Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October 15th, 2019 Grateful For The Opportunity

October 15th, 2019 Grateful For The Opportunity

Since our last edition, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've exceeded my daily water goal, I've intentionally exercised a few times, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

This is the longest between blog posts in five and a half years. I'm not planning on making that a habit, I assure you. I also assure you, this time is very different! Years ago, when blog postings were few and far between it was certainly a sign that things were not going well. Now, it couldn't be more of the opposite. I made a conscious decision to focus completely on the weekend conference I attended--and in that decision, was a complete immersion into the most incredible kind of support I've ever experienced. It was an experience that exceeded my expectations in every way. I'm grateful for the opportunity.

On the way back from Memphis, I picked the wrong route on the navigation. This made that drive unforgettable in the worst ways. The Ozarks of Arkansas and Missouri have the most roller-coaster-like back roads I've ever experienced. By the time we realized what had happened, it was too late to turn back. Gerri and I had motion sickness and at times couldn't drive more than 25-30 miles per hour through the twisty-turny-hilly roads. It was an adventure. Our goal was to get back to Gerri and Dave's RV in Branson--and we were so relieved to meet that goal. We didn't even unload the car, we just climbed the steps inside and collapsed until we felt better.

My solo drive back to Oklahoma was less adventurous, thank goodness. Courtney, my youngest, was having gal bladder removal surgery--so it was straight to the hospital in my hometown of Stillwater. Her recovery was rough and she'll be uncomfortable for a few days, but she made it through and we got her home safe and sound.

Today has been exhausting! I quickly realized I should have made today part of that time off as well--just as a rest day after a long and wonderful extended weekend. But I made the best of it. I was able to leave work slightly early in order to make a nap a priority. I'm rested and ready to see mom in a little bit. I haven't seen mom since last Thursday. We're traveling the short distance to see Courtney and Irene and the grandkids this evening!

I recently hit 2000 consecutive days for my MyFitnessPal food diary!! Yay! It is one non-negotiable tool I use to help me along this road.










Five and a half years of daily food logging has served me well. I know myself well enough to know, this important daily practice element is imperative for my continued stability. It's one of several pillars I take very seriously. The great thing about MFP is, it gets smarter the more you use it because it remembers every entry you've ever made. Logging meal ingredients doesn't take that long because it most usually isn't a matter of finding an entry, it's simply a matter of entering the amount used for that meal. If it was time-consuming in the very beginning, it didn't take long for it to speed up.

A couple of picture collages from the past few days:



















During the conference, I didn't pause long enough to do social media accountability postings on Instagram, but I still take accountability pics of everything--even if nobody sees some of them! Food plan while traveling worked well!



















Incredible learning opportunities, early morning walks, inspirational workshop sessions, wonderful speakers, 20-plus hours of driving, Elvis in the hotel lobby, and some of the most precious time with my friend, Gerri. Over the years, she's been a mentor and a coach for me, of course--but mostly, and most importantly, she's been a good friend. I'm forever grateful for her friendship and guidance.

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My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

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

Friday, October 11, 2019

October 11th, 2019 What I Want

October 11th, 2019 What I Want

Since last night, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've exceeded my daily water goal, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

Having the opportunity today to spend nearly six hours in a car with someone who's had such a profound positive impact on my life, was a tremendous blessing. We talked the entire time. I don't put Gerri on a pedestal--although it might seem that way. She'd be the first to say "I'm just another bozo on the bus," but I can't keep myself from expressing gratitude for the impact her friendship, mentoring, and coaching has had on my life. She works her daily practice of things just as I do. Not the exact same because each of us fashion our personal plans to uniquely fit, but with super-similar perspectives, certainly. Here's the thing: People like Gerri and Dr. Lerner have what I want: Decades of peace, calm, and stability. I'm a willing student simply trying to learn all I can. I'm stubborn too and set in a lot of my ways! Because of this, it's a challenge for me much of the time!

I wouldn't want anyone to put me on a pedestal, either. I wake up each day and humbly admit I don't "got this." That's the first thing, every single morning, followed by prayer, meditation, positive visualizations, and affirmations. In order for me to remain well, I must be willing to embrace my daily practice of things. I'm perfectly capable of tossing it all away and quickly going back to being a miserable 500-pound man headed to an early death. I pray I don't. But I'm never immune to that fate. My disease of food addiction/compulsive over-eating is a determined one. That's why it's good for me to occasionally stop talking and simply open my mind, ears, and heart--and pay attention.

This weekend conference is a working one--a learning one. There isn't time for Graceland, Sun Studios, tracking down fellow blogger Jack-***t Gettin' Fit, or anything else popular on a trip to Memphis. I'm thrilled to be here. The speakers today and tonight had me glued to their every word. Powerful, inspiring, and full of incredible truths--every single one. I can't wait until tomorrow.

One thing I'll mention about the food postings...and I know I've mentioned this many times over the years; these are simply part of my accountability measures. I mention this again and again because truly, it's not all about the food. Developing and evolving a daily practice of things and embracing perspectives that keep me off the diet mentality merry-go-round requires much much more than a food plan, believe me.

I better get some rest. Another full day starts early.

I haven't had much time for picture taking today. I'll do some tomorrow and share a few.

Social Sean:



My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 10th, 2019 Kind Of Like It

October 10th, 2019 Kind Of Like It

Since our last visit, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've exceeded my daily water goal, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

It's storming like crazy in this RV park just outside of Branson. I kind of like it because at home a storm like this would mean I'd be at work. Instead, I'm simply enjoying the sound of it all. It's loud on the roof of this mega home on wheels. Gerri and David's hospitality is a blessing. Gerri prepared a wonderful dinner tonight (see instagram post below).

Gerri and I will be headed to Memphis in the morning for a weekend conference. I'm looking forward to listening and learning!

Today has been a really good day.

Keeping it short tonight! More from Memphis this weekend--including some pics, I'm sure!

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My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October 8th, 2019 Taking It

October 8th, 2019 Taking It

Since our last visit, I've maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I've remained refined sugar-free, I've exceeded my daily water goal, I enjoyed a good workout at the RecPlex, and I've stayed well connected with exceptional support.

I have one more day of work before I'm off until Tuesday. I've been blessed with an opportunity to spend a few days with my longtime mentor and friend, Gerri Helms, and I'm taking it! I'm looking forward to seeing her, her husband Dave, and many other fantastic people.

Gerri has worked with me and helped me through some of the roughest periods over the last eleven years. She'll certainly deflect or downplay this, I'm certain, but I can honestly say--I don't think I would have gotten this far without her example, guidance, and ability to cut straight to the truth in the most loving and supportive ways.

A colleague recently mentioned my "eleven-year diet" the other day, and I just smile. It's okay. Unless someone has specifically asked for my opinion or advice, I don't spend time trying to explain the difference between a diet mentality and a recovery based mentality. This isn't about being on a diet. But I get it, the perception--it's very common. This isn't about dieting, it's about creating a daily practice in life that is most supportive of my personal peace, calm, and stability.

This daily practice is never perfect and it doesn't need to be--further, that's not the pursuit.

The importance of staying connected with people who get it is imperative--by whatever means possible. We assemble tools to help us along each day. The accountability and support groups I facilitate (and actually founded with Gerri years ago) is a powerful tool. Our new session starts tonight and tomorrow night. If you're interested in being a member of this small, exclusive, and powerful team--then as soon as possible--email me transformation.road@gmail.com or text 580-491-2228. I'll give you details and answer any questions you might have.

This support group is just one way to be better prepared in handling the challenges as they come. I'd love to work directly with you as you develop your personal practice of things along this road.

Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, our brains tell us a binge seems like the perfect next move. Putting some space, just a little, between the thought and the action--long enough to identify the what and why of the situation, is often all that's needed to correct the skid.  If it doesn't quite work--reach out to someone and share the experience and feeling. It's very powerful.  Expose it, shine a light--and discuss it with someone who gets it. 

As a food addict, I'll tell you this: I've had times where I've felt driven to the fat and sugar.  Have you felt this too? When, despite the consequences--despite what you know is true, that a binge isn't going to fix anything and in fact make it all worse, you're driven like a moth to a flame? That's when it's really scary. The isolation that often accompanies such a leap is a dark, depressing place. And the only way out is to get connected, not only with your spiritual side but also with people who understand what you're experiencing. And stay connected.  Because you're not alone. We're never alone.  If we isolate, then we're still not alone, but it sure feels that way.

Social Sean:

My new website shares a phone number with my podcast, Transformation Planet, and it's always available for you! Have a question? Text me! 580-491-2228 I'll text you back!

Do you own an "I'm Choosing Change" wristband? Wearing one 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





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