Did you know that if you're experiencing prolonged stress, after a while, the chemistry of your brain changes, and it begins to reward you with opiate hits when you overeat?
Stress and Weight Gain
A little over a year ago, something bad happened.
I stopped looking cute!
Well, let me explain. I had been gaining weight steadily for months.
And I was beginning to run out of clothes that fit.
Or looked good. And I often took pictures for the blog I had at the time, but what was happening was that I kept looking at them afterward and cringing because my clothes were too small, so they highlighted everything I didn't like about the way I looked.
Believe it or not, I had lots of other reasons to try to lose weight, but vanity was the one that convinced me.
I decided to try WW because I liked the way you could eat whatever you wanted, as long as you knew how to count. ;)
But very soon, I discovered a problem! I continued to eat way too much. When I got to the end of the amount I should be eating, I was still quite hungry.
For months, I switched from one plan to another, Blue, Green Purple, trying to see which one might give me the best chance of making the system work, but I kept going over my allotted points. And I kept feeling like a total failure.
Stress, Cortisol & the Way They Sabotage Weight Loss
Well, it turns out that I wasn't as much of a loser as I was tempted to think!
You see, when you are experiencing ongoing stress - and believe me, I was - your body's cortisol levels increase. When that happens, two things go wrong that will put the kibosh on your weight loss efforts.
It makes it almost impossible for you to experience satiety when you eat. And it increases your appetite.
Now, imagine those physical influences happening while you are trying to lose weight! And on top of that, you're experiencing stress, but every time you overeat, your brain makes you feel much, much better.
But you're supposed to try to eat less? On a regular basis?
Forget about it!!
If only I had understood at the time that that was why I was struggling so much, I would have been much kinder to myself.
I did finally get some wisdom from someone who told me he was sure a whole bunch of things would be easier once my situation changed. And when I heard that, I decided to stop trying to lose weight.
Instead, I decided to try the maintenance plan and see if I could just prevent gaining more weight until my life became less stressful.
Once it did, that prediction was proved right, and I began to lose weight. Finally! So now I am successfully losing weight without the tremendous struggle I was experiencing last year.
I'm choosing to do so slowly. I'm tired of losing weight quickly and then, gaining it back even faster.
I'm hoping to break that cycle once and for all, by changing the way I eat but still making room for the things I love. And by changing the way I respond to life, and handle stress. So it can't knock me sideways anymore.
The Mindful Tea Society
After taking a workshop with THE leader on membership communities, Stu McLaren, I felt really inspired to offer a community to my audience that combined self care and tea and coziness. And I had been musing & thinking about how all of those things had been helping me lose weight, during the time leading up to the workshop with Stu.
So it was top of mind as I listened to him talk about choosing an idea, and deciding what to offer. I loved the idea of helping women who are struggling the way I did, trying to lose weight, but can't because stress has been sabotaging their efforts.
What if we can use mindfulness meditation and other techniques, self care practices, rooibos tea and other teas that help with stress, to help women disconnect free themselves from the hold stress has on their weight loss efforts? I decided to create a membership to do just that and launched it a week ago.
I haven't created it yet, which is why you can join as founding member prices until May 5th. After that, the creation process will begin and I will count on feedback from the community to help make it the best it can be.
For more information, and to join, go to the home page.
See you next time!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Welcome to my new blog. I'm creating a cozy membership community for women who are struggling to lose weight. It will focus on mindfulness techniques, self care practices, and tea rituals.