Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7th, 2014 Glad I Made That Decision

July 7th, 2014 Glad I Made That Decision

I had a wonderful morning with mom on my show today. She was delightful. I enjoyed preparing her a nice breakfast, identical to mine--and just sharing the meal and coffee together with casual conversation, cherished moments, you know? One of the coolest stories came at the very end of the show. I mentioned Garth Brooks has scheduled a press conference for Thursday at 11am central on his website So we started talking about Garth's early days around my hometown. Garth attended college in Stillwater and at one point during his college days, he played his guitar anywhere anyone would listen. One particular occasion was the annual Noon Lions Club fireworks display on July 4th at what was known as Lewis Stadium (Now Boone Pickens Stadium). Garth was the entertainment for the crowd of a few thousand. It was just him and his guitar. He played while everyone waited for it to be dark enough for the fireworks to begin. His performance was basically background music, a mild warm up to the spectacular fireworks everyone was anticipating. While he played, mom turned to me and my Aunt Kelli and said, "That kid is going to make it someday." Wow, was she right or what?? If you go to a Garth Brooks concert today, you'll still see plenty of fireworks because it's a part of his show, but it's not the main attraction anymore.

We stopped to see Noah for a few minutes before we hit the road back to Stillwater. That little guy lights up our world. It was a nice drive back, an opportunity for more conversation and reflection of a wonderful, albeit short visit.

I hurried back home in order to get into the Y for a good elliptical workout, then home to prepare dinner. Sometimes I'm a little too efficient with my calorie counting. My late dinner was a lot of food for a low 414 calories. I knew how late it was and I was certain it would be my #lastfoodofday, yet upon entering the specifics into MyFitnessPal, I realized I had fallen 339 calories short for the day. I wasn't hungry throughout the day. We (Mom and me) enjoyed a big 268 calorie afternoon snack and still, I fell short. Okay--nice "problem" to have, I suppose. This is correctable with some closer attention to calorie management earlier in the day. I realize it is something I can't allow to become habit because the body needs fuel. As I start various additions to my exercise routine (spinning classes-resistance strength training), I plan on adding some calories to the budget. Not being afraid to make bigger calorie management decisions earlier in the day will become very important.

I'll tell you, I honestly didn't feel like working out tonight. I was tired, irritable and feeling kind of off. If I hadn't taken an "off" day yesterday it would have been an easy decision to make today the "off" day. Instead, I sat in my car looking at the YMCA building and coming up with various justifications as to how not working out for the second day in a row would be okay. Finally, I called myself out and made my way in and onto the elliptical. As soon as the music started playing, I was in a better place. I finished the workout and felt even better having overcome the initial mental resistance. I'm glad I made that decision.

I also made a decision to go to bed before finishing this post. I was just too tired to finish before bed. This is definitely not a habit I will allow very often. But occasionally it is the correct option and sleep wins.

Thank you for reading,


  1. You know, I think Tricia Yearwood might be more well known than Garth Brooks by some now that she has the show on Food Network. Especially since he's been sort of quiet in recent years. I'd bet he gets some attendees at his concerts hoping that she'll show up.

  2. It's funny how sometimes once we start working out it can be one of the best workouts ever :) I heard a long time ago to just workout for 5 minutes and if you really don't want to continue at the end of 5 minutes fine but 9 times out of 10 you'll keep going!

  3. For all the times I've had to talk myself into exercise, I've never regretted making the decision to go for it. I've only regretted the decision not too. You are in an amazing place. Too bad you couldn't bottle it up and sell'd be a gazillionaire. I guess we all have to travel our own journey to that place. I am so happy for you.

    1. If only! I would buy a bottle for sure. Sean, your dedication amazes and inspires me every day.

  4. Thanks for acknowledging HARD DECISIONS. Sometimes I let myself think it must have become easy for someone else, while it remains hard for me! (One of the lies I tell myself!)

  5. Glad you shared about running out of day before calories, Sean. That's equally as sketchy as overeating. I look at my day, consider plans and then map out my food so I know I'll be getting enough. A car can't run without fuel and neither can our bodies.

    During a NASCAR race, when a car is running low on fuel, sometimes the pit crew will tell the driver to conserve. He'll then coast with the engine off in cautions, and keep a steady pace rather than accelerating.

    Our bodies do the same thing when we are low on fuel. Metabolism slows down and the body stores more fat to protect itself against starvation. We might even start gaining weight, instead of losing.

    Just something to think about. Make sure we all are getting enough fuel to run our bodies efficiently and lose weight.

  6. "Finally, I called myself out..."

    I had to laugh at that. It's so familiar. I need to do it more often to myself.

    I'm interested to hear more about the strength training, as you add it in.


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