I'm so grateful for where I am. I give thanks every day for the spiritual, emotional, mental and of course, physical transformations I've experienced. These have been some of the biggest blessings in my life.
A simple "before and now" side by side comparison doesn't begin to tell the deepest and most important elements of the story. It's fun. It's dramatic. But unless you're aware of the multi-faceted transformation below the surface, it's shallow. If you've followed along for years, you're very aware. Tonight's post revisits the mind of "the before."
I sit here tonight, on Day 2,555-- September 15th, 2015, writing this blog just as I did on Day 1, September 15th, 2008--exactly seven years ago.
As a way to commemorate this 7 year anniversary, I'm republishing the blog from my Day 1:
As written on the night of September 15th, 2008:
Today was the all important day #1 of a long hard battle. Losing weight is something that I've always known how to do, but just didn't do. Oh yeah, I did lose 115 pounds back in 2004--But I gained it all back and then some. And honestly, I think my family is tired of hearing "someday". I know I am.
I also know that losing weight and being healthy and looking good will have tremendously positive effects on every aspect of my life. I've always known that. I firmly believe that I've allowed my weight to hold me back in my career, and more importantly: It's held my family back from fully enjoying life. That's pretty big stuff.
I'm writing this blog as a self-motivation tool. I need to write, I need to express my feelings and experiences, I need to continually remind myself of what I need to do and keep doing. That's what this blog is all about.
If you read this blog and have a laugh or feel inspired to lose weight too, then it's all the better! But I'm doing it for me. And by doing it for me, I'm also doing it for my beautiful wife and two daughters.
How important is it that I lose the weight now? Well...every now and then I day dream a nightmare where I envision my family at my funeral. I know...it's dark! And very scary. But every time I have a little pain I wonder, is this it? Am I about to collapse? Will my funeral be Thursday?? That's very depressing and scary stuff. But when you're as big as I am, it's something that you have to think about all the time.
Again, the question comes: Then why is it so hard to lose the weight? Well, it's hard because there are so many psychological factors that play a part in our daily choices. I eat because it taste good...I eat because I'm stressed out over something...I eat because "we're celebrating"...I eat because it's much easier to eat whatever you want than count calories and make healthy choices. I never exercise on purpose because it's way easier to not. But all of this must change.
I convinced myself that my eating and lack of exercise was controlled by my stress level and emotions. So surely I can convince myself that despite a high stress life, I can still eat less and workout. And that's exactly how to lose weight. Eat less and work out. I don't want a surgery or a lapband or anything other than complete control of myself.
This is all about making choices. Every choice we make has a consequence...some good, some bad...Some real good, Some very, very bad. Choices and consequences, that's what it's all about.
So what am I doing? I'm choosing 1500 calories a day and exercise. I've proven this combination works for me (see 2004 reference above).
Tomorrow I weigh. I'm really scared at what I might weigh. I guarantee it'll be more than you think. But one thing I promise in this blog...I'll put it all out there...As much as it might be embarrassing to announce my weight tomorrow night, I will. I have to...because I must make myself accountable.
I know it will be over 500 pounds...It will for sure. I'll report on my weigh in tomorrow night.
Today was day 1. A successful day 1. I even turned down fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies! Ya see my bank has cookie days every Monday and Friday...so naturally I do all my banking on those days, because even though you're suppose to come inside to get the free cookies, they know me so well, that they will send them through the tube in the drive-through. Today was cookie day, and without my asking, they sent me some cookies with my cash. It was a test! I politely declined the cookies and pushed the button jetting them back to the teller. I explained to a shocked panel of tellers that I was trying to count calories, and although I can have 1500 a day, I couldn't waste 250 on that delicious little cookie. Day 1 and already a test of will power. This is gonna be fun.
I look forward to this blog. I believe it will help me stay on track and maybe along the way it will inspire someone else to stay on track.
Okay...I get emotional reading that post. I haven't read it in quite a while.
A lot has changed over the last seven years. Everything has evolved in the way it needed to evolve. That thought is sometimes difficult to accept with 100% conviction because some things sure didn't seem like it needed to be the way it was, in its time. The most challenging moments of the last seven years provided incredible opportunities for learning and growth. And, sometimes, I think that's the best we can hope and pray for.
I read this Day 1 post and so many things pop out at me, leaving me thinking--just wait, buddy--you've got a lot of learning ahead of you. Thank God I opened my mind and heart to learning along the way.
I'm still learning to this day. That never stops. If ever I boldly proclaim I know it all, that will be the beginning of the end, because I'll be too content in my knowledge to notice the natural evolution of growth trying to get my attention.
I doctored my injured running toe. It's feeling better after my minor bleed while running last night. I didn't realize it until today, but the pain in the right foot must have triggered my left leg to overcompensate, because my left leg has been exceptionally sore all day.
I've taken the night off from exercise. I think that's the right thing to do.
The part about weighing tomorrow on that Day 1 post is interesting, because...
Tomorrow I weigh. I'm no longer scared of what I might weigh. I guarantee it'll be somewhere close to the number from two weeks ago. The promise continues in this blog...I'll put it out there. There's never any embarrassment. I will share it. It's been an important part of my accountability for seven years.
Your support has been a critically important part of my transformation. Thank you, my friend.
My Tweets Today:
Dark roast with two tablespoons half & half X two cups. Good morning! 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/eaTUzjVi0w— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 15, 2015
Two whole eggs/one egg white w/117g avocado, 6.8oz pear & 4.7oz banana. Delicious! 528 cal. pic.twitter.com/GT2bqPiayq— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 15, 2015
FF/SF bean (130g), sirloin (4oz) & muenster (2 slices) tostadas w/salsa, lettuce, tomato & 30g lght sr crm. 541 cal. pic.twitter.com/Y73QsPGriL— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 15, 2015
Afternoon cup with two tablespoons half & half. One now and one to take on drive to location broadcast. 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/vGyBhuvkjs— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 15, 2015
1 slice fried green tomato. (No sugar involved! Yes, I asked!). 74 cal. pic.twitter.com/8Nvr5xNutI— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 15, 2015
Chicken (6oz) & Zucchini Tacos w/full fat sr crm (30g) & lettuce. 14g (1/2 srv) chips w/1-slice cheddar. 598 cal. pic.twitter.com/RumBZwVXcI— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 16, 2015
Fruit plate while finishing a few things. 188g apple, 109g red seedless grapes, 4.9oz banana. #lastfoodofday 253 cal. pic.twitter.com/m6cgQzSIxe— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 16, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,