Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 3rd, 2015 Weigh Day Edition

June 3rd, 2015 Weigh Day Edition

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. 
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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! 

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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.

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

19 comments:

  1. Great job! You're such an inspiration to me...thanks for sharing your journey :)

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  2. Great WI I saw it on Twitter yesterday .. amazing , again.. :) And for Pete's sake... go to bed, man.... Up @ 6 am and eating at 12:45 am... oh that is not good for anyone!!! And that is a scolding!! Its not the eating that late its the not sleeping... ok.. sleep...........zzzzz :)
    Rosie

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    1. Rosie, thank you!! I needed a good scolding!!! :) I'm looking forward to more rest this weekend!

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  3. Considering all the pre-wedding stuff, the weather, the wedding itself, I would say that this is an absolutely STELLAR weigh-in! Well done!

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  4. Congratulations Sean, you are doing so well. Perfect or imperfect, what you are doing is working. Your guacamole looks awesome. How do you make yours? I'm a total novice.

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    1. LTR-- Thank you! I take a ripe avocado, mash it up and add some light sour cream--usually a half serving--and salt and pepper...mix and mash well....If I'm feeling gourmet--and i have the time and ingredients, I'll chop up some red onion and tomatoes to throw in it--but most of the time, it's a simple avocado, light sour cream and salt and pepper thing... and it's perfect. I love it!

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    2. Thanks Sean. I should be able to manage that.

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  5. When we blog, we open up ourselves up to criticism from all the weight loss experts out there, but as someone who has experienced some success in this area like you, I know what works for me might not work for others. And if occasionally I am not perfect, I have to let it go, or it will mess up the whole day, week, month.

    I feel like a proud Momma, Sean. I know you already have a mom, but I'm old enough to be your Mom too, and have shared your (our) weight loss struggles, regain, and success again, and just feel so PROUD! You are truly an inspiration to all of us.

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    1. You're so right. Learning to let it go is very important. Crucial to our success.
      LOL... Well, I thank you for that!! We certainly have been connected via the struggle and success of it all, right?
      I'm proud of you, too!
      You inspire, my friend.

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  6. Congrats on your continued wins!

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  7. Great job on the consistency - it really pays off, doesn't it? I don't see how anybody could take issue with your choices because the results speak for themselves. What you're doing works *for you*, and your vote is the only one that counts. WTG, Sean!

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    1. Emma--thank you...Yes, the consistency has paid wonderful dividends. I agree totally. It works for me, well. It's a groove I've found--and one that might not work for everyone--but again, you said it...my vote! :)

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  8. You know, Sean, with everything that is involved with a wedding, I ha prepared myself to see a very small loss or even a gain. Even tho I believed you when you said you were eating on plan, just the stress of the event can wreak havoc with weight loss.

    As I scrolled down to see the number of pounds lost (I never rememmer your weight from one weigh into the next), I kind of held my breath and began formulating a supportive response. (I really did. Rumor has it I can be pretty intense...snicker)

    And LOOK AT THAT! A HUGE LOSS!!!

    Three pounds IS huge. You look so thin, you can't possibly have much fat left on you. So, by comparison to when you re-started? This is close to a 10 pound loss! Yes, it is.

    Well done, Sean. You came thru the wedding like a champ. :)

    Deb

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    1. Thank you, Deb! You can be intense! (That's not a bad thing).
      I was pleased with the 3.4pounds--or 3, as I counted it.
      Considering I had 5 the two previous weigh ins--it's fairly close to that... I eat well enough--I totally expected a slow down or a stall at some point...and luckily, that hasn't happened.
      I do believe stress effects things...and It was a very stressful wedding week.
      Thank you for the perspective. You're spot on!

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  9. I am so happy for you and appreciate your struggle and know that you are a winning loser. Congratulations on your persistence and consistency. Hope you keep blogging.LN

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    1. LN, thank you. I will absolutely keep blogging!

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