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So I have been under alot of stress lately due to the lack of money we have. I am just stressing out because the lack of money is due to my job not paying me enough. I just cannot make the bills I need to make and my husband has to pay all the bills including mine and it's still not enough. So now I am trying to look for a different position as well as try to build my Beachbody business. Unfortunately neither has been very fruitful lately and that is stressing me out more! I WANT to succeed! I WANT to help people lose weight! It was the most amazing thing I had ever done for myself. I have been thinking about looking into what it takes to become a personal trainer as well. It's all so stressful to think about!!
So getting away from dwelling on my issues, I wanted to go over what stress can do to affect weight loss. Stress can seriously hinder your progress! The hormones released when stressed include adrenalin -- which gives us instant energy -- along with corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) and cortisol. High levels of adrenalin and CRH decrease appetite at first, but don't last long. Cortisol works on a different timetable. Its helps replenish the body after the stress has passed, hangs around a lot longer. If it remains elevated, it will increase the appetite and therefore make you eat more. Alot of people also sit and stew when they are stressed, while eating more. So there is no way to expend the extra energy and extra calories. Therefore causing weight gain as well. I know a really amazing way to reduce stress, EXERCISE!! I don't know what I would do without running! It is my favorite way to forget about my troubles for awhile. What I am saying is to get your stress under control by understanding that is what your body is going through and mind what you are eating as well as stick to your workout schedule. If you let the stress take control and just give up, you will lose to it. Your body will respond by packing on the pounds because it doesn't understand what is going on. You have shocked your system. Even if you are eating a little more, you will still have your endorphins moving and you will feel better.
I have been trying to adhere to the same rules that I just outlined to you about not letting stress win. I am definitely going to hope that the stress will die down soon, but you can only have a positive attitude and work hard to make it pass. I am hoping to record another episode of H.E.L.P soon as well. I tried to get a Google+ Hangout set up this week to get people talking about fitness and asking questions, but that didn't work out so well either. If you haven't listened to the podcast, please do! If you have listened, please give me some feedback on how you like it! We haven't heard any feedback and would like to know if what we are doing is a good thing and/or how we can improve.
Thanks and have a stress-free weekend!!
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