First off, I don't really feel "stressed" often. I know that stress exists, but I don't get overwhelmed by it often. I think that is one of the reasons I work out so regularly as it helps keep me "grounded" and level-headed.
While I am still not overwhelmed with stress, I thought it was important to discuss, as I am currently taking a course that talks about how stress can effect ones ability to get injured while working out and loading themselves.
You never know what is going on with someone else, unless they really take the time and feel comfortable sharing everything. Even then, some people don't realize that certain things are stressing them, until the stressing factor is gone, and they magically feel a weight lifted off their shoulders. For instance, a patient of mine recently sold a house, and at our session this person expressed that the pain had decreased and that he/she didn't realize how stressed they were, until it was over. Sometimes we don't know, and that is ok. The important thing to notice is that stress exists for everyone and that we need to keep that in mind when it comes to working out, life, and weight-loss. You might even notice that if you are really stressed, the scale doesn't move as much, and that is because we are stressing our bodies and they are trying to cope with everything. Usually that comes in the annoying form of keeping us as weight for a long plateau, or possibly dropping or gaining some weight. The key is that everyone is different, and we need to learn about ourselves and remember that we have things going on that we may not realize are effecting us as much as they might be.
For me, I am starting my own business, just bought a house, and am getting married all within about 7 months of each other. I didn't realize that these things might be stressing me more than I think they are because I am not a worrier. I am very practical and logical, so I take one thing at a time, but my mind and body really might be rebelling because I am more stressed than I realize.
I will keep taking one day at a time, but this is just something to consider in your daily journey, whatever it is.
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my story and my life. My hope is to motivate some of you to get going on your weight-loss journey as well as help people along the way. If you have questions about how to get started, or anything else, feel free to ask.