“Who Are You?” and Weigh Day Numbers That Rock!
Today has been a much better day. I felt completely on, I was back, and I still had the goatee. I've decided to give it a chance. And no, that wasn't a one day growth, more like three or four days. I didn't have any personal appearances (remote broadcast) over the weekend, plus we were out of shaving cream and razors, so I just didn't shave. I'm kind of curious what this will look like in a week or two. Interesting, very interesting!
Grilling chicken is one of my favorite things to do these days. It seems we have grilled chicken breast at least three times a week. We love it! And the calories and protein are just fantastic! It's good food and when I found some chicken breast on sale today, I couldn't resist, that's what we were having for dinner. The butcher commented on my weight loss too. He told me that he's noticed before now, but just couldn't resist mentioning it to me today. That felt good!
After dinner, we decided to get moving to the YMCA for a great workout. I moved like a maniac in the racquetball court and then took my body to the basketball gym. I walked into the gym and found a young man shooting around by himself. I motioned for a little one on one, and he immediately accepted. I knew that he would beat me horribly, but I was going to get an amazing workout trying to keep up with this high school ball player. Turns out the kid is a college prospect. He beat me horribly with his ferocious three point shot. I did score one three pointer and one basket fairly close. That's a victory enough for me. And I was beat physically. A couple of times I wanted to say “timeout” because I was spent, but I didn't. I just took some deep breaths, gathered my composure, and went back after him. Then he would easily score again. It was still fun. Amber and Courtney were in the fitness center giving it everything on the ellipticals. By the time they made into the gym, it was closing time at the Y. Courtney and I did a quick passing drill to work the arms and we were out the door. Our workout plan tonight was a two tiered plan. We left the YMCA completely drenched in sweat, totally beat...then went home to change for a good swim. Dylan, Courtney's best friend, has a swimming pool in his backyard...and his grandparents have said we can swim anytime we want. Swimming is such a fantastic workout, and we're very grateful for their generosity. I received one of the best compliments so far on this journey tonight. You see, the last time Dylan's grandmother laid eyes on me, I was over 500 pounds. Tonight we made our way into the back yard and before we could get in, she came out to greet us. She was on the phone, so I stood there and waited for her to finish her conversation. She kept looking at me strangely, like something was wrong. It was dusk, maybe she didn't get a good look at me, even though I was right before her eyes. She asked me “who are you?” and I replied “I'm Courtney's Dad, Sean” She just couldn't believe it! She thought I was some stray friend that Courtney and Amber brought over I guess. “Who are you?” I love it! She was expecting that 500 pound guy, not this. That made my day and night!
Today was weigh day! And everybody here lost weight again! It was a wonderful weigh day indeed! Amber lost 4 pounds, Courtney 6 pounds, Irene lost 3 more pounds, and I lost 7 pounds! I weighed in at 322! 322!!! We're just 17 pounds from the 200 pounds lost mark. I've officially lost a total of 183 pounds so far. 183 pounds gone! No wonder Dylan's grandmother asked me “who are you?” I know who I am...I'm that guy I always knew I could be!
I talked to motivational/inspirational speaker Scott Q. Marcus today. We had a wonderful phone conversation about motivational speaking and developing a program. He has some wonderful advice and he's so kind and generous to give me so much of his time today. I'm going to learn a lot from him. It was a wonderful conversation.
What a difference a day makes, huh? Yesterday I felt “off,” and today we had wonderful food choices, super exercise choices, incredible weigh day numbers, a wonderful talk with someone I would consider a mentor, plus the whole “Who are you?” question. Wow. I'm headed to bed now. It just doesn't get any better than this! Thanks for reading, goodnight and...