End of January 2020 measure up

End of January 2020 measure up

Why hello there! It has been a while! The last time I did this was at the end of August 2019. It has gone a bit quiet, but I am bringing it back. What I think I will do is reference the last measurement and then follow it with the most current measurement (that being the one for today). There will of course be differences as I have been less active due to new work commitments, moving, starting a study course etc, but I will use these end of month measures as a mini-guide to help motivate me to eat a bit better and to be a bit more active during the months.

MonthWaist and weightDifference between last month
31/08/19 Weight at 97.0kg with a waist of 105cm. N/A
31/01/20Weight at 98.5kg with a waist of  108cm. Inc. chest 114cm.Weight increase of 1.5kg. Waist increase of 3cm.

The reflection bit

Understandably, I have put on weight. I have seen this physically and have felt it as well, so I am not too surprised by the results which I have seen today. Had a heart to heart with my partner this morning as well about my diet and my use of food (emotional eating, night eating) and that is something I need to work on. 

Goals for this month then:

-Gym at least twice a week. Do upper and lower body weight exercises. 

-Eat more fruit during the day to curb sugar cravings at night.

-Put motivational posts on the fridge door and cupboard door at night to read to stop me should I get cravings at night

-To explore my relationship with food with therapy

-Drink more water during the day and to limit alcohol intake

In summary, ….

Some things have been learnt. I have put on some weight, but I have created goals to help me to lose the weight and to get a better control over my relationship with food.

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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