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Do you ever

  • begin a new diet (I hate that word!) let’s call it a healthy eating program,
  • start a new fitness or work out program,
  • make a promise to eat better and move more,

and then…..  all heck breaks lose in your life?

Nah…. didn’t think so…..

That only happens to ME, right?


Since August, I have had my world turned upside down a bit.

It has felt like I have been living in hectic-ville! Yikes!!

My elderly Dad’s health took a bit of downturn. He moved and has needed a lot more help with doctor appointments, surgery recovery, and overall much more daily living assistance.

So my hubby and I have been super duper busy.

Now what usually happens life gets busier?

We tend to take care of everybody else and put ourselves on the back burner, right?

Have you ever done that?

Unfortunately I have had a past pattern of looking out for everyone but myself for years….and I still do that a bit when I get a detour into Hectic-ville on occasion.

We’ve all heard the familiar mantra of the airline flight attendants during their pre-flight instructions, “…make sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help someone else put on theirs.”

Bottom line is if we don’t take care of ourselves, we won’t have anything left inside to help take care of anyone else.

When I am stressed out, I

  • don’t sleep well
  • my muscles in every part of my body feel tight
  • have a hard time eating right
  • have a hard time fitting in the exercise my body needs
  • have meltdowns or get upset more easily
  • can’t think straight

What happens when stress hits you?

Fill in the rest of this sentence:

When I am stressed out, I ___________________

Is your stress contributing to your weight gain? Or making it hard to maintain your weight loss?

Chances are it is. And reducing that stress will help you lose weight.

(You’ll also be happier, able to sleep better and generally healthier when you reduce your stress.)

  • Stress increases the level of the hormone cortisol in your body. Too much cortisol can cause your metabolism to slow down. This means you don’t burn as many calories and you’ll gain weight.
  • Stress also affects your sleep. When you’re too stressed and unable to sleep your hormones are once again effected. You’ll feel hungrier during the day due to an imbalance in leptin.
  • Finally stress is an emotion and it brings with it a whole host of other emotions. This overflow of emotions often results in binge eating or overeating. I mean who hasn’t eaten simply because they’re stressed out? And you generally don’t make great food choices when you’re stressed. (Boy do I know that!)

So….what did I do to survive Hectic-ville?

Even though I was busier than ever working full time plus taking care of my dad after surgery…. I made time every day for a walk. Some days all I could do was a quick walk around my neighborhood, other days I carved out more time and went for a hike for an hour on a nearby trail – but no matter what EVERY day I walked. It helped calm me down, cleared my head, gave me those wonderful endorphins that helped me feel great, and burned a bunch of calories!

The other thing I did every day was take at least 15-30 minutes to have a quiet time. And I wrote down at least 5-10 things I am grateful for – and once you get started you find there are TONS of things in your life to be thankful for!

What can you do the next time you are in Hectic-ville?

Here are a few ideas you might want to try:

  • Exercise
  • Laugh – Watch a funny movie, allow yourself to be a goofball, make faces at yourself in the mirror, watch some hilarious videos on youtube
  • Meditate / Pray
  • Find gratitude – think of at least 5 things that are going right in your life
  • Learn to let go – do what you can do and let that be ENOUGH
  • Take on less
  • Go for a walk or get out in nature (this is one of my favorites!)
  • Read a book – take time away!
  • Embrace your successes – pat yourself on the back for every positive step you take
  • And strive to live in the moment.

There are a variety of things you can do to manage and reduce stress.

Find the steps that work for you.

Take great care of yourself.

Reduce your stress.

Lose your extra weight and live a long and healthy life.

And next time Hectic-ville is staring us in the face, let’s detour to Peaceful-ville instead, you with me?

Jana :)

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