This question really piqued my interest. And here is my response:
"I'm 51, also stressed, mother of cats (LOTS of cats...), personally deal with depression...and just lost 25 pounds. (Well, just under). It's not easy but it IS possible!!!
Sadly, I also have no brain left... I hear that's the first to go. But I can't remember...
The KEY thing for me is to keep track of what I eat and my exercise every day. I log everything into the Food Tracker every day and keep track of portions. (Just because _I_ think an entire bag of cheddar cheese popcorn is ONE serving doesn't make it so. Darn it.)
I also try and do at least 10 minutes of exercise every day. Most days this turns into more than 10 minutes.
I absolutely HAD to lose weight. I was down to 2 pairs of pants that fit (barely) and I refused to buy any more. (Plus, I couldn't afford to -- financially or emotionally.)
I go over my calories (a little) most days and a lot(on some days) but I've been reminding myself that 1 'goof' doesn't mean "Game over, man!" -- I just gotta start over with the next meal.
All of this does take time but I (now) make it a priority. Dinner can wait until after I watch my SparkCoach program and finish my tracking for the day. Everyone at my house knows I HAVE to do this first so I can "see how much I can eat for dinner"... :-)
Also, I've been using SparkCoach for about 2 months now and I find it DOES keep me on track.
Good luck! I know you can do it!"
So, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. I'm REALLY tired (had to be at work at 7 this morning...yawn...) and really want to take a nap. Now. But I am going to go on a walk (at least 10 minutes!) and then do a little raking.
Maybe after that I'll take a little nap... :-)
UPDATE: I ended up doing a 22-minute, pretty fast walk -- I usually time myself on my cell phone's stop watch. Off to do a little raking...
then a NAP!