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  • TrishasTimeTrishasTime Posts: 409Member, Premium Member Posts: 409Member, Premium Member
    GM everyone

    The common theme I am hearing is Stress and how it prevents from being Healthy. And just so you know they have started Organisational changes again - possible job reductions etc etc , so I am right with you.

    My question is what is everyone's strategies to cope when they are under stress, what do you do?? .

    Me - I am not strong enough YET not to give in, so last night was a sugar night (I gave myself some time to have a "sulk" and now I am back to eating healthy this morning

    @trooworld - I hope you can ride out the week as best as you can

    @gemwolf110 _ Oh no - I am so sorry to hear that you puppy has a break - I hope he gets used to the ramp soon

    @cbabie - Maybe you should get your GS to log on and trick your computer that it them (lol). Maybe you are getting on when there is peak periods of internet usage around the area.

    @theslightedgeforever - I fell into buying the WW toffee bars - I say fell because I could not stop at one (lesson learnt) - they were tracked though

    @mrsdunc07 - Welcome aboard. I am looking forward to getting to you know you better :)

    @fancyladyJeri - Well done on the extra 3K steps - did you do something special to get there?

    @its_cleo - How are you going ?

    I have another quiz for you all - can you think of 3 words that start with B. O. W. that describes a female in a nice way

    Thanks

    trish
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Posts: 826Member, Premium Member Posts: 826Member, Premium Member
    @cbabie. So glad you were able to check in

    @trooworld You got this

    @fancyladyJeri yaaay on your blue dot and your steps. I’m learning now to eat one cup of spaghetti versus 2 cups then maybe going back for seconds. I love spaghetti.

    @TeresaW1020 See? Another person talking about habits. Lol. How’s the 100 day journal? Are you keeping up with the lessons? Doing one of the lessons this week I learned I can reduce the amount of oatmeal I fix twice a week. Less calories. If I’m ever too honest, kick me.
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Posts: 826Member, Premium Member Posts: 826Member, Premium Member
    @TrishasTime What I do and supposed to do during stress is two different things. I would like to come on here and vent or go run a mile but sometimes I eat and sometimes I just sit in a chair and read. Mostly I try to reduce the stress in my environment or the way I react to it. I journal. Each night after I do my 100 day journal I do my private journal and have to put what my Happy was for the day. What my Negative was for the day. Then 3 things I’m grateful for.

    B-brave
    O-organized, optimistic
    W-witty


    Another day of staying within my food boundaries. I had to go to the mall again and was there over lunchtime so I took with me a sandwich and 10 rice chips so I wouldn’t be tempted by the food court. I just sat and read my Kindle and enjoyed my lunch. It was an exercise rest day. I did my 15 min intentional exercise but got in 9919 steps because I walked all over the mall. Water goal met. Journal done big sticker day.
  • trooworldtrooworld Posts: 798Member Member Posts: 798Member Member
    @fancyladyJeri Great step count! I love spaghetti and meat sauce...one of my favorite meals. ;)

    @TeresaW1020 Thanks, yes, it is stressful! Thanks for the reminder to drink my water...I needed that, I am needing to drink more fluids!!! I think watching your sodium intake is a good idea. Good luck, you've got this!

    @TrishasTime Oh no...I am hoping your job is safe and will be thinking good thoughts for your job. I am definitely doing the best that I can. How good is that? Well...last night, I stopped at home before I went to the hospital and snacked on chips and guacamole. Not that good, I guess? But when I got home, I had a proper meal of turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Stress...you could go for a walk. You could break cheap dinner plates lol. You could organize something. Just some ideas. 3 words that start with B.O.W. that describe a female in a nice way: beaming, organized, warm :) That was harder than it sounded.

    @theslightedgeforever Thanks! Congrats on a good day.

    EMPOWERED.
  • its_cleoits_cleo Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    Just popping in. Really busy week, will try to catch up on posts tonight.

    Bit discouraged. Can't seem to hit my mfp calories, and also struggling with ww points. I think some of it is pms tbh. I do feel like giving up but trying to count the good things.

    I've been over calories like 300 rather than 1000.

    Trying to walk more when at the office, but it's challenging.

    I keep making a plan every day and tracking and if I dont stick to it I just track and try the next day.

    Crappy week all in all.
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Posts: 522Member Member Posts: 522Member Member
    Good afternoon! :)

    @TrishasTime, When I'm under a lot of stress I try to pray and/or talk about it with my husband. However, that isn't always my first choice which then ends in more stress because I've chosen to turn to food instead of a more positive alternative.
    B-Beautiful
    O-Original
    W-Wise

    @theslightedgeforever, I will not be kicking you. I need honesty!! And to give it back, I have not been doing my journal. I think I'm several days behind. I will try to play catch up by this weekend.

    @trooworld, I have a water app on my phone that sends me reminders every hour. I usually just tell my phone to stop bossing me around. :D But I do drink at least 100 oz. of water a day, so I guess it works. I like watching the girl on the app fill up with water and then when I reach my goal I get confetti and cheers. B)

    @its_cleo, so sorry that you are having a tough week. The biggest thing for me was to get in the habit of tracking no matter what the number was. And being over your calories a little is way better than a lot, so you are doing great! I heard this woman once say that every time she was at work and went to the bathroom she would walk in place to get 200 steps. I've been trying to do that and it really adds up. Of course, I pee like every hour! :D

    Today, has been a good day so far. I'm getting an eye exam next week and going to get a new pair of glasses so we went looking around at frames at a few different places. It seems that I have expensive taste! :o We also went to Sams to buy a bunch of stuff for the church. This Sunday our church is having a fellowship night with a local drug rehab center for men. One of our ladies works there so we are adopting them this year for a few events that we will have. This Sunday is Bonfire & S'mores. I have never had a S'more so I'm saving up my points/calories to at least have one! :)
  • fancyladyJerifancyladyJeri Posts: 1,197Member Member Posts: 1,197Member Member
    Hello

    I’m continuing to do good. It pays to be anal at times. I got in 92 minutes of exercise and 11,338 steps. Good is good too. Just need to keep my streak up.

    Jeri
  • its_cleoits_cleo Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    That's great @fancyladyJeri !

    Thanks @TeresaW1020. I managed to fit in some walking today at work so I was pleased with that. Bonfire and S'mores sounds fun, and I think it's great to have a night with a rehab centre. I'm sure they will find it very supportive. What water app do you use? I tried the plant one but didn't like it.

    @TrishasTime stress- I have a lot of strategies, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't lol. Writing can help. Exercising. Sometimes I meditate. There is a Buddhist temple near me and anyone can go for their Sunday service/meditation session. I go sometimes. It is very peaceful there. Meditating is hard but even taking deep breaths to a count of 10 helps.

    BOW that is tough

    B-brilliant
    O-open
    W-whimsical

    Yeah that is hard.

    @theslightedgeforever good for you, I'm a sucker for mall food courts.

    @cbabie I think you're giving you're GS great advice about food. Also- pullups are super hard. My dream is to be able to do a pullup and push up. I figure losing weight will help- there is less to pull/push!

    @gemwolf110 I'm sorry about your dog but how cool you built a ramp. How did he break his leg?

    Things I am grateful for today: a giant orange cat purring on my lap and another one beside me. Two days left in the week.

  • its_cleoits_cleo Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    @trooworld thinking of you at the hospital, hope your week is not too bad!
  • TeresaW1020TeresaW1020 Posts: 522Member Member Posts: 522Member Member
    its_cleo wrote: »

    Thanks @TeresaW1020. I managed to fit in some walking today at work so I was pleased with that. Bonfire and S'mores sounds fun, and I think it's great to have a night with a rehab centre. I'm sure they will find it very supportive. What water app do you use? I tried the plant one but didn't like it.



    I use Water Tracker by Grasshopper. I've tried several and this one is the easiest for me. It's also fun to watch my girl fill up with water. You can try it for free for a certain amount of days and then I recommend you pay the $1.99 to get rid of the adds. :smile:

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  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Posts: 826Member, Premium Member Posts: 826Member, Premium Member
    @trooworld I’m with you on more fluids. It’s one of my new goals. So new that I forgot all about it til I was going to bed. I usually drink my water during a certain time and I was out and didn’t even think about it.

    @its_cleo you don’t fail until you give up so you’ve not failed yet. Yippee you are still in there fighting. So looking back over your food tracker what times or environments did you overeat? Could a substitution be made? Could the amount be reduced next time? I know approximately how many calories I want to eat at each meal and snack. So a lot of the time I base my portion size on that whether it be 10 chips or 15. I try to input my meal before I eat it but that always doesn’t work. See below. If you can find some clues about those 300 calories then you can keep cutting them back to 200 then 100 then finally you start eating within your boundaries. Hang in there it sounds like you are making progress. Progress not perfection has been my motto for a while. If I can’t do it perfectly I don’t try so I have to baby step everything. My ultimate fantasy would be a ninja warrior competition. But again a fantasy. I was at Virginia Beach this past summer and they had this rope to climb. I tried and failed. Lol. That would be fun to get to the top.

    @TeresaW1020 Journal. I say jump in where you are if you are more than two days behind. Because you’ll be doing that assignment again two more times this year. I’ve tried many water apps and reminders and I just seem to ignore them all. I especially hate that plant one. Lol. I will conquer this problem once and for all just like I’m conquering my food and exercise one. Yummy on the s’mores. Although I don’t make them til my daughter comes once a year. I just prefer the roasted marshmallows. I’ve been known to take a toothpick, mini marshmallows and a lighter and make me some when she’s not around.

    @fancyladyJeri Being anal is good sometimes. You are doing very well and you are such an inspiration. Keep it up.

    So no stickers at all for me today. Booooooo 😖😫🤬 A friend had a little gathering for my bday. I ate light all day to save my calories. At the party I staggered my food. I tracked as I ate so I would know exactly how many calories left. I paused. I said I’ll have some later when offered food. I was doing everything right. Finally it came time for the dessert and I checked my calories to see if I could have a whole piece or half. Whole it is. I ate it and enjoyed it. Then got home and was adding in my exercise and I was reviewing my journal for the night and realized I forgot to input a slider. So I went over by 100 calories. Also since I was out didn’t finish my water goal. I did however come home and get on the treadmill after the party so I could at least say I met that goal. So my Day 40 is coming up soon and I want to show at least a 1 lb loss and I’ll keep working towards that

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  • trooworldtrooworld Posts: 798Member Member Posts: 798Member Member
    @its_cleo It's progress, not perfection, remember that. Sorry it's been a struggle though. I love to meditate. It is hard but a meditation teacher once told me the goal is not to not have thoughts (I forget what she said, it was something about picturing meditating like swimming underwater in the ocean and you occasionally come up for air---those are your thoughts). Thank you for thinking of me. Week hasn't been too bad.

    @TeresaW1020 I usually track my water on the FitBit app. I've tried water apps in the past but have ignored them lol. I just got new glasses (I'm waiting to get the lenses put in them) and I, too, have expensive taste, unfortunately lol. The ones I picked are really cool: they are handpainted in Israel. I had them paint on the inside of arm: READ MORE BOOKS. I will attach a picture of them. But you know what I figure? You wear them every day for a couple of years, they express your personality, why not spend a little bit of money on a good pair? Girl, you've never had a S'more? You are in for a treat! Sometimes we put a peanut butter cup in it instead of a piece of chocolate! ;) Enjoy!

    @fancyladyJeri Great step count!

    @theslightedgeforever Yes, I usually make myself drink a 26 oz bottle of water on the way to work and one on the way home and then I drink some at work. I'm at least guaranteed to get that much in! ;) I'm sorry you didn't get a sticker today, but it sounds like you made a good effort. When is your birthday?

    Hello all. Doing okay over here, two days eating homecooked food so that is good. I'm looking forward to the weekend. Here are my glasses that I got:
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  • cbabiecbabie Posts: 621Member Member Posts: 621Member Member
    Morning all: Computer was down yesterday and I got sidetracked to try another ave to write on.. But checking in now,

    I blew it last night...family drama,...snickers bar. but today is today!! I know I am getting better at eating better food, and need to start finding that exercise routine again...but I am not there yet. I have at least taken my vitamins every day..LOL

    @trooworld I love your glasses. yea on the home cooked food. It's just plain better..lower cost, cozy comfy environment...LOL

    @TeresaW1020 I used to have a great water ap...but if my phone was on it would make the sound of water filling up in a glass and my co-workers were irritated...so I had to turn it off and well never went back to an ap. LOL

    @theslightedgeforever Well at least you tgracked and luckily your birthday only happens one time a year...so yes you could have had the whole piece anyway in my opinion.. LOL

    @its_cleo I love you ended your post with a I am grateful for..... Sometimes we take the little things for granted and later we realize...so yea for you!!

    @fancyladyJeri great job on the steps!!!!

    okay gals, my internet has went in and out 3 times while I have been writing this..so going to send now while I still can..

    Cbabie
  • gemwolf110gemwolf110 Posts: 656Member Member Posts: 656Member Member
    Hi all Bronco is doing much better. He is a 80 lb Husky. He is not too fond of the cast but is managing. He has gotten used to the ramp thank goodness. We don’t know how he broke his leg since we didn’t see it happen but we think it was a hole that one of the huskies had dug or while they were playing. Going to be a long month but it could be worse.
  • fancyladyJerifancyladyJeri Posts: 1,197Member Member Posts: 1,197Member Member
    Still doing good.

    Got 12,370 steps ✔️
    Got 94 minutes of activity ✔️
    Was within my food guidelines ✔️

    New day today. Already have my 30 ✔️ minutes of exercise in. Need to plan supper tho.

    Jeri
  • its_cleoits_cleo Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    @TeresaW1020 Thanks, I will try that app. I tried the plant one and didn't like it.

    @trooworld I love your glasses! Very cool. Meditation- yeah it is supposed to be like watching your thoughts go by. And then with the idea that gradually they will lessen. There is definitely a technique to it, and there are actually a ton of different styles and approaches.

    @gemwolf110 I love his name!

    @cbabie well a snickers bar is fairly small at least, so hopefully you can get back on track. Yeah gratitude...someone encouraged me to do that years ago. It is really amazing the effect just thinking of one positive thing. We used to call them moments of gratitude. And it helped us to be more mindful during the day, of those small moments that get lost in the rush of the day. I should try to do it more regularly.

    @theslightedgeforever happy birthday! It's hard not to be a little indulgent on a day like that. Glad you got to celebrate

    I'm hanging in. I weighed myself today for the first time in a week and my weight was down. So I'm not sure whether to trust it or not, because it fluctuates. I guess I'm still getting used to this. So since January- it dropped, dropped, went up, went up, and now dropped down again overall net loss is now about 4lbs if it stays. But this is the longest - since Jan 1- that I have tracked intake and really tried to moderate my eating consistently without giving up.

    Interesting experiment too bc I have been over points on WW for the last two weeks, but I guess my caloric intake was down.

    Anyway I am counting the hours until tomorrow at 4pm when my work week is done.

    @fancyladyJeri wow that's alot with the activity and steps! You got me beat :smile:
  • theslightedgeforevertheslightedgeforever Posts: 826Member, Premium Member Posts: 826Member, Premium Member
    @trooworld I like that analogy about meditation. I love your glasses. I need new frames but can’t find any I really like. It’s hard for me to make decisions. Feb 11 is the big day.

    @cbabie. Babystep your way to success. Your sister didn’t like your water app either. Annoying. Lol. But hey you did better than me on water so there’s that. 😂 I’m having two more bday celebrations so more cake.

    @gemwolf110 Glad Bronco is okay. Same thing happened to my friends dog. They don’t know how it happened. How are you doing on your goals during all this stress?

    @fancyladyJeri You go girl! You’re doing great. I love the checkmarks.

    @its_cleo I’ve learned weight loss is up and down not linear. As long as the overall trend is headed in the right direction you’re good. I use an app called Happy Scale that shows me my trends. I just enter my weight daily. It also has red and green to show you if you are in the losing zone or the gaining zone. I’m so happy that my January has been a big green zone. Like a meadow. Compared to the big red zone I had in December like the pits of hell.

    Stayed within food boundaries today. Got in 55 min of exercise. Journal done. Big sticker day

    Tomorrow night is another bday party for me. My Saturday calorie goal is higher than my Friday so I’ll be switching those days for this week. I have to make sure I get in my exercise before I go. But I’ll be doing a lot of dancing so that will help.
  • trooworldtrooworld Posts: 798Member Member Posts: 798Member Member
    @cbabie Here's to new days and eating better. Yes, home cooked food is so much better! :)

    @gemwolf110 Oh poor Bronco! But I'm glad he's doing better.

    @fancyladyJeri go Jeri!

    @its_cleo Thanks! Yes, we have a class at work twice a month and the meditation teacher says there are thousands of different ways to meditate. For a while, she was doing all sorts of wacky ways but people weren't liking those wacky ways, we just like the kind of normal ways lol, so she sticks with the guided meditations now. Congrats on the loss! I'm counting the hours until the work week is done, too, it's been a long week. :/

    @theslightedgeforever Thanks, my coworker had gotten a pair of Ronit Furst (the manufacturer of my frames) and I loved how colorful they were so I looked on the site and found a pair that were suitable for my face shape. I hope you can find a pair of glasses you like. I know sometimes it's hard to decide. What are you going to do for your birthday? Oh I see...two more bday celebrations...what do they involve?

    Hello all. Hanging on for the weekend here. Doing the best I can. Not been tracking. Again. I'll try to start again tomorrow. Or maybe tonight.

    EMPOWERED.
  • cbabiecbabie Posts: 621Member Member Posts: 621Member Member
    Morning all,
    My internet is not working, but I thought I would check in short and sweet..LOL. No comment sister.....

    I ate garbage last night....a lot of family drama..but last night I asked my DGS if he wanted to be friends on here and he said yes..so he is keeping me accountable in spite of the drama...I am so happy we have a good relationship...me and his sister not so much..LOL

    @trooworld I love. Love love those glasses...I also love you sign you post empowered...it will get. So in your mind that you will see new things!!!

    @theslightedgeforever I bet you love the bday celebrations....more cake..LOL. Kidding..you have just always loved celebrations!! You are the social one. :). But great job on being in green meadow instead of the lake of fire.. :)

    @its_cleo Congrats on the scale going down..I am sure it’s because you have made a commitment to track..that is where I lack..but trying today to make it a habit..

    @fancyladyJeri great job on the steps...I LOVE the check marks...my kind of post!!

    @gemwolf110 Sorry to hear about your dog...I think that’s another reason I really don’t want animals...even though we have them..I would have been a mess with the broken leg...I am just not a strong person when stuff like that happens. So Kudos to you for loving your pet and being strong to handle when he gets hurt!!! I hope everything else is going well!

    Cbabie
  • gemwolf110gemwolf110 Posts: 656Member Member Posts: 656Member Member
    @trooworld I like that analogy about meditation. I love your glasses. I need new frames but can’t find any I really like. It’s hard for me to make decisions. Feb 11 is the big day.

    @cbabie. Babystep your way to success. Your sister didn’t like your water app either. Annoying. Lol. But hey you did better than me on water so there’s that. 😂 I’m having two more bday celebrations so more cake.

    @gemwolf110 Glad Bronco is okay. Same thing happened to my friends dog. They don’t know how it happened. How are you doing on your goals during all this stress?

    @fancyladyJeri You go girl! You’re doing great. I love the checkmarks.

    @its_cleo I’ve learned weight loss is up and down not linear. As long as the overall trend is headed in the right direction you’re good. I use an app called Happy Scale that shows me my trends. I just enter my weight daily. It also has red and green to show you if you are in the losing zone or the gaining zone. I’m so happy that my January has been a big green zone. Like a meadow. Compared to the big red zone I had in December like the pits of hell.

    Stayed within food boundaries today. Got in 55 min of exercise. Journal done. Big sticker day

    Tomorrow night is another bday party for me. My Saturday calorie goal is higher than my Friday so I’ll be switching those days for this week. I have to make sure I get in my exercise before I go. But I’ll be doing a lot of dancing so that will help.

    Doing better now, first few days were trying to figure out a good routine for him. I’m going to start working out from home next week.
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