Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 29th, 2015 Tweetspiration

April 29th, 2015 Tweetspiration

I accomplished a good deal of things today. I even made a point to catch up a little on rest. This short, two day stay at home vacation thing was a good idea. I have the vacation days coming, so I might as well use them when I need them, right?

I'm looking forward to accomplishing even more tomorrow.

I really had a good time in the kitchen today. I love to cook and I love what I eat--preparing good food and fitting it into my daily calorie budget is a fun challenge each day.

The live-tweeting of my food has really inspired me to eat better.  Upon starting this recovery from relapse/regain, I was really apprehensive about committing to the daily tweets. I referred to it as an "extreme accountability measure." And sure, perhaps it is. As off the rails as I was during relapse/regain--I desperately needed this added element. I certainly don't see it as a negative. It's been quite the opposite. The accountability factor has been golden. It occasionally inspires creativity in the kitchen. Check out the big pizza I made for lunch today...oh my...incredible and under 450 calories for the whole thing! 

It was a great food day. I ended the day 1 calorie over budget. I'll take that as awesome.

I made today a rest day in the exercise department and I'm totally fine with that decision. It wasn't necessarily what I had planned this morning, but it seemed to fit well today. I'm planning on making it to the Y relatively early tomorrow for a good one.

Great question from Alison on last night's edition:

What do you envision your maintenance to look like? The reason I ask is because I have lost weight and I envision my maintenance phase to be exactly the same as my weight loss phase. I'm eating and exercising in ways that are healthy, enjoyable, and sustainable, and I assume that I will naturally settle at a healthy weight by simply continuing to do what I'm doing for the rest of my life (one day at a time, of course!). What are your thoughts on maintenance? And thanks again for your excellent blog!

My Reply:

Great question!!! And my answer is pretty much word for word, your vision. 

I don't see much changing in the day to day elements of my recovery once I officially declare "maintenance mode!" The things I do each day should be things I do each day, for as long as I live.

I've purposely made my elements of recovery enjoyable. It isn't a chore. I don't wake dreading another day of logging my food, being aware--staying within a calorie budget, abstaining from sugar, seeking and giving support when needed--or any of it... I enjoy what I'm doing. If there's any change at all, it'll possibly be adding a few hundred calories or so, each day and focusing on continuously developing my workout skills and experiences.

The transition coming soon for me, may not be so easy to spot...that's how much it will look like what I've been doing for the last year. 

I must ask myself, for each element in my plan: Am I doing this as a means to an end or is this something I must embrace, always? For 90% of what I do, it's the latter. 

You're very welcome, Alison. This blog has been and continues to be an incredible blessing to me in so many ways. Thank you for your loyal support!
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It's time for more sleep without setting an alarm!

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

8 comments:

  1. Amazing food choices today Sean. I was hungry just looking at that pizza. You need to send me all the ingredients and how you cook it (temp/time). Kobabs looks great too. Who thought you could eat so good and so healthy.

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    1. Thank you, Michael! The food today was wonderful! I love eating this much and this well--all within budget, all sugar free--all well within my plan. No sacrifices, my friend! I eat what I love and nothing I don't!
      I'll need to write out a recipe or two. I always fly by the seat of my pants in the kitchen, never using a recipe--simply relying on instincts to point me in the right direction. Every now and again I have a big fail (yesterday's bean and cheese burrito--or how about the faux fried mushrooms I attempted several months ago?) but most of the time, luckily, it turns out well.
      For the pizza, I used sugar free marinara atop the Joseph's Lavash bread--then topped it with my sliced veggies, browned hamburger and mozzarella--threw it in the over at 400 for less than 10 minutes---watching it after 5 min... It was simply wonderful. And I LOVE kabobs!

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  2. Wow that food looks fantastic . Who couldn't eat like that for the rest of their life? Have another great vacation day!!!!!

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    1. Exactly, Robin! I'm certainly not feeling deprived in the least!!
      Thank you!! :)

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  3. OMG - I'm famous! I made your blog! LOL! All joking aside, thanks for addressing my question.

    Those grilled kabobs look fantastic!

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    1. LOL-- Alison...You're very welcome. It was a great question. It seems we have both arrived at the same conclusion! Very little difference between losing phase and maintenance mode.

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  4. Awesome pizza, Sean! Love it.. and enjoy your vacation days!!!
    Rosie

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    1. Thank you, Rosie! I did enjoy those two days, very much!!

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