Tight Schedule, Working With Courtney, and A Green Drink Video
Wednesdays in May have left little room for error when it comes to my routine in schedule. It's a packed day from the start and doesn't end until nearly 8pm. When the alarm clock sounds, it's time to get up. No snooze alarm today, it's just too risky. Four AM found me making coffee and in the floor for my quick morning non-weighted strength training exercises. I get down and do the push-ups and sit-ups first, then I finish off in the living room with the non-weighted squats. It's not the biggest and best workout, but it makes me feel good first thing---setting a positive tone for the rest of the morning.
Let me back up a second and say something. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of sincere support yesterday. The emails and blog/facebook comments were so heartfelt---very sincere, and they absolutely lifted me up and through a major turning point along this road. It not only helped me, but I know the incredible support touched Irene, Courtney, and Amber too. Thank you doesn't seem like enough, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
I prepared a two-whole egg breakfast burrito this morning with peppers, onions, salsa---no cheese, on an 81 calorie tortilla wrap. The total calorie count for this incredibly filling breakfast was only 235 calories. I grabbed a banana on the way to the studio and I was set for a busy Wednesday.
I had my show from 6am to 9am, production until 1pm, then some errands, and a quick lunch at the apartment before headed West for a 3pm to 7pm broadcast from the casino. No nappy time for Seanboy today!
I did have a late morning guest at the studio who brought a little booster to help me get through. Karen is a facebook friend and local reader of my blog. She just recently started reading and one of the things she noticed was that I sometimes lack in the green veggie department. Karen sent me a facebook message recently all about this product she was completely passionate about called Triple Greens. It's helped her tremendously and she thought it might be something I could consider for some added nutritional benefit. She assured me the calories were low, but more importantly---it was loaded with a bunch of good stuff. I told her that I would try it, sure---I'm open to something like that, as long as it doesn't make me want to throw up first thing everyday. I know it sounds short sighted of me, but the first thing I checked on the label was the calorie count. 45 calories for a whole scoop. Karen recommended a half a scoop to start---ok, cool. She actually gave me some of this last week---and I hadn't tried it yet, so I agreed that we would meet and lift a glass of this stuff today. I'm stubborn---and that canister might have stayed on my counter for a very long time without me trying, so I agreed, today I would try it. And you know what? It wasn't bad at all! It wasn't anything like I thought it would be, and even though I've never made something like this a regular part of my routine, I'm seriously considering it now. Thanks Karen! The video is below!
My remote broadcast this afternoon was engineered and produced back in the studio by my favorite broadcast board operator---Courtney! It's very cool to work with her on a broadcast and funny too sometimes. I've had more than a few strange looks from clients when I'm communicating with the studio during a broadcast and they hear me say “I love you sweety.” Did Sean just tell someone back at the station he loved them? Is that appropriate workplace behavior? It is when the person in studio is your sixteen year old daughter! And no---Courtney has no intentions of following in dad's footsteps, this is just a job to her...and I like it that way. Courtney wants to be a pediatrician someday. I like that idea, and of course I'll be happy and proud no matter what she does...even if she has a morning radio show someday. Love you Court!
My Wednesday afternoon broadcast from the casino meant I would have a chance to see Nathaniel again today. I wasn't there too long before Nathaniel came out of the back. He listens to the broadcast while he does whatever he does back there. He might be in surveillance, I'm not sure. Anyway, we had a nice conversation and he shared that he was down about 18 pounds already and feeling good, yet finding it very tough---a constant struggle most of the time. We talked about that and the idea of him starting a blog. He's actually working on that! I told him to call me and I would help him get it up and running. I have a good feeling about Nathaniel. He's a smart young man who feels so trapped---just like I always did. Keep that importance level high my friend and fight yourself at every turn to stay consistent---it'll get easier and the results will absolutely thrill you.
By the time I got back to the apartment tonight, I was exhausted. I had planned on a YMCA trip, but elected to rest instead. I do however have big plans for a Y trip tomorrow afternoon---and it involves swimming! Shhhh! Don't tell mom, I want it to be a surprise. We'll see how soon she reads this. You see, I'm going down to Stillwater, driving a friend to a golf course. I was invited to enjoy the golf course, but seriously, this is a perfect opportunity to swim and visit mom and family while my friends play a round of 18. And she has no idea I'm coming! Well, until now. See ya later mom!
In the archives from one year ago today, I found this humorous excerpt:
Today (Tuesday) I enjoyed McDonald's for lunch. There are so many people that know about the journey I'm on and I always wonder if they'll see me in the drive-thru and get the wrong idea. “Would you look at that Mabel, Sean is going off the deep end, he's in the McDonald's drive-thru!” Just in case anyone could hear, I made sure to shout my order a little louder to prevent any confusion...Me: “I'LL HAVE A GRILLED CHICKEN WRAP WITHOUT SAUCE AND A FRUIT AND YOGURT PARFAIT.” McDonald's employee: “Could you please repeat that sir?” Me: “A 270 CALORIE GRILLED CHICKEN WRAP WITHOUT THE EXTRA 70 CALORIES WORTH OF RANCH, MAKING IT ONLY 200 CALORIES AND A 160 CALORIE FRUIT AND YOGURT PARFAIT.” McDonald's employee: “Would you like any fries or a hot apple pie with that today?” Me: “Are you serious?”
And right below that, I found this:
Cravings are something that I deal with on a regular basis. Cravings by themselves are not a bad thing. After all, I've lost weight using a philosophy that anything is permitted within reason, but when the cravings are coupled with crazy “pig out” ideas, that's when they're bad. I'm telling you right now, I could pick any fast food place with a fish sandwich, and easily eat two, maybe three of them. I love fish sandwiches! I almost ordered a fish for lunch, easy on the sauce, but didn't. If I had, I would have dropped the parfait from the calorie budget for sure. When we're talking about cravings and crazy “pig out” thoughts, we're really talking about two very different things. If I'm craving something, I'll eat it in a portion size that doesn't wreck my calorie budget. If I'm having crazy out of control thoughts about gorging, well, that takes a more aggressive approach. I have to stop myself, but how? By getting really serious with myself really fast. I've come too far and accomplished too much to throw it all away. My reasons for losing this weight are not small reasons, they're life or death reasons. I guess you could say that I bring out the hardcore dramatic motivating thoughts. I have a bunch of motivating thoughts, but when I need to shut down some crazy urges, I have to go to the big guns, the dying young scenarios always snap me back into reality. I've fallen victim too many times by submitting to these urges.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the latest “On The Go” Video below. I need to do more of these, they're so much fun! Goodnight and...
Thanks again Karen!