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Stress and Weight Loss Resources

We've curated a list of resources where you can learn more about reducing and managing stress, weight loss management and health and fitness


Cortisol.com - Links between Cortisol, Stress and your Weight

Harvard Business Review - Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress

Psychology Today - 17 Psychology Experts Share Their Best Stress Relief Tips

Mayo Clinic - Stress Management

Mayo Clinic - Stress Relievers: Top 10 Picks to Tame Stress

Nutrition.gov - Weight Management

American Heart Association - Weight Management

Scientists explore stress, weight loss and our brain

Is Stress Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Results?


Radio and Podcasts

PTSD Isn't Just A War Wound; Teens Suffer, Too


Blogs

These blogs share every bite, weigh-in, workout, and body image issue with their readers, inspiring others as they strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Brooklyn Fit Chick

Margo Donohue launched Brooklyn Fit Chick just last spring, but her wellness journey started in 2002 when she kicked her smoking habit and decided to wholly devote herself to a healthier lifestyle. “It was never about weight loss for me but more about gaining endurance and increasing my lung capacity, which had been compromised from years of cigarettes,” she says. “I used to get winded climbing stairs and now I teach 10 spin classes per week—who knew?” Donohue shares everything from playlists (“Music is a huge motivator for me,” she says) to favorite health and fitness articles to “cheesy” workout DVDs. She also reviews top wellness magazines like Women’s Health, Shape, and Self each month—a reader favorite. “My main is goal is to be both fun and informative,” Donohue says. “If I can make you smile, learn something, find a cool new band, or inspire you to get to the gym that day, my work is done.”

Fit to the Finish

Diane Carbonell was morbidly obese for 10 years. Having reached 305 pounds, she couldn’t fit into regular chairs and had difficulty walking. “At that point I knew that if I didn’t make a change immediately, I could end up housebound or miss out on seeing my children grow up,” she says. In 14 months she dropped 158 pounds—and has kept it off for 14 years. Fit to the Finish documents her journey into health but also delves even deeper into how she’s maintained the weight loss. “When you reach your goal weight, your journey has just begun,” she says. Her posts alternate between weight loss, weight maintenance, cooking, exercise, and stories about her life. She also shares newsworthy weight loss stories, studies, and statistics that could help her readers. “My hope is that Fit to the Finish readers will leave inspired to successfully move through their own weight loss journey,” says Carbonell. “I also want them to engage with other readers, to cheer each other on in their successes and encourage each other when times get hard.”

Diary of an Aspiring Loser

“For women like me, who have had a lifelong struggle with weight, it’s a long road to change,” says Michelle Arteaga. Since 2007 she’s chronicled her weight loss and fitness journey on her blog, Diary of an Aspiring Loser, where she posts about eating healthy, working out, race training and results, as well as the emotional side of weight loss, exercise, and weight maintenance. “I hope it’s encouraging to see me eat cheese puffs and not fall off the wagon, or get out there and run despite carrying an extra 50 pounds,” she says. “Sure, I get down on myself, but mostly I try to see the positive and keep focused on what’s going right.” Arteaga is not only inspiring (she’s now competing in triathlons!), but she’s also super relatable. Juggling two little ones, a husband, a full time job, and a household makes her fitness feats and upbeat attitude even more empowering. “It’s not always easy to make exercise a priority but I try to remember that just as much as I am doing this for me, I am doing this for them.”