Peace Sistars, I would like to know what types of challenges do you have or have you had to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime? I think that weight loss and fitness is a lot more than just eating right and working out. I think that a lot of it is psychological. Our mindset and thoughts about our bodies affect our habits. For example, Some women feel uncomfortable sweating too much because it messes up their hair. Some women feel that they do not have enough time to work out because they work so much. Some women feel that they don’t want to work out too much because they may loose their hour-glass figure. Some women are not sports-oriented and find other types of exercise to be boring. Some women give up on eating healthy because they feel that they can not afford the healthier items at stores such as Wholefoods. I was thinking that if we could share our stories or advice, we could help each other to stay fit. I posted this in the women’s forum because sometimes women have a unique path to fitness. We often are physiologically slower to loose weight, etc. I realized a couple of years ago that I am an emotional eater. Its something that I have to watch out for. When I am feeling the stress, I just want to munch and munch and munch. Does anyone else do this? I also realized that I crave unhealthy snacks when my diet is unbalanced or my blood sugar is low. Therefore I try to keep my blood sugar level throughout the day. The third thing that I just this year realized is that it helps me soooo much to work out with around other people. Being in the gym or outside where other people are exercising really keeps my stamina up and brings out a bit of my competitive spirit. I try my best to make overall fitness my goal and not a certain weight or dress size. This way I am not discouraged when the pounds on the scale do not reflect my efforts. Any thoughts? Is this topic redundant? If so, I will add to a previous post on it.