"Okay, you're done, aren't you? You don't need to lose anymore weight." A listener walked into the store where I was on a location broadcast this morning and gave me this greeting. I smiled and assured her I wasn't trying to lose weight, and how I was simply doing my best to find a balance, post weight loss. I had an enjoyable conversation with her and her husband. They were good people.
I certainly don't mind these type of encounters because they remind me of my grandmother. As soon as my weight dipped below 300 pounds, grandma would greet me with a stern "Don't lose another pound!" Grandma's love was unconditional. Her support of anything I ever accomplished or didn't accomplish was never dependent on my size. 505 pounds or under 300, same love, same encouragement, always. I came to understand her demand as another way of saying, "you're okay just the way you are and you are loved no matter what you weigh." She repeated the same greeting until just days before her passing a few years ago. I miss her.
Today was really solid. I took care in giving myself some quiet time first thing, where I get in touch with a personal, deeper side of me--made some coffee, prepared a great breakfast and connected with members of the weight loss support groups I co-facilitate with Life Coach Gerri. I hit the road for my location broadcast, which turned out wildly successful--record setting for the client, in fact. It felt good to be a part of that deal. It was a "massive meat sale," and I made sure to get some super inexpensive sirloins before my broadcast was over! I returned the station vehicle, retrieved mine--made it home and prepared a good lunch followed by some support exchanges. I enjoyed a nap a little later--some more coffee, then a great training run at the Y's indoor track. I made it back home, prepared dinner and got ready for my dad/daughter date with Amber. Yeah--It was a really good day.
My recovery from the minor surgical procedure of Thursday afternoon is going well, too. I haven't had any pain or the need to take anything for pain, all day. The stitches feel like they're coming unraveled. I know this because my tongue seems to have a mind of its own and it keeps messing with them...and I must remind myself to stop! Stitches in the mouth feel weird. Lucky for me, they're not affecting my speech!
Today was a big day for me with MyFitnessPal.
This weigh-in graph shows the initial loss, the regain/relapse and the turnaround/recovery periods.
One of the key elements for me has, without a doubt, been the consistent logging of everything in my MFP food diary. Today I celebrated 500 days in a row. I was very reluctant to commit to this at first because--well, you might remember (if you followed during the initial weight loss), I never kept a food diary before this turnaround. I lost my initial 275 pounds without so much as a paper diary. I simply kept track in my head each day--and that worked then. I clearly needed more awareness and structure this time. The consistent logging has given me just that and more.
It's made a profound difference for me. It goes without saying, I highly recommend using MyFitnessPal--and if you do, friend request me! My user name is SeanAAnderson. My diary is set to public--so anytime, if you're curious about anything I prepare and enjoy, you can go through and see specifics.
I'm looking forward to seeing my grandson tomorrow. Irene and Allen are coming over with him and we're all working together to get his room better equipped for when he stays the night.
I hope you're having a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!
My Tweets Today:
Good morning! Half & Half (2 tablespoons) X Two cups. 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/IrChQTPCnO— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 5, 2015
Old fashioned steak & eggs. Three whole eggs prepared over-medium & 6.6oz sirloin. 163g apple. 597 cal. pic.twitter.com/Uu0zNiZZ6N— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 5, 2015
500 days straight of consistent logging in MFP! Yay! It's made a monumental positive impact for me. pic.twitter.com/RQXPZNRAW0— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 5, 2015
FF/SF Bean (130g) & Provolone (2slices) Tostadas w/olives (64g) & guac. (113g avocado+15g srcrm), 14g chips. 671 cal. pic.twitter.com/KUUg1h6vO7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 5, 2015
Indoor track. 5K training walk/jog starts now. 2 cups water. #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/jCMV4geWi0— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 5, 2015
Wow. That felt amazing!!! :) #sweatyman #endorphinrelease #naturalhigh Need more water! pic.twitter.com/TGaNBEncMV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 5, 2015
Evening coffee. French Roast with half and half (2 tblspns). 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/QzPLpl2R33— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 6, 2015
At the Winning Loser Cafe, our appetizers are excellent calorie values! Flatbread Mushroom Pizza: All of it--238 cal. pic.twitter.com/uu0eiuU2yY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 6, 2015
Details: 1 sugar free Fit n Active 90 calorie flatbread, 1/2 serving sugar free organic tomato basil, 85g baby bella mshrms, 2 slices mozz.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 6, 2015
4oz sirloin, corn (1/2 ear), grilled asparagus & 261g fresh cut & baked sweet potato fries w/oospray (3sec). 541 cal. pic.twitter.com/RtbBhhgaF3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 6, 2015
1 courtesy cup of water at the movie! #watertracking #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/HuquLz0DUx— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 6, 2015
Late night coffee. Two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/hDWo2QJK5l— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 6, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,