Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 17th, 2019 What We Do

September 17th, 2019 What We Do

Yesterday was a 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, I enjoyed a great cardio session at the RecPlex, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I sincerely appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support for my eleven year anniversary! I'm full of gratitude for the beautiful things this blog has created for me--and the connections with incredible people are at the top of that list.

Keep on keeping on, that's the thing. Eleven years, woohoo! Okay, daily practice, here we are. I've learned how it's not about how long we've been at it, it's always about what we're doing today. It's not what we know, it's what we do.

I'm still enjoying the positive energy from Saturday night's reunion. It was a real blessing. I'm so glad I made it important to attend. I'm really glad my schedule allowed! A lot of people couldn't make it work in their schedule. For those, it'll happen again in five years!

Last night's trip to the RecPlex was a good one. I'm looking forward to more this week. After last week's brutal schedule, it'll be a welcomed change.

My foundational routine is complete, my food is planned for today, and coffee is in me! I'm as ready as can be for a Tuesday! Have an amazing one!

My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question about anything discussed on this blog or heard on the podcast? Text me! Do you have a question about your own plan practice? Text it! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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

My new website: www.imchoosingchange.com

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, September 15, 2019

September 15th, 2019 Eleven Year Anniversary of This Blog

September 15th, 2019 Eleven Year Anniversary of This Blog

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, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Today's a special day for me. This entire transformational experience started eleven years ago tonight with my Day 1 post. You can read that Day 1 post by clicking here. It's hard to believe it's been eleven years. Time moves so quickly! I'll reflect a little more on this special anniversary in a few minutes, but first...

The 30th high school reunion of Stillwater High was an amazing experience last night. My goals were accomplished. I wanted to have meaningful conversations with familiar faces--asking open-ended questions and simply listening and learning about people who were part of my life during those transformative years of my youth. I love people. There were some great people there last night! Chris Holt, Mike Van Pelt, and Rob Lorenzo were all there...the "cool name" guys I mentioned at the beginning of chapter three in my book. Mike told me that Chris had found their mention in the book and sent him a picture of it...he got a kick out of that, adding..."I didn't think my name was that great." Without going too deep here (which you know I love to do), it certainly revealed the fascinating dynamics of individual perspectives and the influence our unique personal filters have on those perspectives. Don Miguel Ruiz's 2nd agreement...yeah, very true; another example.

I don't talk about myself too much or what I do in these special kinds of social situations. But I certainly will answer questions in the course of the conversations. One question, in particular, was really good: "If you were still 500 pounds, would you be here tonight?" Not a chance. And that's sad, really, but honest. Here's the thing: If I had experienced all of the non-weight related mental/emotional transformational things without this eleven-year physical transformation experience, then maybe I would have attended at 500 pounds. The physical transformation created (and continues to create) the opportunity for me to explore the perspectives and truths that go beyond the physical and straight into the most important areas of identity and self-worth. In that order of happening, I likely wouldn't have considered any other way of thinking and that would have kept me isolated from engaging in and experiencing special moments and events of life. And to be super honest, it's a lot of fun to receive positive feedback. Of course, it is! I'm human--and although 99% of my positive affirmations must come from within, the compliments do provide "material" for me to use in creating those positive affirmations each and every morning.
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Eleven years. My goodness, I hadn't a clue on Day 1 where this would lead and what might become of it all. I had a vision, dreams, goals, hopes--but I don't think I had an inkling of what was ahead of me. The most important things along this road turned out to be (and continues to be) the non-physical things. It's about living. It's about the pursuit of mental and emotional freedom. The physical transformation brings a bunch of benefits, for certain, but those truly become a good foundation for the deeper and more meaningful things along this road. The "I'm Choosing Change Before Change Chooses Me" mantra isn't exclusive to weight loss. It's about choosing things supportive of a better, more meaningful life all the way around.

What do I want to do? I want to write another book, I want to further develop the motivational speaking career I started several years ago, I want to continue being a source of encouragement for others by way of direct communications and indirect communication via the many forms of media technology provides. Above all, I want to continue this daily practice of intentional actions that help keep me well. I want to further evolve this practice.

I didn't want to mark this anniversary with a highlight reel of sorts. There have been many highlights, certainly. However, the most transformative and important points of learning along the way came when everything spiraled into chaos. This truth flipped my perspective on struggling. Looking back on my many periods of struggle, it's clear: The most profound periods of growth come from that "dirty" soil. I'm never immune to struggle--those will always surface throughout the course of life. If I pick up those struggles with an open and honest mind and truly learn from the experiences, I can grow in a positive direction. If I choose to pick them up and use them as a club to beat myself down, I'm guaranteeing moves in a negative direction.

I feel like a "then and now" picture is certainly appropriate for a post like this, so here's one. From before this eleven-year practice side by side with one from last month. These type of side by side pictures are fun, certainly, but they're superficial--of course! The good stuff; the deeper stuff, is much better.
   



  














Thank you for your tremendous support over the last eleven years!! I appreciate it all. Much gratitude, my friend.



My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question about anything discussed on this blog or heard on the podcast? Text me! Do you have a question about your own plan practice? Text it! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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

My new website: www.imchoosingchange.com

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, September 14, 2019

September 14th, 2019 So Many Ways

September 14th, 2019 So Many Ways

The past two days have been 5-star days: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, long 12-hour workdays make for plenty of natural exercise, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I'm so relieved it's Saturday. My goodness, this past week was a monster for me. Super-long days, extremely active--constantly go go go. But- I made it through very well. I'm grateful! Sleeping in this morning was glorious. I slept a full nine and a half hours. That hasn't happened in a very long time!

My Aunt Connie and Aunt Margaret came to town yesterday. They picked up mom for a nice outing! It was a surprise to her. Perfect timing, too--as they showed up, mom was just finishing up with the hairstylist! I met them at the restaurant for a fast visit in the middle of my workday. I really appreciated them for coming and spending time with mom. It lifts her spirits in so many ways!

I don't have any broadcasting responsibilities today aside from a very small set of things I need to accomplish at the studio--but that will be fast and easy. Today is all about getting ready for a wonderful evening with junior high and high school classmates at our 30th reunion! It was such a wonderful experience at the 25th--and this one is poised to be even better. I'm a huge fan of 80's music (aren't we all?) and one of our classmates has a band that'll be playing a setlist full of 80's hits!

My morning foundational routine is complete. My food plan is set for today and I'm ready for a great Saturday! The event tonight is called "Cocktails and Cookies" on the OSU student union terrace. It's not a meal, so I'll make sure I have a meal going in--and some backup food options in my man-bag. My plan is to drink plenty of water and focus on making meaningful and enjoyable connections tonight.

 

My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question about anything discussed on this blog or heard on the podcast? Text me! Do you have a question about your own plan practice? Text it! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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, September 12, 2019

September 12th, 2019 Justifiably Stuck

September 12th, 2019 Justifiably Stuck

Yesterday was 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, my exercise was walking and activity at my location broadcast, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Yesterday was much like Tuesday, schedule-wise. Still short-staffed at the studio with people out sick. Adjustments were made and we made it work. One thing is certain along this road, there will be days when the schedule or original plan just doesn't work. There was a time in my life when that would be the perfect opportunity to say the heck with it all. A solutions-based perspective pivots instead, asking, how can we make this work?

I spent years gravitating toward any and all possible outs. If something came up and I could use it to justify the release of personal responsibility, I did, every single time. Back then, I was constantly looking for barriers instead of solutions. In a barriers-based perspective, I was the victim--and in that, it served me well by keeping me "justifiably" stuck.

As I approach my eleven-year anniversary along this road in a few days. I've been giving a measure of thought to some of the core perspectives that have helped me break certain patterns. The solutions-based perspective is one born from a very honest place--very early. The archives took me all the way back to Day 22 in October of 2008. Back then, I was identifying personal patterns that, if left unchecked, would eventually kill me.   

From Day 22 in the archives--all the way back to October 7th, 2008:
Sometimes when the stress level goes way up and troubles rain down we search for a comfortable place to shield us from the storm. When our nerves are on edge we look for something to make us feel good again. We find comfort in food because it tastes good and so many of our good memories are surrounded by good tasting food. 

Some people handle stress differently, instead of eating they go for a long walk and a good workout. For me and a lot of people, the short term solution to feeling better is eating. It's a hard habit to break, but it's crucial to the life-saving weight loss we desperately need. 

Instead of excuses why we can't possibly stay on track, we have to discover solutions to how we can. 

We have to understand that every choice is an important one. Remember that one bad choice often leads to another and it works the other way too. One good choice often leads to another. That's why I end every one of these blogs with “Good Choices” because, in the end, we are the sum of our decisions, we can either be the victims of our poor choices or the champions of our good choices. 

“But you don't understand what I'm up against here”...No, maybe I don't know exactly what you're feeling inside and how it's affecting you, but I do know this: Overeating and making bad portion and exercise choices aren't going to make it better. 

I'm learning to love myself enough to make good choices every day. I said I'm learning because I don't know everything, I'm not a doctor, I only know what I've put myself through all of these years. 

I only know and learn from what I've personally experienced over more than two decades of failed attempts. 

I've made excuses for years why I can't do this. Now I'm making solutions and good choices to show myself I can. 


My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question about anything discussed on this blog or heard on the podcast? Text me! Do you have a question about your own plan practice? Text it! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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, September 11, 2019

September 11th, 2019 Being Okay

September 11th, 2019 Being Okay

Yesterday was 5-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, my exercise was walking and activity at my location broadcast, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support!

Yesterday was one of those rare days where the challenges keep coming. We were short-staffed--so that automatically increases my responsibilities in the on-air/production department of our broadcast operation. It was constantly involved yesterday. So much so, I wasn't preparing my first meal of the day until early afternoon. And I was out of eggs! Doh!! As my friend and mentor Gerri has often reminded me, "nobody has ever starved to death between meals." So true. It was fine. It wasn't ideal, but it was okay for the circumstances. Being "okay" along this road--on challenging days, requires a reframing of perspective and expectations. With a few non-negotiable elements in place, the rest of the plan can pivot and go with the flow.

It's fair week too. That meant an afternoon location broadcast from the midway. I made it home in time to grab a short nap and re-energize for that broadcast--and by the time it finished, I was zapped. My original plan was to drop off mom's laundry, have a short visit with her--then make it home to prepare a meal, catch up with some support friends, and go to bed early. I modified that plan by deciding to let Los Portalis (my fav Mexican place) handle the cooking. I'm super-familiar with maintaining my food plan boundaries there--and it just made the most sense for me last night. It was well worth it.

My morning foundational mental/emotional/spiritual routine is complete. My food plan is outlined, I'm packed and ready for a good day. I feel centered and ready. It'll be much like yesterday--as I just received word that we'll be short-staffed once again. Perhaps the work completed yesterday will lessen the challenge today. Very well might!

I hope you have a great Wednesday!!

From the archives:
Pausing to reflect is important. Indeed, it is.  But only when the reflection is focused on the lessons learned in our struggles, the victories earned in our triumphs and the choices needed to move forward in a positive way.

Pausing to reflect can be devastating if we're squarely focused on the negative consequences of our choices and actions.  It's like constantly analyzing where and why we swerved off the road.  If you're driving along and you skid off a slippery highway, finding yourself in a ditch, you might pause to thank God you survived.  You probably would spend a minimal amount of time thinking about what happened leading up to and creating the loss of control.  But then your main focus turns to what it must be in those moments: "How do we get out of this ditch?"

When flashes of what to do now are clouded by constantly analyzing what went wrong, feeling bad about what happened and obsessing about how it could have been different, we become stuck.  Truly stuck.  Paralyzed by our thoughts, we sit and stew inside as the windows become covered until we can't see the road.  Soon, disoriented, we lose our sense of direction. We know we can't give up, because staying here will eventually kill us if we don't act.  Our basic instincts of survival demand we act and act now, if we hope to ever get out of here, we must act.

We act instead of reacting. That takes a large measure of awareness/mindfulness and a willingness to practice. Like everything along this road, it's absolutely a practice.




My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question about anything discussed on this blog or heard on the podcast? Text me! Do you have a question about your own plan practice? Text it! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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, September 9, 2019

September 9th, 2019 Feels Good

September 9th, 2019 Feels Good

Sunday and today were 4-star days: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support!

I felt incredibly tired Sunday. I honored that and rested a little extra before a big evening out with Mom and Noah.

We had a great time. Our excursion found us at Walmart where we ran into a famous person!! Silvan Zingg from Switzerland is a world-renowned boogie-woogie piano wizard! He had a concert here last Thursday. He was a guest on my radio show, in fact--so when we saw one another, the conversation was on! Somebody had mentioned to him about what I've done and what I do each day, so he was in disbelief and full of questions. "How much was your top weight?" 505 pounds. "No way, get out of here!" He shared some of his challenges and I shared some of mine--and we talked briefly about perspectives and practices that go beyond dieting. It was a delightful conversation!

During this conversation, Noah -being polite, quiet--yet insisting, was pulling us both toward the toy section where the Pokemon cards are kept--and Silvan treated Noah to a couple packs of cards! He also talked with Noah about music and asked him if he wanted to play the piano. Of course, Noah does! He loves music. I'm seeing lessons for Noah in the future! Noah sent Silvan a ten-second thank you video for the Pokemon cards. And Silvan replied with a fun freestyle jam on the piano, titled, appropriately, "The Pokemon Boogie!"  What a cool thing to do. Great guy! Silvan flew out this morning and is returning to the states in early October for a big concert at the Stride Bank Center in Enid, about an hour away. I'm hoping to take Noah. Might inspire him! If you're local to me--you can get tickets for his show here.

Mom, Noah, and I made our way to the restaurant where we dined and had a great time. It was a really good visit. Noah told us all about his 1st-grade adventures!

One drawback to the extra rest on Sunday is how it can affect Sunday night bedtime and rest into Monday morning. Yep. It did.

But you know, it was a really good day today. I made some great connections, did my work very well, and felt accomplished. That feels good.






My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question about anything discussed on this blog or heard on the podcast? Text me! Do you have a question about your own plan practice? Text it! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? This wristband can serve as a powerful awareness/mindfulness tool! It certainly does for me. I wear mine proudly, daily, and more and more people are joining me in this movement! You can now order yours directly from my new website! Here's the link to the wristbands: Click HERE!

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





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