With the past half decade being the most difficult in my life, moving seven times, changing jobs and whole career directions, a daughter in and out of college, and an ex for the first time in my life, I really never thought of trying to lose the weight for anyone anymore. And that's that. However, I can't seem to do the things I want to do unless I lose it; the weight is my literal albatross, and those "excuses and stresses" have to go. Does exercise REALLY make you feel better during stress or help with sleep no matter how hyper you get over a situation? I don't know. That's one solution I haven't sought yet. I have done a few things over the past week that Katie asked me to try. I've tried very hard to keep a night-time sleep schedule the same every night. I've been successful with this on most nights, even if I wake some time during the night with a little insomnia. I've also tried to pay attention to starting my metabolism soon after waking with a bite to eat. I hate eating in the morning, as my stomach is always in knots for the upcoming day, but I've forced myself - with the help of The Conspirator/Fiance, and it has helped. Keeping my blood sugar even has aided tremendously in my mood and not feeling ravenous and wanting to rip someone's head off by late afternoon. I also eat a lot less for dinner and after if I eat consistently during the day. I've also increased my water intake to a gallon/gallon and a half during the day - and yes! I'm in the bathroom a lot. However, once you drop some initial water weight, that's a bit less. I've also increased my bean and rice intake, as well as choosing whole grains when I do. Basmati rice is delish, remembering my grandmother's Three Bean Salad recipe was a great thing, and the whole wheat bread we've found as our favorite is a staple. SO - I'm not on my hamster wheel of exercise at the moment, but I'm still making life-long changes. I know, EXERCISE. I hear ya.