Joseph Emailed Me--Yes, THAT Joseph, Reader Response, and All I Need To Feel Good
Desperate Diva writes...
"Hey Sean! Just want to say thanks for the inspiration and openness of your blog! We are at similar stages of loss (although you have accomplished WAY more than me and I APPLAUD your stamina!) with current weights and clothes sizes etc. I really enjoy reading how you navigate through meals and make choices! Its what I have been trying to keep in mind as well! I also appreciate your focus on the long term knowing the "numbers" will get there eventually! :-) Its hard to do, but we have to look at it that way to be successful! I recently put a link to your blog on my blog http://fatboysnacks.blogspot.com/ in regards to Joseph's pitas . I do not have much a readership yet, but I am working through the prepared foods that I have been eating to help me lose weight. ( I am dozen or so pounds shy of 100 pounds lost since January. ) I am certainly not the healthiest eater, but I try to make smart choices and am getting better at it all the time! I love finding tips on new things to try that are low cal and taste good. God bless!"
"Hi Sean -- I never, never write to strangers online. I love to read about other people's weight loss journeys, but I'm not one to blog or comment. Anyway, I had to send you a note to thank you so much for sharing your story. A huge congratulations on your incredible success! The reason I am writing is because I am one of what I assume to be many people that you have motivated and inspired by sharing your journey these last two years. You break things down in such a way that it clicks. No one has given me that type of advice before. Your message is so simple but you convey it in such a way that it resonates in a very inspirational way. I love the bank analogy, I used it today and you're right, it works. I'm only on Day 11 but I feel really confident this time out and your blog is and will continue to be a motivator, so I wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you! Take care -- Sara"
"Hi! How are you? My name is Faye, My husband and I live near Philadelphia Pennsylvania! I am 58 and have over 100 pounds to lose! I came across your web site a few weeks ago and I've been telling EVERYONE about you and your AMAZING weight loss!...Anyhow, I HAVE decided to start to use THE SAME "BANK" as YOU use! The reason for this letter? OTHER than saying THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, I have a question! How would I figure out WHAT calorie "BANK" I SHOULD have??? Got any ideas or suggestions for me???? I CAN'T get over some of the calories of things I pick up to look at, at the store! Take care and THANKS AGAIN"
"Sean, Thank you so much for sharing your journey. You've inspired me to follow in your footsteps, in weight loss, but also in blogging. I just posted my first blog! Scary, and exciting at the same time. You're awesome, keep up the great work! ~Kim" You can read Kim's brand new blog at http://chroniclesofanemotionaleater.blogspot.com
"Don't you ever get tired of looking at yourself? I guess all the compliments on your appearance are pretty addicting."
When you spend your entire life morbidly obese, and the better part of the last two decades---near, at, or above 500 pounds---and then you make some personal breakthroughs that free you from nearly 275 pounds of extra weight...and then you share that information, those experiences, those epiphanies that have helped along the way---and people see the pictures, and the compliments do come often...it isn't an "addiction." I sincerely appreciate the compliments, sure, but all I have to do to feel good about myself is breathe. Look in the mirror, pinch myself, put on my size 36 jeans, sprint as fast as I can---these are the things I do to feel good about myself. I've paid the dues, I've fought the battle, I'm here...and it feels amazing---and I would still feel amazing if I never received another compliment as long as I live. Trust me, the brain can be cruel...I still look at pictures of me now and the first thing I do is get critical. I'm the furthest thing from self-absorbed, but I'm thrilled, I'm happy, and I've earned every single bit of my success. I'll never get tired of looking at those pictures--because I'll keep posting them, simply to say---This is possible for you too. Look where I was and where I am now. Need some history? It's all in the blog... Here's an excerpt from Day 365:
I arrived at this place as a 505 pound man with raging high blood pressure, deadly sleep apnea, and swelling so bad in my right leg that painful open sores would develop when the skin refused to stretch any further. I arrived at this place with a wife and two daughters that would often sit and cry together because they were scared to death that I would leave them too soon. I arrived at this place with a mother that would stay up all night worrying about me, sometimes calling just to ask through the tears, “When are you really going to get busy?” I arrived at this place scared to death of myself, my habits, my behaviors that had me cornered, beating me into submission with zero hope for survival. The more my family cried for me, the more scared I became. I can't do this, I thought. But I must---But I don't really know how---on and on the mental battle within me raged. Was this it? Did I reach a point of wanting to give up the fight? Yes I did. However, a couple of problems, let's call them character traits, stood in the way of me giving up: I'm a survivor and I'm a dreamer. A dream can't survive forever without positive action, so action had to start, even if I hadn't a clue where to begin. After 443 months, 12 months has changed it all, turned it completely around. But how? What has made the last 12 months different from any other 12 month period in my life?
I found self-honesty. I found personal responsibility. I let go of the blame and I stopped feeling sorry for the victim I played so well. I became the one in charge of my choices with a completely honest understanding of the consequences, good or bad. Was I going to die a miserable fat man? Or would I completely change my family's life for the better? The choice was mine to make. I made the good choice. It wasn't easy fighting a lifetime of addiction, but it was a fight that I was determined to win because my family was worth the fight. I was worth the fight.
This week has been good, but very busy. I've missed a few workouts, but maintained my good choices in the food department. I've had some really good workouts too, don't get me wrong---My new bike is incredible!! I took a nice long bike ride the other night that took me over to the main drag in this town and all the way back around, taking a detour into a nice neighborhood I didn't even realize existed. The workout was amazing and fun. I've had a couple of really good 5k's too.
I'm just days away from my two year anniversary of Day 1, and will I hit 230 by then? Maybe. But seriously, it simply doesn't matter. I'm there. I'm changed forever. I feel great, and true to the attitude and philosophy of this blog...time doesn't matter, because my good choices in food and exercise will always get me the positive consequences I desire. 230? Yeah, it's coming, no doubt about that. Am I going to kill myself "boot camp" style to get there? No. My life is too busy for that, and besides---it's not necessary. Time will keep on going regardless of what I do--and where I'm headed, it's all good in time.
Thank you sincerely for reading. Goodnight and...
Another "lost" before picture. Me, Irene, and my grandmother and Uncle Keith in the background. Nine years ago...wow, we looked so young. I zeroed in on my grandma here...look at her, so beautiful. Thank you to my dear Aunt Kelli for finding this in her photo archives. You can read my Aunt's weight loss blog too, at www.snoconegirl.blogspot.com
Dinner Thursday night...I've always been a meat and potatoes kind of guy and I always will be---this is classic goodness to me. Smoked chicken, real red peel mashed potatoes, and whole kernel sweet corn!! Incredible--and in case you're wondering---I weighed exactly 60 calories worth of corn...the potatoes checked in at 150, and the chicken, a low 240. Total: 450 calories of awesomeness.
My beautiful pita pizza--one of a few I've enjoyed this week. I had one the other day with only 50 calories of mozzarella and mushrooms as a topping---for a low 130 count...this one pictured is double cheese, mushrooms, and chicken breast---but still only 200 total calories. Sign me up all day long!!!
Profile shot--Hosting the Poncan Opry Saturday night. Photo Credit: Darryl Cox
As MC of the Opry. Photo Credit: Darryl Cox
This is me looking at Dave with a look that says "Really now..." It was a funny bit. Photo credit: Darryl Cox
With co-host Dave May. Dave is wearing a bathrobe for a comedy bit. Dave is amazing. Seriously, he's known all around as The Amazing Dave May. In fact--check out his website at www.amazingdavemay.com