When I write how this isn't about perfection, it's about consistency--it's certainly not a speculative theory on my part. I'm living proof. Consider all I "do wrong" in the food and exercise departments:
I don't get enough sleep. I eat way too late, too often (check out time stamp on dinner tweet tonight)--yeah--that's an extreme example--but it happens sometimes, it's okay. I haven't necessarily pushed myself with exercise--or changing it up and challenging myself too much more (other than increasing the elliptical resistance level every couple to three months. My cardio workouts are never longer than 30min on the elliptical or 60min for a good walk. My weight training routine is rarely longer than 15 minutes. And I have to push myself to hit 64 ounces of water each day--and some days I fall short. Oh--and some might suggest I drink way too much coffee and eat way too much of the same things and on and on and on...
There was a time in my life when I tried to focus on getting every little detail in line, everything needed to be perfect because I thought, that's how it's done. I never got it done that way because it was too overwhelming. I didn't understand how consistent imperfection, aka flexibility, could work. But it does, quite well. Mainly because I'm not constantly telling myself how I'm a failure because I'm not perfect. I don't need to be perfect. I just need to be consistently imperfect.
Today's 58 week weigh-in showed a 3.4 pound loss. Since I always round up or down, I'm counting it as a 3 pound loss.
Interesting to me: I needed to round up. Usually I'm at .4, .2 or .0--so I'm rounding down. I'm not 100% positive--but I think this is the first round up of the last 58 weeks. Last week I weighed 237, today 234. It brings the total weight loss of this turnaround from relapse/regain to 160 pounds. I'm only 3.6 pounds away from having lost the total regain amount.
I'm severely behind on email replies and blog comment replies. I hate it when I fall behind. Just know--I may not always respond in a timely manner--but I always respond!
I crossed over the one million mark late on Monday night. In a world where things go viral and often receive that many page views within minutes, it may not seem like a very big deal. But it is to me. I'm proud of it.
My focus really hasn't been on developing the reach of this blog. There are plenty of things I haven't done to help develop the reach--and that's okay. I've focused simply on openly and honestly sharing my experiences along the way. It's grown, for the most part, organically--with a big boost from AOL in the summer of 2010.
I'm fascinated by the global reach. The idea of writing something--and publishing it immediately--and then it's read by someone on the other side of the planet seconds later--It just fascinates me to no end. I suppose it fascinates me a little more because of my lack of travel and my intense desire to travel someday. I've never left the United States. But my words travel the globe daily, so in a way--I feel connected to people I've never met and places I've only dreamed about seeing in person.
The bottom line and the number one purpose of this blog is to help me work through all I have to work through along the way. Writing in a way that's sometimes raw, personal and vulnerable, is tremendously therapeutic for me. If it helps someone else in any way--it's an incredibly fulfilling bonus. My recovery requires me to write something reflective about each day. Whether anyone reads it or not isn't the point. The fact that you're here and reading this, is an unexpected and very appreciated blessing.
I'm proud of what I've built. The daily account and what it represents means so much to me. Thank you for being a wonderful part of my continued recovery. Within the archives, I hope you find some things helpful and consistently applicable to your own trek. Thank you for your tremendous support!
I'm not planning to go anywhere anytime soon. I plan on maintaining this daily account for a very, very long time.
My Tweets Today:
Good morning! Dark roast w/sf hazelnut (1 tblspn per cup) 2 cups. I really should clean that table. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/QzsAgerndl— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 3, 2015
I round up or down. Last weigh-in was 237. Today's weigh-in gives me a 3 pound loss. 160 pounds down in 58 weeks! pic.twitter.com/d3K7w8aZzM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 3, 2015
Beef, mushroom & mozz omelet w/3 egg whts-1 whl, 3.7oz 96% lean beef, 2 slices mozzarella, mushrooms. Apple. 444 cal. pic.twitter.com/0O1Q9gzW3K— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 3, 2015
Fresh cantaloupe (238g). 81 cal. pic.twitter.com/oNTRCyRiTK— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 3, 2015
Flatbread pizza w/1-90 cal Fit N Active flatbread, 1 srv sugar free tomato basil & 3 slices mozz. 2 cups h2o. 275 cal pic.twitter.com/QbA6qSX21P— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 3, 2015
Dark roast with sugar free hazelnut creamer (1tblspn per cup). 2 cups. One now, one later. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/HS11A7Cha5— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 3, 2015
Workout time. Elliptical ride starts now. 3 cups water. #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/A5kofyjXKx— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 4, 2015
Level 18 elliptical ride✔️ #naturalhigh ✔️ Three cup post-workout water bottle refill ✔️#exceedswatergoal #feelgreat pic.twitter.com/jlOhzXnQaL— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 4, 2015
96% lean beef (4oz) tacos w/lettuce, sr crm & salsa. 28g blue corn chips, avocado (101g) w/sr crm (2tblspn). 617 cal. pic.twitter.com/yDesptW3HQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 4, 2015
Golden delicious apple w/16g natural peanut butter (1tblspn). #lastfoodofday 185 cal. pic.twitter.com/c46vMSezdw— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) June 4, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,