It's days like today when I must put a little more focus on acknowledging the many blessings and love in my life. I have a tremendous amount of things to be grateful for every day. And especially on Christmas day.
Today had the potential to be tough in a few different ways, but it wasn't. We all gathered at Irene and Allen's place in a small town about twenty-five miles away from where I live. Irene and Allen prepared most everything. A few others brought some things, and I prepared macaroni and cheese. The mac and cheese is my dish. It's rich.
I chewed gum while preparing this dangerous dish and made it out without so much as a lick. I prepared way too much. I made two pans full. Only half of one was consumed. My share? 1/2 a cup. That's a victory for me.
My plan today was fairly simple: I decided my maintenance budget of 2,300 calories was sufficient, so there wasn't a need to add calories on this day as in years past. I weighed and measured everything on my plate--and one plate was the plan. I wasn't going to eat for sport today. I decided it was going to be a fairly normal food schedule for me. A good breakfast, Christmas dinner, a nice dinner late and some fruit at the end of the day. This structure is important to me. I didn't pick up any sugar free desserts. The sugar free desserts seem to upset my stomach.
I maintained the integrity of my budget, remained abstinent from refined sugar, logged everything in MyFitnessPal and did my accountability Tweets. I'm food sober. And that feels wonderful, liberating, actually. Maintaining the fundamental elements of my recovery is key for me in maintaining my weight loss.
My focus was clearly on family, visiting and enjoying Noah as he discovered this thing called Christmas. He was so excited all day long. It was so much fun to witness.
It's amazing to me how a shift in perspective and focus can dramatically reveal how a day like today can be exceptionally special without stuffing myself silly. I spent years missing out on the most important blessings of this day because my focus was always about what I would eat and how much I could eat. I made food the shining star and it cast a shadow on everyone and everything else.
Food was certainly a part of today's festivities, but it wasn't the star of the show. That would be Noah.
The food was great, everybody loved it and still, not a single one of us needed a before dinner medication to help regulate the effects of over-indulging or an after dinner antacid. That's a big deal. There was a time when we'd pass that stuff around like candy.
We snapped several pictures too!
Noah flipped, as expected. It was late this evening when we realized he never took a nap. He was too wound up in the festivities of the day.
I took a 10-15 minute snooze on Amber's shoulder before getting up and setting out on a good walk. The plan was a 5K. My uncle (mom's brother) joined me once again for our traditional holiday exercise. I say traditional--it's seven years old, I suppose it is becoming somewhat of a tradition. This evening's walk fell a little short of the planned 5K, but it was good--We had to get back before Amber and KL were scheduled to leave for his parent's house a few hours away and Irene had to leave for work.
I made my way home feeling incredible about how the day came together. I made support interactions important today, too. Interacting with others who are on this road, even when we're all at different mile markers, often gives valuable perspective. And it's all about perspective.
A friend tipped me off that my favorite grocery store was the only one open tonight. Perfect! I grabbed a coffee and a few grocery items. I found some fresh salmon priced to move ($2.12!! 75% off!!) and immediately decided it would be dinner instead of the planned grilled chicken breast
It was a beautiful Christmas.
My Tweets Today:
Good morning! Merry Christmas! Three tablespoons half & half in this big cup of dark roast X 2. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/flL68JnuZt— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/y9yo9YFqd3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Cheese omelet is happening! pic.twitter.com/aryF5jkNF8— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Cheese omelet w/3 whole eggs, 2 slices each-provolone & thin cut sharp cheddar. 5.7oz apple & 4.5oz orange. 559 cal. pic.twitter.com/vFVTz2QL6i— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
4 cups water. #wateraccountability This and one refill is goal. I think we can exceed, today. Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/6AkKB1rYdI— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Macaroni & Cheese. 1,000,000 calories. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. pic.twitter.com/35M7zP9EQ9— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Weighing and measuring. Important to me. pic.twitter.com/XZnJmGKxf1— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Christmas Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/bnfXjPFyPJ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
4oz turkey, 3oz ham, 1oz cheese, 1/2 cup potatoes, 2 tblspns gravy, 1/2 cup stuffing, 1/2 cup mac & cheese. 685 cal. pic.twitter.com/2XwC5y0iqQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Regular coffee with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/OONHQuEbGE— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
It's workout time. Christmas Day 5k starts now!— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 25, 2015
Little short of 5k. Still awesome. Felt good to move. Thanks to my uncle for joining me! #endorphinrelease— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 26, 2015
Headed home from family gathering. Venti dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/VJtItIiU6W— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 26, 2015
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/Rx3PpTu8CO— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 26, 2015
6oz baked salmon, 245g sweet potato with red onions prepared in 2 seconds worth of olive oil spray. 591 cal. pic.twitter.com/rkapc9VZY9— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 26, 2015
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