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Monday, March 18, 2013

...story of my life these days.

A few days on, even more off. I think I'm back up to 360 again. I'm honestly gaining weight faster than I knew was possible...and I wish I knew why because I am trying my damndest to watch what I eat as much as possible.

Fact is, I'm stressed. More than usual stressed. Everything is falling on my shoulders and it all got a little too heavy for a while. Still trying to get above it, but it's been hard.

Setting small goals right now. The PF is backing down slowly, but my leg muscles are cramping a lot. My back and hip are calling some of the shots and I'm living on a daily diet of Advil just to get through. And it's a mess here at work because it's just plain madness about 98% of the time. Today was my first down day in a LONG time and I've spent the time playing catch-up on my hobby-type things.

So, I'm trying to get back to eating right.
Trying to walk past the candy dish more times than not without touching anything.
Trying to stick to water wherever possible.
I'm going to see what walking 3-4 times a week does for me.

I read an article the other day about what type of tummy you have - mine is a stress tummy, I believe. Makes sense why it doesn't budge even when I'm fully 100% on my game. I'm always stressed. It said I should try long walks and yoga and other low-impact and low-stress workouts. Has it met me? I think we'll try that for right now, but I make no promises for the future. I started this because I wanted to be one of those crazy runs 5 miles a day and spends her weekends doing races kind of people...I do like hiking though...if it would just stop friggin' raining, then snowing, then raining, then snowing. *pulls out hair*

I'm ready for the weather to change.
I ready for a change of scenery.

We meet tomorrow with the mortgage lender. Should be interesting at least. *sigh* I'm so scared he's going to say we can't get a house still. I'm also worried about paying a mortgage payment every month so ... that's me...worry, worry, worry.

Stress stomach, anyone?
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    Hey Callikia,

    Wondering how your doing... Been thinking of you lots. I am always so hesitant to say anything like this, to give ideas because sometimes we do just want to vent.
    I hope you don't mind. I just wish that someone would have told me about this long ago. At least I could have understood that it really isn't my fault.

    I don't know if this is the case or not but, I went to the doctor about a year ago to help me lose weight. I wanted to throw something out. Your weight gain might just be stress, but one thing the doctor talked to me about is allergies. We figured out that I am allergic/sensitive to something in milk products. When I stop eating them, I can lose lots of weight FAST!! like 4 pounds a week. Unfortunately, I love milk products...cheeeese, chocolate milk...

    Maybe try deleting out certain foods...or is there any foods that you don't feel terrific after you eat them. It would work with the stress thing as we tend to have our "favorite" stress foods...even if there not bad for dieting standards they could be bad for you.

    Anyway, you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

    2890 days ago
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  • KARVY09
    I hear you on the stress. We will get through this rough patch. Good luck with the mortgage!
    2972 days ago
    I am feeling really stressed too and I definitely have a stress tummy-lol... and as for yoga- something had to go and unfortunately it was yoga :( but it's temporary- I believe in the power of yoga-LOL.
    Actually- I believe in sleep, in moderation and in daily exercise too :-)

    I think all we can do is take things day by day and work towards a long term or medium term goal of eliminating enough stress from our lives to get to that happy medium - it's hard to be patient. Right now, I got to keep all those thing on my place and accept that I am not balanced- but keep the eye on the prize!

    So, do just what people suggested- baby steps, each day try anew!
    2973 days ago
    I am by nature a very stressed person as well, and believe that is why I hold weight around my midsection. I think I read an article similar to the one you just read. If it's stress that is getting to you, you need to find an outlet for that stress. For me, that is getting it out in a weight room. Find what works for you... crafting, reading a book, taking a soak in a tub, yoga, taking a hike and enjoying nature.

    I'm thinking of you girl, and hope that things in your world settle down.

    As for the leg cramps, I would suggest suggest drinking more water and possibly bananas. At least that's what the coach at my gym always suggests.

    2973 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    I know you want to buy a house, but I wonder if you're putting too much on your plate right now, with the new job, dealing with PF, etc. You can't do everything at once, and trying to is only going to make the stress and discomfort worse. How is your sleep right now? Why not start small and aim to get enough sleep each night, and walk for 20 minutes each night. Ease back into it.
    2973 days ago
    Good to hear from you even if you're stressed out. Me too. I'm retiring in 4.5 months and running the search committee for my own position...stress, major stress. I've gained as well, but I shouldn't complain, it's relatively minor, but I hear what you are saying. It's really hard to be disciplined when you're stressed out. Cut yourself some slack, this too will pass...it will, it truly will. emoticon
    2974 days ago
    Ok...not sure if you are looking for ideas but here are mine anyway (cuz I love you)

    If stress is the problem, dealing with stress (not weight) is the answer. Meditation and yoga 2-3x a week may make a lot of difference. Have you tried a fitbit? I like mine a lot and it keeps me accountable to daily activity levels (not just exercise) which fell off when I was gaining weight. I put 44 lbs back on before I turned it around so I know how you are feeling.

    Thinking of you
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    good luck with the 'zen' workouts and congratulations on just keeping on...
    2974 days ago
  • JEREMY723
    No questions or opinions from me; just keeping you in my thoughts. emoticon
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    I so get what you mean about stress. I fight it all the time. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Best suggestion? Whenever you feel like stress eating (like I do) or just feeling hyper-tense grab a piece of paper and a pen, or log into your spark blog and write out your blessings while taking deep cleansing breaths. Sometimes looking at the good things in your life, especially in black and white, helps to calm. Good luck, and I'll be pulling for you :)

    Marilee / MJ
    2974 days ago
    Have you tried swimming? It's easy on the joints, relaxing and you can control the intensity. Plus you can do it (indoors) no matter what the weather. That is where I started when I first starting working on my fitness.

    Have you ever been evaluated by an endocrinologist? A couple of things that you mention make me wonder if you could have untreated metabolic issues.
    2974 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    Whats up with your leg muscles? Do you know why you are getting lots of cramps?

    Stress is just so hateful , its been dragging me down a lot lately as well, especially when its things outside of your control that is stressing you out.
    2974 days ago
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