Since our last edition: I've maintained the integrity of my food plan boundaries, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've met or exceeded my daily water goal, I've enjoyed some really good walks and a few body-weight strength routines, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.
Good morning! Thank you for coming here and catching up with me on this blog! I woke up way too early this morning, couldn't go back to sleep, then decided to make the best of it by embracing the opportunity to get started early on a good day ahead. Of course, as a professional nap taker, I certainly reserve the right to do just that at some point today.
Update on mom: Things continue to go well for her. She's loving her Facebook Portal device more and more, especially as she gets more comfortable and acquainted with its touch screen controls. She seems to be in a stable period, health-wise, for which I'm immensely grateful--especially considering the circumstances of our world, right?
For me, work has required an extra-sharp focus of late. It isn't necessarily taking more time, but it is requiring me to stay on point, accomplishing tasks and moving to the next, while prioritizing the list of things that must get done. With that written, I did have an extra-long day on Friday, in excess of twelve hours, but those days are rare. I was working to complete a 17.5-minute audio documentary that'll air as a Memorial Day special presentation.
One thing, regardless of the schedule or circumstances, I must connect spiritually, mentally, and directly with others each day in order to protect my daily plan practice. I believe we have a finite amount of emotional, mental, and physical energy each day--and when it's gone, it's gone. Saving just enough for the daily practice of things that help keep me well is an ongoing and extremely important thing. Inside the fortress is the peace, calm, and stability I desire--so defending the fortress each day is a requirement.
With all the uncertainty in the world providing an endless stream of things beyond my control, the intentional actions I can control each day provides a measure of calm and certainty in an uncertain and chaotic environment. The schedule, the world events, the stress, the bills, the daily responsibilities, mom's health and wellbeing, unexpected challenges, emotional agitation (positive or negative varieties)---all of that stuff still happens, but if I'm defending the fortress of this daily practice--if I'm reserving just enough energy to care and be responsible for it each day, then those things can be what they are: Life. The circumstances of the day no longer need to hold the "good or bad" switch to my day-to-day plan practice. The circumstances of the day may, in fact, make things much more challenging--but it is in those moments where it's imperative for me to pick up the tools of my personal recovery instead of picking up the food. I must lean into the very real, comforting, and supportive tools of this practice rather than leaning into the temporary illusion of comfort my food addiction behavior provides.
You might read the last two paragraphs and think, "Boy, that Sean has got it all figured out." And if so, you would be wrong. I don't "got this." I don't know it all. I'll never claim to have it "all figured out." I'm not an expert of any kind. I am an addict. I humbly get down on my knees each morning and ask for guidance to help me maintain this daily practice of things one more day. That foundational routine not only connects me spiritually, mentally, and emotionally--but it also connects me with my gratitude list, positive visualizations of the road ahead, and positive affirmations I need to remind myself of the good things I'm making important each day--and the "why" for it all. One day at a time, ya know?
I spend a lot of time each day in mutual support with others "in the same lifeboat." Many of these support connections are not client/mentor/coaching relationships. I give as much time as I can, very freely, and in that, it also helps me in tremendous ways. I need good support just as much as anybody. This important piece of my continued recovery must always remain consistent.
Another thing I do and have done for years is to offer two direct options for mentoring/coaching. If you're interested in my personal mentoring as you create your own unique plan practice, there's limited space available right now. Another 8-week session of my small and private support group starts on Wednesday May 27th and Thursday May 28th. We have spaces available in our powerful group! I also have room for one more one-on-one client. For more details about how it works and for answers to your questions, email me right away: email@example.com or text your questions to 580-491-2228. I'll get back with you quickly!
I'm ready for a good Sunday. I hope yours is a good one, too! Thank you for reading!
I recently showed mom this pic in order to help her create some positive visualizations of times we hope and pray come again someday soon. We will get to hug again. She will be able to get her hair fixed again. We will enjoy dinner out and shopping trips together again. Thinking about it made her smile from ear to ear. It was so much better than the laser focus on the limitations of what we can't do today. Better days ahead!
View this post on InstagramPitalladas. I just made up a name. Two Beef & Onion Enchiladas made with Joseph’s Flax-Oat Bran-Whole Wheat Pitas. #whatsfordinner 2 Joseph’s pitas, 4oz 96% lean ground beef, 120g (1/2 cup) refined sugar-free enchilada sauce, 58g finely diced yellow onion, 28g shredded colby-jack and 30g (2 tbs) sour cream. Crispy corn Tostada shell, warmed- then topped with 20g lettuce, 53g avocado mixed with some of the aforementioned yellow onion & sour cream, salt & pepper. #dailypractice #foodplan #weighandmeasure 640 cal.
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner 12.5oz grilled boneless/skinless chicken thighs seasoned with a refined sugar-free Thai seasoning, 180g Simply Potatoes brand fresh diced potatoes pan prepared with 65g yellow onion, 3.6oz mushrooms, 38g red bell pepper, and approximately 5 seconds extra-virgin olive oil cooking spray. #dailypractice #foodplan #weighandmeasure 631 cal.
View this post on Instagram#whatsfordinner enchirritoes. A cross between burritos and enchiladas. Two Extreme Wellness flax-whole wheat tortillas, 6oz 96% lean ground beef, 156g fat free refried beans, 29g finely diced yellow onion, 120g all-natural refined sugar-free enchilada sauce, 28g black olives, 28g shredded colby-jack, and 15g sour cream. #dailypractice #foodplan #weighandmeasure 675 cal.
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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
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