physical demands of a stressful life.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

(P.S. If you're interested, I wrote on my SP blog about my thoughts on and experience with emotional eating.)

"The secret of success is constancy of purpose." -Benjamin Disraeli


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7/8/16 12:35 A

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First you should speak to your GP and see if your drugs could be changed. Get more help with your husband.
If you are not in good health you are not helping any one. You are still doing good you are trying to get your life in order.
Blessings to you.

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7/7/16 3:23 P

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About 2-3 months ago I rejoined W W after a break of about 10 years, last time I did so well and got to goal(28lb loss) and kept it off until I had an hysterectomy several years later. I put on about 45-50 lbs and over the last 3-4 years I have managed to lose about 40lbs and this is when I rejoined.
I am on antidepressants, sleeping tablets and something to stop itching, I have halved what I am taking as I believe they are not helping(I was told that I should do this but not to soon so GP does not know yet). should I tell her?
I am a carer for my husband who has mental health problems and my coping skills are not so good and I get very stressed and then I comfort eat.
I was doing sort of OK before I went on a short break not I am putting more on than I am losing I feel like giving up as do not know what to do next, feeling so stressed.
W W meeting was tonight and I put on half a pound yet again.

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