Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 22nd, 2014 It Must Be Exercised

October 22nd, 2014 It Must Be Exercised

I hit the pillow last night after a long, thought provoking post, and I felt incredible about where I am as opposed to where I was not too long ago. I must give thanks for these kind of epiphanies and at the same time, I must always exercise this part of my brain. One of the many things I've learned the hard way along this road: The occurrence of an epiphany can be mind blowing in the clarification it brings, but it is merely a thought process, a perspective--the untangling of truth, finally understood. It isn't guaranteed to stick around simply because it was experienced. It must be applied and worked, it must be exercised regularly in order for us to experience its full effect in our lives.

I had my annual review today at the studio. Overall, it was a great review, except for a few minor adjustments needed in the time management department and with following through on plans, projects and intentions. I could have given myself the same exact review on everything else in my life. I do believe I'm making great strides and I'm excited about the road ahead, personally and professionally.

By the way--if you remember, this was to be the night of my return to stand-up comedy in front of a live audience. This comedy night has been postponed until next month. I'll update here as soon as that new date is firm and it's being promoted.

I enjoyed an "early-birthday" dinner out this evening. I called ahead and made sure the restaurant still had my gluten free pasta available from the last time. It was the same place that went out and purchased some especially for Heather's and my visit not too long ago. I'm not 100% gluten free, but I prefer to go that way as much as possible. I think my occasional Joseph's Pitas are the only thing separating me from being gluten free at this point. The restaurant still had some on hand, perfect!

They brought us a big bunch of bread, first thing--maybe a dozen rolls in all, all dripping with real butter and sprinkled with a generous amount of parmesan cheese. I'm very thankful to report that I don't seem to have too much trouble resisting bread. Does it look good? Yes. Does it smell amazing? Of course! But for whatever reason, I can easily resist the bread. I know exactly what it tastes like--I've had these very rolls on a few occasions--and yes, they're amazing, but still--they don't fit into my plan, I don't need them, I wouldn't like how I felt if I indulged--and I already know how they taste...I have great taste recall, if you will. I'm very thankful for this ability to pass on the bread. Now, tortilla chips? Well--that's an entirely different animal. I love my tortillas!
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Amber and Me after dinner this evening.

I enjoyed a fabulous workout on the elliptical tonight and I'm headed to bed a touch earlier than last night, so that's good!

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

12 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Sean!!

    I think hanging out with you and observing all your dedication motivated me to track food accurately for first time in over six weeks. Hope it is OK to leave a link to my latest blog, thought you would enjoy.

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WEWRTFO

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    1. Jon, thank you for posting the your blog link! And thank you for the birthday wishes!! I'm so glad you're tracking! I must say--you're doing splendid, my friend--tracking or not--You're rocking this thing. I do believe adding the tracking can only enhance and fine tune what you're doing. I was impressed at how you handle the food--you do so well. Thank you for helping inspire me to go sugar free. It has proven to be the single biggest and best decision I've made along this road.

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  2. Happy birthday Sean! May this one be your best year yet!

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  3. Your recollection of the taste of bread reminds me of a trip to Paris for Christmas, 2002. My husband eats all that 'stuff'. We stayed at a quaint B&B with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Breakfast was amazing and I could get exactly what I needed.

    I asked the waitress, "Is there sugar in the granola?"
    Sucra??? In Granola??? Huff, huff, NO! No sucra in granola.

    Yippee! I enjoyed granola with no sucra. LOL. I asked that alot in Paris - is there sugar in this or that? Most restaurants post the menu out front in English so I was wonderfully enjoying my food with no worries.

    But the most amazing thing. While my husband enjoyed his French pastries and breads, I became aware of smelling them, enjoying the aroma and not salivating.

    This is a huge awareness for me - the sense of smell and taste are separate! I can enjoy smell without tasting. Amazing, even in Paris.

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    1. Loved this story, Gerri!! I'm so happy to be "sucra" free right along with you!
      Huge awareness!!

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  4. A very Happy Birthday Sean - may you have many, many more epiphany years ahead!!! Love what you said in your first paragraph about epiphanies and applying and working them to have the effects in our life!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! This dynamic explains how we can have tremendous breakthroughs along the way-- and then, if we stop exercising these perspectives---we can quickly and conveniently forget--and for me, I did--all the way back up to nearly 400 pounds!! It feels so good to be back in the 200's again! :) Thank you for the birthday wishes!!

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  5. Your comments about having an epiphany was just beautifully written.

    Oh and I've taken to eating tortilla chips with almost everything. I tried salt and pepper on cottage cheese with a few crackers and red grapes and it is amazing.

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    1. Thank you, PJ!!
      Yeah--I'm almost eating them too often--but then, I feel like I'm keeping them within reason--so why not? I'm not destroying bags of 'em...
      I love cottage cheese and crackers! I'll need to give the grapes a try!

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  6. Happy Birthday Sean and many happy returns! I wonder if any of your loved ones have tried to put a candle on a tortilla for you? If not imagine a virtual one from me :)

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    1. If you have enough beans on the tortilla--a candle would stick!
      LOL
      Thank you, Nikki!!

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