I'm hitting the reset button on my first 20 pound weight loss goal, counting progress made officially at 14 pounds. While not the success I wanted, I'm feeling a bit healthier, my clothes, the tight ones, fit again, and I felt mildly confident in my new dress (with the help of some spanx.) I'm daring myself to pick up this first milestone goal, and get to that 20 pound marker by September 1, four weeks from now. Weddings are done for the year; I have no travel for work to throw off healthy eating; we've got weekends scheduled for just combinations of home focus and R&R with my family and friends. Overall, I still want this weight loss to be the start to getting my BMI back in the normal range, which means a cumulative 58 pound weight loss.Technically, even though I don't feel so, my number has me in the obese range. Even 20 pounds doesn't quite get me out of it, but it is a mindset motivator.
I also want to refresh my mental health. I can't hide that my recent job change has helped recharge my mental energy at work. I feel like parts of my brain that were shut off for the last two and 1/2 years have been turned back on. Downsizing a career is a good thing when you have reached a breaking point, but for someone like me who was so used to having my mind on overload, I underestimated what I would need to feel satisfied. Still, it could be easy to let myself pick up those bad habits of working late, taking work home, and being"on" 24-7. Maintaining a healthy balance will be essential.
The last leg of the stool for my feeling good (we'll leave organization, money, and travel off to the side),is continuing to cultivate a positive social and relationship circle. DH and I seriously need to keep having time to just talk, hang out together, and not let our jobs, extended family, and the juggling balls over take just being a couple. We both need quality time with our family, and limited time-or not toxic time at least, with extended family. We need to continue to nourish friendships, old and new.
That's my end of summer, count down to a September refresh. I appreciate the encouraging words the last three months as I've bored my readers on my weight loss challenge. I hope to keep these kind of posts to just my Friday updates. What are you focusing on in August? Let's make the most of this last month of summer.