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Discouraged - I want those numbers falling!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I have worked hard for the last 4 months to maintain a positive attitude and stay focused on making good choices for my health and wellness. I have made great progress. I am making a blog entry today because I am feeling low and overwhelmed. I don't know if this is a "chicken or the egg" situation, but I have also hit a plateau.

I left Wyoming for California three weeks ago to start my new job. Back in Wyoming are my husband and daughter - finishing the school year and selling our house. I miss them so much. They will be here in about 4 weeks. We are doing a good job of staying connected...talking, texting, video chat, and mail. But I MISS THEM SO MUCH.

I can't help but wonder if the stress of this temporary situation is a big reason for my plateau. I have stayed on track with my nutrition choices, my fitness routine, hydration and sleep. I have even made a point of reminding myself that progress is being made, even if the scale is not reflecting it at the moment (see my status update). But I am discouraged. I admit I want those numbers falling.

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    Thanks for the encouragement!

    I completely agree with mixing it up and challenging myself with new exercise. I am going to focus some energy on that, and away from the things I can't change.

    2626 days ago
    Absolutely it could be the stress. Stress releases cortisol which (helpfully- not!) helps us retain belly fat.

    The school year is ALMOST over and they will be with you soon! Try to enjoy this "me" time somehow... take a class? Explore your new area! Take luxurious bubble baths and give yourself pedicures and read books and do all of the things that moms never have any time to do with everyone NEEDING them all of the time emoticon

    Also, though, if you've been CONSISTENT but not PUSHING with your exercise, that could be your culprit. Is your body used to what you're doing? Try adding in heavier weights one or two days a week, or doing an exercise you NEVER do, and see if that helps bump your loss back into gear.

    I sat at a plateau for almost TWO YEARS before I was able to bust through it by pushing harder.

    2626 days ago
    I"m sure that the stress has A LOT to do with the little to no progress. Stress wreaks havoc on our systems. Keep doing what you know you should. Keep going through the motions. I am sure that it will all pay off once you are reunited with your husband and daughter!
    2626 days ago
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