Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29th, 2015 What's Not To Love?

July 29th, 2015 What's Not To Love?

Spending time with mom on one of these doctor trip visits is quality. We have some of the best conversations and some of the biggest laughs along the way. I live to hear her laugh and see her smile.

Mom's eye procedure went well. She wasn't the least bit surprised when we ended up at a Mexican place for lunch afterwards. Mom loves it as much as I do, so it wasn't a big deal. There are other choices, sure--and I feel confident I can navigate almost any menu. But there's certainty in a good Tex-Mex place. I don't need a menu at all. I know what I want and what I don't want and it's always good. I cut calories by cutting out the shredded cheese, rice and beans and I replace the flour tortillas with corn taco shells, that move alone saves at least 50 calories on each. If I were to eat all of that stuff too--instead of consuming 600 or less calories with the chips, I'd be looking at 1200-1500 for a meal. Yeah--not a good calorie value. And I'm completely satisfied and I'm certain it's sugar free. If I get tired of it, I'll switch it up--replace chicken with beef or shrimp, I've done both before. I'm clearly a texture kind of person. There's something about the creaminess of the sour cream against the crunch of the corn taco shell--the warm chicken and the cool crisp lettuce...all of that working together, for me and my preferences--what's not to love?

Instead of our original plan of working out at the new Y in Edmond, the decision was made for me to workout at my Y tonight and mom to get her walk in after sunset. I did the elliptical followed by some body weight strength exercises here at home. The body weight rail push-ups aren't easy. I planned on 3 sets of 10 and reached my max midway through set three. The resistance is set by the angle of my body. I get it out there fairly well. And I don't mind admitting that I do not possess the strongest arms, yet. I concentrated on form, keeping my body rigidly straight. It worked well. The wall sits are challenging and the squats are the easiest for me. My legs are strong, probably from carrying me around all of those years at 500 pounds. 

I'm the guest speaker at a local civic organization's lunch meeting tomorrow. They're likely expecting my talk to be all about weight loss. That's not my plan for tomorrow's event. I'll be doing a TED-like 20 minute presentation on self-worth and identity titled "The Happiness Code." I'm excited for the opportunity to get my feet wet in speaking about this powerful topic.

I'm hitting the pillow tonight after hitting all of my goals square, today. I'll aim for the same tomorrow. Goodnight!

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

12 comments:

  1. What an exciting presentation topic Sean! Any chance the talk will be recorded?

    Good luck,

    B

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    1. It wasn't recorded. I have some refinements to make to it anyway--but I promise, one of these days there will be another one on this topic--and it will be recorded and shared. :) Thank you, B!

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  2. Will you tie in your arriving at your self-worth and identity with all the work you have done psychologically? I have found the self-worth that comes along with just weight loss is a "braggart kind of ha ha I have done it and I will never go back to the old weight" -- where when coupled with the psychological journey there is a grateful but not snobbish "I have the answers" kind of approach. Cant wait to hear how it goes......
    N~

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    1. Yeah--Nancy--very far from that braggart perspective--been there done that! I can't really say--nor do I ever expect to say that "I have the answers," but I will say this--what I've discovered in the last 16 months of this experience has been more valuable to me than the previous five years combined! :) It did go well. I was very pleased! I need to tighten it up--lighten the tone a little, but still deliver the powerful message... Kind of like flavoring a liquid medication. :) It's a fairly powerful topic that creates a lot of inner dialogue within the minds of the audience... and you can see that taking place. I spoke with one afterward who said she kept thinking about how she's beat herself up her entire life over her fluctuating weight---so that's what it dredged up for her... Finding the right delivery for this topic is something I plan on making important moving forward. I appreciate your support, Nancy, thank you!!

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  3. Some think good health is a prerequisite for happiness and it does make it easier. Happiness is based on much more than that; it is the satisfaction of knowing we are valuable. Enjoy your days, Sean!
    Megan in Texas

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    1. Exactly Megan. If I had changed my perspective--I honestly could have been a much happier person, even at 505 pounds. The only prerequisite is the ability to nourish the core elements of who we are no matter our circumstances--heavy or thin, rich or poor-- doesn't matter-- the core of who we are as people, doesn't change when these things change. Losing weight doesn't make me a better person. Gaining weight doesn't make me any less of a person.

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    2. Yes! I see you as a beautiful man at the weight you are now and then. Your soul shines through either way. I am glad that you feel better now.
      Megan in TX

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  4. Scan this theory by Maslow. Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I think you will like it.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs
    Megan in TX

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    1. oooh--Thank you, Megan--very good!!

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    2. I'm so glad you like it. It was my most memorable chapter of a Psych class.

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  5. Ok, YOU missed a post! What is going on?? Hope all is ok!

    Rosie

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    1. Rosie--I didn't miss one! :) Thank you for asking though! If I ever miss one, you can bet something isn't right around here!

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