Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 18th, 2018 Tweets Only

January 18th, 2018 Tweets Only

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with support.

Tweets Only tonight.

Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 17th, 2018 Back To Work

January 17th, 2018 Back To Work

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with support.

I felt remarkably better today. Obviously, the Tamiflu is working well!

I'm headed back to work in the morning. My sleep schedule is a little wonky at the moment because I've slept a bunch over the last three days. But I'll adjust!

It's back to work day tomorrow and it's move day! I'm moving to another apartment in the same building; no truck needed! I've recruited some help because it is down a flight, around a sidewalk, and up another flight of stairs. This move was supposed to happen sooner--but the whole sickness thing happened.

I looked back in the archives and discovered I was sick this same week last year.

It'll be good to get back into the work groove tomorrow.

We have spaces available in the next session of the accountability and support groups I cofacilitate with Kathleen Miles and Jordan Burgess. Our next session starts January 29th and 30th.
We would love you to join our team!



























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If you have questions, please email me soon: transformation.road@gmail.com

Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16th, 2018 One More Day

January 16th, 2018 One More Day

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with great support.

Stayed home again today. Taking the Tamiflu and sleeping.

I'm out at least one more day. I'm feeling much better tonight, though, and I fully expect to be back at work Thursday morning.

Mostly Tweets only, tonight.

Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15th, 2018 A Different Story

January 15th, 2018 A Different Story

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with great support.

I started not feeling well yesterday, but it wasn't too bad. Then, I woke with chills in the night--I just couldn't get warm. It started a general ickiness, with a fever, so I stayed home from work. I've been sick more in the last year than the previous five years or more combined. My boss suggested I get tested for flu, and honestly, I didn't think it was necessary. But I'm glad I did go. I tested positive for flu, again. I have the Tamiflu. It'll be fine.

I've kept my food plan up fairly well. I think it's important to keep the food plan fairly stable unless it's impossible. If I couldn't keep it down, clearly it would be a different story. Once again I came in three hundred calories under budget--and I'm perfectly okay with this.

Flu seems to be everywhere right now. My oldest daughter also tested positive for flu today. She's 7 months pregnant, so naturally, she's very concerned--and so are we. But she has a great doctor, good medicine (Tamiflu), and she's staying hydrated.

Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14th, 2018 Rhythm

January 14th, 2018 Rhythm

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I'm 4oz short for my daily water goal (I'll take care of that before bed!), and I stayed connected with great support.

I slept in very well today. It didn't start that way. I was awake too early but managed to go back to sleep until late morning. It was great because I needed the rest. The downside is how it tilts my schedule--more specifically, my food rhythm.  There's a rhythm to what I do and when it's off, I'm extra cautious. Bottom line for today: It was fine. I'm 330 calories under budget and I'm just going to be okay with that today!

Keeping it short tonight!

Have you emailed me about the next session of A Better Weigh Accountability and Support Groups? I can answer your questions! Email me: transformation.road@gmail.com

Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 13th, 2018 It Helps

January 13th, 2018 It Helps

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with great support.

This was a workday for me. I had a broadcast to do from a grocery store sale. I love doing these because I get to shop too! I managed to stay well connected with support exchanges today, managed a good nap--prepared some good meals, had a decent workout at the YMCA, and a longer visit with mom before grabbing a coffee and heading to the studio to get some work finished. I opted to prepare dinner at the studio--just made sense, instead of running home. I had everything I needed.

Neither one of these pictures is current. Before at my heaviest and if I remember correctly,
a couple years ago at the grocery store broadcast.





















Something that's near and dear to me is the weight loss support group I've co-facilitated for years. It's not a weight loss plan. It's a tool to help strengthen and support the plan that's working and sustainable for you. Like any tool, the more you pick it up and use it, the more it helps. This group is all about support and accountability.

I co-facilitate the group with certified Life Coach Kathleen Miles and Jordan Burgess. Collectively we three have lost nearly 700 pounds. Members range from just getting started with more than 100 pounds to lose to maintenance mode and everywhere in between. It's truly a diverse group--and what's amazing is: We can all relate to one another. The mental/emotional dynamics of weight loss and the power of good accountability and support is universal. This group makes a difference.

We currently have openings for our next session starting Monday January 29th and Tuesday January 30th. The group uses one "secret" and secure Facebook page with four different weekly support group call options. The accountability and support of the group are ongoing daily within the group page--the group calls via conference line are weekly.

If you're ready to discover the difference solid accountability and support can make for your weight loss goals, I highly recommend joining us for this next session!

The regular group session fee is $120 for 8 weeks. The one-on-one package is $200 for 8 weeks of direct-dialed sessions.

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12th, 2018 What's Keeping You?

January 12th, 2018 What's Keeping You?

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with great support.

I crossed the three hundred pound mark by age thirteen. By the time I turned nineteen, I topped the scales at over five hundred pounds. I was a functional five hundred pound family man with a wife and two children by the time I turned twenty-one. My career as a radio personality made it easier for me to stay employed despite my physical limitations, however, the struggle with morbid obesity took its toll throughout my twenties and up to my mid-thirties. It wasn't long before raging high blood pressure, sleep apnea, lymphatic system damage and swelling in my legs to the extreme of skin breakage, and more undesirable consequences started making life much harder to navigate. With each serious health concern came a new wake up call and the bold declaration, “this is it, now's the time.” I made that identical declaration many times.

I cannot count the number of weight loss plans, diets, pills, shakes, and special programs I tried over the years. My dieting career included many different methods, all with the same result. If I lost anything at all, the weight always came back, and usually with a little more. The plans didn't work, I didn't work them—or a combination of those two, but ultimately my perspective didn't work.

I wanted a quick fix. I wanted something or someone to do it for me. Every weight loss attempt was simply a means to an end. If I did have any measure of success, I was constantly waiting for it to be done so I could return to my previous behaviors with food.

Things didn't start changing for me until I stopped trying to figure it all out on my own. I finally embraced a simplistic approach that worked well for me. I also listened to and watched others who had what I wanted and once and for all, I finally installed something missing from nearly every other weight loss attempt: Solid accountability and support.

I've written about the accountability and support groups I cofacilitate with Coach Kathleen and Jordan--and maybe you've thought about it a little bit. What's keeping you from giving it an honest go?

Email me and let's chat about it. I'll answer all your questions. If you have two or three hundred pounds to lose, one hundred, forty, maybe fifty--or perhaps you're in maintenance mode, you'll be right at home on our team. We have members at every place along this road and somehow, we all relate with one another in remarkable ways. 

Jordan, Kathleen, and I work our personal plans each day. Our members do too. We're in this thing together. You see, none of us arrive at a magical place where suddenly we have all the answers--it simply doesn't work that way. If you thought it did, I'm sorry to disappoint you. The truth is, everyone I've known who's experienced consistent positive progress and successful maintenance has a few things in common: They maintain a daily practice of intentional actions, they're accountable to themselves and others, and they embrace the support from others "in the same lifeboat." The plans of each might be different because we're all different--but we're all working our own personal plan--and we need support, no matter where we are along this road. 

Our next session starts January 29th and 30th. We have room for you on our incredible team. If you're ready to embrace something positive for you (and you deserve something positive!!)--send me that email inquiry--ask me questions! If you're ready to join our next session, I'll send you the registration link.















Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 11th, 2018 Our Team

January 11th, 2018 Our Team

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with great support.

The next 8-week session of the accountability and support groups I cofacilitate with Life Coach Kathleen and Jordan Burgess is set to start on January 29th and 30th! We have room for you on our team! If you're interested in trying something powerful and different, join us! For answers to your questions about our group coaching/mentoring, please email me soon! transformation.road@gmail.com












Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 10th, 2018 Fast One

January 10th, 2018 Fast One

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, I enjoyed a good walk tonight, and I stayed connected with great support.

Fast one tonight! Mom is doing about the same as last night. She's recovering--slowly, but steadily. The nursing staff is working on the blood sugar spikes (side effect of prednisone) with insulin injections.

Letting the Tweets take it the rest of the way!

Today's Accountability Tweets:


Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9th, 2018 Streams

January 9th, 2018 Streams

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed connected with good support.

My late visit with mom found her looking absolutely wonderful. She was bright-eyed, smiling, and had total clarity. I took a picture to share with her brother and sisters, but she wouldn't let me share it here, said her hair wasn't fixed. I told her I'd honor her wish about the photo and reminded her she is always beautiful, hair fixed or not! The hair thing--okay, I get it! After all, I was wearing a cap because my hair was a mess! I was pleasantly surprised to find her doing very well. Clearly, the course of antibiotics and steroids are helping her heal. The blood sugar issue is still an issue because of the steroid but they're on top of it with insulin injections to help keep it under control.

Doing a republish tonight-- Parallel Streams-- from the archives:

When life fills with circumstances beyond our control, we lose a sense of certainty. If you add normal job stress, everyday responsibilities, and a few random uncertainties--it's a recipe for instability. The goal each day: Maintain the integrity of the plan that keeps me well come what may. Come what may means exactly that. I spent nearly 20 years using every single circumstance I could possibly use in order to justify my dependency on excess food. I was a master of self-sabotage. It was a pursuit of comfort; certainty in an uncertain world, guided by the illusion that a temporary dive into the food might somehow make it all better. It never did. Life was always waiting around the corner from the drive-through, every time. 

I've studied my experience closely over the last eight-plus years and although I haven't nor will I ever perfect anything, I do believe I'm somehow able (by the grace of God) to compartmentalize in a way that supports my consistent stability. I call it The Parallel Streams.

The "Lifestream" is everything happening in our day to day lives. The Life Stream includes the ups and downs, the challenges, the victories, the disappointments, The hectic schedules, the family dynamics, the workplace dynamics, the bills, the stress, the joys, the blessings, the expected and the unexpected, the good, the bad...It's life.

The "Fundamental Elements Stream" contain the daily actions of my personal plan. I say "my" because our plans might be very different. Mine is customized to fit my personality, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, and sensitivities.

My fundamental elements stream includes my personal/spiritual morning "me time," the most peaceful five minutes of my entire day. My fundamental elements stream also includes maintaining the integrity of my calorie budget, remaining abstinent from refined sugar, logging everything in MyFitnessPal, photographing and tweeting, with description and calorie counts of everything I consume, every day, getting regular workouts and staying connected with one on one and group support interactions and of course, writing and publishing this blog, nightly--right before bed.

I've also referred to my fundamental elements as my "rails of support." I've set my accountability and support measures on high. When someone makes a comment in the direction of, "you're so strong" or "you must have amazing willpower," I typically thank them and smile, but I know, truly, I'm not that strong and I don't have giant amounts of willpower. What I have are solid rails of accountability and support--and I'm holding onto those rails, each day. They guide me, step by step.

The fundamental elements stream runs parallel, just below the lifestream. The lifestream is running in the foreground and the fundamental elements stream is running in the background--like a computer's anti-virus program.

I've written countless paragraphs within the archives of this blog all about the "lifestream" and the "fundamental elements stream" and how they must run parallel to one another without crossing.

If we allow life and all of the energy it takes to maneuver, to negatively affect our ability to maintain consistency in the daily elements of our extraordinary care, then it always will. The frustration of inconsistency will be a common theme if the lifestream is allowed to dip down into the fundamental elements stream on a regular basis.

And if we get too carried away, making the fundamental elements all-consuming, then we run the risk of it crossing up into our lifestream. And that's when it isn't any fun and we dread what we're doing every day.

I've had several challenges of late where I really had to remember the power of this "parallel streams" philosophy. I've discovered, when life demands more attention, we don't have to let go of the elements giving us our success, but we can scale back the amount of energy it uses to operate.

We don't sacrifice the integrity of the elements, we just do what we can do. For me--on super busy days, I have three non-negotiable requirements: 1. Stay within my calorie budget  2. Hold my abstinence from sugar sacred 3. Send the accountability tweets and write this blog--even if it's just the tweets of the day.

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean





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