It was under quarantine, I too realized I needed to do something different about my stress management. Unfortunately, I've always had a particularly cruel metabolism. So with the added stress of CV + being over 40 (when I can no longer take my body for granted and assume it'll just do what I need it to do), I'd gained stress-weight and my sleep was abysmal. Granted, I had been gaining gradually over the last few years and doing little to curb it. And I had to accept exercise is not a means of weight loss, but to work the stress out of my body and I needed to build back my strength and endurance.

I had to take on a lifestyle change. In the last 4-months, I've returned to working out 4-5 days a week and scrutinizing my nutrition (cutting out complex carbs and booze, balancing out my macros for my needs), utilizing IF. As such, I've shaved off over 25lbs, gained much of it back in muscle, improved my cardio, and cut my body fat by 15%. But my motivation was not specifically weight loss. Nice side effect, but I think people can be distracted or laid back once they've hit a weight loss threshold. Then they get discouraged when they don't continue to lose more. Instead I focus on the benefits of how I feel. I can now do things I physically couldn't before, because I've built up the strength and improved my overall balance and endurance. Also, the tension physically trapped in my body (through my shoulders and neck) is gone (or more accurately managed because of the types of intense workouts and stretching I do).

Sidebar: I'm sending positive vibes your way. I'm glad to hear you are still at it and making a recovery.

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