It was a busy Saturday around here. I was up a little earlier than I wanted, but it was necessary because I had an 11am to 1pm location broadcast at a grocery store. I made sure to prepare and enjoy a great breakfast before leaving my apartment.
There's no doubt that my weight loss has changed my perspective about public appearances. I can remember doing location broadcasts where, if I could possibly stay in the broadcast vehicle, I would. I don't do that now. I get out and active. I'm moving constantly and the broadcast is more energized as a result. The overwhelming amount of confidence that goes along with this is such a blessing.
Confidence plays a big role. And not just from a physical perspective. Even better than physical confidence is the confidence I feel in my plan. I'm very careful to not get too confident, but I am confident. As long as I give it the importance level it deserves each day, this confidence will continue. If I ever decide I'm so confident that I no longer need certain elements I make important each day-- that'll be when confidence starts to get lost, again.
I grabbed an inexpensive take out meal for lunch-- my usual chicken tacos. They could easily charge me more than the six bucks, but they don't--and it's truly a bargain for what I'm getting. I guess I better hope they don't discover this blog. Normally, if I can, I prefer to cook something at home. Today was an exception. I wanted to focus on my material for tonight's opening set at the Ronnie Milsap concert--not spend time cooking.
I prepared well, enjoyed the lunch and even found time for a quick refresher nap before getting ready to leave for the gig.
I grabbed a coffee on the way out of town and sipped it as I mentally ran through my set a couple of times during the drive twenty miles North.
My dinner plan was scheduled for after my performance. The venue had a large backstage buffet style spread with all kinds of things--but I just can't eat right before a performance, so I waited.
The set went very well. I opened strong-closed strong and had some fairly decent laughs midway--and a couple of lulls in the middle. As challenging as opening for a big musical act can be, I consider tonight a big success.
With Ronnie Milsap about a half hour before showtime.
And here's several animated shots during the set:
(Photo credits: Tera Leiter and KC Wright)
It was a fantastic experience, better than the opening set for Smokey Robinson a month or so ago. It's hard to accurately express how different it feels to do stand-up at a healthy weight. I didn't realize how restricted mentally, emotionally and physically, I was, as a 500 pound comic. The calm and clarity I now feel on stage suggests to me that I can literally take this as far as I want to take it...within reason. I'm not turning my life upside down anytime soon in pursuit of a second chance comedy career. But just knowing I could, feels great.
I spent a lot of time today nurturing some core elements of me!
My Tweets Today:
Good Saturday morning! Medium roast with two tablespoons half & half X 3 cups. 120 cal. pic.twitter.com/M8hjRVFGV8— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
Breakfast in MFP... pic.twitter.com/rhP9ccmffZ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
2 whl eggs over-hard w/1-provolone between 2 slices Ezekiel bread. 4.9oz apple, 105g strwbrrs & 5.7oz orange. 537cal pic.twitter.com/HuagM5bwr7— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
At broadcast. Approx. 4.5oz banana & 2.5 cups water On top of a pallet of sugar. (No sugar consumed here) 😄 72 cal. pic.twitter.com/ivs4HCA8EK— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
Lunch in MFP... pic.twitter.com/QfjH9AqfiW— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
Sour cream chicken tacos w/6oz chicken, 3 tblspns sour cream, lettuce, salsa & 28g shredded white cheddar. 580 cal. pic.twitter.com/R3fevk3hHf— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
Afternoon coffee with three tablespoons half & half. 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/HhlhnxZc9a— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 5, 2016
Pre-stand-up show coffee with three tablespoons half & half. Opening a big concert tonight! Excited! 60 cal. pic.twitter.com/OlfcmG1twD— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
Pre-Show selfie. Stay calm, Sean. Breathe... Big room... Sold out... Stop!! It's gonna be fine!!! Geez. pic.twitter.com/6zloG8Ek3u— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
78 cups of water. #wateraccountability Okay, I'll likely not drink them all. I pledge to drink 3 bottles tonight. ;) pic.twitter.com/cXdLzksiAS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
I'm happy with that set. Great experience! Late dinner time, soon.— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
Dinner in MFP... pic.twitter.com/xPnf6BIuKV— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
I never eat pre-show. Late dinner: 10oz sirloin, sautéed mushrooms & 1.5srv cottage cheese w/4 crackers. 675 cal. pic.twitter.com/7FpRbm4KNS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
Fruit plate. 6.9oz orange, 5.1oz apple & 100g strawberries. #lastfoodofday 194 cal. pic.twitter.com/ube6FNf1Be— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) March 6, 2016
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