August review

August review

End of month review and reflection piece

Hi All. I hope that you have all had a good week. How did you find my blog post from last week? Did you take on board any of the advice about stress and how to manage stress symptoms? Let me know if you found it helpful. Plus if you want any more advice around that area please let me know.

As some of you know who follow my weekly blogs, each week I look at things which are either experienced by lived experience of the moment and or inspired by the fitness and wellness journey that I am currently on.

There is that but there is also the end the month review and the reflection piece. This as serving as that.

Well let’s get the ugly bit out of the way first – the remeasure / end of month (end of August) review.

MonthWaist and weightDifference between last month
29/03/19Weigh at 96.8kg with a waist of 104cm1.4kg drop and a 2cm reduction in waist.
30/04/19Weight at 95.2kg with a waist of  102cmReduction from the month prior of 1.6kg and 2cm reduction of the waist.
31/05/19Weight at 97.2kg with a waist of 104cmWeight increase of 2kg and a waist increase of 2cm.
03/07/19Weight at 96.3kg with a waist of 103cmWeight decrease of 0.9kg and a waist decrease of 1cm.
02/08/19Weight at 97.0kg with a waist of 103cmWeight increase of 0.7kg with no change of waist
31/08/19Weight at 97.0kg with a waist of 105cm.Weight no change with waist increase of 2cm, suggesting increased fat storage around the midsection.

The reflection bit…. 

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It has been an interesting month. It has been a month of various challenges, challenges mentally and physically, as well as supporting those beset by challenges. I feel like this brings me back to a topic which I discussed a few blogs back about juggling, and I feel that at the moment I am still juggling a lot of things but at this time it is less about choosing what to juggle and doing the best I can with what I have to juggle. Life hands you unexpected challenges and it is in these moments that you have to learn to rise above these moments.

The past month has seen me not dedicate myself as much to my physical fitness and well-being, resulting in some weight gain and by trousers feeling tighter around the midsection, and this is something which in reflection I know I need to improve upon. I know that in the month going forward I need to dedicate more time to the gym, more time to preparing what goes on my plate, and to continue my challenge against emotional eating.

Reflecting is an important thing to do, and is a useful tool when looking at how to improve yourself, your business and others.

In summary, reflection is an important and valuable tool to help a person see what they did well, and think of ways of how to improve it. It is also important in reflection though not to be too hard on oneself. It is part of the learning curve. Just got to keep learning. 

I hope you have found the blog of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.

And remember: love yourself. 

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A bit about the author:

I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders.

Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.

I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders.

In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.

In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.

In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars.

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