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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stress relief

My husband shared a theory with me the other day. He thinks that my weight plateau, stubborn headaches, TOM issues, insomnia, chronic back pain etc.. may be caused (to some degree at least) by stress. Generally my life is not extremely stressful but I am one of life's eternally positive people and keeping up a smiling face and fending of negative vibes all day long can be draining. When my sister began having a difficult time a few months ago I took a lot of her pain and stress onto myself, when DH lost his good friend a few weeks ago I was desperate to find some way to console my husband and try to make it better. Last week a co-worker divulged a very serious secret to me and asked me to keep it confidential until she decided how to proceed. DH could see (before I could myself) that the weight of all of these painful situations was beginning to chip away at my emotional stability, it always begins with lack of sleep - which becomes the root cause of many other physical ailments. So my little vacation could not have come at a better time.

By day two in Calgary I had had a great nights sleep and was no longer thinking about anyone but myself and spending time with my best friend and reconnecting with him after not seeing each other for almost a year. Besides DH, my friend P is the one person I can completely let my guard down with and just be me, what a wonderful gift to have someone like that in my life. So, the conclusion to my story is that after 5 days of 'me time' I came home in bright spirits, well rested, eager to get back into my life, and was greeted with this:

Seeing that after being away from home for a week, making good eating choices but indulging a few times, really makes me think that there is more to this weight loss thing than calories in and calories out. So my pledge for the next week is to try and maintain my calm mindset - I will commit to spending time doing the things that relax me (yoga, reading, biking, cooking) and try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night (I usually average 5).

I will be back tomorrow with a great recipe I tried for frozen 'yogurt'.


Miz said...

Im with you on that pledge.

calm mindset can overcome most any obstacle IMO.

stress? frazzle? can UNDO the "best" of intentions.

F. McButter Pants said...

GREAT plan! I think that when you are feeling good about your choices and focus on other things then JUST the scale, you are more successful. At least that's how it works for me.

Weight is good to, way to go! onderland here you come.

Stay calm!

Hanlie said...

I would like to introduce you to a blogger named Vickie, who has written extensively about balancing her life, anxieties and responsibilities... She is not afraid to do what is best for her and protect herself when necessary. I learn so much from her and I think you might too -

I'm glad you had a good time and well done on the loss!

Unknown said...

stress has a strange way of hindering our weight loss. Im glad you are trying to relax and sleep more. :) Keep up the good work!

Syl said...

glad to hear you are taking care of you!

Anonymous said...

Great loss and I agree, stress isn't good for the mind, body, or soul. It can be hard to slow down and to find ways that relieve our stress.

Looking forward to a new recipe! I'm still making your cranberry chocolate oatmeal ;)

Mary said...

Hope you can start to unwind and release your stress bit by bit!!
I agree that stress is such a diet killer!! (I cannot resist sweets and chocolates when I'm under stress).

Here's to a greeeat new week for you!!

Lisa said...


ok that speaks VOLUMES.

thanks for sharing !