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venting/really in need of some advice/support:(

I know that peertrainer is all about support and changing goals/outlooks/habits towards a healthier diet or fitness routine or just basic lifestyle....and I really love being able to come here and get that! But I feel like I'm struggling more and more these days in my daily life...and I cant log on here when crisis hits at a dinner party or a super market aisle lol.
Its just so overwhelming sometimes ya know?! I know you all do...thats the point of this community. I just feel like I've finally mastered dieting and exercise routine but its not good enough...because then my social life, family life, work life, financial routine etc etc is still there, and its just so hard to keep it all in check. Whats more important finding time to meditate on your own body and mind or living life as it comes to you everyday in its busy hustle? Sometimes I just feel like I'm playing some kind of video game where I hafta dodge cookies and bills and debt and greasy food and high calorie margaritas and complaining kids and party invitations and a million little stresses that keep getting thrown my way...Its like all the things we want for ourselves are possible( I've atleast jumped over THAT self doubt hurdle lol) and we know we can do it...its just dear god sometimes it all piles ontop of you. Do you guys have any mantras/tips/ motivators/commiserations/kicks in the butt to throw my way? cause i sure as hell need somethin to help me outta this frenzy.

Tue. May 23, 11:35pm

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That which does not kill you makes you stronger...

I can totally relate to what you're going through. Life seems to get in the way of having fun and trying to function throughout the day.
I also can relate about just trying to make it through the day without giving in to those pesky temptations. I can't offer too much advice but this is my attempt at offering support.
Just know that others are out there going through the same thing as yourself. You are a strong woman and I'm sure that this too shall pass.
Have faith and strength to get through the day!
Good luck and best wishes!
~ Your fellow peer trainer buddy

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 11:56 PM

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I would suggest planning food menus, shopping, and cooking ahead of time to help keep you from having to make lots of decisions, cooking, shopping everyday. Or try cooking once, eating twice, just cook double and freeze a batch. Some people like to do this on a Sunday or do two weeks ahead at a time. Pack up bunches of healthy snacks, keep some in the car so you don't get too hungry or find yourself starving at the grocery store. Simplify what you can. Buy greeting/party cards for the next 3 months at one time, and keep bunches of generic cards and invitations to use whenever you need. Sounds like the meditations is crucial for you to keep that frenzied feeling under control a bit. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 6:00 AM

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Sound like one for you is "Don't sweet the small stuff"

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 6:02 AM

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ooh, i agree with the 3rd poster. planning in advance is a godsend. All I do is bring a pop-top soup to work with some crackers, some packet oatmeal I can cook with a cup of hot water, and an apple or other piece of fruit. When I'm really snacky I get the really small bags o' chips (they cost 25 cents!), and do NOT keep them in the house so I don't go bananas when I'm stressed and eat the bag.
But also keep a balance: one sweet thing or one drink a day, so you don't binge on either at the end of the week. It's worked for me, even through the hard times! There are days I want to inhale a whole bag of Cheetos, but knowing you have flexibility and planning ahead for meals really really helps.
And....breathe. Your life is better than you suspect.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 8:40 AM

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a couple thoughts

First, at restaurants, gatherings, etc-be a leader, go first if you can. If you go out to a restaurant order first and order healthy-people tend to follow if you do. If they order first and indulge it is more likely you will.

For gatherings, again lead with healthy choices. Load up on the fruit and veggies-take a sliver of cake but bury it in strawberries, bring a dish if you need to, explaining you are trying to make healthier choices (this works better than saying you are on a diet because it implies lifelong commitment) With busy stressful lives, everyone looks (unconscoiusly) for a reason to let go.
Don't be the person who provides the excuse to indulge-motivate others to grab an apple instead of chips.

Drinks are hard to resist. Bring sparkling water and some exotic juice and make yourself a spritzer, or provide similar if you are entertaining.

At the store, go with a list as often as possible and stick to it. Avoid the inner aisles-stick with the perimeter.

Again, try to be a leader-I don't mean shame others or be sanctimonious, but we are really just pack animals and most people wish they could make better choices-lead and hopefully others will follow. Look at the smoking culture of the past-they smoked on TV while doing interviews for pete's sake. Maybe by the time we are sr. citizens the culture of existing on processed empty calories will have changed.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006, 12:07 PM

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