Weigh Day Results and This Sean Anderson Didn't Write That!
The trip to the doctors office today for my bi-weekly weigh-in involved me telling myself that no matter what the results, I was in control, if it wasn't what I wanted then I needed to realize the consequences of my lacking in the exercise department and continue doing something about it. I was hoping to continue my streak of consecutive weigh days with a loss, any loss, even a pound would make me feel better. I found myself two pounds smaller. Awesome! I weighed in at 282. OK, I dodged that one, now let's get to work and power down to our goal! The loss brought my total to 223 pounds, and I'm overjoyed by that number!! The two pound loss marks the lowest two week total (previously 3) so far along this transformation. As many said after getting my weigh day update, it's still a loss! Yes, yes it is, and I'll take it!
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I was alerted to something today that was frustrating, made me upset, and flattered me all at the same time. A friend of mine said they came across a blog page written all about the Acaie Berry---I'm misspelling that I'm pretty sure, but oh well. Anyway, at the end of the long advertising blog it said "by Sean Anderson." Really? Now I'm sure there are several thousand "Sean Andersons" in the world, but really, a fake weight loss blog written by Sean Anderson?? Come on. I found more than one too. If you're a successful weight loss blogger, you should search for these fraudulent advertising blogs and see if your name is being used. It was upsetting, yet flattering. Does that make sense? These scammers obviously think highly enough of this blog that they thought it beneficial to use my name for some kind of unauthorized endorsement. Absolutely incredible. Now if there is another weight loss blogger named Sean Anderson who only writes blogs that encourage people to order products they really don't need, then pardon me. I feel so full of myself. I certainly apologize if that's the case. But I'm not stupid. I don't really know how to stop these idiots from using my name on these fake blogs, I guess I can just relax knowing that you, as a regular reader, know the difference. I would never write an entire blog that ends with "send 39.95 to order now!" I think I made my position very clear about advertising "miracle" weight loss products in a blog on Day 165 titled "My Integrity Isn't For Sale and The End of The "Brow Bird"" Here's what I posted:
If you have read the “global” version (same content as the Myspace blog at myspace.com/comedyboy) of this blog in the past, then you might remember seeing Google Ads along the left-hand side of the screen. I originally accepted these advertisers as a way to earn extra income from my blog. But I've learned a lesson in the process. You see, Google would automatically scan my blog and then place ads that somewhat related to my topic. Since my topic is always losing weight and getting healthy, of course they placed ads about a variety of products. The revenue generated was based on per click and per order numbers. It never really added up to too much, but tonight I proudly tell you that I recently told Google to keep that money and go away! My reputation and integrity is worth more than random checks in the mail from Google, no matter the amount. If you ever noticed these, most of them were advertising crazy products with claims like “Lose 18 Pounds in 4 Days!” or “How I Lost 45 Pounds In Three Weeks-order Now,” or “Oprah Approved Product Will Melt Your Fat Away.” For one thing, Oprah doesn't endorse, let alone approve the Acai Berry product---it says that on her website. And neither do I. Nor do I endorse losing 18 pounds in 4 days, or 45 pounds in 3 weeks...or any product that makes such claims. I sincerely hope that none of my readers bought this junk. It feels so good to be free from the spying eyes of Google Ads. I couldn't say what I just typed, had I still been using Google Ads. They would have been upset! It says so in the contract. Any derogatory comments about the products or services advertised is grounds for immediate termination of my Google Ads account. Now that I think about it, I should have tested how closely they monitored my blog by exposing the outright scandalous rip-offs as they popped up. Might have been fun to see how long it would take them to dump me. They're gone, and I no longer have to cringe every time I open the page and see “I Lost 9 pounds in 5 minutes...” OK, I made that one up. I think the claim was in 1 day actually. The people that buy this kind of advertising do it for one reason, to take advantage of people with desperate emotions, who are looking for anything that works and are willing to spend whatever it takes to get it done. I'm ashamed they ever appeared on this blog in the first place. Lesson learned: You can't put a price on your integrity, never, ever, ever!
I'm very pleased with our re-commitment to exercise. It was a cold and cloudy walk at the trail, but it was done and it was so easy. I know that the real workouts will come from the YMCA, unless I can make myself run for longer than a hundred yards at a time. It feels so wonderful to be able to move so effortlessly these days. We're looking forward to a return trip to the YMCA Thursday night for more weight training and cardio. I'm also thinking about running some stairs. Next weigh day will be a big one, I'm making sure of it, because my results are always the consequences of my actions and choices. And my actions and choices are more often than not, good!
Thank you for reading. Goodnight and...