Life is good. I'm turning the corner, have lost weight, and for the 3rd month running am in the 8th percentile of men who use Samsung Health (tracking) in overall activity in steps. While the weight loss is becoming significant and is certainly nice, the real motivation and payoff has been my mental health. I simply cannot express enough how for those with mental health issues, particularly circumstantial issues, how important an active lifestyle is. Downtime and time to yourself is enemy #1. It breaks cycles of anxiety/worry loops. It grounds you. It makes you feel better, and provides mental clairvoyance. One key is not putting earbuds in, but instead taking in nature, the sounds, sights, animals, etc. That is PROVEN to cause a reaction in the brain producing more seratonin, dopamine and endorphins. This not only provides immediate relief of symptoms (Every. Freaking. Time.), but it also has lasting effects and empowers you to gain strength and endurance (mentally).
Despite all I've been dealing with, I've managed to do well at work. Huge opportunity coming as I am putting the finishing touches on a Relationship Sales program. I am copyrighting it, and this very likely will lead to a VP/Executive position in another 2 or 3 years. In addition, I'm pursuing my Six Sigma and CPLP (basically a Master's for the Training and Dev. Industry). So things are well.
Feel you on the exercise. I don't feel right mentally if I don't work out.
I rededicated myself to my career beginning of last year. I've tripled my income since then. And I interviewed last week for a position which would be running an entire sales department and I think I might get it. I have a second interview tomorrow with the corporate guy. I've had a few good years, but this money would be the most consistent and highest income I've ever had. Like, I'll reach my short term financial goals in 6 months. I'm very nervous.
At the same time, I feel like I'm working way too much and life is passing me by. It's been over 4 years since I've had a vacation or even two days off in a row unless you count the week I was off for surgery.