Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 23rd, 2019 Just Enough

April 23rd, 2019 Just Enough

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Making the time to be mindful and aware requires a large measure of humility. Remaining mindful and aware each day must start with the acknowledgment that I don't automatically "got it." Getting another good day in the books requires me to slow down just enough, allowing a mindful awareness of my vulnerabilities to precede intentional actions designed to help keep me well.

I'm changing up lunch options in my daily practice. I think it's time for a change of pace. I'm not saying I'll never eat another tostada for lunch again, I'm just saying it's time for a change. The strategy is to prepare extra at dinner the night before and use it for lunch the next day.

I had a good therapy session today. I'm grateful for an insurance plan that makes that possible for me. Pursuing a deeper understanding of the how, what, and why of things is something I crave.

I enjoyed my second 5K walk of the week this evening. It was a good thing. I started a new thing too, I call it the "Live Walk & Talk" via Periscope live audio streamed to my Twitter page. It's only during the first quarter of the 5K, a very informal top-of-mind rambling of sorts. It was fun and super easy.

I took my time preparing dinner tonight. I found an amazing "reduced for quick sale" deal on some top sirloin, so kabob it was!

One of the many symptoms of the food behaviors that kept me near, at, or above 500 pounds for almost twenty years was a super-impatience. I not only wanted the food now, without delay, but I'd also eat really fast--at the worst, almost inhaling the food. I'm grateful for never choking to death. This rushed routine clearly demonstrated how I was almost always eating in service of my addiction--stuffing down the emotions as quickly as possible, voiding any possible joy or healthy purpose in the process. When I make the time to plan, prepare, weigh, measure, log the ingredients in MFP, cook, and finally eat a meal, I'm as connected as I can be with my food plan and the purpose/intent of the meal.     

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22nd, 2019 One More Time

April 22nd, 2019 One More Time

Yesterday was a 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I completed a great 5K walk in the park, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I took to the walking trail last night determined to make it a 5K walk. I completed the 5K and it felt great. I was trying to rationalize stopping at 2.7 miles, but I just couldn't find a good enough reason to stop short of my goal. About that time, a really good song came on and it helped propel me around the trail one more time.

The trail has changed quite a lot since I started on the night of September 15th, 2008. None of the original pavement exists, all replaced with new, wider concrete pathways. I still have a chunk of the old walking trail. I plan on displaying it in my living room at some point. That trail is so symbolic for me. I worked through so much out there. It's a very special place for me.















It's been all about grandkids the past two days. I just got back from a family get-together where two of my four grandkids hunted Easter Eggs. Following the hunt, we all made our way over to the ball fields to cheer Noah on at his T-ball game. There was a mixup about the start time because we were all convinced the game started at 6pm. Instead, it was a 7:15pm start. I'm home much later than I planned but it was certainly worth every minute.



















One of my earliest positive visualizations was being able to actively be a part of my future grandchildren's lives. If I had stayed the same at 500 pounds, who's to say I'd even be alive right now. I'm grateful for the opportunities I have today. The opportunity to live and experience joy.



















This big "before" picture was after I'd lost a hundred pounds back in 2004. We were on a tour of Royals stadium. I remember that day being very difficult to maneuver, even at 400 pounds. Places that required lots of walking and stair climbing were typically places I tried to avoid back in those days.

I used this particular before picture just so I could puntastically say: If you're ready to get off the bench and back into the game of life, join my small and exclusive private support group! Okay, I know puntastically isn't really a word. But I like it. Anyway-- one space remains for the session starting this Wednesday. If you're interested in details, check out yesterday's blog post. You can certainly email your questions directly to me: transformation.road@gmail.com


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Sunday, April 21, 2019

April 21st, 2019 I Assure You

April 21st, 2019 I Assure You

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I took a short walk last night--didn't even log it--planning a longer one this evening (4/21), and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Happy Easter! I picked up mom early today and we joined Irene, Allen, and Noah for lunch before the big Easter Egg Hunt at the lake. A few delays on the way to the hunt resulted in Noah missing the start--and once it starts, it's over in about sixty seconds. Next year, Noah will be joined by the other three grandkids. My goodness, those times are coming soon! Noah's consolation activity was a trip to the carnival. Irene and Allen took him and mom and I made our way over there to watch Noah ride some rides. He's a thrill ride kind of kid. He didn't get that from me, I assure you.

I'm about to head over to the walking trail for a nice evening 5K walk. I'm hoping the wind has died down a little. It's the same trail where it all started for me more than ten years ago. Lots of memories on that trail! I'm looking forward to reconnecting with that place.

Another 8-week session for the private support group I facilitate starts this Wednesday. We have two open spots on the team! (I received an email earlier from an interested person--so we may be down to one open spot). The fee is $120.00. Are you ready to add a powerful accountability and support tool to your daily practice? For questions, email me right away: transformation.road@gmail.com Some testimonials:

From M.F. In Vegas: In this day and age of television diets, the powers that be want us to believe and spend our hard earned money on this diet or that diet. Sure, they all work to some degree, but none are sustainable. They are not a lifestyle. And for me, I've learned that what is sustainable is the support and accountability that others who are going through what I am going through bring to the table. This is especially true for us guys, that don't want to really acknowledge that maybe we need support and accountability.

My philosophy was always, "I can do this myself, I don't need anyone's help." That's why I lost and gained weight more times than a wrestler preparing for a match.

Sean Anderson provides those of us that are reluctant to get into some form of therapy or group situations with a unique opportunity to enjoy that accountability and unconditional support and yet keep the setting in a very informal one - our own homes.

As someone who now has done many groups including Sean's for many years, I can tell you what he charges for his eight-week support calls and his private Facebook group page is way below what mainstream support groups charge.

Yet the quality of his support and the group rivals that of any group I have been a part of. If you have gained and lost weight many times over and wonder why maybe what you are missing is this key element. That of support and accountability. If you decide to join Sean's group you may just find that missing piece to your own healthy lifestyle.

Don't fall into the diet mentality that we are all led to believe by the media, try something that works. What do you have to lose but maybe some extra weight and gaining a new you?

Personally, it all started for me with Sean's group, which was a stepping stone to more local groups and extended therapy. I learned more from others than I ever would have on my own. And I'm not too proud to say now that I couldn't have done this by myself. And it all started with one of Sean's support groups.

I have currently lost over 200 lbs and I can assure you that without support and accountability, I would never have reached this point in my own journey. That I am sure of. Thanks, Sean for all your support during my own health journey. --M.F. In Las Vegas

The mission statement for our group says it all: Creating and practicing a personal and unique plan enabling each of us to achieve, as a side effect, a body weight conducive to the best possible health benefits.

From D.A. in DC: I have been part of Sean's group for over 3 years. Not only was the group instrumental for me to be able to lose my last 30 lbs, but it has been very important in helping me maintain an approximately 80 lb weight loss for almost 2 years. Not only do you get Sean's inspirational leadership and experience and generosity of spirit, but you also get a group of wonderful, supportive teammates who will be there for you. We all follow our own plans, but the group is more about dealing with all the other things that get in the way of a healthy weight. In the end, what you eat is not as important as being able to deal with feelings and situations without turning to food. This group will help you with that. It was the missing piece for me. Recommend highly!!!! --D.A. Washington D.C.

From Gerri Helms: I highly recommend Sean's groups if you struggle with consistency in your healthy body goals. As an old (and I do mean old!) partner with Sean, I've seen firsthand the transformation that comes from working with him and his team. (Gerri Helms, Retired Life Coach)

From B.J. in Kansas: It is a great tool of many for a successful weight loss/lifestyle change. I encourage anyone thinking about it to join us.

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 20, 2019 At The Same Time

April 20, 2019 At The Same Time

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I had a great conversation with a support friend the other day. "I've come so far but still feel stuck sometimes when it comes to certain things." He was elaborating on how things that were once a very important part of his transformation have become more challenging--to the point of feeling stuck. It was an easy conversation because I can relate 100%.

We're calling it the "narrow focus dynamic." There, that's a fancy name for it. The NFD for short. Along this road, there are things in need of a narrow focus and things in need of a broader focus. And sometimes we need both on different things--at the same time. We all have focus. Learning when and where to narrow the focus and when it's important to broaden the focus is key. I'll explain...

The narrow focus is needed in a one day at a time, daily practice type approach. What I've personally discovered and what I hear from others too, is how when we feel like we're not doing as well as we should in certain areas, we end up getting hyper-focused on it--and in that super narrow focus we tend to forget how far we've come and most importantly, we forget the intentional actions we made important in helping us along the way.

I know in order for me to be well, I must maintain a narrow focus on the core elements of today's plan of action. But when I start mentally harping on myself about the things I struggle with, that's when I sometimes apply the same narrow focus--completely forgetting about what's been accomplished and what it took to accomplish. In that narrow focus, I can only see the problems and I can't see any of the possible solutions. What good are the lessons learned along the way if they're completely blocked out when they're needed the most?

Living as a 500-pound person for almost twenty years took a lot of work. I would venture to say it took more work than the work it takes to live a daily practice keeping me in a healthy weight range.

If I'm feeling stuck in certain areas, I must draw from the experiences along this road. I mustn't forget how far I've come and most importantly, the intentional actions it's included each day.
 


















Considering how many big before pictures I've shared over the years, you might find it hard to believe that I often tried to avoid pictures back then or at least hide behind someone or something. This picture was snapped by a colleague who had just received his new iPhone (it must have been the first iPhone). He wanted to try out the camera and I was right in front of him, so why not? I remember him showing me the picture afterward and me not liking it one teeny tiny bit.

It's interesting how our perception can become warped. At my heaviest, I didn't realize I appeared that large. I really thought I appeared smaller. It was always a shock to see a picture, wow, am I really that big? Flip it around and the opposite perception comes into play. At my healthiest weight, I always thought I appeared bigger. Seeing pictures was equally shocking, except it was the opposite thought, wow, am I really that small?

Now, I feel like I have a fairly decent handle on my authentic reality. And quite honestly, no matter my size and/or imperfections, the things I'm making important are the non-negotiable fundamental elements of my continued wellness. To me, the top of the importance level gauge is labeled "sacred," and I mean it 100%. As long as I keep that importance level gauge pegged to the top, I have a good chance of maintaining continued wellness.

Maintaining continued wellness requires a narrow daily focus on the core elements of my daily practice. And when I'm struggling with certain elements of my plan, like exercise, I must broaden the focus and draw on the experiences that have brought me here today.
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I handled the ceremony music for a wedding today. It worked out perfectly. I didn't ruin a wedding, yay!!

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Friday, April 19, 2019

April 19th, 2019 Intentional Effort

April 19th, 2019 Intentional Effort

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal by 32oz, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Getting enough water is one of those things for me that requires intentional effort. My minimum goal each day is 64oz and I'll hit that even if I must down 2 cups or more late in the evening. I had a midday meeting yesterday where all I did was drink water, 6 cups, and that helped push me past my minimum by 32oz. I've learned something from this. The pattern: When the water is served in a meeting or restaurant setting, I most always make or exceed my goal. Clearly, I need to schedule more meetings and restaurant trips. I'm kidding. No, I must make a point to serve myself water throughout the day. I don't have a problem getting enough coffee each day because I love coffee! The water thing isn't a huge issue because I'll hit the 64oz come what may, but if I can be a touch more mindful maybe it'll prevent me from standing in the kitchen chugging water at 10pm.

I have a wedding rehearsal to attend this afternoon. I'm playing the ceremony music for the daughter of a colleague tomorrow evening. It'll be a simple job, one I've done many times for a lot of people but I still get a little anxious because it's their wedding!! You don't want to mess up someone's wedding music! The nice thing about this one is, I don't need sound equipment because it's built into the venue. That makes it easier. The wedding I'm booked to do next weekend is a different story--full setup. I don't actively pursue wedding gigs but the requests come every now and again and if I can do it, why not?

I'm off work today--which is nice. I slept in really well. I finished my morning foundational routine, I've made some good support contacts today, and I've enjoyed a nice brunch. I plan on getting some exercise at The RecPlex later this evening and that'll cap a fairly decent Friday. 

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18th, 2019 Another Day

April 18th, 2019 Another Day

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

The forecast yesterday wasn't a good one. It was billed as our first big weather event day of spring. The predicted severe weather came right on cue and completely disrupted my schedule last evening. Normally, Wednesday is a support group night for me. Fortunately, I was able to communicate with each member and reschedule our group call time for this evening. I'm grateful for that--and grateful for the storms not being too severe as they moved through our area.

A late night at the studio meant a late bedtime for me--and a short night of rest. I was able to get an hour-long nap this afternoon. Now I'm rested and ready to go for the second half of this day!

I had a good conversation with a support friend today all about emotional/stress eating and food triggers.

When I've struggled hardest it's usually something, not even food-related that's bothering me. My disease makes it all about food. If I sit down and think about it, it's usually either job, relationship, family, or some other kind of stressor or it's a frustration for what I perceive to be my own shortcomings. Also, it's often fear over things ahead even if I don't have good reason to fear- which is basically the emptiness of uncertainty. Uncertainty is a horrible one.

Something I try to frame: Whatever it is pressing on my brain, emotionally and/or mentally, it will work out better IF I maintain the integrity of my plan. In that perspective, it's difficult to believe the lie my head is trying to sell me. My head says that I need to eat off-plan and that'll help-- if I don't pause, that's what I'll go with.

If I allow a little space between the thought and the reaction, I can find the right perspective needed for positive action. We pause to act instead of reacting.

If you're like me, this is our normal- and it's why we must practice a plan each day. One of the biggest barriers to that trek, in my experience, is resentment for this fact. That resentment didn't start fading for me until I stopped doing something I didn't even realize I was doing: I was comparing myself to everyone else. I wanted to live their normal. I was constantly telling myself I wasn't normal- as if something was horribly wrong or flawed with me. I was pissed off, quite frankly, because I couldn't live with any peace and stability when I tried to assume the normal of "those people."

But... when I decided to embrace MY normal... when I decided I wasn't abnormal, I was just me, and me was okay... suddenly I felt better. I cannot live my life constantly believing there's something wrong with me. My normal requires a daily practice. And that doesn't make me bad. Much like someone with a potentially deadly disease takes their daily course of medications and/or treatments in order to maintain their wellness. Some people in a situation like that might curse to the heavens asking "why me??"

But then, there's also some of the most serene and peaceful people practicing their self-care with an embrace free of that frustration and resentment. I once asked a studio guest who was in the process of going through intensive cancer treatments, "with all your health challenges, how do you smile so much and stay so positive?" Her reply: "Because I tried the alternative and it was miserable."

We have a beautiful opportunity to embrace our individual normals and dramatically change the course of struggle into something much less powerful. We will certainly have challenging days, everyone's "normal" does, but we practice a plan to help us through another day.

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

April 17th, 2019 Tight

April 17th, 2019 Tight

Yesterday was a 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I enjoyed a good 30-minute elliptical workout, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Last night was another T-Ball game night with Noah. It's so much fun to watch him having so much fun! I stopped by mom's for a visit on my way to the RecPlex for a workout, then a fast store run, blog post, and late dinner. The hours preceding yesterday evening's activities were also scheduled fairly tight. In all, it was a good day.

It's looking like we're in line for severe weather tonight. I'm currently making preparations in case I get activated for coverage.

My morning foundational routine of meditation, prayer, positive visualizations, and positive self-talk continues to be a top priority each and every morning. I highly recommend adding some kind of mental/emotional/spiritual "exercise" to your daily practice if you don't already have one. It makes a profound difference for me each day. It can be whatever you make it. That's up to you and your individual preferences.


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April 16th, 2019 For The Record

April 16th, 2019 For The Record

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Today just absolutely got away from me. I haven't missed a day of posting to this blog in five years and I don't plan on starting now. Just the same, I always encourage others to find ways to simplify their practice during particularly challenging periods, and my version of that for me and this blog is to not put pressure on myself to post a blog by 5:40am, or even by 3pm. I've released that requirement and simplified it to anytime within that day's 24-hour period. Some are short, some are long, some have something to say or share, others--well, like tonight, just kinda checks in for the record.

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Monday, April 15, 2019

April 15th, 2019 Redirect

April 15th, 2019 Redirect

Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I ended up walking for 30 minutes after discovering the new Sunday hours at the RecPlex (showed up and they were closed!), and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Mom and I enjoyed a nice outing last night. The best parts of our get-togethers are the conversations and laughs we share. If you would have asked me about the best parts eleven years ago, I guarantee the food would have been mentioned right at the top. A big part of shifting the perspective and focus is about putting food in its proper place. Yes, we enjoyed a good meal at our favorite Mexican place. I ordered on-plan and the food was good. But the food wasn't responsible for making it a good visit. I mustn't make food the "star of the show."

Not being "in the food" means I can focus on meaningful conversations and experiences. This redirect of focus comes in particularly handy around holiday times. Easter is this coming weekend, so now's a good time to talk about this topic. During big holiday get-togethers, I must set intentional non-food goals. I've practiced this the last several Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and it's worked well. Where my mission was once centered almost exclusively on the food and eating as much as I can--it transforms into things like being the family photographer and throughout the course of conversations, discovering something I didn't know about a longtime family member. Ask questions, listen intently--engage in the moment...these are things I rarely made important back in the days spent "in the food." This practice requires awareness and mindful, intentional choices prior to an event, where the question is asked: What are my goals for this event? What do I expect will make this experience wonderful? 

This redirect doesn't mean I can't appreciate and enjoy a good meal--I can still be a "foodie." It simply means I intentionally find other non-food things and people to be the center of my attention.

Another 8-week session of the support group I facilitate starts next Wednesday the 24th. Only two spaces remain available. I started these groups years ago with my friend and mentor, Life Coach Gerri Helms. She offered some wonderful words this morning on my Facebook page: "I highly recommend Sean's groups if you struggle with consistency in your healthy body goals. As an old (and I do mean old!) partner with Sean, I've seen firsthand the transformation that comes from working with him and his team." (Gerri Helms, Retired Life Coach) Thank you, Gerri!

Normally, I ask for you to send an email if you have questions. You can still do that, anytime, of course... but here's a more detailed explanation of how the group works and what we do:

We have a "secret" Facebook page, which simply means it is only visible to members- and all activity within the group page stays exclusively on the group page.

All members are encouraged to be active on this group page for daily accountability and support interactions. In the past, we've had members who "don't do Facebook," but they do it, not publicly, but privately, only for the benefit of our group interactions.

We have three call times for our weekly one-hour teleconference group coaching/mentoring sessions. Upon signing up, you pick a call time that works best for your schedule- then, each week, we work together in helping you define your plan and create the structure you need to achieve consistent positive progress.

The call times:
-Wednesday evenings at 7pm Central/8pm Eastern/6pm Mountain/5pm Pacific
-Wednesday evenings at 8:15 Central/9:15pm Eastern/7:15pm Mountain/6:15pm Pacific
-Thursday evenings at 8pm Central/9pm Eastern/7pm Mountain/6pm Pacific

Our members are from all across the United States and Canada. If you're from overseas and the time difference can work for you, we have special "local to you" international call-in numbers available.

The next 8-week session starts with the week 1 group conference calls on the 24th.

The membership fee is $120 per 8-week session. After your initial session, you receive a $10 "returning member" discount.

The fee is billed once prior to the start of the session via secure PayPal invoice emailed directly to you and paid with any credit or bank card.

It averages out to $15 a week for the weekly coaching/mentoring, daily team support via the page, and spot text/call support as needed with me and others. As you get to know your team members, you'll likely develop good supportive relationships with them as well.

This isn't a diet plan. We have members at all stages of their individual paths, from longtime members in maintenance mode to members just getting started. We all relate to one another. We're in the same lifeboat. We get it.

The mission, as shared in yesterday's post: "Creating and practicing a personal and unique plan enabling each of us to achieve, as a side effect, a body weight conducive to the best possible health benefits." 

When I started over ten years ago, it was the addition of good accountability and support that made a difference that ultimately changed everything.

If you're willing and ready to develop your personal and unique plan to help you move forward with a positive and consistent stride, this small and exclusive support group could provide the kind of accountability and support that makes the difference!

Again, email me if you have any additional questions: transformation.road@gmail.com

Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

If you're interested in connecting via social media:
I accept friend requests on MyFitnessPal. My daily food logging diary is set to public.
MFP Username: SeanAAnderson
My Twitter: SeanAAnderson
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seananderson505
Instagram: SeanAAnderson
Also--I'd love you to subscribe to my podcast Transformation Planet! You can find it in Apple Podcasts, in the Google Play store for Android, and listed wherever you find your favorite podcasts! If you haven't listened before, you'll find 20 episodes waiting for you!

Questions or comments? Send an email! transformation.road@gmail.com

Sunday, April 14, 2019

April 14th, 2019 Abundance Of Life

April 14th, 2019 Abundance Of Life

Yesterday was a 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, I had plenty of natural exercise with walking and stair climbing, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

As I look back on my life, specifically during the years where my 500-pound body weight reflected a man fully engulfed with the behaviors of food addiction and compulsive overeating, I think about all the living I missed.

I think about how my family, namely my daughters, were shortchanged because I was living life in constant service of the food. Now, to be fair, I do my best not to dwell there too long--and my daughters, ex-wife, and others are some of the most forgiving and loving people I know--I'm fortunate and loved, and blessed by their compassion and understanding. Addiction of any kind progressively steals one's life, body, mind, and soul. I mention this because I'm immensely grateful for the opportunities to do things differently. One day at a time, I must practice this practice of living that effectively exchanges the chaos of addiction for an abundance of life.

This weekend has been a full one! Noah had the time of his life at last night's Monster Truck Show. Spending time with him is such a blessing. To witness his joy for life and others melts my heart every single time. He spotted a friend from his kindergarten class too--and oh my, they were buddies sharing an awesome experience!
 


















We had our earplugs ready to go. Those trucks are super-loud!!















Zilla was Noah's favorite. He told me so over dinner, after the event.















Dinner was simple. We found a nice little Mexican restaurant and ordered my trusty sour cream chicken crispy tacos. Noah wanted something else after we left the restaurant. "Po Po, can we get ice cream?" "We can get you some, buddy, sure!" There we were, 10pm, in the drive-through of an ice cream place. It doesn't bother me in the least to be in that situation. I don't make a habit of intentionally putting myself in this type of circumstance, but I feel a peace and calm in my recovery--for this circumstance, for Noah--absolutely. Ice cream is my number one trigger food of all time. To be calm, peaceful, and content, when it's around, is a miracle. I'm grateful for that. I handled the cup like it was kryptonite, carefully passing it back to Noah. It wasn't long before he finished his dessert and drifted off to sleep for the hour-long drive home.

What a wonderful night all the way around. I'm glad I took him for this experience. He and I haven't had a chance to do a lot lately--so with free tickets to the event--and a night off, this one was on!

This morning included narrating a cantata at a big church. This is the second time I've had the honor of narrating for this particular church. Doing live narration is one thing that makes me nervous. There are no do-overs! But I rehearsed yesterday morning with the orchestra and choir--and studied my script this morning over coffee, after my morning foundational routine, so I was as ready as I could be for this event. It turned out beautiful. Something about an amazing choir combined with an expertly tuned and conducted orchestra...wow, it just gives me chills. They were so good!
 










Marcia, on the left, was my narrating partner today. She was an absolute pleasure to work alongside!

What a weekend! From the bingo fundraiser Friday night to my granddaughter Phoebe's first birthday party, cantata rehearsal and the Monster Truck trip with Noah yesterday, and today's cantata--a workout at the RecPlex later this afternoon, and dinner out with mom later--uh, yeah, I'd say I'm living throughout this daily practice that helps keep me well.

I shared a wonderful testimonial the other day from one of my weekly teleconference/daily Facebook private support group members. I have another to share with you today. Before I share her words, let me tell you--we only have a few available spots in this dynamic and powerful support group. Our next session starts on April 24th. If you have questions, email me soon: transformation.road@gmail.com

The mission statement for our group says it all: "Creating and practicing a personal and unique plan enabling each of us to achieve, as a side effect, a body weight conducive to the best possible health benefits."

Okay, here's another testimonial:
I have been part of Sean's group for over 3 years. Not only was the group instrumental for me to be able to lose my last 30 lbs, but it has been very important in helping me maintain an approximately 80 lb weight loss for almost 2 years. Not only do you get Sean's inspirational leadership and experience and generosity of spirit, but you also get a group of wonderful, supportive teammates who will be there for you. We all follow our own plans, but the group is more about dealing with all the other things that get in the way of a healthy weight. In the end, what you eat is not as important as being able to deal with feelings and situations without turning to food. This group will help you with that. It was the missing piece for me. Recommend highly!!!! --D.A. Washington D.C.

My goodness, well said! Thank you, D!

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Practice, peace, and calm,
Sean

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