Amber Is Dropping It and The Candy Bar In The Cabinet
There's so much to talk about and very little time this evening. So I'll do my best at being brief (stop laughing!) I can be brief...I think.
Irene's blog is a wonderful thing. I really believe that blogging has dramatically changed the course of my journey. It's a vital part, a completely undeniable part of my success. So I'm thrilled that she's blogging and getting in touch with her feelings along this journey. Baby, tell it like it is! Be critical of me when I deserve it, cause you know I'm not perfect---Never claimed to be. But you don't have to be perfect to be extraordinarily successful, thank goodness huh?
My advice to new bloggers is very simple. Keep it honest and real. Write for you. This is your education about yourself if you allow it to be. It's only a wonderful form of therapy if you completely open up and examine yourself on a level you've never experienced, a level you may have avoided for years. It can set you free, I'm telling you. Your success along the way will inspire others who read in a very natural and rewarding way. It's a responsibility, treat it with respect, make it a very important part of your journey---and it will be.
I talked with Amber tonight and guess what? She too has started a wonderful blog!! This is a wonderful thing. I always talk about the important role blogging has played in my weight loss success, so it's only natural that my family log on and provide their perspective of this complete family transformation. Amber's first post had me in happy tears. I read it aloud with Amber on the phone and held it together long enough to get off the phone. Then I left her a comment and that's when I started tearing up with happiness. If I were even a little bit worried about her journey while away at college, I'm not anymore. Remember the title of the post from the other night: Amber's going to make it! Absolutely, positively—without a doubt. I hope you'll check out her blog at http://www.amberisdroppingit.blogspot.com/ I know I'll be reading every single post. I'm a very proud Dad!
My entire workout today was around the house. I mowed the front and back lawn completely and with a stronger push. It's really amazing, I never thought I would look at lawn work as enjoyable. It can be when you're not seriously worried that you'll die while doing it. I did it today in the middle of an Oklahoma August afternoon. The sun was high, the shades were on (not just for the “coolness” factor, they provided much needed protection from flying debris!), the sweat was rolling, the body was pushing it hard and taking every opportunity to make it a workout by stretching, ducking under tree limbs, and more. I also did 100 jumps with the rope tonight. Irene's at work and Courtney's staying over with a friend she'll ride to school with in the morning. Deciding that I would get to bed earlier---I opted against hitting the trail solo tonight. Not necessarily a bad thing, although it is rather late even still. And from what I've done this afternoon and tonight---I'm seriously sore. A good sore. You know what I mean? It's the hey, I've really had a workout kind of sore. I love that feeling.
We enjoyed roasted chicken with green beans and mashed potatoes for dinner. The entire plate was a super low 380 calories of awesome. Irene took care of the dinner while I grabbed a normal nap. Not a three or four hour “Sean” nap, but a normal hour or so. It was really refreshing and felt great after my post lawn-work shower.
If you came into our home and opened a cabinet in the kitchen, you would discover sure signs of our transformed ways. Right now in the cabinet is nearly a half a bag of Fritos that must be several weeks old. They're probably stale and chewy. I looked in the cabinets not that long ago and was surprised at what I discovered. A candy bar. Yep, in the cabinet, a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. We determined it had been resting up there for probably about three months. Of course as you know, we could enjoy these things in moderation if we wanted. But as our choices naturally develop along this journey, we find each other making better and better choices. This is why I always tell people to start out eating what they like, anything at all, as long as it's within their calorie budget. Budgeting those calories will force better choices along the way. But even better is how the “whatever you like” starts naturally evolving to much better-more healthy choices. I have enough calories tonight for that 70 calorie peanut butter cup. I could eat it right now. But I think I'll leave it up there and see how long it last completely unopened.
Thanks for reading everyday. The wonderful comments for Courtney's experience was such a cool thing for her. It really made her proud and she wanted me to tell each and every reader thank you for the support. And thank you sincerely for checking out Irene and Amber's blogs when you have a chance, if you haven't already. Courtney? Are you ready to blog too? The Anderson Family weight loss experience from every perspective! I love it. Goodnight and...