Thursday, February 12, 2015

Is Stress Keeping You Chubby?

Your marriage is failing. Your child is struggling in school. You can't seem to get caught up on housework. You lost someone close to you. A dear friend left your life. You're in fear of losing your job. You are dealing with a declining parent. You're failing financially. You lost your home. You moved away from your family and friends. You are heartbroken about the condition of our country and the world around us. 

There are so many things in our lives that bring stress and anxiety. I'm not sure about you, but I can turn on my TV and stare in disbelief at the overwhelming amount of pain and suffering around me. But what if the stress in our lives is keeping us from losing weight? Is that even possible???

Stress can prevent you from losing weight!

Over the past year, I've struggled with losing weight. If you've been around here a while, you know that. Some of you probably assume I am just in maintenance now. Honestly, I am not. I keep gaining and losing. I got to my lowest weight in July and for the life of me, I cannot get back there. I feel like I have really been fighting and pushing hard, but nothing. I even reached out to Paige, my trainer. We have been plugging away and I have done pretty well with her guidance. But to be honest, I wanted more. 

This past year was hard for me mentally and emotionally for many reasons.

Last week, I had regained a whopping twenty-one pounds since my lowest weight last July. I cried to my husband about how hard I was working and getting absolutely no where. I had tried so much to make that scale move and it just kept climbing. I know how to lose weight. I've lost weight and those things weren't working anymore. What was I doing wrong???

I have recently had some major blessings come my way and the stresses have lifted considerably. The day after, my weight began dropping. I kept thinking, "Oh, I'm fluctuating just like I normally do...." But then the weight kept dropping. I've been about a week with a considerable amount of stress removed and I am thrilled to share that I have lost eleven of those pounds this week! Without doing anything differently. The only difference is the stress factor. 

#weightloss #zumba #IIFYM #obese

I could definitely tell a difference last week. These pictures were taken exactly five days apart. 

#weightloss #zumba #IIFYM #obese

What can extra stress do to your weight loss efforts?
  • Emotional eating
  • Stress triggers hormones that store fat in our midsections
  • Adrenaline is released and can trigger feels of hunger
  • You lose your motivation when you have many other things to deal with
What can we do to help? 
  • Exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a variety of fruits, veggies, and lean meats
  • Take a multivitamin
  • Do not skip meals
  • Take time to care for yourself
  • Pray 
 Please leave a comment below about how you fight back against the stress in your life! Or maybe share how removing some stress triggered weight loss! 


  1. Yes, stress is definitely a major contributor to my recent weight gain back to where I started last year. Last September my husband and I were living in the UK and decided to quit our jobs and fulfill our longstanding dream of moving back to the Pacific Northwest. At 51 and with only a very modest amount of savings this was a huge leap of faith and even though it is absolutely what we wanted to do it was still a very stressful and busy time. And yes, I was comfort eating big time and stopped exercising. We are now in the final stretches of our relocation and things are falling into place and I am looking forward to getting back into some kind of routine. What I have learned through all of this is that, for me, loosing weight is like a project that requires my full attention and focus. If I take my eyes off I revert to old habits and those include numbing stress with food. I also realize that a stable home environment is crucial for me, we've moved almost every year over the last decade and it's just so disruptive and unsettling. We are still waiting for our furniture etc to make it through the current west coast port congestion and once that's here I can finally exhale and settle into this new life. And refocus my attention onto my weight loss and health efforts. You continue to be a wonderful inspiration in this respect, thank you! xo

    1. Wow, Kerstin! You've been through it! I am so glad that things are beginning to settle for you. I love to see someone take a huge leap of faith and trust the Lord. Hang in there! I can't wait to hear more about your weight loss when you get settled in.



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