It can get boring around here. I try to change up the coffee mugs for a little variety. I occasionally try something new in the kitchen. But I don't worry about it too much because another way to look at "boring" is "routine."
Routine is good. I feel like I've developed my routines well and the more they're developed, the easier they fit into my daily life. The easier my routines fit into my daily life, the better chance I have for continued success in maintenance mode. Boring? Okay, I'm good with this.
I believe the secret is to accept boring, or uh...routine in my fundamental elements of recovery stream and develop exciting changes and tweaks to my life stream. Now that's where I want the opposite of boring in my life!!
The late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer said "When you change the way you look at things, things change." Simple and powerful words. And when you apply this and you get results confirming its validity, you quickly realize the brilliance in those simple and very powerful words.
Too many times in my life I've developed what many in recovery circles refer to as "contempt prior to investigation." When contemplating the plan to recover from relapse and regain--including what I referred to at the time as "extreme accountability measures," it would have been very easy to say:
"No way--that will not work for me. It sounds obsessive and a little much. I don't want to get all crazy-over board with this stuff. Logging everything in MyFitnessPal is a challenge enough--let alone taking a picture and tweeting the photo, description and calorie count of everything that goes in my face-- forget it, no way. I can't do that. Oh--and writing a blog post every night to recap the day??? Are you kidding??? I don't have time for that anymore! All that and also abstain from refined sugar??? Have you lost your marbles??? What?? I need to reach out for support from like minded people? Next thing you'll tell me is I must get in touch with my spiritual-meditative side... oh, no you didn't!!"
All of those thoughts crossed my mind at the beginning of this turnaround from relapse/regain.
Out of desperation, I had to immediately change the way I looked at all of these things.
Instead of looking at these things as some kind of overwhelming burden, I had to look at them as life lines back to a healthy weight--like a rail to hold onto, or crutches to hold me up, giving mobility in the direction I desired.
Suddenly, these things changed.
Instead of finding all the reasons why I couldn't do it, I started developing ways I could absolutely do it and do it well, with passion and commitment. I gave these the importance level they deserved for an honest shot. And every now and again, in the beginning-- I felt silly, I felt obsessive and I projected these thoughts in assumptive ways about what others must think witnessing this show of sorts. But then, something happened.
I felt stronger. After a couple of weeks, it was as if the "binge switch" was turned off. I was getting my confidence back. When I realized that these new elements were giving me a solid foundation to work from, I started not caring about what these "extreme accountability measures" must look like. They were working.
I remember when I first realized how different things felt, I became emotional in a wonderfully happy and relieved way. Because at one point during my darkest days of relapse/regain, I seriously thought there was no way back. I felt completely lost and now I found hope and peace--and in this, I was led into epiphanies about self-worth and identity that totally blew my mind in monumental ways.
Now, not only did I change the way I looked at the fundamental elements of my recovery, I also changed the way I looked at me and when you change the way you look at things, things change.
I'm blessed and immensely grateful.
Today was good. I took care of things I needed to take care of at work because I'm off the rest of the week except for two location broadcasts scheduled for New Years Eve. I prepared some fantastic food. Except something was missing, food wise. Go ahead, scroll down and see if you notice what's missing in those tweets. I was out of fruit!!!!! I can't believe I allowed this to happen. I really thought I had some remaining in the crisper for today--but nope, not a single apple.
I did replenish my supply this evening, so tomorrow the fruit returns!
I'm looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow morning. I'm also looking forward to my annual Year In Review Post tomorrow night, complete with a pictorial tour of 2015.
I have some exciting announcements to make in the coming days, including a big interview on a very popular online radio show (more details coming soon), the opening of registrations for the next 10 week session of group support conference calls I co-facilitate with Life Coach Gerri and I'll be announcing my very first LIVE One-Day weight loss seminar/workshop happening on January 16th from 1 to 5pm at the Renfro Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma! I'll have a link to a registration page available within 48 hours or less.
I'm also excited about doing stand-up guest sets this weekend at the new comedy club in my hometown.
My rib situation (I believe to be a muscular issue instead of skeletal) has healed nicely. I've decided to return to regular workouts tomorrow. I'm still planning on laying off the upper body strength training for at least another week, maybe longer, but cardio and lower body strength training--I'm ready to get back in there.
My Tweets Today:
Good Tuesday morning! Dark roast with two tablespoons half & half X 2 cups. 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/WFGe9yryEM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/X24isRnvWp— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
3 egg whts-1 whl egg omelet w/1 slice each-mozz, provolone & thin-sharp cheddar, 1.5oz mshrms. 7.5oz sirloin. 624cal pic.twitter.com/UObCmKAeWL— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/6iD0rLxxL9— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
3oz whole grain spaghetti with 186g (3 servings) low cal alfredo & 90g mixed veggies. 470 cal. pic.twitter.com/gjZr5SiMzQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
Dark roast afternoon cup with two tablespoons half & half. Headed back to work. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/3sjqPfNq2y— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
Afternoon food in MFP. Seems a little much to call a "snack." pic.twitter.com/6dGoI63Pky— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
FF/SF Bean&Cheese Sour Cream Tostadas w/130g beans, 1 slice provolone, 1 slice sharp cheddar & 30g sr crm. 345 cal. pic.twitter.com/kIhDeixRZC— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
Evening coffee. With three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/hStJmkyJ7B— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
Several things... pic.twitter.com/xFBS5KO5Nz— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 29, 2015
2 cups water with dinner. #wateraccountability still one cup shy of #watergoal I'll make it. pic.twitter.com/mHnjFoaMN4— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 30, 2015
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/TkYgx4bNUe— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 30, 2015
4 sml drumsticks, asparagus, red skin potatoes w/1 tblspn sr crm & 1 tblspn half & half-topped w/3g butter. 628 cal. pic.twitter.com/lk1pExqFC2— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 30, 2015
I'm off work. I get 10pm coffee! First, water for #watergoal. Coffee w/2 tblspns half & half. #lastfoodofday 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/Z40csFPwvU— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) December 30, 2015
Thank you for reading and your continued support,