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!
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!
It's time for more sleep without setting an alarm!
My Tweets Today:
Enjoying a day off from work. Dark roast with sugar free hazelnut creamer. 2 cups w/1 tblspn each, 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/AZwdj8iASi— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2015
This is going to be a delicious breakfast! Mushroom and Swiss omelet, coming up! pic.twitter.com/FQpDUTLm6Q— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2015
Mshrm&Swiss omelet w/3whts-1whl, 2 slices swiss & mushrooms-butter (1/2 tblspn) sautéed. Small orange. Apple. 472 cal pic.twitter.com/YjLJsQmrUF— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2015
Joseph's flax, oat bran & whole wheat lavash bread pizza w/4oz 96% lean beef, onion, pepper & 3 slices mozz. 447 cal. pic.twitter.com/gMOyLJKe0F— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2015
Previous tweet didn't include 113g sugar free organic tomato basil sauce (1 serving), in the description. Not enough characters to describe!— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2015
Vacation day treat. Skinny-sugar free cinnamon dolce latte--grande. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/2ScZxWTIRJ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 29, 2015
Sirloin steak kabobs on the grill, sweet potatoes and yellow squash in the pan. #dinnercooking pic.twitter.com/sdnn1KbQZ5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2015
Sirloin (5oz) kabobs w/red & orange peppers, red onion. Sautéed sweet pot.(192g) & squash, strwbrrs (172g). 512 cal. pic.twitter.com/esYIY6qI2e— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2015
After dinner dark roast w/sugar free hazelnut creamer (1tbspn). 1 cup. 30 cal. pic.twitter.com/O87ZPGIoto— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2015
In order to hit my #watergoal today, I must drink this 3 cup glass over the course of the next hour. I can do it! pic.twitter.com/yd6vgoY5Yo— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) April 30, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,