July ended up being a bit of a wash. I managed to maintain my weight for the month, but didn’t get any new progress made. The old me would have been so disappointed in myself that moving forward and trying again would have seemed pointless. The person I am today, though, knows that I’ve got to keep moving forward. I’ve spent too much of my life looking behind me and bemoaning what I didn’t do.
In an effort to break free of this cycle, I started a new habit this year that I will be talking about more later because I think it’s going to be a life saver for me in August. I have begun meditating and trying to make it a regular, daily practice. More about that later, but it does seem to be helping.
Being already a week into August, I haven’t set any specific goals for the month other than to keep my head above water. I’ll be working a crazy amount of hours between both my jobs and I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t get to update again until the end of the month. I’m giving myself grace this month because of that schedule. I can’t do it all, no one can, and it would be pretty silly to beat myself up over things that just aren’t possible at this time. Luckily for me, this is a one time chaotic event, and work will slow back down to normal immediately after the fact so I’ve just got to push through.
Am I nervous? Oh, yeah. I mean, this is me we’re talking about! But I’m doing the best I can to set myself up for success. I’m buying up grocery and household staples so I don’t have to worry about them running out when I don’t have time for a trip to the store, I’m scheduling bill payments and prescription pickups right into my phone calendar. Things I normally don’t need a reminder for, but I’m doing it ahead of time to take it off of my mind. This week is all about meal prep and getting some food made up ahead of time so that’s one less thing as well.
The best thing I can do for myself is plan ahead as much as possible, and then give myself grace when I’m in the thick of it. These are both things that have never come easily for me so having these as my August goals makes a lot of sense.
One last piece of advice: when facing something really difficult that’s going to take a lot out of you, plan a reward for the end. A light at the end of the tunnel, if you will. Mine is a trip out west to see my sister! She just moved to her next assignment in Wyoming, and my mom and I booked a long weekend to go see her in September. Knowing that I have that to look forward to makes August seem not so daunting.