So I thought it might be good to start a new discussion with the goal of figuring out what people have found works--and doesn't work--when our life turns into a series of extreme situations which put losing or maintaining weight into the category of "Things I will deal with if this is ever over."
Deaths of loved ones. Accidents or serious disease affecting you or those you love. Divorce. Job loss. Forced relocation. Earthquakes. Terrorist attacks. Floods or tornadoes that hit your community. The list goes on and on. And a surprising number of people who answered my previous post about why we regain mentioned stresses like these as the reason they regained.
The stress doesn't have to be one that other people will instantly recognize as major. Your stress might result from the behavior of a problem sibling or a boss at work. You know it's a major stress because you are waking up at 3 AM night after night and spending two hours seething about the latest thing they've said or done.
So here's the thing: What can you do when you are caught in the jaws of this kind of stress?
I'd love to hear from those of you who have gone through this to hear what you've done that helped and, just as importantly, what didn't help.
Stress does seem to be the real culprit in quite a lot of diet failure. What can we do when life throws us its next nasty curve?