Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 21st, 2018 My First

February 21st, 2018 My First

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

Today's been an extra long one. I returned to work this afternoon and worked until evening on weather coverage. We're having a winter event, although it doesn't seem to be too bad--although schools are closed all over the area. I'm still working to update the closings and cancelations list at this hour.

I navigated the day well. I paused when I needed to pause. I ate when I needed to eat. And I had some exceptional support exchanges. I love working with people in support of their plan! It's always one of the highlights of my day.

If you're within driving distance of Ponca City, Oklahoma, I'm presenting a special 3-hour workshop March 24th. This will be my first workshop and I couldn't be more excited! Again--if you're close enough to drive, I'd love to meet you at this very special event. Here's the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-you-plan-workshop-tickets-42971201019

The morning alarm comes quickly! Goodnight!

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Sean

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20th, 2018 Certain Freedoms

February 20th, 2018 Certain Freedoms

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

I mention the word "freedom" quite a lot in the more than 2,200 archived blog pages. I've discovered many definitions and descriptions of that word over the last nine years. Tonight, I'm sharing a post written in the middle of my greatest season of struggle. It was 2013--in the middle of a relapse/regain period that often times felt hopeless, depressing, and neverending. I suppose it was an attempt to understand why I was choosing certain "freedoms."

I believe we're on our way to an imaginary line, where suddenly we're not eating less and exercising more solely as a means to lose weight--we're doing it because it's what we do, it's how we live---and suddenly it becomes much less of a burden or deliberate action, it just IS. 

And we discover that it doesn't take anything away from the richness of our lives--or the joy we experience, as our struggling thoughts might have convinced us--contrary, it enriches us, empowers us---breaks us free into a new perspective where we realize our greater truth, our truest reality about our relationship with food and exercise. Like coming out of a dense fog, we clearly see food for what it is, not what our old behaviors and habits tried to make it.

Now, I look at the earlier, deliberate phase as practice for what's ahead--because I know the biggest obstacle to crossing this line and keeping this new perspective is our own thoughts, emotional and spiritual health. This, without question, is the most powerful element. 

I've discovered, our thoughts and emotions can effectively render our breakthroughs powerless, pulling us back over the line, as if a gravitational pull exists between our old perspectives and the freedoms we've enjoyed in the new. At this place we find ourselves in a position where we know the truth, we've experienced the freedom--and we have to decide: Do we surrender?  Do we give back all of the power it had over us for years?  Do we walk back into our cell and close the door?

Or do we stand up, declare our freedom and break free toward progress once again?  It's a powerful choice we have and our most definitive answer isn't in what we say, it's what we do. 

It's so much easier to give it all back.

In that cell, we simply exist--surrounded by the same old behaviors and habits that have consistently given us our reality.

It's easy because we don't have to think about anything--we just do whatever--despite the consequences. There's a freedom in that choice. It's the freedom from personal responsibility--freedom from caring---freedom from the uncertainties of positive change and a deliberate disconnect from the impending and most certain negative changes our inaction fosters. 

That kind of freedom comes at a much greater cost. It costs us our health, it cuts short our life, it dramatically decreases the richness/fullness of our existence...and it's so easy to do, effortless to accept because it doesn't require us to change our actions or perspective. 

Our quickest exit relies heavily on our self-awareness and honesty about what we're doing and why.  The positive effort we exert repays us exponentially in ways we haven't even realized until we're there; living, breathing and benefiting from our good choices.  The freedoms we enjoy because of the consequences our positive efforts bring, far outweigh the freedoms of inaction.  

It honestly comes down to this: What kind of freedoms do we truly want?

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Monday, February 19, 2018

February 19th, 2018 Wonderful Place To Start

February 19th, 2018 Wonderful Place To Start

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.

It started out as a fairly tame Monday, then suddenly got busy on me. I rode the wave and made it home this afternoon before my Monday night group support call. My original plan was to prepare dinner after the group--then I received an invitation to share a meal from Cindy, and that sounded like a better plan! The portion size of the single order fajitas is perfect for the two of us.  It's funny-- we both order using very similar modifications and that makes it very easy to share!

I've been getting to bed much earlier lately--and tonight, I'll be in bed earlier than what's become my "too late normal." That might not be as early as I need on a work night, but it's a wonderful place to start.

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Sean

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 18th, 2018 Without Limits

February 18th, 2018 Without Limits

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I'm just 1 little cup from hitting water goal (I'll do that right before bed), and I stayed connected with excellent support.




















At over 500 pounds, my focus was constantly on the ways my obesity limited me. That intense focus kept me living within those limits. When I started visualizing the possibilities of what could be, suddenly I started dreaming and believing without limits.

I had a productive day! I worked on some personal projects, found time for a short nap this afternoon, and I just returned home from a night out with mom. We enjoyed dinner and a drive all over town. Mom loves to simply ride around looking at people, places, and happenings. As we drove around, we listened to a classic country radio show that airs on my radio station every Sunday night.

Did you know Merle Haggard was in San Quinten prison when Johnny Cash played his first concert there on January 1st, 1958? Merle was in the audience as a 20-year old doing fifteen years for burglary. It would have been easy for Merle to focus on the limitations of his incarceration, but that Johnny Cash concert challenged Merle to visualize the possibilities of what could be--and suddenly all he could focus on was getting paroled and starting a music career. He started dreaming and believing without limits. You probably know the rest of the story. Merle was paroled after two years and went on to become a country music legend. #truestory

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 17th, 2018 Very Capable

February 17th, 2018 Very Capable

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

I didn't think about being out of coffee last night. Not once did it cross my mind. It didn't until I woke this morning--and it was my first thought! I didn't hesitate for a minute--shoes on, looking like I just crawled out of bed because, well--I did... and I made a fast trip to Aldi. I needed eggs too! I must have looked half asleep because the clerk knew exactly what had happened--perhaps I'm not the only one. I discovered a dark roast coffee that's super cheap and really incredible! Glad it happened the way it did because I wouldn't have known about this inexpensive premium coffee had it not.

I interviewed Bryan Ganey this morning for an episode of my podcast. I also spent some time working on getting ready for the local 3-hour workshop I'm facilitating on March 24th.

Bryan Ganey, wow-- if you haven't purchased a copy of his book, "Impossible-How I lost Nearly 400 Pounds Without Surgery," I highly recommend you grab one from him at www.bryanganey.com I can't wait for you to hear his episode of Transformation Planet! After reading his book and now speaking with him for a lengthy conversation, I'm blown away by all we have in common and how our philosophies and daily practices mirror one another's in numerous ways.

By the way--If you're local to me or within a reasonable driving distance, I'd love you to come to my "You Plan" Workshop on March 24th in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  The goal of this workshop is to inspire you, first and foremost--and also help you formulate a "You Plan" to help get you started along your own transformation road. All attendees will have the option of being added to an attendee exclusive private Facebook accountability and support page for ongoing support.

I'll be the first to tell you, I don't have all the answers and I certainly don't know it all. I work the plan that keeps me well each day. I'm VERY capable of returning to over 500 pounds--easily in fact. I maintain a healthy respect for the fragility of it all and a humble spirit and attitude. And so far, it's kept me comfortably in maintenance.

I'm also capable of communicating in a powerful way--expressing and explaining perspectives that help keep me well and might work for you too. As a mentor, I can help you identify key practices and elements that just might make a difference for you. If you can make it to the workshop, great-I'll post the registration link below. If you're not close enough to make a 3-hour workshop doable and you're interested in working directly with me as one of my private clients, please email transformation.road@gmail.com or send a text to 580-491-2228 --I'll get back to you quickly and we can arrange an initial phone conversation to discuss how it works.

Here's the link to the Eventbrite "You Plan" Workshop registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-you-plan-workshop-tickets-42971201019

I spoke to my youngest daughter earlier today. She has her hands full with Noah being sick (he's better!) and doing her best to prevent her, Oliver, and everyone else in the household from getting sick. Courtney is ready for the flu season to end and she's ready for Ava's arrival.

After a visit with mom this evening, I spent some time with Amber. She's really close to the day Raegan arrives. She's ready for this pregnancy to be done!

I feel incredibly blessed and I'm constantly visiting my gratitude list.

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Sean

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 16th, 2018 Resting

February 16th, 2018 Resting

Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met today's water goal, and I stayed connected with excellent support.

After going in late tonight for an additional two hours at the studio, this turned out to be an unexpected 13-hour workday. I'm exhausted.

I'm looking forward to resting this weekend and getting some work complete on my personal projects!

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Sean

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15th, 2018 Too Late

February 15th, 2018 Too Late

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

Too late for me! Keeping it short tonight!

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Sean

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 14th, 2018 Out There

February 14th, 2018 Out There

News out of Florida about the horrific school shooting is simply heartbreaking. I can't begin to imagine what the affected families are going through tonight. Prayers for peace and healing.

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

I spent some time with mom this afternoon. We talked about Shane and worked on her phone issue. The phone is working again--thank goodness! I made a store trip, grabbed a few things, then made a special Valentine's dinner for my Valentine, Cindy. I haven't mentioned Cindy at all until now out of respect for her privacy. I choose to share my life and how it works within my plan in these nightly writings but I try to not include others unless they've expressed permission. I didn't always do it that way. Uh, yeah--well, I've matured--lived and learned, let's say. Cindy gave me her blessing tonight, considering it's Valentine's Day--and we did share it for the first time on Facebook tonight, so it's out there!
Cindy and Me



















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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 13th, 2018 Close To The Surface

February 13th, 2018 Close To The Surface

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

I'm getting really excited about the workshop I'm hosting March 24th! It'll be my first event like this. If you're local to me or within a few hours or less drive, I'd love you to attend! I'm very fortunate to have a good friend, trusted advisor/mentor, and coach who's experienced in developing and hosting workshops, helping me every step of the way. Love you, Gerri Helms--and thank you! The registration process is in progress. The long paragraph below is the Eventbrite.com event description-- so please pardon the 3rd person perspective!

In the fall of 2008, Sean Anderson set out on a mission to uncover the personal plan that ultimately ditched the diets, enabling him to reclaim his life at a healthy weight. Sean works his plan each day in maintaining a 300-pound weight loss and mentors others toward the development of their own personal You Plan and ultimately their own dramatic transformation. This workshop event can help you get started in a way that establishes clear and reasonable goals, sets up accountability and support measures, and helps you create the YOU Plan for long-term sustainable results. This workshop isn't a diet plan. Mostly, it's a collection of perspectives and practices that could lead to your healthiest weight with enthusiasm and consistency. Are you tired of the exhaustive diet mentality merry-go-round? If you're ready for a different approach and different results, this workshop might be just the thing for you!

Registration/attendance at The You Plan Workshop also comes with a private accountability & support Facebook group page exclusively for attendees of this and future You Plan workshops.

If you're interested in attending this one day/3-hour workshop, please click the link and register! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via text or call 580-491-2228

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-you-plan-workshop-tickets-42971201019

I really felt better today. I was better rested and it showed in a few different ways. I enjoyed some wonderful support exchanges today and prepared some good meals. It was all-around solid--and really felt nice.

My little grandson Noah has the Type A flu. That little man is starting to feel better today, but boy howdy, yesterday wasn't good for my little buddy.

Tomorrow is Valentines Day-- a special day for many reasons. For me, mom, and those who knew and loved him, it'll also forever be my little brother Shane's birthday. He would have been 41 tomorrow. I plan on visiting mom midday tomorrow. Valentine's day is especially difficult for her.  If you've read my book, you might remember the chapter titled "Shane's Gift," and of course my book was dedicated to Shane. I miss my brother, clearly--and honestly, I don't think mom or I have ever fully made it through that grieving process. It's been 17 years since his passing--and still, especially on what would have been his birthday, it'll be very close to the surface.

Shane and Me in my grandparent's yard on Walnut St-Stillwater, OK 1983


















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Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12th, 2018 Rest Of The Way

February 12th, 2018 Rest Of The Way

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

I stayed up way too late last night and I felt it today. I'm making sure I get enough rest tonight. This isn't always easy because it takes intentional effort to make an earlier bedtime happen. I'm much more influenced and encouraged by the effects of a good night's rest than I am the consequences of too little. I have much more experience with the consequences and the additional effort it requires--and little experience taking care in this department--so perhaps, a shift of focus and perspective is in order! This is clearly one of the long-standing challenges for me.  And if I've learned anything in the last several years, it's how different outcomes require a willingness to try different things.

Letting the tweets take me the rest of the way tonight!

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