Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 4th, 2014 Emcee at Oktoberfest

October 4th, 2014 Emcee at Oktoberfest

I spent the day as the emcee at Oktoberfest. This is the second year in a row for me to do this--and today, unlike last year, felt amazing. I hadn't come to terms with my regain and relapse a year ago. I was still smiling and saying things like, "I'm on it." I remember writing on facebook October 5th last year, about a guy who approached me and commented directly about my weight gain.
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I didn't have this issue today. In fact, I experienced several compliments today. At least once or twice I caught myself trying to downgrade or disagree with the compliments. I caught it, simply said thank you, and moved on. It is so hard to just accept a compliment sometimes--but it's the best thing to do, simply say thank you and end that part of the conversation. I try real hard not to jump into a 3 minute explanation of how the thing they complimented about could be better.

Oktoberfest is known for its food vendors and I get that, completely. But I honestly didn't feel like I missed a thing, at all. I packed a calorie dense little lunch. I wasn't focused on the food and beer. I was focused on the people and announcements I needed to make throughout the day. I was working and it was good.

The hills on the E.W. Marland Estate provided me quite the workout today. I knew my workout today would be the five hours on my feet walking and climbing hills and stairs all over Oktoberfest. My calorie adjustment from MFP was over 350 calories. That's higher than most regular workout days!

I was very tired when my Oktoberfest MC duties were finished today. I came home, changed and enjoyed dinner out and the Denzel Washington movie, The Equalizer, alongside Heather. I almost passed out in the theater. The wonderful news is: I can sleep in tomorrow. I'm back as the emcee tomorrow at Oktoberfest from noon to 2pm.

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Thank you for reading and your support,
Strength,
Sean

10 comments:

  1. It's funny how we do that...refuse to accept compliments from others. almost like we are handicapped and think people are giving us phony compliments out of pity. Whether genuine or not feedback is a gift that you can do with what you want. It's like that sweater grandma gave you; smile, say "thank you", and then throw it in the back of your closet when you get home.
    -FogDogWeightLoss.Blogspot.com

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    1. It is very interesting, FD. I suppose if we don't fully believe the focus of their compliment, it's very hard to be okay with agreeing.

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  2. You look fantastic! Good for you for accepting compliments as well. That is a very tough one :)

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    1. Thank you, A! It is a tough one. Smile, say thank you, end of exchange--unless you want to return a compliment, but never disagree with their compliment of you.

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  3. You did well Sean. Sounds like much improved over last year. Your thinking ahead and preparing for yourself is VERY inspiring for me. I find so many excuses to throw my plans to the wind and am back on track = thanks to your example. If you can do it with the crazy changing structure of your days plus the added sudden responsibility of broadcasting if a storm hits, then I can do it with each day being the same. Thank you for taking the time to post every day!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! The changing schedule can become very challenging--quickly!
      I'm so glad you're taking charge, Nancy--choosing change and getting super determined!!! You can do it!!!
      Overjoyed for you, Nancy!

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  4. Sean, I can relate to the five min argument on why I don't deserve a compliment. I'm trying to get better about just thanking and moving in but it's hard to not follow my instinct of not allowing Myself to accept it,..maybe it's easier for me to accept a put down. That's sad hmmm I will continue to work on this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Alati-- If we truly don't believe what is being said, we're tempted to correct the compliment giver... We must admit we're wrong--because we do not give ourselves the kind of credit we deserve--we deserve more!! And others can see what we refuse to see. It's a work, for sure!! You're welcome!

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  5. Oh I think you struck a cord with the compliment topic, Sean. Its so hard for us to accept that we are doing the right things now. Every time someone says something positive to me about my WL, I cringe. I take things slowly with this whole "change my life" thing, accepting the compliment is one of them. Last week I said Thank You to somone and didn't look back or think about it. I just smiled. I was proud of myself! BTW. You look GREAT in that pic! Amazing... ~ I notice you do not eat a lot of salads. Is this intentional? Thanks for the info on using Social media for the "last pic of the day" food... ~ I've become very aware of what I'm putting in my mouth at the end of the night!
    Rosie

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    1. I'm glad it struck a cord, Rosie! Taking it slow is the best plan. Great job in taking the compliment and walking away without question. I don't like salads!!! ;)
      The #lastfoodofday hashtag is like a stop sign to me.

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