Today: I maintained the integrity of my maintenance calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with good support.
Today started very early with location broadcasts from 9am to 3:30pm. I need my time in the morning--for my routine, before breakfast and getting ready for work, so--if I need to be somewhere by 9am, I need to be up no later than 7am. It made for a rather short night. I made sure I had what I needed and it was a good day.
One Year Ago Today on The DDWL:
September 23rd, 2016-
I'm not sure what happened today. Going in, it didn't appear like it would become so tightly packed. My schedule was almost down to the minute. I really must watch myself--and make sure I'm taking care of me on a day like today. I didn't do horrible today, but it wasn't perfect. It's never perfect!! Perfection isn't my aim. Consistency is my aim.
What wasn't so peachy about today? I waited too long between breakfast and lunch. Not a big deal, as long as it's the exception and not the rule. And under an elevated stress, I really should have reached out for support more throughout the day. These things might seem small and insignificant, but I assure you--the consequences of allowing inconsistency to creep into the routine of my daily disciplines, are the kind of consequences that can quickly put me at risk for an epic unraveling. Will days like this happen? Of course! Can I be better prepared to handle them? Yes.
One of the things I look forward to each day is the privilege of reading some of the private writings of my friend and mentor, Gerri Helms. With her permission, I'm sharing a powerful excerpt from this morning's edition:
"Diets are external solutions, intended to bring one to a healthy body weight. I tried a lot of external solutions, but unfortunately, I’m someone who had too much internal garbage to apply the bandage of a diet and enjoy what they promised. My internal debris was such that I’d return to compulsive overeating again, and again to get that sense of relief I craved. Food promised to deliver it, but it wasn’t a long-lasting fix. Within a very short time, I’d need more food, just to exist."
Let that soak in a little more. Wow. Seeking external solutions for internal debris...the bandage of a diet... Thank you Gerri!
She's good. She's really good.
You're Elite. You're extraordinary! And the things you're making important each day are powerful.
The great thing about progress over perfection is- It's never compared or put up side by side to anyone or anything else. The bar- the expectations we set- the rules we make- the boundaries we set, these things aren't up for panel review or comparison- these things are yours and yours alone, and they'll evolve with your continued efforts.
These things you're doing are simply designed to give you positive progress toward your goals. Once we achieve our initial goals, a different perspective grounded in sustainability takes hold.
Few know or understand all of the "little things" that contribute to your success... and there are NO "little things." They're huge.
The thing is: Hard and fast without deeper explorations of the whys and hows, can sometimes deliver us to where we desire- but often, the challenge of maintaining a semblance of perfection leaves us exhausted and frustrated- and always feeling like it's not enough, or not good enough. Further, it creates a huge emotional and mental deficit once we "arrive," because, in the hard and fast, we're not exploring the deeper of what makes these shifts in perspective solid.
When we embrace structure and an individual plan that may not look perfect, or feel perfect- we're essentially putting ourselves in the best position to attain lasting and deeper transformation because suddenly what we once perceived as "failures," become our biggest assets- the biggest contributors to our monumental success... the best opportunities to learn... and grow along this road- and we do, because it's measured.
And it's our own individual trek- it's never comparable to anyone else, and if we allow our energy to focus on the day to day actions of our plan, rather than the "perception of perfection," magical things can happen.
And then, oh my- we can dream; envision incredible possibilities. At the end of the day, the results speak loudly... the proof and assurance you need, is in the positive progress you're making.
You've earned every "well done," along this road. You've faced and are still in the middle of exceptional and extraordinary challenges... and still, you're in it... you're doing what you can do when you can, and it is always good enough.
The plan evolves.
What you're able to do today is different than what you'll be capable of tomorrow- and so it goes... and where it leads is remarkable and inspiring.
You're elite even if your current temporary circumstance doesn't feel elite. You're still elite.
Today's Accountability Tweets:
#morningdeal Done! ✅2 cups water, first thing + fast routine: 20 push-ups & 20 squats. It's simply something- a good start for the day! B4☕️ pic.twitter.com/G6nrSVcNy3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
3 tbs half & half in the first cup, another 3 tbs half & half in a refill, soon. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/kl1wvjOMN3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
Breakfast in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/fEd2wB0c1S— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites, and 2 slices havarti cheese on toasted Ezekiel. 3oz apple slices. 556 cal. pic.twitter.com/vL1HZAqX36— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
On the go lunch in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/hDxuQlj007— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
2 cup bottle of water with an On The Go lunch #watertrackng String cheese, approx.120g banana & 42g smoked almonds. 437 cal. pic.twitter.com/xpo6dTGFCd— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
18 tortilla chips w/approx 1 cup cheese dip and approximately 6 tablespoons salsa. 494 cal. pic.twitter.com/emMJphP9DJ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 23, 2017
3 tbs half & half in the coffee 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/PMOiLl2Nh7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 24, 2017
Dinner in MyFitnessPal... pic.twitter.com/H5IhdzcX4E— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 24, 2017
48g (3 tbs) natural peanut butter & 51g banana on toasted Ezekiel. 6.8oz pear. #lastfoodofday 633 cal. pic.twitter.com/U9IsJydFW5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 24, 2017
Thank you for reading and your continued support,