I first heard from Jon Ludtke via email over four years ago.
From an email dated: 02/17/2012
Bought your book, loved it. More importantly, thank you for helping me grasp, come to terms with what I need to do, have been wanting to do, and have been putting off the past 20 years. I have been so over-ready, just not sure how it would officially start. My name is Jon Ludtke, and today, February 17th is day one for me. On my way to losing 265 lbs and reaching my goal weight of 250.
I am currently 46 years old, 6'4" and weigh 515."
Jon made an iron-clad decision that day. He grabbed hold of some non-negotiable elements and he decided, come what may--this time would be different from every single time before. This time was HIS time. And he started--and he did the hard work, he's still doing the work, every day. And his consistent success throughout his own personal exploration displays a spirit and determination I admire. He inspires me with his enthusiasm and amazes me with his natural ability for numbers and personal statistics, while always keeping a simple and positive perspective in harmony with his goals.
Jon is very generous with credit to my book and this blog for helping him get started--and I sincerely appreciate that--but he did the work. My book and this blog--and all it represents, isn't enough for anyone. If it provides a spark of inspiration, it's up to the individual to turn that spark into a burning flame for change. The real catalyst for transformation comes from within each of us, individually.
We stayed in touch via email and even met in October 2014 when Jon invited me out to Vegas for what became a three day exchange of ideas, philosophy, fundamental elements discussion--and all things to do with dramatic transformation--including the less fun, but very important discussion about relapse/regain--and the darkness of that experience. We should have invited more and made it a conference of sorts!
Jon has lost over 200 pounds so far. Combined, we've lost roughly 540 pounds.
Jon and his dad are traveling cross country, headed back to Vegas. And luckily, for us, it didn't take much modifying of the route to bring them through the city I call home. It was a fantastic visit tonight.
We enjoyed a great meal at Ground Round--with plenty of choices, it was simple to find what worked for each of our food plans. Jon doesn't do grains, beans or legumes--which means, no tacos for Jon! The mere thought of a world without crispy tacos frightens me! In all seriousness, this restaurant choice worked beautifully for both of us. Otherwise, I would have suggested my favorite Mexican place around the corner! Although, I did eat tacos for lunch. As it turned out, we both ordered the baked cod!
Our individual food plans are different in some ways--and the same in others. Jon has fashioned his to nicely fit his preferences and what works for him. This is a critical point. He, like me, eats what he likes and nothing he doesn't! Jon also abstains from added sugar and artificial sweeteners.
What's remarkably similar between us, is our commitment to continuous learning and developing along this road. And we share a sharp understanding of what it means to make an iron-clad decision supported by a set of non-negotiable elements. We both embrace the concept of choosing change before change chooses us! And we both understand that our continued success requires daily actions in support of our goals. Our transformations are never guaranteed. It's one day at a time, every day.
If you get a chance-and you're a member of Spark People, check out Jon's blog-- His username on Spark People is WEWRTFO.
Here's a link to his page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=WEWRTFO
Jon doesn't do coffee, either. I was like, what??? Really? I can't imagine!! I'm smiling big. What a wonderful visit. Thanks, Jon!
I headed for the gym immediately after our visit for a great workout. Today was a great day...and it was, even without a nap! That extra sleep last night really worked well. Duly noted!
My Tweets Today:
Good Wednesday morning! Really good. Dark roast with three tablespoons half & half X 2 cups. 120 cal pic.twitter.com/zWVUjLkUkA— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/bsqHWUuv15— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Avocado omelet w/2 whole eggs-2 egg whites & 126g avocado. 7.4oz pineapple, 3.6oz banana & 87g strawberries. 565 cal pic.twitter.com/6QIAOhiHFf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Dark roast with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/3ZwYCctXkY— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/24dizEwJwN— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Taco Melts w/65g beans, 4oz beef, red pepper, jalapeños, 2-provolone & 15g sr crm. 5.7oz apple & 5.3oz orng. 616 cal pic.twitter.com/oY1fOwPP7c— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Afternoon cup of dark roast with two tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/gcp2QFvpDM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Dark roast with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/0s8IJcbp0b— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Dinner with Jon from Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/S9tDgp3Su6— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/Oz3OA7saM6— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
9oz baked cod, two servings fried sweet potato fries, grilled asparagus. 640 cal. pic.twitter.com/tLFRd31jCS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 23, 2016
Visiting coffee! Jon and I have lost over 540 pounds combined. We have much to talk about. pic.twitter.com/xKVdeTtYM3— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 24, 2016
Two tablespoons half & half in that grande size. 40 cal.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 24, 2016
Workout time. Elliptical ride tonight. 2 cup water bottle exceeds #watergoal by 4 cups. pic.twitter.com/H3tFzhZMC8— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 24, 2016
5.8oz fresh pineapple, 4.9oz orange & 105g strawberries. #lastfoodofday 180 cal. pic.twitter.com/2heaFsZkqj— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 24, 2016
Thank you for reading and your continued support,